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Marc Bennett

Marc H. Bennett, M.A.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Marc H. Bennett is president and chief executive officer of Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. Comagine Health is a national, nonprofit health care consulting firm that works collaboratively with patients, providers, payers and other stakeholders to reimagine, redesign and implement sustainable improvements in the health care system. Read more

Marc Bennett

Marc H. Bennett, M.A.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Marc H. Bennett is president and chief executive officer of Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. Comagine Health is a national, nonprofit health care consulting firm that works collaboratively with patients, providers, payers and other stakeholders to reimagine, redesign and implement sustainable improvements in the health care system.

Mr. Bennett serves as chair of the board of directors for the Network for Regional Health Improvement, a member organization leading communities across the U.S. through an active and engaged network of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives. He is a past president and board chair of the American Health Quality Association, has served on the Quality Alliance Steering Committee at the Brookings Institution, has been a member of the national advisory board of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, and is a National Quality Forum representative on the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Awards Committee.

Mr. Bennett is a frequent contributor to national policy forums in health information technology, health information exchange and improvement, and is invited regularly to serve on advisory and planning committees or task forces associated with a broad range of state, regional, federal and private national policy groups.

Mr. Bennett is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a master’s degree in English and technical writing.

Dan Memmott

Dan Memmott, MBA

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

Dan Memmott is the chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and administration for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He oversees corporate finance, contract management and administrative services. He also serves as the organization's compliance officer. Read more

Dan Memmott

Dan Memmott, MBA

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

Dan Memmott is the chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and administration for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He oversees corporate finance, contract management and administrative services. He also serves as the organization's compliance officer.

Mr. Memmott began his career at HealthInsight in 1988 and has nearly 40 years of business management and leadership experience. He is a past chair of the Finance and Human Resources Network of the American Health Quality Association, and currently serves on AHQA’s board of directors and on the board of Phoenix Services. Mr. Memmott previously served as treasurer on the boards of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute and the James Q. Cannon Memorial Endowment.

Mr. Memmott earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign language from Weber State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.

Jason Owens

Jason Owens, CHCIO

Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer

Jason Owens is chief information officer and chief information security officer of Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He has over 30 years of information technology experience managing information technology operations, projects and teams, aligning technology and corporate priorities across multiple industries. Read more

Jason Owens

Jason Owens, CHCIO

Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer

Jason Owens is chief information officer and chief information security officer of Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He has over 30 years of information technology experience managing information technology operations, projects and teams, aligning technology and corporate priorities across multiple industries. For the past 15 years, Mr. Owens has worked exclusively in health care information technology, aligning his passions for technology and high-quality health care delivery.

Mr. Owens has been active in advocating the use of information technology to improve health care delivery. He has served on the Health Center Control Network Task Force for the National Association of Community Health Centers. Mr. Owens has also been active on the state level, lobbying state legislatures to improve legislation aimed at providing high-quality, cost-efficient health care and information technology interoperability. Additionally, he currently serves on the Public Policy Steering Committee for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, helping to shape national health care information technology policy through federal workgroups and testifying to congress.

Mr. Owens is a graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is a certified healthcare CIO.

Sharon Donnelly

Sharon Donnelly, M.S.

Senior Vice President, Development

Sharon Donnelly is senior vice president of development for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. She heads up business development activities and coordinates with operations teams on priority setting and strategy development, as well as on policy work and national consulting contracts. Read more

Sharon Donnelly

Sharon Donnelly, M.S.

Senior Vice President, Development

Sharon Donnelly is senior vice president of development for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. She heads up business development activities and coordinates with operations teams on priority setting and strategy development, as well as on policy work and national consulting contracts.

Ms. Donnelly has a deep interest in clinical practice transformation, specifically, using data to inform system and individual change; facilitating HIT adoption, effective use and work process redesign to improve patient care; payment and delivery system reform; and transparency initiatives. Throughout her career she has been instrumental in designing strategies and programs in this area, including HealthInsight's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Beacon Community Project and Regional Extension Center programs and tests of using the ECHO™ model in improvement initiatives.

Ms. Donnelly earned a bachelor's degree in industrial statistics and a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Tennessee.

Mylia Christensen

Mylia Christensen

Senior Vice President, Leadership Engagement

Mylia Christensen is senior vice president of leadership engagement at Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. She ensures the organization’s mission, vision, values and goals are operationalized, develops strategies to engage community stakeholders and coordinates internal improvement initiatives. Read more

Mylia Christensen

Mylia Christensen

Senior Vice President, Leadership Engagement

Mylia Christensen is senior vice president of leadership engagement at Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. She ensures the organization’s mission, vision, values and goals are operationalized, develops strategies to engage community stakeholders and coordinates internal improvement initiatives.

Throughout her career, Ms. Christensen has worked in almost all facets of health care, from clinical settings to hospital and health care system management, strategic planning and administration. Prior to the creation of Comagine Health, she was chief operating officer of HealthInsight, where she was responsible for a variety of programs, including the Medicare QIN-QIO in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah, and ESRD networks serving Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Southern California. She was executive of the Oregon Healthcare Quality Corporation (Q Corp), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and affordability of health care in Oregon. Q Corp merged with HealthInsight in 2016.

Ms. Christensen also served as national director for the Medicaid Evidence-Based Decisions Project at Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Evidence-Based Policy; administrator of Oregon’s Public Employees’ Benefit Board; director of program development and physician services for Legacy Portland Hospital System; and administrator of women’s health services at Good Samaritan Hospital.

A graduate of Southern Oregon College of Nursing, Ms. Christensen began her health care career as a registered nurse in emergency services and critical care.

Dan Lessler

Dan Lessler, M.D., MHA, FACP

Senior Vice President, Clinical Leadership

Dan Lessler is senior vice president of clinical leadership for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He is responsible for efforts to align and support Medicare-Medicaid integration within the organization and in the communities it serves. He also oversees the care management service line. Read more

Dan Lessler

Dan Lessler, M.D., MHA, FACP

Senior Vice President, Clinical Leadership

Dan Lessler is senior vice president of clinical leadership for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He is responsible for efforts to align and support Medicare-Medicaid integration within the organization and in the communities it serves. He also oversees the care management service line.

In his previous role at Comagine Health, Dr. Lessler served as physician executive for community engagement and leadership, working with Medicaid contracts to identify and implement strategies to improve quality and reduce cost of care for complex patient populations.

Dr. Lessler is a well-known and widely respected health care policy and transformation expert. Before joining Comagine Health he was chief medical officer at the Washington State Health Care Authority, where he oversaw both the Medicaid program and health care benefits for the state’s 350,000 employees and dependents. As CMO, Dr. Lessler led successful statewide efforts to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, address the opioid public health crisis and create innovative value-based purchasing strategies. He also helped spearhead the integration of physical and behavioral health for managed care clients as the state moved to a whole-person approach to care.

Dr. Lessler worked in public hospital systems for more than two decades and is passionate about improving the coordination of medical care and social services for complex patients.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a medical degree from Stanford University, as well as a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Washington. He currently serves as a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Juliana Preston

Juliana Preston, M.P.A.

Senior Vice President, Systemwide Quality Improvement

Juliana Preston is senior vice president of systemwide quality improvement at Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. She directs the systemwide quality improvement line nationally, including a broad range of multistate and statewide projects with federal agencies and state governments. Read more

Juliana Preston

Juliana Preston, M.P.A.

Senior Vice President, Systemwide Quality Improvement

Juliana Preston is senior vice president of systemwide quality improvement at Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. She directs the systemwide quality improvement line nationally, including a broad range of multistate and statewide projects with federal agencies and state governments.

A seasoned leader with in-depth industry and organizational expertise, Ms. Preston is passionate about leveraging systematic quality improvement, analytics and health information technology to address complex problems. She is also active in the patient and family advisory arena and remains a constant advocate for including the patient voice as a catalyst to help solve challenges facing the health care industry.

Before assuming her current role, Ms. Preston served in leadership positions at HealthInsight. She was Utah executive director, where she was responsible for governance, operations and community relations, and development; secretary of the Utah community board; vice president of Utah operations; and Utah quality improvement director.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from Oregon State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Utah.

Marie Dunn

Marie Dunn, M.S.

Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation

Marie Dunn is senior vice president of research and innovation for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. She oversees the design, work and growth of the organization’s consulting and research and HIT and analytics service lines. Read more

Marie Dunn

Marie Dunn, M.S.

Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation

Marie Dunn is senior vice president of research and innovation for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. She oversees the design, work and growth of the organization’s consulting and research and HIT and analytics service lines.

Ms. Dunn has focused her career on leveraging data and systematic interventions to improve outcomes, reduce harm and lower costs in the U.S. health care system. She is passionate about work at the intersection of public health and population health and is a proponent of digital innovations to improve health care.

In her previous post as vice president of quality and safety initiatives, Ms. Dunn provided strategic and operational leadership for quality improvement programs, including the Medicare QIN-QIO for Idaho and Washington state, the Medicaid External Quality Review Organization for Washington, the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub, and numerous grants and contracts to help primary care clinics become high-performing patient-centered medical homes.

Before joining Comagine Health she served as vice president of population health strategy and operations at Health Catalyst. At the Advisory Board Company, she provided research, analysis and consulting services to health care executives.

Ms. Dunn holds a Master of Science degree in health policy and management from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and comparative literature from the University of Virginia.

Steve Brown

Steven R. Brown, MBA, M.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CEBS, CMS

Vice President, Human Resources

Steven R. Brown is the vice president of human resources for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He oversees recruitment, professional development, policies and procedures, benefits, compensation, employee relations and workforce planning. Read more

Steve Brown

Steven R. Brown, MBA, M.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CEBS, CMS

Vice President, Human Resources

Steven R. Brown is the vice president of human resources for Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He oversees recruitment, professional development, policies and procedures, benefits, compensation, employee relations and workforce planning.

Previously, Mr. Brown provided human resources and organizational development consulting services to private sector clients such as Juno Therapeutics, Indi Molecular and OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals. He also held human resources leadership roles at the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, Integrated Diagnostics, Casey Family Programs, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. As a volunteer, he shares his expertise with students at Seattle University and Bellevue College through mentoring, mock interviewing and job search advising.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Hartford, Master of Science in employment law from Nova Southeastern University, Master of Science in human resource management from Emmanuel College and Master of Business Administration from Seattle University. He is a senior professional in human resources, Society for Human Resource Management senior certified professional, certified employee benefit specialist, and compensation management specialist.

Evan Stults

Evan Stults

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Evan Stults is the vice president of marketing and communications at Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He directs all marketing and communications strategy and operations, including both corporate-level and project-related work. Read more

Evan Stults

Evan Stults

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Evan Stults is the vice president of marketing and communications at Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018. He directs all marketing and communications strategy and operations, including both corporate-level and project-related work.

Mr. Stults is a dynamic executive with extensive health care industry experience, as well as deep understanding of the organization’s service lines. He leads a marketing and communications team that consistently achieves challenging goals for engaging healthcare providers, community stakeholders, patients and families in broad-scale initiatives and demonstration projects to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

Prior to the creation of Comagine Health, Mr. Stults held multiple leadership roles with Qualis Health. Most recently, he was associate vice president of quality and safety initiatives and executive director of communications, serving as chief of staff for the QSI department, operational manager for multiple large-scale projects and head of all the organization’s communications activities. He also provided oversight for two national Medicare QIO Support Center contracts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and managed Qualis Health’s communications and marketing activities for many years before that.

Mr. Stults received his Bachelor of Arts degree in semiotics from Brown University.

 

Board of Directors

Hugh Straley, M.D.

Chair

Hugh Straley, M.D., has four decades of experience as a clinician and health care executive. After a long career at Group Health (now Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington) in Seattle, Dr. Straley served as chief medical officer for Soundpath Health, a regional organization of local physicians founded for the purpose of providing quality medical care to Medicare beneficiaries. Read more

Hugh Straley, M.D.

Chair

Hugh Straley, M.D., has four decades of experience as a clinician and health care executive. After a long career at Group Health (now Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington) in Seattle, Dr. Straley served as chief medical officer for Soundpath Health, a regional organization of local physicians founded for the purpose of providing quality medical care to Medicare beneficiaries.

Prior to retiring as president of Group Health Cooperative and medical director for Group Health Physicians in 2008, Dr. Straley held several positions within the Group Health organization, including associate medical director for quality and research, assistant chief of staff for specialty services, director of hospice and chief of oncology.

He currently serves on the Healthier Washington Health Innovation Leadership Network Clinical Engagement Accelerator Committee; the Washington Health Alliance Quality Improvement Committee, where he is a past chairman; and YouthCare, where he is a past president.

After receiving a bachelor's degree from Yale University, Dr. Straley earned his medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed both his residency and fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Washington, and is board certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology.

 

Kim Bateman, M.D.

Vice Chair

Kim Bateman is chairman of the HealthInsight Utah board of directors and HealthInsight Management Corporation board. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah and is a nationally recognized expert in health quality improvement. Read more

Kim Bateman, M.D.

Vice Chair

Kim Bateman is chairman of the HealthInsight Utah board of directors and HealthInsight Management Corporation board. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah and is a nationally recognized expert in health quality improvement.

Dr. Bateman has practiced medicine in Utah for 35 years. He is a past president of the Utah Medical Association and former chair of the American Medical Association Council on Long Range Planning and was selected as Physician of the Year in 1993 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Bateman is active on state, national and international levels to improve or organize health care. He served on the Utah Health Data Committee and on the Utah governor's task forces on cost containment, rural health systems, graduate medical education and health care payment reform, among others. He is a co-founder of DirectMD and of the Utah Partnership for Value-Driven Healthcare.

 

Chris Bosse

Secretary/Treasurer

Chris Bosse is the vice president of government relations for Renown Health. She provides strategic input and direction for developing and leading government relations and associated community relations for Renown. Ms. Bosse is responsible for educating federal and state legislators, and government and community leaders about health care and the issues that put Renown's safety net services at risk. Read more

Chris Bosse

Secretary/Treasurer

Chris Bosse is the vice president of government relations for Renown Health. She provides strategic input and direction for developing and leading government relations and associated community relations for Renown. Ms. Bosse is responsible for educating federal and state legislators, and government and community leaders about health care and the issues that put Renown's safety net services at risk.

Prior to her government relations position, her roles were mainly finance focused, and included serving as vice president of finance for Renown Regional Medical Center (at that time, a 538-bed Level II trauma center) and vice president of financial operations for Renown's Integrated Health Network.

Ms. Bosse is a certified public accountant and, before joining Renown, she worked for Ernst and Young.

 

Steve Burgon, J.D.

Steve Burgon is a member of the health care practice team at Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC, a multispecialty law firm located in Seattle. Mr. Burgon provides general counsel and specialized legal services to tax-exempt organizations, such as federally qualified health centers, colleges and universities, hospitals, trade associations, educational institutes and other mission-oriented community organizations. He regularly represents tax-exempt organizations in their contracting, restructuring, financing and regulatory compliance activities. Read more

Steve Burgon, J.D.

Steve Burgon is a member of the health care practice team at Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC, a multispecialty law firm located in Seattle. Mr. Burgon provides general counsel and specialized legal services to tax-exempt organizations, such as federally qualified health centers, colleges and universities, hospitals, trade associations, educational institutes and other mission-oriented community organizations. He regularly represents tax-exempt organizations in their contracting, restructuring, financing and regulatory compliance activities.

Before joining Ogden Murphy Wallace, he was president and founder of Burgon Law Office PC in Kirkland, Washington. He has also been a partner at Miller Nash LLP and at Reed McClure PS, both in Seattle. Mr. Burgon also serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches health law, and as a member of the board of directors of the Washington Poison Center.

Mr. Burgon holds a juris doctor from the University of Washington and was a member of The Order of the Barristers. He graduated with honors from the University of Utah, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.

 

Andrew Croshaw, MBA

Andrew Croshaw is CEO of Leavitt Partners. Mr. Croshaw joined Leavitt Partners at its founding in 2009 and was appointed to his current role in April 2017. He has played an instrumental role in positioning Leavitt Partners as one of the nation’s leading health care intelligence firms. In his current role, he oversees the operational and strategic activities of all Leavitt Partners enterprises. Read more

Andrew Croshaw, MBA

Andrew Croshaw is CEO of Leavitt Partners. Mr. Croshaw joined Leavitt Partners at its founding in 2009 and was appointed to his current role in April 2017. He has played an instrumental role in positioning Leavitt Partners as one of the nation’s leading health care intelligence firms. In his current role, he oversees the operational and strategic activities of all Leavitt Partners enterprises.

Previously, Mr. Croshaw served as the president of Leavitt Partners Consulting, overseeing the delivery of consulting services to clients across the country. Before joining Leavitt Partners, Mr. Croshaw was a senior executive advisor to Secretary Mike Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He managed the overall implementation of a signature department initiative to improve the connectivity, transparency and value of America’s health care system. Prior to serving in the federal government, Mr. Croshaw worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and Eli Lilly and Co., providing leadership for the corporate Medicare and Medicaid business segments.

Mr. Croshaw earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University, where he pursued interests in health care innovation and leadership.

 

William Hogan, M.S.W.

William Hogan has a sustained record of distinguished health care leadership in government, academia and the private sector, with a particular emphasis on behavioral health. Read more

William Hogan, M.S.W.

William Hogan has a sustained record of distinguished health care leadership in government, academia and the private sector, with a particular emphasis on behavioral health.

From 2011 to 2017, Mr. Hogan served as dean of the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he led more than 50 graduate, undergraduate, associate and certificate-level programs. Prior to joining the University of Alaska, Mr. Hogan was a senior fellow for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority's alcohol and substance abuse initiative, Recover Alaska. He also worked for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services as director of the behavioral health division, deputy commissioner of family, community and integrated services, and DHSS commissioner. He has held leadership positions at mental health organizations in Alaska, Mississippi, New York and West Virginia. Mr. Hogan also served as chairman of the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center board of directors and vice chairman of the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Master of Science in social work from West Virginia University.

 

Richard Kozoll, M.D., M.P.H.

Richard Kozoll blends his community health center practice with numerous state and local volunteer leadership roles. He has over 40 years of practice and administrative experience addressing the needs of underserved/underrepresented areas of New Mexico. Read more

Richard Kozoll, M.D., M.P.H.

Richard Kozoll blends his community health center practice with numerous state and local volunteer leadership roles. He has over 40 years of practice and administrative experience addressing the needs of underserved/underrepresented areas of New Mexico.

Dr. Kozoll is a past chief executive officer and medical director (1986-1992) for the New Mexico Medical Review Association and has served in support of Comagine Health’s New Mexico programs for many years. He has focused effort on improving the scope and quality of clinical and community prevention practice as well as rural health services. Dr. Kozoll is board certified in general preventive medicine and quality assurance and utilization review.

 

Pam Mariea-Nason, RN, MBA

Pam Mariea-Nason began practicing clinically after earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University. Her work in clinical settings prompted her to look “upstream” for systems solutions to improvement in individuals’ health. Read more

Pam Mariea-Nason, RN, MBA

Pam Mariea-Nason began practicing clinically after earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University. Her work in clinical settings prompted her to look “upstream” for systems solutions to improvement in individuals’ health.

Working with SAIF Corp., she spent time helping to usher managed care into Oregon’s workers' compensation system, then spent nine years at the intersection of clinical and health plan work as COO for Tuality Health Alliance, a physician-hospital-community organization. While in that role, she completed her health care-focused MBA degree at the University of California, Irvine. She became the director of health policy and community engagement for CareOregon, at that time Oregon’s largest Medicaid health plan, then consulted with Kaiser Permanente on the company’s Medicaid transformation work in Oregon.

Ms. Mariea-Nason assumed her current position with Providence in 2012. She also serves on the board of Project Access Now, an organization focused on the most at-risk members of our communities.

 

Katryna McCoy, Ph.D., FNP-C

Katryna McCoy is an educator, a cross-disciplinary researcher and a nationally certified family nurse practitioner. She has worked in health care for over 20 years, and she is currently an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. Read more

Katryna McCoy, Ph.D., FNP-C

Katryna McCoy is an educator, a cross-disciplinary researcher and a nationally certified family nurse practitioner. She has worked in health care for over 20 years, and she is currently an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Washington Bothell.

Dr. McCoy’s primary research interests are focused around gerontology, medication adherence and infectious diseases. Her research activities utilize evidence-based strategies to reduce the negative impact of psychosocial and structural factors on the health-seeking behaviors of community-dwelling older adults living with infectious diseases.

In her role as a family nurse practitioner, Dr. McCoy has provided health care services for the treatment of chronic health conditions as well as acute injuries. The majority of Dr. McCoy’s time in clinical practice has been spent providing population-based health care services in geographically isolated communities throughout rural Alaska.

 

Karen Merrikin, J.D.

Karen Merrikin’s 30-year career reflects her commitment to advancing health policy. As a consultant, Ms. Merrikin assists nonprofit organizations and government agencies with addressing health innovation and coverage expansions. As a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law, she has taught a course on legal and policy issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act. Read more

Karen Merrikin, J.D.

Karen Merrikin’s 30-year career reflects her commitment to advancing health policy. As a consultant, Ms. Merrikin assists nonprofit organizations and government agencies with addressing health innovation and coverage expansions. As a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law, she has taught a course on legal and policy issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

In 2013, Ms. Merrikin was appointed to lead Washington’s State Innovations Model project on behalf of Governor Jay Inslee. Funded by a $1 million planning grant from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, this initial work resulted in the additional award of a $65 million CMMI implementation grant. At Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington) in Seattle, she was health reform project director and senior policy advisor, executive director of public policy, director of health policy development, and associate general counsel.

Ms. Merrikin is a past board president for WithinReach, an organization connecting low-income families with food and health resources, and has been on the boards of the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans and the Washington State Health Insurance Pool.

She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

 

Richard K. Onizuka, Ph.D.

Richard K. Onizuka has three decades of experience working in public- and private-sector executive-level policy and health care. Most recently, he served as the first CEO for the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange, which was established by state legislation in 2011. Dr. Onizuka guided the creation and implementation of the state’s health insurance marketplace, which received the Seattle Business Magazine 2015 Leaders in Health Care Award for Achievement in Community Outreach. Read more

Richard K. Onizuka, Ph.D.

Richard K. Onizuka has three decades of experience working in public- and private-sector executive-level policy and health care. Most recently, he served as the first CEO for the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange, which was established by state legislation in 2011. Dr. Onizuka guided the creation and implementation of the state’s health insurance marketplace, which received the Seattle Business Magazine 2015 Leaders in Health Care Award for Achievement in Community Outreach.

Before heading the Washington HBE, Dr. Onizuka was the assistant agency director for health policy for the Washington State Health Care Authority, where he developed and managed programs and initiatives for the governor’s five-point plan to improve quality and efficiency in the state’s health care system. He also served as the state’s health information technology coordinator.

Dr. Onizuka holds both a doctorate and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington.

 

Katrina Russell, RN, CNN

Katrina Russell is co-owner of Dialysis Consulting Group Inc., a dialysis consulting and management services organization. Read more

Katrina Russell, RN, CNN

Katrina Russell is co-owner of Dialysis Consulting Group Inc., a dialysis consulting and management services organization.

Ms. Russell has been a registered nurse since 1981 and has practiced nephrology nursing since 1984. She served four terms on the National Renal Administrators Association board of directors, including president, and is currently chair of the executive board of the Northwest Renal Network (ESRD Network 16). She previously served on the Network 16 Medical Review Board and has also contracted with Northwest Renal Network and the Southeastern Kidney Council (ESRD Network 6) as a quality management consultant.

Ms. Russell has served in many roles within various dialysis settings, from staff nurse to head nurse to administrative director, in both hospital-based and freestanding facilities, and is presently contracted as the COO for a five-facility nonprofit dialysis company on the Olympic Peninsula near Seattle.

 

 

Governing Body Information

Length of Board Appointments and Term Limits

The Comagine Health board of directors consists of up to 15 individuals. Directors are appointed for three-year terms and are generally limited to two terms or six years of consecutive service on the board. However, in order to achieve continuity, the board may elect to allow a third, three-year term of service for up to three board members. Board members may not exceed nine consecutive years of board service, except in unusual situations, such as to facilitate leadership continuity. This nine-year service limit requirement excludes ex officio members of the board.


When New Board Appointments are Made

New board members are nominated and appointed as needed to fill existing vacancies. Appointments are recommended by the Governance Committee of the board and approved by the full board. The timing of board member appointments is planned in such a way as to stagger the exit of existing board members and the recruitment and entry of new board members. Since terms of service are for two, three-year terms, there may be up to three board replacements made in a given year.


Compensation

Board members are compensated in the form of a flat stipend amount for their actual attendance at each quarterly board meeting. Board members who are appointed and serve on board committees may also receive a separate payment for that work in behalf of the organization. Comagine Health’s board compensation policy is available upon request.