TAKE 5

TO GET TO KNOW THE PRACTICING EXCELLENCE TEAM

Learn about what makes each team member inspired, motivated, and energized.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Location
What I do At practicing Excellence
Family, Partners & Pets
Free-Time Fun
My Teammates Describe Me As

STEPHEN BEESON, MD

CEO & FOUNDER

Location: San Diego, CA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: Brand ambassador, lead strategizer, thought leader, content creator, and company growth-facilitator. I determine how we can best support the needs of healthcare systems, and help healthcare professionals love what they do to create amazing care for patients.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Son: Nicholas
  • Daughter: Sydney
  • Pets (Aussiedoodles): Tucker and Jessie

Free-Time Fun: run, golf, mountain bike

My Teammates Describe Me As: passionate, reliable, goofy

GIDON MARGOLIN

PRESIDENT

Location: Reisterstown, MD

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: Help our team deliver value and build a company that we can be proud of. 

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Andrea
  • Ethan
  • Romi
  • Cruz

Free-Time Fun: OrangeTheory, golf, love to eat

My Teammates Describe Me As: determined, passionate, loyal

MARY SUE EASMEIL, CPXP

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Location: Virginia Beach, VA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I lead the Practicing Excellence Operations Team, which includes Client Success, Content, Marketing, and Production. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of our team, empowering them to thrive, which in turn helps our business soar to new heights!

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Joey (20)
  • Sammi (18)
  • Henry (14)
  • sweet mini goldendoodle Klover (6)

Free-Time Fun: everything outdoors, cycling, reality TV

My Teammates Describe Me As: optimistic, caring, energetic

JON KUEHLER

CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER

Location: Denver, CO

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I wake up every day thinking about how to grow Practicing Excellence.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Jaymie
  • Josie

Free-Time Fun: hiking, breweries

My Teammates Describe Me As: relentless, passionate, “more”

ALEX VANS

GROWTH OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Location: Arlington, VA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I manage the Partner Development Associates, our top-of-funnel sales operations, and run operation execution for our GTM strategy.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • My collection of leather bound books surrounded by rich mahogany

Free-Time Fun: jazz piano, running, kayaking

My Teammates Describe Me As: verbose, intense, focused

PHYLLIS BYRD

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PARTNER DEVELOPMENT

Location: San Francisco, CA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence:Develop relationships in the market to effectively communicate Practicing Excellence’s value prop in alignment to their identified needs.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • 12.5 YO daughter 
  • 9.5 YO son
  • 1 betta fish and 1 goldfish and lots of plants

Free-Time Fun: Love Spin (I teach indoor spin classes), bike riding around the Bay with my kids, hiking

My Teammates Describe Me As: relatable, dependable, fun

 

JUSTIN CLARK

Director, Partner Development

Location: San Francisco, CA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence:

My role involves cultivating and managing strategic partnerships to drive growth and outcomes for our partners. I work closely with prospective organizations to identify their needs, implement tailored solutions, and drive collaborative initiatives for continuous growth and improvement.

Free-Time Fun: run, exercise, boat

My Teammates Describe Me As: energetic, personable, amicable 

NICHOLAS BELBY

PARTNER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Location: Fredericksburg, VA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I bring in new business opportunities through cold emails, cold calls, networking, and social selling.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Wife – Nanda 
  • Dogs – Peggy and Bianca

Free-Time Fun: perform in musical ensembles, weight lifting, traveling with my wife

My Teammates Describe Me As: quick-witted, diligent, creative

 

GERBER REYES

PARTNER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Location: Falls Church, VA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: Inside sales and delivering & informing our target market on Practicing Excellence’s mission. 

 

Free-Time Fun: play golf, watch football, go to the beach

My Teammates Describe Me As: determined, observant, persistent

 

BLAINE BRACKETT

SENIOR DIRECTOR, CLIENT SUCCESS

Location: Chesapeake, VA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I help clients get the most value possible from Practicing Excellence. I help them tap Practicing Excellence to build skills that drive outcomes and make them feel really great about partnering with us.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Wife – Loryn
  • Daughters – Kinley (7) and Baylee (5)
  • Sadie the mini goldendoodle

Free-Time Fun: sports with the kiddos, being outside with our dog, grillin and chillin’

My Teammates Describe Me As: Hillbilly, gives great medical advice, Dorothy Szbornak

 

JILL HALLMAN

DIRECTOR, CLIENT SUCCESS

Location: Chesapeake, VA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: My role is to support our partners and client success team in aligning Practicing Excellence to the individual organizations’ goals and priorities, while creating sustainable change, impact, and value.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • John – Husband 
  • Kids: Noah, Isabella, Olivia and 
  • Daisy our mini goldendoodle

Free-Time Fun: sports, gaming, playing music at church

My Teammates Describe Me As: focused, detailed, supportive

 

BRITT DINATALE, BSN, RN

SENIOR CLIENT SUCCESS ADVISOR & DIRECTOR, NEP

Location: Washington, DC

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: Manage and advise a portfolio of client partners. Coordinate the larger strategy, development, and execution of the NEP as a unique product line for nurses.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Daughter – Sophie, 8 years old

Free-Time Fun: long walks, play music, explore what DC has to offer

My Teammates Describe Me As: agile, passionate, genuine

 

KENDRA BRENNAN, MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC

CLIENT SUCCESS ADVISOR

Location: Fairfax, VA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I work with partners to strategize the implementation and programming of Practicing Excellence and the Nursing Experience Project at their organization. I also focus on all things nursing, particularly with NEP and the LEAD program.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Husband – Dan
  • We have a big extended family we love—specially obsessed with our 6 nieces and nephews
  • (Someday this will be updated to include details on a Bernese Mountain Dog!)

Free-Time Fun: hiking, cycling, and reading

My Teammates Describe Me As: a nurse/nurse leader, someone who loves working on a ‘project’, your go-to girl if you want tips on savvy savings

 

RAYLENE THOMPSON MBA, CPXP

CLIENT SUCCESS ADVISOR

Location: Knoxville, TN

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I empower individuals to unlock their full potential and excel in serving others by providing tailored support and guidance. My role is dedicated to helping clients be their best selves so they can effectively serve others and achieve their goals.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Alex
  • Mady
  • Maggie (Grandog)

Free-Time Fun: travel, spend time with friends & family, binge Netflix

My Teammates Describe Me As: intentional, outgoing, creative

 

KATIE HESKETT, MS ED., CPXP, PMP

CLIENT SUCCESS MANAGER

Location: Travelers Rest, SC

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I onboard new clients and sustain support for engagement by existing clients in partnership with Client Success Advisors through building relationships, illustrating impact/results, promoting opportunities, and informing clients of new resources. I coordinate with marketing on client partner spotlights and lead our Credly digital badging program.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Joe, husband
  • Daniel and Mary, our grown children
  • Cooper, miniature schnauzer

Free-Time Fun: travel around South Carolina, visit family in the Midwest and California, go to concerts

My Teammates Describe Me As: positive, approachable, organized

 

MONICA FEHRS

CLIENT SUCCESS MANAGER

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I partner with clients to bring content knowledge, support, and relationship service within the client project team. I also onboard and train project teams to sustain, improve, and enhance the patient experience across their organization. 

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Dave – husband
  • Morgan, Jack, Kate – adult kiddos

Free-Time Fun: concerts, boating, hiking

My Teammates Describe Me As: supportive, dependable, organized

 

SAM HICKERT

PROGRAM MANAGER, CLIENT SUCCESS

Location: Akron, CO

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I assist the Client Success Team, and our clients in all the things, especially special projects like our CONNECT client event, workshops, advisory, etc.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Husband – Trey
  • Children – Hayden (2) 
  • Hux (6m)
  • Pets – Tonto and Hallie

Free-Time Fun: work on the ranch (especially with a cold beverage), all things family, friends and hosting, road trippin’

My Teammates Describe Me As: The Icebreaker Queen

 

CHRIS LEAHY-SIMON, M. ED.

LEARNING MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATOR 

Location: Rochester, NY

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: Maintain the functionality of the app and assist the implementation of new content into the app.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Melissa – Spouse
  • 2 cats – Entreri and Hinata

Free-Time Fun: Tae Kwon Do, Dungeons and Dragons, video games

My Teammates Describe Me As: detective, helpful, problem-solving

 

MICHAEL SMARR

DATA AND REPORTING ANALYST

Location: Carlisle, PA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I create reporting and analyze data pertaining to the use of our product.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Karli (girlfriend)
  • Bob & Poppy (cats)

Free-Time Fun: hiking, motorsports, anything outdoors

My Teammates Describe Me As: reliable, dedicated, helpful

 

MADDIE DIXON

CLIENT SUCCESS MANAGER

Location: Philadelphia, PA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I help set my clients up for success by providing comprehensive support for launching and managing Practicing Excellence at their organization. This includes assisting with onboarding, creating collateral, managing users, and providing data.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Girlfriend: Dani
  • Cat: Stevie

Free-Time Fun: hiking, thrifting, game nights

My Teammates Describe Me As: supportive, thorough, reliable

 

GIOVANNA RIVERA

CLIENT SUCCESS MANAGER

Location: Houston, TX

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I am the primary point of contact for clients for day-to-day needs. I help ensure clients achieve their desired outcomes using Practicing Excellence.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • husband
  • one son
  • my cat Cheeto

Free-Time Fun: walks in the park (I love the duck ponds), gardening, cooking healthy meals

My Teammates Describe Me As: calm, dependable, and reserved

 

LAUREN RINEER, MSW, LCSW, CTCP

CLIENT SUCCESS ADVISOR

Location: Lancaster, PA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I collaborate with our client partners on solving their problems, and I help identify gaps and utilize the Practicing Excellence brand to assist filling in those gaps. I also lead the Practicing Excellence Residency efforts and am a faculty member.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Married to Ashlee 
  • 2 daughters, Eleanor (Nora) and Edie
  • 2 golden retrievers, Rowan and Olive
  • 2 calico cats, Lily and Bella

Free-Time Fun: spend time in our backyard, hike, and bike

My Teammates Describe Me As: a good listener, do-er, thoughtful

 

JAMIE YEE

CREATIVE MANAGER

Location: San Diego, CA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I design and manage digital and tangible assets for sales, marketing, and client success teams. It’s my job to make sure our graphic designs and web development (internal or client-facing) reflects excellence, promotes easy learning, and represents our branding well!

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • husband, Perry 
  • my beautiful new daughter, Evelyn
  • two pooches, Lincoln and Dexter

Free-Time Fun: crafting (especially seasonally), gardening, major foodie

My Teammates Describe Me As: positive, collaborative, dedicated

 

COURTNEY HOMA

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Location: Brooklyn, NY

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: Jamie and I make things pretty and professional looking! (AKA we design any and all client-facing materials like toolkits, resource bundles, huddle share plans, etc.)

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • big family (3 brothers) 
  • my man Nick
  • my Craigslist wiener dog Judah

Free-Time Fun: walk around NYC, hike when forced to, minecraft

My Teammates Describe Me As: hilarious, gorgeous, humble 😉

 

JOANNA CLAY

DIRECTOR, CONTENT OPERATIONS & MARKETING

Location: Lincoln, NE

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I lead editorial operations for script and content development. I usher Practicing Excellence faculty through a multi-phase process with our team to create microlearning content.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Husband – Matt
  • Daughters – Emery (8) and Madisen (6)
  • Bombay Cat – Echo

Free-Time Fun: family hang-out time, recipe experiments, vinyl record collecting

My Teammates Describe Me As: connector, solution-creator, word nerd

 

ADAH CHUNG, M.ED., OTR

SENIOR CONTENT SPECIALIST

Location: Parker, CO

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: Lead, manage, and write learning collateral; track and manage CME/CE for accreditation; interview faculty, research, and write scripts.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Husband: Kelvin
  • Kids: Michael, Rachael

Free-Time Fun: read, podcasts, photo books (used to be scrapbooking – ha), travel

My Teammates Describe Me As: reliable, organized, thoughtful

 

ANDRO YUSON, MBA

MARKETING ASSOCIATE

Location: New York, NY

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I manage multiple marketing channels, adding value by improving workflows, implementing strategies, and collaborating effectively with sales, content, and client success teams.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Spouse, Angelina 

Free-Time Fun: run, obsess about my football club, and listen to music

My Teammates Describe Me As: reliable, organized, collaborative

 

JASON KIMBRELL

DIRECTOR OF VIDEO PRODUCTION

Location: San Diego, CA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I’m responsible for the filming, editing, and finalization of everything video related at Practicing Excellence. Such videos include our tip content, marketing, social media, and anything else that contains a video.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Wife (Alicia)
  • Daughter (Eva)
  • Daughter (Emily)

Free-Time Fun: travel, pickleball, camping

My Teammates Describe Me As: determined, creative, active

 

ALEXANDRU GHIRDAN

VIDEO PRODUCTION SPECIALIST

Location: Missoula, MT

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I edit and create the animations for tip content and other videos.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Wife
  • Son
  • Dog

Free-Time Fun: motorcycles, hike, fish

My Teammates Describe Me As: reliable, quiet, adaptable

 

NEIL MURCKO

VIDEO PRODUCTION SPECIALIST

Location: Pasadena, CA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I edit and occasionally film our various video content.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Parents: Steve and Diana 
  • Younger siblings: John and Julia

Free-Time Fun: photography, make comedy videos, disc golf

My Teammates Describe Me As: creative, genuine, quirky

 

MATTHEW RILEY

VIDEO PRODUCTION SPECIALIST

Location: San Diego, CA

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I assist with the filming of faculty in the studio. I’m also one of the team’s video editors.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • my fiancè
  • our dog Risa

Free-Time Fun: surfing, tennis, video games

My Teammates Describe Me As: nice, reliable, fun

 

Joeylynn Arcuri

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Location: Meridian, ID

What I Do At Practicing Excellence: I manage Steve’s calendar and all his travel. I also help manage the “office” through onboarding employees and being keeper of all random things the office may need.

Family, Partners & Pets: 

  • Joseph – husband
  • Lucas, Dominic & Julian – kids
  • Coco and Billie – dogs

Free-Time Fun: love a good walk or reading a book outside

My Teammates Describe Me As: team mom, happy