Meet the Team

Geisinger Health System

Kevin Capatch
Director of Supply Chain Technology and Process Engineering
Geisinger Health System
As Director of Supply Chain Technology and Process Engineering at Geisinger Health System, Kevin utilizes Lean Thinking to focus on magnifying the value and eliminating the waste in the core value streams. Kevin’s evangelistic leadership style and manufacturing-based operational expertise, combined with his information systems background, has allowed him to stimulate new thinking and promotion of process redesign in Geisinger’s supply chain information and supply delivery systems.  Kevin remains a trainer in the Geisinger Quality Institute. He continues to serve in external leadership roles: Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG), Community Advisory Board (CAB) for GS1 Healthcare, member of multiple GS1 workgroups, and a member of ASC x12 workgroup.  He has completed AHRMM’s Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Institute and completed his Master’s Degree in Project Management.  In his spare time, he and his wife Diane, support their two son’s passion for auto and motorcycle restoration.

Joel Meckley
Vice President of Enterprise Supply Chain Services
Geisinger Health System
Joel Meckley is the Vice President, Enterprise Supply Chain Services at the Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA.  He has over 11 years of healthcare materials management experience.  The Geisinger Supply Chain team was awarded the Healthcare Purchasing News Materials Management Department of the Year Award in 2008, the Premier Innovations award for the work in the area of Healthcare Supply Chain Data Standards, the AHRMM Healthcare Supply Chain Innovations Award for Supply Chain Strategy design, and has been listed in Gartner’s Top 25 Healthcare Supply Chains.  Joel has served as Chairman of the Premier Materials Management Committee as well as the Premier Eastern PA Regional Alliance.  Joel has also completed the AHRMM’s Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Institute and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Project Management.

Deborah Templeton
Chief of Care Support Services
Geisinger Health System
Deb Templeton is the Chief of Care Support Services at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA.  She is responsible for all Corporate Supply Chain and Enterprise Pharmacy Operations and Strategic Planning for all Geisinger facilities.  She has been named as one of the “Top 10 People to Watch in 2013” by the Journal of Healthcare Contracting.  She and her supply chain team were awarded the Healthcare Purchasing News Materials Management Department of the Year Award in 2008, a Premier Innovations award for the work in the area of Healthcare Supply Chain Data Standards in 2008 and in 2011 received the AHRMM award for Innovation. The Geisinger Supply Chain was also named one of the Top 25 Healthcare Supply Chains by Gartner in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.   She is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Healthcare Purchasing News and the Board of the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) and serves on many local community Boards as well.  She has over 30 years of healthcare management experience including pharmacy, project management and supply chain operations. Deb received her undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA maintaining licensure in both Pennsylvania and Florida and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton.  Deb served as the co-chair of the Education and Enablement Subcommittee of the Healthcare Supply Chain Standards Coalition and is past president of the Large Hospital Consortium.

Intermountain Healthcare

Cynthia Shumway
Director, Business Applications, Supply Chain & Support Services
Intermountain Healthcare

Cynthia Shumway is the Director of Supply Chain & Support Services Business Applications for Intermountain Healthcare.  She brings over 20 years of supply chain experience and leads the data standards initiative for Intermountain. She has lead and continues to lead operational improvement efforts incorporating lean principles to leverage technology with best practice. Cynthia has spent several years facilitating integration of  supply chain logistics within the Operating Room resulting in standard processes and reduced inventory value. Cynthia actively represents Intermountain in several different forums in an effort to educate and increase the adoption of GS1 standards.  Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.


Kaiser Permanente

Karen Dean
Projects Director, National Supply Chain
Kaiser Permanente
As Program Director since joining Kaiser Permanente in 2008, Karen has served in various roles to advance the transformation of supply chain services across the enterprise. Karen is currently leading the Point of Use initiative aimed to bring greater visibility to product usage across clinical procedures, improve safety through tracking of critical data points, and improve overall inventory management to pave the way for future demand planning capabilities. Early on, Karen worked with technical and business teams to ensure a successful implementation of a new ERP system focused on improving technology and effective business process.  With responsibility for the national Item Master and other central support functions, quality transactions and data standards have taken “front and center” to ensure a solid foundation for future optimization plans. Karen’s background includes over 20 years of experience working in healthcare organizations and IT related companies, with over 7 years of direct experience in Point of Use implementations.  Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University.

Laurel Junk
Vice President, Supply Chain
Kaiser Permanente
Laurel Junk joined Kaiser Permanente in early 2009 as Vice President of Supply Chain. In this role, Laurel is directly responsible for the on-going management and continuity of supply across Kaiser Permanente as well as the on-going implementation of a transformation strategy to fully integrate clinical and supply chain information to drive strong comparative effectiveness and variation analyses and ultimately delivering a better understanding of the product impact on the quality and affordability of the products and services that are used by Kaiser Permanente’s caregivers. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Laurel held the position of vice president, supply chain and contract manufacturing for Amgen. Previously, she was the worldwide vice president of supply chain for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices and Diagnostic Group. She has also held various leadership positions for a range of companies including IVAC, Unisys and Eli Lilly. Additionally, she is a certified Six-Sigma black belt. Laurel has a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota-Institute of Technology and an MBA from Duke University.

Mayo Clinic

Jim Francis
Chair, Supply Chain Management & Chief Supply Chain Officer
Mayo Clinic
As chair of Supply Chain Management for Mayo Clinic, Jim is responsible for enterprise-wide supply chain strategy and operations. Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world and cares for more than one million patients annually.  More than 3,700 physicians and scientists and 50,000 allied staff that work at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona. Mayo Clinic reinvests everything it earns into improving medical practice, research and education. Earlier in his career, Jim was vice president material services at BJC Healthcare in St. Louis. He also served as vice president of corporate services at Christian Health Services (CHS) in St. Louis. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and his master of science in Community Health from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. He received his Master of Health Administration degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Association of Healthcare Resource Materials Management (AHRMM).

Karen Wolfe
ERP System Analyst, Supply Chain Management
Mayo Clinic
Karen is responsible for data integrity for both the Item Master and Vendor Master within Mayo Clinic’s ERP as well as GS1 Data Standards implementation across Mayo Clinic. In addition Karen has been responsible for integrating Mayo entities into a single Item Master and Vendor Master. As a member of the Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG), Karen works collaboratively with the four other IDNs working with suppliers on the importance of the GS1 Healthcare US data standards implementation across the healthcare industry supply chain. In addition she participates in the GS1 Healthcare US GLN, GTIN, and GDSN workgroups. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 2001, Karen worked as a Materials Manager within the manufacturing environment.

Kay Hysell, MBA
Director, Accounting and Supply Chain Informatics, Supply Chain Management
Mayo Clinic
Kay is responsible for the support of systems, analytics, data standards, and technology project management for Supply Chain at Mayo Clinic.  She brings 30 years of supply chain experience and has lead several system implementations and was instrumental in designing and implementing a procure to pay shared services organization at Mayo.  Currently Kay is focused on implementing a new surgical inventory management system across the enterprise alongside an EHR convergence project.  This has increased Kay’s involvement in optimizing standards and interoperability of the supply chain, clinical and revenue systems data.   Kay has a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in project management from Capella University.



Curtis Dudley
Vice President, Integrated Performance Solutions
Curtis Dudley is Vice President of Integrated Performance Solutions for Mercy. Curtis’s team is responsible for designing and deploying solutions to support Mercy’s Performance Acceleration group. He oversees the identification and use of tools, technology, metrics and dashboards across the entire care continuum, driving more predictive and dynamic decisions that help optimize the Mercy experience for caregivers and patients. Curtis has more than 20 years’ experience in supply chain and information technology. He has held various positions with Mercy – the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the United States.  Curtis is a member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM). He also serves as an advisory board member to TECSYS, a leading supply chain management software company, and OmniCell, a leading global provider of system solutions to acute health care facilities. Curtis earned an associate’s degree in information systems from Rutledge Business College.

Gene Kirtser
ROi (Resource Optimization & Innovation)/Mercy
Gene Kirtser is President and CEO of ROi. Gene joined the company in 2007 with the goal of helping providers control their supply chain and creating a single-source, fully integrated supply chain model that could change the healthcare industry. Now, he is leading the company as it collaborates with like-minded health care providers to decode their supply chain. With 20 years of experience in the health care industry, Gene’s career has included senior-level roles in finance, operations, sales, marketing and business development on the supplier and provider sides of the healthcare industry. Prior to joining ROi, Gene worked at Baxter/Allegiance, ChoicePoint Health Systems, Maxxim Medical and SRI Surgical. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in finance from Miami University.

Matthew Mentel, M.H.A., M.B.A.
Executive Director, Integrated Performance Solutions
As the Executive Director for Integrated Performance Solutions, Matt and his team are responsible for identifying, designing and implementing creative solutions as well as leveraging current technology to drive efficiency and expense reduction throughout Mercy.  He oversees several key initiatives that seek to optimize the use of tools, technology, process improvement and metrics across the entire care continuum, driving more predictive and outcomes based decisions that help improve and enrich the Mercy experience for caregivers and patients.  Matt has more than 20 years of experience in health care, including 14 years in supply chain and information technology.  He has held various positions with Mercy — the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the United States.  Matt’s career includes service to a variety of other health care providers, including ROi (Resource Optimization & Innovation), SSM Healthcare System, BJC Healthcare and St. Louis University Hospital, as well as a health care consulting/accounting firm.  Matt is a member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  Matt received a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems with a Certificate in Health Information Management, a Master of Health Administration, and a Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University.

Vance Moore
Senior Vice President-Operations
Vance Moore is Senior Vice President-Operations for Mercy, the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S., serving more than 3 million people annually. Vance is responsible for corporate oversight of ROi, Mercy’s supply chain division, and the Mercy Technology Services business unit. Vance is leading a new initiative to enhance the delivery of care and services across Mercy while reducing the health system’s cost structure by $250 million in 2016. The effort includes a complete redesign and optimization of fragmented business and clinical service lines. Through direct work with physicians, the initiative aims to reduce variation across the system by aligning patient care with evidence-based protocols. These care protocols are supported with automation tools that assist in repeatable and sustainable performance, improving margins while enabling Mercy co-workers to focus more time on evaluating patient needs and providing quality care and services. Vance joined Mercy in April 2002 after 17 years in health care with Baxter/Allegiance, Cardinal Health and the health care division of the UPS Logistics Group. His career has included operational and sales roles in health care consulting, distribution, manufacturing, third party logistics and provider operations. In his prior role with Mercy, Vance served as President and CEO of ROi, a recognized leader in health care supply chain management. Vance has a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the University of Arkansas.