Spring Seminar


2020 NCHEA Seminar

Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst NC
Dates: March 11th -- 13th (Wednesday - Friday)

Wednesday Evening (March 11) Opening Reception

Annual Conference & Exhibitions


2020 NCHEA Annual Conference

Wilmington Convention Center | Wilmington, NC

Dates:   August 16-21, 2020

Monday, August 17, Afternoon - Board Meeting

Tuesday, August 18, Evening - Opening Reception




 Jeff Schroder
Assistant Vice President
Planning, Design and Construction
Atrium Health
Carolina Healthcare System is Atrium Health
Jeff is responsible for developing projects from conceptual design through construction at Atrium Health. He oversees a staff of project managers, project coordinators and interior designers who strive to deliver state of the art healing environments. These teams take pride in delivering these projects while being good stewards of Atrium Health’s resources by building teams who utilize Lean Construction methodologies and seeking out innovative solutions.
Jeff has been involved in all facets of the healthcare design and construction process for the last 16 years. He spent the first 5 years in the healthcare industry working with an internationally-recognized healthcare architecture firm. More recently, he has spent the last 11 years as an owner’s representative for two major health systems in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area. He has overseen the design and construction of more than $1 billion in projects, ranging from new builds to major renovations and specialty projects
Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Texas in Arlington 



Denton Wilson

 VP of Planning, Design, and Construction

Atrium Health

A proven track record of forward thinking fueled by deep passion for our industry brought Denton to Charlotte. A task of transitioning a 141 FTE strong facilities group from a traditional delivery model to one of integration, holistic purpose, and formal team alignment. A journey that will change the culture of a department, greatly impact an industry market, and deliver $1.6B in Target value Design projects. No small task, but not Denton’s first time at transitioning a facilities group. 

After an entire career on the owner’s side Denton took an opportunity to be the National Director of Collaboration for the Beck Group. Over 190 team alignment sessions across all sectors of work gave Denton a deeper respect for “engaged owners”. The transition in our industry based on re-aligning knowledge much early in a projects life takes a formalized approach and passionate champions to move the needle. The breaking down traditional “silos of inadequacy” by valuing a more holistic understanding of the project journey with a focus back to the Master Builder days proved quite measurable.

Before his role at Beck Denton spent five years as the Vice President of Design and Construction for Methodist Health System, where he and his team managed all aspects of new clinical construction and renovations. From large ground up facilities to a wide range of specialty projects, Denton implemented Methodist's transition from a traditional project delivery approach to a truly collaborative environment as to create best value and a realignment of knowledge.  The Methodist teams successfully completed three $130m complex integrated projects with the last one implementing a RFC "Request for Collaboration" for a project that was an "under build / over-build" with 63 phases”.  During Denton’s healthcare career he has overseen over $3 billion in healthcare design/construction projects. Previous to Denton’s tenure at Methodist Health System he was Director of Facilities development for 14 years at Texas Health Resources. 

Denton has been in the healthcare architectural/construction environment for more than 28 years. As an industry leader and proponent of team integration, his collaboration-based approach gathers, develops, and strives to hold accountable all stakeholder from start to finish including the project- architects, engineers, contractors, trade partners, vendors, and owners.



Teri Slick

Health Care Operations Vice President

Messer Construction Co.
As Health Care Vice President, Teri provides operations leadership for multiple teams and healthcare customers. She is an industry leader in healthcare prefabrication putting in place 256 bathroom PODs and well over 18,00 linear feet of prefabricated MEP racking systems. Teri is the account leader for Mount Carmel Health System’s East Hospital Modernization, a project that started in 2015 and is valued at $310 million. Teri began her career with Messer in 1990 after one year of co-oping. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati that year with a bachelor of architecture and additional courses in construction engineering and construction management. She is a registered architect in Ohio, certified by the US Green Building Council as a LEED AP. Teri’s project management experience includes large, complex health care facilities and public projects. Her architecture expertise, outstanding complex project leadership and ability to effectively communicate across all levels makes her highly sought in the health care market. Teri’s talents and experience were tapped to edit a book affiliated with the American Institute of Architects and present on various topics at The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati. She serves on the AIA Columbus Healthcare Committee, the CAPA Buildings and Operations Committee - a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment, The Memorial Tournament Volunteer Committee (benefitting Nationwide Children’s Hospital)and the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure Committee. Teri is the recipient of the 2013 WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development) Twelve Women You Should Know Award and the Cincinnati YWCA 2002 Rising Star Award. In 2003, she was recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a Forty Under 40 nominee.  



  Kent Hodson

President and General Manager

As President, Kent provides strategic leadership for the company by working with the Board of Directors and management team to establish long range strategies and operating processes that maximize growth, profit, and return on investment. Kent is a prefabrication expert with 28 years of manufacturing experience. He has earned is 6 Sigma Master Black Belt with extensive Lean training and experience. 

On a daily basis, Kent works closely with his experienced leadership team to incorporate up-to-date technology and innovative building/manufacturing methodologies to create an advanced product. Kent has successfully designed, built and implemented bathroom PODs many projects such as:



  Jason Dodd

Alfred Williams & Company Construction Services

Jason is based out of Raleigh, North Carolina and is part of the Alfred Williams & Company Construction Services team in his role as a DIRTT Champion.  Alfred Williams & Company partnered with DIRTT Environmental Solutions to create the AWC-Construction Services division.  DIRTT, which stands for Doing It Right This Time, is a clean tech construction company that uses video game technology to manufacture interior construction rapidly, cost effectively, and sustainably.  By challenging the commonplace acceptance of today’s construction process, Jason advocates for shifting away from a dated model riddled with the continual risk of cost overruns and schedule delays.

Jason Dodd

Business Development & Account Manager



  Julie Casper

Herman Miller

Julie leads the Clinical Solutions team at Herman Miller. Julie’s team partners with architects, general contractors, equipment planners, and clinical users to deliver best in class clinical environments. 

Julie’s goal is to help organizations improve efficiencies and optimize their real estate investment. She understands the importance of creating spaces that meet specific needs for both function and aesthetics.

She has had the opportunity to play a variety of roles at Herman Miller Healthcare over the past thirteen years. She started as a Market Manager in Chicago prior to joining the Compass team and then moved onto lead the Product team managing our clinical product portfolio. Prior to joining Herman Miller, she was an engineer at Turck, Inc., a leading manufacture in industrial automation. 

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a marathon runner and triathlete. Julie lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. 

Deborah Ruriani


Deborah Ruriani is the Sales Training Manager for Construction Specialties, tasked with creating a CS University and planned sales and product training for the global sales team. She spent the last year as East Coast Territory Sales Manager for CS Cubicle Curtains - focusing on building relationships within the architectural interior design community and working with end users in the healthcare and senior living

markets to identify needs and provide design solutions.

For ten years, Deborah was a creative strategist for the Miele professional product line, which includes commercial cleaning equipment such as dishwashers, laundry equipment, and washer disinfectors. Recently, Deborah has worked directly with facility managers and nursing staff members to help customize product solutions to meet ADA and NSF compliant codes for senior living facilities, rehab facilities and hospital milk labs. She develops AIA GBCI educational courses as well as thought leadership content on infection control and product sustainability. She also worked with My Green Labs to gain an “environmental factor impact label” for products she has represented, which is recognized in higher education markets.

Deborah has a Bachelor of Arts from Rosemont College and was a contributing editor for a variety of publications including Distribution, Warehousing Management Magazine, Global Trade, Convenience Store Decisions, Inbound Logistics, Ocular Surgery News, Eyeworld Magazine, PharmaVOICE and MedADNews.

Dr. Lenord White


Dr. White is a Research Professor at FREEDM with a specialty in power systems. His area of specialization is power quality with emphasis on mitigation of flicker phenomena and harmonics as caused by Electric Arc Furnaces (EAFs) and similar equipment.

Dr. White is one of the founding partners and former Senior Principal of Stanford White, Inc., a mid-sized engineering firm based in Raleigh, NC that specializes in engineering services for the construction industry with an emphasis on mission critical and health care facilities. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a registered Professional Engineer in eight states, a Registered Communications Distribution Designer, a member of the NC Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, and serves on the NFPA-99 hospital electrical systems committee.

Todd Moore - ARC


Todd Moore, National Director of Facilities 

Moore has presented at numerous industry-related events with a focus on helping organizations better manage their facility information. Todd shares Facility best practices in Healthcare, Municipalities, K-12 School Districts, Universities, Federal Agencies, Manufacturing, Retail and Private Owner Groups while providing key takeaways that can be put into practice in your industry vertical.

Nick Walters, PE, CHC, CEM


Nick Walters, PE, CHC, CEM, ASHE Certified Health Care Physical Environment Worker: Nick Walters is a Project Manager for Dewberry Engineers Inc. in their Charlotte office. Nick brings 8 years of experience that ranges from conception through design and implementation of identified projects. His past experience lends itself to a practical and real-world approach to the end goal. He has worked as both a consulting engineer and an engineer for a mechanical contractor and service company, which gives him a broad understanding of building systems from a design, installation and operation perspective.

Alex Harwell


 Alex Harwell, ASHE Certified Health Care Physical Environment Worker: 

Alex Harwell is a Project & Client Manager for Dewberry Engineers Inc. in their Raleigh office. Alex brings over 20 years of multi-disciplinary utilities systems engineering and operations experience from the Healthcare Facilities, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and Nuclear Power fields.   Alex is also a former North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) engineering plan reviewer/inspector.

Bret Mzrtin


Bret M. Martin is currently the Assistant Vice President of Property Risk Control at CNA Insurance.  Prior to that, Bret served as Director of Fire, Life Safety & Utilities for Corporate Operations for Atrium Health. He has worked over 30 years in the field of Fire Protection, Risk Management, Loss Control, and Safety consulting industry, with over 25 years as a Healthcare Specialist providing specialized consultative services for facility management, property protection, environment of care, general liability, worker’s compensation, and regulatory compliance. Bret is a registered Fire Protection Professional Engineer in the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Mississippi and holds Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), Certified Healthcare Engineer (CHE), and Certified Life Safety Specialist for Healthcare Facilities (CLSS-HC) designations.  Bret also holds memberships with NFPA, SFPE, ASSE, currently serves as a member of the CFPS Certification Advisory Group, as well as, being a member on the NFPA 99 - Fundamentals Technical Committee, NPFA 99 Piping Technical Committee, and alternate on NFPA 101 Healthcare Technical Committee.

Scott Whipp


Scott Whipp is an Army combat veteran with extensive water management experience. He had 21 years’ experience with Nalco Chemical Company, including 14 years in the Global Business Unit, Environmental Hygiene which helped clients in numerous markets, manage and reduce risk. With Phigenics, Scott specializes in helping clients develop and implement comprehensive and defensible water management programs that achieve regulatory compliance (CMS 17-30 and ASHRAE Standard 188), prevent disease and injury from Legionella, improve water and energy efficiency, optimizing total cost, and ensuring the program is operational.

Casey Johnson


Casey Johnson, Director of Sustainability and Marmoleum Business Development Manager for North America, Forbo Flooring Systems, has more than 40 years in the floorcovering industry.  He has been with Forbo Flooring Systems for over 25 years and has been actively involved with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Health Product Declaration Collaborative serving as team lead for Forbo.  During that time, Mr. Johnson has presented and lectured on several key issues relating to sustainable building, EPD (environmental product declaration and HPD (health product declaration), Environmental manufacturing, Sustainable Product Standards, Life Cycle Assessments, and Product Transparency.  

Jonathan A. Sunde - Trystar


John Sundae a highly skilled Master Electrician, license in 8 states, with a strong background in the National Electric Code, began his career at Trystar in 2011 as the head of the Trystar Electrical Group.  Besides from being part of the Electrical team at Trystar, John has been teaching Master, Journey Man, and Continuing Electrical Education Courses in MN since 2000.  When John is not working at Trystar or Teaching, you can find him working on his hobby farm or with his wife and 6 children.