Tripp Umbach has cultivated relationships with national and international renowned experts with the depth and breadth of experience to provide valuable insights to the markets we serve.

Dr. Annie Hunt Burriss

Dr. Burriss is known for her ingenuity, integrity, and innovative leadership in higher education and economic development. The White House, National Governors Association, and the Pew Charitable Trusts have recognized her work. She was named to the list of the 100 most influential leaders in Georgia and Atlanta for five consecutive years.

She is a connector who catalyzes strategic collaborations among business, government, academic, and philanthropic leaders and their sectors. She combines her expertise in academic, health, and economic eco-systems with the remarkable analytics of Tripp Umbach. She helps clients create personalized economic designs and smart blueprints to guide them to build capacity and communities through jobs, wealth creation, and quality of life factors.

Her background provides a rich mix of multidisciplinary experiences and education. She served as CEO of the science and technology campus of the largest research university in Virginia and as a Georgia Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for policy, legislative affairs, and executive appointments. She led economic development for the University System of Georgia and pioneered the electric transportation program for the nation’s largest investor owned utility. An entrepreneur, she has founded four non-profit enterprises.

Dr. Burriss earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech. In addition, she earned fine arts degrees from Stephens and Sullins Colleges.

Kenneth J. Ryan, M.D.

Kenneth J. Ryan is a medical microbiologist who has also served as a medical school dean.  He is certified as a specialist in medical microbiology by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) and the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM).  In 1972, following military service, Dr. Ryan was recruited by the then newly formed University of Arizona College of Medicine to establish infectious disease diagnostic services at their university hospital in Tucson.  He later directed the entire Clinical Laboratory Service at University Medical Center.  Dr. Ryan has served in multiple leadership positions in hospital (Director, Executive Committee), physician practice plan (Trustee, Treasurer), and university (see below) administrations.

The diagnosis and pathogenesis of bacterial and fungal diseases has been Dr. Ryan’s teaching and research focus.  He has published over 150 papers and book chapters in these fields and has been recognized nationally by membership on expert committees of the ABP, ABMM, the National Institutes of Health, and the editorial board of multiple pathology and microbiology journals.  In 1984, he became an author of the standard medical microbiology text for medical students and with the 3rd edition (1994), took over as editor of Sherris Medical Microbiology now in its 6th edition. The 7th edition will be published by McGraw-Hill in 2018.

Academically, Dr. Ryan holds the rank of Professor of Immunobiology and Emeritus Professor of Pathology and Microbiology.  In 2000, he moved into academic administration as Dean for Academic Affairs with oversight for all student, faculty, and educational programs of the UA College of Medicine.  In that role he led the development of a newly integrated curriculum which is now accessed by medical students and faculty through classroom and online vehicles.  Between 2001 and 2004, Dr. Ryan also served as Interim Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the College of Medicine.  Until his UA retirement in 2007, he played a leading role in planning the expansion of the College of Medicine to a four-year campus in Phoenix.  He is still teaching medical students, writing, and now consulting with groups seeking to create new medical schools, to expand existing medical schools, or to restructure academic medical centers.  A passionate opera fan, Dr. Ryan has given preview lectures prior to performances of the Arizona Opera Company for over 20 years.

Patricia St. Germain

Patricia St. Germain joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine Administration as associate dean for administrative and financial affairs in 1988 after serving as director of finance and administration in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She served as associate vice president for health sciences for five years.  In turn, she participated in several research projects in Africa under USAID and Fulbright sponsorships. She has chaired the Arizona Health Sciences Finance Committee and served on the University Finance Committee.  Patricia has served on the University’s Strategic Planning and Budget Advising Committee, the University's Finance Committee for its North Central accreditation process and the Council for Academic Business Officers.  While in the College of Medicine, she was a member of the Dean’s Executive Council, the Dean's Research Council, and chaired the College of Medicine educational resources committee for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education through two accreditation processes. She has worked intensely on financial and administrative matters pertaining to the expansion of University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix from visioning through final budget approval from the Arizona state legislature.

With a Master of Science in Management and Policy and a degree in Accounting from University of Arizona, Patricia has presented workshops at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for the Group on Senior Women in Medicine; the Group on Medical Education; been a member of various committees at the AAMC and completed a term as national president of the Group on Business Affairs.  She has been a contributing author in Academic Medicine publications: Gender differences in academic advancement;  supporting the academic mission in an era of constrained resources; and Timing of revenue streams from newly recruited faculty: implications for faculty recruitment.

Currently, Patricia serves as a financial and management consultant with the College of Medicine, University of Arizona and as a member of the Tripp Umbach team providing input and analysis for the feasibility of new and expanding medical schools.  Recent projects have been with the Commonwealth Medical School of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Medical College of Georgia, University of Texas Tech, University of St Thomas, and King College. 

Eric Anthony Johnson, PHD

Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson is both an accomplished executive and urban redevelopment entrepreneur, consistently delivering results by leveraging a solid academic, real estate, community development, and policy background. By applying strong business acumen and leadership talents, Eric is as much at home building organizations through his enthusiastic energy, collaborative approach, and trust management as he is in making key contributions to real estate, community, and economic development strategy at any level. Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson is a driven consummate executive whose career evidences exceptional leadership skills combined with a strong background in change management and operational transformations. He can bring game-changing approaches, solutions, and perspectives to the table due to his past experience in creating innovative, high impact organizations. Dr. Johnson is a proven difference-maker and change agent who knows how to deliver solutions by crafting vision and executing strategy that leads to concrete results.

Dr. Johnson has a broad range of redevelopment experience having worked on urban development projects and issues in the Northeast, Midwest, South, and Southeastern regions of the United States. Dr. Johnson is continually energized by challenging opportunities and the pursuit of excellence and is a lifelong learner who values creativity, leadership, challenges, and opportunities to inspire people to achieve higher levels of success. As a seasoned urban development professional that has experienced both success and failure, Dr. Johnson knows firsthand the commitment and sacrifice required to assist communities in developing strategies for economic success. He is well versed and knowledgeable of the overall context of urban development in America and has testified before the United States Congress on community development initiatives and is an active contributor to several professional affiliations. 

Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy where his dissertation examined the impact of Black Mayor community development spending in the cities of Detroit, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. He is also an Alumnus of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate; the Harvard University Business School Real Estate Management Program; the Harvard JFK School of Government Public Trust Executive Leadership Training and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional. 

Dr. Barbara J. Terry, RN, BSN, MS, D. Min.

Dr. Barbara J. Terry recently retired as Vice President, Mission Effectiveness and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at PinnacleHealth System, Harrisburg PA.

Formerly, Dr. Terry was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Institute for Healthy Communities, affiliate organization of the Hospital and Health System Association of PA, serving as the catalyst for creating, linking, and supporting over 100 community-based partnerships and nearly 200 health systems working to improve population health and quality of life in communities across Pennsylvania.

As Chief Diversity Officer, she was responsible to create an environment for patients, visitors, employees and caregivers where the uniqueness of all races, ethnicities, colors, religions, beliefs, abilities, appearances, genders, and sexual orientation are understood, respected and welcomed. She implemented a diversity and inclusion vision and mission for Pinnacle Health System ensuring compliance with national Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards and JCAHO requirements.

Dr. Terry led Pinnacle Health’s efforts in adopting culturally and linguistically appropriate health care practices throughout the system, continually enhancing sensitivity and responsiveness to the clinical and cultural interests, needs and expectations of patients, the development of creative solutions to identified community health priorities and challenges and expanded the diversity and inclusion of the workforce.

Dr. Terry embarked upon a relentless pursuit to advance diversity and inclusion across the community and regionally through a plethora of initiatives aimed at making cultural competence a strategic priority and ensuring the delivery of culturally competent patient care. She effectively engaged diverse, vulnerable communities and over 200 community organizations to measurably improve population health through an integrated care delivery approach with electronic reporting and patient tracking mechanisms to share information among health centers, identify super-utilizers, address barriers to access and ensure safe, quality care. Success measures included decreased 30 day hospital readmissions, decreased non-urgent emergency room visits and overall cost/case and improved prevention education and early intervention among community health centers, senior living facilities and the faith community.

Dr. Terry served in progressive roles as Chief Nursing Officer and Assistant Executive Director, Patient Services, responsible for the nursing and clinical/ancillary services at Frick Hospital (Excela Health) and as Vice President, Improvement Services at VHA. She received her BSN from Pennsylvania State University, her MS degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Health Services Management, a Masters and Doctorate Degree from Andersonville Theological Institute.

Dr. Terry has received numerous awards to include the Dr. Claude E Nichols Medical Award, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC Business Diversity Champion Award, the United Way of the Capital Region Spirit of the Community Award and the Martin Luther King “Keeper of the Dream” Award.