Hospice Leadership Team
Who is at the Helm of Halcyon Hospice?
Halcyon Healthcare, based in Atlanta, Georgia, was launched in 2010 by Dan Kohl and Jack Draughon, in partnership with Health Evolution Partners. Health Evolution Partners is guided by a team of exceptional health care investors and operators. This partnership provides a stable, credible financial resource as well as a strong executive team.
Dan Kohl, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Dan Kohl, CEO of Halcyon Healthcare, has more than 30 years of experience leading public and private health care companies. Dan served as CEO of two home health-related companies–Pediatric Services of America and Housecall Medical Resources. He led all business activities for the entrance of Equifax into the Health Information market, focused on transaction processing, database development and performance measurement for physicians, managed care organizations and employers.
Dan worked in the home health industry, serving as COO for a leading respiratory and DME company as well as president and COO of a provider of home infusion services. Dan began his career with American Hospital Supply Corporation in 1978, following graduation from The Citadel with a degree in business administration.
Jack Draughon, Chief Development Officer of Halcyon Healthcare, formerly worked as a private equity investor with Arcapita, the largest non-distressed private equity investment firm in the southeast. Jack worked at Arcapita for over 12 years and led Arcapita’s healthcare investment practice for the last five years. While at Arcapita, Jack completed a total of 17 transactions for an aggregate enterprise value of $2.1 billion and served as chairman or lead director for his portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Arcapita in 1998, he was in the investment banking group at Lehman Brothers in New York. At Lehman Brothers, Jack gained significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital offerings and general financial and strategic advisory work. He holds a BBA in Economics, graduating summa cum laude from the Honors Program at the University of Georgia.
Jeff Nickell was named chief financial officer at Halcyon Healthcare in November 2011 with responsibility for treasury, financial reporting, billing and collections and information technology. Prior to joining Halcyon, Jeff was Vice President of Finance for Steward Health Services, a home health and hospice company, and Vice President of Reimbursement for PSA Healthcare, a home healthcare company providing nursing for pediatric patients.
Jeff has over 17 years of experience working with healthcare companies. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Auburn University and holds a Master’s of Business Administration specializing in finance from Georgia State University.
Brian Trapnell’s experience includes providing support to hospice, home health and long term care operations through human resources, leveraging specialties in employee relations, workforce planning and development, risk management, compensation and benefits. Prior to joining the Halcyon team, Brian supported operations for Steward Health Services, which provides hospice and home health services through its two divisions, Affinis Hospice and Amicita Home Health. In addition to guiding Steward’s human resources function, Brian served as Compliance, Privacy and Security Officer, and provided risk management support to the Steward family of companies.
Brian also served as Director of Associate Relations with Ethica Health & Retirement Communities, where his responsibilities included supporting employee performance management, mediation of labor-management issues and integrating employee relations programs with operations. Brian supported workforce development and planning efforts with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission and the Macon Economic Development Commission, during which time he co-authored an article that appeared in the peer-reviewed International Economic Development Journal. Brian received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and MBA from Georgia Southern University.
Shelisa Glynn has worked in hospice for 15 years and was honored as Patient Care Manager of the Year due to outstanding feedback from patients’ families. She has served as an Inpatient Care Manager and Home Hospice Patient Care Manager. She was one of 15 hospice representatives present when the governor of Georgia signed the proclamation for November to be National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
As the director of clinical operations, she is responsible for building and maintaining relationships in the community. Shelisa was born in Vidalia, Georgia and graduated with honors from Gordon College. Shelisa is married, with two daughters, and has lived in Atlanta since she was five years old. For Shelisa and her team, working at Halcyon Hospice is a mission, not a job.
Stacy worked with Simione Consulting as a senior trainer prior to joining the Halcyon team. Stacy has also led Georgia sales for Amedisys Home Health and Hospice as Area Vice President, supporting 36 employees across 26 offices. During that time she achieved or exceeded sales goals, participated in the selection and implementation of Amedisys’ CRM, led strategic alignment efforts to support operations and provided sales training across the organization. While at Amedisys, Stacy received the Elite Presidents Circle and Chairman’s Club Awards 5 consecutive years and grew the Georgia market to sustain 35% of overall revenue for Amedisys.
In addition to her extensive sales experience, Stacy has worked as an executive recruiter at the national level as well as supporting temporary and permanent executive level employee placement services. She received her BA from Auburn University.