Chicago Family Health Center’s Chief Executive Officer search complete!!

Chicago Family Health Center

David Gomez & Associates (DG&A) was retained by Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) in search for their chief executive officer.

Chicago Family Health Center is a patient centered medical home where patients are cared for by an entire medical team. The medical home team provides primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, and compassionate. CFHC strives to promote health, prevent disease and provide treatment through the delivery of quality accessible healthcare that is culturally sensitive, affordable and responsive to the communities and individual’s needs.

DG&A filled the position after a diligent 71 day search with Mr. Barett Hatches, PH.D. Previously Mr. Hatches served as the President and CEO of Swope Health Services where he was promoted to COO of Swope Community Enterprises. During his time at Swope Health Services, he directed and oversaw all operations of a non-profit health system with seven facilities and 450 personnel.  Barrett was responsible for a $40MM operating budget, six direct reports, and reported to the CEO of Swope Community Enterprises.  In 2009, Mr. Hatches was promoted by the CEO of Swope Community Enterprises to lead all operations as the COO.  In this role, Barrett spearheaded strategies to improve operational effectiveness for all entities and programs within the $300MM holding company with 500 full-time employees.He holds his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Jackson State University, his Masters of Arts in Management from Webster University, and his Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University.

For more information on DG&A’s services, please email or call 312-346-5525.

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DG&A Client Testimonial – Letter from Chicago Family Health Center


March 18, 2014


Mr. David Gomez, President /CEO

Gomez & Associates, INC.

65 E Wacker Place, Suite 1610

Chicago, IL 60601


Dear David,


I’m writing to let you know how pleased the Board of Directors of Chicago Family Health Center is with the service and skill your firm provided in our search for a Chief Executive Officer.   We interviewed several very qualified executive search firms before selecting Gomez & Associates.


The board set out a very ambitious time line of 90 days (which included the winter holidays) to on-board a new CEO.  The enthusiasm of Chris Gomez and Kristie Sams in their presentation was undaunted by the short time line. They simply embraced the challenge.


Throughout the process Chris, Kristie and Millena Sanchez kept us informed on the progress of the search and worked diligently around our schedules.  Whether it be morning, afternoon or night the “Gomez team” was in attendance or accessible to assist during our deliberations.


Most impressive was the consideration and personal touch that your firm provided not only to the board but also to our staff and the candidates involved in the process.  It became very clear to me that Gomez & Associates considered us not just clients but a mission they believed in and were excited to be a part of during the search.


We hired our new CEO on schedule and your firm followed up with a 30 day feedback report as pledged.  I would highly recommend Gomez & Associates to any organization seeking great service, value and expertise in the executive search process.  Based upon my experience with Chris, Kristie and Millena you obviously know how to find quality professionals.




Nick Valadez

Chairman Board of Directors

Chicago Family Health Center

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ffAbrazo Health Care (Fortune #484) retained David Gomez & Associates, Inc. (DG&A) in the past year to perform multiple executive level positions. Currently, DG&A is recruiting on Paradise Valley Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer and Arrowhead Hospital’s Human Resources Director.

Abrazo Health is comprised of five acute care hospitals, one cardiovascular hospital, a physician medical group, two health plans, and several service-specific institutes and centers. Recently acquired by Tenet Health System, Abrazo Health offers a broad range of medical services including internal medicine, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics, women’s health, diagnostic imaging and emergency care. Abrazo serves the metropolitan Phoenix community as one of the largest health care organizations in Arizona. Committed to helping people achieve health for life, Abrazo is a rising leader in the delivery of quality and personalized health care.

The hired CNO at Paradise Valley Hospital will be responsible for providing leadership, direction, and administration of all aspects of the hospital’s activities, to ensure compliance with established objectives. The Patient Services Administrator provides administrative support and leadership to patient services in order to develop a customer-focused, quality-driven, business-oriented organization throughout the hospital. The hired candidate must be able to balance financial management with the delivery of customer service consistent with the standards of care.

The future Human Resources Director will be responsible for advising Arrowhead’s CEO, and other members of the Leadership Team, on strategic human capital issues and opportunities. They will anticipate and address enterprise risk factors related to talent management. The HR Director will be responsible for the development and implementation of the HR strategic plans for the hospital, in collaboration with senior leaders to ensure alignment of people initiatives with objectives and business unit plans. The hired candidate will direct the continuing development and deployment of Tenet-specific training programs to build organizational skills, foster change management competencies, and achieve goal alignment in support of business imperatives and opportunities

All inquiries concerning the application process for Paradise Valley’s Chief Nursing Officer and Arrowhead Hospital’s Human Resources Director should be made in writing and directed to:

Joe Crotty

David Gomez & Associates



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adsaThe Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH) retained David Gomez & Associates (DG&A) this year as their trusted executive search partner, to recruit HANH’s next Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller.

The Housing Authority of New Haven’s Elm City Communities works to provide affordable community living and quality of life services to more than 1,900 families, within their 2,500 units. HANH’s residents are comprised of low-income and middle-income households, families with children, seniors, disabled, young couples starting off, people in a career transition, and those residents saving to buy a house of their own.

In 2001, HANH received HUD status as a Moving to Work (MTW) agency. They are one of 34 MTW agencies nationwide (According to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2013). Becoming a MTW agency has allowed Elm City Communities to renovate their senior housing and increase their number of accessible units, in order to accommodate their residents with disabilities.

HANH is looking to fill the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller in order to successfully develop and implement appropriate procedures relating to the financial management of the organization.

The Chief Financial Officer will be responsible for the development and implementation of programs and procedures to ensure compliance with the Federal Annual Contribution Contract (ACC). The ACC requires that: the Authority, among other things, properly manages its funds without waste, fraud, or mismanagement and maintains the accounting books and records in accordance with applicable federal regulations. The CFO will also be responsible for preparing annual operating and capital budget for the agency, preparing the five –year capital plan for the agency, and develop and implement procedures to ensure internal control over the financial management of the agency. The hired candidate will assist the Executive Director with formulating and developing Agency policies and developing long-range goals and objectives, and recommends administrative changes necessary to meet Agency goals.

The Comptroller will be responsible for implementing internal control procedures relating to the financial management of the organization. They will direct the operation of the general ledgers required for each program in compliance with GAAP, Federal, State and Local requirements. The hired candidate will be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of a Project-based Accounting system for the conventional housing programs and responsible for the supervision and/or preparation of the Operating Budgets for all of the programs (Housing, HAP, Development), including the housing budget submissions to HUD and other local agencies, as required. They will participate in the development and periodic revision to cost allocation systems for Authority programs.

All inquiries concerning the application process should be made in writing and directed to:

Millena Sanchez,

David Gomez & Associates, Inc.




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Kristie Sams Joins David Gomez & Associates

Chicago, IL, November 6, 2013 – David Gomez & Associates, Inc. (DG&A), one of the fastest-growing boutique executive search firms, announced last month that Kristie Sams, has joined the firm’s management team. 

Serving as DG&A’s Executive Vice President, she will be responsible for providing Executive Assessment Services, specializing in senior management assessment and post-merger integration consulting.

“The industry seeks a broad, experienced perspective backed by a strong organization,” said Sams. “With DG&A, the premier executive search and recruitment firm, more than 35 years of search leadership, and a strong team focused on providing our clients with the human capital of tomorrow, David Gomez & Associates is ready for rapid growth.” Sams went on to say, “I’m really excited to be a part of the DG&A team.”

Prior to joining DG&A, Sams was an entrepreneur, having started and consulted for a number of businesses in a variety of industries. She has held various leadership positions in a multitude of private and publicly-traded companies. Sams continues to regularly consult as a turnaround professional with a focus on competitive positioning, improving financial performance and expand capabilities.

As a multifaceted executive with 12 years of global experience who aggressively faces challenges, Sams quickly assesses situations and develops/implements action plans to drive profitable financial performance. She is skilled in complex transactions, negotiations, M&A due diligence, compliance and capitalization across companies spanning various industries.

Sams earned a B.S. from DePaul University and served in the United States Army. She co-founded and sits on the Board at It’s Our Little Secret (, a registered 501c3 in the state of Illinois.  IOLS comprises exclusively of volunteers dedicated to providing a voice to sexually, physically, and emotionally abused children and teens through advocacy, mentoring, and creative expression.

We are honored to have Sams on our team!

For more information or for interview requests, please contact Melissa McManigle at (312) 269-2204 or


Headquartered in Chicago since 1978, David Gomez & Associates is a retained executive search firm with clients spanning multiple industries, from the Fortune 1000 to Healthcare and Non-Profit Organizations. Through our unique, proprietary search process, we deliver only the most exceptional executive and managerial candidates; business leaders adept at navigating the complexities inherent to the global economy. As a Hispanic Business Enterprise, we are especially mindful of the value of diversity for an organization’s vitality, creativity, and success. For our clients, David Gomez & Associates recruits the highest quality executive level candidates in the market to meet the demands of your leadership structure. 

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Abrazo Health Care’s Senior Director of Nursing Searches Completed!

logo2Abrazo Health Care retained David Gomez & Associates (DG&A) in August 2013 as their trusted executive search partner on two searches for their next ER/Cath Lab/ICU Senior Director of Nursing and their next MedSurg/Tele/WIS/Diabetes/Wound Senior Director of Nursing.

In October 2013, DG&A filled the positions with Hilliard Pettus and Lisa Valle. Hilliard Pettus was previously the Transitional Care and Telemetry Observation Nursing Director at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. Hilliard is a transformational nursing leader with a master’s of science in nursing, leadership and management specialization. Lisa Valle was previously the Chief Nursing Officer at The Hospital at Westlake Medical Center in Austin, TX. Lisa is a dedicated and dependable registered nurse with more than 20 years nursing experience. 

Abrazo Health’s five acute care hospitals consist of Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital. Each hospital offers a broad range of medical services including internal medicine, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics, women’s health, diagnostic imaging and emergency care. Outpatient services include outpatient surgery, laboratory, radiology and rehabilitation services. Additionally Abrazo includes Arizona Heart Hospital, a campus of Phoenix Baptist Hospital, known for its distinct reputation as a premier cardiovascular specialty hospital and center of excellence dedicated exclusively to cardiac and cardiovascular care.

For more information on DG&A’s services, please email or call 312-346-5525.

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