Our Leadership

Pete A. Stark, CGMA, CPA

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mr. Stark serves as Chief Executive Officer of Physicians Pharmacy Alliance (PPA), and continues to serve as PPA’s Chief Financial Officer, the role he initially assumed when he joined the Company in July 2012.  Pete’s experience includes more than 20 years in financial planning and analysis, accounting, and operations management, the last 18 years exclusively in the healthcare sector.  Before joining PPA, Pete worked for Accredo Health Group, Inc. from 2003 until 2012 in various senior finance, accounting and operational roles, most recently as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.

As CEO, Pete is responsible for providing strategic leadership by working with the Board to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.  He drives strategic growth and functional excellence in pharmacy operations, accounting, financial planning and analysis, information technology, data reporting and analytics, and human resources.  He has considerable experience in the design and operational execution of clinical programs that drive improved medication adherence and better patient outcomes. He also has significant experience in corporate mergers & acquisitions and divestitures.

Pete is a Certified Public Accountant (current status is Inactive) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Stark attended the University of Notre Dame and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Computer Information Systems from Christian Brothers University (Memphis, TN).  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Paragon Bank.

Dennis M. Cole

Senior VP of Operations

Dennis Cole is a versatile operations and IT executive who brings over ten years of leadership experience with him to PPA.  Before joining PPA, Dennis held leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility in software development, customer service, process engineering, and revenue cycle management at Accredo Health and Medco Health Solutions.  Dennis has a proven track record in driving process improvements, implementing complex projects, building organizational capacity, and directing and coaching teams to high performance.Dennis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University.

Deanna McFadden, MJ, CPHQ, RHIT

Chief Compliance and Quality Officer

Deanna McFadden brings more than 25 years of quality, compliance and operational experience to PPA.

Empowered by her M.J. in health law and Six Sigma black belt certification, Deanna has successfully delivered compliance, quality management, risk management, and disaster recovery programs throughout the organization.

Instrumental in improving operational efficiencies across PPA, Deanna remains active in the industry; she is a Past Chairman of the URAC Accreditation Committee and is involved in the advisory boards for the development of industry standards.

Gail Stallings

Senior VP of Human Resources

Gail Stallings brings more than fifteen years of senior Human Resources experience with her to PPA.  Before joining PPA, Gail served as the Vice President of Global Human Resources for Celestica Corporation.

As a trusted advisor to leaders and employees, Gail has a strong record of providing strategic HR Business Partner support to organizations and has a proven track record of developing and implementing performance management, talent and succession management, and employee engagement initiatives to support businesses in rapidly changing and competitive environments.

Gail holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and has participated in a number of Human Resources and Leadership Executive Programs.

F. Bartow (Bart) Hester

Senior VP of Sales & Business Development

Bart Hester is a results driven sales executive with thirty years of proven experience in management, business development, sales, marketing, account management, and leadership for healthcare services organizations.  Before joining PPA, Bart was an Executive Vice President at Healthcare Solutions, Inc. where he significantly grew revenue and expanded the product portfolio.  Bart has also held executive and/or sales leadership positions with AdvancePCS, United Healthcare, and Prudential Healthcare.  As SVP of Sales and Business Development for PPA, Bart is responsible for the company’s growth in both the direct-to-physician and managed care organization channels and wil pursue and evaluate additional market segment expansion opportunities.

Bart holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Virginia and is a Coventry Healthcare of Georgia Board Member.