Board of Directors
Donna Heitzman, CFA, CPA
Donna Heitzman, most recently a portfolio manager for New York City-based KKR Prisma Capital, joined the company in 2004 to help construct and manage customized portfolios. Founded in 2004, Prisma Capital was acquired by KKR & Co. LP in 2012. With a focus on credit markets, Ms. Heitzman specialized in event, credit and distressed fund strategies and was responsible for manager research and selection across these strategies. As a member of the senior investment team, she was actively involved in the firm’s investment process, including strategic allocation, portfolio management and performance monitoring. Before joining KKR Prisma, Ms. Heitzman served for 18 years at AEGON USA, previously Providian Capital. As a portfolio manager in capital market strategies, she facilitated significant growth and broad diversification of a $1 billion fund portfolio. Prior to this role, she was responsible for fixed income credit research and private placement production. Ms. Heitzman began her career at Coopers and Lybrand (later becoming Price Waterhouse Coopers). Ms. Heitzman received a B.S. in Commerce, with high honors, from the University of Louisville. She is also a CFA Charter holder, a Certified Public Accountant, and was named in 2010 to The Hedge Fund Journal annual listing of “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds”. Ms. Heitzman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Stock Yards Bank and Trust Company, the Catholic Education Foundation, Sacred Heart Schools and The Filson Historical Society and previously University of Louisville Foundation.
John T. Thomas
Mr. Thomas serves on our Board and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee. Mr. Thomas has been a Trustee of our organization since April 2013. Mr. Thomas was the Executive Vice President-Medical Facilities Group for Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL, formerly known as Health Care REIT Inc.) from January 2009 to July 2012. Prior to Welltower, Mr. Thomas served as President, Chief Development Officer and Business Counsel of Cirrus Health from August 2005 to December 2008, where he led efforts to acquire and manage four hospitals and an endoscopy center, as well as efforts to develop other outpatient care facilities. From October 2000 to July 2005, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. As General Counsel for Baylor Health Care System, he was responsible for legal and government affairs. Mr. Thomas has been recognized for his team’s advocacy work on Texas H.B. 3 and Proposition 12, the 2003 Texas legislative and constitutional amendment efforts to increase patient access to physicians and care through reforms to Texas’ medical malpractice laws. He was also co-founder and chairman of the Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Healthcare, a national coalition to reform medical malpractice laws through federal legislation. Mr. Thomas has testified before the Ways and Means Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, all related to health care policy. From April 1997 to October 2000, he served as General Counsel and Secretary for Unity Health System, a five-hospital division of the Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO, where he oversaw legal affairs for the healthcare delivery system and its operating subsidiaries. Mr. Thomas was a member of the Board of Directors of Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EDR) from 2016 to 2018, at which time EDR was sold to a private company. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Jacksonville State University Foundation. Mr. Thomas began his career as a tax lawyer at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy in New York, NY in 1990, and was elected a partner at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons) in April 1997. Mr. Thomas received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and his B.S. in Economics from Jacksonville State University, where he was a scholarship letterman on the football team and was a member of the Academic All-Conference Team. Mr. Thomas graduated with Distinction and Special Honors in Economics.
Ron “Mister” Polly
Mister is a senior partner at Hawkins Parnell & Young and leads the firm’s national Labor & Employment practice, a role he has held for almost 20 years. Under Ron’s leadership, the team has secured thousands of favorable outcomes for clients ranging from small, privately-held entities to Fortune 500 companies. Ron is highly-regarded for his knowledge and experience in counseling and litigation, achieving successful results for clients both in and out of the courtroom. Ron graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S in 1987 and University of K Kentucky College of Law in 1991. He resides in Atlanta, GA and sits on the Board of Trustees for A.G Rhodes Health & Rehab, American Porphyria Foundation, & Tier3 Technologies.
Phillip B. Douglas (Executive Chairman)
Phil is a seasoned leader who has management and board experience which spans diverse organizational settings and industries. Skilled in recruiting, organizing and leading management teams to create and enhance shareholder value. His experience includes operations, restructuring, governance, marketing, finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic and financial planning, accounting, treasury, human resources, venture capital and information technology. Mr. Douglas currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oceans Healthcare, Ernest Healthcare and Breath Diagnostics. Oceans Healthcare provides inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare services in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Ernest Healthcare is a leading provider of post acute services. Breath Diagnostics is focused on the early detection of lung cancer through the use of its innovative and proprietary breath analysis technology. From January 2018 until August 2019 Mr. Douglas served as a Board Member and Executive Chairman of KureSmart Pain Management. The Company which is a leading provider of interventional pain management services in the Mid-Atlantic region was sold by New Harbor Capital to Nexphase Capital in August 2019. Previously, Mr. Douglas served as Chairman and CEO of LifeCare Health Partners, a leading provider of post acute services including long term acute care, transitional care, behavioral health and home healthcare. Mr. Douglas was the co-founder and CFO of HealthSpring, and was the founder and CEO of Management and Technology Solutions, both private equity backed physician services organizations. Mr. Douglas previously held senior executive positions with Humana, United Healthcare and Workscape. Mr. Douglas served as Board President of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association and has served on the Boards of Core Solutions, Paidos Health Management Services, JSA Healthcare and the Admar Group. Mr. Douglas is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and was a CPA with Price Waterhouse Coopers.