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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.

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.

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.

 

 

Nevada Community Board

Adam Segal, JD

Chair

Based in the firm's Las Vegas office, Mr. Segal is a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's Employee Benefits Group. Read more

Adam Segal, JD

Chair

Based in the firm's Las Vegas office, Mr. Segal is a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's Employee Benefits Group. He represents numerous trust funds and plans with respect to all aspects of benefit plan representation. Mr. Segal has significant experience in employee benefits plan design, drafting and qualification; IRS determination letter applications; fiduciary duties; trustee meetings and advice; IRS and Department of Labor audit defense; regulatory compliance under ERISA, HIPAA, WHCRA, PHSA and other applicable laws; litigation, including ERISA collections and claim defense, withdrawal liability and Ninth Circuit appeals; and preparing various benefit plan operation documents.

 

Chris Syverson

Vice Chair

Now serving as the chief executive officer of Nevada Business Group on Health/Nevada Health Partners, Ms. Syverson leads a group of public and private employers in direct contracting for health care services as well as employee and community health. Read more

Chris Syverson

Vice Chair

Now serving as the chief executive officer of Nevada Business Group on Health/Nevada Health Partners, Ms. Syverson leads a group of public and private employers in direct contracting for health care services as well as employee and community health. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Board for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions as the secretary/treasurer, and co-chairs the Value-Based Contracting Affinity Group. Ms. Syverson also serves on the Nevada Advisory Council on the State Program for Wellness and the Prevention of Chronic Disease (CWCD).

 

Kevin Kennedy, MHS

Secretary

Kevin Kennedy is the Nevada executive director for Comagine Health, where he coordinates with regional operations staff to enhance learning and efficiency for driving change and innovation in the state. Read more

Kevin Kennedy, MHS

Secretary

Kevin Kennedy is the Nevada executive director for Comagine Health, where he coordinates with regional operations staff to enhance learning and efficiency for driving change and innovation in the state. He joined HealthInsight (now Comagine Health) as a health care analyst in 1995. In 2013, he became the senior vice president of Nevada operations, where he was responsible for leading the organization’s quality improvement division in Nevada. In May 2015, he was promoted to senior vice president of corporate operations, where he administered the Medicare quality improvement contract work in Comagine Health’s then four-state region. He served this role until being named Nevada executive director in March 2018. Mr. Kennedy received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University, and a Master of Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

 

Chris Bosse

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 related community relations for Renown. Read more

Chris Bosse

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 related community relations for Renown. She is responsible for educating federal and state legislators, government and community leaders about health care and what issues put Renown's safety net services at risk. Prior to her role in government relations, her roles focused primarily in finance and ranged in scope from financial projects to 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 prior to joining Renown, she worked for Ernst and Young.

 

Linn Billingsley, BSN, RN

Linn Billingsley is the vice president of operations, Mountain District, for Kindred Healthcare Inc., where she is responsible for nine long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals in the states of Washington, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. Read more

Linn Billingsley, BSN, RN

Linn Billingsley is the vice president of operations, Mountain District, for Kindred Healthcare Inc., where she is responsible for nine long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals in the states of Washington, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. She serves as governing board vice chair for the Silver State ACO, a CMS MSSP ACO with nearly 60,000 Medicare beneficiaries throughout the state, and as the representing manager for Kindred’s majority interests. In her 20+ years with Kindred Healthcare, Ms. Billingsley has served in a variety of administrative and executive positions throughout the West and in the corporate office. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arizona State University and pursued her MBA there as well.

 

Andrew Eisen, MD, FAAP

Andrew Eisen is the chief academic officer for the Valley Health System, responsible for the development and expansion of graduate medical education across the system’s eight acute care facilities in Nevada. Read more

Andrew Eisen, MD, FAAP

Andrew Eisen is the chief academic officer for the Valley Health System, responsible for the development and expansion of graduate medical education across the system’s eight acute care facilities in Nevada. He is a native of Southern Nevada, graduating from Chaparral High School before attending Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) in Evanston, Illinois. He later completed a pediatric residency and chief residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center in Arizona and became board certified in pediatrics. Dr. Eisen has served as program director and dean of various programs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Touro University. He also represented Assembly District 21 in the Nevada Legislature from 2012 to 2014.

 

Allyson Hoover, MSN, RN

Allyson Hoover, MSN, RN, has been a health care professional in both Northern and Southern Nevada for more than 20 years. Read more

Allyson Hoover, MSN, RN

Allyson Hoover, MSN, RN, has been a health care professional in both Northern and Southern Nevada for more than 20 years. She began her career as a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, where she was involved in direct care, patient education and clinical care review. After obtaining her master's degree in nursing, she moved into administrative and management roles within the health care industry, including working for and with the HPN, Culinary, Public Employee Benefit Plan, the Valley Health System and Anthem BCBS. Ms. Hoover currently works as the vice president of managed care, contracting for more than 100 post-acute and behavioral health facilities nationally for Fundamental Clinical and Operational Services LLC (FCOS).

 

Don Kowitz

Don Kowitz is a senior health care consultant with more than 30 years of executive experience in the health care and health insurance industries. Read more

Don Kowitz

Don Kowitz is a senior health care consultant with more than 30 years of executive experience in the health care and health insurance industries. Mr. Kowitz retired as the chief executive officer of Saint Mary’s Health Plans (SMHP) in May of 2014. SMHP (now Prominence Health Plan) served more than 65,000 Nevadans with a full range of health insurance, administrative and health enhancement services. Prior to joining Saint Mary’s, Mr. Kowitz worked for almost 15 years as a senior executive in various insurance, financial and operations positions, including senior area vice president of John Alden Financial Corporation. Mr. Kowitz an active member of the Reno community. He currently serves on the boards of PBS Reno, Access to Healthcare Network and the Community Health Alliance Foundation, and is a member of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority Standing Advisory Committee.

 

Clevis Parker, MD, MHA

Early in his practice, Clevis T. Parker recognized his passion for palliative and end-of-life care. Read more

Clevis Parker, MD, MHA

Early in his practice, Clevis T. Parker recognized his passion for palliative and end-of-life care. Since then, he has devoted his practice to serving this population. His commitment to the hospice and palliative care community is based on a strong belief in the philosophy of care and the substantial need for education and support in achieving the best outcomes for those experiencing a life-limiting condition. This can be done by ensuring patients and families are properly educated about their disease process to make informed decisions based on their culture, values and beliefs. Dr. Parker has developed and implemented various family medicine practices and hospice and palliative care programs, including the first inpatient palliative care Joint Commission-accredited program in Indiana. His efforts have produced quality outcomes, refined workflow and momentous process improvement projects. As a strong advocate of hospice and palliative care, he continues to support hospices by providing education on the role of the hospice medical director from a regulatory and clinical perspective across the country. Dr. Parker completed his undergraduate studies at Xavier University of Louisiana and received his doctorate from Louisiana State University. He completed his residency in 1999 at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana, where he served as co-chief resident during his third year of residency. He received his master’s degree in health administration with an emphasis in health care ethics at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2014. He is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative care.

 

Andrew (Andy) Pasternak, MD, MS

Andrew Pasternak is the founder and provider behind Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine and Silver Sage Sports and Fitness Lab. Read more

Andrew (Andy) Pasternak, MD, MS

Andrew Pasternak, MD, MS, is the founder and provider behind Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine and Silver Sage Sports and Fitness Lab. He’s also a clinical professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and research director for the Sports Medicine Fellowship. Since 2009, Dr. Pasternak has been the medical director for the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Races and has been very active with the Foundation for Medicine and Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports. He is also a senior aviation medical examiner for the FAA and is the chairman for Community Clinical Advisory Group for the North American Primary Research Group. He works closely with several health care organizations, including Access to Health Care, Immunize Nevada, Washoe County Medical Society, Nevada State Medical Association and the Northern Nevada Physician Wellness Coalition. Dr. Pasternak graduated from the University of Michigan Inteflex program (combined BS/MD) in 1993. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After residency, he completed a two-year primary care research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his master’s degree in chronic disease epidemiology.

 

Trevor Rice

Trevor Rice is the chief operating officer of Access to Healthcare Network, a statewide nonprofit community health organization dedicated to helping individuals and organizations manage their health care needs effectively and efficiently through innovative programs related to health care delivery, care coordination, care management and socioeconomic determinants of health. Read more

Trevor Rice

Trevor Rice is the Chief Operating Officer of Access to Healthcare Network, a statewide nonprofit community health organization dedicated to helping individuals and organizations manage their health care needs effectively and efficiently through innovative programs related to health care delivery, care coordination, care management and socioeconomic determinants of health. Mr. Rice has more than 10 years of experience in the health care industry in areas that include operations, quality management, business development, provider relations and systems of care. He specializes in the development of care coordination and care management programs designed to improve patient outcomes, reduce health expenditures and improve health care quality measures. Mr. Rice currently serves as a member of the Nevada Division of Insurance Network Adequacy Advisory Council and is board chair of Urban Roots Garden Classrooms.

 

Peter Russo

Peter Russo has been serving as a member of the Comagine Health Nevada Patient and Family Advisory Council since June 2015. Read more

Peter Russo

Peter Russo has been serving as a member of the Comagine Health Nevada Patient and Family Advisory Council since June 2015. Mr. Russo is currently the chief financial officer and special advisor to the owner of The Las Vegas Light FC, a professional soccer team based in Las Vegas. He has extensive executive managerial experience in finance, administration and operations, mostly with startup organizations. He has worked with various industries, including telecommunications, banking, health care and online recruiting organizations in both the public and private sector.

 

Brett Salmon, JD

Ex officio

Brett Salmon is the president and chief executive officer of the Nevada Health Care Association (NVHCA). Read more

Brett Salmon, JD

Ex officio

Brett Salmon is the president and chief executive officer of the Nevada Health Care Association (NVHCA). He oversees day-to-day management of the NVHCA, works with the board to set the association’s strategic vision and helps represent long-term care communities throughout Nevada. Prior to joining the NVHCA, Mr. Salmon worked as the policy development associate director for the Oregon Medical Association, policy and legislation director for the Oregon Health Care Association, and policy and regulatory affairs director for Sunwest Management. His most recent experience came while working for the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, where he worked as a policy analyst, senior policy analyst, and manager of policy and technical services. Mr. Salmon has worked in government affairs in Utah, Oregon and now Nevada. He has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University (political science/Asian studies) and a juris doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law.

 

Stacie Sasso

Since 2016, Stacie Sasso has served as the executive director of the Health Services Coalition (HSC), which represents more than 275,000 lives in Southern Nevada, including firefighters, police officers, construction workers and hotel staff. Read more

Stacie Sasso

Since 2016, Stacie Sasso has served as the executive director of the Health Services Coalition (HSC), which represents more than 275,000 lives in Southern Nevada, including firefighters, police officers, construction workers and hotel staff. Under her leadership, the coalition focuses on achieving affordable hospital rates and introducing accountability for the quality of care into the process. In addition to her work with the HSC, Ms. Sasso also serves as executive director of the Laborers Health Fund. In this role, she has created innovative pharmacy savings programs, overseen the creation and implementation of an EPO network, and assisted in the creation of the Laborers Health and Wellness Center, a full-service primary care facility for participants.

 

Bill Welch

Ex officio

Bill M. Welch has been the president and chief executive officer of the Nevada Hospital Association, a not-for-profit statewide professional association representing the vast majority of Nevada's hospitals, since January 1999. Read more

Bill Welch

Ex officio

Bill M. Welch has been the president and chief executive officer of the Nevada Hospital Association, a not-for-profit statewide professional association representing the vast majority of Nevada's hospitals, since January 1999. Prior to that, he served as president of the Nevada Rural Hospital Project (now Nevada Rural Hospital Partners), a voluntary consortium of Nevada's rural hospitals. Mr. Welch has been an active advocate for health care since he served as CEO/administrator of Elko General Hospital (now Northeastern Nevada General Hospital) from 1977 to 1989. He is a member of many local, state and national boards and committees, including the Nevada Homeland Security Commission, the Nevada Health Care Sector Council Board and the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board 9.

 

 

New Mexico Community Board

Joie Glenn, RN, MBA, CAE

Chair

Joie Glenn is retired and serves on the national Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Advisory Council. Read more

Joie Glenn, RN, MBA, CAE

Chair

Joie Glenn is retired and serves on the national Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Advisory Council. Prior to her retirement, she was the executive director of the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care (NMAHHC) for 20 years. Her prior experience includes managing a home health agency for 11 years and working as a nurse for 15 years. She holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2001. Since joining NMAHHC, she has served on numerous boards and committees, including the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence Board, the Human Services Department Medicaid Advisory Committee, the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department Policy Advisory Committee, the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance Board, and the New Mexico Society of Association Executives Board. Ms. Glenn was honored to receive "The Nurse of the Year Award" at the Nursing Excellence Awards in 2004.

 

Richard H. Draper, JD

Vice Chair

Richard H. Draper is a public affairs strategist and a versatile communications, corporate and managerial professional. Read more

Richard H. Draper, JD

Vice Chair

Richard H. Draper is a public affairs strategist and a versatile communications, corporate and managerial professional. A former Intel corporate public affairs director, New Mexico media manager and broadcast journalist, he is the consulting project manager for the Sandoval County Health Economic and Workforce Development Initiative. Mr. Draper received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in Santa Clara, California, and his bachelor’s degree in political science and internal relations from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.

 

Dale Alverson, MD

Ex officio

Dale Alverson, MD, is professor emeritus and regents’ professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine. Read more

Dale Alverson, MD

Ex officio

Dale Alverson, MD, is professor emeritus and regents’ professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine. He served as medical director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of New Mexico from 1995 to 2018, and now serves as their strategic telehealth consultant. He’s been involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of telemedicine systems for New Mexico, primarily serving its rural communities, using information technologies, videoconferencing and the internet to provide access to clinical services and health education. He is also chief medical informatics officer of LCF Research, assisting in their efforts to address the development and meaningful use of health information exchange, adoption of electronic health records, and integration with telemedicine. Dr. Alverson is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Colorado, and neonatology fellowship at UNM, where he’s been on faculty since 1982 and served as neonatology division chief from 1988 to 1997.

 

Robert L. Boverie

Robert Boverie has a strong private-sector business background, largely as an entrepreneur, and is currently in partnership with his wife as a broker and Realtor with Coldwell Banker Legacy in the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Read more

Robert L. Boverie

Robert Boverie has a strong private-sector business background, largely as an entrepreneur, and is currently in partnership with his wife as a broker and Realtor with Coldwell Banker Legacy in the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Mr. Boverie also acquired three years of experience in the not-for-profit arena as administrative director of Samaritan Counseling Center. He is grants and scholarship chair for the Rotary Club District Foundation. Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Boverie is active in donation programs for areas in need in Central America. He holds degrees from Texas Tech University in finance and Thunderbird School of International Management in Arizona.

 

William A. Boehm, MD, FACEP

William A. Boehm has a longstanding record of active support and participation with the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS). Read more

William A. Boehm, MD, FACEP

William A. Boehm has a longstanding record of active support and participation with the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS). He served as president from 1985 to 1986 and has since remained on the council representing Otero County. Additionally, Dr. Boehm was an American Medical Association delegate and served on many NMMS committees. He has also served on the New Mexico Medical Board, Monitored Treatment Program, the advisory boards of American Physicians Assurance Corporation and The Doctors Company, and he is a lifetime member of the American Legion, having served three terms as post service officer. After a private practice as a general surgeon, he went into emergency medicine where he was known as the "backbone" of the Trans Mountain Emergency Services from the early 1990s to 2002. Dr. Boehm is also credited with establishing American Medical Response, a national ambulance service in Alamogordo, where he served from 1993 to 2008.

 

Jeff Dye, MBA, FACHE

Ex officio

Jeff Dye, MBA, FACHE, is the president and CEO of the New Mexico Hospital Association, representing 40 hospitals across the state. Read more

Jeff Dye, MBA, FACHE

Ex officio

Jeff Dye, MBA, FACHE, is the president and CEO of the New Mexico Hospital Association, representing 40 hospitals across the state. He is the chair of the board of directors of Hospital Services Corporation. He worked for 26 years in small and rural hospital settings with broad experience in community health planning, hospital operations, legislative initiatives, and state and national hospital association governance. Mr. Dye served for 18 years as the administrator of Socorro General Hospital and has also filled administrative roles in Lovington and Alamogordo, New Mexico, and Laramie, Wyoming. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Dye became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2007 and achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2008. Since joining the association in 2004, he has served on numerous boards and taskforces, including the governor's Insure New Mexico! Council, the governor's Trauma System Task Force, the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence Board, the statewide Nurse Advice Line Advisory Committee, the New Mexico Donor Services Advisory Committee, the Trauma System Fund Authority and the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality. Mr. Dye was honored to receive special recognition as a "Friend of Nursing" at the Nursing Excellence Awards in 2007.

 

Steven C. Hansen, MPA

Steven C. Hansen is the CEO for Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read more

Steven C. Hansen, MPA

Steven C. Hansen is the CEO for Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Hansen is a seasoned executive working to promote the vision of Presbyterian Medical Services of improving the health and lives of all people of the Southwest. Presbyterian Medical Services has 1,380 employees, 100 sites and is Joint Commission-accredited. Operations include behavioral health services, native and traditional healing services, children's services, hospice, primary care, Health Care for the Homeless programs, statewide organization of nursing facilities, facilities for developmentally disabled and assisted living providers, supportive living, dental and a 340B pharmacy program. Mr. Hanson is a member of the Laguna HealthCare Corporation Board of Directors, the New Mexico Primary Care Association Board of Directors, the National Federally Qualified Health Center Advisory Group for UnitedHealthcare, and a University of New Mexico advisory group to develop a health administration and policy graduate program. He was named a Healthcare Hero in 2007 by Nevada Business Magazine. Mr. Hansen holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

 

Richard Kozoll, MD, MPH

Richard Kozoll blends his community health center practice with his role as chair of the New Mexico Clinical Prevention Initiative, a combined effort of the New Mexico Medical Society and the New Mexico Department of Health. Read more

Richard Kozoll, MD, MPH

Richard Kozoll blends his community health center practice with his role as chair of the New Mexico Clinical Prevention Initiative, a combined effort of the New Mexico Medical Society and the New Mexico Department of Health. Dr. Kozoll is a past CEO and medical director for NMMRA (1986-1992) and he has continued to consult with Comagine Health’s New Mexico office in support of its programs for many years. He is board-certified in family practice, general preventive medicine, and quality assurance and utilization review.

 

Annie Jung, MEd

Ex officio

Annie Jung is the associate executive director of the New Mexico Medical Society. Read more

Annie Jung, MEd

Ex officio

Annie Jung is the associate executive director of the New Mexico Medical Society. She is a native New Mexican and graduate of Indiana University and the University of Virginia. Ms. Jung was hired by the New Mexico Medical Society in 2000 to launch the Clinical Prevention Initiative and manage the continuing medical education program. In the summer of 2008, she became the associate executive director.

 

Doug Lohkamp, RPh

Doug Lohkamp recently retired as the director of pharmacy services for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM), where he had been employed since 1999. Read more

Doug Lohkamp, RPh

Doug Lohkamp recently retired as the director of pharmacy services for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM), where he had been employed since 1999. He remains an active member of the New Mexico Pharmacists Association. Mr. Lohkamp brings extensive experience and knowledge to his role through his work in previous positions held in New Mexico. While at BCBSNM, his responsibilities included Health Care Service Corporation drug utilization management, and designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating new and existing systems for cost-effective and high-quality pharmacy programs. His duties also included contract review and negotiation, devising strategy and policy regarding the administration of the prescription drug benefit offered to BCBSNM customers, and he served on the Prime Therapeutics National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.

 

Meggin Lorino, MSW

Ex officio

Meggin Lorino is the executive director of the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care. Read more

Meggin Lorino, MSW

Ex officio

Meggin Lorino is the executive director of the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care. She has more than a decade of experience in nonprofit program management, specifically working to promote health and well-being for special populations. Ms. Lorino previously worked for BakerRipley, one of the nation's top nonprofits, as the director of neighborhood-based senior services. She is passionate about supporting individuals' ability to age in community. She has extensive experience in compliance management, strategic planning and evaluation, grant writing and community development. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

 

James (Jim) A. Silva, MHA

James A. Silva is the New Mexico executive director of Comagine Health. Read more

James (Jim) A. Silva, MHA

James A. Silva is the New Mexico executive director of Comagine Health. Mr. Silva has a passion for quality improvement and enjoys working with diverse teams to achieve desired outcomes. He has 27 years of leadership experience in health care administration, including hospital operations, physician practice management, integrated health care delivery systems, and heart service line development and operations. Before being named executive director in 2019, Mr. Silva served as the director of Comagine Health’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), where he led a multistate team committed to bringing about significant change and lasting improvement in reducing patient harm and 30-day readmissions. Mr. Silva obtained his master’s degree in health care administration from Temple University in Philadelphia and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

 

Eugene T. Varela, MPA

Eugene T. Varela is the state director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) New Mexico. Read more

Eugene T. Varela, MPA

Eugene T. Varela is the state director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) New Mexico. Mr. Varela leads AARP's social mission in New Mexico with a team of five and more than 100 volunteers. Prior to his work with AARP, he served as the deputy director for the New Mexico State Agency on Aging. In 2010, he received the Rep. Nick Salazar Advocate Award at the New Mexico Conference on Aging. He was also recognized as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging by former Gov. Bruce King. Additionally, he was elected to participate in the American Society on Aging Serving Elders of Color Project to provide training on cultural competence and increasing service delivery to multicultural elders. A former board member of the American Society on Aging, Mr. Varela has presented educational workshops on a variety of topics at state and national conferences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the College of Santa Fe and a master's degree in public administration from the University of New Mexico.

 

Vincente Vargas, JD

Ex officio

Vicente Vargas is the executive director of the New Mexico Healthcare Association. Read more

Vincente Vargas, JD

Ex officio

Vicente Vargas is the executive director of the New Mexico Healthcare Association. He is a New Mexico-licensed attorney with a background in government relations and insurance administration. Prior to joining the New Mexico Health Care Association, Mr. Vargas served as general counsel for the Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI), where he provided direct legal counsel to the superintendent of insurance on all issues related to OSI’s regulatory oversight. Mr. Vargas has also worked for New Mexico State University (NMSU) as director of state government relations and legal counsel for NMSU’s constitutionally attached New Mexico Department Agriculture. He particularly enjoyed collaborating with NMSU faculty and staff to develop legislative priorities for consideration and approval by the NMSU governing board. Mr. Vargas has a bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico. He is a native New Mexican from Las Cruces and currently lives in Albuquerque.

 

 

Oregon Community Board

Katie Dobler

Chair

Katie Dobler is the vice president of Salem Health’s Medical Group after a recent transition from serving as chief operations officer at The Portland Clinic. Read more

Katie Dobler

Chair

Katie Dobler is the vice president of Salem Health’s Medical Group after a recent transition from serving as chief operations officer at The Portland Clinic. She also served as executive director for the Portland Coordinated Care Association (PCCA) and had been involved with the PCCA since it was established in 2012. She served on the Quality Corp Board. Ms. Dobler has also been instrumental in collaborating with the member groups, who now share several value-based contracts. She partnered with her colleagues at The Portland Clinic and in the community to create a workplace that supports a value-based model of care. Ms. Dobler has 12 years of experience at The Portland Clinic that includes human resources director and chief of support services. Prior to joining The Portland Clinic, she was human resources manager at Nordstrom.

 

Susan Clack, MD

Co-Chair

Susan Clack joined Pacific Medical Group in 1987 and currently practices at the group's Tigard Clinic. Read more

Susan Clack, MD

Co-Chair

Susan Clack joined Pacific Medical Group in 1987 and currently practices at the group's Tigard Clinic. She chairs the board of the Portland IPA and is a past board member of CareOregon Inc. Dr. Clack received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 1984 and completed a family medicine residency at OHSU in 1987. She is board-certified in family practice, with a special interest in women's health. Dr. Clack’s goals with patients include building long-term relationships in treating the whole family and helping educate them so they can improve their mental and physical health in all stages of life.

 

Manny Berman, MHA

Governance and Nominating Chair

In his previous life Manny Berman served as the CEO for Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, having worked at Tuality for more than 34 years following his five-year tenure at Oregon Health & Science University. Read more

Manny Berman, MHA

Governance and Nominating Chair

In his previous life Manny Berman served as the CEO for Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, having worked at Tuality for more than 34 years following his five-year tenure at Oregon Health & Science University. During his over 40 years in health care, he developed a passion for improving quality both from within an organization as well as from a community approach. Mr. Berman feels a responsibility to continue serving his health care community even during his retirement years, which he began Jan. 15, 2018. He also now can approach health care from a Medicare patient perspective, providing a further representation.

 

Susan Ban, MDiv

Susan Ban is the executive director of ShelterCare, a nonprofit human service agency in Lane County, Oregon, with residential and outreach programs of emergency, transitional and long-term care. Read more

Susan Ban, MDiv

Susan Ban is the executive director of ShelterCare, a nonprofit human service agency in Lane County, Oregon, with residential and outreach programs of emergency, transitional and long-term care. Ms. Ban started at ShelterCare as a volunteer with the agency in the mid-1980s. She served on the board and provided organizational consultation before taking the helm as the executive director in 1991. She is passionate about offering services for individuals challenged by serious mental illness with housing, employment support, and health and wellness programs. At ShelterCare, Ms. Ban oversees several programs that provide services to families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and adults disabled by psychiatric disability or traumatic brain injury. Ms. Ban obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and received a Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York.

 

Patty Black, CPXP

Upon receiving less than adequate health care that resulted in life-threatening experiences, Patty Black has developed a passion for the patient/provider partnership and the voice of the patient. Read more

Patty Black, CPXP

Upon receiving less than adequate health care that resulted in life-threatening experiences, Patty Black has developed a passion for the patient/provider partnership and the voice of the patient. She has used these experiences to help her in her role as the program coordinator for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, coordinator for the Patient and Family Advisory Council, and shadow coach for health care providers at PeaceHealth Medical Group in Eugene, Oregon. Supporting both patients and providers has given her a unique perspective on the patient-provider relationship that is so key in health care today. Ms. Black is a certified patient experience specialist, faculty member of the Institute for Patient-and Family-Centered Care, and supports PFCC partners. She has partnered with the Oregon State Task Force to develop standards for patient-centered primary care medical homes as well as patient-centered behavioral health medical homes, and has partnered with many national health care organizations on patient engagement collaboratives.

 

Bryan Boehringer

Bryan Boehringer has served as the CEO of the Oregon Medical Association (OMA) since January 2016. Read more

Bryan Boehringer

Bryan Boehringer has served as the CEO of the Oregon Medical Association (OMA) since January 2016. Prior to this role, Mr. Boehringer served as the interim CEO and as the senior vice president of government relations and health policy, where he led the organization’s advocacy efforts. As the CEO, he leads the strategic planning efforts focused on advocating for a system to help OMA members provide the best patient care possible; transparency in maintaining the financial health of the organization, including producing the OMA’s annual report; and increasing the scope and the size of OMA’s annual conference. During his tenure as the association’s lead lobbyist, Mr. Boehringer worked on several issues, from reauthorizing and funding the Rural Medical Reinsurance Fund to improving the practice environment by passing administrative simplification bills relating to overpayment recovery, centralized credentialing and simplified prior authorization. Prior to joining the OMA, Mr. Boehringer served as the director of government and community relations at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). During his 11 years at OHSU, he worked on a variety of issues, including the expansion of OHSU's biomedical efforts, the merger of OHSU and the Oregon Graduate Institute, OHSU’s workforce initiatives, and the expansion of OHSU's health and research facilities into the South Waterfront. Mr. Boehringer has also served as committee staff for the Oregon Legislature and worked in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield. He graduated from Willamette University and was born and raised in Crow, Oregon, in rural Lane County.

 

Betsy Boyd-Flinn, MA, CAE

Betsy Boyd-Flinn is the executive director of the Oregon chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP). Read more

Betsy Boyd-Flinn, MA, CAE

Betsy Boyd-Flinn is the executive director of the Oregon chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP). Prior to joining OAFP in May 2018, she worked for a health IT consulting company focused on Medicaid agencies in states seeking to expand their health IT infrastructure. From 2014 to 2016, she worked at Oregon Health Care Quality Corp. as a program director working on contracts with the Oregon Health Authority related to clinical quality measurement and utilization. Ms. Boyd-Flinn worked for the Oregon Medical Association from 2007 until 2014. As the deputy executive vice president, she focused on strategic planning and member services, public relations and coalition work with health care stakeholders.

 

Tom Ewing, MD

Tom Ewing is the vice president of medical services for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. Read more

Tom Ewing, MD

Tom Ewing is the vice president of medical services for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. A graduate of Washington University Medical School, he completed his residency in family medicine at the University of South Carolina Medical Center in Charleston. For several years, Dr. Ewing practiced family medicine and was the perinatal medical director at the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Charleston before moving to Eugene to join the Eugene Clinic. Prior to joining the Planned Parenthood team, he practiced family medicine and has been the CMO at both PeaceHealth Medical Group — a Lane County multispecialty group of approximately 150 providers — and PacificSource Health Plans — an insurance provider serving Medicare, Medicaid and commercial members across Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Dr. Ewing’s leadership interests focus on creating highly reliable systems within an organizational culture of safety to achieve the highest quality of service for all patients. Clinically, he’s been focusing on men’s sexual health, including vasectomy.

 

Felisa Hagins

Felisa Hagins is the political director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49. Read more

Felisa Hagins

Felisa Hagins is the political director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49. SEIU is the largest union nationally, with more than 2 million members, and the largest union in Oregon, with more than 60,000 members. SEIU Local 49 represents over 10,000 janitors and health care workers who work in the private sector throughout the state of Oregon. Prior to her experience with SEIU, Ms. Hagins has been a legislative aide, fundraiser and campaign manager. She also served as a member of the Eligibility and Enrollment Committee of the Oregon Health Fund Board. Currently, Ms. Hagins serves on the Oregon Health Policy Board and the Coalition for a Livable Future Board.

 

Michell Hay

Michell Hay is the president and CEO of The CHP Group. Read more

Michell Hay

Michell Hay is the president and CEO of The CHP Group. In her role, she is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, ensuring the operations are performed in alignment with the corporate values and the business plan is developed and implemented in support of the corporate mission to deliver accessible, high-quality complementary and integrative health care solutions that promote member health and satisfaction. Ms. Hay brings with her 20 years of executive leadership and financial management experience. In addition to serving on the board for the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations, she currently serves on the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine board and has previously served on the board of directors of several association and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Hay is a native to Oregon and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from the University of Oregon. She also holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting from Portland State University.

 

Pam Mariea-Nason, RN, MBA

Pam Mariea-Nason’s passion is improving the health of low-income populations. Read more

Pam Mariea-Nason, RN, MBA

Pam Mariea-Nason’s passion is improving the health of low-income populations. She started her health care career by earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and then practicing clinically. Her work in various clinical settings prompted her to look “upstream” for systems solutions to improvement in individuals’ health. Ms. Mariea-Nason spent time helping to usher managed care into the Oregon’s workers compensation system while at SAIF Corporation. Seeing the fragmentation in that system propelled her into the intersection of clinical and health plan work, investing nine years as the COO for a physician-hospital-community organization, the Tuality Health Alliance. While in this role, she completed her health care education, receiving a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine. Striving for increased involvement in health care transformation, Ms. Mariea-Nason became the health policy and community engagement director for CareOregon, which at that time was Oregon’s largest Medicaid health plan. After leaving CareOregon, she spent time consulting with Kaiser Permanente in Oregon on their Medicaid transformation work. Ms. Mariea-Nason joined Providence Health & Services in the spring of 2012 as the executive for the community health division. Her journey has led her to focus on systems issues to address those social needs that most impact health. In addition to the Comagine Health Oregon board, she also sits on the board of Project Access Now, an organization focused on the most at-risk members of our communities.

 

Carla McKelvey, MD, MPH

Carla McKelvey is the senior medical director for regional children’s health services at Providence Health Systems. Read more

Carla McKelvey, MD, MPH

Carla McKelvey is the senior medical director for regional children’s health services at Providence Health Systems. Previously, she served as a general pediatrician in private practice on the Oregon South Coast. She is an advocate for patients, providers and communities, particularly in rural areas. Dr. McKelvey has served in leadership roles with the Oregon Health & Science University Campus for Rural Health, Coast Community Health Center and Waterfall Community Health Center. Currently she is the chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board, which provides policy oversight of the Oregon Health Authority. Dr. McKelvey is a native-born Texan. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and completed her medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She returned to school and received a Master of Public Health focusing on health management and policy from Oregon State University.

 

Melinda Muller, MD

Melinda Muller is a primary care physician and clinical vice president of care transformation at Legacy Health. Read more

Melinda Muller, MD

Melinda Muller is a primary care physician and clinical vice president of care transformation at Legacy Health. In her current role, she is the physician lead for population health and has several institutional responsibilities, including development and implementation of value-based care and contracts for the broader clinically integrated network and representing Legacy in regional population health work. Prior to that role, she led the primary care group at Legacy for 10 years, leading the system through medical home transformation with all clinics receiving PCPCH Tier 4 and NCQA Tier 3 certification. Dr. Muller is a lifelong Oregonian who received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University in 1996 and completed her residency in internal medicine at Legacy Health in 1999.

 

Meredith Roberts, MPH

Meredith Roberts is the executive director for the Oregon office of Comagine Health. Read more

Meredith Roberts, MPH

Meredith Roberts is the executive director for the Oregon office of Comagine Health. Previously, she was a senior program director working with total cost of care and payment reform programs, and an administrative fellow and manager of clinical planning at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Earlier in her career, Ms. Roberts worked as a benefits manager for a large self-insured employer and as a consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ms. Roberts volunteers with Kaiser Permanente’s hospice program, serves on various alumni committees, and she is learning Spanish.

 

Christa Shively

Christa Shively is the associate vice president of quality for Providence Health Plan, an affiliate of Providence St. Joseph Health based in Beaverton, Oregon, providing a full spectrum of health services in seven states. Read more

Christa Shively

Christa Shively is the associate vice president of quality for Providence Health Plan, an affiliate of Providence St. Joseph Health based in Beaverton, Oregon, providing a full spectrum of health services in seven states. She manages Providence Health Plan’s NCQA accreditation, Medicare Advantage Stars program, Medicaid CCO quality, and performance in the Quality Rating System for Qualified Health Plans in the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Her team manages HEDIS, the medical home program, safety initiatives and provider credentialing. In addition, Ms. Shively serves on the Health Share of Oregon board of directors, the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative and CPC+ payer collaborative. Prior to joining Providence Health Plan, Ms. Shively worked for 10 years in health policy, focusing on Medicare payment policy and coverage expansion. As director of federal regulatory affairs for Providence Health & Services, she led national engagement and advocacy on new alternative payment models and MACRA. From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Shively worked at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), where she led the program design and implementation of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (now known as CPC+), a large-scale, medical home initiative and the first multipayer initiative out of CMMI. During the passage of the Affordable Care Act, she worked for Rep. Earl Blumenauer as senior legislative aide for health care, supporting his work on the Ways and Means Committee. Ms. Shively is a native Oregonian and graduated from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in 2004.

 

Brian Sikora, MHA

Brian Sikora is an executive director at Kaiser Permanente with more than 15 years of health care data and analytics experience. Read more

Brian Sikora, MHA

Brian Sikora is an executive director at Kaiser Permanente with more than 15 years of health care data and analytics experience. He leads advancement of sustainable data and analytic programs across the organization. Mr. Sikora’s experience includes data management and governance, self-service reporting and analytic capabilities, advanced analytic model implementation, regulatory compliance and ongoing user support. He has led data and analytic initiatives across the continuum of health care, including health plan operations, ambulatory and inpatient operations, sales and account management, Medicaid programs, government affairs and finance. Mr. Sikora also serves on the Technical Advisory Group of the Oregon Health Authority, teaches health data analysis at Oregon Health & Science University, and is a contributor to World Economic Forum initiatives on the use of health data and public-private data collaboratives. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys attending the city’s cultural and sporting events in his free time.

 

 

Utah Community Board

Rob Ence, MBA

Co-Chair

Rob Ence is the executive director for the Utah Commission on Aging. Read more

Rob Ence, MBA

Co-Chair

Rob Ence is the executive director for the Utah Commission on Aging. He also provides executive consulting for the Bateman Horne Center of Excellence, a nonprofit research clinic. Mr. Ence previously served as the west regional vice president for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and as the AARP Utah state director. Prior to his work with the AARP, Mr. Ence served as the CFO for Planned Parenthood of Utah and the Midtown Community Health Center in Ogden, Utah. Other career work included COO/CFO for Sage Creek Apparel Company and consultant for Sage Creek Management, a private business management firm. Mr. Ence has extensive experience in the financial services industry and previously served as the principal for a small securities broker dealer. He began his career with Marriott Corporation in Santa Clara, California, and earned a Master of Business Administration with an international certification for management from the University of Utah in 1991. Mr. Ence has lectured extensively on financial security and health care issues, and has served on several boards of directors, including HealthInsight Management Corporation, Envision Utah, and was a founding member of the Utah Commission on Aging.

 

Chet Loftis, JD, MPA

Co-Chair

R. Chet Loftis is the director of the Public Employees Health Program (PEHP) where he is responsible for all strategic and operational functions. Read more

Chet Loftis, JD, MPA

Co-Chair

R. Chet Loftis is the director of the Public Employees Health Program (PEHP) where he is responsible for all strategic and operational functions. He has a broad background in health care, public policy and law. He has worked for all three branches of state government as a law clerk to Utah Supreme Court Justice I. Daniel Stewart, the assistant to the Utah attorney general, and associate general counsel to the Utah Legislature. He has also served as the vice president of government relations and general counsel for the Utah Medical Association, director of public policy for Regence Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and a shareholder with the law firm of Kirton McConkie.

 

Dirk Anjewierden

Ex officio

Dirk Anjewierden is the executive director of the Utah Health Care Association representing Utah's nursing homes. Read more

Dirk Anjewierden

Ex officio

Dirk Anjewierden is the executive director of the Utah Health Care Association representing Utah's nursing homes. Mr. Anjewierden has been a licensed nursing home administrator for 32 years. He has owned and operated skilled nursing facilities during this time and has been instrumental in changing the culture of the long-term care profession. He has served on several state boards, national boards and committees, which have shaped policy for the profession both locally and nationally.

 

Scott Baxter, MHR

Scott Baxter is the chair of the Utah Health Data Committee. Read more

Scott Baxter, MHR

Scott Baxter is the chair of the Utah Health Data Committee. He has more than 25 years of experience in benefits management and 17 years of executive-level benefits management experience in Fortune 500 companies at the corporate and regional levels, covering both U.S. and non-U.S. populations. Mr. Baxter has actively worked with health care providers in plan designs, epidemiological studies, claims analysis, intervention programs development and disease case management resulting in significant quality-of-life improvements.

 

Michelle McOmber, MBA

Ex officio

Michelle McOmber is the executive vice president and CEO of the Utah Medical Association (UMA). Read more

Michelle McOmber, MBA

Ex officio

Michelle McOmber is the executive vice president and CEO of the Utah Medical Association (UMA). As head of the UMA, she directs a 3,500-member organization that provides educational assistance to doctors and nurses and supports various public health projects.

 

Joseph K. Miner, MD, MSPH

Joseph K. Miner was appointed as executive director of the Utah Department of Health in 2015 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. Read more

Joseph K. Miner, MD, MSPH

Joseph K. Miner was appointed as executive director of the Utah Department of Health in 2015 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. As director, Dr. Miner oversees nearly 1,000 health department employees with the goal of helping Utah become the healthiest state in the nation. Prior to his appointment as executive director, Dr. Miner served as executive director of the Utah County Health Department for 32 years. Dr. Miner holds three degrees: a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, and a master’s degree in public health and Doctor of Medicine, both from the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Miner is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and longtime member of the American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association, as well as their state affiliates. He has also served as a medical consultant for local mental health, youth corrections and vocational rehabilitation agencies as well as a consultant in occupational medicine. Dr. Miner is a past recipient of the Beatty Award for Distinguished Service in Public Health.

 

Alan Ormsby, JD

Alan Ormsby is the Utah state director of the AARP. He has a strong background in leadership and advocacy for Utah's older adults and people with disabilities. Read more

Alan Ormsby, JD

Alan Ormsby is the Utah state director of the AARP. He has a strong background in leadership and advocacy for Utah's older adults and people with disabilities. His training is in law, with a focus on health care law, long-term care, home- and community-based services, HIPAA, Medicare and Medicaid. Immediately prior to joining AARP in 2011, Mr. Ormsby served as the director of the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD), leading Utah’s efforts to provide the best possible services for people with disabilities. Before serving as the DSPD director, Mr. Ormsby was the director of Aging and Adult Services, and in this role was responsible for statewide home- and community-based services for Utahns 60 and over. In addition, he worked with the local Area Agencies on Aging, and was instrumental in drafting legislation to initiate Utah's Commission on Aging. Mr. Ormsby has served as a member on the board of Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, and several long-term care policy groups. He also supervised Adult Protective Services, which investigates claims of abuse, neglect and exploitation involving persons who are disabled or elderly. Mr. Ormsby received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and law degree from Quinnipiac University.

 

Alan Pruhs

Alan Pruhs is the executive director of the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH), which is the federally recognized Primary Care Association (PCA) for the state of Utah. Read more

Alan Pruhs

Alan Pruhs is the executive director of the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH), which is the federally recognized Primary Care Association (PCA) for the state of Utah. The association supports and represents Utah’s 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other allied not-for-profit health care providers. Mr. Pruhs has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. He spent 10 years working as a recreation therapist with adults and children with physical, developmental and emotional disabilities; four years in pharmaceutical research as vice president of Bio-Kinetics; and 14 years in community health as the associate and executive director of AUCH. Mr. Pruhs has received numerous awards for his service to the community and medically underserved. His most recent awards were the 2018 Partnership Award from the Department of Workforce Services; the 2017 Outstanding Advocate for the Underserved from the Community Health Association of the Mountain and Plains States (CHAMPS); the 2016 Joint Commission commendation for support in ambulatory care and PCMH recognition; the 2013 Utah Community Foundation Enlightened 50; and the 2009 Betsey K. Cooke Grassroots MVP Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

 

Dan Tibbitts, MBA

Dan G. Tibbitts is the chief financial officer and administration department manager of Steel Encounters Inc. Read more

Dan Tibbitts, MBA

Dan G. Tibbitts is the chief financial officer and administration department manager of Steel Encounters Inc. Mr. Tibbitts has 25 years of construction accounting experience with Bolinder Companies and Gibbons and Reed Company, Big D Construction, Redd Engineering and Construction, and The Boyer Companies. Mr. Tibbitts has been with Steel Encounters since July 2003 and has previously held positions of senior accountant, assistant controller, and controller at the company. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from Utah State University.

 

Bev Uipi, MPA

Bev Uipi is center manager for the Active Aging Program at the Millcreek Community Center, where a marriage of a senior center, library, recreation center and café are housed in one facility. Read more

Bev Uipi, MPA

Bev Uipi is center manager for the Active Aging Program at the Millcreek Community Center, where a marriage of a senior center, library, recreation center and café are housed in one facility. She led the center to national accreditation under the National Council on Aging in early 2015. Ms. Uipi served as the deputy director of administrative services for the state of Utah and was previously the community relations specialist for Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon. She is a dynamic leader of innovative strategies for intergenerational programming, community partnerships and brings more than 15 years of experience in leadership in the public and private sectors of local government and regional management. Mrs. Uipi started with State Farm, where she became a Mountain West regional manager and trainer on business practices, and moved on to start her own agency with American Family Insurance. She received her bachelor’s degrees in consumer economics and housing from the University of Georgia, and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Ms. Uipi has served as an advisor, commissioner and board member to many organizations as a community leader for the Pacific Islander community in Utah, including the Utah State Governor's Office, since 2000.

 

Jill Vicory

Jill Vicory is director of member and community affairs for the Utah Hospital Association (UHA). Read more

Jill Vicory

Jill Vicory is director of member and community affairs for the Utah Hospital Association (UHA). She has served in various capacities for the association since 1998 and oversees UHA’s communications and education functions, as well as some internal operations responsibilities. She represents the hospital sector on several policy and community boards, including the Utah Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee and Utah Newborn Genetic Screening Advisory Committee. Ms. Vicory is a past member of the CHIP Advisory Council and Utah Poison Control Center Community Board. Prior to coming to UHA, she worked for five years in community relations at St. Francis Hospital Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Vicory earned associate and bachelor’s degrees in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

 

Chad Westover, MPA

Chad Westover is the CEO of University of Utah Health Plans. Read more

Chad Westover, MPA

Chad Westover is the CEO of University of Utah Health Plans. He previously served as president of Molina Healthcare of Utah Inc, where he was responsible for the health plan operations in Utah and the implementation and execution of various strategic initiatives. He has served as vice president of state-sponsored business at Anthem/WellPoint, and was Utah's first director of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), where he was responsible for health insurance access initiatives for the Utah Department of Health. He was the founder and chair of the National Alliance for State CHIP Directors. Mr. Westover received his bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Administration degrees from Brigham Young University.

 

Vicki Whiting, MBA, PhD

Vicki R. Whiting is a professor of leadership and management at Westminster College. Read more

Vicki Whiting, MBA, PhD

Vicki R. Whiting is a professor of leadership and management at Westminster College. She is an award-winning author and has more than 25 years of business and leadership experience. She has focused her teaching, research and consulting experience in the area of organizational leadership, most specifically on personal and organizational leadership development through mentor relationships, leveraging strengths and developing effective organizational interactions. Publications in numerous academic journals complement her health care advocacy book, "In Pain We Trust." Her writing and research integrate leadership, mentorship and service learning. Ms. Whiting is a senior faculty member at Westminster College and has taught at the University of Utah and the University of Southern California. She received her doctorate from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She received her Master of Business Administration from Seattle University and bachelor's degree in business administration from Colorado State University.

 

Greg Wilson

Gregory L. Wilson, founder of Wilson Holdings, has spent his life as an entrepreneur founding, operating and selling several other successful business enterprises. Read more

Greg Wilson

Gregory L. Wilson, founder of Wilson Holdings, has spent his life as an entrepreneur founding, operating and selling several other successful business enterprises. He was a director of Stratasys Ltd., a manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D production systems for office-based rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing solutions from 1994 to 2012. Mr. Wilson is the chair of the board of SimTek Fence, a manufacturer of polymer rock products and the chair of the board of LED Industries, a commercial LED light retrofitter. He also serves on the board of Design Imaging, a manufacturer of imaged composite wall panel systems.