Satellite Healthcare Executive Team
Norman S. Coplon, M.D., is the founder of Satellite Healthcare, as well as the recognized “heart” of the organization. Dr. Coplon's vision was to create a non-profit organization dedicated to providing healthcare services, funding research and providing education for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Dr. Coplon has actively contributed to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and has received numerous honors and awards, including the Martin Wagner Memorial Award. He was the NKF's “Man Of The Year” in 1992 and has authored numerous articles. Dr. Coplon completed his residency at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York, and his Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he holds the position of Clinical Professor of Medicine. He continues to treat patients, conduct research, and publish articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.
Mark Burke has more than 25 years' experience in healthcare, 15 of which have been with Satellite. During his tenure as CEO, Satellite has completed more than $200 million in acquisitions of dialysis centers. Mr. Burke has been responsible for incubating and launching all of Satellite's major business lines, namely, WellBound and Ascend Clinical Services , and has created an environment of creativity and innovation that encourages a strong collaborative approach to business among employees, payers, and Satellite's physician partners. Prior to joining Satellite, he co-founded California Kidney Centers, which owned and operated dialysis facilities throughout Southern California. Mr. Burke currently holds or has held Board positions with Satellite Healthcare, the Renal Leadership Council, Kidney Care Partners, California Dialysis Council, California Kidney Centers, Asia Renal Care and National Kidney Foundation. Previously, Mr. Burke worked for Baxter Healthcare in sales and marketing management. He earned his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and did his graduate work in business administration at Chapman University.
Marc Branson has overall responsibility for the two business units of Satellite Healthcare: Satellite Dialysis and WellBound. Prior to joining Satellite Healthcare, Marc held a wide variety of senior leadership roles within the public accounting, healthcare services, private arbitration and compact disk mastering industries. Originally a Certified Public Accountant with financial services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marc has more than 25 years of senior management experience, including more than 20 years within the healthcare industry. At Satellite Healthcare, Marc’s prior responsibilities have included the roles of Chief Financial Officer and subsequently the CEO and co-founder of WellBound. Marc also holds an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Brigitte Schiller, M.D. is responsible for leading Satellite’s medical and clinical initiatives focused on advancing our already superior clinical outcomes and improving our strategic and economic position. She also provides leadership in the changing regulatory environment, oversees our research efforts and maintains Satellite’s competitive edge in home therapies.
Dr. Schiller’s professional background spans the breadth of the field of nephrology. She has been in private practice as a nephrologist and primary care physician; provided immediate post-transplant patient care; managed a 100-patient hemodialysis center; acted as a content area expert and consultant to medical companies in the field of nephrology; and conducted nephrology research on a range of topics.
Dr. Schiller graduated summa cum laude from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany and completed her residency and research fellowships at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. She has published numerous articles on dialysis and kidney related issues, made many presentations at dialysis conferences and seminars and has received awards for research and teaching excellence. Dr. Schiller also is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the division of Nephrology at Stanford University.
Susan Del Bene joined Satellite Healthcare in 2003. She is responsible for the financial and accounting operations and for many of the administrative requirements of the organization. As a member of the executive management team, she is actively involved in the strategic and tactical planning and ongoing business development. Previously, Ms. Del Bene was the Chief Financial Officer for the CRC Health Corporation of San Jose, Calif., and the Chief Financial Officer for the CEDU Family of Services in Monterey, Calif. She also worked for Kaiser Permanente as the Controller at the San Francisco hospital. In addition to her experience in healthcare, she was a systems consultant with American Management Systems in various industries. Ms. Del Bene is a CPA, holds a B.S. in Accounting and has completed master's work in information systems at Regis University and in taxation at Golden Gate University.
Robert A. Lunbeck, Jr., CFA
Vice President of Business Development
Robert Lunbeck is responsible for evaluating new business opportunities, expanding Satellite into new markets and developing new partnerships and joint ventures. Prior to joining Satellite, Rob had more than two decades of senior-level experience in healthcare operating, capital markets and investment positions. Rob has been CFO of Galileo Pharmaceuticals, senior healthcare services securities analyst at Hambrecht & Quist, portfolio manager at Presidio Management, healthcare analyst at RCM Capital Management and venture capitalist at Security Pacific Capital Corporation. Mr. Lunbeck holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Gary is responsible for payer contracting and relationships, governmental program initiatives, and strategic planning. He is also responsible for ensuring Satellite effectively navigates the complex changes the industry faces with health care reform. Before joining Satellite, he worked with Baxter Healthcare, where he managed a nephrologists’ independent practice association (IPA) and developed a renal disease management program. During a tenure with DaVita, he was the lead executive on the development of CMS’s End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) demonstration projects in California and New York as well as the establishment of six Medicare Advantage ESRD Special Need Plans in five states and the District of Colombia. Gary is a registered pharmacist with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific and Masters of Business Administration from University of California Los Angeles.
Mario Bertucci is responsible for recruitment and selection, compensation, employee relations, human resources information systems (HRIS), workers' compensation and training programs for all Satellite employees. Following the motto that the job of human resources is to “help the people who help the patients,” Mr. Bertucci works to implement best business practices to keep the Satellite organization healthy. He joined the company with more than 20 years of HR experience in high tech, biotechnology, and medical device industries. He previously worked for Applied Biosystems as Senior HR Manager and for Communication and Power Industries (CPI) as HR Director. He has strong interpersonal skills, as well as a proven track record of team building and aligning HR priorities with company objectives. Mr. Bertucci received his master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Detroit in Michigan.
Sergey Muza brings engineering, technology, and Internet experience to Satellite Healthcare. He is responsible for the information technology operations in all of Satellite's business units, managing software development, operational support, and system, network, and database administration. Mr. Muza was responsible for developing Satellite's state-of-the-art clinical, lab ordering, and billing systems and is leading the development of the company's Electronic Health Record system. Prior to Satellite Healthcare, Sergey served as Vice President of Technology at Ask Jeeves Inc. where he was responsible for the engineering groups of the company's Web division. Before that, Mr. Muza served as Director of Technology at Charles Schwab, where he headed engineering and technology groups for Schwab Institutional division. He also led the application development organization at Schwab Institutional, building applications for the firm's sales, marketing, finance, and operation functions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Muza worked at Clorox Company, where he developed ERP, CRM, and business intelligence applications. He holds an MBA from SFSU and an MS in engineering from Marine University.
Leslie Wong, M.D. is responsible for advancing Satellite’s patient-centered delivery of care. He oversees enhancements of Satellite’s medical leadership by developing, implementing and monitoring clinical practices, therapies and services.
Dr. Wong brings a strong track record of successful and innovative leadership to Satellite. He was department chair of nephrology in a large multi-specialty group, where he was recognized as one of Seattle’s top doctors. He served as a clinical instructor at the University of Washington, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award. He also served on the organ transplant medical review board at Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Wong was medical director of peritoneal dialysis at Northwest Kidney Centers, where he improved services throughout the Northwest and helped develop one of the largest PD programs in the U.S.
Dr. Wong graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Davis. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Wong was chief resident and fellow in nephrology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has pursued research and lectured at the national level on issues involving home dialysis.
Rosemary Fox B.S.N., M.B.A., has been the leader of the Satellite in-center operational team for nine years. Her team is responsible for directing the operations of Satellite's 35 in-center dialysis units, whose 1,000 employees serve 4,500 patients. Ms. Fox has created a dynamic management team responsible for patient quality outcomes, daily care of patients, customer service for physicians, staff, and patients, and the overall financial performance of the units. She has partnered with the research division of Satellite to find innovative ways to improve the Satellite patient care of Satellite patients, including nocturnal programs, the Optimal Start® Educational Program and methods to improve Clinical Performance Measures. She also has been an active participant in development the WellBound model of dialysis home care.
Rosemary came to Satellite Healthcare from St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, where she also was Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Fox held a variety of managerial positions with increasing responsibilities with Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and the North Bay. She is credited with opening an HMO clinic in Novato with French Health Plan. Ms. Fox earned her B.S.N. from USF and her M.B.A. from Golden Gate University. In addition, she served as a commissioned Officer in the USPHS Corps. She is a member of the Northern California Hospital Association, National Renal Administrators Association, California Dialysis Council and President of University of San Francisco External Nurse Advisory Board.
Ann Robar has been responsible for and leads ongoing efforts to ensure that the organization delivers high quality dialysis services as envisioned and espoused by Dr. Coplon. She has more than 30 years of nephrology experience and joined Satellite Dialysis in 1976 after working in the renal transplant program at the University of Minnesota and learning dialysis at Stanford. She became Director of Patient Care Services for Satellite Dialysis in 1989 and then Executive Clinical Director in 2001. She joined Satellite WellBound as Executive Clinical Director in 2004.
She is a certified nephrology nurse (CNN) and has a certification in critical care (CCRN). She is active in the local American Nephrology Nurses Association and has held several leadership positions throughout the years, as well as having served on the board of the California Dialysis Council for nine years. She has taught nursing at Mankato State University.
Linda McCann has been a renal dietitian for more than 37 years and is world renowned. Ms. McCann has been with Satellite Healthcare since 1982. She currently serves as the Senior Director of Quality and continues to direct the nutrition services for the corporation. She is also the clinical liaison to the Information Systems and Technology department and has been instrumental in the development of Satellite’s clinical information systems including SPIN Center™, SPIN-MD®, and SPIN Station™. Ms. McCann is the originator and editor of the popular CRN Pocket Guide to Nutrition Assessment of the CKD Patient, currently in its fourth edition, which is published by the National Kidney Foundation. She served as the only dietitian on the original NKF KDOQI Advisory Board and was the only non-physician member of the KDOQI Bone and Mineral Metabolism guideline development workgroup. She also served on the KDIGO Advisory Board and was the only dietitian member of the KDIGO Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD) workgroup that developed international guidelines. She has also participated on several technical expert panels helping to advise CMS on quality indicators. Ms. McCann has published multiple articles in a variety of professional journals and has written numerous book chapters on renal nutrition. She has spoken to and trained many professionals, patients, and laypersons around the world on various topics related to renal disease and nutrition.
Linda has been an NKF volunteer, at both the local and national levels, for more than 35 years and was a long time officer in the national Council on Renal Nutrition. She was an original member of the American Dietetic Association test writing committee for certified specialization in renal nutrition and participated in the writing of national standards of practice for nephrology dietitians. Linda has received many awards, including national Recognized Renal Dietitian, Joel D. Kopple Award and Distinguished Lectureship in Renal Nutrition, and the NKF Champions of Hope Award. Her passion for quality patient care and high professional standards are highly aligned with Satellite’s in reaching the goals and mission of the corporation.