2022 Speakers

Health Tech for Medicaid (HT4M)

Adimika Arthur

Executive Director
KY Health Information Exchange

Andrew Bledsoe

Deputy Executive Director, Office of Health Data and Analytics
UnitedHealthcare Community and State

Carolyn Brooks

Director, Strategic Initiatives
Colorado Access

Ana I’I Brown-Cohen

Senior Manager of Health Programs
Maryland Health Care Commission

Melanie Cavaliere

Chief of Innovative Care Delivery
AmeriHealth Caritas

Sharon Colaizzi, RN BSN/BS, MPPM, CPHM

Corporate Director, Population Health Program Management
Mom’s Meals

Tim Conroy

National Vice President, Government and Healthcare Partnerships
Express Scripts

Laura Crawn

Vice President of Regulated Markets Client and Market Strategies
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas

Tiffany N. Davis, Esq.

Head of Medicaid Performance and Delivery
Pondera, a Thompson Reuters Company

David Duhaime

Regional Manager
Health Plan of San Mateo

Chris Esguerra, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Mostly Medicaid

Clay Farris

Founder and Practice Lead, Client Solutions
Anthem

Merrill Friedman

Senior Director, Disability Policy Engagement
Hazel Health

Dr. Travis Gayles

Chief Health Officer
MediSked, LLC

Doug Golub

President
CareFirst Community Health Plan DC

Ieisha Gray

Chief Operating Officer
Partners Health Plan

Karleen M. Haines, MPS

Chief of Community Relations
Enhanced Medication Services

Anna Hall

Director of Quality Services
HealthMine, Inc.

James Haskins

Director of Government Programs
Connect America

Rosemary Kennedy, PhD, RN, MBA, FAAN

Chief Health Informatics Officer
AARP Arizona

Leonard J. Kirschner M.D. M.P.H.

Immediate Past President
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

Cynthia Knorr-Mulder, MSN, BCNP, NP-C

Administrative Director – Pain and Palliative Medicine
NC Department of Health and Human Services

Michelle Laws, PhD, MA

Assistant Director for Consumer Policy and Community Stakeholder Engagement
Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
Independent Living Systems

Maureen Lillis

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer
HealthMine, Inc.

Amy Lung

Chief Operating Officer
UnitedHealthcare Community and State

Michelle Martin

Senior Policy Director for LTSS
Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare

Dr. Elizabeth McKune

Associate Vice President of Population and Behavioral Health Strategy
Genesee Health Plan

James Milanowski

CEO
Health Net

Dr. Pooja Mittal

Medical Director of Population Health Equity and Health Equity Lead
Strategic Health Group LLC

Henry W. Osowski

Managing Partner
Executive Director, PAVE Florida Partnership

Mary Kay Owens

President and CEO, Intelligent Health
Healthfirst, Inc.

Errol Pierre

Senior Vice President of State Programs
Foodsmart

Shreeta Quantano

Head of Telenutrition
CareSource

Amy Riegel

Director, Housing
Foodsmart

Jared Scharen

Vice President Marketing
Babyscripts

Juan Pablo Segura

Co-founder & President
CareOregon

Karissa Smith, LPC, CADC I

Director of Care Coordination
T-Base Communications

Jan Smith Reed

Director, US Healthcare
Central California Alliance for Health

Frank Song, PhD

Data and Analytics Services Director
Michigan Association of Health Plans

Tiffany Stone

Deputy Director, Medicaid Policy
CareOregon

Summer Sweet

Triage and Data Integration Manager of Population Health
NC Department of Health and Human Services

Suzanne B. Thompson, MBA/MHA

Community Engagement and Empowerment Team
Division of MH/DD/SAS
Molina Healthcare of Ohio

Pamela Tropiano

Vice President, Healthcare Services
DC Department of Health Care Finance

Lisa Truitt

Director of the Health Care Delivery Management Administration
Inland Empire Health Plan

Dr. Gabriel Uribe, DSW

Director of Community Health
Health Net

Nancy Wongvipat Kalev, MPH

Director, Health Education/Wellness/Cultural and Linguistic Services
Mississippi State Department of Health

Dorthy K. Young, PhD, MHSA

Chief Health Data, Operations and Research Officer
Colorado Access

Jamie Zajac, DC

Manager of Care Management
Speakers Biographies


Adimika Arthur

Executive Director
Health Tech for Medicaid (HT4M)

Andrew Bledsoe

Deputy Executive Director, Office of Health Data and Analytics
KY Health Information Exchange

Mr. Bledsoe has 17 years’ experience in healthcare with the past 10 focused on Health Information Technology. He began his career at St. Claire Regional Medical Center, obtaining insight into rural medicine for both hospitals and ambulatory providers. Leveraging his rural experience, Andrew moved to the Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization (NeKY RHIO), serving as the Network Director initially, later moving into the role of Executive Director. Andrew’s current position is the Deputy Executive Director for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Health Data and Analytics where he oversees the strategic planning and daily operations for the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE). Andrew is a graduate of Morehead State University with a MBA in Business Management and in his spare time is an apprentice baker.

Carolyn Brooks

Director, Strategic Initiatives
UnitedHealthcare Community and State

Ana I’I Brown-Cohen

Senior Manager of Health Programs
Colorado Access

Ana I’I Brown-Cohen, MPH is the Senior Manager of Health Programs at Colorado Access, a non- profit health plan specializing in the integrated management of populations enrolled in public insurance. Ms. Brown-Cohen leads the operationalization of Colorado Access’ health strategy through the design and implementation of population-level interventions for Medicaid and CHP+ members. This work is instrumental in ensuring delivery of whole person care and specifically, that the right intervention is delivered to the right population, at the right time. Ms. Brown-Cohen received her Master’s degree from the University of Colorado’s School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Colorado Access, Ms. Brown-Cohen previously worked at Centura Health, one of Colorado’s largest healthcare systems, where she led a Medicare eligibility and enrollment team that served the Denver Metro Area. She also has experience working in state corrections, mental health, and recovery from substance use.

Melanie Cavaliere

Chief of Innovative Care Delivery
Maryland Health Care Commission

Melanie Cavaliere serves as the Chief of Innovative Care Delivery at the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC). Melanie has twenty years of professional experience in health care policy and employee benefits consulting. Current projects include aligning practice transformation efforts in Maryland and assisting in the development of a statewide primary care strategy. Melanie previously worked as a Vice President at Discern Consulting in Baltimore, Maryland where she developed and implemented PCMH and ACO incentive plan and reward programs and Value Based Insurance Design (VBID) strategies. Melanie has also held consulting positions at Mercer and Aon. Melanie received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from West Virginia University.

Sharon Colaizzi, RN BSN/BS, MPPM, CPHM

Corporate Director, Population Health Program Management
AmeriHealth Caritas

Sharon is the Senior Leader Clinical Strategy and Integration. In this role, she is responsible for oversight of the development and execution of strategies for clinical and operational teams for the organization.

Sharon is an accomplished population health management executive with comprehensive healthcare experience across acute, ambulatory and community settings addressing physical, mental and social health and well-being. Her impact has been in leading interdisciplinary teams strategically and tactically in clinical operations focused on patient engagement, provider engagement and cost of care. She’s held previous leadership roles at United Health Care, Molina and UPMC

Tim Conroy

National Vice President, Government and Healthcare Partnerships
Mom’s Meals

In his role as National Vice President, Government and Healthcare Partnerships for Mom’s Meals, Tim Conroy has responsibility for overseeing Long Term Services & Support (LTSS) waiver benefit programs, helping customers and clients access state benefit programs for home-delivered meals. He partners with executive management teams at state government, managed care and local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Community Based Organizations (CBO) organizations to ensure continuation of partnerships to support member services.

Before joining Mom’s Meals, Conroy gained nearly 20 years of healthcare executive experience in acute and post-acute care delivery, in healthcare sales and operations overseeing national field sales teams supporting Medicare and Medicaid, in clinical operations and program development.

He earned his MBA in Health Services Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, his MS from East Tennessee State University, and his BS from the University of Kentucky – both in Health Sciences. Currently, Tim is working toward his PhD in Public and Community Health

Laura Crawn

Vice President of Regulated Markets Client and Market Strategies
Express Scripts

Laura Crawn has more than 20 years in the Government Programs space leading strategy and market development for Healthcare Exchanges, Medicaid and Medicare plans, including Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWPs). She joined Express Scripts over 10 years ago and is currently Vice President of the Regulated Markets Client and Market Strategies division where she is responsible for partnering with health plans and EGWP sponsors to develop solutions and strategies that assist in meeting their affordability, growth and quality goals. Prior to Express Scripts, Laura demonstrated her expertise in the regulated markets space holding a variety of business development, marketing and product strategy roles within Medicare Advantage and Pharmacy Benefit Management organizations.

Tiffany N. Davis, Esq.

Head of Medicaid Performance and Delivery
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas

Tiffany Davis currently serves as the Head of Medicaid Performance and Delivery for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC).

She has worked as an advocate, attorney and servant leader focused on improving outcomes for high risk populations and underserved communities.

Tiffany has led Medicaid teams at HCSC for 5 years working for the Illinois Medicaid and Enterprise Medicaid programs supporting more than 1M members. She is responsible for diverse spend partnerships, vendor management and Medicaid program oversight, privacy & security compliance to ensure the strategic operational, compliance and financial success of Medicaid programs in Illinois, New Mexico and Texas.

Prior to HCSC she worked as a as a Medicaid attorney and ombudsman for the elderly in long-term care facilities and a program coordinator for first time youth offenders in the Washington DC Area. Tiffany is a graduate of Bennett College for Women, (B.A. Journalism) and Howard University School of Law with a focus in criminal justice. She is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland. In her free time she enjoys volunteering for Butterfly Dreamz a non-profit focused on developing girls into leaders which was founded in honor of her late sister and spending time with her husband and two children.

David Duhaime

Regional Manager
Pondera, a Thompson Reuters Company

David Duhaime is the Regional Manager with Pondera, a Thomson Reuters Company and has more than 30 years of investigations and operations experience in Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial Insurance. David has conducted multiple types of investigations including; healthcare, disability, workers comp, and internal theft. David implemented a 3rd-party administrator’s first Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to investigate disability fraud. He is a former Criminal Investigator with the New York State Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. For more than 10 years David was the Program Director of multi-million dollar CMS Zone Program Integrity Contracts (ZPIC). Prior to coming to Thomson Reuters/Pondera, he was the SIU Director at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Chris Esguerra, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Health Plan of San Mateo

An experienced healthcare leader, Chris Esguerra, MD, MBA, FAPA, CHCQM has led systems transformation, program evolution, and public/private partnerships leading to outcomes meeting the quadruple aim of improving health, cost effectiveness, enhancing patient experience, and supporting provider well-being. He serves as Chief Medical Officer for Health Plan of San Mateo, a local community plan serving Medicaid and dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. He also advises nonprofits partnering in healthcare delivery, healthcare startups, and provider groups.

His experience encompasses health care provider and systems leadership, managed care operations, novel payment models, public-private partnerships, and health care transformation. He has led significant efforts around integration of care and services for a variety of populations, holistically addressing social determinants of health in healthcare delivery, and helping people remain and age in the community with appropriate long-term services and supports. He most recently served on a National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee that published Integrating Social Needs Care into the Delivery of Health Care to Improve the Nation's Health.

Dr. Esguerra is board certified in both Psychiatry and Health Care and Quality Management and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. He received his BS in Chemistry and Medical Degree from the University of Southern California. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He also received his MBA in business management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Clay Farris

Founder and Practice Lead, Client Solutions
Mostly Medicaid

Clay has advised CMS administrators, state Medicaid Directors, health plan CEOs, technology COOs and a wide range of other clients in the healthcare industry. His unique blend of management consulting, project management, policy making and analytics help deliver on-time, actionable results for a wide array of business challenges. His Weekly Medicaid Roundup is read and loved by more than 10,000 professionals in the Medicaid industry.

His experience includes policy making at both the federal (CMS) and state levels (State of Georgia), management consulting for large organizational change initiatives, big data solution sales and implementation and cutting-edge analytics.

He currently leads key project components related to consultation design, Medicaid subject matter expertise and project management. He has a masters in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg of School of Public Health and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Merrill Friedman

Senior Director, Disability Policy Engagement
Anthem

Merrill Friedman leads the Disability Policy Engagement team and advocacy strategy for Anthem, a leading health benefits company serving nearly 74 million people nationwide through its affiliates. She works collaboratively with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure the diverse interests and preferences of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and children involved in child welfare programs inform Anthem’s health benefits approaches and related initiatives. Ms. Friedman also leads the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities and advances the integration of the NAB's six foundational principles, the independent living philosophy, and principles of self-determination throughout these programs, as well as Anthem’s member interactions and business practices. In addition, she leads strategic partnerships with national and local organizations to advance the development of inclusive public policy.

Previously, Ms. Friedman was interim director at a nonprofit foster care agency serving children and adolescents who experienced severe neglect and physical abuse. She also served as president and chief executive officer of a private organization that owned and operated residential treatment facilities, group homes and home and community based services in several states for adolescents with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities.

Ms. Friedman is a nationally recognized leader in Medicaid, LTSS and health services that reflect the needs and interests of older adults, people with disabilities and children and adolescents. Health program expertise includes disability, aging, drivers of health (SDoH), foster care, mental health and substance use, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and justice involvement. Her extensive experience in program development, strategy, new business growth and operations management informs the innovation and development of home and community-based services and capacity building.

Ms. Friedman has served on numerous national boards and commissions. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the MI Statewide Independent Living Council where she also served as Board Chair. Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for Family Voices, Rebuilding Together, and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) and the NASUAD MLTSS Institute Advisory Board.

Dr. Travis Gayles

Chief Health Officer
Hazel Health

Dr. Travis Gayles is the Chief Health Officer for Hazel Health. Prior to joining Hazel, Dr. Gayles served as the Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services for Montgomery County, Maryland, where he oversaw the county health system and was integral in leading the COVID-19 pandemic response. Prior to his role in Montgomery County, Dr. Gayles was the Chief Medical Officer for the DC Department of Health's HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration, and a pediatric provider at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago/Northwestern Division of Adolescent Medicine.

Doug Golub

President
MediSked, LLC

Doug Golub serves as President of MediSked, LLC focusing his expertise and passion on delivering innovative technology solutions to the healthcare and human services industry. Prior to joining MediSked, Golub served as Platform Services Manager for Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group. An original member of Microsoft’s healthcare venture, Golub is an expert in health care IT security, implementations, and customer needs assessments. Golub holds a Masters of Information Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from State University of New York College at Geneseo.

Ieisha Gray

Chief Operating Officer
CareFirst Community Health Plan DC

Ieisha Gray is the Chief Operating Officer at CareFirst CHPDC. Prior to joining CareFirst, Ms. Gray was the Director of the Long-Term Care Administration at the District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) for five years. More broadly, Ms. Gray has over 19 years of experience in healthcare operations management, largely in sub-acute and long-term care provider services. Prior to her work at DHCF, she was a Regional Director with Global Healthcare Services Group, LLC based in Howell, NJ. The course of her professional tenure has seen her in roles in public health, acute, sub-acute, and long-term care, home health, and school-based care settings. Her leadership experience also includes instruction at the university level, and within the broader lens of care, her passions include advocacy and access for historically underserved populations. Ms. Gray holds a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University, an MS from Howard University, and a Healthcare MBA from The George Washington University.

Karleen M. Haines, MPS

Chief of Community Relations
Partners Health Plan

Karleen is a non-profit executive with 23 years of experience in the field of human services. Prior to joining PHP in December 2014, she was Director of Vocational and Employment services at a large non-profit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), supporting over 500 adults through programs such as day habilitation, supported employment, and pre- vocational. She was instrumental in developing and growing affirmative business models that support gainful work for adults with disabilities. Karleen has participated on Education and Workforce Development Committees for various disability advocacy groups, served as a Diversity in the Workplace facilitator, and worked as an adjunct faculty at Nassau Community College – teaching an I/DD studies course. Ms. Haines recently transitioned into the role of Community Relations Chief after serving as PHP’s Chief of Care Coordination, with oversight of social workers and nurses providing intensive care management to plan members with disabilities. She is a licensed Health Agent in the state of NY; holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Management from the State University of NY at Stonybrook.

Anna Hall

Director of Quality Services
Enhanced Medication Services

Anna Hall is an experienced clinical pharmacist by training and a pioneer in building MTM programs and STAR Ratings/HEDIS measure improvement intervention programs for prominent national prescription plan sponsors. At Enhanced Medication Services, Anna oversees strategic partnerships, contracting of clinical services, and program compliance. Over the past ten years, she has developed interactive training programs designed to teach technicians and pharmacists how to engage patients in medication therapy management and encourage adherence by providing multi-modal interventions and motivational interviewing. Anna serves in national roles for both PQA and AMCP to influence MTM innovation and consensus and contributes to the national strategy to improve the effectiveness of MTM and quality improvement programs.

James Haskins

Director of Government Programs
HealthMine, Inc.

James Haskins is the Director of Government Programs at HealthMine. He has 13 years of experience working at health plans focusing on Healthcare Effectiveness Data Information Set (HEDIS), Medicare Star Ratings, Medical Record Review, and Data Analytics.

He previously led a Stars Program team that raised a plan from 2.5 Stars to 3.5 Stars. James is passionate about leveraging technology and advanced analytics to engage members in their healthcare, resulting in improved quality performance.

James graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s in Public Health in 2008, focusing on Health Management and Policy.

Rosemary Kennedy, PhD, RN, MBA, FAAN

Chief Health Informatics Officer
Connect America

Rosemary Kennedy is Connect America’s Chief Health Informatics Officer, where she leads the development of analytics to assess the impact of health information technology on outcomes. Rosemary’s career has focused on developing, implementing, and value creation of digital technology, workflows, algorithms, and population analytics.

Previously, Rosemary was Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Sotera Wireless, Inc., focused on body-worn sensors measuring ROI and performance improvement. Rosemary was Vice President at the National Quality Forum (NQF), leading a team to develop electronic quality measures for value-based purchasing.

Rosemary is widely presented and published in informatics and health information technology. She is also the recipient of multiple industry awards, including the Modern Healthcare “Top 25 Women in Healthcare Award,” the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) “Nursing Informatics Award.” She is a Fellow with the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and elected Chair of the Informatics Expert Panel.

Rosemary earned her Ph.D. in Nursing, MBA in Healthcare Administration, and BSN in Nursing.

Leonard J. Kirschner M.D. M.P.H.,

Immediate Past President
AARP Arizona

Dr. Kirschner is Immediate Past President of AARP Arizona. He is a member of the AHA Committee on Research and was a member of the 2010 Long Range Policy Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of Wickenburg Community Hospital. He is a member of the National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities. He is a Trustee of the Arizona Perinatal Trust, a member of the Arizona State Medicaid Advisory Committee, the State Trauma Advisory Board, and Fighter Country Partnership. He was a member of the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Council, 2003 to 2006, and the 2003 Citizens' Task Force on the Maricopa County Health Care System. He is a past President of the Veterans Medical Leadership Council of the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, and he served on the Board of the AzHHA from 1998 to 2005. He was a member of the AHA Regional Policy Board from 2000-2003 and 2007-2009 and was on the Board of the PMH Health Systems Strategy Group, 1994-2001; Del E. Webb Hospital, 2002-2008; and Sun Health, 2004-2008. He retired as a Principal with William M. Mercer Inc., a global consulting firm, in 2001. During his tenure with the company, he provided consulting services to such diverse Medicaid programs as TennCare, MediCal and AHCCCS.

Dr. Kirschner was Vice President, Health Care Initiatives, State Health Care, EDS, 1993 to 1999. During his 6 years with EDS, he provided consulting services to Medicaid programs across the United States, including business trips to all 50 states. Dr. Kirschner was Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) from February, 1987 until July, 1993. This program provides health care to over 1 million residents of the state. The prepaid model pioneered by Arizona is considered to be the most cost effective means of providing quality health care to Medicaid beneficiaries. During his 6 years as AHCCCS Director, he represented the western states and Pacific territories on the Executive Committee of the State Medicaid Directors Association and chaired the Medicaid Managed Care Technical Advisory Group.

During the past 40 years, he has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences across the country speaking on the subjects of Medicaid, Medicare, managed care, behavioral health and health care reform. He was on the Advisory Committee of the National Managed Health Care Congress, a featured speaker of the Medical Leadership Forum and co-author of "Medicaid Managed Care" in the Managed Health Care Handbook. He was the recipient of the 1994 Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association's Salisbury Award and the 1997 Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona Medical Association's Public Health Service Award. In 2006, he was awarded the Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award by the Phoenix Business Journal and the Individual Leadership Award by WESTMARC. Dr. Kirschner is a graduate of Williams College, Albany Medical College, and the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Association.

Dr. Kirschner served on active duty in the United States Air Force for 22 years commanding five Air Force hospitals before retiring in 1985 as Commanding Officer of the USAF Hospital, Luke Air Force Base with the rank of Colonel. He spent ten years at military medical facilities outside the United States, including assignments in Turkey, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Spain, and served four years as Director, Cadet Health Services at the USAF Academy. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal and Vietnam Service.

Cynthia Knorr-Mulder, MSN, BCNP, NP-C

Administrative Director – Pain and Palliative Medicine
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

Cynthia is the Administrative Director of Pain Management & Palliative Medicine at Englewood Health where she has successfully implemented innovative program initiatives that have enhanced the quality of care for patients while reducing cost of care, length of stay and preventing avoidable readmissions. Recognized as a key opinion leader in pain and integrative medicine Cynthia has lectured nationally on various strategies to improve the quality of life for patients with acute and chronic pain. She has been at the forefront in the development of strategies to address the opioid crisis through her work on policy development and implementation within the Opioid Stewardship at Englewood Health and local communities.

Affiliated with various colleges and universities, she received the annual excellence award given by New York University for her contributions as a faculty member, and the first National Nurse Practitioner Award for Clinical Excellence given by the National Conference in Chicago.

She believes that healthcare providers must first recognize that the therapeutic relationship they provide for the patient is the primary foundation for optimal health and healing. Educating and engaging patients to become active participants in their healthcare can improve a patient’s behavioral health and remains a key strategy to address the opioid crisis.

Cynthia’s goal is to continue to implement innovative initiatives to address the opioid crisis while improving outcomes for patients with acute and chronic pain. She strives to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and implement measures to assure cancer patients receive appropriate prescriptions for opioids to manage cancer pain.

She believes the future success of healthcare will be achieved by integrating research-based medicine within a caring humanistic model.

As a healthcare provider and lecturer her philosophy and style is humanistic and supportive. She believes that at any given moment we are all teachers, learners and doers. At any given moment we all have the ability to influence the health and healing of another soul.

Michelle Laws, PhD, MA

Assistant Director for Consumer Policy and Community Stakeholder Engagement
Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
NC Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Michelle Laws is the Director of Community Engagement and Empowerment at the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (MH/DD/SAS). Prior to returning to work for the NC Division of MH/DD/SAS, Dr. Laws served as the Director of Policy and Public Advocacy for the NC National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-NC).

Dr. Laws’ distinguished professional career also includes serving as the Assistant Director of the Community Health Coalition, Inc, a nonprofit organization working to eliminate health disparities and improve health outcomes for poor and medically marginalized communities in North Carolina; serving as the former Executive Director of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP; serving as an adjunct professor, teaching undergraduate courses in sociology, research methods, and statistics for North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and college-transfer courses in federal and state prisons.

Dr. Laws also served as the legislative liaison for NC DHHS’s Division of MH/DD/SAS (where currently serves), during a time when the state was undergoing major reform (in early 2000) of its public MH/DD/SAS system including the dismantling and restructuring of area MH/DD/SAS authorities. Dr. Laws has been widely recognized both nationally and internationally as a dynamic speaker and passionate advocate for underserved populations, including impoverished women and children, the homeless, justice involved youth and youth aging out of foster care, and persons with lived MH and SUD experience. She has earned the respect from diverse communities of peers, colleagues, and policy makers for being a politically astute and diplomatic leader, operating in various capacities, including policy, public affairs, advocacy, and health and human services program development and evaluation.

Dr. Laws is a native of Chapel Hill, NC and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from North Carolina Central (Magna Cum Laude graduate), and a Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine’s Department of Health Policy and Behavior.

Maureen Lillis

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer
Independent Living Systems

Maureen Lillis, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for Independent Living Systems (ILS), has nearly 30 years of experience in the health care insurance industry. In this position, Ms. Lillis oversees the integration of clinical services for both acute care and personal care needs. The focus is on managing the whole person care across the healthcare continuum for the members ILS serves. Prior to her most recent role at ILS, Lillis was the Chief Operating Officer for the company.

Preceding her time at ILS, Lillis served as the Chief Operating Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas’ Community Care of Florida – a Management Services Organization that supports Prestige Health Choice’s Medicaid and Florida Blue’s myBlue members. In 2012, Lillis was Chief Operating Officer of Prestige Health Choice, a Florida Managed Medicaid plan, where she was responsible for daily operations and oversight of the plan’s health care delivery system. From 1997 to 2012, Lillis served in two critical roles for Universal American Corporation. Serving as Senior Vice President of Long- Term Care Operations from 1997 to 2009, she was the operational lead for the company’s Third- Party Administration division. Beginning in 2009, she fulfilled the role of Senior Vice President and Administrator of WorldNet Services where she developed and implemented operations for the company’s home health agency that was leveraged into a contract with the Florida Nursing Home Diversion Program.

Lillis earned her Master of Business Administration from Florida International University, Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Barry University, and an Associate Nursing degree from Blue Grass College. Having earned her Six Sigma Green Belt, Lillis is certified by the American Society of Quality as a subject matter expert in the implementation of quality and efficiency improvement initiatives. She also is a Florida International University Advisory Board member for their Healthcare Master of Business Administration program.

Amy Lung

Chief Operating Officer
HealthMine, Inc.

Amy Lung joined HealthMine in 2019 as the Chief Operating Officer. She brings 14 years of healthcare experience focused on Quality Improvement through data-driven member and provider engagement strategies. With extensive experience working between health plans and provider organizations, Amy has designed multi-year, sustainable quality improvement programs for several organizations and has a keen interest in utilizing data and technology to expedite results.

In previous roles, she led high performing health plans to achieve and sustain a 4.0 Star Rating in Medicare Advantage, 4.0 NCQA Medicaid Health Plan Ratings, led top-rated Medicaid Plan Performance, collaborated to win two state Medicaid RFPs and has captured significant revenue return in Medicaid Withhold Programs.

Amy is certified as an Improvement Advisor from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and holds a LEAN for Healthcare certification through UCLA extension. She also holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin— Eau Claire.

In her free time, Amy enjoys traveling, reading, food & wine and spending time with her husband and two sons in their hometown of Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Michelle Martin

Senior Policy Director for LTSS
UnitedHealthcare Community and State

Michelle Martin is the Senior Policy Director for LTSS at UnitedHealthcare Community and State. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Michelle held LTSS-focused positions representing a variety of interests in the Medicaid space for consumers, payers, and providers. She has had the honor of being a caregiver for several family members, all of whom inspire her work today.

Dr. Elizabeth McKune

Associate Vice President of Population and Behavioral Health Strategy
Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare

Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” McKune presently serves as the Associate Vice President of Population and Behavioral Health Strategy for Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare. She is a Kentucky Licensed Psychologist with a specialty in Health Psychology. Dr. McKune presently serves on the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and is the current Past Chair. She is a Past-President of the Kentucky Psychological Association and the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky. She currently serves on the Legacy Foundation for the former Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville and the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Jim Milanowski

President and CEO
Genesee Health Plan

Jim Milanowski has over 22 years experience in the management of mental health, substance abuse, behavioral health managed care and medical care coverage programs. Mr. Milanowski currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Genesee Health Plan (GHP), administering a community based indigent health care plan. The health plan has covered over 70,000 Genesee County residents since 2001. Since the start of enrollment into Affordable Care Act in 2013, GHP has conducted outreach and enrollment sessions with over 15,000 Genesee County residents. The health plan received the 2015 Pinnacle Award from the Michigan Association of Health Plans for this effort. As a strong advocate, his expertise includes working to reduce racial disparities, uncompensated care, and the impact of chronic disease. During his leadership, Genesee Health Plan has received the national quality award from URAC for Best Practices in Patient Empowerment and Protection, the Greater Flint Labor Council's Community Partnership Award and the Robert M. Pestronk Excellence in Public Health Award. He is a founding member of the Health Net Collaborative, and a member of the Greater Flint Health Coalition Access, Dental and Medical Group Visit Committees. He is the Treasurer of the Michigan Association of County Health Plans and is on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Community Health Center. Mr. Milanowski received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spring Arbor University and his Master's of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. He is a limited-licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan, and has extensive counseling experience with adult, child, and adolescent populations.

Dr. Pooja Mittal

Medical Director of Population Health Equity and Health Equity Lead
Health Net

Dr. Mittal is Medical Director of Population Health Equity and the Health Equity Lead at Health Net. She is a family physician and uses this lens to design strategic initiatives to improve care for the most vulnerable. She is a member of the leadership team that works to further equitable care through a population health model for all HealthNet members. She has an expertise in digital health through her work in the HealthNet Digital Platforms Workgroup devising a defined digital strategy to support quality and member engagement.

Dr. Mittal also works at the National Clinicians Consultation Center at UCSF, a national HIV/AIDS warmline, where she is recognized as a national expert on Perinatal HIV care. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical work, she has published in the areas of well-child care, group visits, preconception care, health equity and perinatal HIV.

Henry W. Osowski

Managing Partner
Strategic Health Group LLC

Hank Osowski, a Founding Member of Strategic Health Group, is an experienced health care executive and strategist who has provided leadership to commercial, Medicare and Medicaid health plans for more than 30 years. He currently is the Managing Director of Strategic Health Group, a new boutique strategic and financial advisory firm dedicated to bringing seasoned leadership to enable health care organizations to succeed in a challenging and changing environment. He is an expert in Medicare Advantage and Medicaid long-term care strategies. Formerly, as Senior Vice President Corporate Development, he was a key member of the senior leadership team that the company from a near death experience to an exceptionally strong financial position. He led SCAN Group's efforts to expand into seven additional California counties. Hank also led SCAN's entry into Arizona and served as the initial President of SCAN Health Plan Arizona and SCAN Long Term Care. The service area expansions represent approximately a quarter of SCAN's membership and added nearly $450 million to SCAN's revenue. He also led the organization's strategic planning efforts and initiated an innovation development regimen to seek improvements in care coordination practices and future care outcome protocols. Prior to SCAN, Hank served as a Principal in a national health care consulting organization providing a range of strategic, financial and development services for health plans, physician groups and hospitals. He began his California career as a member of the senior management team responsible for the turnaround and financial survival of Blue Cross of California. In this capacity, Hank led the financial turnaround of the Individual and Small Group Division and provided leadership to the organization's strategic planning efforts. Earlier he served as Vice President International Operations for American Family Life Assurance Corporation where he directed the activities of the company's Canadian and European operations. In this role he directed the development of start-up operations in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, as well as the financial turnaround of the company's Canadian operations. Earlier, Hank also served as Director of Insurance Consulting Services for Coopers and Lybrand, a predecessor to PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Throughout his career, he has been a frequent speaker on critical issues and challenges facing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In 2011, Hank spoke to the Managed Medicaid Congress about principles for structuring effective long term care programs, to the Medicare Market Innovations conference about opportunities for strengthening a plan's five star quality rating and offered his strategic projections for the future of Medicare. He also spoke to a diverse health care and technology audience at the Healthcare Unbound conference about leveraging the power of technology to improve the quality of health outcomes and care interventions.

Mary Kay Owens

President and CEO
Intelligent Health
Executive Director
PAVE Florida Partnership

Mary Kay Owens is President and CEO of Intelligent Health and SEC Consultants and serves as Executive Director of the PAVE Florida Partnership. The mission of these organizations is to provide advanced intelligent health solutions and platform services to federal and state agencies including Medicaid, Medicare, and employers as well as to health plans, industry, healthcare collaboratives, providers, accountable care organizations, patient advocates and others as they strive to implement innovative payment and care delivery models. Areas of focus include initiatives such as patient centered care integration and coordination, transitions of care models, multi-disciplinary team care and case management, appropriate medication use, patient safety, quality assessment, creating system wide cost efficiencies, and evidence-based evaluations.

Mary Kay has over 30 years’ experience in providing services to government agencies, public and commercial health plans, academic institutions, health information technology groups, care management companies, pharmaceutical industry, and professional health care associations in areas such care coordination assessment, HIT, Medicaid/Medicare/commercial program operations, state and federal regulatory policy and reimbursement, government affairs, health policy, medication use, utilization management, CMM, auditing methods, litigation support and fraud detection. Mary Kay is a pharmacist by training and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and serves as a consultant to the Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured, a health policy analysis and research institute. Owens serves as President of the National Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM) and served on the National Pharmacy Work Force Center Technical Advisory Panel and has served on various state and federal Medicaid and Healthcare Advisory Boards.

Owens formerly served as the Director of the Florida Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Program and Chair of the National Medicaid DUR steering committee. She also served as a senior health care fraud investigator and auditor within the Florida Medicaid Agency for Health Care Administration.

Mary Kay routinely presents at regional, state, and national forums for public officials, legislators, associations, industry and advocacy groups. The topics include using sophisticated analytical methods to identify and quantify the cost of uncoordinated care for creating targeted care management strategies while tracking improvements. Other areas include analyzing and interpreting the relationships between utilization patterns, access and adherence behaviors, and total healthcare costs to identify and target avoidable and inappropriate services. Owens also presents to national audiences on Medicaid/Medicare/Commercial programs, reform initiatives, development of new payment and delivery models, comprehensive medication management, and integrated care incentive alignment program development using advanced analytics and health information technology.

Owens has authored numerous publications such as Identifying and Quantifying the Cost of Uncoordinated Care, The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes, The National Institute of Medicine; and Medicaid Pharmacy Benefit Management in Managed Care Pharmacy Practice, in nationwide distribution. She also authors health care policy issue briefs on Medicaid/Medicare, journal articles, and provides content for educational programs and Internet sites.

Errol Pierre

Senior Vice President of State Programs
Healthfirst, Inc.

Errol Pierre is the Senior Vice President of State Programs at Healthfirst, Inc, the largest non-profit health plan in New York State, serving 1.6 million members. In this role, he is accountable for growth, profit/loss, sales and retention for the Medicaid, Long-Term Care, and Commercial product portfolios. Additionally, he provides strategic and operational direction for Community Affairs and the company’s newly launched Health Equity Foundation. As a result of many efforts in 2020, Errol Pierre was appointed to the Yonkers Health Equity Taskforce by Mayor Mike Spano.

Prior to Healthfirst, Errol spent over 10 years at Empire BlueCross BlueShield, which is the largest for-profit health plan in New York State serving close to 5 million members. Errol’s career in health care started at Empire as an intern in 2003. Throughout his tenure, he held various leadership roles in Sales and Strategy, leaving the company as the Chief Operating Officer in 2019.

A Bronx, New York resident, Errol graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He later obtained a master’s degree in Health Policy and Financial Management from New York University. He will complete his doctoral degree, focused in Health Equity, by November 2021. Lastly, he is an adjunct professor at New York University; teaching various courses in Healthcare and Business. In his spare time, Errol volunteers for numerous non-profit organizations. He serves as a board member of the Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health. He is a member of the national 100 Black Men’s Health & Wellness Committee.

Lastly, he mentors both high school students and Fordham undergraduates in the Bronx. In 2020, he was acknowledged as one of the Caribbean-American “Power 100” by Carib News and was awarded for “Outstanding Community Service” by the Aesclepius Medical Society.

Shreeta Quantano

Head of Telenutrition
Foodsmart

Shreeta Quantano serves as the Head of Telenutrition Operations at Foodsmart. In this role, Shreeta develops and executes the growth and operations strategy for Foodsmart Telenutrition Network while also expanding Foodsmart’s capabilities to assess, identify and address patient social determinants of health needs. Foodsmart partners with health plans, employers and health systems to offer solutions that make eating well easy, affordable and accessible. Prior to joining Foodsmart, Shreeta has held various executive roles leading healthcare strategy, operations and developing new models of care.

Shreeta holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Emory University and a dual Masters of Public Health and Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and currently resides in the Atlanta-metro region.

Amy Riegel

Director, Housing
CareSource

Amy Riegel is the Director, Housing at CareSource. She plays an integral role in building a new division of CareSource that will transition current Medicaid members off of government subsidies into a high-quality life. JobConnect will accomplish this goal through assisting members to build a solid structure of economic and social supports that when coupled with the health supports currently in place will give members a new path for their future. Prior to joining CareSource, Amy was with the City of Dayton for ten years serving as the Manager of Community Development and Grant Administration. Amy provided policy leadership to the City in the areas of housing development, asset-based community development, education, and homelessness reduction. During her tenure she oversaw the administration of over $200 million dollars in HUD funding and used forward thinking strategies to provide a 3:1 leverage with private, local and state dollars. She works tirelessly for the underserved within the community. She has served on numerous Boards within Ohio that are focused on poverty elimination, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization. Amy is a graduate of Wright State University. She has her Housing Development Finance Professional certification from The National Development Council. She is proud to live in Dayton, Ohio with her husband and three young daughters.

Jared Scharen

Vice President Marketing
Foodsmart

Jared is Vice President of Marketing at Foodsmart. He is responsible for Foodsmart's internal marketing agency, a group that takes innovative approaches to Medicaid member enrollment and engagement to maximize the number of members improving their health outcomes. He also oversees Foodsmart's clinical research and partnerships.

He previously worked at McKinsey & Co, working with clients on developing care management and innovative care delivery strategies for Medicaid, Medicare and DSNP plans. He serves on the Chicago Board of Common Threads, a nonprofit providing cooking & nutrition education in lower income areas. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and was previously a Health Coach at Kurbo. He holds his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his BSc in Finance and Economics from Villanova University, and currently lives in Denver.

Juan Pablo Segura

Co-founder & President
Babyscripts

Juan Pablo Segura is an active voice in advocating to improve access to innovative models of care for the underserved. He is a board member of Heathtech4Medicaid and a frequent speaker on the subject of digital health for Medicaid and low-income populations. In 2014 he co-founded Babyscripts, a virtual maternity care company delivering a new model for prenatal and postpartum care that is transforming the way expectant mothers use technology to work with their healthcare providers.

Juan Pablo has raised over $30 million in venture/angel financing for furthering his vision of a data- centric model in prenatal care. He has orchestrated large partnerships with Roche Diagnostics, Philips International, General Electric and their Healthymagination initiative, and the March of Dimes, specifically targeting improving access to care and maternal health outcomes. He has also led the Babyscripts sales team, partnering with over 70 health systems and insurers around the country that manage over 250K pregnancies annually.

Since 2014, Juan Pablo has been named a Healthcare Transformer by the Startup Health Academy in New York, a Wireless Lifechanger by CTIA for his work in detecting problems in pregnancy faster, selected as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 & 2020 Mid-Atlantic Award, and named to the inaugural class of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Hall of Fame. Juan Pablo is the architect of the first "Prenatal Care Moonshot" focused on eliminating maternal mortality by 2030 through mobile/digital technology, and Babyscripts has been named a Champion of Change in Precision Medicine by Barack Obama and the White House. In 2020, Babyscripts was named to the Digital Health 150, CB Insights’ annual ranking of the 150 most promising private digital health companies in the world.

Karissa Smith, LPC, CADC I

Director of Care Coordination
CareOregon

Karissa Smith, LPC, CADC I is the Senior Operations Manager and leads the Regional Care Teams who provide care coordination services to CareOregon’s most vulnerable and underserved members. overseeing the care coordination functions for CareOregon. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor within the state of Oregon. Karissa received her BS in Psychology from Oregon State University and her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. Over the past 12 years Karissa has worked with individuals of all ages and in a variety of settings within the healthcare field including residential substance use treatment, outpatient individual and family therapy, crisis services, and behavioral health care coordination. She enjoys working collaboratively with teams to develop and implement processes that reduce barriers to care and promote effective efficient systems.

Jan Smith Reed

Director, US Healthcare
T-Base Communications

Jan Smith Reed has dedicated her career to discovering and implementing solutions across the Healthcare enterprise. Combining her broad industry knowledge, education, and social awareness she brings a holistic view of best practice to achieve business goals, advocate for patients, and ensure compliance. Having personally experienced blindness, Jan is passionate to bring awareness and solutions to simplify the challenges around healthcare accessibility. She is excited to represent T-Base Communications as Director of US Healthcare.

Frank Song, PhD

Data and Analytics Services Director
Central California Alliance for Health

Frank Song has over 20 years of leadership experience in building and developing enterprise analytics to drive innovation for healthcare delivery for small and big health plans, provider organizations, and executive decision-makers. Currently, Frank serves as data and analytics service director at Central California Alliance for Health, where he oversees three teams of health informatics, enterprise data warehouse, and data science. Dr. Song has a Ph.D. in sociology, postdoctoral training in public health and epidemiology. Frank is a certified professional in health quality (CPHQ), certified healthcare consultant from BCBS Association, accredited project management professional (PMP), and professional academy of healthcare management (PAHM) from AHIP. A passionate expert in predictive modeling and program evaluation in quality and value- based payment models that provide enterprise solutions to provider enablement and population health management. A strategic thought leader with an extensive level of business acumen, solid advanced analytical skills, broad understanding of technical innovations & trends using data analytics to solve complex business problems with impactful insight-driven decisions.

Tiffany Stone

Deputy Director, Medicaid Policy
Michigan Association of Health Plans

Tiffany Stone is the Deputy Director, Medicaid Policy for the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP), a Lansing based organization that represents 12 health plans in Michigan. Prior to joining, MAHP, Tiffany worked in the Medicaid Health Plan space focusing on operations and program implementation. She also served as a Quality Analyst for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, Tiffany volunteers her time by serving as Vice President on the Board of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Genesee County and on the Board of Honor Community Health. Tiffany earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan-Flint and her Master’s Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University.

Summer Sweet

Triage and Data Integration Manager of Population Health
CareOregon

Summer Sweet is the Triage and Data Integration Manager of Population Health at CareOregon. Summer received her BS in both Neuroscience and Psychology from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She was a recipient of Psychology Dean’s Research Scholarship to develop and support a Longitudinal Study of Decision Making with persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease led by Dr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe and continued to support the project as a post graduate. Summer has a broad knowledge base from her diverse experience across the spectrum of healthcare. She has experience in direct patient care, customer service, billing and coding, insurance, care coordination and technical systems. She has a unique understanding about how to integrate systems, assist with data analysis, and coordinate care. She is extremely passionate about the healthcare service industry and utilizing the technological tools available to improve process, reduce cost and utilization impacting our most vulnerable and underrepresented populations.

Suzanne B. Thompson, MBA/MHA

Community Engagement and Empowerment Team
Division of MH/DD/SAS
NC Department of Health and Human Services

Suzanne Thompson has worked mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services field for more than 30 years. She currently works as the Team Leader for the Community Engagement & Empowerment Team with the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS). She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University and Masters degrees in Business Administration and Health Administration from Pfeiffer University. She has held many positions over the years from direct care to administrative.

Pamela Tropiano

Vice President, Healthcare Services
Molina Healthcare of Ohio

Joined the Molina Healthcare of Ohio team in October 2019 and have been focused on leading and working alongside the clinical teams ensuring individual members receive necessary care and services.

Senior Executive Health Services Leader with over 38 years of experience in nursing, 20+ in health care and health plan administration. Direct clinical experience in palliative care, hospice care, home care, pain management, and case management practice. Current nursing license in three states: Ohio, Florida, and Arizona. In-depth understanding of the challenges facing complex and underserved populations/Medicaid and Medicare recipients both from the direct clinical practice and payer side. Experience includes executive leadership of health plan clinical service areas including case management, disease management /population health, utilization management, quality management/improvement, and 24-hour nurse triage; as well as designing innovative programs to help better serve the needs of Medicaid / Medicare members while driving financial efficiency. Experience in clinical program design and implementation for new and existing public sector health plan programs. These programs include behavioral and physical health specialty integration and long-term services and supports. Prior experience includes senior-level positions on both the provider and payer side.

Lisa Truitt

Director of the Health Care Delivery Management Administration
DC Department of Health Care Finance

Lisa Truitt is the Director of the Health Care Delivery Management Administration for the DC Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). In this role, Lisa is responsible for oversight and supervision of the Agency’s largest Administration, managing the delivery of Medicaid services to the District’s eligible population. She is responsible for policy development, program administration, planning, implementation and evaluation of the activities of the Administration, while ensuring compliance with federal and District laws and rules.

Previously, Ms. Truitt served as the Associate Director of the Division of Managed Care for DHCF. Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Truitt was the Associate Vice President of Marketing and Health Promotion at AMERIGROUP, District of Columbia where she led the organizations efforts to retain and expand its membership, development of the annual budget, objectives, policies and programs for sales and marketing activities that directed and coordinated the efforts of growth and retention. Ms. Truitt has many years of experience within the healthcare industry, ranging from claims processing to Quality and Disease Management in both commercial and Medicaid Managed Care.

Dr. Gabriel Uribe, DSW

Director of Community Health
Inland Empire Health Plan

Dr. Gabriel Uribe serves as the Director of Community Health at the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and as a Professor of Social Work Policy at La Sierra University. IEHP is a not-for-profit public entity, rapidly growing Medi-Cal and Medicare health plan in California. With a network of more than 6,000 Providers and 2,400 employees, IEHP serves over 1.3 million residents of California’s Riverside and San Bernardino counties who are enrolled in Medi-Cal, and Cal MediConnect (Medicare-Medicaid Plan). Dr. Uribe oversees operations of IEHP’s Community Resource Centers, Community Health Worker program and diversity services.

In addition to his formal occupations, Dr. Uribe serves as the President of the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC). The IEDC provides networking and educational resources to over 2,500 disability service professionals employed at over 400 regional organizations that serve nearly half a million seniors and persons with disabilities in Southern California. Dr. Uribe earned a Doctor of Social Work at the University of Southern California and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Cal Poly Pomona. He is an experienced social service professional committed to the delivery of accessible health care for low income and underrepresented communities.

Nancy Wongvipat Kalev, MPH

Director, Health Education/Wellness/Cultural and Linguistic Services
Health Net

Nancy Wongvipat Kalev is the Senior Director of Systems of Care at Health Net responsible for organizational strategy and program design for adult and children’s systems of care, CalAIM’s community support programs, workforce development, and addressing social drivers of health and health equity. She was formerly the Director of Health Education and Cultural and Linguistic Services at Health Net for 18 years prior, responsible for programs addressing community health, language services, health literacy, cultural competency, social determinants of health and health equity. Ms. Kalev holds a Master of Public Health degree in community health sciences, and a bachelor's degree in psychobiology from UCLA. Ms. Kalev has over 20 years of experience in health care management, program development, implementation and evaluation. Prior to Health Net, Ms. Kalev was manager for prevention programs at AIDS Project Los Angeles; evaluation consultant for the Long Beach health department’s Housing and Urban Development-funded Healthy Homes Initiative; research associate with UCLA Fielding School of Public Health focused on community research projects in women’s health; and research associate with UCLA School of Medicine in breast and ovarian cancer research.

Ms. Kalev is a board member with ETR, a behavioral health non-profit devoted to providing science-based programs and services, driven by its mission toward health equity for youth and families. Nancy was born in Thailand, moved to Los Angeles at the age of six, and currently lives with her spouse, three children and dog in Agoura Hills, CA.

Dorthy K. Young, PhD, MHSA

Chief Health Data, Operations and Research Officer
Mississippi State Department of Health

Dorthy Young, PhD, MHSA, CCSA, CHP serves as the Chief Health Data, Operations, and Research Officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health. Dr. Young is responsible for data, information technology, research, non-communicable epidemiology, data and technology security, revenue cycle, electronic health record, database, and vital statistics functions of the agency. Dr. Young is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and holds a Master of Health Services Administration degree from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. In addition to her role with the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, Dr. Young is an adjunct faculty member for the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

She has experience in hospital administration, health information and informatics, life sciences research, healthcare reimbursement, analytics and policy development. Before joining the Mississippi State Department of Health, Dr. Young served as the Deputy of Health Services, the Director of Innovation Initiatives, and the Medical Services Director in the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. She has also been a Director in University of Mississippi Medical Center Hospital Administration and for UMMC University Heart.

Jamie Zajac, DC

Manager of Care Management
Colorado Access

Jamie Zajac, DC is a Manager of Care Management at Colorado Access, a non-profit health plan specializing in the integrated management of populations enrolled in Medicaid and CHP+. In her role, Jamie supports the care management department in a variety of ways including, but not limited to developing and implementing clinical care management interventions/programs to ensure that contract deliverables and company strategic goals are met, supporting care management staff, and working closely with both internal and external partners to identify and mitigate system barriers to ensure members have access to quality and equitable services. Jamie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science, and her Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan University in Missouri. Jamie has over 17 years of experience in healthcare and has worked in a variety of settings including: corporate fitness/health promotion, hospital-based education, and outreach programs at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and disease management programs in the private health insurance sector. Jamie enjoys reviewing clinical data of large populations and creating programs to look at the whole person, to ensure the right intervention is provided to our members at the right time.