Advisory Board 2019-01-15T17:26:02+00:00

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It takes collaboration of great minds, great brands and great passion to successfully foster our global mission to empower women to make smart consumer choices. We are honored to showcase this extraordinary group of leaders committed to our mission to empower women and to raise the standards of customer experience for all.



Scott Adams
Chief Executive Officer
Pullman Regional Hospital
Pullman, WA

Scott Adams was raised in southern California and attended college at Brigham Young University. In 1982, Scott completed his master’s degree in Health Administration and moved with his wife Sharon to Roanoke, Virginia to conclude his residency training as part of his master’s degree. In Roanoke he had the opportunity to work at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and be involved with a large tertiary teaching hospital.

Deborah Angerami
Deborah M. Angerami
Chief Operating Officer
Health First Viera Hospital
Viera, FL

Deborah Angerami currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Health First’s Viera Hospital, a newly constructed 84-bed hospital in Brevard County, Florida. Viera Hospital, which opened on April 2, 2011, is the fourth hospital in the Health First Integrated Delivery System. In her first year as Chief Operating Officer, Deborah drove double-digit percentile improvement in patient satisfaction & quality metrics while exceeding budget projections by 20% in key services lines such as orthopedic & bariatric surgery.

Genie Aubel
Genie Aubel
St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital
Youngstown, OH

Aubel has been employed by Mercy Health for 25 years working her way up the ladder from administrative resident, fellowship and Administrative Director of Medical Affairs at St. Elizabeth Hospital, to VP of Ambulatory and Post-Acute Services and then Sr. VP, Boardman and Post-Acute Services for Humility of Mary Health Partners.

Paul Beaupre, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
St. John’s Medical Center
Jackson, WY

Since joining St. John’s in 2016, Dr. Beaupré has developed a three-year strategic plan and introduced a performance improvement plan, “Going Further, Together.”

Eddie Beard, RN
Eddie Beard, RN
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer
Catawba Valley Medical Center
Hickory, NC

Eddie has held many positions in healthcare during his 31 years as a Registered Nurse, including staff nurse, nursing instructor, and nurse manager. He currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer of Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, where he has been for over 27 years.

Gerold Bepler
Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Detroit, MI

Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., is a world-renowned thoracic oncologist who has spent his career researching risks, progression, treatments and outcomes related to lung cancer, with a special focus on non-small cell lung cancer. Dr. Bepler began his tenure as president and chief executive officer of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit in February 2010.

Amy E. Berentes
Amy E. Berentes, RN, MSN
Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
Mercy Medical Center, Clinton
Clinton, IA

Ms. Berentes is the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Mercy, Clinton. She is responsible for creating the structure and environment that cultivates professional nursing practice and elevates quality care in order to improve patient outcomes. Prior to working in Clinton, Amy worked at Mercy-Dubuque as the Director of Clinical and Professional Development/Magnet Coordinator.

Traci Bernard
Traci Bernard
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake
Southlake, TX

Traci serves as the President at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake.
Traci has made it her mission to take her passion for improving healthcare to various health systems including 9 years as a Vice President of Operations with the Baylor Health System. Traci’s role of change agent fostered success by maintaining a balanced focus on improving operations, financial and satisfaction initiatives.

Darrel W. Box
Chief Executive Officer
Lafayette Regional Health Center
Lexington, MO

Darrel Box has been CEO of Lafayette Regional Health Center since January of 2013. Darrel attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City receiving a BS in Pharmacy in 1988 and started at LRHC in 1993 as the Director of Pharmacy and has held several positions since that time. He received his Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in 2001. In 2003, he joined the senior leadership team.

Kelley Brewer
Lakeside Women’s Hospital
Oklahoma City, OK

Kelley Lynn Brewer serves as President of Lakeside Women’s Hospital located in Oklahoma City. Kelley has held this position since 2000. She began her career in healthcare at Mercy Health Center as a staff nurse in labor and delivery. Mrs. Brewer has since had an extensive career that has included positions in education and management in several Oklahoma Hospitals.

Anita Capps
Anita Capps, MS, BSN, RN
VP/Chief Nursing Executive
Community Health Network South Region
Indianapolis, IN

Ms. Capps oversees Community South’s nursing services and operations. She works with physician leaders, hospital leaders, product line leaders and the hospital nursing team to enhance clinical performance in the areas of service, quality and safety, growth, finance, and the patient experience.

Paula A. Carynski
Paula A. Carynski
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
Rockford, IL

Ms. Carynski joined OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in 1985 and became its President in July 2013 after serving as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer since 1999. Previously, Ms. Carynski served in many capacities at OSF Saint Anthony including Director of Nursing Operations, Director of Regional Heart Institute, Director of Neuroscience Institute and Director of Cardiovascular Services.

Virginia Casey
Virginia F. Casey, MD
Executive Board Director
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Virginia Casey is versed in all areas of pediatric orthopedic conditions, from simple strains to complex reconstructive hip surgery. Her practice includes newborns, adolescents and young adults. She has a special clinical interest in hip disorders. She earned a B.A from the University of North Carolina, her M.D. from the University of Oklahoma and completed her residency in the department of orthopedics at the University of Utah.

Timothy L. Charles
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mercy Medical Center
Cedar Rapids, IA

Tim Charles joined Mercy in 2003 and in 2007 was appointed President and CEO of Mercycare Service Corporation and its subsidiaries, Mercy Medical Center; Mercy Care Management, Inc.; and the Mercy Foundation, comprising a $580 million, independent, not-for-profit Eastern Iowa provider, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.

Deborah Taylor
Deborah (Taylor) Chelette, RN, BSN, MHA
Chief Nursing Officer
Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances
Tyler, TX

Ms. Taylor serves as the Chief Nursing Officer for the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances and has a passion for increasing awareness of women’s heart disease, risk factor modification and healthy lifestyle changes. Ms. Taylor holds an Associate Degree in both Paramedic Technology and Nursing from Austin Community College, a Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Marcia Crim
Chief Executive Officer / Chief Nursing Officer
USMD Hospital at Arlington
Arlington, TX

Marcia Crim, RN, BSN, MS has served in healthcare executive roles for over 25 years. Her experience includes the development of multiple healthcare facilities that range from free standing clinics to licensed acute care hospitals. She is experienced in development, design, construction, staffing and equipping of facilities.

Margaret Dimond
Margaret Dimond, Ph.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
Rochester Hills, MI

Margaret Dimond, Ph.D., is President & CEO of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center. Before taking over at Crittenton, Dr. Dimond was president of the Karmanos Cancer Hospital at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Prior to Karmanos, Dr. Dimond served as president and chief executive officer of McLaren Medical Group. She has also held positions with Henry Ford Health System and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and its physician practice plan.

Buffy Domingue
Buffy Domingue
Chief Executive Officer
Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital
Lafayette, LA

Buffy Domingue is the CEO of Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, a wife and mother of two girls, a caring daughter, a family caregiver, a community leader, a business advocate, a legislative muscle, and an all around great person in every aspect of her life.

Karen A. Fiducia
Patti Ellish, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Covington, LA

St. Tammany Parish Hospital President and CEO, Patti Ellish has transformed a small community hospital into a thriving regional medical center. Under her leadership, this facility has tripled in size to serve the fastest growing parish (county) in Louisiana. An Employer of Choice, a Best Place to Work and ranking in the 97th percentile nationally for patient satisfaction, STPH bears measurable results of her influence.

Steven C. Herber
Steven C. Herber, M.D., F.A.C.S., Plastic Surgeon
President & Chief Executive Officer
St. Helena Hospital
Saint Helena, CA

Steven C. Herber, MD is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and President, CEO of at St. Helena Hospital. Dr. Herber completed his plastic surgery training in 1992 at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was also a plastic surgery instructor.

Jan Hess
Jan Hess
Vice President
St. Luke’s Hospital
Chesterfield, MO

Jan Hess is Vice President and a member of the Senior Administrative Staff at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Jan joined St. Luke’s Hospital in 1976 and has served on the Leadership Team for more than 35 years.

Jan’s administrative responsibilities include oversight of Quality Improvement, Case Management/Social Services, Health Information Services, Medical Library, Medical Staff Office, Voice Services, Oncology Service, and Marketing/Community Outreach.

Alvin Hoover
Alvin Hoover
Chief Executive Officer
King’s Daughters Medical Center
Brookhaven, MS

Alvin Hoover is the CEO of King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC), Brookhaven, Mississippi.
Women’s Choice named KDMC one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2013 and 2014, and KDMC was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Best Places to Work in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Donald E. Koenig, Jr.
Executive Vice President, Humility of Mary Health Partners
St. Elizabeth Health Center
Youngstown, OH

Don Koenig is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP), and the principal administrator for St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, HMHP’s flagship facility – a Level I Trauma Center with 350+ beds, and the region’s only Level III Obstetrics and Neonatal ICU. St. E’s is the home of the most advanced minimally-invasive and robotic surgery program in the region, including urological, gynecological, cardiac and general surgery procedures.

James M. Lally
President, Chino Valley Medical Center
Chino, CA

JAMES M. LALLY is President of Chino Valley Medical Center. Dr. Lally holds the positions of Chief Medical Officer, Chino Valley Medical Center & Montclair Hospital Medical Center. He is recognized in the local community as a charitable and giving physician, who leads by example. Early to work and late to leave, he serves as a role model to his management and staff as someone willing to “walk the walk”. Board certified in Family Practice, with certificates of added qualification in Sports Medicine and Geriatrics, he is responsible for the day to day operations of both hospitals and also serves as director of medical education for an internship, family practice residency & sports medicine fellowship.

Robin F. Linafelter
Chief Executive Officer
Lincoln Surgical Hospital
Lincoln, NE

Robb Linafelter is currently the CEO of 70th Street Properties in Lincoln, Nebraska. Among the holdings of 70th Street in which Robb oversees:

  • The Lincoln Surgical Hospital, a multi-specialty surgical hospital performing over 11,000 surgeries per year.
  • Eye Surgical Associates, a 9 provider physician’s clinic serving southeast Nebraska.
  • The Eye Group, an 18 provider management services organization for optometrists and ophthalmologists.
    Robb has been in his current position since 1997.

Don McKenna
President & Chief Executive Officer
St. Mary’s Health Care System, Inc.
Athens, GA

Don McKenna has served as president and CEO of Athens-based St. Mary’s Health Care System since 2008. St. Mary’s is a fully integrated health care delivery system serving 13 counties in the greater Northeast Georgia area. McKenna has more than 23 years of progressive and diverse health care experience, including serving as administrator and chief operating officer of Wuesthoff Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, a 115-bed, not-for-profit community hospital that is part of a two-hospital system headquartered in Rockledge, Fla.

Julie Miller-Phipps
Julie Miller-Phipps
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan of Southern California

Julie Miller-Phipps has been appointed president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan in Southern California. She assumed this role on August 15, 2016 and directs Hospital and Health Plan operations for the region’s 14 hospitals and 241 medical offices that are staffed by almost 68,000 employees who partner with 6,600 Southern California Permanente Medical Group physicians to meet the health care needs of more than 4.2 million members.Julie Miller-Phipps has been appointed president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan in Southern California.

Jeffrey E. Morrow
Chief Executive Officer
Doctors’ Hospital at Deer Creek
Leesville, LA

Jeffrey E. Morrow serves as CEO/Administrator of Doctors’ Hospital at Deer Creek located in Leesville, LA. Jeff has held this position since January 2013. He began his career in healthcare in Mount Pleasant, TX at Titus County Memorial Hospital as a Cost Accountant. Since, he has held positions varying from Accountant, Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Administrator, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer.

Bill Nelson
Bill Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
Mille Lacs Health System
Onamia, MN

Bill Nelson, MHA, FACHE, has been the CEO at Mille Lacs Health System, in Onamia, MN, since 2008. MLHS is a fully integrated independent health system with a Critical Access Hospital, 10 bed Geri-Psych Unit, 57 bed Nursing Home, Home Care/Hospice, BLS and ALS Ambulance Services, 4 Family Clinic locations, and is the operator and part owner of Lake Song Assisted Living. MLHS has facilities in Onamia, Isle, Garrison, Hillman and Milaca.

Denise M. Peterson
Denise M. Peterson, RN, MSHCA, NEA-BC, FACHE
Vice President, Professional Nursing Practice & Quality
Chief Nursing Officer
St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center
Hartford, CT

Saint Francis Care has named Denise M. Peterson, RN, MSHCA, NEA-BC, FACHE, as Vice President, Professional Nursing Practice and Quality, Chief Nursing Officer, effective August 1, 2015.

Jayne E. Pope
Chief Executive Officer
Hill Country Memorial
Fredericksburg, TX

Jayne Pope is Chief Executive Officer for Hill Country Memorial, a 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. Prior to accepting the CEO position, she served as HCM’s Chief Nursing Officer.

Lisa Rameaka, MD
Chief Medical Officer
South County Health
Wakefield, RI

Lisa S. Rameaka, MD is a board certified Obstetrician /Gynecologist and Chief Medical Officer at South County Health. She received her medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University.

David F. Ruskowski
Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Crown Point
Crown Point, IN

Dave Ruskowski is a career health care executive with extensive leadership experience in a multi-hospital system, Franciscan Alliance. He holds responsibilities at the hospital, regional and system levels. He has held senior leadership roles in three of the 13 Franciscan Alliance hospitals. Since 2008, he has served as President of Franciscan St. Anthony Health, in Crown Point Indiana, an acute care hospital with 2 major campuses and 15 additional clinics and service sites in Northwestern Indiana.

Christina Ryan
Chief Executive Officer
The Women’s Hospital
Newburgh, IN

Christina M. Ryan RN MHA currently serves as CEO of The Women’s Hospital, and Administrator for Deaconess Health System Pediatric Product Line and Riley Clinic’s. Past and current boards include: AHA Governing Council for Maternal Child Health, DHHS Secretary Advisory Council for Infant Mortality, March of Dimes, Welborn Baptist Foundation Advisory Committee for Movement Building Healthier Communities, German American Regional Advisory Banking Board, Indiana Perinatal Network, and Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (IPQIP) for the Indiana State Department of Health.

Robert Schmitt
Chief Executive Officer
Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services
Gibson City, IL

With over 20 years in healthcare leadership, Rob joined GAHHS as the CFO in 2002. Rob was promoted to CEO in 2007. Rob is a Fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Rob received his Master in Business Administration from Webster University on their Fayetteville, Arkansas campus. Rob is also on several boards of the Illinois Hospital Association and Treasurer of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network.

James E. Shmerling
James E. Shmerling, DHA, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Hartford, CT

James E. Shmerling was named President and Chief Executive Officer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on October 1, 2015. For over three decades, Dr. Shmerling has served in management roles in children’s hospitals and is nationally recognized as a leader in issues concerning children’s health and wellness.

Christine Schuster, RN, MBA
Christine Schuster, RN, MBA
President & CEO
Emerson Hospital
Concord, MA

Ms. Schuster has over 25 years of health care experience. Prior to joining Emerson in 2005, she served as President and CEO of Quincy Medical Center and previously Athol Memorial Hospital. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Extended Care Division of Tenet Saint Vincent Healthcare System in Worcester and director of critical care at New England Deaconess Hospital.

Elayne Shutt, BSN, MHA
Elayne Shutt, BSN, MHA
Chief Nursing Officer
Lone Peak Hospital
Draper, UT

Elayne was a member of the original administrative team that opened Lone Peak Hospital in 2013. Under her leadership as the Chief Nursing Officer, Lone Peak Hospital continues to grow in services, volume and acuity.

Johnese Spisso, RN, MPA
President, UCLA Health
CEO, UCLA Hospital System
Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences

Johnese Spisso assumed the position of President of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences on February 8, 2016. She is a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader with more than 30 years of experience, and oversees all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics as well as the health system’s regional outreach strategy.

Parker Templeton, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Iberia Medical Center
New Iberia, LA

Parker Templeton is Chief Executive Officer of Iberia Medical Center in New Iberia, Louisiana. He formerly served as CEO of Franklin Foundation Hospital, Franklin, Louisiana; CEO/Administrator at Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital, New Iberia, Louisiana; Assistant Administrator at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, Illinois; and Assistant Administrator at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

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President / Chief Executive Officer
Salina Regional Health Center
Salina, KS

Micheal Terry has 27+ years of CEO experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors of healthcare. His experiences allow him to focus on quality, patient satisfaction and patient outcomes as he leads the strategies for SRHC to improve healthcare in North Central Kansas. He has a dedication to train the best employees and providers to carry SRHC into the future healthcare environment.

Randy Ulseth
Chief Executive Officer
FirstLight Health System
Mora, MN

Randy Ulseth was named Chief Executive Officer of FirstLight Health System in January of 2002. Ulseth joined FirstLight Health System with ambitious goals for both the organization and the community. As CEO he is responsible for the growth, management and strategic direction of the hospital and its affiliated departments and services.

Michael K. Winthrop, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
The Bellevue Hospital
Bellevue, OH

Mike Winthrop has been President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital since September 1988. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois. The Bellevue Hospital relocated to a replacement facility on March 13, 2005 on a 109 acre site just west of Bellevue. Mike indicates the experience of leading the planning, design and construction of the 50 bed, 130,000 square foot facility has been the “dream of a lifetime.”

Robert P. Wise
Robert P. Wise
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hunterdon Healthcare
Flemington, NJ

Mr. Wise has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hunterdon Medical Center since 1990. He also serves as President of Hunterdon Healthcare System, Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, Hunterdon Regional Community Health and Midjersey Health Corporation. Mr. Wise received his undergraduate degree from Boston College (1969) and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh (1974). Prior to coming to the Medical Center, he held administrative positions at Rancocas Hospital (Executive Director), Albert Einstein Medical Center (Vice President) and Kennedy Memorial Hospital (Administrator).

Robert Zentz, MSA, RN, NHA
Fellowship Community
Whitehall, PA

Before joining Fellowship Community in 1996, Zentz worked with diverse corporations in the hospital industry for 38 years and last held the position of vice president of patient care.

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Todd Estabrook
Chief Marketing Officer
Commonwealth Financial Network

Todd joined Commonwealth in 2004. As chief marketing officer, he manages the expression of Commonwealth’s brand across all media. He also directs the development of the firm’s overall marketing strategy and oversees the execution of the company’s marketing initiatives, including print advertising, online media, internal publications, direct marketing, and public relations.

Lynne Ford
Executive Vice President
for SunTrust’s Private Wealth

Lynne Ford is Executive Vice President and Division Executive for SunTrust’s Private Wealth in Greater Washington and Maryland. In this role, she leads the region’s team of wealth management professionals who deliver a suite of financial planning, investment management and banking solutions for high net worth individuals.

Kim Sharan
Founder & CEO, and Board Director
Kim M. Sharan, LLC

Founder & CEO, Kim M. Sharan, LLC and Board Director
As a C-suite executive and general manager with full P&L responsibility, Kim Sharan has over 35 years of diverse leadership experience with several premiere multi-billion dollar global financial services organizations, including Ameriprise Financial, American Express, Merrill Lynch, Citicorp and Citibank.

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Jim Nguyen
Co-Founder, Executive Vice President – Corporate & Partner Development

Jim Nguyen is responsible for corporate development, business development and the overall management of TrueCar’s affinity partner channel. Jim brings more than 20 years of experience in strategy, finance, accounting, operations and corporate administration to TrueCar, where he’s a founding executive and served as CFO until 2012.

Lyn St. James
Lyn St. James Enterprises, Inc.

Lyn St. James has raced for over 30 years including being 1992 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, wins at the 24 Hrs. of Daytona, 12 Hrs. of Sebring, Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake, closed course speed record holder of over 225mph; and is an author (Ride of Your Life, An Incredible Journey, Oh By the Way, Car Owner’s Manual for Women), motivational speaker, and founder of the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation.

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Vanessa Lee
Cruise Strategies Ltd.

One of Canada’s leading proponents and influencers within the cruise industry and a well-known writer and speaker on cruising and travel, Vanessa Lee recently celebrated her 36th year in the travel business. Vanessa was born in England, has lived in Australia and has enjoyed a lengthy career in the Canadian travel and cruise industry. She was a founding partner of Encore Cruises, which went on to achieve enormous success as Canada’s pre-eminent cruise specialist tour operator.

Gordon Ho
SVP, Global Marketing & North America Sales
Princess Cruises Ltd.

Gordon Ho serves as the SVP and Head of Marketing & Sales at Princess Cruises, the 3rd largest cruise line in the world. Since joining in 2013, Gordon’s team has led a number of partnerships including Discovery at Sea, bringing Discovery Channel & Animal Planet experiences to the ship (i.e. Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch, SharkWeek). He also helped launch The Voice of the Ocean & live singing competition based on the hit TV series and the all new musical, “Magic to Do”, from the composer of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz. Gordon & team spearheaded new culinary offerings including partnerships with Chef Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters, Take Home Chef), and renowned chocolatier, Norman Love. Gordon’s team also led the product & marketing launch for Princess entry into China.

Diane Moore
Paul Gauguin Cruises

Diane Moore is President of Paul Gauguin Cruises. A seasoned veteran of the cruise industry, Moore joined Paul Gauguin Cruises in 2010. Previously, she was President of Windstar Cruises. Moore began her career as a member of Royal Cruise Line serving as Senior Vice President of Passenger Services until 1996 to join forces with Holland America Line as Vice President of Passenger Programs.

Mark Murphy
President & CEO

Entrepreneur, author, speaker, and online media impresario, Mark Murphy is a 20-year travel media industry veteran recognized by his peers as an innovator at the cutting edge of online publishing, social media, advertising and brand marketing. His understanding of both the travel industry and the rapidly changing media landscape, combined with his desire to continuously offer unique and customer-driven solutions, has positioned him as a pioneer in the business.

Dawn Repoli
Executive Director & COO

Dawn Repoli is the WINiT Executive Director and COO responsible for the coordination and facilitation of WINiT Operations, employees as well over 200 volunteers from 40 countries.

Edie Rodriguez
Edie Rodriguez
President & COO
Crystal Cruises

With more than 30 years of experience in the global cruise, travel and technology industries, cruise industry veteran Edie Rodriguez joined Los Angeles-based ultra-luxury Crystal Cruises as its president and chief operating officer on October 16, 2013. Although known to many in the industry as Edie Bornstein, Edie took her husband’s last name, Rodriguez, when she married in mid-February, 2014.

Robert J. Stuart
Robert J. Stuart
Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
The Hertz Corporation

Bob Stuart is the Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for The Hertz Corporation. Mr. Stuart joined Hertz in December 2007 and is based out of Naples, FL. Mr. Stuart overseas worldwide sales programs for business, leisure and travel industry outlets as well as partnership sales including airline, hotel and online partnerships for car rental brands Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly.

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Warren Eckstein
Warren Eckstein’s Hugs and Kisses

Warren Eckstein is an internationally known pet and animal expert. Warren developed his unique approach for understanding animal behavior by combining different techniques learned and observed while working in Southeast Asia and Europe. He has devoted over thirty years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique “Hugs and Kisses” approach to animal behavior, care and training.

Carlos Campos D.V.M.
America’s Favorite Veterinarian

Graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. He has been working in Pasco since graduation. He enjoys challenging cases in dermatology, internal medicine, reproduction and surgery. He has a special interest in the management of obesity cases in both felines and canines. Winner of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” 2013. He is the current President of the Suncoast Veterinary Association. He has served in the Animal Services Advisory Council for Pasco County since 2004. He is also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, Council 5869.

Mychelle Blake, MSW,CAE,CDBC
Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Mychelle Blake is the President and CEO of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the largest association in the world for companion dog trainers and behavior counselors. She served as several years as the Editor in Chief of the APDT’s award winning magazine, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog. From 2004 to 2006, she was a Co-Editor for Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice for the International Association of Animal Behavior Counselors.

Arden Moore
The Pawsitive Coach™

Arden happily wears many “collars” in the pet world: radio show host, animal behavior consultant, master pet first aid instructor, media consultant, editor and best-selling author. She travels all over North America to help millions better understand why cats and dogs do what they do. Arden unleashes her sage advice spiced with humor as an in-demand TV and radio show guest, (including The Today Show, CNN, FOX, Martha Stewart and The George Lopez Show.) Her mission is to help people and their pets learn to play.

Gregg R.Oehler
Pet Media PR

Gregg R.Oehler, a veteran of the dog publishing beat, brings over 35 years of experience to the job. As a 30-year publishing executive, Gregg has been involved in over 50 magazine start-ups. Gregg is President of Pet Media PR, Canine Health & Wellness, and The New York Pet Fashion Show’s parent company Oehler Media Inc., a publishing, media, marketing and advertising firm based in New York City.

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Consumer & Home Products

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Michelle Barry, PhD
President and CEO

With a doctorate in sociocultural and medical anthropology, and arts degree in visual communications, Michelle develops new approaches for understanding brand and product experiences through the lens of consumer culture. Michelle has spent the past 18 years pioneering innovative research methods and strategic analytic frameworks to truly get underneath the nuances of human behavior and sensory experiences that lead to successful brand, product and retail experiences.

Ron Passaglia, President and CEO, Restonic Mattress Corporation
Ron Passaglia
President and CEO
Restonic Mattress Corporation

President and CEO of Restonic Mattress Corporation, Ron Passaglia began his career in the bedding industry as a part-time sales associate in a mattress store in California. In the 1970s, he joined Simmons, where he worked his way up the management ladder, eventually becoming Senior Executive Vice President. Under Ron’s leadership, Simmons grew to more than $600 million in revenue through strong marketing and brand building.

Tim Ransom

Tim Ransom
Brand Arsonist and Visionary

Tim Ransom is a CLIO Award winning brand development visionary and author with broad CPG retail experience and over thirty years of proven success in converting product benefits into unique and profitable brands with tangible results that generate long-term revenue streams. Tim’s work compels the choices people make.

Food & Beverage

Bill Cross
Bill Cross
Senior Vice President
Broad Street Licensing Group

Bill spearheads business development for Broad Street Licensing Agency, a world leader in Food & Beverage licensing. In an effort to excel in his work, he researches and writes the company’s blog “Food Business News,” which covers all aspects of the world F&B marketplace, including health & wellness trends.

Carol May
Carol May
Wisdom Natural Brands

Carol is President of Wisdom Natural Brands, a family business begun by her husband, Jim, in 1982, selling consumer packaged stevia sweeteners and teas from rainforest herbs directly to retailers and through distributors and in bulk to food service, as well as their premium natural ingredients with applications to other manufacturers, Carol May has worked in various capacities in the company since 1987, having assumed executive leadership in 2007.

Sharon Miller
Sharon Miller
Vice President/General Manager
ConAgra Foods McDonald’s Business Unit

Sharon Miller was named vice president and general manager of the ConAgra Foods McDonald’s Business Unit in 2013. In this role, she has responsibility for leveraging ConAgra Foods’ best capabilities to partner with McDonald’s. ConAgra Foods supplies three categories to McDonald’s – potatoes, bakery and foodservice & flavors – and Sharon oversees the strategy to serve McDonald’s global and local needs.

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Carol C. Reber
Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer
Duckhorn Wine Company

Carol Reber is Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer with Duckhorn Wine Company, one of the most successful luxury wine portfolios in the world. In addition to leading a team of 50+ marketing and hospitality professionals, Ms. Reber has an established track record of driving rapid growth by using market intelligence and trends to best position companies, brands, products and people for maximum success.

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