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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.


Sue Sommer

Sue Sommer

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.

Joellyn Champagne

Joellyn Champagne

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.

Dr. Richard Stripp

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.

Decia Stenzel

Decia Stenzel

Senior Vice President
Behavioral Health

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

Valerie Ruttenberg

General Counsel

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.

Betsy Donat

Betsy Donat-Ardita

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.

Bob Mann

Bob Mann

Senior Vice President
Integrated Chronic Pain

Bob Mann joined Cordant in August of 2012.  Bob spent the last 10 years in the laboratory industry developing and implementing innovative programs for healthcare providers, hospitals and health plans.  Prior to entering the laboratory industry, Bob was an entrepreneur and ran his own successful sales and marketing business.  Bob has both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Clemson University.

Brad Eckmann

Brad Eckmann

Chief of Staff

Brad Eckmann joined Cordant in 2013 as the director of enterprise initiatives and transitioned into his current role as chief of staff in 2017. In that time, he has served on several key initiatives at Cordant including strategic planning and execution, and finance and accounting. Prior to joining Cordant, Brad served in various capacities at Waud Capital, a private equity firm in Chicago. While at Waud, he served on several boards, including that of Acadia Healthcare and Maxum Petroleum. Prior to Waud he served as an analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York and Chicago.

Rob Hubert

Rob Hubert

Chief Information Officer

Rob Hubert began with Cordant in June of 2016 as the vice president of pharmacy information systems and transitioned into his present role as chief information officer. Rob brings a strong background in the business of solutions management and modern software development architectures. His extensive skills include personnel management, finances, projects and business operations. He previously ran his own dynamic consulting company, so he knows what’s needed to direct client delivery teams to provide innovative solutions to the customer.

Jason Roeder

Jason Roeder

Chief Financial Officer

Jason joined Cordant in June of 2017 with over 10 years of experience in senior leadership positions at private equity owned companies. He also spent eight years at a Big 4 accounting/consulting financial firm.

Prior to joining Cordant, he was CFO of Schryver Medical, an entrepreneurial firm serving the long term care market.

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