Jackson Healthcare’s executive team

brings extensive leadership experience and business acumen to the hospitals, physicians and clinical teams we serve.

Richard L. Jackson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Healthcare

Richard L. Jackson serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Healthcare, a family of highly-specialized healthcare staffing and technology companies. Jackson Healthcare is the third largest U.S. healthcare staffing firm by revenue, and is 14th among Atlanta’s largest private companies.

For the past 39 years, Jackson has been instrumental in conceptualizing and developing more than 25 healthcare companies. His ownership and operation of staffing companies, surgery centers, practice management companies, clinics and hospitals have endowed him with the depth and breadth required to thrive in the ever-changing healthcare environment.

Jackson has demonstrated a unique ability to anticipate industry trends, identify underserved niches and create industry-leading companies. Jackson partners with industry thought leaders and continues to play a lead role in transforming the way healthcare is delivered.

As a former foster child, he is driven by a personal mission to inject hope and opportunity into the lives of underserved children, Jackson actively supports numerous local and international charitable organizations. He is a co-founder of FaithBridge Foster Care and serves as its Chairman. Jackson founded goBeyondProfit, a first-of-its-kind business leader-to-leader initiative to make giving back the norm in Georgia.

Jackson and his wife reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shane Jackson
President, Jackson Healthcare

Shane Jackson is president of Jackson Healthcare, a family of 16 companies and more than 1,500 associates specializing in temporary and permanent healthcare staffing.

Since taking the role in 2013, Jackson has consistently led the more than $1 billion private enterprise to more than double the industry’s annual growth rate.

Jackson has also served as president of LocumTenens.com, Patient Placement Systems and NextStart Capital. He has been named among the 100 most influential people in the staffing industry by Staffing Industry Analysts and as one of the most accomplished young business leaders in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

He is a primary guiding force for Jackson Healthcare’s mission of improving the delivery of patient care and the lives of everyone it touches.  Jackson champions the company’s community impact program, LoveLifts, which supports access to healthcare and the wellbeing of disadvantaged children.

In 2016, Jackson spearheaded the launch of a non-profit venture within the Jackson Healthcare family. Connecting Kids with Care™ connects volunteer doctors and nurses to thousands of global orphans with free, tech-enabled healthcare.

Jackson is an advocate for the power of business leaders as a positive force for people and the community. He speaks and writes on the topic, and has authored a book, “Fostering Culture,” on intentionally nurturing a values-led culture.

Jackson’s current non-profit board commitments focus on education and access to healthcare, including Junior Achievement of Atlanta, the Goodman Institute and serving as Chair of the Health & Wellness Policy Committee for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is Vice Chairman of the state’s leader-led goBeyondProfit business initiative that promotes the belief that giving back is good for business and good for Georgia.

Jackson earned a M.B.A. from Emory University, and a B.B.A from Harding University. He and his wife reside in Alpharetta, Georgia, with their three children.

Scott L’Heureux
President, Nurse and Allied Health

Scott L’Heureux serves as President of Jackson Healthcare’s Nurse and Allied Health group, a portfolio of brands that include traditional, travel and international nurse staffing; executive recruitment and consulting; pharmacy; physical, occupational and speech therapy; and vendor management.

A recognized healthcare business leader for more than 30 years, 25 of which have been with the Jackson Healthcare family of companies, Scott provides overarching strategy, supporting the growth of each of the individual businesses that comprise the group—including Avant Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Staffing Technologies, Healthcare Workforce Logistics, Jackson Nurse Professionals, Jackson Pharmacy Professionals, Jackson Therapy Partners, Kirby Bates Associates, Sullivan Healthcare Consulting and Tyler & Company—while fostering collaboration and maximizing synergies as they work together to help clients and clinicians achieve their goals.

Other roles he has held include positions with Surgical Information Systems, where he was CEO, EnableSoft Software (now Nintex),McKesson, IBAX Healthcare Systems (now Scrip) and Pharmacia & Upjohn (now Pfizer). Scott holds a bachelor and master’s degree in finance and management from Georgia State University, is an adjunct professor at Seminole State College, serves on the advisory board for its business school, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Jennifer Dangar
Chief of Corporate Operations

Jennifer R. Dangar is chief of corporate operations for Jackson Healthcare. In this capacity Dangar oversees the company’s resource teams (Human Resources, Marketing & Communications, Technology and Facilities). She partners with company leaders to drive innovation while supporting growth and excellence. In her 20 plus years of senior leadership, she has overseen strategy, sales, marketing, business development, research & insights, contract negotiation, new product launches and operations.

Prior to Jackson, Dangar had a robust career in the media industry, where she held a breadth of executive roles at The Weather Company, Discovery Communications and Turner Broadcasting. She served on various boards and was recognized for her contributions to the telecom industry, garnering numerous awards and accolades.

Jennifer is deeply committed to giving back in Atlanta. She currently sits on the advisory board of Valor Ventures and serves on the board of Girl Talk, Inc. and Neighbor to Family. She has served as the Georgia chair of YPO (Young President’s Organization) and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta (2011). Dangar is a graduate of Tulane University.

Ryan Esparza
Chief Information Officer

As head of the shared services technology group, Esparza oversees the strategic vision, direction and delivery of technology initiatives across Jackson Healthcare’s campus and operating companies.

Esparza brings a wealth of experience with some of the leading brands in Atlanta, including The Weather Channel, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Cox, and The Home Depot. Immediately prior to joining Jackson Healthcare, he was a vice president of software engineering at The Weather Company, an IBM Business, where he managed engineering teams in Atlanta and Israel to build the company’s advertising, video, and content delivery platforms in all digital formats. Previously, as a global innovation manager at IHG, he launched the world’s first mobile key platform.

Esparza holds a bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin and studied at Tecnológico de Monterrery. He stays involved with a number of technology organizations in the Atlanta area and sits on the boards of The Brittany Club, a local non-profit, and the Alpharetta Technology Commission. He is a licensed pilot, scuba diver, avid traveler and resides with his wife, Brittany, and 2 kids in Brookhaven, GA.

Leslie Kurtz
Chief Financial Officer

Leslie Kurtz serves as Chief Financial Officer for Jackson Healthcare. In this role, she is responsible for leading the accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, and risk management operations of the enterprise, including financial oversight of the Jackson Healthcare family of companies.

With more than 30 years of progressive financial and operations experience, Kurtz has deep expertise in creating systems and processes to support rapidly growing businesses and a proven track record of driving top-line growth, operational excellence and sustained profitability.

Before joining Jackson Healthcare, Kurtz held executive leadership positions in the talent management and healthcare industries, most recently serving as CFO at MedQuest Associates. Prior to that, she worked with multiple companies in accounting and operational finance leadership roles, including Arthur Andersen, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Irwin & Browning and Right Management.

Kurtz is on the advisory board of the CFO Forum in Atlanta, and supports multiple non-profit organizations, most recently serving as board chair for King’s Ridge Christian School. She graduated with honors from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance, and resides in Milton, Georgia with her family.

Randall Mink
Chief Risk Officer

Randall Mink serves as Chief Risk Officer for Jackson Healthcare and its affiliated companies. He oversees all corporate risk management functions, as well as the deployment of risk management across the Jackson portfolio of companies, including insurance procurement, litigation management, captive management, acquisition due diligence, compliance and an array of other responsibilities.

Mink has 30 years of corporate healthcare experience. He previously worked for HealthSouth Corporation (and Surgical Care Affiliates-spinoff Company) and US Pipe. Positions he held include Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Risk Management and Senior Vice President Risk Management & Corporate Ancillary Services.

Mink’s primary focus is, and has always been, risk management but he has additional experience in human resources management, management training and education, clinical education, quality standards, HIPAA compliance, corporate security, captive insurance company board, records management, corporate campus supervision and company-wide budgeting.

Mink is a graduate of University of Alabama. He is also a licensed broker. A Birmingham, Alabama native, he currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and family.

Jay D. Mitchell
General Counsel, Jackson Healthcare

Jay D. Mitchell serves as general counsel for Jackson Healthcare. In his position, he is responsible for all legal affairs for the organization. He also provides legal services support for the Jackson Healthcare family of staffing, search and technology companies.

Mitchell joined Jackson Healthcare from King & Spalding in Atlanta, where he served as senior counsel. Prior to that, he worked for Piedmont Healthcare, where he held the positions of chief compliance officer, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Other roles Mitchell has held include serving as senior attorney at HCA Healthcare in Nashville and working in private law practice.

Mitchell has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College and a law degree from Mercer University. He holds several compliance and ethics certifications, and serves on the board of directors for RoadSafe America and Skyland Trail in Atlanta.

Robyn Smith
Executive Vice President of Human Resources

As executive vice president of human resources, Robyn Smith brings more than 25 years of experience to her role leading Jackson Healthcare’s corporate HR team. In her position, she sets the strategic direction for talent acquisition, benefits, training and development, career pathing, succession planning, diversity and inclusion, compensation, rewards programs and workplace policies. Since joining the organization, Smith has been a driving force in expanding its extensive associate professional and well-being offerings.

During her tenure, Jackson Healthcare became “Great Place to Work” certified and made its debut on Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Healthcare and Biopharma, Best Workplaces for Women and Best Workplaces for Millennials lists. Locally, Jackson Healthcare and its family of staffing, search and technology companies have appeared on Atlanta’s best places to work and healthiest workplace lists.

On the speaker circuit, Smith addresses wellness and culture topics at a variety of events throughout the year. She is active in Peer 150’s Human Resources Group and Atlanta CHRO leadership, and serves in volunteer capacities with Connections Homes, Open Hand Atlanta and Junior Achievement. Smith joined Jackson Healthcare following a successful HR career in the enterprise software space and in national healthcare and staffing firms. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and serves on the board of Coles Business School.

Leslie Day-Harrell
Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate

In her role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, Leslie Day-Harrell is responsible for the company’s rapidly expanding physical footprint in Alpharetta, Georgia, including the current $100 million expansion project.

Day-Harrell is leading the Italian Renaissance-style corporate expansion designed to accommodate 1,400 new associates in 306,000 additional square feet. Beyond the current corporate expansion, her responsibilities include facilities and property management, leading property purchases and oversight of corporate amenities including the gym/spa, dining facilities, health clinic, and more.

Day-Harrell has been managing corporate real estate in Atlanta since 1994 and has earned the Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Certified Property Manager (CPM) designations. She has been the recipient of multiple national and local awards in the property management industry. Prior to joining Jackson Healthcare, Leslie Day-Harrell was a senior property manager with Childress Klein Properties.

Day-Harrell is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She lives in Canton, Georgia with her husband and three children.

Josh Berman
Vice President, Corporate Development

Josh Berman serves as vice president of corporate development for Jackson Healthcare. In this role, he is responsible for leading investments, mergers and acquisitions, new partnerships and other strategic corporate development initiatives for the company.

He also is general manager of the Jackson Healthcare-backed non-profit organization Connecting Kids With Care. Focused on expanding access to quality healthcare, it connects a network of medical organizations and professionals, who donate their time, to serve orphans and other underserved people around the world. Since inception, Connecting Kids With Care has enabled more than 2,000 children from over 100 humanitarian organizations in 24 countries to receive the care they need.

Prior to these roles, Berman spent his career acquiring, starting and growing business units in the technology, consumer services and finance industries—working with organizations that include Microsoft Research, LVMH, Société Générale, GLG and Man Group PLC.

Berman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York at Binghamton. He is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, International Business Brokers Association and Project Management Institute, and serves as chair of the board for the Community Farmers Markets of Atlanta.

Keith Jennings
Vice President of Community Impact

Keith Jennings is responsible for Jackson Healthcare’s multi-faceted charitable outreach, which includes deepening external partnerships and maximizing associate engagement in community service efforts. This includes advancing the company’s community impact platform, called LoveLifts, with a special focus on the organization’s two priorities: access to healthcare and children’s wellbeing.

Jennings previously served as Jackson’s Vice President of Corporate Marketing spearheading initiatives designed to lift Jackson Healthcare’s brand, culture and companies. He continues to support the launch and scale-up of new entities and special projects.

Prior to Jackson, Jennings served nine years as head of planning and marketing for a two-hospital health system including direct oversight of its certificate of need applications, corporate compliance program and medical office properties. Before that he worked with three healthcare contract management firms, specializing in orthopedics, occupational medicine and geriatric psychiatry.

Jennings is a graduate of Florida State University. He, his wife and four children live in Milton, Georgia.

Anne Patton
Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Anne Patton serves as vice president of marketing and corporate communications for Jackson Healthcare, and is responsible for strategy and execution of corporate branding, marketing communications, content marketing, digital marketing, research, and associate communications and engagement that support the growth of Jackson Healthcare and its family of specialized healthcare staffing, search and technology companies.

With more than 20 years of experience, Patton has developed, managed and executed strategies across an array of marketing disciplines—from branding and positioning, to analyst relations, public relations and advertising, and from digital marketing and thought leadership, to product/service launches and customer marketing campaigns. Additional areas of focus have included M&A communications, and support for evolving sales enablement and customer experience functions.

Before joining Jackson Healthcare, Patton served in similar leadership positions in the high-tech and enterprise software space. Prior to that, she worked in communications roles on the agency side, serving B2B and B2C national and global brands. Patton is a member of the American Marketing Association and Public Relations Society of America, and serves in volunteer capacities in the education and private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University Missouri-Columbia.