Our Team

A Collective of Over 100 Expert Advisors You Can Trust


Howard J. Peterson MHA President

Mr. Peterson brings more than 35 years of experience and foresight to each BrightWorks client engagement. He has spent his entire career developing progressive strategic, financial, and operational solutions for a broad range of healthcare and academic medicine clients. His consulting expertise spans all six  of BrightWorks core service lines, including essential financial improvement projects, C-Suite at the Center, business portfolio and marketing positioning, and partnership and strategic transactions. Within each of these six areas, he has worked extensively with community hospitals, academic medical centers, ambulatory care providers, and physician group practices.


Ken Hawkins, MS, CPA Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hawkins is a M&A executive with more than 20 years experience in driving market expansion strategies, closing transactions and reporting, financial analysis and transaction integration.


Paula Keller Managing Partner

Paula is a proven innovator and pathfinder in healthcare support services, achieving breakthrough gains in financial and quality outcomes. Paula has proven success guiding support service organizations through financial and operational challenges. 


Don Stookey Managing Partner

Don’s industry experience in healthcare support service leadership and operations provides leading edge insight and innovation into today’s healthcare challenges.  Don’s solution-oriented leadership has led many complex initiatives, driving out cost while improving operational performance.


Gary Goettl RDN, MPH Managing Partner

With over 30 years of support services experience, Gary is an established voice in health care support services. His background in strategic planning, operation analytics and change management compel industry leading outcomes.


Hal Clark, MBA Senior Partner

Mr. Clark is a seasoned healthcare financial executive with over 30 years of experience in operational performance, reimbursement, policy, strategic transactions in non-profit and for-profit hospitals, physician practices and rehabilitation facilities.


Stephanie Dorwart, MHA Senior Partner

Ms. Dorwart focuses her consulting practice on workforce optimization, productivity, leadership development and performance improvement. Her transformational approach drives organizations to dramatically elevate their financial, operational and clinical performance outcomes.


Richard V. Homan, MD, FAAFP, FCPP Senior Partner

Dr. Homan has served as University President, Dean, Academic Physician Leader, and Physician executive. Most recently, he served as President, Provost and Dean of the School of Medicine of the Eastern Virginia University.


Allen S. Lichter, MD Senior Partner

Dr. Lichter served as Chief Executive Officer of the of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) from 2006-2016. Prior to ASCO He was Dean of University of Michigan and Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology.

Peter Vincer

Peter Vincer Senior Partner

Peter C. Vincer, Jr. is a troubleshooter, strategist and change “catalyst” that is able to assess an organization’senvironment, processes and culture, and develop strategies and communications necessary for driving accountabilityand financial improvements.


Terry Carroll, Ph.D. Partner

Terry brings over 35 years of experience in the evolution and transformation of complex healthcare organizations. He has particular expertise and interest in the use of digital disruption to drive performance. Terry has spent the majority of his career helping complex organizations to develop and leverage information and digital platforms to better serve patients and consumers, as well as to serve healthcare providers in the delivery of health services in a very rapidly evolving and dynamic healthcare marketplace.


Joseph M. Huber, CPA Partner

Mr. Huber has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare financial management and accounting. He brings significant technical financial knowledge to his clients in addition to possessing a senior level perspective on financial planning and strategy in healthcare organizations.


Correna Lukas Principal

Correna Lukas is an award-winning sales and business development executive, who has spent her career helping the healthcare and senior living industries achieve greater efficiency optimization and quality within their operational service lines.

Wayne Mercer, Ph.D. Principal

Dr. Mercer is a board-certified laboratory director with over 35 years of experience in laboratory strategic planning, operational improvement, outreach program development, and management. He has performed a broad range of studies for hospital laboratory clients in the areas of operational review and optimization, space planning and facility design, consolidation, and interim management.


Paul Musgrave, MBA Principal

Mr. Musgrave has over 30 years of experience in the design, development, and management of hospital, higher education, and manufacturing operations.  His areas of expertise include hospital operations management, strategic planning, strategic sourcing, hospital wide process re-engineering and multi-hospital process integration.