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Meet the Schumacher Group executive leadership team

Because Schumacher Group is a privately held company founded and led by physicians, we answer to stakeholders, not stockholders. To us, that means doing the right thing for the patients and hospitals we serve and for the physicians who work with us. Our leadership team, which includes board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians, represents decades of clinical experience in emergency departments. That adds up to many years of focusing on exceptional patient care.

William "Kip" Schumacher, MD, FACEP

Dr. Schumacher is also a national leader in policy arenas, helping shape the future of health care. He has published several articles on the leadership challenges facing the health care industry, has participated on nonprofit boards dedicated to health care reform and has been honored as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Rich D'Amaro

After leaving KPMG, D’Amaro served as Chairman of two successful health care technology companies. In 2005, he merged Subsidium into Tatum, LLC and became Chairman and CEO. He led Tatum for 5 years and exited after a successful sale to SFN group in 2010. His commitment to health care has included board leadership roles in the Alzheimer’s Association, Health Care Georgia Foundation, Vanderbilt University Technology Corporation, St. Joseph’s Mercy Care. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Fulcrum Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in Atlanta, and Enduracare Acute Services, LLC.

Lee White

White has served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Business Services sector for Gryphon Investors (San Francisco) and as Chairman of the Board of DLC, a leading project-oriented financial consulting firm based in Southern California and Gryphon portfolio company. As head of US Operations for PRGX, he was a key member of the turnaround management team for this publicly traded transaction assurance firm. White co-founded AnswerThink (now the Hackett Group) and was a National Partner in Charge at KPMG, simultaneously running two strategic practices. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Alzheimer’s Association – Georgia Chapter.

Randy Pilgrim, MD, FACEP

Dr. Randy Pilgrim provides executive oversight and direction for SG’s medical and clinical operations across all service lines. He is responsible for empowering and creating sustainable systems that provide clinical excellence, minimize risk, and deliver key results for patients.

Dr. Pilgrim completed medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota. He has been in emergency medicine practice and leadership roles for over 20 years. He is regularly involved with health policy issues at state and national levels, and continues to advise the evolving role of emergency medicine in health care delivery systems of the future. A former actuary with Northwestern National Life, his analytical and business experiences combine with clinical and operational knowledge to balance patient care demands, physicians’ needs, and key business considerations.

Thomas Dolan

Previously, Dolan spent 11 years with American Airlines where he held positions of increasing responsibility in profitability analysis, operations finance, corporate development, and finished his tenure as Senior Principal, Corporate Finance and Banking.  Earlier in his career, he spent five years in commercial banking with Comerica Bank in Detroit Michigan. Dolan graduated with a BBA in 1986 and received his MBA in 1994, both from the University of Michigan.  He graduated with distinction in his MBA program, with an emphasis in Finance.  Of interest, Tom also studied abroad with the Stockholm School of Economics in Stockholm, Sweden in 1993, and interned with the Michigan MBA Corps in Moscow, Russia.

Jim Guidry Jr.

He is experienced in the development and deployment of operational and financial management systems and structures in multi-state and multi-site settings, including the management of operations in Academic, For-Profit and Community Not-for-profit Hospital environments. Strategic planning, physician recruiting, human resources, financial management, sales and marketing, medical billing, managed care contracting, performance optimization, and billing & accounts receivable management are but a few of the core competencies he provides through his role at SG.

Guidry’s educational background includes completion of his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University Of Louisiana, with extensive graduate level studies in HealthCare Administration at The Ohio State University.  He is a Master-level Graduate of Rapport Leadership International. 

Rita Roberts, RN
Stephen Nichols, MD

Dr. Nichols applies his down-to-earth style with a methodical approach to management that balances patient care, provider expectations, business goals and health care demands. His fundamental goal is to help hospitals create places where employees enjoy working together and want to bring their families when they need care. He combines the experiences reported at the facility with detailed data analytics to accomplish this.

Steven Ditto

In his role as Chief Business Development Officer, Ditto’s primary responsibility is to lead strategic processes for successful client growth in order to expand the mission of SG, and continue the organization’s commitment of quality service to its partner hospitals. Prior to his tenure as Managing Director for the Health and Public Sector practice of Accenture, Steve’s vast experience includes roles as Global Sales Leader for Business Process Outsourcing with Hewlett-Packard; Managing Principal for Healthcare with Everest Group; and Vice President of First Consulting Group where he worked extensively with hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers.

Ditto is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and completed executive training at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Keith Cantrell

He formerly served as Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations at Schumacher Group. He joined the company in 2012 from EmCare and previously served at Pinnacle Anesthesia, Deloitte Consulting, KPMG and Arthur Andersen. Keith is a seasoned expert in all aspects of the revenue cycle and puts a great deal of emphasis on developing people.

Cantrell received his Masters in Health Care Administration from Southwest Texas State University and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Baylor University. He splits his time between Schumacher Group’s Dallas and Lafayette offices. 

Chris Cotteleer

He has also held roles as a Director with the Records and Information Practice of KPMG, Regional Practice Principal at Hewlett-Packard, and Principal Consultant of Informational Lifecycle Management and Enterprise Content Management for Doculabs, all in the Chicago area. He has worked with numerous healthcare and financial services organizations and specializes in information management and governance, and performance improvement.  Cotteleer brings expertise in strategic and operational planning, data and information lifecycle management, analytics, risk and compliance management, process analysis and design, benchmarking, and emerging technology.

Byron Speights

Speights’ experience and success as a health care leader spans over 25 years in executive leadership roles. In addition to his degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, he has completed numerous certifications and licenses in the healthcare and risk management sectors. Along with his duties of strategic initiatives and new ventures, Speights serves as a knowledgeable educator for national and regional conferences on health care business development, managed care, risk management, and worksite health promotion. His consultative experience includes designing, implementing and overseeing business development strategies for health systems, including specialty service lines and physician practices.

Speights also lends his time and expertise to a number of organizations such as The American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Occupational Health Professionals and the Sales and Marketing Professionals Association. He also currently serves on the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners for Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Diane Broussard

Broussard also has extensive expertise in operations, including directing and managing an inpatient medical psychiatric unit and working in strategic planning and development for LGMC. Through her combined experience in direct care and operations, Broussard has excelled in her role at SG, where she has led the HR team through times of significant growth and restructuring, directed new benefit and rewards programs, and has created and delivered key leadership training. As Senior VP of Human Resources, Broussard oversees all aspects of Human Capital Management, including talent acquisition and retention, performance management, learning & development and administration of benefits.

Broussard holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification credential. She is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, and obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Louisiana, and has also completed professional training in mediation from Loyola Law School. 

Ryan Domengeaux, JD

Domengeaux’s notable expertise is in in the areas of insurance operations, legal resources, claims and litigation management, mergers and acquisitions, loss forecasting and analytics, corporate compliance, contracting and entity management, records management, and clinical-legal resources. Prior to Schumacher Group, he served 9 years as the Risk and Insurance Supervisor for Lafayette Consolidated Government where he was responsible for the claims, safety and wellness programs for one of Louisiana’s largest municipalities.

Domengeaux earned his Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law Center after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a degree in Finance, concentrating his studies in the fields of insurance and risk management.  He also holds a host of industry-recognized designations. Included in this listing are the ARM, ARM-P, CRM, CIC, AIC, AIS, ASLI, and CPHRM designations, all of which Domengeaux was the youngest risk management and insurance professional to earn when received.

Rick Kramer

Kramer began his career at IBM, his initial introduction to the healthcare industry. He later served as senior executive at KPMG, First Consulting Group, PinnacleCare and Tatum. He is currently also involved as director of CareFirst (Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plan of Maryland).

Throughout his career, Kramer has built and led numerous consulting teams where he blends strategic insight and execution ability in the areas most critical to clients. Kramer received a Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University and his MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.