Our Team

InveniasPartners, a C-Suite executive search and talent advisory services firm, is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City, and St. Louis. InveniasPartners' team members have the business, communications and health care expertise to take on the most complex and challenging C-Suite executive search, assessment or talent management projects. With decades of combined health care executive experience InveniasPartners' consultants are able to uncover new opportunities and select strategies that address every item on clients' to-do lists. InveniasPartners consultants are available 24/7—as strategic advisors, sounding boards and facilitators. They make sure engagements reach the finish line on time, on budget and with the qualitative and quantitative results InveniasPartners' clients have come to expect.

  • Curt Lucas

    Curt Lucas is a Managing Partner and founding Chairman of InveniasPartners, and is based in our Chicago and Los Angeles offices. With more than 25 years of experience in executive search and assessment, Curt has conducted over 400 senior leadership search assignments in the health care services industry.  He has served senior level executives from client organizations and has provided consultation to numerous organizational Boards of Trustees while leading highly visible C-suite assignments nationally. Curt has authored a myriad of articles and white-papers on health care leadership and has participated in numerous speaking engagements on the subject as well.

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  • Vic Buzachero

    Vic Buzachero serves as a Partner for InveniasPartners and is based in San Diego. With nearly 40 years of human resources management experience, Vic has provided HR leadership in some of the most respected health care systems in the country. Most recently, Mr. Buzachero served as the CHRO for Scripps Health in La Jolla, CA, named to the 2017 Workforce 100 list of top companies for HR.

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  • Chris Corwin

    Chris Corwin is a Partner with InveniasPartners, and is based out of our in our Southern California (Irvine) office. With more than 25 years in the health care provider industry, Chris has served as a health care practitioner, consultant, and business development executive. She began her career as a Clinical Nurse Specialist—including stints with Barnes/Jewish, St. Louis University Hospital, Kaiser Permanente (Los Angeles), and UCLA Medical Center—before moving into strategic and operational roles with various leading organizations.

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  • Bruce Schroffel

    Bruce Schroffel is a Partner with InveniasPartners, and is based in our Chicago office. He is a highly-skilled senior healthcare leader, with more than 35 years of experience leading and managing large, complex healthcare organizations. As a former CEO, Bruce is experienced in executing major strategic initiatives and is particularly attuned to the need to strengthen cultures and provide stability during times of organizational change. Bruce helps identify CEOs, deans and other senior executives for hospitals, health systems and other not-for-profit organizations. He has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions and has led major hospital turn-arounds.

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  • Donna Katen-Bahensky

    Donna Katen-Bahensky is a Managing Consultant for InveniasPartners, and is based in our Chicago office. Donna has spent over 30 years in senior leadership positions in a number of large and prestigious academic medical centers. Currently, Donna is serving on the Board of Directors for a variety of emerging health care technology organizations including Quietyme, Inc.; branch2; Extract Systems; and she serves as an Adviser to Clemetric Healthcare Data Analytics; Dock Technologies; and Exact Sciences Corporation.

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  • Jay Eckersley

    Jay Eckersley is a Managing Partner and founding member of InveniasPartners and is based in our St. Louis and Salt Lake City offices.

    A Healthcare Leader--Eckersley has most recently served as Senior Health Care Consultant with The Gosser Group, St. Louis. There he advised hospitals, physicians and health plans how best to integrate their respective interests for effective managed care contracting, guaranteed cost controls and published reporting of quality patient care outcomes required under the Affordable Care Act.

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  • George Popko

    George Popko is a Managing Partner and founding member of InveniasPartners and is based in our Princeton, New Jersey office. George possesses over 25 years of progressive experience in the Hospital and Healthcare industry as a senior executive.

    Prior to joining InveniasPartners, George spent the last six years at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey serving as the Chief Financial Officer. He was part of the initial management team that was hired after a failed merger with a regional healthcare system. George led the financial turnaround of a $170 million organization which was losing approximately $20 million annually.

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  • Courtney Walter

    Courtney Walter is a Managing Partner and founding member of InveniasPartners and is based in our St. Louis office. Courtney also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for InveniasPartners. Courtney possesses over 25 years financial and operations management experience, primarily in the health insurance and managed care industry, and is a CPA with over nine years of experience as an Audit Manager with Ernst & Young.

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  • Scott Cooper

    Scott Cooper is a Principal at InveniasPartners and is based in the Chicago office. Partnering with the firm's Partners, Scott assists in conducting senior-level and C-Suite retained executive searches within the Healthcare industry.

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  • Ben Lucas

    Ben Lucas is a Senior Associate for InveniasPartners and is based in our Chicago office. Ben provides search execution and research assistance for C-suite and senior executive level engagements for integrated delivery systems, academic medical centers, physician group practices, and managed care organizations.

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  • Connor T. Keegan

    Connor Keegan is a Senior Associate at InveniasPartners and is based in the Chicago office. Partnering with the firm's management, Connor provides search execution and research assistance for C-suite executive level engagements. His primary focus is dealing with integrated delivery systems, academic medical centers, physician group practices, and managed care organizations.

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  • James M. Hillis

    James M. Hillis is the Vice President of Operations and Client Services for InveniasPartners, and is based in our Chicago office. In this role, he is responsible for curating and driving forward the strategic efforts of the firm, as well as ensuring their alignment with InveniasPartners' commitment to exceptional service and value.

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