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Who We Are

Rian M. Yaffe founded Yaffe & Company, Inc. in 1976, and created a nationally recognized firm known for its expertise in executive compensation consulting.  Today, his son Alexander has taken the helm, and expanded the company’s services to include Leadership Development, Governance Advisory, and Physician Enterprise Solutions.

Our consultants have spent their careers as hospital/health system CEOs, and college/university presidents.  This deep bench of talent brings a broad and comprehensive perspective to your organization.

Find Out What Makes Our Team
Stand Out

Alexander Yaffe, our President & CEO, describes why we exist, how our talented team stands out, and the ways in which our Senior Consultants love to give back.

I want to again thank you for your thoughtful guidance throughout the years. I have especially appreciated those occasions when you have found it necessary to express frank observations in a professional manner when it may not have been in your firm’s best interest. It has been a pleasure to work with you knowing that you would be certain that we complied with the spirit of the regulations while treating our leadership team fairly.



Our Consultants


Alexander Yaffe

President & CEO
Higher Education

About Alexander:

Alexander began working at Yaffe & Company, Inc. in 2001. Alexander has held a number of roles during his career at Yaffe & Company, Inc. and in 2013 was promoted to President & Chief Executive Officer. As the second generation leader of Yaffe, he continues to advance the firm particularly through improved use of information technology and complimentary service lines. Alexander has developed expertise in the technical, operational, and governance aspects of executive compensation and deferred compensation plan design and implementation, as well as the regulatory requirements of compliance with numerous Internal Revenue Code Sections. His expertise extends to physician compensation governance and administration, Fair Market Value Assessment, and physician compensation plan design. He has assisted numerous not-for-profit Boards with assessing executive compensation programs, executive performance evaluation methods, retirement plan designs, leadership transition, and succession planning. In addition, he works with hospitals and integrated systems to develop comprehensive physician compensation governance practices, assess current-state compensation and productivity relative to market, and the development of next-generation plan designs. In his work, Alexander aims to achieve optimal alignment of expectations, understanding, and performance in an evolving healthcare landscape that impacts both organizations and individuals. In addition to consulting with clients, Alexander has been part of expert panels on these topics, given presentations, and has led Board education programs nationally. In 2012, he co-authored a monograph for the Center for Healthcare Governance titled The Expanding Role of the Compensation Committee. In 2013, Alexander co-authored an article for Trustee Magazine titled Ready for the Unthinkable, focused on implementing an emergency succession plan for key leaders. Most recently, Alexander published his second Monograph with the Center for Healthcare Governance titled The Health System-Physician Relationship Continuum: What Boards Need to Know (Oct 2015).

John Tolmie

Senior Vice President
Higher Education

About John:

John K. Tolmie joined Yaffe & Company in 2016 as Senior Vice President and as a Senior Consultant. John is also CEO of TTG Healthcare. John has served in executive positions in healthcare, including 15 years as CEO of not for profit hospitals and health systems. In his role John has established the vision, strategic direction, operational oversight, leadership development, quality services, strategic partnerships, and fulfilling the mission of the communities served. John has extensive board experience, as both CEO and board member or many organizations. This includes serving seven years on the board of Notre Dame of Maryland University, serving on the Executive Committee, Chair of Enrollment Management Committee, Compensation Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, John has served on the board of numerous hospital and community boards, focused and strategic planning, leadership development, and fulfilling the organization’s mission. John is also Vice President of the Faraja Fund Foundation, which supports a primary school in Tanzania, Africa, which brings hope to disabled children through physical therapy and education. John has assisted Tanzanian organizations with animal projects, water projects, capacity building, HIV/AIDS treatment, healthcare dispensary support, famine relief, hospital support, scholarships, and the distribution of 65,000 free mosquito nets to 19 villages. John holds an MBA and MHA from Georgia State University. He and his wife chaired the Parents Council at his alma mater, Virginia Tech, and they live in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Bob Colvin

    Bob Colvin

    Governance Advisement Practice Lead
    Higher Education

    About Bob:

    Bob Colvin has more than 25 years of experience leading hospitals and health systems. These include a 500+ bed academic medical center, for-profit facilities, suburban facilities, and small rural hospitals. He has operated a large multi-specialty physician group, regional ambulance services, home health agencies, and community primary care clinics. He has also served as a Group Vice President for Quorum Health Resources (QHC). Bob has served on the American Hospital Association’s Metropolitan Governing Council, and has also chaired both the Georgia and the Idaho Hospital Associations. He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Executives, and he has received the prestigious NOVA award from the AHA for his work in healthcare for the homeless. Organizations under Bob’s leadership have been recognized by Fortune Magazine as among the 100 Best Companies to work for in America, and by Consumer’s Digest as among the 50 safest hospitals in America.

  • Mark T. O’Neil, Jr., FACHE

    Mark T. O’Neil, Jr., FACHE

    Leadership Development Practice Lead
    Higher Education

    About Mark:

    Mark O’Neil joined Yaffe & Company in 2014 as a Senior Consultant. With thirty years of Healthcare leadership experience, Mark O’Neil provides consulting services in the areas of Leadership Development, Governance, Strategic Planning and Operations improvement. Mark most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, a Tenet owned facility in South Carolina. Previously, he served in several leadership positions at Catholic Health East, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Health System of Southeast Pennsylvania, Executive Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Division and Corporate Chief Operating Officer. As Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for coordinating operations of over 100 Health Care facilities in 11 states, with over 46,000 employees and a 4.6 billion dollar operating budget. Earlier in his career, Mark served as a member of the Senior Management Team at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital where he gained valuable experience in academic medicine and provided leadership for several administrative and support functions. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Health Services in Binghamton, N.Y., where he facilitated the development of an 85 member multispecialty physician group, home care companies, rural hospitals and a long term care facility into the Integrated Health Care System. Mark’s uncompromising integrity and commitment to excellence have led to board positions with several professional organizations including the Central New York Hospital Association, the Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, VHA of Upstate NY, the Hospital Association of New York, the Catholic Hospital Association of Pennsylvania and the South Carolina Hospital Association. Mark also served on Governor Mario Cuomo’s Health Care Advisory task force and as Chairman of the Board of the Keystone Mercy Health Plan, a Medicaid Managed Care plan serving several states, with over 850,000 members. An advocate for community service, Mark has served as the Chairman of the Board of United Way and the Chamber of Commerce and volunteered his time as a member of many not for profit and educational organizations throughout his career. Mark’s high-level of community involvement and extensive knowledge of the Health Care environment have made him a frequent guest speaker at community group meetings and events. Mark received his Bachelors and Masters degree in Business Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. He is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. Mark and his wife Ann reside in Hilton Head, South Carolina. They have four daughters and are active members of their community.

  • Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D.

    Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D.

    Higher Education Practice Lead
    Higher Education

    About Mary Pat:

    Mary Pat Seurkamp, joined Yaffe & Company in 2013 as a Senior Consultant and is also a Founding Partner of MPK&D. Mary Pat was appointed president of Notre Dame of Maryland University in 1997 and was named president emerita when she retired July 2012. She now serves as senior advisor and director for the CIC New Presidents Program, and also is engaged in other consulting activities in higher education. Before her arrival at Notre Dame, Mary Pat served at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York for 21 years. Mary Pat has served on a number of Boards including chair of the Board of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), chair of the Maryland Independent College and University Association, and Board and Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Mary Pat is a magna cum laude graduate of Webster University with a B.A. in psychology, holds an M.A. in counseling from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She and her husband reside in Maryland.

  • Patricia A. Bosse

    Patricia A. Bosse

    Senior Consultant
    Higher Education

    About Pat:

    Patricia A. Bosse joined Yaffe & Company in 2015 as a Senior Consultant and is also a Founding Partner of MPK&D. Pat has served in executive positions in higher education and health care for more than a quarter century—successfully leading institutional growth and innovation through the planning and execution of major campaigns in tandem with boldand creative marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Her portfolio includes experience in crisis communications, leadership development, strategic planning, facilitation and training. Pat served as vice president for advancement and marketing at Notre Dame of Maryland University, her alma mater. Her experience in higher education also includes seven years as vice president at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, where she completed a major campaign to build and endow The Center for Continuing Formation. Pat gained experience in health care at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore; more recently she served for four years as vice president, mission and institutional advancement for St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. where she led a successful $20 million campaign and served as a member of Catholic Health Initiatives National Mission Advisory Committee. In 2014, Pat was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record. She serves as a director of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Faraja School for Children with Physical Disabilities, Tanzania. Pat and her husband, Frank Gunther, have three children and live in rural Maryland.

Our Team

Brittney Frazier

Corporate Services Director

Miriam Goldberger

Finance and Operations Director

Christina Grimes

Client Services Director

Samantha Richmond

Client Services Consultant

Mike Thompson

IT and Performance Data Manager

Peter Wertheimer

Client Services Consultant

Precious Wolo

Data Analytics Director

Our Community

At Yaffe & Company, we each have strong ties to non-profits. We consider it our duty to give back, and we do our part to improve the lives of others. In the process, we become enriched.

Our Partners

We choose to work only with experts and partners who are top in their fields, and who care as deeply as we do about the success of your organization.