Susan Abdel-Rahman, PharmD
Director, Innovation in Health Care Delivery Children’s Mercy Research Institute
Dr. Susan Abdel-Rahman is the Marion Merrell Dow/Missouri Chair in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology, Professor of Pediatrics at the UMKC-School of Medicine, Director of Health Care Innovation for the Children’s Mercy Research Institute, Chief of the Section of Therapeutic Innovation at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and Program Director for an NIH-funded T32 fellowship in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology. She completed undergraduate and graduate training at Rutgers University followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ohio State University. Dr. Rahman has been involved in translational and clinical research for 25 years directing both a laboratory-based research program and a clinical/translational research program.
Nebeyou Abebe, MA, PMP
Senior Vice President, Social Determinants of Health Highmark Health
David Adamson, MD
Chief Executive Officer ARC Fertility
G. David Adamson, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACS is a reproductive endocrinologist and surgeon, Clinical Professor ACF at Stanford University, and Associate Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco. His undergraduate, medical, and residency training was at University of Toronto and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at Stanford University. He is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ARC® Fertility, the largest US network fertility company whose programs have increased access to fertility care in the direct-to-consumer market since 1997.
Dr. Adamson has 3 decades of clinical experience, 300 peer-reviewed publications, has lectured extensively nationally and globally, and has many appearances in national media as a reproductive health expert. His professional activities have focused on evidence-based medicine, outcomes assessment, individualized digital tools, and cost-effective, affordable health care.
Dr. Adamson has been President of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and won many awards for his professional leadership and accomplishments.
Senior Vice President, Global Health Promotion Programs Citi
Senior Vice President, Global Health Promotion Programs, Citi
With over decade of experience in worksite health promotion, Megan has a depth of knowledge in implementing strategic health promotion programs for large global institutions. Megan has been at Citi for 10 years and currently manages Citi’s Global Health Promotion programs. She is a key project manager in the development and implementation of Citi’s global wellness strategy. She brings expertise in chronic condition prevention, employee engagment, strategic planning, health promotion program planning and implementation. Megan has a Masters of Science in Health Promotion Management from American University and a Bacherlors of Science in Human Movement from Sacred Heart University. In addition she has been a part of a variety industry panels with the New York Business Group on Health and the Employer Health Care Congress.
Shantanu Agrawal, MD
Chief Health Officer Anthem
As Chief Health Officer, Dr. Agrawal oversees Anthem’s enterprise health strategy, including medical policy and clinical quality, as well as the company’s industry-leading work to address the social drivers of health. He also leads Anthem’s community health strategy and the Anthem Foundation.
Prior to joining Anthem, Dr. Agrawal served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a non-profit organization dedicated to working with members of the healthcare community to drive measurable health improvements. He is also the former Deputy Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where he led an effort to improve the physician experience with Medicare and also was one of the main architects of CMS’s strategy to address the national opioid epidemic. Dr. Agrawal served as Director of the Center for Program Integrity (CPI), where he was instrumental in launching new initiatives in data transparency and analytics, utilization management, and payment models.
Dr. Agrawal serves on the board of the Grameen Foundation and the editorial boards of New England Journal of Medicine: Catalyst and Population Health Management.. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Agrawal completed his undergraduate education at Brown University, medical education at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and clinical training in Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master’s degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.
Michael J. Alkire
President and Chief Executive Officer Premier
Michael J. Alkire is the President and CEO of Premier. As the leader of Premier, Alkire leads the continued integration of Premier’s clinical, financial, supply chain and operational performance improvement offerings helping member hospitals and health systems provide higher quality care at a better cost. He oversees Premier’s quality, safety, labor and supply chain technology apps and data-driven collaboratives allowing alliance members to make decisions based on a combination of healthcare information. These performance improvement offerings access Premier’s comparative database, one of the nation’s largest outcomes databases.
Alkire also led Premier’s efforts to address public health and safety issues from the nationwide drug shortage problem, testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives regarding Premier research on shortages and gray market price gouging. This work contributed to the president and Congress taking action to investigate and correct the problem, resulting in two pieces of bipartisan legislation.
Prior to serving as President and CEO, Alkire was president of Premier Purchasing Partners, which offers group purchasing, supply chain and resource utilization services to hospitals and health systems. Premier remains among the top group purchasing organizations in the industry as the value of supplies purchased through its contracts has increased to more than $56 billion. Upon joining Premier in late 2003, Alkire worked closely with the Purchasing Partners team to develop and implement a three-year transformation plan designed to dramatically increase returns to the alliance’s shareholders while building stronger relationships with members and suppliers.
Alkire is a past board member of GHX and the Healthcare Supply Chain Association. He recently was named one of the Top 25 COOs in Healthcare for 2018 by Modern Healthcare. In 2015, Alkire won the Gold Stevie Award for Executive of the Year and in 2014 he was recognized as a Gold Award Winner for COO of the Year by the Golden Bridge Awards. He has more than 20 years of experience in running business operations and business development organizations at Deloitte & Touche and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Before joining Premier, he served in a number of leadership roles at Cap Gemini, including North American responsibilities for supply chain and high-tech manufacturing.
Alkire graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University and a MBA from Indiana University.
Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD
Distinguished Clinical & Research Physician, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, Intermountain Healthcare; Professor of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center
Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD, attended Harvard Medical School, graduating with honors, after receiving his baccalaureate degree magna cum laude in Chemistry at the University of Utah. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cardiology at Stanford University after 2 years as a Staff Associate at the National Institutes of Health. He began academic medicine at the University of Michigan, subsequently joining the faculty at the University of Utah.
Dr. Anderson is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and clinical electrophysiology. He currently serves as Associate Chief of Cardiology, Director of Cardiovascular Research, and Vice-Chair for Medical Research, Department of Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center, and Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association’s Clinical Council and Master of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Anderson has contributed to cardiovascular research over a broad area, including antithrombotic therapy of acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina, primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, antiarrhythmic therapy, trials in congestive heart failure, and, currently, research on genetics, pharmacogenetics, and novel biomarker and imaging indicators for cardiovascular disease and prevention. Dr. Anderson currently chairs the ACC/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines, which recently has published new or updated guidelines on ST-elevation myocardial infarction (MI), non-STEMI, stable ischemic heart disease, and cardiovascular prevention (e.g., cholesterol guidelines). He is an author or co-author on more than 680 original or invited publications and 540 abstracts. In addition, Dr. Anderson has served as a reviewer or editorial board member of 15 peer-reviewed journals and online information resources for professionals. He has served on and chaired FDA’s advisory committee on cardiorenal drugs and has served on many volunteer leadership positions for ACC/AHA. He maintains a full activity schedule of teaching, administration, and clinical care and research.
Det Ansinn is a serial entrepreneur and owner of BrickSimple LLC, a software development studio with offices in Doylestown, PA and Philadelphia. Det made some of the first apps on the iOS and Android platforms, plus innovative apps for wearable devices like Google Glass. For the past seven years, Det has been focused on Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) experiences with deep learning, artificial intelligence, and custom hardware components. With a reputation as an innovator, Det has worked with many emerging hardware/software technologies and was selected by Microsoft as a HoloLens Wave 1 Developer. Det has applied this experience to healthcare including patient worn wearable devices, smart glasses, and virtual training experiences. As a software developer that has been coding for forty plus years, Det has a proven track record of building businesses that put cutting-edge technology to work at scale.
Det has provided technology business analysis and commentary for Bloomberg Television, BusinessWeek, MIT Technology Review, Talking Points Memo, and MTV. His company’s work has also been featured on Engadget, Joystiq, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, ArsTechnica, Geek.com, GigaOM, MTV, NBC news, Reuters, and the BBC. Det is also featured in the award-winning documentary "DATUNA: Portrait of America" for his work with the artist David Datuna and Google Glass.
Det currently serves on the board of Startup Bucks, an organization committed to supporting startups in Bucks County, PA. Det works with startups and young entrepreneurs, and actively advocates for small business and innovation policy. Det served on the Business Forward Local Leadership Council and has served as a member of the White House Business Council during the Obama administration. Det approaches business and job creation from a progressive technology perspective.
In addition to his entrepreneurship, Det served as the Council President of the Borough of Doylestown for a decade. Det’s public service also included appointment to the Bucks County Open Space Review Board and he is past President of the Bucks County Free Library system. Det also served as a board member of the Pennsylvania Municipal League.
Det Ansinn is a product of Drexel University's Electrical Engineering program and currently serves as the Chair of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Council for the College of Computing and Informatics. Det has an Honorable Discharge from the USAFR.
Rani Aravamudhan, MD
Senior Clinical Consultant Health Data & Management Solutions (HDMS)
Dr. Rani Aravamudhan is a Senior Clinical Consultant at Health Data & Management Solutions (HDMS). 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.
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.
For over 20 years, Fran Ayalasomayajula, executive healthcare strategist and technologist, has been dedicated to serving the interests of populations around the world, in an effort to improve the quality of healthcare, provision access to healthcare, and increase health literacy and patient engagement.
In addition to her role as the Head of Digital Health Strategy, Worldwide for HP, Inc., in which she directs the organization in the development of strategies and innovations designed to advance and deliver improved clinical outcomes and better population health, Fran is also the founder and President of Reach, a 501(c)(3) global non-profit social impact organization whose mission is to improve the healthcare experience of both providers and patients. In previous roles, Fran worked for major health and Life Science institutions, including WHO, CDC, BMS, and UHG. Fran holds degrees in epidemiology, public health, information technology, and certifications in project and clinical trial management.
She is actively involved in community minded initiatives, such as rare disease patient advocacy, and the application of technology services for the promotion of health and racial equity, accessibility, and aging with independence and social connectedness. In 2015, Fran was a contributing writer on the Fact Sheet submitted to the White House Conference on Aging, and in 2017 co-author of the LeadingAge whitepaper on Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care. Presently she is spearheading Save Moms, a national campaign to stop the occurrence of avoidable maternal deaths during and after childbirth.
Fran is the author of several publications on technology-enabled population health management, including best practices for the successful adoption of virtual reality in the clinical setting and global connected health innovations in Cardiology, as well as contributing author to the 2020 Academic Press book entitled "Intelligence-Based Medicine: Artificial Intelligence and Human Cognition in Clinical Medicine and Healthcare," and the soon to be released 2021 HIMSS Handbook of Continuing Professional Development for Health Informatics Professionals, 2nd edition. Her research spans a variety of topics including measures for scaling global connected health programs, clinical empathy, technology adoption for aging well, and the deployment of digital technology for the prevention of maternal mortality and morbidity. Most recently she conducted a number of research investigations and publications on health disparities and the use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fran is presently a Board Member of the NHA of San Diego; Advisory Council Member of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIMED); and the co-chair of the MATCH Coalition. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Health Division of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA); an active member of the Center on Aging Services and Technologies, LeadingAge, the American Telemedicine Association, and the HIMSS Global Health Equity Network; and founder of IBHealthy 501(c)(3) which promotes community health and wellness.
Eric Bailly, CM
Business Solutions Director, Behavioral Health Clinical Strategy Anthem
Eric Bailly is currently a Business Solutions Director at Anthem, Inc. In his 13th year at Anthem, Eric’s role is focused on the enterprise substance use disorder strategy, with an emphasis on the enterprise opioid strategy.
Eric earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1993, and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1996.
Eric is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of ND and CO, and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of MN. Eric has worked as a behavioral health clinician in several settings including Outpatient Substance Use Disorder treatment services at both Kaiser Permanente and the Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment, both in the Denver, CO metro area.
Executive Director, Population Health LifeBridge Health
David Baker, DrPH, MBA, is Executive Director of Population Health at LifeBridge Health, a 4-hospital nonprofit health system that treats underserved communities in central Maryland. Dr. Baker leads population health management programming and data analytics for the system. He won for Sinai Hospital the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s “Circle of Honor Award” for providing intensive care coordination and home visits to address underlying social, behavioral, and medical issues leading to repeat hospital utilization. The program achieved a 26% reduction in hospital visits compared to a control group. Dr. Baker is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor and a co-Director of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Master of Applied Science in Population Health. He has a Doctor in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Yale University School of Management.
Stephen Batuello, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer Precision Medicine Alliance, LLC at CommonSpirit Health
Dr. Batuello currently serves as the System Vice President, Precision Medicine Alliance and Medical Director, CommonSpirit Health Research Institute. His career has included over twenty years of practice as an otolaryngologist--head and neck surgeon, hospital chief medical officer, multispecialty physician group chairman as well as consulting and advisory roles to government agencies and biotechnology companies. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Creighton University and completed his Medical Degree and Residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He also holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Chief Executive Officer Viva Vita
Carleigh Berryman is an international virtual reality + healthcare expert. She has been a featured speaker at conferences across the U.S. and abroad and will be a featured author in the upcoming book Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Case Studies and Perspectives. Carleigh is recognized for her work and history in establishing her company Viva Vita, which has delivered virtual reality to hundreds of seniors across the country for better mental health.
Elizabeth A. Beverly, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Primary Care Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Elizabeth A. Beverly, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Primary Care at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the recipient of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, D.O. Endowed Faculty Fellow in Behavioral Diabetes. Dr. Beverly graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biobehavioral Health and a minor in Gerontology in 2008. She completed a five-year postdoctoral fellowship in diabetes at Harvard Medical School with the Joslin Diabetes Center in 2013. Dr. Beverly conducts research focused on chronic disease management, with a specific emphasis on type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Her research program examines diabetes through a psychosocial lens, employing mixed methodology to examine complex challenges in a rural and underserved region in Appalachian Ohio. She is focused on implementing evidence-based interventions, including patient navigation, community health workers, and peer support networks, to address health disparities to improve clinical outcomes. Recently, she has employed focused ethnographic methods to better understand the culture of rural Appalachian Ohio and how this culture influences diabetes self-management. Currently, she is collaborating with the OHIO Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab to improve healthcare providers’ and health professional students’ cultural self-efficacy, empathy, and attitudes towards diabetes using virtual reality simulations.
Founder and 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.
Hakim Bouzamondo, MD
Divisional Vice President, Nutrition Global Research and Development Abbott
Hakim Bouzamondo, M.D., MSc, MBA, is divisional vice president of Abbott’s Nutrition Global Research and Development. He is responsible for pediatric & adult nutrition product development, innovation, education, clinical and preclinical research. He leads a team of more than 700 scientists, across five R&D centers located in the Americas, EMEA and Asia.
He joined Abbott in 2014 as divisional vice president of Global Scientific & Medical Affairs. In this role, he was responsible for developing and managing an integrated Medical & Scientific Affairs organization, enhancing the quality of clinical research conducted and ensuring interdisciplinary collaboration across the business. Hakim redefined key science research platforms and created a user experience team to better address rapidly evolving consumer needs.
Hakim is also the chair of the Executive Committee of the Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory – an innovative partnership between Abbott Nutrition and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focused on research at the crossroads of nutrition and neuroscience.
Senior Vice President, Talent and Team Development MarineMax
Ray Lee Bowman, Ph.D., is the CHRO and Senior Vice President for Talent and Team Development at MarineMax, headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. MarineMax is the world’s largest boat and yacht retailer with approximately 70 stores and a dozen marinas from coast-to-coast with approximately 1700 employees, referred to as “team members”. They also have operations internationally. MarineMax is self-insured. In his position at MarineMax, Dr. Bowman created, updates and oversees the company’s innovative health care plan as well as executive development, executive coaching, various other management training functions, strategic planning coordination and facilitation, oversight of HR, review and approval of all management hires and promotions, and multi-level succession planning for the independent Board of Directors. Regarding MarineMax’s revolutionary health care plan, Dr. Bowman has been instrumental in piecing together a diverse and effective set of cost saving strategies of benefit to both team members and the company. He is also the innovative founder and President of MAXHealthPlan Solutions (a division of MarineMax) which shares these very successful, cost saving strategies with other interested companies.
Prior to joining the MarineMax team, Dr. Bowman spent nearly four decades practicing Clinical Psychology with four offices in two counties surrounding Tampa Bay, Florida. His practice also provided cognitive rehabilitation for neurologically impaired patients. He is board certified (with Diplomate status) in Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Forensic Psychology, Pain Management, and Clinical Psychology. He has degrees from Eckerd College (formerly Florida Presbyterian College), the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Georgia. He completed his clinical internship at Shand’s Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. His two year residency prior to licensure was at the Developmental Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. He retired from clinical practice in 2011 but soon after was recruited to MarineMax.
Dr. Bowman lives in the mountains near Hendersonville, North Carolina with his beautiful wife of 43 years, Debra. They have one son, Robert, who is the founder of Bowman Marketing. Rob also lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina with his wife, Ashley, and Dr. Bowman’s two extraordinarily gifted and adorable granddaughters, Hannah and Grace, ages ten and five respectively.
Executive Editor and Publisher Interpro Publications
William Boyles is Executive Editor & Publisher of Interpro Publications Inc. in Washington D.C., a specialized news service staffed by professional accredited journalists. The company started publishing in 1984 and is funded by subscriptions and sponsors. It publishes digital weekly award-winning newsletters and issue briefs on specific market leaders, technology issues and political events. Its readers include industry and government leaders, investment analysts, and health services researchers.
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.
Wesley Burks, MD
Chief Executive Officer, UNC Health;
Dean, UNC School of Medicine
Dr. A. Wesley Burks is Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, and CEO of UNC Health.
Dr. Burks has spent more than 30 years taking care of patients, conducting research, helping to educate trainees, and leading institutions. He joined UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 as physician-in-chief of the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and was named chair of the department of pediatrics in 2012, as well as the Curnen Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics. In 2015, he was named executive dean of the UNC School of Medicine, during which he oversaw the school’s focus on rural health initiatives, diversity in admissions, and primary care education, which is now ranked first in the country.
Dr. Burks also leads a research team focusing on identifying the molecular signatures of allergens in specific foods, such as peanuts, to gain a better understanding of why some people have adverse reactions. Dr. Burks and colleagues lead several immunotherapy clinical studies, and his initial work on peanut allergies is cited as the basis for potential peanut allergy treatment regimens currently under FDA review.
Dr. Burks is a past chair and member of the NIH Hypersensitivity, Autoimmune, and Immune-mediated Diseases study section and is Past President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and then the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed a pediatric residency at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center. He served on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Duke University Medical Center before joining the UNC School of Medicine.
Vice President, Customer Experience and Digital Transformation Independent Health
Jon is a technologist, futurist, and champion of customer experience. Jon’s career has largely been focused on healthcare, however, his technology startup and other past roles have led him to launch leading edge technology solutions in other industries such as retail e-commerce, IOT, and digital communications, serving over 10M monthly active users. Some of his past customers include AT&T, Wide Open West (WOW), CenturyLink, Paula Deen Foods, SoftScience (from the makers of Crocs), and Intellastar. In his current role with Independent Health, Jon is focused on reinventing the healthcare consumer experience for patients and providers alike; to make care delivery more efficient, effective, and enjoyable.
Melisa S. Byrd
Senior Deputy Director / 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.
Executive Director Advanced Health Network, Recovery Health Solutions (AHN|RHS)
Carol Cassell is Executive Director of Recovery Health Solutions IPA and Advanced Health Network IPA, both behavioral health provider networks serving NYC and Long Island markets, working with provider network leadership improving access to and care coordination of behavioral health services with patient and provider engagement. As a healthcare leader, Carol brings strategic, financial, operational and organizational experience including 20 years in healthcare (hospital, post-acute, ambulatory care, behavioral health) delivery systems, 14 years health plan management and operations, and 8 years combined community health planning, information technology and healthcare consulting.
Experience includes a) Strategic and operational leadership roles overseeing Medicare and Medicaid Managed Care Products; Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) and PACE programs; including value-based payments, care management, PCMH program implementation, performance improvement and business intelligence; b) development and implementation of alternative payment / value-based payment models; d) collaborative relationships with health information exchanges including business sustainability model.
Carol’s focus is on delivering patient centered value engaging patients and their family/support systems, medical providers and community-based organizations through shared leadership, collaborative business relationships, and aligned payments models, supported by actionable process and outcome performance measures.
Administrative Services Manager City of Plano
James A. Colbert, MD
Senior Medical Director, Delivery System Innovation and Analytics Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
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. In 2015 he was selected by MedTech Boston as one of 40 healthcare innovators under age 40.
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
Barbara Collura, President and Chief Executive Officer RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Barbara Collura joined RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association in September 2004 as the Director, Chapter & Constituent Services. In April 2007, Barbara was named the President & CEO of RESOLVE.
Barbara is a nationally recognized expert on infertility and the family building journey, with a special emphasis on the personal experience of those struggling to build their family. Barbara has worked with the World Health Organization on infertility definitions and clinical guidelines, worked with ACOG on their clinical definitions for infertility, and served a four-year term on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH. A frequent guest speaker at medical conferences, Barbara is an expert on public policy issues facing the infertility community that impact both patient access and clinical care. Barbara has been a guest on the TODAY Show, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, and Nightline. She is routinely quoted in major media outlets on a variety of topics related to infertility. In 2014, Barbara received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Barbara is passionate about RESOLVE's mission as the organization was a source of support and information during her own battle with infertility.
For several years prior to joining the national headquarters staff of RESOLVE, Barbara served as a volunteer for RESOLVE in the Washington, DC metro area.
Prior to joining RESOLVE, Barbara ran a high-tech recruiting organization serving as Vice President of Operations; she also owned her own high-tech recruiting firm. Barbara has served as a volunteer with RESOLVE, The American University Alumni Association, her church, and other social service organizations.
Barbara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and her Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from American University. Barbara, her husband Chris, son Anthony and assorted pets reside in Herndon, Virginia.
President and Chief Executive Officer Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP)
Ceci Connolly, a nationally-recognized health care leader, is president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). She spent 25 years in journalism and is a well-respected author and commentator. As the?Washington Post's former chief health correspondent, she chronicled President Obama's drive for sweeping health care reform and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Connolly is co-author of LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All and has been published in numerous publications, including The New England Journal of Medicine. Following her career in journalism, Connolly served as a leader of PwC’s Health Research Institute and as a senior adviser at the McKinsey Center for Health Reform.
In her current role as president and CEO, she works with some of the most innovative executives in the health sector to provide high-quality, affordable coverage and care to all. She is a leading thinker in the disruptive forces reshaping our health system and has been a trusted adviser to c-suite executives.
Connolly is a founding member of?Women of Impact (WOI) for Healthcare. She is a former board member for the non-profit Whitman Walker Health and was the first non-physician to receive the Mayo Clinic's prestigious Plummer Society Award for promoting deeper understanding of science and medicine. She also serves on the advisory board to the Fannie Mae Sustainable Communities Initiative and was the recipient of a fellowship at?Harvard's?Kennedy School?of Government. In addition, Connolly was included on Business Insider’s inaugural list of “DC Health Care Power Players”.
Michael Consuelos, MD
Vice President Strategy Canton & Company
A healthcare executive with deep experience in leading change in complex healthcare organizations, Dr. Consuelos provides Canton & Company’s clients with informed guidance on innovative clinical programming and go-to-market strategies. Skilled in facilitating strategic planning sessions with hospital and physician leaders, he has successfully enabled organizations to plan new service lines from concept to full implementation in difficult markets and evolving payment models. During strategic planning meetings, Dr. Consuelos leverages his executive coach experience to support executives as they navigate through organizational complexities and challenges them to approach the future with renewed curiosity.
Dr. Consuelos, a US Army veteran, has held multiple physician leadership positions since 1997. He has extensive experience leading health system capital planning, strategic business ventures, physician compensation plans, and community pandemic response. He most recently served as the senior vice president for clinical integration at the Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). He was the clinical voice in HAP’s advocacy activities and supported its member organizations through innovative collaborative projects in quality and population health, emergency preparedness, and health economics research.
Educating healthcare professionals and communicating to a varied audience has been an important part of Dr. Consuelos’ professional career. He is an engaging speaker and has been invited to speak to national audiences on a variety of topics, ranging from physician compensation in emergent value-based payment models to regional healthcare response capabilities during nuclear incidents.
Throughout his career, Dr. Consuelos has focused on advancing transparency to build high reliability organizations, creation of new service lines in competitive markets, healthcare policy development, and emergency preparedness plans that lead to readiness against new threats. Michael is committed to using his expertise to support healthcare leaders in their time of need.
Dr. Consuelos received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his pediatric training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He received his Executive MBA from the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Consuelos received his executive coaching preparation from the Teleos Leadership Institute.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer E Powered Benefits
Rebekah Couper-Noles is Intermountain Healthcare’s Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Community-Based Care. Her prior roles were Vice President of Operations for Intermountain Medical Group, Chief Nursing Officer for Community-Based Care and Chief Nursing Officer of Castell. Rebekah is passionate about caring for communities, getting upstream in health and finds joy in serving the providers, caregivers and teams that deliver direct patient care. Prior to joining Intermountain, Rebekah served at Providence Health & Services as the Chief Operations Officer for Providence Medical Group in NW Washington.
Rebekah obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington, her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Washington. Before moving into full-time administrative and leadership roles, Rebekah practiced clinically as a Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She is married with five children and enjoys rock climbing, skiing and backpacking with her family.
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.
Chief Operating Officer BMC HealthNet Plan
Diana (Dee) Cruz joined BMC HealthNet Plan in 2021 as the Chief Operating Officer. Dee is responsible for improving end to end operational processes that drive a better member experience. Prior to joining BMC HealthNet Plan, Dee initiated the Office of Consumer Obsession at Cambia Health Solutions where she employed Human-Centered Design/Lean methods and sponsored enterprise programs focused on reducing consumer effort and healthcare costs for members. As VP of Operations at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dee oversaw improved automation and data-science enabled payment integrity programs focused on reducing provider and member abrasion. Dee has also held leadership roles at Cigna, in finance, operations, network architecture, and operating effectiveness. Dee serves on the boards of several non-profits including: HCEG, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Foundation, and the Children’s Institute. Dee received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Stanford University, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
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.
Karen M. Dale
Market President, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia;
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
Karen M. Dale is the Market President for AmeriHealth Caritas’ Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for leading key initiatives to strategically position the MCO as a market leader offering innovative solutions for the critical challenges faced by its members.
In addition to her role as Market President, Dale was appointed to AmeriHealth Caritas’ newly created position of Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO). As CDEIO, Dale leads the planning and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies across the organization to link workforce, workplace, health equity, and supplier diversity with measurable business and cultural outcomes.
Having held multiple positions of leadership during the past two decades, Dale has worked with a broad group of stakeholders to address policies and other key factors impacting the delivery of health care services. In addressing the range of needs experienced by the nation’s vulnerable populations, Dale has cultivated a focus that has helped AmeriHealth Caritas concurrently innovate, while meeting the highest levels of quality and service. These efforts include the use of digital tools to aid in the management of chronic diseases, peer to peer outreach using community health workers and peer specialist, and the use of a human-centered design member engagement approach. Dale’s vision is notably reflected in key programs addressing Black maternal health, racism, housing, transportation, violence interruption, and food insecurity. In addition, her philosophy that healthcare must evolve into a health ecosystem that promotes, wellness, without barriers, starting where people are, has led to several collaborative relationships with providers, community partners, philanthropists and businesses to implement sustainable, scalable solutions with high impact.
Dale holds a Master of Science degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from The Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. She was a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2003. She serves as a board member for both Volunteers of America National Services and the Volunteers of America National Board, and the Access to Justice Commission.
Smita Das, MD, PhD
Director of Psychiatry Lyra Health
Dr. Das is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine and has over 20 years of research experience in healthcare quality and addiction. She studied Chemistry and Statistics at Stanford, completed her Masters in Public Health at Dartmouth College, and then completed her MD/PhD in Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Regionally, she has been a leader in the Northern California Psychiatric Society since 2012 and is now Immediate Past President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) District Branch. Nationally, she serves on the Council on Addictions at the American Psychiatric Association, has presented to the US Congress and is an invited speaker at conferences. Prior to her position as Medical Director of Psychiatry at Lyra Health, she was Director of Addiction Treatment Services at the Palo Alto VA System. In addition to her work at Lyra, Dr. Das practices in addictions at Stanford School of Medicine where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor.
Senior Director, Benefits and Compensation Alex Lee
Kim is both a strategic and innovative HR, compensation and benefits professional that has developed multiple programs that support the employee’s health and well-being. With a comprehensive knowledge and application of comp and benefits best practices in a large-scale, highly-matrixed organization, Kim is recognized as a thought leader and subject-matter expert within the Alex Lee management team. She has advanced and sustained a culture of health and wellness at Alex Lee while supporting employees to let them authentically be themselves and unleash the talent they possess.
Kim is a natural influencer who thrives on tough challenges.
Kim holds a BS, in Business Administration from Gardner Webb University.
On a personal note Kim is an avid Peloton cyclist and passionate about mind and body wellness.
Managing Director, Healthcare Technology and Distribution SVB Leerink
Stephanie Davis is a Senior Research Analyst at SVB Leerink covering Healthcare Technology and Distribution. She has over a decade of experience covering the Healthcare IT and IT Services sectors and leads the firm’s digital health research efforts.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Davis worked at Citibank where she led coverage for the Healthcare IT sector, including the electronic health record companies, payer-facing and provider-facing IT players. Before Citi, Ms. Davis was an Equity Research Analyst at J.P. Morgan and, earlier in her career, was an Investment Banking Analyst at Sonenshine Partners.
In 2019, Ms. Davis was recognized as a Runner-Up for Health Care Technology and Distribution on Institutional Investor’s All America Research Team and was included in Business Insider’s “Rising Stars of Equity Research” in 2017.
Ms. Davis earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Columbia University and is a CFA charterholder.
Senior Policy Fellow Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Fellow for the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. Based in Washington, DC, where the center’s research team is located, she focuses on aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic response; health system transformation, such as through telehealth; biopharmaceutical policy; health coverage expansion, and other key health policy issues.
Dentzer is one of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio, including PBS and NPR, and an author of commentaries and analyses in print publications such as Modern Healthcare, NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine)-Catalyst, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. She was also the editor and lead author of the book Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care, available on Amazon.com.
From 2016 to 2019, Dentzer was President and Chief Executive Officer of NEHI, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization then composed of more than 80 stakeholder organizations from across all key sectors of health and health care. From 2013 to 2016, she was senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on health and health care in the United States, and before that, was the editor-in-chief of the policy journal Health Affairs. From 1998 to 2008, she was theon-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. Dentzer wrote and hosted the 2015 PBS documentary, Reinventing American Healthcare, focusing on the innovations pioneered by the Geisinger Health System and spread to health systems across the nation.
Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine); an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a fellow of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading global humanitarian organization and a member of the board of directors of Research!America, which advocates on behalf of biomedical and health-related research. She was formerly a member of the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, a nonprofit organization addressing public health issues and solutions nationwide. She is a member of the Boards of Advisors for RAND Health and for the Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies at the University of California-San Francisco. From 2011 to 2017 she was public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians.
Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She serves on the advisory board for the Center for Global Health Equity at Dartmouth, and previously was a member of the Board of Advisors of Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine or more than two decades. Dentzer holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Muskingum University. She and her husband have three adult children.
Chief Executive Officer The Health Management Academy
Renee DeSilva serves as CEO of The Health Management Academy, partnering with top executives from the nation’s 150 largest and most innovative healthcare companies to shape the future of the industry. Under Renee’s leadership, The Academy has launched a broad array of new research programs, strategic partnerships and leadership initiatives.
With more than two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, Renee is a sought-after speaker, moderator, panelist and host. Informed by The Academy’s more than 65 annual events featuring c-suite healthcare decision-makers and innovators, she has unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. She is frequently asked to speak on health system transformation catalyzed by COVID-19 and issues of race and representation in healthcare leadership.
Prior to joining the Academy, Renee served as Executive Vice President & Chief Talent Officer at EAB and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at The Advisory Board Company. In these roles, she led talent, commercial and business operations across the firm.
Renee serves on the board of Inova Health System and is a recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award. A passionate advocate for health equity, DeSilva leads The Mosaic Network, a joint venture project to boost the number of people of color in board level roles in healthcare companies. She is also an active member of Black Directors for Health Equity Advancement.
John Dickey, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Population Health Sound Physicians
John Dickey is Sound Physician’s Chief Medical Officer, Population Health. Sound Physicians is one of the largest physician led companies in the United States and the largest physician participant in the BPCI program with Medicare. He joined Sound in 2014 as a Hospitalist and quickly became involved in Sound’s Population Health efforts. Sound Physicians has lead the way with improving quality and reducing costs in the 90 day episode of care. His innovative care models and management processes have contributed to Sound-leading improvements in the use of post-acute care and in patient outcomes. Through his leadership, his team has successfully expanded their effective clinical model to an ever broadening patient populations through Medicare Advantage, ACOs, and other private payers.
John is passionate about working together as a team to accomplish the goals in Population Health for the betterment of our patients. John sees the journey of medical care redesign as an enormous opportunity to bring quality improvements for our patients.
John is married and a father of 4, who enjoys hiking and being in the outdoors. His love for educating led him to once be a junior high science and math teacher. And his claim to fame was briefly starring in a Super Bowl commercial.
Gary L. Disbrow, PhD
Director, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Gary Disbrow is the Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. BARDA invests in the innovation, advanced research and development, acquisition, and manufacturing of medical countermeasures – vaccines, drugs, therapeutics, diagnostic tools, and non-pharmaceutical products needed to combat health security threats. BARDA has established hundreds of public-private sector partnerships and as of November 2020 BARDA now has a portfolio of 56 products that have earned FDA regulatory approvals, licensures or clearances.
Dr. Disbrow joined BARDA in January of 2007 and has held a variety of positions related to the advanced development and procurement of medical countermeasures against an array of threats to national security and public health. Prior to becoming the BARDA Director, Dr. Disbrow served as acting BARDA Director, Deputy Assistant Secretary of ASPR and Medical Countermeasures Program Director.
In October 2013, Dr. Disbrow was named Acting Director of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Division and was subsequently named the Director of the Division in December of 2014. During that time, the CBRN Division built a robust pipeline of candidate products under advanced research and development. In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Disbrow was identified as the Ebola Incident Coordinator for BARDA and worked closely with the BARDA Director on funding needs, development of candidate products, and was the primary liaison for BARDA across the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE). These efforts led to the first licensed Ebola vaccine, ERBEVO licensed in December 2019.
October 2008, Dr. Disbrow began serving as the Deputy Director of the CBRN Division of Countermeasures and oversaw the budget and programs for both advanced research and development and Project BioShield efforts.
Upon joining BARDA in January 2007, Dr. Disbrow began working on the smallpox vaccine program. Dr. Disbrow played a key role in awarding the first contract under Project BioShield using the authorities for advanced payment and milestone payments provided under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (2006). JYNNEOS was licensed in September 2019.
Prior to joining BARDA, Dr. Disbrow was an Assistant Professor of Oncology and Pathology at Georgetown Medical Center where he worked on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines and therapeutics. Dr. Disbrow has previously worked at W.R. Grace, Kodak, and Genecor.
Dr. Disbrow attended the University of Rochester and Georgetown University for his undergraduate and Ph.D. respectively.
Director, Health Solutions Thought Leadership Fidelity
Stan Dorsey is part of Fidelity's Health Solutions Thought Leadership team, which develops actionable health and wellness research and insights for employers and their workforce. His focus is primarily on the employer segment, and includes content on health savings accounts and various other employee health benefit solutions. A former journalist and corporate communications professional, Stan spent 13 years at CVS Health prior to joining Fidelity in 2016.
Roger Dowdy, LICSW
Vice President, Mental Health Strategy, Population Health Management Providence St. Joseph Health System
Roger serves as Vice President of Mental Health Strategy for the seven-state Providence St. Joseph Health system, based in Renton, WA. In this capacity he has responsibility for behavioral health, population health activities across the delivery system and for all lines of business. Roger has over 30 years of experience in the health care and non-profit sector. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he worked extensively with individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders as well as in a public, safety-net emergency room. As an administrator, Roger has led efforts to integrate mental health into primary care in multiple organizations as well as the overall coordination of large scale, clinical operations and health plan functions. He has previously served in director level, leadership roles at Virginia Mason Medical Center, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System and Neighborcare Health (the largest provider of primary care in King County for low-income and uninsured families and individuals). Prior to joining Providence, he worked as the Director of the Mental Health and Wellness at Kaiser Permanente of Washington. Roger holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington, a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work.
Vice President, Customer Transformation Quadient
After serving as Quadient’s VP of Product Marketing for five years, Scott Draeger serves as Quadient’s VP of Customer Transformation. He focuses on helping customers around the world create omni-channel customer experiences every stage of the customer journey.
As a graduate of UNLV with an English Literature degree, Scott Draeger joined this industry by accident. He started as a document designer at a leading Chicagoland service provider, working on healthcare statements and direct marketing applications. He moved to the software side of the CCM software industry in 1998, working professional services, technical support, and training before finding his passion in Product Marketing/Management in 2007. (sigh) Unfortunately, some of his early banking and insurance applications are still in production…
He has a Master EDP from Xplor, serves on the Board of Directors for Rutgers University CX program, and earned his CCXP (Certified Customer Experience Professional) certification from the Customer Experience Professionals Association in 2018. He knows you aren’t proud of all of your customer communications, and he wants to help you change that.
Chief Executive Officer Paracosma
Paracosma is an AR/VR solutions provider offering AR/VR application development and 3d content creation services. Paracosma is headquartered in the US with subsidiary companies in Japan and Nepal. In addition to Paracosma, Ken was a co-founder and serves as a General Partner of SunBridge Partners, a Venture Capital firm focused on Japan market entry for leading enterprise SAAS companies. As a VC since 2000, Ken has experience investing in and managing some two dozen startup technology companies; including establishing 5 international joint ventures with companies such as Concur (acquired by SAP for $8.3B), Marketo (acquired by Adobe for $4.7B), and Demandware (acquired by salesforce.com for $2.8B). He is the co-founder and a Director of TalentA, a Tokyo based distributor of international HR and Talent Management solutions. He has 14 years of experience with entertainment and Internet video, backing Paracosma’s 360 distribution platform; and 11 years of experience with enterprise talent management applications such employee onboarding, education and training, informing Paracosma’s simulation and training efforts. Ken serves on the Boards of two nonprofit charitable organizations.
Chief Executive Officer Penumbra
Adam co-founded Penumbra and has served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since our inception in 2004, as Chairman of our board of directors since January 2015. He resumed the role of President in May 2020, previously serving as President from January 2015 until August 2019. Prior to Penumbra, Adam led SMART Therapeutics, Inc., a medical device company focused on devices for neuro-intervention, as its Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2002 and, after its acquisition by Boston Scientific Corporation, President of SMART Therapeutics within Boston Scientific Corporation from 2002 to 2005. Before his work in the medical device industry, Adam was a partner in the law firm of Shartsis Friese LLP. He received a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Hastings College of the Law.
Executive Director International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association (IVRHA)
Robert is the Executive Director and Founder of IVRHA (International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association).
In 2009, Robert started Cool Blue Media by organizing the first social media conference on the east coast of the United States, leading to the publication of the textbook, "The Big Book of Social Media Case Studies, Stories and Perspectives" and shortly thereafter the only printed magazine covering social media, The Social Media Monthly. In May 2016, he launched VRVoice.co, a content vertical exploring virtual reality in the enterprise. In 2017, Robert started the largest annual conference on virtual reality and healthcare with events taking place both in the US and Europe.
Prior to 2009, Robert was the Senior Director of Global Strategy and Development of IT at Conservation International (CI). Robert joined CI in 2000 to take responsibility for connecting all of CI’s forty field offices to the Internet with broadband connectivity. During his 10 year tenure, he built an international staff of 25 IT professionals.
Robert has over ten years of additional work experience as a systems and sales engineer with various companies including CMGI, Hughes Network Systems, ioWave and Raytheon. Robert has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, a master’s degree in environmental science and public policy from Johns Hopkins University, and is ABD at George Mason University.
Chief Commercial Officer Total Brain
Melissa has focused her career on improving healthcare within the U.S. and globally, working with some of the most forward-thinking employers, payers and consultants. Prior to joining Total Brain, she served as Chief Revenue Officer at Maven, a digital healthcare company. Frieswick's extensive career in the healthcare industry also includes being a member of the early leadership team that scaled Virgin Pulse, part of Richard Branson's famed Virgin Group and the global leader within the health and wellbeing market.
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.
Keith Gaetano, PharmD
Director of Product Rx Savings Solutions
Keith currently leads Health Plan innovation and strategy at Rx Savings Solutions. He previously held the title of Director of Client Success for Health Plans. Within that role, Keith partnered with health plans to help their members lower their out-of-pocket pharmacy costs and make the most of their prescription drug plan. Before joining Rx Savings Solutions, he spent 16 years in hospital, retail and specialty pharmacy.?Born and raised in Chicago, he attended Purdue University where he received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008. In his free time, Keith is a devoted husband and father to four children under the age of 8.
Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director Total Brain
Louis Gagnon is the CEO of Total Brain, a mental health and fitness platform powered by neurotechnology. He is Advisor to TPG Capital, a top-tier US private equity firm who named him CEO of Ride, a portfolio company that he restructured. As a corporate executive, Louis held dual Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer roles at Audible/Amazon, Yodle and Monster Worldwide. As an entrepreneur, Louis created and led 5 business and social enterprises on four continents, many of which were in the field of reproductive health. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laval University in Quebec City and a Masters of Science in Marketing from HEC-Montreal. His career has been awarded by his alma maters and his work has been featured in a number of management books and magazines including The Economist.
Commercial Marketing, Product & Sales Strategy/Operations Leader Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Jim leads marketing and product strategy efforts to create recognition, interest and demand for our newly combined organization’s commercial plans products and services offered across our 5 states. He oversees all commercial advertising, promotion, sponsorship and awareness across all media and other programs that support the division’s go-to-market strategies. In addition, Jim is responsible for product development and product effectiveness, sales administration.
Before joining Tufts Health Plan, Jim was senior vice president for business development and strategy with Langrand and Company, a health care strategy firm based in Houston. Prior to that, he spent 18 years in business development, marketing and product innovation roles, supporting all business segments within BlueCross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
Jim holds a B.S. in business administration and marketing and an M.B.A. from the University of Rhode Island.
Partner Providence Ventures
Dan is a partner at Providence Ventures in the San Francisco bay area, where he focuses on investments in the healthcare information technology, healthcare services, and medical device sectors. He is currently a board director at Gauss Surgical. Dan has been investing in and partnering with management teams of early and growth stage companies in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Providence, Dan was a Partner at HLM Venture Partners where he led or co-led investments in 14 companies including: Redbrick Health, ClearData, Confluent Surgical, Change Healthcare, and CBR Systems. Prior to HLM, Dan was an Associate at venture capital firm J.H. Whitney and Company and an Analyst in the healthcare investment banking group at Alex. Brown & Sons. Dan has a master’s in business administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Executive Officer BehaVR
Aaron Gani is the founder and CEO of BehaVR, Inc., creating digital therapeutics for mental and behavioral health through the unmatched psychological power of Virtual Reality. Gani has been creating applications and experiences with technology throughout his career in healthcare and financial services, up to and including serving as Chief Technology Officer of Humana, a Fortune 50 managed care organization.
After a decade+ in healthcare leading technology development of population health, utilization management, disease management programs, pharmacy benefit management, primary care, urgent care, Health IT, and clinical analytics, and constantly working on ways to improve and empower consumer health with technology, data and analytics, Gani identified the crucial gap between knowledge, tools, and activations for improving mental and behavioral, and believes Virtual Reality experiences can close that gap.
Gani is a founding member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Digital Medicine (DiMe) Society, and a founding advisory board member of the International Virtual Reality Healthcare Association (IVRHA). Gani holds a Master’s in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, an MBA, General Management and Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a BS in Management/CIS from the University of Louisville.
Kulleni Gebreyes, MD
Principal, Healthcare Practice and Director, Health Equity Institute Deloitte
A Principal in Deloitte’s Healthcare practice, Kulleni Gebreyes is a physician leader with over 20 years of experience in the health care industry across the commercial and public sector. She drives care delivery transformation for health care organizations pursuing financially sustainable strategies for performance improvement, clinical services optimization and asset rationalization. She has also developed strategies for population health management and value-based care that address payment reform, physician engagement, and patient activation. In partnership with providers, payers, and employers, Kulleni has successfully developed and implemented clinical analytics tools and applications that reduce operating costs and promote appropriate utilization of resources.
Trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital System, Dr. Gebreyes is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Six Sigma Green Belt. She holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, a BA in Biology from Princeton University and an MBA from Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins. She has served as a faculty member engaged in medical education and residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center and George Washington University Hospital. Kulleni has also been an active advocate for vulnerable and underserved communities through her work with State of Maryland and District of Columbia. She is a recognized speaker at regional and national conference including Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), National Association of Health Care Executives (NAHSE) and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Founder and President High Performance Providers
Doug is the founder/president of High Performance Providers, a boutique consulting firm that works with World-class surgeons looking to contract with self-funded health plans. He only represents surgeons that deliver better health outcome for a lower/bundled price. Doug works closely with self-funded health plans, their third-party administrators (TPAs), benefit consultants and the high performance networks they seek, often times saving health plans 40-60% of spend.
As an experienced and successful entrepreneur who has built and sold several healthcare, technology and human capital related businesses throughout his career, Doug knows how to deliver results. He is a past 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 the past president of the Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Business Council and has been a board member of SHRM, Entrepreneur’s Organization, UNLV School of Medicine and the Las Vegas Medical District.
Doug is a single father raising a multi-lingual daughter and loves to travel. As an avid water sports fanatic, you will often find Doug stand-up paddling or boating on Lake Sahara or any other body of water he can find.
Patrick J. Geraghty
President and Chief Executive Officer GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Florida Blue, GuideWell Group, Inc.
Pat Geraghty is President and Chief Executive Officer of GuideWell, a $20 billion mutual insurance holding company headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. A mission-driven health solutions enterprise, GuideWell is the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care.
GuideWell comprises Florida Blue, the leading health insurance company in Florida; GuideWell Connect, a consumer engagement and marketing firm that includes Onlife Health; GuideWell Health, a health care delivery company; GuideWell Source, a provider of administrative services to federal and state health care programs, including Medicare; PopHealthCare, a population health management company; and WebTPA, a market leading administrator of self-funded employer health plans. GuideWell serves more than 28 million people across 45 states, including more than 5 million individuals in Florida.
Geraghty was the architect of the strategic restructuring that created GuideWell from the foundation of a 75-year-old health insurance company, transforming it into a health solutions organization at the forefront of reimagining the future of health in America. The GuideWell restructuring is considered a model of strategic reinvention and is featured as a capstone business case in the curriculum of Harvard Business School.
A dynamic speaker, Geraghty is considered an expert voice on a range of health care topics including health care reform in the U.S., next-generation payment strategies, innovation in health care and the benefits of wellness and prevention programming.
He has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “Fox Business News,” CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” The Wall Street Journal’s “Money Beat,” “PBS Nightly Business Report,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart” and “Capitol Gains” programs. Geraghty also has been featured on the front page of The New York Times’ Business Day, in The Wall Street Journal, and in many other media outlets.
In addition to serving as an expert source to leading news media, Geraghty is frequently sought after for his insights on important health care policy matters in Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee, Fla.
Geraghty is active in leading professional and community organizations. He is Immediate Past Chair of the Florida Council of 100, a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization of Florida business leaders who advise the state’s governor on how to improve the economic growth of the state and the economic well-being of its residents. He also serves as a member of the board of the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America’s health care system.
Additionally, Geraghty serves on the boards of Pardee Rand Graduate School, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Tampa Electric Co. (TECO).
In 2016 Geraghty became a member of the Health Governors Community of the World Economic Forum, the international organization for public private cooperation, and a trustee for its Global Challenge Initiative on The Future of Health.
Geraghty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, degree from Florida Southern College. He also has completed executive education programs at Harvard University School of Public Health and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Head of Sales Philips Lifeline
President and Chief Executive Officer Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health
Mr. Neil Goldfarb is President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH, www.gpbch.org), which brings together employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey who are committed to improving the health of their employees and the safety, quality and value delivered by the healthcare system. GPBCH represents over 1.5 million covered lives nationally. Before founding GPBCH in 2012, Mr. Goldfarb spent over 30 years in healthcare research, quality improvement, and management positions. As Associate Dean for Research in the Jefferson College of Population Health, he was responsible for leading the school’s research agenda, while concurrently serving as Director of Ambulatory Care Performance Improvement for Thomas Jefferson University’s faculty practice plan. His previous positions include Executive Director of a quality improvement consulting firm, and Vice President of Health Services for the Philadelphia region’s first Medicaid managed care plan. Mr. Goldfarb has authored over 60 articles in the peer-reviewed literature. Mr. Goldfarb is active in the governance of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, and founding co-Director of the College for Value-based Purchasing of Health Benefits.
President Healthcare Leadership Council
Mary Grealy is president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives of the nation’s leading healthcare 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 healthcare industry. She was appointed to the position in August 1999. She previously served as Washington Counsel for the American Hospital Association and was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Counsel for the Federation of American Hospitals.
Ms. Grealy has an extensive background in healthcare policy. She has led important initiatives on the uninsured, 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.
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 Chair of the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship and serves on the board of the Women Business Leaders, the March of Dimes Public Policy Council and the Susan G. Komen Public Policy Advisory Board. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. 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 the 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.
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 extensive experience with mental health parity, including testifying before Congress and federal agencies, and Chairing the Coalition for Fairness in Mental Illness Coverage, one of the leading Coalitions that helped develop, advocate for, and get the Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 signed in to law. She also currently serves on the Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Advisory Council, URAC’s Health Standards Committee and Parity Advisory Council, and innovaTel Telepsychiatry’s Strategic Advisory Board.
Prior to joining ABHW Pamela was the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Before joining AHIP Ms. Greenberg was a Legislative Assistant at Capitol Associates, a healthcare consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Pamela has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Walter Greenleaf, PhD
Medical VR/AR Expert, Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab Stanford University
Walter Greenleaf PhD. is a neuroscientist and a medical technology developer working at Stanford University. With over three decades of research and development experience, Walter is considered a leading autho rity in the field of digital medicine and medical virtual reality technology
As a research scientist and medical product developer, Walter’s focus has been on computer-supported clinical products, with a specific focus on virtual reality and digital health technology, including systems to treat Post-traumatic Stress, Anxiety Disorders, Stroke, Addictions, Autism, and other difficult problems in behavioral and physical medicine. He has had a principal role in several pioneering medical product companies, including Pear Therapeutics, Virtually Better, MindMaze, and InWorld Solutions.
Walter is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s MediaX Program, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, and the Director of Technology Strategy at the University of Colorado National Mental Health Innovation Center. He previously served as the Director of the Mind Division, Stanford Center on Longevity, where his focus was on age-related changes in cognition. Walter was the founding Chief Science Officer for Pear Therapeutics, and is currently the Chief Science Officer for Interaxon.
Walter a member of the Board of Directors for Brainstorm: The Stanford Laboratory for Brain Health Innovation, for Sine Wave, and for Cognitive Leap.
In addition to his research at Stanford University, Walter is the technology and neuroscience advisor to several early-stage medical product companies and accelerator / incubator programs.
Susan Gross, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer The ObG Project
Dr. Susan Gross is the President and CEO of The ObG Project, a digital media company created to deliver guideline-based medical information to physicians and other healthcare professionals. Her career has spanned both clinical medicine and research, with roles at Montefiore Einstein where she was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Genetics; Natera where she was Chief Medical Officer; Mount Sinai Hospital and Sema4 as Medical Director for the Reproductive Lab and Clinical Analysis Division and presently Chief Medical Officer at Cradle Genomics. She is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Medical Genetics. Dr. Gross has served on national and international guideline committees and has lectured and published extensively on prenatal screening and genetic testing, with a focus on new technologies and public health policy.
Executive Director and Co-Founder Center for Community Investment
Robin Hacke is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Community Investment. Since entering the field of community investment in 2007, Robin has raised and managed impact investment funds as Director of Capital Innovation at Living Cities; served as a Senior Fellow at the Kresge Foundation, where she researched and incubated a capital absorption practice to help local leaders strengthen their community investment ecosystems; and advised foundations and hospitals on how they can use investment to help overcome systemic racism and achieve greater equity and opportunity in their communities. Robin brings three decades of investment and strategy experience to community investment, having previously served as a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, and public finance banker. She is a frequent speaker and writer on how to deepen the scale and impact of community investment and has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and a member of the Steering Committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge.
Paul Hain, MD
Chief Medical Officer GoHealth
Paul Hain, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer of GoHealth. Dr. Hain’s focus is the Encompass Platform, a digital health solution that provides strategic value to GoHealth members and enterprise partners. His work surrounds key member touchpoints including care management and navigation, provider and value-based care engagement, pharmacy engagement, health risk assessments, social determinants of health management, and other digital health offerings.
Prior to joining GoHealth, Dr. Hain was the Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). Prior to BCBSTX, Dr. Hain served as Vice President and Medical Director of Population Health and Network Development at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Before moving to Dallas, Dr. Hain was the Associate Chief of Staff and Medical Director for Quality at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where he founded the Pediatric Hospitalist Program. Academically, Dr. Hain’s work has been published in multiple journals, and he has lectured nationally concerning the varied topics of quality improvement, risk management, readmissions, patient throughput, the use of the APR-DRG system, and dashboard use in hospital medicine.
Dr. Hain received his M.D. from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and he completed his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Prior to that, Dr. Hain received his B.S. in Engineering from Rice University, and subsequently worked as a corrosion engineer in Alaska.
Brendon Hale, PhD
Principal Research Scientist OptumLabs
Brendon Hale, Ph.D. is a Principal Research Scientist at OptumLabs who is responsible for developing best approaches and uses for Digital Therapeutics (DTx) technologies and devices in healthcare. His academic background is in Human Performance and Neuroscience and he has applied this expertise to develop national health and wellness programs. Additionally, he has developed specific expertise in designing science-based behavior change in DTx. Brendon’s experience in academics, program management, and as an entrepreneur allows him to expand his research and development efforts into XR technologies for healthcare while ensuring these technologies are best positioned for market deployment. The DTx team at OptumLabs is actively investigating how best to bring new DTx technologies to healthcare and how to integrate all of these devices into an ecosystem that provides value to patients, caregivers, providers, hospital systems and learning organizations like OptumLabs. These efforts include the filing of a provisional patent in May of 2021. Brendon and the DTx team are focused on bringing emerging technologies to the healthcare system and ensuring they deliver maximum value throughout the healthcare system.
George C. Halvorson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Institute for InterGroup Understanding
George Halvorson is the Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding. He has served for more than 30 years as CEO of six different health care delivery and financing organizations in the U.S., and he has helped start similar organizations in several other countries. Halvorson served most recently as Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO from 2002 – 2014, before retiring from CEO in July 2013, and Chairman in January 2014.
Currently Halvorson is Chair of the First 5 Commission for Children and Families for the State of California. In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Halvorson to a four-year term, and then reappointed him to another four years in 2017. The Commission uses roughly $500 million each year — raised from tobacco taxes — to provide support and education to children in California from birth to 5 years old. Halvorson is a member of the Right Start Commission for Children for the State of California, and he currently serves as a member of the ReadyNation CEO Task Force on Early Childhood.
The InterGroup Institute works on issues of racism, prejudice, discrimination, misogyny, and InterGroup stress and conflict. Halvorson has now written four books on those topics, which are all available as teaching materials from the Institute. Electronic versions of the InterGroup books can be downloaded or read directly from this website at no charge. (Hard copies of the books are available at Amazon.com.)
In addition, Halvorson has authored seven books on health care reform, the most recent, Ending Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Disparities in American Health Care, discusses the major disparities that exist by race and ethnicity in American health care today, and explains how to either end those disparities or prevent them from happening. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet both recently placed Halvorson's health care books on their recommended reading lists.
"A terrific book," Buffet said. "By far the clearest explanation I've seen of how we've arrived where we are in health care ..."
Halvorson's penultimate health care book, Don't Let Health Care Bankrupt America, deals with the importance of early brain development in children from all groups in America, and explains the particular importance of those early childhood brain development issues. More than half of the births in America last year were to Medicaid mothers.
The Institute works very directly on issues of early childhood development and InterGroup interaction, and has produced books, thought pieces and YouTube videos (support materials) to help with those efforts. Issues of early childhood development from all groups are highly relevant to intergroup Peace in America, because the current system — imprisoning far too many people in this country — will cause InterGroup Peace to fail. More than 60 percent of prison inmates either read poorly or can't read at all. We can reduce the incarceration rate by half or more, just by making sure every child gets the right level of brain-exercise-support needed in those first key years of life.
During more than three decades as a health care CEO, Halvorson has served on more than three-dozen boards, task forces and coalitions, and has chaired a number of those efforts. Halvorson was Chair of the Health Governors at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and he either chaired or co-chaired several of their committees and task forces. He advised the European Union as well as several countries throughout Europe on health care issues. Halvorson served as Chair of The International Federation of Health Plans for nearly a decade. He also chaired The Partners for Quality Care national labor management coalition — twice — and was three-time Chair for The American Association of Health Plans.
Halvorson helped start and design health plans and care systems in half a dozen countries. He personally spent time in Uganda and Jamaica — starting health plans and guiding them to operational status. Findings from those settings and those sites are included in the InterGroup books.
His most recent company had nearly 200,000 employees, more than 500 owned and operated care sites, and more than a dozen awards for its diversity — as well as multiple awards and recognitions for the quality of its care. More than 59 percent of Kaiser Permanente employees were from minority groups, and that diversity extended to all levels of the organization. (The board of directors and senior management of that $50 billion company were also highly diverse.)
That highly diverse organization (Kaiser Permanente) won top awards — including the number one national and regional recognitions in key areas from Consumer Reports, J.D. Power, Medicare, NCQA, and several hospital safety rating organizations. Kaiser also won the Chrysalis Award for best place to work for women, and multiple awards from diversity magazines and organizations for both a best place to work, and a best place to receive care for minority Americans. The Minority MBA magazine made Kaiser Permanente the first member of its Diversity Leader Hall of Fame. The National Action Movement (NAM) awarded Halvorson a lifetime achievement award for work on racial and ethnic disparities in health care as described in his book — Ending Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Disparities in American Health Care.
Kaiser Permanente has the largest, most successful and longest-lived formal and structured labor management partnerships (LMP) in the country, which is one of the largest and most successful LMPs in the world.
Key findings and insights from Halvorson's experiences — and functional, real world successes in highly diverse settings — are included in the books and thought pieces available from The Institute. The Institute believes in making diversity a major asset in this country, and — based on actual real world experience — that diversity in the context of an inclusive meritocracy leads to great success.
Diversity is a very important point to understand and address. We must deal with our diversity in a positive way. Our growing diversity as a nation is a key reality, a key opportunity, and a key challenge that we all need to face.
The situation is clear. America is becoming very rapidly diverse. The numbers can't be challenged and are invisible to most, yet, they are irrefutable. More than half (51 percent) of infants born in America last year were to minority parents.
More than 50 percent of children in our public schools this year are minorities. Our growing diversity is not a supposition or a hypothetical and theoretical possibility. It is our destiny. We crossed a major — and very immediate — line last year when half of the births in the U.S. came from our minority mothers. That reality has its own set of embedded risks we need to understand, so we can turn those risks into assets — rather than let them trigger liabilities.
We run the risk — that we see in so many multi-ethnic countries — of becoming just another internally tribalized nation at war with itself. We may face future growing division and internal conflict because of our growing diversity.
Or — we can transform our diversity into an asset, and win and prosper as a country when everyone shares in the American dream. The results at KP — in a highly diverse situation for 200,000 very diverse people — tells us that becoming diverse (winning in diversity) is not only possible, but also that we need to make celebrating diversity (winning) our commitment and our goal. The InterGroup books explain how to achieve this goal. The Institute for InterGroup Understanding, along with this website, were created to help us all succeed in those efforts.
Vice President, Consumer Services and Strategic Planning Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
Catherine is responsible for strategic planning, customer service and supporting board communications internally and externally. She is an advocate for health and wellness, a better consumer experience in health care and addressing root causes of health care outcomes.
Prior to her position at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, she worked as a regulator of health plans at the City of New York’s Mayor’s Office of Medicaid Managed Care and in External Affairs for the Human Resources Administration in New York City. She has an academic appointment with the University Of Vermont School Of Medicine and is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Public Health.
She has an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and holds a doctorate in public administration from New York University in health services research, policy and management. Catherine has served on the boards of Girls on The Run Vermont, the Community Health Centers of Burlington, Steps to End Violence, Go Red for Women Vermont and the Green Mountain United Way.
Catherine intentionally makes space for empathy and purposeful action in the workplace by encouraging her staff and fellow employees to embrace their own leadership abilities. By doing so, she creates a fearless, engaged, and generous culture. This approach to living with purpose plays an instrumental role in enhancing the corporate culture, reminding employees to be human, and to always put our members first.
Catherine is a professor of Public Health at the University of Vermont and a certified yoga instructor with a passion for adapting yoga to the chair. She is married and has four boys ages 14 to 26.
Diana Han, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Vice President, Global Health Unilever
Diana recently joined Unilever in Q4, 2020, serving as its VP, Global Health and Chief Medical Officer. Her team has responsibility for the health of Unilever’s 150,000 employees in 150+ countries around the world. Prior to Unilever, Diana was the Chief Medical Officer for GE Appliances (GEA), where she oversaw global healthcare delivery, as well as the company’s health and leave benefits.
Earlier in her career, Diana held leadership positions at Carewise Health and Humana. At Carewise, she served as VP, Clinical Strategy and Innovation, focusing on developing new products, services, and partnerships for the employer health and wellness markets. At Humana, Diana led the company’s clinical product and service innovation, focusing on leveraging new technologies and partners to harvest Humana’s claims assets for population health management.
Diana trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her medical degree with highest distinction from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Lonie S. Haynes, DLP
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer AmerisourceBergen Corporation
Dr. Lonie Haynes is Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for AmerisourceBergen Corp. In this role, he leads AmerisourceBergen’s journey to be a truly equitable organization that celebrates individuality while inspiring associates across all dimensions of diversity to achieve their full potential and to advance the company’s purpose to create healthier futures. With over 25 years of diversity and inclusion experience, Dr. Haynes has a history of creating and executing strategies that inspire associates as well as aligning diversity and inclusion with corporate strategies.
Prior to joining AmerisourceBergen, Dr. Haynes, who is also a veteran, spent nearly ten years at Highmark Health, as Chief Diversity Officer, where he was charged with aligning diversity and inclusion as a critical business component for advancing the mission and strategic business objectives of the company.
Amy Hedrick is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Cleanbox Technology. Her strategy for building a thriving business by solving a real-world problem, and her vision for creating a global impact brand with reach across multiple industries, has grown the company from an idea to a multi-million-dollar global business in two short years. Hedrick brought investment into Cleanbox, and her execution of the company’s vision has established Cleanbox as a brand trusted by its many Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 clients.
Hedrick is a thought leader in the applications of immersive technology as industry disruptors and brings innovation ideas and product functionality to Cleanbox’s smart tech hygiene product lines. She has led multiple teams from project inception and funding, to planning and execution, proving herself an effective leader in multiple industries over the past decade.
Immediately prior to funding and incorporating Cleanbox in 2018, Hedrick served as Manager of Content and Digital Media for the think tank division of Li and Fung, a leading global consumer goods sourcing and manufacturing company based in Hong Kong. Her expertise includes conducting bespoke research and C-level reports within technology, retail, and cross-genre applications. Hedrick was one of four writers for the Fung Business Intelligence Center (FBIC). It was this immersion that inspired the business idea that would eventually lead to Cleanbox.
Hedrick spent her early career working with international aid organizations, managing multiple teams of 50-150 healthcare, construction, and emergency intervention professionals, and overseeing direct-aid projects in addition to fundraising in both the profit and non-profit sectors. In addition, she worked in the film industry raising funds, managing budgets for content creation and production.
Hedrick currently serves on various VR and AR Association committees including; Women’s, Healthcare, Enterprise, Safety & Security as well as the Advisory Board for the International Virtual Reality Healthcare Association, and recently contributed to a book “VR and Healthcare”, a compilation of thought leaders in XR, published by Robert Fine.
Hedrick has been named Analytics Insight Magazine’s “The 10 Most Impactful Women in Technology 2020.”
Managing Director Engage VR
Craig Hewat is the Managing Director of Engage VR, a holistic, innovative rehabilitation facility based in Newcastle, Australia. Craig is a Physiotherapist/Exercise Physiologist with over 25 years clinical experience in the health industry working across a range of clinical and non-clinical settings. Craig previously founded and managed a multi-disciplinary business focused on creating healthy workplaces providing prevention and rehabilitation programs within construction, mining and manufacturing industries. Craig was state manager of a top 5 rehabilitation organisation in Australia that operated across multiple frameworks and employed more than 100 health professionals. Craig has a passion for “What’s next?” in health and his work with Engage VR and the use of virtual reality in rehabilitation service delivery models forms part of this passion. He believes that technology will play a significant role in future health care.
Chief Executive Officer Healium
CEO of Healium, a mental fitness product for human performance that teaches the user to self-regulate their own brainwaves and heart rate. After 20 years as a TV reporter covering trauma, Hill's media diet of reporting the day's headlines ultimately made her sick. Hill developed Healium for herself as well as the 41 million others who struggle with anxiety. Healium is a digiceutical for people to detox from what they're consuming digitally. Healium is the world’s first biometrically-powered VR/AR immersive media channel controlled by the user's brainwaves and heart rate via consumer wearables. Hill's XR experiences are clinically validated in 3 peer-reviewed journals and have been viewed more than 7 million times. She is also a former interactive TV news journalist for the NBC, ABC, & CBS affiliates in Missouri. A national Edward R. Murrow, NAB Service to America, National Sigma Delta Chi, and 12-time mid-America Emmy award-winning TV reporter, Hill has 25 years of experience building unique media franchises. She spent decades reporting about the world’s negativity and trauma in Sri Lanka, Zambia, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Congo. Healium's roots are in virtual travel for Veterans. In 2015, Hill’s team built a program called “Honor Everywhere”, that uses Virtual Reality to allow aging Veterans the opportunity to see their WWII, Vietnam, Korea, & Women’s Memorials.
Benefits Director 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 Executive 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.
Recently David was recognized by Employee Benefit News with the Benny Award for Benefits Leadership in Healthcare. Also Resulting from their work in improving population health, the MNPS team has earned numerous recognitions including: Health Value Award; C. Everett Koop National Health Award (honorable mention); American Heart Association Gold Workplace Achievement; Cigna Well Being Award and others.
David serves on the boards of Healthcare21, the State and Local Government Benefit Association and the National Association of Worksite Health Centers.
Northeast Regional Manager Rogers Benefit Group
Jeffrey Hogan is the Northeast Regional Manger for Rogers Benefit Group, a national benefits marketing and consulting firm. Jeff has been with Rogers Benefit Group for 28 years. Additionally, Jeff operates a consulting firm, Upside Health Advisers where he provides expert witness services on health care related litigation, as a consultant to payers and large provider groups for product development and launch, and as a resource to employers desirous of implementing strategies to manage their health spend. Jeff is focused on healthcare payment reform, health policy, care coordination, value based healthcare, healthcare quality and precision medicine.
Jeff regularly appears on national forums focused on moving to value-based healthcare and is actively working to promote healthcare related transparency measures in the market. He is a current board member for the Connecticut Business Group on Health and serves as the group’s liaison to the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser’s Coalition. He is also is one of the Coordinators of Connecticut’s Moving to Value Alliance. Jeff also serves on the Advisor’s Panel for the Validation Institute and is the Regional Leader for the Leapfrog Group.
Jeff and his family are active annual participants in the Pan-Mass Challenge and have raised more than 300K for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Jeff served his local government as the Farmington Town Council Chair from 2012-2014 and as a town council member over a 10-year period. Jeff is an avid outdoorsman, and previously served as the Director of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mountain Leadership School and for the past 20 years instructs in the Wilderness Medicine Symposium for the UCONN Medical School.
Senior Manager, Global Benefits Avantor, Inc.
As Avantor’s Sr. Manager for Global Benefits, Melissa Hohenberger plays a pivotal role in the design and implementation of health and well-beings programs for Avantor’s employees around the globe. With over 20 years of experience in corporate health, she is responsible for benefits, programs and resources that improve the lives and health of Avantor's 12,000+ employees and their families.
Prior to Avantor, Melissa served as an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University and was a Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Supervisor for the County of Chester in Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelors in Public Health and Health Promotion from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Public Health from Temple University.
Wema Hoover, GPHR
Global Head, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Google
Wema Hoover is the Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Google. In this role, she is responsible for leading a global team across the enterprise to increase representation in hiring, progression, retention and to drive a more inclusive and equitable culture through influencing, partnering and driving sustainable impact in the engagement, development and sense of belonging for all Googlers. Wema leads all efforts focused on establishing and driving equitable people processes, the company’s workforce diversity teams serving as Diversity Business Partners within each product area and overseeing all ERGs and DEI Councils for Google.
Wema Hoover was formerly the Chief Diversity Officer and Global Head of Culture, Inclusion & Diversity at Sanofi. In this role Wema developed and led the execution of enterprise-wide strategies to transform and activate culture, inclusion and diversity. Wema partnered with the senior business leaders and HR to drive organizational culture and create and sustain an inclusive workplace. Wema accomplished this through driving a strategic roadmap and objectives for culture, inclusion and diversity. She also led the annual people survey, developed partnerships and programs to progress an inclusive work environment both internally and externally, and supported the activation of behaviors and practices to support culture transformation.
Wema previously worked at Pfizer, where she led diversity, inclusion and culture. Wema also led the Diversity and Worldwide Leadership Council and partnered with ExCom members, senior business leaders, HR and colleague resource groups to develop and execute worldwide diversity and inclusion strategies that supported the ownership culture and advance the business. In this role Wema developed targeted D&I interventions to increase the education and awareness of under-served population to take action against chronic medical conditions.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Wema worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb as Head of Diversity & Inclusion, as an Organizational Development lead and also as HR Business Partner.
Wema is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Masters in Organizational Development from New School University. In addition Wema is a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), certified by HRC. Wema is a speaker and educator and has lectured for Diversity Best Practices, Conference Board, Society of Human Resources, National Black MBA association and National Urban Fellows.
Connie Hwang, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Director Clinical Innovation Alliance for Community Health Plans (ACHP)
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.
Group Vice President, Women and Children’s Institute (W&C Institute) Providence St. Joseph Health
Trina Jellison serves as Group VP of the Women and Children’s Institute (W&C Institute) at Providence which is headquartered in Renton, WA. Providence is comprised of 52 hospitals and more than 900 clinics. The W&C’s Institute is responsible for all patients ages 0-18 and all females across their life span. Last year, the institute cared for 850K patients, more than 70K of which were newborns.
During her career, the majority of which has been spent in the perinatal arena, Trina has had the opportunity to work with unique and exciting facilities from coast to coast. She has served in both for-profit and not-for-profit systems and in both clinical and operation roles, which has given her a broad perspective of the healthcare world.
Trina left health care for 3.5 years to work as a consultant. This work broadened her experience as the clients ranged from federal government to underground mining companies. The focus of this work was leadership skills, building high performing teams, negotiations, and change management.
Through her many experiences, Trina has developed a passion for providing a high-quality experience for women and children. Her dream is that is no patient experiences unnecessary harm during their care experience and that no family experiences unnecessary loss of a loved one while receiving care.
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Novant Health
Gifted with a sharp mind, an innate ability to connect with others, and an insatiable thirst for excellence, Tammy Jones is a global marketing executive with over 15 years of proven success in building brands, driving customer value and delivering growth.
Currently, Tammy is SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Novant Health, a $6B regional healthcare system located in NC, SC, and Virginia. At Novant Health, she leverages the power of storytelling, consumer insights and digital innovation to elevate brand experience and deliver on the promise of providing remarkable care to all. She leads a team that is responsible for brand growth, insights and analytics, CRM, and omni-channel activation.
A high performing marketer, driven by the core values of innovation, data-driven decision making, and collaboration, Tammy has a passion for developing high performing teams, and leading transformational change across consumer centric organizations. Prior to Novant Health, Tammy spent over 10 years in Fast Moving Consumer Packaged Goods driving growth and leading- best-in-class activation across large global brands like Johnson & Johnson and Philips.
Tammy recently completed the Chief Marketing Officer program through Northwestern Kellogg Executive Education and holds an MBA from University of Virginia, Darden School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University.
Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Analytics and Innovation Healthcare Bluebook
Bill Kampine, Co-founder and SVP, Analytics and Innovation for Healthcare Bluebook, is one of the most well-respected thought-leaders in healthcare cost and quality transparency. Bill brings over 25 years of experience in new venture development, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and advanced analytics, and oversees healthcare economics, innovation and strategic growth initiatives at Bluebook.
“The price of services remains the single biggest issue for employers in terms of controlling healthcare costs. Employers and consumers shoulder about half of healthcare spend nationally, and experience increases of five to seven percent each year. The national data show that consumption of care is flat or declining – yet employer costs continue to rise. The issue for employers and consumers is navigating their network for price and quality. Bluebook’s singular focus is to enable member navigation and ensure that both employers and consumers obtain high quality, cost-effective care.”
In 2018, Bill was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee at the fourth of five hearings aimed at identifying the drivers of rising healthcare costs. The series, entitled Reducing Health Care Costs: Examining How Transparency Can Lower Spending and Empower Patients, was led by HELP Chairman, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Following Bill’s presentation, he and other industry experts were invited to contribute foundational information to bi-partisan draft legislation sponsored by Alexander and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) by providing specific recommendations for improving transparency and reducing cost.
Prior to Healthcare Bluebook, Bill assisted in the development of CareSteps Inc., a predictive modeling and disease management company that successfully merged with Healthways (2001) where he served in a variety of executive roles. He has also served as an economist and consultant to global Fortune 1000 companies in the healthcare, insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
Bill conducted post-graduate work in economics at George Washington University and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
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.
Matthias Kleinz, DVM, PhD, is Vice President, Translational Programs at UPMC Enterprises. Matthias joined UPMC Enterprises in July 2017 to help the ITTC invest and commercialize innovative translational science by defining the true potential of new life science technologies, exploring optimal business models and strategies, and helping to form companies with a clear path to success. Matthias sits on the board of UPMC Enterprises portfolio companies Generian and Cerevance and is the startup CEO of one of UPMC’s latest drug discovery startups. He is also a member of the executive committee for the UPMC Genome Center. Prior to UPMC Enterprises, Matthias spent nine years in management consulting at L.E.K. Consulting in its life sciences practice in Boston and London leading teams on over 70 strategic assignments for clients in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Matthias completed his PhD in the Clinical Pharmacology Unit of the University of Cambridge (UK), working on early stage discovery of G-protein-coupled receptor targets for hypertension, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome and graduated from Justus Liebig University in Giessen (GER) with a doctorate in clinical veterinary medicine.
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.
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.
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 health equity in the field of perinatal-neonatal medicine. 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. 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. 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. She is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and Section Head for Epidemiology and Outcomes.
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.
Michael Le, MD
Chief Medical Officer Landmark
“I grew up watching my father practice small town medicine, carrying a black bag, and doing home visits, and I loved the concept of bringing care to the sickest patients. At Landmark, I get to share this passion for home-based medicine with a top caliber team.”
Dr. Michael Le is the cofounder and Chief Medical Officer of Landmark Health. He has spent the majority of his career serving high-acuity, frail patients through the development and implementation of innovative care models.
Prior to Landmark, Dr. Le served as the Chief Medical Officer of Fidelis SeniorCare, a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan, where he delivered meaningful reductions in utilization. Before that, he was the Senior Medical Officer at CareMore, a Medicare Advantage plan where he ran all high-risk clinical programs, including the High-Risk Clinic, Social Worker Intervention Team, Palliative Care and Hospice Program, and the House Call Program. Prior to CareMore, Dr. Le was a Regional Lead Hospitalist at HealthCare Partners, a risk-bearing medical group, where he was the physician lead for the company’s high-risk Ambulatory Case Management program, which identified a subset of high-risk patients and managed them aggressively through a tailored and high-intensity home and office visit intervention program.
Dr. Le received his Bachelor of Science at the University of California, Riverside, and his M.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai. He also completed a fellowship from the Institute for Physician Leadership at the University of California, San Francisco.
Joshua Liao, MD
Medical Director, Payment Strategy, UW Medicine; Member, Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, US Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Liao is a board-certified internal medicine physician and the Medical Director of Payment Strategy at UW Medicine, where he is also an Associate Professor in the UW School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW School of Public Health. He trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital where he was also a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Liao is a national expert in health care payment and related care delivery policy. He serves on the US Department of Health and Human Services' Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, as well as an advisor to the national RVU Update Committee (RUC) – capacities through which he helps advise federal policymakers on health care payment and related delivery issues. Dr. Liao has also advised state Medicaid programs on a series of payment and delivery issues. He combines this expertise with an active portfolio of scholarship focused on how payment reform and related delivery redesign can improve outcomes.
Robert G Louis, MD, FAANS
Chief of Neurosurgery and Director, Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program Hoag Neurosciences Institute
Robert G Louis, MD, FAANS, Dr Louis is the Chief of Neurosurgery and Director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Orange County, California. His expertise includes endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, sellar and parasellar tumors and skull base tumors. Through the use of cutting-edge neuroimaging and neuro-navigational equipment, he utilizes the concept of keyhole neurosurgery, minimizing the damage to surrounding brain, vascular and soft tissue structures. Dr. Louis believes that most brain and skull base tumors can be resected through small openings or by utilizing naturally occurring orifices. This approach has been demonstrated to decrease post-operative pain, minimize neurologic complications and shorten the length of hospitalization, resulting in better outcomes for his patients.
Since 2015, Dr Louis has been involved with the development and implementation of Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies for pre-operative simulation and rehearsal and intraoperative navigation. The 3-D VR/AR platform is provided by Surgical Theater and was developed based on flight simulator technology from F-16 fighter jets. This technology allows the surgeons to literally rehearse complicated operations in virtual reality; affording them the opportunity to visualize critical anatomy and navigate potential pitfalls. The results are making the operations safer and more effective for patients. Under his guidance, Hoag Neuroscience Institute has become the highest volume center for Augmented Reality in Neurosurgery in the United States.
Dr Louis heads several projects to expand the applications of Mediated Reality Technology in Neurosciences. These include: virtual reality based meditation to help nurses with workplace related stress and compassion fatigue, virtual reality applications for neuro rehab and VR based therapies for decreasing opiate consumption and addiction. He is also part of the DSR-30, which is working with NASA on preparing the astronauts for the Mars Mission, scheduled in 2030. He has recently spoken as an invited guest lecturer at numerous national and international conferences including Becker’s, HIMSS, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s symposium on Digital Neurosurgery. His specialty is in coordinating uses of advanced technologies in neurosciences across the patient care continuum. Currently, he is overseeing the widespread implementation of VR and AR across several institutes at Hoag including Neurosciences, Cancer and Women’s Health.
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.
John Madaus, RN
Workers’ Compensation Manager Clemens Family Corporation
John Madaus, RN, CCM, BS, is the Workers’ Compensation Manager for the Clemens Family Corporation, located in Hatfield, PA. John has been an RN since 1984 with experience in emergency nursing, critical care nursing, and occupational health. He is a certified case manager with work experience at employers, medical providers, case management firms, insurance companies, and insurance brokers.
Director, People Operations PicsArt
Senior Technical Officer Children International Health Systems and Innovation
Kristen Mallory, MPH, has over 10 years of international public health experience. At Children International, Kristen leads global initiatives focused on optimizing local resources to ensure children and youth have access to essential health services in 10 countries across the Americas, Africa and Asia. This work includes program management, design, evaluation and capacity building around nutrition, demand generation, health systems strengthening and addressing access barriers to sexual and reproductive health education and services for youth. Prior to joining CI, Kristen lived in Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras where she led a number of initiatives involving HIV/AIDS, youth empowerment, adolescent health, chronic disease prevention and child welfare.
Chief Executive Officer Wellness Council of America (WELCOA)
Sara’s purpose is helping people fulfill their highest potential in work and life through corporate health promotion. She has launched award winning wellness programs, created new wellness products, and engineered work environments to create cultures of health across multiple industries. She has been a session and keynote speaker at a variety of community and national events including National Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Conference, the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, and the National WELCOA Training Summit. She sits on the Johns Hopkins Mental Health in the Workplace Advisory Council and the CDC Workplace Health Resource Center Steering Committee.
Jessica Maslin is the co-founder and COO of Mieron, Inc.; innovating immersive healthcare and training experiences utilizing XR technology. Mieron's extensive library of Virtual Reality NeuroTherapy (VRNT) exercises are utilized in hospitals and in/out-patient settings for rehabilitation, range of motion exercises for improving and maintaining activities of daily living, and pain management / mental wellness. Mieron is the proud recipient of the Eureka Park Innovation Award at CES 2020 and has been recognized by the Consumer Technology Association for creating technology that helps "improve the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly."
Mieron is designed for all levels of mobility, and is utilized to complement the PT/OT and behavioral health treatments of SCI, TBI, Stroke, MS, Parkinson's and other musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative disorders. All VRNT experiences are based in the principles of physical and occupational therapy, gait training and neuroplasticity.
Jessica has worked extensively in the fields of Chemistry and Applied Sciences, and has published research utilizing Bone Morphogenic Protein (rh-BMP-2) in expanded case uses for regenerating bone post trauma for dental implants. Her analytical and business development skills combine to form a science-meets-creative approach to product development in medicine, sports and technology. An entrepreneurial spirit and drive for innovating technology drive Jessica's work at Mieron to create fun and engaging ways for users to Achieve More mobility, independence and quality of life.
As seen in Forbes, ABC News, Technowize Magazine, Authority Magazine, KTLA, CBS, Las Vegas Review Journal, Technology Advice, Electronic Health Reporter, Medium, Long Beach Post, and other news and media outlets. Jessica is also a featured speaker at technology conferences including Augmented World Expo (AWE), Games for Change, International VR Healthcare Association (IVRHA), and CES.
Jessica was named "Most Innovative People to Watch in 2020" by Technowize Magazine and "Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2020" by IdeaMensch.
Susan Mazer, PhD
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Healing HealthCare Systems
Dr. Mazer is the co-founder and CEO of Healing HealthCare Systems, producers of The C.A.R.E. Channel, the only evidence-based, 24-hour relaxation channel for patient television. Now in its 30th year, C.A.R.E. is being broadcasted in over 1,100 hospitals nationally and internationally including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Australia, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, and many other locations.
C.A.R.E. VRx™, launched in 2019, extends the reach of C.A.R.E., providing a healing virtual environment for pain relief, reduction of anxiety, and increased comfort, through the access to stunning natural spaces and places in the virtual world.
Her publications and presentations have recently focused on the patient environment, both real and virtual, and its role in the human experience. Her recent book, Patient Privacy: When it Matters, looks at the senior population and how they make meaning of their privacy during a hospitalization.
Susan is an acknowledged thought-leader on healing environments, patient privacy, hospital noise, music as environmental design, and the patient experience. She continues to perform as a jazz harpist, with her husband, Dallas Smith, with 20+ recordings to their names.
Senior Digital Strategy Manager Providence Digital Innovation Group
Julie McComish is a Senior Digital Strategy Manager within the Providence Digital Innovation Group, responsible for strategy initiatives around behavioral health, patient engagement, staffing and workforce support, and supply chain technology. She partners closely with Providence clinical, operational, and business teams to identify opportunities and implement digital solutions that positively impact patient experience and care delivery.
Prior to Providence, Julie worked in healthcare operations and strategy at DaVita, a global dialysis provider, with additional strategy, marketing, and customer success experience in the technology, health, and wellness industries. She holds a BS in Psychology from Yale University and an MBA in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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 expanding the firm’s healthcare private credit practice, he has subsequently invested over $3.0 billion.
Mr. McFadden’s investing career includes senior roles at Athyrium Capital Management and Health Evolution Partners, as well as serving as the Managing Partner of Canyon Healthcare Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm he founded in 2014. He previously served as a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs in New York, where he became an award-wining equity research analyst.
Mr. McFadden has held a number of governance roles, including as a Trustee for Montefiore Medical Center and on the Board of Directors of One Call, Mauna Kea Technologies, InnovaTel Telepsychiatry, ValueCentric, Athenahealth, and Reliant Rehabilitation. In addition, Chris is a Founding Member of the COVID-19 Patient Recovery Alliance.
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.
Executive Founder AVIA
Ted Meisel is an entrepreneur, executive, investor and policy wonk working to advance new healthcare models and technologies. He is executive founder of AVIA Health Innovation, a purpose-built consulting firm to help over fifty of the nation’s largest healthcare systems achieve technology-enabled transformation of care delivery and operations. Ted is Executive Chairman of WiserCare, a healthcare technology company which enables clinicians to deliver more personalized care to their patients in less time. He is a Director of Caravan Health, an ACO/population health company that helped small-to-midsized healthcare systems generate over $120 million in shared savings last year. And Ted is a board member of Doctor Evidence, which offers life sciences companies an automated platform to discover, analyze and use medical evidence, speeding decisions at reduced cost.
Ted is also a Senior Advisor to Next Equity Partners, the successor to Elevation Partners, known for its investments in Facebook, Yelp and Marketshare. He is the former CEO of Overture Services, the pioneer of the internet search and advertising business models. He led the company to over $1 billion in revenues as a public company, before selling the business to Yahoo and joining that executive team. Prior to Overture, Mr. Meisel was an executive at digital media company CitySearch, later acquired by IAC/Interactive Corp. Mr. Meisel started his career at the consulting firms of McKinsey & Company and Mercer Management Consulting in the U.S and overseas.
In addition to his business interests, Mr. Meisel is a board member (and former board chairman) of Hope Street Group, a non-profit formed by business leaders and professionals in 2003 to identify and support policies advancing economic opportunity for all Americans in the context of increasing globalization and automation. HSG is a bipartisan agent of reform with multiple programs in workforce development. He has also served as a senior adviser to CMS for healthcare delivery system reform.
Mr. Meisel holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President, Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Professor and Dean, College of Nursing The Ohio State University
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Evidence-based Practice, the College of Nursing, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the College of Medicine and Executive Director of the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice at The Ohio State University. She also serves as editor of the journal Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing.
Dr. Melnyk is recognized nationally and globally for her clinical knowledge, expertise in evidence-based practice, mental health, and intervention research as well as her innovative approaches to health and wellness. She is sought after as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences and has presented hundreds of workshops on wellness and evidence-based practice for healthcare systems and corporations throughout the globe.
Dr. Melnyk was the first Chief Wellness Officer appointed at a University in the U.S. She founded and is the current president of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities. Dr. Melnyk is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the board of directors for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Dr. Melnyk has over $33 million dollars of sponsored funding from federal agencies and foundations as a PI, is an editor of seven books, and has authored over 450 publications. As a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, she is currently working to address the national crisis of healthcare provider burnout.
Alefiyah Mesiwala, MD
Chief Medical Officer Humana Military
As the Chief Medical Officer for Humana Military, Dr. Mesiwala
provides strategic leadership and direction for medical
management and clinical operations of the TRICARE contract to
ensure the delivery of high quality integrated health care. She
leads the large-scale transformation of the Humana Military
business towards value-based care delivery, leveraging Humana’s
significant capabilities in population health management and
integrated care to better serve the physical and behavioral health
needs of the TRICARE population.
Prior to joining Humana Military, Dr. Mesiwala worked at the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan,
where she served as Senior Medical Director for Value-based
Care and Innovation for UPMC Health Plan. At UPMC Health
Plan, Dr. Mesiwala led the clinical design and implementation of
primary care and specialty-focused alternative payment models.
Additionally, she led programs to support providers and
physicians across the network in practice transformation and
clinical quality improvement.
Chief Growth Officer 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.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships GoHealth
Ben Miller joined GoHealth in 2016 and led a corporate strategy team, working cross-functionally to drive strategic growth and operational efficiencies across all of GoHealth's business units. In 2017, Ben moved into an operational role to lead all strategy and operations within GoHealth's external distribution organization, resulting in the unit's most profitable year to date. Currently, he oversees all B2B & Growth Strategy areas of GoHealth, where he is responsible for enterprise-wide business development, health plan relations, partner performance, corporate development, and revenue & growth strategy.
Prior to joining GoHealth, Ben was a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting, where he focused on strategic planning and digital technology across a breadth of industries. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Chief Data Officer 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.
Jason Mitchell, MD
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Jason W. Mitchell, MD, is the Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a not-for-profit health care system, integrating New Mexico’s largest health care provider and health plan. Dr. Mitchell leads a team of 1,000 employed providers spanning 50 ambulatory clinics and eight hospital campuses in addition to medical staff operations and provider clinical quality in a mixed medical staff model. Dr. Mitchell oversees $600 million in fully capitated delivery system risk arrangements, delivery system care and case management, clinical informatics and enterprise Population Health Services.
Dr. Mitchell focuses on re-designing 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 healthcare 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 has deployed new care models, processes and technology to help connect the care continuum, payers, providers and patients in a way never before possible and enabled intense evidence-based care design, process improvement, value-based care, health plan integration and standardization. Ultimately, the changes have yielded significant gains in disease management and overall 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.
J. Mario Molina, MD
Board Chair, United States of Care;
Founding Dean, Keck Graduate Institute School of Medicine;
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Golden Shore Medical; Former Chief Executive Officer, Molina Healthcare
Dr. J. Mario Molina is a healthcare entrepreneur, endocrinologist and philanthropist, best known for his tenure of over 20 years as chairman and chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare (NYSE: MOH), a Fortune 200 company he and his family founded in the 1980’s.
He is currently chairman of the board at United States of Care, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Global and Community Health at Claremont Graduate University.
He was Founding Dean of the Keck Graduate Institute School of Medicine and served as founder and president of Golden Shore Medical Group.
He has served on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards including Apollo Medical Holdings, Care3, Breath Direct, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Aquarium of the Pacific, Homeboy Industries, The Huntington Library, and the Standing Committee of the Osler Library of McGill University.
He earned his M.D. from the University of Southern California and performed his internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism.
In 2016, he was named one of the 50 most influential physician executives by Modern Healthcare, and in 2015 and 2016 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in health care. He was recognized as one of the 25 most influential Latinos in America by Time magazine in 2005.
At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Molina has endowed the Myron L. Weisfeldt Professor in the Osler Medical Residency Program, the J. Mario Molina Chair in the History of Medicine, and the C. David Molina Chair in Medicine.
John Moore, MD, PhD
Medical Director Fitbit Health Solutions
John Moore is a physician, engineer and the Medical Director at Fitbit. He is the former CEO of Twine Health, a Cambridge based company recently acquired by Fitbit. John studied biomedical engineering and then medicine at Boston University. He left the clinical career path, determined to develop solutions to improve healthcare delivery, and earned a PhD from MIT. His research included the intersection of health psychology, learning science, and human-computer interaction, which formed the health behavior change foundation of Twine Health that is now being leveraged at Fitbit. John was recently recognized by Employee Benefits News, as one of the 2019 Digital Innovators: Transforming HR. John finds his fit with various ocean-related activities, including surfing.
Global Health and Wellbeing Lead Splunk
Jason Morgan is a global health and wellbeing leader with broad expertise in Strategic Design, Program Implementation, Business Development and Account Management. Jason has a distinguished track record of developing, delivering, enhancing and managing global and domestic employee wellness initiatives in Fortune 500 companies as well as serving as a subject matter expert for corporate health & wellbeing consulting.
Within his roles of creating strategic direction for corporate wellbeing programs, he has the unique skill set of establishing the global corporate strategy and delivering employee wellbeing programs worldwide at Splunk, Inc.
Given his natural ability with people and his confident, energetic, and outgoing nature, he has built and managed highly effective teams, mentored numerous colleagues and clients, and established a solid reputation as an industry leader.
Jason seeks to transform the approach to corporate health & wellbeing by integrating principles of wellbeing and energy management into the overall company strategy and organizational dna; allowing people to bring their best energy to what matters most to them both personally and professionally.
Ian Morrison Author, Consultant, and Futurist
Ian is an internationally known author, consultant, and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. He combines research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future.
Ian has written, lectured, and consulted on a wide variety of forecasting, strategy, and health care topics for government, industry, and a variety of nonprofit organizations in North America, Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. He has spoken to a range of audiences from the boards of Fortune 100 companies to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Ian has worked with more than 100 Fortune500 companies in health care, manufacturing, information technology, and financial services. Recent client sponsors include CVS Health, Kaiser Permanente and the Mayo Clinic. He is a frequent commentator on the future for television, radio, and the print media.
Ian is the author of Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow (AHA Press, June 2011) and Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2002). His previous book: The Second Curve - Managing The Velocity of Change (Ballantine, 1996) was a New York Times Business Bestseller and Businessweek Bestseller and was published in 7 languages. Ian has co-authored several other books and chapters, including Future Tense: The Business Realities of the Next Ten Years (William Morrow, 1994) and Looking Ahead at American Health Care (McGraw-Hill, 1988). He also has co-authored numerous journal articles for publications such as Chief Executive, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Across the Board, The British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs.
Ian is a past President of the Institute for the Future (IFTF). Ian is a founding partner in Strategic Health Perspectives a joint venture between Harris Interactive and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. In 2017 the Strategic Health Perspectives team joined with Leavitt Partners (Health Intelligence Partners HIP program) a forecasting and intelligence service for clients in the healthcare industry. Ian serves as a Senior Advisor to Leavitt Partners.
From 1996-1999, Ian was retained by Accenture, (formerly Andersen Consulting), as Chairman of the Health Futures Forum. In that capacity, Ian chaired a number of international forums on the future of healthcare. Before coming to IFTF in 1985, Ian spent seven years in British Columbia, Canada, in a variety of research, teaching, and consulting positions.
Ian holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in urban studies from the University of British Columbia; an M.A. in geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England). He is a past director and chair of the California Health Care Foundation; a director of the new Martin Luther King Community Hospital in Los Angeles; a past director of the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET), the research and education arm of the American Hospital Association; and a past director of the Center for Healthcare Design. Ian currently serves on the Founder’s Council of United States of Care a new non-partisan non-profit movement to achieve long-lasting solutions that make health care better for everyone. He is a senior advisor to Concord Health Partners a healthcare investment firm. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (an affiliate of the American Medical Group Association) and served as a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee of the Program on Health System Improvement at Harvard University.
In 2018 Ian received the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees Award, for his more than 20 years of service to the AHA and the healthcare field.
Dr. Jaime Murillo is a Senior VP at OptumLabs and the Chief CardioMetabolic Officer at UnitedHealth Group, with a focus on early detection of CV disease, predictive analytics, prevention at a population level as well as health equity in research.
He is cardiologist from Yale University with an extensive background in computer sciences, AI and research both in basic sciences as a Harvard Medical School fellow as well as outcomes research working with Dr. Harlan Krumholz at Yale.
He practiced general cardiology with subspecialty in imaging at Sentara Healthcare System for almost 20 years. In addition to clinical practice he played several executive roles with a focus on leadership development and consumer strategies.
He spent 3 years collaborating with IBM Watson on machine learning technology development.
Prior to his current role at OptumLabs (formerly UHG R&D) he spent 2 years at UnitedHealthcare as the national lead for cardiovascular services focused on simple innovation and value-based transformation of cardiovascular care and affordability.
Griffin Myers, MD
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Oak Street Health
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Adept Benefits
Megan (Cook) Narrance is the founder and president of Adept Benefits. 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 Health Rosetta, a nonprofit that accelerates adoption of simple, practical, non-partisan fixes to our healthcare system.
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.
Doug Nemecek, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health Cigna
Dr. Doug Nemecek is the chief medical liaison for behavioral health integration, quality and clinical operations. He helps ensure network access and availability, patient safety, compliance with clinical guidelines, customer and provider satisfaction, and utilization management. Additionally, he works directly with customers and clients to mold operations and provides clinical expertise in new and existing behavioral health and integrated program development. Dr. Nemecek also helps to coordinate Cigna’s national medical cost trend analysis and initiatives to address affordability and major medical cost drivers for our clients.
Since joining Cigna, Dr. Nemecek has helped establish workflows, protocols, and collaborative procedures to create a unified medical management team across the company. He leads Cigna's initiatives and provides thought leadership to key issues such as the national opioid epidemic, and loneliness. Additionally, he continues to develop unique relationships with our network providers to ensure our customers and providers achieve optimal total health outcomes.
Prior to joining Cigna, Dr. Nemecek served as Executive Medical Director for Allina Behavioral Health Services in Minneapolis, overseeing five outpatient clinics and four inpatient mental health units with over 80 mental health providers. He also has 10 years of clinical experience with an inpatient and outpatient psychiatric practice in Minneapolis.
Dr. Nemecek received his M.D. and completed his psychiatric residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association, is board certified by the America Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Dr. Nemecek currently serves as the Chair for the Board of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness. He also serves on the Scientific Board for Shatterproof, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families.
Anthony Nguyen, MD
Chief Clinical Officer Anthem
Dr. Nguyen is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 20 years of industry experience. In his current role as Chief Clinical Officer for Anthem Inc., he oversees clinical care for over 42 million lives. He has a passion around process re-engineering while infusing digital tools to amplify the work of our 4200 clinical staff.
Prior to joining Anthem, Anthony was SVP of Population Health at UnitedHealth. His responsibilities included Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)/Care Coordination Organizations (CCO) care delivery channels, Member Engagement programs and National HEDIS teams that measure outcomes. His achievements included bringing over 85% of the nation’s largest Medicare Advantage membership in 4 STAR plans.
Previously, Dr. Nguyen was CMO for Cognizant where he drove various strategies including care delivery and risk management. As a successful entrepreneur, he has experience in creating and managing start-up companies.
Dr. Nguyen was a partner physician for Kaiser Permanente and served as VP of the Medical Staff, Orange County, CA. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Nguyen received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine and holds Master degrees from UC Irvine and Dartmouth College. He graduated magna cum laude from UC Irvine and spends most of his free time surfing.
Director, Patient Engagement and Business Development Penn Radiation Oncology, Penn Medicine
Fern Nibauer-Cohen is the director of patient engagement and business development in the department of Radiation Oncology at Penn Medicine. She created and oversees the Roberts Proton Therapy Patient Alumni Program, which engages patients who have had proton therapy treatment to stay connected with the Center through mentoring other patients, attending weekly Gathering Meetings, and providing a forum for connections on multiple levels. She is responsible for the department’s Quality of Life Program which provides integrative oncology services to patients and care givers such as yoga, pet therapy, art therapy, and exercise. Fern is deeply committed to working with patients and caregivers to cultivate a community for engagement and providing the highest level of patient centered care at Penn Radiation Oncology. She oversees a number of innovative programs that incorporate video, virtual reality, and other modalities that express the patient/caregiver narrative.
Brian Nightengale, RPh, PhD
Senior Vice President, Community and Specialty Pharmacy, AmerisourceBergen Corporation;
President, Good Neighbor Pharmacy
Brian Nightengale, RPh, PhD, serves as Senior Vice President of Community and Specialty Pharmacy at AmerisourceBergen and President of Good Neighbor Pharmacy, AmerisourceBergen’s independent community pharmacy network. AmerisourceBergen’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy Network represents 5,000 independently owned and operated pharmacies nationwide. These pharmacies are highly indexed in supporting patients with government-funded plans; they make up more than 50% of the prescriptions our pharmacies dispense. According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, 38% percent of independent community pharmacies are in an area with a population of less than 20,000. These community pharmacies are providing vital services to very rural areas. Collectively, 77 percent of independent pharmacies are serving areas with a population less than 50,000.
Prior to his current position, Brian was President of Xcenda, part of AmerisourceBergen’s Consulting Services group. Brian currently serves as the Vice Chair of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Board of Directors, on the National Community Pharmacists Association Innovation Council Board, and American Pharmacists Association Corporate Supporters Council.
Nikki Oakland, PharmD
Director of Client Success Rx Savings Solutions
Having spent the majority of her career in retail pharmacy, Nikki has first-hand knowledge of challenges consumers face every day when it comes to medication affordability. She has a strong background in pharmacy benefit management and leadership, which she brings to her new role as Director of Client Success for Health Plans. A born-and-raised Midwesterner, Nikki received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in 2007. She is passionate about health, wellness, and exercise and spending time with her family out on the water.
Indira Paharia, PsyD, MBA, MS
Chief Operating Officer Centene Advanced Behavioral Health
Dr. Indira Paharia is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Chief Operating Officer for Centene Advanced Behavioral Health. Centene Advanced Behavioral Health serves over 16 million members in 34 states across Medicare, Medicaid, and Marketplace products as part of the Centene Corporation, a Fortune 50 company.
Dr. Paharia has specialized experience in behavioral health managed care, behavioral and physical health integration, and evidence-based programming for vulnerable populations. She has held senior executive and board positions with provider organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Most recently she served as Chief Practice and Performance Officer for a large multistate child-serving provider organization. Previously, she was the National Vice President of Clinical Programs for a Fortune 500 Medicaid Managed Care company, where she led integrated care management for all Medicaid and Medicare members. Prior to this, she was responsible for behavioral health and worksite wellness operations at a multistate BlueCross BlueShield plan for all commercial, Medicare and Medicaid members.
Dr. Paharia currently serves on the board of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness. She has served as a delegate at the World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of the World Health Organization and the United Nations, and served as a federally appointed national advisor to SAMHSA for six years. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, as well as an MBA in Healthcare Administration and an MS in Healthcare Finance from Temple University with distinction.
She is passionate about ensuring access to high quality behavioral healthcare for our most vulnerable populations.
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.
Stephen Parodi, MD
Chairman of the Board, Council of Accountable Physician Practices; Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Communications, and Brand, The Permanente Federation; Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group
Stephen Parodi, MD, is the chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, www.accountablecaredoctors.org, a coalition of the nation’s most progressive and integrated medical groups and health systems, encompassing more than 30 groups like the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Permanente Medical Groups, Geisinger, Intermountain and two dozen others, and involving more than 80,000 physicians. Dr. Parodi is also a practicing physician and physician leader at The Permanente Medical Group.
CAPP members are physician-led, multi-specialty medical groups or systems — places where doctors from all disciplines practice together and learn from one another, backed by integrated services, systems, data and technology. CAPP groups include more than 30 innovative organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger, Intermountain and the Permanente Medical Groups, and represent the voice of 80,000 physicians.
Dr. Parodi is also the executive vice president of External Affairs, Communications and Brand at The Permanente Federation where he has oversight over the Federation’s external affairs functions, which include government relations, public policy, communications and brand strategy.
As an associate director for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), Dr. Parodi’s areas of responsibility include patient safety, the care of complex patients, laboratory medicine, risk management, transgender health, nephrology, renal transplant services and infectious disease. His work in hospital operations has included programs such as enhanced recovery after surgery, patient blood management, observation medicine and bedside multidisciplinary rounding. He also serves as a liaison for Kaiser Permanente’s engagement in local and international health care delivery initiatives.
Dr. Parodi practices as an infectious disease physician providing inpatient and outpatient consultation, HIV care and travel medicine services.
He received his medical degree from Georgetown University, completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and completed an infectious disease fellowship at the UCLA Affiliated Program in Infectious Disease.
Rajiv Patel, MD
Chief Executive Officer U.S. Medical Management (USMM)
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.
Principal Consultant, Value-Based Care Edifecs
Michael Pattwell is the Principal Consultant of Value-Based Care at Edifecs, a global health IT company. Pattwell works directly with health plans to operationalize software solutions that improve their data intake, analysis and utilization within their value-based care and payment operations. Prior to Edifecs, Pattwell spent decades designing, developing and deploying numerous payer and provider collaboration solutions for several of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations.
Plan Sponsor Channel Lead Mount Sinai
Lucas leads a sales and account management team at Mount Sinai focused on building relationships with Labor Unions and their Health Funds who are looking to increase the value received for their health care dollar. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Lucas spent 9 years at the 32BJ Health Fund ending as Director of Strategic Planning where his accomplishments included establishing a PCMH primary care network, implementing a value-based drug program, and establishing a first to market direct to provider total joint replacement bundle program. Overall, Lucas has spent 12+ years dedicated to finding ways to add value to Unions and their Health Funds.
Robert Pearl, MD
Author, Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors & Patients
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.
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.
Dr. Pearl hosts the popular podcasts Fixing Healthcareand Coronavirus: The Truth.He publishes a newsletter with over 12,000 subscribers called Monthly Musings on American Healthcareand is a regular contributor to Forbes. 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 medical journals and contributed to numerous books. A frequent keynote speaker at healthcare and medical technology conferences. Pearl has addressed the Commonwealth Club, the World Healthcare Congress, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Quality Forum and the National Committee for Quality Improvement (NCQA).
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.
The Vice President, Clinical Provider Strategy for Beacon Health Options, Amy Pearlman oversees a national team of clinical staff who seek to engage providers in collaboration to improve Clinical and Quality outcomes for those who receive Behavioral Health care through the analysis of trends in aggregate data patterns. Ms. Pearlman also plays a leadership role in developing trainings, including Beacon’s national opioid strategy initiative in response to the current opioid crisis.
Ms. Pearlman began her tenure in Behavioral Health Managed Care in 2002 as a Regional Network Manager with the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) in Boston Massachusetts, then rising to the position of Network Management Director. Following a brief hiatus from Managed Care to manage a large Behavioral Health Mobile Crisis Unit serving the South Shore of Massachusetts, Ms. Pearlman joined Beacon Health Strategies prior to the merger with Value Options to manage Clinical and Business Integration departments. She then transitioned to Provider Strategy, taking on a leadership position for the department for the newly integrated Beacon Health Options. Ms. Pearlman believes passionately in taking a collaborative approach with providers to improve healthcare outcomes, and is a staunch advocate of evidenced based outcomes utilizing the analysis of aggregate data. She developed an inaugural program at Beacon designed to engage providers through field based clinicians who partner to improve outcomes. Ms. Pearlman serves as the clinical lead for telehealth, leads Beacon’s work on a strategy for Opioid Use Disorders, and participates in the ongoing refinement of clinical and quality measures for success through Value Based Payment arrangements.
A quintessential social worker, Ms. Pearlman has a strong desire to improve healthcare outcomes and believes that the best way to support the largest number of people is through her work in the managed care industry. She has transitioned between provider and payer settings over the course of her career to develop her clinical skills and maximize her empathy of provider experience, with the mission of aligning perspectives around a shared focus and goal to improve healthcare for individuals and families. Her clinical expertise is in crisis intervention, community based care, and clinical program design.
Ms. Pearlman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish language and literature from Brandeis University and a Master of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work, where she later served an adjunct professor.
Vice President, Strategic Alignment, Transformation and Consumer Innovation UPMC Health Plan
Angela L. Perri oversees the Business Transformation Office leading business alignment and strategy initiatives, planning and prioritization for key business efforts, multidisciplinary approaches for development and growth. She is the executive responsible for Organizational Performance and Project Management Office (PMO, Six Sigma, Business Engineers), Innovation tools, apps, and strategies, Digital Development including telehealth and RxWell, Internal Proprietary Clinical Software including product development and management.
Angela has 25 years of experience in managed health care. Prior to joining UPMC Health Plan in 2018, she served in senior executive leadership roles for several Fortune 100 organizations including UnitedHealth Group (Optum), Centene Corporation, and Amerigroup (an Anthem Company). She has led product and program development, Medicare STARs programs, strategic planning, eHealth, business development and growth for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), Medicare Advantage and Special Needs Plans including dually eligible individuals and commercial products designing and implementing population health management programs for these MCOs/MBHOs in nearly all 50 states.
She is recognized nationally as an expert on population health program designs such as models of care for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), Foster Care (children), Managed Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) and integrated behavioral health including the technology solutions supporting these strategies for value-based care efforts. Angela is a Juran Certified Six Sigma Black Belt: DMAIC, DMADV, Lean; a community advocate; and she serves on the Board of Directors for Allegheny Family Network; Board Member for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust corporate circles board; is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPXXXV); and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She is passionately committed to serving the underserved in healthcare and education.
Andrew C. Philip, PhD
Senior Director Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)
Dr. Andrew Philip is the Clinical Lead and Senior Director of Partnerships at Primary Care Development Corporation: a national nonprofit and community development financial institution that catalyzes excellence in primary care through strategic community investment, capacity building, and policy initiatives to achieve health equity. Andrew is a clinical health psychologist with a background working shoulder-to-shoulder with many other disciplines in medical settings including acute trauma and intensive care, burn, neurology, palliative care, psychiatry, infectious disease, and primary care. Andrew is passionate about driving scalable, high-impact initiatives around integrating physical and behavioral healthcare, improving clinician resiliency in the face of unprecedented stress, and enhancing care for under-served, under-represented, and frankly under-valued populations. Andrew is the immediate past Deputy Director of the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions and past national trainer for the Department of Defense’s primary care behavioral health integration program. In addition to his work with PCDC, Andrew remains active in private practice with a focus on behavioral medicine and LGBTQ+ health, serves as Faculty for University of Michigan’s integrated care certificate program and Assistant Editor-in-Chief to the peer-reviewed journal, Telehealth and Medicine Today.
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.
Vice President, Products Castlight Health
Rajesh Razdan is vice president of Product Management at Castlight Health, where he oversees product development and consumer experience for the company’s 20MM+ users. Rajesh brings over 20 years of product leadership at various market leading health-tech and technology companies in the Silicon Valley.
A former retail pharmacist, Dr. Michael Rea founded Rx Savings Solutions in 2008 after routinely witnessing consumers struggle to pay for medications. His research on behalf of patients uncovered ways to find equivalent therapies at lower costs, which became the foundation of the company’s groundbreaking technology. Throughout his career, Michael has studied the pharmacy industry and its pricing practices at all levels of the supply chain. His time with a large pharmacy benefit manager provided invaluable experience and insight for developing Rx Savings Solutions’ patented transparency solution. A graduate of the Creighton University School of Pharmacy, he is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on pharmacy, healthcare and entrepreneurship.
Chief Executive Officer TRIPP
As CEO of TRIPP, Nanea brings over 15 years experience in digital distribution, video game technologies and mobile application development. Prior to co-founding TRIPP, Nanea was President & COO of textPlus, one of the top mobile communications applications on the iOS and Android platforms.
Before joining textPlus, Nanea was the COO of Machinima, an online video influencer and content network focused on video games now owned by Warner Brothers.
Nanea has also served as Chief Strategy and Product Officer at Gaikai, a cloud gaming company acquired by Sony Playstation.
Previous to Gaikai, Nanea was SVP/COO of Global Online for Electronic Arts where she was responsible for building the foundation for EA’s digital revenue streams. Nanea came to EA through their acquisition of JAMDAT where she was SVP of Enabling Technologies. JAMDAT was one of the first breakout mobile games company with a successful IPO in 2005 before being acquired by EA in 2006.
Nanea is very committed to supporting the evolution of the technology sector in Los Angeles and has worked as an Advisor and Angel Investor in many exciting So-Cal start-ups including Oculus, Haku and Saucey.
Nanea is an active mentor and enjoys public speaking having given 3 Tedx talks on various subjects – including one focused on why girls should play video games. An avid meditator, Nanea also spends her free time playing video games, her ukulele and golf. She is also very active in her late husband’s non-profit Bodhicitta, Inc. as well as dedicated to helping women in recovery at the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House.
Senior Vice President, Business Development Immersive Worlds
Colleen Reilly has been a leader in the wellbeing industry for over 22 years. She is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Immersive Worlds, the VR technology platform providing a more effective solution for sustainable behavior modification in the healthcare and wellbeing industry. She served on the Board for Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA). Her experience spans time spent at Accenture, Coors Brewing Company, Mayo Clinic, and Nelnet. Colleen founded Total Well-Being in 2008 and sold in 2016. Total Wellbeing was one of the nation’s leading providers of corporate wellbeing consulting and SaaS wellbeing platform. Some of her clients included the State of Arizona, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Molson Coors, and Keurig Green Mountain.
Colleen Reilly holds a bachelor’s degree in Combined Science (Chemistry/Biology/Physics) from Santa Clara University and both a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science Management with an emphasis in sports and wellness management from the University of Denver. She is currently pursuing her Executive Ph.D. in Business with a focus on Immersive World Technology and Corporate Wellbeing. She is also an adjunct faculty teaching the 4th Industrial revolution at Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She is certified in yoga, group fitness as well as wellness, and life coach.
Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement and Consulting National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Brie Reimann is Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement and Consulting at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of nearly 3,500 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. In her role she provides department leadership over 30+ practice improvement initiatives that aim to improve access to care for individuals living with mental illness and substance use concerns. Prior to her tenure at the National Council, Brie led the SBIRT Colorado initiative where she trained health care providers working in hospitals, HIV clinics, federally qualified health centers, and other safety-net provider organizations to integrate substance use screening and intervention into practice and provided leadership to the University of Colorado on the Health Professional training grant with the aim to develop curriculum for nursing students and preceptors on substance use intervention.
Andrew Renda, MD
Vice President Bold Goal and Population Health Strategy, Office of Health Affairs & Advocacy Humana
Dr. Andrew Renda is Vice President of Humana’s Bold Goal and Population Health Strategy, leading Humana’s mission to help improve the health of the communities it serves by making it easier for people to achieve their best health.
His work includes leading four population health and social determinants of health work streams: Insights, Strategy & Execution, Informatics, and Thought Leadership. A published author and speaker in the fields of population health, social determinants of health and chronic disease, Dr. Renda’s work strives to inform co-created solutions to improve community health.
Previous roles have included advancing clinical models of care through development, implementation and evaluation of population health initiatives aimed at preventing and delaying progression of chronic disease. This included product and benefit design, as well as health projects ranging from messaging campaigns and self-care interventions to clinician-led disease management programs. Significant initiatives include: Chronic Condition Special Needs Plans (C-SNP), Metabolic Syndrome Support Service, Asthma and COPD disease management and self-care programs, Sleep Apnea diagnostics and management strategy, Flu and pneumonia campaign, Tobacco cessation service integration and outreach.
Dr. Renda has a B.S. in psychology and biology from the University of Kentucky where he was a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Fellow. He received his medical degree and a diploma in clinical psychiatry from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, followed by a Masters in Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid Department of Health and Human Services
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.
Global Head Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS
As Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS, Melinda Richter fosters the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies external R&D engine and supports the innovation community by creating capital-efficient commercialization models that aim to give early-stage companies a big company advantage. By providing infrastructure, services, educational programs and networks in global innovation hotspots, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS is the best place to start a company working in healthcare, with a specific emphasis on the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies’ sectors: consumer and health tech, medical device and pharmaceuticals.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS, Melinda was Founder and CEO of Prescience International, an award-winning firm dedicated to accelerating research to the patient. Melinda founded Prescience after she had a medical emergency that left her questioning the efficiency and efficacy of the healthcare system. With the tenacity and resolve of a patient looking for a better solution, she set out to create a better model, which now forms the basis for Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS’ operational infrastructure. Prior to starting Prescience, Melinda held posts across a variety of functional areas with a global corporation, Nortel Networks, in locations such as Research Triangle Park, New York, Toronto, London, Hong Kong and Beijing before arriving in San Francisco. She also initiated, raised capital and secured large corporate deals for several companies in both the life science and technology space. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Melinda is Chair of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), a board member of BIO’s Technology Transfer Committee, the Texas Health Catalyst Advisory Panel (The Dell Medical School and the Provost office of the University of Texas at Austin), the University of Toronto & Janssen Neuroscience Catalyst, A*STAR ETPL's Strategic Advisory Panel.
Senior Manager, Community Health, Healthcare and Community Health Transformation Blue Shield of California
Daniel Rivas is the Senior Manager of the Community Health team at Blue Shield of California. As Senior Manager, Daniel leads behavioral health pilots throughout California with a focus on improving the health and well-being of the communities by addressing key social, environmental, clinical, and behavioral drivers of health. Prior to joining the Blue Shield of California Community Health Team, Daniel was most recently at Covered California in the Sales and Outreach Division where he served as the Account Services Section Manager, Outreach and Sales Regional Field Manager and helped establish the Southern California Field Team. Daniel led many successful field operations engaging and preparing stakeholders throughout the State including the oversight of two Covered California grant programs: The Navigator and the Outreach and Education Grants for three years with Richard Heath and Associates (RHA). Daniel has over two decades of experience administering public funds to provide services to challenging populations.
Daniel has assembled a career of 25+ years working in private and non-profit sectors in program administration, evaluation, community organizing, and capacity building. Daniel holds both Bachelors of Science and Master of Arts Degrees in Organizational Leadership. With over two decades of experience administering public funds to provide services to challenging populations, Daniel has effectively translated vision, mission, and core objectives into results in productivity, efficiency, and delivery of quality services.
Jeffrey D. Rivkin
Research Director IDC Health Insights
Jeff Rivkin CHRS, PAHM, CPEHR, CBIP, CCP, CDP has been the Research Director of Payer IT Strategies for IDC Health Insights for over five years. In that role he is responsible for research coverage on payer business and technology priorities, constituent and consumer engagement strategies, technology and business implications for front, middle and back-office functions, value-based reimbursement, risk, and quality-based payment and incentive programs, among other trends and technologies important to the payer community.
Executive Vice President, Special Projects Endeavor Business Media, LLC
Kristine Russell, is currently the Executive Vice President of Special Projects on the Executive Management Team of Endeavor Business Media, Nashville. Prior to joining Endeavor, she was President of KSR Publishing, Inc. and Publisher, Executive Editor of Healthcare Purchasing News. and President of NP Communications, LLC. -which included publications: MLO-Medical Laboratory Observer, Health Management Technology and Evaluation Engineering. The publications are now distributed worldwide to over 200,000 healthcare professionals at hospitals or electronic manufacturing firms as part of the Endeavor group.
In addition, Russell is on the advisory board for IAHCSMM – International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management, a member of AHRMM – Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management & CQO Advisory Group; Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – Supply chain special interest group; Suncoast Blood Centers- Board of Directors, SMI- Strategic Marketplace Initiative Partner – Collaborator; .AORN EAC board member; AACN- NTI Supply Chain Educator Partner; Bellwether League member and received the 2017 Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership lifetime achievement award; ASU-HSRC Board Member, World Congress Supply Chain Advisory Board Member, IDN Summit collaborator and media partner, as well as a number of other healthcare related supply chain and clinical healthcare associations.
Ms. Russell graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Merchandising including minors in Business and Art from Northern Illinois University. She has completed a number of graduate courses at Loyola University of Chicago, Dale Carnegie and the Georgetown University Healthcare Leadership Institute at the McDonough School of Business.
Craig E. Samitt, MD
Former 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.
Dr. Samitt is 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 one of “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” by Modern Healthcare in 2018 and one of “100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders” by Minnesota Physician in 2020. Dr. Samitt also received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association in 2020 for his contributions to health care management. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Council at FierceHealthcare, offering feedback on publications and content and providing insights into emerging industry trends.
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; Minnesota Business Partnership; the Minnesota Council of Health Plans; Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity; Hennepin Healthcare Foundation; the GREATER MSP Partnership and board chair for Blaze Health, a joint venture with North Memorial Health. From 2012 to 2018, Dr. Samitt was a 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.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota and Blue Plus® are nonprofit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Brendan Shane, MBA, MSW, LICSW
Behavioral Health Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Brendan Shane is the Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all behavioral health services.
Prior to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Brendan was the Director of Clinical Care Services for Magellan of Virginia. While there, he participated in and led a number of behavioral health initiatives across the Commonwealth. Before that role, Brendan held a leadership position with Carver County, MN where he participated in and led key initiatives within the agency, in partnership with the State of Minnesota, and with colleagues from around the world related to children’s mental health targeted case management, child protection/welfare and adoption. Before that role, Brendan spent 10 years at Cigna where he held roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to his managed care experience, he served as a therapeutic day treatment therapist and a crisis clinician in various Twin Cities metro area emergency departments.
Brendan holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University. Additionally, he is a licensed clinical social worker in Minnesota. During his time away from work, he enjoys biking, playing tennis and spending time with his four children.
Jonathan Sherman, MD
Director, Surgical Neuro-Oncology West Virginia University
Jonathan H. Sherman, MD, FAANS, FACS is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in Surgical Neuro-oncology. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Virginia. Following completion of residency, he completed a fellowship in Surgical Neuro-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Sherman joins the faculty at West Virginia University as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery as well as the Director of Neuro-surgical Oncology – Eastern Campus. In this effort, he leads a multi-disciplinary team and robust translational research program as well as a clinical trials program. He has several clinical research interests in neuro-oncology and has published greater than 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He also co-authored the textbook Cold Plasma Cancer Therapy as well as 16 book chapters. He is a pioneer in the use of new healthcare innovations such as virtual and augmented reality to improve the outcomes of his patients. In addition, Dr. Sherman serves as mentor and educator to both medical students and residents at West Virginia University. He was also recognized by his peers as a Washingtonian Top Doctor for the past 5 years.
Dr. Sherman has established himself as a national and international expert in the treatment of patients with brain and spinal tumors. He is a member of both the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and has served on the AANS/CNS Joint Tumor Section Executive Committee for the past 7 years. Dr. Sherman also serves on the International Scientific Committee for the International Workshop on Plasma for Cancer Treatment. He has served as a reviewer for numerous medical journals and currently serves as Academic Editor for the journal PLoS-One. He was recently appointed as Associate Editor for Operative Neurosurgery as well as Editor for the newly established Journal of the International Virtual Reality Healthcare Association. He serves as both a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Sherman is a true clinician-scientist working from the bench to the bedside as he performs translational research in an effort to provide a direct impact on advancing treatments for his patients.
Eliza Pippa Shulman, DO
Chief Medical Officer Medically Home
Eliza “Pippa” Shulman, DO, MPH is the Chief Medical Officer of Medically Home, the world’s first virtual hospital. Medically Home is a tech-enabled clinical enterprise, providing all the necessary capabilities to safely-shift medical care from hospitals to patients’ homes. Prior to joining Medically Home Pippa was 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.
Previously 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.
Director, Behavioral Science Fidelity
Dr. Tamara Sims is as a behavioral scientist investigating how to optimize well-being through improving engagement with key aspects of health care (i.e., planning for health care across a lifetime, accessing affordable, quality care, utilizing preventive care and managing problems, and engaging in healthy behaviors). Dr. Sims works with Fidelity Health Solutions Thought Leadership to conduct large-scale research projects that generate data-driven insights to better understand the opportunities and challenges of diverse workforces. Her research is intentionally designed to translate data insights into theoretically grounded strategies as well as solutions that can be fully realized through our client-centered relationships. Such relationships are instrumental for leading industry thinking and evidence-based applications in health care.
Just prior to joining Fidelity, Dr. Sims directed the Sightlines project at the Stanford Center on Longevity in collaboration with Fidelity’s Thought Leadership team with the joint aim of quantifying and enhancing total well-being across the adult life span. Ultimately, she joined Fidelity’s Health Solutions organization because it aligned with her own goals to apply research to support consumer engagement and empowerment. Dr. Sims and her colleagues are overseeing multiple thematic and rigorous research programs including, but not limited to: understanding how health and financial choices align and diverge to better support people’s decisions, uncovering who is vulnerable to mental health setbacks and how to recover, and building an inclusive map of the health care experience to help people become savvy health care consumers.
Dr. Sims earned her B.A. in psychology from UCLA, M.A. in psychology at California State University Long Beach, and her Ph.D. in psychology and post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Her expertise falls at the intersection of culture, emotion, decision making, and well-being. Her research has spanned topics such as the influence of emotions and values on health outcomes, ethnic disparities and biases in well-being, emotions, and aging, and motivating engagement in financial education and long-term planning across gender and socioeconomic strata. Dr. Sims has been invited to present her work at national academic societies, institutions and leading organizations in non-profit and private sectors. Her work on has been published in several top peer-reviewed academic journals, garnered media attention in the popular press, and earned awards from Stanford University, leading industry foundations and the National Institutes of Health.
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.
Clay Smith, MD
Director, Blood Disorders and Cell Therapies Center UCHealth
Clay Smith, MD is the Director of the Blood Disorders and Cell Therapies Center at UCHealth, which delivers and advances care for patients with blood cancers, general hematologic disorders and those undergoing treatment with blood and marrow stem cell transplants and CAR T-cells throughout the Rocky Mountain region. He also serves as the Associate Chief of the Division of Hematology at the University of Colorado, the Medical Director of the Hematology Clinical Trials Unit and is the Medical Director for the CU and UCHealth Innovation Centers. He is a Professor at the University of Colorado and holds the Ruth and Ralph Seligman Chair in Hematology and his academic focus is on developing and implementing precision medicine approaches for leukemia, CAR T-cells and other blood cancers. Dr. Smith was an undergraduate at Rice University, attended medical school at the University of Texas/Southwestern, trained as a resident and fellow at Cornell/NY Hospital and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and undertook a specialty fellowship in blood and marrow transplantation at Stanford University. He has been on the faculty of Sloan Kettering, Duke University, Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of British Columbia/BC Cancer Agency and the University of Pittsburgh prior to coming to CU/UCHealth 9 years ago. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in directing malignant hematology and bone marrow transplant programs and at the BC Cancer Agency, he chaired the Tumor Group Council which oversaw many aspects of cancer care delivery to the population of British Columbia. He has authored >150 manuscripts, received dozens of grants, holds numerous patents, has helped found or consulted with numerous companies and has received a number of awards including the CU Department of Medicine Innovator of the Year award.
Delmonize “Del” Smith, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Acclinate
Dr. Delmonize (Del) Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Acclinate, a trusted digital health company integrating culture and technology to source diverse individuals to make informed decisions about clinical trial participation. Del is a serial entrepreneur passionate about using business to make a positive societal impact. He has extensive leadership experience in healthcare, IT, higher education, and government. His research has appeared in leading publications such as the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, and Journal of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Del earned his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Alabama
Vice President, Community Health Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH)
Kendra Smith serves as Vice President, Community Health with Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH). As an experienced thought and practice leader in community development, affordable housing development, urban planning, and social determinants of health, she provides direction and oversight on collaborative community health priorities and efforts that address social determinants of health and health inequities in BSMH Ohio and Kentucky markets.
Smith has served in executive and leadership roles with ProMedica, Preferred Properties, Inc. and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning leading community-based initiatives focused on housing, community engagement, land use policy, community investment, and health equity.
A Cleveland native, Smith is completing a Master of Public Health degree from Kent State University and holds a master’s degree in urban studies with a focus on neighborhood and community development from Cleveland State University and additional degrees and certifications from Ohio University, Harvard Kennedy School and La Universidad Pública de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.
She serves on the board of the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA), Rotary Club of Toledo, the Federal Reserve Board Community Action Council, and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kendra is a 2017 recipient of Toledo’s 20 Under 40 Leadership Award.
Roy Smythe, MD
Chief Executive Officer SomaLogic
Roy Smythe, M.D., joined SomaLogic in November 2018 as Chief Executive Officer. During the course of his career, Dr. Smythe has been an internationally recognized surgeon, biomedical scientist, academician, health system administrator and healthcare business entrepreneur.
While in medical school at Texas A&M, he was a Charles A. Dana Foundation Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business. Following medical school, he trained in general surgery, surgical oncology and thoracic surgery and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania. His medical and translational research career then began at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he was the recipient of NIH and numerous other funding awards. He subsequently chaired the Department of Surgery at Baylor Scott & White Health System and the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, where he was the Roney Endowed Chair, and later became the Medical Director of Innovation and Executive Vice President for Institute Development before moving into expanded roles in corporate healthcare.
Dr. Smythe came to SomaLogic from Royal Philips, where he served as Global Chief Medical Officer for Strategy and Partnerships. Before joining Philips, he served as Chief Medical Officer at Valence Health, a Chicago-based healthcare company. He held the same title previously at AVIA, a healthcare technology accelerator.
A highly sought-after lecturer and the author of more than 300 papers, abstracts and essays in academic, literary and humanities publications, Dr. Smythe is also currently a member of more than 20 U.S. national learned societies.
Co-Founder Neuro Rehab VR
Veena is the Co-founder and CTO at Neuro Rehab VR, a VR healthcare start-up aimed at building virtual/augmented reality training exercises for patients with neurological disorders. She is a software engineer with many years of research and development experience in VR and AR. She has a BS in Computer Science and a Master’s in Game Design and Development from UTDallas. She is also the Chapter President for VR/AR Association Dallas and co-organizer of the Women in VR - Dallas chapter, focusing on mentorship, skill development and building a community of talented individuals who are enthusiastic about being a part of this emerging industry.
Theresa Soriano, MD
President, American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM); Associate Chief Clinical Officer, Prospero Health
Dr. Soriano is the current President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM). She is a board-certified general internist and palliative medicine physician and a Clinical Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She recently joined Prospero Health as Associate Chief Clinical Officer. Prospero is a home-based palliative care company founded in 2019, providing team-based, in-home and virtual supportive care to patients and caregivers in over 20 states.
Dr. Soriano is nationally recognized in the field of home-based primary and palliative care clinical practice, quality, and leadership. She was named AAHCM’s House Call Physician of the Year and honored with the Hastings Center-Cunniff Dixon Physician Award for Excellence in Palliative Medicine. These honors, among others, stem from her longstanding philosophy that addressing the social and medical needs of vulnerable populations requires the care of an interdisciplinary team rooted in the community. She has held direct provider, clinical and executive leadership roles in home-based primary and palliative care, hospital operations, care management, and population health at academic systems like the Mount Sinai Health System as well as start-ups like Cityblock Health. In addition, she has advised, developed and implemented clinical initiatives at several other start-up and non-profit organizations.
A lifelong New Yorker, Dr. Soriano grew up in Queens and Long Island, attended Cornell University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and trained at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the nation’s largest public hospitals. She currently lives in Manhattan with her family, raising two school-aged sons and active in their local school and community.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder Wildflower Health
Leah Sparks, CEO & Founder of Wildflower Health, has more than two decades of experience building innovative healthcare businesses in both venture-backed companies and Fortune 50 corporations. Leah founded Wildflower Health in 2012 while starting a family of her own and seeing firsthand the gaps in healthcare for consumers.
Prior to starting Wildflower Health, Leah led business development for a personalized medicine startup that was acquired by Medco a few years after she joined the company. She began her career in healthcare at McKesson Corporation in corporate development, where she focused on strategy and M&A. During her tenure at McKesson, she held a variety of leadership roles including spearheading the company’s entry into the oncology market.
Leah has been featured as a speaker at leading events including the National Quality Forum, Health 2.0, and the Rock Health Summit.
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.
Vice President, Corporate Business / Revenue Cycle Systems and Innovations, Information Technology Division 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 28 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 the establishment of the Center for Innovation and works closely with the Chief Innovation Officer and the Chief Information Officer. Within her innovation role, Michelle has responsibilities for day-to-day management of the Innovation Department and has strategic responsibilities for Intelligent Automation and digital transformation. Notable innovation accomplishments in the past two years have been the launch of the Center for Innovation Technology Hub, Intelligent Automation, Call Center and Telephony Automation, and most recently the development of Clinical Voice Technologies.
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 named as one of the 2020 Women to Watch in Health IT by Becker’s, and most recently named as one of the finalists for the 2021 HIMSS Changemaker in Health Awards.
Michelle earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Phoenix University. She is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, 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.
Director, Virtual Care Henry Ford Health System
Courtney Stevens is the Director of Virtual Care for Henry Ford Health System. As a Michigan based not-for-profit corporation, Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, providing health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. Founded in 1915 by auto pioneer Henry Ford, Henry Ford Health System is committed to improving the health and well-being of a diverse community.
Courtney has been with the Henry Ford for over 13 years. She started with Henry Ford in Process Improvement as a management engineer, where she has applied her industrial engineering and project management skills to various projects to aid in health system integration and alignment. She transitioned to Customer Engagement/Care Experience where she helped to improve the customer experience through project management, data/root cause analysis, training, and process improvement initiatives. As of 2016 Courtney accepted a leadership role in Virtual Care, developing the strategy and standards for telehealth expansion throughout Henry Ford Health System’s continuum of care. These applications, including real time video and secure online messaging, produced over 17,000 virtual visits/consults in 2019, saving patients over 144,000 miles or 200 days of travel and providers over 2,500 miles or over 10 clinic days of travel.
Courtney has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University and Masters of Science in Engineering Management from Wayne State University. She also has 4 years of experience as a Senior Product Engineer at TRW Automotive Occupant Safety Systems in their driver side airbag and steering wheel division.
J.P. Stevens is a healthcare investor, operator, and executive with over 30 years experience in finance, health tech and life sciences. As President of DayTwo. J.P. is responsible for the company’s growth and strategic direction. J.P. began his career on Wall Street in tech finance at J.P. Morgan, worked in M&A at America Online during the 1990s.
Prior to DayTwo Josh was the CEO of Keas (now Welltok) the first health benefits engagement platform. J.P. serves as a trustee of the Presbyterian Pension Fund and is a Venture Partner at Crosslink Capital, in San Francisco.
Jessica Stone, PhD
Co-Creator Virtual Sandtray
Dr. Jessica Stone is an international speaker, sought after clinical supervisor, and renowned play therapist. She is the co-creator of The Virtual Sandtray for iOS and VR, a best-selling author, and developer of Digital Play Therapy. Dr. Stone has been featured for her work throughout the virtual world as an innovator, ambassador of play, and stalwart advocate for the use of digital technology in the field of psychology.
Greg Strevig is responsible for business intelligence and advanced analytics across all Geisinger’s business domains, including the Clinical Enterprise, Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, and all operational and administrative towers. Greg was instrumental in enabling the Geisinger Data Informatics Center of Excellence (CoE), pulling together 100+ business intelligence and analytics personnel to create a coordinated and high-performance analytics function.
Greg has 25+ years of experience in Healthcare Information Technology, Business Intelligence (BI), and Analytic Solutions Development. Prior to joining Geisinger, he served as the Network Engineer and IT Director for Hanover General Hospital in Hanover, Pennsylvania. During his 24 years at Geisinger, he served as Lead Technical Analyst for Geisinger Medical Laboratories, Lead Innovation Analyst for CDIS, Director of BI and Analytic Development, and is currently serving as VP, Enterprise Analytics.
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 GE Clinical Command Centers
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.
Executive Director National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
President and Chief Executive Officer National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance)
Michael Thompson is the President and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance). The National Alliance is the only nonprofit, purchaser-led organization with a national and regional structure dedicated to driving health, equity and healthcare value across the country. Collectively, the organization represents over 45 million Americans, spending over $300 billion annually on healthcare including a broad cross-section of private sector and public sector employers as well as union organizations. Thompson is a nationally recognized thought leader for business health strategies and health system reform.
Prior to joining the National Alliance, Mike was a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 20 years where he worked as an advisor to employers, health plans, providers, and other healthcare stakeholders. He was also an executive with diverse roles with Prudential Healthcare for over 17 years. Mike is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, serving on the Health Practice Council, and chairs the Medicare Sub-Committee of the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA). He is widely recognized as a leading national advocate for mental health and wellbeing and a Past President of the New York City chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).
Lori Tishler, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs Commonwealth Care Alliance
Lori Tishler is the Senior Vice President of Medical Services at Commonwealth Care Alliance. Commonwealth Care Alliance is an integrated payor/provider system that cares for over 37,000 dually eligible people in Massachusetts fulfilling their mission of improving the health and well-being of people with significant needs by innovating, coordinating and providing the highest quality, individualized care. At CCA, Dr. Tishler is directly responsible for primary, psychiatric, and specialty care and works collaboratively with the care coordination, quality, and utilization management programs. She leads CCA’s Covid Task Force. A caring and connected physician leader, Dr. Tishler joined CCA to follow her passion for providing care for patients with significant needs and making positive change in our complicated health care system.
Dr. Tishler has been a primary care physician in the Boston area for more than 20 years and has had significant experience with practice leadership and medical education. While at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she served on the Mass General Brigham Board and continues to teach and present nationally. Outside of work, Dr. Tishler loves to spend time with her husband and teenaged daughter, to travel, read, and knit.
Executive Vice President and President, Community and Specialty Pharmacy AmerisourceBergen Corporation
Rich Tremonte is responsible for leading teams and solutions focused on one of the company’s most significant customer bases, including national and regional chain pharmacies and independent retail and specialty pharmacies. Rich brings deep pharmaceutical product and commercial strategy knowledge, helping AmerisourceBergen expand its value throughout the manufacturer-to-patient supply chain to improve patient care and drive long-term customer value.
Prior to this role, Rich served as President of Strategic Global Sourcing, where he oversaw all of AmerisourceBergen's sourcing, pricing, and inside sales activity in brand, specialty, generics, OTC, biosimilar, animal health and med-surg products.
Michael Van Scoy, MD
Medical Director Essentia Health
Dr. Van Scoy serves as medical director for several ACO programs, including dual-eligible, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Shared Savings, State of MN Medicaid, and commercial programs. Areas of interest include risk stratification, innovative clinical models, pharmacy care management, documentation and coding, and post-acute management.
Vice President, National SDOH Strategy CareSource
Karin VanZant is the Vice President of Integrated Community Partnerships at CareSource. Since 2015, Mrs. VanZant oversees the work of Social Determinants of Health at CareSource and the full integration into the Population Health Model. Specifically, Mrs. VanZant has built the JobConnect Program - a workforce development program that assists CareSource members to enter into full-time, permanent employment. In 2015, JobConnect started in Ohio and has expanded to Indiana and Georgia as of 2017. Karin is currently working on food access and food insecurity pilots; in addition to establishing housing partnerships as a part of the SDOH integration into Population Health.
Prior to joining CareSource, Karin was the co-founder and Executive Director of Think Tank, Inc. For ten years as this organization’s leader, Karin assisted the team to live out the mission of equipping and facilitating collaboration among people and organizations seeking ways to promote greater connectedness and a more thriving community.
Karin VanZant has a MPA in Public Administration (2008) and a BA in Social Work (1998) from Wright State University. Karin is certified in various curriculums that address comprehensive poverty issues in the United States. She has helped author presentations and curriculum for use within nonprofit, business and faith based organizations seeking to become relevant and holistic in their approach to poverty alleviation. Mrs. VanZant is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch Midwest University and Wright State University on a variety of subjects including US Hunger and Poverty, Introduction to Human Services, Grant Writing, Leading Change, Coaching as Management, Holistic Case Management and Emotional Intelligence. She lives in Springfield, Ohio with her husband and her son.
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.
Partner Optum Ventures
Laura is a Partner at Optum Ventures where she holds board roles with Buoy, Groups, RubiconMD, Equip, mPulse, Contessa Health, Truepill, and Alma. 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. She 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.
Executive Director, National Mental Health Innovation Center University of Colorado Medical Campus
Matt’s passion for mental health led him to found the National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC) at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, in 2015. As Executive Director, Matt leads a team of committed professionals to help accelerate the pace at which new technologies are responsibly developed by working in close partnership with startups and entrepreneurs in order to better treat and prevent mental illness, promote mental wellness and destroy stigma.
Matt has become a leading national voice on mental health and the use of technology to improve people’s mental health. Matt has lectured and been featured in the media internationally, including keynotes at the World Conference on VR and Industry in Nanchang China, and a TEDx talk on the use of VR in mental health.
Before taking on leadership of the NMHIC startup, Matt served as Deputy Director of the University of Colorado Depression Center and managed the national program expansion for the Nurse-Family Partnership. Matt earned degrees from Marquette University and the University of Minnesota and now lives in beautiful Golden Colorado. When he is not buried in work, odds are you can find him immersed in one of his other passions; spending time with his sons, photography, kayaking, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Arpan Waghray, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Well Being Trust;
Co-Chair, Providence Behavioral Medicine Leadership Council
Dr. Arpan Waghray is a geriatric psychiatrist, who serves as Chief Medical Officer of Well Being Trust, a national foundation dedicated to advancing a vision of a nation where everyone is well in mental, social and spiritual health.
He is the co-chair of the Providence Behavioral Medicine leadership council and in this role, he facilitates clinical collaboration across the organization to design, develop and deploy solutions that reduce variation and spread innovation and oversees the systems tele-behavioral health network. He also serves in the capacity of Executive Medical Director for behavioral medicine at Swedish Health Services, where he oversees an integrated program across primary care clinics, a perinatal mood disorders program, consultation liaison services, treatment resistant depression program, inpatient psychiatry units and partial hospitalization programs.
Dr. Waghray completed his medical school training in India, a residency at Brookdale University Medical Center in New York and a fellowship at the University of Washington. He later completed a leadership development program through the Washington State Medical Association designed for physician leaders, as well as an executive development program at the Michael G. Foster School of Business. Dr. Waghray has been featured in Seattle Magazine and Seattle Met as one of the area’s top doctors.
Dr.Waghray is the Chair Elect for the American Hospital Association`s Behavioral Health Services Committe, which helps shape behavioral health advocacy, policy and resource development. He is actively involved in community activities, serving on his community YMCA board as well as the Catholic Health Associations`s Well Being Task force Health Services.
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.
Chief Population Health Officer Essentia Health
Debbie Welle-Powell is the Chief Population Health Officer. She leads Essentia’s $3Billion dollar transition from a primarily fee-for-service model of care to one that focused on value and risk-based population health. Welle-Powell’s team is responsible for aligning the Health System’s clinical and economic transformations in support of Essenita’s vision to be the leading health system in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. This includes fostering care management and clinical redesign to ensure that high-value care is delivered across the Health System and working with payers and employers to establish the new economic models that support value-based care such as telemedicine, chronic care, remote patient monitoring and Hospital-at-Home programs. She works with market leaders, payer partners and community stakeholders to develop community-based, risk sharing models focused on wellness, disease prevention and social determinants of health for better health outcomes. She leads the P&L for $900 million of total medical and pharmacy spend (cost, utilization, and outflow) for 180,000 lives in 13 Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial risk contracts.
Prior to her new appointment, she served as the Senior Vice-President of Accountable Care for Essentia Health. Essentia Health is a 17 hospital, 1500 provider health system spanning the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Essentia is certified at the highest ACO Level III by NCQA. Additionally, she leads the Accountable Care Division with strategic and operational responsibilities for population care management, payer strategy and community health and wellness.
Prior to Essentia, Debbie was the Vice President of Accountable Care and Payer Strategy for SCL Health System, a $2.5B health care system with operations in the states of Colorado, Kansas, and Montana. As a seasoned executive, she led the strategic and market activities for payer negotiations and care management while developing innovative products, services, and technologies.
Welle-Powell has more than twenty years-experience in executive healthcare positions within multi-state regions and integrated provider delivery system. She has extensive experience in leading payer negotiations, practice management, while developing innovative care models and reimbursement and network development strategies supporting a full range of payment models.
Debbie is extremely active in the community and serves on many boards; NAACOS (Chair-Elect), NCQA, Synchrony CareCredit, Duluth Chamber Board (Executive Committee), Destination Duluth and University of MN-Duluth, United Way, Arcadia Pharmaceutical and banking. She taught health policy and macro health care models for Denver University and Regis. Her community service earned her recognitions including Women of Distinction, Colorado’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Outstanding Businesswoman Award, the Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award for Philanthropy from Mile High United Way, Health Care Champion award from Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, and Inspiring Leadership award from CampExperience.
Chief Financial Officer MyndVR
Ted Werth is the Head of Research & Corporate Development for MyndVR. MyndVR provides immersive VR experiences for the older adult population, helping with feelings of isolation and loneliness, boosting spirits, and putting smiles on faces. MyndVR is proud to be collaborating with Stanford University and AT&T on the largest study ever conducted on the benefits of VR for the aging population.
Prior to MyndVR, Ted has had more than 25 years of experience creating new and innovative products in the world of technology. Ted co-founded one of the first online magazines and city guides, Total New York (sold to AOL/Tribune), and one of the first (and largest ever at the time) live concert streaming companies, Digital Club Network (merged with eMusic). Throughout his career, his focus has been on using media (art, music, stories) and technology (computers, Internet, mobile phones, VR) in new ways to inspire and connect people.
Vice President, Provider Collaboration and Network Transformation CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Brian Wheeler is responsible for leading the overall provider and network-related business functions, which includes the Practice and Payment Transformation Group, as well as Provider Contracting and Network Strategy, Network Operations, and Provider Relations and Engagement for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. In this role, he is responsible for leading CareFirst’s five-year transition from “Volume to Value.” He is supported in this effort by a team of experts in value- based payment models, practice transformation, data analytics, contracting strategists, and provider-relationship collaborators, dedicated to making healthcare more affordable and accessible for the communities CareFirst serves. He gained experience in various areas of the healthcare sector for over 20 years, working in in various management roles, ranging from small provider organizations to start-ups to a multi-national Fortune 500 company.
President Horizon Government Affairs
Joel is the President of Horizon Government Affairs and the Council for Affordable Health Coverage. He focuses his work on campaigns dealing with price transparency and medication adherence. In addition, Joel is the Executive Director of the Health Innovation Alliance, an HGA effort to expand adoption and use of health IT to improve outcomes and lower costs.
Regional Sales Director Healthcare Bluebook
Manager 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.
Stephen A. Williams, MD
Chief Medical Officer SomaLogic
Steve Williams joined SomaLogic in 2009 as Chief Medical Officer responsible for the development of the SomaScan®? Platform. Prior to SomaLogic, Dr. Williams co-founded the pharma consultancy Decisionability, LLC in 2007 and authored the book Decisionability: The Skill to Make Your Decisions Productive, Practical and Painless. From 1989-2007, he worked at Pfizer, Inc., initially in the Experimental Medicine Group working in exploratory clinical development and later as Vice President and Worldwide Head of Clinical Technology. From 2003-2007, he was on the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health. He helped to launch the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging (ADNI) study and help to form the FDA-FNIH-PhRMA biomarker consortium, serving on the inaugural executive committee. He led or co-led the PhRMA position papers on “proof of concept,” surrogate endpoints and evidentiary standards for biomarkers and diagnostics.Dr. Williams has degrees in physiology, medicine and surgery, and a doctorate in medicine and physiology from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (now a part of Imperial College, London). He also obtained training in diagnostic imaging at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Terri Broussard Williams
Chief Firestarter; Founder and President, Movement Maker;
Author, Find Your Fire
Terri Broussard Williams has built her career on a solid reputation as an authentic, courageous, and impactful change agent. Throughout her journey as an award-winning non-profit executive, lobbyist, and public speaker, Terri has transformed public and community service into a professional art form, positively impacting the lives of millions of people.
Over the course of her 17-year career as a government relations executive for a large international non-profit, Terri realized her dream of creating significant, community-shifting outcomes. Her most distinguished accomplishments include the passage of key pieces of legislation, such as The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act. She achieved this game-changing career milestone at the promising age of 28.
As one of Austin Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in Central Texas, Terri’s commitment to creating meaningful, ground-breaking, and systemic change is clear. She provides inspirational and altruistic leadership to advisory boards including the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Engagement, the Louisiana State University Diversity Advisory Board, and the LBJ School of Public Policy – Women’s Campaign School Advisory Board, among others. Terri continues to “pay it forward” with thought leadership around change as the founder of the Movement Maker platform (www.movementmakercollective.com).
Terri graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Non Profit Leadership. As the student commencement speaker and winner of the Excellence in Social Impact Award, she demonstrated her authenticity as an approachable, courageous, and refreshing thought leader fully capable of inspiring her classmates to create change and turn moments into transformative movements.
Previously, Terri graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact Strategy Executive Education Program where she serves as a Teaching Fellow, and received a Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.
Vice President, Product Management Health Data & Management Solutions (HDMS)
Keith Wilton is the Vice President of Product Management. He has over 15 years’ experience in Product Management with an emphasis on creating and deploying complex software applications. Keith joined HDMS in March 2016 after serving as Vice President of Product Management at Backstop Solutions, a leading player in the Alternative Investment space. Prior to Backstop, Keith ran product management for an arm of Morgan Stanley, and for other organizations.
Ian G. Worden
Chief Operating Officer Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Ian G. Worden is the chief operating officer of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Worden is responsible for directing the operations of acute care services along with coordinating, integrating and growing these services in our communities while ensuring the delivery of cost-effective care.
Most recently, Worden led St. Vincent Health System, a 23 hospital system in Indiana, as its executive vice president/chief operations officer. As the COO of the largest health care system in Indiana, he drove the system from a financially struggling operation to the most profitable regional system in Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the US. Worden joined St. Vincent in 2000 as its senior vice president-Finance/chief operating officer. From 1995 to 2000, he was chief financial officer at PeaceHealth in Eugene, Oregon.
Worden received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University. He has a master’s in neuroscience and anatomy, a master’s in business and finance and a master’s in health services administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer Novant Health
Angela Yochem is EVP, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer for Novant Health, a super-regional healthcare system with one of the largest medical groups in the US. She and her teams oversee growth initiatives, and deliver the world-class consumer capabilities, differentiating technologies, and advanced clinical solutions that allow the integrated 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 is an Independent Director with Zurich American Insurance Group, and has been a Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, BDP Transport, BDP Global Services Asia and Europe, and Rocana, with experience on Audit, Enterprise Risk, Operational Risk, and Governance/Policy committees. She remains an Entrepreneur in Residence, Mentor, and Advisor for venture groups and incubators on both US coasts. Angela serves on the board of Freedom School Partners, a non-profit committed to promoting literacy in the Charlotte area, and co-chairs the executive team of the Go Red for Women Charlotte organization, part of the American Heart Association. She is a Trustee of the Charlotte Regional Business Initiative where she co-chaired the successful city bonds campaign in 2020, and is an advisory board member for the American Hospital Association Innovation Council, the University of Tennessee Tickle School of Engineering, the UT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, and the University of North Carolina Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics.
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.
Heather Zenk, RPh, PharmD
President, Distribution Services and Supply Chain Operations AmerisourceBergen Corporation
Heather Zenk, R.Ph., PharmD., is President of Distribution Services and Supply Chain Operations at AmerisourceBergen Corporation. In this role, she has responsibly for the entire US distribution network of human and animal health products, as well as developing and implementing traceability business processes and technology that will enhance patient safety, further secure the pharmaceutical supply chain and create broader service offerings to manufacturer partners and AmerisourceBergen customers. In addition, Heather also manages customer support, business enablement efforts, as well as replenishment and manufacturer operations.
Heather’s combination of operational skills and business acumen uniquely positioned her to lead AmerisourceBergen’s COVID-19 response team. In this capacity, she served as a vital resource to our associates, hospital systems and dispenser customers, as well as our manufacturer partners helping them navigate the complexities that COVID-19 brought to the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Heather has 20 years of pharmacy, procurement, distribution and supply chain experience, which she has utilized in her career at AmerisourceBergen including that of SVP, Replenishment and Manufacturer Operations, Vice President, Distribution Center Manager at the Chicago Distribution Center, SAP business liaison; and running operations at the Canadian Distribution network.
Heather received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, and a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2000, from the University of Minnesota.
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.
Senior Vice President, Chief Data and Engagement Officer BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Sherri Zink is senior vice president and chief data and engagement officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, which has 6,000 employees and serves more than 3.5 million members in the state and across the country.
She oversees enterprise information assets and leads the data and analytics center of excellence. As the chief data and engagement officer, Zink owns the corporate-wide analytics strategy and promotes data as a cross-corporate asset by turning information into action that results in healthier, more informed members.
While leading the Information Delivery division at BlueCross, Zink’s team earned numerous awards for its use of data to improve efficiency and quality, including:
2021 CIO 100 Healthcare Leaders Award
2021 CIO 100 Award for Blue of TN Voice Assistant
2020 Digital Edge 50 Award for Member Net Promoter Score
2019 CIO 100 Award for Spotlight (Employer Tool)
Prior to joining BCBST, Zink served as vice president of data and analytics for Optum and as director of reporting strategies for CIGNA. She has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry serving in multiple roles at three major health care insurers. Her experience is primarily focused on clinical and financial data integration, clinical value-based reporting, customer consultation and account management.
She graduated from Covenant College with a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in organizational management. Zink also holds an Associate of Science degree with an emphasis in information systems technology from Chattanooga State Technical Community College.
System Director, Community Benefit and Engagement Allina Health
Ellie Zuehlke is the Director of Community Benefit & Engagement at Allina Health, a large not-for-profit health system dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Ellie leads system-wide community benefit, community health improvement, charitable giving, community relations and employee volunteerism for Allina Health. In addition, Ellie leads Allina’s CMS Accountable Health Communities Model to support patients in addressing their health-related social needs through routine screening and connections to community resources. Previously, Ellie worked for nearly a decade in State and Local public health building programs and collaborations related to prevention, wellness, chronic disease management and health equity.
Ellie holds a Master's Degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Minnesota and is active in her community as a lecturer in the U of M School of Public Health, board member for two non-profits, mentor, and volunteer.