Leadership Team

Bill Hughson

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Bill Hughson has 25 years of experience leading and building companies in healthcare, retail, and education. Bill is passionate about building strong teams and delivering outstanding service to patients and customers.

Most recently, Bill was Chief Executive Officer of IntegraMed Fertility, the leading network of fertility practices and clinics in North America—which encompassed 28 practices, 110 locations, 175 reproductive endocrinologists, and over 2,500 employees. Prior to this, Bill was President of DeVry’s Healthcare Education Group where he was responsible for delivering high-quality healthcare education to physicians, veterinarians, nurses, and technicians across 35 campuses nationwide. Bill also served as: President of DaVita Rx, a specialty pharmacy providing comprehensive pharmacy care to tens of thousands of patients nationwide suffering from kidney disease; President of AG Ferrari Foods, a manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of Italian food and wine; and President of Noah’s Bagels, a manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of bagels and associated products.

Bill received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a graduate of Williams College.

Melissa Dabrowski

VICE PRESIDENT HUMAN RESOURCES

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Melissa Dabrowski has over a decade of experience in numerous business areas, including: human resources, strategic planning, information technology, forecasting, and financing. Most recently, she was Executive Partner with Behringer & Co. based in Caledonia, Michigan where she was the lead consultant on Career Exploration client engagements. Prior to this, Melissa led the global succession planning and talent acquisition process for Federal-Mogul, Motorparts in Southfield, Michigan. Melissa also served as Global Manager for Dow Corning where she managed talent development and organization development for the company. Melissa received her MS in Administration from Central Michigan University and is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University.

Surya Desiraju

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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Surya Desiraju has over twenty years of progressive leadership in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. Most recently, he served as SVP at Adeptus Health, the largest operator of freestanding emergency rooms in the United States, where he was responsible for 103 locations and over $500 million in revenue across four states.

Prior to joining Adeptus Health, Surya served as Regional Operations Director at DaVita for one of their fastest growing regions in the country, managing 22 dialysis facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. His experience also includes operational and strategic leadership in the automotive industry (Ford Motor Company, TRW) and the high-tech industry (Texas Instruments).

Surya received his MBA from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and his MS in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University.

Jenny Fanning

VICE PRESIDENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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Jenny Fanning has extensive experience offering consulting services within the healthcare industry, specializing in the areas of NextGen-implementation process and technology optimization. Locally, Jenny worked at Spectrum Health and West Michigan Heart where she was the Director of Information Technology. Jenny also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Computer Products and Resources. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a NextGen-Certified Professional. Jenny received her MBA from Boston University and is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Dan Hosler

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

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Most recently, Dan Hosler was a Principal at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago focusing on founder-owned healthcare services, education, and business-services companies, where he managed portfolio investments (KidsCare Dental, Q-Centrix, and SAVO Group) as well as leveraged technology that differentiated businesses by building competitive moats. Prior to Sterling Partners, Dan was Vice President of Product Marketing at The Activ Group, overseeing retail sales, sales operations, product distribution, and software development/IT management of EDI systems. Dan also co-founded and operated Microganics where he designed the company’s suite of agricultural products, built a nationwide distribution network for these products, helped raise venture funding for the business, and co-owns the technology’s patent.

Dan graduated with an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a BA in Biochemistry from Rice University. Dan currently serves on the Chicago board of Peer Health Exchange, an organization that partners with public school systems to teach health and wellness classes to high school students, and is a regular guest lecturer at both Kellogg Graduate School of Management and University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Colleen Mulder

VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

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Colleen Mulder has over 35 years of experience in ophthalmology, serving as Marketing Director for Grand Rapids Ophthalmology since 1994 and Construction Management since 1991; previous roles with the company include Director of Diagnostic Services and Clinical Operations Director. Colleen has played key roles in the development of: Quality Assurance, Skin Solutions by Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, and Clinical Training Programs; as well as management of the LASIK Department and Capital Equipment purchasing. Colleen has had the privilege of teaching both nationally and internationally for Joint Commission on Allied Health in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society (OPS).

Colleen received her BBA in Marketing from Davenport University and has a degree in Ophthalmic Technology from Ferris State University. She was an Advisory Board Member for Michigan College of Optometry and on the Board of Directors for OPS. Colleen currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Grand Rapids Lions’ Club.

Dan Shoemaker

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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Dan Shoemaker has more than 20 years of experience in private equity-backed companies. Most recently, Dan served as Chief Financial Officer at Golden State Dermatology. Prior this, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at NuLink, a broadband telecommunications company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Dan lead NuLink’s expansion for six years until the company was sold in 2016.

Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer at James Cable, LLC for nearly 15 years during which he also held the positions of Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer. Dan earned his BS in Physics, and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science, from Alma College.

Robert Wolford

SENIOR ADVISOR

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Bob Wolford is Senior Advisor for Blue Sky Vision, after serving as Executive Director for Grand Rapids Ophthalmology. During his 30 year tenure, Robert also held key leadership roles with several distinguished organizations within the healthcare industry, including: Michigan’s Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)—Ophthalmology Assembly and Midwest Section; Foundation for the Association for the Blind; West Michigan Alliance for Health; and Leading Eye Executives’ Forum. In addition, Robert was honored to receive the prestigious award for Administrator of the Year by Michigan’s MGMA in 2015.

Prior to joining Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, Robert was Assistant Vice President and Manager of Receivable Finance with Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation; and Assistant Vice President and Director of Personnel and Branch Operations with Muskegon Federal Savings and Loan Association. Robert received his MS in Management from Cardinal Stritch College and is a graduate of Aquinas College (later serving as Chair for its Alumni Association). Robert is a Certified Medical Practice Executive from American College of Medical Practice Executives (CMPE).

Board of Directors

David Barrett, MD

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Dr. Barrett specializes in laser-vision correction and performs small-incision cataract surgery utilizing traditional intraocular lenses, toric implants for astigmatism, and advanced technology LifeStyle Lenses. He is a LASIK leader, having performed thousands of Custom and BLADE-FREE LASIK procedures. Dr. Barrett received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, completed his ophthalmology residency at Jules Stein Institute at UCLA, and is a graduate of Michigan State University. Dr. Barrett has been in private practice since 1990.

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Dr. Boyle is fellowship-trained in oculoplastic surgery and specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery. He is also Medical Director of Skin Solutions by Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, providing patients the best possible results following their eyelid procedures. Dr. Boyle is a fellow of American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and is board certified by American Board of Ophthalmology. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois, College of Medicine; completed his fellowship at University of Alabama-Birmingham and his residency and internship at Indiana University.

Bill Hughson

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Bill Hughson has 25 years of experience leading and building companies in healthcare, retail, and education. Bill is passionate about building strong teams and delivering outstanding service to patients and customers.

Most recently, Bill was Chief Executive Officer of IntegraMed Fertility, the leading network of fertility practices and clinics in North America—which encompassed 28 practices, 110 locations, 175 reproductive endocrinologists, and over 2,500 employees. Prior to this, Bill was President of DeVry’s Healthcare Education Group where he was responsible for delivering high-quality healthcare education to physicians, veterinarians, nurses, and technicians across 35 campuses nationwide. Bill also served as: President of DaVita Rx, a specialty pharmacy providing comprehensive pharmacy care to tens of thousands of patients nationwide suffering from kidney disease; President of AG Ferrari Foods, a manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of Italian food and wine; and President of Noah’s Bagels, a manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of bagels and associated products.

Bill received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a graduate of Williams College.

John N. Oltean, DO

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Dr. Oltean is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He specializes in laser vision correction (LASIK), cataract surgery using advanced technology such as the femtosecond laser and advanced technology intraocular lens, as well as cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery. Dr. Oltean received his doctoral degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; completed his residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center of Oklahoma State University, where he served as Chief Resident; and is a graduate of University of Michigan. Dr. Oltean is an Associate Professor in the departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology at Michigan State University and is a member of numerous local and state medical societies.

Bryan D. Pinciaro

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Bryan Pinciaro has 22 years of marketing experience in public and private equity organizations in both B2B and B2C capacities. He currently serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Crane Capital Group Inc. and was previously at Vision Source®, a $2.5B eye care retail company where he was SVP and CMO of 3,500+ franchise locations in the United States. He also has experience at Johnson & Johnson and at BIOMET, a leading global orthopedic and dental manufacturer. Bryan has launched 35 brands in consumer-packaged goods, vision care, dentistry, orthopedics, logistics, supply chain, international freight, and medical devices.

Bryan is a graduate of Colorado State University where he earned a BA in Marketing, Communications, and Advertising. He is a member of The CMO Council and other marketing communities of interest for marketing executives.

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Jeff Schechter joined Sterling Partners in 2006 as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, and in 2013 was elevated to Chief Operating Officer. At Sterling, Jeff has primarily managed “the business of the business”, enabling investment professionals to focus on sourcing investment opportunities, structuring transactions, and recruiting management teams to build great companies. While at Sterling, Jeff was responsible for overseeing the areas of Finance, Legal, Investor Relations, Human Resources, and IT – establishing institutional-class infrastructure to support the firm’s growth. During his tenure, the firm grew its private equity assets under management from approximately $1B to nearly $4B.

Prior to Sterling, Jeff served for eleven years as Chief Financial Officer at Grotech Capital Group and, before that, Ernst & Young. Jeff received his Master of Science in Finance from Loyola University and is a graduate of University of Maryland. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a Certified Financial Planner.

Roger Valine

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

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Roger Valine began his 34-year career at Vision Service Plan (VSP) as a management trainee when the company had $10 million in annual revenue. Under Roger’s leadership, the company grew to nearly $3 billion in revenue, provided vision care insurance to more than 55 million members, and was selected for eight consecutive years as one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”.

Roger has served on the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

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Dr. VanderLugt has been an optometrist with Grand Rapids Ophthalmology for over 20 years. In addition, he serves as Grand Rapids Ophthalmology’s Optometric Affairs Liaison. Dr. VanderLugt received his Doctor of Optometry from Michigan College of Optometry and is a graduate of Calvin College. He is the past President of West Michigan Optometric Association as well as an Associate Clinical Professor at Michigan College of Optometry.

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Christy Vitulli joined Amedisys in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Payor Relations & Network Innovation. Amedisys is a $1.7B industry-leading provider of home health, hospice, and personal-care services that focuses on empowering individuals and families with home-based health care solutions in 34 states. As a member of the senior leadership team, Christy’s accountabilities include: strategic direction and execution, establishing innovative new partnership models, as well as optimizing payor contracting, services, and analytics.

Under Christy’s leadership, Amedisys has improved its contracting position with private insurance companies and entered into new partnerships that better leverage the value proposition of the post-acute care continuum. Prior to Amedisys, Christy served as Vice President, Client Services and Consulting Solutions at McKesson Health Solutions and, before that, Vice President, Provider Networks at BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Vice President Network Operations & Provider Solutions at Florida Blue.

Christy received her MBA from Lipscomb University and her undergraduate at Texas A&M University. She is also a Certified Health Insurance Executive through the America’s Health Insurance Plans.

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