Board of Directors, Officers, and Regional Directors

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Regional Directors:

regions2 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:

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 - Jonathon Sylvie, PhD, PE, PMP, FHFI

Jon is a Principal with Page and has a prestigious resumé of over 25 years of experience in project and program management for military healthcare and research facilities, including oversight of more than $2.3 billion in design and construction of medical facilities during his service as Program Manager for the U.S. Army Surgeon General. Today, he applies this knowledge as the Government Market Sector Leader at Page. He is responsible for project management and business development for the federal, civic, and healthcare market sectors. Jon received undergraduate degrees in Industrial Management and Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University; an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Construction Engineering and Project Management.


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.

Assistant Vice President for Educational Programs

Craig Rowland, FHFI, is an active duty Senior Health Facility Planner and Project Officer for the United States Navy, with 14 years of health facility planning and design experience. As a Health Facility planner he has been responsible for the Navy Medicine West Regional Capital Assets and Planning and programming support of $3 billion in real property, while managing the design and construction of over $1 billion in military construction projects. Craig has a B.S from Southern Illinois University. Telephone: (808)745-0171

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.

Assistant Vice President for Communications and Event Planning

Patti Rowland is the assistant event planner and communications administrator for the Health Facility Institute. She has held the positions as a licensed Property and Causality agent, and as an executive assistant at for Wells Fargo's Home Mortgage loan offices. She is a proud Military Spouse. Telephone: (808) 783-5942

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.



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