The Leadership Development Group is privileged to be able to periodically seek advice and direction from various leaders who are nationally recognized in the disciplines of marketing, research and development, industrial and organizational psychology, general management, human resources, organizational development, and leadership development.
The advisors who comprise our Board bring perspectives from different geographic areas and from all sectors–public, not-for-profit, and private. Due to their reputations, research, and demonstrated expertise, these Board members are well-positioned to advise us on trends and current issues in our industry.
Robert Sachs, PhD
Chair of the Advisory Board
Bob works with organizations to enhance and integrate critical leadership talent strategies and systems, on learning strategy and governance and he provides coaching to executives.
He was Vice President of National Learning and Development at Kaiser Permanente until December 2015. His responsibilities at KP included succession management, leadership development and supporting the overall learning agenda of the organization.
At Kaiser Permanente (KP) Bob designed and consulted with executives on executive development, leadership development, high potential identification and development and he developed and supported the succession management processes for the organization. He also led the team that provided learning services, including the enterprise learning management system, and designed learning solutions for KP’s enterprise National Functions. Bob convened the National Talent Development Leaders (NTDL) at KP, which represented the learning, leadership development and succession management functions across KP. The NTDL focused on creating and deploying enterprise wide effective, efficient and integrated high impact learning systems, processes and solutions.
Prior to joining Kaiser, Dr. Sachs was Vice President and Managing Director of the Hay Group. During his career at Hay Bob’s responsibilities included general management roles within the Chicago, Los Angeles and Cincinnati offices. Over his 16 years with Hay, his consulting focused on helping organizations enhance organizational performance through the design and implementation of systems and processes to ensure they have the right people, performing the right work motivated to produce superior results.
Dr. Sachs received his BS in Psychology from Union College (NY), his Masters in Counseling from the University of Hartford and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Glenn Frommer, MBA, CPA
As the CEO & President of Mauser Group’s North American business and a Management Board member for Mauser Global, Glenn is responsible to grow enterprise value through acquisitions, margin improvement programs, operational excellence, and effective cash management. Formerly, Glenn was President of ADCO Products, Inc., a $100+ million manufacturer of specialty adhesives and sealants focusing on the Renewable Energy, Transportation, Construction, and Industrial markets.
Before joining ADCO in 2007, Glenn spent his career in the US and Europe with several large multi-national companies including Unilever, ICI, Celanese, and Ernst & Young, where he applied a combination of his technology background and financial experience in business management and financial leadership roles.
He has spent the past decade focused on strategy and leadership development as the core elements of leading market-driven and technology-based businesses. He previously served as the Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Adhesives and Sealants Council. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester, his MBA from Rutgers University, and his CPA certification in New York State.
James Jones, MD, PharmD
James B. Jones joined Pacira as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer in 2015. He is primarily responsible for overseeing and guiding the Company’s clinical research and development efforts for the expanded uses of EXPAREL® and the Company’s DepoFoam® pipeline of products. Dr. Jones has worked on various analgesics, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and CNS compounds throughout his career. He was most recently vice president at The Medicines Company, where he was responsible for the submission and approval of IONSYS® (fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system) in the United States and for directing the delivery system’s application and submission process in the European Union. Previously, he was chief medical officer at Cara Therapeutics, where he oversaw the Phase 2 clinical development of the lead product candidate CR845, a peripherally-restricted kappa opioid agonist.
Dr. Jones is a practicing Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician, having received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees from Purdue University.
Ira Klein, MD, MBA, FACP
Ira Klein, MD, MBA, FACP, is the Senior Director of Health Care Quality Strategy in the Strategic Customer Group of Janssen Pharmaceuticals. As a 15-year health care industry veteran, his role is to advance Janssen’s ability to deliver industry-leading value-based solutions to the marketplace through engaging with and supporting providers in their efforts to improve quality reporting and performance. This will be grounded in Triple Aim solutions to Janssen’s advanced customers, and facilitated by a personal record of having worked on a variety of national quality and policy committees in D.C., and with many medical specialty societies and patient advocacy groups.
Previously, Ira was employed by Aetna, where he held a variety of roles during his near 10 year tenure. Most recently, he was National Medical Director for Clinical Thought Leadership in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, building value-based programs in oncology. He led quality and policy interactions with individual providers, vendors, ACO’s, pharmaceutical companies and other health systems, developing nationwide programs. In addition to oncology, he worked across multiple therapeutic areas including endocrinology and immunology. As Chief of Staff to the CMO at Aetna, he led policy and economic evaluation of the oncology medical cost category, which led to the establishment of the Oncology Solutions Group at Aetna, focusing on developing value-based programs.
His early career included a stint as Medical Director for Quality and Case Management at Bayshore Community Health Services in New Jersey; serving as Director of Medical Affairs/CMO, Plan Administration at Elderplan, Metropolitan Jewish Health System; as well as seven years as full time faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, teaching and practicing medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine.
Ira holds a BS from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy, an MD from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Iris Nafshi, MA
Iris Nafshi is currently VP, Talent & Learning at Campbell Soup Company. Prior, she led the global leadership & executive development function at Microsoft where she was responsible for setting the strategy for leadership development and designing learning experiences that support their development. Additionally she was responsible for the identification and development the most senior high potential talent at Microsoft and all aspects related to executive onboarding, coaching, assessment and development.
Prior, Iris was Director, Organizational Development, at Bristol-Myers Squibb. During the course of her career she has built expertise in Leadership Development, Organization Development, Talent Management, and as a HR Business Partner.
Before moving to the U.S., Iris was a Captain in the Israeli Army working as an Organizational Development Consultant in the Field Artillery Division. Iris received her MA in Human Resources Management from Rutgers University and she possesses a second MA degree in Organizational Psychology from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
Ron Phillips, JD
Ron L. Phillips is Senior Vice President of Human Resources – Office of People and Potential for Carnival Cruise Line. In this capacity, Ron oversees shoreside and shipboard human resources for the world’s largest cruise line, including talent acquisition, talent management, leadership development, human capital planning, employee engagement, compensation and benefits, and performance management. Ron reports to Carnival President Christine Duffy.
Ron has nearly 20 years of HR experience, most recently serving as Chief Human Resources Officer for New York Presbyterian Hospital, which encompasses seven major hospitals, 23,000 employees and 6,000 affiliated physicians. Prior to that he spent eight years in human resource roles at Comcast, eventually rising to the position of Senior Vice President of Human Resources. He has also served in HR roles at Ryder Transportation and McDonald’s Corpora, DO, JDtion. Ron has a B.S. degree from Virginia State University and a Law Degree from the University of Richmond.
Lorie K. Shoemaker, DHA, RN, MSN, DHA, NEA-BC
Lorie K. Shoemaker joined CHI St. Luke’s Health as the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for the Texas Division in September, 2015. Dr. Shoemaker’s responsibilities include oversight for the quality of nursing care and nursing practice across the acute and post-acute care continuum.
Prior to joining CHI St. Luke’s Health, Dr. Shoemaker served in a variety of leadership roles over a 29 year career at Palomar Health in San Diego, California, including the System Chief Nurse Executive from 2004 -2014. In this role, Dr. Shoemaker provided oversight for nursing care across the system that included three acute care hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities, as well as ambulatory and home health agencies. Under Dr. Shoemaker’s leadership, the entire health system received Magnet® recognition in 2009, making Palomar Health the first public health system in California to achieve this honor. Most recently, Dr. Shoemaker served as the President of Palomar Medical Center, the new, state-of-the art facility that she helped design and operationalize in 2012.
Dr. Shoemaker is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), having contributed from the perspective of the Chief Nursing Officer to the AONE Guiding Principles for Building the Hospital for the Next Generation. Dr. Shoemaker’s work in the area of hospital design led to her appointment with the California Hospital Association’s Joint Committee on Accreditation and Licensing with an emphasis on changing California regulations to support the widespread adoption and utilization of evidence-based design concepts in healthcare.
Dr. Shoemaker holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and a Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is an alumna of the 2004 Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives and in 2005 obtained certification in Advanced Nursing Administration (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Russell Showers, MBA
Russ has served as Vice President Human Resources at Reading Health System, a leading hospital for quality and value both in Pennsylvania and nationally, since December 2013. Russ is responsible for operational and strategic leadership of human resources services for the health system which consists of a large acute care hospital, a post-acute rehabilitation hospital, a large integrated physician network, and employees over 6,000 people. Russ effectively collaborates with others to bring innovative strategies to the organization that elevates performance and drives organizational transformation. He is also a trusted coach and advisor to executive leadership.
Prior to joining Reading, Russ has served as VPHR for Valley Health System where he was responsible for strategic and operational leadership of all areas of human resources and organization development. Russ has also held HR leadership roles with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Geisinger Health System.
Russ is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Management, and of Walden University where he received his Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a concentration in Human Resources.
Anthony Webster, MS
Anthony leads the human resources function for Evoqua Water Technologies. Anthony provides strategic leadership for human resources across the company. Evoqua is the global leader in helping municipalities and industrial customers protect and improve the world’s most fundamental natural resource: water. Previously, he led Europe & Americas region of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health when Novartis Consumer Health and GSK Consumer Health began a Joint Venture. Anthony has lead significant organizational change efforts across multiple global businesses and has a wealth of experience working in all facets of organizations. He has also gained experience across a global footprint having lead teams within North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe and MEA, including having spent 4 years living in Europe. He has extensive experience in due diligence and M&A as well as Compensation & Benefits and HR Shared Services. Prior positons include Senior Vice President & Global Head of Human Resources for Novartis Consumer Health, where he spent more than 3 ½ years and prior to Novartis spent 11 years in Bristol Myers Squibb where he held various roles of progressive responsibility.
In addition to The Leadership Development Group, Anthony currently serves on the Board of the Industrial & Labor Relations M.S. program at West Virginia University as well as Xtend Ministries International.
Anthony is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he received his B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations. works with organizations to enhance and integrate critical leadership talent strategies and systems, on learning strategy and governance and he provides coaching to executives.