MEET THE TEAM

Our organization is able to further its mission with through the dedication of many individuals.

Salley Whitman

Executive Director

Salley Whitman

Executive Director

Salley has a diverse background with over 15 years of experience in healthcare operational, research, and strategic planning roles. As the co-founder of NXT, she has helped shape the organization into a true platform for change in healthcare

David Ruthven

Creative Director

David Ruthven

Creative Director

David is an award-winning architect whose focus on the intersection of healthcare environments and technology has yielded many unique design solutions. As the Creative Director at innovations non-profit NXT Health, he is responsible for organizing, designing and executing project initiatives.

Chris Meeker

Mech. Engineer, Fellow

Chris Meeker

Mech. Engineer, Fellow

After 14 years in aerospace, doing design/build engineering of equipment, facilities, and process for commercial aircraft assembly, Chris decided to apply his skills in a much more human-centered way.  The combination of his Master’s degree in human factors (NYU, 2013) and his mechanical engineering degree (University of Washington, 1996) is a unique foundation for creating real-world solutions that integrate operational effectiveness and patient-centered care into facility design.

Gianluca Camarda

Industrial Designer, Fellow

Gianluca Camarda

Industrial Designer, Fellow

Luca acquired a solid Industrial Design education during at Carleton University and  Dawson College in Canada.  Over ten years of international design experience working for multinational companies and award winning design consultancies, he has experience managing the full design process in industries such as consumer electronics, medical, sports, consumer products and toy design, with some work being patented.

Elyse Marr

Design Strategist, Fellow

Elyse Marr

Design Strategist, Fellow

Life trained Elyse to be an artist – to feel for people and express it in the most humanly way possible. School trained her to be a designer – to look at human needs and make something useful. With this combination, she hopes to put human value back into the things and businesses we make for each other.  While many shy away from big, hairy projects, Elyse gravitates towards them, eager to get her hands dirty.

Tom Jennings

Board Chair

Tom Jennings

Board Chair

For Tom, what originally started as an interest in design has now become a mission to improve healthcare through architectural innovation.  NXT benefits from his 30+ years of experience as a strategic planner and developer for the Spartanburg (S.C.) Regional Healthcare System.  Tom earned his masters in healthcare administration at The George Washington University.

Debra Levin

Board Member

Debra Levin

Board Member

Named as one of 2010’s “20 Most Influential People” in healthcare, Debra has a lot to offer to NXT and our organization is much stronger because of it.  She is the CEO of the Center for Health Design and serves on several advisory boards, such as the Healthier Hospitals Initiative and Arizona State University’s Healthcare Design Initiative.

David Allison

Board Member

David Allison

Board Member

David is a Professor of Architecture at Clemson University. He is also the Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health, one of the most comprehensive masters degree programs that focus on healthcare architecture. He was selected in 2007 as one of “Twenty Making a Difference” nationally by Healthcare Design Magazine.

Andy Brailo

Board Member

Andy Brailo

Board Member

Andy oversees overall growth and service delivery as a Senior Vice President of Member Field Services for the Premier healthcare alliance. His team helps members find solutions to improve cost and quality. With more than 20 years of experience, Andy has a diverse background in sales, training and development, operations, process management, and customer service delivery working with Comcast Inc., medibuy.com and C.R. Bard Inc.

Thom Kurmel

Board Member

Thom Kurmel

Board Member

Thom served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, earning the title of Colonel while in the Medical Service Corps. He is now the president of TDK Consulting, which provides strategic thought leadership in health and infrastructure organizations. As the former Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Thom oversaw all policy, personnel, and management activities for the Assistant Secretary’s office and the TRICARE Management Activity.

Gail Stuart

Board Member

Gail Stuart

Board Member

Gail is the Dean of the College of Nursing, a Distinguished University Professor, and a Professor in the College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She has received many awards including the American Nurses Association Distinguished Contribution to Psychiatric Nursing Award and the Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Debbie Gregory

Board Member

Debbie Gregory

Board Member

Debbie is a registered nurse, co-founder and president of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design and is also a clinical consultant.  She has 26 years experience in nursing as a clinician, healthcare consultant and entrepreneur. She is also working on her doctorate of nursing practice, with a focus on innovation and leadership, from the University of Minnesota.

Andy Wentzy

Board Member

Andy Wentzy

Board Member

Andy is the director of health initiatives at Sanford Health, an integrated health system based in South Dakota. With tremendous growth over recent years, it is now the largest rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation, and the system also includes operations in Ghana and China.

Ron Smith

Board Member

Ron Smith

Board Member

As a managing principal at McMillian Pazdan Smith Architects, Ron has more than 20 years of experience with a wide variety of architectural building types.  Recognized as a successful “consensus builder”, Ron has been nominated for numerous awards and has earned certificates to enhance his architectural skills for the healthcare industry.

Walter Jones

Board Member

Walter Jones

Board Member

Walter is the Senior Vice President of Facilities at the Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. He oversees more than 500 employees in the system’s Engineering, Planning, Design and Construction, Clinical Engineering, Environmental Services and Sustainability departments.

 

IN THE NEWS

Our Fellowship projects have received numerous awards and national recognition over the years. Check out what we have been up to lately.

SUPPORT THE FUND

NXT Health is primarily funded through sponsorships from industry, but we also supplement our work through fees from workshops and services.


NXT HEALTH IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT © 2015