Meet the Advisors

Ben Sawyer

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Coach

Ben has 30+ years of executive leadership experience with a strong record of accomplishment. A Lean black belt, Ben has significant guided Strategy Execution experience, having worked with many clients to achieve dramatic, sustainable operational performance improvement outcomes. His organizational leadership has consistently resulted in dramatic performance and financial improvements.

Jennifer Strahan MS, MBB, FACHE

Chief Operations Officer

Jennifer has partnered with over 100 health systems and businesses to help them transform their operations. Jennifer has served as the Executive Director of Lean Six Sigma at WellStar Health System in Atlanta, as well as lead consulting positions with Vizient Mid-South and the Advisory Board Company. Jennifer received her Master’s in Health Care Leadership from Dartmouth College and her Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from The Ohio State University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate with University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Lisa Counsell, RN, BSN

Chief Commercial Officer

Lisa comes to SOAR with over 2 decades of clinical, leadership and clinical informatics experience. She spent 19 years at McKesson Corporation, leading large teams in clinical consulting, EHR optimization, ROI teams, direct sales and sales support. She has held leadership positions at several startup organizations focused in sales & business development. She has a bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, with experience in critical care, and has significant experience partnering with executives to achieve successful transformation engagement outcomes.

Dan Moen, MHA

Advisor, Leadership Change Management

Dan was the President and CEO of Heywood Hospital (Gardner, MA) for 21 years, the President and CEO of Sisters of Providence (Springfield, MA) for 5 years, and then served concurrently as the Executive Vice President and COO of Trinity Health New England (Hartford, CT) and the interim President and CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center (Langhorne, PA). Dan lead a remarkable strategy deployment and operational transformation turnaround at Sisters of Providence in collaboration with Ben. This experience led him to join the SOAR Vision Group in order to extend his considerable know-how to other executive leaders wanting to achieve similar success.

Donovan (Don) Kendrick, MD

Advisor, Physician Integration & Change Management

Don is a Neurosurgeon and a Chief Medical Officer. Don provided the physician leadership for a guided strategy deployment engagement in collaboration with Ben at a three-hospital healthcare system, and is passionate about the benefits for patients and physicians.

Judy Paull, DNP, ARNP-BC, NEA-BC

Advisor, Nursing Integration & Change Management

Judy is a doctorally prepared, seasoned healthcare executive with over 40 years of nursing experience throughout the United States in very large academic settings to smaller community based systems, both not-for-profit and investor owned environments. Judy is competent with acute care delivery as well as clinic based operations and direct care venues. Judy spearheaded a guided strategy deployment in collaboration with Ben at a 700+ bed hospital where she served as the CNE, and experienced firsthand the benefits of the strategy deployment approach. She is also an experienced educator and public speaker with expertise with regulatory readiness and care compliance. A published author, Judy is a licensed and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner.

“Hoshin Kanri”

Strategy Deployment is commonly referred to as ‘Hoshin Kanri,’ a comprehensive lean approach meaning literally “shine the compass”, or figuratively “a ship in the storm going in the right direction”.

Mary Agostini, MBB

Advisor, Playbook Coaching

Mary is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Mary has worked across multiple industries specializing in the last ten years in healthcare helping hospitals transform their operations via strategy deployment education and guided strategy deployment engagements. Working collaboratively with Ben and Perry, Mary has successfully facilitated several organization-wide healthcare system strategy deployments.

Randy Groll, BA, MBB

Advisor, Playbook Coaching

Randy received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Administration from Kettering University, and his Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Manufacturing Operations from the George Group. Randy was the Quality Manager for the Industrial Insulation Group, a Johns Manville, Berkshire Hathaway Company, and has worked with many other organizations across business verticals to help them transform their operations.

Perry Russoniello, BSN

Advisor, Product Management

Perry served as the SVP of both Product Management, and International Business Development for Care Logistics, and also as a Vice President of Labor and Productivity Software Development at McKesson corporation. He is a critical care trained nurse with 25+ years of clinical, leadership, and management experience and an excellent record of accomplishment. Perry brings deep clinical and operational experience, enthusiasm, and practical business acumen to his Product Management role.

Shane Sanders

Chief Financial Officer

Shane has 20 years of strategic tax and financial planning experience. He helps business leaders maximize shareholder value through the implementation of sound tax and finance strategies with a focus on cash flow management. Shane began his career in the public accounting sector with KPMG in Birmingham, AL. He has also held executive level roles in tax, accounting, and finance with ITC, DeltaCom, Knology, and Johnston Industries. He has a Master’s of Accountancy and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Auburn University.

Ely Conn

Chief Technology Officer

Ely has over 15 years of experience in software development. He has served as a technology leader in multiple industries such as logistics, healthcare, and ecommerce. Ely specializes in designing cloud based solutions and leading highly functional agile teams to build them. He attended the University of Calgary where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

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