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

Jennifer Tomasik, SM, FACHE, Vice President and Principal, CFAR


Jennifer Tomasik, Vice President and Principal, is a second-generation owner of CFAR and serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. She is skilled at creating and directing processes that clarify strategy, solve complex organizational challenges, ensure sustainable implementation, and build effective leaders and teams. 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.

While Jennifer leads CFAR’s Healthcare practice, she has had the privilege of working with mission-oriented leaders across many industries for more than two decades. She is a deep believer in the power of systems-thinking and the role of active engagement of people across all levels of an organization to shape, own, and contribute to their strategic future. Jennifer is proficient at bringing 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, whether that be through individual or team-based coaching or leading large-scale strategy and change work.

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 create a culture of health and improve patient-centered care.

Jennifer is deeply committed to improving healthcare, leadership, and education in her home state of Rhode Island, where she resides with her husband and daughters. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and was elected to represent the state on ACHE’s national Board of Regents. In 2011, she won the Regent Award for Early Careerist from the American College of Healthcare Executives Rhode Island (ACHERI), where she serves as a member of the Board. She is the Immediate-Past President of the Board of Trustees of the French American School of Rhode Island, where she led strategic planning, search, transition and governance efforts. Jennifer is a member of the Omicron II class of Leadership Rhode Island.

She earned a BA in American Studies from Tufts University, as well as an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is certified as a Predictive Index Practitioner.


Contact Jennifer at: [email protected]


Barry Dornfeld, PhD, Principal, CFAR


Barry Dornfeld, Principal, has been a strategic advisor to organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and is an expert on organizational culture and change, strategy, leadership, and governance. He draws on his many years of consulting, teaching, and industry experience to help guide clients through complex organizational challenges, using ethnographic skills to analyze challenges and engage groups and develop strategies for change. Barry speaks to a wide range of groups across healthcare, non-profits, and higher education in the US and internationally, and leads CFAR’s Higher Education practice. He teaches extensively, leading executive programs on culture and change, strategy, influence and persuasion, and leadership and governance in places like the Harvard Macy program “Leading Innovations in Healthcare,” AAMC’s Advanced Leadership Program, the Chief Nursing Officers Academy, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Organizational Dynamics program.

Barry's experience as an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker trained him to listen and ask insightful questions, working with executives in ways that are attuned to their needs, culture, and leadership styles, and help them reach their organizational 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 healthcare and higher education has focused on ways to help leaders maximize value within and outside of their institutions—with particular depth in universities, academic medical centers, and professional associations.

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, and has authored many other articles and papers and produced documentary works. He holds a BA in Anthropology and Economics from Tufts University, a PhD 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.


Contact Barry at: [email protected]