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, ranks 20th among U.S. staffing firms and is 17th largest 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 17 companies and 1,300 associates specializing in temporary and permanent healthcare staffing.

Since taking the role in 2013, Jackson has consistently led the nearly $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 Vice 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.

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.

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. She, her husband and two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

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.

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.

Leslie Kurtz
Chief Financial Officer

Leslie Kurtz serves as Chief Financial Officer for Jackson Healthcare. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating all financial and accounting operations for the organization, including treasury management, prospective acquisitions, the start-up of new businesses, risk management and relationships with the company’s lenders.

With more than 30 years of progressive financial and operations experience, Kurtz has deep domain expertise in creating systems and processes to support rapidly growing businesses and a proven track record 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 such brands as Right Management, Irwin & Browning and Coca-Cola Enterprises. As a Certified Public Accountant, she launched her career at Arthur Anderson.

Kurtz graduated with honors from the University of Dayton and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with dual majors in accounting and finance. She 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.

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.

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 team of professionals focused on HR operations, talent acquisition, training and development, benefits, human capital management, and employment policies and procedures.

In her position, Smith serves as a key strategist in expanding Jackson Healthcare’s extensive associate professional and well-being offerings. During her tenure, the organization became certified as a “Great Place to Work” and made its debut on Fortune’s “Best Workplaces in Healthcare and Bio-Pharma” and “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials.” Locally, Jackson Healthcare and its family of staffing, search and technology companies have been named on Atlanta’s best places to work and healthiest workplaces lists.

On the speaker circuit, Smith has addressed wellness and culture topics for the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Occupational Health Conference. She is active in Peer 150’s Human Resources Group and Atlanta CHRO leadership, and serves in volunteer capacities with organizations that include 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.