Undergraduate Advisory Committee

Alan L. Brechbill

Alan Brechbill is the executive director of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In this capacity, Alan oversees a medical center that employs more than 9,000 and operates facilities in seven counties throughout central Pennsylvania. Previous to joining the Medical Center in 2006, he served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals located in Philadelphia. He has more than 30 years of university hospital experience, the majority in leadership roles. Alan has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, an M.H.A. from George Washington University, and an M.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.


Ron V. Cummins, Jr.

Ron V. Cummins, Jr. has served as Administrator of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center since 2013.

In this role, Mr. Cummins oversees the strategic direction, operation and financial management for several clinical and operational departments to include Supply Chain, Clinical Engineering, Guest Services, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopaedics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the medical center that employs nearly 10,000 people, admits nearly 30,000 patients a year, provides outpatient care for another 960,000 people each year, and operates facilities in seven counties throughout central Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Penn State Hershey, Mr. Cummins was an Executive Sales Vice President for Cardinal Health (Dublin, OH), with responsibility for developing, leading, and implementing business development and delivering cost management strategies designed to improve financial and operational performance at some of the nation’s most sophisticated health systems.

Previously, Mr. Cummins held progressively responsible leadership positions in the private sector.

Mr. Cummins earned a bachelor's degree in mass media from Hampton University and a master's in business administration from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Joe Davis

Joe Davis is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Davis began his career in home health care in 2005. He has worked for two national home health care providers starting in an entry level capacity and rising to the role of administrator. Currently Mr. Davis is the director of BAYADA Home Health Care’s State College Pediatric Service Office which serves Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Huntingdon and Mifflin counties. As the director he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office and ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations, as well as adherence to BAYADA policy and procedures. Joe enjoys the challenges that home care brings and seeking creative ways to increase efficiencies without diminishing quality.

Chad Evans

Chad Evans graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in economics and business administration. He has been a licensed nursing home administrator for more than 17 years. Currently, he is the Executive Director at Windy Hill Village, a Presbyterian Senior Living Community. Windy Hill Village is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) located in Philipsburg, PA. As a CCRC, Windy Hill Village provides senior living services that includes independent living, personal care, and skilled nursing and rehabilitation, as well as other special services to enhance the resident’s lifestyle and experiences.


Zachary N. Henderson

Zachary N. Henderson graduated with his bachelor of science from the Penn State Smeal College of Business with a major in finance and minor in Health Policy Administration. Zachary received his master's degree from Cornell University in Healthcare Administration. In 2014, Zachary went to work in physician practice with Mount Nittany Health as the Practice Manager for Cardiology and Nephrology. Prior to health care, Zachary held multiple positions in the hospitality industry within hotel and restaurant management. Zachary has previous work experience with Penn State Hershey Cancer Center, Geisinger Health System Pediatrics as well as a few consulting opportunities along the way.


Paul D. Kempinski

Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE is Operational Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, a position he has held since 2003. With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Paul is responsible for the operations of this internationally recognized 200 bed referral hospital which is Magnet designated and recognized as one of the top children’s hospital in the nation by US News and World Report and the Leapfrog Group. In 2014, the hospital served over 700,000 patients from 42 states and 23 foreign countries. With operations in both the Delaware Valley and Florida, Nemours is one of the largest children’s health systems in the country.

Prior to joining Nemours, Paul was Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA. He also held senior leadership positions at ViaHealth in Rochester, NY, Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA, and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

Paul received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in University Park and his master’s degree from Rush University in Chicago. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, an alum of Leadership Philadelphia, and received the Rochester Business Journal “40 Under 40” award for professional achievement and community service by young leaders. Paul is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, the Board of Advisors of the West Chester, PA YMCA, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Undergraduate Program in Health Policy and Administration at Penn State University. He is a frequent presenter at local, regional, and national meetings and conferences on healthcare issues.

Paul resides in West Chester, PA with his wife Maureen. The couple has three children Kristen, 21, Brian 20, and Jennifer, 18.


Peter A. Khoury

Peter is a Senior Consultant in the health care practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP where he advises clients on operations, regulatory compliance, privacy, governance, and strategic business matters. He has served in various interim compliance leadership roles for academic health systems, regional hospitals and skilled nursing facilities and has assisted organizations prepare for Corporate Integrity Agreements. His responsibilities have placed him in charge of large and complex health care entities operating in numerous states with thousands of patient beds. Peter also supports Deloitte’s US Health Care Regulatory Leader advising clients on emerging health care policy. Peter is a frequent author and speaker on regulatory compliance topics. Prior to joining Deloitte, Peter advised senior executives and teams executing projects under their purview at various health systems across the country.

Peter earned his B.S. in biology and M.H.A. from Penn State University and his M.J. from Widener School of Law. Peter is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and Privacy Compliance (CHPC).


Ron Kocent

Ron is currently working for Zimmer Biomet, an international orthopaedic device company, as an economic and reimbursement field consultant for hospitals, orthopedic surgeons, and neurosurgeons to assist in making technology available to patients. He was formerly the director of health care economic strategies for Medtronic Spinal and Biologics for the Northeast U.S. Prior to that position, he had 23 years of experience in health care administration with a comprehensive blend of provider and payer background. His hospital responsibilities included general administration as the assistant administrator at rural Punxsutawney Area Hospital and facility and strategic planning Presbyterian University Hospital. He was the executive director of a successful provider-owned HMO and worked for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in provider strategies. He was also the COO responsible for the management of 90 specialty physicians at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In addition to general management, the focus of Ron’s activity has been on entrepreneurial ventures, strategic planning, cost management, and revenue enhancement. The roles in directing the provider-owned HMO and in practice management incorporated significant collaboration between physicians and hospital administration to enhance the value of resources committed to patient care. Ron has a bachelor of science degree in health planning and administration from Penn State and a master of health administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
rkocent@gmail.com or ronald.kocent@zimmerbiomet.com


Lee Myers

Lee Myers currently serves as the Vice President for Community Practice in the Geisinger Health System. Over the course of his 35-year tenure with Geisinger, he has served in a number of key administrative roles including administrator for the Moshannon Valley Medical Group and the Geisinger Medical Group-Centre County. Lee also held the position of senior vice president of operations for the Geisinger Health System-Western Region as well as his current role of vice president for community practice. He received a bachelor of science degree from Penn State in Business Management. He also holds a Master’s degree in Health Policy Administration from Penn State and was recognized as the program’s Alumnus of the Year in 1998. He is a certified member of the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a member of the Medical Group Management Association.


Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson, MS, Executive Vice President for Corporate Services and Chief Information Officer for Mount Nittany Health, directs the corporate services for a growing health system, which includes a multispecialty physician group of more than 130 providers in 15 locations. In his role, Wayne oversees health information management, information services, supply chain management, system decision support, facilities and plant operations, and marketing and communication.

In recent times, Wayne has been leading the health system through a detailed transformation of system initiatives toward a Health Information Organization, to ensure a level of interoperability among partnering agencies and other HIOs. Additionally, he is overseeing a master facility planning process to position the health system to achieve its strategic priorities of localized, aligned, efficient, and integrated care.

Wayne obtained a master’s degree in management systems from Long Island University in Greenvale, New York.

Prior to joining Mount Nittany Health, Wayne acted as the Associate Dean for Technology for The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.