Our Team

Charles (Chip) Nagle

Charles (Chip) Nagle

President

An affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Association of Healthcare Consultants (AAHC). Mr. Nagle is also a certified healthcare consultant in the AAHC, one of a handful of healthcare executive recruiters so recognized. His civic interests are varied, including serving several years as Chairman of the Board of the American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute.

Mr. Nagle graduated from the University of South Carolina and earned his Master’s degree in Health Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been active for many years in the healthcare community, both professionally and personally. In addition to his 25 years of expertise in executive search and leadership selection, Mr. Nagle has a broad base of functional healthcare experience, including organizational development and strategic planning.

Prior to forming his own firm 18 years ago, Mr. Nagle was a partner at a nationally recognized retained search firm which serves the healthcare sector. Previously, he was with Ernst & Young, where he directed the Southeastern finance and strategic planning practice which served clients on a local, regional, and national basis. Mr. Nagle also served as a regional manager with a major, investor-owned, multi-hospital system early in his career.

Mr. Nagle brings to each assignment:

  • Excellent search experience gained in the conduct of more than 250 assignments
  • In-depth knowledge of the environmental forces shaping the healthcare delivery system gained through his strategic consulting work with over 130 healthcare organizations
  • Excellent capability to understand the culture and organizational nuances of the clientele he serves
  • Personal attributes, which include: integrity, excellent communication skills, professionalism, and possessing a sense of urgency
Dr. Knight

Dr. Knight

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Mac Knight has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare arena, as a practicing physician, physician executive, healthcare consultant, expert witness and industry thought leader. He has practiced and held leadership positions in community and academic settings and is familiar with the operation of hospitals in both rural and urban settings. He is frequently asked to speak at national meetings and has authored or co-authored multiple books and articles on a variety of healthcare related topics.

Dr. Knight graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology and received his doctor-of-medicine degree, cum laude, from the University of Oregon Health Science Center’s School of Medicine. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has earned fellowship status in the American College of Physicians, the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Knight has a particular expertise in clinical care process design, cost accounting, clinical integration and physician / clinician leadership skill development. His special passion is helping organizations find the leadership talent they need to create needed changes in the healthcare system, so as to provide higher value for patients in these extremely challenging times.

Dr. Ron Strieker

Dr. Ron Strieker

Senior Vice President and Executive Coach

Over the last 25 years Dr. Ron Strieker has been active in both the private and public sectors improving organizational infrastructures by means of executive coaching, human resources management, facilitation, goal attainment, and management development. Specifically, his experiences range from working with JCAHO designing and implementing instructional seminars in the areas of leadership, coaching, team building, and staff selection to forming effective teams of educators in the schools of the Commonwealth of Australia, and developing executive leadership talent through effective coaching interventions for Citigroup, the largest financial services company in the United States.

Dr. Strieker’s career experience also includes serving as the chief human resource officer for United Health Services, Inc., a fully integrated, multi-facility healthcare delivery system employing over 3,000 FTEs.

Having worked for years as an internal human resources professional and external management consultant, Dr. Strieker brings a unique combination of skills and experiences to our team of healthcare executive recruiters. He has worked directly with senior management, coaching them through all aspects of leadership and management development, training, and human resources integration. Dr. Strieker brings both the capacity to develop the strategic design of an issue as well as move to practical solutions. A partial list of groups with whom he has worked include Citigroup, Prudential Bank, BellSouth, American Cancer Society, Siemens, Bass Hotels, Coca Cola, Kennesaw State University, Blue Circle Cement, Nortel Networks, Voluntary Hospitals of America, Scientific Atlanta, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations and James River.

Dr. Strieker has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University. He has served on the faculty of the University of Missouri, where he taught courses on behavioral theory, statistics, and management development, and facilitated executive development seminars at the Cornell School of Industrial Relations. He is presently on the advisory board for the Executive MBA program for Kennesaw State University. Dr. Strieker has conducted seminars across the country on a variety of topics, including leadership development, customer service, group dynamics, effective team building, negotiation, selection, and coaching.

    Carol Danielson

    Carol Danielson

    Senior Vice President

    Carol Danielson has 30 plus years of experience in clinical executive leadership roles in a variety of hospital-based health care systems.   Included are adult, pediatric, community and teaching hospitals, non-profit, for-profit and faith based, where her responsibilities ranged from overseeing multiple service lines to more widespread general clinical operations in acute inpatient and ambulatory settings.  Most recently, Ms. Danielson has served in two Chief Nurse Executive roles in a regional health system in a secondary market and in a two-hospital community teaching hospital system in a very competitive large metropolitan market.  As a result, she has a keen understanding of the challenges facing all C-Suite executive leaders in health care today.

    Having a skilled and competent team on board is an executive’s first and foremost challenge.  Finding leaders, possessing an appropriate mix of clinical, financial, and operational acumen, is imperative to being successful.   In every role, the key to ultimate success for the executive and organization is superb leadership talent.  Ms. Danielson has recruited and developed a top-notch team to achieve excellence in all metrics; financial, quality, patient experience and safety, in every position she has held.

    In Ms. Danielson’s service line roles, she had responsibility for the strategic positioning, physician relationship, business development and organizational interdependence (matrix) aspects of important service lines such as Cardiovascular, Orthopedic/Musculoskeletal, Neuroscience, Cancer, Women’s, Trauma, Rehabilitation and Pediatrics.  Some were brand new service lines in the beginning stages of development while others were mature service lines needing focus on sustainability.  Many achieved Center of Excellence recognition and status from accrediting organizations such as The Joint Commission and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

    In addition to her recent hospital system executive leadership experience, Ms. Danielson is involved in the community.  She serves as a Rotarian where she has chaired the community service committee for the last four years.  She also volunteers at Mosaic Georgia, a center which evaluates, supports and advocates for adult and child victims of sexual abuse.

    Ms. Danielson is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Nurse Executive-Advanced with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  She is also a Registered Nurse.

    Frank Thayer

    Frank Thayer

    Senior Vice President

    Frank Thayer is a seasoned healthcare executive search and human resources professional who also offers demonstrable physician faculty and research organization experience. Mr. Thayer directed executive talent acquisition and business development for over 15 years in a variety of healthcare organizations. He is also recognized for his work with non-profit agencies. He has served as Chairman of the National Child Life Certifying Commission (CLCC), Baltimore Rape Crisis Center and Newport Martin Luther King Center. He conducted the first CEO search for Union Mission, the largest homeless center in Savannah and southeast Georgia.

    Mr. Thayer graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and earned his Master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University. He has been active for over 25 years throughout the healthcare industry serving as COO of a teaching hospital, CEO of a rehabilitation hospital, VP of operations for a multi-hospital system, COO of a large physician faculty practice plan, VP for operations of a national multi-facility government ambulatory care system and Director of Executive and Physician Talent Acquisition. He is an affiliate of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Hospital Association (AHA).

    Prior to joining Nagle & Associates, Mr. Thayer started the healthcare division of a search firm headquartered in New England and opened its southeast offices in Savannah and Atlanta, GA and Chapel Hill, NC.

    Mr. Thayer brings to each assignment a varied background of healthcare operations and clinical experience including:

    • 15 years of comprehensive experience in executive search, through not only comprehensive corporate talent acquisition, but also healthcare human resources related consulting engagements.
    • Extensive talent acquisition experience in multi-level executive placement in a wide variety of healthcare organizations encompassing multiple disciplines.
    • Clinical experience as a physician assistant and nurse. Mr. Thayer has held clinical leadership positions including serving in large military medical centers in the United States as well leading medical air evacuation units overseas.
    • Led the education and organizational development function of human resources for large complex multi-facility systems with 5,000 to 10,000 employees. He developed and taught behavioral interviewing and other recruitment training for senior hiring managers.
    • Led the first executive diversity initiative and how to assess the capacity for change management in leadership recruitment.
    Christopher (Chris) Kane

    Christopher (Chris) Kane

    Senior Vice President

    30+ years of experience in the healthcare industry. Previously, Mr. Kane was the chief strategy officer for a large integrated delivery system (5 hospitals, $2B+ in assets and 13,000+ employees.)  He has broad experience in healthcare consulting, having served as the practice leader for strategy services for a national advisory company and as a principal at a Big 4 firm.

    He is focused on meeting clients’ expectations for objective advice that is creative and pragmatic. In his executive search assignments, Mr. Kane applies broad knowledge of the C-Suite and board room.  A successful candidate must adapt his or her playbook to the unique characteristics of the client’s competitive situation, team dynamics and aspirations.

    Mr. Kane has assisted hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, physician groups, and managed care organizations nationwide in improving market, financial and organizational performance. During his career, Mr. Kane has facilitated hundreds of strategic planning sessions.

    He has published a variety of articles and speaks frequently on topics in strategic planning and physician-hospital alignment in health care organizations. He has been a speaker at the national meetings of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Voluntary Hospitals of America, and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has recognized him as one of the “Who’s Who in Healthcare.” He is a frequent resource for the media related to healthcare industry trends.

    Mr. Kane has held various professional and civic positions including serving as a prior board member for Camp Kudzu, as past chairman of the Georgia Association of Health Care Executives (an affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives) as well as former president of the Georgia chapter of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

    Mr. Kane received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University and his MBA in Healthcare Management & Finance from Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

    Michael Kedme

    Michael Kedme

    President and CEO of KCA Firm

    A premier physician, allied search, and consulting firm. Mr. Kedme has personally placed over 240 physicians in 70 different specialties during his career. He is an expert in structuring competitive physician recruiting environments for KCA’s clients and in planning and executing all phases of a physician search, including contract analysis, candidate sourcing, screening, interviewing, and search resolution. He takes a consultative approach with clients, serving as a trusted strategic partner. His purpose for KCA is to reduce the client’s recruiting costs and increase provider satisfaction and retention.

    Mr. Kedme has experience working with provider groups and health systems of all sizes in both academic and clinical settings. His experience extends to health systems and groups of all types and sizes including: single- and multi-specialty groups, multi-hospital systems, designated trauma centers, major academic institutions, community hospitals, critical access hospitals, nursing homes, physical rehabilitation facilities, and behavioral health facilities. Mr. Kedme has extensive experience placing physicians, advanced practitioners, and academic leaders/faculty.

    Prior to KCA, Mr. Kedme was with a large national physician search firm for 12 years and served as Senior Director of Recruiting. He led the southeast and mid-Atlantic region and had the top producing team in the country during his tenure. Mr. Kedme graduated summa cum laude in both Finance and Pre-Med Genetics with high honors from the University of Georgia.