At Cordant, in addition to our corporate values, we also have what we call The Cordant Way. The Cordant Way is actionable ways we all can live our values every day. At all levels, in all interactions, this is the way we choose to operate.
Below, our leadership team tells which Cordant Way resonates the most with them and why.
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, Sue held the positions of vice president of Intersegment Management and vice president of Medicare Solutions with UnitedHealth Group®. She has extensive leadership experience in the pharmacy space, leading a $5B Managed Care division for Express Scripts®, leading the home infusion and specialty distribution subsidiary businesses as well as the integration and strategy for the specialty pharmacy business. Sue 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 joined Cordant in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in human resources leadership. 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.
Chief Compliance Officer
Betsy Donat-Ardita joined Cordant in 2011 and oversees compliance for all Cordant activities. She has more than 15 years of health-law experience, from private practice to working for DaVita, a Fortune 500 company, where she served as compliance counsel for various business segments. Betsy is a graduate of Purdue University and obtained her juris doctorate at Case Western Reserve University School of Law with a focus on Health Law.
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. Brad graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a BS with honors in accounting and finance.
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. Rob graduated from Southwestern Illinois College with an AAS in data processing technology
Senior VP & GM of
Bob Mann joined Cordant in August of 2012. Bob has spent the last 10 years in the laboratory industry developing and implementing innovative programs for healthcare providers, hospitals and health plans. Prior to that, Bob was an entrepreneur and ran his own successful sales and marketing business. Bob has both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Clemson University.
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Roeder 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. Jason graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in accounting and finance.
Valerie Ruttenberg joined Cordant in 2015 as general counsel. Valerie has almost 30 years of experience in healthcare law, including as managing counsel of Government Programs at Kaiser Permanente and as chief counsel of the Medicare division at United HealthGroup. 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.
Senior VP & GM of
Decia Stenzel joined Cordant in June 2012 after serving 17 years at Quest Diagnostics® in a variety of leadership roles. Previously 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.
Richard Stripp, PHD
& 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.
REX A. EATON
M.D., M.S., M.B.A.
GEORGE S. HILLER III
ANDREW KWAIT, MD
STEPHEN C. MULLENIX
GEORGE VAN ANTWERP