Karen has over thirty years of diverse healthcare administration and consulting experience and has held top-level nursing and hospital administration positions in the US and abroad.
Karen assumed the Chief Executive role at Kirby Bates in 2003. She wanted to combine her experience and expertise in nursing and hospital administration with her experience in healthcare consulting to shape exceptional healthcare leadership teams and ultimately improve patient care.
Karen was previously the Senior Vice President for Patient Services at Boston University Medical Center, and Associate Director of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1990, she entered the international healthcare arena as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Healthcare International, LTD, an international tertiary care hospital and hotel complex near Glasgow, Scotland that she helped to design, equip, staff, commission and then manage. She began her consulting career in 1995 as a Senior Consultant, and then a Director, at Harvard Medical International, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where she provided consulting services in India, Abu Dhabi, Spain and various other international locations.
Karen has published papers on topics important to nursing administrators, including variable budgeting, operating room productivity and alternative patient care systems. She is particularly skilled in organizational evaluation and re-design, program planning, variable budgeting and staffing, and facility design. She quickly evaluates an organization and/or department and develops cost-effective recommendations for improving structure, roles and outcomes.
Karen has a strong professional network. She has been a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) for over 30 years, is a Past President and current member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire (ONL), a current board member of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL) and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Karen is also on the board and active in On Nursing Excellence, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization devoted to expand the effectiveness, efficiency, wellbeing and recognition of the healthcare workforce and she is a member of the API Advisory Board.
Karen received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan, her Master's Degree in Administration from the University of California, San Francisco, and she completed a Johnson and Johnson Nursing Executive Fellowship at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, PA. Karen is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).
Melissa A. Fitzpatrick, MSN, RN, FAAN
Melissa has over thirty years of healthcare leadership experience and has held a variety of roles including Vice President of Critical Care and Cardiac Services at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Senior Associate Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse Executive at Duke University Medical Center. Melissa also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Nursing Management Journal and then as the Chief Healthcare Strategist at the SAS Institute. From 2007 until 2015, Melissa served as the first ever Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Hill-Rom. She joined the KBA team in 2019 as Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for leading the business operations, technology and marketing teams.
To each of her roles Melissa has brought decades of clinical and executive experience and domain expertise, thought leadership and strategic guidance to her teams as they work together to improve patient care delivery and caregiver safety and satisfaction. Melissa has served as a mentor and role model to thousands of nurses around the globe and as a consultant to hundreds of healthcare leaders and teams as they strive to improve clinical and operational outcomes and to reduce preventable adverse events.
Melissa is a nationally and internationally recognized consultant, speaker and author on clinical and leadership issues in healthcare, with many peer reviewed publications and book chapters to her credit. She is a highly sought-after motivational speaker who has delivered hundreds of national keynote addresses to a variety of nursing and healthcare audiences. Melissa is a past National President of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Foundation for Critical Care. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1997 and was the Distinguished Alumna at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Melissa was featured on the cover of the February 2012 issue of Nurse Leader with an extensive interview as an AONE Leader to Watch. She received the 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award from Gwynedd Mercy University. Melissa is actively engaged as an officer, task force leader and member of many national nursing and healthcare organizations and Boards and serves our industry at the highest level with integrity and passion.
Melissa earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College and her Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
M. Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN
With more than thirty years of diverse healthcare leadership experience, Jane has expertise in executive search, leadership, and consulting. Prior to joining Kirby Bates in 2007, Jane held senior executive search positions with regional and international search firms. She has successfully managed executive and senior leadership searches for a broad range of healthcare organizations and systems across the country.
Jane has served in executive level positions as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer in Massachusetts and Michigan. In these roles, Jane led the revitalization and turnaround of operations and patient care services. As the Vice President for Patient Care Policy for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, she worked directly with cabinet-level policy makers and provided leadership on state and federal policy. She has also established coalitions among health industry leaders and initiated action on critical healthcare legislative, regulatory and programmatic issues. Jane has consulted with healthcare organizations on leadership infrastructure, resource management, patient care services redesign, and achieving financial and quality imperatives.
Professionally active, Jane has served on a number of committees and boards for community, healthcare and professional organizations. She has presented at state and regional forums on a number of topics and has published in leading journals and publications. Jane is actively involved in the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); the Organizations of Nurse Leaders MA, RI & NH, and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration.
Jane received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Nursing from Boston University. She completed a post-graduate program in Health Policy at Harvard University and received certification in Health Care Mediation through Boston University School of Public Health. Jane is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Emmanuel College School of Nursing and teaches Organizational Development in Healthcare in the graduate program.
Peggy Loughery, MSN, RN
Peggy has over fifteen years of diverse management and education experience in teaching, not-for-profit, and for-profit hospitals. Prior to joining Kirby Bates Associates, she held positions as nurse manager, nurse educator, and nursing supervisor. During her tenure as Nurse Manager, her unit was awarded Unit of the Year from Nursing Spectrum. Peggy also served as the Director of Staffing at the Medical College of Pennsylvania where she actively participated on the contract negotiation team and led the organization through a Nursing strike. In addition, Peggy has served as an interim manager and consultant in the areas of quality, staffing and scheduling. She has presented on clinical topics such as restraint reduction as well as patient focused care.
Since joining KBA in 2005, Peggy has conducted more than 200 leadership searches at organizations across the country. She has exceptional expertise in research and candidate development and has outstanding interpersonal skills. Peggy forms strong working relationships with clients and candidates and effectively meets client timelines by ensuring an efficient search process. Peggy also has a very broad and diverse professional network.
Peggy is a graduate of Hahnemann University/Drexel School of Nursing and completed her Bachelor's degree with honors at LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University in 2018. Peggy is actively engaged in professional and community activities. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL) as well as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SEPONL).
Judy Hayes, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Judy Hayes, MSN, RN, NEA-BC joined Kirby Bates in 2017 as Vice President of Executive Search and Interim Leadership. With 35 years of nursing leadership experience, Judy Hayes matches KBA clients with culturally complementary candidates.
Prior to joining Kirby Bates, Judy served as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, a Partners Healthcare member. Before that, she was Director of Professional Practice Quality and Staff Development; Director of Utilization and Care Management; and held other leadership roles at hospitals throughout the region.
During her tenure, Judy developed special expertise in creating new systems and roles for facilitating the nursing department's adoption of new technology, as well as new clinical roles. She also earned national recognition for patient satisfaction and quality results.
Judy earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Saint Anselm College and was awarded a Master of Science in Nursing from Salem State University. She is board certified in Nursing Executive Administration by the ANCC and is a member of ONL for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, and AONE. Judy also serves as a member of the editorial board for Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.
Livonne Engebrecht, BA
Livonne Engebrecht has served as a Search Associate at Kirby Bates Associates (KBA) since 2015. She brings 20 years of healthcare executive recruiting experience, having worked in two other specialty search firms before joining KBA. As a talent acquisition specialist, Livonne partners with nursing leaders to learn about their career trajectory and future goals, as they explore the next step in their career. She has excellent communication skills and attention to detail, ensuring an efficient and enjoyable process for every candidate.
Livonne strives to fully comprehend the unique needs of clients and candidates in order to meet the goals of the individuals and the organizations that KBA serves. She is passionate about her role as a member of the KBA team where she works with nursing leaders to identify candidates who meet the leadership needs of hospitals and healthcare organizations. She admires and respects executive nursing leaders for their expertise, education and dedication to delivering excellent patient care.
Livonne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She grew up on Long Island NY, has lived in Westchester County NY, Sonoma County CA, Portland, OR and currently resides in Helena, MT. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her beautiful granddaughter.
Erinn Riley is an experienced healthcare talent acquisition specialist, having worked in the areas of nursing, therapy, pharmacy, behavioral health and medical device recruitment.
Erinn initially joined Kirby Bates Associates as a Search Associate in 2011, returning in 2015 after a brief hiatus to explore the hiring and onboarding process through in-house corporate recruiting. Erinn's broad experience in healthcare search helps to bring fresh strategies to her candidate development methodology.
Prior to her current tenure with Kirby Bates Associates, Erinn was the Talent Acquisition Manager for a medical device company, where she managed a sales recruitment team, as well as online recruitment, candidate development and onboarding. Previously, Erinn was a Recruitment Consultant for a recruitment process outsourcing firm.
Earlier in her career, Erinn was a Department Leader, recruiting temporary and permanent healthcare professionals in Nursing, Therapy, Pharmacy and Behavioral Health, building out a geographic area in the state of Pennsylvania. Erinn began her career working as a recruiter specializing in the placement of Nursing professionals for Army Medical Centers in Hawaii and San Diego.
Erinn received her associate's degree in business from Delaware County Community College in Media, PA. In her personal time, Erinn enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Shari Berenson joined Kirby Bates Associates as Operations Manager of Search Services in January of 2017. Her work for KBA is focused on ensuring operational efficiencies among the Retained Search team and coordinating logistics between clients and candidates during the interview phase.
Prior to joining KBA, Shari served as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief Product Officer for Progress Software, NC, supporting a global team. Shari's career combines healthcare administrative and executive search experience that spans over 15 years. She served as Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and the Vice President of Operations at Lahey Beverly Hospital, and as Executive Assistant for two Boston‐based executive search firms: CT Partners and RM Nephew and Associates. In the latter positions, she supported senior partners in C‐Suite and Board recruitment.
Doris A. Sinkevich, MS, RN, CENP
Doris has over thirty years of nursing and healthcare leadership experience in acute care, behavioral health, and long term acute care settings including public and private hospitals, for-profit organizations and private industry. She has held senior nursing leader leadership positions at multiple hospitals along with serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Westwood-Pembroke Health System and Walden Behavioral Care, all in Massachusetts. In addition, she has served as an interim Chief Nursing Officer and Healthcare Consultant in numerous hospitals throughout New England.
In 2015, Doris assumed the role of Executive Vice President, Interim Services at Kirby Bates Associates. She leads the service line that provides expert executive and service line interim leaders at times when organizations are in need of transitional leadership. With considerable experience in C-Suite positons and as having served as an interim executive, Doris brings a unique perspective in leading the highly effective KBA interim leadership program.
Doris has demonstrated proficiency in many settings that have required significant change. Her greatest skills are often demonstrated in situations requiring turnaround and restructuring to achieve exemplary outcomes. She quickly establishes positive working relationships within environments and through this is able to develop highly functioning results-oriented teams. She has fostered transformation in several organizations resulting in highly reliable performance, consistently achieving high value, quality improvement and cost efficiency.
Doris has been a long standing member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) along with being a Past President, Board member, current member, and committee member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH, CT, and VT (ONL). She has frequently served as a preceptor for nursing administration master's degree students along with being a faculty member for review courses for the ANCC certification process. In addition, she is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has received recognition awards from a number of community groups including hospice and community life centers in reflection of her commitment to broaden the agenda of hospitals beyond the hospital walls.
Doris received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and her Master's Degree in Nursing Administration from Boston University School of Nursing. She holds distinction in being in the inaugural group of nurse executives who received national certification as Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) through the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).
Colleen A. Chapp, MHA, MSN, RN, CENP, FACHE
Colleen is an accomplished healthcare executive with over thirty years of diverse and progressive clinical and operational leadership experience. Colleen has served as Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Regional Services Consultant, Senior Vice President for a national Interim Leadership Services Firm, and an Executive Healthcare Advisor. She provided Interim CEO and CNO executive services in Oregon, Nebraska, and Ohio. As Vice President, Interim Leadership Services with Kirby Bates Associates, Colleen will build on her foundation as an Interim Leader in healthcare organizations and ten years as a Leadership Advisor and Senior Vice President for an Interim Leadership Services Firm.
Colleen has operational leadership experience in acute care, continuum of care service lines, and professional services settings. Previous roles encompassed multi-campus medical centers, community hospitals, critical access hospitals in public, not-for-profit and for-profit health systems. Colleen has demonstrated success in performance and organizational improvement, professional relationship building, business development and growth, clinical-financial communication with positive results, and leadership development. She is recognized for creating collaborative environments, leading teams through change and transition, engaging interdisciplinary teams to effectively achieve organizational goals, working with Boards and Executive Teams on integration of community and regional resources, along with aligning strategic initiatives and community assessments resulting in plans for action.
Colleen has an expansive professional network. She is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice through the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has been a long-standing member in AONE and ACHE. Colleen is Certified as an Organization Transition Management Consultant. She is also a member of the Healthcare Finance Management association and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society. Colleen was the first recipient of the Nebraska Rural Health Association President's Award.
Colleen received her Diploma in Nursing from Bryan Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and Master's Degree in Nursing Leadership from Seattle Pacific University, and a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Chapman College. Colleen is a student in the Doctor of Strategic Leadership program at Regent University.
Dee Dana, MBA, BSN, RN
Dee joined Kirby Bates Associates in October of 2018 as Director of Talent Acquisition, Interim Services. Her focus is candidate recruitment and development with the goal of matching exceptional interim candidates with client organizations in need of executive nursing leadership. She is returning to Kirby Bates, having previously worked for Bates and Associates earlier in her career. At Bates and Associates, Dee had primary responsibility for candidate recruitment along with other aspects of leadership placements.
Dee has extensive nursing experience in a wide variety of clinical settings as well as private industry interim engagements, including a national pilot program with Hewlett-Packard. After receiving her MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration, she joined the Medical Information Services Department at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia as Project Coordinator. While there, she was a key contributor to several major initiatives, including the implementation of the electronic medical record, registration and financial systems interfaces, and the opening of Temple University Children's Medical Center.
Dee received her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MBA from Widener University. She lives outside of Philadelphia, PA.
Jacquie Acheson, AAS
Jacquie joined Kirby Bates Associates in March 2016 as Operations Manager, Interim Services. Her role ensures that operational details of every interim engagement are efficiently managed to streamline activities for interim leaders, while meeting all onboarding requirements to the client's satisfaction. Her expertise in organization, execution and attention to detail is exceptional and supports the expanding KBA interim service line.
With over thirty years of work experience, Jacquie has gained a strong background and many successes in administrative support roles in hospitals in MA as well as customer service and operational support in the financial and sales industries.
Prior to joining Kirby Bates, Jacquie served in Executive and Senior Administrative support roles at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton and Walden Behavioral Care in Massachusetts. She has served in other administrative support and sales positions at several Fortune 500 companies, along with being a founding partner in 1985 of a successful insurance inspection company.
Jacquie received her Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration from Katharine Gibbs College, Boston, MA 2006.
Ellen Berenson, BA, AS
Ellen joined Kirby Bates Associates as Administrative Manager, Interim Services, in January 2019. Ellen facilitates the operational stages for interim engagements from business development through completion of the engagement. In this key role, Ellen ensures execution of all details resulting in high client satisfaction.
Ellen brings to KBA a wealth of Executive Search experience from past tenures as a Project Manager at RM Nephew and Associates, a Research Associate at Korn/Ferry International, and an Executive Assistant and Project Manager at Spencer Stuart. Ellen's retained search experience includes searches in Healthcare, Board, C-Suite, Technology, Finance, and Education. Prior to entering the Executive Search field in 2003, Ellen was an Office Manager for an investor relations firm.
Ellen began her career as an Operations Facilitator at American Express Business Travel Customer Service, where she managed corporate training, technology, statistical analysis and reporting for a large call center. Promoted to Area Team Leader, Ellen managed a portfolio of client travel offices in some of New England's largest corporations, including Bain & Company, McKinsey & Company, Textron and Motorola.
Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing, summa cum laude, from Emerson College and an Associate of Science degree in Travel/Tourism Management from Johnson & Wales University. Ellen is an avid photographer and editor of the Stony Brook Camera Club's award-winning newsletter, Reflections. She lives outside of Boston and enjoys spending time with her rescue pup, Boone.
Pamela DeCampli, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Pam has thirty years of broad management experience in university teaching hospitals, private not-for-profit hospitals, and for-profit community hospitals. She has held senior nursing leadership positions at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She was the Vice President for Patient Care Services at Graduate Hospital and the Chief Operating Officer at Medical College of Pennsylvania. Both of these organizations were part of Tenet Healthcare in Philadelphia. She is currently the Chief Transition Officer at Kirby Bates Associates, LLC where she leads healthcare management executive coaching services as well as leadership succession planning initiatives.
Pam has served on the Nurse Advisory Council of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania and was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at MCP Hahnemann University for over six years. She has also been a Clinical Instructor at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania, and a Clinical Associate at the Villanova University College of Nursing. Pam currently serves on the Board of Directors for the School of Nursing at Villanova University and is an active Board of Director for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitative Network.
Pam is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association (PNA), Philadelphia County District, and has served on multiple PNA committees and boards. She served as Secretary and President to the Board of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders and was a Board Director for the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders as well as the local American College of Healthcare Executives Chapter serving as the Co-chair for the Career Development Committee for four years. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Association of Perioperative Nurses.
Pam received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. She is certified through the American Nurses Credential Committee as a Nurse Executive – Advanced.
Pam is particularly skilled in assessing organizations and developing practical approaches for enhancing both the quality and operational performance of services provided. She is a skilled professional certified coach and is frequently engaged to mentor and coach healthcare leaders. She has also given multiple presentations on managed care, pricing strategies, quality measurement, leadership, and other related topics.
Lorrie Favret Anderson
A knowledgeable sales and marketing healthcare industry professional, Lorrie has broad experience in business development, sales management, new product launches, and start-up business leadership. She began her career in the pharmaceutical sales industry with Lederle Laboratories and Wyeth in 1993. Lorrie distinguished herself as a reputable leader and effective sales professional with her ability to build trust and promote strong, long-lasting customer relationships by partnering with them and understanding their needs. Lorrie has worked with personnel from a wide variety of healthcare organizations including community hospitals, academic medical centers, and independent physician offices and managed care organizations.
Lorrie's start-up experience began in 2007 as Director of Business Development with Vestagen Protective Technologies, delivering advanced performance textile technologies to the medical market, focused on reducing hospital acquired infections. She then served as Director of Marketing for Agile Health, a start-up digital patient engagement organization offering a suite of trusted behavioral change programs using interactive text messaging.
Lorrie earned a BA in Political Science with French and History minors from the University of Alabama where she lettered in Waterskiing and served in the legislative and executive branches of Student Government. Lorrie is an avid runner, likes to travel and is a devoted school and church volunteer. She and her family live in Central Florida.
Jennifer Insua, BS
Over the past fifteen years, Jennifer has held various positions in hospital administration and healthcare human resources. Jennifer joined Kirby Bates Associates in September 2007. She is responsible for the operation of all office and human resource functions and financial management.
Prior to joining Kirby Bates, Jennifer served as a Human Resources Recruiting Assistant at Tenet Healthcare's Philadelphia Regional Corporate office. She also served as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Nursing Officer and the Vice President of Clinical Services at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, and the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at Elkins Park Hospital in Elkins Park, PA.
Jennifer received her Associate Degree in Science from Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ and her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
Nikhol Perez, MBA
Nikhol Perez has a decade of experience in coordinating accounting operations, preparing and analyzing financial statements and improving business processes. She joined Kirby Bates as Finance Manager in 2018.
Prior to joining Kirby Bates, Nikhol served as a Senior Accountant in various industries broadening her experiences. The foundation of Nikhol's success is her ability to align business strategy with established financial accounting principles. She strives to help companies increase profitability, achieve corporate goals and make informed business decisions.
Having recently earned a master's degree in business administration from University of Central Florida, Nikhol is well-equipped with the latest analytical tools, business techniques, problem-solving abilities and decision-making skills. Though she has highly desired accountant traits, she does not consider herself a typical accountant. She believes her strengths lie in her flexibility and ability to build relationships.
Betsy joined Kirby Bates in 2014 after serving for five years as a Research Specialist for an executive search firm serving children's hospitals nationally. Her responsibilities include: electronic marketing; formatting and revision of candidate resumes; researching organizations and resources; database and mailing list maintenance; and assistance with coordination and travel of candidates and staff.
Prior to beginning her career in search, Betsy spent 14 years at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine as an Analyst and Manager in Administration and Finance. She attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business from 1989 – 1994.
Tracy Weintraub, MSN, RN
Tracy Weintraub is a successful nurse executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in a variety of roles. She currently serves as Vice President, Leadership Liaison for Interim Services at Kirby Bates Associates, working with clients and Interim Leaders focused in the California markets. Throughout her career, Tracy has worked in Northern California, Southern California and the Central Valley of California.
Tracy earned both her BSN and MSN degrees from the University of Rhode Island. After graduate school Tracy served as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the UCLA Medical Center and was on faculty at both the University of Southern California Department of Nursing and the UCLA School of Nursing. She has lived and worked in California ever since.
Tracy has held executive leadership positions at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and Torrance Memorial Medical Center and served as Chief Nursing Officer at Los Robles Medical Center. Tracy also served as an acute care surveyor for The Joint Commission.
Other roles include various interim executive leadership roles on behalf of BE Smith and Leadership Advisor for Interim Services with BE Smith.
Professionally active, Tracy maintains her extensive network as a longstanding member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, the Association of California Nurse Leaders and the American Organization of Nurse Leaders. In 2013, the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing honored Tracy with the Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award.
Tracy currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Philip and adorable pup Sully. They have two adult sons, Hank and Charlie.
Ken is an experienced computer and IT professional with over 25 years of industry knowledge. He began his career at Bell Atlantic working with Sun Microsystems, IBM Servers, and Macintosh systems. Ken quickly progressed and immersed himself into networking and systems integrations for some of the largest printing companies in Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.
Ken’s knowledge of electronic pre-press and systems integrations propelled his career further into the developing field of internet technologies. His advanced computer networking skills, strong leadership, and drive led him to open Spectrum Computer Technologies, a company focused on providing small to mid-sized businesses computer and networking support. His company grew through exceptional customer service and a unique understanding of how the virtual workspace was expanding through all industries. Before joining Kirby Bates full time, Ken functioned as their primary IT support through Spectrum Computer Technologies.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Ken relocated to South Jersey where he met his wife of 30 years. They recently moved to Richmond, VA and look forward to exploring the area with their collie, Coby.
Excited, energized, motivated, eager, enthusiastic – all words to describe how a nurse manager or director feels about the opportunity to advance or transition into a new leadership role. Conversely, there can be moments of angst, indecision, and uncertainty as unknown situations call for untried solutions. And once the on-boarding process and close connection with a formal preceptor is concluded, new leaders can at times feel uncertain about next steps in their role transitioning process. Often new managers question their decisions but frequently there are limited trusted colleagues or mentors to assist in difficult problem solving circumstances. These are the times when nurse executives seek additional support engaging outside assistance in order to ensure the new leader is successful. In steps the professional coach; a seasoned nurse leader who can assist with the next stage of essential role transitioning.
The Kirby Bates Associates coaching program is designed around several key elements and incorporates face to face site visits geared towards the exploration of skillset proficiencies. An intake assessment is conducted by the coach and includes one on one meetings with the new leader; observations in the clinical environment; interviews with peers, staff, physicians and superiors using open ended behavioral questions; and the manager’s completion of the American Organization of Nurse Executives "Nurse Manager Skills Inventory Tool."
The interview and observation elements are the most pivotal portions of the program as they evaluate the new leaders valued strengths as well as incorporate productive criticism. The synthesis of these collected data elements results in the compilation of a written initial assessment report, which outlines findings and next steps, along with a timeline, of the coaching process. This report is reviewed with the hiring manager and nurse executive as well as the new leader. An agreed upon course of action is determined and progress is measured during the six month coaching engagement.
Many times, the new manager will identify the business and financial aspects of their new role as the most important element of focus. But more frequently, it is the relationship development, political awareness, and communication elements that require needed intervention. One way to manage the disconnect between the manager’s personal assessment and those obtained during the intake assessment is to summarize solicited responses to the open ended interview questions in a simple spreadsheet outlining overarching themes. This diminishes the personal aspect of the message and focuses the work on general perceptions and desired results. Confidential coaching, competency education, and supportive communication are provided by the coach in person and also using web based distance learning mechanisms.
Learning modules are tailored for specific competencies and human resource elements. Action learning is employed allowing the new leader to gain confidence and alter their style as needed. Coaching suggestions are always delivered in a productive exploratory manner supporting introspection and the use of appreciative inquiry. Positivism is the basis for all learning interventions supporting better understanding of complex problems. Implementation of mutually agreed upon actions ensuring the smooth transition of the Nurse Manager includes the development of unit operational plans, understanding roles, timelines and milestones of project management, and demonstration of foundational and critical thinking skills.
As the coaching engagement continues, progress in competency achievement is measured and discussed with the manager. Concise updates are provided to the nurse executive, and hiring manager when applicable, and course adjustments are made along the way. At the conclusion of the six month engagement, a final written report is developed by the coach and shared with all parties. Recommended strategies for the continued success of the Nurse Manager and ongoing confidential consultation and support by the coach are offered, and frequently taken advantage of. A coaching evaluation tool is completed by the manager and also shared with all parties.
Since the inception of the coaching program in 2008 at Kirby Bates Associates, thirty-three leaders, comprised of nurse managers, directors and nurse executives from nine organizations in seven states have participated in the coaching process. Participant outcome evaluation ratings, measured on a scale of one to five with five being the highest, indicate 95% of all participants consider the program to be at the highest level. More importantly, evaluation comments reveal the following participant views: "Most importantly, my coach gave me emotional support. I always looked forward to our meetings and was excited to share any good or bad news." Another manager stated, "The discussions with my coach were the best; her review of content, examples, and open communication style were appreciated. She was nonjudgmental, open and available".
Furthermore, retention statistics of all participants reveal that out of the 33 participants, twenty-five, or 76%, have remained in their respective leadership positions with the longest being a little over seven years. Five leaders have subsequently been promoted and as is sometimes the outcome, three individuals were assessed to not be the correct fit for the position and were ultimately not successful in their respective roles.
Sustained results from the program demonstrate the advancement of the new leaders’ self-reliance while supporting the development of their respective work team. Participants learn to capitalize on their strengths while diminishing weaknesses, a key aspect of appreciative inquiry and transformational leadership. More importantly, managers learn to keep their options open and expect good surprises along the way. They stay committed to the leadership journey striving to be the best nurse leader they can be.
Outcomes were important to identify as well. While engagement and retention were foremost, effective use of the leadership skills learned was also of value. As a result of this investment, several healthcare organizations’ witnessed the following: zero turnover and increased feelings of satisfaction, empowerment, and ownership after five years’ time. This has resulted in increased quality outcomes and improved employee satisfaction. When comparing leaders who received this support versus those that did not, the coached group ranked higher in the leader development process using the classic Nine Box grid to identify talent management. In the coached group, the majority landed in the future star, solid performer, or key performer categories.
Executive coaches can be very helpful in training effective, strong and engaged nurse managers. The outcomes metrics indicate this is a needed investment for the future success of our leaders, wherever their career paths may lead them. And indeed, the personal relationship and connection with the coach has sustained long term relationships with many managers who continue to seek advice and guidance.
How We Develop Talent
Our Leadership Coaching practice is led by KBA’s Executive Vice President and certified coach Pamela DeCampli, RN, MSN, NEA-BC. The goal of every coaching engagement is to benefit both the organization and the individual. We assist the individual in gaining the skills and self-knowledge to develop a personal leadership style that aligns with the organization’s needs.
Program componets are:
an on-site assessment, including competency validation
a formal agreement between the coach and coachee to work together on clarifying goals, setting priorities, developing strategies, creating action plans, staying focused and productive, tracking progress and measuring results
confidential coaching sessions conducted in person, by phone or in a web-based meeting
structured learning opportunities as well as real-time exploration of challenges that arise
A coaching engagement typically is completed in four months, after which the coach stays in touch with the coachee through periodic contact.
Meet Our Coaches
Led by Executive Vice President and Certified Coach Pamela DeCampli, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Kirby Bates Associates has a consortium of coaches available to provide specialty expertise to solve your leadership challenges:
New Manger skills building
Service lines development
Business and financial management
Inter - C-Suite relationship facilitation
Board of Directors development
Mary Baron, BBA, MSN, RN, CPA
Mary is skilled in mentoring emerging nurse leaders in the areas of financial management and budget development and analysis in consideration of meeting operational objectives and productivity analysis. Mary holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Simmons College. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Nancy Formella, MSN, RN, FACHE
Nancy is certified by the Gestalt International Study Center as a Professional Coach and is skilled in supporting nursing executives in the transition to COO and CEO roles. Nancy brings a broad array of professional expertise to the Kirby Bates coaching repertoire and is dedicated to the advancement of healthcare executive professionals. Using a focused assessment tool and 360 evaluations, Nancy develops an individualized coaching plan capitalizing on strengths.
Connie Yuska, MS, RN, CENP, LCS
Connie is a certified Executive Leadership Coach through Xcellero Leadership. Connie employs Appreciative Inquiry in her coaching approach supplemented with a focus on the strengths of the leader, recognizing that strengths can also contribute to a focus on identifying opportunities for improvement. Connie is skilled in the areas of succession planning and competency development for emerging leaders.
Cynthia Dixon, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, CPC
Cynthia is an accomplished and innovative Healthcare Executive, Consultant and Coach, with over 25 years’ experience in healthcare leadership. As a transformational leader and cultural change agent, Cynthia has held senior level positions in proprietary, non-profit, academic, community and rural hospitals. Cynthia holds certifications as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Aveta Business Institute, and as a Professional Certified Coach (Life and Leadership) from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).
Larry A. Anstine, FACHE
Larry is an accomplished healthcare executive who has counseled and led individuals as well as large-scale academic and not-for-profit medical centers for more than 30 years. Recognized for exceeding results, his strategic nature and collaborative leadership style drive high performing teams to operational excellence. A sought-after panelist and presenter, Larry’s role on various community and healthcare related boards, combined with his vast healthcare experience, have resulted in a highly-regarded practice as a consultant, coach and mentor.
Amy Smith, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, ACC
Amy is a board-certified coach, healthcare executive, and author. Amy brings a wealth of expertise in leadership development, healthcare operations, strategic growth, and clinical excellence to the Kirby Bates team. Amy is passionate about empowering others to reclaim control of their lives and careers, conquer their biggest challenges, and pursue their personal and professional dreams with renewed energy and excitement. Amy is also a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health, Advanced Holistic Nurse, and integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach.
Gay Cunningham MSN, RN, FACHE, ACC
Gay has guided organizations to improve and sustain outstanding patient satisfaction scores and quality metrics; and helped to develop leaders in every organization she’s led. She uses thought provoking questions to challenge her clients to look at their options in different ways. Her clients have identified improvements with difficult conversations, change management, work-life balance, setting and achieving goals, and career transitions. Gay is experienced with EMR conversions, major patient tower moves, and patient flow and holds certification through the International Coach Federation.
Debra Doroni, MBA, ACC
Debra is a certified executive and leadership coach credentialed by the International Coach Federation. She brings to her coaching more than 25 years of experience as an executive, having held strategic and operational leadership roles in large and small physician practice, academic hospital and for-profit healthcare settings. Debra’s focus areas include strengthening relationships with supervisors, colleagues, and supervisees, developing organizational, strategic and implementation skills, creating, exploring, or preparing for new professional opportunities, enhancing executive presence, and overcoming beliefs and situations that hinder professional effectiveness. She has a special interest in supporting healthcare professionals who are experiencing or are at risk for burnout.
Terry A. Fulcher, RN, MS
Terry has over 40 years of nursing practice with 25 years focused on progressive advancement in health care leadership. Terry holds a Master of Science degree in Executive Leadership & Change and a Bachelor of Science degree both from Daemen College, Amherst, NY, where Terry currently serves as an adjunct professor facilitating graduate level course work focused on Transformational Leadership & Organizational Change.
Terry combines her experience as a healthcare professional with her strength as a life-long learner to take the tools she has found most useful and invigorating to others who find themselves in the ever-changing world of leadership. She utilizes her healthcare knowledge to connect leadership and change principles to the everyday nurse leader, staff and patient experiences. Specializing in Women’s Health, Terry’s repertoire of experience includes Childbirth Educator, Labor & Delivery Nurse, Lactation Consultant, Fetal Monitoring Instructor, Perinatal Educator (Level II & Level III), Nurse Manager, and Service Line Director.
Terry also employs her practitioner experience in the Power of TED* in conjunction with the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to increase leader self-awareness and insight that will support client behaviors and empower collaboration with peers, providers and teams.
Terry provides coaching through both live face-to-face sessions at a location of the client’s choice and/or virtually with video conferencing. She enjoys providing one-on-one professional development coaching with newly assigned managers, experienced directors and seasoned senior leaders. During the past 2 years Terry has worked with numerous healthcare industry clients throughout the east coast region.
Terry provides a welcoming presence for self-exploration, a committed partnership for accountability, and a trusting mindset that acknowledges the coaching client as capable, resourceful and competent to discover the answers for the outcomes they wish to create.
Jeff Whitehorn is an executive coach and consultant who is certified by the Center for Coaching Certification and is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He works with leaders in healthcare and other industries to enhance their executive leadership skills. This includes areas of focus such as strategic prioritization, communication skills and executive presence. Jeff helps his clients to navigate their career paths in order to maximize their potential and reach peak performance.
Jeff enjoyed a successful career of 29 years in hospital administration, serving as a hospital CEO for 25 of those years. As a CEO, he coached and mentored rising stars from his teams to help them grow and advance in their careers. He also assisted physician leaders who sought to strengthen their managerial and business skills.
After he retired from HCA Healthcare after 25 years, Jeff became a Certified Master Coach and established his own business, Whitehorn Coaching and Consulting. He currently utilizes the knowledge gained from his career and his coaching training to benefit clients in their own careers.
Jeff earned his BS degree in Accounting from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and his MBA from the University of Alabama. In 2013, he was recognized as Lipscomb University’s Alumnus of the Year. Jeff is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and continues to serve in leadership roles as a member of community boards and committees. He is a member of Brentwood Hills Church of Christ, where he serves as a deacon, a Bible class teacher, a Missions Ministry member, and a Marriage Ministry member. Jeff and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Brentwood, TN and have two grown daughters, Ashleigh and Emily.
Develop healthcare leadership talent for today and tomorrow
Kirby Bates boasts a broad array of coaching expertise tailored to the most specific needs for executive, operational and financial skills development.
Set your newly appointed leaders on a path to success with critical competency and skills development through executive leadership coaching.
Build a team that’s ready to take on new leadership roles as they become available.
Position your organization to be ready for growth.
Retaining & Cultivating Your Most Valuable Resource
A core belief at Kirby Bates Associates is that healthcare teams become exceptional when they have exceptional nurse leaders. Our clients believe that too, which is why they contract with us to search for permanent or interim leaders when a need arises. We developed our executive leadership coaching practice because we also believe organizations often overlook a far more cost-effective approach: developing internal talent.
The cost of executive leadership coaching to prepare talented individuals for leadership positions is a bottom-line bargain compared with the cost of recruitment and interim placements to fill vacancies. Can anyone say that more convincingly than a company deriving most of its revenue from executive search and interim placements?
A nurse coaching engagement typically lasts four months:
An on-site assessment, including competency validation
A formal agreement between the coach and coachee to work together on clarifying goals, setting priorities, developing strategies, creating action plans, staying focused and productive, tracking progress and measuring results
Confidential coaching sessions conducted in person, by phone or in web-based meetings
Structured learning opportunities as well as real-time exploration of challenges that arise
On-going periodic support after the conclusion of the engagement
Kirby Bates’ coaches engage one on one, or one to many, to cultivate specific skills which develop internal talent for organizational effectiveness and succession planning.
Coaching clients in same or higher role, 3 years out