Kate is the Managing Director at Health System Advisors. Her experience in the healthcare industry spans fifteen years, including eleven years as a strategy consultant and four years in biotechnology. Ms. Lovrien’s consulting engagements have concentrated on system and organizational strategy, physician alignment and integration, ambulatory and market positioning, and novel partnerships in healthcare. She is a frequent author and speaker on developing system strategies focused on growth, effectiveness, relevance and capabilities, physician alignment and ambulatory development.
Prior to joining Health System Advisors, Ms. Lovrien spent eight years with Kurt Salmon, where she created their physician alignment practice, infrastructure and thought leadership before moving back into a privately held practice with Health System Advisors.
Ms. Lovrien has an MBA/MHA from University of Washington.
Mitch Traczyk is a Senior Manager with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He helps to support and coordinate strategic decisions while working with internal analyst teams and client work groups. Mitch works to support clients in various types of healthcare strategy with experience in service line planning, market alignment, and implementation planning.
Prior to joining Health System Advisors, Mitch completed his bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and holds a Masters of Business Administration in product management from Boston College. Additionally, Mitch is an avid runner and car enthusiast.
Connor Allen is a Strategy Analyst with Health System Advisors based in Minneapolis, MN. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Connor’s prior experience includes Digital Marketing Analytics, Sales Operations and Political work. His work at HSA focuses on providing the analytical insights that Health System Leaders need to make critical strategic decisions that face their organizations. In his free time, Connor enjoys sports, movies and spending time with his family and friends.
Ashley Rugel is a Financial Analyst with Health System Advisors, based in Minneapolis, MN. She is an experienced analyst with a history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. Ashley Graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College with a degree in Business Management. Prior to joining HSA, she worked in pharmaceutical analytics at Target Headquarters independently managing open receivables for unmatched claims. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and exploring the outdoors.
Kathryn Carroll is a Strategy Analyst with Health System Advisors based in Minneapolis, MN. Kathryn’s Prior Work experience includes internships at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Optum, and UnitedHealth Care in Customer Experience Analytics, Technology Development, and Provider Experience Analytics. Her interests at HSA include: regional health system strategy, value-based care reimbursement rates, and population health analysis. Kathryn completed her Undergraduate degrees in Statistics and English at the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys coaching high school debate at The Blake School, reading, hiking, watching sports, and finding the best doughnuts in the Twin Cities.
David Chamberlain is a Principal with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis, MN. David leads the facility and functional planning for HSA and provides senior leadership for projects where capital or strategic facility investments are a major part of the business plan.
Over his more than 20 years in healthcare David has worked with leading academic and community hospital systems to create the most efficient, effective, and streamlined ambulatory and inpatient facilities. With a keen focus on functionality, David brings the best practices and leading thinking to health system’s strategic facility projects.
Prior to working with Health System Advisors, David spent nearly 12 years at Kurt Salmon Associates and led their facility planning practice.
Denver Collins is a Manager with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis, MN. Denver is responsible for working with client teams to understand their data and coordinating with project teams to support strategic recommendations. Prior to joining HSA, Denver was a strategy consultant with Baker Tilly, where he worked in a variety of industries, including consumer packaged goods, consumer financial services, and manufacturing. Denver’s projects focused primarily on consumer experience and go-to-market strategy. Denver graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management majoring in Finance and Supply Chain-Operations. Outside of work, Denver enjoys biking and listening to great podcasts.
Robert Colvin is an Associate at Health System Advisors. He has over 25 years of experience leading hospitals and health systems, ranging from a 500+ bed academic medical center to for-profit facilities, suburban facilities and small rural hospitals. His experience includes operating a large multi-specialty physician group, regional ambulance services, home health agencies and community primary care clinics. He has also served as a Group Vice President for Quorum Health Resources (QHC).
Bob has chaired both the Georgia and the Idaho Hospital Associations, has served on the American Hospital Association’s Metropolitan Governing Council and is a Fellow in the American College of Health Executives. He has received the prestigious NOVA award from the AHA for his work in healthcare with the homeless. In addition, organizations under his leadership have been recognized by Fortune Magazine as among the 100 Best Companies to work for in America and by Consumer’s Digest as among the 50 safest hospitals in America.
Robert Colvin, FACHE
Will Elder is a Project Manager with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis, MN. Will began as an analyst with Health System Advisors and has stepped into a Project Manager role after working as the lead analyst on the design of a 15-site urgent care build in Illinois. As a senior consultant, Will works directly with department and executive leadership teams to build or improve ambulatory service lines and urgent care operations. Will manages internal analyst teams to drive continuous improvement and develop objective-based solutions for health systems across the country.
Prior to joining HSA, William graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems from the Carlson School of Management. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing golf, and exploring national parks.
Tom Erickson is Director of Operations with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He helps support and coordinate strategic decisions while working with internal analyst teams and client work groups.
Prior to joining Health System Advisors, Tom worked in several different roles including consumer lending, commercial credit, and parts engineering. Tom has extensive experience with process improvement and working in customer-focused environments.
Tom received his Master’s in Business Administration from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. In his free time, Tom enjoys Olympic weightlifting and playing guitar.
Director of Operations
Prior to joining HSA, Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a minor in Management from the Carlson School of Management. Daniel works in collaborative teams from strategy to execution with a disciplined eye on impact and sustainability at every stage of the project life-cycle. In providing end-to-end support, Daniel helps to move beyond strategic recommendations to ensure clients build the capabilities required to achieve and sustain long-term improvement and measurable, bottom-line results. In his free time, Daniel can be found reading up on management theory, snowboarding in the Rockies, or bouldering at the local climbing gym. He also enjoys sport shooting and traveling both domestically and abroad.
Samantha Harding is a Senior Analyst with Health System Advisors based in Minneapolis, MN. Samantha completed her Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and English at the University of Minnesota, where she swam for four years, and continued on to acquire her Master’s degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of New Mexico, focusing primarily on algebraic structures and mathematical analysis. In her free time, Samantha enjoys walking her dog, open water swimming, and watching 80’s movies.
Weston Johnson is a Principal with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Johnson is an experienced analyst and project manager who has provided market, financial and analytical services to a variety of clients. His experience in strategic planning, service line planning, practice rationalization and healthcare infrastructure planning allows him to bring a broad base of experience and abilities to his project teams.
Prior to joining Health System Advisors, Mr. Johnson spent thirteen years at Conventions, Sports and Leisure International, where he provided clients in the public, private and education sectors with market, financial and economic feasibility analyses related to public assembly facility development projects. This experience provides him with an ability to gain an in-depth understanding of his clients’ needs and deliver outcomes that meet those needs.
Katrina is a Consultant with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis, MN. She helps to support and coordinate strategic decisions while working with internal analyst teams and client work groups. Prior to joining HSA, Katrina has obtained experience in executive healthcare management, quality assurance, process improvement, change management, and group facilitation management. Katrina studied Health Services Management and Public Health at the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Katrina enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and cooking.
Brad Larmie is Director of Non-Clinical Operations with Health System Advisors based in Minneapolis, MN. In this role, Brad supports and coordinates strategic decisions while working with internal analyst teams and client work groups. Prior to joining Health System Advisors, Brad worked as a Business Development Manager for ChRi Labs, a pharmaceutical research company. He also has prior cardiovascular sales experience with Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Brad Larmie is a graduate of Marquette University with degrees in Biological Science and Psychology. As an avid sports fan, he also enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his family.
Director of Non-Clinical Operations
Amanda Mason is a Project Manager with HSA based in Minneapolis, MN. In this role, she is responsible for leading and coordinating healthcare implementation teams. She earned her BBM from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Prior to HSA, Amanda worked at SuperValu Corporation, assisting stakeholders implement the roll out of a new pharmacy dispensing system. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and baking in her free time.
Ian Nohner is a Senior Strategy Consultant with Health System Advisors based in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to joining HSA, Ian ran an independent financial advising practice, specializing in working with medical professionals. Ian graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology. Outside of work Ian enjoys running, cooking with friends, and guiding wilderness expeditions.
Senior Strategy Consultant
Luke C. Peterson is Director of Innovation at Health System Advisors located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His experience in strategy consulting to the healthcare industry spans seventeen years. Mr. Peterson’s consulting engagements have concentrated on system and organizational strategy and new ambulatory delivery models. Having worked throughout the country for national healthcare systems, regional community systems and independent community hospitals, he understands the strategic challenges facing healthcare providers today. His client list includes the largest healthcare systems, leading community and referral hospitals, and progressive academic medical centers throughout the country.
He is a frequent author and speaker and has advised numerous regional health systems on their path to create the capabilities to remain relevant, effective, and growing in the future environment.
Mr. Peterson holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in strategy and finance and is an avid runner.
Mike Quigley is a Project Manager with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He helps to support and coordinate strategic decisions while working with internal analyst teams and client work groups. Mike works to support clients in various types of healthcare strategy with experience in market alignment and implementation planning. Prior to joining Health System Advisors, Mike worked as a legal marketing consultant with Thomson Reuters. Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. An avid sports fan, Mike also enjoys spending time with his family, and playing golf.
Sam Ratuski is a Consultant with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis. Sam helps coordinate and support strategic decisions while working with internal analyst teams and client work groups. Prior to joining Health System Advisors, Sam worked at Optum in Credit Balance operations, helping commercial insurers and healthcare providers identify incorrectly paid accounts, and was a resource for credit recovery. Sam has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is currently pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Administration at the University of St. Thomas. In his free time, Sam enjoys spending it outside whether it’s biking along the Mississippi River or ice fishing in northern Minnesota.
Dr. Richardson is VP of Patient Care and Integration of Health System Advisors, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Richardson’s work with Health System Advisors involves assisting hospital executives in understanding the spectrum of benefits for implementing modern urgent care from a medical perspective. Dr. Richardson is Board Certified in Family Medicine, a certified MRO, and holds certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. He has over 20 years’ experience in corporate wellness with clients spanning multiple industries. During the past 15 years as a physician, his areas of practice have included occupational medicine, urgent care, tele-medicine, and family medicine and has practiced in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and Washington state.
Prior to joining Health System Advisors, Dr. Richardson was a Benjamin Banneker Scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. He earned a Medical Degree from Spartan Health Sciences University Medical School and then completed his Family Practice Residency at the University of Florida-Shands in Jacksonville, Florida. Elective rotations included pain management, occupational medicine, neurology, and orthopedics.
VP Patient Care and Integration
Danté Richardson, MD
Brandon J. Robertson is Vice President of Design and Innovation, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has over 8 years of experience in healthcare operations, ranging from hospital to non-hospital entities. Brandon’s expertise focuses on ambulatory asset strategy, design, development, implementation and management. He has opened numerous urgent care centers, occupational medicine clinics, and outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinics for programmatic and operational integration, which would drive increased outpatient market share, clinical quality and financial success.
He is a Six Sigma Black Belt who has trained multiple teams in the ways of Six Sigma and Lean methodologies in performance excellence, operations management, and quality assurance as it applies to the healthcare industry.
Brandon holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration.
VP Design and Innovation
Andrew Schmidt is a Consultant with Health System Advisors and is based in Minneapolis, MN. At HSA, Andrew supports the client by leading different client teams to assure success is achieved on projects. Prior to joining HSA, Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting and played four years of collegiate golf at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. With his background, he is able to add a unique and different perspective with the end goal to deliver a world-class product. In his free time, Andrew enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing golf.
Steven Taylor is an independent consultant with Health System Advisors and is based in Utah. His experience in the healthcare industry spans 43 years holding the positions of CFO and COO in small, medium and large hospital systems as well as independent hospitals. He spoke at HFMA's Annual National Institute on the topic of 340B in Critical Access Hospitals.
Prior to joining Health System Advisors, Mr. Taylor spent 12 years at Catholic Health Initiatives where he was CFO for the Fargo Division of CHI. He has also been CFO at a number of other critical access hospital‘s and chief financial officer at Columbia Regional Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, as well as Controller for Park Plaza Hospital in Houston, Texas. He began his healthcare career with Humana when it was the hospital company where he progressed from financial trainee to controller.
Mr. Taylor earned his MBA from Brigham Young University Graduate School of Management as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology.
Clare Umberger is a Senior Marketing Analyst with Health System Advisors based in Minneapolis, MN. She earned her BA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, focusing in interdepartmental studies and marketing. Prior to joining HSA, Clare interned in NYC for a solar tech company and a non-profit. She also worked for ImOn Communications in Cedar Rapids, IA where she created workflows and launched email campaigns. Clare enjoys traveling and teaching dance.