About Us

Our HistoryWe put customers first. It works for us.

We started Healthcare IT Leaders in 2011 with a “customer first” philosophy that guides everything we do. Since that time, we’ve helped a lot of large hospitals and health systems meet their EMR and ICD-10 talent challenges, and we’ve matched hundreds of highly qualified IT professionals to great jobs.

Along the way, we’ve won a few awards for our outstanding workforce culture, and we’ve given back to others in our community — a core value that’s important to us.

Our talented team has a depth of experience in healthcare, IT recruitment and consulting that’s hard to match. Some of us have been doing this for a long (long) time for some of the largest companies in the world. It’s what we do best, and it’s what we love to do.

Our Team

Bob Bailey Bob Bailey Principal and Founder
Bob Bailey was previously a co-founder and principal at the consulting and IT services firm B2B Workforce, where he developed strategic partnerships with SAP America, Accenture, IBM, Deloitte and BearingPoint. In 2007, the company was ranked on the INC 5,000 as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and was acquired by Vedior (now Randstad), a $30B global staffing solutions company. Previously, he was a partner at Atlanta-based ICON Search and Consulting, acquired in 1998 by Acsys, Inc. Bob has a BBA from the University of Georgia.
Brad Elster Brad Elster Principal
Brad was previously President of B2B Workforce, a Randstad company. Prior to that, he was VP of Sales at the same firm. He joined B2B from PremierHR, where he was Director of Business Development. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Ted Justiss Ted Justiss Chief Operating Officer
Ted Justiss was previously Chief Operating Officer for B2B Workforce, where he oversaw recruiting operations, vendor management, and client development. Prior to joining B2B, he was the Southeastern Division President for Acsys, Inc., a national IT and Finance staff augmentation firm. Ted began his career with Deloitte and Touche as a CPA. He has a BBA from the University of Georgia.
Bruce Wideberg Bruce Wideberg SVP NE
Bruce leads the Healthcare IT Leaders Boston office and brings nearly three decades of staffing and consulting services leadership experience to Healthcare IT Leaders. Most recently, he was President N.A. at Vedior, a $30B global HR services company (acquired by Randstad in 2008), where he led a variety of U.S. acquisitions along with organic growth strategies. Prior to that he was CEO N.A. of Sapphire Technologies, one of the largest IT staffing and consulting firms in the US. Bruce is a graduate of Clarion (PA) University.
Frank Speidel, MD, MBA Frank Speidel, MD, MBA Chief Medical Officer
As CMO, Dr. Speidel draws on his 30+ years of hospital leadership and clinical experience. Previously, he was CEO of St. Luke's Hospital at the Vintage in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, he was CMO at Memorial Hermann Northeast in Houston, and held senior medical leadership positions at Mount Nittany Medical Center (PA) and Roxborough Memorial Hospital (PA). He also served as a Senior Medical Officer on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, during Operation Desert Shield.

Trained and Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Speidel was a Chief of Emergency Medicine at hospitals in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, and holds an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from the Wharton School.
Michael Cooper Michael Cooper VP, Quality Assurance and Testing
An acknowledged global thought leader in QAT, Michael was previously the software QA and Testing evangelist for HP Software. Prior to that, he was Sr. Director for IT Quality Assurance at T-Mobile USA, where he led a group of 500+ QAT professionals. He holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a BA from the University of Florida.
Dr. Keith Marsh Dr. Keith Marsh SVP Public Sector
Keith leads government contracting and public sector activity for the company. He has held executive leadership roles for Systems Integrators such as IBM and SAIC, as well as, small businesses supporting Fortune 500, Healthcare, and Government clients. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California Coast University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from California Coast University.
Alex Gramling Alex Gramling Chief Marketing Officer
Alex brings over 20 years of healthcare marketing experience to Healthcare IT Leaders. He was previously VP of Marketing at the specialty pharmacy division of Express Scripts. He has also held management roles at several venture-backed, health startups, including drugstore.com. Alex holds a BA from the University of Georgia and an MS from Miami University of Ohio.
Ray Kelly Ray Kelly Chief Analytics Officer
With more than 20 years of experience in enterprise analytics and business intelligence, Ray joined Healthcare IT Leaders from B2B Workforce, where he was a VP, specializing in SAP and BusinessObjects delivery and implementation. He has also held IT management positions at The Coca-Cola Company and Deloitte Consulting. Ray is a graduate of Trenton State College.
Kathy Pilkey Kathy Pilkey National Sales Director
Kathy Pilkey joined Healthcare IT Leaders from SmartSearch, an independent staffing consultancy, which she owned and operated. Prior to that, she held senior account executive and recruitment positions at Management Recruiters International (MRI) and Jackson and Coker. Kathy has a BBA in Marketing from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.
Rory Calnan Rory Calnan Client Advisor
Rory previously worked in Business Development for Cervello, a leading service provider for business analytics, performance management and data management solutions. He holds a BS in Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire.
Carter Torrey Carter Torrey Managing Director, Perm and Executive Search
Carter started his career in staffing as a Permanent Placement Recruiter for Core Medical Group, where he was an 8x Recruiter of the Month. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College, where he played varsity lacrosse.
Taylor Santos Taylor Santos National Sales Director
Taylor joined Healthcare IT Leaders from Legacy Marketing of Boston, where he worked as a corporate trainer. He holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Worcester State University, where he was a four-year Defensive End starter on the football team.
Erik Mesquita Erik Mesquita Consultant Advisor
Erik was previously an Account Executive at MAS Medical Staffing, a leading national staffing company specializing in perm, travel and per diem healthcare staffing. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business and Managerial Economics from Bentley University.
Neika Powell Neika Powell Consultant Advisor
Neika joined Healthcare IT Leaders from Hire Velocity, where she was Team Lead Recruiter. Prior to that she was a Program Coordinator at the Georgia Cancer Foundation. She holds an AA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta.
Andy Bryant Andy Bryant Consultant Advisor
Andy has worked in technical recruiting for nearly 20 years, most recently as a Senior Resource Manager at eCommQuest. Prior to that he held resource management and recruiting roles at B2B Workforce and Acsys IT. He has a BS in Economics from Auburn University.
Justin Couch Justin Couch Consultant Advisor
Justin came to Healthcare IT Leaders from Assurgent Medical Solutions, a retained physician search firm, where he was Director of Physician Recruitment. Prior to that, he was a Staffing Manager at Robert Half International. He has an MBA from Troy University and a BS in Finance from Jacksonville State University.
Lindsey Gray Lindsey Gray Consultant Advisor
Lindsey joined Healthcare IT Leaders from Locum Leaders, a national physician staffing firm, where she was a Recruiting Specialist and Travel Coordinator. She has a BA in Psychology from Bennett College.
Matt Kasperzak Matt Kasperzak Consultant Advisor
Matt began his career directly out of college as a Consultant Advisor at Healthcare IT Leaders. He is a graduate of the University of Denver.
Dimple Kochikar Dimple Kochikar Consultant Advisor
Dimple joined Healthcare IT Leaders from B2B Workforce, where she worked for nearly a decade as a recruiter and resource manager. She also leads SAP recruitment at Healthcare IT Leader's sister firm, RunE2E.
Christine Woods Christine Woods Consultant Advisor
Christine previously worked as a Recruiting Specialist for Hire Up Consulting. Prior to that she held the position of Media Director for Revolution Church, drawing on her background in marketing and video production. She has a BS in Communications and Broadcasting from the University of Tennessee.
Becky Suid Becky Suid Talent Acquisition Specialist
Becky joined Healthcare IT Leaders from Navicure, a SaaS revenue cycle management solutions company for office-based physicians, and prior to that, she held various recruiting positions at PwC. She holds a B.S. from the University of Georgia.
Philip West Philip West Talent Acquisition Specialist
Philip previously worked at Patriot Technical Consulting, a staffing firm specializing in engineering and design jobs. Before that, he was a staffing manager for OfficeTeam, a business development manager at Symphony Services and a loan officer. Phil has an Associate of Business Administration from Hesser College.
Trish Brashear Trish Brashear Account Manager
Trish brings a wealth of IT recruitment experience to Healthcare IT Leaders. She previously held account and program management roles at Elevated Resources and B2B Workforce. Trish studied Journalism and English at Temple University.
Tai Halfmann Tai Halfmann Delivery Manager
Tai previously led customer care for RunE2E. Prior to that, she worked for SAP as a Resource Manager and CRM Consultant. She has also held consulting positions at Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloitte Consulting. Tai earned a BBA in Marketing from Georgia State University.
Deirdre Kurnett Deirdre Kurnett Logistics Manager
Deirdre previously directed Marketing for Doremi Technologies in Burbank, CA. She has also held marketing and client services roles for NBC News and Spirit Aviation. She holds a BS in Business Adminstration and Management from the University of Redlands.
Jaime Grimes Jaime Grimes Director of Content Strategy
Jaime previously led content and social media for RentPath (formerly Primedia), a national network of leading real estate websites. She is an award-winning former journalist who has developed blogs for real estate, insurance and staffing companies. Jaime holds a BA in English from Valdosta State University.
Anne Warner Anne Warner Controller
Anne joined Healthcare IT Leaders from DaCosta Global, Inc., where she was Director of Operations. Prior to that she worked as an Auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense. Anne has a BA in Economics and Financial Management from Hood College.
Lana Stepka Lana Stepka Accounting Associate
Lana worked previously in The Hague, Netherlands, where she was a Registrar at the ABF International Sports Club. Prior to that she worked as an Accounting Bookeeper for Margida & Associates and as a Corporate Trainer for Bowne. Lana holds a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Akron.
Susan Galbreath Susan Galbreath Human Resources
Susan directs HR for Healthcare IT Leaders and its sister company, Run Consultants. Prior to that, she was Controller for Locum Leaders, and Director of Finance at Ballard Designs, a leading national home goods retailer. Susan is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Alabama.

Working Here

Best Staffing firms to work forWorking hereNamed one of the Best Places to Work in Atlanta and One of the Best Staffing Firms to Work For, Healthcare IT Leaders is always on the lookout for recruitment and sales pros who thrive in a fast-paced, fun work environment. In addition to a great office space and friendly coworkers, we offer a strong benefits package (health insurance, retirement plan, paid gym membership), competitive pay and growth opportunities in an exciting business backed by experienced industry professionals.

Sound interesting? Send a current resume and cover letter to HITcareers@healthcareitleaders.com. If you are a consultant seeking a contract healthcare IT job, use our online job board to see current positions or submit a resume.

Giving Back

We care about the communities in which we work and promote giving back and volunteerism as core values of our company. Annually, a percentage of our profit is donated to one or more charitable organizations chosen by our employees. Recent recipients of corporate donations include St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Camp Sunshine, the Livestrong Foundation, The Jimmy Fund and the Christmas Tree Santas, among others.

Giving Back

Healthcare IT Leaders actively encourages employee involvement in non-profit causes and service projects. Employees can receive paid time off for volunteer activities.