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LEADERSHIP

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

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.

Be Here Now

The Cordant Way is the foundation for our work and relationships. Be Here Now is a key value for us to live in order to be mindful of our time together and to be respectful of each other; we avoid distractions when we are meeting or talking with each other.

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, 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.

Demonstrate Mutual Respect

A respectful workplace is a powerful environment. How we treat our team members is directly related to their motivation, productivity and job satisfaction. We are inclined to work harder and stay productive when we all demonstrate and expect mutual respect.

Joellyn Champagne

Chief Human
Resources Officer

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.

Focus on Solutions

Keeping the company compliant is our top mission. Our clients need to have complete confidence in the information and services we provide no matter the circumstances. We must always focus on finding compliant and effective solutions.

Betsy Donat-Ardita

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. 

Think and Act Like Owners

The principles of the Cordant Way help empower our team members to more effectively communicate, collaborate and make decisions that benefit us as a team. Embracing these principles allows us to be dynamic and agile, enabling us to continue to grow the company and most importantly, provide excellent service to our customers.

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. 

Focus on Solutions

Our team is naturally creative, analytical and passionate about our clients’ success, which provides the foundation for us to focus on problem-solving. This approach benefits our clients, patients and team members because we view every new challenge as a resolvable step toward meeting our collective goals.

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.

 

Assume Positive Intent

How we approach a conversation dramatically affects the outcome. By assuming positive intentions from colleagues in every interaction, we build trust, create a more collaborative atmosphere and stay focused on solutions, even in difficult situations.

Bob Mann

Senior VP & GM of
Integrated Services

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.

Focus on Solutions

We continue to see both steady growth in new customers as well as changing requirements from existing clients. Staying focused on new solutions allows us to meet the needs of all of our clients and segments.

Jason Roeder

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.

Engage in Open and Authentic Communication

The key to our success comes from the way we share ideas and collaborate. We can express our ideas openly, even if they are unpopular or if we disagree with others, which allows us to work closely as a team to solve complex problems across many departments.

Valerie Ruttenberg

General Counsel

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.

Engage in Open and Authentic Communication

I am very passionate about engaging in open and authentic communication because it creates an environment where new ideas are formulated and innovation is born. Being genuine and direct in our communication is the cornerstone of leadership and team-building and reinforces efforts to drive new markets.

Decia Stenzel

Senior VP & GM of
Behavioral Health

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.

Engage in Open and Authentic Communication

As a scientist, I always keep an open mind and value communication from all sources. This is vital to achieving an ever-improving enterprise and to continuing to develop novel scientific methods. One never knows where the next significant, course-changing idea will originate.

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.

ADVISORY BOARD

JAN BERGER

M.D., M.J. 

REX A. EATON

MSN, CRNA

MARK FRISSE

M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

GEORGE S. HILLER III

R.PH.

ANDREW KWAIT, MD

M.D., M.J. 

STEPHEN C. MULLENIX

B.S.PHARM., R.PH.

NAUM SHAPARIN

M.D.

GEORGE VAN ANTWERP