Quick Leonard Kieffer Adds Healthcare Association Specialist

Quick Leonard Kieffer Healthcare Association Specialist

May 18, 2018 – Executive search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has announced a new of counsel relationship with H. Stephen Lieber. He will be assisting with executive search and client consulting, with a special emphasis on the healthcare association and professional society arenas, as well as the information and digital technology industry sectors.

“Steve Lieber brings remarkable association CEO experience to his work with Quick Leonard Kieffer client boards of directors, CEOs and hiring managers because he has walked in their shoes and assembled talented board and executive leadership teams his entire career as well as served on boards selecting CEOs,” said Steve Derks, president and CEO of the search firm. “He knows the ins and outs of nationwide and international healthcare associations having led in Washington, D.C., Chicago and across the U.S. and internationally.”

Mr. Derks further emphasized Mr. Lieber’s thorough command of his specialty area. “He also brings tremendous subject matter knowledge and deep understanding of the revolution going on in the healthcare information technology and data industry sector for clients looking to identify and recruit thought leaders of tomorrow not yesterday,” said Mr. Derks.

Mr. Lieber is an internationally recognized association and healthcare leader, drawing on 35 years of experience. A frequent commentator on health policy, in general – and healthcare IT trends and issues, specifically – he is a regular speaker and contributor to health system and corporate strategic planning efforts, government-sponsored policy efforts, private sector initiatives and other non-profit organizations and associations.

Healthcare Veteran

Previously, Mr. Lieber spent 17 years as the president and CEO of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization that leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. Before that, he served as CEO of the Emergency Nurses Association, vice president of the American Hospital Association’s Division of Personal Membership Groups, VP of operations for the Illinois Hospital Association, senior budget analyst for the Illinois Bureau of the Budget and an assistant administrator for research and statistics with Arkansas Social Services.


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Mr. Lieber has been a certified association executive since 1994. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Association Forum, and has been awarded honorary life memberships with the American Hospital Association and the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management.  He was one of the founders of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (HIT) and the HIT Technology Standards Panel, two federally funded initiatives at the foundation of the U.S. interoperability effort.

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Quick Leonard Kieffer specializes in placing executive-level employees across the healthcare industry. The firm was established in 1999 by Roger Quick and Michael C. Kieffer. Although the healthcare sector is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, the firm said, the industry is in the midst of a turbulent transformation. This makes the need for proven and experienced boards and executive teams with vision and broadening skills more important than ever.

Recently, Quick Leonard Kieffer added Derek Castaneda, Mark Nelson and Stefan Werdegar as managing partners in Omaha, Minneapolis and Austin, respectively. Mr. Castaneda has 11 years of recruitment experience, most recently serving as the healthcare practice leader for an executive search firm in Omaha. Mr. Nelson recently served as a managing partner with Blausen Medical Communications, a company that produces online and mobile health education content for population health strategies, patient engagement programs, employee training and care management initiatives. Previously, Mr. Coker was VP of executive search and leadership development of Coker Group, a healthcare advisory firm that works with hospitals and physician groups to develop customized solutions.

At the start of the year, Quick Leonard Kieffer named Mr. Derks as its president and CEO. He took over from Roger Quick, who now serves as vice chair. Mr. Derks has over 25 years of executive level leadership and experience. From 2012 to 2017, he served as president and CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the iconic voluntary health association known for its Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon and summer camps for kids.


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Also recently, Quick Leonard Kieffer promoted Courtney Lada as managing partner. As the senior-most role within the firm, she will be responsible for business development, strategic planning, project management, and team member training and advancement. During her tenure, Ms. Lada has closed more than 100 C-level searches, with particular expertise in the not-for-profit sector.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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