Leadership Team

Kaye Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
904.875.4787 ext 6017


Kaye Johnson serves as Chief Operating Officer of The Tolan Group after working in all facets of the firm since January of 2015. She leads the day to day operations, major projects, managing the project team, and is responsible for all search execution for the firm. Kaye has successfully completed numerous C-Level executive placements as well as placements for EVP’s, SVP’s and VP’s in marketing sales, operations and finance. She has also placed dozens of individual contributors in sales, marketing, product management and technical talent since joining the firm.

Kaye was formerly working in the Gift Industry as a Tradeshow/ Special Project Manager, where she was directly responsible for business growth programs and opportunities as well as 12+ trade shows annually representing 11,000 square feet and $12M+ in annual sales. She led cross-functional teams to develop multiple customer growth programs, and, ultimately, improve the overall customer experience and increasing sales by over 30%. During this time Kaye was also responsible for creating and training internal incentive program to manage the sales force and keep them motivated and accountable. She also created customer incentive programs which increased sales and helped with customer satisfaction and retention. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

Rachel Gauthier
Vice President/ Practice Leader


Rachel Gauthier joined The Tolan Group to lead the Healthcare Software and Services Practice and to help drive the firm’s health plan and payer market. Rachel was previously with a Fortune 500 financial services firm where she was responsible for the development and implementation of all sourcing, recruitment and selection strategies as well as selecting, managing and developing all experienced recruiters to develop their skills and work with the leadership team in all aspects of recruiting. Rachel believes in building and maintaining long-term internal and external relationships with the key stakeholders to promote the success of the practice she leads. Rachel and her family reside in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Rachel holds an Associate Degree from Brighton College.

Shawn Tolan
Senior Partner
904.875.4787 ext 6021


Shawn J. Tolan is a Senior Partner of Sanford Rose Associates– The Tolan Group, one of the 10 largest executive search firms in the U.S. As the leader of the firm’s Global Healthcare IT Practice, Shawn focuses on serving Healthcare organizations throughout the US. Shawn’s consultative style provides clients access to talent with the passion and intellect to meet their unique challenges. Shawn spent over 25 years in Healthcare Sales, Sales Leadership and Marketing. He played an integral role in the development and successful launch of one of the industry’s premier Healthcare wireless infusion device platforms, leading to well over $200M in sales since its release. His leadership and commitment to excellence helped his organization achieve unprecedented success in a highly competitive market. Shawn entered the executive search business in 2009. His firm quickly became the go to executive search firm for many healthcare clients throughout the U.S.

Based in Atlanta, Shawn earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. He is married to his wife of over 30 years and has 2 grown children.

Tim Tolan
CEO and Managing Partner
904.875.4787 ext 6012


Timothy J. Tolan is CEO and Managing Partner for The Tolan Group. He has conducted searches for CEOs, CIO’s, COO’s CFO’s, presidents, senior vice presidents, vice presidents of business development, product development and sales professionals. He has worked with large and small cap companies, as well as privately held and early stage companies. His firm, SRA – The Tolan Group is consistently recognized as one the the top performing SRA offices worldwide.

In addition to his executive search experience, Tim has been in the healthcare technology field for over 25 years holding executive-level positions for companies both public and private. His vast network comes from years of actually being a healthcare executive and the senior level positions he held with ProxyMed, Inc., Healtheon/WebMD, ePhysician, and CITATION Computer Systems. In addition, he spent 12 years in leadership roles in the physician practice management marketplace. His broad healthcare experience allows him to focus on recruiting senior-level executives for hospitals, health plans/payers, healthcare delivery networks, software and services companies, outsourcing organizations, and healthcare information technology vendors.

Tim is a member of Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). His award winning column Career Paths is published monthly by Healthcare Informatics Magazine. Tim has two adult children, enjoys public speaking, writing and is an avid golfer and loves to travel. Tim and his wife Sue reside on the coast of Florida.

Eric Dickerson
Managing Director


Eric Dickerson is the Managing Director over Academic Medicine, Healthcare, and Human & Family Services serves. His background with quality and process improvement allows him to be extremely effective at each search he accepts. Over his almost two decades at Kaye/Bassman International Corp. (parent company of Sanford Rose Associates), Eric’s specialty areas have ranged from C-suite, executive leadership to middle management. Eric works closely with The Tolan Group on executive roles and on large projects where his skills and his team become an extension and an asset of the firm.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. Before joining Kaye/Bassman, Eric held the position as President and CEO of a multi-unit and extension Boys & Girls Club organization. During the six years he was with this organization, Eric led a 500% increase in revenue, 300% growth in youth served, and the expansion into 17 new locations.

After joining Kaye/Bassman Eric was recognized as the first named Managing Partner in the firm in 2002 and in 2007 he was named as a Managing Director. In addition, Eric serves as a Senior Practice Leader for one of Kaye/Bassman’s largest divisions and leads the charge in the dynamic and growing market of healthcare and human & family services. Eric has been selected to contribute his insight for various professional publications including but not limited to; All Healthcare Jobs, American Medical News, Becker’s Hospital Review, Healthcare Finance News, States Man and US News.