About Us

The learning experts at XLD are transforming healthcare education by helping organizations elevate their performance with effective, comprehensive and personalized learning programs developed using research-based methodologies, instructional design best practices and an innovative, competency-driven accelerated platform. Our role-based curriculum tailors training to meet position-specific educational needs because every team member impacts the patient experience.

Xcelerated Learning Dynamics was launched from TiER1 Performance Solutions in 2012 to help hospital systems meet the emerging challenges of healthcare reform head-on by quickly aligning their workforce with the rapidly evolving Affordable Care Act guidelines. Established in 2002, TiER1 is a national award-winning learning and technology company. With more than 130 employees and 200 commercial, government, and research customers, we empower organizations by enabling them to address tomorrow’s workforce challenges through better use of knowledge, education and technology.

Executive Team

Normand Desmarais, CEO
  • Norm is the Chief Executive Officer of XLD. Since 1989, Mr. Desmarais has founded five companies in the manufacturing and high-tech industries. Norm also serves as Chairman of TiER1 Performance Solutions. Prior to forming TiER1 Performance, he served as President and CEO of Cambridge Digital Media of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to acquiring the entrepreneurial bug, Norm worked with Raytheon, GE Aerospace and Spinnaker Software in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Norm holds a BS in Computer Science from Fitchburg State College and an MBA in Government Contracting from Western New England College.

Kevin Moore, Ed.D, Chief Learning Officer

Kevin is XLD's Chief Learning Officer and he is a Performance Improvement and Instructional Design expert. He has over twenty years of experience in the research, design and modification of instruction for adult learners. Kevin's experience includes needs assessments addressing business needs and training requirements, physical and mental workload assessments, technology analysis, performance management systems design, technical and "soft" skills training design, and summative and formative evaluations of performance improvement programs. In addition, he has experience with the selection of appropriate training strategies and materials to address learner characteristics, course objectives, and sequencing of courses to fit curriculum needs. For the past 15 years Kevin's research and work area has focused on eLearning and interactions between the content, instructional goals, and the web.

Kevin holds his doctorate in Adult Learning from the University of Kentucky.

Peter M. Luongo, MD

Pete is an award-winning communicator with proven expertise in translating complex clinical data and scientific information into educational messages. In his current role, Dr. Luongo is involved in bringing a new model of learning to the health care environment through the development and commercialization of a competency-based, accelerated learning system. His 13-year career has spanned a variety of roles in the pharmaceutical and medical education industries, but his focus during the last 5 years has been on creating innovative educational programs for health care professionals.

Dr. Luongo received his M.D. degree from the University of South Alabama and holds a B.S. in Pre-professional Sciences from the University of Notre Dame.

Board of Directors

Kevin Moore, Chairman
Normand Desmarais
Ray Moncrief

Ray serves as the Exec Vice President at Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation. Ray has held various positions at Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation since 1984, and is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also President and Chief Executive officer of Mountain Ventures, Inc., a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), wholly owned by Kentucky Highlands. In addition, Ray is President and CEO of Southern Appalachian Management Company, LLC, the General Partner of the Southern Appalachian Fund, a New Markets Venture Capital Company, and Eclipse Management, LLC, the General Partner of Meritus Ventures, a Rural Business Investment Company. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA), was previously a member of the NASBIC Board of Governors, and is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of the Community Development Financial Institution Coalition, the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, the National Consumer Cooperative Bank, and NCB Capital Impact. Ray is also a founding director and the founding Chairman of Appalachian Community Capital, Inc. In addition, he serves as a director on the boards of several portfolio companies.

His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in accounting from Louisiana Tech University, graduate studies at Lamar University, and various professional education programs including Leadership Kentucky and Venture Capital Institute.

Chuck Scheper

Chuck serves as Chairman of the Board of Bexion Pharmaceuticals. He previously served as the Mayor of the City of Covington, was the Chief Operating Officer for Great American Financial Resources, and was President and CEO of Manhattan National Life.

Chuck has a BA in Accounting from Thomas More College.

Dr. Creighton Wright, MD, MBA, FACPE, FACS, FAHA

Creighton is a highly-regarded scientist and educator having authored over 200 publications and four books. He has received awards for excellence in teaching at The University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and Jewish Hospital. Colonel Wright possesses vast experience in combat medicine having served in the US Army Reserve as commander of the 73 rd Combat Support Hospital and the 256 th General Hospital USAR. Additionally, he was the Chief of Professional Services for the 803 rd Medical Group at King Khalid Military City, S. A., during The Gulf War. He is a native of Washington, DC and graduated from Duke University where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar. He is an honor graduate, Alpha Omega Alpha, from Duke University Medical School, 1965. Colonel Wright did his general and cardiovascular-thoracic surgical residencies at the University of Virginia, which he completed in 1971. He received his MBA in 1995 from Xavier University. Currently, Colonel Wright is a Professor of Clinical Surgery at The University of Cincinnati and serves as the President of Cardiac, Vascular, and Thoracic Surgeons, Inc. of Cincinnati.

Board of Advisors

Kevin Wardell

Kevin is the President of the Norton Cancer Institute, the Louisville region's largest and most comprehensive clinical cancer program. The Institute has eight sites and provides multidisciplinary patient care across a full range of surgical, medical, and radiation services that include clinical trials. Other available services include cancer prevention, behavioral oncology, genetics, and various patient support options. Active collaborations with National Cancer Institute-designated cancer programs, including the University of Kentucky and Moffitt Cancer Center are present. From 2003 until 2013, he was president of Norton Healthcare's downtown adult teaching and tertiary care hospital. Kevin previously served in various senior executive positions with several nationally-preeminent health systems, including MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; Advocate Health Care and Lutheran General Hospital, Chicago; Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, and Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City.

Kevin earned a BS in biological sciences and an MS degree in administration from the University of California, Irvine, as well as a master of health administration degree from Duke University. He has served on the boards of many business, professional, civic and charitable organizations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Hospital Executives (ACHE), and 2014was named ACHE Kentucky’s senior executive of the year.

Kerry Gillihan, MSHHA, D.Sc., LFACHE

Kerry is the CEO of WellportCare Inc., a medical holding company for an MSO, a hospice, a DME company, lab testing, and a palliative care medical group. WellportCare is perhaps the premier palliative, post acute care, and supportive care medical group in the greater Los Angeles area.  Kerry previously served as CE Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital, part of the Vibra Healthcare System. He previously served as President and CEO of Cardinal Hill Healthcare System of Lexington, KY, Kentucky’s largest and most comprehensive post-acute care network. The flagship freestanding teaching acute physical rehabilitation hospital was named by U.S. News and World Report as a top 50 hospital in America; President and CEO of Mary Breckinridge Healthcare System, and President and CEO of several hospitals within the Baptist Healthcare System of KY.

Kerry earned a M.H.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a B.S. from Murray State University, and has post-graduate training at Wharton School of Business. Kerry is currently a D.Sc. student, Executive Doctoral Program in Health Services Administration, University of Alabama Birmingham, expected completion, spring 2014

Dwight "Dee" Ellingwood

Dee is Senior Vice President-Strategy, Communications & Public Affairs at TriHealth, Inc.  Dee previously served at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as Senior Vice President of Planning and Business Development developing institutional strategy and leading organizational initiatives to pursue the institution’s vision to be the leader in improving child health. He led a strategic resource team that executed the strategic and business planning; positioned the institution regionally, nationally and internationally; identified and negotiated business affiliations and relationships with health systems locally, domestically and internationally; focused on commercializing innovation and discovery, including creating new companies; and advocated for child health improvement and funding.

Previously, Dee served as the Vice President of Network Development, Planning and Managed Care for Spohn Health System, a Catholic-based integrated health system in Corpus Christi, Texas. He oversaw the expansion to a six hospital system with affiliated physician practices and managed care products. Prior to 1990, Dee was at Phase II Consulting in Salt Lake City for twelve years.

Dee served on the Board of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and was a member of the Research and Development and Quality Committees of the national Children’s Hospital Association. He served as chair of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council and on the boards of HealthBridge, the Health Collaborative, the Hoxworth Blood Center, the Cincinnati USA Partnership and Tennis for Charity.

Dee earned a bachelor's degree in economics, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah, and a master's degree in economics, also from the University of Utah.

Brian Flynn

Brian Flynn has spent his entire career working in the Acute Care Hospital Industry.  He has had CEO/Regional responsibility at four different multi-hospital health systems across the country in facilities ranging in size from 600+ beds and USD $900M in revenue.  

Brian holds a Master's Degree in Market Research from the University of Denver.  He earned a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Management from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

John Reinhart
John is the CEO and founder of InnovateLTC of Louisville KY. He currently serves as Chief IntraPreneurship Officer for Signature Healthcare LLC. John was previously co-founder and President of the AIC business unit at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.