Joseph A. Carlucci is a co-founder of our company and our Chief Executive Officer and has served as the chairman of our board of directors since 2012. Mr. Carlucci has more than 37 years of experience in the dialysis services industry. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Carlucci served as President and CEO of Optimal Renal Care, a joint venture between Fresenius Medical Care North America, (‘‘FMCNA’’), and Kaiser Permanente of Southern California designed as a disease management organization providing additional opportunities to improve treatment outcomes, improve cost structures, and implement new technologies and methods of dialysis care. Prior to that, Mr. Carlucci served as Vice President of Administration at FMCNA and was responsible nationally for managed care, medical director relations and facility development. He has operations experience from Facility Administrator to Director of U.S. Operations at FMCNA. Mr. Carlucci also serves on the board of directors of Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine. Mr. Carlucci holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Bentley University.
Dr. Don Williamson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at American Renal Associates (ARA). Previously, Dr. Williamson served as one of three national Chief Medical Officers of the Company since 2011, and as a physician partner of the Company since 2002. He has more than 26 years of experience as a nephrologist. Prior to his appointment as COO, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner for our clinic joint venture, Nephrology Associates, P.C. in Augusta, Georgia, and as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of our clinic joint venture, Nephrology Centers of America, LLC. Additionally, Dr. Williamson is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Kinetic Decision Solutions LLC, a developer of electronic medical record software. He serves as a member of the ESRD Advisory Council, Department of Community Health for the State of Georgia, and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University. Dr. Williamson received his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia.
Jason Boucher is the Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he oversees all aspects of accounting operations and financial reporting. Mr. Boucher has more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience spanning a number of roles, including Corporate Controller, Financial Reporting Manager and Accounting Manager. Mr. Boucher has his BS in Accounting from Plymouth State College and his MBA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management.
Neal Minahan is Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at American Renal Associates (ARA). Mr. Minahan has more than 12 years of legal and compliance experience in the dialysis industry. Prior to joining ARA, he served as a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he focused on healthcare litigation, government enforcement and regulatory compliance. Mr. Minahan’s dialysis experience includes responding to large-scale OIG and DOJ investigations, and developing and maintaining comprehensive compliance programs. Mr. Minahan has received a number of accolades throughout his legal career, including the American Bar Association’s prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award in 2012. Mr. Minahan received his B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Dr. Richard Cronin is one of three co-Chief Medical Officers at American Renal Associates (ARA). He is responsible for quality improvement and supports Medical Directors and staff at local kidney dialysis centers in their efforts to evaluate and incorporate new technologies and improve treatment options. He has been a specialist in kidney diseases for more than 37 years and has been a Medical Director of outpatient dialysis facilities and inpatient dialysis programs. He is a former Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Fordham University and Georgetown University, respectively. Dr. Cronin has also served as a member of the Board of the Renal Physicians Association.
Dr. Charles (Ross) Betts is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University and he completed medical school at the University of Michigan. His training for Internal Medicine was at the University of Minnesota and Nephrology training was at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Betts has been practicing nephrology in Western Pennsylvania for more than 25 years. Throughout his career, he has held medical leadership roles in three hospitals and has served on various hospital and non-profit boards. He has an interest in education, and wrote a number of articles for the Federalist magazine and various education journals. He lives in Gibsonia, PA with his wife Lynn. They have five children.
Karen Bowman is a Divisional Vice President at American Renal Associates (ARA). She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of nephrology. Over the course of her career with ARA, Ms. Bowman served as Clinic Manager in three ARA facilities in the Jacksonville, Florida area, and was promoted to Manager of Clinical and Regulatory Services in February of 2008, before her promotion to the position of Regional Vice President of Operations in 2010. She currently covers facilities in Georgia and North Florida. Ms. Bowman is also member of ANNA.
James Dilts got his start in dialysis in 1993 as a patient care technician and continued his education to become a registered nurse in 2000. He joined American Renal Associates in 2002 in the role of Clinic Manager and assisted in the opening of three facilities in Columbus, Ohio. He was promoted to Regional Director of Operations for Ohio in 2007 and assisted in opening numerous facilities across the state. His territory has since expanded to include Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Kentucky, where he leads the operational activities for both new and existing facilities. He currently serves as a Divisional Vice President. Mr. Dilts is a member of the NKF’s Board of Directors in Ohio and previously served on the Ohio Board of Nursing’s Advisory Group on Dialysis. He is also a member of the Ohio Renal Association, NRAA and ANNA.
Ashwin Patel has extensive experience in the development and operations management of outpatient dialysis facilities and acute dialysis programs. He started his career in dialysis more than 35 years ago as an independent dialysis facility administrator, which led to successful partnerships with physicians in several de novo independent facilities. Mr. Patel worked as a Regional Operations Director for DaVita for 15 years, where he was responsible for managing the operations in DaVita’s top-performing South Florida region. He joined American Renal Associates (ARA) in November 2010 as a Regional Director of Operations supporting ARA facilities in Florida, Louisiana and Texas, and currently serves as a Divisional Vice President. Mr. Patel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He is an active member of the NRAA and FRAA.
Kathleen (Kathy) Cardenas was named Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA) in May 2014. Prior to this role, she served ARA in a variety of positions, including Director of Clinical and Regulatory Services, Manager of Clinical and Regulatory Services, and Area Clinic Manager of four ARA facilities in Pennsylvania. She began her career as a nephrology staff nurse in 1978 and has worked in hemodialysis, acute dialysis and peritoneal dialysis. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has more than 30 years of dialysis experience.
Shari Cousins is the Senior Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services at American Renal Associates (ARA). She has more than 25 years of dialysis experience, including management in hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and acute dialysis. She joined ARA in 2001 as Clinic Manager for a facility in Butler, Pennsylvania. Ms. Cousins also worked to open and manage two other ARA facilities in the surrounding area before her promotion to the corporate office in April 2006 as Manager of Clinical and Regulatory Services. Prior to taking on her current role, Ms. Cousins also served as a Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services at ARA. Ms. Cousins is an active member of ANNA and NRAA.
Richard Fishpaw is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). With more than 35 years of experience in health care administration, he has specific experience in the management of dialysis facilities, including the opening and development of new and existing dialysis facilities. In his current position with ARA, Mr. Fishpaw manages and coordinates the operations of dialysis facilities located in Rhode Island, as well as facilities in Attleboro and Fall River, Massachusetts. Prior to joining ARA in 2005, he served as Vice President of Roger Williams Medical Center and Vice President of Operations for Village Retirement Communities. Mr. Fishpaw received his B.S. in Health Care Administration from Providence College.
Ginny Grogan is the Vice President of Education and Quality at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, she oversees clinical outcomes and performance improvement across all ARA facilities, while also leading the training activities for staff and spearheading education initiatives for new and existing patients. She joined ARA in 2007 as the Manager of Clinical and Regulatory Services, and also served as the Director and Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services prior to her current role. With more than 35 years of experience in critical care nursing and the renal industry, Ms. Grogan has significant experience in dialysis clinic management, acute program management and renal disease management. Prior to ARA, she served as the Corporate Quality Manager for Fresenius Medical Care. Ms. Grogan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Simmons College. She is a certified nephrology nurse, and a member of NRAA, NKF and ANNA.
Rosalynn Handler is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). Ms. Handler has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has served in a variety of roles, including direct patient care and operations management. In 2000, she transitioned into the dialysis industry to focus on providing quality patient care through facility operations management. Prior to her current role as Regional Vice President, she served as Clinical & Regulatory Manager, providing support to clinic managers for clinical goals and regulatory compliance efforts. And before joining ARA in 2014, she served as Regional Director of Operations at Fresenius Medical Care, where she was responsible for assisting clinics work toward clinical performance goals while managing expense budgets.
Arienne Henderson is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). With nearly 30 years of experience in the dialysis industry as a registered professional nurse, Ms. Henderson has extensive knowledge in all dialysis modalities as well as facility operations. Her career has been focused on providing the best care to patients and enhancing the optimum quality of life by achieving the best outcomes. Prior to her current role as Regional Vice President, Ms. Henderson served as a Clinic Manager for ARA in Augusta, GA, and more recently served as Manager of Clinical & Regulatory Services, where she was responsible for establishing and monitoring the Total Quality Management Program in ARA facilities. She is an active ANNA member.
Jennifer Hood is the Vice President of Human Resources at American Renal Associates (ARA). Prior to joining ARA, she served as a Human Resource Business Partner (HRBP) at ADP TotalSource, a Professional Employer Organization. In this role, she managed more than 100 client accounts while also serving as a Team Lead, providing supervision and guidance to other HRBPs. Ms. Hood worked closely with ARA during her tenure at ADP serving as ARA’s HRBP, where she was responsible for providing consultative services on human resources, worker’s compensation claims, payroll and benefits. Ms. Hood has a BA in Psychology from University of New Hampshire, obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute in 2007 and received her SHRM-CP in 2015.
Angie Howe is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). With more than 20 years of experience in the dialysis industry, Ms. Howe has worked with patients across all modalities, including working with acute dialysis patients. As Clinic Manager at ARA, Ms. Howe opened her first clinic with ARA in Zanesville, OH in 2008 and has since assisted in opening two others in the area. Prior to her current role as Regional Vice President, Ms. Howe served as Clinical & Regulatory Manager, where she was responsible for ensuring clinics maintained CMS requirements and monitoring TQM outcomes and clinic schedules to optimize efficiency and cost effectives.
Bernadette Johnson is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). Prior to this role, Ms. Johnson served as a Regional Operations Director at DaVita, where she was responsible for overseeing facility operations for the Northern part of the Dallas metropolis area. With extensive experience in healthcare, team building and operations management, Ms. Johnson has specific expertise in guiding and transforming clinics to become top performers. Ms. Johnson has her BS in Communication from Colorado State University-Pueblo and obtained her AS in Nursing from Denver School of Nursing. She also received her MBA from the University of Phoenix-Colorado Campus.
Stan Langhofer is the Dallas Texas Regional Vice President at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he works closely with ARA’s physician partner, Dallas Nephrology Associates, to open state-of-the-art dialysis clinics throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Langhofer began his dialysis career in 1981, accumulating experience in a variety of positions, including technician, staff nurse, education coordinator and administrator. In 1995, Mr. Langhofer became CEO of Kansas Dialysis Services (KDS), an SDO in northeastern Kansas. Under his leadership, KDS grew to include six inpatient clinics, multiple acute hospital contracts and a large home dialysis program. Mr. Langhofer also served as the Regional Operations Director for the northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri territories for DaVita, following DaVita’s acquisition of KDS in 2012. Mr. Langhofer is a member of ANNA and a past president of NRAA.
Richard Pacheco is the Vice President of Administration and Internal Audit at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he oversees process improvement for ARA, which includes human resources, payroll, benefits and internal audit. Prior to ARA, Mr. Pacheco served as the Director of Internal Audit at Cimpress, formerly known as Vistaprint, and Partner & Managing Director at MFA Cornerstone Consulting, LLC. Mr. Pacheco also served as an analyst for Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP, MFS Investment Management and Scudder International, where he focused on financial analysis aligned with reporting and valuation needs. Mr. Pacheco is a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Fraud Examiner and an Accredited Valuation Analyst. He also has his Certification in Risk Management Assurance. Mr. Pacheco received his BS in Management from Bentley University and his MBA from Bentley University’s Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business.
Fariba Rafieha is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). Prior to joining ARA in 2012, she served as a Regional Operations Director at DaVita. She has more than 25 years of experience in the dialysis industry, including her role as PCT, staff/charge nurse and Facility Administrator. In these roles, she specialized in dialysis treatments for patients with acute kidney failure, as well as hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients. Ms. Rafieha received her BS in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University and her MBA from Texas A&M University – Mays Business School.
Tareq Rahman is the Vice President of Applications at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he oversees business process excellence functions to improve operational efficiency and productivity through the implementation of IT solutions. Mr. Rahman also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Business Operation at Boston University, where he teaches a graduate business course on Innovation and Global Competitiveness. Prior to ARA, he served in a number of roles at XIUS, formerly known as bcgi, with his most recent role being Vice President of Strategic Planning and Analysis. Mr. Rahman has his CGEIT, CISA, CISM and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Certification. He has an extensive educational history, including receiving degrees from Harvard University Business School, Yale University School of Management, and his PMP Certification from the Project Management Institute. Mr. Rahman also received his MS with distinction in Computer Information Science from Bentley University, his MS in Administration from Boston University and his BBA in Business Administration from University of Louisiana.
Kent Reisenauer is the Vice President of Project Management at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he provides oversight and strategic guidance for all ARA projects across the country, including building new dialysis facilities, expansion projects and relocations, as well as qualifying new project vendors. Prior to this role, he worked with Fresenius Medical Care where he was responsible for more than 120 de novo clinic openings during his 18 years with the organization. As a licensed architect, Mr. Reisenauer provides unique insight and experience into various other fields, including solar technologies and AutoCAD. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Science and Bachelor of Architecture from North Dakota State University.
Toshiya Roberts is the Vice President of Technical Services at American Renal Associates (ARA). With more than 20 years of combined experience in the dialysis industry, he has specialized in a number of areas that span patient care, water treatment and management, including the management of technical staff in the hemodialysis field as well as management of enlisted personnel while serving in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Roberts is also an expert on several distinct types of hemodialysis equipment, the result of skills he acquired through specialized equipment training from some of the major hemodialysis-related equipment manufacturers. Prior to his current position with ARA, Mr. Roberts also served as a Facility Technical Manager in two of the Florida facilities as well as Manager of Technical Services, where he provided support to ARA facilities throughout the country. Mr. Roberts is a US Navy Veteran.
Craig Smith joined ARA in 2007 and has functioned as an interim Director Of Nursing and Regional Director of Education in the Ohio area. Prior to joining ARA, he worked for both Gambro Healthcare and Fresenius Medical Care in the roles of staff nurse, acute nurse, Director of Acute Education and Quality and Regional Director of Education. With more than 20 years of ESRD experience, Mr. Smith joined the clinical and regulatory team at ARA in 2009. He is a graduate of Shawnee State University.
Donna Steinert is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). Ms. Steinert joined ARA in 2015 as Clinical and Regulatory Manager, where she was responsible for monitoring quality, outcomes and CMS compliance for multiple dialysis centers. Ms. Steinert has more than 10 years of experience in the dialysis industry, including previously serving as a Clinical Educator for Fresenius Medical Care and a Clinical Services Specialist for DaVita, where she supported clinics in MA, CT, RI, ME and NY. Prior to her career in nursing and dialysis, Ms. Steinert worked in the Human Resources industry for over 15 years in varying roles, including recruitment, employee relations, Human Resources consulting and as a Director of Human Resources. Ms. Steinert is a registered nurse and has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Gordon College.