Our leadership team is a who’s who of healthcare finance professionals representing a variety of focus areas.
Michael R. Draa has been our Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2012 when he formed Warbird Consulting Partners by leading a management buyout of the Accounting Advisory Practice from Huron Consulting Group. While at Huron, Michael served as the Practice Lead for the Accounting Advisory Practice. Prior to joining Huron, he was a partner at Callaway Partners, overseeing National Service Delivery on all projects. Mike also currently serves as the acting EVP of Warbird’s U.S. Healthcare Practice.
Mr. Draa has more than 30 years of accounting and consulting experience during which he has held several executive and senior management roles including accounting, sales and marketing and operations. During that time he has successfully led both strategic and tactical projects and teams. Mike’s deep industry experience includes Healthcare, Technology, Manufacturing, Automotive, and Media and he has vast expertise in many functional areas including: management of restatements, turnarounds, bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, system conversions (ERP), shared service implementation, start-ups, compliance, process re-engineering and technology ventures.
Mr. Draa sits on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations and holds a degree in accounting and business management from Cedarville University.
Doug has 35 years of healthcare experience, primarily in executive management and senior leadership positions. Doug has functioned successfully as a managing partner in several roles including his present role as leader of the CFO Consulting Network within Warbird’s Healthcare Practice. He has also performed as a Sr. CFO (interim) and Sr. Financial Advisor to hospital and system clients. He has provided expertise in financial turnarounds and in margin and performance improvement efforts. Doug also assists Warbird Healthcare in business sales origination and client network relationships. He joined Warbird Consulting Partners as its Healthcare Managing Partner in January 2012.
In 1999, Doug joined Stockamp & Associates as a partner and managing director. Stockamp was acquired by Huron Consulting Group in 2008. Prior to his tenure at Stockamp, Doug’s career included 18 years of experience as a CFO, including work for the HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minnesota and at Good Samaritan Hospital within the Legacy Health System in Portland, OR. While at Legacy, Doug also served as Corporate Senior Vice President for Managed Care and Revenue Management.
Doug has a BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Administration (Financial Planning) from California State University, Long Beach.
Bachelor of Arts, Economics; University of Southern California, Santa Barbara
Master of Public
Administration (Financial Planning); California State University, Long Beach
Healthcare CFO Roundtable, member since 1993
Healthcare Management Academy, member since 2001
American Hospital Association, executive liaison since 2007
Rob Kirsch has spent nearly two decades working directly with boards, senior leadership and diverse groups of stakeholders in the areas of finance, operations and affiliation advisory. He is an accomplished leader in navigating clients through complex and challenging issues experienced through periods of change or distress.
Having advised on over 50 hospital transactions nationally, Rob is recognized as an industry leader in both the structuring and fairness of partnerships and affiliations throughout the country. He has provided testimony on process, valuation and fairness in dozens of transactions before regulatory bodies or states’ attorney general.
Prior to joining Warbird, Rob helped establish and introduce services and capabilities in the Mergers, Affiliations, and Partnerships practice, Performance Improvement practice and Valuation practice at Stroudwater Associates. He served in leadership roles in those practices from their founding. Rob also lead his prior firm through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) conversion while serving as its Chief Executive Officer and board member for the last several years.
John has over 25 years of experience in healthcare financial management, hospital operations, physician practice administration, and revenue cycle management. He is an accomplished revenue cycle practitioner, focused on all aspects of revenue cycle operations, performance improvement, training, and education.
He has worked with hundreds of hospitals and physician practices to improve financial outcomes, compliance, and customer service. His clients include critical access hospitals, community hospitals, academic medical centers, large multi-specialty physician groups, rural health clinics, and sole physician practices.
Prior to joining Warbird, John helped create, introduce, and establish comprehensive revenue cycle services at Stroudwater Revenue Cycle Solutions while serving as its President. John has also served as Revenue Cycle Director and Financial Controller at two Academic Medical Centers as well as Physician Practice Administrator
for a large multi-specialty practice.
John specializes in: Revenue Cycle Assessments, Hospital Turnaround Efforts, Physician Practice Management, Compliance Mitigation, Business Office Development, Revenue Cycle Education (through webinars and onsite seminars), Rural Health Clinic Operations, Revenue Cycle Foundational elements (chargemaster, pricing, and revenue capture), Hospital and Physician Practice Performance Improvement, Hospital New Business Development and Commercial Contract Review and Negotiation.
B.A. in Political Science and Business Administration – Boston University
M.P.A. Healthcare – Suffolk University
With over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Joe is a committed, results-oriented financial leader with a history of delivering complex solutions, revenue and cost-reduction initiatives valued in the millions. He has a proven ability to align and lead cross-functional disciplines to optimize performance and achieve success in both start-up and growth industries. Joe is particularly successful at building and leveraging relationships to facilitate change, realize growth and improve ROI. He has significant healthcare domain expertise in provider, payer, HIE, pharmaceutical and life science industries.
Before he joined Warbird Consulting Partners, Joe served as Sr. Director Consulting & Principal Director Interim Leadership at nThrive, where he developed growth strategies resulting in increased revenue and margin, developed client relationships and infrastructure, and developed solution offerings in response to client and market demands. Prior to that, he was Sr. Vice President of Operations at Health Revenue Assurance Associates, where he developed a scalable corporate structure and managed daily operations for a leading provider of revenue cycle consulting and software solutions.
Joe earned his BA from St. Francis University and his MA in Administration from Rider University.
Deborah Erickson has been a Managing Director within Warbird Healthcare’s revenue cycle solutions since 2014. Her duties include client relationships, delivery and development of new services for our clients. While at Warbird, she has delivered financial and operational improvements within the areas of Revenue Cycle, IT and Finance. Prior to Warbird, Deborah was the Healthcare Operations Director for Huron Consulting and also had experience as the Leader of the Talent Management Team.
Deborah has over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, operations, business development and recruiting including a Big 4 audit background. Her deep industry experience includes the financial services, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, non-profit and service industries. Positions held include Vice President of Finance and Administration, Director of Talent Management, Controller and Finance Manager of Planning & Analysis, among others. She was also selected to do an expatriate assignment in the United Kingdom to transition the financial reporting department to a new corporate location.
Deborah earned her BBA at the University of Massachusetts and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia.
Michael has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare information technology and an ability to blend strategic vision and tactical implementation of information systems to drive growth and change and provide cost-effective resolutions to business challenges. He is recognized for implementing a wide variety of IT solutions, enhancing performance and productivity to optimal levels of excellence and delivering outstanding customer service in highly regulated environments. One example of the results he delivers is a CERNER optimization for a Midwestern community hospital that realized $20M in savings following his recommendations. Additionally, as a result of the first ever FTC-required divestiture of a hospital from a system, Michael successfully negotiated the IT divestiture terms between the hospital and the FTC before being named Interim CIO. In that capacity, he worked within a tight 18-month timeline to negotiate with vendors and build both an implementation timeline and an IT department to implement close to 300 applications, one of which included CERNER. His core competencies include, but are not limited to, strategic and tactical, infrastructure optimization, project management, growth planning and client and vendor relationships.
Prior to Warbird, Michael worked with Canvas iT, where he was Vice President of Operations. Before that, he was AMR project manager for Community Health Systems (CHS), where he reduced an IT implementation project timeline by onethird and met Meaningful Use requirements. Previously, he held the title of CIO at Pioneer Health Services and IT Director at Regency Hospital Company.
Michael earned his BA at Kennesaw State University. He holds Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) and a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).
Doug is an accomplished healthcare professional with over 25 years of transaction advisory, business development and financial accounting experience. He is an experienced strategic advisor with demonstrated ability to direct non-routine, sensitive and complex transactions.
Doug’s focus is the design of optimal transaction structures that align with client developed strategic objectives and organizational goals. His work has primarily been in the general acute care hospital, post-acute care (rehabilitation hospitals and nursing homes) and ambulatory surgery center space.
In the role of Acquisitions & Development, for Capella Healthcare, Doug was responsible for all activities pertaining to the development, structure and completion of general acute care hospital transactions (acquisitions and dispositions of acute care assets) including strategic market identification, proposal, presentation and negotiation of terms and conditions.
He has also held executive positions at Quorum Health Resources, Centerre Healthcare, Community Health Systems and Partners Healthcare. Doug spent the first 12 years of his professional career in the Audit, Assurance and Transaction Advisory Service at Arthur Andersen (Boston) and EY (Atlanta).
Jordan has 26 years of experience in healthcare finance in a variety of positions, including a healthcare commercial lender, a rating agency analyst and manager, a senior financial executive at a large healthcare provider, a healthcare investment banker and a healthcare financial consultant. His clients have included hospitals and health systems, senior living facilities, physician practices and other healthcare-related entities. His career has focused on all areas of healthcare finance, including capital budgeting and business plans, budgeting and financial projections, supply chain, treasury (including assets, debt and capital markets), revenue cycle, information technology, credit analysis, mergers and acquisitions and other healthcare activities.
Prior to Warbird, Jordan worked for Cain Brothers, where, as managing director, he worked on a variety of healthcare investment banking projects, including bond issues, direct bank placements, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development and asset management. Previously, he was a healthcare investment banker with Raymond James & Associates, Morgan Keegan & Co. and Piper Jaffray & Co.; Director, Finance with UPMC Health System, the manager of the healthcare ratings group at Fitch and a healthcare commercial lender with Comerica.
Jordan earned his BA at the University of Michigan and his MBA at the University of Notre Dame.
Laurie has over 25 years of experience in healthcare administration, including hospital revenue cycle operations, business office management, auditing, and physician practice management. She is an accomplished revenue cycle practitioner focused on all aspects of revenue cycle operations, performance improvement, training, and education. She has worked with hundreds of hospitals and physician practices to improve revenue cycle outcomes, mitigate compliance concerns, and enhance customer service procedures. Her clients include critical access hospitals, community hospitals, academic medical centers, large multi-specialty physician groups, rural health clinics, and sole physician practices.
Prior to joining Warbird, Laurie was instrumental in the creation of resources to unify coding, billing, and compliance concerns for total and inclusive revenue cycle oversight at Stroudwater Revenue Cycle Solutions. Laurie previously served as the Manager for Revenue Integrity for Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH, where she was responsible for maintaining multiple chargemasters to support 400 providers across multiple specialties, a 200-bed facility, an ASC, and VNA. Laurie oversaw revenue integrity and quality control initiatives, including coding, billing, and departmental revenue cycle management. She is a certified professional coder with extensive experience performing medical claim review and auditing. Laurie has led initiatives to increase physician and departmental productivity, improve business office efficiency and accuracy, and develop chargemaster maintenance policies and procedures. She has successfully grown gross revenue and net reimbursement through operational improvements, chargemaster effectiveness, and efficient business office protocols.
BS Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Technology – University of Massachusetts
AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
Laurie is a client focused, results oriented sales professional, with significant experience driving strategy across all industries. She has a diverse and successful corporate background of experience in global sales, Tier 1account management, facilitating contracts, and leading business transformation.
Laurie’s strengths include: excellent account leadership, driving ROI, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and a proven ability to quickly grasp client needs and implement successful targeted plans involving people, process and technology.
Ryan Sprinkle is a seasoned advisor and accomplished practitioner in Warbird’s Partnership, Merger and Acquisitions practice. He has navigated hospital and health system clients in multiple states through asset divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning initiatives. Additionally, Ryan regularly works with healthcare organizations, alongside legal counsel, creditor bodies, and hospital leadership teams to develop and implement turnaround plans. Prior to joining Warbird, Ryan co-led the Performance Improvement practice group and served as senior member of the mergers and acquisitions practice group for a boutique healthcare consulting firm. Areas of Expertise: Affiliation Advisory, Performance Improvement / Turnaround Services, Distressed Hospitals, and Strategic Planning.
As a professional, Ryan is expert at assisting clients in identifying strategic options and executing plans that deliver long-term financial stability. A frequent writer and speaker on topics of healthcare policy and operations, Ryan has a passion for working with other healthcare leaders to apply customized solutions that are informed by prior clients’ experiences.
Richard has spent the past 30 years of his career serving as a Human Resources, Talent Acquisition and Operations management leader. In this capacity, he has always endeavored to leverage these functions as a strategic partner with a mandate to enhance organizational effectiveness and drive business success.
Now serving as the EVP of Warbird’s Talent Acquisition Solution offerings, as a practitioner consultant, Richard advises Warbird’s Healthcare clients on their TA needs. Then together with the TA team, custom tailors scalable solutions are implemented to help clients acquire the needed resources in a cost effective and timely manner.
Prior to joining Warbird, Richard served as an HR Director for the Huron Consulting Group and supported the Accounting Advisory practice, which is now Warbird Consulting Partners. Prior to that, he spent five years as a Consultant with a Human Resources professional services firm called Flex HR. In this role, Richard assisted numerous industry-diverse clients with a broad range of HR needs. As an advisor to Executive Management, Richard guided his clients to recognize the value and realize the tangible benefits of building a strategic HR function and implementing HR best practices across a full spectrum of HR matters.
Prior to his career as an HR Consultant, Richard served as the HR Director for several start-ups and fast-paced, rapidly evolving multi-location organizations within the telecommunications, professional services and manufacturing sectors. In each of these positions he was part of the senior management team, reported to the CEO and implemented innovative ideas and solutions designed to enhance organizational effectiveness.
Throughout his career, Richard has focused on leadership development as the critical path to organizational effectiveness. He first began teaching leadership courses in 1982 while serving as an instructor at the Fort Knox Military Leadership Academy.
Since then, Richard has provided leadership development training and consulting in every organization where he has been employed. Believing there is an imperative need for authentic leadership, in addition serving as Warbird’s CAO and EVP of HR, he has launched the Imperative Leadership development program which is offered to Warbird’s clients as a value added service.
In this capacity Richard provides keynote speeches, workshops and individual leadership development consulting services to corporate clients.
Bachelor Degree, Psychology – University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Certified Instructor, Behavioral Interviewing
Certified Instructor, Crucial Conversations
Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Serves on the Advisory Board of SafeHouse Outreach, Inc. a social services not for profit