Board of Directors, Officers, and Regional Directors

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Regional Directors:

Steve Gressel Region 2, Ron Deike Region 1, vacant Region 4, Doug Heisler Region 5, Bob Bridges Region 7, Kip Edwards Region 8, Che Miranda Region 6, John Watts

Board of Directors and Officers:

Past Chairman - Doug Heisler, EFHFI

In Memoriam: The Health Facility Institute sadly lost a valued member Emeritus with the passing of Doug Heisler June 27, 2017. Doug was an active, driving force in the industry who willingly shared his knowledge, innovative drive and enthusiasm with the HFI by serving as a member of the Board of Directors for 9 years, and was the Region 4 Director since the beginning. As a senior member of the HFI, his input was highly valued in formulation of the standards of excellence maintained in the educational programs presented by the HFI. Doug had a real-world grasp of the factors affecting the profession and advanced creative ideas for the HFI to provide educational programs pertinent to the current status of the world. He was a true friend to all our members, willing to help and eager to share his vast knowledge. A giant in the industry, Doug brought enormous energy to the HFI and his presence will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, our friend. 



Chairman - Gary Schindele, FHFI

Gary is President and co-owner of Paladin Healthcare LLC. Gary is an International Sales and Marketing professional with a strong clinical background accumulated over 40 years of patient care experience in the pre-hospital and Emergency Department arenas. His certifications include: Firefighter Paramedic, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and HazMat Technician. Gary has lead international capital equipment teams in the critical care areas of healthcare for 35 years. Gary has been involved in many hundreds of healthcare projects around the world during the course of his career.

Chairman Elect - C. R. Ché Miranda, FHFI

Ché recently retired as Deputy Chief of Staff, Installations and Logistics, at Navy Medicine West (NMW) from Feb 2002 - Dec 2015.  A Navy Veteran with over 30 years active military service and 14 years Civil Service. His healthcare experience spans both primary care delivery as a provider and healthcare administrator, and as Facilities Officer at NH Jacksonville and Naval Hospital Twenty-nine Palms, where he transitioned into a Medical Construction Liaison Officer (MCLO) career field gaining project and program management experience in planning, programming, design, maintenance, construction and outfitting of Navy Medicine assets, worldwide.


Robert Farrow, AIA, LEED AP, FHFI, is Principal & Senior Vice President and Director of Healthcare, Southeast Region of HKS Architects, Atlanta, GA. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University and has 37 years experience in facility master planning, design, and construction in both the private and government arena. His design portfolio includes ambulatory care centers, community hospitals, large complex teaching hospitals and research facilities, corporate office/manufacturing facilities, and office/retail/mixed use developments. Telephone: (404) 617-7878.

Chief Financial Officer

Ron Deike, MBA, FHFI, has over 30 years of medical healthcare project management experience as a Medical Construction Liaison Officer (MCLO), Facilities Planning and Projects Officer (HFPPO) and senior project manager with projects ranging from small, medium and large medical outpatient clinics to tertiary care facilities. Ron has an MBA from National University, and a BA in Business Administration from Southwest State University. Telephone: (757) 535-9523.

Assistant Chief Financial Officer

Jim Newborn, MHA, EFHFI, is the President of his own consulting firm, providing a variety of consulting services to hospitals and firms for over 30 years. Jim was previously the Commander of the Army Health Facility Planning Agency. Jim has a M.H.A.from Baylor University, and B.S. Georgia State University. Telephone: (434) 572-1459.

Vice President for Educational Programs

John Baldwin, MBA, EFHFI, is the Principal for John Baldwin PM, LLC a VA Certified SDVOSB.  As a Senior Healthcare Executive he has provided owner services for government and private hospitals for over 35 years. He held senior positions with Jacobs Engineering, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Beers/Skanska, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the US Air Force. John has an MBA from Golden Gate University, a B.S. from the University of Maryland, and four Associate Degrees. Telephone: (404) 312-4918.

Vice President for Communications and Event Planning

Cindy Baldwin, AHFI, is the event planner and communications administrator for the Health Facility Institute. She has held executive level administrative positions for the Secretary of Defense, the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, and the senior partner for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta. Telephone: (678) 478-2537.

Vice President for Business Development

Chip DeShields, FHFI, is Senior Associate and the Director of Business Development for Sherlock, Smith & Adams, a multi-disciplined architectural and engineering firm founded in 1946. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University and has worked in architecture executive management for 18 years. Chip maintains a results-oriented commitment to pair his client's needs with complex teams that stir creative minds. Telephone: (334) 263-6481.

Assistant Vice President for Business Development

E. Douglas McClain, PE, Emeritus Fellow, is the Assistant Vice President of Business Development for the Health Facility Institute. Doug has over 46 years of experience in facility programming, planning, design, construction, and project management of healthcare facilities. He is a retired Lt. Colonel, USAF Medical Service Corps and recently retired his position as Executive Vice President with PageSoutherlandPage, Austin, TX. Doug's background includes a working knowledge of the development and application of procedures and details for facility planning, the architectural and engineering design including CADD production, and the documentation and communications requirements involved in the successful acquisition of complex healthcare facilities. Telephone: (512) 328-0150.


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