Executive Leadership Team
Verneda Bachus, DHA, MBA, Chief Executive Officer
Verneda Bachus has served as CEO of Friend Health since July 2013. Ms. Bachus previously served as President/CEO of Swope Health Services (SHS), a federally qualified health center located in Kansas City, Missouri.
Prior to joining SHS/SCE, Ms. Bachus served as president of a management consulting firm specializing in business consulting, human resources management, professional development training/coaching, and executive placement.
Ms. Bachus holds an MBA and MA from Webster University of St. Louis, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Washburn University. Ms. Bachus is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and a Certified Compensation Professional.
Sabrina Moore, Chief Financial Officer
Sabrina G. Moore has served Friend Health since October 2005. Prior to joining FFHC she worked at the University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Division Dean’s Office leading the projection and analysis of patient care revenues, and departmental budgeting. Ms. Moore received her B.S. from Eastern Illinois University in 1980 and is a registered certified public accountant with almost 15 years of experience in primary health care financial management.
Wendy Thompson, Chief Operating Officer
Wendy Thompson joined Friend Family Health Center in May 2016. Wendy previously served as Chief Officer of Strategy & Development. Prior to joining Friend Health, she served as Deputy Chief Officer at Chicago Public Schools and spent more than ten years in finance with Aon Corporation, and Goldman Sachs. Wendy holds a Master of Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Chicago. With over 20 years of experience, she has a keen ability to evaluate risks and opportunities as well as manage complex organizational systems.
James Bendt, Chief Organizational Development Officer
James joined Friend Health in August 2020 and has more than 30 years of business and leadership experience. Mr. Bendt previously served as Vice-President of Services and Senior Business Coach for Six Disciplines, a Business Management System solution, and Coaching Organization. He has extensive organizational development experience around Strategic Planning, Change Management, Organizational Alignment, Execution Management and Leadership Development working across multiple industries including Healthcare. He also has held several Call Center Support Senior Leadership roles. James holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Sioux Falls.
Eric Campbell, Chief Compliance Officer
Eric joined Friend Health as the Chief Compliance Officer in June 2021 and has more than 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Friend Health, Eric was Senior Director of Compliance for Centene Corporation's Meridian Health Plan and Market Compliance Officer supporting WellCare Health Plan's compliance program. He also served as Director of Compliance at Aetna Better Health. Eric holds a Master's degree in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Bachelor of Arts degree in International Law from Chicago's DePaul University.
Lawrence Ramunno, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer
Debra Gonzalez, PhD, Chief Patient Experience Officer
Mark Arthur, Chief Human Resources Officer