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Meet the Schumacher Clinical Partners executive team

Because Schumacher Clinical Partners is a privately held company founded and led by physicians, we value doing the right thing for the patients and hospitals we serve and for the physicians who work with us. Our leadership team, which includes board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians, represents decades of clinical experience in emergency departments. That adds up to many years of focusing on exceptional patient care.

William "Kip" Schumacher, MD, FACEP

Dr. Schumacher is also a national leader in policy arenas, helping shape the future of health care. He has published several articles on the leadership challenges facing the health care industry, has participated on nonprofit boards dedicated to health care reform and has been honored as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Rich D'Amaro

After leaving KPMG, D’Amaro served as Chairman of two successful health care technology companies. In 2005, he merged Subsidium into Tatum, LLC and became Chairman and CEO. He led Tatum for 5 years and exited after a successful sale to SFN group in 2010. His commitment to health care has included board leadership roles in the Alzheimer’s Association, Health Care Georgia Foundation, Vanderbilt University Technology Corporation, St. Joseph’s Mercy Care. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Fulcrum Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in Atlanta, and Enduracare Acute Services, LLC.

Lee White

White has served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Business Services sector for Gryphon Investors (San Francisco) and as Chairman of the Board of DLC, a leading project-oriented financial consulting firm based in Southern California and Gryphon portfolio company. As head of US Operations for PRGX, he was a key member of the turnaround management team for this publicly traded transaction assurance firm. White co-founded AnswerThink (now the Hackett Group) and was a National Partner in Charge at KPMG, simultaneously running two strategic practices. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Alzheimer’s Association – Georgia Chapter.

Thomas Dolan

Previously, Dolan spent 11 years with American Airlines where he held positions of increasing responsibility in profitability analysis, operations finance, corporate development, and finished his tenure as Senior Principal, Corporate Finance and Banking.  Earlier in his career, he spent five years in commercial banking with Comerica Bank in Detroit Michigan. Dolan graduated with a BBA in 1986 and received his MBA in 1994, both from the University of Michigan.  He graduated with distinction in his MBA program, with an emphasis in Finance.  Of interest, Tom also studied abroad with the Stockholm School of Economics in Stockholm, Sweden in 1993, and interned with the Michigan MBA Corps in Moscow, Russia.

Jim Guidry Jr.

He is experienced in the development and deployment of operational and financial management systems and structures in multi-state and multi-site settings, including the management of operations in Academic, For-Profit and Community Not-for-profit Hospital environments. Strategic planning, physician recruiting, human resources, financial management, sales and marketing, medical billing, managed care contracting, performance optimization, and billing & accounts receivable management are but a few of the core competencies he provides through his role at Schumacher Clinical Partners.

Guidry’s educational background includes completion of his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University Of Louisiana, with extensive graduate level studies in HealthCare Administration at The Ohio State University.  He is a Master-level Graduate of Rapport Leadership International. 

Derik King, MD, FACEP
Randy Pilgrim, MD, FACEP

During four terms as Board Chairman of EDPMA (Emergency Department Practice Management Association), he represented members that impact over half of the 136 million annual ED visits in the U.S., working to influence legislative and regulatory measures that affect the sustainable delivery of quality emergency care. Dr. Pilgrim serves on the Board of Directors for Louisiana’s ACEP Chapter, the ACEP Council, and ACEP’s Federal Government Affairs and Medical/Legal Committees. Dr. Pilgrim was appointed to represent the IOM’s dissemination workshop series, Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point. He has been an active board member of the EMAF (Emergency Medicine Action Fund), and has been appointed to the Advisory Council for ACEP's Board of Directors.

As faculty for ACEP’s Scientific Assembly and ED Director Academy, Dr. Pilgrim speaks on a variety of topics related to emergency medicine and health care reform, and was recently honored as a Speaker of the Year.

David Schillinger, MD, FACEP
Stephen Nichols, MD

Dr. Nichols applies his down-to-earth style with a methodical approach to management that balances patient care, provider expectations, business goals and health care demands. His fundamental goal is to help hospitals create places where employees enjoy working together and want to bring their families when they need care. He combines the experiences reported at the facility with detailed data analytics to accomplish this.

Jeffrey Schwartz, MD, FACEP

As a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine and the University of Illinois-Chicago’s residency in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Schwartz has been practicing emergency medicine since 1987. Dr. Schwartz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and is also a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is an active member of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians and has participated on its Practice Management Committee since 1995.

From 1989 to 1994, Dr. Schwartz was a member of the Medical Advisory Board and a consultant for Kurzweil Applied Intelligence of Waltham, Massachusetts. He has also delivered lectures and presentations, been involved with community EMS activities, and has published research projects in The Annals of Emergency Medicine and The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Schwartz also lectures and leads discussions on the topic of “Paradigms in Emergency Medicine” as it applies to the many changes facing the specialty.

Rachel George

Dr. George's experience includes managing and solving challenging problems in order to create and implement successful operational, clinical, and growth strategies in both for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare. She has been responsible for multi-million dollar P&Ls with consistent overachievement of all budgetary targets.

Some of her key strengths also include developing and leveraging C-suite relationships. Dr. George has demonstrated success in maximizing bottom-line profitability through identification of multiple revenue stream opportunities and leading-edge health care initiatives.

Rita Roberts

Having served as a principal and COO of a health care consulting firm that provided operational and financial analysis, Roberts brings valuable insights to her role and an impressive mastery of the nuances of the healthcare industry including hospital operations, managed care, clinical quality and performance, and provider services. In her role, she works with hospital and system administrators, physician leaders, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and staff to continuously improve quality and efficiency of care for the patients served. Her background, combined with her leadership style, strong decision-making skills, innovative approach to challenges and service-oriented personality, allow her to manage the complex operations of the ever-demanding health care industry with poise and purpose.

Chris Lutes

He brings 29 years of experience in management, operations, business development and leadership to his role with Schumacher Clinical Partners as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Lutes is responsible for successful operations in Division II to include, but not limited to, delivering quality service and results for our hospital, physician, provider and organizational partners.

Joanne Loeper, RN, BA, MBA

Loeper has a successful track record of building and enhancing the performance of hospital medicine programs in a variety of hospital settings and markets. She is a results-driven leader who has lead organizations through advanced changes, along with establishing core business processes to meet the organizations objectives. With a strong focus on exceeding performance metrics, she is an asset in identifying and implementing cost-efficiencies, quality outcome achievement, and program development. She has experience in utilizing population management to drive quality of care improvements across large segments of a defined patient population.

In her role, Loeper’s primary responsibility is to work collaboratively with our client hospitals and our operating teams to ensure the design, delivery, and maintenance of high-functioning and successful hospital medicine practices in coordination with the ongoing effective integration and alignment with SCP’s emergency medicine practices. She provides leadership, management and vision to ensure that SCP has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.

Cheryl Slack

Slack’s career began as a human resource professional at Sygen, an international agribusiness, biotechnology organization based in England, where she was responsible for policy, practices and procedures in recruiting, human resources and organization development in 23 countries.

Slack later joined Cogent Healthcare as Vice President of Human Resources and then served as Chief Human Resource Officer. She spent ten years with the organization leading the human resource, recruiting, credentialing, payroll and organizational development teams during her tenure with the organization, which served approximately 3000 hospitalists and 1500 independent providers at the time of the merger with HMG.

Keith Cantrell

He formerly served as Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations at Schumacher Clinical Partners. He joined the company in 2012 from EmCare and previously served at Pinnacle Anesthesia, Deloitte Consulting, KPMG and Arthur Andersen. Keith is a seasoned expert in all aspects of the revenue cycle and puts a great deal of emphasis on developing people.

Cantrell received his Masters in Health Care Administration from Southwest Texas State University and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Baylor University. He splits his time between the Schumacher Clinical Partners’ Dallas and Lafayette offices. 

Chris Cotteleer

He has also held roles as a Director with the Records and Information Practice of KPMG, Regional Practice Principal at Hewlett-Packard, and Principal Consultant of Informational Lifecycle Management and Enterprise Content Management for Doculabs, all in the Chicago area. He has worked with numerous healthcare and financial services organizations and specializes in information management and governance, and performance improvement.  Cotteleer brings expertise in strategic and operational planning, data and information lifecycle management, analytics, risk and compliance management, process analysis and design, benchmarking, and emerging technology.

Lisa Fry

At Schumacher Clinical Partners, Fry has led the consulting team with working on initial new business targeting efforts, conducting overall growth strategy, and supporting development and articulation of the Schumacher Clinical Partners' Value Positioning. Throughout her career, Fry’s primary areas of focus have been on driving revenue growth for client organizations and supporting clients in combining financial and clinical data with population-based health information to create superior health outcomes and return on investment. Fry holds a master of management in finance and management strategy from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor of arts in economics from Northwestern University.

Sarah Crass, ESQ

Crass is admitted to the state bars of Florida, New York, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel as well as the Health Care Compliance Association. Crass received her Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1998 and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida in 1995.

Ryan Domengeaux, JD

Domengeaux’s notable expertise is in in the areas of insurance operations, legal resources, claims and litigation management, mergers and acquisitions, loss forecasting and analytics, corporate compliance, contracting and entity management, records management, and clinical-legal resources. Prior to Schumacher Clinical Partners, he served 9 years as the Risk and Insurance Supervisor for Lafayette Consolidated Government where he was responsible for the claims, safety and wellness programs for one of Louisiana’s largest municipalities.

Domengeaux earned his Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law Center after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a degree in Finance, concentrating his studies in the fields of insurance and risk management.  He also holds a host of industry-recognized designations. Included in this listing are the ARM, ARM-P, CRM, CIC, AIC, AIS, ASLI, and CPHRM designations, all of which Domengeaux was the youngest risk management and insurance professional to earn when received.