CEO Summit Series Speakers

“CEOs are really needing to rethink ‘success’ and ‘failure’ in light of COVID-19 and post-pandemic planning. All of us as leaders are running into new challenges daily — including needing to find ways to communicate often-troubling news in a genuine but not morale-crushing way, and keeping the trains running on time despite growing workforce hurdles. This reality is one of the biggest reasons I registered quickly for Lutheran Services in America’s CEO Summit Series: 2020–2021. I need new insights and perspective from my colleagues more than ever, and Lutheran Services in America’s virtual CEO Summit Series is sure to point me in the right direction.”
~ Héctor Colón, President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan


Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich

Chief Spiritual Officer, Advocate Aurora Health

Kathie is responsible for chaplaincy, pastoral education, church affiliations, environmental affairs and sustainability and ethics. In addition, she leads Physician and Team Member Well Being across Advocate Aurora.

She has been with Advocate Health Care for over a decade and has more than 30 years of experience in spiritual care and executive leadership.

Previously, she served as Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Executive for Synodical Relations.

An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she serves on the Board of Trustees of Portico Financial Services, Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, is convener of the Senior Mission Leaders Group of Lutheran Services in America, and is a member of the Women’s Executive Leadership Team for the Go Red for Women Campaign of the American Heart Association’s Chicago Chapter.

She received undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan and Saginaw Valley State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women in Leadership program, holds graduate certificates in Healthcare Management and Patient Experience Leadership and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Randy Bury

President and CEO, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

As the Good Samaritan Society president, Randy Bury is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of operational and strategic goals. Randy also is creating alignment around mission, vision and values and attaining strategic outcomes and financial goals set by the organization. He assists in all strategic and operational matters represented at the Sanford corporate level and at the Society’s Board of Directors. Randy will also manage all Society senior-level executive leaders.

Randy steps into his new position with 37 years of executive leadership experience. At the corporate level, he most recently served as our chief administrative officer and previously held the role of senior vice president of health services administration. While at Sanford USD Medical Center, Randy was chief operating officer, chief administrative officer, executive vice president and vice president of patient services.

Bury holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in health care administration. He is a past president of the South Dakota chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a past board member of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. He has served on several local boards, most recently the Sioux Empire United Way Board of Directors and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

He and his wife, Sonia, have two sons.

Carolyn Cawley

President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Carolyn Cawley is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million member companies. Cawley oversees the Center for Education and Workforce, the Corporate Citizenship Center, and the Foundation’s emerging issues portfolio. Under her leadership, the Foundation has launched new signature programs including the America Working Forward initiative to bring jobs to distressed communities, the NextGen program to engage M.B.A. students, the Sharing Solutions initiative to combat the opioid crisis, and the Fast Forward event series to showcase innovators that are changing the way we live and do business.

Cawley joined the Chamber Foundation in 2015 with more than 20 years’ experience in both public service and business. She was a partner at the communications consultancy FleishmanHillard and led some of the firm’s largest global accounts. As chair of the public sector practice, she helped governments, foundations, and NGOs sharpen their focus and engage stakeholders on issues ranging from public health to women’s economic development. In the Washington office, she was a member of the Management Committee, group leader for public affairs, and managing director of new business development.

Earlier in her career, she served on the speechwriting staff for President George H.W. Bush and later as an aide to California Governor Pete Wilson. Her husband’s military career took them to the Middle East, where she launched an English-language business magazine in Egypt’s newly privatizing economy.

Raised abroad, Cawley moved to the U.S. to attend the University of California, earning a B.A. in political science.

Kristen Gay

President/CEO, Gemma Services

Kristen Gay serves as President/CEO of Gemma Services. She has devoted her career to serving children and families, previously at Silver Springs - Martin Luther School prior to its merger with theVillage, and now at Gemma Services. After receiving a B.A. in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, and an M. Ed. in Psychological Services and a Ph.D. in School, Community and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, Kristen joined the Silver Springs staff in 1999. Kristen worked in various roles throughout the organization, including: Clinical Intern, Foster Family Care Caseworker, Independent Consultant, Performance Improvement/Family Resource Services Director, Development Director, and Vice President. In addition, Kristen has clinical experience in Counseling and School Psychology and has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. Kristen’s diverse experience working within the programs and administration informs her strong and passionate vision for the future of the organization, and the myriad ways through which Gemma Services brings hope and healing to children and families. A proven collaborator and decisive leader, Kristen is honored to lead Gemma Services and its many programs providing hope, education, and healing for children, youth, and families in our region and beyond.

Garth Graham, M.D., MPH, FACP, FACC

Vice President, Chief Community Health Officer, CVS Health

Dr. Garth Graham is a leading authority on social determinants of health and health equity. As the vice president of community health for CVS Health, Dr. Graham leads the enterprise-wide community and social determinants of health (SDoH) strategy, working closely with CVS Health’s many businesses to ensure differentiated, measurable and scalable approaches to addressing community health in communities across the country. Additionally, he leads public health partnerships and cardiovascular initiatives for CVS Health. Dr. Graham joined CVS Health through the Aetna acquisition, where he had been president of the Aetna Foundation since 2014.

A cardiologist and professor of medicine, Dr. Graham is passionate about the opportunity to improve local health through cross-sector collaboration. Dr. Graham previously served as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under both the Obama and Bush administrations, where he also ran the Office of Minority Health. He directed the development of the federal government’s first National Health Disparities Plan released under the Obama administration. Dr. Graham was also the assistant dean for health policy at the University of Florida School of Medicine, where he led several research initiatives looking at how to improve outcomes and readmission rates in cardiac patients in underserved populations.

He contributes to several boards including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Advisory Council, the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, Board of the National Quality Forum, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associational National Quality Oversight Committee, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Data Standards, the Harvard Medical School Diversity Fund (chair) and was named by the President to the U.S. Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research many others.

Dr. Graham has been featured in media outlets including Fortune, USA Today, The Hill, The Chicago Tribune, Essence, U.S. News & World Report, Quartz and Ebony. Dr. Graham holds a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, an MPH from Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in biology from Florida International University. He completed clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins where he trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology. He holds three board certifications including internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology.

Eric Gurley

President and CEO, Immanuel

Eric is the President and CEO of Immanuel. He is a skilled financial and operational professional with more than 20 years of senior housing and health care experience, excelling in the areas of strategic planning, implementation and reporting.

Eric served on the EAA Board of directors from 2005 to 2013. He joined the EAA Foundation Board in 2015 and currently serves as the Vice President. Eric re-joined the EAA Board in 2020 and is a member of the finance committee.

He resides in Omaha, Nebraska with his family and is a member of the Omaha Symphony Board and finance committee, Lutheran Giving Board and finance committee, and Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries finance committee.

Daniel J. Hermann

President & CEO and Head of Investment Banking, Ziegler Investment Banking

Dan Hermann joined Ziegler in 1987. In 2018 he was named President and CEO. He also is the Head of Investment Banking, a member of the Ziegler Board and Executive Committee. As the Head of Investment Banking, Dan is directly responsible for managing Ziegler’s Investment Banking activities. He not only fosters the growth of existing practices, but also pursues potential new practices. With a focus on cross-practice collaboration, he plays on active role in maximizing synergistic opportunities across all investment practices, especially within the healthcare and senior living sectors.

As the head of both the healthcare and senior living practices, Dan was instrumental in the creation of and fundraising for the Ziegler Link•Age Longevity Fund, L.P. (the “Fund”). The Fund is one of the first to focus on the aging market and companies that provide innovative products, services and technologies to meet the growing needs of seniors and senior living providers in this changing era of healthcare reform.

During his 30-year tenure with Ziegler, Dan has become a leading investment banker in the senior living industry. He has structured and led or co-led more than 325 senior living financings exceeding $8.2 billion, cumulating far-ranging experience in the management, structuring and financial analysis of every type of senior living financing.

Shelley Kendrick

President and CEO, Ecumen

Shelley Kendrick became Ecumen President and CEO in 2019, after serving as Ecumen’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations since 2015.

Shelley has extensive leadership and operations experience in senior housing and services. She joined Ecumen in 2012 and has led the management of the organization’s housing and care center communities, including strategic development, quality of care, operations, community relations, financial performance and innovation. Shelley has also led the ongoing expansion of Ecumen Hospice, which has grown to four regional offices, serving ten times the number of people daily than it did in 2015.

Prior to joining Ecumen, Shelley led the Minneapolis Veteran’s Home, where she advanced the quality of care for Minnesota veterans in need of housing and health care, overseeing a skilled nursing care center and memory care. Previously, she managed operations for several health care facilities in Ohio and Minnesota for more than 15 years.

Shelley holds a Masters in Nonprofit Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in English Language and Literature from Eastern Michigan University.

Larry McReynolds

Executive Director, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone

Larry McReynolds has served as Executive Director of Family Health Centers at NYU Langone since February 2005 and has over 20 years of experience in health care administration. Mr. McReynolds oversees administration, planning, and finance for one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks. In addition, Larry serves as Senior Vice President of Community Health as well as Clinical Professor of Population Health for the NYU Langone Health System.

Under Mr. McReynolds’ leadership, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone has evolved to become the medical home for approximately 137,000 individuals in underserved communities around New York City, oversees a budget of $225 million, and coordinates teaching programs for more than 450 residents. The Health Center has grown to include 8 main primary care sites with dental clinics co-located at 6 sites, 22 school-based health centers and 37 school dental clinics, 10 site community medicine program serving over 7,000 homeless New Yorkers, Post-doctoral Dental Residency Programs (AEGD, GPR, Pediatric Dentistry, Anesthesia, Endodontics and Periodontics), community-based programs impacting youth, adults and elderly, 5 sub-recipients of Section 330 funding.

Mr. McReynolds is past Board Chair of Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) as well as past Board Member of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). He was the recipient of the HRSA National Community Service Award and honoree of the 2014 New York Association of Ambulatory Care (NYAAC). Additionally, Larry was honored by The Arab American Association in 2013, Mixteca Organization, and by the New York Chinese Planning Council honoree in 2014 for leadership in cultural competence and community health. Larry was the recipient of the Kriser Award from the NYU College of Dentistry in May 2019.

In his spare time, Larry enjoys traveling with his family (along with twin girls aged 3 years), plays tennis, and is an avid reader.

Larry holds a Master’s Degree in Health & Hospital Administration from Washington University School of Medicine and is pursuing his Doctorate in Health Care Administration.

David Morey

Chairman and CEO, DMG Global
Vice President, Core Strategy Group

David Morey, chairman and CEO of DMG Global and vice chairman of Core Strategy Group, is one of America’s leading strategic consultants—and one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers. Mr. Morey is the best-selling author of “The Underdog Advantage,” “The Leadership Campaign,” “Creating Business Magic,” the #1 New Release on Amazon, and most recently “Innovating Innovation.” He has worked with and helped add billions of dollars in revenue and market value to some of the world’s top companies. Mr. Morey has advised five Nobel Peace Prize winners, 19 winning global presidential campaigns, and a who’s who of Fortune 500 CEOs.

Jim Skogsbergh

President and CEO, Advocate Aurora Health

Jim Skogsbergh is President and CEO of Advocate Aurora Health. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest in the Midwest, since 2002.

Named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare for nine consecutive years beginning in 2011, Jim has been featured in local and national news publications as a leading voice on health care transformation and innovation; national health reform efforts; quality, cost and high reliability initiatives; patient safety; and health care providers’ commitment to serving their communities. Under his leadership, Advocate Health Care has been recognized as a national leader for its clinical successes, technological innovation, workplace culture and safety excellence.

He is a former member and past chair of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Directors, the national organization that represents America’s hospitals and health systems. He also is a former chair of the AHA Section for Health Care Systems Governing Council and a member of Regional Policy Board 5. Jim is a member of the World Business Chicago Board of Directors and is a past chair of Chicago United as well as the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) CEOs Against Cancer and the World Presidents Organization. In 2019, Jim was named Chairman of the American Hospital Association Political Action Committee for a two-year term.

Additionally, he is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a past chair of the Illinois Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. He is the recipient of B’nai B’rith’s 2013 National Healthcare Award and 2015 Chicago United Bridge Award.

Linda Timmons

President and CEO, Mosaic

Linda Timmons is President and CEO of Mosaic, an 11-state network providing personalized services to more than 4,500 people in over 400 communities. As a leader, Linda is positioning Mosaic to thrive in the rapidly transforming healthcare environment through creative services that are effective and efficient, and delivered by mission-driven employees and contractors.

Mosaic has an annual budget of $235 million and is growing through acquisitions, both in its traditional line of disability services as well as other services that align with the organization’s vision and values. Mosaic is an affiliated social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Linda is a captivating and popular speaker at professional conferences and other events. Her passion to serve and advocate engages audiences in support of people living active lives in their communities. She also regularly speaks with staff members, donors and volunteers, both one-on-one and in small groups.

She assumed the CEO role in 2008, after serving five years as President and Chief Operating Officer. She brings a wealth of real-world program experience to her role, now serving more than 35 years at Mosaic, having started as a teenager working in direct care.

Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and, in 2011, was honored with the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She also has a master’s in human services from St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas).

Linda and her husband, Randy, have two children, Meagan, teaches fifth grade at Adams Elementary School in Omaha, and Chris, a junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The family attends St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Omaha.