Samantha Avila, projects manager, Merritt Hawkins
Samantha Avila has been with Merritt Hawkins since 2013 and has and has consulted with several of hospitals, academic institutions, corporations and physician practices nationwide. She has proven success in writing proposals for various academic medical institutions and healthcare organizations, which in turn have enhanced the careers of her team by obtaining a multitude of clients and building relationship. She was the Research Director for the North Texas Regional Extension Center Study, used to evaluate Texas’ total physician workforce to ensure the meaningful use of information technology in support of physician practices, enhancing patient access to physician services.

Roddex Barlow, chief operating officer, The Hospitals of Providence, Memorial Campus, El Paso
Roddex Barlow joined The Hospitals of Providence, Memorial Campus in January of 2016 and today serves as Chief Operating Officer. A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Rodd holds over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience and served as Chief of Nursing Operations for William Beaumont Army Medical Center and Deputy Chief of Staff for Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.

Today as Chief Operating Officer at the region’s largest hospital, Rodd is responsible for the organization’s operational performance and committed to advancing the organization’s mission and vision to Moving Health Forward. Overseeing 14 departments, his expertise includes strategic planning, operational improvement and growth development. Under Rodd’s leadership, Memorial Campus underwent a $67 million Master Plan Renovation project to expand service lines offerings and provide state-of-the-art patient care amenities.

Rodd is an active member of the El Paso community and currently participates or serves as a member of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Leadership El Paso program. Rodd holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from Baylor University.

Joseph Bullen, assistant administrator, DeTar Healthcare System, Victoria
Joseph Bullen, MBA, is the Assistant Administrator at DeTar Healthcare System in Victoria, TX. In this role, he is responsible for development and improvement of various service lines, ancillary department line management, real estate leasing, physician relations, and administrative support to the 304-bed two hospital system. In addition to his hospital responsibilities, Bullen is also integrated into physician clinic operations and walk-in clinic service lines. Prior to his role with DeTar Healthcare System, Bullen served as the Director of Operations for Merit Health Natchez, a 179-bed acute facility and associated clinic practices in Natchez, Mississippi. Both DeTar Healthcare System and Merit Health Natchez are Community Health Systems owned facilities. Bullen holds a Masters of Business Administration focused in Management.

David Byrd, Chief Financial Officer, The Hospitals of Providence, Transmountain Campus, El Paso
Dave Byrd is the Chief Financial Officer at The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus. The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus is a new teaching hospital that opened in early 2017. This facility is Tenet Healthcare’s first new teaching hospital and represents a partnership with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC). The hospital is a part of The Hospitals of Providence health network which has provided advanced health care services to El Paso and the outlying communities of west Texas, southern New Mexico and our international neighbors in northern Mexico for more than 100 years.

In his previous role, Dave served as CFO at The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus in El Paso, Texas, a part of the Tenet Healthcare system. Prior to coming to The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus, Dave was CFO at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, a part of the Tenet Healthcare System. Previously, he was the Assistant CFO at The Hospitals of Providence Sierra campus. Prior to that, Dave held Controller positions at DeTar Healthcare System in Victoria Texas, a part of Triad Hospitals and Des Peres Hospital. He has been with Tenet for over 15 years and has over 23 years of cumulative experience. Dave oversees the financial viability of the hospital by monitoring and establishing financial plans and budgets. He is responsible for Finance, Admitting, Revenue Analysis, Case Management, Materials Management, Health Information Management and Chart Audit. Dave received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Jeffrey Cellucci, Vice President, Operations, Capital Senior Living, Dallas/Fort Worth area
Jeffrey Cellucci joined Capital Senior Living as Vice President of Operations in May 2018. Capital Senior Living is a preeminent provider of senior housing throughout the country, offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care. In his role, Jeff is responsible for operational oversight and strategic planning for 60 senior living communities spanning across 8 states. Prior to joining CSL, Jeff served as the Division Vice President for Kindred Healthcare where he oversaw operations of 10 LTAC Hospitals across Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and El Paso. Jeff joined Kindred Healthcare in 2009, starting in their Executive Fellowship Program where he held progressive leadership roles with Kindred hospitals in the Midwest and Northeastern states.

Cellucci is very active in the community where he serves as the Board Chair for the American Lung Association of North Texas and board member for the Southwest Regional Board of the American Lung Association. Jeff previously served on the Board of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council from 2016-2018. Jeff also received his Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Kelly Galloway, RN, QI coordinator clinical informatics, Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District, Dalhart
Kelly Galloway has been in the healthcare field for 28 years. She started her career as an LVN in the nursing home at Dalhart. She transferred to the hospital, and got her RN and has been in the charge nurse role in each of these places. She received one of the 25 Panhandle Great Nurses award in October of 2016. With Coon Memorial being a Critical Access Hospital, Kelly has worked in just about every department in the hospital. In this journey, she was a part of the team who did the EHR install. This was a challenge, as we all know. This fueled her hunger for knowledge of IT and went to school, for Data Quality Management. She is currently going to school for a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration.

Kelly was the Trauma Coordinator, Trauma Registrar, and ER Director for 7 years prior to her role as COO for 2 years, now she is the QI Coordinator, DISRP coordinator and is implementing Telemedicine Clinics. The first clinic of Tele-Dermatology is a great success, the next to install will be Tele-Cardiology. In addition to these leadership opportunities, she also has served on the Panhandle Regional Advisory Council Board for 8 years. She is proud to say she gets the opportunity to work with an amazing team and have new adventures every day. One of her strengths is problem solving, and that skill is put to the test on a regular basis.

Debbi Garbade, RN, director of system patient safety, Houston Methodist Hospital
Debbi Garbade has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years. Her career started as an Emergency Department nurse in a Level I Trauma Center, over the years, she has added ICU, Home Health, Case Management, Infection Prevention, Risk Management, and Quality/Patient Safety. Debbi's passion for improving patient safety in healthcare has been the hallmark of her work. She believes that we need to live by servant leadership concepts and provide a no-secrets culture that allows for open communication and an environment of transparency. She would love to have a culture that is results oriented and based on evidence, not excuses. The journey to obtain a highly reliable patient safety culture includes continuous efforts for improvement and comes from the belief that our journey is never ending – our work is never done!

Jason Glover, vice president operations, Memorial Hermann, Sugarland
Jason Glover joined Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital as the VP of Operations in August 2017. He has been with the Memorial Hermann System for 4 years, most recently as Director of Operations at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. Jason has over 10 years of experience spanning construction management and healthcare operations. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Jason held positions with Lend Lease where he was integral in the success of renovation and expansion projects for HCA’s HealthOne network in Denver, CO. He is very active in the community where he sits on the Fort Bend Literary Council Board, works with a Boy Scout Troop and has served as an examiner for the Quality Texas Foundation. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Jared Johnson, senior director ancillary services, Texoma Medical Center, Denison
A 17-year veteran of healthcare administration, Jared Johnson is senior director of ancillary services for Texoma Medical Center, a 326-bed acute-care facility located in Denison, Texas, and serving North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. Driven by a continual focus on quality and growth, his responsibilities encompass working with senior leadership to deliver thought leadership, planning, and execution to the management space. He also oversees the operations of numerous outpatient service lines within the organization while continuing to handle all legislative advocacy and patient experience initiatives.

At the age of 27, Johnson was elected to the Denison City Council where he served two terms. In 2012, he was elected the youngest mayor in Denison’s history and was re-elected to a second term in 2015. He received the Community Leader Award of Excellence at the Denison Development Alliance’s economic summit in 2018. In addition to his council service, he was founding chairman and board member of the Denison Young Professionals Group. He also has served on the boards of directors for the Texoma Council of Governments, Executive Committee for Texoma Area Paratransit System, Texoma Health Foundation, Denison Development Foundation, Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization, Southeastern Oklahoma State University School of Business Advisory Council, and Grayson College Business Advisory Council.

Rance Ramsey, RN, CEO, Martin County Hospital District, Stanton
Rance Ramsey currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Martin County Hospital District. In this role, he provides leadership, vision, and oversight for an 18-bed critical access hospital, rural health clinic, and hospital based EMS service, while assuring that the services delivered by MCHD are consistent with the organization’s mission and vision, and are easily accessible to the communities and people it serves. Under his leadership, MCHD has achieved strong results in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, including national recognition from Decision Health with an outstanding achievement award for the organizations very successful swing-bed program.

During his tenure, Rance has held a number of senior management positions. His previous role with the organization was as the Chief Operating Officer (COO), where he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, executing organizational strategies, and managing numerous projects across the organization, which included an extensive hospital expansion project. Prior to this, Rance served as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) where he developed and implemented numerous patient care and staff education programs. With his clinical background and many years of varying management experience, Rance has developed a diverse leadership style for driving performance excellence in which he believes that hospital administration and leadership is required to work more closely with clinical and direct patient care services than ever before in health care history.

Ben Salinas, senior director ambulatory services, Children's Medical Center of Dallas
Ben Salinas is the Senior Director of Ambulatory Services at Children's Health. In this role, Ben collaborates with physician leaders on process improvement initiatives to streamline access, develop new programs, and improve the patient experience for over 300,000 subspecialty visits annual. Ben earned his Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at UT Austin and an MBA from Georgia Tech.

Paula Turicchi, FACHE, administrator, hospital operations, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas
Paula Turicchi assists the Chief Operating Officer with all aspects of hospital operations including performance improvement, regulatory compliance, survey readiness, project management, and is currently leading the development of a new Center for Breast Health. Parkland is an urban, inner-city, multi-specialty, academic health system with approximately 870 beds, a Level 1 Trauma Center, 39,000 adult and 1,500 neonatal ICU discharges, 18,000 surgeries 12,000 deliveries, and 1 million outpatient visits. Previously, she served as the Senior Vice President and Administrator of Women and Infant’s Specialty Health (WISH), overseeing outpatient, inpatient, and emergency services for one of the largest maternity services in the United States. She recently served as the Chair of the Women’s Health Advisory Committee of Texas which was created by Senate Bill 200 of the 84th Legislature to advise the Health & Human Services Commission on consolidation of women’s health programs. Paula is board certified in Healthcare Administration and holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.