Ray Williams, CEORay Williams

Chief Executive Officer

As the organization's CEO, Williams reports directly to the Clinic's Board of Directors. He is accountable for all aspects of the organization's human, financial and physical resources, with the ultimate goals to provide the highest quality health care possible to the community, help partners and employees find satisfaction in their work and achieve sensible financial success. Williams joined Springfield Clinic in January 2017.

Williams most recently served as the Senior VP - Physician Mergers & Integration at International Council for Quality Care, Inc., a national consulting firm specializing in physician practice success. His leadership achievements include improving operational efficiency, redesigning primary care models, deploying information technology to drive quality and performance, and elevating the patient experience. For more than 25 years of his career in health care, Williams worked at Sentara Health in Norfolk, Virginia. At Sentara, a fully-integrated health care system, he served as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Sentara Medical Group and held that position for more than 12 years prior to his exit in 2009.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Williams attended Old Dominion University, also in Norfolk, where he graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree.

Jen Boyer, VP of OperationsJen Boyer, RN, MBA

Vice-President of Operations

As Vice-President of Operations, Boyer is responsible for numerous Springfield Clinic operational divisions, including the Ambulatory Surgery & Endoscopy Center, TeleNurse & TeleCommunications, two primary care regions, including offices in Springfield and satellites to the north and west, as well more than 10 medical specialty groups located at Springfield Clinic 1st – 800 Building.

Boyer brings more than 20 years practical nursing experience to her role, having launched her career as a staff nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, through serving as Emergency Medical Services Director at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield more than 15 years later. She joined Springfield Clinic in 2012 as the Clinical Nurse Navigator for The Orthopedic Group and advanced to Service Line Director in 2014, where she served until her appointment to Springfield Clinic’s executive team in February 2017.

She has earned both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health and a Master of Business Administration / Health Care Administration from Benedictine University in Springfield. Her professional affiliations include American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Association of Orthopedic Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.

Chris Cousins, VP of Managed Care & Ancillary ServicesChris Cousins

Vice-President of Managed Care & Ancillary Services

Cousins joined Springfield Clinic in August of 2017 as the organization’s Vice President of Managed Care and Ancillary Services. In that capacity, his responsibilities include oversight of the Clinic’s Imaging, Laboratory and Rehabilitation Services Departments, as well as the group’s Managed Care & Population Health services.  

Just before joining Springfield Clinic, Cousins served as the Vice President of Client Success for CareCloud, a leading provider of cloud-based revenue cycle management (RCM), practice management (PM), electronic health record (EHR), and patient engagement solutions for medical groups. Having more than 20 prior years of experience in the health care industry, primarily with Athenahealth based in Massachusetts and Sentara Healthcare in Virginia, he offers a proven track record of success in operational efficiency, strategy, service and customer satisfaction.

Cousins earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He served as a member of the US Army Reserve at Fort Lee and Fort Eustis, both in Virginia, for 11 years, and achieved the distinguished rank of Captain prior to completing his service in 1998. 

Jack O'Hara, Chief Information OfficerJack O'Hara

Vice-President and Chief Information Officer

As Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Jack O’Hara is responsible for overseeing the HIM, IT, MSO, Privacy and Project Management Office Departments.

Jack served most recently as an IT site director for the Manhattan downtown campus of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Previously, he held leadership positions at Allscripts Healthcare, NYU-Winthrop University Hospital and Siemens Healthcare.

Jack received his Master of Business Administration from Cornell SC Johnson School of Management and a Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership from the Weill Cornell School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY.

Katie Rutledge, VP and CHROKatie Rutledge

Vice-President & Chief Human Resources Officer

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Rutledge is responsible for all aspects of Springfield Clinic's human resources management, encompassing Benefits, Compensation & HRIS, Employee Relations, and Talent Management.

Having achieved success in human resources management at several organizations in the Chicagoland area, including United States Gypsum Corporation, Brunswick Corporation, and BP Corporation, Rutledge returned to her native Springfield in 2014 and served as a Human Resources Manager for Memorial Health System. She joined Springfield Clinic in June of 2015 as Director of Human Resources and was named CHRO in January 2017.

Rutledge earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication and a Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She maintains certification as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Benjamin McLainBenjamin McLain, VP of Operations

Vice-President of Operations

In his operations role, McLain collaborates with hospital leadership, expands the market for hospital-based services and helps make Springfield Clinic the preeminent community of caring. He works closely with regional hospital leadership in the development and placement of clinical operational divisions, including Critical Care, Hospitalist Medicine, Laborists, Clinical Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Radiation Oncology.  

McLain has more than 20 years of health care leadership experience in both hospital and private practice organizations. He joined Springfield Clinic in 2014 as the director of rehabilitation services and transitioned to director of operations in 2018. In his time at Springfield Clinic he has provided leadership in the areas of Rehabilitation Services, Sports Medicine, Family Practice, General Surgery and Occupational Medicine.   
He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Athletic Training, and a Master of Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.  His professional affiliations include the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.    
McLain lives in Chatham with his wife Dawn, and they have three sons Tristan, Aiden and Landon.  He is heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scout Master and serves as a Financial Peace University Coordinator as a way to help others get control of their debt.   

Kenneth Sagins, VP and CMOKenneth Sagins, MD – Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

Vice-President & Chief Medical Officer

Kenneth Sagins, MD was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, where he also completed his residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.

Dr. Sagins is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a member of the American Board of Physician Executives, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the Illinois State Medical Society.

Dr. Sagins joined Springfield Clinic in 1997 and served as Chairman of Springfield Clinic's Board of Directors (2010-2011). He was named Chief Medical Officer in January 2017, with the primary responsibility to ensure the quality of care at Springfield Clinic. Dr. Sagins will also serve as the clinical liaison with other medical entities, help develop Springfield Clinic's strategic clinical needs, interact with the organizations leadership, including the Board of Directors and CEO and support care coordination. Additionally, he leads the administrative Quality Management committee.

Sarah Skeeters, VP of OperationsSarah Skeeters

Vice-President of Operations

With more than 20 years of health care operations and practice management experience to her credit, Skeeters joined Springfield Clinic in October 2016 as Service Line Director for Chronic Diseases and was named Vice-President of Operations in February 2017. In her current capacity, she oversees operational divisions that include primary care offices in Springfield and the Clinic’s southern region, and nearly 20 medical specialty groups located at Springfield Clinic 1st – 900 Building and Main Campus. Her purview also includes hospital-based medical specialists and call center operations.

A native of the Springfield area, Skeeters earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Med & Psychology from Benedictine University, prior to the completion of her MBA in Health Care Administration, also at Benedictine. Skeeters is a member of the American Society for Quality and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Theti, Arvinder, VP and CIOCal Thomas

Vice-President, Business Development & Marketing

As Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Thomas is responsible for provider recruitment, provider credentialing/onboarding, marketing/communications and business development. He joined Springfield Clinic in 2009 as an operations manager then moved into a new role as director of outreach in 2010. As a director, Thomas helped expand Springfield Clinic’s specialties and patient access by increasing the number of outreach providers from 50 to 140 throughout 18 counties. In 2012, Thomas was promoted to director of outreach and business development and became responsible for refocusing the two departments on business development relationships, data and strategy. Thomas was promoted to his vice president role in 2018.

Thomas brings 15 years of health care experience from both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Springfield Clinic, Thomas oversaw pediatric operations, dental program expansion and multispecialty acquisitions for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, a federally qualified health center. In his role with the foundation, he worked with 150 providers throughout the East St. Louis/Metro East markets.

Thomas grew up in Rochester, Ill., and now lives in Sherman with his wife, Carly, and two children, Carson & Callie. He attended Indiana University and Southern Illinois University and received degrees in business administration and marketing. Thomas was a student athlete at both universities, where he played soccer and was voted as team captain, an honor he still feels today.

Lynne Barkmeier, Medical DirectorLynne D. Barkmeier, MD – Vascular Surgery

Medical Director - Associate Advancement

Dr. Lynne Barkmeier, a native of Columbus, Nebraska, earned her medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. At Creighton, she completed a General Surgery residency then relocated to Springfield, Illinois for a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at SIU School of Medicine. Upon completion, Dr. Barkmeier joined the staff of SIU, practicing there for nine years, before entering private practice for three. She joined Springfield Clinic in 2000.

She maintains certification in Vascular Surgery and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Barkmeier is a member of the Sangamon County Medical Society and Illinois State Medical Society.

As Medical Director for Associate Advancement, Dr. Barkemeier is responsible for recruiting, integrating, mentoring and developing new associates, as well as helping define their professional expectations.

Joseph Conolon, Medical Director Joseph D. Conlon, MD – Pediatric Dermatology

Medical Director - Physician Stewardship

Dr. Conlon joined Springfield Clinic’s Dermatology Department. One of only a few hundred board certified Pediatric Dermatologists in the entire country, Dr. Conlon received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. He then completed two residencies—one in Pediatrics at the Childrens’ Hospital of Wisconsin and one in Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, both in Milwaukee. He was then awarded a fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Board certified in both Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology from the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Conlon is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Board of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, the Society of Pediatric Dermatology and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Dr. Conlon, as Medical Director for Physician Stewardship, serves as a liaison to all Springfield Clinic's clinical departments, physicians and operations teams to support positive physician relations. Additionally, he will support the CMIO in the implementation and integration of population health models and variance reduction efforts.

Krishna P. Aparanji, MD

Medical Director - Systems

Systems Medical Director Dr. Krishna Aparanji joined the Critical Care team at Springfield Clinic as an intensivist in 2012 after completing his fellowship training in critical care medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He served as a Fundamental Critical Care Specialist (FCCS) consultant with the Society of Critical Care Medicine and as a clinical associate professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is board certified in critical-care medicine, neurocritical care, geriatric medicine and internal medicine with a focus on hospital medicine. He is also Lean Six Sigma certified and a certified-physician executive.

Dr. Aparanji is liaison for all Springfield Clinic departments to facilitate in-hospital workflow efficiency and reduce burnout risk for Springfield Clinic physicians through systems management.