The Mark McKenna Lecture Endowment

The Mark McKenna Lecture Endowment recognizes Mark's contributions to the development of the field of health sector supply chain. Mark, in his role as President of Novation (1998-2006), was a 2004 founding member of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium (HSRC-ASU) and a continuous supporter of bringing academia and industry partners together to solve major problems across the health sector supply chain. Mark's career spanned both the supplier and provider sectors in healthcare, including senior management positions with Imed Corp., Baxter Healthcare Corp., VHA Inc. He also served as chairman of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) and was elected to the Bellwether League Healthcare Supply Chain Hall of Fame (2010). Upon retirement, Mark served on a variety of company boards, including the Beryl Cos., the Med Group, SterilMed, Suture Express, Systagenix and UHS.


The Annual Mark McKenna Lecture brings key innovators and thought leaders (past speakers) in health care to Arizona State University to speak on current health care issues and highlight the importance of the supply chain in improving organizational performance and clinical practice.

Advisory Committee

  • Karen Conway, GHX Co-Chairman and Executive Director
  • Michael Duke, Retired, Vizient Inc.
  • Chris Fashek, Spiracur Inc. Chairman, President and CEO
  • Mohan Gopalakrishnan, ASU Department of Supply Chain Management Chair
  • Jo Klein, Former Chair, Executive Board HSRC-ASU
  • Ned McKenna, HHIC Consultant, Strategic Solutions McKesson former Vice President
  • Nancy Pakieser, TECSYS Senior Director Industry Development
  • Dick Perrin, AdvanTech, Inc. Co-Chairman, President and Owner
  • Kristine Russell, Healthcare Purchasing News President/Executive Editor and Owner
  • Gene Schneller, PhD, ASU Professor, HSRC Co-Director and Founder
  • Mark Van Sumeren, Health Industry Advisor LLC

To make a donation online please go to our Donation Page.