Meet our team
Our leadership team represents decades of healthcare industry experience. Founded and led by physicians, we keep patient-centered care at the heart of all we do.
William C. "Kip" Schumacher, MD, FACEP
William C. "Kip" Schumacher, MD, FACEP
Dr. Kip Schumacher is the board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who has used his knowledge of the delivery of Emergency Medicine to develop Schumacher Clinical Partners (formerly known as Schumacher Group). Seventeen years in the trenches of a large hospital emergency department led to the creation of our organization. He knew that with the right team and the right philosophy, we could help shape Emergency Medicine throughout the country. Dr. Schumacher is renowned for his personal commitment to excellence. His focus on high-quality patient care drives our company to respond to our clients and providers with innovative, meaningful solutions, all for the purpose of making healthcare better for every single patient.
Dr. Schumacher is also a national leader in policy arenas, helping shape the future of healthcare. He has published several articles on the leadership challenges facing the healthcare industry, has participated on nonprofit boards dedicated to healthcare reform and has been honored as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
Rich D’Amaro, a seasoned veteran of the healthcare industry, is responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives of Schumacher Clinical Partners. Previously, he presided as Founder and Partner Emeritus of Subsidium Healthcare, LLC, an Atlanta-based healthcare consulting firm that he began in 2001. D’Amaro served in various capacities for 22 years with industry powerhouse KPMG LLP, including roles as a member of the firm’s Management Committee, National Managing Partner for the healthcare practice and Chairman of the International Practice.
After leaving KPMG, D’Amaro served as Chairman of two successful healthcare technology companies. In 2005, he merged Subsidium into Tatum, LLC, and became Chairman and CEO. He led Tatum for five years and exited after a successful sale to SFN group in 2010. His commitment to healthcare has included board leadership roles in the Alzheimer’s Association, Health Care Georgia Foundation, Vanderbilt University Technology Corporation, and 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, a seasoned senior executive, brings more than 30 years of management experience to his role as Chief Operating Officer of SCP. His leadership expertise includes senior level roles with IBM and KPMG, and during the last three decades, building six successful consulting businesses - three as business units within larger firms, and three as stand-alone entrepreneurial ventures. White was previously a partner with Subsidium Healthcare, LLC of Atlanta, a healthcare consulting firm, where he served as a senior executive advisor to C-level executives on strategic planning, growth strategies, transformation initiatives, and innovation. Subsidium Healthcare was purchased by Schumacher Clinical Partners in November 2014 and is now our Counsulting Services group.
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 is currently Chairman emeritus of the Board of Governors of the Alzheimer’s Association – Georgia Chapter and serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Acadiana.
Rena Cottam brings more than 25 years of experience in accounting, corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, and tax, including 17 years in business leadership and healthcare. In her role as Chief Financial Officer, she is responsible for directing SCP’s overall financial strategy, including accounting, corporate and operational finance, risk management, insurance, investor relations, and managed care.
Cottam joined the company in 2001 and has held various positions including Corporate Controller, VP of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. Previously, she served for four years as SCP’s Chief Accounting Officer playing a lead role in corporate development, including a capital restructure and the integration of two large acquisitions. Additionally, Cottam sits on the board of SCP’s captive insurance companies and led the company’s accounting adoption of Sarbanes-Oxley.
Keith Cantrell, a Texas native, brings more than 18 years of healthcare revenue cycle management experience on both the provider and payor side. In this role as Chief Revenue Officer, he is responsible for executing and maximizing revenue for the Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, and Urgent Care divisions’ revenue operations.
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.
Chris Cotteleer is a seasoned and successful healthcare IT professional with over two decades of experience making high-impact business decisions through the use of pragmatic and innovative systems and solutions in the Information Technology sector. Prior to joining Schumacher Clinical Partners, Cotteleer worked with Subsidium Healthcare, LLC, as a Director specializing in information management and analytics.
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.
Sarah Crass, Esq.
Sarah Crass, Esq.
Sarah Crass’ legal career spans over 18 years leading to her current role as General Counsel at Schumacher Clinical Partners. She has been Chief Compliance Officer for SCP since 2015 and continues to serve in that role as well. From 2008 to 2015, she served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Vice President of Hospital Physician Partners (HPP). Prior to joining HPP, Crass was a shareholder in a law firm where she practiced in both federal and state courts in the areas of complex commercial litigation and civil trial practice as well as assisting companies with general corporate and contractual issues.
Crass is admitted to the state bars of Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Washington. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, and 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.
Lisa Fry was previously a partner of Subsidium Healthcare and has nearly 25 years of experience in the healthcare and health management industry. She began her career in the insurance industry and transitioned into management consulting at KPMG LLP in the National Healthcare Strategy Practice. Following KPMG, she held executive management roles for 12 years at Kaiser Permanente. She is also a member of the founding executive team of Avivia Health, and led the sales function for the health plan line of business for WebMD Health Services.
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.
Jim Guidry, Jr.
Jim Guidry, Jr.
Jim Guidry’s healthcare leadership and management experience includes over 29 years of success in the operation of patient care delivery systems in the primary care, urgent care, and Emergency Medicine specialties. His background includes extensive national experience working closely with patient care delivery teams, hospital C-suite executives, medical staffs, and business management professionals engaged in or reliant upon the operation of hospital-based and community-based medical practices. He brings a unique combination of creative problem-solving, relationship building, and execution skills that result in a high level of accountability and performance from his teams.
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 and 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
Derik King, MD, FACEP
Dr. Derik K. King helps Schumacher Clinical Partners expand its network of services across a broader continuum of care. Previously, he presided as CEO of ECI Healthcare where he led the entry into telemedicine and branched into non-hospital settings, such as medical billing and collection software. Dr. King remains committed to supporting SCP's partner hospitals with strong attention to quality, integrity, people, and financial stability.
Dr. King is the former ED Medical Director and Chief of Staff at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, a 340-bed acute care facility in Richmond, VA. He has also served as a board member of the Virginia state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Old Dominion EMS Alliance, and in 2005 was Gubernatorial appointee to the Secure Commonwealth Panel. In 2006, Richmond Magazine named Dr. King one of Richmond’s top doctors.
Randy Pilgrim, MD, FACEP
Randy Pilgrim, MD, FACEP
Dr. Randy Pilgrim provides executive oversight and direction for Schumacher Clinical Partners’ medical and clinical operations across all service lines. He is responsible for empowering and creating sustainable systems that provide clinical excellence, minimize risk, and deliver key results for patients.
Dr. Pilgrim completed medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota. He has been in Emergency Medicine practice and leadership roles for over 20 years. He is regularly involved with health policy issues at state and national levels, and continues to advise the evolving role of Emergency Medicine in healthcare delivery systems of the future. A former actuary with Northwestern National Life, his analytical and business experiences combine with clinical and operational knowledge to balance patient care demands, physicians’ needs, and key business considerations.
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 United States, 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 healthcare reform, and he was recently honored as a Speaker of the Year.
Cheryl Slack brings over three decades of human resource experience to her role as Chief Human Resource Officer. In 2015, Slack joined Schumacher Clinical Partners to lead a team of more than 75 recruiters focused on Emergency Medicine and Hospital Medicine providers. In her current role, she is responsible for human resources, corporate recruitment and retention, learning and development, integration, onboarding and retention systems.
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.
Garen Throneberry brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare leadership and administration, including extensive experience in hospitalist program operations and support, to his role as Division III President. Prior to this, Throneberry served as Senior Vice President of Operations for SCP and before joining SCP, was with Community Health Systems (CHS), where his senior leadership role involved responsibility for all hospital-based physician services and infrastructure support. This included Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Anesthesia, Radiology, and Pathology.
Throneberry previously served as Hospitalist Director for HCA where he worked directly with hospital and corporate leadership to optimize the quality and efficiency of hospitalist programs. Formerly, he held hospital administration positions with other investor-owned hospital organizations, including various interim CEO assignments. Throneberry is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Stephen Nichols, MD
Stephen Nichols, MD
David Schillinger, MD
David Schillinger, MD
Our clinical leaders support and spearhead SCP’s efforts to remain a trailblazer in the provision of management practices within Emergency Medicine & Hospital Medicine, with consistent, high-quality, dependable care.