Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Medical Equipment Planning

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April 1, 2021

From department renovations to complex medical centers, the women of our Medical Equipment Planning team use future-forward tech while providing the highest quality of service. 

As we continue our Women of R&B series, meet our team of expert Medical Equipment Planners:

Medical Equipment Planning: 

Jessica Lunardi

Role: Procurement Manager 

Location: Chicago (Northbrook) Office 

Jessica Lunardi leads our Procurement Team in our Medical Equipment Planning Division, and she recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary!

Mary Niles 

Role: Senior Procurement Project Manager 

Location: Chicago (Northbrook) Office 

Mary Niles is a Senior Procurement Project Manager with our Medical Equipment team. Mary joined Mitchell Planning more than 45 years ago and was the first employee of Mitchell and Associates.

Kelly Kirkpatrick 

Role: Procurement Project Manager

Location: Florida

Kelly Kirkpatrick is a Procurement Project Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning Team.

Mischelle Keenan 

Role: QC Database Manager

Location: Chicago (Northbrook) Office

Mischelle Kennan is our QC Database Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning team and expert on our internal planning tool!

Lisa Charrin 

Role: Vice President of Medical Equipment Planning

Location: Texas

Lisa Charrin is a Vice President with our Medical Equipment Planning Team, and she leads our MD Anderson client and team!

Robin Freiberger 

Role: Vice President of Medical Equipment Planning

Location: Florida

Robin Freiberger is a Vice President with our Medical Equipment Planning team for our Southwest Region. Robin is an expert in the healthcare field and known for building client relationships.

Jennifer Lieb 

Role: Senior Manager

Location: Colorado

Jennifer Lieb is a Senior Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning team.

Laura Pinkonsly 

Role: Senior Project Manager

Location: Chicago

Laura Pinkonsly is a Senior Project Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning team.

Carolyn Carey

Role: Project Manager

Location: Chicago (Northbrook) Office

Carolyn Carey is a Project Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning Team. Carolyn is passionate about employee engagement and leading teams to help make our clients successful.

Alexandra Faugeras 

Role: Senior Project Manager

Location: Florida

Alexandra is a Project Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning Team in the Miami area. Alexandra is passionate about leadership development, organization, and exceeding expectations.

Catherine Gambacorta 

Role: Senior Medical Equipment Planner

Location: Chicago (Northbrook) Office

Cathy Gambacorta is a Senior Medical Equipment Planner, and fun fact, a former nurse!

Michelle Briggs 

Role: Project Coordinator

Location: Florida

Michelle Briggs is a Project Coordinator with our Medical Equipment Planning team.

Cheryl Swanson 

Role: Project Coordinator

Location: Chicago (Northbrook) Office

Cheryl Swanson is a Project Coordinator with our Medical Equipment Planning Team and the go-to contact for our Chicago office.

Emma Topor 

Role: Senior Project Coordinator 

Location: Arizona

Emma Toper is a Senior Project Coordinator with our Medical Equipment Planning team.

Maria Gonzalez 

Role: Senior Medical Equipment Planner

Location: Texas

Maria Gonzales is a Senior Medical Equipment Planner with our Medical Equipment Planner. She enjoys the diversity across projects and clients. In her words, “No two clients are the same. Each have their own set of challenges.” Her work inspiration comes from making an impact in people’s lives through facilitating healthcare with medical equipment. 

Outside of work, she is most proud of her two boys. Her favorite hobbies are home decor, running, and spending quality time with her family. Her top bucket list goal is to learn how to meditate. In one word, she describes herself as “dedicated.” 

Kim Wells 

Role: Procurement Project Manager

Location: Chicago (Northbrook) Office

Kim Wells is a Procurement Project Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning Team. She enjoys the variety; learning about medical products, the healthcare industry, and developing relationships with clients. Her work is inspired by the patients who will benefit from the equipment.

She is most proud of her family, especially her and her husband, who have raised two compassionate and hard working young adults. She enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, and reading. Her top bucket list goal is to go on an African Safari. In one word, she describes herself as “genuine”.

Shelby Giesler  

Role: BIM Planner

Location: Missouri

Shelby Gielser is a BIM Planner with our Medical Equipment Planning Team and is a DIY/crafting guru!

Mary Menard 

Role: Senior Manager

Location: Chicago (Northbrook) Office

Mary Kelly Menard is a Project Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning team. Mary Kelly is organized and does what it takes to lead the team and her clients.

Kim Dufrene 

Role: Senior Procurement Project Manager

Location: Houston Office

Kim Dufrene is a Senior Procurement Project Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning team. She enjoys meeting new clients and building long-lasting relationships with them. Her team and coworkers inspire her. 

Outside of work, she is most proud of her family and grandchildren. Her favorite hobby is gardening. In one word, she is described as “dependable”. 

Deborah Costanza 

Role: Senior Procurement Project Manager

Location: Pennsylvania

Debbie Costanza is a Senior Procurement Project Manager with our Medical Equipment planning Team. At work, she likes building relationships with clients and vendors while being self-sufficient. Debbie’s work is inspired by knowing the end result of a project will help others.

Outside of work, she enjoys ice skating. Her top bucket list goal is to help all animals in need. In one word, she describes herself as “kind”. 

Dale Palmer 

Role: Regional Director

Location: Atlanta

Dale Palmer is a Regional Director in our Medical Equipment Planning team.

Haiyan Zhang 

Role: BIM Planner

Location: Houston Office

Haiyan Zhang is a BIM Planner with our Medical Equipment Team.

Billie Brush 

Role: Business Development Director

Location: Washington

Billie Brush is our Business Development Director for the Northwest Region for our Medical Equipment Planning Team. Billie is one of the newest members of the R&B team. Billie is a go-getter and we are excited to have her!

Karen Ventura 

Role: Senior Manager

Location: Minnesota

Karen Ventura is a Senior Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning Team.

Karen Nimon 

Role: Director of Production Resources

Location: Houston Office

Karen Nimon is our Director of Production Resources with our Medical Equipment Planning Team. When it comes to her role, she is passionate about building a team and making work more rewarding. She is proud of her upcoming 30 year work anniversary, and her work is inspired by her coworkers, especially the extra teamwork during the pandemic. 

Outside of work, she enjoys watching the sunset, star-gazing, and walking on the beach. Her top bucket list goal is to see the Aurora Borealis. In her own words, she describes herself “hopeful”. 

Pamela Stemen 

Role: Database Specialist

Location: Kentucky

Pamela Stemen is a Database Specialist with our Medical Equipment Planning Team. She is a wiz at building databases!

Brooke Fairbank 

Role: Project Manager

Location: Atlanta

Brooke Fairbank is a Project Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning Team.

Megan Patronella 

Role: Medical Equipment Planner

Location: Houston Office

Megan Patronella is a Medical Equipment Planner and loves the moment when a project is complete and her clients walk through the new space with smiles like “little kids on Christmas morning”. She holds a Certification of International Business Practices, and she is most proud of her recent promotion to Medical Equipment Planner.

Her work is inspired by her family, specifically her hardworking mom teaching her the value of dedication and crushing your goals. Outside of work, her favorite hobbies are working out and exploring new places to eat in the Houston area. Her top goal is to become a CEO one day. In one word, she would describe herself as “goofy”.

Dawn Leyendecker 

Role: Senior Manager

Location: Houston Office

Dawn Leydecker is a Senior Manager with our Medical Equipment Planning Team.

Joan Warrick 

Role: Medical Equipment Planner

Location: Tennessee

Joan Warrick is a Medical Equipment Planning with our Medical Equipment Planning Team.

Tae'lor Lackey     

Role: Project Coordinator

Location: Florida

Tae'lor Lackey is a Project Coordinator with our Medical Equipment Planning Team. She is very creative and enjoys sketching and painting in her free time.

Allison Foster

Role: Project Coordinator

Location: California

Allison Foster is a Project Coordinator with our Medical Equipment Planning Team. A fun fact about Allison is she loves to bake and has mastered making sourdough bread. Yum!

Joseline Rodriguez 

Role: Project Coordinator

Location: Texas

Joseline Rodriguez is a Project Coordinator with our Medical Equipment Planning Team.

Alexandra Gambacorta 

Role: Project Coordinator

Location: Chicago

Alexandra Gambacorta is a Project Coordinator with our Medical Equipment Planning Team. Fun fact about Alex: she's a triplet!

Karen Atilano    

Role: Project Coordinator

Location: Houston Office

Karen Atilano is a Project Coordinator with our Medical Equipment Planning Team.

Patricia Saenz 

Role: Senior Medical Equipment Planner and Project Manager 

Location: Houston Office

Patricia Saez is a Senior Medical Equipment Planner and Project Manager supporting our Government clients.

Joanne Worman 

Role: Project Coordinator

Location: Illinois

Joanne Worman is a Project Coordinator with our Medical Equipment Planning Team.