Martin A. Bieber enjoyed a career spanning over forty years, most of it was as a healthcare executive. He retired as President and CEO of the Kennedy Health System in Southern New Jersey in 2013. During his eight years at Kennedy he lead the repositioning of this 800 bed health system to be recognized as one of the better quality providers in its market, while substantially improving its financial performance at a time of historic challenge. Key accomplishments at Kennedy include: substantially improving patient care quality as measured by the Joint Commission, developing Orthopedics as a center of excellence with the Rothman Institute, developing Kennedy as South Jersey’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center in partnership with the Jefferson Neurosciences Program and substantially improving the institution’s financial performance from 2% to greater than 12%.
Previously, he served as Sr. VP and COO of St. Francis Hospital, the Heart Center, Roslyn, New York for 14 years, and 12 years at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Mr. Bieber is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Bancroft, a leading nonprofit provider of specialized services for individuals with autism, brain injuries and other intellectual or developmental disabilities serving the Delaware Valley region. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Patient Access Network Foundation, which provides grants to patients who cannot afford their medication therapy. Mr. Bieber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with an accounting major, from Bernard Baruch College in New York City and a Master’s Degree in Professional Studies, majoring in healthcare administration, from the New School for Social Research in New York City. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
It is Mr. Bieber’s experience that Leadership Skills/Competencies can be learned. He believes that a College student can acquire sufficient Leadership Competencies to enable him/her to be sufficiently equipped to: obtain the necessary academic credentials for their chosen career path, develop an effective position search strategy and successfully implement said strategy to secure an appropriate business opportunity in the student’s chosen career path. Furthermore, good leadership skills will enable an individual to distinguish themselves from their colleagues, to provide a better probability of career success.
Walt MacDonald is the President and CEO of Educational Testing Service, the world’s largest nonprofit educational research and assessment organization.
MacDonald began his ETS career in 1984 and led nearly every major area of the organization before being appointed President and CEO in 2014. His highest priority is achieving ETS’s mission to advance quality and equity in education for all learners regardless of their circumstances. In the United States, ETS collaborates with such organizations as the College Board and the US DoE. Its global priorities include working with students, teachers and ministries of education to improve education and English language learning.
A believer in the transformational power of learning, MacDonald credits education with giving direction to his life and career. After earning an associate degree in science at Camden County Community College, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Rutgers–Camden and a doctorate in ecology at Rutgers University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Chris Minster is the General Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Product Development Center (APDC) in Camden, NJ. The APDC is part of the Lockheed Martin, Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors (IWSS) line of business, with over 300 people supporting two major program areas. The APDC is engaged in developing a new solid state, Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) for the US Missile Defense Agency, and in the total integration of the Aegis Combat System and Aegis Ships for the US Navy, PEO for Integrated Warfare Systems.
Mr. Minster also serves as the senior manager for the Ship Integration & Test organization and programs in Lockheed Martin’s, Mission Systems & Training (MST) business area. Ship Integration & Test directly manages three contracts and employs 275 people in 11 domestic and international locations, including operations in Camden NJ, Washington DC, Bath ME, Pascagoula MS, San Diego CA, Norfolk VA, Port Hueneme CA, Syracuse NY, Chinhae, Republic of Korea, Adelaide Australia and Deveselu Romania. He and his team are responsible for the development of Aegis and surface combatant, combat system to ship interface designs, waterfront installation, integration and testing on all Aegis ships and related platforms.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Minster held various Ship Integration & Test, organization and program positions including both domestic and international areas of Ship Integration & Test. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1999, Mr. Minster served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. His ship tours include USS John L Hall (FFG 32), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Doyle (FFG 39) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). He also served in the Office of Naval Intelligence as an air-defense intelligence analyst with SPEAR. Mr. Minster received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University, with studies in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management.
Rob Simmons, Dr.PH, MPH, MCHES, CPH
Rob Simmons has been a public health educator and health promotion leader for 44 years working with government, community health organizations, private health foundations, healthcare organizations and academic public health programs in California, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Latin America. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health. Dr. Simmons’ professional background and research interests are in chronic disease health promotion and disease prevention, public health policy and advocacy, health literacy, and global health. Dr. Simmons is engaged in a multi-year hospital and community-based health literacy initiative funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Rob is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in Public and Global Health. Rob’s has served in public health and community leadership roles throughout his long career. Rob’s leadership style involves active engagement to develop and sustain collaborative initiatives.