Our Senior Executive Team

Our team, led by Chip Nagle, conducts themselves with the knowledge of how crucial excellence in leadership selection and retention is to strategic success. Our search professionals are highly experienced, averaging over 25 years of healthcare industry experience, and many are subject-matter experts in their own right. We believe in developing partnerships with our clients based on open communication and excellent, innovative, and contemporary service delivery. Our focus is squarely on our clients, the individual candidates and the extended family during our engagements to ensure the most favorable and informed outcomes. Our team is supported by a very experienced group of professional research associates whose sole focus is healthcare. A great group of executive assistants keeps us all moving in the right direction and in concert with our clients.


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President, Charles (Chip) Nagle is an affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Association of Healthcare Consultants (AAHC). Mr. Nagle is also a certified healthcare consultant in the AAHC, one of a handful of healthcare executive recruiters so recognized. His civic interests are varied, including serving several years as Chairman of the Board of the American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute.

Mr. Nagle graduated from the University of South Carolina and earned his Master’s degree in Health Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been active for many years in the healthcare community, both professionally and personally. In addition to his 25 years of expertise in executive search and leadership selection, Mr. Nagle has a broad base of functional healthcare experience, including organizational development and strategic planning.

Prior to forming his own firm 18 years ago, Mr. Nagle was a partner at a nationally recognized retained search firm which serves the healthcare sector. Previously, he was with Ernst & Young, where he directed the Southeastern finance and strategic planning practice which served clients on a local, regional, and national basis. Mr. Nagle also served as a regional manager with a major, investor-owned, multi-hospital system early in his career.

Mr. Nagle brings to each assignment:

  • Excellent search experience gained in the conduct of more than 250 assignments
  • In-depth knowledge of the environmental forces shaping the healthcare delivery system gained through his strategic consulting work with over 130 healthcare organizations
  • Excellent capability to understand the culture and organizational nuances of the clientele he serves
  • Personal attributes, which include: integrity, excellent communication skills, professionalism, and possessing a sense of urgency

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Over the last 25 years, Dr. Ron Strieker, Senior Vice President and Executive Coach, has been active in both the private and public sectors improving organizational infrastructures by means of executive coaching, human resources management, facilitation, goal attainment, and management development. Specifically, his experiences range from working with JCAHO designing and implementing instructional seminars in the areas of leadership, coaching, team building, and staff selection to forming effective teams of educators in the schools of the Commonwealth of Australia, and developing executive leadership talent through effective coaching interventions for Citigroup, the largest financial services company in the United States.

Dr. Strieker’s career experience also includes serving as the chief human resource officer for United Health Services, Inc., a fully integrated, multi-facility healthcare delivery system employing over 3,000 FTEs.

Having worked for years as an internal human resources professional and external management consultant, Dr. Strieker brings a unique combination of skills and experiences to our team of healthcare executive recruiters. He has worked directly with senior management, coaching them through all aspects of leadership and management development, training, and human resources integration. Dr. Strieker brings both the capacity to develop the strategic design of an issue as well as move to practical solutions. A partial list of groups with whom he has worked include Citigroup, Prudential Bank, BellSouth, American Cancer Society, Siemens, Bass Hotels, Coca Cola, Kennesaw State University, Blue Circle Cement, Nortel Networks, Voluntary Hospitals of America, Scientific Atlanta, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations and James River.

Dr. Strieker has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University. He has served on the faculty of the University of Missouri, where he taught courses on behavioral theory, statistics, and management development, and facilitated executive development seminars at the Cornell School of Industrial Relations. He is presently on the advisory board for the Executive MBA program for Kennesaw State University. Dr. Strieker has conducted seminars across the country on a variety of topics, including leadership development, customer service, group dynamics, effective team building, negotiation, selection, and coaching.

Carol Danielson, Senior Vice President, has 30 plus years of experience in clinical executive leadership roles in a variety of hospital-based health care systems.   Included are adult, pediatric, community and teaching hospitals, non-profit, for-profit and faith based, where her responsibilities ranged from overseeing multiple service lines to more widespread general clinical operations in acute inpatient and ambulatory settings.  Most recently, Ms. Danielson has served in two Chief Nurse Executive roles in a regional health system in a secondary market and in a two-hospital community teaching hospital system in a very competitive large metropolitan market.  As a result, she has a keen understanding of the challenges facing all C-Suite executive leaders in health care today.

Having a skilled and competent team on board is an executive’s first and foremost challenge.  Finding leaders, possessing an appropriate mix of clinical, financial, and operational acumen, is imperative to being successful.   In every role, the key to ultimate success for the executive and organization is superb leadership talent.  Ms. Danielson has recruited and developed a top-notch team to achieve excellence in all metrics; financial, quality, patient experience and safety, in every position she has held.

In Ms. Danielson’s service line roles, she had responsibility for the strategic positioning, physician relationship, business development and organizational interdependence (matrix) aspects of important service lines such as Cardiovascular, Orthopedic/Musculoskeletal, Neuroscience, Cancer, Women’s, Trauma, Rehabilitation and Pediatrics.  Some were brand new service lines in the beginning stages of development while others were mature service lines needing focus on sustainability.  Many achieved Center of Excellence recognition and status from accrediting organizations such as The Joint Commission and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

In addition to her recent hospital system executive leadership experience, Ms. Danielson is involved in the community.  She serves as a Rotarian where she has chaired the community service committee for the last four years.  She also volunteers at Mosaic Georgia, a center which evaluates, supports and advocates for adult and child victims of sexual abuse.

Ms. Danielson is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Nurse Executive-Advanced with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  She is also a Registered Nurse.

Frank Thayer, Senior Vice President, is a seasoned healthcare executive search and human resources professional who also offers demonstrable physician faculty and research organization experience. Mr. Thayer directed executive talent acquisition and business development for over 15 years in a variety of healthcare organizations. He is also recognized for his work with non-profit agencies. He has served as Chairman of the National Child Life Certifying Commission (CLCC), Baltimore Rape Crisis Center and Newport Martin Luther King Center. He conducted the first CEO search for Union Mission, the largest homeless center in Savannah and southeast Georgia.

Mr. Thayer graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and earned his Master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University. He has been active for over 25 years throughout the healthcare industry serving as COO of a teaching hospital, CEO of a rehabilitation hospital, VP of operations for a multi-hospital system, COO of a large physician faculty practice plan, VP for operations of a national multi-facility government ambulatory care system and Director of Executive and Physician Talent Acquisition. He is an affiliate of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Prior to joining Nagle & Associates, Mr. Thayer started the healthcare division of a search firm headquartered in New England and opened its southeast offices in Savannah and Atlanta, GA and Chapel Hill, NC.

Mr. Thayer brings to each assignment a varied background of healthcare operations and clinical experience including:

  • 15 years of comprehensive experience in executive search, through not only comprehensive corporate talent acquisition, but also healthcare human resources related consulting engagements.
  • Extensive talent acquisition experience in multi-level executive placement in a wide variety of healthcare organizations encompassing multiple disciplines.
  • Clinical experience as a physician assistant and nurse. Mr. Thayer has held clinical leadership positions including serving in large military medical centers in the United States as well leading medical air evacuation units overseas.
  • Led the education and organizational development function of human resources for large complex multi-facility systems with 5,000 to 10,000 employees. He developed and taught behavioral interviewing and other recruitment training for senior hiring managers.
  • Led the first executive diversity initiative and how to assess the capacity for change management in leadership recruitment.

Christopher (Chris) Kane is a Senior Vice President with Nagle & Associates and is also a principal at Progressive Healthcare, Inc. where he advises healthcare entities nationwide on strategy and growth. This expertise affords a unique perspective about the strategic, financial, and operational challenges of health systems, hospitals and physician groups. In our search assignments, Mr. Kane applies insights about the intersection of the business environment and organizational culture, enhancing our search methodology and outcomes.

He has 30+ years of experience in the healthcare industry. Previously Mr. Kane was the chief strategy officer for a large integrated delivery system (5 hospitals, $2B+ in assets and 13,000+ employees.)  He has broad experience in healthcare consulting, having served as the practice leader for strategy services for a national advisory company and as a principal at a Big 4 firm.

He is focused on meeting clients’ expectations for objective advice that is creative and pragmatic. In his executive search assignments, Mr. Kane applies broad knowledge of the C-Suite and board room.  A successful candidate must adapt his or her playbook to the unique characteristics of the client’s competitive situation, team dynamics and aspirations.

Mr. Kane has assisted hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, physician groups, and managed care organizations nationwide in improving market, financial and organizational performance. During his career, Mr. Kane has facilitated hundreds of strategic planning sessions.

He has published a variety of articles and speaks frequently on topics in strategic planning and physician-hospital alignment in health care organizations. He has been a speaker at the national meetings of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Voluntary Hospitals of America, and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has recognized him as one of the “Who’s Who in Healthcare.” He is a frequent resource for the media related to healthcare industry trends.

Mr. Kane has held various professional and civic positions including serving as a prior board member for Camp Kudzu, as past chairman of the Georgia Association of Health Care Executives (an affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives) as well as former president of the Georgia chapter of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Mr. Kane received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University and his MBA in Healthcare Management & Finance from Kellogg School at Northwestern University.