Patient Placement Systems management team

Karl Straub


Karl Straub brings over 28 years of healthcare information technology and services experience to his role as president for Care Logistics and Patient Placement Systems (PPS). Prior to joining Care Logistics and PPS, Straub held a variety of executive sales, marketing and general management positions with Per-Se Technologies, McKesson Provider Technologies, and SmithKline Beecham HealthCare Services. As a recognized Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) leader, Straub has effectively led teams to ignite growth through business transformation process, as well as through the commercialization of new business lines. To complement his "drive for results" approach, Straub emphasizes the creation and maintenance of a culture that values each individual contributor within a team setting of honesty, openness, and integrity. Straub is a reputable industry speaker and has conducted a number of interviews with hospital and HCIT publications. He is a magna cum laude graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Doug Walker

Vice President and General Manager

Doug Walker has 18 years of experience in marketing and management of software and technology solutions. He has planned and managed successful launches and major releases for more than 15 technology and software products. Before joining Patient Placement Systems, Walker owned and managed Block & Tackle Marketing, a successful marketing consulting and research company focused on technology businesses. Previously, Walker worked as director of marketing for Trusted Network Technologies, which delivered security software solutions for the healthcare and other industries. His team won both the 2006 Marketing Award for Excellence (MAX Award) and 2006 Technology Association of Georgia TAMY award for marketing excellence. Walker has published several articles in national and regional long-term care publications, and has presented sessions on technology issues at conference hosted by the ACHCA, AHCA and other long-term care organizations. Walker maintains an active role as an associate member of several industry associations, including ACHCA, ACHA, AAHSA, NAHC and several state associations.

Doug Kline, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

As chief financial officer for Jackson Healthcare, Doug Kline coordinates all financial and accounting operations for Patient Placement Systems and the other JH companies. He brings to the company more than 30 years of progressive financial and operations experience from several industries, including healthcare. Among his professional accomplishments are starting up and developing a new division for a large construction equipment rental operation and directing internal audit functions for a $180-million public holding company with eight operating subsidiaries. A certified public accountant in Florida with BS and MBA degrees from Florida State University, Kline spent the first seven years of his career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse.

Michael Hiffa, JD

Vice President of Human Resources

Michael Hiffa brings with him over twenty years of Human Resources experience to his role of Vice President of Human Resources for all Jackson Healthcare companies. He has served as a senior member of the executive team for Regency LTAC Hospital Company and two major financial corporations in the Property and Casualty industry, with overall HR responsibilities for 10,000 employees nationwide. Hiffa is a Strategic Human Resources professional with demonstrated accomplishments in building strong organizational cultures. He was instrumental in developing performance management systems based on core competencies and leadership concepts in addition to creating employee retention programs and succession plans at all levels through out his career. His areas of expertise include employee relations, change management, coaching, and mentoring. Hiffa is a graduate of Syracuse University and received his Juris Doctorate degree from John Marshall School of Law.

Dennis Stockwell, JD

General Counsel

As General Counsel, Stockwell is responsible for all legal affairs including general corporate compliance, client and non-client contracting, and intellectual property including patents, and trademarks. Prior to joining Jackson Healthcare, Stockwell served as Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Sectretary for TurboChef Technologies, Inc, and PracticeWorks, Inc. both publicly traded companies. He previously was a corporate and securities attorney for Kilpatrick & Stockton LLP. Stockwell also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Stockwell brings a wealth of experience in acquisitions and public and private securities offerings. Stockwell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelors of Science degree, received his masters degree from University of Rhode Island, and his Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School.