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Tricia Dempsey with Agile and Deleise Lindsay with Well-Change Group

Tricia Dempsey/Agile

Tricia entered the IT staffing industry in 1996, serving in a variety of recruiting leadership positions before starting Agile Resources in 2003. She has worked with clients from Fortune 100 companies to mid-market and emerging organizations. Tricia’s experience in technology staffing and professional services extends to industries including healthcare, financial services, media, technology, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, and more.

Tricia founded Agile at a time in her life when most people wouldn’t think of launching a company. She was in the midst of a battle against Stage 3 breast cancer. Through it all, Agile flourished – growing more than 400 percent in the last four years and was named the 3rd Fastest Growing Staffing Firm in the US by Staffing Industry Analyst in 2012. Additionally, Agile is a three time Inc 5000 Honoree.

Tricia’s commitment to Agile is matched by a passion for service to the Atlanta community. She is an executive advisor for the outreach committee of Women in Technology (WIT) and serves on the board of Komen for the Cure – Greater Atlanta Affiliate. In 2004, Tricia founded Agile on the Green, the Atlanta technology industry’s premiere golf charity. Benefitting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Agile on the Green has raised over $170,000. Tricia and Agile have been widely recognized for community impact with honors and awards including: * 2012 Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Finalist  * Sixth fastest growing women-owned company in Atlanta, 2011 * Top 10 contingency staffing firms in Atlanta, 2010 * 2007 GWEN Award for driving business results and community change * 2009 and 2011 Turknett Leadership Nominee * Enterprise Woman of the Year Finalist in 2009 * 2007 Atlanta Business Chronicle “Top 40 Under 40” Award.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Tricia was a basketball scholarship recipient and Academic All-American. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Education and later earned her M.S. in Education at the same university.

Tricia lives in Cumming with her husband, Jeff and daughter, Catherine. The Dempsey family enjoys spending time together boating on Lake Lanier and are avid fans of Georgia Tech football.

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Deleise Lindsay/Well-Change Group

Deleise A. Lindsay is the founder and managing principal of Well-Change, a boutique management consulting firm that equips leaders and managers to achieve business objectives during a time of change. While other consultants may practice purely from theory, her approach is based on many years of experience helping organizations avoid the impact of mismanaged change. Her unique value proposition is one of a consultant to senior management and an advocate for the employees during times of change.

Deleise’s most impactful change initiative was leading the beta testing and ultimate conversion of a manual system of client record keeping and delivery to an automated system that was later adopted by the entire industry.

To make a difference in closing the gap in the Health IT workforce, Deleise is leveraging her culmination of experience through such organizations as Georgia HIMSS, TAG Health Society Board of Directors, Healthcare Business Women’s Advisory Board, Gwinnett Tech HealthIT Advisory Board, the Metro Atlanta Chamber Workforce Subcommittee and moderator/co-chair for the Health IT Leadership Summit. Deleise also serves as adjunct faculty for the Southern Polytech’s Accelerated Health IT certification program teaching the section on “Emerging Careers in Health IT”. She is the Chair of TAG’s Health IT Job Fair for 2012 and 2013.

Prior to founding Well-Change, Deleise was vice president of F&H Solutions Group, a startup management consulting firm affiliated with Ford & Harrison, LLP, an employment and labor law firm.

Previously, Deleise was the district managing consultant for DBM, a global transition management firm, where she led a high impact team of professionals that provided consulting services to a variety of Fortune 500 organizations in five Southeast markets.

Deleise has also served as an international recruitment specialist for a healthcare company and as a member of the corporate human resources team for First Union Bank in Charlotte, N.C. As an entrepreneur, she owned and managed a retail establishment.

Media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, USA Today Online, and National Public Radio (NPR) have solicited Deleise’s input and directly quoted advice as a nationally recognized expert in transition services. With her engaging and thought-provoking style of presentation, she is also a well-sought-after speaker on transition and change management topics.

With a personal mission to “encourage and motivate” individuals to discover and follow their passions, she found one of her most rewarding experiences was placing students in academically supported internship and co-op positions during her five-year tenure with the Indiana State University Career Center, her alma mater where she received both a bachelors and masters degrees in education.

A.B. Short with Encore Professional Services and Kurt Tarter with Anew Medical

A.B. Short/Encore Professional Services

A.B. Short served as CEO of MedShare from 1998 to 2011. He co-founded the non-profit organization in Decatur, Georgia. Under his guidance, MedShare has evolved into one of the leading medical supply recovery organizations in the United States. To date, MedShare has donated over $60 million worth of medical supplies and equipment to economically developing countries around the world.

Recently he founded Encore Professional Services, Inc., a firm that offers consulting services to non-profits. Short has a B.A. and a Master’s in Sociology from Mississippi College and a Master’s of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He resides in Covington, Georgia.

Kurt Tarter/Anew Medical

Kurt Tarter is the Founder of Anew Medical, a device reprocessing company that has established strategic partnerships with multi-billion dollar companies to grow earnings rapidly.

Since 1981, Kurt has been involved in the healthcare industry representing Baxter Healthcare the first 15 years of his 30 year career and establishing strategic relationships with other Titans of the industry such as Allergan, Medtronic, B&L, Medline, Pharmacia Upjohn & Professional Hospital Supply as part of his entrepreneurial enterprises.

Kurt and his wife Susanne, who is an attorney, have both lived in Atlanta since 1984 and have 5 children. Meredith 24 is working on her Master’s degree at Alabama; Mallory 22 is a senior at UGA and has accepted a position with North Point Community church upon graduation; A.J. 21 attends Perimeter College, Julia 18 attends Georgia College and State and Elle attends Georgia Tech.

Rebecca Hood with Portland VA Medical Center

Rebecca Hood/Portland VA Medical Center

Rebecca Hood is a Research Assistant with the Portland VA Medical Center at Oregon Health & Science University. Her duties include: studying potential Parkinson’s therapies in a progressive mouse model of Parkinson’s disease in both young and aged mice; performing motor behavioral testing of mice to evaluate efficacy of treatments; using immunohistochemical techniques and stereological cell counting to measure  neurodegeneration; measuring neurotransmitter enzyme, neurotransmitter transporter, and neurotrophic factor expression by immunoblotting; utilizing genetic mouse models to study possible risk factors of Parkinson’s disease; developing diolistic labeling technique of medium spiny neurons to assess dendritic spine density.

Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a certificate in Biopsychology from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Art Spalding with TAMM Net, Inc.

Art Spalding/TAMM Net, Inc.

Mr. Spalding has over 22 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals and medical devices directing various functions including: reimbursement, clinical trial design and facility recruitment, distribution, business development, managed markets, market research, hospital sales, forecasting, and sales operations. He performed due diligence to introduce and contract partners. Mr. Spalding held management and director level positions at various companies including Parke-Davis, Pfizer, Solvay, Peer-Point Medical Education, and Columbia Laboratories.

In 2009, Mr. Spalding started TAMM Net, Inc., a consultancy servicing biomedical manufacturers. TAMM Net has helped manufacturers: conduct clinical trials using federal resources; gain reimbursement; gain marketing approvals/clearances; and sell to federal purchasers. Mr. Spalding holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Union College, Schenectady, NY and an MBA in Health Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia.


Susie Brown with NeuroScience Foundation

Susie Brown/NeuroScience Foundation

Susie Brown is the First Executive Director of the NeuroScience Foundation and has over 25 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations. Susie obtained her Masters of Health Science in Administration from Wichita State University and began her 20 year career with the United Way in 1985.

Most recently, Susie held positions with New York Urban League and Center for Children’s Initiatives.

Stacy Williams Shuker with Down South Innovation

Stacy Williams Shuker/Down South Innovation

Stacy Williams Shuker has been a part of Atlanta’s innovation community since 2006. She started out as a scientific advisor in an intellectual property law firm and community volunteer. In her role as Director of the Center of Innovation for Life Sciences, she pioneered the use of social media in economic development. As Director of Partnership Development for Georgia Bio, she initiated an industry outreach program, which resulted in several multi-billion dollar companies visiting our research universities. Her new partnership development firm, Down South Innovation, connects large pharmaceutical and medical device companies with academic and emerging company resources across the Southeast.

She has chaired and served on several committees with the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta, Georgia Bio and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. She is also a big fan of StartupLounge – an Atlanta based organization that pairs emerging companies with qualified investors. Dr. Shuker will be devoting her professional volunteer efforts to making the Southeastern region a thriving ecosystem for innovation and commercialization.

Prem Bhatia with Cooleaf

Prem Bhatia/Cooleaf

Prem Bhatia is a Co-Founder of Cooleaf, an Atlanta based company focused on building a health and wellness platform for individuals, employers, and fitness providers. Cooleaf takes a different approach to corporate wellness by actually allowing employees to drive the program. By getting real people engaged in doing real-life activities, Cooleaf has found employees responding and even asking for more.

Before Cooleaf, Prem lead business development and strategy initiatives at RelayHealth and has a background in health care payments and benefits from his time at American Express.


Lynn Hood with Crackerjack Marketing Presents Atlanta Healthcare Highlights

On today’s segment of Disruptive Healthcare, Lynn Hood with Crackerjack Marketing focuses on these Atlanta Healthcare Highlights:

Tiffany Wilson Karp with the Global Center for Medical Innovation

Tiffany Wilson Karp/Global Center for Medical Innovation

Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) is the Southeast’s first comprehensive medical device innovation center. The independent, non-profit organization brings together core members of the medical device community into a collaborative environment to accelerate the commercialization of innovative medical technology.

Ashley Hancock with Southeastern Medical Device Association

Ashley Hancock/Southeastern Medical Device Association

Ashley Hancock is founder and CEO of Innovetica, LLC, a boutique firm that assists physician inventors and small to mid-sized medical device companies with their strategy and commercialization needs. He specializes in market analysis, strategic planning, new product development, and market entry and expansion strategies. Ashley also serves as Executive Director of the Southeastern Medical Device Association, a non-profit industry association promoting growth in the medical device industry across the region. Previously, he managed the medical device portfolio for EndoChoice, an Atlanta-based venture-funded startup, and held senior marketing positions with C.R. Bard, accountable for an extensive surgical implant portfolio. During his 23 years of professional experience, Ashley has also held leadership positions with BP Amoco Chemical Company, where he began his career as a chemical engineer and progressed through the organization in positions of increasing management responsibility.

Ashley holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.