Our Team

Dr. Chris W. Brussalis
Chairman

cbrussalis@hillgroupinc.com
412-722-1111 – Office
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Dr. Chris Brussalis is the Chairman of The Hill Group, Inc. He is also Adjunct Professor of Management and Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. Chris provides counsel in strategy to numerous Fortune 500 corporations, large institutions, and state governments, and has extensive experience in public policy and economic development. In addition to serving as the Chairman and owner of The Hill Group, Chris provides services in the following areas:

  • Strategy development
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Board leadership and governance
  • Higher education research and analytics
  • Decision support and analysis
  • Business analytics and intelligence
  • Organizational core competency development and management
  • College and university financial and operational turnarounds

 


Ned Laubacher
President & CEO

nlaubacher@hillgroupinc.com  
412-491-3710 – Cell
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Ned Laubacher, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hill Group, has spearheaded growth strategies and financial turnarounds throughout his healthcare career as both a CXO and strategic advisor to the C-team. Ned’s areas of expertise include:

  • Growth and business development priorities
  • Employer health and wellness initiatives
  • Provider direct contracting
  • Healthcare value-based care strategies
  • Health analytics for employers
  • Strategic and tactical planning
  • Care innovation adoption
  • Performance improvement in finance, operations, and governance
  • Financial and operational turnarounds

 


Jordan R. Pallitto
Chief Operating Officer

jpallitto@hillgroupinc.com
724-493-3517 – Cell
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Jordan Pallitto, Chief Operating Officer and Consultant at The Hill Group, specializes in strategy development and business planning for organizations across sectors, with a particularly deep focus on nonprofit agency capacity building as a PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant. He is a scholar practitioner in business and provides services in the following areas:

  • Long-term strategic planning
  • Business planning for new ventures and social enterprises
  • Board governance assessment and development
  • Organizational assessment, development, and capacity building
  • Strategic alliance investigation, preparation, and execution
  • Shared services design and implementation
  • Succession planning
  • Economic impact assessments
  • Public participation and stakeholder engagement
  • Optimization modeling and quantitative analysis

 


Dayna S. Sear
Vice President, Consulting

dsear@hillgroupinc.com
412-722-1111 – Office
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Dayna Sear, Vice President of Consulting, specializes in public and private sector business start-up and turnaround. Dayna brings to the team over 30 years of diverse leadership experience and has held numerous executive positions. Dayna has led the operational turnaround of several nonprofit organizations and has developed two successful for-profit arts-related businesses. Dayna provides services in the following areas:

  • Business transformation and change management (Pro Sci Certified)
  • Financial management
  • Financial and operational turnarounds
  • Performance improvement
  • Mergers and acquisitions (Columbia University Executive Certificate program)
  • Long-term strategic planning
  • Business planning for social enterprises
  • Nonprofit management
  • Fund development planning

 


Daniel R. Griffin
Vice President

dgriffin@hillgroupinc.com
412-215-1544 – Cell
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Dan Griffin, Vice President of The Hill Group, has worked with more than 100 nonprofits in arts and culture and has extensive experience with state, local, and federal governments. During his career he has designed and helped plan Health and Wellness facilities in the for-profit arena as well as for municipal community centers. As a General Manager, he was successful at developing customer service mentality and was recognized by IHRSA (International Health and Racquet Sports Association) for his expertise in management and member retention skills. Dan’s areas of expertise include:

  • Customer service training and development
  • Staff appreciation and recognition programs
  • Management team development/composition
  • Pricing strategies based on organizational goals
  • Community engagement and support
  • Public speaking feedback and executive coaching
  • Presentations for grant funding

 


Daniel L. DeMarco
Vice President & General Counsel

ddemarco@hillgroupinc.com
412-979-0399 – Cell
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Dan DeMarco, Vice President and General Counsel for The Hill Group, provides leadership as a versatile and experienced member of the team and oversees human resources activities.  As General Counsel, Dan advises The Hill Group on legal affairs, provides legal representation, and administers contracts. Although The Hill Group cannot provide legal advice, Dan provides insight to clients in the following areas:

  • Legal ethics
  • Analysis of legal issues
  • Contract writing and execution
  • Merger and acquisition legal considerations

 


Prachi Jhala
Consultant

pjhala@hillgroupinc.com
412-722-1111 – Office
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Prachi Jhala, Consultant at The Hill Group, brings years of experience leading teams in consensus and decision-making processes to take organizations to the next level. Prachi holds a specialized Master of Science degree in Engineering and Technology Innovation Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Prachi’s areas of expertise include:

  • Long-term strategic planning
  • Business planning
  • Project management
  • Marketing and communications
  • Process mapping
  • Technology system improvement
  • Product innovation solutions

 


Sara Longo
Consultant

slongo@hillgroupinc.com
412-722-1111 – Office
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Sara Longo, Consultant at The Hill Group, brings over 10 years of experience directing startups, nonprofits, and projects within life science and technology companies, and has done international advocacy work in sustainability and environmental health. Sara’s areas of expertise include:

  • Long-term strategic planning
  • Business planning
  • Sustainability and circular economy planning and education
  • Operational leadership
  • Technology and Internet of Things (IOT) project implementation
  • Partner and community development
  • Nonprofit management
  • Grant writing and fundraising
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Startup development

 


Lauren Schuetz
Consultant

lschuetz@hillgroupinc.com
412-722-1111 – Office
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Lauren Schuetz, Consultant at The Hill Group, specializes in public and private sector strategic planning and business planning. Lauren brings a background in higher education and has worked on a number of college and university strategic planning processes. Lauren holds a Master of Public Administration with a specialty in public leadership and management. Lauren’s areas of expertise include:

  • Long-term strategic planning
  • Business planning
  • Project management
  • Design and facilitation of planning processes
  • Market research and analysis
  • Public participation and stakeholder engagement
  • Nonprofit management
  • Marketing and communications