Leadership & Advisory Board

With decades of combined executive experience, InveniasPartners' consultants are able to discover top talent and advise on people strategies, so that the firm's client partners can make a profound impact on the future of health care.

InveniasPartners' consultants are available 24/7—as trusted advisors, listeners and facilitators. Our team makes sure engagements are delivered on time, on budget, and we match the right people with the right position, to make the biggest impact.

Curt Lucas

Managing Partner and Founding Chairman

Curt Lucas is a Managing Partner and Founding Chairman of InveniasPartners, and is based in our Chicago and Los Angeles offices. With more than 25 years of experience in executive search and assessment, Curt has conducted over 400 senior leadership search assignments in the health care services industry.  He has served senior level executives from client organizations and has provided consultation to numerous organizational Boards of Trustees while leading highly visible C-suite assignments nationally. Curt has authored a myriad of articles and white-papers on health care leadership and has participated in numerous speaking engagements on the subject as well.

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Scott Cooper

Principal

Scott Cooper is a Principal for InveniasPartners and is based in the firm’s Chicago office.  As an integral part of the firm, Scott’s practice is national in scope and focuses on providing executive search and talent advisory services to large, integrated health systems, payer organizations, academic medical centers, and physician group practices.  Throughout his career, Scott has partnered with clients such as Providence St. Joseph Health, University of Missouri Health Care, Scripps Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Prisma Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine and many others to identify, recruit and retain top talent.  In addition to leading client engagements, Scott manages the firm’s research department, overseeing a team of analysts and senior associates.

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Joe Fournier

Advisory Board Chairman and Consultant

Joe Fournier serves as the Chairman for the InveniasPartners Advisory Board and Consultant for the firm. Prior to becoming Chairman of the Advisory Board, Joe was President of InveniasPartners. For the past decade, Joe has focused on leading turnaround initiatives, developing exceptional teams, and driving workforce planning to provide safe, affordable, outstanding care and service to customers and communities at some of the nation’s leading health systems. He served as Chief People Officer for Intermountain Healthcare, Chief Human Resources Officer Michigan Medicine and Chief Human Resources Officer for UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial Medical Group.

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Vic Buzachero

Advisory Board Member and Consultant

Vic Buzachero serves as a member of the InveniasPartners Advisory Board and Consultant for the firm. With nearly 40 years of human resources management experience, Vic has provided HR leadership in some of the most respected health care systems in the country. Most recently, Mr. Buzachero served as the CHRO for Scripps Health in La Jolla, CA. He joined Scripps Health in September 2001 and led Scripps to national recognition as a top employer by AARP for the past ten years, Working Mother Magazine for the past 10 years and Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Employers for 10 consecutive years.

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Fred Hobby

Advisory Board Member and Consultant

Fred Hobby serves as an active member of the InveniasPartners Advisory Board, and provides leadership to the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practice. Fred is based in our Chicago corporate office.

In addition, Fred serves as the Chief Diversity Strategist for CulturaLink, LLC, a full-service language assistance and health equity consulting company in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Kim Brown Sims

Advisory Board Member and Consultant

Kim Brown Sims is an active Advisory Board Member and Consultant for InveniasPartners. Over the last 35 years, as a registered nurse, executive, volunteer and empowerment advocate, Kim has been a champion of the human spirit and potential within us all. She also knows that great leadership is wrapped around hiring the best, listening to their expertise, removing obstacles and getting out of the way. It is Kim’s life work to help individuals and organizations alike achieve their ultimate outcome by valuing individual gifts, developing diverse teams, and creating equity in access and opportunity.

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Christopher Cornue

Advisory Board Member and Consultant

Christopher Cornue is an Advisory Board Member and Consultant for InveniasPartners. Based in Chicago and Seattle, Christopher has dedicated his life to advancing health for all. He has done this through multiple leadership, executive and collaborative roles that have focused on creating needed change within systems, communities, and organizations. Currently, as President & Principal of sláinte global partners (sgp), he leverages these experiences and a cultivated network of partners and change agents to further the best possible health outcomes for patients and communities globally.

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Brent Phillips

Advisory Board Member and Consultant

Brent Phillips is an Advisory Board Member and Consultant for InveniasPartners. For nearly 30 years, Brent has provided mission-focused, executive leadership to some of the country's top integrated delivery systems, including over ten years at Mayo Clinic. Today, Brent serves as the President of American Health, where he leverages a distinguished career of leading US-based healthcare systems to collaborate with international partners and provide personalized solutions that improve healthcare quality around the globe.

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Stephen Mills

Advisory Board Member and Consultant

Stephen Mills is an Advisory Board Member and Consultant for InveniasPartners. Based in Dallas, Stephen has spent the past 30 years providing leadership and human resources management for some of the top organizations in healthcare, healthcare services, manufacturing, and retail. As a proven human capital strategist, he is a trusted partner to senior executives on strategic, organizational, and talent-related issues. Currently, Stephen serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for DECA Dental Group, the largest privately held dental company in Texas, where he leads all HR functions across five separate dental brands and more than 80 locations.

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Donna Katen-Bahensky

Advisory Board Member and Consultant

Donna Katen-Bahensky is an Advisory Board Member and Consultant for InveniasPartners. Donna has spent over 30 years in senior leadership positions in a number of large and prestigious academic medical centers. She served as the President and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) in Madison, Wisconsin and prior to UWHC, she served as the CEO of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as well as the Senior Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Iowa Health Care. As well, Donna also held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics. Most recently, Donna held the position of Director of the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Jay Eckersley

Consultant

Jay Eckersley is a Consultant for InveniasPartners and is based in our St. Louis and Salt Lake City offices.

A Healthcare Leader--Eckersley has most recently served as Senior Health Care Consultant with The Gosser Group, St. Louis. There he advised hospitals, physicians and health plans how best to integrate their respective interests for effective managed care contracting, guaranteed cost controls and published reporting of quality patient care outcomes required under the Affordable Care Act.

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