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Bill Dracos

Associate Vice President for Administration and Chief Business Practice Improvement Officer

Mr. Dracos came to Emory in December 2010 from PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC's) Higher Education and Health Sciences Practice where he served since 1999.  As a Director at PwC, he was responsible for leading multifaceted projects involving strategic business and financial planning, operational improvement, business portfolio management, new venture creation, and business analytics for higher education, research, and healthcare organizations.

Mr. Dracos holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Duke University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Reporting to the Office of the EVP for Finance and Administration, Mr. Dracos drives partnerships with Emory functional vice presidents, school/units chief business officers, faculty, and staff to address suboptimal business practices, processes, and policies, engaging in a collaborative fashion to develop solutions to improve business operations.

Bill Dracos

Ross Nicholas

Director for Business Practice Improvement

Mr. Nicholas has worked in the field of management consulting for over 16 years. Prior to joining BPI in 2015, Ross worked as an internal consultant for McKesson in their technology solutions division. His focus included developing and delivering strategic initiatives across the business. Ross has also worked for North Highland and Highland Worldwide (now Cordence) where he worked to realize the benefits of both market and client driven programs.

Ross has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Emory's Goizueta Business School.

Outside of work, he enjoys running, golf, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Ross Nicholas

Ashley Teal

Senior Associate Director for Business Practice Improvement

Ms. Teal has spent her career at Emory University. Prior to rejoining BPI as a Senior Associate Director, she served as the Associate Director of University Strategies where she focused on creating Emory's next strategic plan. During her tenure at Emory, Ashley also spent three years in BPI staffing and leading such projects as Research Administration, Global Services, and the BPI Professional Development Programs (Fellows and Scholars). Ashley started at Emory in the Predictive Health Institute and its Center for Health Discovery and Well Being, where she oversaw front end operations, financial management, marketing, and business development.  Ashley received a dual degree in Broadcast News and Sociology from the University of Georgia. She completed a Master of Business Administration in Organization & Management Strategy from Emory's Goizueta Business School.

Ashley Teal

Jenny Siebert

Manager for Business Practice Improvement

Before joining Emory's BPI team, Ms. Siebert served on the Delivery team of Hitachi Consulting's Core practice group. She also held previous positions at Emerson Network Power and Lockheed Martin. She has helped deliver solutions to clients in a variety of industries including telecommunications, manufacturing, and defense. Ms. Siebert holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Outside of work, Ms. Siebert enjoys travelling, baking desserts, and cheering for the Denver Broncos.

Jenny Siebert

Gracie Liedberg

Senior Associate for Business Practice Improvement

Prior to joining BPI in January 2015, Ms. Liedberg worked as an executive compensation consultant for FTI Consulting.  Ms. Liedberg graduated in 2013 from the University of Georgia with a degree in Finance. During her time as a student, Ms. Liedberg was involved in the Honors College, Kappa Alpha Theta and local tutoring and coaching programs. She also served as a business intern at Boeing working with the 787 supplier management finance team. Outside of work, Ms. Liedberg enjoys discovering cool restaurants, listening to live music and spending time with her family and friends.

Gracie Liedberg

Jennifer Kostyrna

Senior Associate for Business Practice Improvement

Ms. Kostyrna joined Emory University's administration after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Visual Arts from Emory College in 2004. Prior to joining BPI in 2015, she held positions in Campus Life and Enrollment Services, most recently in the role of Business Analyst. Ms. Kostyrna is currently pursuing her MBA at Emory's Goizueta Business School, concentrating in Strategy and Leadership. She serves as a program representative for Goizueta Women in Business, as chair of Alumnae and Women of Emory, as a Goizueta Leadership Fellow, and a member of the Goizueta Leadership Academy. Outside of work, Jen enjoys reading, yoga, camping, photography, and spending time with her husband and daughters.

Jennifer Kostyrna

Jaimie Keough

Senior Associate for Business Practice Improvement

Prior to joining BPI in September 2015, Ms. Keough worked as a healthcare consultant for Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG), a regional accounting firm within the Atlanta area. During her time at DHG, Jaimie worked on various engagements associated with the hospital revenue cycle, Medicare revenue at risk management, and financial feasibility studies for new, existing and expanding retirement communities. Prior to DHG, Jaimie worked in clinical operations at Emory Healthcare. Jaimie earned a Master of Public Health degree specializing in healthcare policy and management from Emory's Rollins School of Public Health in 2013. Jaimie received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Mass Communication Studies from the University of Florida.  Outside of work, Jaimie enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

Jaimie Keough

Sara Dicker

Associate for Business Practice Improvement

Ms. Dicker joined the Emory community in 2007 as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Emory College. During her undergraduate program, she worked as a research technician at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Field Station. She continued at Yerkes after graduation as a Research Specialist, then a Lead Research Specialist, managing multiple projects for the division of Cognitive and Developmental Neuroscience. In September of 2015, Ms. Dicker joined the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing as a Data Analyst for projects focused on adherence and palliative care concerns for people with HIV. Ms. Dicker has been with BPI since September of 2017. Outside of the office, Ms. Dicker enjoys meditating, walking along the Beltline, and spending time with friends and family.

Sara Dicker

Denise Chandler

Practice Coordinator & Filming Liaison

Prior to transferring to BPI, Ms. Chandler spent fifteen years in the Emory Provost’s Office. During her time in the Provost’s Office, she provided human resources and administrative support to the office as well as various reporting units. She earned her B.A. from the University of Central Florida. When not working, Ms. Chandler enjoys reading, gardening, and playing Frisbee with her border collie. 

Denise Chandler

Mary Ward

Sr. Administrative Assistant

As Senior Administrative Assistant, Mary Ward oversees all of BPI's office administrative operations, which include travel and expense reconciliation, managing the director's calendar, scheduling meetings to include departments outside BPI, requesting catering needs, IT inventory/support, room bookings internally and externally, and parking requests for team and visitors. Mary began her career with 20 plus years of service in the United States Army.  After being honorably retired, positions held included office automation clerk for Nations Incorporated, which had a contract with the Army’s Chemical School, administrative and professional support roles with Horne Engineering Services, SOLO Cup Company, Clayton State University, Emory IRB, Emory IDN, and the Goizueta Business School as the Dean’s Executive Administrative Assistant.

 

Mary Ward