The following members make up the Community Healthcare Trust Board of Directors.
Mr. Wallace has served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President since the formation of our company in March 2014. Prior to founding our company, from 2003 to 2014, Mr. Wallace was co-founder, President and majority owner of Athena Funding Partners, LLC and related entities which were established in 2002 to provide financing solutions to the higher education industry for on-campus student housing facilities mostly in rural areas. From 1993 to 2002, Mr. Wallace was a co-founder and Executive Vice President of Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE: HR). Between HR’s initial public offering in 1993 and his departure in 2002, Mr. Wallace was integral in helping to grow HR from $2,000 to over $2 billion in asset value. Mr. Wallace remained as a paid consultant to HR and was subject to a non-compete until 2008. Mr. Wallace was a senior manager at Ernst & Young from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Wallace began his career in 1980 with Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Wallace holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration, both from Western Kentucky University. Mr. Wallace was selected to serve as Chairman because of his past public company experience, his experience in real estate, including acquiring healthcare real estate, and his role as Chief Executive Officer and President of our company.
Mr. Gardner retired from Wells Fargo in October 2015. Prior to his retirement, he was a senior relationship manager in healthcare corporate banking. He primarily covered national healthcare companies with market capitalization exceeding $5 billion, generally in the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare services sectors. Mr. Gardner has over 26 years of corporate and investment banking experience, with 20 years covering healthcare companies. Prior to joining Wells Fargo (Wachovia) in March 2004, Mr. Gardner was head of healthcare for FleetBoston Financial from 2003 to 2004 and was a managing director for Banc of America Securities from 1996 to 2003. During his career, Mr. Gardner has led a number of significant financing transactions for leading public healthcare companies. Mr. Gardner currently serves as president of the Board of Trustees for Omni Montessori School in Charlotte, North Carolina and as Charlotte Chapter chair for the Impact Angel Network (“IAN”). IAN is managed by RENEW, LLC, an investment advisory and management consulting firm based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Washington D.C. Mr. Gardner earned a B.S. and M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Rochester. Mr. Gardner is our lead independent director, and Mr. Gardner’s commercial banking, capital markets and healthcare industry experience makes him a valuable resource to our Board of Directors.
Ms. Gulmi served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Envision Healthcare, the largest owner/operator of ambulatory surgery centers in the United States and a leading provider of hospital-based physician services, until her retirement in October 2017. Ms. Gulmi continues to serve as an advisor to Envision. Prior to Envision’s merger with AmSurg Corp in 2016, Ms. Gulmi served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AmSurg and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2004 until the merger in 2016. She also served on the Board of Directors of Air Methods Corp and on the advisory board of the Bank of Nashville. She is the past board chair of the YWCA of Nashville and serves on the boards of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Nashville Public Radio. Ms. Gulmi was named by the Nashville Business Journal as one of its Healthcare 100, was one of the 2007 winners of the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence and in 2011 and received the Nashville Business Journal’s CFO Lifetime Achievement Award. She has a BBA in Accounting and Finance from Belmont University. Ms. Gulmi’s more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance, accounting and healthcare makes her a valuable resource to our Board of Directors.
Since 2003, Mr. Hensley has served as a senior advisor to the healthcare and transaction advisory services groups of Alvarez and Marsal, LLC (“A&M”). Mr. Hensley has more than 30 years of experience serving public and privately-held companies across a range of industries, including healthcare, insurance, real estate and private equity capital funds. Mr. Hensley is also the founder of a private publishing company and the principal owner of two real estate and rental property development companies. Before joining A&M, Mr. Hensley was an audit partner with Ernst & Young from 2002 to 2003. Previously, he was with Arthur Andersen, where he served as an audit partner from 1990 to 2002, and was the managing partner of their Nashville office from 1997 to 2002. His significant experience includes mergers and acquisitions, identification of enterprise and industry risk, and forensic investigations and disputes. Mr. Hensley serves on the Board of Directors for Diversicare Healthcare Services, Inc. Mr. Hensley previously served on the Board of Directors for Capella Healthcare from 2008 to 2015. Mr. Hensley previously served as a director of Greenway Medical Technologies from 2011 to 2013, HealthSpring, Inc. from 2006 to 2012 and Comsys IT Partners, Inc. and Spheris, Inc. from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Hensley earned a B.S. in accounting and a Master’s of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Hensley’s financial accounting, healthcare industry and transactional experience makes him a valuable resource to our Board of Directors.
Professor Van Horn has been an associate professor of Economics and Management and the Executive Director of Health Affairs at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management (“Owen”) since 2006. Professor Van Horn is a leading expert and researcher on healthcare management and economics. His current research interests include nonprofit conduct, governance and objectives in healthcare markets and the measurement of healthcare outcomes and productivity. His research on healthcare organizations, managerial incentives in nonprofit hospitals and the conduct of managed care firms has appeared in leading publications. Professor Van Horn consults for national consulting firms, providers, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical firms. Professor Van Horn also holds faculty appointments in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Law School. Prior to his tenure at Owen, from 1996 to 2006, Professor Van Horn served as an associate professor of economics and management at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester where he was responsible for their graduate programs in health administration. Professor Van Horn began serving on the Board of Directors of Quorum Health Corporation in January 2016. Professor Van Horn holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Master’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Public Health and a B.A. from the University of Rochester. Professor Van Horn’s extensive knowledge and research into healthcare industry economics and governance as well as his unique experience with healthcare decision makers and business executives nationwide regarding healthcare policy make him a valuable resource to our Board of Directors.