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Arnold E. Burchianti, II MPT
Chief Executive Officer
Founding Celtic Healthcare in 1996, Arnold E. Burchianti, II is the Chief Executive Officer of Celtic Healthcare. Combining his passion for both healthcare and technology, Arnie built a state-of-the art information technology system, which has been instrumental in Celtic Healthcare’s success and outstanding reputation for patient care. Arnie has successfully led the company through significant periods of growth and continues to expand the Celtic footprint through strategic acquisitions and expanded services. Under his team-centered, servant leadership model, Celtic Healthcare was named #1 Large Company in the 2007 “Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania” and was ranked #5 out of Pittsburgh’s 100 fastest growing companies by the Pittsburgh Business Times. In addition to his strategic leadership of Celtic, Arnie has earned recognition through a number of healthcare industry awards, as well as held a variety of prestigious positions in healthcare associations. He has been honored as a two-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and is a well-known national speaker on healthcare-related subjects. Arnie is a licensed Physical Therapist and an alumnus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, holding both a Bachelors Degree in Health Science, and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.
Kurt M. Baumgartel
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Kurt M. Baumgartel brings over a decade of experience in a variety of clinical aspects of home health agency operations, which reflects his comprehensive understanding of the issues affecting the homecare industry. In addition to providing direct supervision to a large staff of clinical personnel and managers, he has served as both the Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer for Celtic Healthcare. As COO, Kurt works closely with all divisions of Celtic Healthcare to assure that all efforts are focused on providing the absolute best care to Celtic’s patients. Kurt is active in several healthcare associations and has published articles and presented on numerous topics related to home healthcare. Kurt is an alumnus of Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.
Michael J. Eperesi
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Michael J. Eperesi is responsible for managing and supervising Celtic Healthcare’s financial and banking functions to ensure alignment with the organization’s overall strategic plan. Prior to joining Celtic Healthcare, Michael was CFO/Treasurer of a middle market company where his role included responsibility for financial management, business planning, material acquisition, management of new product development and new product logistic movements. Michael has also served as CFO of a design, print, manufacturing and distribution company where he was instrumental in guiding the company to improved financial performance. Michael is a graduate of St. Vincent College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Mathematics. While developing his career, Michael attended Duquesne University where he completed two Master’s Degree programs, one in Business Administration with a focus on developing financial and accounting expertise and another in Information Systems Management, focusing on global management of information technology hardware and software.
Vice President of Technology
As Vice President of Technology, Greg Teamann oversees the direction and development of all proprietary software systems, including CIBS (Celtic Integrated Business System), as well as all IT functions. Greg was instrumental in transitioning Celtic from utilizing external software vendors to supporting and developing all systems with an in-house team. Prior to joining Celtic in 2005, Greg was a system architecture and development consultant for several Pittsburgh-area companies and worked on commercial healthcare applications. Greg studied at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds a degree in Management of Information Systems.
Chief Human Resources Officer
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Christopher J. Kovski brings broad experience to Celtic Healthcare in all of human resources, from developing and implementing flexible workforces to adapting benefits to meet organizational objectives, as well as change management and organizational design experience. As a past labor and employment lawyer, Chris advised clients in public, private, and non-profit organizations in human resources and legal roles. Chris is SPHR certified. He holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Ohio University, Graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University College of Law, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mercyhurst College.
Vice President of Clinical Excellence
Barb Huston came on board with Celtic when we acquired Carlisle Regional Home Health in 2007. With over 30 years’ experience in performance improvement, quality assurance, and clinical education, Barb is responsible for the leadership, oversight, and implementation of performance improvement, quality/utilization management and staff development. She leads the Clinical Excellence Department in implementing programs to ensure attainment of continuous quality improvement in line with the strategic business plan for growth and sustained viability for home health and hospice services. Barb ensures compliance with all current regulations and industry standards for home health and hospice; ensures streamlined, efficient and coordinated performance improvement, staff development and quality/UM activities throughout the company; ensures accountability for identification of trends and follow through, reduces redundancy and maximizes focus and workload on priority areas. The Clinical Excellence Department allows for consistency and scalability as new markets are acquired and additional specialty programs are developed.
Michael D. Elias
Vice President of Physician Relations
Mike was promoted to Vice President of Physician Relations for Celtic Healthcare in 2012 after serving as Regional Director of Celtic Healthcare of Northeastern Pennsylvania d/b/a Hospice Community Care and HCC Home Health. As the leader of this acquired agency based in Kingston, PA, Mike oversaw a hospice and home health operation with revenues of over $11 million. With a healthcare career spanning three decades, Mike has a wide range of experience in three distinct healthcare operations – acute care, public health, and home health and hospice care. From 2002 through 2011, he led the growth of Hospice Community Care and HCC Home Health. In addition to leading the day-to-day home health and hospice operations, his accomplishments included physician recruitment and retention and a significant list of valued-added services and therapies focusing on patient comfort and satisfaction, including the development of a free-standing hospice inpatient unit. Mike completed his undergraduate studies at King’s College and Penn State University and graduate studies at Marywood University.
William D. Gammie
Vice President of Value-Based Care
Since 1999, Bill has been played an important role in Celtic’s innovation, growth and expansion. As Vice President of Value-Based Care, Bill is responsible for identifying creating, executing, and supporting the organization’s value-based health care strategy to ensure demonstrated client value, superior quality, strong customer satisfaction and compliance requirements, as well as yielding profitable annual revenue growth in alignment with Celtic’s organizational goals. Bill is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and is a certified professional in Health Information and Management Systems. (CPHMIS), which distinguishes him as a master of proven, broad-based industry concepts. Bill is an alumnus of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Management Systems. Bill also obtained a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Tonya Miller PT, DPT COS-C
Vice President of Home Health
In her role as Vice President of Home Health at Celtic, Tonya is the administrator for all home health operations and supervises multi-state interdisciplinary teams. In addition to her administrative role, Tonya coordinates the educational pathways for rehab services internally and provides external educational series related to a variety of topics in home health care, rehabilitation, and management. Tonya received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2007. Tonya is currently enrolled in a PhD program for administration and leadership at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been an active member of APTA since 1990 and served as the Home Health Section’s publication chair from 2006-2010. Presently, Tonya is the section’s Vice President and serves as the program chair for Combined Sections Meeting. Tonya has provided national presentations related to a wide variety of aspects of home health care topics. She has also had the opportunity to publish articles in several industry magazines including Caring Magazine and The Journal of Home Health Nurse. Finally, Tonya plays a very active role as a community volunteer leader. Tonya, along with another healthcare professional, founded PA Vent Camp in 1994. PA Vent Camp is a week-long camp for children who are ventilator dependent. The camp is free to the children and provides respite care for the children’s families. Tonya is a core team member and the Activities Director for the camp. Additionally, Tonya leads many of the organization’s fundraising efforts.
Kim Kranz, RN, BSN, MS, CHPCA
Vice President of Hospice
As Vice President for Hospice and Palliative Care at Celtic, Kim supports our Hospice Operations Managers, Supervisors, Medical Directors and staff across our entire organization through development of policies, processes and protocols, management of the ever-changing legal and regulatory requirements for hospice and palliative services, and strategic hospice growth initiatives. Kim received her BSN from Syracuse University and obtained a Master of Science degree majoring in Community Health Nursing with a minor in Administration from Pace University. In 2012, she obtained national board certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator. Kim serves as an Instructor at Pennsylvania State University. She has served on the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) Board of Directors and is currently a member of their Education Committee.
Director of Corporate Communications
As Director of Corporate Communications for Celtic Healthcare, Jodi McKinney oversees all communications, marketing, and PR initiatives at Celtic Healthcare. This function spans internal communications; marketing communications; media relations; public affairs; reputation management; brand management; and content management for internal and external websites and other communications. In this position, Jodi serves as the primary contact for media relations and public affairs for Celtic Healthcare. Jodi began her career at Celtic as Executive Assistant to the CEO, and through her communications strengths and strong work ethic, was promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing, Director of Business Development, and then to her current position as Director of Corporate Communications. Fueled by her passion for the Celtic team, she is working to build a strong corporate culture and create a presence for Celtic Healthcare as the benchmark for in-home healthcare and hospice excellence. Some of Jodi’s training, background and experience includes: prior sales and sales team management, speaking at national conferences, and adult continuing education, including graduation from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business MBA Essentials Program.
Debra M. Studeny, RN
Director of Interim Management
Debra Studeny serves as the Director of Interim Management. It is Deb’s responsibility to provide interim and/or remedial executive leadership, coaching, mentoring, management and training to the organization’s home health and hospice regional leaders. Deb works with members of Celtic’s Transition Team to facilitate the successful transition and integration of newly acquired providers to ensure corporate culture, CORE values, profitability and quality standards are achieved, including management of the provider until a new leadership team is established or integrated with an existing one. Deb has served in various supervisory and management roles in home healthcare since 1997. She joined Celtic Healthcare in May 2002 as Nurse Manager, performing a variety of clinical and administrative duties. In addition to managing Celtic’s nursing team, Deb has led Celtic’s Outcomes Based Quality Improvements and Monitoring (OBQI/OBQM) efforts. Deb graduated from West Penn Hospital School of Nursing and has been a Registered Nurse since 1987.
Senior Informatics Analyst
As Senior Informatics Analyst for Celtic Healthcare, Sean Hunt bolsters business intelligence throughout the company – contributing his passion for health informatics together with proven expertise in performance improvement. Sean has a variety of local, statewide, and national experience in multiple healthcare settings, primarily homecare quality improvement. Since joining Celtic in 2008, Sean has streamlined the reporting of clinical and financial performance indicators across the organization. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Public Management Degree from the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University. Informatics Analyst