Executive Team

We know what it takes to be a strong executive leader. Our pedigreed senior leadership team brings deep knowledge of marketplace trends, finance, operations, marketing, talent strategy, retention, and innovation in the rapidly changing healthcare industry to work for you.

Cody Burch, MBA, CPA

Cody Burch serves as President of Interim Leadership & Search at AMN Healthcare, where he is responsible for all levels of clinical and non-clinical healthcare leadership recruitment, including interim leaders. Cody brings extensive knowledge and a diverse background with direct experience in healthcare recruitment, business operations and financial management. Joining B.E. Smith in 2005, he has held expanding roles across the organization including providing leadership in the Interim Leadership and Executive Search divisions. He is well recognized within the healthcare, financial and human resources communities for his expertise in recruitment strategies, operational performance and financial management.

Cody holds a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., and Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Business Administration from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Christine Mackey-Ross, BSN, MBA

As President of AMN Executive and Physician Leadership Search, Christine brings 40 years of experience in healthcare, the first 15 as an oncology clinical nurse specialist, the remaining 25+ in executive search. Christine has successfully identified executives for C-suite, President and Chief Executive Officer positions in a wide variety of settings: academic and health science systems, large and small community hospitals, urban and rural facilities, physician groups and managed care organizations. The common theme in the work she selects is, “furthering the mission of those institutions focused on improving lives.”

Christine understands the intricacies of aligning clinical and business priorities. In addition to her executive role at AMN Healthcare, Christine remains actively involved in all facets of search execution for her portfolio of engagements. Prior to joining AMN Leadership Solutions, Christine was a Senior Partner at Witt/Kieffer, a global executive search firm. While there, her leadership roles included Central Region Director; Leader-Physician Executive and Integration Practice; Founder/Managing Director, Witt/Kieffer International and seven years on the Board of Directors. After hours, Christine serves on a community hospital system Board of Trustees as a Historic Preservation Commissioner. She is also a Citizen Deputy Juvenile Officer for her municipality’s Restorative Justice Committee.

Chris Bailey, MBA

Chris has spent his entire career serving and working within the healthcare industry. He is a versatile and respected leader with notable experience managing, leading and coaching teams to achieve high performing value.

As the Head of Client Partnerships and Engagement, Chris is leading a transformation of the commercial functions into a newly formed business unit with the objective of achieving higher client value. As part of the transformation, Chris is implementing a strategy to reposition the sales resources to drive higher value by selling and delivering on value propositions aimed at partnering with client growth objectives. Prior to AMN, Chris was the executive responsible for the enterprise strategy at IU Health, a major, national academic health provider organization. Before IU Health, Chris led national business development teams as the SVP of Strategic Accounts at Premier, Inc., and as head of Accenture’s Provider Practice commercial team. Before Accenture, Chris held various leadership positions at IBM. Most notably, as IBM organized and launched a Life Sciences business unit, Chris was the global sales leader responsible for the worldwide business development activities and ultimate sales achievement of the portfolio’s newly launched Life Sciences solutions unit. Chris holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Butler University, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Purdue University, and successfully completed Harvard Business School’s Disruptive Strategy program. He and his wife of 26 years, Ellen, have two children, Iris age 17 and John age 14. They live in Zionsville, Ind., a small community outside of Indianapolis. Chris enjoys photography, bicycling and outdoor activities.

Lisa Carr, MBA

As Senior Vice President, Talent Strategies, Lisa Carr leads the firm’s Talent Strategies Division, which focuses on identifying and building strong relationships with the healthcare industry’s top executive talent. An accomplished healthcare executive, Lisa brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in talent acquisition and management, including the healthcare industry. Her diverse background includes supporting recruitment and human resources initiatives for large health systems and academic medical centers, as well as both not-for-profit and public organizations. Lisa excels at building high performance teams and aligning business strategies with talent acquisition and recruitment initiatives. She has successfully developed strategic plans to address workforce planning, internal succession management, and employment branding. Additionally, healthcare providers and candidates value her ability to quickly build strong, collaborative relationships.

She earned a Master of Business Administration from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud. Minn., and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources and Personnel Administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Deon Barber

As Senior Vice President, Senior Executive Search, Deon spearheads the firm’s Executive Search and Multi-Search divisions, which is dedicated to providing exceptional candidates for our clients’ executive positions. An outstanding recruiting professional, he brings more than 26 years of experience in organizational growth, operational efficiency, top-line revenue growth and innovation. He has a strong work history in a broad array of executive search functions, including RPO, MSP, workforce solutions and a full complement of experience within the search industry.

Deon excels at transforming organizations through mentorship and coaching, problem-solving and collaboration. He fosters a positive and inclusive work environment for all team members and clients. He has experience within the talent acquisition and search markets, bridging the gap to develop solutions which help the customer to take on critical challenges they have regarding talent acquisition. Deon has shown a proven ability to develop and lead teams, coach them up and build high-performance cultures. Additionally, and consistent with our company’s values, Deon has a heart for his community. He has previously founded two non-profit organizations focused on bettering the community, and previously served as a board member for Positive Coaching Alliance. Deon attended McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., for his undergraduate studies while continuing his advanced studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Bernard Godley, M.D., Ph.D., MBA

Dr. Godley is the Lead Physician Executive dedicated to the critically important mission of recruiting visionary physicians and scientists to key leadership positions. He recently completed a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University to better serve his clients.

As a former academic medicine physician leader, he possesses an outstanding educational background as well as exemplary research credentials, which enable him to assist clients in refining the expectations for the clinical and/or scientific leaders they seek. He is also able to insightfully identify and connect with a talent pool of highly qualified candidates within this domain. Dr. Godley comes to AMN Leadership Solutions after serving Korn Ferry for five years as a Senior Client Partner representing its academic health center practice with a focus on senior leadership placements at the Chair, Dean, and Presidential levels. Prior to his career in academic leadership recruitment, Dr. Godley served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. As Chair, he is credited with the rapid turnaround of the Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Department at UTMB – significantly improving patient satisfaction, operational efficiency and growth in faculty and services. Dr. Godley’s research focused on molecular mechanisms of macular degeneration. He identified the genetic locus for progressive bifocal chorioretinal atrophy as a trainee and pioneered the study of mitochondrial DNA damage and repair in retinal cells as a contributor to macular degeneration as an NIH-funded investigator. Having previously served on the National Eye Institute Council and Study Section, Dr. Godley holds a US patent for a novel noninvasive ocular drug-delivery technology. Dr. Godley has received a number of awards for both clinical and scholarly contributions, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Brown University and completed the combined M.D. and Ph.D. program at Harvard Medical School and MIT. After completing a medical internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he did an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa, followed by a retina fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the University of London, and the Retina Institute of Maryland. Dr. Godley also obtained an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he focused on leadership and finance. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons.

Todd Drometer, M.S., CPA

Todd’s background combines strong experience in healthcare executive search with distinguished work in healthcare consulting. Todd has extensive experience conducting senior-level searches for the array of health-related entities, from academic medical centers, to community hospitals, hospital systems, medical groups and payors. In addition to a deep knowledge of general healthcare operations, he possesses special expertise in analytics and IT. This focus has enabled him to identify and recruit those leaders who can best succeed in today’s metrics-driven healthcare environment.

Todd served as a key member of Russell Reynolds Associates’ Health Services Practice and was a leader of the firm’s Digital Health Practice. Before beginning his executive search career, he worked for 18 years in healthcare consulting, specializing in risk management, finance, and operations. At Arthur Andersen, he was a member of the firm’s Healthcare Business Consulting Practice and, later, he was a Managing Director and Leader of the Northeast Healthcare Industry Practice for Marsh, a leading international insurance services firm. He was also a Managing Principal of the Healthcare Industry Practice for Integro Insurance Brokers, a global risk and insurance services firm. Todd has a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and an M.S. in Accounting from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.

Bryan Christianson, MBA

As Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Bryan has executive responsibility for overseeing regional teams focused on maintaining current and creating new client service partnerships. He brings a breadth of healthcare experience that includes administrative roles within academic medical center and community hospital settings, along with individual contributor and leadership roles in sales, marketing and business development. Specific areas of expertise include business and strategic planning along with operational improvement and technology implementation initiatives within the service lines of perioperative services, cardiology and radiology. Since joining in 2010, Bryan has supported healthcare providers in overcoming a variety of clinical, financial and operational challenges. Through his leadership, AMN and B.E. Smith have established and maintained successful partnerships with industry-leading organizations.

Bryan holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospital Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

Jennifer Schaulin, MBA

Jennifer serves as Vice President and Pediatric Practice Leader. She has more than 13 years of experience managing client relationships, complex search processes and developing candidates for complex leadership searches at academic medical centers and integrated health systems. She has successfully placed many high-level leadership roles including the following positions: VP, Medical Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine, Academic Chair, Academic Division Chief, Hospital President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer.

Previously, Jennifer was a Director with A.T. Kearney Executive Search and a Principal with Ray & Berndtson Executive Search in the consumer products and services practices located in Fort Worth, Texas. In both of these executive search firms, she was responsible for executing search assignments for senior level executives across a broad range of functions in consumer products, medical products and technology companies. Prior to her executive search experience, Ms. Schaulin had an eight-year career in medical capital equipment sales in both the radiology and cardiology marketplaces. She spent three years as an advanced diagnostic sales specialist for intravascular ultrasound in the West Region for Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company and five years as a Diagnostic Imaging Account Manager for GE Healthcare in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to her sales success, Ms. Schaulin served as the sales and service team facilitator and was involved in corporate training, customer training and mentoring of peers. Jennifer earned a B.S. in general engineering with a secondary field of study in marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

Ben Harber, MBA

Ben Harber manages a team responsible for 400+ interim leaders on assignment at hospitals across the country, serving in director to C-suite roles. He is a healthcare operations expert with deep experience in shared services centers, medical group management, multi-site healthcare operations, product management and revenue operations.

He joined B.E. Smith in 2016 after serving in interim COO roles at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City and Acuity Eye Group in California. Ben holds an MBA and BSBA from Rockhurst University and is Six Sigma Black Belt certified from GE Capital.

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