JEF WILLIAMS, MBA, PMP, CIIP
Jef Williams is Managing Partner at Paragon Consulting Partners LLC, leading several service lines including Advisory, Enterprise Imaging, and Ancillary Services. His background as a leader at GE and COO at Ascendian Consulting, combined with more than 15 years of Healthcare IT experience, has provided him with a diverse and creative approach to problem-solving and solution design. He specializes in assisting organizations with organizational strategy, operational improvement, software design and selection, and enterprise imaging deployment initiatives. Jef contributes to the industry at-large as a member of the AHRA, IHE, and by participating in the HIMSS-SIIM working group.
VAL KAPITULA, RT(R), PMP, CIIP
Val is a Partner at Paragon Consulting Partners, LLC, leading the Cardiovascular initiatives and supporting the Enterprise Imaging service line. He is a highly motivated professional with over 19 years of Healthcare/Health IT experience in clinical system assessments, procurement, implementation, and support. His leadership and clinical experience in the Enterprise Imaging space has consistently delivered successful results in every Healthcare IT project. Val contributes to the ongoing evolution of project management best practices through active participation in the Project Management Institution (PMI).
BARBARA SMITH, RT(R)(CT)(M), PMP, CIIP
Barbara is a Partner at Paragon Consulting Partners, LLC and an active member of AHRA. With over 25 years in the Medical Imaging space and an unparalleled understanding of the needs of clinical staff and care providers, she oversees the Radiologic and Women's Imaging service lines. Her knowledge of clinical systems, and their impact on daily workflows, makes her an invaluable asset to clinical system selection, implementation, and optimization.
Laurie Lafleur, MBA, CIIP
Laurie is a Senior Consultant at Paragon Consulting Partners, LLC. Having worked with care providers and vendors across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, she brings more than 17 years of relevant experience in software engineering, product marketing, and business strategy within the healthcare IT and imaging informatics industries. With her deep technological expertise and thorough understanding of the healthcare landscape and marketplace, she provides healthcare organizations and vendors with valuable guidance regarding technology selection, quality process, and interoperability best practices that result in efficient, scalable, and secure enterprise solutions and integrations. Laurie gives back to the healthcare and technology industries alike by participating in the IHE Radiology and HIMSS-SIIM working groups, and serving as a technical advisor on an academic Software & Electronics Engineering advisory board.
Larry A. Ranahan, MBA
Larry is a Senior Consultant at Paragon Consulting Partners, LLC, with over 40 years of hands-on leadership experience spanning governmental, academic, clinical, and practice management settings in the public, private, and vendor sectors. He supports the team with his extensive knowledge in the implementation and use of enterprise and departmental imaging solutions that deliver measurable operational and service delivery improvements. His focus is on identifying and implementing innovative solutions for improving the availability and quality of medical imaging data to enhance care delivery processes and outcomes for all stakeholders, especially the patient. Larry serves as an At-Large Public Member for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), Data and Information Technology Advisory Committee (DITAC), providing insights based on his industry experience in support of ABMS’s continuous, collective data improvement efforts.