Robert W. Mulcahey
President, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mulcahey has more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare management, legal and regulatory affairs, risk management and insurance. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Stratum he has overall responsibility for the operations and strategic direction of the company. Mr. Mulcahey also serves as President of Stratum Brokerage Company, LLC, a wholly owned insurance brokerage firm.
Prior to joining Stratum, Mr. Mulcahey served as an executive and counsel for a Chicago area health system. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a member of the Illinois Bar. In addition, Mr. Mulcahey currently serves as a volunteer for the United Way of Champaign County and previously served as a Director and Chairman of the Board of the United Way
W. Trent Kramer
Vice President, Chief Administrative & Development Officer
Mr. Kramer has over 14 years’ experience in healthcare management with a concentration in finance, insurance, information technology and marketing. As Vice President, Chief Administrative and Development Officer, Mr. Kramer has direct responsibility over the establishment of strategic partnerships and program development. Mr. Kramer also provides support and oversight to Stratum Brokerage Company, LLC, a wholly owned insurance brokerage firm.
In addition to his role at Stratum, Mr. Kramer serves as Executive Director of Northwest Medical Group Alliance, a trade group of Washington state's largest, independent, multispecialty group practices. The primary charter of the organization is to generate creative, yet practical initiatives which promote the success and sustainability of independent group practices.
Prior to joining Stratum, Mr. Kramer served as Executive Director of a Midwest-based Physician Organization owned by over 150 physicians. Additionally, he shared responsibility in the management and the operations of a Physician/Hospital Organization in Central Illinois. Mr. Kramer attended the University of Illinois for both his undergraduate and graduate studies where he earned a BS in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration.
Executive Director of Purchasing and Support Enterprises
Ms. Pellum has more than 35 years in healthcare management. Her experience includes business services, support enterprises, compliance and clinical purchasing. As the Executive Director of Group Purchasing she works directly with the materials, laboratory and radiology managers. Through coordinated efforts she orchestrates and leverages the buying power of Stratum members to achieve savings and consolidates purchasing activities to achieve preferred partner relationships. These relationships enable participating members to obtain pricing advantages that would not ordinarily be available to stand alone facilities.
Prior to joining Stratum, Ms. Pellum held the positions of Support Services Director and Business Services Director for a 75-physician multi-specialty group. Her undergraduate degree is from Eastern Illinois University and she has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.
Jennifer G. Vallowe
Director of Shareholder & Recruitment Services
Jennifer Vallowe joined Stratum in August 2012 after spending the first part of her career in the marketing arena, both at an agency and on the brand side for a Fortune 500 company. Just prior to starting at Stratum, Jennifer worked in the healthcare development field. All these experiences shaped expertise in project management, relationship building, problem-solving and assisting in new solution recommendations.
At Stratum, Jennifer oversees the Business Office and Shared Services functions, leading focused work groups, researching cost savings solutions, managing product enhancements through vendor relationships and facilitating networking opportunities for Stratum members and clients. She also serves as Stratum’s insurance product liaison between new prospects and current participants.
Additionally, Jennifer shares supervision responsibilities of the Stratum Recruitment Department, including physician and advanced practitioner recruitment, Locum Tenens placements, candidate referencing and unique sourcing opportunities for Stratum’s current searches.
Jennifer obtained a Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her personal time, Jennifer enjoys decorating, gardening, running and spending time with family
Fun Fact: Jennifer once announced “Drivers Start Your Engines” at a NASCAR race. Unfortunately, it was rain delayed event held on a Monday and her grandparents were the only fans she knew able to watch it on a weekday morning!
Lucas C. Thurman
Director of Business Development and Executive Search Services
As Director of Business Development, Mr. Thurman works diligently on the growth of multiple service lines including recruitment, insurance, Group Purchasing and other Business Solutions through the cultivation of relationships with both shareholders and prospective clients. Mr. Thurman also oversees the Executive Search Division providing recruitment service and expertise for high-level executive and physician leadership roles for large medical groups, integrated healthcare delivery systems as well as health plans. In addition, Mr. Thurman supports Stratum with marketing concepts and communication strategies to effectively build company brand awareness, market perception and promotional consistencies. Mr. Thurman has over seventeen years of experience in successful customer and client services with a variety of constituents. These diverse experiences include the creation and implementation of marketing, public relations and business development strategies for both public and private entities as well as all facets of sales including Fortune 500, corporate and public support. In addition, he brings seven years of recruitment practice consisting of internal team development and external client engagements as well as leadership within strategic planning and organizational development. Mr. Thurman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing from Eastern Illinois University as well as additional Marketing and Psychology degrees and graduate program work from the University of Illinois.
Associate Director of Business Development and Marketing
Bryan Wachtel is joining Stratum after a year of service as the Benefit Specialist at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. As the Associate Director of Business Development and Marketing, Bryan focuses on developing and implementing marketing and outreach strategies in an effort to funnel new business opportunities to Stratum’s various service lines. These service lines include Physician/Executive Recruiting, Group Purchasing, Insurance and Business Support Services.
Prior to his switch to Stratum, Bryan handled many of the day-to- day inquiries pertaining to employee benefits at Carle Foundation. These inquiries involved employee education in Carle provided plans, retirement account transactions, and disability and life insurance claims.
Bryan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana Tech in Ft. Wayne, IN. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, watching America’s pastime, instructing baseball lessons, and exercising outdoors.
Cindy has been with Stratum since its inception in 1996 and handles a plethora of duties. She is responsible for providing office management and administrative assistance to the Executive Staff to maintain cohesiveness in day-to-day office functions and operations.
Cindy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and an Associate’s in business from Illinois State University, and enjoys taking long walks with her husband and her golden retriever named Alli.
Administrative Assistant to the CEO
Jean rejoined the Stratum team in 2008. With her 25 years plus in the health care industry Jean has functioned in several different arenas. Along with her assistance to the CEO , she prepares the monthly client billings , maintains the billing records and provides assistance to the day-to-day office functions.
Having many interests; her most favorite is the time she and her husband spend with their three grandchildren.