Women In Healthcare Leadership

2014 Speakers


Dorothy Billingsly

President, Rudish Executive Search

 Dorothy has more than 25 years of experience conducting healthcare senior level, retrained executive searches for board members, chairs, C-suite executives and their management teams. Founder and CEO of Billingsly Associates, LLC, she has led this healthcare boutique firm for over 14 years. Previously she served as a Partner in the Korn/Ferry Healthcare Practice, EVP & National Healthcare Practice Leader for DHR International, and VP at Boyden International


Margaret Cary, MD MBA MPH

Executive Coach, Speaker, Trainer, Facilitator, and Faculty Member, Georgetown and George Washington University Medical Schools

 Dr. Margaret Cary started her career as a family physician in Santa Rosa and quickly moved through nearly every aspect of health care – from practicing physician to turnaround consultant (in 90 days took a clinic from three years of losing money to turning a profit), creator and co-host of a PBS-coproduced television special, “The Health Care Puzzle,” SVP and employee #6 at a medical device startup, medical director at a $200M/year healthcare communications company (Vox Medica team member for MedUnite, a $70mm collaboration among seven HMOs to automate billing), co-author of a seminal text in telehealth,  Telemedicine and Telehealth: Principles, Policies, Performance and Pitfalls, senior executive at the US Department of Health and Human Services in President Clinton’s administration, intrapreneur at the Veterans Health Administration (creating and directing programs in physician leadership development, medical technology assessment and Medicare Advantage) and now credentialed and certified Executive Coach, speaker, trainer, facilitator, and faculty member at Georgetown and George Washington University medical schools.

As she has moved through her career journey she realized the “soft” skills are really the hard skills – the very hard skills – and recognized she could be of service to patients, physicians and healthcare systems as a leadership coach for physicians, whose training is almost the exact opposite of what is needed for today’s leader in a complex world.

Join her as she takes you through your Leadership Journey.

Sherry Stewart

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann

Founder and CEO, LetterLogic, Inc.

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann is the founder and CEO of LetterLogic, Inc. a  multi-channel patient communications company. 

Since the company was founded in Sherry’s basement in 2002, the company has become a $30 Million company, and has been named an INC 5000 Company for eight consecutive years. 

In November, 2013, Sherry was inducted into the Nashville Entrepreneurs Center Hall of Fame.  Sherry and her company have been recognized by the NY Times, Forbes Magazine, Business Leaders, Fast Company. and the Women’s Presidents Organization.

Sherry attributes the success of LetterLogic to its unique employee-centric culture wherein the employee, not the customer, comes first.  


Soni Dimond

President, Soni Dimond Media

 Communication coach, author, publicist and media relations specialist Soni Dimond is a nationally-recognized keynote speaker and a news placement authority.  Listed among Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business, Soni blends her public speaking expertise with more than 25 years of global media relations experience and communication training. 

Soni’s interview skills are the result of her professional history with the media and public relations, beginning with on-air experience as a television news reporter and weekend anchor at WHTM-TV (ABC affiliate) in Harrisburg, PA, followed by news reporter and morning anchor at WGAL-TV (NBC affiliate) in Lancaster, PA.  Her professional record includes a wide variety of prominent communications positions, including International Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC. -- Community Relations Coordinator under the former PA Department of Environmental Resources during Governor Thornburgh’s Administration – and, Media Relations Manager for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the Commonwealth of PA’s largest business association, during the years Tom Ridge served as Governor of Pennsylvania.



Tessie Ganzsarto, CHCE

Co-Founder and President, Alternate Solutions Health Network

 Tessie Ganzsarto is the co-founder and President of Alternate Solutions Health Network, working with health systems in strategic partnerships for post-acute care.  ASHN is privately-owned and strategically directed by 13 stakeholders and its Board of Advisors, including a leadership team with over 100 years of healthcare experience.  ASHN employs more than 800 health professionals throughout the United States.

As President, Tessie’s focus is on strategic planning for partnership growth; working closely with the Business Development Team to explore, develop, negotiate, implement and oversee partnership affiliations.

Tessie has taken Alternate Solutions from a start-up agency employing 30 full-time employees in its first year in 1999 to a competitive, ever-growing agency with more than 800 employees in various locations in 2014.  Tessie’s contributions to Alternate Solutions have helped to sustain an average yearly growth of 40%.

Tessie has been asked by industry leaders to share her knowledge and ideas at numerous industry-based conferences.  She has been a consultant for homecare agencies, advising them on growing their businesses and sustaining profitability.  Tessie has been a member of several boards where she has provided strategies and advice for growth.

Lynda C.

Lynda C. McDermott MSOD, CSP

President, EquiPro International, Ltd

Lynda C. McDermott MSOD, CSP is President of EquiPro International, Ltd., an international management consulting firm which specializes in leadership, team and business development for Fortune 500 and medium-size companies and professional services firms.  Her experience involves over 30 years of line management, and internal and external consulting.

McDermott began her career as a line manager, and then an internal consultant with Ohio Bell Telephone Company and AT&T.  She began her external consulting career with Ernst & Young and later served as a Director for the national Human Resources and Organizational Consulting Practice for KPMG.

Over the last 25 years her firm has provided consulting services in strategic planning and business development, leadership and team development, alliance management, and executive coaching in a wide variety of industries.  Her client list includes such companies as Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Hearst Magazines, Biogen Idec, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Raymond James, Sanofi, DuPont Women Lawyers’ Network, Ernst & Young, and Patterson Belknap.

McDermott is currently the Chair of the Tampa Women President’s Organization and the Founding President of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Florida Chapter. McDermott was a Finalist for Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year in 2011.  She has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Society for Training and Development and has been their Torch Award Winner.  Her firm has received two ASTD “Excellence in Practice” Citations for their ground-breaking work with global teams in over twenty-five countries and for their innovative “Build Our Business” program.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of Girls Incorporated (Formerly Girls Clubs of America).

Ms. McDermott is co-author of the best-selling book World Class Teams (Wiley) and author of the best-selling book titled Caught In The Middle: How To Survive and Thrive In Today's Management Squeeze (©Prentice-Hall). She is co-author of the book Perfect Phrases for Virtual Teamwork.


John McMunn

President- McMunn Enterprises, Inc.

 John A. McMunn is President of J.A. McMunn Enterprises, Inc., which is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, established in 198. McMunn Enterprises is a unique, exclusive "boutique" professional coaching organization, serving leading corporations looking to discover and employ innovative, refreshing professional ideas in an effort to develop new businesses. 

As a Corporate Coach and Consultant, John has worked with many of the nation's leading organizations including Kimberly-Clark, Ernst & Young, Cannon, Accenture, USAA, Cap Gemini, New York Life, Pizza Hut, General Electric, Coca-Cola, Pennzoil, Litton Industries, Hewlett-Packard, Ryder System, Boeing, HCA The Healthcare Company, KPMG, Deloite, Allen & Overy, Highmark, McGladrey, Grant Thorton, Dixon Hughes Goodman, and Navigant Consulting. 


Gail Scarboro-Hritz, A.S., C.H.F.P.

Founder & Managing Partner, Hritz Management Services

Gail Scarboro-Hritz has more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare financial operations management in hospitals, medical groups and integrated delivery systems. Her experience in consulting allows her to expertly bridge the worlds of finance, strategy, and healthcare operations.


Sheila Schweitzer

Founder and CEO of PatientMatters

Ms. Schweitzer is founder and CEO of PatientMatters, a company focused on assisting healthcare in the management of the patient’s obligation.  Patient Matters brings its hardened patient engagement methodology and comprehensive technology platform to help hospitals build a world class patient financial experience.  Prior to PatientMatters, Ms. Schweitzer was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Caremedic. Under her leadership Caremedic achieved a lead position in the HCIT revenue cycle market, successfully brought to market the first enterprise class revenue management system, the electronic Financial Record (eFR).


Judith Starkey

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Chamberlin Edmonds & Associates, Inc.,

 For the last twenty-two years, Ms. Judith Starkey has served as Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chamberlin Edmonds & Associates, Inc., a former Galen Partners Company. Chamberlin Edmonds is a financial services firm designed to locate government reimbursement for previously uninsured, medically indigent patients. The Company completed its successful sale in May of 2008.

Ms. Starkey is a graduate of Springhill College with a Masters Degree from Georgia State University. Judy previously served as Chair of Palliative Care Board for Emory Health Systems.  She currently serves on the Berman School of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University; is a member of the Executive Committee for Baddour Memorial Center, a privately run residential center for challenged adults; serves on the Board for Streamline Health; works as a Special Venture Partner for Galen Partners and serves on two privately held boards.