First Session


We have a great line-up of speakers for our Resiliency panel.


Erika Wakefield

Erika Wakefield

Senior Director of Supply Chain Customer Insights – J & J

Erika Wakefield, MBA is the Senior Director, Supply Chain Customer Insights at Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. With over 25 years of experience working across major health systems, Erika has a deep understanding of the evolving customer need and plays a critical role in accelerating the Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain journey to reimagine innovation of products, services, and experiences. She collaborates end-to-end across the Supply Chain, as well as externally with key customers, including commercial customers, distribution channels, Academic Medical Centers (AMC’s), Integrated Delivery Networks (IDN’s) and Ambulatory Service Centers (ASC’s), and affiliated organizations. Erika served in the United States Army Veteran as a Surgical Technician, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; and an MBA focused in Leadership Development from Brenau University.

Nika Gueci, ED

Nika Gueci

Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience – ASU

Dr. Nika Gueci serves as Executive Director at Arizona State University’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience where she advances well-being through the promotion of skills such as mindfulness and compassion to support lifelong resilience. Creating a culture where wellness is of vital importance to thriving is her daily call to action. She develops curricula for mindfulness leadership workshops, retreats, and Selectives for Mayo Clinic medical students; writes curricula as content expert and talent manager for online courses such as the Health and Wellness: Mind and Body series and the nanocourse mindfulness series for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she established the Caring and Connection Initiative in an effort to build a virtual community and provide compassionate support. An ardent advocate for animal rights, Dr. Gueci fosters dogs, serves on the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association Wellness Task Force, and organizes events with the Humane Society.

Perry Root

Perry Root

System Contract Mgr – Common Spirit

Mr. Root is the System Contract Manager for CommonSpirit Health in Supply and Service Resource Management (SSRM). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration and Policy from Creighton University and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHA) Degree from Bellevue University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Liberty University for a Doctor of Business Administration Degree in Supply Chain and Logistics. His current role includes responsibility for tracking equipment based contracts with balance sheet debt obligations, and implementing strategies with Treasury and Capital Services partners to reduce the contractual debt burden on CommonSpirit’s balance sheet through reductions in Long Term leases.

Trent Gee

Trent Gee

Dir of Supply Chain Solutions – Intermountain Healthcare

Trent is a progressive supply chain professional with a successful track record of leading sourcing and standardization transformations in multiple industries. Trent is currently the Director of Supply Chain Solutions over the Commodities Program for Intermountain Healthcare. This includes developing and managing Intermountain’ s PPE strategies.

Trent has worked at Intermountain for 25 years. Prior to joining Intermountain Healthcare Trent helped a leading awards and recognition company in Salt Lake City to develop its supply chain services.

Trent has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah and a Certified MBA from Western Governors University. He has earned several professional accreditations. He taught in the Supply Chain Program at Brigham Young University for several years. He currently is an adjunct professor in the Global Supply Chain Department at Ensign Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 2012-2020 Gartner Inc. ranked Intermountain Healthcare fourth in its annual “Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25.” In 2018 Intermountain gained “Masters Status” with Gartner and continues to hold that status with Gartner. Trent also co-wrote an article published by Gartner on product standardization. He has been asked to speak at several supplier sales and GPO conferences in his career. Trent played a key role in the development of Intermountain’s self-distribution program.
He resides in Layton, Utah. He and his wife have been married for 29 years. They have 5 children; 1 boy and 4 girls.

Kristina Narvaez

Kristina Narvaez

Supplier Risk and Business Continuity Mgr – Intermountain Healthcare

Kristina Narvaez, MBA, ERM-57 designation is the Supplier Risk & Business Continuity Manager in the Supply Chain Organization at Intermountain Healthcare. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Environmental Risk Management in 2000 and her MBA from Westminster College in 2002 with two advanced certificates in finance and information systems. She is a two-time Spencer Education Foundation graduate scholar from the Risk and Insurance Management Society. She worked in the risk management departments of both Utah Transit Authority and Zions Bancorporation before starting ERM Strategies, LLC in 2011, which is an Enterprise Risk Management research and consulting firm. She is also a partner of Strategic Risk Insights, LLC, which is Strategic Risk Management research and consulting firm. She has authored three books and over 60 articles on topics of Enterprise Risk Management, Board Risk Governance, and Strategic Risk Management. She also teaches online Enterprise Risk Management courses on “Designing and Implementing an Enterprise Risk Management Program” and “Advanced Tools and Techniques of Enterprise Risk Management “ for UCLA Extension. She is also president of the Utah Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners and is working with Women Business Centers of Utah, Women Business Enterprise Council-West, and entrepreneur institutes of Utah colleges and universities to build a pipeline for women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Her hobbies include playing 1st violin in the American Fork Symphony, drawing, and riding her electric bike along the Murdock Canal Trail with her husband.