The Cordant Way
At Cordant, not only do we have corporate values, but we have also developed something called The Cordant Way. This is how we have identified actionable ways we all can live our values every day. At all levels, in all interactions, this is the way we choose to operate.
Be Here Now
At Cordant, many decisions happen at the same time. However, we realize the importance of each individual decision and focus on the matter at hand.
During meetings, we refrain from texting, email or other distractions.
We also find solutions to better manage our time to be less tempted to lose focus during meetings.
Demonstrate Mutual Respect
In order to bring the best ideas forward, we encourage others to express their views openly.
We demonstrate mutual regard in all our personal interactions and in all forms of communication.
We demonstrate respect for each other by being prepared and on time for meetings.
Assume Positive Intent From Others
We are all part of one Cordant team; therefore we go into every discussion with a constructive outlook.
We consider our method of communication when communicating with team members. If differences in opinions are strong, we connect in person or over the phone to discuss the right path forward.
Engage in Open and Authentic Communication
We realize the best ideas can come from any team member, regardless of title. Therefore, if we truly believe in something, we are respectful but do not change our stance based on who is present or because a senior leader has a conflicting opinion. We evaluate and debate ideas, not people.
We speak up if we believe we may have critical information that could benefit the group.
Think and Act Like Owners
We are a small, rapidly growing company, and we use this mind-set as a backdrop for every decision and evaluation we make.
We, as individuals and collectively, will achieve success as the organization succeeds.
Focus on Solutions
At Cordant, we focus our time and resources on identifying process failures and on finding solutions.
Cordant is a fast-growing company that concentrates on ways to improve rather than where to place blame.
We win as a team and lose as a team.
MEET OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
Sue Sommer President & CEO
Joellyn Champagne Chief Human Resources Officer
Betsy Donat-Ardita Chief Compliance Officer
Brad Eckmann Chief of Staff
Rob Hubert Chief Information Officer
Bob MannSenior Vice President
Integrated Chronic Pain
Jason Roeder Chief Financial Officer
Valerie Ruttenberg General Counsel
Decia Stenzel Senior Vice President
Richard Stripp, Ph.D Chief Scientific & Technical Officer
President & CEO
Sue Sommer joined Cordant as president and CEO in April 2012 and brings more than two decades of medical industry leadership experience to the company. Prior to joining Cordant, Sommer held two vice president positions with UnitedHealth Group®, one as vice president of Intersegment Management and the other as vice president of Medicare Solutions. She also has extensive leadership experience in the pharmacy space, leading a $5B Managed Care division for Express Scripts®, the largest pharmacy benefit management company in the United States. In that role, she led the home infusion and specialty distribution subsidiary businesses as well as the integration and strategy for the specialty pharmacy business.
Sommer is a registered nurse and served at the BJC Hospital network in St. Louis, MO. She also received her MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Joellyn Champagne joined Cordant in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in human resources leadership, including eight years at private equity-owned companies. Prior to joining Cordant, she held senior leadership positions at General Electric, Emerus Hospital Partners, Oceans Healthcare and MedData.
Joellyn is a graduate of Nicholls State University and obtained her juris doctorate at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. She also holds certifications in change management and executive coaching.
Richard Stripp, PhD
Chief Scientific & Technical Officer
As Cordant’s chief scientific & technical officer, Dr. Stripp provides leadership to five toxicology laboratories across the country. He currently serves as a professor of forensic and clinical toxicology at the City University of New York. Additionally, Dr. Stripp is a member of various toxicology organizations, including the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and is a certified forensic consultant for the American Board of Forensic Examiners.
Dr. Stripp earned his PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.
Senior Vice President
Decia Stenzel joined Cordant in June 2012 after 17 years at Quest Diagnostics® in a variety of leadership roles. Having been a world-class athlete, she brings the “can-do” attitude needed to meet the challenges of developing a world-class growth team. Decia is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in human physiology.
Valerie Ruttenberg joined Cordant in 2015 as general counsel. Valerie has almost 30 years’ experience in health care law, including as managing counsel of Government Programs at Kaiser Permanente and as chief counsel of the Medicare division at United HealthGroup, a Fortune 500 company.
Valerie attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree and the University of Pennsylvania Law School for her juris doctor degree. She also holds a certification in financial management from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Chief Compliance Officer
Betsy Donat-Ardita joined Cordant in 2011 as part of Forensic Laboratories. She has more than 11 years of health-law experience, from private practice to working for DaVita, a Fortune 500 company, where she served as compliance counsel for various departments.
Betsy is a graduate of Purdue University and obtained her juris doctorate at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, and the Colorado Bar Association.