Keynote Speaker Biographies

fr-countier98b30ba6aa9e67109802ff010074f04bDavid Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., is the dean of the School of Franciscan Studies and executive director of the Franciscan Institute and Franciscan Institute Publications at St. Bonaventure University. He holds an appointment as the Dean R. Hoge Professor of Pastoral Planning and Church Management at the Graduate Theological Foundation. He specializes in the organizational development of religious institutions and the psychological dimensions of change management. Fr. Couturier is the author of three books and more than 50 articles on the psychology of justice and organizational development. His latest work is entitled Franciscans and their Finances: Economics in a Disenchanted World (Franciscan Institute Publications, 2015). He previously served as director of planning for the Archdiocese of Boston and dean of the School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.

LechleiterJohn Lechleiter has served as president and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company since April 1, 2008.  He became chairman of the board of directors on January 1, 2009. 

John joined Lilly in 1979 as a senior organic chemist in process research and     development and became head of that department in 1982.  In 1984, he began serving as director of pharmaceutical product development for the Lilly Research Centre Limited in Windlesham, England.  He later held roles in project management, regulatory affairs, product development, and pharma operations.  In 2005, he was named president and chief operating officer and joined the board of directors.

John earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University and master’s   and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry from Harvard University.  John has received honorary doctorates from Marian University (Indianapolis, Indiana), the University of Indianapolis, the National University of Ireland, Indiana University, and Franklin College.

John is a member of the American Chemical Society.  He serves on the board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), as chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council and of United Way Worldwide, and on the boards of the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.  He also serves on the boards of Nike, Inc. and Ford Motor Company.

NairnRev. Thomas Nairn, OFM, Ph.D., is senior director, ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). He is a frequent contributor to CHA's Health Progress journal and serves on the editorial board of the online ethics publication Health Care Ethics USA. He leads planning for CHA's annual Theology and Ethics Colloquium and is a frequent presenter and lecturer about health care ethics to organizations in the U.S. and abroad. He is a board member of the Supportive Care Coalition and Aquinas Institute of Theology. In 2014, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity appointed him as the spiritual assistant to the International Catholic Committee for Nurses and Health Care Workers.

Rev. Nairn has published articles about medical ethics and other ethical issues in a variety of publications, including The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, the American Medical Association's online journal Virtual Mentor, the anthology On Moral Medicine, St. Anthony's Messenger and the Ligourian. In addition, he edited The Seamless Garment: Writings on the Consistent Garment of Life (Orbis Books, 2008), which won a 2009 Catholic Book Award from the Catholic Press Association; The Consistent Ethic of Life: Assessing Its Reception and Relevance (Orbis Books, 2008); and the Franciscan Moral Vision: Responding to God's Love (Franciscan Institute Press, 2013).

Prior to joining CHA, Rev. Nairn was the Erica and Harry John Family Professor of Catholic Ethics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and was director of its Health Care Mission Leadership Program.

He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and has taught at St. Bonaventure University in New York; Yara Theological Union in Melbourne, Australia; St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn.; and Holy Trinity College in Harare, Zimbabwe.