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Chief Executive Officer and EVP Healthcare

Michael R. Draa has been our Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2012 when he formed Warbird Consulting Partners by leading a management buyout of the Accounting Advisory Practice from Huron Consulting Group. While at Huron, Michael served as the Practice Lead for the Accounting Advisory Practice. Prior to joining Huron, he was a partner at Callaway Partners, overseeing National Service Delivery on all projects. Mike also currently serves as the acting EVP of Warbird’s U.S. Healthcare Practice.

Mr. Draa has more than 30 years of accounting and consulting experience during which he has held several executive and senior management roles including accounting, sales and marketing and operations. During that time he has successfully led both strategic and tactical projects and teams. Mike’s deep industry experience includes Healthcare, Technology, Manufacturing, Automotive, and Media and he has vast expertise in many functional areas including: management of restatements, turnarounds, bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, system conversions (ERP), shared service implementation, start-ups, compliance, process re-engineering and technology ventures.

Mr. Draa sits on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations and holds a degree in accounting and business management from Cedarville University.



Managing Director, Healthcare Revenue Cycle & OnDemand Solutions

Deborah Erickson has been a Managing Director within Warbird Healthcare’s revenue cycle solutions since 2014. Her duties include client relationships, delivery and development of new services for our clients. While at Warbird, she has delivered financial and operational improvements within the areas of Revenue Cycle, IT and Finance. Prior to Warbird, Deborah was the Healthcare Operations Director for Huron Consulting and also had experience as the Leader of the Talent Management Team.

Deborah has over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, operations, business development and recruiting including a Big 4 audit background. Her deep industry experience includes the financial services, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, non-profit and service industries. Positions held include Vice President of Finance and Administration, Director of Talent Management, Controller and Finance Manager of Planning & Analysis, among others. She was also selected to do an expatriate assignment in the United Kingdom to transition the financial reporting department to a new corporate location.

Deborah earned her BBA at the University of Massachusetts and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia.



Managing Director, Revenue Cycle Solutions

With over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Joe is a committed, results-oriented financial leader with a history of delivering complex solutions, revenue and cost-reduction initiatives valued in the millions. He has a proven ability to align and lead cross-functional disciplines to optimize performance and achieve success in both start-up and growth industries. Joe is particularly successful at building and leveraging relationships to facilitate change, realize growth and improve ROI. He has significant healthcare domain expertise in provider, payer, HIE, pharmaceutical and life science industries.

Before he joined Warbird Consulting Partners, Joe served as Sr. Director Consulting & Principal Director Interim Leadership at nThrive, where he developed growth strategies resulting in increased revenue and margin, developed client relationships and infrastructure, and developed solution offerings in response to client and market demands. Prior to that, he was Sr. Vice President of Operations at Health Revenue Assurance Associates, where he developed a scalable corporate structure and managed daily operations for a leading provider of revenue cycle consulting and software solutions.

Joe earned his BA from St. Francis University and his MA in Administration from Rider University.