Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Little has an extensive background in building healthcare services companies, including 11 years as CEO of Harden Healthcare, LLC. Prior to the sale of its businesses to Gentiva (2013) and Senior Care Centers (2015) Harden owned and operated senior care facilities in addition to providing related, ancillary health services including therapy, community health, home health and hospice. Under Lew’s leadership, Harden grew from a six-location, single-state skilled nursing home business to more than 200 facilities in 13 states and a “continuum of care” model generating revenues exceeding $800 million annually. During his impressive tenure at Harden, Lew built a multi-disciplined healthcare services company both organically and via acquisition – while developing and maintaining a strong operating and clinical culture. Mr. Little holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Yousif A-Rahim, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. A-Rahim works with our Medical Advisory Boards, our Medical Directors, and our quality assurance programs to oversee improvement of clinical outcomes for our patients. He also organizes and leads Company efforts to measure and improve clinical outcomes for all centers and the Company as a whole. Dr. A-Rahim earned his medical and doctorate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. As a physician, he is known for his expertise in interventional endoscopy and minimally invasive treatments for gastrointestinal disease. He has authored several articles published in medical journals and has delivered presentations to fellow physicians around the country, including at his alma mater, Harvard Medical School.
Dr. A-Rahim is currently a Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and practices gastroenterology at the VA Boston Healthcare System West Roxbury Campus in Massachusetts, and at Pacific Endoscopy Center, an ASC he co-founded in 2008 in Pearl City, Hawaii.
Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President
Mr. Brunson leads the Information Services team and oversees the Company’s information strategy and operations. He has more than 30 years of experience in information technology including the last 10 years as the Chief Information Officer for several large physician practices such as 21st Century Oncology, Hospital Sisters Health System ambulatory division, and the Queens-Long Island Medical Group. He has also held technology leadership positions within the healthcare practices of both Navigant Consulting and Pivot Health.
Prior to joining Covenant in July 2018, he served as the CIO of 21st Century Oncology – the largest global, physician led provider of Integrated Cancer Care services across multiple modalities including radiation oncology, urology, and other cancer-related specialties. He has extensive experience in the delivery of high-quality technology solutions to physician partners including electronic medical records.
Lenny earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Excelsior College, and a Master’s degree in Computer Resource and Information Management from Webster University. He is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), as well as previously serving on the CIO Leadership Council for the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).
Chief Accounting Officer & Senior Vice President
Mr. Dean has a wide-ranging background as a leader of internal audit, consulting and accounting services. Prior to joining Covenant, Jason was with HCA Physician Services for seven years serving as Associate Vice President, Financial Quality Assurance, and then Vice President, Financial Services. Jason’s expertise includes internal control, risk assessment, and process improvement. He has also contributed to the business education of graduate and undergraduate students at Lipscomb University as a guest lecturer and former adjunct professor. Mr. Dean is a CPA and has a BA in Management and a Masters of Accountancy from Harding University.
Senior Vice President of Finance
Mr. Ezell joined Covenant in July 2011 and has over 13 years of experience in healthcare financial services. Justin began his healthcare career with AmSurg Corp and most recently worked as Assistant Vice President of Accounting at Symbion Healthcare. Justin has a BS in Accounting from Lipscomb University.
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Mr. Fogle has over 21 years of healthcare financial management experience, including the past 13 years as Chief Financial Officer for multi-site healthcare services companies. Rich has an extensive background leading companies through organic and acquisitive growth. Prior to joining Covenant, he was the CFO of Advanced Dermatology, the nation’s largest dermatology practice. During Rich’s tenure, Advanced Dermatology grew to over 180 locations operating in 14 states. Rich has a BA in Business Administration and a Masters of Accountancy from the University of South Florida.
Senior Vice President of Eye Care
Mr. Kelly has over 35 years’ experience managing ophthalmology, optometry practices, and ambulatory surgery centers. He developed and was part owner in the first ambulatory surgery center for eyes in PA. By participating in the sale of majority ownership of an ASC to a national surgery center company, he understands both sides of buying and selling surgery centers and practices.
As CEO of large multi-disciplinary practices ranging up to 25 doctors and 10 offices in PA, OH, and WV, he has obtained and experienced many different types of cultures among physician practices. He enjoys sharing new methods and ideas with team members to provide efficient operations. What he enjoys the most is growing a business organically and via acquisitions. He was an early adopter in the fully integrated eye business with MDs and ODs. He believes the collegial working relationship with optometry, whether they work together within the same practice or co-manage patients between MDs and ODs, is a synergy that is made for success.
Mark has a BS in Accounting from Bloomsburg University. He is the youngest of nine children. Mark and his wife, Michele, have three boys and recently welcomed their first granddaughter. Family is important to Mark; that is why working at Covenant Physician Partners was the right choice for him.
Phyllis Smith, DNP
Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Vice President
Dr. Smith works with our National Practice Board, our Medical Directors and our Clinical Services team to create and execute the clinical strategy and Vision for Covenant Physician Partners. Dr. Smith joined Covenant in February 2020 from Walgreens Healthcare Clinics where she oversaw strategy of Clinical Programs and Information Technology. She is a senior strategic and operations leader with extensive experience in managing financial, clinical and business operations across multiple health systems forums. In addition to her corporate experience, Dr. Smith is also a practicing family nurse practitioner and a Visiting Professor at Chamberlain University.
Dr. Smith holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama, Birmingham; a Masters of Business Administration from California Coast University, and Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She serves on a variety of boards for organizational and community improvement projects and is an active member and Council Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Mr. Stevens has over 20 years of experience in health care administration, where he has focused on the development and operations of ambulatory surgery centers. Chad began his healthcare career with AmSurg Corp and most recently worked as Vice President of Operations at HealthMark Partners, and Director of Center Development and Operations for Surgical Health Group, LLC. Chad earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration at Trinity University.
Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President
Ms. Wampler joined Covenant in 2013 and has over 20 years of progressive Human Resources experience. She was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer of Covenant in December 2019. Beth has specialized in large, multi-site, multi-state companies with her last 15 years focused on healthcare. Beth is responsible for the full-cycle Human Resources process at Covenant, including culture and social responsibility initiatives. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Executive Director of Operations
Matt joined Covenant Physician Partners in 2019. He brings 13 years progressive leadership experience in post acute and acute healthcare settings. He has worked in various roles in Skilled Nursing in Texas for 10 years, serving facilities as an administrator with Harden Healthcare; VP of sales with Community Portable X-Ray; VP of Operations with J-Meds Medical Services; and Division Vice President with Sava Senior Care Consulting Services. Matt spent the three years prior to joining Covenant in the acute care setting, serving as the Area CEO of four long-term acute care hospitals in Nevada and Texas with LifeCare Health Partners. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University, Shreveport.
Vice President of Laboratory Services
Mike supports the laboratory related functions of Covenant Physician Partners. He has over 33 years of experience in the healthcare field. Mike has served as Administrator/CEO of DCI Laboratory; and Vice President- Lab Services at both Renal Care Group at Renal Advantage. He also served as CEO of RenaLab, providing approximately 14 million tests per year to over 650 client sites in 38 states across the US. He has also served as a consultant for lab startups. Mike has a BBA degree in Accounting from Austin Peay State University and obtained his CPA license in 1986.
Vice President of Payor Strategies
Wes joined Covenant in January 2018 bringing with him over 25 years’ experience in the managed care arena. His leadership roles with companies such as HCA, United Surgical Partners International, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Tenet Health have given him the experiences and knowledge across the entire continuum of care for leading Covenant’s revenue improvement strategies well into the future. He also provides a perspective from both sides of the negotiation table that will allow for the development of partnerships with managed care entities as well as key employer groups across the country. Wes holds a BA from Baylor University and an MBA from Texas Christian University.
Regional Vice President
With nearly 30 years of diverse experience within the healthcare industry, Jeanne brings a multi-disciplinary and progressive approach to management and operations. Jeanne specializes in contract negotiations, financial management, strategic planning and physician relations. Prior to joining Covenant Physician Partners, Jeanne served as Vice President of Operations at United Surgical Partners International, where she managed operations and finances of seven ambulatory surgery centers in the Denver market. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver; and Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Kristi F. Lewis, Esq.
Corporate Compliance Officer and Vice President
Ms. Lewis, CHC, CHPC, joined Covenant in 2016 and has more than 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has held several positions with emphasis in litigation, compliance, employment, and contract negotiating, drafting, and management. During her career, Kristi has served as the Associate Counsel of Litigation and Employment at SpecialtyCare, Inc.; as Privacy Officer and Senior Legal Counsel at Healthways, Inc.; and as the Privacy Officer and Special Counsel to the Commissioner at the Department of Children’s Services. She was also a litigating attorney for the Department of Health and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. As an adjunct professor, Kristi taught several courses in Meharry Medical College’s Master of Public Health Program, several courses in Argosy University’s undergraduate program, and she taught Business Law at the University of Phoenix and Tennessee State University. Kristi earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis and is licensed to practice in the state of Tennessee.
Regional Vice President – Hawaii
AnnaLyn joined Covenant in April 2018 and brings over 20 years of healthcare experience in the inpatient and outpatient ambulatory arena. Prior to joining Covenant, Annalyn spent eight years in a leadership position and was the Director of Oncology at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. In that role, she oversaw the Queen’s Cancer Center, Colon Screening Program, Gastrointestinal Services, Multidisciplinary Clinics, Radiation Oncology Department, and the Head and Neck Institute, along with the oncology service line, which includes inpatient oncology, clinical trials unit, navigation, survivorship and more. She served four years active duty in the United States Army as a nurse and two years in the reserves as a Non-Destructive Inspector for the Hawaii Air National Guard. AnnaLyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Phoenix and her MBA in Health Administration from California Coast University. AnnaLyn currently oversees the operations for all the Hawaii Regions.
Sebastian P. Paliath
Executive Director of Operations
Sebastian joined Covenant in October 2019 with over 12 years’ experience in healthcare. His most recent role was CEO of a large, multi-specialty practice in Northern Virginia. Prior to that he was the CEO of an Orthopedic practice. Sebastian specializes in financial and operational efficiencies and successful patient-centric outcomes. Sebastian has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Towson State University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Capella University.
Regional Vice President
Tim joined Covenant in 2016 and has over 15 years of medical operations experience. Previously, Tim held management positions at Sugar Dive, LLC; AmSurg Corporation; United Surgical Partners, Intl.; and Sweet Sleep, Inc. Tim is a graduate of The Citadel and graduated with his Masters of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.
Vice President of Technology Services
Lance has over 20 years of healthcare IT experience, including 12 years in the dialysis industry and eight years in the ASC industry. In past roles he has held management positions at DSI Renal, Renal Care Group, and National Nephrology Associates. In the dialysis roles he held positions that integrated and supported all hardware infrastructure for 112 dialysis centers in 28 states. While currently serving as Vice President of Technology Services, he provides leadership for an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment.
Regional Vice President
Lee joined Covenant in January of 2018 and has over 35 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Covenant, Lee spent 10 years working for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America (ASCOA) as a Senior Vice President where she oversaw the operational development and management of multiple ASCs throughout many states, including New York, New Jersey, Florida and North Carolina. While in this role, she was responsible for the construction and licensing of multiple ASCs within the New York City boroughs and worked closely with Mt. Sinai Health System on these joint ventures. In addition, MLee has held positions in the senior living industry as a Regional Marketing Director and has worked with HealthSouth and SCA as an ASC administrator. Lee is a licensed RN and maintains the CASC certification credentials. In June of 2017, Lee was recognized in “Becker’s ASC Review” as one of the top ASC Leaders to Know.
Regional Vice President – Eye Care
During her more than 25 years in ophthalmic practice management and consulting, Connie StClair has strategically led teams across the country through a wide range of challenging transitions, including navigating rapid growth and implementing new technologies. She is also skilled in overseeing daily operations and development, with experience supervising finances and accounting, integrating teams and ensuring delivery of efficient and high-quality patient care. Prior to joining Covenant Physician Partners, Connie served as COO of Loden Vision Centers, an administrator at major eye centers in Georgia and California, and CEO of Victoria Eye Center in Texas. She is a Certified Ophthalmic Executive and has completed an executive program at the Yale School of Management as well as the Management Program at Rice University. She is actively involved in the American Society of Ophthalmic Association (ASOA), having served two appointments on the Board of Directors.
Vice President of Clinical Services
Melba has over 20 years of experience in healthcare management with the last eight years specifically in the ASC industry. Melba has extensive experience in development and management of ambulatory surgery centers and has most recently focused on ASC clinical operations and regulatory compliance. Melba began her healthcare management career with HCA as Director of Surgical Services and continued as Chief Nursing Officer prior to becoming an ASC Administrator. Melba is a registered nurse and has a Bachelor of Arts in Management of Health Services from Ottawa University. Melba is also an AAAHC surveyor.