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2020 ACHENTX Women’s Breakfast

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Join us for one of our most popular ACHENTX annual events – this year being held virtually.

Brought to you this year by our Women’s Healthcare Executive Network (WHEN).

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Carolyn Simmons
Vice President of Healthcare & Life Sciences
Pearson Partners International


Cathy Bryan, MHA, BSN, RN
Executive Vice President Patient
Services & Operations
Prism Health North Texas

Tina Hicks, MHA, MBA, FACHE
Director of Finance Operations
Parkland Hospital

Barbara D. Viso Mueller
Associate Director, Strategic Programs
Premier Management Company


Speaker Bios:

Cathy Bryan, MHA, BSN, RN, brings a broad range of industry experience to her new role as Executive Vice President Patient Services & Operations for Prism Health North Texas.  As both a private practice and safety net organization, Prism Health North Texas is the premier HIV disease management and sexual health wellness provider in the region, serving almost 30,000 patients annually across 4 clinic locations.

Prior to joining Prism Health North Texas, Ms Bryan served as Director of Care Coordination and Post-Acute Utilization Management for Southwestern Health Resources, one of the largest and most successful Medicare NextGen ACOs in the country.  During Ms Bryan’s tenure at SWHR, the ACO grew from a patient population of 19,000 Medicare Shared Savings lives to over 700,000 lives spanning all commercial insurers, Medicare NextGen ACO, and Medicaid Managed Care.

 In addition to her previous experience at the ACO, and in in effort to satisfy her entrepreneurial spirit and internal data nerd, Ms. Bryan was privileged to serve as Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of QED Clinical for 15 years.  A clinical software solution, QED Clinical became an industry leader in point of care clinical decision support for busy ambulatory providers by turning disparate EMR documentation into actionable and accessible information.  Other career highlights include neonatal nursing, home infusion therapy, consulting, metrics and quality management programs, data analytics, workflow process, and research.

Ms Bryan is an RN and holds a BSN from Baylor University School of Nursing and an MHA from University of Missouri-Columbia. She is published in peer reviewed journals, served as co-investigator on federally funded research projects, and is an active member of ACHE North Texas, serving currently on the Mentorship Committee.   In her personal life, Ms Bryan is an active volunteer, working with marginalized populations across our community, and, in the rest of her free time, spending time with family, especially her 3 adult children and 1 precious granddaughter.


Tina Hicks proudly serves as the Director of Finance Operations for Parkland Hospital.  In her role, she has oversight for financial planning, financial analysis and operations support.  She has over fifteen years’ experience in healthcare management to include progressive leadership roles in finance and hospital operations.  Prior to joining Parkland, she held leadership roles at Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System.

Tina is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the education committee of the ACHE North Texas Chapter.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Health Administration from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce.


Barbara D. Viso Mueller completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Italian at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2012. While working directly with patients and their families at Rogers Behavioral Health System in Wisconsin, she learned about the barriers that keep patients from getting the care they need and decided to pursue a Master’s of Public Health. While pursuing further education at Baylor University, she taught an undergraduate health class and assisted in behavioral and community health research. In 2016, she joined Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center at Juanita J. Craft in South Dallas, TX and gained first-hand experience into how population health can be executed at the community level. She then moved into Quality Improvement Team at Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (accountable care organization) as a project coordinator. As she gained more performance and project management experience in the value-based care world, she eventually transitioned into Quality Manager. In December 2019, Barbara transitioned to work at Premier Management Company, an accountable care organization and healthcare management company in Carrollton, TX. She is currently the Associate Director of Strategic Programs, which includes overseeing a team responsible for performance oversight, project management, several human resources duties, and value-based care consulting.

Barbara is passionate about social justice causes whether it is mentoring at-risk college students, refugee resettlement, and homelessness. Currently, she is the American College of Healthcare Executives North Texas Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair. She also enjoys being physically active whether it is hiking or running a marathon. She lives with her husband in Dallas, TX.


With more than 20 years’ experience in retained executive recruiting, executive coaching and succession planning, Carolyn Simons leads Pearson Partners International’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice. She specializes in C-suite and board searches for healthcare, MedTech and pharma companies worldwide.

Carolyn partners with boards, CEOs and investors to gain an in-depth understanding of their companies, organizational structures and business strategies to deliver best-in-class executives to lead and grow their businesses in today’s rapidly evolving global economy. She has successfully placed hundreds of CEOs, COOs, CFOs, and Vice Presidents across the health care industry.

Prior to Pearson Partners, Carolyn helped launch a Dallas-based, boutique executive search firm serving as a founding member of the healthcare and life sciences practice and working extensively with private equity clients to build out executive teams for their portfolio companies. Earlier in her career, Carolyn spent more than 15 years leading executive search and interim management services for a national advisory and professional services firm focused on home-based and post-acute healthcare services.

Carolyn currently serves on the boards for the DFW Alliance for Healthcare Excellence and the Texas Healthcare Advisory Council, and she is an active member of Women Business Leaders in Healthcare (WBL), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and MedTech Women. She is also a frequent speaker on Leadership Development and Talent Planning in Post-Acute Healthcare. Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
7:30 am - 9:00 am


ACHE of North Texas
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