March 26 - 28, 2019 / Atlanta, GA


The AHP Leading Forward Executive Summit is designed for chief development officers, executive directors, and other executive leaders in health care philanthropy.


Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH
Unlocking the Power of Partnerships

Wednesday, March 27 | 8:45 AM

Elaine BatchelorElaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, is the Chief Executive Officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, a state-of-the-art private safety net hospital providing compassionate, quality care to the South Los Angeles community. Her innovative work to increase access for underserved populations has been recognized nationally, earning her recognition among the top 26 women physician executives in the country, as well as among the top 100 hospital CEOs.

Before assuming leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Dr. Batchlor served as Chief Medical Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan providing care to a safety net population.  She has also served as Vice President of Finance, Organization and Operations at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she developed and oversaw research, policy analysis and programs aimed at improving health care financing and delivery. Early in her career Dr. Batchlor served as Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Office of Managed Care and as a Chief Medical Officer for Prudential Health Care. 

Dr. Batchlor holds a Bachelors degree from Harvard University, a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctorate of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology.

Dyan Sublett
Unlocking the Power of Partnerships

Wednesday, March 27 | 8:45 AM

Dyan SublettAs President of the MLK Community Health Foundation, Dyan brings nearly four decades of experience securing philanthropic support for South LA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, a health care system serving one of the most vulnerable communities in the nation. MLKCHF’s founding executive, Dyan additionally serves as the hospital’s chief communications officer and a member of the executive team.  

Formerly Dyan was Executive Vice President of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the fifth largest YMCA association in the world. Her leadership included $120 million in contributed revenue and eight North American YMCA communications awards.  During her career she has served as Senior Vice President for Advancement and Communications at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Art Center College of Design, Vice President for Development at Sundance Institute, and Senior Development Director at the University of California Los Angeles, where she co-founded and directed UCLA’s Women and Philanthropy Program.

Dyan's work on women and philanthropy has been used as a model for nonprofits nationwide. She is a contributing writer to Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists, a commentator for the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Inside Philanthropy, and a frequent public speaker throughout the nonprofit sector.  She received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Indiana University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts.  Her work has been published in literary journals and anthologies, and she was named Poetry Fellow by the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.  Dyan lives in Los Angeles with her husband of thirty years, Alan Echeverria, and near their daughter Frances.


Bruce Bartoo, CFRE
How Gratitude can Increase Patient Satisfaction and Clinician Engagement

Wednesday, March 27 | 10:30 AM

Bruce BartooBruce Bartoo has served since 2009 as chief philanthropy officer for MedStar Health, a regional health system with 10 hospitals in Washington, DC and throughout Maryland.

Prior to joining MedStar, Bruce was chief philanthropy officer at Mercy Health, a 40 hospital health system based in St. Louis. Previously, he served as executive director of foundations for ProMedica Health System in Ohio and vice president for development at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He began his career as a political campaign executive and fundraiser, and also has six years of professional fundraising and alumni relations experience in higher education.

Bruce is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University (IA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Westminster College (PA). He and Lyndsey have been married for 31 years. They have two daughters; Sarah is 22 and Emma is 18.

Stuart M. Levine, MD, FACP
How Gratitude can Increase Patient Satisfaction and Clinician Engagement

Wednesday, March 27 | 10:30 AM

Stuart LevineStuart M. Levine, MD, FACP, serves as the president and chief medical officer of MedStar Harbor Hospital and senior vice president of MedStar Health.

Dr. Levine first joined MedStar Health in 2010 as a board certified rheumatologist at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, and vice chairman of Strategic Growth and Research in the Department of Medicine at MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals. In this role, Dr. Levine was instrumental in the conception, development and implementation of several major initiatives including a health services research program, new inpatient medical service structure, and a readmissions reduction effort. In 2014 he was appointed vice president of Medical Affairs at MedStar Harbor, and in 2016 assumed the role as vice president of Medical Affairs at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center as well.

Prior to joining MedStar Health, Dr. Levine served as a faculty member and assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also served as Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center and established a strong background in research. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including PLoS OneArthritis & RheumatismJournal of RheumatologySeminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, and the American Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Levine received his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, with a fellowship in Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American College of Rheumatology, American Medical Association and American Association for Physician Leadership.

Nick Conte, Esq. 
Transforming a Foundation from Administering Community Grants to a Public Charity

Wednesday, March 27 | 9:30 AM

Nick ContePrior to joining Carilion Clinic in March 2016, Mr. Conte served as chairman of Woods Rogers PLC, Western Virginia’s largest law firm headquartered in Roanoke with regional offices in Richmond, Charlottesville and Danville. In addition to his practice of corporate law, Mr. Conte has extensive experience advising boards of directors and executive teams on a broad range of matters. His expertise ranges from managing complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions to risk management and contracting best practices.

Mr. Conte serves on the board for the Carilion Clinic Foundation and has been instrumental in transforming its mission to include generating community support for the Clinic. He also serves on the board for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and is active in many community organizations, including the boards of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, the Taubman Museum of Art, and the Virginia Western Community College Foundation.


Kay Strickland 
Transforming a Foundation from Administering Community Grants to a Public Charity

Wednesday, March 27 | 9:30 AM

Kay StricklandKatherine F. (Kay) Strickland is the Chief Development Officer for Carilion Clinic and oversees the Carilion Clinic Foundation. Since joining Carilion 9 years ago, she has been instrumental in establishing a philanthropic program for the clinic, which is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia.

Prior to her time at Carilion, Ms. Strickland was Executive Director of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation and External Relations for 8 years where she founded the Community College Access Program (CCAP), providing free tuition for high school graduates to attend community college. Ms. Strickland also served as Senior Director, Major Gifts and Planned Giving for Hollins University and, before that, she was the Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation for 12 years.

During her tenure at the Museum Ms. Strickland tripled its size and raised $2.5 million for capital improvements. She has served on numerous national, state and local boards including the Council for Resource Development, Virginia Association of Museums, the Commonwealth Council, the Committee to Advance the TransDominion Express, the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Oliver White Hill Foundation.  She currently serves on the boards of Family Service of Roanoke Valley and Richfield Retirement. 

David Collis
Speaking the Same Language: How Hospital Finance and Foundation Build a Stronger Relationship

Wednesday, March 27 | 1:15 PM

David CollisDavid Collis, President of AdventHealth Foundation, has spent more than 20 years working with nonprofit organizations to help advance their missions through effective fundraising. In 1997, David joined the development team at Rollins College during their $100 million fundraising campaign, which ended in 2001 with more than $160 million in overall commitments. In 2005, he began a career as an independent fundraising consultant, working with clients such as AdventHealth, The Amazon Conservation Team and Habitat for Humanity Orlando.

AdventHealth welcomed David in 2009 as Chief Development Officer, and he helped lead a successful $150 million fundraising campaign for the hospital. In 2017, David began his current role as President of AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida. He oversees seven foundation boards and is a member of the Health System Philanthropy Leadership Group, comprised of 15 foundation presidents from large health care systems from across the nation who are dedicated to advancing best practices in the industry. David’s favorite part of his work is helping donors match their passion to help others with opportunities that can change lives. He sees philanthropy as one of the most meaningful investments people can make in their lifetimes.

David graduated cum laude from Rollins College with a Bachelor of Arts and received his master’s degree from Georgetown University. He is married with two children.

Todd Goodman
Speaking the Same Language: How Hospital Finance and Foundation Build a Stronger Relationship

Wednesday, March 27 | 1:15 PM

Todd GoodmanTodd Goodman is Chief Financial Officer of AdventHealth Central Florida Division, which includes 16 hospital facilities including the flagship AdventHealth Orlando and dozens of outpatient facilities and Centra Care urgent care locations.

Todd is passionate about helping people achieve their greatest health and is committed to a whole-person health philosophy that places equal importance on healing the body, mind and spirit. He has been in health care leadership for more than 25 years and oversees the financial operations of one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, with a net annual revenue of more than $6 billion. Under Todd’s leadership, AdventHealth Central Florida Division is implementing strategies that strengthen and advance the organization, including lowering the cost of care and improving the affordability of health care in our community, rapidly expanding the outpatient network and developing a high performing clinically integrated network.

Todd is active on several community, religious and educational boards, including Heart of Florida United Way Board, AdventHealth Orlando’s Community Health Impact Council, AdventHealth University Board of Directors and Southwestern Adventist University Board.

Prior to his current role, Todd served in positions including Senior Finance Officer/Senior Vice President of Florida Hospital’s eight-campus Central Florida market, Chief Financial Officer of the organization’s Heartland division and the Florida Hospital Foundation.

Todd graduated from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX, earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and is a licensed CPA. Todd and his wife, Melinda, reside with their two children, Karissa and Kayla, in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Keith Tribble
Diversity and Inclusion in Advancement: Changing Behaviors and Outcomes

Wednesday, March 27 | 12:30 PM

Keith TribbleKeith R. Tribble proudly serves as the President and Chief Executive officer of the Jackson Health Foundation. As the steward of the foundation which operates as the principal source of fundraising for Jackson Health System, his strategic vision for the foundation is to conduct traditional philanthropic activities and to assist Jackson Memorial Hospital in advancing its iconic 97-year reputation for providing world-class medical service. Since taking over the helm of the Foundation, Tribble has led the fundraising strategies in securing over 40M dollars in charitable gifts.   Tribble continues to set an established precedent of helping organizations understand their financial sustainability and vitality in the marketplace. He reaffirms that fostering relationships with key stakeholders and the community is critical to success. Throughout his tenure, some of his most notable accomplishments include: leading the strategy in securing and delivering major gifts and contributions totaling $24.7M benefiting the University of Central Florida’s Athletic Program and as the Chief Executive Officer, Orange Bowl Committee’s operational reserve from $250k to over 24M. Tribble has raised over $200M throughout the course of his 30-year career. He’s a man who continues to stand positioned for the win. Keith’s philosophy on leadership is that the true measure of a leader is how they treat everyone, not just those they need to impress.

Lisa Bielamowicz, MD
State of the Union 2019: Future of Health Care and Importance of Philanthropy

Wednesday, March 27 | 8:00 AM

Lisa Bielamowicz

Lisa Bielamowicz, MD is the Co-Founder and President of Gist Healthcare, a strategic advisory service that provides guidance to health care industry leaders.

A national expert on health care strategy, Lisa is known for being able to distill actionable insight from complex and conflicting market forces. Whether speaking to an audience of hundreds or working with an executive team, her passion is increasing the pace of transformation in health care. 

Presenting at over 75 board meetings, leadership retreats, industry conferences, and executive strategy sessions annually, Lisa brings energetic, provocative discussion to every forum she leads. She is a frequent keynote speaker, and is regularly consulted by media, quoted in the New York Times, Modern Healthcare, Wall Street Journal, and Health Affairs.

Lisa’s work combines national-level insight with a deep understanding of local market dynamics and system strength. A trusted advisor to dozens of health systems and medical groups, executives call on Lisa to provide critical guidance on system strategy and investments, and to serve as a partner in developing consensus toward a common vision.

Prior to founding Gist, Lisa was Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the Advisory Board, where she led the firm’s strategy and clinical research for over a decade and was the primary author of many publications on health system and physician strategy, population health and care transformation.

As a physician Lisa brings a clinical lens to her work and has a deep understanding of the dynamics of physician practice. She trained in diagnostic radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. A Howard Hughes fellow, she researched memory and learning using functional MRI at the National Institutes of Mental Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and received her MD with highest honors from Baylor College of Medicine, graduating first in her class.


Armando Chardiet
Mergers and Acquisitions in Philanthropy

Wednesday, March 27 | 11:15 AM

Armando ChardietArmando Chardiet is President of Atrium Health Foundation (formerly Carolinas HealthCare Foundation). Mr. Chardiet is a recognized leader in the world of philanthropy and has significant experience in establishing a strong culture of charitable giving. Prior to joining Atrium Health in March 2017, he was chair of the Philanthropy Institute at Cleveland Clinic and was responsible for all philanthropic initiatives and capital campaigns.

Prior to that role, Mr. Chardiet was the chief advancement officer and assistant vice dean at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He has previous experience at the Washington Hospital Center Foundation, the development arm of the largest teaching hospital in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his development career, he held positions at the American Red Cross, Brown University and American University.

Mr. Chardiet received his Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and Latin American studies from Southern Connecticut University in 1973. Five years later, he earned a master’s degree in social policy research from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an advanced certificate degree in research.

Fran Petonic, CFRE
Mergers and Acquisitions in Philanthropy

Wednesday, March 27 | 11:15 AM

Fran PetonicFran Petonic, CFRE, serves as the SVP for philanthropy at Trinity Health. In her role, Fran leads efforts to build philanthropy as critical component of Trinity Health's strategy by partnering with CEOs to create a direct line of accountability between the system office and health ministry chief development officers.

Fran has 24 years of experience in philanthropy and has been a part of the Trinity Health family for more than 10 years collectively, most recently serving as the regional vice president of development for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In her role there, Fran was responsible for leading five hospitals throughout Southeast Michigan. In FY18, under Fran’s leadership, her team doubled their philanthropic goal, securing more than $34 million in funds.

Fran holds a Bachelor of Arts in American public policy and social relations, and a master's degree in social services administration. She is also a Certified Fundraising Executive and holds an Advanced Planned Giving Certification. Fran is currently enrolled in the Trinity Health Ministry Leadership Academy. 

In her spare time, Fran enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, and their two adult sons. She has a love of the outdoors, in particular trail running, and taking advantage of our national parks system.


Randy Varju, FAHP, CFRE
Mergers and Acquisitions in Philanthropy

Wednesday, March 27 | 11:15 AM

Randy VarjuRandy Varju, FAHP, CFRE, is president of the Advocate Aurora Health Foundations and chief development officer for Advocate Aurora Health. In this capacity, Varju has executive responsibility for the vision, planning, implementation and management of charitable giving and fundraising for all 27 Advocate and Aurora hospitals, and system-wide development initiatives.

Advocate Aurora Health is the 10th largest health system in nation with 3 million patients annually. It has been named one of the nation’s top health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters.

Varju has served the not-for-profit sector in development roles for 3 decades, initially in the human services sector with Easter Seals and United Way and later in higher education with institutional advancement for Lewis University. In 1999, he moved to the health care sector, joining Advocate Charitable Foundation as vice president for development for South Suburban Hospital. In 2002, he transitioned to Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital as vice president of development.

Prior to his current role, Varju served as President for the Advocate Charitable Foundation, leading the development efforts for the Advocate Health Care system of 12 hospitals.

Varju currently serves on the Board of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy as Chair. He has previously served as a member of the AHP Strategic Leadership Knowledge Advisory Group. Most recently, he authored a chapter for the AHP book, “Redefining Healthcare Philanthropy”. He also has served as President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chicago Chapter.

Varju has an MBA from Lewis University, a BS in marketing from Illinois State University, and received his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1990. He became a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP) in 2011.