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Garren Colvin has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare since June 2015. In January 2011, Mr. Colvin was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to 2011, Mr. Colvin served in the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has more than 35 years of experience in the industry.

Mr. Colvin joined St. Elizabeth Healthcare in May 1983, beginning as a co-op student while in school at Thomas More College. He left St. Elizabeth in 1999 to serve as Corporate Controller for Tri-Health before returning to St. Elizabeth Healthcare one year later in 2000 to take on the role of Vice President of Finance.

Under his leadership and direction, St. Elizabeth Healthcare has shown a consistent financial increase and improvement each year. In 2009, this improvement reached new heights as Standard & Poor’s and Fitch upgraded St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s bond ratings to AA- (up from A+). Mr. Colvin was instrumental in the merger of the former St. Luke Hospitals and St. Elizabeth Medical Center and helped position the former St. Luke Hospitals to achieve a positive financial performance. He also provided key expertise during the consolidation of Patient First and Summit Medical Groups into St. Elizabeth Physicians, and he played an integral part in Comprehensive Cardiology joining St. Elizabeth Physicians.

Most recently, Mr. Colvin has been active in the transition of the Kentucky offices of OHC – Cancer and Blood Disorder Specialists – in Crestview Hills and Ft. Thomas in becoming part of the St. Elizabeth network. This is significant for oncology patients and the future of oncology care as St. Elizabeth will be establishing a roadmap for Northern Kentucky’s first-ever comprehensive cancer center.

In August 2016, Mr. Colvin was awarded Cincinnati Business Courier’s C-Suite Award for Chief Executive Officer, and was also named a Hero Against Heroin by Transitions Inc. and received a humanitarian award for his commitment and fight against the heroin epidemic.

Mr. Colvin is a founding member of the Kentucky Health Collaborative and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves on the boards of the Kentucky Health Collaborative, Kentucky Hospital Association, The Health Collaborative, Balance Health Kentucky, Tri-State Healthcare Laundry, St. Elizabeth Board of American Nursing Care - Home Care, American Heart Association Cincinnati chapter, American Red Cross, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Andy Dalton Foundation.

Mr. Colvin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Thomas More College in 1986 and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University in 1996.

Emcee: Big Dave from B-105 

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With over Twenty years of radio experience, Dave Chandler is big fun, big on requests and enjoys big ratings on B-105.  Dave and his morning show team are recent recipients of their second Country Music Association, Personality of the Year Award in the large market category. Dave lives in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, with his wife Carri and their two children.  Life Learning Center thanks Dave Chandler for his generous contribution of time and talent to emcee our event!

Special Event Entertainment
Songwriter's Roundtable: Kelley Lovelace and Chris DeStefano


Kelley Lovelace

Kelley Lovelace was born in Paducah, Kentucky and currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee just a few miles south of Nashville.


Kelley is a United States Army veteran who obtained the rank of specialist (E-4) before receiving an honorable discharge. 


As a cum laude graduate of Belmont University, Kelley began writing at Perdido Key Music. Kelley is currently signed to a joint venture publishing deal with Warner Chappell & Sea Gayle Music Publishing.


As a writer, he has had many songs recorded by artists such as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Randy Houser, Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreary, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry, and many others. Among these recordings are 24 Top 10 Billboard / R&R / Mediabase hits: 17 of which have reached the #1 position including 

("He Didn’t Have To Be", "Riverbank", and "Southern Comfort Zone" by Brad Paisley, ("Don’t Forget To Remember Me") Carrie Underwood, ("Remind Me"), Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood,  ("Runnin’ Outta Moonlight"), Randy Houser, ("Rearview Town"), Jason Aldean and Hunter Hayes ("21").

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A native of Mt Laurel, New Jersey, Chris DeStefano is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Chris began singing at a very early age in the acclaimed Academy Boys Choir of Philadelphia. Driven by his passion for music and knack for picking up new instruments, DeStefano’s talents lead him to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.


Upon graduating, DeStefano moved to Los Angeles, California, where he discovered his gift for songwriting and producing.  Setting his sights on the Country Airplay chart, Chris began splitting time between LA and Nashville, collaborating with some of Nashville’s hottest songwriters. The transition was seamless and in early 2012 Chris charted his first country single with Jana Kramer’s “Why You Wanna” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart. Right on the heels of this success, DeStefano achieved his first Country chart topper with the song “Good Girl” recorded by Country superstar Carrie Underwood. 


Chris has followed with a streak of #1 songs with Carrie Underwood ("Good Girl”, “Little Toy Guns”, “Smoke Break”, “Something in the Water”, Super Bowl LII and 2018 Olympic Games Theme Song “The Champion"), Dan + Shay (“From the Ground Up”, “Nothin’ Like You"), Jason Aldean (“Just Gettin’ Started”), Billy Currington (“Hey Girl”), Brett Eldredge (“Don’t Ya”), Luke Bryan (“That’s My Kind of Night”, “Kick the Dust Up"), Miranda Lambert (“Somethin’ Bad”), Chris Young (“Losing Sleep”), Morgan Evans (“Kiss Somebody”) and Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”).

Chris DeStefano



Robert M. (Bob) Hoffer is DBL Law’s Managing Partner. He has represented employers of all sizes and industries on human resources and labor and employment compliance matters for over 35 years. In his career, Bob has worked closely with state and federal administrative agencies, including the EEOC, DOL, DOJ, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentucky Labor Cabinet and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.  A large part of Bob’s practice includes litigating employment cases in federal and state courts.

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Shawn Carroll is the Executive Director of New Perceptions.  He has been at New Perceptions since 2011 and has over Twenty-five years experience of working in community mental health and developmental disabilities.  Shawn has served our community in various organizations including youth sports, Florence Rotary, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and many more.  Shawn "Hawk" Carroll is a former teammate of Garren's at Thomas More.


Terry M. Foster, RN has been an ER nurse at St. Elizabeth Healthcare for over 40 years. He also serves in a dual role as an Ambassador for the St. Elizabeth Foundation. He is a part-time stand-up comic and has performed for multiple charitable events throughout the greater Cincinnati area. 

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