Get to know the Elara Caring leadership team.
G. Scott Herman
Chief Executive Officer
G. Scott Herman is the Chief Executive Officer for Elara Caring, where he also serves on the Board of Directors.
With over 30 years in health care and 22 years in home healthcare, Scott has led some of the nation’s premiere home-based programs including North Mississippi Home Care, where he served as a health system executive when North Mississippi became only the second health system to receive the Malcolm Baldridge Award for Quality. Scott also served as the CEO of Via Christi Home, President of Harden Home Health and Hospice, Founding Executive with Accelion, and most recently CEO of National Home Health Care and Jordan Health Services.
Scott serves on numerous boards and frequently advises on the homecare industry. He holds a BSN from Kansas Newman, an EMICT from the University of Kansas and served early in his career as a flight Nurse/Paramedic, Emergency Room Nurse as well as Home Health and Hospice clinician. Scott has been married to Kimberly for 33 years, and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Chief Financial Officer
Eric Slusser is Chief Financial Officer at Elara Caring.
Eric most recently served as EVP and CFO of Express Scripts until November 2017. Prior to that, he served as EVP, CFO, Treasurer and executive team member at GentivaHealth Services, Inc, Before Gentiva, Eric was EVP, CFO and executive team member for CenteneCorporation, and EVP of Finance, CAO, Controller and senior executive team member at Cardinal Health. Eric has also previously served at MCI, AES, Sprint PCS, and Arthur Andersen.
He has an MBA from the University of Missouri, a BA from Washburn University, and is a CPA.
Chief Operating Officer
Kathy Poland is the Chief Operating Officer at Elara Caring.
Kathy brings to her role over 21 years of experience in Human Resources. She joined Jordan Health Services in 2002 and served as Senior Vice President of Operations. She previously served as Vice President of Human Resources working closely with the operations team leading a variety of initiatives that had a positive impact on operations, including staffing model design and implementation in addition to structuring and leading an effective integration process that permits the organization to blend newly acquired companies into the fold of operations timely and seamlessly.
Prior to serving at Jordan Health Services, Kathy worked in various human resource positions with Tetra Tech EMI, an environmental consulting firm located in Dallas, Texas. She earned her B.A from Amberton University.
Chief Information Officer
David Marchand is Chief Information Officer for Elara Caring.
Dave has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, designing and building innovative and transformative solutions for the healthcare, financial services, defense, aerospace, petroleum, travel, and telecommunications industries. Dave joined National Home Health Care in 2017 and previously served as CIO for Jordan Health Services since 2013. Dave initially engaged with Jordan to solidify the company’s security architecture, streamline and integrate various applications, and most recently advance Jordan’s proprietary ADL application and services model.
Prior to joining Jordan, Dave held senior level positions at several companies including President/CEO of Precision Genetics, Chief Information and Technology Officer at Accelion, and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Dell/Perot Systems.
Chief Administrative Officer
Lester Simmons is the Chief Administrative Officer at Elara Caring.
Les brings over 20 years of experience in Human Resources Leadership and has led Human Resources functions on five continents. His broad-based experience includes employee relations, labor relations, organizational development, recruiting, compliance, compensation and benefits. His prior experience with Fortune 500 companies includes the roles of Vice President of Human Resources at Tronox in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Senior Human Resources Advisor at Kerr McGee Oil and Gas, Senior Human Resources Manager at Johnson Controls in Norman, Oklahoma, Human Resources Manager at PepsiCo Food Systems in Wichita, Kansas, and also Director of Human Resources at SCCS Home Health and Hospice in Wichita, Kansas. He initially joined Jordan Health Services as Vice President of Human Resources in January 2015.
Les obtained a B.S from Wichita State University, and a Bronze Star for Valor as a Captain in the United States Army.
Chief Managed Care Officer
Jerome Vangheluwe is Chief Managed Care Officer at Elara Caring.
Jerome is a healthcare industry professional with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, with a focus on post-acute care, and a broad base of responsibilities including managed care, operations, business development, sales and mergers, and acquisitions. He also has previous experience as the former Chief Managed Care Officer at Alita Care, Vice President of Managed Care for Jordan Health Services, National Vice President of Business Development and Managed Care for Evolution Healthcare, National Vice President of Client Sales for Accelion Healthcare, and Senior Vice President of Business Development for Nufactor Specialty Pharmacy.
Jerome graduated with a degree in applied sciences from St. John Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy and is a Certified Respiratory Therapist. He has served in a professional capacity as an appeals board member for HealthSpring Insurance in the state of Texas and is a member in good standing of the National Board of Respiratory Care, as well as the Michigan Society of Respiratory Care. He is married with two children and resides in Romeo, Michigan.
President, Personal Care Services
Jeff Bonham is President of Personal Care Services at Elara Caring.
Jeff brings over 25 years of health care experience, including operational experience in personal care, home health and hospice operations and financial management. He was previously Founding Executive with Advance Healthcare Consulting, LLC, an operational consulting company focused on assisting post-acute care providers and a co-founder of Valor Home Health Care, LLC. He also served in operational and finance positions with Auxi Healthcare, Inc. and Administrator of Home Health Care for Williamson County Programs on Aging in Herrin, IL.
Jeff earned a B.S from Bradley University and holds an MBA from the University of Nevada.
President, Home Health and Hospice South
Michael Rusnek is President of Home Health and Hospice South for Elara Caring.
Mike is a seasoned home care executive who has successfully led a number of health care
organizations as President, CEO, and COO during his 30 years in the industry. He most recently provided Contract services for PE-owned home health care, hospice and PCS organizations, with the focus on integration, optimization, and cost reduction. In 2011, he joined the Visiting Nurses Association of the Inland Counties, a not-for-profit provider of home care, palliative care and hospice since 1931. Mike has served as President and CEO of Valor Home Health LLC, Auxi Health Care, and OrthoRehab. Prior to this, he served as the COO of Med Diversified and held senior management positions at Columbia Healthcare Group, Staff Builders Healthcare Services, Inc. (TLC) and In Home Health. He began his career with Interim Systems Corporation, a regional home health and supplemental staffing company, where he assisted with the company’s turnaround.
Mike received a B.S. from the College of St. Francis and a Diploma in nursing from Northwestern
Chief of Staff
Pat Bradford is the Chief of Staff at Elara Caring.
Pat is an experienced Human Capital executive with more than 30 years in the profession. She has an excellent track record in Human Capital management in startup environments as well as Fortune 500 organizations. She has led the Human Capital function in several industries, including for naviHealth. She also has proven experience building a Human Resource organization in a high growth company. Her experience allows her to effectively influence the delicate balance of employee and company needs. Pat joined National Home Health in August of 2016.
Pat earned her B.A in Communications from the University of Denver. She has earned professional certifications in HR and Labor Relations.
Chief Compliance Officer
Christine Weir is the Chief Compliance Officer at Elara Caring.
Christine has over 32 years of healthcare experience, having worked in healthcare compliance, clinical management, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. She joined Great Lakes Caring Home and Hospice in 2004, where she served as COO and Vice President of Education. She was responsible for developing, facilitating, and ensuring the delivery of training strategies, auditing and monitoring activities and developing initiatives that enhance adherence to compliance across all functions of the enterprise. Christine is currently active in the Michigan Home Care & Hospice Association (MHHA) as well as a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). She is also a board member for the Professional Advisory of NGS (Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group).
Christine holds a B.A from Spring Arbor University, is a registered nurse and holds certifications in Healthcare Compliance (2012) and Healthcare Privacy Compliance (2014).