Jennifer Tomasik, SM, FACHE, CFAR, and Barry Dornfeld, PhD, CFAR

JTomasik_photo_2_.jpgJennifer Tomasik, SM, FACHE

Jennifer Tomasik, Vice President and Principal, heads CFAR’s Healthcare Practice and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. She is skilled at creating and directing processes that solve complex organizational challenges and ensure sustainable strategy execution. Her approach blends qualitative methods and quantitative analytics, with an emphasis on communication and collaboration, enabling people to discuss their most pressing issues in a safe and productive environment. She is a recognized expert at large group event design and facilitation. 

Jennifer has worked in the healthcare sector for two decades and is deeply knowledgeable about public health, health policy, strategy, governance, organizational and cultural change, and interprofessional collaboration. She believes the challenges facing the industry today require the input and commitment of all of its diverse players, many of whom do not understand each others' interests and, as a result, have trouble collaborating and communicating effectively. She is proficient at bringing these stakeholders together in ways that bridge the organizational and professional boundaries that often impede productive dialogue and strategic change. She helps her clients move from ideas to action.

Jennifer is an experienced speaker and author and has presented to numerous client audiences including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Hospital Association, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives, among others. Her published work has appeared in the Wharton Healthcare Quarterly, Healthcare Executive, the American Journal of Medicine and several books focused on population health and healthcare management. Her most recent publication, Lessons from the Field: Promising Interprofessional Collaboration Practices, was produced as the result of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project that she led to identify effective interprofessional collaboration practices that improve patient-centered care.

Jennifer is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2011, she won the Regent Award for Early Careerist from the American College of Healthcare Executives Rhode Island, where she currently serves as the Immediate-Past President of the Board. In 2017, Jennifer was elected to ACHE’s National Board of Regents. She is also the President of the Board of Trustees of the French American School of Rhode Island. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Tufts University and holds a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She resides in Providence, RI with her husband and two young daughters.


Contact Jennifer at: [email protected]


Barry Dornfeld, PhD

Dornfeld_Headshot.jpgBarry Dornfeld, Principal, co-leads CFAR's Life Sciences and Higher Education Groups. He has been a strategic advisor to organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and is an expert on organizational change, governance, and collaboration. He draws on his many years of consulting, teaching, and industry experience to help guide clients through complex business issues, develop a strategy for change, and to learn from their experience. Barry also teaches extensively, leading workshops on negotiation, board governance, strategy, influence and persuasion, and organizational change, and leading action-learning programs. He speaks to a wide range of groups in many industries with a focus on healthcare, life sciences, not-for-profits, and higher education, and has taught and spoken in many settings in the U.S. and internationally, including extensive experience with Wharton’s Executive Education division. In addition to his academic positions, Barry has presented to a range of client audiences, including the Association for Women in Science, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, Temple University School of Law, and the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association.

Barry's experience as an anthropologist and filmmaker trained him to listen and ask questions, so that he can work with executives in ways that are attuned to their needs, culture, and learning styles, and that help them reach their business goals. These skills help him connect to clients easily, work productively in a variety of settings, and effectively advise and teach executives. His recent work in the life sciences and higher education has focused on ways to help organizational leaders maximize value across strategic partnerships such as those with academic medical centers and medical professional societies. The objective of this work is to optimize the investments in these organizational relationships relative to basic research, clinical research and trials, scientific information exchange, marketing, and educational curricula and programming.

Barry is co-author of The Moment You Can’t Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future, published by PublicAffairs Books in October 2014.

Barry holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology and Economics from Tufts University, a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a faculty member at New York University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.