Nebeyou Abebe is the senior vice president of social determinants of health (SDoH) for Highmark Health, a $21 billion national, blended health organization that includes one of America’s largest Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers and a growing regional hospital and physician network. Based in Pittsburgh, Pa., Highmark Health’s 37,000 employees serve millions of customers nationwide through the nonprofit organization’s affiliated businesses including Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, HM Insurance Group, United Concordia Dental, HM Health Solutions and Helion.
SDoH are the conditions in which people live, work, learn, and play that can impact up to 80% of an individuals’ health outcomes before the healthcare system can intervene. Mr. Abebe brings nearly 20 years of experience leading SDOH, population health, and employee health and well-being initiatives for public and private sector organizations.
In his role at Highmark Health, Mr. Abebe leads an SDoH team that spans across the enterprise and forges close ties with the communities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York, uncovering non-clinical opportunities to improve the health and well-being of members and the region at large.
Highmark Health focuses on the confluence of medical and non-medical drivers of poor health outcomes, with a primary goal to identify and effectively address barriers to health.
Before joining Highmark Health, Mr. Abebe served as global VP of health and well-being for Sodexo Group, where he guided SDOH, population health and employee wellness for all Sodexo business segments impacting more than 425,000 employees and 100 million consumers. While at Sodexo Group, Mr. Abebe developed initiatives that addressed food insecurity, housing, transportation and workforce development in partnership with community-based organizations.
Prior to joining the Sodexo Group in 2013, Mr. Abebe served as associate director of health systems for the Louisiana Public Health Institute, where he played a leading role in building and strengthening local health IT infrastructure and testing innovative approaches to make measurable improvements in health, patient care and cost. He has also served in health communications and social marketing positions, including directing a national CDC campaign to reduce the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Abebe earned his bachelor’s in economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his master’s in social and public policy from Georgetown University, as well as his Project Management Professional credential from the Project Management Institute.
Doug Adair is the president of Nashville Diaper Connection, whose mission is to leave "No Child Wet Behind" in Tennessee. Doug founded Nashville Diaper Connection eight years ago after learning that one in three families in Nashville struggle to afford diapers. Doug is a graduate of the University of Memphis.
Nicole is the Director of Population Health at Primary Partners, with a background in quality management, nursing, informatics, and population health. She previously worked at a non-profit healthcare system that served the rural communities of Northern Arkansas, supporting the hospital and its 13 clinics as a Nursing Informatics Analyst. Prior to joining Primary Partners, she was an Assistant Clinic Administrator, Nursing, and Population Health Manager for a practice that specialized in family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University where she majored in Business Management and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cox College of Nursing. In her spare time, Nicole is a mom of three who loves reading and crafting with her daughter.
Director of Community Health & Social Impact Maryland
Hosanna Asfaw-Means Director of Community Health & Social Impact Maryland
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Hosanna Asfaw-Means is the Director of Community Health & Social Impact-MD at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst). She is a seasoned public health professional with more than 15 years of experience working in the public health arena.
At CareFirst, Ms. Asfaw-Means is responsible for managing community giving and social impact efforts in Maryland. Prior to joining CareFirst, she managed the Childhood Lead Prevention Program with the Baltimore City Health Department, a home-visiting program geared to prevent lead poisoning to Baltimore City residents. She was responsible for directing a quality improvement team which addressed quality of services provided and improved internal processes. In addition, Ms. Asfaw-Means worked at the American Legacy Foundation (Legacy) where she served as a research fellow and senior program manager. Over the course of her tenure with Legacy, she provided technical assistance and training for several Legacy grantees, as well as took the lead role in launching community outreach efforts for a smoking cessation pilot program in Baltimore, MD and San Antonio, TX.
Ms. Asfaw-Means received her public health master’s degree in health promotion / disease prevention from The George Washington University, and her undergraduate degree in organizational studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ms. Asfaw-Means is a Board Member of the Baltimore City Head Start Board, and Co-Chair of the Health Funders Affinity Group with the Maryland Philanthropy Network.
Lauren Barca Executive Officer, Population Health & Quality
Lauren Barca serves as the Executive Officer, Population Health & Quality at UnitedHealthcare. Lauren has dedicated 18 years to the health care industry and managed care and is passionate about ensuring the quality of care for economically disadvantaged and medically underserved populations. Over last eight years with UnitedHealthcare, she has been accountable for national and state clinical programs. Prior to UnitedHealthcare, Lauren spent four years at the State of Tennessee Division of Medicaid as the Director of Managed Care Evaluation and Strategic Planning. Lauren has earned her master’s in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and has written and spoken on topics pertaining to healthcare performance, improvement, and quality.
Kierra Barnett, PhD, MPH
Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research, The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research, The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Dr. Kierra Barnett is a Research Scientist at the Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her work focuses on the impact of structural racism, stress and social determinants of health on racial and ethnic inequities. Prior to joining NCH, Dr. Barnett completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, were she collaborated with state, county and city public health departments, as well as non-for-profit organizations, to assess health outcomes and make policy and practice-based recommendations to address the disparities. Dr. Barnett received her Ph.D. in Public Health from The Ohio State University. She also holds a Masters of Public Health from OSU and a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois.
Alexander Billioux VP, Social Determinants of Health
Dr. Alex Billioux is the Vice President for Social Determinants of Health at UnitedHealthcare where he leads the national strategy addressing individual health-related social needs and community social determinants of health. He is an internal medicine primary care doctor focused on improving individual and community health through innovative cross-sector population health strategies, primary-care driven health care delivery models, and sharing data to foster coordinated, learning health systems. Dr. Billioux was formerly the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health at the Louisiana Department of Health where he led the state’s public health agency. In that role he negotiated the nation’s first modified subscription model for hepatitis C treatment and established a five-year hepatitis C elimination plan, launched the Community HealthWays program to address individual health-related social needs and community health factors, and led the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response.
Previously, Dr. Billioux served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and directed the Division of Population Health Incentives and Infrastructure. In that role, he led the Accountable Health Communities and Integrated Care for Kids models, both care delivery models aimed at improving health by integrating health care and social care systems around individual and community needs. Dr. Billioux was a 2015-2016 White House Fellow, serving at the Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. He holds a part-time appointment in the Department of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he trained and served as Assistant Chief of Service of the Osler Medical Service. Dr. Billioux has worked internationally on HIV, tuberculosis, and other diseases of poverty in Guatemala, Haiti, India, South Africa, and Uganda.
Dr. Billioux received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University and his D.Phil. in clinical medicine from the University of Oxford. He holds a B.A. from the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
Nia Imani Bodrick, MD, MPH, FAAP General Pediatrician
Children’s National Hospital at THEARC
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Dr. Bodrick is a board-certified general pediatrician at Children's National Hospital at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Bodrick also serves as Medical Director and Director of Pediatric Innovations at the Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN). Dr. Bodrick's areas of interest include equity and resilience in communities, medical legal partnerships and early childhood and maternal health and wellness. She is currently the Vice-President/President-Elect of the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Nia Imani Bodrick grew up in Charlotte, NC and is the second oldest in a family of five children. She holds her Doctor of Medicine from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, Master of Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Bachelor of Science from Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Florida at Orlando Health in Orlando, Florida.
Lisbeth Briones-Roberts is Chief Togetherness Officer. She works cross-functionally with community-based organizations and departments within SCAN to develop and scale peer-to-peer programs that address isolation and loneliness among plan members and seniors within the communities that SCAN serves. Lisbeth has worked in the aging services field for more than 20 years and has been with SCAN since 2014. She previously served as manager of marketing outreach, leading SCAN’s Senior Advocate and Peer Advocate teams of older and disabled adults who are both SCAN members and employees. Prior to SCAN, Lisbeth held a management position within the Council on Aging-Orange County now known as the Council Aging-Southern California. Lisbeth holds an B.A. in History from University of California, Los Angeles and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Gerontology program at the California State University, Fullerton
Senior Director, Social Determinants of Health Strategy and Execution
R.J. Briscione Senior Director, Social Determinants of Health Strategy and Execution
R.J. Briscione leads the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) team for CVS Health, scaling SDoH Strategy across the CVS Health Enterprise for all lines of CVS and Aetna Businesses in support of the company’s “Destination: Health” platform to focus on community health and address social determinant gaps. Prior to this role, R.J. led Medicaid Business Development for Aetna’s East Region, leading teams in all stages of proposal response for multiyear, Medicaid managed care contracts. He joined Aetna in 2016, bringing more than 10 years of experience in healthcare services for government programs as well as large scale management of political campaigns. Prior to joining Aetna, R.J. served as director of Medicaid and Duals Operations in multiple states for Anthem Inc. Prior to working in healthcare, R.J. worked for the Georgia House of Representatives, and spent 10 years with Delta Air Lines in various operational roles. He holds a BS in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Elaine Bruner, RN, MSN, CMGT-BC
Nurse Case Manager, Active Duty/Wounded, Ill & Injured
Elaine Bruner, RN, MSN, CMGT-BC Nurse Case Manager, Active Duty/Wounded, Ill & Injured
US Navy Special Warfare
Elaine is an experienced nurse, case manager and educator. She completed her undergraduate studies with the State University of New York at Platttsburgh, followed by her graduate work with the University of Virginia. Prior to entering case management practice, Elaine worked in diverse settings including oncology, nutrition support, home health, and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Case management offered Elaine opportunities to join transdisciplinary teams in cardiology, critical care, and ambulatory care.
Since 2008, she has been associated with American Nurses Credentialing Commission, contributing to the Nursing Case Management (NCM) certification review products. She co-authored the 4th edition of the NCM Review and Resource Manual, with Peggy Leonard, and was the faculty for live workshops and webinar presentations. Elaine embraces her educator role, authoring manuscripts in CMSAToday, offering continuing education presentations, and coaching case managers to certification success.
Elaine’s interest in SDoH is strongly related to her volunteer activities with the local community. Caring for underserved, marginalized populations as a hospital and outpatient case manager with regional healthcare systems in Texas and Virginia, only strengthened her belief that a zip code was the most important number in a patient’s record.
Currently, Elaine's case manager role is with the US Navy which offers daily challenges, keeps her skills sharp plus offers a smooth transition to retirement.
Stuart Butler is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution. Prior to joining Brookings, Butler spent 35 years at The Heritage Foundation, as Director of the Center for Policy Innovation and earlier as Vice-President for Domestic and Economic Policy Studies. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. He is a member of the editorial board of Health Affairs and the board of Mary's Center, a group of Washington DC-area community health centers.
Butler also serves on several advisory councils, including for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the Aspen Institute's Family Prosperity Innovation Community, and the March of Dimes. He is also a member of the Advisory Group for the National Academy's Culture of Health Program.
Previously he was a member of the Board on Health Care Services of the National Academy of Medicine, and served on the panel of health advisers for the Congressional Budget Office. For over 10 years he taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and in 2002 he was an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University. In 1990, he served as a member of Housing Secretary Jack Kemp's Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.
Most recently, Butler has played a prominent role in the debate over health care and reform, arguing for solutions based on individual choice, state innovation, market competition, and social determinants of health. He has also been working on a wide range of other issues, including budget process reform, the future of higher education, economic mobility, and federal entitlement reform.
Stuart Butler was born in Shrewsbury, England and emigrated to the United States in 1975. He was educated at St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics in 1968, a Master of Arts degree in economics and history in 1971, and a Ph.D. in American economic history in 1978.
Former Vice President of Medicare Product and Implementation
Jennifer Callahan Former Vice President of Medicare Product and Implementation
Jennifer Callahan is the former Vice President of Aetna’s Medicare Product and Implementation team. For the past 17 years, Jennifer has established herself as a trusted thought leader and helped shape the industry with her innovative ideas and expertise.
Jennifer is currently the Chief Operating Office at Keen, an innovative company providing unique support for Medicare beneficiaries along their individual healthcare journey. In her role at Aetna, Jennifer managed the product development and implementation for all of Aetna’s Medicare Advantage plans, including 500 Individual Medicare plans and over 600 Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWPs), contributing over $40 billion to Aetna’s revenue. Supporting innovation, ideation and implementation, Jennifer’s job was to ensure each market had ideal product positioning, cost-share compliance, and benefit innovations throughout each bid. An Aetna team member for nearly 10 years, Jennifer received many accolades including the CEO Award from CVS Health in both 2018 and 2020.
Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration degree from North Carolina State University with a concentration in marketing and certificate in leadership. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University with a focus in Computer Science. In 2021, she received the prestigious 2021 Profiles in Diversity Women Worth Watching® Award. Jennifer currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her family and proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run.
Mike Cangi is the Co-Founder & Brand Director at United By Blue, a sustainable lifestyle brand.
For every product purchased, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from oceans and waterways. We fulfill our mission through company organized and hosted cleanups; to date, we have removed over 3,500,000 pounds of trash from waterways in 48 states alongside over 15,000 volunteers.
United By Blue designs and sells a line of apparel, bags and accessories to over 2,000 retail stores worldwide. The company has also created experiential retail stores in Philadelphia which combine food, coffee, retail, and community under one roof.
In 2020 United By Blue used their local, sustainable food experience to begin delivering groceries to Medicare Advantage members in the greater-Philadelphia area with Independence Blue Cross.
Melissa E. Clarke, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Director, Healthcare Transformation and Health Equity
Melissa E. Clarke, MD, MPH Senior Medical Director, Healthcare Transformation and Health Equity
3M Health Information Systems
Melissa E. Clarke, MD is a Senior Medical Director for Healthcare Transformation and Health Equity at 3M within the 3M Population and Payer Services Group. She provides clinical thought leadership in population health and value-based payment initiatives, supporting the transition to a healthcare delivery system that rewards high quality, lower cost, and equitable care. Dr Clarke also is assuming leadership of 3M HIS Inside Angle podcast.
Her extensive background in healthcare transformation comes from former roles as Vice President of Population Health and Payer Contracting at an DC-based Independent Physician’s Association; Senior Medical Director at Aetna-owned Active Health Management; and Board Chair of Unity Healthcare, the largest federally qualified health center in Washington, DC . Dr Clarke has led or consulted on implementations of health-equity informed population health programs that include a telehealth, precision medicine, pharmacist led medication management, and care coordination for Medicaid beneficiaries. She has also advised accountable care organizations of major US healthcare systems on integrating effective population health management approaches, including developing effective partnerships with community-based organizations. Dr Clarke is an Emergency Medicine Physician and former Assistant Dean of Medical Education at Howard University College of Medicine.
Dr Clarke is board certified in medical quality and authored the health consumerism book “Excuse Me Doctor, I’ve Got What?” During the COVID 19 pandemic, on a volunteer basis, she has spearheaded community-based strategies to mitigate the pandemic’s effects on vaccine hesitancy in communities of color, including being a co-founder of the Black Coalition Against COVID19 and a member of the DC Health Department’s Scientific Advisory Committee for Equitable Vaccine Distribution. She has published in peer reviewed journals or presented extensively in population health, patient centered care in opioid addiction, precision medicine, telehealth and health equity.
Kevin M. Coleman is the Founder of KMC Empowerment, LLC where he provides executive coaching, empowering speeches, and professional development training to make individuals and organizations successful. This is done through inspiring leaders to define clear vision, mission, and value systems that leads to exponential personal, professional, and business growth. Kevin has been leading training for Entrepreneurs, Executives, Division Chiefs, Branch Chiefs, Mid-Level Managers, Supervisors, Team Leads, and Journeymen for over 33 years. Kevin has experience speaking for all levels of audiences from three (3) to three thousand (3,000). Kevin served his country in the military for over 9 years and is a disabled veteran. Kevin has been recognized as a winner of the BIG Region XI President Leadership Award and was awarded the Virginia Professional Leadership Award. KMC Empowerment has helped individuals, groups, and organization reach exponential growth through coaching, training, team building, and strategic planning.
Deputy Administrator, Center for Innovation and Partnership
Kelly Cronin Deputy Administrator, Center for Innovation and Partnership
Administration for Community Living
Kelly Cronin serves as Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Innovation and Partnership at HHS’ Administration for Community Living. She has been with the HHS since 2001, in a variety of roles at the FDA, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which she helped establish as its first employee. For several years, she coordinated health IT programs and policies with health care payment and delivery system reform. In her current role, she oversees programs to support Medicare beneficiaries access to low income subsidies, health insurance counseling on their benefit options, as well State No Wrong Door systems to enable access to long-term services and supports and the state efforts to enable access to assistive technologies. Her Center also leads efforts to develop and integrate networks of community based organizations into health care delivery to address social determinants of health. She holds a master of public health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics and a master of science in health policy from the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University.
Adria Crutchfield is an affordable housing and community development leader with public service experience that spans federal, state, and local government legislative and executive branches. Since February 2019, she has served as the Executive Director of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, dedicated to helping families escape poverty through access to high-quality housing in areas with strong schools, low crime, and ample job opportunities. Immediately prior to joining BRHP, Adria served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Buildings where she advised the Commissioner on the administration and execution of agency priorities including organizational restructuring, improving the safety of construction sites, and the Mayor's goals to develop affordable housing; support small businesses; and build a more sustainable, and equitable city.
Sarah Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.
Kristen Daugherty, LCSW-S, LISW-S, MBA Chief Executive Officer
Emergence Health Network
Kristi Daugherty, CEO for Emergence Health Network, has over fifteen years of experience in the behavioral health arena. As chief executive for El Paso County’s Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Authority for El Paso County, Ms. Daugherty is responsible for all clinical and oversight services delegated through performance contracts with Texas Health & Human Services.
Previously, Ms. Daugherty served as Chief Clinical Officer for Emergence and as Director for Sun City Behavioral Health Care, Emergence’s non-profit subsidiary. She also has extensive experience in the private behavioral health sector, serving as Director of Clinical Services University Behavioral Health in El Paso and Director of Outpatient Services Mesilla Valley Hospital in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Ms. Daugherty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Texas and a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of New Mexico. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University and is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Jeff De Los Reyes is the leader of the Risk Adjustment division at Pareto's sister company, GHG Advisors. In this role, health plans and providers look to Jeff to enhance, optimize, and ensure superior outcomes related to revenue accuracy and compliance across all government- and state-sponsored programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and ACA).
Dr. Shannon Decker, M.Ed., MBA, PhD. Vice President, Clinical Performance
Brown & Toland Physicians
Dr. Shannon Decker is Vice President of Clinical Performance at Brown and Toland where she leads a department responsible for Clinical Quality Documentation (Risk Adjustment); Clinical Quality, Patient Experience & Population Health; Clinical Compliance, including Appeals & Grievance; and Clinical Data Management, including Encounter Data Management. She also serves as Brown & Toland's COVID-19 Taskforce leader. Dr. Decker has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare--15 of which include working with risk adjustment and Medicare. Dr. Decker has a PhD. in Interdisciplinary Studies, dual MBA degrees--in Finance and in Marketing, as well as an M.Ed. in Secondary Education and a M.Ed. in Administration and Leadership. Dr. Decker is on the faculty at Arizona State University and is also an associate professor of Higher Education & Adult Learning (HEAL) and chief methodologist for Walden and Capella Universities where she chairs and oversees the dissertations of doctoral students. An author of two books and several peer-reviewed articles, she consults in both the fields of healthcare and education. Her interests include the study of human behavior and how theories on motivation and learning may be brought to bear on population health management.
Amy Dellwo is the Vice President of Public Policy for NUWAY. Dellwo is responsible for NUWAY’s short- and long-term goals related health plan arrangements, state and federal agencies relationships and policy development, and work with legislative and congressional leaders. She is the President-Elect of the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health, the Board of Governor for Region 10 and the Government Affairs Committee co-chair. She is also a board member of Twin Cities Recovery Project, which is a recovery community organization specializing in services for African American people. A majority of Dellwo’s career prior to NUWAY was spent at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) where she worked for 20 years with the most recent roles chief of staff and director government and external affairs. DHS is the state’s largest agency, serving well over 1 million people with an annual budget of $11 billion and more than 6,500 employees throughout the state. Dellwo has a bachelor’s degree in community health education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and master’s degree in public affairs at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Joshua Elder, MD, MPH, MHS Telehealth Medical Director
UC Davis Health
Dr. Joshua W. Elder, MD, MPH, is a Physician-Scientist with the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis Health. He is the co-founder and Medical Director of Express Care - California's largest academic direct-to-consumer telemedicine program. Express Care has created a diverse integrated health care workforce that is propelling access, patient experience, and coordination of care. He also serves as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves and is a combat veteran.
Dave Etling Senior Vice President & General Manager
Dave is a recognized visionary within the prepaid industry, having established first to market multi-billion dollar categories in retail, including InComm’s digital content and gaming vertical. He was InComm’s fortieth employee and has held various positions, including executive management, business development, sales, product development and merchant services. Dave uses his broad knowledge of InComm’s technologies and services to establish deep and mutually beneficial business relationships with our customers. He has been a key asset to InComm’s growth over the past 20 years in improving product partner acquisition and successful retail launches of products for major industry leaders such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Sony. Dave was previously the general manager of the InComm InCentives division and now InComm Healthcare.
Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board-certified Case Manager, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Rehabilitation Provider. Her academic appointments include the University of Buffalo School of Social Work, and George Mason University’s Departments of Social Work and Global Community Health. She is a clinical supervision trainer and instructor for the National Association of Social Workers of Virginia, lead for Rise Association’s Social Determinants of Health Community, moderator of Ellen’s Ethical LensTM on LinkedIn and author of the blog, Ellen’s Interprofessional Insights. Ellen is a consultant for the Case Management Institute, moderator of their Case Managers Community, and a Doctor of Behavioral Health candidate at Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies.
Ellen's fierce professional voice has been constant across her varied roles. She has served as a commissioner of the Commission for Case Manager Certification and Chair of their Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee, as well as a past member of the Board of Directors for the Case Management Society of America. Ellen currently serves on the Gravity Project’s Intervention Council and Coalition for Social Work and Health. She is Vice-Chair of the American Association of Doctors in Behavioral Health, and Chair of their Regulations Committee. Ellen is also an editorial board member for the Professional Case Management Journal, and Case Management Monthly. Further information is available on her LinkedIn Profile.
Merrill Friedman RVP, Inclusive Policy and Advocacy
Merrill leads the execution and advocacy strategy for Anthem. She works collaboratively with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure diverse interests and preferences of various communities e.g., disability, aging, LGBTQA+, and Foster Care inform Anthem’s health benefits approaches and healthcare programs. Ms. Friedman advances the integration of the independent living philosophy and the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Healthcare Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities six foundational principles throughout programs, individual interactions, and business practices. In addition, she leads strategic partnerships with national and local organizations to advance the development of inclusive public policy relating to healthcare equity and access.
Previously, Ms. Friedman was interim director at a nonprofit foster care agency serving children and adolescents who experienced severe neglect and abuse. She also served as president and chief executive officer of a private organization that owned and operated residential treatment facilities, group homes and home and community-based services in several states for adolescents with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Ms. Friedman has served on numerous national boards and commissions. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the MI Statewide Independent Living Council where she served as Board Chair. Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for Rebuilding Together, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), the Institute for Exceptional Care (IEC), and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), and is a member of ADvancing States MLTSS Institute Advisory Board.
Tracy L. Goodman, JD, Esq. Healthy Together Director
Children’s Law Center
Tracy Goodman is an attorney and director at Children’s Law Center, a nonprofit which fights so every DC child can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. She has been practicing public interest law for over 25 years.
Tracy currently leads the Healthy Together medical-legal partnership (MLP), which brings lawyers side-by-side with providers in health clinics, along with parents and caregivers themselves, to find and fix the root causes of a child’s health problem—often a health-harming legal need rooted in systemic and racial inequities.
Under her leadership since 2002, the program has grown from one staff attorney to a team of 17 staff members, including attorneys, education attorneys, investigators, and a family outreach worker, and serves over 2,000 children and families per year, addressing legal needs related to education access, special education, housing, public benefits, and access to health care. Healthcare partners include Children’s National Hospital, Mary’s Center and Unity Health Care, as well as collaborations with DC Department of Health. In addition, Tracy has helped lead the creation of an innovative pay for success agreement between CLC and AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia aiming to reduce asthma-related hospital visits by targeting unhealthy housing conditions through the medical-legal partnership intervention.
Prior to her work at CLC, Tracy was at the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland representing children in abuse and neglect proceedings, and she also worked with a non-governmental organization in Brazil specializing in labor rights issues. During law school, she represented individuals seeking political asylum in the United States, and also worked on issues related to domestic and family violence. Tracy received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and her Bachelor of Arts from American University’s School of Public Affairs. Tracy was the 2017 recipient of the Washington Council of Lawyers Legal Services Award.
Andrea Green, R.N. Manager, Healthcare Strategy SDOH
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Andrea Green, R.N. currently assists in strategic planning and sales enablement for the Social Determinants of Health Product suite at LexisNexis® Risk Solutions. As a licensed registered nurse with a background in Clinical Informatics, she provides subject matter expertise on insights, implementation and use of SDoH data. Prior to joining LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Ms. Green worked as a Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Trinity Health Of New England, and holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration.
Nicole Gyimah works in publishing. She received her B.S. in Telecommunication from Morgan State University and her M.A. in Business Communication from Jones International University. Prior to moving from New Jersey to Maryland with her husband and family, Nicole was also an adjunct professor for the Department of Communication at Seton Hall University for 9 years. Nicole loves serving others through her church, and various organizations in a volunteer capacity. She is a soccer mom, loves to read, learn and spend time with her family and friends. She currently resides in Waldorf, MD with her husband, Kwasi, their son, Isaiah and daughters Jordan and Dylan.
Ana Handshuh, Principal at CAT5 Strategies, is a government programs executive with expertise in creating and implementing corporate programs for the healthcare industry. Her background includes Quality, Core Measures, Care Management, Benefit Design and Bid Submission, Accreditation, Regulatory Compliance, Revenue Management, Communications, Community-based Care Management Programs and Technology Integration. Ms. Handshuh currently serves on the Board of the Resource Initiative and Society for Education (RISE), the preeminent national professional association dedicated to managed and accountable care financing and delivery. She is a sought after speaker on the national healthcare circuit in the areas of Quality, Star Ratings, Care Management, Member and Provider Engagement, and Revenue Management. Her recent consultancy roles have included assisting organizations create programs to address the unmet care management needs in the highest risk strata of membership, document their processes and procedures, achieve accreditation status, design and submit government program bids, institute corporate-wide programs and create communications strategies and materials. She possesses sophisticated business acumen with the ability to build consensus with cross-functional groups to accomplish corporate goals. Ms. Handshuh served as the Vice President of Managed Care Services at Central Florida Inpatient Medicine (CFIM). In this role, she provided leadership and strategy on CFIM projects and collaborations with physicians, risk entities, hospital health care systems, and health plans. CFIM is the largest Hospitalist group in Central Florida, with 70 providers discharging over 50,000 patients annually from multiple hospitals across two health care delivery systems and 24 skilled nursing facilities. At CFIM Ms. Handshuh previously served as the Vice President of Operations. Prior to those assignments, she worked with Precision Healthcare Systems as their Vice President of Quality Improvement. In that capacity, she led the IPA’s Quality efforts and collaborated with payers on implementing programs to move the needle on Quality and Star Rating initiatives. Ms. Handshuh also served as the Director of Corporate Program Development at Physicians United Plan. In this role, she led the Quality Management and Corporate Communications departments and spearheaded the development of innovative integrated technology solutions to drive business excellence and Star Rating achievement initiatives. For the past fifteen years Ms. Handshuh has taken an active role in redefining and implementing changes that have led to improvements and greater efficiency within Government programs and healthcare delivery. Prior to joining Physicians United Plan Ms. Handshuh was the founder of I-Six Creative. Under Ms. Handshuh’s vision and leadership, I-Six Creative provided expertise in the areas of managed Medicare benefit design, MSO/IPA operations, provider network strategy, new market launches, technology integration, corporate communications and quality improvement.
James Henderson, Chief Innovation Officer for Independent Living Systems (ILS), is a management professional with more than twenty years of experience in healthcare data management and business operations. He has successfully managed all aspects of enterprise-wide health care solution development including analysis, design, and deployment of stand-alone, n-tiered web-based, and client/server software applications. His relevant work experience includes Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS), managed care information systems, data warehouses, electronic health records, and other large scale data management projects.
Prior to joining ILS, Henderson was the Physician Service Manager for PCA Humana health plans. He was responsible for a wide range of data management activities related to physician networks including the development of systems to integrate utilization, quality improvement, and financial data into provider report cards. Serving as the Chief Technology Officer for eHDL prior to joining PCA, Henderson directed a team of software engineers, database administrators, network technicians, and operations staff to plan, architect, and develop enterprise software solutions.
Henderson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Edinburgh and a degree in Project Management from the Project Management Institute.
Founder Consortium of Black Medical Schools Member Biden-Harris Administration COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Member FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC)
Dr. James E.K. Hildreth is the President and CEO of Meharry Medical College, the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center. He is also the founder of the Consortium of Black Medical Schools, and an appointed member to both the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee and the Biden-Harris Administration COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. As the COVID-19 pandemic reached Tennessee, the Metro Nashville Mayor’s Office tapped Dr. Hildreth’s expertise as an infectious disease expert at the city’s daily press briefings. Working with local leadership, he elevated equity concerns and social determinants of health to the forefront of the city’s pandemic response. He has received numerous recognitions over his career, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Arkansas, a National Institute of Health Director’s Pioneer Award, election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and induction into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. Dr. Hildreth continues to lead Meharry College’s efforts to ensure that disadvantaged communities have access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines; He is working to expand this mission nationwide as a member of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, which will enable him to have a lasting impact on health policy for the underserved.
Dr. Alex Jahangir is the Chair of the Metro Nashville COVID-19 Task Force, Member of the Metro Nashville Board of Health, and Director of the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. From the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Jahangir established a leadership platform of transparent, informative communications between different levels of government, private enterprise, and the people of Davidson County. Guided by his experiences as a surgeon and immigrant, Dr. Jahangir, who fled war-torn Iran with his family at age six, is focused on solidifying equity as a central pillar in 21st century healthcare. He has been lauded for his community service, having received the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of the Region Award, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation Francis S. Guess Connector Award, the Nashville Public Education Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s 5 Pillar Award. He also was recognized as a Nashville Business Journal Power 100. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Jahangir is the author of an upcoming book chronicling his and the Nashville Coronavirus Task Force’s efforts to protect the city and its people throughout the pandemic. It is scheduled for publication by Vanderbilt University Press in 2022.
Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer
Dr. Khaldun is the Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer for CVS Health. She leads the CVS Health strategy to advance health equity for patients, members, providers, customers, and the communities served across all lines of the CVS Health business. Prior to this role, she served as the Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), where she was responsible for public health and aging programs, Medicaid, and behavioral health. She led Michigan’s COVID-19 response and is credited for Michigan’s early identification of and strategy to address disparities in COVID-19 outcomes. In 2021, she was named by President Biden to the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.
Prior to her role at MDHHS, she was the Director and Health Officer for the Detroit Health Department, where she oversaw a robust community health assessment, spear-headed new human service and maternal and infant health efforts, and led Detroit’s response to the largest Hepatitis A outbreak in modern U.S. history. Her efforts contributed to Detroit having the lowest infant mortality rate in recorded history in 2019.
Previously, Dr. Khaldun was the Baltimore City Health Department’s Chief Medical Officer, where she expanded and modernized the department’s clinical services. She has held previous positions as the Director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control at George Washington University, Founder and Director of the Fellowship in Health Policy in the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine, and Fellow in the Obama-Biden administration’s Office of Health Reform in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She currently serves on the National Advisory Board for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, and on the Health and Medicine Committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Dr. Khaldun has received numerous awards, including the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award by the National Minority Quality Forum, the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Public Health award from the deBeaumont Foundation, and the George Washington University Monumental Alumni award. In 2020, she was named a Notable Woman in Health and Newsmaker of the Year by Crain’s Detroit. Dr. Khaldun obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University, and completed residency in emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, where she was elected chief resident in her final year. She practices emergency medicine part-time at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Superintendent, Steve King, served for two years as the Assistant Superintendent of Cottonwood Oak Creek School District prior to becoming the Superintendent. This is Superintendent King’s 26th year in education as a homegrown Arizona educator. COCSD is a central Arizona, rural district that embodies the principals of Classroom Instruction That Works, Accelerated Learning for All, and Balanced Leadership. As a Breakthrough Coach trained Superintendent, he has been empowered to put the “focus on the focus” for ensuring that strong classroom instructional strategies are being implemented with fidelity by spending time in classrooms, coaching teachers and building positive relationships with students. Steve enjoys working collaboratively with his school teams to provide students with conditions for positive outcomes. He set a precedent in his district modeling mentoring of young people through Big Brothers & Big Sisters by becoming a big himself. Steve has a passion for creating educational environments that support the whole child with a strong focus on providing social-emotional supports for children with traumatic backgrounds and intrinsic special needs so that they too may find success in the educational environment. By providing supports for students with the most significant needs, it allows all students the ability to learn, grow and thrive in the classroom.
Gaurav Kumar is Ciox’s Director of Product Management, directly responsible for the Ciox Data Utilities which incudes Structured Data Delivery, Data Harmonization and Social Determinant Insights. Kumar has been with Ciox for over a year and prior to his current role spent time as Direct of Product at Mahana Therapeutics, Product Lead for Instacart, and Senior Product Manager for NimbleRX. Gaurav holds a Master of Science from the University of Southern California and a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from he Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.
Sue’s personal mission is to make millions of lives better by putting the power of healthy eating in EVERYONE’S hands. She is a behavior change expert and her personal challenges with illness sparked her interest in the connection between diet and health. She created Savory Living, a “food as medicine” healthy eating & cooking behavior change program that guides participants through a fun experience where they learn the WHY behind healthy eating, put what they're learning into ACTION, and master the easy & delicious cooking skills they need to take CONTROL of how they eat, reduce their signs of inflammation, improve their health, and enjoy eating TONS of delicious healthy foods! Savory Living has a 4.7 star rating and an NPS of 80. It runs globally at Fortune 500 companies and organizations, and Health Plans use the program with their rising and at-risk members to drive engagement & satisfaction, improve care quality, demonstrate impact, and quantify the ROI of “food-as-medicine.” She lives in Brookline MA with her husband, three children, and golden retriever Archie.
Brian Li is a Community Health Strategic Initiatives Program Manager at CommonSpirit Health implementing the Pathway Community HUB model in a few service areas. Prior to CommonSpirit, Brian worked as the COO and Compliance Officer of a FQHC in Los Angeles. Brian holds a MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Sean has worked at the intersection of managed care and government benefit programs for the past 19 years. He is responsible for Benelynk’s product development, new business acquisition, and strategic growth initiatives. Prior to BeneLynk, Sean served as the President of Freedom Disability and Alpha Disability, one of the nation’s largest Social Security Disability and Veterans Advocacy companies. Before that, Sean served as Vice President, Sales for SSC Disability, providing government program benefit services for Managed Care Organizations.
He is recognized by the Social Security Administration as a non-attorney representative (EDPNA) and has personally represented claimants in hearings for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income throughout the country.
Sean is an expert on a wide variety of government benefit programs and has been quoted in Bloomberg, Business Week, and other national publications. He regularly publishes articles on managed care and government benefits for BeneLynk’s blog.
Sean is a graduate of Middlebury College and has a master’s degree from Yale University.
Eric Marcus, JD Director, Social Determinants Programs
Health Choice Arizona
Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Governing Board
Eric Marcus is the executive responsible for social determinants of health programs at Health Choice Arizona, a regional health plan organization and the northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority. Prior to his current position, he served as The NARBHA Institute’s chief administrative officer where his responsibilities included leading the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI), their economic development subsidiary, and Well North Communities, their permanently-supported housing subsidiary.
As chief technology and chief information officer for Commerce Clearing House, Inc., Eric led a global organization with 1300 employees and a budget of $187 million managing the turnaround of a highly publicized business crisis in its Australian subsidiary. As senior vice president at Hudson IT Solutions, he led a $25 million global information technology consulting business focusing on systems integration in the manufacturing sector. Eric is the author of “The Digital Alchemist,” an award-winning business strategy book. He has a JD from Loyola Law School and a bachelor’s in mathematics from Occidental College. Eric serves as president of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Governing Board, served as a member of city council in Racine, Wisconsin, has been a member of the State Bar of California for over 38 years, and served as a Municipal Court judge pro tem in Los Angeles. He received the 2015 and 2019 Arizona Forward Leadership Awards.
Sherie Martinez Director, Behavioral Health Policy
Cook’s County Sheriff’s Office
Sherie Arriazola Martinez serves as the Director of Behavioral Health Policy for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, which operates the third largest jail in the nation, where she works to integrate Medicaid into the release processes of the jail, as well as influence policy changes to support transitions to the community.
Prior to the Sheriff’s Office, she led the launch of Safer Foundation’s first outpatient behavioral health clinic on the west side of Chicago, a non-profit reentry social service organization. She also led the design and implementation of the Prison Emergency Early Release Response (PEERR) Network—a collaborative, cross-provider network formed to address the holistic needs of individuals returning to the community upon release from incarceration during COVID. This led to a $10 million investment from the State’s Medicaid agency for the network to become a health care transformation collaborative, including $4 million to acquire and rehab an SRO for reentry housing.
Prior to Safer Foundation, Mrs. Martinez worked at TASC, a statewide social service agency that provides substance use case management to individuals involved in the justice system in Illinois. There, she drafted HB 3270 enacting Medicaid enrollment in jail and prisons and then went on to implement Medicaid enrollment within TASC operations at two state prisons. She also pursued value-based contracts with MCOs for delegated case management provided to TASC participants enrolled in Medicaid managed care. She also led policy and advocacy efforts around the state’s design of an 1115 waiver to address care for individuals transitioning from incarceration.
Prior to TASC, Mrs. Martinez worked as a legislative staffer for the Democratic caucus of the IL House of Representatives, where she analyzed hundreds of pieces of complex pieces of legislation for members of the Democratic caucus and staffed the Public Safety and Human Services Appropriations Committees.
Aida Martinez leads the Capital City Diabetes Collaborative (CCDC), an initiative that addresses major issues identified with the treatment of diabetes in Trenton, New Jersey. This initiative uses the Social Determinants of Health framework for programming to assist with the improvement of Trenton resident’s diabetes management. Prior to joining the Trenton Health Team, Aida coordinated and oversaw the national screening program at the American Kidney Fund. She focused on raising community awareness about the risk factors of kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure by organizing free health screenings and administering kidney health education presentations in cities throughout the United States. She worked alongside many nursing students and health professionals to empower communities to take charge of their health and promote lifestyle changes. Community outreach and preventative education are something that Aida values in her public health work. She is passionate about bridging the gap between underserved communities and the health services and education that they deserve in order to live a long healthy life. Aida received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Health Communications for Social Change from CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.
Jeff Marwill Vice President, Government Health Plan Business
Jeff Marwill, MS, VP Government Health Plan Business, Onduo. Jeff has responsibility for growing Onduo's presence with Government-funded health plans. Jeff has more than 20 years experience deploying technology enabled services to both provider and health plan organizations across physical and behavioral healthcare domains.
Michael McKnight Senior Vice President of National Programs
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Michael McKnight is GHHI’s Senior Vice President of National Programs, heading up advocacy, policy analysis, and work on innovative financing and partnerships. He leads projects around the country that are collaborations that include healthy homes and energy efficiency providers, healthcare payers, and healthcare providers, utilizing the impact that housing has on health outcomes as a new funding source for home repair services. He has focused on reimbursement for healthy homes interventions from Medicaid and other healthcare payers and the return on investment of education and environmental control in combatting asthma and home-based injuries. He also takes the lessons learned on the ground and formulates policy recommendations or identifies best practices to take to scale. His portfolio includes over thirty projects advancing innovative partnerships with housing and healthcare entities, including some of the first housing programs to be directly funded by a Medicaid managed care organization.
Senior Director, Marketing Intelligence and Digital Products
Brian McLane Senior Director, Marketing Intelligence and Digital Products
Brian McLane is the Senior Director for Market Intelligence, Market Analytics and Digital Products at Priority Health. Brian’s teams provide the organization with corporate and line of business intelligence and measurement. His teams also lead efforts related to Priority Health’s member portals and transparency tools.
In his work, Brian’s goal is to simplify the complex world of health care through the use of data and analytics to engage members in their health care decisions.
Brian has more than 15 years of experience in health care and 30 years of experience in management roles. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwood University and a Bachelor of History from Michigan State University.
Timothy P. McNeill is the founder of Freedmen’s Health, a Washington, DC healthcare consulting firm specializing in implementation of innovative models of care. Mr. McNeill has led the firm’s consulting efforts serving customers including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA)/Administration for Community Living (ACL) and various Foundations and National Non-profit organizations. Under an HHS/ACL contract, Mr. McNeill has been the lead technical assistance provider to establish and support integrated networks to deliver new models of care that address medical risks and social determinants of health supporting value-based contracting in 26 States.
Mr. McNeill has started or expanded multiple sustainable health programs including two Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs, an IPA made up of FQHCs and independent physicians, a network of community-based free clinics, managed the operations of a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers, and established multiple regional networks to deliver Long-Term Services and Supports, contracting with MCOs, in support of State Medicaid Waiver implementation.
Mr. McNeill is a Registered Nurse with a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a Master of Public Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Mr. McNeill is also a retired U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer.
Bill Miller Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Bill Miller is Chairman and CEO of WellSky and is a recognized leader in the health care industry. He has a rich background that includes a more than 20-year history of bringing groundbreaking growth strategies and technological innovation to the health care marketplace and a proven track record of launching and leading highly successful health care IT companies. Prior to joining WellSky in July 2017, Bill served as the CEO of OptumInsight, a division of Optum, which is the health services platform of UnitedHealth Group. Under Bill’s leadership, OptumInsight experienced unprecedented revenue growth, expanded margins, and claimed a transformative position in the health services market. He led the evolution of Optum into the leader in health care analytics and launched several tech-enabled business platforms. Prior to OptumInsight, Bill served as senior vice president of technologies at Cerner Corporation, where he had global responsibility for the company’s managed services, outsourcing, and technology services business units. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in urban planning and public policy.
DeAnna L. Minus-Vincent, MPA
Executive Vice President, Chief Social Justice & Accountability Officer
DeAnna L. Minus-Vincent, MPA Executive Vice President, Chief Social Justice & Accountability Officer
Drawing from a broad range of lived and learned experiences, DeAnna Minus‐Vincent has tackled the toughest issues plaguing our country today—equity, poverty, housing, health, and education, just to name a few. DeAnna has created programs that move individuals along their pathway, but believes that the most sustainable change happens when we work across sectors to re‐engineer fractured systems; in so doing we can exponentially impact the lives of many…in so doing we can create change. DeAnna is noted for not just programmatic and policy prowess, but for scaling organizations—she has transformed entities and dramatically increased revenue, service regions, as well as product mix. DeAnna considers work she does with organizations a metaphor to the work that she hopes to do in life; she wants to leave an imprint and ensure every place she exits is better than when she entered.
DeAnna Minus‐Vincent currently serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Social Justice and
Accountability Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. In this role, DeAnna works across the system, with internal and external stakeholders to co‐design strategies that improve health outcomes, promote health equity and eliminate health disparities. Specifically, her portfolio includes leading the system’s anti‐racism efforts which seek to develop a strategy to ensure that patients, employees, and communities in which RWJBH serves are equitable, anti‐racist, and free from discriminatory practices that promote poor health, social, and economic outcomes. Additionally, DeAnna designed and leads, Health Beyond the Hospital, integrates social factors into the clinical setting by overcoming barriers for both providers and patients. Funded by the Walmart and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, this effort offers culturally and linguistically appropriate social determinant of health screening and connection to services for patients.
Before coming to RWJBarnabas Health, DeAnna served for more than seven years as the Chief
Engagement Officer at Benefits Data Trust (BDT), a national social change organization, where she
facilitated cross‐sector partnerships, diversified the organization’s revenue streams and oversaw the organization’s strategic positioning. Additionally, she has served as the Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. DeAnna serves on the board of trustees of the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Center for NonProfits of New Jersey. DeAnna received a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts in
sociology from Morgan State University, a historically Black university. DeAnna is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Leadership and Innovation. Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey DeAnna lives in Lumberton with her husband, Daryl and daughter, Darynn.
Melissa Monbouquette is the Deputy Director of the BUILD Health Challenge, a national initiative that promotes multi-sector, community-driven partnerships to reduce health disparities caused by inequity. She serves as a thought leader and key resource for awardees and partners by supporting BUILD’s strategy and implementation, and leads the program’s innovation efforts to drive sustainable improvements in community health. Melissa has over a decade of experience in nonprofit strategy and operation. She holds a master’s degree from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
Bevann K. Moreland CVP of Payor Product Innovation
Beacon Healthcare Systems
Bevann Moreland is responsible for delivery of implementations and development of new products for Beacon Healthcare Systems. She brings more than two decades of executive experience focused on payer business operations and system implementation.
Most recently, Bevann served as senior vice president of business operations and consumer services at Alignment Healthcare. Previously, Bevann served as corporate vice president of business operations at both SCAN Health Plan and HealthCare Partners overseeing member services, eligibility and claims as well as core system implementations at both of those companies.
R. Lawrence Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP President and CEO
Nemours Children’s Health
Lawrence Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP is President and CEO of Nemours Children’s Health, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. With more than 25 years as an academic surgeon and physician executive, Dr. Moss became increasingly concerned by how America's health care system narrowly defines health and consistently incentivizes complexity and volume of medical services over outcomes. He decided to focus the next phase of his career on transforming the definition of health in children and fundamentally changing the financial incentives determining children's care.
With more than 1.9 million patient encounters annually, Nemours Children’s provides medical care in five states through two freestanding state-of-the-art children’s hospitals — Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware and Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida. Nemours Children’s pediatric network includes 75 primary- specialty- and urgent care practices, and more than 40 hospitalists serving 23 affiliated hospitals. The Nemours App offers on-demand, online video patient visits providing parents peace of mind 24/7 with telehealth services delivered by board-certified pediatricians.
Nemours Children’s also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens at KidsHealth.org. Nemours Children’s ReadingBrightstart.org is a program dedicated to ensuring reading success in young children, as child health and learning are inextricably linked, and reading level is a strong predictor of adult health. Nemours Children’s provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy, and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.
Dr. Moss is a renowned pediatric surgeon, biomedical researcher, educator, author, and health system executive. He has been recognized among Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives and is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He has served as Director of Quality Improvement programs in both pediatric and adult academic medical centers and is internationally recognized for leadership in health care quality and safety. He is a founding member of two American College of Surgeons programs for developing quality standards for children’s surgery nationally. He has represented the interests of children in roles with the FDA, NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Quality Forum among others.
Dr. Moss is an accomplished research scientist with a track record of federal funding, high-impact peer reviewed publications, and creating and leading successful research centers of excellence. He led a research program continually funded by the NIH for over 15 years.
He joined Nemours Children’s after serving as Surgeon-in-Chief at Nationwide Children’s and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospitals. Dr. Moss has held endowed professorships at Yale and The Ohio State Universities and served on the faculty at Stanford University.
Ruth Ann Norton is President & CEO of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to advancing racial and health equity and opportunity through healthy housing. A national expert and advocate on green and healthy homes, she directs GHHI’s groundbreaking work across the United States where 65 cities, counties and states are using housing as a platform for improved health and social outcomes. Through the implementation of the GHHI comprehensive housing intervention model and its best practices Toolbox that she helped develop, cities are improving the ability of children to arrive in the classroom healthy and ready to learn and to stay in school through reduced asthma related absences.
The architect of the State of Maryland’s 99% reduction in childhood lead poisoning, Ms. Norton has developed over 45 pieces of successful healthy housing legislation that focus on reducing health disparities. Through its current feasibility and development work with healthcare partners and jurisdictions nationally, she heads a GHHI technical assistance team that is creating sustainable models for Medicaid reimbursement for preventive asthma and household injury services.
Ms. Norton serves as a member of the: EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH), National Council of State Housing Agencies’ National Advisory Group, Ohio Asthma Council, and Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission and was previously a federally appointed liaison to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention. A founding member of the NEWHAB Advisory Board, she provides a leading voice to articulate the significant health and social benefits of weatherization investments through her advisory role with Energy Efficiency for All and has authored research publications on the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency.
Ms. Norton is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader, a Weinberg Foundation Fellow, a WE ACT Environmental and Social Justice awardee, and received the Tony Woods Award for Excellence from the Building Performance Industry in 2016 for her efforts to integrate energy efficiency upgrades with healthy homes interventions on a national scale. Under her leadership, GHHI has been awarded the HUD Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes and the EPA’s National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management for its innovative programs.
As Senior Manager for Engagys, Shannon O’Connell leads projects that drive behavior change for health plans. She is especially focused on the Medicare population and populations that experience the barriers of social determinants of health. She has over a decade of experience in healthcare with a passion and focus on improving member and provider engagement with a C360 communications approach. Her expertise includes leading teams through producing and improving communications mapping, inventory, and taxonomy development, print to digital strategy, communications governance models, and campaign optimization.
At her previous role with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Shannon managed communications strategy for the Member and Provider Communications unit. Her communications designs spanned 25 business units across the organization and impacted millions of members and tens of thousands of providers. From problem solving to end goals, Shannon draws on creativity and storytelling best practices she learned during her early career experience in television and documentary film production.
Barbara Otto has played a leadership role in building smarter systems of health and social determinants of health for vulnerable people and places across the nation for more than 29 years. She has played a key role in solution building around big state-wide Medicaid initiatives focused on expanding access to health and behavioral healthcare for medically and socially complex populations in IL and beyond. Ms. Otto is a policy analyst with extensive expertise in Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security as well as other public benefits programs for older adults, children, and adults with disabilities. She was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative Public Health Council (2011-2017). She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) and is an author of several publications including the No Nonsense Guide Series on Medicaid, Medicare, and employment and disability. Ms. Otto is frequently called upon to provide expertise and insights on health, disability, and employment matters with Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Social Security Administration, and media outlets. She has been a technical author on important reports to Congress, including Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. To learn more about Barbara and Smart Policy Works LLC, smartpolicyworks.com.
Ashley serves as Socially Determined’s Chief Solutions Officer. She manages a multidisciplinary team that translates Social Risk Intelligence™ into quantifiable business results and community impact. As a public health practitioner, researcher, and management consultant, she has bridged healthcare and public health. Prior to Socially Determined, she built and scaled successful consulting practices for the Premier Healthcare Alliance and Kaufman Hall. Ashley also previously led research and programmatic initiatives for organizations ranging from an academic research center to a network of federally qualified health centers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University, a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and is a certified Public Health professional. In 2020, Ashley was recognized by Modern Healthcare as a Top 25 Emerging Leader and "one of the most impressive leaders driving change across the industry."
Andi Phillips is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Maycomb Capital, a new impact investing platform. At Maycomb Capital, Phillips leads one of the firm’s two flagship funds, the Community Outcomes Fund, which is the largest outcomes financing fund in the United States. Outcomes financing projects are next-generation public private partnerships that scale high-quality human service programs for low-income communities. For policymakers, outcomes financing is a tool that enables increased accountability and transparency in the contracting for and delivery of human services. For communities, outcomes financing can help drive better outcomes for individuals and families. Phillips has over 25 years of experience leading, designing and implementing large scale, public private partnerships that leverage private investment to address pressing social challenges. Previously, Phillips launched and managed the Goldman Sachs Social Impact Fund and led signature “Social Impact Bond” investments for the firm including the investment in the Rikers Island Social Impact Bond, the first such transaction ever executed by a financial institution and in the U.S. market. Phillips has been the principal investment professional, leading the investment for four of the first eight outcomes financing transactions in the U.S. market, including transactions that financed early childhood education in Utah and Chicago. Previously, Phillips was president of Seedco Financial, a Community Development Financing Institution, which provided affordable capital to small businesses and nonprofits in disadvantaged communities. At Seedco, Phillips also served as Chief Program Officer, where among other responsibilities she managed performance-based contracts in workforce development, totaling over $100 million.
Phillips holds a BA from Tufts University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Phillips lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and three sons.
Melissa has a decade of experience in health care regulatory policy and implementation at both the federal and state levels. Melissa is a Vice President at Sirona Strategies, where she focuses on healthcare policy and regulatory analysis and strategy development related to healthcare financing, benefits and coverage, Health IT, drug pricing, public health, and other issue areas. Additionally, Melissa is the Co-Chair of Aligning for Health, a social determinants advocacy organization focused on advancing policy solutions to improve wellbeing and health equity. In this role, she works closely with payers, providers, health systems, non-healthcare organizations, state and local governments, the federal government, and Congress, in developing and promoting cross-sector, coordinated solutions to address health and social needs. Prior to joining Sirona Strategies, Melissa spent five years at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight working on a range of Affordable Care Act implementation activities. She also has experience in issues related to Medicaid eligibility, verification, and pharmaceutical policy from her time in the Office of the Governor of Alabama, and advising the Massachusetts Medicaid program as part of her Master’s Practicum. Melissa holds a BS from Cornell University and an MPP from the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Coiel Ricks-Stephen, MPH, MHL Director, Population Health
Trenton Health Team
Coiel Ricks-Stephen, MPH, MHL, currently leads a variety of programs, initiatives, and projects focused on improving the health and well-being of Trenton residents, through increased access to care, early detection of addressable disease states and social determinants challenges, and effective and efficient collaboration between stakeholders in the health ecosystem (e.g., hospitals, physician practices, community-based organizations, government entities, insurers, researchers, etc.). She has over 20 years of experience working in the public health sector in both New York City and New Jersey, focusing on improving the health outcomes of underserved and marginalized populations and addressing social determinants of health. Coiel has keen interest in tobacco control, HIV treatment and prevention, harm reduction, diabetes, in addition to maternal and child health. Coiel has a Bachelor and Master degree in public health from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She also has a Master in Healthcare Leadership from Brown University.
Linda Riddell, MS created the game, Gettin’ By, to give people a first-hand experience of how poverty changes the brain. After years of specializing in population health and poverty, she saw the gap between conventional wisdom and the reality of low-income families in the United States. The game reflects Riddell’s simple writing style, expertise in social economic factors, and knowledge of the psychology of scarcity. She has a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati. Riddell is also an experienced and passionate public speaker. She speaks at regional and national conferences regularly. As an epidemiologist speaking to lay audiences, her specialty is making complex topics easy to understand.
Amy Riegel is the Senior Director of Housing at CareSource, where she designs strategies which address the Social Determinants of Health, specifically focused on innovative and sustainable approaches to integrating health and housing. She is focused on building collaborative partnerships to address affordable housing through development, financing, and policy with an emphasis on improved health outcomes. She initiated and lead the deployment of $50M strategic investments in affordable housing across multiple states with more than a dozen CDFIs. She oversees CareSource’s role as a strategic leader, funder, and implementation partner in Healthy Beginnings at Home, a nationally recognized research study looking at the relationship between housing stability and healthy birth outcomes. Previously she was the Director of JobConnect Ohio at CareSource, leading the effort to assist Medicaid members in removing barriers to high quality employment opportunities.
Prior to joining CareSource, Amy worked as a community developer with non-profits and government agencies. She provided policy leadership and designed programs in the areas of housing development, asset based community development, community engagement, education, and homelessness. She serves on numerous Boards within Ohio and nationally that are focused on poverty elimination, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization.
Kenneth L. Roberts, MPS, LADC, LPCC Chief Clinical Officer
Kenneth L. Roberts is the Chief Clinical Officer for the NUWAY non-profit program in Minneapolis, MN. He has worked for over 12 years as a clinician, clinical supervisor and administrator in various levels of co-occurring care treating substance use and mental health disorders. He is certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for treatment of PTSD. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master’s Degree in Professional Studies (Co-Occurring Disorders) he serves as an adjunct faculty member to both the University of Minnesota and Metro State University. Mr. Roberts works in his current role synthesizing a R.I.S.E. (Recovery In Supportive Environments) Model of care with community based resources to support improved clinical outcomes in trauma informed care settings.
Jason Z. Rose, MHSA, is Chief Executive Officer of AdhereHealth, a healthcare technology company addressing the estimated $500 billion of unnecessary annual medical costs due to medication adherence issues. A 25-year healthcare technology industry veteran, Jason previously served as the Chief Strategic Development Officer and Executive Vice President at Inovalon, where he led the development, launch, and expansion of the company’s product and technology presence across the healthcare marketplace.
Ellen T. Rudy, Ph.D. Vice President of Health and Social Impact
Dr. Ellen Rudy serves as the Vice President of Health and Social Impact at Papa with the responsibility to evaluate Papa’s impact on members’ quality of life, health outcomes and total cost of care. Dr. Rudy earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from University of California, Los Angeles and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Policy and Research at RAND/UCLA. She started her career at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center Jeffrey Goodman Special Care clinic as an epidemiologist, transitioned to Public Health in Los Angeles County, and has followed a life-work of developing and evaluating programs to help vulnerable populations receive equitable and impactful healthcare.
She most recently worked at Molina Healthcare, a managed care organization providing Medicaid and Medicare health care services with leadership responsibility across Population Health Management, Health Policy and Research, Quality and Healthcare Operations.
She currently serves as an expert faculty member at University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is an avid hiker, skier, and mom of two kids and two rescue dogs.
As the vice president of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, Jan Ruma focuses on facilitating outcome-oriented community partnerships to reduce health disparities, including implementing the first nationally certified Pathways HUB in Ohio. The Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB utilizes community partnerships and innovative financing to develop a community health worker workforce to help low income residents address their health and social needs and improve health outcomes. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Jan holds a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University; A master’s degree in training and development and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from Bowling Green State University. Jan currently serves as the chairperson for the Pathways Community HUB Institute (PCHI) Board of Directors to further the Pathway Community HUB Model.
Eric Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACP
Vice President of Community Health & Transformation and Executive Director
Eric Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACP Vice President of Community Health & Transformation and Executive Director
Institute for Urban Care at Capital Health
Eric Schwartz is the Vice President of Community Health & Transformation of Capital Health as well as the Executive Director of Capital Health's Institute for Urban Care. The Institute's mission is to coalesce, grow and align the services with community and other partners to advance the health and well-being of the residents of Trenton. Dr. Schwartz is project director for the For My Baby and Me program, a community collaborative providing integrated care for women and their infants impacted by opioid use disorder. He is also the principal investigator for the Capital City Diabetes Collaborative, a five-year program funded by the Merck Foundation addressing the social, clinical and environmental determinants of health related to diabetes within Trenton.
Dr. Schwartz is a board certified internist with sub-specialty training in gastroenterology. He earned his MBA in Health Care Management from the Fox School of Business and received a certificate in Managing Health Care Delivery from the Harvard Business School. With more than 20 years of experience as a physician leader in international, public, private, and academic settings, he has played a major role in transforming hospitals and physician groups to optimize quality outcomes, patient experience, and organizational value.
Before joining Capital Health, Dr. Schwartz led the 400-clinician Medical Group of the Christiana Care Health System. He also served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Henry J. Austin Health Center, a federally qualified health center, in Trenton, NJ. He is a former member of Robin Hood Ventures, one of the region's largest angel investing groups.
Dr. Schwartz received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was trained in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Tamara Scott is the Program Manager of UC Davis Health’s Ambulatory Practice Innovation division. Her role focuses on transforming healthcare through the integration of digital and telehealth within the clinical practice. Prior to this role, Tamara managed clinical operations at UC Davis Health and UCSF Health in the Departments of Surgery, Neurology, Radiology, and Internal Medicine.
Jessica Scruton, BSN, RN, CCM-R Vice President Clinical Transformation
Lightbeam Health Solutions
Jessica Scruton, BSN, RN, CCM is the Vice President of Clinical Transformation at Lightbeam Health Solutions, where she helps organizations thrive in the transition from volume- to value-based care. With over 20 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse, she is a passionate, results-driven leader with expertise in care management, clinical workflows, and population health strategy.
Ester Sefilyan has been with the Partners in Care Foundation (Partners) since 2008. She has a Masters’ in Gerontology from the University of Southern California (USC). As Vice President of Network Services at Partners, Ester oversees startup and operations of multiple contracts and programs with hospitals, health plans, and medical providers in providing an array of services to ensure successful outcomes around readmission reductions and total cost of care. Ester is responsible for sales, implementation, contract management and infrastructure to support the Engagement Center and state-wide Community Integrated Network of CBO agencies who provide specialty services and regional coverage. She manages all functions of a Network Lead Entity and over 20 short-term care management/care transitions contracts focused on identifying Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health and putting safeguards in place to close those identified gaps. She has extensive experience with Long Term Services and Supports and is fully knowledgeable of Medicare, Medi-Cal, and commercial lines of business. These lines of business have grown significantly during Ester’s tenure. With her experience, she brings innovation, passion, and dedication to the Partners team.
John Seigenthaler is an award-winning communications professional, a former anchor and correspondent for NBC Nightly News. Currently, he is Senior Partner at Finn Partners, a global communications agency. Seigenthaler anchored NBC Nightly News Weekend edition for almost a decade. He appeared on Meet The Press, Dateline, TODAY, Weekend TODAY, MSNBC, CNBC and Discovery Channel. He is a member of the Newseum board of trustees, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors and an RFK Journalism Awards judge. He holds a B.A. degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. John and his wife Kerry live in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Showalter brings visionary thought leadership on the application of advanced information technology to improving outcomes for patients. His unique education in biomedical engineering, physiology, clinical informatics and internal medicine has allowed him to work at the intersection of those fields to positively impact patient care and health system efficiency. His work has been recognized with cross-industry awards including ComputerWorld's Premier 100 IT Leaders and health IT awards such as the CHIME Collaboration Award. In 2020, Modern Healthcare named Dr. Showalter a Top 25 Innovator in Population Health for his work in creating Jvion’s COVID Community Vulnerability Map, a resource that Fast Company also recognized with an honorable mention in their World Changing Ideas Awards. Dr. Showalter is dedicated to using his passion and knowledge to ensure that Jvion's AI CORE™ has the maximum positive impact for patients.
Monica Simmonds, MSPH Director Advisory Services, SDoH
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Monica Simmonds provides clients valuable insights as a Director Advisory SDOH within LexisNexis® Risk Solutions. She leverages her expertise in public health and background in analytics to help provide valuable client support and thought leadership. In addition, Monica draws upon her experience in program implementation, managed care, evaluation/research, and technical proficiency with using healthcare services, operations, administrative claims, SDOH and prior authorization data to drive value. She holds a B.S. degree in Health Education with a specialization in Community Health and a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Florida and an MSPH with a specialization in Behavioral Health from the University of South Florida, School of Public Health.
Jane Simon is the Chief Advancement and Programs Officer at the Alliance for Community Health, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and families engage in their own health choices. With over 20 years of experience leading nonprofits, Jane builds on her background in social services and food banking to create impactful programs within the community and the healthcare. She is passionate about growing vibrant communities, and she enjoys volunteering for several urban and rural farms around her home in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Gary Sing, PhD Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
Gary Sing is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at MassHealth, Massachusetts’ Medicaid agency. He is a member of the Innovation Team at MassHealth and oversees various investment programs, including MassHealth’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. Gary also works to advance integration of health-related social services into MassHealth, which includes overseeing a Flexible Services pilot program that allows MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations to use state/federal Medicaid dollars to pay for certain health-related nutrition and housing supports for certain eligible members. Gary also works to further strengthen MassHealth’s commitment to health equity through management and coordination of various health equity initiatives at the agency.
Prior to joining MassHealth, Gary worked as a strategy consultant in the life sciences industry, earned a PhD from Harvard University in Engineering Sciences with a focus on computational neuroscience, and earned dual B.S.E.’s from Duke University in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Jennifer Sousa, MPH
Deputy Chief, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention
Jennifer Sousa, MPH Deputy Chief, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention
FL Department of Health
Jennifer Sousa, MPH, is a highly accomplished Public Health professional currently serving as the Deputy Bureau Chief within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention at the Department of Health. She has over ten years of experience working in health promotion and disease management and prevention programs ranging from Maternal and Child Health to Medicaid Manager Care Services and CDC funded disease management initiatives. She has been recognized for program leadership, projects, and program management, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, performance improvement, budget management and operational expertise that has fostered meaningful population health change at the national, state, and local level. Jennifer has received several awards including Leon County Government Innovator Award for exemplary demonstration of health and human services administration and the Department of Health ICARE award for collaboration in public health programing across sectors. Jennifer current works directly to implement health systems change through programs pertaining to chronic disease prevention, management, and education.
Daniel Stein is the Telehealth Supervisor for Epic Applications in UC Davis Health’s Information Technology division. His position is responsible for the enhancement and support of EMR integrated telehealth workflows. Prior to this role, Daniel led EMR implementation and innovation initiatives at several organizations, including Sutter Health, Wellington Regional Hospital, and Stanford Children’s Health.
Ed Stellon, M.S., M.A. serves as Executive Director for Heartland Alliance Health (HAH) where he oversees the organization’s integrated primary care, oral health, food and nutrition, and behavioral health services for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or living with HIV. HAH aims to improve health outcomes for Chicago’s most vulnerable populations by addressing the social determinants of health along with healthcare itself.
During his 30 years at HAH, Ed has worked to braid funding from the substance use, mental health, housing, and primary care systems to build an integrated service model that centers on helping vulnerable people achieve optimal outcomes. He is committed to innovative service models that promote human rights and is a founding member of the Midwest Harm Reduction Institute.
James leads the Department of Aging and Adult Services at the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), a voluntary council of governments in the bi-state Kansas City metropolitan region. His department is a designated Area Agency on Aging, and he also leads a community-integrated health network, for which MARC serves as the network lead entity. He has sought to support MARC’s aging services to excel in innovation that directly improves the lives of the region’s adults. This innovation helps to craft system and community capacity to adapt to what older people want and need, now and in the future. He is particularly interested in the role of social factors in health and function.
James previously worked as research faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, including volunteer statewide advocacy work to enhance older driver safety. He has served two terms as the board president for the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging and serves on the strategic advisory board of a hospital quality improvement initiative under the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s Healthcare Institute for Innovations in Quality.
His work has been supported through a variety of grants and he has published a dozen peer-reviewed articles on aging and human development. He was a member of the final cohort of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health.
Cheryl Towns joined Trenton Health Team in 2018 as Nurse Case Manager and now serves as Director of Community Care. As Director, Cheryl supervises the Care Management Team, connecting more than one hundred Trenton residents with essential health services and providing direct care services when necessary. Through her CMT leadership, Cheryl helps fulfill THT’s strategic priority to provide direct interventions with priority populations to fill gaps in care and services. Prior to joining THT, Cheryl worked for Oaks Integrated Care as a Program Supervisor in Supportive Housing for Burlington and Camden Counties. She worked closely with those suffering from behavioral and mental health issues, functioning as a hospital liaison, performing outreach, engagement and providing comprehensive rehabilitation needs assessments. A native of Trenton, Cheryl has been improving the lives of Trenton residents for nearly three decades. She holds an Associate Degree in nursing from Mercer County College, and Bachelor’s degree in Science in Nursing from LaSalle University. She is currently pursuing a Master in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from La Salle University.
Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Lori Tremmel Freeman has been the Chief Executive Officer for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) since May 2018, having returned to the organization after previously served as its Associate Executive Director from 2010-2014. In the CEO role, Ms. Freeman works to ensure our country's nearly 3,000 local health departments have the capacity to deliver essential health services to their communities, advocates for local public health within the U.S. governmental public health system, and assures strategic alliances and partnerships with a wide variety of federal, state, local, public and private agencies and organizations to advance the health of our nation. Prior to joining NACCHO, she served as Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) where she provided direction and leadership to protect and promote the optimal health of women, children, and families and actively advocated for sustainable and long-term funding for maternal, child, and adolescent health through the federal Title V grant program. While at AMCHP, she received the distinguished HHS Maternal & Child Health Bureau Director’s Award for noteworthy contributions to the health of infants, mothers, children, adolescents and children with special health care needs.
Lori Tremmel Freeman is a career non-profit executive, having enjoyed three decades of working in senior association leadership and management roles. Lori Tremmel Freeman’s career includes holding additional CEO and senior leadership positions with the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA); Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI); the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI); the American Public Health Association (APHA); and Grant Thornton LLP. She also serves on numerous national advisory groups and Boards related to public health. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from Lock Haven University and a Masters degree in Business Administration and Marketing minor from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Haymarket, Virginia with her husband and twin children.
Ashley Tyrner is the founder and CEO of FarmboxRx and Farmbox Direct. Ashley has gone from being a single mom on food stamps to the CEO of a national brand that aims to break down the social barriers of access to nutritious food. With a clear conviction that everyone deserves the right to eat healthy, Ashley works tirelessly to disrupt the food policy and healthcare space.
Seema Verma Former Administrator and Health Policy Expert
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
A national health policy expert, Seema Verma was the longest-serving Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator in modern history. Confirmed by the Senate in 2017, she oversaw health insurance programs for over 140 million Americans; oversaw a budget of $1.3 trillion, almost a third of the federal budget; and over 6,000 employees. Verma was the architect of CMS’s strategic vision, implementing over sixteen tactical initiatives aimed at transforming the American healthcare system to lower costs, improve quality, and increase access. During her tenure, Verma led federal government efforts to infuse market competition, empower patients, and unleash innovation producing historic reforms. She also drove efforts to require price and quality transparency while ensuring patients have ownership over their portable medical records. Seema Verma’s historic “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative reduced regulatory burden and saved the healthcare system billions of dollars. Verma also worked to accelerate value-based care transformation and address the social determinants of health by advancing new payment models throughout CMS programs, including models for drug pricing that resulted in lower insulin prices. Under her leadership, premiums dropped in Medicare Advantage, Part D, and the insurance exchanges. Verma also served on the White House COVID-19 Task Force where she led efforts to drive telehealth and remote care across the healthcare system while creating flexibility for health providers to augment the health care workforce, expand services and testing, and ensure access to vaccines and therapeutics.
Prior to CMS, Verma was the founder and CEO of a health policy consulting firm helping states and private industry on a range of healthcare issues. Verma has written extensively about a range of issues, publishing in the Wall Street Journal, Health Affairs, The Washington Post, and a variety of other publications. She has also made guest appearances on several news shows including Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CBS, CNBC, and ABC.
Seema Verma attended undergrad at the University of Maryland, graduating with a B.S. in Life Sciences and going on to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University. Modern Healthcare ranked her as the “Most Influential Person in Healthcare” in 2019 and one of the nation’s Top 25 Women Leaders.
John W. Vick, Ph.D. Evaluation and Assessment Director
TN Department of Health
John is a public health strategist, applied researcher, and educator working to address the social and environmental drivers of health. He brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the public health field, with a background in policy research, chronic disease epidemiology, urban planning, and community development. In his current role at the Tennessee Department of Health, John develops practical data systems for monitoring and evaluation of prevention efforts, and collaborates with government agencies, universities, and non-profits on built environment and health initiatives. John holds a Ph.D. in Community Research and Action from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a 2018 Salzburg Global Fellow and a 2019 Tennessee Government Management Institute Fellow.
Julia Weatherly, MPH Lead Program Analyst, Government Markets
Independence Blue Cross
Julia Weatherly, MPH is a Lead Program Analyst for the Government Markets Medicare Stars team at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia, PA. She focuses on developing programs that address Medicare members’ social and environmental challenges. Julia is passionate about how public health and community partnerships can take place in the private sector, particularly in health insurance. Julia leads Independence’s MANNA meal benefit, CommunityLink resource and referral program, and grocery delivery program with a local company, United by Blue. Julia is a member of and represents Independence in the Pennsylvania Department of Health & Human Services’ Social Determinants of Health Subcommittee. She is a graduate from Amherst College with a double major in Psychology and Anthropology and the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Public Health program.
Daniel Weaver Product Operations and Stars Strategy
Daniel Weaver is the Executive Vice President of Product Operations and Stars Strategy at NationsBenefits, with nearly 25 years of experience in Operations and Star Ratings strategy. Daniel most recently served as VP, Government Quality Programs at Gateway Health, where he led the company to its first 4.5 Star Rating and an improved Medicaid NCQA Accreditation rating. In his career, Dan has overseen the development and implementation of many analytics-driven and customer-focused programs, and he advocates for continuous improvement and operational excellence philosophies for sustained success. In his new role with NationsBenefits, Daniel will drive strategic planning, facilitate execution, oversee product financial performance, manage operational performance across all products, and ensure strong internal controls are in place to enable efficiency in the growth of the business. Daniel will also help drive prospective and retrospective investigation into quality outcomes and customer engagement across the company’s distinct benefit management programs while continuing to innovate new solutions for health plan partners focused on growth and strong quality performance.
Stephanie Wilkinson, MPH Director of Policy, Community Integration
UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Stephanie Wilkinson is a Director of Policy at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. In her current role, Stephanie focuses on policy development, advocacy, and positioning for social determinants of health, health equity and disparities, and public health broadly. Stephanie is passionate shifting the focus from individual health to population health in order to effectively impact and improve the health outcomes of communities.
Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Stephanie served as a Public Health Education Coordinator at Schenectady County Public Health Services. In this role, she helped supervise and coordinate grant funded programs, including several directly targeted at improving social determinants of health within underserved communities, and helped lead emergency preparedness activities.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Siena College and a Master of Public Health degree from the University at Albany School of Public Health. She is a member the Alpha Gamma chapter of the Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health.
Shannon Wilson Vice President of Medicaid for Southeast Michigan
Shannon Wilson is the Vice President of Medicaid for Southeast Michigan for Priority Health, a Michigan-based health plan. In her role, Ms. Wilson is responsible for managing and growing Priority Health’s Medicaid program in Southeast Michigan. Ms. Wilson’s responsibilities also including ensuring the quality of Priority Health’s Medicaid program statewide, overseeing the Total Health Care Foundation, community relations in Southeast Michigan and development and execution of a strategy to address Social Determinants of Health impacting the Priority Health membership.
Ms. Wilson is a public health leader focused on improving the health and well-being of residents across the state of Michigan. She is passionate about strengthening the health care safety net for vulnerable populations and has devoted most of her career to studying the intersection between health and race - with a desire to improve the health care experience for vulnerable populations.
Work experience Prior to accepting her role at Priority Health, Ms. Wilson served as the Executive Director of the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, Vice President of the Alliance for Health, Scientific Program Coordinator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the first health disparities epidemiologist at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Education Ms. Wilson received a bachelors of Science in Microbiology from Michigan State University, and a Masters of Public Health in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health leadership from the University of Illinois-Chicago.