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The AMN Healthcare executive team is comprised of some of the healthcare staffing industry's best and brightest. Here's an overview of the AMN leadership team, from the AMN Healthcare CEO to the management thought leaders who round out our panel of experts.
Susan Salka is the Chief Executive Officer of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., (AMN). Under her leadership, AMN has become known as the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and the largest and most diversified healthcare staffing company in the nation.Read full bio
Ms. Salka is an active industry spokesperson in the healthcare and investment community, and has been one of the driving forces behind the company’s strategic and operational success since joining the company in 1990. Ms. Salka is passionate and actively involved in the areas of corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and gender equality. She personally participates in many of the company’s community initiatives, including the annual medical and community development mission trip to the most rural and impoverished regions of Guatemala.
Before becoming CEO, Ms. Salka served in several other executive positions at AMN, including CFO, COO, and Senior Vice President of Business Development. Ms. Salka currently serves on the board of directors of McKesson, including as chair of its Corporate Governance Committee and a member of its Compensation Committee. She also serves on the board of the editorial advisory board of Directors & Boards magazine, a quarterly journal dedicated to the topics of leadership and corporate governance. She has previously served on other public company boards, including Beckman Coulter and Playtex Products.
Ms. Salka takes an active role helping others achieve their personal and professional goals and is a voice for the value of diverse representation. A member of Women Business Leaders and Women Corporate Directors Foundation, Ms. Salka is a proponent of promoting women in leadership. She has prioritized gender equality since joining AMN, and in 2018 and 2019 the company was named to the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index. Ms. Salka also joined more than 500 CEOs in pledging her commitment to diversity and inclusion within the workplace through the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion project.
Ms. Salka has been recognized for her positive impact to elevate and evolve the industry with several recognitions by the American Staffing Association and Staffing Industry Analysts, including their Hall of Fame and Global Power 150 Women in Staffing lists. In 2019, Ms. Salka was recognized with the Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Award and was also honored by CEO Connection as the Mid Market CEO of the Year.
As an alumna of Chadron State University, Ms. Salka has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. She was also awarded the Monty Award for accomplished alumni by San Diego State University, where she received her master’s degree in finance. In 2016, Ms. Salka was honored by San Diego State University with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the college of business administration.
Brian Scott joined AMN Healthcare in December 2003. He was appointed CFO, Chief Accounting Officer, and Treasurer in January 2011. Read full bio
Prior to that time, Mr. Scott served in a variety of financial and operational roles for AMN, including most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations, Finance, and Business Development, in which capacity he oversaw our corporate financial planning and analysis, capital funding and business development activities. He has also served as President of the pharmacy staffing division and as Director, Senior Director and Vice President of Finance, where his roles have included overseeing all accounting operations and SEC reporting.
Mr. Scott started his career in San Francisco with KPMG and later became a partner in a mid-sized CPA firm. Mr. Scott also served as controller of a biotechnology company. He is a certified public accountant (inactive) in California, and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Master's of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Julie Fletcher is the Chief Talent Officer for AMN Healthcare and in that role she provides leadership for attracting, developing, and optimizing team member talent for corporate roles and across the AMN diverse family of workforce solutions and staffing companies. She is also responsible for Credentialing Operations, which encompasses the critical process of validating required credentialing documents for our healthcare providers. Read full bio
Ms. Fletcher joined AMN Healthcare in 2008 as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources and was promoted to the Chief Talent Officer role in 2014. AMN Healthcare is passionately committed to investing in its talent as a key differentiator and Ms. Fletcher leads all aspects of the team member lifecycle.
Prior to joining AMN, Ms. Fletcher served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for H&R Block’s Option One Mortgage Company in Irvine, CA. In that role, she championed a new talent strategy for the 5,500-person brand of a 110,000 person organization. Prior to H&R Block, Ms. Fletcher was a top HR executive for the Los Angeles Times, a division of The Tribune Company. Ms. Fletcher has also served as a key player at the Walt Disney Co./Parks and Resorts Division, leading Human Resource Services and a host of leadership roles in the people and cast functions.
She is actively involved in the human resource community beyond her role at AMN Healthcare. She is a member of the CHRO Council of the Conference Board and was named to the Board of Directors for Make-a-Wish® San Diego. Ms. Fletcher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in HR Management and Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, and a Master of Science in HR Management Development from Chapman University.
Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN is the Chief Clinical Officer for AMN Healthcare. In his role, Dr. Edmonson oversees the company’s clinical and credentialing organizations, learning and research programs, and holds responsibilities related to clinical quality, compliance, and risk.Read full bio
Dr. Edmonson comes to AMN from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, a three time Magnet hospital with a highly respected and decorated nursing staff, where he has been Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer since 2010. He held the same position at other hospitals since 1998. He brings three decades of experience as a nurse leader, along with deep involvement in research, professional organizations, health policy development, and community service. He has a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Texas Christian University and Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Oklahoma University. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Academy of Nursing, as well as being credentialed as a Nursing Executive Advanced, Board Certified by ANCC.
Dr. Edmonson is well known for his success in elevating the nursing leadership role and creating collegial teams across the clinical delivery continuum. He is a highly sought after national speaker and a published author of articles and a coauthor and contributor to several books. He is currently serving on the board of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is an alum of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. Throughout his tenure as a nurse leader, he has initiated and led innovative programs to advance clinical quality, education, professional practice, patient experience and safety, and clinician safety.
Denise Jackson joined AMN Healthcare in October 2000. Ms. Jackson is responsible for our legal, corporate governance, compliance, equity compensation strategies, risk management, real estate, and government and community affairs functions. Read full bio
From 1995 to September 2000, Ms. Jackson worked for The Mills Corporation serving as Vice President and Senior Counsel from 1998 to 2000. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona, a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from the University of Arizona. Ms. Jackson is licensed as an attorney in California, the District of Columbia, Arizona, and New York. Ms. Jackson holds the role of Corporate Governance Chair on the Board of Tractor Supply Company. She previously served on the Board of PipelineRX, LLC where she also held the role of Chairperson of the Compensation Committee and the Board of Girls on the Run International, where she served as Chairperson.
Mark Hagan, Chief Information Officer of AMN Healthcare, is responsible for all information technology infrastructure, operations, development, security, and program management operations. Read full bio
Mr. Hagan brings to AMN a tremendous amount of experience in systems integration and platform rationalization, innovation, and leading the enterprise technology execution and evolution for multiple acquisitions.
Prior to joining AMN, Mr. Hagan was Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of IT at Envision Healthcare, a diverse healthcare services and technology company and a leading provider of physician-led services, post-acute care, ambulatory surgery services, and related management services. Prior to Envision, Mark was IT Director at TeleTech, where he developed and executed the company’s IT strategy for expansion and global infrastructure, including deployments in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States.
He has experience driving and supporting major deployments of core business applications, leading digital transformations, and developing and launching new software products. Mr. Hagan is also dedicated to innovation: he has introduced robotic process automation, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and other forms of innovation to evolve and streamline operations.
Ralph Henderson, President of Professional Services and Staffing for AMN Healthcare, is responsible for leading client services and the sales and financial performance of AMN staffing businesses that comprise nurse, allied, and locum tenens. Read full bio
Mr. Henderson joined AMN as President, Nurse Staffing, in September 2007. In February 2009, he was appointed President, Nurse and Allied Staffing, and in February 2012, he was named President, Healthcare Staffing, as he assumed executive leadership for all temporary staffing divisions.
Prior to joining AMN, Mr. Henderson served as Senior Vice President, Group Executive, for Spherion, Inc., one of the largest commercial and professional staffing companies in the United States. Mr. Henderson started with Spherion in 1995 and held several leadership positions, including Regional Vice President and General Manager, Vice President of National Accounts, and Senior Vice President, Western Division.
Prior to Spherion, Mr. Henderson was employed by American Express for nine years; in his last role there he served as Vice President of Sales and Account Management in the Travel Management Services Division.
He is a three-time HRO Today Superstar and also a four-time honoree of Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) Staffing 100 list of industry leaders.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.
Dan White brings more than 25 years of professional experience in recruitment, product marketing and management, software development, executive leadership and venture capital. Read full bio
As President of Strategic Workforce Solutions, he is responsible for business development for the suite of AMN Healthcare workforce solutions, including the industry-leading Managed Services Programs (MSP), Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Strategic Accounts and Client Marketing teams.
As an industry pioneer and veteran, he is responsible for leading AMN top-ranked Managed Services Provider (MSP) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) businesses, while reshaping the way AMN delivers its workforce solutions to its diverse client base. Mr. White possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and has a proven track record in building innovative products to solve gaps in the marketplace and in implementing large scale RPO programs at companies including Convergys Corporation and IBM. He founded SkillSet Software in 1993 and has continued to build his career through sales and operational leadership roles across the industry. Mr. White is also a recognized industry spokesman, speaking regularly on the topic of workforce lifecycle management, recruitment best practices, human resources systems design and talent optimization, among other related topics. He received a BBA in Accounting from the University of San Diego in 1985.
Landry Seedig serves as Division President of Nursing, where he is responsible for leading sales and financial performance for the Travel Nurse, Local Staffing, Rapid Response, International and Labor Disruption Businesses. Read full bio
Demonstrating a proven ability to drive and manage large-scale business initiatives, as well as offering extensive experience in operations management, marketing, integrations and business development, Mr. Seedig has been in the healthcare staffing sector since 2001, and had worked in the IT staffing sector prior to that time. Mr. Seedig is passionate about helping team members achieve professional development goals, and takes an active role in AMN committees such as mentoring, traveler benefits, and government compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Texas A&M University.
Jeff Decker serves as Division President for our Locum Tenens service line and is responsible for the leadership of AMN locum tenens brands including Staff Care and Locum Leaders. Read full bio
Mr. Decker has been with the AMN organization for more than 15 years, most recently leading the Allied division, and he brings to AMN Healthcare a successful background in recruitment, operations management, marketing and brand development. Prior to joining the company, he was the President of Resources On Call, building the company from a regional resource to a national market segment leader. He has more than 20 years of experience with the healthcare industry, beginning with the branding of Humana while with McCann Erickson, the world’s largest and most globally experienced advertising network. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Robin Johnson serves as President, AMN Healthcare and is responsible for leading sales and financial performance. Robin brings to AMN more than 20 years of experience in the staffing industry across various functions, including recruitment operations, account management, marketing and sales. Read full bio
Ms. Johnson joins the AMN family from Yoh, a workforce solutions company, where she led 375 team members and was responsible for staffing, RPO, and managed service programs. Prior to Yoh, she served as Senior Vice President of Sales at Adecco.
Ms. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Southeast Missouri State University.
Kelly Rakowski, President of Leadership Solutions for AMN Healthcare, is responsible for leading the company's interim leadership, physician permanent placement, recruitment process outsourcing and executive search solutions.Read full bio
Ms. Rakowski’s experience includes a rich background in healthcare transformation. With over 25 years of healthcare-related consulting and services experience, she brings expertise in strategy, operations, performance improvement, and change management.
Previously, Ms. Rakowski was senior vice president of advisory and collaborative services at Premier, Inc. In this role, she led advisory services to healthcare organizations' operational transformation, population health, clinical quality and safety improvement. Ms. Rakowski also previously led healthcare consulting groups with several large firms, including EY/Capgemini, GE Healthcare, Accenture and Xerox. Ms. Rakowski has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Rochester and a master's degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.
To inquire about utilizing a member of the AMN leadership team for a speaking engagement or conference appearance, please email Jim Gogek, Corporate Communications, or call us directly at (858) 720-6259.
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