Vice President, Benefits and Human Resources Systems Dean Foods
Mike Adams has been with Dean Foods Company since May 2013 and serves as the Vice President, Benefits & HR Systems. Dean Foods is a Fortune 250 company with 16,000 employees in 43 states and the largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of milk in the United States. He is responsible for Corporate Benefits (health & welfare, qualified & non-qualified retirement), Leave Administration and HR Information Systems.
Adams is a recognized industry expert and disruptor in the area of employer-sponsored healthcare. He leads employers’ efforts as they transform healthcare to be evidence-based, high quality, efficient, transparent and sustainable while delivering significant value and better outcomes to the most diverse employee populations.
Prior to Dean Foods, Adams was Director of the Global Human Resource Solutions Practice at PwC in the Texas market. He advised clients in the areas of human capital strategy, human resource programs design & delivery, vendor selection/ implementation/governance/management, benefit plan strategy/design/delivery, and controlling healthcare costs through lifestyle, condition & disease management programs.
Prior to PwC, he served in the HR field over 30 years and held a number of HR Leadership positions across various industries and business cycles, including Technology, Healthcare, Oil Field Services, Banking and Business Services.
He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington. He serves on the board of directors for the Dallas/Fort With Business Group on Health and is a trustee for a large multi-employer health & welfare and pension fund. He is also a member of Southwest Benefits Association where he served on the board of directors in years past.
John R. Adler
President ELMC Rx Solutions
John has 25 years of experience in pharmacy benefit management working for PBMs, audit & analytics firms, and consulting firms. He established Adler Rx Consulting (ARC) six years ago and is currently a consultant for Taft Hartley Funds including the Delaware Valley Health Care Coalition (DVHCC), BCBS health plans, business coalitions, TPAs, insurance captives, and individual public and private sector plans.
In his role as a PBM RFP, contract, and risk management expert, John has been invited to speak at national conferences for the International Federation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA).
John has been published and quoted in a number of publications, including Employee Benefit News, Human Resource Executive, Risk & Insurance, and A. M. Best Week Magazine on PBM contracting issues and risk management/cost containment strategies.
Vice President National Fund for Workforce Solutions (National Fund)
Kelly Aiken is vice president at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, based in Washington, DC. Working in collaboration with its network of 32 urban and rural communities, she oversees a portfolio of strategic initiatives focused on achieving inclusive community prosperity by activating employers to invest in their workers, preparing a competitive workforce, making jobs better and changing systems to be more equitable. She also leads the National Fund’s healthcare initiative, CareerSTAT, a network of healthcare leaders investing in the skills and careers of frontline workers.
With over a decade of experience in healthcare, Ms. Aiken has built and sustained collaborative partnerships to ensure workers have access to career pathways and the support services they need to fill critical vacancies and succeed in today’s rapidly changing workplace. Prior to joining the National Fund, Kelly served as the director of labor and workforce development for the Massachusetts Senior Care Association and director of healthcare initiatives at the Workforce Investment Board of Springfield, Massachusetts. Kelly holds a master's degree in education and community development from the University of California at Davis and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Medicine Technology from Rhode Island Hospital, and a graduate degree in Health Care Management from Cambridge College.
Robert E. Andrews
Chief Executive Officer Health Transformation Alliance (HTA)
Rob Andrews currently serves as the CEO of the Health Transformation Alliance (HTA).
As CEO of the HTA, Andrews oversees the strategic direction of 50 major corporations who have come together in an alliance to do one thing: fix our broken healthcare system. Formed by 4 founding members in September 2015, the HTA has grown to include 50 of our nation’s leading employers, who collectively are responsible for more than 7 million employees, dependents and retirees and an annual health care spend of $26 billion. Through Andrews’ leadership, the HTA has launched value-driven solutions specifically designed to improve patient care and economic value through world class data & analytics, pathbreaking pharmaceutical solutions, high quality medical networks and robust consumer engagement initiatives.
Andrews previously led the Government Affairs practice at Dilworth Paxson law firm for two years before joining the HTA.
Prior to private practice, Andrews served as a Member of the United States House of Representatives for nearly 24 years. Upon his departure from the Congress, President Barack Obama praised Andrews’ service as “an original author of the Affordable Care Act...and a vital partner in its passage and implementation,” and cited his “tenacity and skill” in representing the people of New Jersey.
Andrews is married to Camille Spinello Andrews, an Associate Dean at Rutgers Law School and former Dilworth partner, and they have two daughters, Jacquelyn and Josie.
During his time in the U.S. House, Andrews was a Member of the House of Democratic Leadership as Co-Chairman of the Steering Policy Committee; Senior Democratic Member and former Chairman of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; Senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, with responsibility for all national defense matters; Senior Democratic member and the former Chairman of the Defense Committee Panel on Defense Procurement Reform; Senior Democratic member and former Chairman of the Defense Committee Panel on Audit of the Pentagon; Participant, White House Summit on Health Care Reforms (2009 and 2010); One of the Original Authors of the Affordable Care Act; One of the original authors of the Defense Procurement Reform Law (2009); and he holds the record for the highest number of votes ever received by a U.S. House candidate in the history of the state of New Jersey.
Andrews’ professional and community activities include his time as former Director of Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Andrews has been a keynote speaker at charitable, educational and governmental events for 30 years, including: Bucknell University commencement; Rutgers Law School commencement; and Rutgers Camden commencement. He is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and CNBC.
Vice President and General Manager Virtudent
Lauren Ankeles joined Virtudent to drive change in oral healthcare and make a tangible impact on the quality of people's lives. As a Vice President and General Manager, Lauren is responsible for the continued growth of Virtudent’s New York regional market, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Prior to Virtudent, Lauren had a broad, diversified healthcare career, most recently as the director of strategy and operations for Syneos Health's Communications business. Previously, she worked with The Chartis Group advising hospitals and healthcare systems on strategy, as well as with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Boston Scientific's Cardiac Rhythm Management group, and as a consultant with Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte).
Alexander Antoniou, MD
Medical Director, Healthworx CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Dr. Antoniou is the Medical Director of Healthworx, the corporate venture and corporate development arm of CareFirst BCBS. Prior to joining Healthworx, Dr. Antoniou was the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Strategy at BlockMedx, a blockchain and analytics startup, and a healthcare analytics Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Antoniou is a board-certified physician with clinical training in Nuclear Medicine and Clinical Informatics from Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Senior Clinical Consultant HDMS
Rani Aravamudhan joined HDMS as a Senior Clinical Consultant. She is a physician (specialty- General Medicine) with extensive experience in the EMR/EHR and population health industries with a focus on clinical transformation, workflow design and development, value-based care, risk management and clinical quality and performance reporting. Her strong background in clinical medicine and experience in the HIT industry make her successful in navigating payer, provider and technology vendor landscapes.
Prior to joining HDMS, Rani worked for Philips Wellcentive as a Services Leader, where she led teams of program managers, clinical specialists and training staff along with heading their Data Governance committee. Before that, Rani was leading EMR/EHR implementations, workflow and process optimization consulting at McKesson Corporation and was their resident subject matter expert for all CMS quality reporting programs.
Rani earned her medical degree at Grant Medical College in Mumbai University, India.
AI Startup Adviser and Mentor Force Multiplier
Steve Ardire advises numerous AI startups ( co-founder in some) who shapes serendipity to connect and illuminate the dots that matter 'The Merchant of Light'. He leverages deep relationship capital with strong personal brand in AI to shape business strategy, close funding, deliver results and is active speaker at AI events whose fav topic is #AugmentedIntelligence will become #futureofwork. For more see https://www.forcemultipliersteveardire.com/
Jordan Asher, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive Sentara Healthcare
Dr. Jordan Asher is Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive at Sentara Healthcare. His role concentrates on creating innovative models of care delivery as well as providing national thought leadership directed towards the future of health care.
Dr. Asher is dedicated to championing quality, fostering clinical effectiveness and further cultivating a culture of excellence in the delivery of clinical services across the continuum of care. He oversees system-wide Clinical Quality and Safety, Clinical Effectiveness, the Sentara Quality Care Network (SQCN), the High Performance Design process, Health Equity, Telehealth and Clinical Performance Improvement initiatives.
Before joining Sentara Healthcare, Jordan served as Chief Clinical Officer for Ascension Care Management (ACM), a subsidiary of Ascension. Prior to ACM, Jordan was Physician Network Executive for Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, where he led the implementation and design of physician alignment strategies. In addition, Dr. Asher served as the Assistant Dean and Interim Clinical Chair of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. In this role, he forged a partnership between Saint Thomas Health and the university to establish graduate medical residency programs in several areas including internal medicine, general surgery and emergency medicine. He also served as Medical Director for a large private practice, incorporating multiple specialties while practicing internal medicine specializing in hypertension.
Current Professional Affiliations
American Association for Physician Leadership® and the American Society of Hypertension (Member)
University of Texas, Dallas – Masters of Science in Medial Management
Aquinas Institute of Theology – Certificate for Catholic Healthcare Ministry Leadership
Vanderbilt University – M.D
Emory University - BS
Vice President, Network Solutions Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Jennifer Atkins is vice president, network solutions for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. The BCBS System is the nation’s largest health insurer, covering one-in-three of all Americans.
Atkins is responsible for all of BCBSA’s national network solutions, including the Blue Distinction portfolio of high-performance networks.
Most recently Atkins was regional vice president of provider solutions at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin, with accountability for statewide provider contracting, network development and strategy. Prior to that she spent 10 years at Mercy Health, a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky.
Atkins is also committed to working with various charitable organizations; she currently serves on the board as vice president of Hope House, a nonprofit shelter and community center located on the near south side of Milwaukee. Previously, she was on the board of FOCUS / Beach House, a Toledo, Ohio organization dedicated to resolving the root causes of homelessness and on the board of the YWCA of Toledo. She has also been active in the Boy Scouts of America and the National Forensics League.
Atkins earned an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance from the University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Bowling Green State University.
Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA)
Shannon Attanasio is Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy at the Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA), the leading association representing Medicaid managed care organizations. In this role, Shannon is responsible for developing, implementing and executing MHPA’s federal legislative and Administrative strategy. Shannon engages with federal policymakers, national provider and beneficiary organizations, and state-level groups to promote the Medicaid managed care industry’s priorities.
Shannon comes to MHPA from Families USA, the consumer health care advocacy group, where she oversaw the organization’s legislative strategy as Senior Director of Government Affairs. Notable accomplishments include her execution of strategies that prevented cuts to the Medicaid program, and her work with their 400+ member Medicaid Coalition where she recruited stakeholders and expanded membership, resulting in more provider and industry representation. Prior to Families USA, Shannon worked for Matz, Blancato & Associates, where she advocated on behalf of seniors and people with disabilities on issues related to long-term care, Medicare, Medicaid, preventing elder abuse, and the Older Americans Act. She has also worked for several political campaigns, including President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Shannon earned an M.A. in government from Johns Hopkins and a B.A. in political science from Roger Williams University.
Eric Bailly, LPC, LADC
Business Solutions Director, Behavioral Health Clinical Strategy Anthem Inc.
Director, Community Health Programs Health Partners Plans
Kristin Beck is the director of Community Health Programs for Health Partners Plans (HPP), a not-for-profit health plan serving more than 259,000 Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP members. Ms. Beck oversees community programs with a focus on population health management, including physical and behavioral health integration and addressing the non-clinical needs (social determinants of health) of members. She is also charged with identifying new programming and opportunities in these areas. As a result, Ms. Beck works with all areas of HPP and with community-based organizations to ensure this work is embedded in all areas of the organization.
Ms. Beck is a veteran in the non-profit industry with more than 15 years’ experience in program development, implementation and sustainability. She has extensive knowledge of the southeastern Pennsylvania region with experience related to public health programming and preparedness. She also has expertise in working with underserved populations and is a champion of developing programs and partnerships to better address the needs of members of these populations.
Before joining HPP, Ms. Beck worked for Public Health Management Corporation and the American Red Cross Southeastern PA Chapter. In both roles, she was responsible for developing programs and working with cross-functional teams to better address the needs of vulnerable populations.
Ms. Beck earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston.
Chief Executive Officer Healthify
Manik Bhat is the CEO of Healthify, a New York-based startup that provides leading solutions to address the social determinants of health at scale. Manik co-founded Healthify in 2013 while working as a community health worker in East Baltimore clinics. He saw how social needs - like access to food and housing - dramatically impacted health outcomes in the community and was moved to create Healthify. Since Healthify’s founding, Manik has become an avid speaker and advocate for addressing the social determinants of health through equitable and collaborative partnerships between healthcare and social service organizations.
President and Chief Executive Officer The Leapfrog Group
Since 2008, Leah Binder has served as President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, an award-winning national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., representing employers and other purchasers of health care calling for improved safety and quality in hospitals. She is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and other publications, and consistently cited among the most influential people and top women in healthcare and patient safety.
Under her leadership, The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns letter grades on the safety of general hospitals across the country. She fostered groundbreaking innovation in transparency and payment policy through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which sets high standards for hospital quality and publicly reports information available from no other source. In 2020 Leapfrog will begin rating outpatient surgery and Ambulatory Surgery Centers as well. Leapfrog’s leadership is widely credited as key to significant advances in health care delivery and health value. Analysts find that at least 40,000 lives have been saved in each of the past two years from the galvanizing focus on safety brought by the Hospital Safety Grade. Other movements sparked and spurred by Leapfrog under Leah’s leadereship include reductions in early elective deliveries and other maternity improvements, improvements in medication safety, reductions in infections, and the acceleration of health care transparency.
Leah is a frequent speaker at events across the country. She serves on numerous national boards and advisory committees such as the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions, AARP’s Champions for Nursing, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the NQF MAP Coordinating Council, and Knowledge To Practice.
Before joining Leapfrog, Leah was vice president for the nationally noted Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, Maine; and prior to that served as senior policy advisor in the Office of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in New York City. An initiative she assisted with in New York allowed small businesses to offer more health plan choice to their employees, and that is still in successful operation today at the Northeast Business Group on Health.
She started her career doing public policy and communications for the National League for Nursing. She has a bachelor’s in Politics from Brandeis and two master’s degrees from University of Pennsylvania, one from the Annenberg School for Communications and the other from the Fels Institute of Government. She lives near Washington, DC, with her husband, Sam, and two children, Henry, 21, and K.C., 12.
Senior Vice President, Talent and Team Development MarineMax
William R. Boyles
Editor and Publisher HealthPlanMarkets
William R. Boyles is a professional journalist specializing in health care finance news and analysis. For 35 years he has covered both Capitol Hill and the private markets, and is the Editor & Publisher of HealthPlanMarkets, an award-winning independent newsletter financed by subscriptions. The audience of hundreds of health experts includes health plan industry leaders, financial analysts, marketing divisions, actuaries and governments.
Mr. Boyles started working in health care in 1971 as a medical claims review analyst for Blue Shield of Michigan, and later worked in the national offices of Blue Shield Association (Chicago). He earned an M.A. in Journalism/Communications from the University of Michigan (1973) with a specialty in health policy, then began covering the U.S. Congress (1976) for a leading newsletter chain owned by professional journalists.
In 1984 he founded HealthPlanMarkets, the first national newsletter on the HMO product, followed in 1989 by the first newsletter on PPOs, and in 2002 the first newsletter on consumer-driven health care (HSAs). In 2005 he started to travel and spoke at health policy conferences in multiple venues in Europe and China and produced newsletters on global health systems and a periodical called Digital Health Journal focused on international HIT policy. All three publications are still in print.
Italo M. Brown, MD
Emergency Medicine and Clinical Instructor, Social Emergency Medicine Stanford Hospital
Italo M. Brown, MD MPH (Morehouse College '06, Boston University '08, Meharry Medical College '15) is an Emergency Medicine physician and Clinical Instructor in Social Emergency Medicine at Stanford Hospital. Throughout his career, Italo has been at the frontlines of social medicine and health equity. He is a former board member of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, an organization that spearheads statewide advocacy efforts in support of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare/Medicaid Reform. Italo trained at Jacobi Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, two Bronx Hospitals ranked among the top 20 busiest ERs in the country. In 2017, the National Minority Quality Forum named Italo among the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. An avid writer, Italo served with the ABC News Medical Unit, and has contributed health & wellness pieces to The Root and Medium. He also nurtures a passion for pipeline development, working as a mentor with Tour for Diversity in Medicine. His latest role as Chief Impact Officer of Trap Medicine, a Barbershop-based wellness initiative based in Los Angeles, focuses on strategic partnerships, community outreach, and advocacy.
Principal The Heritage Group
Lauren Brueggen is a Principal at the Heritage Group, a healthcare-focused private equity fund backed by strategic investors including healthcare systems, payers and other healthcare service providers. Prior to joining Heritage Group, Lauren was a Principal for the growth equity fund of Spring Mountain Capital, a New York-based alternative asset management firm with $1 billion of assets under management. Lauren spent seven years at Spring Mountain Capital focused on making growth equity investments in healthcare and technology businesses. From 2007 – 2011, she was an Associate at The Wicks Group, a private equity firm with over $1 billion under management. Prior to Wicks, she was in the Restructuring and Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Jefferies & Company, a middle market-focused investment bank. In 2017, she was named to GrowthCap’s Top 40 Under 40 list of growth equity investors.
Lauren graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics and currently serves on the regional Board of the Northwestern University Leadership Circle. She resides in Nashville with her husband and three sons.
Bartley Bryt, MD
Chief Medical Officer Brighton Health Plan Solutions
Bartley Bryt, MD, MPH directs the clinical vision of Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS) and its two proprietary provider provider networks, MagnaCare and Create health plans. He routinely provides medical and clinical expertise to Labor, Commercial, and Public Sector clients, guiding their members to the most appropriate and highest quality care while identifying ways to lower costs. He leads BHPS’s URAC accredited medical management programs, including utilization management, nurse case management, and population health.
Bartley is an advocate of integrated care delivery and has been vital in the development of Create, BHPS’s new network built around integrated delivery systems. He regularly contributes to discourse on a variety of health care topics, including gene therapy, the opioid crisis and pain management, maternal health, provider payment models, value-based care, direct to provider contracting, and price transparency. Bartley’s perspectives have been sought after by Healthcare IT News, Crain’s, SHRM, NJBIZ, and Health Data Management to name a few. His bylines have been recently published in Fierce Healthcare, Managed Healthcare Executive, Labor Press, and Kevin MD.
Prior to BHPS, he served as Chief Clinical Officer of Brighton Health Group and as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Clinical Officer of three divisions at CareCore National, LLC from 2009 to 2014. From 1997 to 2009, Bartley served in numerous leadership positions at UnitedHealthcare/Oxford Health Plans; his responsibilities included physician performance profiling, medical and population management.
Bartley began his career as a practicing Pediatrician and Physician Director at Kaiser Permanente after earning a Master's in Public Health from the Columbia School of Public Health and completing a fellowship in Preventive Medicine at Cornell. He completed a Pediatrics residency and Chief Residency at NYU, obtained his Doctor of Medicine from State University of New York (Cum Laude, Alpha Omega Alpha), and he received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Vermont (Phi Beta Kappa). He remains a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics most recently re-certifying in 2012.
Star and Creator of HBO Documentary Bleed Out
Steve Burrows is a comedic storyteller.
This award-winning writer/director/performer has been reinventing stereotypes and challenging expectations in film, television, commercials and theatre for over two decades. His original voice - coupled with his edgy, character-driven humor - has made his work a favorite around the world, where his range in comedy is as diverse as the locations of his shoots - London, Rome, Tokyo, Bangkok, South Africa and Milwaukee, Wisconsin to name a few.
After graduating from The University of Wisconsin, Burrows began his career in Chicago joining Second City Director Del Close as a member of the critically acclaimed, groundbreaking improvisational comedy group, Baron's Barracudas.
He then moved behind the camera, relocating to Los Angeles and making his first film, The Soldier of Fortune - a short about his actual appearance and subsequent humiliation on The Wheel of Fortune game show. The film went on to win a slew of festival awards. From there, Burrows became a writer and performer for the famed comedy troupe, The Groundlings, leading to stints on everything from Seinfeld to America's Funniest Home Videos to over 200 TV spots - including a litany of appearances on the Super Bowl.
After writing an original screenplay for 20th Century Fox, Burrows made his directorial feature film debut with Chump Change, bowing at the prestigious AFI Film Festival to rave reviews. It then played to sellout crowds at the HBO Comedy Fest in Aspen, winning the Audience Award / Best Feature. It is there Miramax Films acquired Chump Change for distribution.
Burrows then went on to win over 75 awards for writing/directing television commercials on five continents - including the Cannes Lion, a plethora of Addy and Telly awards - not to mention the New York Festivals Grand Gold for the iconic Accuserv "Paper Tray" - a spot which now resides in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
In a complete career 180°, Burrows dropped out of Show Business to take care of his mother, who had gone in for a routine partial hip replacement and came out in a coma with permanent brain damage. For real. The insane years that followed - fighting for his Mom's life and for medical and legal justice - became Burrows latest feature, the award-winning, critically acclaimed HBO documentary film, Bleed Out.
Bleed Out is Burrows first feature documentary.
Melisa S. Byrd
Senior Deputy Director and Medicaid Director D.C. Department of Health Care Finance
Melisa Byrd is the Senior Deputy Director / Medicaid Director of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). In this role, Ms. Byrd serves as the principal manager for the District’s Medicaid, CHIP, Alliance and Immigrant Children’s programs. Melisa directs the day-to-day organization, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the programs to ensure compliance with federal and District laws. Melisa advises the DHCF Director on all major policy and budget issues related to DHCF’s health care programs. Previously, Ms. Byrd served as the agency’s Chief of Staff and as the Associate Director of the Office of the Public Provider Liaison.
Throughout Melisa’s nearly twenty years in health policy and Medicaid, she has focused on state level programs and efforts to expand coverage and reform healthcare systems. She has worked on local, state, and national levels and in both public and private sectors, including Health Management Associates (HMA), the Louisiana Department of Health, and the National Governors Association.
Associate Editorial Director The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC)
Mary K. Caffrey is the Associate Editorial Director for AJMC® and related brands with MJH Life Sciences. She provides editorial direction for all print and online publishing for peer-reviewed The American Journal of Managed Care®, now celebrating its 25th year, as well as the Center for Biosimilars and Managed Healthcare Executive®.
Thomas S. Campanella, JD
Director, Health Care MBA and Professor, Health Economics, Baldwin Wallace University;
Of-Counsel, Baker Hostetler, LLP
Tom is the Director of the Health Care MBA program and a professor of health economics for Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio. He teaches and speaks on health policy and finance issues at the regional and national level. Tom writes a healthcare blog on LinkedIn which is also e-mailed to readers on a monthly basis.
He is of-counsel for the law firm of Baker Hostetler, LLP, specializing in healthcare law.
Previously, he served as the Associate Dean of Ohio University Osteopathic Medical School and Chief Operating Officer of their five clinical sites in Southeast, Ohio.
Tom was also the Vice-President of Health Care Finance and Care Management for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Ohio/Medical Mutual from 1985 to 1997.
Tom has his BA/MA in Economics from Ohio University and his law degree from Cleveland State University. He is also a CPA (inactive) and is licensed by the State of Ohio as an Agent to engage in the business of Health and Life Insurance (inactive).
Marni Jameson Carey
Executive Director Association of Independent Doctors
Marni Jameson Carey is the executive director of the Association of Independent Doctors, a national non-profit designed to support America’s independent doctors, stop the trend of health-care consolidation and, thus, reduce health-care costs and improve access and quality. An award-winning journalist, Ms. Jameson was formerly a senior health reporter for Tribune Media, writing for the Los Angeles Times and the Orlando Sentinel. She is past president and founder of a medical marketing firm, author of four books, a nationally syndicated columnist, and frequent TV guest and speaker. Since joining AID in 2014, Ms. Jameson has been featured in over 50 media outlets including NBC, FOX, Bloomberg, Becker’s, Modern Healthcare and Medical Economics.
Mark A. Caron
Executive Vice President, Business Platforms and Solutions, Capital Blue Cross; Chief Executive Officer, Geneia
Mark Caron is the Chief Executive Officer of Geneia and Executive Vice-President of Business Platforms and Systems at Capital BlueCross. He has more than 30 years of business and technology expertise with more than 25 years in health care traversing both health care delivery systems and health insurers.
His experience also includes senior leadership roles as the CIO of the Collaborative Care division of OptumHealth, Senior Vice President & CIO at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin, Senior Vice President & CIO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Chief Technology Officer at Catholic Health Initiatives (a 78 hospital system), and Vice President of Information Systems at Healthsource.
He earned a bachelor‘s degree in Computer Science from Franklin Pierce College and has a MBA and a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), certified as a Healthcare Chief Information Officer through the College of Healthcare Information Executives, and is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS).
President and Chief Operating Officer Texas Health Aetna
Daniel Chertok, PhD
Senior Data Scientist – Clinical Analytics, Health Information Technology NorthShore University HealthSystem
Daniel Chertok is a Sr. Data Scientist on the Clinical Analytics Team at NorthShore University HealthSystem located in the north suburbs of Chicago. He is responsible for the development of predictive and quantitative models, including patient outcomes, marketing segmentation and quality reporting. Daniel has previously worked in various quantitative R&D roles in Finance and Retail and has a Ph. D. in Applied Mathematics from Simon Fraser University in Canada.
Bonnie Clipper, DNP, RN
Author, The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation and The Innovation Roadmap: A Guide for Nurse Leaders
Dr. Bonnie Clipper is the chief clinical officer at Wambi. Bonnie is an expert in the nursing innovation space and was the first vice president of innovation for the American Nurses Association and created the innovation framework that is inspiring 4 million registered nurses to participate in innovation to transform health. Prior to that Bonnie spent more than 20 years in executive nursing roles. She is a top nurse influencer in LinkedIn and speaks internationally on nurse-led innovation and the future of nursing. Dr. Clipper is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna and an ASU/AONE Executive Fellow in Health Innovation Leadership alumna.
She has published on the impact of AI and robots on nursing practice, authored The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation, The Nurse Managers Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce, and The Innovation Roadmap: A Guide for Nurse Leaders.
Vice President, Human Resources McKinstry
Janice Clusserath serves as McKinstry’s Vice President of Human Resources. Since arriving at McKinstry in 2017—bringing with her more than 25 years of HR experience—Janice has been instrumental in optimizing the company’s total rewards programs, recruiting efforts, learning/development programs, and performance management and HR systems. In this role, Janice oversees all aspects of human resources and directs the entire employee experience and lifecycle. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Gonzaga University. She serves as Vice President for McKinstry Co., LLC and is based in their Seattle office.
Melissa Cohen is the Staff Vice President of Payment Innovation Strategy at Anthem where she runs a team focused on program evaluation, portfolio analysis and management of cross cutting initiatives, maintaining a 360-degree view of payment innovation at the organization. Prior to joining Anthem, Melissa was the Director of the Policy and Programs Group at the Innovation Center at CMS where she was predominantly responsible for center-wide strategy and implementation of the Quality Payment Program proposed in the Medicare and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Previously, Melissa was the Director of the Division of Financial Risk, leading the Innovation Center’s ACO and Health Plan Innovation Models. Melissa started with the Center in 2011 and was involved early on in the design and implementation of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, the Comprehensive ESRD Care Initiative and the Pioneer and Next Generation ACO Models. Prior to coming to CMMI, Melissa practiced medical malpractice defense litigation for 6 years in the New York Metropolitan Area, which gave her unique insight into aspects of our fragmented delivery system and a passion for delivery system reform. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, and her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
James Colbert, MD
Senior Medical Director, Delivery System Innovation and Analytics Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA)
Dr. James Colbert is Senior Medical Director for Delivery System Innovation and Analytics at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). He is the clinical leader for provider analytics and provider performance support within BCBSMA. He is responsible for engaging with at-risk provider organizations to enable them to achieve success within their value-based contracts through managing TME and improving quality. He represents BCBSMA on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Transformation Taskforce.
Prior to joining BCBSMA, he served as the VP of Population Health for Benevera Health, a joint venture between Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and four health delivery systems in New Hampshire. Other experiences include serving as Senior Medical Director for Population Health at Verisk Health and serving as a core faculty member of the Brookings Institution ACO Learning Network. He was the lead author of a 2014 Brookings Institution report entitled Adopting Accountable Care: An Implementation Guide for Physician Practices.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and medical degree from Stanford University. He completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as a fellowship in medical research and health policy at the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Colbert maintains an active clinical practice, and he holds faculty appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Ariadne Labs, and Harvard Medical School. In 2015 he was selected by MedTech Boston as one of 40 healthcare innovators under age 40. He lives in Jamaica Plain, MA with his wife and daughter.
Scott Conard, MD
Medical Director, Dallas Forth Worth Business Group on Health; Chief Executive Officer, Converging Health
Dr. Conard is a practicing family physician passionate about transforming healthcare to provide more convenience, increase access, significantly improve quality, and lower cost. He believes that challenges can be best met with innovation, technology, and accountability, and that "greater convenience, increased access, higher quality, and lower costs" are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the surest path to reduced costs lies in a better model of care that embraces preventative care, early detection, excellence in management of known conditions, and improved behaviors.
As a Medical Director for corporations and benefit coalitions, his experience in medicine, corporate leadership, and healthcare allows him to create the strategic plan and serve as the accountability "agent", leveraging this deep understanding as an integrator of effective interventions. His work in patient engagement has led to the development of a new model for chronic care management, building knowledge and skills, resulting in better health outcomes.
Dr. Conard believes that every company has a unique culture and needs that create opportunities to achieve significant improvement in health and lower costs.
President and Chief Executive Officer Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP)
Michael J. Consuelos, MD
Former Senior Vice President, Clinical Integration The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Megan Cook Narrance
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Adept Benefits
Megan Cook is the founder and CEO of Adept Benefits, a boutique employee benefits consultancy located in Bellevue, Washington. After a decade in the industry, Megan grew disenchanted with the status quo - a dysfunctional American healthcare system with out-of-control costs. She founded Adept Benefits to break the cycle of annual cost increases and make sure employers get the value they pay for.
Megan is an experienced, well-respected strategist whose biggest strengths are her drive and compassion for taking care of people. She was among the charter class of 30 advisors to be certified by the Health Rosetta, a nonprofit that accelerates adoption of simple, practical, non-partisan fixes to our healthcare system. With a commitment to service, she provides fully customized benefit solutions for her clients—including direct primary care, reference-based pricing, and 100% transparent vendor arrangements - that can reduce spending by more than 30% in the first year.
President and Chief Executive Officer Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA)
Laurie Cooke is the president and CEO of the HBA. Laurie is a dedicated advocate for gender parity, speaker, thought leader, PharmaVOICE 100 most inspiring people in life sciences and ASAE Mentor of the Year. Laurie served on PMI’s executive management team; and prior to nonprofit management work, she served in increasing senior roles ex-US with Hoechst, Hoechst Roussel, Hoechst Marion Roussel, and Aventis working across all pre-clinical to post approval areas including phase I biometrics, project management, process improvement, and late stage team effectiveness. Laurie began her career as a head hospital pharmacist in Washington State. Laurie graduated with a degree in microbiology from University of Maryland, advanced scientific degree in pharmacy from University of Washington, masters in Software Engineering Management from University of Luton, England. She is a licensed pharmacist and certified association executive. Laurie has lived and worked in Europe, New Zealand and both U.S., coasts and currently lives in the Philadelphia main line with her husband and four active pets.
Vice President / Executive Director, National Network Strategy and Innovation Aetna
Michelle Copenhaver is Vice President/ Executive Director of National Network Strategy and Innovation at Aetna. She has 30+ years of experience in the health care industry, both in the clinical realm as a Registered Nurse and as a Healthcare Executive in the health care MSO and payer spaces. Her experience includes local and national network strategy & development, business development/ health system contracting, operational performance management, consulting with National Accounts & Plan Sponsors, and value-based contracting. She is particularly interested in creating personalized healthcare experiences for members & ensuring positive, progressive relationships with our physicians & hospitals, enabling them to perform at their best in value-focused & sustainable models of care.
Marion Everett Couch, MD
Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Administrator CMS
Marion is currently the Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of the Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Washington, DC. In this cross-cutting role within the agency, she works on policy creation, quality, and promoting transformation with value based care. Marion also is involved in developing value-based payment models in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center, with special emphasis on longitudinal care for chronic conditions that often are treated with surgery.
Prior to joining CMS, she held senior leadership roles at several large medical centers. Marion has previously served as the Chair of the Indiana University Health Physician Board and was on the medical group’s Quality Committee. She has been a physician executive (Physician Executive of Surgical Services and Vice President of Finance) in two large medical groups. She has also been the Chair of two surgical departments and was Surgeon-in-Chief at a medical center. And she has worked across a large system to increase staff engagement.
Marion is a head and neck surgeon with microvascular training. Marion has served as President of two professional medical societies. She received her medical degree from Rush Medical College. Her residency training was at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her MBA is from the Duke University Fuqua Business School with a Concentration in Healthcare Management.
Chief Digital Health and Analytics Officer Humana
Heather Cox is the Chief Digital Health and Analytics Officer for Humana. In this role, Heather is accountable for building Humana’s digital care delivery operations and leading enterprise analytics. Integrating these critical capabilities across the organization will further accelerate Humana’s move toward differentiated experiences for its health plan members at the intersection of healthcare and lifestyle, tailored especially to the needs of seniors.
Prior to joining Humana, Heather served as Chief Technology and Digital Officer at USAA, where she led the teams responsible for designing and building personalized and digitally enabled end-to-end experiences for USAA members. Heather has also served as CEO of Citi FinTech at Citigroup, helping the company adapt to a future dominated by mobile technology. Before that she headed Card Operations for Capital One, reshaping customer and digital experience for Capital One cardholders.
Heather was named by American Banker magazine as the #3 Woman to Watch nationally in banking in October 2017. She was also named to American Banker’s Women to Watch list in 2011, 2013 and 2016. In 2015, she was named one of the 10 Most Innovative CEOs in Banking by Bank Innovation, as well as Digital Banker of the Year by American Banker.
In March 2018, Heather was appointed to the NRG Energy Board of Directors. She serves on the Nominating and Governance and the Compensation committees. In addition, Heather serves on the national board of directors for LIFT, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to permanently lift people out of poverty.
Heather graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. She and her husband Chris are the parents of two daughters, Lea and Victoria. Heather and Chris share a passion for boating and are avid Washington Nationals fans.
Innovation Strategist Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
After working in advertising in London selling KIT KAT bars and Krispy Kreme burgers, Charlotte shifted her career to address the social and behavioral problems advertising was perpetuating.
Charlotte is now an LA-based Product Manager leveraging neuroscience and behavior change theory to design experiences which improve people’s mental and physical health.
Charlotte currently works at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Innovation Studio where she manages products addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and other design challenges across the Los Angeles health ecosystem.
Prior to joining CHLA Charlotte worked in San Francisco with brands including Facebook and Google and was the Strategy Director of “Plant B”: a TV show and digital platform starring the ‘Jon Stewart of the Middle East’, Bassem Youssef. The show has inspired and enabled more than 10 million Arabs to decolonize their diets by eating more plants.
Charlotte is also the Co-Founder of award-winning non-profit, CRACK + CIDER, which has provided essential items to over 40,000 homeless people in the U.K. and U.S.
Charlotte writes and speaks about the subjects of Design Thinking and Behavior Change Strategy at the likes of Cannes Lions, SXSW, HIMSS, University of the Arts, London, and The Huffington Post. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience and Psychology of Mental Health. You can reach her on Twitter @charlottecramer or www.charlottecramer.com
Chief Healthcare Strategist Informatica
Richard Cramer is currently the Chief Healthcare Strategist for Informatica. He is a 25-year veteran of the healthcare industry, having spent time in senior technology leadership roles at The University of Pennsylvania Health System and UMass Memorial Health Care, as well as leading healthcare marketing and product strategy for SeeBeyond (acquired by Oracle) and Informatica. Richard is a frequent speaker on innovation in healthcare analytics and next generation data management strategies that allow organizations to get the most out of their data assets, quickly. Richard graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs with a degree in Computer Science, and is a private pilot and flies gliders for fun outside of work.
Amy H. Cunningham
Vice President, MetroHartford Alliance
Executive Director, Connecticut Health Council
As the Executive Director of the Connecticut Health Council, Ms. Cunningham leads a statewide organization that leverages the health sector as a competitive advantage for growth in Connecticut’s private sector employment, per capita wages and capital investment by providing accessible, affordable, quality and valued health care to all residents. In this role, Ms. Cunningham has developed and established important relationships with C-Suite health sector industry leaders representing Connecticut’s health insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, bio tech, universities, medical schools, clinicians, and State leadership. Under Ms. Cunningham’s direction, the Council has held numerous educational Forums, industry working group meetings, and two premier Forums held in Washington, D.C. all which have fostered important relationships within Connecticut’s Health Sector.
Under Cunningham’s direction the Council continues to grow and be recognized as an environment where all cross-sector health care industries in the State can work together to solve issues and create economic growth opportunities for the region and State of Connecticut.
Previous to this role, Ms. Cunningham was the Acting Director of Enrollment Management and Marketing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist at AstraZeneca, LP.
Ms. Cunningham holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Hartford and a Bachelor of Science from Central Connecticut State University.
Assistant Administrator, Long Term Care Benefits and Programs, Division of Medicaid Services Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Curtis Cunningham is the Assistant Administrator of Long Term Care Benefits and Programs in the Division of Medicaid Services where he is responsible for the provision of long-term supports and services for the elderly and people with disabilities. Curtis administers and oversees the Family Care managed care program, IRIS self-directed long-term care program, several community-based Medicaid waiver programs, and support services for children with disabilities.
Curtis has worked in Medicaid policy, finance, and eligibility for more than 15 years. He is designated as the Wisconsin Disability Director; he serves as the President of ADvancing States, and sits on numerous national workgroups.
Curtis attended Aarhus University in Denmark and Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He holds a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Policy. He currently resides in Monona, Wisconsin, with his wife, Theresa, and their three children.
Imelda Dacones, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Permanente, P.C. (NWP);
Chair, National Permanente Executive Committee, The Permanente Federation LLC
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Permanente, P.C. Imelda Dacones, MD, leads more than 1,700 physicians, clinicians and administrators at the largest independent, physician-led, multi-specialty professional corporation in Oregon and southwest Washington. Together, these physicians deliver Permanente Medicine— evidence- and value-based health care with humanity— to more than 600,000 Kaiser Permanente members. Dr. Dacones is a passionate advocate for addressing the social and environmental determinants of health, and is working to transform the culture, practice, and business of medicine. Under her leadership, Northwest Permanente became the world’s first physician group certified as a B Corp – a status that underscores a strong corporate commitment to use business as a force for good.
Recently-elected as chair of The Permanente Federation's National Permanente Executive Committee, Dr. Dacones has responsibility for the people of The Permanente Federation. As a member of the Board of Directors of the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, she looks to influence the medical education of future generations of physicians in this country, inspiring them to spread the mission of providing high-quality, affordable health care and improving the health of people and our communities.
Gaurov Dayal, MD
President, New Markets and Chief Growth Officer ChenMed
Dr. Gaurov Dayal is ChenMed President, New Markets and Chief Growth Officer. Responsible for ChenMed’s national expansion, Gaurov oversees new market operations, and has wide-ranging experience in population health, physician group, health plan and hospital operations.
Prior to joining ChenMed, Gaurov was a Senior Vice President at Lumeris, where he created and implementedoperational solutions for large health care systems and provider groups transitioning to value-based care delivery.
Earlier, at SSM Health Care, a large multi-state Integrated Delivery system, Gaurov served as Chief Medical Officer, Interim CEO for SSM Wisconsin Hospitals and President of Health Care Delivery, Finance and Integration. At SSM, he led the transformation from traditional volume-based provider to value-based system, includingsuccessful acquisition and integration of Dean Clinic and Dean Health plan- the largest HMO in Southern Wisconsin.
Prior to SSM, Gaurov served as the first Chief Medical Officer for Adventist Health Care and President of the Adventist Medical Group; was founder of a hospitalist group and a strategy consultant for McKinsey and Co.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University; earned doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University; and did residency training in pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Renee Demski, MSW, MBA
Vice President, Quality and Safety Johns Hopkins Health System
Renee is serving as the Vice President of Quality and Safety for The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH), Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (AI). In these roles, she works with leadership on developing the strategic direction for quality and safety, maximizing organizational improvement, efficiencies and the equity and value of health care delivery. She has been instrumental with the development of an operating management system for quality and safety based on high reliability principles. Her focus has been on clinical quality improvement, using innovation, data analytics with predictive algorithms and advancing performance using a variety of tools and techniques. Specifically, amongst other projects, she leads the strategic design and implementation of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s National Leader Strategy, a campaign to achieve national leader performance on publicly reported measures of patient safety and quality. Using Lean Sigma and other performance improvement tools, this effort led Johns Hopkins Health System affiliated hospitals to win multiple recognitions, including the Joint Commission Top Performer and Delmarva Excellence Awards.
In addition, she evaluates quality measurement methodology to ensure that methodology design for public reporting and pay for performance is evidence-based and aligns with scientific principles. She also co-leads value of care through standardized work to reduce unnecessary variation in care through clinical pathways across JHHS.
Renee led the Revenue Recovery initiative that was successful in driving outcomes with over $100 million return over a 10-year period. She has been a Johns Hopkins employee for 31 years. She has an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and an MBA from the Johns Hopkins University Business of Medicine Program.
Chief Executive Officer Premier
Asif Dhar, MD
Principal, Chief Health Informatics Officer, Federal Health Solutions Leader Deloitte
Dr. Dhar is a Deloitte Principal, Chief Health Informatics Officer, and Federal Health Solutions Leader. He is responsible for developing solutions that bring together ecosystems, exponential technologies, data, and analytics, to transform health care. He advises some of the World’s most innovative companies and Governmental agencies tackling disease and public health. Dr. Dhar is a leader of Deloitte’s Smart Health Communities initiative which is rethinking how societies and smart cities are organized to address illness and member of Deloitte’s Government, US Commercial and a Global Healthcare leadership teams. He is Deloitte’s lead partner for the partnership’s US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) account and responsible for all work Deloitte performs with and for the Agency. His perspectives on real world evidence, regulatory sciences, digital health, and innovation are sought by clients around the World. Dr. Dhar also the lead partner for Deloitte’s XPRIZE relationship. XPRIZE strives to address the World’s grand challenges through their prize competition models. Dr. Dhar is a respected health futurist and sought-after digital disrupter who works with Governments, Life Sciences and Healthcare clients to reinvent wellness and eradicate disease.
Nancy W. Dickey, MD
A&M Rural & Community Health Institute; President Emeritus, Texas A&M Health Science Center
After nearly 12 years of service as president of the Texas
A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and vice
chancellor for health affairs for The Texas A&M
University System (January 2002 through October 2012),
Dr. Nancy W. Dickey returned to the College of Medicine
where she serves a number of roles both academic and
administrative. During her tenure, the health science center grew
the number of programs and number of graduates, expanded its
research programs, and extended its service to the citizens of Texas.
Currently, she serves as executive director of the Rural and Community Health Institute working with physicians and hospitals across the state of Texas and the nation to facilitate best practices in patient safety, enhanced quality of care, and physician excellence and demonstrating the importance of translation of sound policy and evidence based medicine across the spectrum of practice sites and care delivery.
Other roles at A&M include service as interim dean of the TAMHSC-College of Medicine (June 2000 until Dec. 31, 2001) and founding director of the TAMU Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Dickey was the first woman elected president of the American Medical Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards: American Academy of Family Medicine John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine (2019), Institute of Medicine (2007), Texas’s Women’s Hall of Fame (2010), and six honorary doctorate degrees.
Camille Infussi Dobson
Deputy Executive Director ADvancing States
Camille Infussi Dobson is the Deputy Executive Director at ADvancing States (formerly NASUAD). In that role, she provides executive leadership and policy guidance to state aging and disabilities agencies, focused on managed long-term services and supports and quality measurement. She provides intensive technical assistance to states seeking to implement or improve their MLTSS programs on topics as diverse as stakeholder engagement, care management, MCO oversight mechanisms and quality measurement. She has served as an advisor to NCQA regarding LTSS accreditation standards as well as person-driven outcomes. She also represented the states on two different NQF committees working on HCBS quality measurement.
Prior to joining NASUAD, she worked for ten years at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, focusing on Medicaid policy and operations. In her last role, she served as the agency’s policy expert on Medicaid managed care delivery system issues and managed the agency’s regulatory and technical assistance efforts regarding managed care. She was the primary author of CMS’ 2013 guidance to States laying out key elements for MLTSS programs, which has since been translated into Federal regulatory requirements.
Before joining CMS in 2005, she spent twelve years working in Medicaid operations, policy and compliance with two Maryland-based Medicaid MCOs. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and master’s degree in Public Administration, both from George Washington University.
Daniel J. Durand, MD
Chief Innovation Officer; Vice President, Research; Chair, Radiology LifeBridge Health
Dr. Daniel Durand is the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for LifeBridge Health (LBH) in Baltimore, Maryland, a $2.5B health system serving over one million patients. Dr. Durand is accountable for overseeing all LBH work related to biomedical research, digital health, and value-based contracting. He also continues to practice medicine as the Chairman of Radiology across LBH.
From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Durand served as the Medical and Operational Director of the LifeBridge Health Accountable Care Organization (ACO) LLC, which achieved shared savings in all three years of its first contract with Medicare, making it one of the most financially successful health system led ACOs in the history of the Medicare ACO program. The LBH ACO, LLC also demonstrated excellent quality performance, with scores averaging over 90% over the same time period. In addition, Dr. Durand served as the first Executive Director of the LifeBridge Health Clinically Integrated Network (CIN). Under his leadership, the LifeBridge Health CIN grew to over 500 providers and cared for over 100,000 patients in value-based contracts, which has resulted in over $100 million in savings to date.
Prior to joining LifeBridge, Dr. Durand served as the first Director of Accountable Care for Johns Hopkins Medicine and oversaw operations for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients, one of the nation’s largest ACOs. Prior to this role, he was part of the executive leadership team at Evolent Health where he helped grow annual revenues from $8 million to $118 million en route to a successful IPO. Prior to Evolent, Dr. Durand worked for McKinsey as an associate working out of the Firm’s Washington, DC office.
His writing has appeared in top journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). He also sits on various professional and policy committees at the state and national level and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events on the topic of healthcare innovation.
Eric Eskioglu, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Novant Health
Eric Eskioglu, MD is executive vice president and chief medical officer for Novant Health. In this role, he provides strategic, clinical and cultural leadership to ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective and patient-centered care across Novant Health. Dr. Eskioglu oversees all medical staff and leads the safety and quality teams and initiatives. In addition, he is the leader of 8 Novant Health Clinical Institutes as well as Co-Executive Director for Novant’s Institute of Innovation and Artificial Intelligence.
Dr. Eskioglu joined Novant Health in 2015 as senior vice president of neurosciences. He led the expansion of the neurosciences institute across Novant Health, unifying processes and protocols to ensure a world-class experience for patients. With a history of spearheading the creation of three comprehensive stroke centers, Dr. Eskioglu led Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in 2017 to become the first hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, to earn the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation. With this designation, Novant Health joined an elite group of healthcare systems, including Johns Hopkins, Kaiser Permanente, and Mayo Clinic as one of only a few healthcare systems in the country to have two robust Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Centers – Novant Health’s other being Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Before joining Novant Health, Dr. Eskioglu worked at Physicians Regional Healthcare System in Naples, Florida and served as the executive medical director for the Comprehensive Stroke Center and as the medical director of the neurovascular stroke institute and the Neurointensivist care unit. While in these roles, he led the development of the system’s neurosciences initiative and the establishment of the only comprehensive stroke center in southwest Florida. Despite starting from scratch, he created a regional referral center for complex neurological conditions in only 18 months.
Dr. Eskioglu has also served as the medical director for endovascular/vascular neurosurgery with Cerebrovascular Specialists of Florida, Lee Health in Fort Myers, Florida. Other roles include assistant professor of neurological surgery and assistant professor of neurosurgery and radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. His work experience includes being a neurosurgeon at hospitals in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. He also is widely published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals in the area of cerebrovascular surgery.
Before his career in medicine, Dr. Eskioglu worked as an aerospace engineer at the Allied-Signal Aerospace and Boeing, where he participated in Six Sigma and research teams in charge of developing new power sources for the new generation of aircraft. He continues to apply his engineering background in efforts to streamline healthcare, decrease errors, and improve patient satisfaction. He is passionate about data analytics and artificial intelligence in healthcare applications.
Dr. Eskioglu earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed a two-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health with Pfizer Clinical Research Scholars program, as well as an endovascular/vascular neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Florida. At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he completed his neurosurgical residency training. Dr. Eskioglu also earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona. He is married and has three children.
Matthew Ewend, MD
Chief Clinical Officer UNC Health Care;
President UNC Physicians
Dr. Matthew Ewend is the Chief Clinical Officer of UNC Health Care & President of UNC Physicians. In this role, he has responsibility for the overall physician enterprise of the UNC Health Care System, a statewide network of 13 hospitals and more than 3,200 employed physicians across 700 affiliated practices. In addition, he oversees the quality program, the value program, and the partnership of UNC Physicians with our hospitals.
In addition, Dr. Ewend is a practicing Neurosurgeon at the UNC School of Medicine, specializing in neuro-oncology. He served as Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery from 2010 until 2019, stepping down to assume the CCO role of UNC Health. He joined the faculty in 1997 after completing medical school, neurosurgery residency, and a brain tumor fellowship at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Ewend’s clinical interests center on endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of brain tumors, especially pituitary tumors, skull base tumors, and metastases. His research interest centers on developing genetically-modified, cell-based therapies for treatment of brain tumors.
Heather Farley, MD
Chief Wellness Officer Christiana Care Health System
As the Director of Provider Wellbeing for Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE, Dr Farley’s focus is on optimizing the experience of providing care for clinicians. She oversees internal initiatives designed to address institutional and individual sources of provider stress and burnout, while fostering overall provider wellbeing, joy, and meaning in work.
Dr Farley completed residency training in emergency medicine in 2005 and fellowship training in administration in 2006. She has previously served as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and was instrumental in establishing the institution’s first freestanding emergency department in 2013, subsequently serving as the medical director for 3 years. In 2014, she developed “Care for the Caregiver” --one of the nation’s earliest and largest peer support programs for health care providers.
Dr Farley is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She has held several leadership positions within the American College of Emergency Physicians on the state and national level. She has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and has been the principal or co-investigator in 10 grant-funded studies. Dr Farley continues to practice and teach emergency medicine in one of the busiest emergency departments in the country, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in health care delivery science at Dartmouth College.
Executive Director American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM)
Brent T. Feorene is chief operating officer for Canton & Company, a healthcare growth and innovation advisory firm, where he helps organizations transform their businesses through strategy, change management, and performance optimization. He serves as the executive director for AAHCM after being a member of the AAHCM Board of Directors for 10 years and treasurer for 5.
A seasoned healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience, Feorene is nationally recognized as an expert in strategic and management issues across a variety of healthcare settings. He is a passionate advocate for community-based care and widely regarded as a thought leader, sought-after speaker, and publisher on issues affecting the community-based care continuum.
Feorene is vice chair for the Assisted Living/Non-Institutional Subcommittee of the Board of the American Medical Directors Association/Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and is a preferred consultant for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Prior to Canton & Company, Feorene was founder and president of Colonnade Healthcare Solutions. He received his master’s in business administration with highest honors from The Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University.
Head, Global Corporate Affairs and Communications Ocean Spray
Chris has dedicated her career to building a healthier future for our people, planet, and communities—making her a natural fit to join the Ocean Spray cooperative. “It is such a meaningful opportunity to work for a farmer-owned cooperative that is harnessing the intrinsic power of the cranberry in its products, while at the same time caring for and improving our environment.” As Ocean Spray’s Head of Global Corporate Affairs and Communications, Chris leads Ocean Spray’s Health and Wellness, Public Relations, Partnerships, Sustainability, Government Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Consumer Engagement, and Executive Communications teams. In this role, her primary goal is to ensure we connect our farms to families worldwide, improving the access, affordability, and quality of nutritious food to all communities.
She holds a BA in Political Science, Sociology, and English from Georgetown University and earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Chris began her career at Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms leading the industry in litigation year over year.
Chris joins Ocean Spray from the Milken Institute’s Center for Public Health where she fostered strategic partnerships and led programming to elevate sustainable solutions to the health crises around the globe. Prior to Milken, Chris served as Strategy Director and Legal Counsel for Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America, where she worked with corporate leaders, health experts, government officials, and celebrities to improve health and wellness in all communities.
For the past 12 years, Chris has garnered more than 200 corporate partnerships, led dozens of marketing initiatives, engaged more than 100 celebrities, and directed legal and compliance strategies—all with the health and well-being of kids, families and communities at the core of her work.
Cynthia A. Fisher
Founder and Chairman Patient Rights Advocate;
Member Health Information Technology Advisory Committee;
Founder ViaCord, Inc.
Cynthia A. Fisher is a life sciences entrepreneur, independent investor, and corporate board director. Cynthia is Founder and Chairman of PatientRightsAdvocate.org, a nonprofit organization championing patient data access and price transparency in health care. She also serves on the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee as the former Speaker of the House’s appointee. Cynthia is a public company Director of The Boston Beer Company (SAM), and Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (DEA).
Cynthia founded the pioneering cord blood stem cell banking company, ViaCord, Inc., in 1993 and served as CEO. In 2000, Cynthia co-founded the cellular medicines company, ViaCell, Inc, of which ViaCord became a division. She served as President and on the Board of Directors. ViaCell went public, was acquired by PerkinElmer, and exists today under the ViaCord brand.
Cynthia also co-founded and is Chairman of FitMoney.org, providing schools and teachers curriculum for K-12 financial literacy. She is a Director of the National Park Foundation, Board Advisor to Boston Children Hospital’s Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, and formerly served on the Board of Water.org.
Cynthia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Science and BS in Biophysics from Ursinus College.
Director, Advanced Analytics OSF Healthcare System
Chris Franciskovich is currently the Director of the Advanced Analytics Team at OSF HealthCare, where he and his team use machine learning, statistical, natural language processing, and data mining methods to construct and deploy industry leading predictive models in a variety of strategic areas. He has more than 10 years of experience working in healthcare and holds a MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, where he focused on advanced modeling techniques and predictive text mining.
Merrill Friedman leads the Disability Policy Engagement team and advocacy strategy for Anthem, a leading health benefits company serving nearly 74 million people nationwide through its affiliates. She works collaboratively with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure the diverse interests and preferences of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and children involved in child welfare programs inform Anthem’s health benefits approaches and related initiatives. Ms. Friedman also leads the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities and advances the integration of the NAB's six foundational principles, the independent living philosophy, and principles of self-determination throughout these programs, as well as Anthem’s member interactions and business practices. In addition, she leads strategic partnerships with national and local organizations to advance the development of inclusive public policy.
Previously, Ms. Friedman was interim director at a nonprofit foster care agency serving children and adolescents who experienced severe neglect and physical abuse. She also served as president and chief executive officer of a private organization that owned and operated residential treatment facilities, group homes and home and community based services in several states for adolescents with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities.
Ms. Friedman is a nationally recognized leader in Medicaid, LTSS and health services that reflect the needs and interests of older adults, people with disabilities and children and adolescents. Health program expertise includes disability, aging, drivers of health (SDoH), foster care, mental health and substance use, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and justice involvement. Her extensive experience in program development, strategy, new business growth and operations management informs the innovation and development of home and community-based services and capacity building.
Ms. Friedman has served on numerous national boards and commissions. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the MI Statewide Independent Living Council where she also served as Board Chair. Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for Family Voices, Rebuilding Together, and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) and the NASUAD MLTSS Institute Advisory Board.
National Social Determinants of Health Strategist Centene
Jennifer Funaro a social and health strategist with over 18 years of healthcare innovation and product design. As an experienced product innovator, she has designed healthcare solutions that deliver real results, improve patient lives and lower healthcare costs with extensive knowledge in multiple markets including commercial, Medicaid, Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
In her current role, Jennifer leverages her marketing and product design background to work collaboratively with Centene Corporation and its Health plan subsidiaries from across the country to ideate, design and implement evidence-based, high priority social determinants of health (SDoH) innovations with of goal of rolling out demonstrated SDoH best practices to scale. Her SDOH focus areas include community-based technology platform design, housing and food security initiatives and screening and assessment intervention-based programming.
Jennifer has been with Centene Corporation and/or subsidiary company since December of 2011.
Chief Executive Officer Total Brain
Louis Gagnon is CEO of Total Brain, a mental health and fitness platform. Louis has 25 years of experience as a high-growth global digital business leader, most notably at Amazon’s subsidiary Audible where he served as Chief Product and Marketing Officer. He also was recently appointed Advisor to TPG Capital following a short CEO assignment to turn around portfolio company Ride.com. Other past notable roles include Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Yodle and Senior VP of Global Products at Monster Worldwide.
Chief Nursing Philips
Julia M. Gallagher, MD
Medical Director, Home-Based Palliative Care Program Partners HealthCare System
Dr. Gallagher is the Medical Director of the MGH/Partners Home Based Palliative Care Program and joined the MGH Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine in 2014 to help develop the Program. Prior to joining MGH, Dr. Gallagher was a member of the Divisions of Palliative Care and Hospital Medicine at Umass Memorial Medical Center. She severed on the in-patient palliative care consult team, as a senior ward-attending hospitalist and as the Hospice Medical Director for Umass Memorial Home Health and Hospice. Dr Gallagher worked in finance prior to medical school as a Lending Officer in the Health Care Division at the Bank of Boston. She is interested in systems change, transitions of care and palliative care for patients with advanced heart failure including patients with LVADs and patients living at home on inotrope support.
Vice President, Business Operations Partners HealthCare at Home
Vivek Garg, MD
Chief Medical Officer CareMore
Vivek Garg, MD, MBA, is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of CareMore & Aspire Health, innovative integrated health care delivery organizations with $1.6B+ revenue & over 180,000 patients in 32 states.
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Garg leads clinical strategy and model development, clinical excellence & performance, and our clinical teams nationally. He previously led CareMore's growth & product functions & expansion into Medicaid care delivery and home-based primary care.
Prior to CareMore, Dr. Garg joined Oscar Health during its first year of operations as Medical Director, designing and implementing technology-enabled clinical services for patients and network doctors in care management & engagement, utilization management, and quality, leading to Oscar's initial NCQA accreditation. He also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. From 2012-2014, Dr. Garg was the first national Medical Director at One Medical Group focused on clinical programs, where he led initiatives in clinical protocol development, population health, and virtual care. He previously worked at McKinsey & Company and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a Congressional advisory body on payment innovation in Medicare.
Dr. Garg graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a BS in Biology and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and MBA from Harvard Business School. He trained in medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital, received board certification, and continues to practice at CareMore. Dr. Garg is dedicated to humanizing healthcare and achieving the triple aim, through patient-centered care delivery redesign. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, son, and daughter.
Alyia S.P. Gaskins, MPH, MURP
Assistant Director of Programs and Networks/Health Center for Community Investment
Alyia Gaskins is the Assistant Director of Networks and Programs/Health at the Center for Community Investment. In this role, she helps communities mobilize land and investment capital to expand access to healthy food, affordable housing, and transit.
Prior to joining CCI, she was a Senior Associate at the National League of Cities, where she helped hundreds of municipalities pass policies to help children grow up healthier and thrive through former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties initiative.
A public health strategist and urban planner, Alyia Gaskins is committed to helping communities create places that promote the physical, social, and economic health of people. Recognized for her creativity and leadership, Alyia was honored as a Next City Vanguard and as one of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 honorees. Alyia graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in medicine, health, and society and earned master’s degrees in public health and urban planning from the University of Pittsburgh and Georgetown University, respectively.
Dan Gebremedhin, MD
Partner Flare Capital
Dan is a Partner at Flare Capital Partners, where he sits on the Board of Somatus, a Flare Capital portfolio company. Prior to joining Flare Capital, Dan served as a Medical Director at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, leading Population Health Analytics, Value Based Purchasing, and General Strategy. Dan is a practicing Internal Medicine Physician on the Faculty of the Massachusetts General Hospital, and has an appointment as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dan currently serves on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Board of Nursing Home Administrators.
Previously, Dan spent time as an entrepreneur and operator in the Health IT Industry, cofounding and managing two separate businesses in the Electronic Health Records and Online Medical Education industries.
Dan’s other interests include Healthcare Policy and Global Health. He has served as a Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Campaigns of Governor Charlie Baker and Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. He has worked to expand healthcare infrastructure in the developing world, serving as a consultant for the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Ethiopia.
Dan earned a B.S. with honors from the University of California, San Diego, an M.D. Summa Cum Laude from the Morehouse School of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Dan completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Chief Executive Officer Las Vegas Heals
Doug Geinzer is a skilled and successful entrepreneur who was built and sold several businesses throughout his career. Most of his success has been found in the healthcare, technology and employment industries. Today, Doug considers himself more of a social entrepreneur spending a significant amount of his time improving Southern Nevada’s healthcare infrastructure and positioning Las Vegas to become the most globally recognized health and wellness destination.
As CEO of the Las Vegas HEALS (Healthcare | Education | Advocacy | Leadership | for Southern Nevada), Doug delivers on their mission: “To foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare in Southern Nevada.”
Doug has assembled a network of high performing healthcare providers who deliver high quality and proven outcomes at a lower contracted (and bundled) rate. The majority of these providers deliver care in Las Vegas, one of the most accessible destinations from any city, while providing the highest level of hospitality only found in the World’s most recognized city.
Doug has bee the recipient of many awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, Healthcare Hero, Innovative Business Leader, Top 40 under 40, “most influential” in employment and a ‘who’s who’ in healthcare. He is a past president of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Business Council and sits on the boards of numerous organizations.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Doug relocated to Las Vegas in 1993 to build a media company he later sold to Cox and Landmark Communications. Recruiting Nevada, another media company Doug developed was sold to the Greenspun Media Company in 2008, allowing Doug to focus on Las Vegas HEALS. Doug is a single father raising a multi-lingual young daughter. As an avid water sports fanatic, you will often find Doug stand-up paddling or boating on Lake Sahara.
National Pharmacy Solutions Leader Aon
Matthew Gibbs provides strategic oversight and long-term planning for Aon’s entire National Pharmacy Consulting Practice. This includes oversight of ARx (Aon’s industry leading employer Coalition) and legacy Burchfield health plan consulting teams. Most recently Matthew was President of EnvisionRx and managed over 20 million lives, 700 clients and a team of over 300 people.
A healthcare industry veteran for 20 years, Matthew was previously the Chief Pharmacy Executive for WellPoint where he managed over 15 million lives and $15 billion in annual drug spend. He also served as Chief Clinical Officer for Medco’s Employer and Key Accounts Group and National Pharmacy Practice Leader of Hewitt Associates’ pharmacy consulting practice. Additionally, he served as Vice President, PBM sales and service for Walgreens Health Initiatives.
Matthew has completed a post-doctorate fellowship with Amgen, Inc. and holds a doctorate in Pharmacy from Butler University.
Peter Gliatto, MD
Professor, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai;
Associate Director, Visiting Doctors Program, Mount Sinai
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Peter Gliatto is a tenured Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Medical Education, and
Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Gliatto received a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland and his MD
degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed
residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New
Dr. Gliatto is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
He serves as the Associate Director of the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, and has been a
practitioner there since 2003. In addition to the care of homebound patients his clinical interests
include palliative care.
Dr. Gliatto has been involved in teaching and mentoring medical trainees in several venues. In
addition to his current roles as a Longitudinal Leader in the Art of Medicine course, he has served
as the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Student Affairs, the
Clerkship Director for the Medicine-Geriatrics Clerkship and the Director of the Medicine
Subinternship. He also teaches Internal Medicine Residents and Geriatric and Palliative Care
Fellows who rotate through the Visiting Doctors Program. He has served on several institutional
committees and he co-chaired the committee that developed the core competencies for the
medical school’s curriculum. As Senior Associate Dean he oversaw the substantial expansion of
advising, academic support and career planning initiatives.
Dr. Gliatto has been involved on a national level on several educational initiatives through the
Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the
Learning Communities Institute. He has authored and contributed to several publications on
medical student training.
Dr. Gliatto is the recipient of numerous awards including the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor
Society, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award, the Clinical Teaching Award
and the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Faculty Council Award for Academic Excellence
from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He was the school’s institutional nominee for
the AAMC Arnold P Gold Humanism in Medicine Award in 2017. He was selected as a Master
Educator to the Institute for Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Senior Vice President, Social Determinants of Health Highmark
Barbara B. Gray serves as senior vice president of social determinants of health for Highmark Health. In this role, Ms. Gray is responsible for setting the direction and strategy to address social determinants of health (SDOH) for Highmark customers and the communities it serves. Ms. Gray possesses expertise in health care strategy and operating high-functioning business organizations. She has extensive experience in the health care industry including population health, business development, account management, operations and consulting.
A solutions-focused leader, Ms. Gray recently served as interim chief clinical officer of Gateway Health. Her prior roles at Highmark include senior vice president of clinical services, where she was responsible for developing and executing Highmark Inc.’s clinical strategy, and senior vice president of senior markets, leading the company’s Medicare Advantage business. Ms. Gray’s 30-plus years of experience in the health care industry also includes roles as senior vice president and operating unit leader for Heathways, vice president of integrated care delivery for Premier Health Alliance and managed care practice leader for Ernst & Young.
Ms. Gray holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Chico and an MBA in finance from George Mason University.
President Healthcare Leadership Council
Mary Grealy is president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives of the nation’s leading health care companies and organizations. The HLC advocates consumer-centered health care reform, emphasizing the value of private sector innovation. It is the only health policy advocacy group that represents all sectors of the health care industry. She was appointed to the position in August 1999.
Ms. Grealy has an extensive background in health care policy. She has led important initiatives on the uninsured, Medicare reform, improving patient safety and quality, protecting the privacy of patient medical information and reforming the medical liability laws. She testifies frequently before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.
From 1995 until she began her tenure at HLC, she served as Chief Washington Counsel for the American Hospital Association, a national organization representing all types of hospitals, health systems and health care networks. In her position, she was responsible for the organization’s legal advocacy before Congress, as well as executive and judicial branches of government.
From 1979 to 1995, Ms. Grealy was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Counsel for the Federation of American Hospitals, a trade association representing 1,700 investor-owned and managed hospitals and health systems. She coordinated legislative and regulatory policies as well as lobbying activities for the Federation.
Ms. Grealy has a bachelor degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Duquesne University. She served on the Board of Directors of TEAMHealth, one of the largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in the United States, and the Board of Directors of Duquesne University. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. She also serves on the advisory boards of the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, Women Business Leaders in Health and the March of Dimes Public Policy Council. She is a frequent public speaker on health issues and has been ranked many times by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.
President and Chief Executive Officer Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW)
Pamela Greenberg is President and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW). She joined the association in 1998 and since that time has become a nationally recognized leader on managed behavioral health care policy issues. In her role, she works on a variety of policy issues that are important to health plans and will increase quality and access to behavioral health care. One of Pamela’s greatest accomplishments is the leadership role she played in developing, advocating for, and getting the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 signed into law.
ABHW is the leading association working to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and advance federal policy to improve mental health and addiction care. ABHW represents major national and regional health plans who care for more than 200 million people.
Pamela has worked on both behavioral health and managed care issues for almost three decades. She began by lobbying for both a large managed care company and substance use disorder treatment providers when she worked at a small boutique health care consulting firm in Washington, DC. That led to a position in America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Federal Affairs Department lobbying on issues such as health reform, Patients’ Bill of Rights, and Medicare reform. Pamela left AHIP to run the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness.
Pamela currently serves on InnovaTel Telepsychiatry’s Strategic Advisory Board and has spent many years on the boards of both the national and local chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America.
Ms. Greenberg has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD
Director Zero Suicide Institute
Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD is the Director of the Zero Suicide Institute at EDC. The Zero Suicide Institute provides expert consultation and guidance to health and behavioral health care organizations implementing the Zero Suicide framework for safer suicide care. Zero Suicide focuses on error reduction and patient safety through a robust, comprehensive, bundled approach to suicide care in health and behavioral health systems. Dr. Goldstein Grumet also serves as Director of Health and Behavioral Health Initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), a federally funded resource center devoted to advancing the U.S. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Both the Zero Suicide Institute and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center are part of the Education Development Center (EDC), a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Her areas of expertise include behavioral health innovation, community and clinical suicide prevention, youth suicide prevention, and school-based mental health prevention and intervention. Dr. Goldstein Grumet received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in school mental health at The University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Center for Mental Health Assistance.
Chief Marketing and Community Relations Officer Pullman Regional Hospital
Megan Guido is the Chief Marketing & Community Relations Officer at Pullman Regional Hospital, where she teaches Color Code at new employee orientation every month. She is a certified Color Code trainer and conducts Color Code workshops for professional and community organizations. Listen and subscribe to her podcast “What’s your MO in healthcare?” at moinhealthcare.com on Apple podcasts and Podbean. You can learn more at www.colorcode.com or if you are interested in holding a Color Code workshop for your team, please contact her at email@example.com. Additionally, Megan is a certified life coach and speaks on generations in the workplace and pushing through adversity.
IT Director, Analytics and Data Management Mount Sinai Health System
Varun Gupta is a Technology executive with extensive IT Design, Strategy and Leadership experience in delivering business solutions to improve performance, reduce operational expenses and promote organizations growth. Focus areas include Information / Data Architecture and Strategy, Machine learning, Business Intelligence, Digital Solutions, Cloud Frameworks, Database Development and Implementation. Proficient in assisting organizations through Analytics and Digital transformations and setting up Big Data ecosystems and Advanced Analytics platforms for desired outcomes. Worked with Fortune 500 companies and has experience in leading and mentoring teams of Designers and Architects throughout the complete Software Development Life Cycle.
Experienced in partnering with Data, Analytics and Digital technology vendors and Technology teams to evaluate Innovative solutions and build data infrastructure and solutions in a phased manner aligned with customers and the business needs.
He is an expert in diverse Healthcare IT solution working for both Provider and Payer organizations.
Public Safety Advocate; Co-Founder Orange Ribbons for Jaime
Fred Guttenberg’s professional life includes over a decade of experience in sales and management with Johnson and Johnson, followed by almost 15 years as an entrepreneur, having built a business that consisted of 19 Dunkin Donuts, which he sold in November 2016. Fred was hoping to take some time to relax before figuring out his next endeavor. Then tragedy struck.
Fred’s brother Michael, one of the original first responders during 9/11 at the WTC with a team of doctors got trapped in the WTC as it collapsed. Amazingly, the room that they hid out in did not collapse and Michael and his team of physicians spent 16 days at ground zero taking care of others. As a result of the ground zero exposure, Michael was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which he battled, along with Fred’s help and support until October 2017, when he passed away.
Following Michael’s funeral, Fred understandably still trying to recover from the passing of his brother also recognized he needed something else to do. In February of 2018 he was actively looking for a new purpose when Fred and his family were again struck by another National American tragedy; only this one was far worse. His 14-year-old daughter Jaime, a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was one of 17 victims brutally murdered in the Parkland Florida school shooting.
From that day forward, Fred’s life would be forever changed. While grieving, Fred found himself unable to stand still. The day after the murder, he attended a vigil and while there was asked to speak. That was the start of a new public life for Fred. He was angry and quickly realized his new purpose as an American advocate in the fight for public safety.
Fred now spends time challenging our elected officials to do more and he is aggressively pursuing strategies to enhance public safety, enact common sense gun safety and turn out the vote through his non- profit organization dedicated to Jaime’s life called “Orange Ribbons for Jaime”. He has been a regular on TV news programs and myriad of online and print media. Through the formation of the non-profit, this is now his full time mission. Fred’s leadership and perseverance in spite of these dual tragedies is and his ability to turn the worst possible grief into action and to attain ongoing results is now nationally known.
Fred Guttenberg moved to Florida from Long Island in 1989 shortly after graduating from Skidmore College in New York in 1988. Fred, his wife Jennifer, and their son Jesse currently reside in Parkland, Fl.
Executive Director Center for Community Investment
Robin Hacke is Executive Director of the Center for Community Investment (CCI), which is dedicated to overcoming disinvestment and improving opportunity so that everyone has a fair chance to lead a healthy and productive life. Working with cross-sector partnerships, innovative health institutions and local leaders, CCI helps communities unlock the capital they need to become more cohesive, resilient and environmentally sustainable.
CCI, housed at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, was incubated during Ms. Hacke’s tenure as a Senior Fellow at The Kresge Foundation. Previously, she served for seven years as Director of Capital Innovation at Living Cities, where she managed capital deployment for the $80 million Integration Initiative and spearheaded creation of the Catalyst Fund. She has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, a consultant to major foundations and a member of the Steering Committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge.
A former venture capitalist and investment banker with more than a decade of community investment experience, Ms. Hacke holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard-Radcliffe College. Learn more at www.centerforcommunityinvestment.org.
Diana Han, MD
Chief Medical Officer GE Appliances (A Haier Company)
Diana is Chief Medical Officer at GE Appliances, a Haier company. She leads the Health Services team, which is responsible for onsite delivery of occupational and preventive health services and programs, employee health benefits, leave management, and wellness and health promotion. Prior to joining GE Appliances, Diana enjoyed a wide-ranging career in healthcare consulting, clinical practice, and healthcare administration at a series of leading institutions, including the Massachusetts General Hospital (Partners Healthcare), the Advisory Board Company, Carewise, Baptist Health, and Humana.
Jeffrey Hausfeld, MD
Chairman of the Board and Founder Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE)
Chairman and Chief Medical Officer, BioFactura Inc.
Jeffrey Hausfeld, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., has served on the national board and committees of specialty medical societies since beginning his practice in Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at George Washington University School of Health Sciences and an alumnus of the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Hausfeld is widely published in the medical literature, is the pioneer of innovative laser surgery techniques, is the author of a lay oriented medical book, and has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio shows as a medical expert. He has also served as a health care consultant, spokesperson, and executive coach for multi-national pharmaceutical companies, health care firms, as well as the U.S. military. Dr. Hausfeld stepped down from his clinical duties after receiving a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. He continued to refine his communication and team building talents by completing a graduate certificate program in Leadership Coaching and Organizational Development at George Washington University.
Dr. Hausfeld led the field in otolaryngology/facial plastic surgery for many years and is now a business operator and entrepreneur. He invests, manages and consults to a variety of healthcare businesses, including assisted living facilities for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, medical device companies, healthcare information technology and biotech firms, debt collection services for physicians, as well as syndicating and raising capital for health care related real estate ventures, including other life science entrepreneurial enterprises, both regionally and nationally. Dr. Hausfeld is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Medical Officer of BioFactura, a Biotech firm specializing in the production Biosimilars as well as novel biologic drugs. He serves as President of Memory Care Communities LLC, a portfolio of Assisted Living facilities in the Midwest dedicated to the care of Alzheimer’s and dementia care patents. He is the Chairman and Founder of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (www.sopenet.org ), a global network focused on educating healthcare and life science professionals in Bioentrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dr Hausfeld invites healthcare professionals to use financial information and the “science of business” as valuable tools to nurture medical innovation at their institutions and private practice, as well as to enhance the ability to promote quality patient care and improve decision-making. Dr. Hausfeld will demonstrate that power, pleasure and improved performance can result from the ability to mesh the cultures of medicine and business in a comprehensive and strategic manner. “The exciting thing about life after the practice of medicine is that now I am able to draw upon the diversified fields of medicine, business, and organizational psychology, and implement novel solutions that have an immediate impact on patients, providers, and on the client’s bottom line”.
Thomas Hawes, MD
Managing Director BlueVenture Fund
Tom Hawes is a Managing Director of BlueVenture Fund. He serves on the Board of Directors of AbleTo, BehaveCare, Octave Bio, Oncology Analytics, and Patientco, as well as board observer for HeartFlow, Healthify, and Phreesia. He was formerly on the Board of InVivoLink, Nexidia, and Wellspring Healthcare. Before joining BlueVenture Fund, Tom matched at Yale School of Medicine for residency and completed his first year of medical training at Greenwich Hospital. During his medical training, he worked on clinical studies at the ISK Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and on outcomes research at the National Cancer Institute and NYMC’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Department. Tom holds a BA from Brigham Young University, an M.D. from New York Medical College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a Kauffman Fellow.
President and Chief Executive Officer Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
Peter Hayes is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine and formerly a principal of Healthcare Solutions and Director of Associate Health and Wellness at Hannaford Supermarkets. He has been recognized as a thought leader in innovative, strategic benefit design for the past 25+ years. He has received numerous national awards in recognition of his commitment to working collaboratively with healthcare providers and vendors in delivering health benefits that are focused on value (high quality efficient care). He has been successful in this arena by focusing on innovative solutions for patient advocacy, chronic disease management, and health promotion programs.
Peter has also been involved in health care reform leadership roles on both the national and regional levels with organizations like Center for Health Innovation, Care Focused Purchasing, Leapfrog, co-founder of the Maine Health Management Coalition, and been appointed by two different Maine Governors to serve on Health Care Reform Commissions to recommend public policies to improve the access and affordability of health care for Maine citizens.
President Delaware Valley Health Care Coalition (DVHCC)
John Heenan is the President of the Delaware Valley Health Care Coalition (DVHCC). The DVHCC currently has 235 member funds; representing over 3 million lives. DVHCC is the largest coalition in the United States representing Taft-Hartley Funds. Some of the products offered are Prescription Drug (Express Scripts & Benecard), Vision (National Vision Administrators) , Dental (Delta), Medicare Plan (KTP Advisors) and Tele-Medicine (Call-A-Doctor Plus).
John is also the Fund Administrator for the International Union of Operating Engineers of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. He’s been in that role since 2005. Prior to becoming the Administrator, John held various jobs within the Benefit Funds office.
John graduated with a BS in Marketing from LaSalle University as well as an MBA in Healthcare and Finance. John hasn't strayed too far from his roots; he was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs and he currently lives in Warrington, PA with his wife and 2 high school children who are driving him crazy.
Associate Vice President, Wellbeing and Safety Nationwide
Kathleen Herath oversees Nationwide’s Wellbeing and Safety activities for its 30,000 associates across the country. In this role, she is responsible for developing the company’s Integrated Health and Productivity strategy, Occupational Health Services and on-site clinics, Substance Free Workplace, and Associate Safety.
She has 35 years of professional experience in the health care industry. The My Health program at Nationwide has been awarded numerous honors including the IBI Health Innovation Award, the American Heart Association’s Platinum Fit Friendly Employer Award and the prestigious C. Everett Koop National Health Award. In 2014, Nationwide was the first company in the country to receive the US Healthiest Health Lead Gold Medal for improving health outcomes. In 2018, the program won both Top Training Magazine’s Best Practice Award and Optum Health’s Spirit of Innovation Award.
Kathleen has become a frequently requested speaker within the health and productivity industry and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on various industry-related topics. She is active in community and national non-profit organizations including Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors and the Great Rivers Strategy Committee for the America Heart Association. She is a past Board Member and President for Equitas Health.
Director, Employee Benefits Metro Nashville Public Schools
David’s career started at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee in claim’s management. He went on to serve as the Director of Operations for the State of Tennessee Employee Health Plans; Benefit Manager for Nissan Motor Manufacturing; benefits consultant; Insurance Director for Rutherford County, TN and now as Director of Benefits for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS).
While at MNPS he established a network of primary care clinics to serve their employees, retirees and their dependents. These clinics, staffed by Family Nurse Practitioners are Medical Homes and serve as the main conduit for medical interventions with our covered population. In 2017, he opened MNPS’ first integrated health and wellness facility, combining primary care, behavioral health, health coaching, fitness, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and pharmacy. This facility also includes a café and conference area and is designed to be a community center for educators, assisting them to develop professionally and personally. In addition, to help drive individual and group health improvements, he implemented a data warehouse that combines medical, pharmacy, dental and vision claims, medical records, payroll, health risk assessments and evaluation data.
He serves on the board of the State and Local Government Benefit Association and of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers.
Northeast Regional Manager Rogers Benefit Group
Chief Executive Officer SkyMedicus Inc.
Amy Holcomb has a multi-faceted, entrepreneurial track record in the public and private sectors. She is a high energy, fiscally conscious and goal driven healthcare technology executive that approaches each new business challenge with her intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem solving and measured risk taking to drive consistent bottom line improvements and shareholder returns.
Amy began her career working for the US Government while obtaining masters degrees in Strategic International Management and Healthcare Administration. Her passion was to compliment her natural tech savvy background with a strong foundation in healthcare and international business. During her 7 year tenure with the Department of Treasury, she worked on the team that created the first e-file & tax CRM systems, managed multi-state training initiatives, and approved clearances for tax software developers yearly including Intuit and H&R Block. Amy was primarily responsible for managing and implementing all new technological advancements to rapidly grow the Department of Treasury’s product offerings. Through this work environment, she realized the importance of a proprietary CRM platform for both the private and public business sector success in the healthcare technology arena.
Recognized as a high potential executive by the US Government in 2004, Amy’s career took a leap out of the public sector in 2005 and into the private sector to focusing her skill on developing international health care initiatives through the medical tourism industry. Her broad depth of knowledge quickly led her to be known as the international expert in this field. Her ability to develop on a business to business level, as well as a customer to business model has landed her multiple awards and international recognition.
Her expertise has been instrumental in strategic planning and implementation of operations for many large medical organizations and international hospital chains over the last decade. She has consulted with world powers such as China and 60 other countries to implement medical tourism initiatives. She currently serves as an advisor to the Chinese, Indian and El Salvadorean governments to build a framework for government revenue through medical tourism.
There is a relatively small segment of leaders in the business world who are able to build relationships, trust and rapport with almost anyone and are able to broker the relationships and make connections between people to create partnerships, alliances and motivation for forward momentum. Amy consistently proves her ability to lead through diverse and challenging situations and has a track record of accomplishments that include turning around chaotic and struggling operations, launching startups, managing new healthcare facilities, creating and launching new and improved educational, clinical and operational programs, as well as supporting continued organization growth and expansion of mature, established operations.
As a media expert appearing on all major news networks across the country, as well as internationally, her expertise is in demand to educate on the cost saving solutions, benefits and expansion options of medical tourism. She brings a broad scope of experience in health care, internet commerce, and inter-cultural development to her business breadth. She was recognized as a top female Entrepreneur in several states by several organizations for her work since 2008.
Amy Holcomb's is the founder and CEO of SkyMedicus Inc., the world’s leading provider of Medical Tourism resources and information, having helped more than 50,000 clients to save money and access medical treatments not available in their local area. SkyMedicus encourages Domestic and International Medical Tourism. Her vision is to impact the healthcare industry, by providing healthcare information, alternatives and cost savings to make quality healthcare affordable to all, via an accessible platform.
Lisa Honigfeld, PhD
Vice President for Health Initiatives; Vice President, Children's Fund of Connecticut Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc.
Lisa Honigfeld, Vice President for Health Initiatives, joined CHDI in 2005. She directs CHDI's efforts to strengthen pediatric primary and preventive care. She is also Senior Advisor of the Office for Community Child Health (OCCH) at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Her responsibilities at CHDI and OCCH include development and oversight of funded projects designed to test innovations in child health services delivery, policy and systems. In 2018, she was named as Vice President of the Children's Fund of Connecticut, a public charitable organization and CHDI's parent organization.
Lisa has more than 30 years of experience working in child health organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford and ProHealth Physician's Connecticut Center for Primary Care. She serves on several statewide committees related to medical home implementation in Connecticut, care for children with special health care needs, family support, pediatric training and quality improvement in pediatric care. Her work at CHDI focuses on: care coordination, developmental screening, the interface between primary care and community and subspecialty services, and expanding the capacity of pediatric primary care to address mental health issues. Lisa has a BA in sociology from the University of Massachusetts and an MA and PhD, both in sociology, from the University of Chicago. She holds a faculty appointment in Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Vice President, Clinical Operations SCAN Health Plan
Matthew O. Hurford, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization UPMC Insurance Services Division
Dr. Hurford is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral health managed care organization. As part of the UPMC Insurance Services Division, Community Care provides behavioral health coverage for one million Medicaid beneficiaries in 41 Pennsylvania counties. Dr. Hurford has worked in public-sector psychiatry for nearly 20 years holding various leadership positions in academic, government and managed care systems including, most recently, serving as Community Care’s Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs.
Prior to joining Community Care, Dr. Hurford served as the Chief Medical Officer of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) and Community Behavioral Health (CBH), a not-for-profit behavioral health managed care organization that managed approximately $850 million in Medicaid funding. He is a board-certified psychiatrist who has provided care to people with serious mental illness and substance-use disorder in diverse settings including the Indian Health Service on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona and urban community mental health centers in Philadelphia.
Bachelor’s degree in political science from Swarthmore College
Medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine
Completed his residency and chief residency in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Richard S. Isaacs, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group;
President and Chief Executive Officer, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group;
Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Permanente Federation
Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS, is CEO and executive director of The Permanente Medical Group and president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, two of the largest and most distinguished medical groups in the nation. Together, TPMG and MAPMG have more than 10,000 physicians and over 40,000 nurses and staff delivering high-quality health care to more than 5 million Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Dr. Isaacs, who was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in 2018, also serves as co-CEO of The Permanente Federation, a consortium of all the Permanente Medical Groups that supports the work of more than 22,000 Permanente physicians and 80,000 employees. In this role, Dr. Isaacs provides strategic leadership and direction to all the Permanente Medical Groups, and to the national Kaiser Permanente Program.
Previously, Dr. Isaacs served as physician-in-chief for the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, where he was responsible for all clinical operations. While physician-in-chief, Dr. Isaacs played a critical leadership role in helping his medical staff pioneer several initiatives that were adopted by Kaiser Permanente nationwide.
Dr. Isaacs serves on the board of directors for the Alliance of Community Health Plans and for the American Medical Group Association. He is also actively involved in medical education and has served as a clinical professor of Otolaryngology at University California, Davis School of Medicine; Drexel University School of Medicine; and California Northstate University School of Medicine.
Benefits Manager Poudre School District
Melissa Johnson has worked with Poudre School District for 31 years. During her time at Poudre, she has been involved in several departments including finance, records, payroll and human resources. In 2003, she became benefits manager and has served in that position since. In her role, Melissa is responsible for directing the overall operations of the Benefits Department including managing the districts self-funded medical and dental plans, group and voluntary life insurance, vision insurance, cancer insurance, short and long-term disability plans, deferred compensation programs, flexible spending accounts and employee retirements and leaves of absences.
Vice President Healthworx - CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Ricardo Johnson currently leads the Healthworx organization at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. He joined CareFirst in 2011. Among other responsibilities, he leads CareFirst’s strategic ventures and corporate development efforts - partnering with companies that bring new technologies and scientific developments to CareFirst members that have the potential to improve health, quality of care, and cost-efficiency.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Johnson was Special Assistant to the CEO of CareFirst and practiced health law.
Allen J. Karp
Executive Vice President, Healthcare Management and Transformation Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Allen J. Karp is the Executive Vice President of Healthcare Management and Transformation at Horizon BCBSNJ. Mr. Karp has responsibility for Horizon BCBSNJ’s health care value strategy and clinical and network operations. He also leads the pharmacy, behavioral health and health care analytics organizations.
Mr. Karp has over 30 years of health care experience in leading health care delivery and service organizations. His innovative approach to health care delivery models provides experienced leadership as Horizon BCBSNJ leads a transformation away from fee-for-service to a value-based model that rewards doctors and hospitals for quality, cost-effective care and enhanced member experience.
Prior to joining Horizon BCBSNJ, Mr. Karp held senior leadership positions with Coventry Healthcare, Aetna and MedPartners Inc. He served as Senior Vice President at Coventry Healthcare where he led its national network and the development of the company’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and high-performance network strategy. He has implemented numerous innovative value-based models with hospitals and physicians in several states. He was also responsible for First Health, a Coventry Healthcare Company providing a national, integrated PPO network.
At Aetna, Mr. Karp held the position of Vice President of Healthcare Delivery, where he developed regional and national network strategy and managed provider contracting, clinical operations and medical economics. Mr. Karp also held the position of President of the Eastern Division for MedPartners where he had responsibility for multiple physician groups and independent practice associations (IPAs) with revenue in excess of $1 billion.
Mr. Karp currently serves on the board of directors for Cota, which builds solutions for health care to analyze, visualize, report and manage real-world evidence and deliver precision medicine. He also serves on Cota’s finance and compensation committees. He is also on the boards of the American Heart Association and the Newark Museum.
In 2018, Mr. Karp was named as a Leader in Health Care in the NJBIZ Vanguard Series for his work in pioneering the implementation of value-based health care in New Jersey.
Mr. Karp earned a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Rider University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Wilmington College.
Chief Strategy Officer Alliance for Better Health
John joined Alliance because his work has always focused on evaluation and the creative use of of technology and data-related collection to organization and optimization of shared outcomes. John has served as a board member and CIO of Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, New York, and as an independent management consultant with international leaders in the media industry such as Comcast, Tivo and Gracenote (Nielsen Company), staid media giants such as TV Guide. Before John’s health care role, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Tribune Media Services (a Tribune Company, now Gracenote), where he presided over years of growth though creation and launch of go-to-market strategies involving several new products and services deployed world-wide. John has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.A in Computer Science from Ithaca College. In his Alliance role as Chief Strategy Officer, John and his team is work to transform communities toward the new realities of value-based payment models toward a shared goal of better health for our communities, better care experiences for patients and providers, and lower total cost of care. John often jokes that in the first stage of his career he worked hard to cause people to watch inordinate amounts of TV. Now, in his health care role at Alliance, he is working to help get folks off the couch and living healthier lives! John enjoys problem solving and building businesses. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his kids compete in college athletics. He also enjoys skiing, biking, golfing and reading.
Brian Klepper, PhD
Principal Worksite Health Advisors
Brian Klepper, PhD is Principal of Worksite Health Advisors and a nationally prominent health care analyst and commentator. He writes and speaks extensively about the structural dynamics of the US health care cost crisis, primary care clinics, high performance health care and the management of full continuum clinical and financial risk.
Daniel Knecht, MD
Vice President, Clinical Strategy & Innovation CVS Health
Dr. Daniel Knecht is a board-certified internist currently serving as Vice President of Health Strategy and Innovation at CVS Health. In this role, he collaborates across CVS Health and Aetna business lines to develop and execute clinical innovations that address unmet health needs. Since joining Aetna in 2016, Dr. Knecht has led a series of enterprise-wide strategic initiatives including the company’s efforts to combat opioid misuse and addiction. Following CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna, his team remains focused on leveraging data analytics to provide actionable insights for patients and providers that increase value of care.
After graduating with honors from Dartmouth College, Dr. Knecht received a joint M.D., M.B.A. from Weill Cornell Medical College and Johnson Graduate School of Management where he was a recipient of the Lee Family Scholarship. As a Fulbright Scholar in medical sciences, he performed research that explored health care deficiencies in the Negev region of Israel. Today, Dr. Knecht is an associate clinical professor at Mount Sinai West in New York City and still sees patients.
Rebecca S. Koszalinski, Ph.D., RN, CRRN, CMSRN
Assistant Professor University of Tennessee-Knoxville;
Developer Speak for Myself-Voice App
Dr. Rebecca Koszalinski earned a Doctor in Philosophy degree at Florida Atlantic University where she also completed a Master’s in Nursing Education. Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing was received at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Dr. Koszalinski is certified as both a Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN) and Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse (CMSRN). Her program of research is focused on underserved populations, especially areas related to disabilities, vulnerability, and access to care. Specifically, she developed a patient-centered communication app for patients who are communication vulnerable (Speak for Myself-Voice). Dr. Koszalinski and her collaborators from the Tennessee Health Sciences Center Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, UTK Tickle College of Engineering, UTK School of Informational Sciences, the UTMCK Graduate College Division of Biostatistics, and the UTK Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) continue to engage in research, development, and testing of technologies intended to affect patient outcomes. Additionally, she is a member of the Health Innovation Technology and Simulation lab (HITS) (https://hits.utk.edu/sfm/). Dr. Koszalinski reviews proposals on invited study sections for the National Science Foundation and The National Institutes of Health (NINR). She also reviews for several academic and scientific journals, is an invited reviewer for Johnson & Johnson Quickfire Challenges, a member of Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Chi (Research Chair, 2018-2020) and Iota Xi, Council on Undergraduate Curriculum (CUR), and is a member of several professional societies and organizations. Dr. Koszalinski’s research was recently nationally recognized by Johnson & Johnson and highlighted in the 2018 commercial about nurse innovators over the generations (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jijOJVi12cw.
Vice President, Global Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer Lilly Bio-Medicines
Laurie Kowalevsky is the Vice President of Global Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer for Lilly Bio-Medicines. In her 12 years at Lilly, Laurie led the Cialis brand in the US where she was instrumental in advancing the third-to-market entrant to market leader with the launch of its once-daily formulation and ED+BPH indication. She spent six years as a Global Brand Leader launching one of Lilly's largest immunology assets, and creating the experience design for Lilly’s Customer Support Programs. Laurie is also the founding chairwoman of Lilly’s Women’s Initiative for Leading at Lilly (WILL) where she led the Women’s Employee Journey research project and partnered with HR and senior leadership to begin to pave the path for the future talent model at Lilly and be a catalyst for a renewed D&I/People Strategy. Before joining Lilly, she spent almost 20 years in consumer marketing roles within a series of Fortune 500 companies that included a decade agency-side at Publicis where she was EVP of Client Services.
President and Chief Executive Officer Sutter Health
Sarah Krevans is President and CEO of Sutter Health, a Northern California based not-for-profit health system that cares for 3 million patients—or 1 in every 100 Americans, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the nation. Sarah oversees Sutter’s integrated network of 14,000 clinicians, 24 hospitals, outpatient services, research facilities, and home health and hospice care.
Sarah has dedicated her healthcare career to finding ways to make healthcare more safe, personal, affordable and accessible. In the beginning of her career, Sarah was a caregiver for the elderly and people with severe mental illness, where she saw firsthand the impact of our broken system on patients.
Sarah was named Sutter Health’s President and CEO in January 2016. Prior to this role, she served as Sutter’s chief operating officer, regional executive officer and president of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, and senior vice president of managed care. Previously, Sarah held executive roles at Kaiser Permanente and served as deputy director of Maine’s Bureau of Medical Services and acting director of Medicaid health planning and licensure programs.
Sutter Health has been recognized by independent organizations as a national leader in healthcare quality and advancing health equity. True to its not-for-profit mission, Sutter also provides compassionate care for more low income Medi-Cal patients in than any other health system in its Northern California footprint.
Sarah serves on the Bay Area Council Executive Committee, American Hospital Association Health Care Systems Council, California Hospital Association Board of Directors, United States of Care Founders Council, and Sutter Health Board of Directors.
She has been named as one of the “Top 25 Women Leaders” by Modern Healthcare, included on Modern Healthcare’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare,” nominated as a “Visionary of the Year” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and named one of the “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times.
Sarah earned master’s degrees in business administration and in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
Vice President of Facilities and Support Services UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
John Krolicki has been with the UPMC for 11 years. He is currently the Vice President of Facilities and Support Services for UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He leads system-wide initiatives and oversees the UPMC Facilities and Engineering Council (Maintenance and Engineering), manages the construction program for UPMC Presbyterian, Shadyside and Children’s Hospitals, and oversees Environmental Services (Housekeeping), and Food and Nutrition Services, which includes 32 hospitals. He also oversees the areas of Environmental Health & Safety (11 hospitals), Energy & Environmental Engineering, and Greening Initiatives. John serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Wood Street Commons-Pittsburgh, and the Oakland Business Improvement District. He also serves on the UPMC Committee for the Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities (AIHC) group, a national initiative of the Center for Community Investment.
He has over 30 years of experience and comes to UPMC from the Beaumont Health System in Michigan. John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.
Founder Adaptation Health
David is founder of Adaptation Health, an incubator focusing exclusively on driving Medicaid innovation and improving the commercialization of socially impactful models of care and value based delivery models. He has worked across all 50 states and 15 countries on strategies for driving margin and mission with diverse health companies including early startups, private equity, nonprofits & NGOS, bilateral aid agencies, state and federal governments, and large multinational corporations. David earned his MPH from Tulane University, Bachelors in Chemistry from the University at Buffalo. Early in his career he worked on the ground with communities and vulnerable populations as an AmeriCorps Volunteer and then with the U.S. Peace Corps in South Africa. He live in New Orleans, LA with his wife and two children.
Aneesh Kumar serves as Vice President, Commercial Product at Anthem. He leads product strategy and end-to-end solution management for Anthem’s Commercial and Specialty Business Division. In this role, he is enabling Anthem’s transformation to an industry leader in whole-person integrated health, wellness, and financial security solutions.
Kumar has a successful 25-plus-year record of accomplishment in healthcare, information technology, and consulting.
Before joining Anthem, Kumar founded and ran Sheen Health, an innovative company focused on healthcare payments. Immediately before starting the company, he was Vice President, Enterprise Product Solutions at Cigna, where he drove product development and product management strategies across the company’s businesses throughout the world. He previously worked as a Managing Director in Aetna’s Corporate Strategy team, leading enterprise-wide strategic initiatives related to delivery system transformation, ACOs, and new technology solutions. He also led enterprise-wide core-business projects at Accenture and Strategy&, serving Anthem, Aetna, and other large healthcare clients. He entered the healthcare industry by starting and running AzulCare, a successful multi-specialty clinic.
In the first half of his career, Kumar defined, launched, and shipped several products at prominent Silicon Valley technology companies such as Apple, Sun Microsystems, and Openwave Systems.
Kumar obtained an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer SCL Health
Peter Kung serves as the Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer at SCL Health. He is responsible for developing the full continuum of innovation and virtual health services in the markets we serve, creating consumer-oriented solutions to improve access and experience, and forming new avenues for system growth.
Previously, he worked with UCLA Health System and Health Sciences in Los Angeles for 14 years, where he most recently served as the Director of Strategic Technologies. Kung earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine; a master’s degree in information systems and technology from Claremont Graduate University; and a MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Dana Labat, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Naturally Slim
Dr. Labat earned her master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her training includes a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology, which led to her position as Lead Psychologist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas’ Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and its Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders. Dr. Labat also received training in Perinatal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International.
Prior to joining Pelts, Kirkhart, and Associates, Dr. Labat worked with multidisciplinary teams in hospital settings and had a private psychotherapy practice in Dallas, TX. She continues to be licensed to practice psychology in both Louisiana and Texas. Dr. Labat partners with women and their families to prepare and cope through the transition into parenthood, whether it is a new experience or a repeated one. She also works with women and families who are in the process of trying to conceive through natural and medically-supported interventions. Experiencing a singular pregnancy loss or multiple losses can lead to many feelings, as can experiencing difficulties with conceiving a child. Dr. Labat works with women and their partners who experience this type of loss in an empathic, confidential, and therapeutic space.
Families experiencing acute or ongoing conflict can create stressful environments for all family members including the parent(s) and adolescent. Providing support and positive communication serves to decrease tension and foster growth and understanding among family members.
Dr. Labat conducts Psychoeducational assessments for ADHD, specific learning differences and diagnostic clarification.
Founder TRAP Medicine
Jahmil is the Founder of TRAPMedicine, a public health venture aimed at addressing disparities in chronic disease, mental health, and sexual health among African American men and boys leveraging the barbershop. He has conducted research on the intersection of mental health and HIV treatment adherence among Black and Latino young men in South Los Angeles; and contributed to a study on prostate cancer disparities among African American men. In addition to leading TRAPMedicine, Jahmil Lacey leads Embrace the Mind, a mental wellness initiative of Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) Public Schools, that aims to build the capacity of schools to address the mental health needs of Black and Latino students, teachers, and families at a K-12 charter school district located in South Central LA. A native of Oakland, he served as Director of a housing program for young adults with chronic mental health challenges and spent two years managing the school-based health clinic at James Logan High School, the largest public high school in the Bay Area. In 2017, he spent two months in Cuba studying their approach to community health and medicine. Jahmil has a passion for alleviating the root causes of health disparities as demonstrated by his past experiences in economic development, policy and advocacy, community organizing, and youth engagement. He received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a graduate degree from the London School of Economics. A graduate of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Post Baccalaureate Program in Pre-Medicine, Jahmil was recently accepted to medical school and plans to study medicine to become a pediatrician and child psychiatrist.
Ashwini Lakshmanan, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine; Section Head, Epidemiology and Outcomes, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Dr, Lakshmanan’s passion has been to address disparities in health care delivery in the field of perinatal-neonatal medicine. A native of southern California, she spent time volunteering in resource poor areas of Los Angeles. She has always known that creating a community of health only comes hand in hand with one of equity. Dr. Lakshmanan earned a dual degree B.S./B.A. at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, she entered the USC Keck School of Medicine. As part of training, she worked at Los Angeles County Hospital, which serves the most vulnerable of populations. She then completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in 2008 where she also completed a Chief Residency year in 2009. CHLA is the only top 10 children’s hospital that is a safety-net hospital. From this experience, she knew that she wanted to develop a proficiency to critically evaluate pediatric and infant-health programs. To develop her ability to perform health services research, she entered the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research fellowship, which provides a highly structured mentorship, and a Masters in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. This nicely complemented her clinical training in the Harvard Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program.
In recognition of her training, Dr. Lakshmanan was recruited to the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Fetal and Neonatal Institute as an Assistant Professor. In 2014, she was also made the Section Head of Epidemiology and Outcomes for the division. She was awarded the Saban Research Institute Research Career Development and received the Young Investigator Award from the Lucile Packard Foundation that provided funding for direct costs to begin a research project evaluating “The impact on Hispanic families and caregivers of preterm infants” in Los Angeles. She was then fortunate enough to receive a NIH NCATS KL2 Award with her mentors, Drs. Kipke and Williams to “Reduce Disparities during Transition of High Risk Infants Using Patient Navigation” as well as the Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion Award and a Lund Foundation grant. She has been recognized as a thought leader in this area and is leading a working group to improve inequity in transition for the California Perinatal Collaborative Health Equity Task Force and have been a national speaker on the topic most recently at the “Cool Topics” meeting in March, 2019.
Now she is devoting her time on developing a mobile health solution, “Baby Steps LA” to help families transition to home from the NICU. “Improving health equity during transition and follow-up of high risk infants with a virtual transition of care program,” contributes to the culture of health equity by potentially mitigating disparities that exist in this population. In fact, she and her team were just awarded the American Hospital Association’s Innovation Challenge third place prize to identify an innovative solution to address social determinants of health for vulnerable populations. In addition, Dr. Lakshmanan has also worked on numerous projects to understand the epidemiology and outcomes of neonates with high risk conditions.
Chief Administrative Officer Eastside Health Network
David LaMarche joined Eastside Health Network (EHN) in May 2017. David is an experienced health care professional, with over 22 years of experience in managed care contracting, business development, finance and clinical operations. He is responsible for leadership aspects of EHN, including strategy, contacting, network development, quality and oversight of operations. EHN has approximately 1,450 network providers that provide care for over 53,000 covered lives across value-based contacts with Medicare Advantage and commercial payors as well as through direct-to-employer contacts.
In 2018, EHN, in partnership with Gallagher and Premera launched the Eastside Health Network Health Trust, offering medical benefits to the independent providers within the network. In 2019, EHN is facilitating a Medical Malpractice initiative which recognizes the benefits of its clinically integrated network which will materially reduce premium costs for network providers.
Prior to his time at EHN, David spend nearly 20 years at Virginia Mason where he developed and expanded at-risk and population-based payment models with performance measures linked to risk-adjusted total cost of care and quality metrics. He also led strategic planning related to health care reform, reimbursement trends and new business opportunities.
Other positions held during his time at Virginia Mason include Director of the Heart Institute, where he provided leadership and oversight of daily clinical operations and financial performance for all departments of the Heart Institute and integration with six satellite clinics and rural outreach programs.
Steven Landers, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer VNA Health Group, Inc.
Dr. Landers is the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, Inc., the nation’s second largest not-for- profit home health care organization servicing New Jersey and Ohio. As a certified family doctor and geriatrician, Dr. Landers places a strong emphasis on house calls to the vulnerable elderly and has a specialized interest in geriatric medicine, home health, hospice and palliative care.
Dr. Landers is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Landers has authored several articles on the role of home care in national publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medicine. Dr. Landers most recently joined the Huffington Post as a regular blogger focusing on health policy, family caregivers, and nurses and finding ways to improve quality and value in American health care.
Before joining VNA Health Group, Dr. Landers served as the Director of the Center for Home Care and Community Rehabilitation and Director of Post-Acute Operations for the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. In 2014, Dr. Landers received the NJBiz 40 Under 40 Award, a recognition of New Jersey’s most accomplished young businessmen and women.
Market President AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware
As AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware’s Market President, Emmilyn Lawson is responsible for the Medicaid health plan’s strategic direction, growth, and leadership. She oversees AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware’s operations and is its primary point of contact with the state of Delaware.
Lawson is a longtime health care executive with more than 20 years of experience in Medicaid managed care in Delaware and Pennsylvania. She most recently served as vice president of Delaware Medicaid markets and chief operations officer for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware Health Options Inc. At Highmark, Lawson led all core operations for the insurer’s Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and long-term services and supports (LTSS) products.
Lawson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Delaware and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Goldey-Beacom College. She participated in the AHIP Foundation’s Minority Management Development Program, now part of AHIP’s Executive Leadership Program.
Andrew Le, MD
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Buoy Health
Andrew is the CEO of Buoy Health, an AI-powered digital health company that aims to be your all-in-one platform for health. Andrew founded Buoy in 2014 with a team of doctors and data scientists at the Harvard Innovation Labs. It was their goal to remove the fear and confusion we often encounter when “googling” our health symptoms by providing a safe, accurate tool to help people self-diagnose. Over the last six years, Andrew has led the company through two successful funding rounds, raising over $30 million, with prominent healthcare investors including Optum, Cigna, Humana, Bill Hambrecht, and F-Prime. He obtained his MD from Harvard Medical School and his BA from Harvard College.
Michael Le, MD
Chief Medical Officer Landmark Health
Dr. Michael Le is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Landmark Health, an innovative mobile, multi-disciplinary medical group that takes up-side and down-side risk from health plans to provide 24/7 intensive, in-home care to their sickest, frailest, and costliest patients. Landmark was founded in 2013 and has rapidly grown, contracting with 15 different health plan partners in 14 states, managing risk on over 100,000 patients across the country.
Prior to joining Landmark, Dr. Le served as Chief Medical Officer at Fidelis SeniorCare, a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan, where he designed and implemented an intensive clinic-based care model for high-acuity Dual Eligible patients. The clinical and quality results driven by the delivery model resulted in Fidelis’ selection as a health plan awardee for the Michigan Duals Demonstration Project.
Before Fidelis, Dr. Le served as Senior Medical Officer at CareMore, a Medicare Advantage Plan, where he was also a practicing Extensivist in the hospitals, nursing homes, and CareMore Care Centers. At CareMore, Dr. Le ran all high-risk programs, including the High-Risk Clinic, Social SWAT Team, Palliative Care / Hospice Programs, and the House Call Program.
Prior to CareMore, Dr. Le was Regional Lead Hospitalist at HealthCare Partners, a full-risk medical group, where he was responsible for inpatient outcomes and quality in the Long Beach Region. Dr. Le was the regional physician lead for HealthCare Partners’ high-risk Ambulatory Case Management program, which identified and aggressively managed patients through clinic and home visit intervention program.
Dr. Le received his Medical Degree from UCLA and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He also completed a leadership fellowship from the Institute for Physician Leadership at the University of California, San Francisco.
Al Lewis, JD
Lisa Lilley, RNC, MS
Vice President, Ambulatory Quality and Risk Christus Health System
Lisa Lilley is currently the Vice President of Ambulatory Quality and Risk for CHRISTUS Health, a not-for-profit, international hospital system. Prior to joining CHRISTUS in 2016, Lisa spent four years at AmerisourceBergen as the nursing and quality leader for the nursing telehealth teams. She has worked with rural and safety net hospital systems for 20+ years, providing care for underserved breast and GYN Oncology patients, and developing and implementing nurse navigation teams for oncology services.
Lisa received her undergraduate degree in nursing and her master’s degree as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Texas Woman’s University. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black belt, a member of the AMGA Quality Council, and Co- Chair of the CHRISTUS Ambulatory Quality and Patient Safety Committee.
President and Chief Executive Officer Patient PAL
Jack G. London, D.D. is the President/CEO and founder of London Medical Management, Inc., and PatientPAL.org. Since 1995 Patient PAL has become one of the nation’s leading patient advocacy services helping over 3,000,000 members across the country. London Medical Management, Inc. specialized in Large Claim Negotiations, Wellness Plan Development and Coaching, provider network analysis and building and managing proprietary networks.
Jack is frequently asked to be a featured speaker at Healthcare Industry Seminars and has authored many articles on medical management, Wellness initiatives and Patient Advocacy. In addition to his healthcare career, Jack is a former Television and Radio Talk Show Host and published Author of “21 Keys to Your Success”.
Jack is a founding member of the first College of Pharmacy in Las Vegas and a member of the American Cancer society and former publicity board chairman for Habitat for Humanity.
London Medical Management, Inc. has two office locations. Their corporate office is in Las Vegas and their 24 hour/7 day per week call center is located in Branson, Missouri.
Robert Lorenz, MD
Medical Director, Specialty Contracting Cleveland Clinic
Robert Lorenz is Medical Director of Specialty Contracting for the Cleveland Clinic. He is an active Head & Neck surgeon in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the former Chief Medical Officer of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
In his current role as Medical Director of Specialty Contracting, Dr. Lorenz participates in all aspects related to Cleveland Clinic’s contracting for specialty care, including innovative payment models, for both government and commercial payors. He coordinates the clinical aspects of revenue-related matters ($8.0bn), and works closely with Health Information Management to synchronize Cleveland Clinic physician involvement with payment risk-assumption. He has represented the Cleveland Clinic at the state level, serving on Governor John Kasich’s Advisory Council on Health Care Payment Innovation, and as the representative to Ohio State Medical Association’s Health System Physician Leadership Council.
On the national level, Dr. Lorenz served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery as the Coordinator for Practice Affairs. As Coordinator, Dr. Lorenz negotiated relationships between the members of the Academy (12,000 Otolaryngologists) and the payor community, including CMS. His commitment to payment reform and willingness to embrace alterative payment methodologies has been a focus of his role as co-Chair of the Physician Payment Policy Committee for the Academy. He currently is a member of the American College of Surgeons Health Policy and Advocacy Committee, which advocates for all surgeons in North America and their patients at the national level, and currently serves on the ACS Alternative Payment Model Task Force.
Dr. Lorenz received his undergraduate degree from Yale University with a Bachelors of Science in the field of Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics. He completed his medical degree with Honors from the University of Rochester and completed his clinical training in Otolaryngology at the Cleveland Clinic and Vanderbilt University. He received an MBA with Distinction from London Business School.
Dr. Lorenz began his clinical career at the Cleveland Clinic in 2003, and became Head and Neck Section Head in 2004. His surgical interests include airway reconstruction, head and neck tumors, including paragangliomas and carotid body tumors, and Zenker’s diverticulum. He is an innovator in vocal cord paralysis, laryngeal and tracheal stenosis, as well as laryngeal and tracheal transplantation. He has co-authored more than 85 scientific articles, 16 book chapters, and delivered more than 100 invited national and international lectures or papers. Dr. Lorenz is an educator, teaching residents and fellows in head and neck surgery, and serves on the editorial board or as a reviewer for 10 different scientific journals in his field. In addition, he maintains one of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the Head and Neck Institute.
In 2008, Dr. Lorenz became the first Chief Medical Officer of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and served in that post for 3 years. As CMO, he was responsible for creating the first-ever transfer of Cleveland Clinic business and medical services model and culture to a non-Western country. He played key roles in strategic planning and led the design of all medical programs, in addition to recruiting the first cohort of physician leaders for the institution. He also served on the Board of Directors for Touch Briefings, a scientific publisher based in London, England, from 2006-2011.
Rebecca Love, RN, MSN
President Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSEIL)
Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, ANP is the Managing Director of US Markets for Ryalto International. Rebecca was the first Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the United States at Northeastern School of Nursing– the first initiative in the Country designed to empower nurses as innovators and entrepreneurs, where she founded the First Nurse Hackathon, which has led to transformational change in the Nursing Profession. Rebecca is an experienced Nurse Entrepreneur, founding HireNurses.com in 2013 which was acquired in 2018. Rebecca is passionate about empowering nurses and creating communities to help nurses innovate, create and collaborate to start businesses to transform healthcare.
Rebecca holds a M.S. in Nursing from Northeastern University, B.A. in International Relations/Spanish from Boston University, and is currently Faculty at Norwich University, sits on the board of NextGen Ventures & the Host Committee for the Massachusetts ACLU. She currently lives in Marblehead Massachusetts with her husband and 3 children.
Director, Benefits and Safety Brakebush Brothers
With deep roots in managing Safety programs, Dan Ludwig, Director of Benefits & Safety, brings over 20 years of experience in loss reduction. Under Dan’s watch, Brakebush Brothers, Inc. has seen a 75% decrease in occupational incident rates. Dan’s interest in connecting occupational and non-occupational losses evolved as he took on Benefits and the Wellness program in 2014 and shifted his focus to reducing health insurance losses. Brakebush has since opened an onsite clinic offering primary and acute care as well as a robust musculoskeletal injury prevention program, a centers of excellence program, and strategies to reduce prescription costs. Brakebush member premiums have not increased for four of the last five years and per member costs were lower in 2018 than in 2014.
As a result of Dan’s direction, Brakebush was awarded The Alliance (Wisconsin) Healthcare Transformation Award in 2018, and the 2019 Employer/Purchaser Excellence Award by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
President and Chief Executive Officer Fortune Management Inc.
Matthew Lund has been in the employee benefits field for over 15 years, specializing in self-funded health and welfare plans, benefit design and management, individual disability income (IDI) combo’s and long-term care (LTC) for large corporate clients. Prior to founding Fortune Management, Inc. in 2019, Matt began his career at a national insurance carrier serving the Southwest and was then an executive for four large local brokerage firms in Seattle, Washington.
Executive Director and Vice President University of Colorado Health Plan Administrators
Kathy Major is the Executive Director and Vice President of UCHealth Plan Administrators. Kathy says, “As a third party administrator that is part of the UCHealth system of facilities and providers, we have a solid track record of working alongside employers. We do everything we can to leverage our resources in order to assist employers in gaining better control over claims cost, while simultaneously improving the health and wellbeing of their members through increased medical and behavioral health care access.”
Kathy is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She was responsible for the launch of two previous third party administrators within the state of Colorado, and has extensive experience in both managed care and third party administrator environments.
Kathy’s experience in the application of innovative solutions and the management of large scale operations led to a prestigious award from the Smithsonian Institute. She has been a speaker at the Self Insurance Institute of America on multiple occasions and has authored several articles regarding insurance industry topics.
Kathy graduated from the University of Colorado with a finance degree and holds an active Colorado Accident and Health producer license.
Sigi Marmorstein is a hardworking Nurse leader, educator and innovator. She is also a Telehealth Consultant with over 65+ Successful Telehealth Implementation projects. Her role as a Telehealth Consultant is the culmination of a 20-year career in health care spanning employers such as Davita, Kaiser Permanente, USC, Adventist Health and West Coast University. Sigi has years of experience in the health care industry as an emergency room provider, operations manager, project management, business owner as well as academia. Consistently throughout her diverse career she remained devoted to finding solutions to improve patient access to care using health technologies and have won several awards for such programs. Her latest venture and her third startup, BabyLiveAdvice is a social enterprise that was meant to empower mothers and parents in hope to reduce maternal-child morbidity and mortality through education and support. Sigi is recognized in several publications and a recurring, invited speaker in key conferences. She established multiple telehealth programs internationally. Her contributions to the international communities she serves was recently recognized by UNICEF in Geneva. In November Sigi was an Invited participant in Exponential Medicine Conference, as a fellow of Blue Cross. BabyLiveAdvice, her company, was features in the innovation lab, at that same conference.
Sigi contribution to nursing academia, expansion and development of the nursing profession earned her much recognition and awards. She is an invited guest scholar to many health sciences programs and schools. She established the Master of Science in nursing and the family nurse practitioner tracks at West Coat University and was able to receive full accreditation for both programs. As a founder of a residency program for family nurse practitioners in Emergency Medicine she earned the role of Chief ER nurse practitioner at Verdugo Hills Hospital. Today there are over 500 family nurse practitioners working in emergency departments across California based on the care model established by Mrs. Marmorstein. Presently, Sigi is involved in Telehealth curriculum development at Western University of Health sciences, where she established first of its kind Telehealth simulation laboratory.
Sigi is a member of the ANA, AANP, CANP, ACNL, HRSA, ATA and HIMMS. She serves as legislative Chair for the California Association of Nurse practitioner and been involved in advocacy work in California Senate. She is a member of the Nursing Leadership Council Advisory Committee at the Hospital Association of Southern California. She is the past vice president of West Coast University, Honor society of Nursing, Chi beta chapter of STTI. And a past active member of the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care through the California Action Coalition
Roger Marshall, MD
Congressman (R-KS) United States House of Representatives
Dr. Roger Marshall, Congressman for Kansas' Big 1st District, is a physician, devoted father and husband. He and his wife, Laina, have been married for 36 years and are the parents of four children, and have two grandchildren. As a physician, Dr. Marshall has delivered more than 5000 babies, giving him a deep appreciation for the sanctity of life, and an intimate understanding of the healthcare system.
Marshall graduated from Kansas State University with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry before attending the University of Kansas Medical School. He received his Medical Doctorate in 1987 and moved on to his residency in St. Petersburg, Florida. In his final year of residency, he was not only named Teacher of the Year by all other residents and faculty, but also received the Resident Research Award. Following his residency, he returned to Kansas where he began his practice in Great Bend.
Since coming to Congress to represent Kansas' 1st District, Dr. Marshall has utilized his depth of medical and family experience, and much more. He brings seven years of Army Reserve experience, where he helped train a mobile hospital support unit and rose to the rank of Captain. His life began on a Kansas farm, and he preserves his deep agricultural appreciation and understanding through participating in a cattle feeding operation.
Community has been a pillar of Marshall's life, and is a focus to this day. He is a board member of Farmer's Bank and Trust, the community bank that has served central Kansas for 100 years. He has been an Elder, Deacon, and twice board chair of his church. He has also coached in his community youth sports programs, and spends as much time as possible at Quivera National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms.
In Congress, Dr. Marshall serves on the House Ag Committee and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
President, Aetna National Accounts and Senior Vice President of Markets Aetna
A demonstrated leader with diverse healthcare experience, Jonathan Mayhew has a long history of building and growing businesses to serve the unique needs in the marketplace.
As head of Markets for Aetna, Jonathan is responsible for the multi-billion-dollar business that delivers innovative, customer-focused benefits solutions to large, middle market, small group employers and Medicare beneficiaries in local markets across the country. Collectively, these businesses account for 17 million medical members nationwide.
Most recently, Jonathan led National Accounts, overseeing sales, network and medical management for members throughout North America.
Prior to joining Aetna, Jonathan was a founding principal of Freedom Disability, where he served as CEO and president. He successfully raised capital while building and maintaining strong relationships with customers, investors and partners. He created a high-performing, metrics-driven culture, expanding sales and growing the business into one of the largest disability advocacy firms in the country.
Earlier in his career, Jonathan served as general manager and president for some of Aetna's largest markets, including Pennsylvania and Southern California. He then became regional president for the Northeast markets. In both of these roles, Jonathan was responsible for sales, account management, network management, provider relations and service operations.
Jonathan also held senior leadership roles at Cigna, where he served as senior vice president of Product, Marketing and Strategy for the enterprise and president of the Northeast Region.
Jonathan currently serves on the boards of Able To, a technology-enabled provider of behavioral health care, and Strong Center, a non-profit organization that empowers youth to maximize their talents through athletics and education.
Catherine McCarron is the vice president of clinical programs for Health Partners Plans (HPP), a not-for-profit health plan serving more than 259,000 Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP members. In this role, Ms. McCarron oversees the clinical operations and care coordination services for the Medicaid and CHIP lines of business. She is charged with enhancing the organization’s clinical care management programs, which are administered by community-based, telephonic and field-based staff. HPP clinical programs are designed to meet members’ social, medical and behavioral health needs. Programs include Healthy Kids (for members under age 21), Baby Partners (maternity program), Special Needs and Care Coordination for complex adults and children. Ms. McCarron also analyzes health plan data and trends and creates interventions to help improve health outcomes for HPP members.
Ms. McCarron is a veteran in the health care industry with more than 15 years in quality management at HPP and other Pennsylvania Medicaid Managed Care Organizations. She has extensive knowledge of plan accreditation, quality management operations, HEDIS improvement and compliance and provider credentialing. She has recognized expertise in developing incentive programs to promote better health among low-income populations.
Before joining HPP, Ms. McCarron worked for UnitedHealth Group as the director of quality management and credentialing.
Ms. McCarron earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Holy Family University and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She has also completed Duke’s Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program.
Christopher McFadden, CFA
Managing Director Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)
Christopher McFadden joined the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) as a Managing Director in 2018. Tasked with building the firm’s healthcare private credit practice, he has applied his industry expertise to invest over $1.2B in the healthcare sector to date.
Mr. McFadden’s previous career includes senior roles at Athyrium Capital Management and Health Evolution Partners, as well as serving as the General Partner of Canyon Healthcare Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm he founded in 2014.
His interest in healthcare investing began with a recognition of the power of economics, financial markets and public policy to shape the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare economy. Examining the interplay of these three elements propelled his early career, leading him to serve as a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs, where he became an award-wining equity research analyst.
Mr. McFadden has held a number of governance roles, including Trustee for Montefiore Medical Center and serving on the Board of Directors at Mauna Kea Technologies, InnovaTel Telepsychiatry, Healthcare Staffing Services/Fastaff, Athenahealth, and Reliant Rehabilitation.
Mr. McFadden holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.
Jo Ellen McNamara
National Housing + Health Growth Lead UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Jo Ellen is the National Housing+Health Growth Lead for the UHC Housing+Health programs of United Healthcare. Led by Dr. Jeffery Brenner, former CEO of the Camden Coalition in Camden, New Jersey, Jo Ellen is part of a national specialty work group within United Healthcare focusing on identify housing opportunities for members who are homeless, medically vulnerable, and disconnected from community and family resources.. This investment is aimed at successfully reducing healthcare spend and improving healthcare outcomes. Jo Ellen joined United Healthcare in 2016 and provides expertise around Non-Profit Management and Non-Profit Housing partnerships (financing, operations, and leadership structure), HUD financing and initiatives, Fair Housing, and Business Analytics.
Prior to her work with United Healthcare, Jo Ellen spent more than 20 years in community development and affordable housing work. Her work has included the running Community Development Corporations aligned with community hospitals focused on housing counseling and housing rehab, a transitional housing and drop in center for homeless young adults, and providing large agency leadership for building community relationships, project support, and financing opportunities for affordable housing development and operations.
Jo Ellen’s early work in community development included serving as an grantor and oversight manager of HUD and local initiative funds and supporting initiatives in affordable housing, community economic development, small business support, community safety, and community outreach.
President and Chief Executive Officer LifeBridge Health
Neil Meltzer is president and CEO of LifeBridge Health, a position he has held since 2013. Mr. Meltzer joined Sinai Hospital of Baltimore as vice president of operations in 1988, and a decade later became Sinai’s president and chief operating officer.
As CEO of LifeBridge Health, Mr. Meltzer has led the system through a period of strategic growth with a mission to transform the organization into an integrated health care delivery system, offering a full spectrum of care. Along with the acquisition of
Carroll Hospital in 2015, Mr. Meltzer has expanded the system through key partnerships, including alliances with organizations that provide medical transportation, retail pharmacy, urgent care, health insurance, assisted living and more.
Mr. Meltzer has a background in public health and brings a community-focused approach to every health care decision. He serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Notre Dame of Maryland University, the Maryland Hospital
Association, the Hippodrome Foundation and Everyman Theatre. Additionally, Mr. Meltzer serves on the advisory board of the University of Maryland School of Public Health. On the national level, he continues to work with the American Heart Association
after serving as national chairman. He was also one of 15 national workforce health care champions appointed by former president, Barack Obama.
Mr. Meltzer earned his Master of Public Health and Health Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in Louisiana, and his undergraduate degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Among many honors, the Maryland Daily Record has recognized Mr. Meltzer as an Influential Marylander and a Most Admired CEO and has awarded him its ICON Honor. The Baltimore Business Journal has named Mr. Meltzer as one of its Power 10 CEOs, and, in 2019, the Baltimore Museum of Industry named him “Industrialist of the Year.”
Jonathan Merson, MD
Medical Director, Behavioral Telehealth, Associate Vice President, Clinical Operations, Behavioral Health Service Line Northwell Health
Jonathan Merson, MD, is the founding medical director of the Northwell Health Emergency Telepsychiatry Service and the associate vice president for clinical operations for the health system’s Behavioral Health Services. He is also an assistant professor of psychiatry and emergency medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.
Prior to joining Northwell, Dr. Merson served as a faculty emergency psychiatrist at Columbia University Medical Center and as a mental health officer of the United Nations Medical Services Division. He is currently a member of the NYC Mayor’s Crisis Prevention and Response Task Force and the National Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies.
Dr. Merson, a Geneva, Switzerland native who provides care in multiple languages including French and Spanish, is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard Medical School and the NYU-Bellevue Psychiatry Residency.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Navitus Health Solutions
Byron Mickle oversees and provides executive leadership to the Sales and Marketing departments at Navitus Health Solutions, a full pass-through pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) and industry alternative to traditional models. As such, Navitus is committed to taking the unnecessary costs out of pharmacy benefits to make prescriptions more affordable for plan sponsors and their members. Since Byron joined Navitus in 2007, his leadership has helped catapult the organization’s managed members from half a million to over six million.
During Byron’s tenure at Navitus, he championed the development of Navi-Gate® 3D, an industry-leading data analytics and reporting tool that offers unprecedented customization and analytical power to clients in an easy-to-use graphical depiction. He also drove the development of ClearView Rx, an industry-first tool that illuminates PBM comparisons for plan sponsors and consultants by enabling accurate financial evaluation between different models.
Byron draws on almost 35 years of health care experience, including 30 years in the PBM industry and 15+ years in executive roles. Prior to joining Navitus, he held senior sales leadership positions at industry giants Express Scripts and Medco Health. With an intimate understanding of the different PBM models and broad industry experience, Byron provides unique insight on the PBM landscape.
Byron holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.
Data Officer and Senior Director, IT Enterprise Data Management Johns Hopkins HealthCare
Nick Minale is the Data Officer and Senior Director of IT Enterprise Data Management for Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. In this role, Nick is responsible for providing enterprise level vision and strategy for all data management activities as well as defining and implementing a Data Governance strategy.
Nick has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry with institutions including Anthem BCBS and SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Nick has extensive prior experience in both application development and Data Management with roles such as Director of Application Development, Director of Data Analysis and Manager of Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence.
Nick has a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Syracuse University.
Director of Community Relations Nationwide Children's Hospital
Angela Mingo serves as the Director of Community Relations for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships with external organizations. Angela directs the community engagement efforts of the hospital and works closely with neighborhood and civic organizations. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families initiative, a five-prong approach to neighborhood revitalization efforts on the city’s Southside, led by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Angela served as the Community Affairs Director with Columbus City Council from 2000-2007. There, she worked with community leaders and local elected officials to support the clean indoor air ordinance and citywide affordable housing initiatives.
Angela currently serves on the United Way of Central Ohio Home Impact Council. She is a former mayoral appointed commissioner with the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission and served on the commission’s executive board.
Angela serves as a gubernatorial appointment to the Ohio Lottery Commission. She serves on the boards of the Greater Ohio Policy Center, Parsons Avenue Redevelopment Corporation, NeXT Basketball Foundation, Leadership Columbus, Stowe Mission of Central Ohio, and Ohio Capital
Corporation for Housing. She is a member of the Fifth Third Community Advisory Forum and the Columbus Office of Minority Health Advisory Committee. Angela is a graduate of the Leadership Columbus 2012 Class and participant in the Big Brother, Big Sisters mentoring program.
Angela earned bachelor’s degrees in Portuguese and international relations as well as her master’s of city and regional planning degree from The Ohio State University. Angela’s honors include Columbus Business First Health Care Heroes Award, Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands Community Relations Ambassador Award, and recognition in Who’s Who in Black Columbus.
Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD
President and CEO DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Catalyst Institute
Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan is EVP and Chief Impact Officer for DentaQuest. In this role, she oversees the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Impact Group, leading research and grantmaking activities focused on improving oral health, integrating oral health and overall health through medical/dental collaborations, moving toward a value-based payment model, and guiding a growing research and data portfolio.
Myechia joined DentaQuest in 2019 after six years at the Roxbury, Mass.-based Dimock Center. Considered a national model for comprehensive health and human services, Dimock focuses on the integration of clinical and behavioral health and is the second largest health center in the Boston area. As CEO, Myechia formed partnerships with world-class institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Partners HealthCare to advance person-centered care. Before that, Myechia served as Chief Medical Officer and successfully led transformative efforts including the switch to an electronic medical record system, establishing an Institutional Review Board, and earning a $4.9 million federal grant to become a designated primary medical home.
Prior to Dimock, Myechia worked for Johns Hopkins Medicine as an attending physician and instructor of medicine. She graduated from Brown University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and received honorary doctorates from Northeastern University and Newbury College.
Myechia serves on several boards and committees including appointed positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Planning Council Advisory Committee, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, the Boston Public Health Commission, and RIZE Massachusetts focused on combating the opioid epidemic.
Jason Mitchell, MD
Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Jason Mitchell, M.D., is the Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a not-for-profit health care system that is New Mexico’s largest, spanning hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group and a health plan.
While overseeing more than half a billion dollars of fully capitated risk arrangements, Dr. Mitchell also leads delivery system care and case management, organizational quality and accreditation, clinical informatics and enterprise population health. He has shared oversight over health plan clinical and pharmacy operations and co-leads enterprise medical cost management for the more than 650,000 members served through Presbyterian Health Plan.
Dr. Mitchell leads a team of 1,000 employed clinicians across 40+ clinical locations and also has clinical oversight for medical staff operations of nine hospital campuses in a mixed medical staff model.
Dr. Mitchell focuses on redesigning clinical practice at the system level and is transforming the role of the physician executive to better serve clinicians and patients during a time of rapid health care change. He is a key leader in developing enterprise strategy across care delivery, the health plan and Presbyterian’s Fluent Health – a leader in partnering with delivery systems to start or strengthen their own provider-led health plans.
Under Dr. Mitchell’s leadership, Presbyterian is advancing new care models, processes and technology to help connect the care continuum of payers, providers and patients in new ways. These efforts have yielded significant gains in disease management, better patient care and provider experience, and improved medical cost trends and management of population health.
Dr. Mitchell is passionate about the quadruple aim and continues to see patients as a family practice physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico, where he also completed his residency in family medicine. Dr. Mitchell is board-certified in both family medicine and clinical informatics. He has been with Presbyterian since 2006.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder NeuroFlow
Chris Molaro is the CEO and co-founder of NeuroFlow, a digital health technology and analytics company promoting behavioral health access and engagement in all care settings. Chris is a former U.S. Army Captain from the US Military Academy at West Point and earned his MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he also spent time as digital health consultant at McKinsey. Chris was also the founder of the literacy non-profit Things We Read.
President, Business Integration Mercy Virtual
Vance Moore is President, Mercy Virtual – Business Integration. His career has included operational and sales roles in health care consulting, distribution, manufacturing, third party logistics and provider operations. Since joining Mercy in 2002, Vance has served as senior vice president of operations and president and CEO of Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi), Mercy’s former commercial supply chain entity and one of the world’s top health care supply chain operations.
Prior to Mercy, Vance garnered 17 years of experience in health care with Baxter/Allegiance, Cardinal Health and the health care division of the UPS Logistics Group.
Today, Vance is responsible for business operations of the Mercy Virtual business unit. He also has corporate oversight responsibilities for Mercy Research and its efforts in developing real world evidence through Mercy’s significant data assets. He is on the governing committee of the National Evaluation System for health Technology (NESTcc); a board member of Omnicell Incorporated (NASDAQ: OMCL) and Ascension Ventures. He was also a former board chair of ROi and board member of the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) and The Bellwether League. Additionally, Vance was recognized as SCM World’s 2015 “visionary of the year” and was a 2019 inductee into the Healthcare Supply Chain Hall of Fame.
Vance has a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the University of Arkansas.
Congressman (D-MA) United States House of Representatives
Seth Moulton was first called to service when he joined the Marines in 2001, days after graduating from college and months before the attacks on 9/11. As the leader of an infantry platoon, he was among the first Americans to reach Baghdad in 2003. He served four tours in a war that he didn’t agree with – but he was proud to go, so no one had to go in his place.
After returning home from Iraq, Seth earned joint degrees in Business and Public Policy at graduate school, and then worked in the private sector in Texas to build the country’s first high speed rail line. But it wasn’t long before he was called to serve once again – this time in his home district in Massachusetts.
Seth ran – and won – on a platform of bringing a new generation of leadership to Washington, becoming the only Democrat to unseat an incumbent in a primary in 2014.
In the two terms since he was first sworn in, Seth has worked tirelessly to uphold his commitment to bipartisanship. He has passed several bipartisan bills, including the Faster Care for Veterans Act and the Modernizing Government Travel Act, and was named the most effective freshman Democrat by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. He has also concentrated on spurring economic development in Massachusetts, creating the first intergovernmental task force focused on growing the economy of Lynn, the biggest city in his district.
Today, as a member of the Budget Committee, Seth is focused on creating a new economic agenda that will make a difference for American families. He also sits on the House Armed Services Committee and is the top Democrat on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
Seth lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Emmy.
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Executive Vice President, Complex Care Clover Health
Kevin Murphy, Executive Vice President, Complex Care, Clover Health. For the past three years Mr. Murphy has led Clover’s efforts to improve the lives and clinical outcomes of their highest risk members originally through Principium Health, which he co-founded and served as CEO and now from within Clover. Mr. Murphy joined Clover in September 2018 due to their dedication and passion in serving their most vulnerable members. Prior to founding Principium, Mr. Murphy served as COO of U.S. Medical Management and Visiting Physicians Association from 2011 to 2015. As COO of USMM he transformed the nation’s largest house call practice (U.S. Medical Management/VPA) from a 17-year-old Fee-For-Service house call practice into one of the most successful value-based medical practices to date. Mr. Murphy has dedicated the last nine years of his career to serving vulnerable Medicare patients in the home setting and has become a thought leader in Complex Care.
Adam L. Myers, MD
Director, Cleveland Clinic Community Care; Chief, Population Health Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Myers started at the Cleveland Clinic in June of 2018. His role is new to the clinic and encompasses leadership of the ambulatory practices, community internal medicine, geriatrics, community pediatrics, family medicine, hospital medicine, express care, post-acute medicine, ambulatory pharmacy, medical care@home, distance health, the ACO structure, the 6000 member clinically integrated network, wellness, integrative medicine, executive health, three residency programs, ambulatory behavioral medicine, the employee health plan, as well as the center for value based research.
Prior to joining the clinic, Dr. Myers served as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Texas Health Physicians Group, a 1000-member multispecialty group affiliated with Texas Health Resources. Dr. Myers also served as chair of clinical integration for a 3000 member joint venture CIN with UTSW called Southwestern Health Resources.
A New York City native, Myers is board-certified in family medicine and was in private practice in Oklahoma for more than 10 years. He also served on faculty in the University of Oklahoma Obstetrics and Gynecology department for 7 years teaching obstetrics before moving to Dallas in 2010 to serve as chief medical officer and senior vice president for Methodist Health System. He currently serves as Chair of the American Hospital Association board level Committee for Clinical Leadership.
Myers is an accomplished clinician, business leader, author and humanitarian. He has earned numerous professional credentials including the status of Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, The American Institute of Healthcare Quality and the American Association of Family Physicians. He holds additional board certification in healthcare quality management and patient safety, and he’s a certified professional in healthcare risk management.
Myers received his undergraduate degree from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, where he graduated from Louisiana State University Medical Center. He completed his residency with In His Image Family Practice Residency at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla., and has completed fellowship work at the University of Oklahoma Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. He also completed a Masters in Health Care Management from Harvard University.
President Turn-Key Health
Greer has more than 20 years of health care experience with strengths in post-acute operations, mergers and acquisitions, pharmacy benefits management, strategy and business development. He has strong vertical experience in payor, provider and healthcare IT verticals.
In 2014, Greer joined Enclara Healthcare with dual roles as its President of Turn-Key Health and its Executive Vice President of Corporate Development of Enclara Pharmacia. Prior to his current role with Turn-Key Health / Enclara Pharmacia he was the founder and CEO of the early stage end-of-life population health management company – Care Trajectory, LLC. Immediately prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Corporate Development for a national hospice platform company. During that role, he was responsible for organic and acquisitive growth of the hospice operations, as well as EBITDA improvement activities related to major expense line items. Prior to his position at the national hospice platform company, Greer held various leadership positions including Managing Partner at AXON Strategy, Vice President of Business Development at TeleVox Software, and Vice President of Health Services and Development at Triton Health Systems / Viva Health.
Greer is a graduate of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at The University of Richmond.
Hiyam M. Nadel, RN
Director, Center for Innovations in Care Delivery Massachusetts General Hospital
Hiyam M. Nadel MBA, RN is the Director of the Center for Innovations in Care Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In this role, she is both a mentor and “incubator” of ideas for front-line care-givers conceiving an idea, to prototyping and beyond. She is currently an inaugural Johnson and Johnson Innovation Fellow.
Prior to accepting this position, Hiyam played an essential role in re-opening the MGH Obstetrics Department after a 40-year hiatus. Along with the re-opening of the Obstetrics division, came the opportunity to implement a different nurse-care model and a “Medical Home” for Obstetrics. In addition, she has been instrumental in designing IT programs such as the “Ambulatory Patient Tracking System” and co-authored the design of the “OB EMR”, an electronic medical record, subsequently sold to Hewitt Packard.
She is a dedicated leader with a passion for mentoring students and nurses in developing their healthcare ideas. Her extensive knowledge and expertise have also led to seats as both a Mentor and Judge on the MassChallenge panel created by the Governor of Massachusetts. She remains fully committed to her belief that Hackathon’s provide innovative grounds for new ideas and has been actively involved in the Northeastern University Nursing Hackathons, IBM Watson Healthcare Hacks and Ruderman Foundation Disability Hackathons.
Most recently, Hiyam has been asked by Johnson and Johnson to judge for their Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge. In this role, Hiyam provides feedback to nurses around their ideas with the goal of improving care and changing human health.
She was selected as Innovation Learning Network Changemaker, a distinction recognizing leaders who are trying to bring impactful change to their organization.
She earned a nursing degree from Northeastern University, clinical genetics certificate from Brandeis University and an MBA from Babson College with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is a founding member of Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL).
Aziz Nazha, MD
Director, Center of Clinical Artificial Intelligence; Associate Medical Director, Enterprise Analytics Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Nazha is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center of Clinical Artificial Intelligence and an Associate Medical Director at Enterprise Analytics. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Lerner College of Medicine/Case Western Reserve University and an Associate Staff at the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Nazha completed his Hematology and Medical Oncology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and a Leukemia Fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where he also served as an instructor in the Leukemia Department.
Dr. Nazha is nationally and internationally recognized expert in treating patients with leukemia. His research focuses on using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning to translate genomic and complex healthcare data into useful clinical tools that can improve patient outcomes. He is also a programmer and has developed multiple machine learning and deep learning models to improve the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options for patients with leukemia. He serves as a member of the NCCN guidelines for myelodysplastic syndromes. He is also a member of the International Working Group of MDS/MPN (IWG MDS/MPN), the International Working Group of myelodysplastic syndromes (IWG MDS) and a member in the acute and chronic leukemia committees at the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the NIH K12 Career Development Award, Future Leader in Hematology for Clinical Research Award, the James S. and Suzanne Cyrus Scholar Award Finalist, William E. Lower Non-Clinical Research Award, Peskind Memorial Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, and the Next Generation Innovator Award among many other teaching and service awards.
Dr. Nazha has published more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, and book chapters. He is on the editorial board of Journal of Clinical Oncology Clinical Informatics, Annals of Hematology & Oncology, Cancer Biology & Medicine, and Cancer Treatment and Research Communications. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), JAMA Oncology, Leukemia, British Journal of Hematology, The Oncologist and many others.
Dr. Nazha is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association of Cancer Research, and the American Society of Physicians.
Chief Executive Officer Contigo Health
Steven Nelson leads the Contigo Health team as President and was one of the leaders who initiated the strategy behind Contigo Health within Premier. Before joining Premier, Nelson was a leader at Anthem Inc. where he served as Vice President of Strategy and Planning and COO of Anthem’s diversified business group. Prior to joining Anthem, Nelson led strategy, product and marketing at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and helped to build Allegheny Health Network, a provider entity consisting of seven hospitals, 2,000 doctors and various other facilities. Nelson has a deep and personal commitment to giving back to his local community as well as the global community, including leading charity work in Haiti. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Ohio University. He and his family reside outside of Pittsburgh, in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania.
Philip M. Oravetz, MD
Chief Population Health Officer Ochsner Health System
Dr. Oravetz joined Ochsner 8 years ago with over 20 years of innovative healthcare leadership experience in both administration and medicine. As Chief Population Health Officer at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Oravetz provides physician leadership to the system’s Accountable Care Network, which is the largest integrated delivery system in southeast Louisiana. As an experienced medical professional in integrated delivery, Dr. Oravetz serves as lead in development of Ochsner’s Population Risk Management Model and the Pursuit of Value initiative. He has been published in many prominent industry trade publications including, Strategic Health Care Marketing Magazine and FAM Med. Dr. Oravetz is a highly respected and distinguished speaker at industry conferences and medical management educational events.
Over the course of his medical career, Dr. Oravetz has practiced in health care settings throughout the United States, including Rhode Island, South Carolina, Massachusetts and California. In addition to his experience as a practitioner, Dr. Oravetz has served as Preceptor and both, Associate and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the California College of Medicine, University of California-Irvine. Dr. Oravetz earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Yale University, medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, residency at Brown University, Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of California- Los Angeles, School of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California- Irvine, Graduate School of Management.
Founder Next Curve Global
Author, Innovator's Method: Bringing New Ideas to Markets
Melina Padayachy is the founder of Next Curve Global. She is also the author of the Innovator’s Method: Bringing New Ideas To Markets. The Innovator's Method is a model that identifies patterns in how innovators find, develop, commercialize, and scale their ideas. Padayachy aims to bring more predictability in the innovation process. She is also interested in how new technologies create ground breaking products, services and business models.
In the past eight years, Padayachy has worked for a Strategy Consultancy, delivering strategic advice to blue chip companies. She also holds an MSc in Innovation Management and Technology Policy from the University of London.
Ramya Palacholla, MD
Lead Scientist Partners HealthCare
Kerri Palamara, MD
Director, Center for Physician Well-Being, Department of Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital
Kerri Palamara, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She completed her medical degree at New York Medical College and Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She served as an Associate Program Director from 2010-2018, and directed the Primary Care Residency Training Program from 2014-18. Dr. Palamara is now the inaugural Director of the Center for Physician Well-being for the Department of Medicine at MGH and her academic work focuses on professional development coaching of physicians, faculty development, and physician well-being. Dr. Palamara leads the American College of Physicians “Physician Coach Training Program”, which focuses on training physicians to integrate coaching techniques into their quality improvement and well-being initiatives. For her work in these and other areas, Dr. Palamara has won teaching awards at MGH, Partners Healthcare, Harvard Medical School, and the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Palamara created, directs and participates in the Professional Development Coaching Program for physicians in training at MGH. This program was designed in conjunction with the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School to improve trainee awareness of their growth and development, reduce burnout, and improve their resilience. The coaching program has been recognized by Harvard Medical School for the Culture of Excellence in Mentoring Award, based on the organizational change inspired by this program, and was featured by the AAMC as a model program to reduce resident burnout. Dr. Palamara also directs faculty physician coaching programs at MGH and is currently involved in several randomized controlled trials locally and nationally on the impact of coaching for coachees and their coaches. The MGH Professional Development Coaching Program has expanded nationally to over 40 residency and fellowship programs and Dr. Palamara is actively involved in onboarding, evaluating and sustaining these programs. Dr. Palamara has developed and run faculty development workshops nationally on this topic and contributes to the dialogue on physician well-being nationally as a member of CHARM (Collaboration for Healing and Renewal in Medicine) and the ACP Physician Well-being & Professional Satisfaction Task Force.
Vice President, Products HealthSparq
Matt leads HealthSparq’s efforts to develop and continually improve industry-leading transparency and guidance solutions that meet the needs of health plans, while also helping their members take more control of their health care. He has more than 15 years of experience in the health care technology product industry. Prior to HealthSparq, he was the VP of Products at Connecture, where he led product management of its SaaS products, including Medicare, individual and family and group shopping, and enrollment products. Before joining Connecture, he was the VP of Clinical Products at DestinationRX. Among his professional passions are streamlining implementations so that customers are up and running with new products quickly, and pushing for easier and more effective data sharing though transparency and interoperability.
Program Director, Behavioral Health & Long Term Care Services West Virginia Medicaid
Cynthia Parsons has a master’s degree Community Counseling with an emphasis in Addictions and Corrections from Marshal University. Cynthia has worked as a clinician in the field for over 15 years. Cynthia is the Director of Behavioral Health and Long-Term Care Services for the WV Bureau for Medical Services within the WV Department of Health and Human Resources and is responsible for managing the program policies and expenditures in program areas of Outpatient Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services, Community Mental Health Centers. Licensed Behavioral Health Centers, School Based Health Services, Targeted Case Management, Telehealth Services, Nursing Facilities, ICF-ID Group Homes, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities, Child Residential Services, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Centers, 1115 SUD Waiver services, and C-SED Waiver Services.
Kavita Patel, MD
Vice President, Payer and Provider Integration, Johns Hopkins Health System; Fellow, Brookings Institution; Venture Partner, New Enterprise Associates
Dr. Kavita Patel is currently the Vice President of Payer and Provider Integration at the Johns Hopkins Health System where she is also a practicing primary care physician. She is also a Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Patel was previously a Director of Policy for The White House under President Obama and a senior advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Her prior research in healthcare quality and community approaches to mental illness have earned national recognition and she has published numerous papers and book chapters on healthcare reform and health policy. She has testified before Congress several times and she is a frequent guest expert on NPR, CBS, NBC and MSNBC as well as serving on the editorial board of the journal Health Affairs.
Rajiv Patel, MD
Chief Executive Officer, US Medical Management/Visiting Physicians Association Centene
Dr. Rajiv Patel is CEO of U.S. Medical Management (USMM), headquartered in Troy, MI. USMM, through its subsidiaries Visiting Physicians (VPA) House Calls and VPA In Home Assessments, Pinnacle Senior Care, Grace/Comfort Hospice and The Home DME, provides value based care, for the sickest 5% of patients, in their homes. Rajiv leads through the values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence. USMM utilizes these values to provide higher quality healthcare and improved patient experiences at a lower cost.
Rajiv spent a large part of his career at St. Louis based SSM Health, joining as an Internal Medicine Physician. He quickly recognized that his passion extended beyond direct patient care. Rajiv held various leadership roles with SSM, including multiple Committee Chair and Board positions. He has served as Vice President - Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer and Medical Group Regional President. Through this work, Rajiv has become a champion of process improvement and advocate of lifelong learning.
Rajiv is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Association for Physician Leadership and American College of Healthcare Executives. He has also served his community, working with The Buddy Fund and Mel Carnahan High School of the Future. He currently resides in Birmingham, MI where he and his wife are raising two sons. He spends his free time cooking and reading.
Plan Sponsor Channel Lead Mount Sinai
Robert Pearl, MD
Author, Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care and Why We're Usually Wrong
Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (2009-2017). In these roles he led 10,000 physicians, 38,000 staff and was responsible for the nationally recognized medical care of 5 million Kaiser Permanente members on the west and east coasts. Recently named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders, Pearl is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid, technologically advanced and physician-led healthcare delivery.
He serves as a clinical professor of plastic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on strategy and leadership, and lectures on information technology and health care policy.
As a regular contributor to Forbes, Pearl covers the business of healthcare and the culture of medicine. He’s the host of a new podcast called “Fixing Healthcare,” which debuted in the iTunes top 100 list of science and medicine programs. He has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNBC, NPR, and in TIME, USA Today and Bloomberg News. He has published more than 100 articles in various medical journals and contributed to numerous books. He is a frequent keynote speaker at healthcare and medical technology conferences. Pearl has addressed the Commonwealth Club, the World Healthcare Congress, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Quality Forum.
Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Pearl received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University. From 2012 to 2017, Pearl served as chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), which includes the nation’s largest and best multispecialty medical groups, and participated in the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT in Washington, D.C.
Pamela Peele, Ph.D., is the Chief Analytics Officer at UPMC Insurance Services Division and UPMC Enterprises Dr. Peele brings 13 years of direct patient care experience along with 12 years of academic research experience to her position as a leader of health care analytics at UPMC. She is responsible for creating innovative analytics that drive financial and clinical performance including economic modeling, predictive modeling, statistical analysis and machine learning. Prior to joining the UPMC in 2006, Dr. Peele was the Vice Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management at the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health. She currently holds faculty appointments in the Graduate School of Public Health and the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She is core faculty at the Center for Research on Health Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and an elected fellow of the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations in Montreal, Canada. She has numerous published articles and book chapters. She was the first person chosen by IBM as an IBM Big Data Hero and was voted the 2014 IT News Men & Women of the Year as a top innovator in health care analytics.
Dr. Peele has a BA in economics from Roanoke College in Salem, VA, and a MA and a PhD in economics from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.
Brian D. Pieninck
President and Chief Executive Officer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Brian D. Pieninck is President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a leading multiline not-for-profit insurer.
Brian joined CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in April 2015 as Executive Vice President of the Large Group Strategic Business Unit (SBU). He assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in May 2017 with responsibility for the organization’s four Strategic Business Units as well as Technology & Operational Support Services.
In May of 2018, Brian was unanimously selected by the CareFirst Boards to become the President and CEO, beginning his leadership of the company on July 1, 2018.
Prior to joining CareFirst, Brian was a member of Aetna Inc.’s executive team where he held key leadership positions during a 19-year tenure, including Director of Professional Employer Organizations, President of Southeast National Accounts, and President of the Americas for Aetna International.
Brian serves on the Boards of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Blue Health Intelligence, Federal Employee Program Board of Managers (FEP BOM), Sharecare, Inc., the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) and Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC). Additionally, Brian serves on the Board of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) and the Maryland Special Olympics.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and is a graduate of Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2016. A native of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Brian and his family currently reside in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Chief Strategy Officer Ascension Michigan
Ms. Popwell serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Ascension Michigan where she is responsible for the strategic direction and alignment of the Ministry Market. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.
Prior to her role with Ascension, Ms. Popwell served as Vice President, Strategy Executive for the Strategic Service Group of Atrium Health. She led the organization wide strategy management process and advised System level executives in her areas of expertise which include: strategic planning, strategy execution, strategic growth, service line planning, portfolio/ project management, and cost management.
Prior to this position, Ms. Popwell was the Chief Ancillary Executive at Carolinas HealthCare System-Cleveland including two hospitals, one nursing home and a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) in Cleveland County. Ms. Popwell was responsible for all Ancillary and Support Services for CCHS, and she was with the organization for a little over 12 years. During that time, she led the team to award winning quality outcomes, award winning patient satisfaction results, top tier employee engagement results, and successful growth strategies in a turbulent healthcare climate and challenging per capita income community.
Ms. Popwell has been a healthcare professional for over 25 years. Over the course of her career, Ms. Popwell has served as a quality and accreditation senior leader as well as a healthcare consultant specializing in the use of benchmarking and labor productivity data. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Association as well as a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (ALF). She is also certified as a Project Management Professional and was honored in 2015 with the Charlotte region’s Top 50 Most Influential Women Award.
John W. Pyhtila, PhD
Chief Data and Analytics Officer Partners HealthCare System
John Pyhtila, Ph.D., is the Chief Data and Analytics Officer of the Partners Healthcare System. John is responsible for maximizing the utility of the vast amounts of current and future data available to Partners and enabling innovation through advanced analytics. The Data and Analytics Office drives and implements strategy on enterprise data warehousing, analytic tools, advanced analytics, and data governance & management and measures value delivered through impact on Partners HealthCare System’s critical mission of patient care, research, teaching, and community service.
Prior to joining Partners, John was the Head of Data Science at Cigna Healthcare. In that role, John led the advanced data science team responsible for partnering with business lines to achieve differentiated results through data driven actions. Prior to Cigna, John worked at Verisk Health where he led the Enterprise Analytics Division which provides Software as a Service data warehousing, analytics, and predictive modeling products to payers, providers, and employers. John also spent time at McKinsey & Company supporting clients across multiple industries on both strategy and operations. Early in his career John worked as an engineer for both Hewlett-Packard and Motorola. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.
Associate Director, Program on the Health Care Marketplace Kaiser Family Foundation
Matthew Rae is the Associate Director for the Program on the Health Care Marketplace at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The program researches and analyzes the private insurance market and policy proposals to reform it. In this capacity, Matthew has managed the Employer Health Benefit Survey since 2011. He has a special interest in analytic methods, data analysis, including gleaning lessons from survey and claims data.
Matthew is currently a PhD Student at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. He earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Survey Design and Data Analysis from the George Washington University. Prior to joining the Foundation, Matthew worked at the Government Accountability Office, Small Business Services for the City of New York, the Service Employees International Union and the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.
Executive Editor FierceHealthcare
Tina Reed oversees FierceHealthcare, FierceHospitals and FiercePracticeManagement, and she reports on national trends across health systems and hospitals. She has been reporting on health for about a decade, previously writing on the business of healthcare, the explosion of precision medicine, the evolution of cancer care and innovation in the delivery of healthcare. When she’s not checking out the latest restaurant around town, you’ll find her jogging around the nation’s capital. She’s a graduate of Michigan State University.
Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid, Department of Health and Human Services North Carolina
Dave Richard is the Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid, where he leads North Carolina’s $14 billion Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs for the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Richard’s vision for Medicaid is to ensure a sustainable, personcentered and innovative Medicaid program for more than two million North Carolinians who use Medicaid. As the programs undergo transformation to even better fit the needs of state and its residents, he is committed to the fundamental goal of improving the health and well-being of all residents. Richard believes the right way to achieve success is to work closely with stakeholders in all aspects of Medicaid.
Prior to leading Medicaid, Richard was the Deputy Secretary for DHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services and the State Operated Healthcare Facilities divisions. He joined DHHS in May 2013 as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Richard joined DHHS after leading The Arc of North Carolina, an advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as its Executive Director for 24 years.
Richard has a bachelor’s degree in education from Louisiana State University.
Riordan-Nold, Executive Director Connecticut Data Collaborative
Named Executive Director of the CT Data Collaborative in 2014, Michelle is responsible for executing the vision and strategy of the CT Data which is a user-driven, public-private partnership that educates, liberates, curates, and democratizes data for public consumption to help drive planning, policy, budgeting and decision making in Connecticut.
Michelle holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Boston College and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. In her career, she has had the opportunity to work in all sectors of the economy – private, nonprofit, and government. She has worked in a research capacity for most of her career examining a wide range of policy areas and programs including: healthcare, economic development, state tax credits, and energy efficiency programs. Her policy interests are broad but her passion is in using data to help drive policy decision-making.
Director Kaiser Permanente Ventures
Liz invests in healthcare IT, digital health and tech-enabled services for KP Ventures. She joined the fund in 2015. Prior to KPV, Liz ran health impact investing for Imprint Capital, which was acquired by Goldman Sachs.
Liz’s operating background is in product development and customer success at the Advisory Board Company (acquired by Optum), TriZetto, and Outcome (acquired by Quintiles). She completed undergrad at Princeton, and her MBA and MPH at UC Berkeley. Liz has a longstanding love of all things related to people strategy, team culture and career development.
Senior Director of Product Management, Marketing and Regulatory Communications Broadridge
Sandy has more than 15 years of experience in product marketing and distribution roles across the broker, insurance and health industries. As a champion for improving the lives of members and patients through leading-edge technology and communications, she has led product development and strategic initiatives throughout her career. She is passionate about influencing better decision-making to improve health and business outcomes.
Samuel L. Ross, MD
Chief Community Health Officer Bon Secours Mercy Health
Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs America’s Physician Groups
Valinda Rutledge is currently the Vice President, Public Payor Health Strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Greenville Health System, SC. She is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and supporting the implementation of opportunities related to government initiatives such as Bundled payments, Medicare advantage, Medicaid pilots, Dual Eligible, PCMH, and ACOs.
She previously worked as a founding member of the leadership team (Senior Advisor and Group Director) at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation (CMMI) where she helped build the Innovation Center from its startup phase and managed the design and launch of several of the Center's models. In particular, she led the development and rollout of the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative, Strong Start and other national programs related to care transformation.
Before joining CMS, Ms. Rutledge served as the Chief Executive Officer of several systems including Bon Secours, SSM Health, and CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina where she led the development of a 210-day bundled knee payment arrangement between CaroMont Health and North Carolina's largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Ms. Rutledge received the 2013 Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award, which is given to the top 30 individuals in the nation who demonstrate leadership and impact to the industry on a national level. She currently serves on several National Scientific Advisory Boards including Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) and as a Subject Matter Expert for SG2 (part of Vizient) where she is responsible for assisting in the development of Sg2’s national thought leadership regarding payment transformation.
Ms. Rutledge holds two advanced degrees: a Master of Business Administration degree from Butler University in Indianapolis and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is frequently sought as a national speaker in the area of payment, clinical innovation, and population health.
Mary Jane Ryan
Senior Director, Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity Partners HealthCare System
MJ Ryan is the senior director for workforce development and economic opportunity for Partners HealthCare, where she has held various clinical, teaching and management positions. MJ currently leads a small team that complements hospital-based workforce initiatives and fosters system-wide collaborations with key partners and stakeholders involved in skill development and job readiness training for community residents, (youth and adult), and career advancement opportunities for Partners’ incumbent workforce. Over the past decade, Partners incumbent worker initiatives have focused on innovative strategies to increase access to higher education and career advancement through digital learning, coaching and flexible options for working adults.
MJ is an active participant in multiple local, state, and national workforce convenings, and leads several healthcare workforce initiatives. She is the current chair of the Boston Health Care Careers Consortium and member of the MassHires Workforce Investment Board Council and the JVS Boston Advisory Council. Additionally, MJ helped to launch and continues to provide technical assistance for The CareerSTAT Health Care Workforce Academy, an initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. MJ also co-chairs the Direct Care Workforce sub-committee of to the Massachusetts Health Care Collaborative, a newly established statewide initiative to increase access to health care roles leading to family sustaining income for Massachusetts residents. MJ holds a BS degree in Education from University of Maine at Orono, a certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Rhode Island Hospital, and a graduate degree in Health Care Management from Cambridge College.
Faye Karnavy Sahai
Managing Director Vinaj
Executive innovation leader and investment advisor on strategy, startup, inclusion and partnerships that grow new capabilities, develop new business opportunities, and position companies at the forefront. Developer of innovation strategic partnerships, innovation centers, innovation funds and ecosystems that drive transformation initiatives in healthcare, technology, and financial services,. Goal-driven collaborator and advisor with success leading strategy, investments and innovation for large, global corporations, building from her experience at Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield, AIG, Charles Schwab, and Deloitte Consulting.
Faye is currently Managing Director at Vinaj, investing in digital health startups with Telosity.co Fund and consulting in innovation and venture investments with corporations. She currently serves on the Board of Director: Ayogo Health, Ascend Leadership, Berger Research, Claremont McKenna Alumni and Advisor to: UCSF Catalyst, Samsung Emerging Tech, Somnology MD, Food System 6, Exponential Talent, Asian Foundation Lotus Circle, AI and Healthcare Publication, and Innovation Executive Forum.
Faye has been recognized by Insurance Business Hot 100 and Elite Women in Insurance Business America, Ascend Leadership Award, Computer World’s Top Premier IT Leaders, Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Kaiser Permanente Asian Community and Innovation Enterprise Best Ideation Award.
A sought-after speaker, Faye has presented at Consumer Electronic Show CES, ABIM, Chief Innovation Officer Summit, Venture Beat, Apps World, Watermark, Smart City, UCLA, Monte Jade Science and Technology, Blue Print, ACG Silicon Valley, UIX Global, Women in Tech, Institute for Health Technology Transformation, C200, Alchemist Accelerator, Plug & Play, EY Disruptive Innovation, Worth Conference, Insure Disrupt, CDX and others.
Craig E. Samitt, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
In his role as president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and its parent company Stella, Dr. Craig E. Samitt is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations of the state’s first and largest health plan.
Dr. Samitt came to Blue Cross in July 2018 from Anthem, Inc., where he served as executive vice president and president of their Diversified Business Group. He built partnerships within and outside of Anthem to provide new sources of growth for the enterprise and deepened Anthem’s relationships and impact across the healthcare ecosystem. Concurrently, he led and executed a nationwide clinical vision and strategy as Anthem’s chief clinical officer. Dr. Samitt’s numerous accomplishments at Anthem include advancing the company’s portfolio of provider partnerships and payment innovation models, leading quality improvements in patient outcomes and increasing the delivery of value-based care.
An internal medicine physician by training, Dr. Samitt has worked across multiple sectors within the health care industry. His career includes a number of senior executive positions, including partner and global provider practice leader at Oliver Wyman; president and CEO of HealthCare Partners, a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare; and president and CEO of Dean Health System Inc., one of the largest integrated health systems in the Midwest.
For nearly 25 years, Dr. Samitt has been a nationally recognized expert and thought leader on health care delivery and policy. His record of collaborating across the health care system to deliver higher quality care at a lower cost led to him being named as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” by Modern Healthcare in 2018.
Dr. Samitt currently serves on multiple boards, including the National Committee for Quality Assurance; the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association; the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation; Prime Therapeutics; Minnesota Business Partnership; the Minnesota Council of Health Plans; and the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, he is a former commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment policy.
Dr. Samitt holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, a medical degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He completed a medical residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
James J. Scheulen
Chief Administrative Officer, Emergency Medicine and Capacity Management Johns Hopkins Medicine
Karen A. Scott, MD
Associate Professor, OBGYN Hospitalist, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, School of Medicine UCSF
Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, is a Reproductive. Justice (RJ) informed sexual, reproductive, and perinatal (SRP) epidemiologist and obstetric hospitalist whose work integrates the social sciences and humanities into participatory health services and quality improvement (QI) research. Dr. Scott is an Associate Clinical Professor and Academic OBGYN Hospitalist in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for the SACRD Birth Study and President of the Board of Directors for SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW in Atlanta, Georgia.
As a "dissident, disruptive, and recovering" board certified OBGYN and critical public health scholar, her work examines interventions to eliminate and reduce disparities and inequities in SRP health services provision, through the integration of a Black feminist and Reproductive Justice (RJ) Praxis , in the afterlife of slavery and passage of the Congressional Act of 1807 (which took effect in 1808, prohibiting further participation of the United States in the slave trade.). A Black feministRJ Praxis informs the ethical considerations, theoretical concepts, methods, and methodologies in her research, practice, pedagogy, and policy analysis. Her participatory QI research characterizes the structural, sociocultural, and clinical constructions of reproduction, pregnancy, labor, and birth within hospitals and health systems, through the voices, lived experiences, and scholarship of Black women, mothers, and birthing people.
Her primary goal is to develop a program of participatory justice and equity-based research to examine the association between structural gendered racism and clinical cognition, assessment, diagnosis, provision of services, and shared decision-making processes during hospital based SRP services. A secondary goal is to examine the provision of health services in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum units as sites through which gendered racism and obstetric racism can be understood within patient-clinician, patient-system, and community-system interactions, across time, place, and levels of power.
Christopher Shaw, RN, ANP, PMHNP-BC
Nursing Director, Substance Use Disorders/Addictions Consult Team Massachusetts General Hospital
Christopher Shaw, RN, ANP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP is the Nursing Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Substance Use Disorder Initiative and the Team lead for the Inpatient Addictions Consult Team (ACT) at MGH. Christopher is dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Adult Medical NP. Throughout his nursing career he has worked with patient populations stigmatized by homelessness, addiction and diagnoses of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis. He has worked with health care workers and patients domestically and abroad advocating for increased access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, increased behavioral health access and provision of optimal education for front line staff providing care. To better identify with the nurses he was working with while in sub-Saharan Africa he obtained a South African Nursing License through the South African Nursing Council in 2001.
He believes addiction is a physical, mental and spiritual illness that requires a multi-pronged treatment approach to promote a patient’s optimal health. His interest in holistic health led him to pursue a two-year training program in the art of Spiritual Direction with New York Based Guild for Spiritual Guidance where he received certification in 2008. He has twenty-five years of nursing experience and he has been associated with The Massachusetts General Hospital for 25 years.
Christopher received his BSN from the University of Massachusetts (U Mass) and his Masters in Science as Adult Nurse Practitioner from U Mass, Boston and his Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner education and training from U Mass, Lowell. Christopher is Board Certified as an Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the ANCC and as an Adult NP by the ANAP. He is also a Certified Advanced Practice Addictions Registered Nurse CARN AP, by the International Nurses Society of Addictions.
Susan E. Sheridan
Director of Patient Engagement Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)
Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA, DHL, currently serves as the Director of Patient Engagement at the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). Prior to her joining SIDM she served as the Patient and Family Engagement Adviser in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She also served for five years as the Director of Patient Engagement at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and also led the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Patients for Patient Safety initiative, a program under the WHO Patient Safety Program.
Sheridan?had previously spent 10 years in patient advocacy inspired by?adverse family experiences in the healthcare system.?Sheridan is Co-Founder and Past President of Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (PICK) as well as Consumers Advancing Patient Safety (CAPS), a nonprofit organization that seeks a safe, compassionate and just healthcare system through proactive partnership between consumers and providers of care.
Sue and her family were featured in To Err is Human, an in-depth documentary about creating a new age of patient safety. She speaks frequently on patient engagement and co-production of patient safety improvement efforts across all levels of the healthcare system at the national and international level. She also speaks on improving the medical liability system to ensure integrity, transparency, learning and healing. She testified at AHRQ’s First National Summit on Medical Errors and Patient Safety in 2000 and later testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on a Senate Hearing on Medical Liability: New Ideas for Making the System Work Better for Patients. She also participated in the Joint Commission’s roundtable and congressional hearing on Health Care at the Crossroads: Strategies for Improving the Medical Liability System and Preventing Patient Injury. In April 2009, Sheridan was named to Modern Healthcare's list of Top 25 Women in Healthcare as well as Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. In 2010 Sheridan was awarded the “Idaho Healthcare Hero” in community outreach by the Idaho Business Review and in 2011 Sheridan was appointed by The Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality of the Health Resources and Services Administration. She also served on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) CLIAC Federal Advisory Council and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Continuing Medical Education (ACGME) Board of Directors as a Public Director.
Sheridan received her BA from Albion College, her MIM and MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and her Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Adrian College. She has a professional background in international banking and served in Ecuador with her late husband, Pat, as Peace Corps volunteers.
Paul Sherman, MD
Chief Medical Officer Community Health Plan of Washington
Paul Sherman, MD, MHA is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), Washington’s only local not-for-profit Medicaid and Medicare managed care plan. In this role, Dr. Sherman provides strategic direction and oversight to ensure CHPW’s continued delivery of high quality accessible managed care services across Washington communities. He also serves as the principal liaison between CHPW and providers in matters such as the expansion of quality improvement initiatives, health equity opportunities, best clinical practices, and population health programs. Prior to his current position, Dr. Sherman held various leadership roles at Group Health, currently known as Kaiser Permanente of Washington (07/1992-12/2018). Most recently, he served as the Executive Medical Director of the Group Practice (05/2016-12/2018) and Executive Medical Director of the Health Plan (10/2011-05/2016). Dr. Sherman is a board-certified pediatrician with a Doctorate of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Seattle Children’s and obtained his Master of Health Administration at the University of Washington. He currently serves on the board of directors for Seattle Counseling Service where he works to provide accessible behavioral health services for LGBTQ communities in Seattle and King County.
David A. Shore, PhD
Faculty, Harvard University;
Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Change, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (China)
David A. Shore is a leading authority on innovation and managing change initiatives to gain competitive advantage. Throughout his career he has worked to combine research, teaching, consulting and writing to build constructive links between theory and practice.
Shore has been on the faculty of Harvard University for more than two decades. He is also Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Change at Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (China) and Adjunct Professor of Organizational Development and Change at the School of Business, University of Monterrey (Mexico). Shore is a faculty member of The Governance Institute and Executive-in-Residence at Enable East (United Kingdom). He has held visiting professorships including in Amsterdam, Santiago, and Shanghai and consulted on six continents. Shore offers executive education seminars and facilitates strategic planning and guided implementation retreats. He has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses and workshops across multiple industries.
Previously, Shore spent two decades at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he served as associate dean. He founded and directed the School's flagship programs: Forces of Change; The Trust Initiative; and the Certificate Program on Launching and Leading Successful Change Initiatives.
He has served on and chaired numerous boards and committees, and currently is a founding member of McKinsey & Company's External Implementation Advisory Board which has a primary focus on operationalizing strategy for transformational change. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, as well as several editorial boards. Among his honors is the Doctorate Fellow from the Academy of Multi-Skills (United Kingdom). Along with innovation and change, Shore's body of work focuses on creating higher performing organizations including building and rebuilding trust; reimaging and reengineering meetings; and, strategic marketing and branding.
His most recent books include Launching and Leading Successful Change Initiatives in Health Care Organizations: (Jossey-Bass, 2014); Forces of Change: New Strategies for the Evolving Health CareMarketplace (Jossey-Bass, 2012); and High Stakes: The Critical Role of Stakeholdersin Health Care, with E. Kupferberg (Oxford University Press, 2011). He has also written a book on trust and edited a second.
Professor Shore has been recognized as a Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America – Trust Around the World. He is also a multiple recipient of Harvard's Letter of Commendation for Distinguished Teaching Performance, including in 2017 and 2018; and was chosen to deliver a 2015 and 2016 Harvard Lecture That Lasts (Harvard's version of a TED Talk) and a TEDx Talk.
Never known to simply :admire the problem," beyond intellectually stimulating, Shore provides executable advice, inspiring leaders and organizations to gain a unique and adaptable competitive advantage.
Louise J. Short, MD
National Clinical Leader Strategic Benefit Advisors/Brown & Brown, Inc.
Dr. Short is the National Clinical Leader for Strategic Benefit Advisors (SBA) and Brown & Brown. Her passion and her focus is working with employers to develop innovative strategies and solutions that engage and support employees and their families in making good choices to avoid the cost and consequences of poor health. She founded and runs the Innovation Hub at Brown and Brown which is focused on the application of digital health and other innovative solutions to improving health outcomes and healthcare costs, as well as improving human performance. Dr. Short has a focus on making the healthcare system work better, and has relationships with as well as in depth knowledge of many of the innovative health companies in the marketplace that are trying to solve key issues facing employers and members. She is also a member of the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) Innovation Forum.
Dr. Short has a background in internal medicine, occupational and preventive medicine, and 25 years of experience providing clinical leadership in designing, implementing and measuring population health programs and strategies. Previous to Brown and Brown Dr. Short was a partner at Mercer where she built the population health practice for the South and spent six years consulting to national and global employers on strategies to improve population health including evaluating, implementing, and measuring the impact of network strategies such as Centers of Excellence and direct contracting. She has worked with many jumbo employers including Lowe’s, Bank of New York Mellon, Dollar General, and PepsiCo. Her expertise also includes analytics, epidemiology, managed care plan administration and medical management, clinical and behavioral health strategy and program management, and outcomes measurement strategy and execution.
Prior to Mercer, Dr. Short worked at Healthways (now Sharecare), and previously spent over thirteen years working as a medical director for both UnitedHealthcare and Anthem, including serving as Corporate Medical Director for BCBSGA, a 2.5 million member plan. Previously, Dr. Short was an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in clinical practice. Dr. Short has been involved in several studies related to quality and cost of care in areas including disparities of care, performance of centers of excellence networks, and drug safety and has published previously in journals such as Cancer and JAMA.
Dr. Short earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard, her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine, did her internal medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and trained in occupational and preventive medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where she also received a Master’s degree in Community Medicine.
David Shulkin, MD
Former Secretary, US Department of Veterans Affairs;
Author, It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Serve Your Country
The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin was the ninth Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, where he represented America’s 21 million veterans and was responsible for the nation’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,200 sites of care. Appointed by President Trump to serve in his Cabinet, Secretary Shulkin was confirmed by the US Senate by a vote of 100-0. Dr. Shulkin previously served as Under Secretary for Health having been appointed by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate. Secretary Shulkin is the author of the best selling book “It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Serve Your Country”.
Prior to coming to VA, Dr. Shulkin was a widely respected healthcare executive having served as chief executive of leading hospitals and health systems including Beth Israel in New York City and Morristown Medical Center in Northern NJ. Dr. Shulkin has also held numerous physician leadership roles including the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Shulkin has held academic positions including the Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University School of Medicine. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality one of the first consumer orientated sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare. He has served on boards of managed care companies, technology companies, and health care organizations.
Dr. Shulkin is a board-certified internist and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and a residency and Fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. He received advanced training in outcomes research and economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Over his career Dr. Shulkin has been named as one of the Top 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems by Becker’s Hospital Review and one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country” by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician. He has also previously been named, “One Hundred Most Influential People in American Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare.
Eliza Pippa Shulman, DO
Medical Director, Center for Healthcare Innovation Atrius Health
Eliza “Pippa” Shulman, DO, MPH is the Medical Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation at Atrius Health, charged with identifying, testing and implementing novel care delivery solutions as part of the largest independent multi-specialty medical group in the Northeast. In addition she is the lead virtual hospitalist for Medically Home, Atrius Health’s hospital in the home program.
Prior to being named to the Innovation Center Pippa was the Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; tasked with leading improvement efforts in home care, extended care facilities, outpatient geriatrics and palliative care services. As chief and as part of the ACO geriatric care model workgroup she led numerous initiatives to redesign care for frail elder patients, including implementation of an organization wide strategy for improving advance care planning.
Dr. Shulman is board certified in family medicine, preventive medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. She is a graduate of the combined NH-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency, which is focused on developing physicians to lead change and improve systems of care.
Mariana Simons-Nikolova, PhD
Senior Data Scientist Philips
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Ginger
Karan Singh co-founded Ginger and currently leads its clinical operations and strategy. He has over 13 years of experience in healthcare from management consulting for biopharma to data analytics, having worked at leading health care firms including ZS Associates and Humedica. A leader in the digital health community, Karan is a frequent speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship, health innovation and new models of care. He has served as a scholar at the Aspen Institute, delivered keynotes at Public Health Institute (PHI) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and recognized as a rising star in Healthcare by LinkedIn's Next Wave. Karan holds his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan, attended the Harvard Medical School / MIT Health, Science & Technology (HST) program, and received his BA and BS in Economics and Business Administration from UC Berkeley.
Senior Reporter AIS Health
Leslie Small is the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and RADAR on Drug Benefits, two subscription-only publications produced by AIS Health, a division of MMIT. In her role, she covers the ins and outs of the health insurance and pharmacy benefit management industries. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at FierceHealthcare, covering health care providers and then payers.
Even earlier in her career, she served as a copy editor at various community newspapers. A Philadelphia-area native, she now resides in a suburb near Washington, D.C., with her family.
President, Social Determinants of Health, ProMedica
Kate Sommerfeld is the president of the Social Determinants of Health Institute for ProMedica, a mission-driven, not-for-profit, health care system serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Kate is responsible for shaping ProMedica’s work in the social determinants of health, including clinical integration, medical education and training, and strategic community initiatives. Prior to joining ProMedica, she worked for various community-based and nonprofit organizations including in the United Way system leading both rural and urban change. Kate has Bachelors of Arts degrees in political science and child psychology from Purdue University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Bowling Green State University.
Chief Analytics Officer Castell – an Intermountain Healthcare company
Andrew Sorenson serves as the Chief Analytics Officer for Castell, where he oversees the company’s analytics strategy, analytics product development, and strategic vendor partnerships. Andrew brings more than a decade of strategic analytics and decision support experience at Intermountain Healthcare to Castell. In his Intermountain role, he led key initiatives that enhanced the organization’s analytical capabilities, including establishing Intermountain’s population health analytics and operational data science functions. Andrew received a master’s degree in Healthcare Delivery Science from Dartmouth College.
Charles W. Sorenson, MD
President Emeritus, Intermountain Healthcare
Founding Director, Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute
Charles W. Sorenson, MD, FACS, is President and CEO Emeritus of Intermountain Healthcare and the Founding Director of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute, a position he assumed in late 2016. The Institute’s premier program is designed for selected high potential health system leaders from the US and abroad. Staffed by a faculty of content experts from Intermountain and other distinguished health systems and academic institutions, the Institute’s focus is on the development of trusted leaders at the intersection of clinical and operational expertise.
Dr. Sorenson served as President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare from January 2009 until his retirement from this position in October 2016. Prior to that, he served for eleven years as Intermountain’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Dr. Sorenson, a graduate of the University of Utah and Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University (MD), is a board-certified Urologic Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah.
Dr. Sorenson has a long-standing interest in clinical process improvement and in the development of Intermountain’s integrated delivery system. Under Dr. Sorenson’s leadership as Chief Operating Officer and as Chief Executive Officer, Intermountain Healthcare implemented a disciplined and system-wide focus on best clinical and operational practices aimed at producing measurably better outcomes for patients at costs that are sustainable to the communities Intermountain serves.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Sorenson has continued to be involved in the practice of urologic surgery at the Intermountain Medical Center, with a primary focus on urologic oncology. He also serves on several not-for-profit boards, including the Providence St. Joseph Health System Board.
Theresa Soriano, MD
Regional Chief Health Officer; Cityblock Health;
President, American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM)
Dr. Soriano is a board-certified general internist and palliative medicine physician who serves as regional chief health officer for Cityblock Health, a company providing team-based, home- and office-based care to medically and socially complex, mostly low-income communities.
Dr. Soriano’s work addressing the social and medical needs of vulnerable populations stems from prior leadership roles at the Mount Sinai Health System, including the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, Mount Sinai Health Homes, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, a hospital serving Manhattan’s Harlem and Morningside Heights neighborhoods.
Dr. Soriano is nationally recognized in the field of home-based primary and palliative care clinical practice, quality, and leadership. President-elect of AAHCM, she was named AAHCM’s House Call Physician of the Year in 2009 and earned the Hastings Center-Cunniff Dixon Physician Award for Excellence in Palliative Medicine in 2012.
Dr. Soriano lives in New York, NY, where she spends most of her free time raising two sons with her husband and her “village” of family and loved ones.
Gurmeet Sran, MD
Associate Enterprise Chief Medical Information Officer, Department of Medical Informatics & Data Science CommonSpirit Health
Since joining Dignity Health in 2013, Dr. Gurmeet Sran has worked closely with leadership and IT staff to ensure proper deployment of EMRs, governance oversight, and ongoing innovation in the health IT space. Currently he is the Associate Enterprise Chief Medical Information Officer, overseeing a team of physicians and statisticians who are aggregating and analyzing clinical information across the organization to enable reduced variation of care, decreased cost, and improved outcomes. By leveraging machine learning techniques, text analytics, and “big data” computing architectures, his team has developed and implemented models to improve sepsis detection and help risk segment patient populations for ongoing interventions. Prior to Dignity Health, Dr. Sran completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics where he was active with members of the administration in trying to analyze and reduce expenditures in the hospital setting. In addition, he holds a Masters in Computational Biology from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley.
Rebecca A. Stametz
Associate Vice President, Product Innovation, Steele Institute for Health Innovation Geisinger
Rebecca A. Stametz is the Associate Vice President, Product Innovation in the Steele Institute for Health Innovation at Geisinger. Rebecca is a healthcare innovator and radical collaborator focused on a commitment to building a people-centered culture and fostering the creative confidence of individuals. Her work philosophy couples an emphasis on collaborative engagement and strategic development and deployment of end to end health information technologies and analytics in community, clinical and home settings. As a principal, her research focuses on program implementation science, medical transparency, family-patient engagement, and learning healthcare system models. Rebecca holds a Masters of Public Health from East Stroudsburg University and a Doctorate of Education in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University.
Vice President, Innovation and IT Corporate Systems Houston Methodist
Michelle Stansbury has been with Houston Methodist since July 1993. Her current position is Vice President of Corporate Business / Revenue Cycle Systems and Innovations in the Information Technology Division. During her 27 years at Methodist, she has had many accomplishments. In 2016, Houston Methodist deployed Epic to its main academic medical center and all of its physician practices.
Houston Methodist received the highest adoption score of Epic functionality of any new Epic client and the hospital saw higher operating activity and greater revenue after the deployment of Epic. Her strength is in developing strategy and leading teams to drive those strategic initiatives.
Before joining Houston Methodist, Michelle held leadership roles at Compaq Computer Corporation and Amoco Oil. Her most recent passion is in Digital Health Innovation and has been part of the team leading innovation initiatives at Houston Methodist. Michelle was instrumental in establishment of the Center for Innovation and works closely with Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Information Officer. Within her innovation role, Michelle has responsibilities for day-to-day management of Innovation Department and has strategic responsibilities for Intelligent Automation and digital transformation of patient management and billing practices.
Michelle speaks regularly on innovation, digital transformation and building innovative cultures in conferences and panels. She was named as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT for 2019 – CIO and IT Executives by Health Data Management Magazine. She was also recently name as one of the Women to Watch in Health IT by Becker’s.
Michelle earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Phoenix University. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society.
Outside the office, Michelle enjoys motorsports and track racing.
Deputy Executive Officer Self-Insured Schools of California (SISC)
In his over 30 years at SISC, Mr. Stenerson has grown the program from a small regional pool to a statewide coalition of over 400 school districts with an annual budget of $2.5 Billion. One out of every 1,000 Americans is covered by a SISC medical plan.
He is responsible for all aspects of SISC including implementing programs that promote access to high quality and appropriate health care, keeping health benefits affordable and maintaining fiscal stability.
He has presented on some of SISC’s successes to groups including the Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP), the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) and the Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). He is a long time member on boards for the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) and the California Health Care Coalition (CHCC). He also represented purchasers on the California Healthcare Performance Information System (CHPI) board.
He is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Liz Stokes, JD, RN
Director, Center for Ethics and Human Rights American Nurses Association (ANA)
Liz Stokes is the Director of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights and demonstrates expertise in writing public policy on ethical issues including assisted death, intellectual disabilities, artificial intelligence, and women's reproductive health. She is an international speaker on the Code of Ethics for Nurses and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Liz is currently an American Association of Colleges of Nursing Jonas Scholar. Liz's sphere of influence as a nurse-attorney bioethicist enables a unique contribution to nursing ethics, law and policy. Her expertise and leadership is also demonstrated through various charitable roles in the health and legal communities.
Lisa Sundean, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston;
Associate Member, New York Academy of Medicine
Lisa J. Sundean, PhD, MHA, RN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Consultant for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, and former Director of the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition. Her program of research and publications focus on healthcare governance effectiveness, organizational performance, the role of nurses on boards of directors and intersections with gender biases. She has expertise in health policy, health care quality and safety, health workforce data, and population health. She is frequently invited to speak about these topics of interest. She is an Associate Member of the New York Academy of Medicine, a Jonas Leadership Scholar, and a member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition. Lisa serves on several boards of directors including a hospital, a human services nonprofit organization, and a professional nursing association.
Employee Benefits Consultant RE Sutton & Associates
Richard is a graduate of Ball State University where he was president of his fraternity and the Student Governing Board. He began his benefit career with Blue Cross Blue Shield and left there after ten years to forge a business in the consulting arena. Richard has specialized in doing business with Indiana public school corporations, public libraries and other public employee groups, and counts a considerable number of those as long-term clients. His community work includes membership on the School Board of Trustees at Brownsburg Community School Corporation and service on a number of other business advisory boards.
Managing Director and Practice Lead, Communications Consulting Broadridge
Matt Swain is a recognized Customer Communications industry thought leader. From hosting the Reimagining Communications podcast and delivering keynotes around the world to defining best practices, hundreds of well-known companies have relied on Matt’s expertise and research for their current and future omni-channel communication initiatives. As Managing Director and Practice Lead for Broadridge Customer Communications Consulting, Matt brings invaluable market research and consulting expertise to clients relative to benchmarking, customer experience optimization, and digital transformation.
Stephen J. Swensen, MD
Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Dr. Swensen, dedicated to the support of thoughtful leaders who aspire to nurture fulfillment of their staff, is a recognized expert and speaker in the disciplines of leadership and burnout. His work and research show that it is possible to cultivate camaraderie, agency and coherence for high value results.
For three decades he served patients at the Mayo Clinic. As Director for Leadership and Organization Development, he co-led the Professional Burnout Initiative and oversaw the development of 4,100 physicians and 232 key leaders. As Chief Quality Officer, he established the Quality Academy wherein 37,000 colleagues were certified as Fellows during his tenure. As Department Chair, he and his team used their Value Creation System to improve the welfare of both patients and professionals.
Dr. Swensen serves as Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where his focus is joy in work. He works as the Leadership Theme Leader for NEJM Catalyst.
A full professor, he was Principal Investigator of two National Institutes of Health grants and has authored two books and 207 articles. He was honored with the Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award, served as the president of two international societies and founded the Big Sky Group. He holds a Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.
Swensen has been married for 42 years, has two children and has run or cross-country skied 39 marathons.
William A. Tanenbaum
Practice Co-Chair, Health-Care Technology and Innovation Group Polsinelli
William A. Tanenbaum works closely with clients to provide actionable, industry-informed solutions for their business needs. He assists companies in technology, outsourcing and IP transactions; adopting AI for business innovation; joining law and data; using technology to transform health care; the protection and business use of IP; and related matters.
Tanenbaum is a “well-known and highly respected practitioner” who is “highly recommended for his expert counsel” and has “expertise in technology transactions that puts him at the very top of the market” (Who’s Who Legal). Tanenbaum is ranked in top tiers by Chambers: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers in America in technology, outsourcing, IP, data law and digital IP rights. He is named as one of the Top 30 IT lawyers in the U.S. (Best of the Best/Expert Legal Guide). Chambers says Tanenbaum is a “prominent figure in technology and outsourcing” with a “solid national reputation” and “notable expertise in cybersecurity, data law and IP” – and that he “brings extremely high integrity, a deep intellect, fearlessness and a practical, real-world mindset to every problem.”
Tanenbaum is a past President of the International Technology Association. He was named as “Lawyer of the Year” in IT in New York by US News & World Report/Best Lawyers in 2013 as one of the first in this category. Tanenbaum is recognized as “one of the leading names” in AI and data law, whose “vast experience...makes him a go-to expert in all manner of issues related to the management and protection of data.” He is one of the 2020 Thought Leaders Global Elite - Data (Who's Who Legal/Global Data Review). Chambers found that Tanenbaum has “broad strengths” in the IP and technology aspects of M&A and corporate transactions, provides “savvy, zealous representation,” and “understands the market and uses his expertise to help [clients] successfully navigate negotiations.” Tanenbaum has strong litigation experience with victories in the Federal Circuit (Who’s Who Legal), and helps clients avoid litigation.
Ralph Tang, IPA
President, Maryland/Virginia IPA WellCare Health Plans / Collaborative Health Systems
Ralph Tang, President, MD/VA IPA, WellCare Health Plans / Collaborative Health Systems, spearheads the company’s growth strategy and execution to deliver Value Based Care via a risk-capable population health MSO (including episodes of care/bundled payments). This is based on VBC contracting partnership with PCP-led Independent Physician Networks (IPAs/CINs) and related Preferred Provider Networks of specialists and acute/post-acute care providers. The efforts, beginning in Maryland, aim to better serve Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial beneficiaries/members.
Prior to WellCare/CHS, Ralph served as CEO & President of Partners In Care, New Jersey—comprising an 18-year-old population health MSO and a 650-provider IPA, which served and sponsored multiple ACOs (Commercial & Medicare). As chief executive, Ralph led and re-structured the multi-entity organization to deliver better health, better care at lower costs—serving CMS, Health Plans, and Self-Funded Employers.
Formerly, Ralph also served as Senior VP, Solution Marketing for MEDecision. He spearheaded Marketing and Partnering for the industry-leading provider of VBC Health IT care management solutions (software, services, and content/analytics) serving Payers, Providers, and Patients.
Ralph holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2014, he was named NJBIZ “New Jersey Health Care 50”.
Ferris W. Taylor
Executive Director HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG)
Ferris W. Taylor is Executive Director of the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG), a national network of thought leaders focused on innovation and technology to grow, share and reshape healthcare.
Prior to becoming Executive Director, Taylor served on the Board of Directors of HCEG as the COO of Arches Health Plan in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Taylor founded Pragmatic Health Care Solutions, a healthcare strategy and market positioning firm, and has served as VP of Payer Market Strategy at Optum, VP Marketing and Planning at Partners Healthcare and head of Marketing Information Services at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
Taylor is a Brigham Young University graduate in Nuclear Physics with an MBA in finance and quantitative economics. He also graduated from the GHAA/AHIP Executive Program in Managed Care at the University of Missouri.
Kiran Taylor, MD
Chief Medical Officer Hope Network
Dr. Kiran Taylor, MD, is board certified in psychiatry completing her medical degree and residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a leader and visionary in the behavioral health field passionate about building community partnerships and integrating healthcare services to address social determinants of health. Her experience with large health systems and demonstrated expertise in mental health innovation makes her a valuable asset in the healthcare field.
Last year, Dr. Taylor transitioned to chief medical officer at Hope Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a range of rehabilitation, behavioral health, developmental and community support services to more than 20,000 people annually across more than 240 locations throughout Michigan.
Prior to that, Dr. Taylor served as the chief of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Spectrum Health for eight years, the largest health system in Western Michigan, where she led strategic planning for future growth of this division, implemented the Zero Suicide Initiative prevention training across the health system, expanded integrated behavioral healthcare into 27 primary care sites and expanded telepsychiatry services to one of the highest-volume programs in the state.
She is also a clinical assistant professor with the Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry in Grand Rapids. In addition, Dr. Taylor serves on the statewide integrated behavioral health care task force for the Michigan Hospital Association and the integrated care subcommittee for the Michigan Psychiatric Society is a member of the Michigan Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association and Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.
Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Clinical Command Centers GE Healthcare
Jeff Terry built and leads the Command Center business for GE Healthcare. His team helps top-tier health systems achieve and sustain next-level performance through actionable information, targeted process improvement, and culture change. Using the Command Center toolkit, GE Healthcare customers have consistently realized a 4-to-1 ROI within three years.
Jeff’s expertise in turning data into insight and action for caregivers is at the heart of the command center toolkit, which is fueled by artificial intelligence. For example, actionable intuitive information is delivered through Tiles—similar to smartphone apps—on users’ mobile phones, tablets, PCs, and on large display walls in command centers. Tiles bring extreme situational awareness, spot risk, predict issues, and prescribe action…all in real-time—a truly revolutionary capability.
Jeff and his team are energized by serving caregivers. To date, Jeff’s team has helped caregivers deliver exceptional care globally—including the US, Canada, UK, Mexico, France, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.
Jeff joined GE Healthcare in 2001. Prior to his time with GE, Jeff served as a combat engineer Lieutenant and then Captain in the US Army's 1st Armored Division, with whom he deployed to Kuwait. Jeff brings his military training to his role at GE with an emphasis on teamwork to succeed in critical missions.
Jeff holds a BE in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Marquette University. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. His insights have been published in Forbes, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Modern Healthcare, Becker’s Hospital Review, Healthcare Executive, Healthcare Financial Management, HealthLeaders, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, and on National Public Radio.
Director, Center for Best Practices’ Health Division National Governors Association
HEMI TEWARSON serves as the director for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ Health Division, where she oversees all the Health Division projects which include Medicaid transformation and coverage, Medicaid data systems, health care delivery and payment system reform, workforce, opioids, and behavioral health and social determinants. Prior to joining NGA, Ms. Tewarson had decades of experience in health care policy in the private and public sectors. She served as senior attorney for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and was in private practice as a health policy attorney where her practice included advising states on how to reform their Medicaid programs. Ms. Tewarson holds a J.D. and a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Executive Officer Appian Partners
A veteran med-tech CEO, Michael Thomas is an Investment Director for the Inova Health System. Prior to Inova, Michael was CEO of Appian Partners, an Annapolis, MD-based life sciences consulting practice. His med-tech experience spanned several early stage, growth stage, and turnaround ventures as CEO of Appian Partners, ReGear Life Sciences, NuSomnea, Tanzen Medical, Appian Medical, iSonea, and Sleep Solutions. He has raised over $125 million in venture capital, private equity, public company, and angel funding for these startups. He has delivered shareholder returns ranging from 3x to 80x with three exits. Mr. Thomas was founder and CEO of Appian Medical, a digital health firm that developed an algorithm to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Mr. Thomas spent 2.5 years as CEO of iSonea Ltd (ASX:ISN), a publicly traded global, asthma digital healthcare company. He raised $25MM for iSonea and increased the company’s market capitalization from $4MM to $250MM. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Circadiance. Earlier in his career, Thomas was CEO of Sleep Solutions, a VC--backed medical device manufacturer. He raised over $50 million in VC funding. Prior to joining Sleep Solutions, Thomas was EVP of Sales and Marketing for National Sleep Technologies (NST), where he led acquisitions of more than 80 sleep labs, making NST the largest sleep testing company in the US. NST was later sold to a division of GE Medical. Earlier in his career, Thomas was Vice President of Sales at Patient InfoSystems (NASDAQ: PATI) and instrumental in taking that company public while delivering an 80 X return to shareholders. He began his career in sales and marketing at Merck and Glaxo. Thomas graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Microbiology.
Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN
President American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP is president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Over her 22-year nurse practitioner career, she has been active within several professional organizations, including AANP, FAANP and the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP). Dr. Thomas has served in several elected and appointed leadership positions, including as the President of LANP and as the AANP Region 6 Director. She has been appointed to numerous committees within each of these organizations. She was inducted as a Fellow of the AANP in 2012 and of the National Academy of Practice in Nursing in 2013.
Dr. Thomas advocates for NP scope of practice legislation and for improving patient access to quality, affordable health care. She has been a health policy voice for the NP profession on both the state and national levels. In addition to her advocacy, she impacts NP education as clinical faculty for Georgetown University’s FNP program as well as through publications and presentations on multiple clinical topics. Her multimedia reach includes print, radio and television, and she has been an AANP spokesperson, including being featured in Money Magazine and on NBC News with Brian Williams. The interview aired on 110 NBC stations to an audience of 4.9-million.
President and Chief Executive Officer National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
Michael Thompson is the president and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance), the only nonprofit, purchaser-led organization with a national and regional structure dedicated to driving health and healthcare value across the country.
Prior to joining the National Alliance, Mike was a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 20 years. He is a nationally recognized thought leader for business health strategies and health system reform. Mike has worked with major employers and other stakeholders on sustainable cost reduction, integrated health, wellness and consumerism, retiree health, private health exchanges and health reform.
Chief Technology Officer and Partner WR Hambrecht Ventures
Lori Tishler, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs Commonwealth Care Alliance
Lori Tishler, MD MPH has always been passionate about the care of vulnerable populations and making health care work better for people. She is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Commonwealth Care Alliance; responsible for the oversight and management of medical policy, physician staff, behavioral health integration, clinical network provider engagement and clinical quality initiatives. In her role, Lori partners closely with CCA’s executive leadership to spearhead and further clinical redesign efforts, ensure quality care delivery and care management, respond to the concerns and needs of medical staff members, implement medical policy and help to drive clinical growth and transformation.
Lori comes to CCA from Brigham and Women's Hospital where she was an active primary care physician and Medical Director for the Phyllis Jen Center for Primary Care. She managed over 100 physicians and led the medical home transformation.
Lori graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She graduated from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges with an AB in History and Science and from Harvard School of Public Health with a Masters in Public Health. She loves to spend time with her husband and teenage daughter and to travel.
Kimberly Townsend, EdD, JD, GPHR
President and Chief Executive Officer Loretto
Dr. Kimberly Townsend is President and Chief Executive Officer of Loretto, a continuing care system located in New York with assets in skilled nursing, housing, managed care, short-term rehabilitation and medical adult day services. She is also the author of “Lifecircle Leadership: How Exceptional People Make Every Day Extraordinary.”
Dr. Townsend, EdD, JD, MPA, MBA, CPA, GPHR, is a role model for anyone who wants to make positive change in the world. Like many women, she’s juggling the demands of family and the pressures of a full-time job, while also finding time to improve herself, her company and her community, through her philosophy of pragmatic altruism – which believes that every problem has a solution that benefits all parties. She has used this approach to create community partnerships that help individual employees overcome barriers that hinder their ability to perform or advance with the company, which has resulted in measurable increases in recruitment and retention for Loretto.
She invites others to reconsider their approach to business and life, and hopes they discover that doing good for others is good for long-term business success. Learn more about Dr. Townsend at www.drkimberlytownsend.com.
Matthew Van Patton, DHA
Director, Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Department of Health and Human Services Nebraska
David Vawdrey, PhD
Chief Data Informatics Officer Geisinger
David K. Vawdrey, Ph.D. is Chief Data Informatics Officer at Geisinger. He is responsible for implementing transformational technologies and leveraging Geisinger’s advanced data and informatics infrastructure to create value for patients, clinicians, researchers, and members across 13 hospital campuses, 250 clinics, a health plan with nearly 600,000 members, and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
Dr. Vawdrey was the founding director of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Value Institute, where he developed and evaluated innovative clinical information systems interventions that have benefited clinicians and patients across the country. An Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Vawdrey has been a passionate teacher and adviser for informatics graduate students since 2007.
Dr. Vawdrey is a national speaker on using data analytics and informatics to transform healthcare, and he is an elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. His research in areas such as clinical decision support, quality & safety, and patient engagement has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Vawdrey is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s in computer science. He completed his Ph.D. in biomedical informatics at the University of Utah.
Senior Principal Optum Ventures
Laura is a Senior Principal at Optum Ventures where she holds board roles with AbleTo, Buoy, Groups, and RubiconMD. She has spent her career developing a deep understanding of each part of the health care system, with an eye on how future innovation can integrate and transform the industry.
Laura started her career running product development at a health care startup serving health plans, hospitals and employers before transitioning to the corporate strategy team at UnitedHealth Group. There, Laura focused on their innovation pipeline, most concentrated on emerging companies, the PBM space and international markets. She then rounded out her industry knowledge with roles at CVS Health and Leerink Transformation Partners. Her goal is to use her expertise and relationships in the industry to help companies effectively understand, penetrate and ultimately reshape the industry.
Laura is a graduate of Williams College and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Erol Veznedaroglu, MD
Professor and Director, Drexel Neurosciences Institute, Drexel University;
Chair, Global Neurosciences Institute
Crisis Intervention and Conflict Resolution Specialist
Timothy Z. Victorella holds a Master Level Degree in Social Work and is a passionate Speaker and leading Authority on Crisis Intervention, Critical Response, and Conflict Resolution. Timothy specializes in deep comprehension of informative narrative response, extensive evaluation, actionable building blocks toward manifesting safety within a crisis, and informative protocol and proper implementation to best support Individuals, Leaders in Business, Health Organizations, Police/Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management Teams. Timothy reveals the key aspects to success utilizing the right support, resources, and tools to compartmentalize and implement these functions toward efficient and professional guidance to achieve high level outcomes and safe informative care during the most critical moments of people’s lives.
Timothy has dedicated his life and career to catapulting people’s lives toward safe passage with a highly effective process to better aid humanity, particularly now in these challenging times ahead. He prides himself on taking a demonstrative look behind the scenes and debunking the myths in trauma informed care and explains stigmatism and its effect worldwide. Timothy is enthusiastic, animated, and a transformative speaker who will alleviate apprehensions. Prepare to embrace a new level of confidence and be open to grasp the new reality that transformation is a manageable outcome.
Timothy’s career extends back to his early years in Emergency Response out in the field within the community. He has worked in Emergency Medicine in Level One Trauma Facilities, Community Crisis Teams, State Mental Health Hospitals, and Psychiatric Stabilization Units and is currently involved with a Psychiatric Crisis Triage Unit which includes being on location to handle Mental Health crisis calls in the greater Providence region in Rhode Island and oversees the State wide Suicide Hotline.
Norman E. Vinn, DO
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Residentialist Group President-Elect, American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM)
Norman E. Vinn, D.O., a board-certified family practitioner, is the founder and CEO of The Residentialist Group Inc., a management services organization specializing in development and management of Residentialist housecall networks that serve the frail elderly and other access-challenged patients. Dr. Vinn specializes in home-based geriatric medicine. His Residentialist network enhances traditional housecall services with interprofessional team care, and a state-of- the- art integrated technology platform.
Dr. Vinn holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Tulane University, and a D.O. degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He competed his postdoctoral medical training at what is now Beaumont General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and later attended the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, where he obtained a Masters of Business Administration.
Beyond his current leadership activities within the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, Dr. Vinn has had an extensive career in professional association governance and leadership . Dr. Vinn served as the 2013 -14 president of the American Osteopathic Association, and is currently Board Chair of the American Osteopathic Information Association, an AOA-affiliated organization dedicated to advancing technology, practice management, advocacy, and medical informatics . Dr. Vinn resides in San Clemente, California with his wife, Marsha.
Vice President of Strategy for Community Benefit, Research, and Health Policy Kaiser Permanente
John is the National Vice President of Strategy for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy for Kaiser Permanente. He is responsible for providing leadership in the development and implementation of key strategies to help deliver on Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving the health of communities. His focus is to ensure alignment and integration of major priorities and business plans across several functional areas, including care and coverage programs for low income people, partnerships with safety net providers, community health initiatives, environmental stewardship, research, health policy, diversity and international programs.
John has been with Kaiser Permanente for 18 years and has previously been a director in national strategic planning and a management consultant focused on business planning. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, he worked in consulting in health care around issues related to strategy and board governance.
He serves on the Advisory Council for the Association for Community Health Improvement as part of the American Hospital Association, was a Fellow in America’s Health Insurance Plan’s Executive Leadership Program and was named a Diversity MBA Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader in 2013. He is a graduate of executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. John earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s in public health from San Diego State University.
Rachel K. Walker, PhD, RN
Associate Professor & PhD Program Director; Associate Director, IALS Center for Health & Human Performance, College of Nursing University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dr. Rachel Walker (them/them) is the first and only nurse to serve as an Invention Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Their clinical background includes service as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and in bone marrow transplant, cancer patient navigation, disaster nursing, and as a rural emergency worker. They are an Associate Professor, Nursing PhD Program Director, and Associate Director of the UMASS Amherst Center for Health & Human Performance: a multidisciplinary translational science center that specializes in applications of ambient intelligence and machine learning, sensors, nanotextiles, and other digital health technologies. They completed an NIH-funded health disparities fellowship, their Ph.D. in Nursing, and a postdoctoral fellowship in innovation for aging care at Johns Hopkins University. They believe technology is just a tool, and should never supplant attention to the voices, lived experiences, and situated contexts of individuals and communities. Their scholarship focuses on nursing invention as a vehicle for social justice, and co-creating theory, tools, and accountability structures designed to promote human dignity, capability, and a sense of well-being in the context of aging, serious illness, and institutional bias. Recent features about their work and advocacy for nurse inventors, equity-centered invention practices, LGBTQ+-inclusive health care, and design justice have appeared in Forbes, GO magazine, Scientific American, on NPR and Facebook studios, and in the journal Science.
Chief Commercial Officer Civica Rx
Heather Wall is the Chief Commercial Officer for Civica. Heather’s areas of accountability include Civica hospital relationships and contracts, the Drug Selection Advisory Committee and the Medical Trends Advisory Committee. Heather is responsible for the data analytics, review and contracting required to bring each hospital-prioritized Civica medication to market. Heather is also responsible for the strategic planning for the current and future vision for Civica. Heather was named to Modern Healthcare’s Women Leaders “10 to Watch” list for 2019.
Before joining Civica, Heather worked at Intermountain Healthcare as an Enterprise Initiative Partner with Intermountain Healthcare’s Enterprise Initiative Office (EIO), which is responsible for driving forward Intermountain’ s key strategic initiatives. Previous, Heather was the Operations Officer for Intermountain Healthcare’s LDS Hospital, with accountability for hospital-wide operations, strategic growth and high-value healthcare delivery.
Before joining Intermountain in 2008, Heather was the President / Managing Partner of Tesaris Corporation, a healthcare consulting and technology company with clients on both the west and east coasts. In this position, Heather designed and optimized strategy and operational efficiency for hospitals, ranging in size from critical access facilities to academic medical centers.
Heather received her Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and her Bachelor of Science in management from Brigham Young University. Heather and her husband, Ben, are the parents of three boys and reside in Riverton, Utah.
Colin G. Walsh, MD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Medicine and Psychiatry Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Colin G. Walsh, MD, MA, is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Medicine, and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is a practicing internist. He received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and his medical degree at the University of Chicago. He completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He received a degree in Biomedical Informatics in postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 2015. His research includes: 1) machine learning in behavioral health; 2) clinical decision support to enable prevention; and 3) evaluation of value-based care through data science.
Chief Operating Officer Consultant, Rural Health Redesign Office Pennsylvania Department of Health
Mrs. Walters joined the PA Rural Health Model to serve as its Chief Operating Officer in June of 2018. In this role she is responsible for its overall implementation including recruitment of stakeholders.
Prior to joining this effort, she spent twelve years in healthcare leadership positions. Ten of these years were spent as an executive at a rural healthcare system in Potter County, Pennsylvania, and two years within a large, multi-hospital health system. Her experience includes financial oversight of the rural health system’s business activities as well as its population health activities. Her formal education includes:
A Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and an Associate of Science in Accounting. She is also a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional through HFMA.
Dan Weberg, PhD, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University College of Nursing; Author, Evidence Based Innovation Leadership for Health Professions
Dr. Dan Weberg is a nurse leader and expert in human-centered design and healthcare innovation with extensive clinical experience in the emergency department, acute in-patient hospital settings, and academia over past 13 years. He has experience developing nursing technology strategy, collaborating with executive sponsors and key stakeholder groups, doing ground up collaboration with frontline nursing and care delivery teams, and leading teams at unit level, hospital-wide, and across health systems to build innovative technology, informatics and education change initiatives.
Dan is currently the Head of Clinical Innovation for Trusted Health, a disruptive nursing workforce technology company in San Francisco. He is the creator and faculty of the Masters Degree in Healthcare Innovation at The Ohio State University. Previously he held executive roles at Kaiser Permanente in nursing innovation, research, and technology strategy across their 38 hospitals, 8 regions and sixty-thousand nurses. Dan is also founding faculty for the new KP School of Medicine where he developed the interprofessional curriculum and partnerships with USC Pharmacy and Western University of Health Sciences Nursing programs.
He earned his Bachelors in nursing, and was in the first cohort to graduate from the Masters in Healthcare Innovation program at Arizona State University. Dan was also the first ever graduate of the PhD in Healthcare Innovation Leadership program at ASU under the mentorship of Dr. Kathy Malloch and Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady. Dan’s clinical background is in Emergency and Trauma nursing at level 1 trauma centers in California and Arizona. He is on the editorial board for Nursing Administration Quarterly and faculty in multiple innovation fellowship programs.
He has authored 2 dozen peer reviewed articles, has over 100 presentations and has authored three text books “Evidence Based Innovation Leadership for Health Professions 1st and 2nd editions” & Leadership in Nursing Practice 3rd Edition all of which describe the leadership and collaboration skills needed to lead the future of healthcare delivery.
Henry Wei, MD
Medical Director Google Health
Henry Wei is a Medical Director at Google Health working on product and policy. He was also Google’s first Benefits/health plan medical director, and led value-based care work and health data analytics.
Prior to this, he served the White House as a Presidential Innovation Fellow (project Blue Button), led Aetna’s Innovation Labs (e.g. real-world evidence generation, digital health, telemedicine), was Sr. Medical Director for R&D at ActiveHealth/Aetna (e.g. claims & clinical analytics for quality programs), and was a strategy consultant at McKinsey.
Dr. Wei is faculty at Cornell, where he also earned his M.D. and completed his Internal Medicine training. He received both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Harvard, and has completed additional medical informatics training at Harvard and Stanford.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer KTP Advisors
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark’s responsibilities at KTP Advisors include business strategy, planning and overall operations and client relations. He has over 15 years of experience in retiree health benefits across all market segments, specialties and functions. Mark has assisted many Taft-Hartley funds, municipalities, Fortune 500 firms, quasi-governmental entities, universities and various non-profits with benefit plan structuring, strategic healthcare consulting, contract negotiation, plan pricing, financial analysis and valuation.
His areas of expertise include: Medicare plans of all types, healthcare exchanges, Employer Group Waiver Plans, contract negotiations, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Trusts, section 115 OPEB trusts for municipalities and many others.
Sharing his experiences beyond the offices of KTP, Mark has delivered presentations and participated on numerous panels at industry conferences.
Prior to KTP, he was a senior banker with Broadview International LLC, a global mergers and acquisitions investment bank focused on the technology, communications and media industries. While at Broadview, Mark completed 29 transactions across multiple industry sectors. These included a broad variety of transactions such as cash tender offers, cash-for-stock and stock-for-stock mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, divestitures, asset purchases and cross-border transactions.
Mark received a B.S. degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School. He is currently a Board Member of the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association (WHCMAA).
Senior Vice President, Platform & Strategic Partnerships, Digital Health & Analytics Humana
Marc Willard is the Senior Vice President of Platform Innovation and Strategic Partnerships for Humana Digital Health and Analytics (DH&A). In this role, he is focused on building cloud-first, digital health platforms, while pursuing strategic technology partnerships aimed at driving new digital care solutions for the communities it serves; its members, care teams and employees, across Humana’s lines of business. He also serves as a member of The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Health and Fitness Technology Board.
Marc is an accomplished technology entrepreneur and senior leader with over three decades of experience establishing and leading startups focused on digital and data processing technologies, aimed at solving complex problems across the digital imaging, insurance and health care industries. In 1989, at the age of 24, he founded ColourPass Ltd., a European leader in the digital imaging market, which he successfully sold to Raster Graphics Inc. in 1997. In 2003, he founded Certify Data Systems Inc., a pioneer of health care interoperability technology, while working as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Ricoh Innovations. Certify became a prominent leader in provider-based health information exchange and interoperability throughout North America by 2011. In 2012, he successfully sold Certify to Humana.
In 2014, Marc launched Transcend Insights (TI), a former wholly owned subsidiary of Humana. The organization’s mission was to drive better health and wellness outcomes by leveraging leading-edge, digital technology for population health. Today, these solutions are deployed across Humana’s business verticals.
Marc studied Electronic Engineering at Farnborough College of Technology, and in classic entrepreneurial style, left to focus on his first start-up.
Outside of work, Marc enjoys spending time with his wife and family, collecting classic cars and being out on the water. He also mentors entrepreneurs while supporting the startup community, which he finds very rewarding.
Manager The Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform
As person in long-term recovery from addiction himself, Greg’s career has been dedicated towards creating positive changes in access to quality health care and recovery supports for the over 20 million American’s still struggling with addiction. At Third Horizon Strategies, Greg currently manages a national public value Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform including major commercial insurance plans, health care associations, health systems, and stakeholder groups who have published a widely-heralded value-based alternative payment model for addiction aimed to establish an aligned payment architecture that incentivizes long-term recovery and promotes the type of integration and patient care capable of producing improved outcomes for patients, payers, and health systems.
Greg is the award-winning filmmaker of feature length documentaries, The Anonymous People and Generation Found. He has a master’s degree in addiction public policy from New York University, and over a decade of experience working with organizations and government agencies on solving addiction issues. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC World News, LA Times, and several other news outlets.
In 2015, he executive produced the historic UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall, when tens of thousands of people from around the world gathered to end the silence surrounding addiction. This was the first-time major musicians, politicians, actors, athletes, models, journalists, authors, and advocates joined together to create a united voice, to solve the most urgent health crisis of our time. The event was memorialized in a PBS special reaching nearly 70% of American households in 2016 that Greg executive produced. He also produced the launch event and companion TV special for the release of the first-ever Surgeon’s General Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health: Facing Addiction in America in 2016 when Viacom aired a special program simultaneously on 11 of its cable networks, which was seen by millions of people.
Shane Wolverton is Quince’s chief evangelist and establisher of business relationships and distribution channels. Shane’s 25+ years of deep domain expertise in the use of clinically and risk-adjusted medical analytics makes him a sought after thought leader on value-based healthcare. Prior to Quince, Shane served as Senior VP of Corporate Development at Comparion Medical Analytics, a management consultant with Health Care Investment Analysts (now IBM Truven Health Analytics), and the McGraw-Hill Healthcare Management Group.
Capt. Jason Woo, MD
Senior Consultant Arbinger Institute
Jason joined Arbinger in August 2019 to continue his joyful journey of humbling
discovery. As a practicing board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, he is a veteran
with 31 years in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, working
“to advance and promote the health of the nation.” Acutely aware of his own daily
invitations into an inward mindset, he has joined the Arbinger Institute to help bring
awareness of how we (and he!) often get in our own way and how to get unstuck in
our service to our patients, health, and each other.
Jason became a student of leadership and systems change while studying economic
development at the London School of Economics. His understanding of the failures
of so many of the first-world and second-world approaches to third-world problems
ingrained the need for a systems-thinking and holistic perspective in order to implement
lasting change. Foundational to this approach is a mindset that sees truly and learns
continuously. Throughout his career, Jason has tried to use this perspective to initiate
change, process improvement, and team and individual growth and development.
In his career, Jason has enjoyed a breadth and depth of experience in health-related
activities rarely encountered. His clinical leadership and executive experience includes
federal, state, Tribal, private- and non-profit sector, and emergency response service.
His administrative, research, and regulatory public health leadership roles include
oversight of food, drug and dietary supplement safety and access, expansion of
telemedicine services, contraceptive development research and the globalization
and expansion of the drug supply.
Jason received a bachelor’s degree in economics and chemistry from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studied economic development at the London
School of Economics. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences and completed a residency in obstetrics/gynecology
at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is the author of multiple
clinical and regulatory articles and texts. He maintains his clinical and teaching role
with hospitals and clinics in the Washington, DC area
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer CHI Franciscan (CHIF)
Mr. Worden has operational oversight of CHI Franciscan—one of Washington state’s largest health systems—and two additional hospitals in Oregon state. The division is comprised of 12 acute care facilities, more than 12,000 physicians, nurses, and staff, more than 4,000 providers, including 1,100 employed and aligned providers, and more than 200 primary and specialty care clinics including a clinically integrated network with combined system revenues of over $2.8 billion.
Mr. Worden’s career spans more than 25 years. Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of St. Vincent Health System, an integrated health delivery system located in Indianapolis, Indiana, part of St. Louis-based Ascension Health—one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the U.S. While at St. Vincent, he served as interim Chief Executive Officer for one-year, Chief Operations Officer for five years, and Chief Financial Officer for eight years. During his tenure, he drove the system from a financially struggling operation to the most profitable regional system within Ascension.
Mr. Worden has also served as Regional Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for PeaceHealth in Oregon; Corporate Director-System Finance, of SSM Health Care System in St. Louis; and has held various interim executive roles at health care organizations throughout the country. He also held senior roles at Arthur Andersen in Seattle, WA, and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago in their health care division for more than a decade.
Mr. Worden holds master’s degrees in health administration, finance, and neuroscience and anatomy from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University. He is affiliated with ACHE; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); Healthcare Fiscal Management Association (HFMA); and the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP).
President, Public Plans
Tufts Health Plan
Jean oversees the strategic direction and business operations for Tufts Health Public Plans, Tufts Health Plan's managed Medicaid and state-sponsored plans division, which operates in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
With more than 15 years in health care, including provider, insurer and Exchange marketplace experience, Jean’s background gives her deep knowledge of the health insurance industry and its complexities. Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan, Jean served as the executive director of the Children’s Hospital Integrated Care Organization, a group representing Children’s Hospital Boston and its affiliated physicians. She is also a past executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, after initially serving as its chief financial officer. Jean began her work in health insurance at Tufts Health Plan in 2004, where she served on the contracting, strategy and analytics team.
Jean has served on the boards of the Health Policy Commission and Group Insurance Commission. She earned a B.S. in biochemistry from Peking University in Beijing, China and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer Novant Health
Angela Yochem is EVP & Chief Digital Officer for Novant Health, a super-regional healthcare system with one of the largest medical groups in the US. She and her teams deliver the world-class consumer capabilities, differentiating technologies, and advanced clinical solutions that allow the high-growth system to provide remarkable patient care.
Angela has served as EVP/CIO at Rent-A-Center, Global CIO at BDP International, Global CTO at AstraZeneca, and divisional CIO at Dell. She’s held tech exec roles at Bank of America and SunTrust, and held senior technology roles at UPS and IBM. In these roles, she built B2B digital product lines, grew digital retail channels (B2C), created technical services lines of business, and transformed global technology capabilities.
Angela has been a Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, BDP Transport, BDP Global Services Asia and Europe, and Rocana, in the Audit, Enterprise Risk, Operational Risk, and Governance/Policy committees. She remains an EIR for Vonzos Partners, a Mentor for SKTA Innopartners, and an Advisor for Dioko Ventures. Angela proudly serves on the board of Freedom School Partners, a non-profit committed to promoting literacy in the Charlotte area, and on the executive team of the Go Red for Women organization, part of the American Heart Association. She is a Trustee of the Charlotte Regional Business Initiative, and is an advisory board member for the American Hospital Association and the University of Tennessee Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.
Angela has a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, holds three US Patents and is an author with Addison-Wesley and Prentice-Hall.
DuAne L. Young
Deputy Administrator Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy
DuAne has nearly 20 years of experience in field of behavioral and public health. He is currently the Deputy Administrator over Medical Programs and Community Based Services for the Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy commonly known as Nevada Medicaid. He was worked in the public sector in both Indiana and Nevada in both State Court Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services. His work in the private sector included overseeing the project development and implementation strategy for the 2013 publication of the American Society of Addition Medicine (ASAM) Criteria. DuAne received his Bachelor’s in Science in Family Studies from Miami University and a Master’s in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also ABD degree status in the Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program at Indiana Wesleyan University. All his post graduate work has focused on leadership practices within varying healthcare settings. He has been published in multiple journals for his work in intersecting the role of behavioral change within healthcare.
President Labor, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Brighton Health Plan Solutions
Michelle Zettergren is a transformational catalyst for performance and growth in health care organizations with more than 20 years of proven success. She combines her deep industry expertise with her passion for innovation and building collaborative relationships.
Michelle leads Sales and Marketing and drives Product Strategy for Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS), including its two proprietary provider networks MagnaCare and Create. She and her team work tirelessly to deliver personalized service and custom-fit solutions that prioritize the needs of clients and members across the Public, Labor, and Commercial Sectors.
During her time at BHPS, Michelle has been critical in shaping its portfolio of plan management services—a dynamic continuum that ranges from traditional PPO with broad access to a consortium of tight provider networks, each built around a single integrated delivery system. She regularly partners with clients to identify and implement innovative cost containment strategies, such as the redirection of care and robust member engagement and education. Moreover, she helps organizations streamline their benefits administration by driving adoption of BHPS’s leading-edge Create technology platform, which includes an award-winning member mobile app.
Michelle’s past roles include Chief Sales Officer at HPOne, and Senior Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for ConnectiCare, a subsidiary of EmblemHealth, where she led ConnectiCare’s efforts in the commercial and Medicare segments, with ownership of sales, account management, product, underwriting, group reporting, marketing, communications and public relations. Prior to ConnectiCare, she spent nearly 14 years at Anthem BCBS in various leadership roles in sales and underwriting focused on Labor.
Michelle completed Labor Relations training with the University of Connecticut’s Office of Labor Relations. She is a certified Mediator and has consulted in numerous Labor negotiations, and has served as an expert witness for Labor in several arbitration and mediation disputes. She serves on multiple local and national boards including the American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks (AAPAN), and she proudly serves as co-Chair for Special Olympics Connecticut.