VP, Talent & Change Management
Christopher Henry, Sutter Health, Vice President of Talent and Change Management,with a dual reporting relationship to Chief Enterprise Transformation Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Christopher applies his expertise in organization development and human resources practices to help Sutter achieve its strategic priorities related to a number of key initiatives, including workforce planning and analytics; talent acquisition and development; organizational change management and eLearning. Areas of focused leadership will include organization change initiatives, people-strategy development and performance management.
Christopher comes to Sutter Health from MGM Resorts International, where he has served as vice president of talent and organizational development for the past three years where he led the alignment of the company’s people philosophy with its business strategy through its talent acquisition and organizational development teams and the MGM University. Before that, he served two roles for Kaiser Permanente Health Plan’s Northwest Region in Portland, OR; director of learning and organizational development and senior manager for national management development. Christopher holds two bachelor’s degrees—in psychology and Spanish—from Knox College and a master’s degree in psychology from Golden Gate University. He is currently completing his doctorate in organizational leadership and business administration through Argosy University.
Director, Talent Acquisition
Adventist Health System
Cathy Henesey has over 25 years in Talent Acquisition and Sourcing experience in a variety of industries including IT, Manufacturing, and Healthcare. Cathy's expertise includes transforming teams to maximize process efficiencies using innovative sourcing strategies, funnel analytics and workforce planning. Cathy graduated from Texas Tech University with an undergraduate degree in Business Management and an MBA in Human Resource Management. Cathy has spoken at many national conferences, including the ITAA CEO Summit, ERE Expo, ASHHRA, SOURCECON and quoted in various newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. She represented the staffing industry in Washington D.C. as a lobbyist for the Immigration Visa Quota bill and healthcare initiatives. Cathy has served on the Board for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and a founder of a leading recruiting association in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Cathy is certified as an AIRS Certified Internet Recruiter, SPHR, Just Culture Expert, LEAN/Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified LinkedIn Recruiter, and a CHHR(Certified in Healthcare Human Resources).
Sanford Health (ND)
Darren is the Vice President of Human Resources at Sanford Health, a $4 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in the Dakotas. Darren is responsible for leading Sanford’s system-wide human resource operations. Including, HR strategy, talent acquisition, talent management, learning and talent innovations, organizational development, total rewards, recognition, performance management, HR communications and project management.
Darren has 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry working for highly integrated delivery systems and medical groups. Prior to joining Sanford Darren served in human resources leadership positions at SCL Health, Providence Health, and Intermountain Healthcare. Darren has developed and led human resource initiatives in highly complex, integrated health systems. Among his many responsibilities was providing strategic leadership in support of the organization’s goals and objectives through its people.
In addition to his human resource responsibilities, Darren has over 10 years of experience in organizational and leadership development. He is an expert facilitator with vast experience training leaders and executives in some of the best curriculum available from Franklin Covey, Vital Smarts, Partners in Leadership, Studer Group and Development Dimensions International (DDI). Darren is a member of the John Maxwell Team, certified as a coach, trainer and facilitator. He has used this background to design and develop organization-specific leadership development and employee experience programs, which have yielded remarkable results.
Darren earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah, and master’s degree in Organization Management from the University of Phoenix in Salt Lake City, Utah. Darren is an influential leader in healthcare and Human Resources, as well as within his community.
VP, Learning & Organizational Development
Diane is the Vice President, Learning & Organizational Development with AMITA Health. She is responsible for strengthening organizational performance by developing the knowledge, skills and abilities of leaders and associates. Her areas of expertise include:
- Executive coaching
- Leadership development
- Succession planning
- Change/transition management
- Performance management and employee engagement
- Mergers and acquisitions
Diane has twenty years’ experience as a learning and organization development consultant. She has led implementation of large-scale initiatives ranging from global talent management processes, system-wide change management and leadership development curriculum design.
In addition to her role at AMITA Health, Diane has also served as a:
- Senior Director at Kraft Foods, International
- Director of Staff Development at the Museum of Science and Industry
- Manager of Management Development at Exelon Corporation
- Senior Training Consultant and Officer of ABN AMRO, North America
Diane received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, accredited with achieving Magna cum laude status. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Management. Her concentration of study at DePaul was Leadership and Change Management.
In addition, Diane has completed Executive Education courses at University of Chicago Booth School of Management and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
President & Co-Founder
Leanne Oatman, President and Co-Founder of RightSourcing is recognized within the healthcare industry as a Visionary, Pioneer, and Strategist. In 2001, Leanne embarked upon a groundbreaking endeavor to bring to healthcare and universities Managed Service Programs for the contingent workforce segment of the industry. Today she oversees all aspects of industry leading RightSourcing. Leanne has successfully guided more than 250 integrated delivery networks, hospitals, and academic institutions to successfully address their workforce challenges by minimizing their risk and simultaneously increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and published author. Leanne’s status as an industry leader has been acknowledged by numerous awards, including recently being identified by Staffing Industry Analyst as one of the top 100 most influential people within the staffing industry.
Aurora Health Care
Troy is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Aurora Health Care headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Aurora is an integrated health care provider serving communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. With a comprehensive array of health care resources and access points, Aurora has a broad portfolio of offerings from primary and specialty care, to hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and home care. Aurora has more than 200 locations and is Wisconsin’s largest private employer with more than 35,000 employees and Providers.
In his role, Troy provides strategic direction and oversight of both a system-wide human resources business partner function and a vibrant employee health organization. He leads a team to ensure effective application of strategic human capital programs, workforce solutions, tools and best practices to anticipate business needs and identify creative solutions to meet those needs. Troy has 20 years of human resources leadership experience in multiple industries including consumer products and durable goods. He has a passion for growing and developing leaders to maximize their impact on the business.
Troy has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the State of Wisconsin Habitat for Humanity organization.
VP, Chief Experience Officer
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Vishal Bhalla joined Parkland in August 2016 and soon moved into the role of Vice President and Chief Experience Officer (CXO), focusing on the experience of employees, patients, families and providers.
Transitioning to healthcare from a successful career in hospitality, Vishal completed his Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) along with a Healthcare Certificate from the joint Harvard-MIT “Initiative for Health Systems Innovation”. Vishal also serves as the Chair of the Workforce Collaborative at the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council. Vishal is passionate about leveraging his Quant and System Science skills, along with his hospitality experience, to enable meaningful employee and patient experiences.
Prior to coming to Parkland, Mr. Bhalla was the Director of Operations for a Hospitality firm overseeing twelve facilities with over 6000 rooms. He has worked on four continents and also previously served as a Director for Sandals Resorts International. He possesses a Masters in Hotel Administration from University of Strathclyde and a General Managers’ Program certification from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
AVP, Workforce Relations
Cathy Best began her role as Assistant Vice President of Workforce Relations in Human Resources at Carolinas HealthCare System in November 2012. Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) is the number one employer in Charlotte, NC, and one of the largest public non-profit healthcare organizations in the nation with 60,000 teammates, 900 care locations, and more than 10 million patient encounters annually.
She is responsible for leading the Workforce Relations function for the Carolinas HealthCare System Medical Group and the Continuing Care Services Division. In this capacity, she provides both strategic and tactical HR leadership to over 16,000 teammates. Her core function is to build and sustain organizational effectiveness and culture through teammate and provider engagement, performance management, and change management.
Prior to joining Carolinas HealthCare System, Cathy was a Senior Human Resources Manager at Amazon.com, Inc., in Lexington, Kentucky. In this capacity, she partnered with the senior leadership team and operations to support the growth, productivity, and people strategies.
Cathy’s Human Resources career started in the manufacturing and operations industry. She has held various leadership positions with increasing responsibility at Ingersoll Rand Company in Davidson, North Carolina; Molson Coors Brewing Company in Elkton, Virginia; Farley & Sathers Candy Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Graphic Packaging International in Charlotte, North Carolina and Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Cathy received her MS in Organization Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her BA in Political Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Cathy believes in investing in herself and others. She completed the University of Michigan, Human Resources Executive Program and is a certified facilitator for PDI 360 Assessments. She currently serves on two boards - The John Crosland School and Child Care Resources, Inc. Cathy recently completed the Leadership Development Institute through the Charlotte Building Initiative. She also served on the Women’s Executive Leadership Team for the 2015 Go Red for Women Campaign in Charlotte.
Cathy believes in giving back and is engaged in several formal mentoring relationships with key talent at Carolinas Healthcare System (e.g. UNIDOS and Women’s Executive Leadership Group) and through the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange (WIE). In 2016 she founded the Carolinas Healthcare System Women of HR Networking Group whose mission is to empower women, provide development and exposure opportunities, and strengthen the communities we serve.
When she is not working out, she actively engages in her children’s activities, which include travel baseball, soccer, and Girl Scouts. Cathy and her family reside in Cornelius, North Carolina.
VP, Chief Diversity Officer
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin (WI)
Andres Gonzalez has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. He has been instrumental in creating culturally and linguistically competent programs. He serves as the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin located in Milwaukee, WI. He provides direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he leads Diversity & Inclusion strategic initiatives that include: Community Engagement, Diversity Action Teams (DATs), Diversity & Cultural Competence Education, Emerging Markets Initiative, Health Equity, Inclusion Advocates, Language Services, Leadership Development, Supplier Diversity and Talent Acquisition.
In his previous role, Mr. Gonzalez served as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Baystate Health in Springfield, MA from November 2012 to June 2015. He provided direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he led the strategic initiatives system wide that included: Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs), Diversity Council, Leadership Development Initiative, Diversity & Cultural Competence Education, Supplier Diversity and New England’s premier Diversity Conference.
Mr. Gonzalez served as the Director, Diversity & Community Outreach and Interim Supplier Diversity Director at Cleveland Clinic Health System from February 2007 to October 2012. He provided direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he led the strategic initiatives system wide that included: Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils, Language Enrichment and Supplier Diversity Programs and Community Outreach initiatives.
Mr. Gonzalez has worked in the community based sector providing leadership as Executive Director for Hispanic Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP), a chemical dependency prevention, intervention and treatment agency from October 1994 to December 2004. He also led efforts as the Executive Director of El Barrio, a workforce development agency that serves the Hispanic/Latino community in the Near West Side of Cleveland from January 2005 to February 2007.
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration on Community Agency Counseling from Cleveland State University. He also completed the certification program at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations Department and earned a Cornell Certified Diversity Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) certification.
Mr. Gonzalez serves on the national boards of the following organizations: American Heart/Stroke Association’s Diversity Leadership Committee and Health Equity Taskforce, member of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE) and the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare (ALCDH). He also serves on the following local boards: Employ Milwaukee-the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), Junior Achievement, La Causa, Inc., Nativity Jesuit Academy and Waukesha County Land Conservancy.
Mr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Cleveland Public Schools, a 2004 German Marshall Fund Fellow, an alumnus of: Esperanza (Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Bridge Builder’s Flagship Program, Leadership Cleveland and Next Generation Executive Leadership Program (The Partnership, Inc. based in Boston, MA).