Executive MBA Healthcare Management Program

Faculty Spotlight

Paula E. Anthony, Ph.D., MBAPaula Anthony

CIO – UT Health, President and CEO – Syndeti LLC, Adjunct Instructor – UT Tyler 
Courses Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
EMBA 5361 Introduction to the American Healthcare System and EMBA 5362 Healthcare Information Technology and Informatics

Paula is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of UT Health East Texas. She also serves as President and CEO of Syndeti LLC delivering business advisory services to the healthcare strategy, business development, and information technology sectors. Services include strategic planning, business development, IT leadership, compliance services, information security, business intelligence, M&A planning and transition, and organizational development.

Previously, she spent 23 years as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for ETMC Regional Healthcare System, responsible for the planning, acquisition, operation, support and security of information systems and telecommunications services for all ETMC businesses and facilities. She was also the CEO of HealthFirst, ETMC’s $20 million health benefits solutions subsidiary, which serves over 50,000 member lives across Texas.

Prior to joining ETMC, Paula spent 10 years with Ernst & Young responsible for the firm’s Southwest Health Care Information Technology practice. She has also worked for healthcare information systems vendors in various capacities. Paula has a BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in human resource development from The University of Texas at Tyler.

Paula is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2017, she was appointed to the Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors by Governor Greg Abbott, and she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Hospital Association Foundation. She is an active member of both the College of Health Information Management Executives and the Health Information and Management Systems Society.



Leon J. Leach, Ph.D., MBALeon Leach

Consultant/Presidential Strategist The University of Texas at Tyler
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
MANA 5395 Formulating and Implementing Strategy

Leon J. Leach, PhD joined the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1997 where, for two decades, he was responsible for their business and financial functions. Prior to that, Dr. Leach held executive leadership positions with Cornerstone Physicians Corporation, CareAmerica Health Plans, Candle SubAcute Services and the Prudential Insurance Company of America. 

Upon retiring from MD Anderson in 2017, Dr. Leach continued to serve the University of Texas as a consultant instrumental in the acquisition of East Texas Medical Center, the formation of UT Health East Texas where he serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee and serves as the Presidential Strategist for the University of Texas at Tyler. 

Leon also serves on the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Memorial Hermann Health System, is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BH Carroll Theological Institute, serves on the Board of Directors of FaithSearch Partners and of Island Packet Yachts.

Leon holds a BS from Rutgers University, an MBA from Widener University, an MA from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He lives in Tyler, Texas, with his wife, Tensel. 



Bryan Pannagl, MBABryan Pannagl

Chief Financial Officer at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
FINA 5320 Advanced Financial Management

Bryan Pannagl is the Chief Financial Officer at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center. Previously he served as the Executive Director of Finance for Trinity Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler, CHRISTUS® Trinity Mother Frances Health System. Bryan is an experience healthcare financial and operational leader with a proven track record of accomplishment in employee leadership, budgeting, capital and strategic planning, analytics, and revenue cycle integrity. Bryan has nearly 20 years of healthcare financial and operational leadership experience from Houston Methodist Hospital System to Trinity Mother Frances Health System. He has demonstrated achievements in cost containment, inventory management, financial reporting, budgeting, and cost accounting leading to lower costs and increased revenue and employee productivity and satisfaction.



Jessica A. McCann, Ph.D., PCCJessica McCann

Leadership Practitioner, Leadership Institute, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Courses Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
MANA 5345 Strategic Leadership Processes
MANA 5350 Strategic Human Resources Management

Dr. Jessica A. McCann is a Leadership Practitioner at the Leadership Institute at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. In that role, she designs, develops, and delivers blended leadership development programs for all levels of clinical, operational, and faculty leaders and teaches in the CoachRICE program that trains leaders in coaching skills per the International Coaching Federation guidelines in partnership with Rice University. She is a Professional Certified Coach (ICF) and coaches executives and senior leaders in the healthcare industry. In addition to teaching at M.D. Anderson, Jessica consults and teaches with FranklinCovey to enterprise clients around the country, many of which are healthcare institutions. 

With 15 years of experience in HR and change management, Jessica has worked and consulted with organizations across a wide spectrum of industries. Her particular focus has been on talent management and talent development, and her research has focused on employee engagement, culture, and team resiliency. Jessica holds a Ph.D. in HR Development from The University of Texas at Tyler, and a M.S. in Educational HR Development and a B.A. in Communication from Texas A&M University.

Jessica is passionate about service and giving back to the community. She’s been an active member of The Association of Junior Leagues International for more than 12 years and has served on the boards of educational non-profits that mentor and provide scholarships to high school and college students.



Kerri Camp, Ph.D., MBAKerri Camp

Professor of Marketing
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
MARK 5320 Advanced Marketing Fundamentals

Dr. Kerri M. Camp is an Associate Professor of Marketing at The University of Texas at Tyler.  She holds the following degrees of Ph.D. Texas Tech University, MBA in Management Golden Gate University, and BBA in Marketing Texas A&M University.  She has over seven years of industry experience as a  healthcare administrator, a marketing consultant for healthcare organizations, and served on healthcare organization boards and advisory committees.  She has been an invited columnist for The Daily Sentinel, a media consultant for local CBS and NBC news, and a guest speaker for numerous state and local organizations.  Dr. Camp has taught several different marketing courses at the undergraduate and graduate level including healthcare marketing and special topics in healthcare in UT Tyler’s online MBA in Healthcare Management and Executive MBA in Healthcare Management. Her primary research focus is healthcare management issues, and in particular, patient satisfaction and value in healthcare.  She is a co-author of the textbook Healthcare Marketing—Creating Value in the Patient Experience and is has a second book under contract titled Changing Healthcare Paradigm – Importance of Patient Satisfaction.  Dr. Camp is listed in the MHA Online Schools with Exceptional Healthcare Business Faculty Top 20 and has received numerous teaching awards.



Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani, Ph.D., MBA, PGDPMVenu Remani

Associate Professor of Management
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
MANA 5305 Decision Making in Operations Management

Dr. Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani is an Associate Professor of Management. His primary teaching interests are in Operations Management and Management Science and include green supply chains, healthcare operations, decision sciences, principles of management, project management, and production and planning. His current research interests include healthcare operations (specifically healthcare information supply chain systems and issues on electronic health records implementation), the negative effects of outsourcing, green supply chains and the effect of sustainable supply chain operations on firm performance. He is the recipient of 'Outstanding Faculty Award 2016', Texas Alpha XI Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.



Tammy Cowart, J.D.Tammy Cowart

Professor, Business Law
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
BLAW 5340 Business and Professional Ethics

Tammy Cowart is an Associate Professor of Business Law and the Director for Soules College of Business Graduate Programs at The University of Texas at Tyler. She has taught Business Law and Business Ethics classes in the Soules College of Business since 1999. She developed an M.B.A. course in business law and a business ethics course which has been approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for CPA candidates.

Her research interests include ethics and compliance and intellectual property law, and her research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics and the American Business Law Journal. Professor Cowart has received the Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty Service Award, and Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award.

She earned her law degree from Texas Tech University and has practiced law in a variety of areas including tort law, business law, and employment law. Professor Cowart is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Smith County Bar Association. She has served on the board of a number of community agencies, including the Literacy Council of Tyler, Smith County Chapter of the American Heart Association, and Smith County Young Lawyers Association.



Daniel Deslatte, MPADaniel Deslatte

Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and the Chief Operating Officer for Health Affairs at The University of Texas at Tyler
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
MANA 5320 Organizational Behavior

Daniel Deslatte is the Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and the Chief Operating Officer for Health Affairs at UT Tyler, where he is responsible for managing the University’s interest in the UT Health East Texas Health System, as well as the overall business and operational aspects of the University’s health mission.

Prior to joining UT Health in 2011, Daniel spent nearly a decade in senior-level positions in the Texas Legislature, including chief of staff to a senior member of the House of Representatives and as the director of a joint House-Senate committee with oversight of Texas’ health and human services system.  He is the former health and human services policy advisor to a House leadership caucus, where he advised legislators on health policy and finance, human services, Medicaid and the state’s health and human services budget.

Mr. Deslatte was recognized in 2019 as one of the Top 25 healthcare executives under 40 in the United States by Modern Healthcare.  He is a former fellow of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Academy of Management, and serves on public and private healthcare-related Boards.  He holds a BBA in Management from The University of Texas at Austin, an MPA from The University of Texas at Tyler, and is a current doctoral candidate at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, where his research interests are in organizational behavior, psychological contracts, social exchange theory, counterproductive work behavior, and deviance.



Linda Cooper, MBA, CPALinda Cooper

CPA and Director, Accounting Solutions, Henry & Peters, PC
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
ACCT 5320 Accounting for Management Control

Linda Cooper is a CPA and is currently a Director in the Accounting Solutions department at Henry & Peters, PC.  Prior to working at Henry & Peters, Linda worked in Healthcare for 30 years.  She worked at University of Texas Health at Tyler as Director of Accounting, was the original Chief Financial Officer at Texas Spine and Joint Hospital when the hospital opened and lastly as CFO / COO at Precision Spine Care where she helped grow the practice from 2 providers to 20+ providers.
Linda obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Baylor University and a MBA from UT Tyler. She has served as Treasurer on several boards in Tyler including Leadership Tyler, Women’s Symphony League and National Charity League.
Linda also teaches Accounting and Finance for Small Business and Entrepreneurs at UT Tyler.



Jennifer “J” Alexander, DHA, MHA, MBAJennifer Alexander

Operations Manager for Imaging Services – UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
MANA 5345 Strategic Leadership Processes

Dr. Jennifer "J" Alexander has been an Operations Manager for Imaging Services at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, for the past eight years. With over 25 years as a healthcare professional, Dr. Alexander is responsible for and co-manages the inpatient, outpatient, and emergency imaging departments at Clements (788 beds) and Zale Lipshy (125 beds), combined staff of 160 and approximately 200,000 annual imaging exams.


Dr. Alexander earned a doctorate in healthcare administration from the Virginia University of Lynchburg, a master's degree in business administration, and a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Radiology Administrator with AHRA. In 2022, Dr. Alexander was chosen as one of the North Texas Radiologic Technologists Society's Top 25 Leaders. In 2021, she was awarded the North Texas American College of Healthcare Executive's Regent's Connector Award and the Social Media Ambassador Award.


Serving, collaborating, and mentoring healthcare professionals is Dr. Alexander's passion. She frequently attends healthcare conferences and events since she is a passionate scholar. Dr. Alexander has also spoken at colleges, universities, and other events on the benefit of networking, creating connections, and the useful social media tool LinkedIn. She routinely posts healthcare-related content on social media to inform her followers about the fast-evolving healthcare market and the branding and exposure needed to stay relevant.







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