Goran Dragolovic

Goran Dragolovic

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dragolovic has more than 30 years of experience scaling healthcare services companies and managing physician partnerships to grow thriving practices. He most recently served as CEO of Women’s Health USA, a leading national practice management platform focused on transforming the delivery of women’s health care.

Previously, Goran served in several capacities at Surgical Care Affiliates – namely, his role as Group President of a $500 million portfolio of surgery centers and specialty hospitals in which he led enterprise-wide strategic service line expansion. After Optum’s acquisition of SCA, he served as Senior Vice President of Practice Growth and Transformation where he aggregated and organized specialty physician groups into market-leading, clinically integrated networks.

Earlier in his career, Goran held operational roles with Symbion and Amsurg, among other smaller practice management and multi-site groups. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University.

Yousif A-Rahim M.D. Ph.D.

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.

Bill Balaun - Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer

Bill Balaun

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President

Mr. Balaun has more than 30 years in healthcare services with extensive leadership experience in multi-site operations management, strategic sales, business strategy, team development as well as supporting the growth and vitality of his business partners.

Prior to joining Covenant, Bill spent more than 20 years with McKesson Corporation in various roles including sales management, hospital strategy and national account management, government sales, operations, independent retail pharmacy support and senior general management roles. While there, he developed and launched Pharmacy Optimization, a consulting business focused on improving the efficiencies and health of hospital pharmacy customers.

Before McKesson, Bill spent time at Boston Scientific where he managed the company’s U.S. operations. He also had several sales and operational positions with Baxter Healthcare. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

Lenny Brunson

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).

Wesley Chick

Wes Chick

Senior 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 in the value-based care arena. Wes holds a BA from Baylor University and an MBA from Texas Christian University.

Justin Ezell

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.

Rich Fogle

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.

Chad Stevens

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.

Ernie Varvoutis Executive VP and Chief Develoopment Officer

Ernie Varvoutis

Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President

Ernie Varvoutis has more than 30 years of healthcare experience with a focus on organic growth and acquisition strategy.

He most recently led these initiatives at Community Psychiatry as Chief Growth Officer. Before joining the leadership team there, he worked at TeamHealth, a $6 billion healthcare company, where he served in several key leadership positions. As Executive Vice President M&A, Strategic Development, he led and managed acquisitions and joint ventures while identifying and cultivating relationships. He also managed other long-term strategic projects across new and existing markets. Additionally, Ernie served as President of Acute and Specialty Care Services and spearheaded the company’s internal strategy for scope acquisitions. Prior to his work at TeamHealth, he was Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Healthcare System, Florida, and also worked as a Senior Manager at Deloitte.

Ernie holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting and a master’s degree in Accounting from Florida State University.

Beth Wampler

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.

Mike Burney

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.

Jeanne Desautels

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.

AnnaLyn Ogata

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

Regional Vice President

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.

Tim Pereira

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.

Lance Perkins

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.

Katie Rexrode VP Marketing Communications

Katie Rexrode

Vice President of Communications and Marketing

Katie Rexrode is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years in the communications and marketing field. Prior to joining Covenant, she was the Head of Communications and Marketing at Fortitude Re, a subsidiary of AIG, where she helped to create brand standards and tee up the company for acquisition. She also spent time leading the internal communications team at Jackson National Life, where she closely supported the executive leadership team, led on communications for a subsidiary closure and implemented a new intranet.

Katie also worked for years building communications and marketing programs at the headquarters of the franchised moving company, Two Men and A Truck International, Inc., where she secured national coverage and supported local owners by growing the brand. Prior to joining corporate America, Katie worked as a newspaper reporter in metro Detroit, South Carolina and Lansing, Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s top-ranked journalism school.

Lee Rocque

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.

Connie StClair

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.

Melba Willis

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.