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Executive Search & Services

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The Executive Search & Services team is an internal search firm at Stanford School of Medicine. We build diverse candidate pools and interview and recommend top talent. We use our expertise to guide Stanford leaders and candidates throughout the interview process. In addition to the School of Medicine, we also partner with clients across the University.

We have proven experience placing a broad range of senior leaders in Administration, Finance, Human Resources, and Research. Roles we have filled include Deans, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chiefs of Staff, Executive Directors, Directors of Finance & Administration, Division Managers, and Human Resources Leaders.

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Why Stanford Medicine?

Bláz Bush (he/his) is stepping into the inaugural role of Executive Director of the LGBTQ+ Health Program. He will work with stakeholders from inside Stanford Medicine and beyond to transform our delivery of care, research, and teaching related to LGBTQ+ health. Learn more about his decision to join our community.

Stanford Medicine is an ecosystem comprising the School of Medicine and the pediatric and adult health care delivery systems. Together, we harness the full potential of biomedicine through collaborative research, education, and clinical care for patients of all ages. For more information, please visit the Stanford Medicine Collective (opens in new tab).

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Policies and Benefits

Senior Staff positions at Stanford University are designated at levels N, O, P, N11, and N99 within the university classification system, and have responsibilities and functions that require different policies and conditions governing their employment and termination. To learn more about Senior Staff Policies visit Stanford Administrative Guide, Section 2.1.14 Senior Staff.

Senior Staff at Stanford University are also eligible for additional benefits programs:

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Tuition Grant Program Eligibility

Senior staff are eligible for the Tuition Grant Program on the date of their employment with the University.

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Homebuyer Programs

Senior Staff are eligible for Homebuyer Programs that include financing and supplemental pay programs.

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Work-Life Programs

The Stanford Work-Life Office delivers programs and services to help employees manage the competing demands of work, school, family, and personal responsibilities.

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Stanford Sweeteners

Stanford offer the "sweetest" perks and rewards of being affiliated with Stanford, from discounts and incentives to facilities access and professional development.

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Recent Placements

Clariecia Groves
Erick Garcia
Jennifer Calvert
Dawn Rorig
Michele Lima
Bláz Bush
Krithika Kumar
Adam Sherman
Clariecia Groves Director of Workforce Analytics Clariecia has over 13 years of analytics and insights experience, including in visualizations, statistics, and predictive analytics. She loves to bridge the gap between business, analytics, and strategy and has a strong passion for teaching and helping others to use data to make better decisions. Most recently, she led the workforce analytics function at Tenneco, an auto manufacturing company, where she focused on developing roadmaps, creating a data governance structure, and building a team. Prior to that, Clariecia worked at Ascension Healthcare, serving in various leadership and analytical roles focused on business intelligence, data analytics, and research. As a lifelong learner, Clariecia has a B.S. in Mathematics, a M.S. in Statistics and Operations Research, and a doctorate in Engineering Management.
Erick Garcia Department Operations Manager, Neurology and Neurological Sciences Erick is a skilled business professional. In his recent position at Stanford Health Care, Erick served as the Business Manager within the Facilities Services and Planning (FS&P) department, overseeing four business units with a combined annual budget in the multimillions. In this capacity, he collaborated with department leaders to establish yearly budgets and shared services agreements. In addition, Erick was responsible for the day-to-day management of labor and other operating expenses, conducting regular meetings with leadership to ensure effective financial management.
Jennifer Calvert Chief of Staff, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability Jennifer has her Ph.D. from Drexel University and has worked in higher education for over 20 years at multiple universities including Dartmouth College and Texas Christian University. She came to Stanford 12 years ago to work in Student Affairs and has served as the Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice Provost for strategy for the division for the last five years. Jennifer was instrumental in helping manage key initiatives including the development of the division's long-term vision and acting as the project manager for ResX, one of the first initiatives in the President and Provost’s Long-Range Vision. She has also been a strong force in advancing fundraising efforts, leading communications, and gathering data to understand the impact and chart the future pathways for the division. Jennifer is also a Resident Fellow in Neighborhood D’s Schiff House.
Dawn Rorig Chief Human Resources Officer, Stanford Health Care Dawn joined Stanford Health Care in 2018 as the Vice President of Human Resources and has made a tremendous impact on the HR function - transforming the approach to talent acquisition and onboarding, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations. In addition, she has effectively led the stabilization and streamlining of department operations resulting in significant improvements in recruitment and employee retention.

Before her tenure at Stanford Health Care, Dawn dedicated nearly 20 years at Charles Schwab, where she held the position of Senior Vice President for Human Resources. There, she led a 150-member human resources team responsible for managing the firm’s more than 16,000 global employees.
Michele Lima Senior Administrative Division Director, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine Michele is an experienced manager with deep knowledge of Stanford University. She started her Stanford career 13 years ago as a research administrator in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She moved to a finance specialist role in Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP) in 2013 and was promoted to Associate DFA in 2017. She was responsible for all financial and administrative functions within MCP including human resources, grants management, and department budgeting and financial activity. She also participated in Lean process improvement teams in Finance as part of her role. Michele spent a year in Biochemistry as the DFA where she was responsible for administrative and financial functions.

In February 2020, Michele joined the Department of Medicine as an Administrative Division Director for Immunology/Rheumatology. Her strong interest in both research and clinical initiatives, and her ability to mentor and train staff on financial and other tasks fueled her success in I/R.
Bláz Bush Executive Director for the LGBTQ+ Health Program Bláz comes to us from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine where he served as the Manager of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Program. In this role, Bláz developed customized training on DEI topics, from workplace bullying to LGBTQ+ affirming healthcare, facilitated restorative circles for students, faculty, and staff, and advised the GME residency programs on best practices for recruitment and retention of trainees. Previously, Bláz served as the Director of the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he designed a series of annual didactic sessions and patient simulation training on LGBTQ+ affirming healthcare, and Director of Care Coordination at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City, a 19,000-patient LGBTQ+ Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Bláz also worked to triple their grant portfolio to $4 million for wrap-around social support services focused on those living with HIV and individuals who are transgender or non-binary.
Krithika Kumar Director of Discovery, Stanford Medicine Catalyst Krithika is a venture capitalist, scientist, and entrepreneur. Her career spans multiple sectors and geographies, first as a founder of a health tech company in India, then with her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Postdoctoral Research in gut microbiome in the US, and lastly, through her VC investments in sector-agnostic startups in the US, Asia, and LATAM. Prior to joining Catalyst at Stanford Medicine, Krithika was working part-time as the interim CEO of a women’s health startup and a Principal at Alumni Ventures where she led over 25 deals and diligence in life sciences, clean tech, digital health, AI/ML, consumer, enterprise, fintech, and web3, among others.
Adam Sherman Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Adam received his MPA and JD from the University of Washington and previously served as Assistant Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs at Harvard Law School, where he oversaw the operations, budget, and strategic direction of the Office of Academic Affairs, as well as provided leadership and supervision for staff who manage the school’s faculty information system. In his new role as Associate Dean, Adam will be a strong partner with the School of Medicine, department, and university leadership, build strong collaborative relationships with departments and help to develop a long-term strategic view for the Office of Academic Affairs that is aligned with the strategic vision for Stanford Medicine.

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Meet the Team

Sharon Carroll
Lynette Yancey
Esi Thompson
Steve Ebeling
Sharon Carroll Director, Executive Search & Services Sharon joined the Talent Acquisition Team in January of 2018 after a long tenure recruiting and sourcing in the Management Consulting Industry. At Stanford School of Medicine, she started creating programs to attract diverse talent specifically focused on research positions, which included creating a New Grad Campus Program to fill the needs of entry-level research positions across the school. She transitioned to managing the Recruiting Services team for the School of Medicine, which focuses on attracting and assessing top talent in Research, Finance, Human Resources, and Administration. Currently, Sharon is managing the Executive Search & Services offering for the School of Medicine and expanding her reach to the University. She collaborates with Deans, Chairs, and Department Leaders to fill executive-level positions.
Lynette Yancey Senior Executive Search Partner Lynette joined the Talent Acquisition Team in August of 2021. Prior to joining Stanford School of Medicine, she was the CEO and Managing Principal of a boutique recruiting firm focusing on executive-level recruiting in Management Consulting, BioTech, Pharmaceutical, and Healthcare industries for notable clients such as Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, Amgen, and Novo Nordisk. Lynette is passionate about the candidate experience, and diversity and stands by her motto “look beyond the resume” to find great candidates. Lynette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is a Certified Recruiting Specialist (CRS).
Esi Thompson Talent Operations Specialist Esi’s career path at George Washington University School of Public Health for nearly a decade, combined with her recent experience at MetLife, supports the Executive Search & Services team in operationalizing all their searches. Considered the backbone of this service offering, Esi partners with clients and candidates, contributing to the team's renowned excellence.
Steve Ebeling Senior Executive Search Partner Steve joined the Talent Acquisition Team in January of 2022. He brings more than 25 years of experience in recruiting and sourcing, with a strong background in management consulting. Prior to joining Stanford School of Medicine, Steve spent nine years at Huron Consulting Group where he filled executive-level roles for its Higher Education, Life Sciences, and Healthcare practices. At Huron, he held a leadership role in training recruiters, as well as developing and implementing diversity recruiting initiatives. Other experience includes talent acquisition roles at Deloitte and KPMG. He holds his undergraduate degree in accounting from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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