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James D. Quaney
Financial Associate
5th Dimension Strategies  
  • Raised in Rural Kansas

  • BA, Kansas State University, Dean’s Honors

  • Financial Associate, Commercial Real Estate Investment and Bond Development

  • Associate/Owner, family farm operation

  • Analyst, 5th Dimension Strategies

Erin Bern, RD
Director of Content Development
SoulFIRE Health
  • BS, Northwest Missouri State University
  • WIC Program Educator, Wyandotte County 
  • Intern, Carondelet Dialysis Clinic
  • Educator, Healthcare Services Group
  • Content Developer, SoulFire Health
  • Subject Matter Expert, SoulFire Health
Erin Nugent

Erin Nugent, RD leads the SoulFire Health team in offering healthy materials for professionals. She has a passion for tackling big issues facing Americans in nutrition and health education.

Rebecca S. MacKinnon

Rebecca S. MacKinnon, Founder/CEO of 5th Dimension Strategies, a successful early stage, high growth consulting firm of high growth resources and talent.

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Rebecca MacKinnon
CEO/Founder/Growth Coach
5th Dimension Strategies

Raised in Rural America



Ms. MacKinnon is an entrepreneur and growth consultant with significant accomplishments in growth strategy for early stage and high growth, technology ventures. MacKinnon has served as a reviewer of educational programming for HIMSS Annual Symposia Proposals, a member of the Angel Capital Association Education Committee and an Angel Investor in companies at various stages of the ecosystem.


Early in her career, she led the spin-out of technology from an M&A transaction within a healthcare provider organization. As Founder/CEO of BeyondNow Technologies, MacKinnon achieved greater than 50% YOY growth for nearly a decade from 1994 to 2003, when it was acquired by Cerner Corporation.  After completing her work with Cerner, MacKinnon launched 5th Dimension Strategies, focusing her efforts on identifying strategic growth opportunities for other technology companies. She has experienced a number of successes in her work, including exits and other growth transitions totaling >$100M in value. She maintains her commitment to her rural roots, working closely with her family business activities.

MacKinnon has won numerous awards and was recognized for her business achievements as a Smithsonian Laureate, Deloitte Fast 50, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Springboard Alumni and Healthcare’s Best in KLAS. 

Michie Slaughter

After a distinguished career in human resources and entrepreneurship, our co-founder, Michie Slaughter, passed away in 2014.



In Memory of...

His words still hold meaning, for those who will listen.

Michie P. Slaughter
Co-Founder/Executive Coach
5th Dimension Strategies
  • Raised in Rural NC
  • BS, Davidson College
  • VP of Human Resources, Marion Labs
  • Founder/Advisor, Center for Venture Education (Kauffman Fellows Program)
  • Chairman/President, Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Angel Investor, Mid America Angels
  • Board Advisor/SVP, BeyondNow Technologies, Inc. 
  • Our co-founder, passed away in 2014. His presence is missed, by all who knew him.
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