Candor Healthcare
4950 N. O'Connor Rd, Suite 203
Irving, TX 75062

Executive Team

Keith Biggers

Founder and President/CEO

Keith BiggersKeith Biggers is the founder and President/CEO of Candor Healthcare. He has over 35 years experience in the medical field. He is currently working on his 24th medical development project.

Prior to Candor, he served as President of Cirrus Health where he led the organization of physician/developer partnerships to operate eight surgery centers and two hospitals. Keith has a proven track record for building successful organizations by creating vision, executing strategy and developing appropriate infrastructure to maximize enterprise and shareholder value.

Keith began his career in the medical field with Anago, Inc. as Vice President of sales. After Anago sold to Tecnol Medical (Kimberly Clark), he joined Computer Motion, a medical robotics company, as national sales manager, where he built a sales team to train surgeons in the use of medical robotics for surgery. In 1996, Keith co-founded Surgical Sense, Inc. He earned international recognition for the market introduction of the “Kugel Hernia Repair” while training over 3,000 surgeons in the use of this unique product. In 2000, SSI sold to Davol, Inc., a division of C.R. Bard.

Keith attended the United States Air Force Academy and McMurry University, where he received a B.A. in Mathematics. He is on the board of Global Kingdom Network Partners, and the Advisory Board to the President of Global Advance. He currently resides in Southlake, TX, with his wife, LoriAnn, and three children.


Donna Drerup, RN, MSN

Vice President of Operations

Donna Drerup, RN, MSNDonna Drerup serves as the Vice President of Operations for Candor Healthcare, where she oversees clinical and business operations of multiple facilities. Her area of responsibilities includes oversight of development projects, facilitation of accreditation for the centers she oversees.

Her healthcare experience spans over 25 years and includes both nursing and healthcare administration. During Donna’s career in nursing and healthcare administration she has gained expertise in facility development, operational management of surgery and endoscopy centers, emergency centers, and specialty surgical hospitals. She served as administrator for Healthsouth, HCA and as CNO for North Texas Hospital, a Cirrus Health specialty hospital in Denton.

Ms. Drerup received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of Texas at Arlington in 1984 and her Masters in Nursing from UTA in 1994. She lives in North Fort Worth with her husband. She has 2 grown children.


Ayn Llopis


Ayn Llopis CandorAyn Llopis recently joined the Candor Healthcare management team in November 2018. Mrs. Llopis brings extensive accounting and finance experience, with a career that spans more than 20 years and includes Senior Accountant positions Exxon Mobil, Blockbuster Inc., UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Stonegate Senior Living and Tenet Healthcare. In advancing her career she has also been the Controller for Senior Care Excellence and Oasis Healthcare Partners. Her most recent position prior to joining Candor Healthcare, was being the Controller with Partners Surgical of Pine Creek.

Ayn is responsible for oversight of accounting, cash management and financial statement preparation. Ayn completed her bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University and master’s degree in Business Administration from Amberton University.

Ayn lives in DeSoto, Texas with her husband and 3-year-old son and is actively involved in her church and the American Business Women’s Association.


Cindy Slayden, RN, MSN, FACHE

Regional Vice President of Operational Development

Cindy Slaydon has over 39 years of healthcare executive experience with expertise in development, operation start-up, day-to-day operation, administrative, clinical, quality, medical staff, governance, and regulatory adherence in for – profit, not-for -profit and investor owned facilities and systems. She has performed in various healthcare roles such as Hospital CEO, COO, CCO and CNO, as well as System VP and SVP. She has held such positions with Tenet Healthcare, HMA, Texas Health Partners / THR, Rockwall Hospital Corporation, Physician Synergy Group and Partners Surgical.

Mrs. Slaydon has extensive project management experience with development of seven de nova acute care hospitals while overseeing operations of multiple facilities. In addition, she’s provided assessment and guidance in acquisitions and operationalizing existing Hospitals, Ambulatory Diagnostic and Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

Mrs. Slaydon has demonstrated meeting/exceeding all key performance indicators and goals, including financial, operational, quality, care and service. She has been recognized as Who’s Who Among Hospital Executives and currently holds Fellow status with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mrs. Slaydon received a Bachelor of Science and master’s Degree in nursing from the University of Texas in Tyler, Texas. She lives in Colleyville, Texas, and has been happily married for 42 years. She is the proud mother to three sons and five grandchildren. Cindy enjoys downtime with her family and friends, and loves to cook, travel, do yard work and outdoor activities.


Michelle M. Simon

Vice President of Revenue Cycle

Bio Coming Soon


Jack Peterson

Business Office Director

Jack PetersonJack Peterson was hired as Business Office Director in April 2013 to provide Business Services oversight for E-Care Emergency Centers. Prior to coming to Candor Healthcare, Jack has worked in hospitals as a Business Office Director and also provided consulting services to other facilities. Mr. Peterson has more than 34 years’ experience in healthcare Business Office Operations.

Jack has served as a member of the Business Office Departmental Operations Committee to develop and standardize policies and practices of a national for profit chain. He also has served as President of Wyoming HFMA chapter in 1999. Jack has a degree in Finance and Health Services Management.

Jack brings to Candor Healthcare: revenue cycle management services, cash management services, facility billing, physician billing, charge master management services, and compliance services. Aside from his work with Candor, Jack also is the proud father of four children, with seven grandchildren and counting.


Danette Mason, RN

Director of Clinical Operations

Danette MasonDanette Mason serves as the Director of Clinical Operations for Candor Healthcare. Her responsibilities include oversight of daily clinical operations of multiple ambulatory surgery centers and freestanding emergency centers, and facilitation of accreditation.

Danette began her nursing career in 1997 as a circulating nurse in the operating room for multiple specialty areas. Danette discovered her interest in leadership early in her career, and has continued gaining expertise in the clinical management of surgery and endoscopy centers, as well as emergency centers. She has served as held various management positions for companies such as Healthsouth, HCA, and USPI.

Danette brings to Candor Healthcare her experience in successfully managing day to day operations, quality and risk management programs, obtaining accreditation, and knowledge of state and federal regulations. Aside from her work with Candor, Danette enjoys spending time with her husband of 17 years, and 10 year old daughter.


Michelle Dalton

Director of Business Development and Strategic Marketing

Michelle DaltonMichelle Dalton has over 28+ years’ experience in Sales and Marketing and focuses on business development and strategic marketing for Candor Healthcare.  Her primary focus is to develop strategic physician partnerships and customize each of our facilities to fit the needs of the patients, the physicians and the community.

Prior to Candor, Michelle served as Director of Business Development for several ASC’s and physician practices, a Florida based healthcare organization where she strategically developed and marketed three (3) ASC’s, managed a $3.5 million advertising and marketing budget for thirteen (13) pain clinics and oversaw the development and implementation of 5 core business units; Urgent Care, Imaging, Toxicology & DNA Laboratories and a Pharmacy.

Michelle began her career in the medical field in 1999 at a strategic marketing firm, Surgical Sense (SSI) that earned international recognition for the market introduction of the “Kugel Hernia Repair”.  In 2000, SSI sold to Davol, Inc., a division of C.R. Bard.  She was also a part of the Cirrus Health team where she developed physician-owned surgical hospitals and surgery centers; North Texas Hospital and the Surgery Center of Craig Ranch.

In 2007, she founded Doctor Marketing, a physician marketing firm that pioneered the industry in doctor-to-doctor practice marketing for medical specialists, which later sold in 2013.  She resides in Keller, Texas.  She has two grown children, two step daughters and four grandchildren.  Michelle enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, biking and listening to live music.


Joshua Biggers

Business Development Manager

Josh Biggers Candor HealthcareJoshua joined Candor Healthcare in 2017 as Business Development Manager and is responsible for the strategic development of physician partnerships associated with Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Surgical Hospitals.  He is also responsible for the oversight and negotiation of managed care contracts for Candor’s facilities.

He began his medical career in 2011 with a large revenue cycle management company based out of Salt lake City, Utah that partnered with Anesthesia groups, Surgery Centers and Hospital clients.  He later moved to Operations/Client Services Manager where he managed revenue cycle for about 30 different Emergency Departments and Hospitalist programs nationwide.

Joshua received his B.A. in economics from Francis Marion University, a college in South Carolina, in 2010.  He currently lives in Dallas, Texas and enjoys staying active with sports and other outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and kayaking.  Joshua is serving his 6th year as head coach of the Blue Rangers of the Miracle League DFW, a special needs baseball organization.