MPA, Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Michael Antoniades, MPA, currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s New Brunswick and Somerset campuses.
Mr. Antoniades joined RWJ in 2011 as Vice President, Operations and was later promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations in 2013. In that role, he provided oversight for multiple clinical and support areas, the strategic direction and development of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital and additional programmatic functions, such as cardiovascular services, women’s services, ambulatory services and the hospital’s transplant programs (cardiac and kidney/pancreas) within the hospital.
Prior to his position at RWJ, Mr. Antoniades was Vice President of Operations at University Medical Center at Princeton from 2007-2010. Before his position at Princeton, Mr. Antoniades served as Vice President of Operations, Director of Operations and Director of Facilities Management at St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital in New York City from 1999 to 2007.
Mr. Antoniades earned his Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University in 2008 and his Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2006. He is currently a member of the American College of Health Executives and the Association of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey.
Thomas M. Daly, FHFMA, CPA
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, Newark, NJ
Mr. Daly is responsible for the financial operations of the hospital and an annual budget of $601 million. He came to University Hospital in 2008 after serving as Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the South Shore Health System in New York from 1986 to 2008.
Mr. Daly has served as a member on Board Committees of the National Health Care Financial Management Association (HFMA), and was a past president of the local HFMA Chapter. He is past Chair of the Normet Hospital Association Fiscal Policy Committee and formally a member of the Hospital Association of New York Fiscal Policy Committee. He is currently a member of the New Jersey Hospital Association Finance Committee and serves on the Charity Care Task Force Sub Committee.
A graduate of Iona College in New York, Mr. Daly holds a BBA with a major in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and a fellow of the Healthcare Management Association.
Michellene Davis Esq.
Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs
Michellene Davis, Esq., is Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs New Jersey’s largest healthcare system, Barnabas Health, directing the system’s strategic policy decisions and enhancing the system’s position with state and federal elected officials and agencies. She oversees corporate communications, community partnerships, external affairs, policy and government affairs, healthy living and community wellness, and marketing and public relations. Ms. Davis is the first woman and first person of color to serve as an Executive Vice President in the system’s history.
Named to NJBIZ Magazine’s Health Care Power 50 list in 2015, and ranked by NJBIZ as the State of New Jersey’s top lobbyist in the healthcare industry and by PolitickerNJ as one of the most politically powerful people in the State of New Jersey, Ms. Davis has served in several high-ranking statewide political appointment positions.
Prior to joining Barnabas Health, Ms. Davis served as Chief Policy Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, the first African American to serve in this role. Before that, Ms. Davis served as Acting State Treasurer of the State of New Jersey. The first African American and one of only a few women to hold this position, she was responsible for a state budget of over $30 billion, a department of over 6,500 people and a state pension investment portfolio of over $70 billion.
As Acting Treasurer, Ms. Davis established the New Jersey Department of the Treasury’s Office of Supplier Diversity and Division of Minority and Women Owned Businesses. Previously, Ms. Davis led the $2.4 billion New Jersey Lottery as Executive Director and CEO and served as a senior policy advisor in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She began her legal career as a trial litigator, is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law.
Ms. Davis is also passionately active in her civic community. She serves as: a member of the Board of Governors of Rowan University – Rutgers Camden;
Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees of Essex County College; Trustee of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association; Secretary to the Board of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation; a member of the Sacred Heart University Board of Visitors in Stamford, CT; and President-elect of the Executive Women of New Jersey. She also sits on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Club of New Jersey, and the Board of Directors of the Caucus Educational Trust, and is a member of the Seton Hall Law School Diversity Council, the Association of Black Women Lawyers, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Garden State Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey.
Through her non-profit organizations, Daddy’s Sons and Daughters Mentoring Association and We are F.I.T. (Families in Training), Ms. Davis mentors young men and women.
At Barnabas Health, Ms. Davis established the Barnabas Health Women’s Leadership Alliance to inspire and empower women through personal and professional resources and development opportunities in order to advance women’s leadership in the Barnabas Health organization and beyond.
Ms. Davis has received national and statewide recognition for her dedication and career accomplishments, including being named the 2015 LUPE Amiga of the Year, 2014 Business Advocate of the Year by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and selected as one of The Network Journal’s 2014 Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the New Jersey State NAACP 2013 Distinguished Legal Professional Award, Coalition of 100 Black Women of Bergen/Passaic County’s 2013 Trailblazer in Healthcare Award, the 2012 Executive Women of New Jersey Policymaker Award, the 2012 Stand and Deliver Martin Luther King Leadership Award, the 2012 Essex County Coretta Scott King Leadership Award, the YWMCA 2012 Living Legends Award, the 2011 New Jersey Speaker of the Assembly Shirley Chisholm Health Award, the 2011 New Jersey Primary Care Association Women’s Health Care Week Award, and has been recognized by The Network Journal “Forty under 40” Award to name a few.
Vice President of Supply Chain Board and
In addition to the Supply Chain Board Kathy has responsibility for Diversity, Education and Sustainability. Kathy is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years of healthcare experience. She received her RN from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in Bridgeport, CT and her Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University in Miami, FL. Previously Kathy was the Assistant Vice President of Supply Expense Management, developing and administering supply expense initiatives throughout HCA. She also served as an Associate Member on the HealthTrust Supply Chain Board.
Prior to her work within Supply Chain, Kathy worked as a Sales Representative where she built successful client relationships and sold surgical solutions throughout the states of Florida and Tennessee. Her early nursing career was spent in the Operating Room, where she worked as a staff nurse before moving into an Administrative role with responsibility for multiple departments within the surgical services arena.Kathy lives in Arrington, Tennessee with her husband Darryl.
Douglas Dennis is the Executive Director for Supply Chain Management at University Hospital, a role he has held since 2013. He previously was Associate Director of Procurement at Rutgers University and Manager of Purchasing Services at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He was also a manager at the State of New Jersey’s Purchase Bureau. He owned and operated his first furniture store in 1975, which was expanded to three furniture stores and two gift stores by 1985. Mr. Dennis is a graduate of the University of Miami.
Nancy Hamstra, MPA
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
University Hospital, Newark, NJ
Ms. Hamstra was appointed Interim President and CEO by the Board of Directors in June 2015 after more than 34 years at University Hospital. The Board confirmed her as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer in July 2013 after previously serving as the Executive Director of Operations.
Prior to taking the reins of hospital operations, Ms. Hamstra rose through the ranks of University Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services, starting as a certified paramedic and becoming director in 1987. She was responsible for the oversight and management of one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive EMS systems. She also served as EMS Coordinator for the City of Newark and as Deputy Office of Emergency Management Coordinator for Essex County. She facilitated a Mutual Aid Agreement between New York City and New Jersey after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the agreement served as the framework for New Jersey’s response during the September 11, 2001 event.
Ms. Hamstra holds a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University and an undergraduate degree in Community Health Services from Montclair State University.
Head, Office of Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion
Johnson & Johnson
As Head, Office of Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, Bev Jennings drives a growth strategy that benefits diverse and small businesses and the many Johnson & Johnson (J&J) business partners they serve.
Bev’s career has spanned the healthcare, consumer goods, food and retail industries. Today her passion for community, talent in collaborative leadership, and expertise in optimized business operations are combined into a robust initiative that enhances business development, job creation, education and health care.
J&J’s leadership in diverse business development is evidenced in its role as the first Healthcare company member in the elite 20 member Billion Dollar Roundtable. The corporation spends over $1.5 billion annually with certified minority and women owned businesses and $3 billion with small businesses in the U.S. Additionally, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion is advancing a global strategy for diverse business development on six continents.
She engages internal and external stakeholders in meeting and sustaining these goals while serving J&J’s businesses, health care customers and consumers. Towards this end she has developed networks across various industry, healthcare, entertainment and communications sectors.
Bev is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as Marketing Committee Chair, the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) Board, member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Global Link Committee and Co-Chair of the Global Committee for The Billion Dollar Roundtable. Internally, she is an HONOR Leadership Award winner and Co-Chair of the J&J African American Leadership Council National Employee Resource Group (ERG).
Her previous roles include Vice President, Process Excellence for J&J Consumer Group of Companies, where she led business process improvement globally across 50 companies with $16 billion in sales. At J&J Vision Care, she directed a 1200 employee Manufacturing operation, as well as Quality Assurance, Distribution and Customer Services.
Prior to J&J, Bev held leadership positions in Purchasing and Warehousing with Standard Meat Company, a Sara Lee Corporation company, and JC Penney Company.
She holds a MBA in Industrial Management from the University of Dallas and a BS in Management from the University of West Florida. Bev is a Master Business Coach certified by the Fowler School of Business and Executive Coaching.
A leader in the community, she has been honored for her service by the YWCA, the Gateway Girl Scouts as a Women of Distinction and recently with a WBENC Applause Award.
A Florida native, Bev resides in Skillman, New Jersey and enjoys time with family, friends and making great connections.
Stephen K. Jones, FACHE
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Mr. Jones was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Robert Wood Johnson Health System in September 2007, and served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer since December 2006.
The Robert Wood Johnson Health System is a five-hospital system that includes Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville), as flagship; the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Hamilton; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Rahway; and Children’s Specialized Hospital, the nation’s largest provider of pediatric rehabilitative care, as well as five comprehensive fitness and wellness centers. Robert Wood Johnson Health System currently has $1.5 billion dollars in revenue, 10,300 employees, 3,250 medical staff members and 1,733 beds.
Before being named President, Mr. Jones previously served as Senior Vice President, Operations, of the Hospital since October 1983. Mr. Jones has over thirty years of health care management experience. Prior to joining the Hospital, Mr. Jones served as Assistant Director at Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, New Jersey and Assistant Director at Barnert Memorial Hospital Center, Paterson, New Jersey.
Mr. Jones is past Chairman of the NJHA Board and a member of the Board of Directors of University Health System Consortium. Mr. Jones is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is past President of the Senior Healthcare Executives Society of New Jersey and past President of the Assistant Hospital Directors Association of New Jersey. Mr. Jones has a faculty appointment at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in the Bloustein School undergraduate Public Health Program.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maryland in 1973, and a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration from George Washington University in 1976. Mr. Jones is a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He served as a Russian linguistic with the USAF and with the National Security Agency.
Dr. Kevin Lyons
Associate Professor, Rutgers Business School in the Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences Department
Research Professor, Supply Chain Archeology at the Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management
His research includes the integration of sustainable development criteria into global Supply Chain Management systems, processes and operations.
Dr. Lyons developed the Supply Chain Environmental Archeology research program/lab, which involves the archeological study of climate change and environmental impacts via the supply chain, big data analytics, risk assessment, decision analysis as well as product end-of-life and new product innovation research. He conducts research with the Rutgers Thomas A Edison Research Papers Menlo Park Institute program, urban thermal heat mapping and the global supply chain connection and the US Dept of Commerce Food Supply Chain Network projects. He is the principal investigator for the Newark (NJ) Industrial Solution Center research project.
Dr. Lyons is also the Associate Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute and is also an Associate Director at the Rutgers Eco-Complex. He was most recently the Chief Procurement Officer of Rutgers, The State University of NJ.
Books: Buying for the Future; Contract Management and the Environmental Challenge, Pluto Press, 2000 and A Road Map to Green Supply Chains, Industrial Press, April 2015
Ryan P. Parker
Chief Diversity Officer & Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital & Robert Wood Johnson Health System
Ryan P. Parker is chief diversity officer and assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) and RWJ Health System where he is responsible for building a strategy that enhances RWJ’s vision to be a nationally distinguished academic medical center and benchmark healthcare system for diversity and inclusion. In this capacity, he reports directly to the president and chief executive officer (CEO) and works closely with all RWJ Health System affiliate hospitals’ CEOs.
Prior to joining RWJ, Ryan served in similar capacities at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, and Association of American Medical Colleges. He has served on numerous local, regional, and national advisory councils focusing on diversity for community-based organizations, community colleges, public school systems, and professional associations.
Ryan has received numerous awards, including: Becker’s Hospital Review’s 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40, The Network Journal Magazine’s 40 Under Forty, Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40, and The Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40. He is vice chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Conference of Diversity, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Board Policy Development Committee, and a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Sisters Network of Central New Jersey.
Ronald P. Powell, Jr.
ATLANTIC REGION CEO
Ron Powell is the Atlantic Region CEO for HealthTrust. HealthTrust is a total cost management provider for healthcare entities, driving unparalled value across the client’s organization. HealthTrust utilizes a powerful combination of a committed portfolio, operator expertise, and shared service excellence. Prior to his role with HealthTrust, Mr. Powell was CEO for HCA’s Central Atlantic Supply Chain for 5 years, and CFO in two of HCA’s Richmond hospitals for over 9 years. Previously, Mr. Powell held various positions in hospital leadership with HCA in Richmond and worked in the healthcare practice for KPMG and BDO in Richmond and Nashville.
Mr. Powell holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Data Processing from Carson Newman College (now Carson-Newman University), and a Masters of Business Administration in Health Services Management from the University of Dallas. He is active in numerous professional and civic organizations, and has served in leadership positions on many of them.
Mr. Powell is a contributing author to Financial Management for Health-System Pharmacists, published in 2009 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists , Inc. The text was “developed to provide context, knowledge and specific recommendations for the financial management of a health system pharmacy”.
ELIZABETH A. RYAN, ESQ
President and CEO
New Jersey Hospital Association
Elizabeth A. Ryan, Esq., is president and CEO of the Princeton-based New Jersey Hospital Association, a not-for-profit trade association representing New Jersey’s hospitals and other healthcare providers that provides leadership on quality and patient safety, education and advocacy in both Washington, D.C., and in Trenton. As CEO Ryan oversees NJHA, Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, a not-for-profit affiliate that promotes continuing patient safety, quality improvement education and research; and the for-profit Healthcare Business Solutions, which provides group purchasing and other business solutions for healthcare providers. Prior to being selected as CEO of NJHA in 2008, Ryan served as its COO and its General Counsel.
Ms. Ryan started her career practicing law in Mount Holly and went on to serve as assistant counsel under former Gov. Jim Florio and Chief of Staff of the state Department of Health. She also was a senior vice president with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and a regional executive for the American Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State. She served as a member of New Jersey’s Board of Medical Examiners, the Clinton-Gore Transition Team, the legal audit team for the Clinton National Health Care Reform Task Force, and both Governor Corzine’s and Governor McGreevey’s transition teams.
Ms. Ryan has received numerous honors for her healthcare leadership. In 2013 South Jersey Biz magazine named her as a “Woman to Watch.” She also received 2012 Garden State Woman of the Year Award for Healthcare; 2012 Distinguished Service Award and 2011 Regents Award, both from the American College of Healthcare Executives – New Jersey Chapter; the 2010 Impact Award from the Organization of Nurse Executives/New Jersey; and the 2006 Women as Health Advocates Award from the N.J. Primary Care Association and New Jersey’s federally qualified health centers. In 2011 NJ Biz magazine named her as one the 100 Most Powerful Individuals in New Jersey Business and in 2012 as one of the most powerful 50 people in health care.
Ms. Ryan received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University (Cook College). She resides in Florence, N.J., with her husband and son.
Deborah Wiggins is the Manager of Supplier Diversity with University Hospital, formerly known as the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), a leader in the healthcare industry with over a 15 year commitment to supplier diversity. In this capacity, she drives the hospitals strategies to achieve supplier diversity objectives.
Ms. Wiggins joined University Hospital in May 2000 to expand the Hospitals supplier diversity initiative which includes supplier sourcing, retention, development and community outreach with a focus on building relationships with suppliers, corporations, and other community partners. Increasing the number of diverse suppliers participating in the sourcing process has been a primary goal. In addition she participates in a wide range of activities designed to increase awareness, growth and development of supplier diversity both inside and outside of University Hospital.
During her tenure, she has received several awards and accolades for her efforts in support of diverse businesses in the tri-state area. She was voted one of the Top 25 Women in Supplier Diversity by Diversity Plus Magazine, as well as one of the top 30 Champions of Diversity by the same magazine, a speaker at Senator Lautenberg’s Annual Small Business Clinic and acknowledged by businesses owners as an advocate for change and opportunity.
Prior to joining UMDNJ, she worked for United Way of Essex and West Hudson which was the largest United Way in the State of New Jersey. She developed and managed a comprehensive resource investment process with an emphasis on program development, collaborations, joint ventures, evaluations and volunteer recruitment and training. These efforts resulted in over 14 million dollars being distributed to an array of nonprofit agencies.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the New York New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council and its Executive Board, as Treasurer. The Co-Chairperson of the Council’s Corporate Education and Training Program. Secretary of the Board of New Hope Now Community Development Corporation, She participates in activities with the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, African American Chamber of Commerce, Women Presidents Education Organization, and Asian Women in Business and other public and private organizations. She is a licensed Realtor in the State of NJ and a licensed Notary/ Notary Signing Agent.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Kean University and is the proud parent of a son and daughter. Deborah and her family are members of The New Hope Baptist Church, Newark, New Jersey.
Deborah firmly ascribes to the quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”. Winston Churchill
National Minority Supplier
Development Council, Inc.®
Joset Wright-Lacy is president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.® (NMSDC®), a corporate membership organization that advances business opportunities for Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers. NMSDC encourages mutually-beneficial economic links between minority suppliers and the public and private sectors by promoting minority business development.
The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and 24 Regional Councils across the country. Its 1,700 corporate members include America’s top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies plus universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The Regional Councils certify and match more than 12,000 minority suppliers with member corporations that want to purchase their products, services and solutions.
In 2013, Ms. Wright-Lacy was re-appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. She is a former procurement executive with extensive experience in the corporate and private sectors.
Ms. Wright-Lacy earned a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.