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 - Coker Barton, FHFI

Coker is the Senior Vice President/National Healthcare Director for Hoar Construction, LLC. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Samford University and a Bachelors of Science - Building Construction from Auburn University. Coker also serves as co-chairman of the Corporate Member Advisory Council of the Health Facility Institute.

Chairman - Kurt Neubek, FAIA, FHFI, CFM,LEED-AP

Kurt is Associate Principal of Page, Houston, TX. He received his Master of Architecture from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Science Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and has been responsible for programming and planning more than six million square feet of hospital, ambulatory, psychiatric and medical office building space. He has provided pre-design services for a multitude of healthcare and educational building types worldwide and is accomplished in a wide variety of analytical, decision-making and facilitating techniques.

Chairman Elect - Doug Heisler, EFHFI

Doug is involved in healthcare business development and works with senior management in the pursuit of hospitals, clinics, and medical office buildings. With over 40 years in managing the development of healthcare facilities, he assists with developing strategies for the growth and expansion of Wehr Constructors’ Construction Management services for healthcare. Doug’s background involves the development of over 4,000 projects of both international and domestic healthcare projects that included urban and rural new hospitals as well as complex renovations and expansions. This expertise allows Doug to assist Wehr’s healthcare project managers in developing solutions to the myriad of ongoing problems with development of complicated healthcare projects.


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

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.

Assistant Chief Financial Officer

Ron Deike, MBA, FHFI, is the Facilities Department Head at Navy Medicine East. He 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.

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) 814-1761.

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: (404) 814-1761.

Vice President for Business Development

E. Douglas McClain, PE, Emeritus Fellow, is the 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.

Assistant Vice President for Business Development

Robert E. Bridges, EA, EFHFI has 33 years of strong performance in owner representation and consulting in healthcare facility development programs. He held multiple positions with the Health Facilities Division, Surgeon General's Office, Department of the Air Force which supports the design and construction activities for a world-wide system of 230 hospitals, clinics, and healthcare research facilities. Bob retired from the Air Force in 2005 and later joined RTKL Associates as Development Director, Federal Healthcare Programs until his retirement in 2012. Bob has Master of Architecture from the University of Texas, Arlington and is an Emeritus Architect registered in the state of Texas. Telephone: (214) 597-8281.

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