Executive MBA Healthcare Management Program

Faculty Spotlight


Dr. Paula E. Anthony

Paula E. Anthony, Ph.D.

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.



Lindsey Birdsong, J.D.

Lindsey Birdsong, J.D.

Courses Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program: BLAW 5340 Business and Professional Ethics

Lindsey Birdsong is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice is a transactional practice, focused primarily in the areas of health law and general corporate law. Lindsey advises clients as to Medicare fraud-abuse issues, false claims concerns, Qui-Tam matters, HIPAA regulations, EMTALA, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations rules, Texas Department of Health licensing issues, negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys, corporate and physician compliance issues, Stark I and Stark II issues, tax-exempt and non-profit issues as well as general corporate, and labor/employment issues.


Lindsey returned to private practice several years ago after serving as the Chief Legal Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer for a large regional healthcare system where he routinely represented the system in drafting and reviewing contracts as well as drafting documents to acquire hospitals, physician practices, other business entities as well as advising on general business issues. He currently represents health care and other business entities in general corporate and contractual matters as well as individuals, businesses and physicians and their professional associations. Healthcare clients include (or have included) a number of hospitals, a hospital district, specialty hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, several EMS providers, purchasing co-ops, a psychiatric facility, ambulatory surgical centers, a management services organization, reference laboratories, home health agencies, physician practice groups, joint ventures and limited partnerships, professional associations, and individual physicians.



Jennifer “J” Alexander

Jennifer “J” Alexander, MHA, MBA

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

Jennifer “J” Alexander is an Operations Manager for Imaging Services at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She received her Masters of Business Administration and her Masters of Healthcare Administration at the University of Texas, Arlington. J’s undergraduate degree is a Bachelor’s of Science in Radiography. She currently serves as a board member for the American College of Healthcare Executives-North Texas Chapter and was the 2017 Volunteer of the Year. J. also serves on the UT Arlington Healthcare Advisory Board, the Texas Hospital Association Leadership Development Council, the Texas Healthcare Advisory Council, and Women in Healthcare.


J’s passion is to serve and connect individuals in the healthcare industry. She is an avid learner and can be found at many healthcare talks/events in the Dallas, Ft Worth area. J. is also a LinkedIn influencer where she regularly posts about healthcare hot topics utilizing social media to inform her followers about the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare. J. Alexander believes #weareallinthistogether https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferjalexander/






Dr. Marina Astakhova

Marina Astakhova, Ph.D.

Professor, Management 
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
MANA 5320 Organizational Behavior and MANA 5345 Strategic Leadership Processes

Marina Astakhova received both her MBA in Finance and PhD in Human Resources Management and Advanced Statistics from Kent State University. She earned her BA and MA in Education in Russia.

Marina has spent 10+ years teaching at the University level both in the US and abroad.

She worked with TACIS, the program sponsored by the European Union, where she assisted local entrepreneurs with business plan writing and evaluation. She also worked as an HRM specialist at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. She provides consulting for profit and non-profit U.S. organizations.

Marina stays current in HRM, Organizational Behavior and Leadership research. She regularly publishes in high-quality management journals and presents at the leading management conferences. Her research focuses on the issues of fit between an individual and work environment (e.g., organization, job, team and supervisor), as well as questions related to harmonious and obsessive work passion and employee engagement. In four years since her Ph.D. degree, she has published 17 articles, 4 book chapters and received multiple national research awards and recognitions.





Carroll Rogé

Carroll Rogé, MBA

Adjunct Instructor and Regional Director of Patient Experience, CHRISTUS Health Northeast Texas
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program: MARK 5320 Advanced Marketing Fundamentals

Carroll Rogé has three decades of experience in healthcare marketing in East Texas. His career with the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System provided him with the full spectrum of experience in the field, working at all levels of marketing and promotion. This included branding and image positioning, traditional and digital communication/advertising, and various public relations and media strategies.

As a healthcare marketer, Rogé often found himself helping team members better serve patients and each other through service education and program development. His marketing background and experience in the medical field provided him with a unique perspective to use his communication and promotional skills to improve patient experience.

This led to a new career path last year at CHRISTUS Health, where Rogé currently serves as regional director of patient experience at eight hospitals and nearly 90 clinics throughout northeast Texas. In this role, he is also responsible for improving engagement of more than 5,000 regional team members of CHRISTUS Health.

Rogé holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Texas at Tyler, where he has also served as an adjunct lecturer since 2001. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana Tech University.

Before entering healthcare, Rogé served as advertising director for a chain of sporting goods stores and as a technical writer/marketer for a forensic engineering firm.

Rogé is active in the community and has served on many non-profit boards, including a term as president of Leadership Tyler.



Dr. Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani

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

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.








Dr. Barbara Ross Wooldridge

Barbara Ross Wooldridge, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
MANA 5360 Global Business Perspectives

Dr. Barbara Ross Wooldridge is a Professor of Marketing at The University of Texas at Tyler. She holds a Ph.D from Louisiana State University, a MPS from the Statler School of Hotel Management, Cornell University, and a BFA in Mass Communications from James Madison University. She has both an academic and professional background in Marketing. She has extensive experience in international and services marketing, having worked in the Seychelles and Kenya. In 2018 she co-author a text on Healthcare Marketing and has taught in the UT Tyler Online Healthcare MBA since its inception. She is a University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award winner. She married her best friend Stan in 1998. They are parents to Ford a high school student who marches slowly to his own tune; she hates to admit it but all of Ford’s good classroom behavior was inherited from his father. She is the owner of a sweet standard poodle and a crazy beagle that is slowly trying to eat her house. In her spare time she loves to read, be outside, and travel. In a moment of sheer stupidity she agreed to train and swim an open water swim (in fall of 2018) with her niece who successfully swam the English Channel (2017).






Bryan Pannagl

Bryan Pannagl, MBA

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.








Dr. Tammy Cowart

Tammy Cowart, J.D.

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.




Brent D. Beal, Ph.D

Brent D. Beal, Ph.D.

Professor of Management
Course Taught in the EMBA-HCM Program:
MANA 5395 Formulating and Implementing Strategy

Dr. Brent Beal is a Professor of Management in the Soules College of Business. Brent received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX in 2001. His research focuses on corporate social responsibility (CSR), value creation, strategic management, and economic markets. He is currently examining the relationship between the foundational narratives and dominant logics of the field of strategic management and systemic or macro-level value creation. He uses value creation as a conceptual framework to theorize about the social (ir)responsibility of different strategic management assumptions and prescriptions. Brent writes teaching cases that illustrate the socially constructed nature of economic markets and the prevalence of different kinds of market failure. He recently published a book on corporate social responsibility.











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