Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Paul Kusserow
Paul Kusserow
President and Chief Executive Officer
Paul Kusserow Paul Kusserow is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Amedisys and member of its Board of Directors. Kusserow, a healthcare industry veteran with deep expertise in driving growth strategies, most recently served as President and Vice Chairman of Alignment Healthcare, Inc., an integrated clinical care company focused on providing care to the Medicaid population. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy, Innovations and Corporate Development Officer of Humana, Inc., a Fortune 75 healthcare services and benefits company.

Kusserow’s experience also includes time as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Ziegler HealthVest Fund; Managing Director of San Ysidro Capital Partners, L.L.C.; and Managing Partner of Roaring Mountain, L.L.C. He began his healthcare career with Tenet Healthcare Corporation, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned healthcare service companies, where he spent seven years, the last four as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Ventures. Kusserow is on the boards of Connecture (Nasdaq: CNXR), Picwell, and New Century Health. Prior to Tenet, Kusserow was a consultant at McKinsey and Company, Inc. Kusserow received his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his Master of Arts from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Christopher T. Gerard
Christopher T. Gerard
Chief Operating Officer
Christopher T. Gerard Chris Gerard is Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s home health, hospice and personal care divisions.

Gerard has a track record of more than 20 years experience in home health and hospice. He was co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of IntegraCare Home Health, where he built a single home health start-up location into 54 branches, generating $71 million in annual revenues. He sold the company to Kindred Healthcare in 2012. He then served as Vice President of South Central Region for the Kindred at Home division, currently a $2.5 billion home health, hospice and community care services business with approximately 700 locations and 42,000 employees nationwide. Gerard was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Kindred at Home, where he was responsible for integrating a $140 million home health company; standardizing processes across a division involving 187 locations, staff of 3,300 and revenue of $360 million. Most recently, he served as President for the South Central Region of Kindred at Home with responsibility for day-to-day operations, including the integration of the Gentiva Home Health acquisition within his region, oversight of clinical excellence, financial performance and operational efficiencies for 153 home health and hospice locations in six states with annual revenue in excess of $400 million.

Gerard received his Bachelor degree in Finance from Texas Tech University.
Scott G. Ginn
Scott G. Ginn
Chief Financial Officer
Scott G. Ginn Scott Ginn is Chief Financial Officer and oversees all aspects of the company’s financial operations, capital and financing strategy, public reporting and investor relations.

Mr. Ginn has been a leader of the Amedisys financial team for more than 10 years. Most recently, he served as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer, overseeing all accounting operations, cost control systems and financial reporting. As Senior Vice President of Accounting and Controller and Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Amedisys, Mr. Ginn played a pivotal role in leading financial operations and building strong relationships with analysts, lenders and shareholders. In his various roles, he helped oversee the growth of the company from a $500 million organization to $1.5 billion.

Prior to joining Amedisys, Mr. Ginn served as a Director at Postlethwaite & Netterville, a professional accounting and business advisory firm. He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University.

David L. Kemmerly
David L. Kemmerly
General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
David L. Kemmerly David Kemmerly, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Amedisys, has over 25 years of experience in governmental affairs, with more than 17 years specializing in health care law and public policy. Most recently, he served as Special Counsel at Adams and Reese LLP, a multidisciplinary law firm where he represented diverse health care interests before the state legislature and state agencies.

Prior to Adams and Reese, Mr. Kemmerly served as Director of State Public Affairs of Humana, Inc. for six years where he was responsible for legislative and regulatory affairs and outcomes in all 50 states. In this role, he developed and led implementation of successful state legislative and regulatory strategies that helped protect the business interests of one of the nation's largest health insurers with over 13 million medical enrollees.

Mr. Kemmerly has extensive experience in state and national government relations, including serving as the Louisiana State Medical Society’s Associate Director in the Department of Governmental Affairs where he lobbied state legislators, state regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Congress on issues impacting physicians and the practice of medicine. He also served as an attorney for the Louisiana State Senate, political consultant for DLK Consulting Group, and in the offices of various elected officials.

Mr. Kemmerly received his Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University, and his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. He is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Sharon Brunecz
Sharon Brunecz
CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER
Sharon Brunecz

Sharon Brunecz, Chief Human Resource Officer for Amedisys, is a results-oriented leader with extensive expertise leading human capital strategies that drive business outcomes, including talent management, total rewards, organizational and leadership development, employee engagement, talent acquisition, metrics and analytics and mergers and acquisitions.

Most recently, Mrs. Brunecz served as the Chief Human Resource Officer for US Acute Care Solutions (USACS), the nation’s leading physician-owned provider of integrated acute care services offering emergency, hospitalist and observation medicine to hospital partners providing care to 6 million patients annually.

Prior to USACS, Mrs. Brunecz held several senior human resources leadership positions with PNC Financial Services Group. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Michael P. North
Michael P. North
Chief Information Officer
Michael P. North Michael North serves as Chief Information Officer for Amedisys, managing the company’s technology and analytics systems to support enterprise - wide operations and growth. He joined Amedisys in 2015 as senior vice president of operations and led the integration of the company’s successful conversion to the HomeCare HomeBase operating system.

North brings more than 30 years experience in integration, project management and process and system development. He most recently held leadership roles at Humana, where he oversaw the successful integration of numerous acquisitions and of shared service organizations within the company as a director in Corporate Development. Prior to that, he was integration leader for strategic acquisitions at Humana.North helped lead the creation of the Humana Vitality program, managed multiple acquisitions and worked on other company - wide initiatives.

His previous experience includes management roles at Kindred Healthcare, where he led clinical systems development for the company’s pharmacy line of business and the company’s other organizations. North holds an MBA from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Illinois University.
Denise Bohnert
Denise Bohnert
Chief Compliance Officer
Denise Bohnert

Denise Bohnert is Chief Compliance Officer for Amedisys, managing the Company’s ethics and compliance program, which is designed to promote ethical practices and compliance with state and federal regulations.

Mrs. Bohnert brings more than 15 years of valuable healthcare compliance experience to the role. Prior to joining Amedisys in 2017, she served as the Compliance Officer for Signature HealthCARE, where she created and administered a compliance program for nearly 150 skilled nursing facilities and home health locations, and Division Vice President for Kindred Healthcare.

Mrs. Bohnert holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana State University and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law with a Health Law Curriculum Designation. In addition to her Registered Nursing License and her Law license, Mrs. Bohnert also maintains her Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).

Board of Directors

Julie D. Klapstein
Director
Ms. Klapstein was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Availity, LLC, one of the nation’s largest health information networks optimizing the automated delivery of critical business and clinical information among healthcare stakeholders. Ms. Klapstein was the Chief Executive Officer and board member of Availity for 11 years. Ms. Klapstein’s 30+ years of experience in the healthcare information technology industry include executive roles at Phycom, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer, Sunquest Information Systems (EVP); SMS’ Turnkey Systems Division (now Siemens Medical Systems) and GTE Health Systems. She currently serves on the board of directors for Quality Systems, Inc., a firm that provides software and services to medical and dental offices, eSolutions, Inc., specializing, in revenue cycle management solutions, Dominion Diagnostics, LLC, a firm specializing in laboratory services, Bottom Line Systems, a firm specializing in underpayment and denial for hospitalization, and the Grand Canyon Association, the official nonprofit partner of the Grand Canyon National Park. Ms. Klapstein was a past director for two public boards: Annies, Inc. and Standard Register and has been a director for multiple private companies. Ms. Klapstein earned her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She is the recipient of multiple awards for top business leadership.
Paul Kusserow
President and Chief Executive Officer
Paul Kusserow is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Amedisys and member of its Board of Directors. Kusserow, a healthcare industry veteran with deep expertise in driving growth strategies, most recently served as President and Vice Chairman of Alignment Healthcare, Inc., an integrated clinical care company focused on providing care to the Medicaid population. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy, Innovations and Corporate Development Officer of Humana, Inc., a Fortune 75 healthcare services and benefits company.

Kusserow’s experience also includes time as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Ziegler HealthVest Fund; Managing Director of San Ysidro Capital Partners, L.L.C.; and Managing Partner of Roaring Mountain, L.L.C. He began his healthcare career with Tenet Healthcare Corporation, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned healthcare service companies, where he spent seven years, the last four as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Ventures. Kusserow is on the boards of Connecture (Nasdaq: CNXR), Picwell, and New Century Health. Prior to Tenet, Kusserow was a consultant at McKinsey and Company, Inc. Kusserow received his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his Master of Arts from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Rich Lechleiter
Director
Mr. Lechleiter has been the President of the Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville since 2014. Previously, from 2002 until 2014, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a leading publicly traded national healthcare services company. Prior to joining Kindred Healthcare, Inc., Mr. Lechleiter was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Humana, where he played a key role in the spin-off of Humana’s hospital business and joined the new company, Galen Health Care, Inc., as Chief Accounting Officer. Galen Health Care, Inc., ultimately became a part of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. Mr. Lechleiter has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Stock Yards Bancorp, a public bank holding company, since 2007. In 2016, Mr. Lechleiter joined the Board of Directors of Trilogy Healthcare Services LLC, a privately held healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Lechleiter is a former certified public accountant and earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Xavier University.
Jake L. Netterville, CPA
Director
Mr. Netterville was the Managing Partner of Postlethwaite & Netterville, a professional accounting corporation, from 1977 to 1998 and is currently the Chairman, Emeritus, of its Board of Directors. Mr. Netterville is a certified public accountant, has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. (“AICPA”) and is a permanent member of the AICPA’s Governing Council. Mr. Netterville was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors in February 2003.
Bruce Devereau Perkins
Director
Mr. Perkins, the managing member for Perkins, Smith, & Associates, L.L.C. (“PSA”), based in Louisville, Kentucky, serves on the boards of three private healthcare companies. Mr. Perkins serves as a strategic executive for Baroma Midco, L.L.C.; a strategic advisor and executive coach for ChenMed, a Florida based MSO; a senior advisor for the Marwood Group; a senior advisor for US Imaging; and a consultant for Conviva, Interpreta, Devoted Health and Heath Care Service Corporation. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Louisville College of Business. He previously served as chairman of the board of MCCI Group Holdings, a board member of Humana Health Plan of Puerto Rico, a strategic advisor for MCCI Group Holdings, and the treasurer of the American Association of PPOs (AAPPO). Mr. Perkins retired from Humana, Inc. (“Humana”) at the end of 2014 after a thirty-eight year career, most recently as President of Humana’s Healthcare Services Segment, which included the company’s pharmacy business, home care business, behavioral health business, physician businesses, and all clinical and provider network functions. Prior to his role as President of Healthcare Services, Mr. Perkins served as Regional Vice President and Divisional President for Humana health plans across multiple markets, and prior to the spin-off Humana’s hospital business, Mr. Perkins held multiple leadership positions including Divisional Vice President and hospital CEO, COO, and CFO. Mr. Perkins was appointed Chairman of the Compliance and Ethics Committee of our Board of Directors in June 2019.
Jeffrey A. Rideout
Director
Dr. Rideout is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Integrated Healthcare Association, a California statewide multi-stakeholder leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability and affordability of health care. He joined Integrated Healthcare Association in May of 2015. Dr. Rideout holds academic appointments with Stanford University (since January 2014) and University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business (since January 2008, and previously from January 2002 to January 2004), teaching on topics related to healthcare technology, services and investment. Previously, from June 2013 until June 2015, Dr. Rideout served as the Senior Medical Advisor for Covered California, the state based insurance exchange for California, and was responsible for quality and network management and all physician and hospital relations. Dr. Rideout has also served as a Senior Advisor to GE Healthcare Ventures, focusing on new business development related to Digital Health and Digital Therapeutics, including assessing and accelerating new early stage solutions and companies. From July 2009 until June 2013, Dr. Rideout was Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for The TriZetto Group, leading strategy around development and delivery of a comprehensive suite of products and services that enable payers, providers and employers improve the cost and quality of care for consumers. Dr. Rideout also served as the global leader of the healthcare division for Cisco Systems Internet Business Solutions Group, and Cisco’s Chief Medical Officer. While at Cisco, Dr. Rideout also served as a member of the American Health Information Community (AHIC’s) Chronic Care Workgroup for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Rideout was at Cisco from April 2004 to August 2007. Prior to Cisco, Dr. Rideout was President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation, Chief Medical Officer and SVP for Blue Shield of California and head of Quality Management for Blue Cross of California/WellPoint. Dr. Rideout previously served on the board of directors of MatrixCare, a provider of technology solutions for skilled nursing and senior living providers, life plan communities (CCRCs), and home health organizations, until its acquisition by ResMed in November of 2018. Dr. Rideout is currently a board member for Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, which provides permanent housing to low income families in Contra Costa County, California, is an adviser to the Bain Capital Double Impact and is a member of the California Department of Managed Health Care Financial Solvency Standards Board. Dr. Rideout completed his residency training in internal medicine at University of California, San Francisco and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He also holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Rideout was appointed Chairman of the Quality of Care Committee of our Board of Directors in June 2019.

Contact Information

Amedisys Corporate Headquarters
3854 American Way
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(225) 292-2031
Amedisys Executive Office
209 10th Avenue S.
Suite 512
Nashville, TN 37203
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