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Moderator: Kevin Barnes
Director of Finance
Southwest Transplant Alliance
Founder and CEO
Center for Sustainable Strategies (CFSS)
Executive Director of Managed Care and Financial Clearance
Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
Ajith Pai, PharmD, FACHE
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Kevin Barnes joined STA as Controller in July of 2014 and was promoted to Director of Finance in January of 2016. He is responsible for the management oversight of the finance department including budgeting, payroll and financial reporting. Prior to joining STA, Kevin was the Director of Finance and Information Systems at Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO) from 2006 to 2014. As the highest-ranking financial leader in the organization, he helped lead revenue growth by more than 50 percent from 2006 to 2012. Kevin has more than 19 years of financial leadership experience in the organ procurement industry, is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has served on the board examination committee. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Purdue University, a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University, and has a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas.
As Founder and CEO of the Center for Sustainable Strategies (CFSS), Christina Haxton has spent the last two decades helping leaders from Fortune 1000 companies, mid-market companies and government agencies dramatically boost their strategic execution results. Ms. Haxton is a nationally recognized author, speaker and thought leader on the topic of disruptive yet practical approaches to strategic execution, leadership development and organizational change. She brings a unique perspective with 20 years of experience as a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and credentialed executive & business coach and strategic advisor supporting closely held, small to mid-market enterprises, family-owned businesses & business partnerships. Ms. Haxton specializes in developing essential leadership skills for visionary founder/CEOs of fast-growth companies whose executives and leadership teams are responsible for sustainable results.
Armida Klute is Managed Care Executive with over 15 years of progressive experience leading international and domestic payor strategies for insurance carriers and providers including hospital systems. Recognized for excellence in commercial contracting, business development, network strategy, alternative payment models, financial management and ACOs. Ms. Klute currently serves as the Executive Director/ VP of Managed Care and Financial Clearance at the University of Texas Dell Medical School where she is responsible for overall payor strategies including setting strategic direction and implementing plans to provide leading-edge alternative payment models that are critical to the Institution’s mission and financial sustainability by ensuring operational compliance with all contractual agreements.
Prior to Dell Medical School, Ms. Klute served as System Director of International Commercial Contracting at CHRISTUS Health where she was responsible for maximizing hospital revenue opportunities through effective contract management, negotiations and business development. Prior to CHRISTUS Health, Ms. Klute held leadership positions at Western Behavioral Health Network, FirstCare Health Plans, Oregon Health Systems, ACE Group and the Texas Department of Insurance. Ms. Klute holds a BHA in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University in San Marcos, Tx.
Ajith Pai serves as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, on the Boards of HOS PAC – Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Health Surgery Center Clybourn, Texas Health Huguhley and the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum Committee of ACHE and has provided leadership on the ACHE North Texas Advancement Committee. Before his role at Cleburne, Ajith held management positions at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HEB. Ajith earned his Pharm.D. from Texas Tech University and his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.