Jennifer Blaha, MBA

Vice President, Operations
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Jennifer Blaha has been a part of the Cedars-Sinai team for over 14 years. In her current role as Vice President of Operations, she works in close partnership with the Chairpersons and Institute Leaders overseeing the clinical and academic missions of the Departments of Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Psychiatry, OBGYN, Pediatrics, Comprehensive Transplant, Pain, and our Respiratory and Pulmonary Services. Her responsibilities encompass directing and supporting the quality, financial, performance improvement and service activities in all areas of these departments as well as across the Medical Center. During her tenure at Cedars-Sinai, Jennifer has served in positions in Surgery, Orthopedics, Performance Improvement, Research and Interventional Services. She has developed and maintained an impressive track record for improving clinical quality, patient satisfaction and operational efficiency throughout the hospital. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Jennifer was a Senior Consultant and Six Sigma Master Black Belt for General Electric and consulted in hospitals across the country.

Stella Wan Qin Cao, MS, MPA

Director of Managed Care
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow

Stella Cao is a generalist with progressive healthcare administration experience in serving low-income and vulnerable populations since 1999. She joined the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) in 2014, and has been serving as the Director of Managed Care since then. She oversees several managed care and City programs including Medi-Cal, Healthy Workers HMO and other commercial managed care programs, Healthy San Francisco, San Francisco City Option and Tertiary Care programs. She serves a central role in aligning the Medicaid plans and DPH financial, clinical and administrative operations to serve San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents and workers. Cao is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, received her bachelor’s degree in English and business from the University of Central Lancashire, England, and her master’s degrees in marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and in public administration from the San Francisco State University.

Alesia Coe, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer/Executive Director – Adult Inpatient Hospitals
University of Chicago Medicine

Alesia Coe has over thirty years of professional nursing experience. She is currently the Associate Chief Nursing Officer & Executive Director for Adult Inpatient Hospitals at The University of Chicago Medicine in Illinois. She also serves as an adjunct nursing professor at Saint Xavier University. She received her bachelor’s and master’s of science in nursing from Saint Xavier University and her doctorate of nursing practice from The University of Alabama. She holds a Nurse Executive Advanced certification and is a member of the following professional organizations: American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago Health Executive Forum, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated: Alpha Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International: Alpha Lambda Chapter, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders and American Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Stacy Gray MD, AM

Associate Clinical Professor
City of Hope

Stacy W. Gray, M.D., is an associate clinical professor with a primary appointment in the Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics within the Department of Population Sciences and a secondary appointment in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research. She completed her internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at University of Chicago Hospitals. During her clinical training, she was awarded an Irving B. Harris Fellowship. Subsequently, she completed a research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute-funded Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research at University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. She continued her research training through a second postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, simultaneously joining Dana-Farber as a medical oncologist and cancer outcomes researcher in the Division of Population Sciences and the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology. Through her research, Dr. Gray is working to understand the factors that drive the use of novel and established cancer genomic tests and therapies, identify gaps in lung cancer prevention, research and care, and design interventions to improve the delivery of precision cancer medicine. Dr. Gray serves on the ASCO Cancer Research Committee, holds multiple leadership roles in an National Institutes of Health research consortium, and has presented her research both nationally and internationally.

Juell Homco, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma

Dr. Juell Homco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine (OUSCM). Dr.Homco leads the OUSCM’s community analytics efforts. This team is responsible for providing advanced data analytics, performance dashboards, and quality improvement support to the OU Physicians-Tulsa clinics, the Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative (OPHIC), the Sooner Health Access Network, and numerous multidisciplinary researchers across Oklahoma. As Associate Director of OPHIC, she helps lead a consortium of researchers and practitioners transforming health care delivery through statewide dissemination and implementation projects. Her research interests involve using epidemiologic and applied informatics methods to understand the impact of advanced health information technology on healthcare utilization, clinician behavior, and population health. Dr. Homco completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma and received her MPH from Saint Louis University with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Sucharita Kher, MD

Vice Chair, Clinical Operations and Quality, Department of Medicine
Tufts Medical Center

Dr. Sucharita Kher is the Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations and Quality in the Department of Medicine and a Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician at Tufts Medical Center. She is a highly regarded clinician in the intensive care unit and the ambulatory practice, with clinical interests in asthma, COPD, and tobacco dependence. Before embarking on the Vice-Chair role in April 2021, as the Director of Inpatient Services, Dr. Kher led several initiatives to improve inpatient clinical operations, including expanding physician coverage for the COVID surge and enhancing patient and physician satisfaction and length of stay. As the Medical Director for the Pulmonary Clinic, she developed the first Asian Lung Clinic providing culturally sensitive, efficient and accessible care for language minorities. She is an avid advocate for lung health. Dr. Kher earned her medical degree at University of Mumbai (India), residency at Cook County Hospital (Internal Medicine), and fellowship at Tufts Medical Center (Pulmonary & Critical Care). She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Caprice Knapp, PhD

Medicaid Director
North Dakota Department of Human Services
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow

In August 2019, Caprice Knapp became the North Dakota Medicaid Director. She brings to the position more than 20 years’ experience working on Medicaid and CHIP in the private sector, state and federal policymaking, and academics. In the private sector she as was the federal policy director for Molina Healthcare, Inc. In academics, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida (UF) conducting external quality review activities for Texas and Florida Medicaid and CHIP programs and maternal and child health research. In the policymaking arena, she worked in the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting in Colorado as well as the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. Knapp’s career has been focused on vulnerable populations, delivery system reform, and global health. At the University of Florida, Knapp earned a PhD in economics and completed postdoctoral training in health services research. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, 60 government reports, and two books.

Rachel Manotti, MHA

Vice President, Strategy & Market Advancement

Rachel Manotti, MHA is Vice President, Strategy & Market Advancement at Geisinger Health System where she leads strategic planning, strategic insights, and business development. Manotti joined Geisinger in 2007 as an Administrative Fellow in hospital operations. Since that time, she has worked in public relations and marketing, and progressive roles within strategy, planning and business development. She was appointed to her current role in 2020. Her professional interests center around strategic problem solving, complex planning activities and the application of data and analytics to drive meaningful insights and decision making in an integrated healthcare delivery and financing environment. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and her Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Heather Marstiller, MBOE

Vice President Continuous Improvement, Duke University Hospital
Duke University Health System

Heather Marstiller is the Vice President of Continuous Improvement for Duke University Hospital (DUH) in Durham, North Carolina. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of a lean management and improvement system within Duke Hospital and across the Duke Health enterprise. Prior to starting her role at DUH in 2019, she served the Duke Primary and Urgent Care network for 14 years fulfilling various roles including operational and improvement leadership positions. While with Duke Primary Care she led the development of the continuous improvement system which facilitated team engagement in achieving improvements in quality, safety and experience outcomes for the organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Business in Operational Excellence from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Marissa McKeever, Esq

Director, Government and Community Affairs, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Marissa McKeever, Esq. is the Director of Government and Community Affairs for Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine. She joined the organization in May 2015 and is responsible for representing local legislative and regulatory interests and driving community health improvement priorities for Johns Hopkins Medicine in DC, with a particular focus on underserved neighborhoods. She is passionate about advancing health equity and creating strategic partnerships that address the social determinants of health, build community capacity, and utilize place-based solutions. McKeever previously served as a senior legislative assistant for the Council of the District of Columbia, engaging in policy and legislative research and analysis. She also practiced health law, advising on federal and state statutory and regulatory matters. She earned her JD from Harvard Law School and bachelor’s degree in Communication from Messiah College. She is a member of the bar in Maryland and DC.

Terri Newmier

Vice President, Human Resources
Marshfield Clinic Health System

Terri Newmier is the Vice President of Human Resources for Marshfield Clinic Health System. She leads the Health System’s human resources functions including talent acquisition, benefits, and compensation. Her work critically supports the Health System’s mission and values by driving strategic initiatives that position the organization as a top employer in the state. She joined Marshfield Clinic Health System in 2001 and served in roles of progressive responsibility since. She holds certifications through the Society for Human Resource Management and HR Certification Institute, and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stefanie Ann Roberts Newman, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

VP Patient Care Services and CNO
Henry Ford Health System

As Vice President of patient care services and Chief Nursing Officer, Stefanie Roberts Newman led Henry Ford West Bloomfield’s Nursing Department through the Covid pandemic on her arrival in 2020. She continues those efforts and is leading the journey to Magnet designation for Henry Ford West Bloomfield. She previously served as VP and CNO at Bethesda North Hospital from 2010 until 2019. She successfully led Bethesda North’s Magnet designation and redesignation efforts, which have only been achieved by 8 percent of hospitals in the nation. From 2007 to 2010, Roberts Newman was the Assistant VP for patient Care services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she led the Critical Care Division through a successful Magnet designation.

Kathleen (Katie) O’Leary, RN, MPH, CHES, CPHQ

Vice President, Care Continuum Services
Yale New Haven Health

After serving as the Executive Director for Safety and Quality for YNHHS since 2012, Katie O’Leary began work on the YNHHS Post-Acute Care Services strategy in October 2018 to develop home based services including home hospital, home infusion nursing, hospice and other post-acute services. She received an undergraduate Nursing degree from Sacred Heart University and Masters in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, respectively. O’Leary maintains certifications in Health Education and Healthcare Quality. She is an adjunct professor at Southern in the school of Public Health teaching wellness and population health change management. She is also an annual guest Lecturer on quality measurement and process improvement in Public Health at Yale School of Medicine. Her interest and publications are in the areas of patient safety culture and healthcare improvement for populations.

Priti Patel, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer
John Muir Health

Dr. Priti Patel is the Chief Medical Information Officer at John Muir Health, a not-for-profit health care organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been practicing family medicine since 2002 and began her career in clinical informatics in 2012 during the implementation of John Muir Health’s first enterprise-wide, electronic health record. In the years following, she obtained board certification in Clinical Informatics and served as the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer. She advocates for the needs of clinicians and is passionate about developing and implementing innovative digital tools to deliver safe, high-quality, and efficient patient care. Clinically, she enjoys teaching family medicine residents while volunteering with the John Muir Mobile Health Clinic, a community service program committed to providing culturally sensitive quality care to vulnerable patients. Dr. Patel earned her B.S. in Bioengineering at Columbia University, and her M.D. from Albany Medical College, and completed her residency at the University of New Mexico.

Florencia Polite, MD

Chief Division of General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Penn Medicine

Dr. Florencia Greer Polite is a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology who serves as Chief of the Division of General OBGYN at Penn Medicine and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. She is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU and Bellevue hospitals and joined the faculty at NYU upon graduation. In 2010, Dr. Polite joined the faculty at LSU in New Orleans, her husband’s hometown, where she served as the Residency Director, Division Chief for General OBGYN and the Director of Faculty Development during her tenure. In September 2018, Dr. Polite was recruited back to PENN Medicine to serve as the Chief of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, the largest division in the department of OBGYN.

Angelique Richard, PhD, RN, CENP

Chief Operating Officer / Chief Nursing Officer
Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Angelique Richard is the Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer – RUMC, Chief Nursing Executive – Rush University Medical Center and Health System; and the Associate Dean for Practice Rush University College of Nursing. She provides administrative oversight & have accountability for hospital operations and professional nursing practice. Dr. Richard has extensive executive level experience in the field of nursing, leadership & hospital operations. Her focus and many contributions have been on improving quality and patient safety, advancing nursing practice, education and research and improving equity and access of healthcare to the underserved and underrepresented. These efforts have lead her organizations to achieving top rankings nationally in quality, safety, patient care and nursing. Dr. Richard started her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lake Forest College, completing her BSN and MSN at Rush University. She also received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Illinois.

Garima Singh, MD, FAPA

Chief Medical Officer
Burrell Behavioral Health
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow

Dr. Garima Singh is a Chief Medical Officer at Burrell Behavioral Health and is triple board certified in American board of Child and adolescent psychiatry, General psychiatry and Addiction medicine. She also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Missouri and participates as an expert panel for ECHO Child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Singh has been actively involved in teaching, multiple committees and research projects related to mental illness and Autism. In her current role she also focuses on novel methods of healthcare delivery including telehealth, integrated and collaborative care models especially for rural and underserved areas. She has several publications and has presented in state, national and international level. She specializes in child psychiatry and especially cares of those with special needs, Autism, developmental delays. She is passionate about bullying prevention and expansion of mental health services.

Elizabeth Stedina, MBA, MS

Vice President of Data Analytics
Dartmouth Health

Elizabeth Stedina joined Dartmouth Health in 2002 as a financial analyst and later assumed the role of the Director of financial planning overseeing the budgeting, analysis, cost accounting and decision support areas. In 2015, she moved out of finance into analytics and is currently the Vice President of Data Analytics at DH overseeing the Analytics Institute (AI), a centralized reporting and analytics team that provides support for the clinical, research and education missions of the organization. This division includes data warehousing, cost analysis and quality measurement and reporting. Stedina received an MBA from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Science in Health Services Research at The Dartmouth Institute.

Brenda Sulick, PhD

Vice President, Public, Government, and Community Affairs
SCAN Health Plan

Dr. Brenda Sulick is the Vice President of Public, Government, and Community Affairs at SCAN Group/Health Plan and responsible for developing and executing government relations strategies at the state and federal levels. She has held positions in Washington, D.C. as Health and Long-Term Services and Supports Policy Integration Director at AARP; Senior Policy Advisor at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Vice-President of Congressional Affairs at the National PACE Association; and Director of Federal Health Policy at the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2006-2007, Brenda was the national recipient of the John Heinz Senate Fellowship in Aging, and worked for U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Special Committee on Aging.

Timshel Tarbet, MBA

VP Business Excellence & Diversity Strategy
SCAN Health Plan

Timshel Tarbet, MBA started at SCAN in 2020 as the VP of Business Excellence and Diversity Strategy. Tarbet is focused leading initiatives expanding inclusivity both as an from a human resources standpoint but also as a means for SCAN to differentiate itself by serving new and existing populations in ways that are linguistically and culturally competent. Prior to SCAN Timshel worked at Portland based Cambia Health Solutions, which is part of the BCBS association of plans. During her tenure at Cambia, Timshel led the Ethics department where she succeeded in transforming the program into a nationally recognized, award willing program. She also spent time at Cambia leading the Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Accountability area’s and in Human Resources as a Human Resources Business Partner, Manager Compensation, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and HRIS.

Lakshmi Warrior, MD, MPH, FAAN

Chair, Neurology
Cook County Health
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow

Dr. Lakshmi Warrior is the Chair of Neurology and the Medical Director of the Stroke Program at Cook County Health. Her passion is providing equitable, high quality health care for patients regardless of their ability to pay and has led several efforts to improve workflow and quality of care across the organization. In addition to her clinical and administrative responsibilities, she serves as co-chair of the Racial and Health Equity Initiative at Cook County Health with the mission of integrating antiracism and health equity values into all areas of the organization.

Rahma Warsame, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Dr. Rahma Warsame is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Oncology. She is a hematologist who specializes in treatment of blood cancers specifically Multiple myeloma and Amyloidosis. She is the Associate chair of Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity for the Department of Medicine with a role to develop the strategy to improve patient equity within the Department of Medicine. Dr. Warsame is also an Associate Program Director for the Internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic. Her research focuses on patient reported outcomes such as quality of life, as well as financial toxicities in cancer. In addition, she studies and publishes on issues with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion in healthcare. Dr. Rahma Warsame completed her residency and hematology/oncology fellowship, and advanced dysproteinemia fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester and joined faculty at Mayo Clinic in 2017.

Palav Babaria, MD, MHS

CA Department of Health Care Services
Chief Quality Officer and Deputy Director of Quality and Population Health Management
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow


Dr. Palav Babaria was appointed Chief Quality Officer and Deputy Director of Quality and Population Health Management of the California Department of Health Care Services beginning in March 2021. She was formerly the Chief Administrative Officer of Ambulatory Services at Alameda Health System. In that capacity, she operationally and clinically oversaw 26 specialty clinics, four large primary care FQHCs, specialty and integrated behavioral health, and is responsible for all outpatient value-based payment programs. Prior to that role, she served as Medical Director of K6 Adult Medicine Clinic. She also has over a decade of global health experience and her work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine, Social Science & Medicine, L.A. Times, and New York Times. Her areas of interest include ambulatory transformation in resource-limited settings, shifting to value-based care, and issues of gender in medicine. Babaria received her bachelor’s from Harvard College, as well as her MD and Masters in Health Science from Yale University. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and global health fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Holly Beeman, MD, MBA

El Camino Health (Sponsored by Palo Alto Medical Foundation)
Chief Quality Officer

In November of 2021, Dr. Holly Beeman was named the Inaugural Chief Quality Officer at El Camino Health in Mountain View, CA. Formerly the Chief Surgical Officer of Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, one of the largest multispecialty medical groups in the country, she led and managed 1600 physicians to ensure they were able to provide exceptional, consistent, and efficient health care to 1 million patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Beeman’s ability to successfully lead and navigate complex and high intensity situations in the operating room as an OBGYN surgeon translates seamlessly to her abilities and effectiveness as a healthcare executive. She thrives when inspiring leaders to be their best and imbues multifunctional teams with a sense of optimism for what can be achieved to transform healthcare. To enrich the morale, engagement, and work product of the 1600 physicians she supported, Beeman recruited and mentored more than 100 physician leaders since becoming the Chief Surgical Officer, a role she created in 2015. During this time the physician confidence in physician leadership increased from 23% in 2015 before she began her role, to 70% in 2020 mid-COVID pandemic, as evidenced in the annual American Medical Group Association physician satisfaction survey.

Jennifer Brooks-Mason

SCAN Health Plan
Vice President Digital Strategy

Jennifer Brooks-Mason is the Vice President of Digital Strategy at SCAN Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage plan in California. In this role, Jennifer leads SCAN’s digital efforts including defining the vision, strategy, and piloting the execution of SCAN’s digital roadmap. Her leadership has helped drive significant growth in digital adoption with the health plan’s constituents (e.g. members, providers, brokers), elevate SCAN’s ability to service its membership and create efficiencies with SCAN’s business partners, as well as being recognized for national awards such as the Webby and Stevie Award for Innovation. She has held various roles within the Information Technology domain throughout her healthcare career and has strong expertise in project management, process improvements, and technology implementations. Prior to her current role, Brooks-Mason served as Senior Director of SCAN’s Project Management Office, delivering on critical strategic initiatives. She was awarded the Project Management Professional “PMP” distinction and obtained her Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University.

Yvette M. Brown, MD, FACOG

Keystone Rural Health
Medical Director, Keystone Women’s Care
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow

Dr. Yvette Brown received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Meredith College and her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and the Medical Director for Keystone Women’s Care in Pennsylvania. Brown has held positions as a Board member of the Cumberland Valley Network, Board Chair of the Cumberland Valley Physicians, and Chair of the Depart of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is an Associate Professor at The Penn State Hershey Medical College. Brown is a recipient of the Meredith Distinguished Alumna award, Teacher of the Year Award for Penn State Hershey Medical College, and Best of the Best Obstetrician/Gynecologist in South Central Pennsylvania.

Carolyn Tung-Conti, MS

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Executive Director, Departments of Orthopaedics and Surgery

Carolyn Tung-Conti is the Executive Director of the Departments of Surgery and Orthopaedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California since March 2017. In this role, she oversees the Department’s administrative, research, and ambulatory clinic operations. She joined Cedars-Sinai in 2015 as a Manager in Strategic Planning and Business Development. From 2003-2015, she was a consultant with The Camden Group, a boutique healthcare firm providing strategy and business planning consulting to healthcare providers, hospitals, and health systems. As a vice president with the firm, she led projects developing and implementing clinically integrated networks to prepare organizations for value-based care. Having grown up in Charleston, South Carolina, she has lived in West Los Angeles since 2003.

Kenyatta Elliott, MBA, MHA

Duke University Health System
Associate Vice President

Kenyatta Elliott joined Duke Primary Care in May 2018 where she serves as an Associate Vice President, overseeing the administration, coordination, performance, and monitoring of operational and business activities. This spans across a growing primary care network of over 45 Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric, and Urgent Care practices sites across central NC. Prior to joining Duke, she served as an Assistant Administrator of Ambulatory for Johns Hopkins Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Maternal Child Health, and a post graduate certificate in Health Education. She also holds Master’s degrees in Health care Administration and Business Administration. She is a wife and mother who is passionate about her family and the community she serves.

Elisabeth Erekson, MD, MPH, FACOG, FACS

Maine Medical Center
Department Chair-Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chief-Women’s Health Service Line

Dr. Elisabeth Erekson became the chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and the chief of the women’s health service line at Maine Medical Center within the MaineHealth System in early 2020. Prior to arriving in Maine, she served as the interim chair of obstetrics and gynecology and vice-president of the women’s health service line at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health from 2017 to 2019 where she led an operating margin turn-around of $2 million in FY2018 and successfully recruited 9 physicians and 7 Advanced Practice Providers. As a practicing clinician-scientist who is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (also known as Urogynecology), her research has focused on outcomes in gynecology, the epidemiology of female pelvic floor disorders, health services research in women’s health, and quality improvement. Erekson also has a strong focus on quality improvement and outcomes in surgery. She has served a voting member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Standing Surgical Committee for the endorsement of quality metrics in surgical care since 2013.

Michelle N. Figueroa

NYC Health & Hospitals/Metropolitan
Chief Operating Officer
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow


Michelle N. Figueroa is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College, she has over 20 years of progressive financial and leadership experience in various human services settings. She began her career at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services in 1998. From 1999 to 2008, she worked for the City Of New York Human Resources Administration, ending her tenure as an Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Budget Administration. She joined NYC Health & Hospitals in 2008 as Budget Director and worked collaboratively with all stakeholders to develop positive outcomes. Over the past 12 years, she has held various positions including: Budget Director, Patient Accounting Director, Service Line Administrator for Ambulatory Care, Network Accounts Receivable Director & Deputy Chief Financial Officer at three acute facilities within the Health System. She joined NYC Health & Hospitals in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Financial/Operating Officer in 2019 and to Chief Operating Officer of NYC Health & Hospitals/Metropolitan in 2022.

Ginette Hawkins, MSW

SCAN Group and Health Plan
Corporate Vice President, Chief Risk Executive

Ginette Hawkins is currently Corporate Vice President, Chief Risk Executive for SCAN Group and Health Plan. She formerly served as Vice President of Compliance and Compliance Officer for SCAN Health Plan. She is responsible for leading both the organization’s Compliance Program and Special Investigations Unit, which investigates potential fraud, waste, and abuse. Hawkins regularly presents to the plan’s board of directors and leads staff education efforts around the importance of ethical conduct and compliant performance. Previously, she served as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and was a manager in SCAN’s Home and Community Based Services unit where she led a team of social workers that performed in-home assessments of at-risk individuals. Prior to joining SCAN in 2006, she was the program director of an adult day health care center that served the senior and disabled communities. Hawkins earned a Master of Social Work Program degree from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach. She is a regular guest lecturer and speaker at social work events, and mentors students and young professionals in this field.

Staci A. Hermann, PharmD, MS

Dartmouth Health
Chief Pharmacy Officer

Staci A. Hermann, PharmD, MS was named Dartmouth Health’s Chief Pharmacy Officer in 2018. She earned her PharmD degree from The University of Rhode Island and her master’s in Hospital Pharmacy Administration from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. During that time, she completed a two-year health system administration residency at The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Hermann was the pharmacy operations and informatics manager at The University of Kansas Hospital from 2007 to 2012. She managed the pharmacy portion of Mass General Brigham’s Epic project in 2013. She returned to pharmacy in 2014 as the Assistant Director of Pharmacy for Tufts Medical Center, and for Lahey Hospital and Clinics in 2015. Hermann became the System Director of Pharmacy for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system in 2016. She has been actively engaged in professional organizations throughout her career (Vizient and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) and also serves on the board of her condo association.

Krista Hoglund, ASA, MAAA

Marshfield Clinic Health System
Security Health Plan Chief Executive Officer

Krista Hoglund is the Chief Executive Officer for Security Health Plan. Prior to this promotion in December 2021, she served as the Chief Actuary & Financial Officer for Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System and one of Wisconsin’s largest regional health plans serving more than 208,000 members. She has long been a champion for Security Health Plan’s strategic imperative calling for stewardship of financial and human resources. One of her main areas of focus is reducing total cost of care for Security Health Plan customers, and across the healthcare industry.

Hoglund joined Marshfield Clinic Health System in 2008, serving in progressively more responsible roles since that time. She earned her Associateship in the Society of Actuaries in 2010 and has served as Security’s Appointed Actuary since 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Lorraine Lee, MHA, BSPharm

Yale New Haven Health
Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations

Lorraine “Lori” Lee is the Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations and formerly held the position of Vice President, Corporate Pharmacy and Corporate Supply Chain Services for Yale New Haven Health. She previously filled the role of Chief Pharmacy Officer from 2014-2019 and added Corporate Supply Chain in 2018. Lee is a pharmacist by training starting at Yale New Haven Health in 1986. She has held various leadership roles within pharmacy services and supply chain. She is responsible for the strategic oversight for pharmacy services and supply chain throughout the system; including financial, clinical integration, operational and medication/device safety objectives. She serves on many state and national executive forums within pharmacy and supply chain professional organizations. Lee holds a Masters of Health Administration from Simmons College in Boston where she was a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society and a Bachelors of Pharmacy from University of Rhode Island.

Nicole Sandusky McCann, Esq

Johns Hopkins Health System
Vice President Provider/Payer Transformation

Nicole “Nicki” Sandusky McCann started her career in health care policy as committee counsel to the Maryland House of Delegates Appropriations Committee where she provided policy and legal advice related to healthcare to members of the Maryland General Assembly. She began her career at Johns Hopkins in 2010 as the Director of Health Policy for Government Affairs. In this role, her responsibilities included advising Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) senior leadership regarding health policy issues and advocating on behalf of JHHS to advance industry priorities under Maryland’s rate-setting system. In April 2018, she transitioned to a new role at Johns Hopkins serving as Chief of Staff for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, leading efforts on the development and advancement of strategic objectives; fostering strong community partnerships; and collaborating with hospital leadership, providers, and staff to build and launch programs that align with Maryland’s Total Cost of Care Model and improve patient satisfaction and experience. McCann was promoted to the position of Vice President for Provider/Payer Transformation for JHHS in November of 2019. In this role, she is responsible for collaborating with health system leadership and the provider community to facilitate strategic responses to matters related to the payer market.

Emily S. Moorhead, FACHE

Henry Ford Health System
Chief Operating Officer, Central Market

Emily S. Moorhead is a healthcare executive with rapidly advancing leadership experience that spans diverse for-profit and non-profit networks as well as healthcare consulting services. Her roles have included Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Director of Transforming Operations, Senior Consultant of Hospital Operations and Operational Excellence, and Regional Director of the Healthcare Division at GE. Her passions include providing the kind of healthcare services that bring a smile to the faces of even the sickest patients and facilitating the integration of health and wellness into everyday life. Moorhead earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI, graduating With Distinction. She also attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Kari Evan Roberts, MD

Tufts Medical Center
Vice President of Education at Wellforce, Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kari Roberts was selected in 2021 as Wellforce’s first Vice President of Education. A highly regarded clinician educator, Kari serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for GME at Tufts Medical Center.  Clinically, her practice includes pulmonary hypertension, critical care and general pulmonary medicine. Kari shares her clinical experience in these settings with trainees from the Pulmonary Critical care fellowship and Internal Medicine residency, as well as TUSM students.  Dr. Roberts earned her BA at Dartmouth College and MD at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical training was completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Internal Medicine) and New York Presbyterian (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine). A member of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Tufts Medical Center since 2004, she was an NIH-funded physician scientist (translational genetics) prior to transitioning to a career focused on graduate medical education. She has been regularly been named a Top Doctor in Pulmonary Medicine by Boston Magazine since 2015.

Lorna Rodriguez-Rodriguez, MD, PhD

City of Hope
Vice-Chair Surgery, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, City of Hope National Medical Center-Department of Surgery

Dr. Lorna Rodriguez has worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Gynecologic Oncology and worked in the laboratories of Dr. Mathew Scharff and Susan Horowitz, she then moved to University of Rochester where she received a PhD in Biochemistry in 1996, and then became an associate professor and Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Division and then spent the next 18 years as Professor at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, first as Division Chief and then as Director of the Precision Medicine Initiative of the Center. In 2019 she became Vice Chair in the department of Surgery at City of Hope and is part of the Enterprise Leadership Team. Her laboratory research has contributed to the knowledge of the role of the CD44 receptor in multidrug resistance. She currently is part of the Governance Committee at COH for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This role is a new path in her leadership trajectory.

Tristé Lieteau Smith, MD, JD

Near North Health (sponsored by UChicago)
Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Tristé Smith is the Chief Strategy Officer at Near North Health. Prior to her role at Near North, Dr. Smith was the Executive Director of the Urban Health Initiative Strategy and Innovation at the University of Chicago from 2014 – 2021. She was responsible for developing strategies that leveraged UChicago Medicine’s community engagement and health equity capabilities across campus- wide health, research, clinical, and educational portfolios. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Smith served in the roles of Chief Integrity Executive, Director of Government Relations, and Associate General Counsel at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she oversaw the hospital’s compliance program, developed and managed strategies to inform and influence public policy at the county, state, and federal levels, and coordinated its enterprise-wide efforts related to tax-exemption and community benefit. She received an M.D. from Harvard University Medical School and holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Mika Taylor

John Muir Health
Executive Finance Director

Mika Taylor began her career at John Muir Health in 2005. She has grown within the organization in various accounting, financial planning, and analytics roles. Taylor is now serving as the Executive Finance Director of Corporate Finance and has recently led her organization through a transition from traditional budgeting to dynamic planning. Taylor is responsible for managing the financial planning function, which includes management reporting, productivity, operating, capital, and long range planning.

Vicky Tilton, MSN, RN

Valley Children’s Healthcare
Executive Director Inpatient Operations & Assistant CNO

Vicky Tilton is currently the Executive Director of Inpatient Operations and the ACNO at Valley Children’s Healthcare, a 260 non-for-profit pediatric facility in Central California. In her current role, she is responsible for inpatient operational oversight along with championing strategic initiatives associated with patient care delivery. She has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and has held several leadership roles with many outstanding pediatric organizations. Tilton is proud to be an active board member for the Ronald McDonald Charity House. She earned her Master in Executive Nursing Leadership and is currently preparing for her Doctorate in Executive Nursing Leadership through Purdue University Global. She is quite passionate about her teams as well as the patients and families she has the opportunity to serve. Her goals include completion of her DNP, and she aspires to become a Chief Nursing Officer, as well as a future author focusing on transformational leadership.

Lisa Walke, MD, MSHA, AGSF

University of Pennsylvania Health System
Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Lisa M. Walke is Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine since 2018. She determines and advances the strategic direction of the clinical, research, and education programs of the division. She earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Harvard University, a medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Haven. She was an Internal Medicine resident at Montefiore Medical Center and a Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology fellow at Yale before serving on the Yale faculty from 2003-2018. She became an American Geriatrics Society (AGS) fellow in 2014 and was named AGS Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year in 2017. She serves on the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs Board since 2019 and the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board since 2020.

Karena Weikel, ASA, MAAA

Priority Health (sponsored by Geisinger Health Plan)
Senior VP, Advanced Analytics & Chief Actuary

Karena Weikel is the Senior Vice President of Advanced Analytics and Chief Actuary at Priority Health.  Previously, she served at Geisinger Health Plan from 2009-2021 in a variety of roles, including Chief Actuary. She is a risk professional who began her career in healthcare experience in 2001. Weikel has experience in managing overall cost of care (expense, vendor), trend mitigation, vendor relations, underwriting, provider and medical economics, risk adjustment, operational and regulatory reporting, pricing and rate filing, trend analysis, reserve and organization-wide financial analytics for all lines of business.


Rush University Medical Center
Vice President, Corporate Compliance-Rush University Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruitment-Rush Medical College

Dr. Cynthia Boyd is vice president for corporate compliance and chief compliance officer at Rush University Medical Center. She is responsible for the oversight of the compliance program and in providing awareness, education, direction and support to the board of trustees, the audit committee of the board, senior management and Rush staff regarding the resolution and prevention of compliance issues. In addition to many speaking engagements, Boyd has published in peer-reviewed journals on compliance related topics. She is distinguished nationally on various issues in medical education including the admissions process, diversity and inclusion, and professional development. She is a longstanding member of the faculty at Rush Medical College of Rush University and currently serves as the dean for admissions and recruitment. Boyd received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business with certification in health administration and policy. She is an associate professor in the department of medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.


BJC HealthCare
President,  St. Charles County Hospitals

Gina Calder was named president of BJC HealthCare hospitals in St. Charles County, Mo. in February 2021. Formerly, Calder served as the Administrator at Milford Campus of Bridgeport Hospital and served previously as vice president of ambulatory services at Bridgeport Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health System. She has had operational, strategic planning, and business development responsibility for 13 inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory areas totaling $40 million in revenue and 80,000 patient visits annually. She also successfully planned and implemented Park Avenue Medical Center, which opened in spring 2016 and is the first outpatient center for Bridgeport Hospital and the largest for Yale New Haven Health. Calder works to influence policy and healthcare delivery to eliminate disparities in access to quality care and improve health outcomes. She serves on the boards of Optimus Health Care and FitHaven and is the immediate past president and founding member of the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives. Calder was recognized in 2015 as one of the Connecticut NAACP’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in the state. In 2016, she received Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Fairfield County Alumnae Chapter’s Dorothy I. Height Community Service Award and the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives Leadership Award. She earned her MPH and undergraduate psychology degrees from Yale University and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Johns Hopkins Health System
President, Johns Hopkins National Capital Region

Carolyn Carpenter is currently president of the president of  Johns Hopkins National Capital Region. Previously, she served as vice president of Sentara Healthcare and chief operating officer of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. As vice president, she served as the system executive for the Sentara Cancer Network spanning 12 hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina. In her more than twenty years of progressive responsibility in academic health center, Carpenter has distinguished herself by building high performing teams, developing novel organizational models to create value, and planning and executing program growth. Prior to arriving at Sentara, Carpenter held multiple roles at Duke Health including chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital, associate dean of the Duke School of Medicine and associate vice president of Duke Health System as the senior administrator for the Duke Cancer Institute. Carpenter received her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her MHA from Medical College of Virginia. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and an adjunct assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.


Carilion Clinic
Associate Professor of Psychiatry-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Vice President of Medical Staff Affairs, Carilion Medical Center; Associate Dean for Clinical Science Years 3 and 4-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Dr. Tracey Criss has been practicing psychiatry at Carilion Clinic for 25 years. She serves as vice president of medical staff affairs and credentialing at Carilion Medical Center. She is the associate dean for clinical science years 3 and 4 at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and an associate professor in the department of psychiatry. Criss has significant interest in severe major depression and the prevention of suicide, practices in outpatient psychiatry, and delivers electroconvulsive therapy at Carilion Medical Center. Throughout her time at Carilion Clinic, Criss has been engaged in teaching residents, medical students, and physician assistant students. Criss is a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, completed residency at Akron General Medical Center, and completed a mini-fellowship in electroconvulsive therapy at Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Zucker Hillside Hospital. Research interests include curricular development and stress in medical students. She, her husband Glenn, and daughter Jordan are all sports fans and enjoy playing golf together as a family.


Jackson Health System (Sponsored by BDC Advisors/University of Miami)
Vice President, Managed Care and Population Health

Barbara Fonte, MHSA, is the vice president of managed care and population health, for Jackson Health System, one of the largest academic and public health systems in the United States. Fonte manages the $1.5 billion dollar payer contracting strategy that helps subsidize Jackson’s charitable mission to care for the unfunded and most vulnerable populations of the County. Prior to rejoining Jackson in 2018, Fonte expanded her scope with an extensive career in South Florida based healthcare administration, serving a chief administrative officer for the University of Miami Health System, and held leadership positions in physician relations, patient access and multispecialty physician group practice at Miami Children’s Hospital.


John Muir Health
Vice President of Patient Care Services

Girlynda Gonzales started her journey at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek over 22 years ago as a unit secretary/cardiac monitor technician. She continued to work full time while pursuing her nursing degrees. She has had the opportunity to serve in multiple, progressive leadership roles. This past year as the executive director of adult inpatient services, she has come to realize that despite differences across the specialties in patient care and nursing practice, nursing leadership is the foundation for success. She is ready to face a new challenge for a goal that she firmly believes in. She is proud and blessed to be part of an organization whose core values and mission statement are aligned with her own philosophies and guiding principles. She is excited to take the opportunity to continue her pursuit of continuity of care and a seamless and exceptional patient experience. She looks forward to enhancing her skills as a nurse leader and becoming part of a dynamic and innovative group of female executives.


University of Pennsylvania Health System
Vice Chair for Quality at Scheie Eye Institute, Associate Dean for CME/CEI and Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Cataract Surgery at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Medical Chair for Quality in Clinical Operations for Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Thomasine Gorry serves as an associate professor of clinical ophthalmology in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She also serves as the medical director for quality and safety for Scheie Eye Institute and the department of ophthalmology. Gorry serves on many health system-wide committees and serves as the medical chair of the quality committee for the clinical practices of the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical, surgical, and quality work make her a strong mentor within the department of ophthalmology. She teaches quality, clinical, and surgical skills simultaneously to residents and medical students. Through committee work, she leads efforts to improve medical quality, medical communications, electronic medical records, risk reduction, and safety management throughout the health system. She has received numerous honors, including an award for leadership in research and election to the Leadership Academy of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is the recipient of the Penn Medicine Quality and Safety Award and has won grant for innovative advances in the screening of diabetic retinopathy.


Rush University Medical Center
Chief Operating Officer, Rush University Medical Group

Richa Gupta started her healthcare experience in medical school in India. After deciding to switch from the clinical track to administration, she got her masterʼs in health systems administration at University of Michigan. She completed an administrative fellowship and UNC Chapel Hill, and moved to Chicago to be part of the newly created internal consulting team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After four years in performance improvement, she spent another four years in surgical services as director. She started at Rush in 2011, to start the performance improvement program. In this time, she has moved into the chief quality officer role and has been excited to lead the improvement arm of the organization, including performance improvement, safety, infection prevention, patient experience, and clinical resource management. She has focused her attention on advancing Rushʼs High Reliability journey through adoption of a Lean management system. She was promoted to COO of the Rush University Medical Group in May 2019.


Elimu Informatics
Vice President and Chief Clinical Innovation Officer 

Dr. Tonya Hongsermeier is the VP and Chief Clinical Innovation Officer at Elimu Informatics. She formerly served as chief medical informatics officer at Lahey Health, an integrated healthcare system serving New England. Formerly, she was a principal informatician in clinical informatics research and development at Partners Healthcare System and has served as a team lead on both the Agency for Healthcare Research and quality-funded Clinical Decision Support consortium project and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology-funded Advancing Clinical Decision Support project. Prior to this, she served for five years as senior corporate manager for clinical knowledge management and decision support. In this capacity she built a knowledge management team and led implementation of a collaboration, CDS authoring, and content management platform for enterprise Clinical Decision Support. She also served as a co-chair for the Semantic Web Healthcare-Life sciences Special Interest Group for the World Wide Web Consortium. She received her MD from Boston University and completed her residency in medicine and fellowship in clinical nutrition at the Deaconess Hospital. She received an MBA in healthcare management from BU School of Management in 1995, and has held several positions in industry leading a variety of informatics efforts. Prior to joining Partners Healthcare System, she was vice president for knowledge management solutions and patient safety at Cerner Corporation.


Bay Area Medical Foundation—Sutter Health
Pediatrics and Women’s Health Service Line Executive

Chantel Johnson is the Pediatric Service Line director at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in the San Francisco Bay Area. She oversees operations at all pediatric primary care across 24 clinics. Johnson also works closely with pediatric urgent care and specialty services. She is known for her ability to foster collaboration, lead complex projects, and provide clinical insight into healthcare operations. Experienced in both ambulatory and acute care, Johnson served in several leadership positions in neonatal intensive care units in the Seattle area prior to joining PAMF. She holds her R.N. degree and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Washington. Johnson is the committee chair in the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL). She is passionate about improving the health of children in her community.


Marshfield Clinic Health System
CIO, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Inc.

Jeri Koester assumed the role of Interim CIO and then CIO of Marshfield Clinic Health System in early 2019. She previously was vice president of IT business management at Marshfield Clinic Information Services (MCIS Inc.) since October 2016. Prior to that role, Koester was the vice president of operations, the IT division and was instrumental in leading Marshfield Clinic’s transition of their IT department into a for-profit subsidiary of the health system. Her experience also includes senior project management for one of the nation’s largest window and door manufacturers completing a restructure of the manufacturing footprint. She also brings business startup experience from one of the leading software companies in the fenestration industry where she managed sales and sales projections, client accounts, project implementations, and development teams. Koester earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and is a certified project manager professional from the Project Management Institute.


UCSF Medical Center
Administrative Director

Martha Lauderdale holds a Master of Public Administration and has over 25 years experience in organizational development and operational leadership. Prior to her current role, she served as the vice president of the anesthesia, diagnostic, and pharmacy service line for Sutter Health-Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Since joining Palo Alto Medical Foundation in 2013, Lauderdale has facilitated the implementation of annual strategy development, deployment, and goal deployment cycles throughout the organization. In addition, she has partnered with physician leaders to drive patient centered process improvement in GI, ambulatory surgery centers, primary care, medical specialties, and clinical lab. Before transitioning to healthcare, Lauderdale specialized in implementing lean operating systems and creating centers of excellence in manufacturing and service organizations.


Duke University Health System
Associate Vice President, Neurosciences and Behavioral Health

Carey Unger currently serves as the associate vice president for neurosciences and behavioral health for Duke University Health System. She has been in her current role for a year and a half, and has been at Duke for over 12 years serving in a variety of positions. Previous responsibilities included managing the outpatient neuroscience portfolio, as well as serving as the vice president for medicine, surgery, and behavioral health for Duke Hospital. Unger received her B.S. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2002 and her Master in Health Administration from University of Missouri in 2004. In her free time, Unger is an international volunteer for her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and enjoys traveling with her family.


Henry Ford Health System
Chief Operating Office, HFHS Behavioral Health Services

As vice president of Henry Ford Hospital operations, Wellington is responsible for coordinating, integrating, and implementing all aspects of the continuum of care from admission to discharge including budgeting, regulatory compliance, process design, and staffing oversight in this role. She leads the admission transfer management office, case management, housekeeping, spiritual care, denials/appeals, and utilization review for Henry Ford Hospital. Additionally, Wellington has been serving as the interim senior administrative leader for Henry Ford Health System’s behavioral health services for nearly two years. Wellington has served in a diverse range of positions throughout the Henry Ford Health System since 1996, in both inpatient and outpatient services. Past positions include administrator for internal medicine, pediatrics and urology for the Henry Ford Medical Group; senior site administrator for one of the system’s urban satellites, while also serving as senior administrator for genetics, women’s health and dermatology. Wellington holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Windsor. She has participated in numerous nursing and leadership committees throughout her tenure and currently serves on various Henry Ford Health System committees and as faculty for the Physician Leadership Academy.


Medical University of South Carolina
Chief Pharmacy Officer
(sponsored by Dartmouth Health)

Marva Williams-Lowe, Pharm.D, MHA, is the chief pharmacy officer for MUSC. She was previously regional pharmacy director at Dartmouth Health System and responsible for hospital pharmacy practice and operations, providing oversight for pharmacy operations at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire; Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vermont; the National Cancer Institute designated Norris Cotton Cancer Center sites in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and St. Johnsbury, Vermont. She led the development of pharmacy practice models at Dartmouth Health while serving in clinical and administrative positions on various health system committees. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston and completed a Management Certificate program at Boston University and a Master of Health Administration at the University of Ohio.


Marshfield Clinic Health System
Chief of Staff

Melissa Breen joined Marshfield Clinic Health System as chief of staff in May 2016. She works to advance the organization’s mission, vision, and core values, ensuring the strategic direction is evident and communicated clearly across the enterprise. Breen advises executive leadership and works closely with the Marshfield Clinic Health System Clinic Board of Directors. As a representative for the CEO, Breen works with representatives from numerous communities, organizations, and local governments to build and strengthen key relationships that promote Marshfield Clinic Health System brand awareness and goodwill, while meeting community expectations and business needs. Breen has over 20 years of experience in the health care industry. Prior to joining Marshfield Clinic Health System, she was vice president of membership and certification with Medical Group Management Association Colorado and spent many years with the Wisconsin Medical Society.


Bold Industries Group, Inc. (sponsored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health)
Chief Executive Officer

Leigh Burgess is formerly the vice president of research operations for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. In this role, she and her colleagues worked to advance the missions of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the Dartmouth College research community, by developing and implementing strategic initiatives within basic, translational, and clinical research. Burgess supported a team of clinical research operations and administration staff and directed the administrative and operational functions of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system-wide Clinical Trials Office, Human Rights Protection Program, Office of Sponsored Projects, Research Nursing, Office of Technology Transfer, Central Research Lab, and Research Finance. Her past leadership experience includes graduate medical education, oncology quality, patient centered care, patient education, and research operations. Burgess is currently a doctoral student completing coursework towards her Doctorate in Business Administration.


Vice President, Health
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow

Rita Carreón is the deputy vice president for health at UnidosUS, a national civil rights and advocacy organization. In this role since 2016, Carreón oversees the organization’s strategic direction in health, including areas of community engagement, programming, social determinants of health, and health equity. She works in partnership with UnidosUS Affiliates, government, and private partners to advance access to quality and equitable health care. Previously Carreón was vice president of clinical strategies and health care equity at America’s Health Insurance Plans and led health programming at the National Association of Community Health Centers. She sits on the American Cancer Society’s and American Heart Associations’ Health Equity Councils and is a member of Pfizer’s Multicultural Advisory Council and the Women of Impact for Health Care. Carreón is a certified health insurance executive and holds a post graduate certificate in Health Care Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Community and School Health from California State University, Long Beach.


Duke University Health System
Vice President, Strategic Planning & Business Development

Morgan Jones is responsible for leading Duke Health’s Strategic Planning team where she oversees enterprise wide planning and business development for clinical strategy and implementation. Prior to joining Duke, she served as the interim assistant director (Assistant Chief Operating Officer) and strategic planner at the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She has worked with the Joint Commission in accreditation standards and cultural competencies. Jones holds a Master of Science in Public Health in Hospital Administration and Health Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a mom to three beautiful girls and enjoys playing tennis with her husband and trips to the beach in her free time.


Rush University Medical Center
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Courtney Kammer is senior vice president, chief human resources officer at Rush University Medical Center. Kammer is a healthcare professional with over 21 years of experience. She has been at Rush since 2006 serving in roles focused on the faculty recruitment, onboarding, and retention programs. In 2019, she was appointed interim vice president of talent management in the human resources department. She completed the Executive Master’s of Healthcare Administration program at University of Minnesota and currently serves on the executive board as the treasurer of AAPPR (Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment). Kammer held several executive leadership roles in the state recruitment association and has participated in numerous committees. She looks forward to enhancing her leadership skills among this progressive group of female executives.


Cook County Health
Executive Director of Ambulatory Specialty Care Operations
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow


Ratna Kanumury is the Executive Director of Ambulatory Specialty Care Operations for Cook County Health. Prior to that, she was the Director of Advanced Practice Program Services since February 2015. She is a strong supporter of optimizing team practice to improve a patient- centered approach to care. She leads credentialing for all non-physician providers within Cook County Health to assure patient safety and the delivery of high quality care. Kanumury has developed a clinical training program with 11 Advanced Practice Programs across Chicagoland and a pipeline for recruitment of well qualified health care professionals. She has led several efforts to improve billing, coding and clinical documentation for clinicians. She builds strong partnerships across the organization to improve health care outcomes. Kanumury continues to practice Primary Care Internal Medicine and delivers care on the southside of Chicago.


John Muir Health
Vice President of Practice Operations, John Muir Health Physician Network

Laura Kazaglis began her career in Akron, Ohio as a nurse and respiratory therapist initially focused on operations. From the beginning of her career, Kazaglis gravitated toward newly created and uncharted roles and responsibilities, many times becoming the first to hold the positions she took. She has always welcomed the challenges that come with new opportunities and the lifelong learning she has enjoyed throughout her journey. After moving to California in 2002, she began her career at John Muir Health as an operational project manager and physician liaison, implementing the first electronic health record system (Cerner) for the John Muir Physician Network. In 2006, Kazaglis was promoted to executive director of clinical operations, where her accomplishments included the redesign of all clinical policies and procedures, and the creation and development of the first clinical training program for all ambulatory staff members. In 2015, she was a promoted to her current role as vice president of practice operations. Kazaglis has always been and remains a passionate patient advocate, committed to the mission of providing quality healthcare for the communities and patients they serve.


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Associate Professor of Surgery; Director Comprehensive Transplant Program; Surgical Director Kidney Transplant Program

Dr. Irene Kim is a liver and kidney transplant surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, where she is also an associate professor in surgery. Kim was named the director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center in 2021 (having been a co-director since 2019) and the surgical director of the kidney transplant program in 2018. Kim obtained her undergraduate degree from MIT, medical degree from UCSF, and residency and fellowship training at Tufts and Stanford, respectively. Her research focuses on the immunology and treatment of patients with high HLA-antibody sensitization. She is the current chair of the Minority Affairs Committee at UNOS/OPTN, chairs the Transplant Committee at Cedars-Sinai, and has served on several committees for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). Kim is an avid Francophile and loves to travel with her husband and two young children, Sylvie and Max.


Northwell Health (sponsored by BDC Advisors)
Senior Director, Ambulatory Strategy and Business Development

Ewa Kisilewicz is the Senior Director of Ambulatory Strategy and Business Development for Northwell Health. Prior to joining Northwell in 2021, Ewa was a principal at BDC Advisors, LLC, a national strategy consulting firm that serves health delivery systems and provider organizations. Prior to joining BDC, Ewa worked at Accenture Management Consulting, where she was focused on process improvement and IT system implementation support. Ewa holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.


Sutter Health
Chief Operating Officer, Sutter Health CPMC

Hamila Kownacki is currently the COO at Sutter Health CPMC, a multi-campus healthcare system in San Francisco and part of Sutter Health, an integrated health care system in Northern California. Prior to her current role, Kownacki was CAO at CPMC’s largest campus and hospital where she was the hospital administrator and led strategic, financial, and operational oversight for many tertiary and quaternary programs. Prior to joining Sutter Health, Kownacki served as managing director of strategy and planning at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California; COO at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation; vice president of facilities and planning, director of strategy and business development at Sutter Health CPMC. She has also held positions with Prudential Health and St. John’s Hospital. Kownacki has a Master’s in Health Care Administration from St. Mary’s College, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and is a licensed Registered Nurse in California.


Orlando Health 
Vice President, Orlando Health & President of Women’s Services for Orlando Health Medical Group

Dr. Monica Lee-Griffith has been appointed vice president, Orlando Health & President of Women’s Services for Orlando Health Medical Group. She was previously a physician in the Henry Ford Health System since 1999, holding progressive leadership positions within the Department of Women’s Health. She served as vice chairperson in the department of women’s health for the Henry Ford Medical Group, as well as medical director of obstetrics for Henry Ford Hospital. Lee-Griffith received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, Medical Degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed her OB/GYN residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She recently obtained her Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, graduating with distinction. Lee-Griffith is an experienced, innovative leader with expertise in healthcare strategy, process improvement, and service excellence. As an obstetric hospitalist, she has particular interests in quality, safety, and value-based obstetrical care initiatives for culturally diverse, health vulnerable populations.


Yale New Haven Health
Chief of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Jaspreet Loyal is a pediatric hospitalist and an associate professor in the department of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. From 2012 to 2017, she served as the medical director for the Well Newborn Unit at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. In 2017, she became the medical director for the inpatient pediatric units where she provides clinical oversight, and leads development, implementation and monitoring of programmatic initiatives including quality and safety, the safe flow of patients, and patient experience. In 2016, Loyal joined the Yale pediatric residency leadership team as an associate program director. Loyal received an undergraduate degree from St. Catherine’s University in Minnesota, a graduate degree in Epidemiology at Stanford University in California, and a medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Prior to joining Yale, she was a resident and chief resident in pediatrics at Weill Cornell-New York Presbyterian.


Geisinger Health System
Chief Scientific Officer, Geisinger; Professor and Director, Geisinger Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute

Christa Lese Martin is the chief scientific officer at Geisinger and a professor and founding Director of Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute. She is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Cytogenetics. At Geisinger, Martin is part of the leadership team for the MyCode Community Health Initiative – a groundbreaking precision health program bringing genomic medicine into everyday healthcare. Martin received her Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and completed her PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. She did her postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago in the Department of Human Genetics and remained on faculty as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory. Before joining Geisinger, Martin was an associate professor in the department of human genetics at Emory University and operations director of Emory Genetics Laboratory.


Tufts Medical Center
Vice President, Perioperative Services, Surgery, and Anesthesia 

Sarah McKay, MHA is the Vice President of Perioperative Services, Surgery, and Anesthesia for Tufts Medical Center, the academic medical center for the Wellforce healthcare system in Massachusetts. She oversees operations for the Operating Room at a level one trauma center, in addition to leading all aspects of the Surgery, Orthopedics, and Anesthesia product lines. McKay was promoted to her current role following the transformation of the operational performance of the Operating Rooms at Tufts Medical Center during her tenure as Executive Director. During her time in this role, she built a high-performing leadership team that has improved safety, quality, efficiency and the patient experience.  Known locally as an agent of change, she has a passion for improving systems and processes within hospitals to create the optimal experience for clinicians and patients. McKay holds a Master’s degree in healthcare administration from Simmons College.


Valley Children’s Healthcare
Assistant Chief Strategy Officer/Director, Innovation and Organizational Renewal

Ratan Milevoj has been serving as the assistant chief strategy officer/director of innovation and organizational renewal for Valley Children’s Healthcare since May 2019. In her current role, she is responsible for bringing best practices to the organization including implementing and managing new ideas and innovations. Ratan joined Valley Children’s in 2004 and has held several leadership roles, including serving as director of physician network development, where she was responsible for acquisitions, start-ups, primary care strategic plan, and operations. She has also served as the director of health information management, patient access, payer contracting, and revenue integrity at Valley Children’s Hospital. Ratan earned her Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Finance and Marketing and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.


Boston Children’s Hospital (sponsored by UChicago)
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Heather Nelson is currently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her responsibilities include: supporting all information management systems (clinical, business, and administrative), clinical engineering, IT support services, the IT project management office, reporting, and analytics capabilities and technologies. Prior to joining Boston Children’s, she was senior VP and Chief Information Officer at the University of Chicago Medicine. Nelson’s team is comprised of talented IT professionals that are dedicated to supporting patient care, care teams, and business processes throughout the health system and in the communities.


Johns Hopkins Medicine
Vice President for Operations and System Integration, Johns Hopkins Health System

As vice president of operations and system integration, Jennifer Nickoles is accountable for the implementation of strategic, governance, and integration initiatives to more fully coordinate health system wide operations at Johns Hopkins. She formerly served as chief of staff for Johns Hopkins Medicine; developing and ensuring the coordination and execution of JHM strategic initiatives. Nickoles began her career in academic medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1996. Over the next two decades she took on increasing levels of responsibility, serving in a variety of operational, finance, and management roles in the department of medicine before working in the Office of the Dean focusing on faculty resources and research infrastructure. Nickoles earned her Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master of Science in Real Estate. She resides in Maryland with her husband and four sons.


Pacific Health Group
Healthcare Consultant
Interim Chief Medical Officer for San Francisco Health Plan
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow


Dr. Ellen Piernot is a healthcare consultant and interim chief medical officer for San Francisco Health Plan. She was formerly the vice president, chief medical officer, and chief operating officer of Golden Valley Health Centers. She is board-certified in both family medicine and clinical informatics. Piernot was with Golden Valley Health Centers in the Central Valley of California since 2015, where she had oversight of all the medical and behavioral health providers as well as provider recruiting, nursing, health education, and quality. During her tenure, she worked to develop a strong presence of clinical leadership through her four regional medical directors, and to expand the teaching opportunities offered at the health centers. Prior to arriving at Golden Valley Health Centers, she worked for both large and small Federally Qualified Health Centers in Arizona and New Mexico. Piernot completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at Waukesha Family Medicine Residency in Wisconsin. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. Piernot was a National Health Scholarship Corp scholar and completed her service in New Mexico.


University of Pennsylvania Health System
Chief Financial Officer, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Julia Puchtler serves as the chief financial officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), an 805-bed acute care hospital that is part of Penn Medicine. Puchtler initially joined Penn Medicine as the vice president of finance, operations, and budget in March of 2015. From 2009-2015 Puchtler worked at Trinity Health—and its predecessor organization, Catholic Health East–in various roles within corporate finance, ultimately serving as the vice president of strategic finance and decision support. Puchtler spent 2001- 2009 at Ernst and Young working in the firm’s health care assurance and advisory services. Puchtler received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Penn State University and a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has been a Fellow of Healthcare Financial Management Association since 2011.


Sutter Health
Rheumatologist and Board Member, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group; Medical Director, Mills Peninsula Network of Sutter Health

Dr. Christine Thorburn currently serves as the medical director of Mills Peninsula Network of Sutter Health. She is a member of the board of the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG), which is affiliated with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, a Sutter Health affiliate. She has also been a rheumatologist with the group since 2005 after completing Medical School, Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Fellowship at Stanford University and a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to joining the board of directors, she held several different leadership positions within the medical group. Throughout her medical training, she maintained a dual “career” as a professional road cyclist, representing the United States of America in the Olympic Games in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008), after which she “retired” from professional athletics.


City of Hope
Ruth and Robert Lanman Endowed Chair and Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology; Director, Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute, City of Hope Beckman Research Institute

Debbie Thurmond is the Ruth and Robert Lanman Professor of Gene Regulation and Drug Discovery at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. After completing her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Iowa in 1997 , she carried out postdoctoral work in physiology and biophysics. She joined the Indiana University School of Medicine faculty in 2001, quickly ascending to full professor and associate director of the Diabetes Center. In 2015 Thurmond embarked on a leadership position at the City of Hope as the founding chair of the department of molecular and cellular endocrinology. As of September 2020, Dr. Thurmond was named director of the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope (having previously served as deputy director since 2019). Thurmond maintains a highly-funded research program and is an internationally awarded scholar serving on acclaimed advisory panels in the fields of diabetes and obesity research. Her awards include the Trailblazer in Research Award from Indiana University in 2010 and her endowed chairship in 2017. In 2018 Thurmond was the first woman to have been awarded the Davidson Award in Physiology from the University of Toronto, Canada, as part of the Banting and Best Award in Diabetes. Recently, she was nominated for a 2020 Alexander M Cruickshank Lecturer award.


Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Area Operations Executive

Cecilia Aviles is an area operations executive for Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Aviles has 30 years’ experience in health care. She currently oversees the operations of PAMF’s Peninsula Divisions multi-specialty clinics. Experienced in both ambulatory and acute care, Aviles has served in several leadership positions in operations, strategy and business development. She holds her R.N. degree from San Francisco State University and Master of Business Administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. Aviles was recognized in 2018 as one of the Bay Area’s Top Hispanic Nurses. She is passionate about improving the health in her community and exceptional patient experience.


St. Vincent’s Healthcare (Underwritten by BDC Advisors)
System Director, Innovation & Business Development – Strategic Planning

Joanne Berrios is the system director, innovation & business development-strategic planning at St. Vincent’s Healthcare. She is  formerly the vice president and chief financial officer for GuideWell Health Inc. In that role, Berrios was responsible for financial oversight across the GuideWell Health organization including Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group, Florida Health Care Plans, Capital Health Plan, and GuideWell Emergency Medicine Doctors. Berrios is an experienced, innovative leader in finance, health care strategy and business development. Since 2007, she has also served in a part-time capacity as the chief financial officer for Family First Primary Care in Orange Park, Fla. Berrios holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of North Florida, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida, and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Geisinger Health System
Chair, Geisinger Women’s and Children’s Institute

Dr. Sandra Culbertson joined Geisinger Health System in June 2017 as chair of Women’s Health department. As of January 2019, she takes the role of chair of the Geisinger Women’s and Children’s Institute. She is maintaining her role as chair of Women’s Health and will continue her work in expanding high quality comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care for the women of central Pennsylvania. Culbertson is a clinical professor at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She is a board certified urogynecologist and she specializes in treatment of recurrent urinary incontinence and recurrent pelvic organ prolapse. Culbertson is a graduate of the University of Virginia (undergraduate and medical school) and she completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Chicago.


Rush University Medical Center
Professor and Interim Section Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Neurosurgery

Dr. Sheila A. Dugan has been at Rush University Medical Center since 2003, previously at Partner’s HealthCare. She is professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and section chief since 2017. She has been director of the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health and co-investigator on the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) since 2004. She is chair of the Rush Women’s Leadership Council since 2006. She is a co-investigator on National Institutes of Health-supported community-based participatory research in health equity. She has served on the Board of the American College of Sports Medicine and Chaired the Strategic Health Initiative for Women, Sports and Physical Activity from 2005 to 2009.


North Mississippi Medical Center (Underwritten by BDC Advisors)
Vice President, Post Acute and Rehabilitation Services

Angie Everett began her career at North Mississippi Medical Center in 1990. She is currently serving as the VP for Post Acute and Rehabilitation Services, which oversees post-acute and rehabilitation services, oversight for care management and care transitions at North Mississippi Medical Center, the flagship hospital for North Mississippi Health Services, and the largest rural hospital in America. Everett provides strategic leadership to post-acute services across a robust continuum of care while aligning those services with the system’s clinically integrated network, host of community hospitals, and accountable care organization. She is a licensed certified social worker, a certified case manager, a licensed nursing home administrator, and serves as a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities. Everett earned her undergraduate degree in social work from Mississippi State University and her Master in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi. Everett has a passion for leading initiatives to improve patient centered care transitions.


Dartmouth Health
Chief Financial Officer for Dartmouth Health and System Vice President, Financial Planning

Wendy Fielding was appointed chief financial officer in 2021 and has been vice president of financial planning for the Dartmouth Health system since 2009. Fielding’s responsibilities include providing business and analytical decision support, overseeing the annual financial planning cycle for the organization, and developing long-term financial projections that align with the system’s strategic vision. Prior to joining D-H, Fielding held positions as the chief financial officer at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine, and director of financial reporting and analysis at Boston Medical Center. She is a trustee at Cheshire Medical Center and the treasurer of the AVA Gallery and Art Center. A 2015 graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire program, she holds a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Bentley University.


System Vice President of Value Based Clinical Strategy

Dr. Melissa Gerdes joined CommonSpirit (Dignity) in May 2020 in the role of System Vice President of Value Based Clinical Strategy. This position is in the
Population Health Division of the Physician Enterprise office in San Francisco, working across the 21 states where CommonSpirit operates to set strategy and direction and assist in goal achievement via the physician enterprises. Previously, she was at John Muir Health in the role of medical director of clinical effectiveness with responsibilities for patient quality, safety, and value-based care in clinical integration, accountable care, and physician network areas. Gerdes earned a B.S. in communications at Northwestern University, her M.D. at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and completed her residency at the University of Texas at Tyler, where she was chief resident.


Henry Ford Health System
Chief Operating Officer, Henry Ford Medical Group

Linda Gifford started her career in operations as a radiation therapist at Henry Ford Hospital. After earning her MBA, she moved to positions of increasing responsibility. As practice manager of the Cancer Institute, Gifford spearheaded a $5.4 million grant for the CMS demonstration project, “Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Cancer Screening and Treatment in African Americans.” After serving as senior administrator for neurosciences, she transitioned to the role of vice president of ambulatory operations. Gifford is now interim chief operating officer for the medical group while maintaining the VP role. Additionally, Gifford has strong ties to the community and serves on the boards of both Lourdes Senior Community and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


HCA Lewis Gale Montgomery (sponsored by Carilion Clinic)

Dr. Tamera Howell is an ob-gyn physician at HCA Lewis Gale Montgomery, and a past president of Carilion Clinic New River Valley Medical Center. She is section chief of New River Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also serves as a board member of New River Valley Medical Center, and director of the Urinary Sexual Health Center and Robotics Program Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. Howell has dedicated her career to family, community, God, and women’s health care. She is a passionate supporter of women leaders in medicine and committed to advancement of these individuals and other younger women in health care roles. She enjoys outdoor activities, including horseback-riding, kayaking, and riding motorcycles. A former college athlete, Howell loves many sports and supports The Virginia Tech Hokies.


Sutter Health
Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer

Cynthia Lee has been with Sutter Health for more than 15 years, starting her career at Alta Bates Medical Center and then moving to the system. Formerly, she was the system vice president of strategy and business development. Prior to returning to Sutter, she was employed by Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Healthplan as the vice president of delivery system strategy and business development for the Northern California Region and led her own healthcare strategy consulting firm. She has more than 25 years of experience in market-facing strategy, mergers and acquisitions, network development and clinical service line development. She is married to Patrick and they have 3 sons: Tyler, a mechanical engineer; Evan, a college student majoring in business; and Max, a high school sophomore. Family time is spent playing music together, visiting Disneyland and cheering on their alma mater the Cal Bears during football season.


Duke University Health System
Associate Vice President of Government Relations

Catherine Liao is responsible for leading the implementation of a comprehensive and diversified federal government relations program, working to strengthen Duke Health’s identity and reputation on biomedical research, education, training, and service. Prior to joining Duke, she worked for nearly six years in the Washington Office of Congressman David Price, handling health, education, labor, and housing appropriations issues. She has worked as a research assistant at the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, assisting staff with review of federal health reform legislation and recommendations for implementation at the state level. She also completed an administrative fellowship and served in the Office of the Chief of Staff at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Liao holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.


San Diego County
Child Health Officer

Dr. Kelly Motadel grew up in a suburb of San Diego, where she lives and works now. She did her undergraduate education at Yale University before spending a year in Philadelphia volunteering with the homeless. She returned to San Diego for her medical education at University of California, San Diego before heading to Fresno for her pediatric residency training at the UC San Francisco-Fresno program. While in her residency training, she simultaneously achieved her Masters of Public Health from California State University, Fresno. After her chief residency year, she settled in San Diego county at Vista Community Clinic (VCC), quickly rising into leadership as the CMO. During her 15 years with VCC, the organization nearly tripled in size and now extends across three counties. Now she would like to extend her reach beyond the clinic and has recently been more involved with political advocacy work, especially as it pertains to healthcare for the underserved.


Kaiser Permanente
Vice President, Market Operations – Performance and Impact 

Ije-Enu Udeze Nwosu is an executive and key strategist at Kaiser Permanente, and formerly served as the chief of staff to the chairman and CEO since 2010. In her leadership role, Nwosu has provided high-level counsel to the CEO and to the senior executive team for one of America’s leading integrated health care systems and not-for-profit health plans. She has been accountable for leading key initiatives in support of the organization’s business priorities and shaping the strategic agendas for the organization’s executive forums. Joining the organization as a business analyst, she also served as a senior operations manager where she drove the development and execution of a region’s strategic, operational and service delivery plans, specifically leading a redesign of specialty care. Nwosu was named a “Top 40 under 40” executive by the San Francisco Business Times and was recognized by Modern Healthcare with both the “Up and Comer” award and as one of the “Top 10 Minority Executives in Healthcare to Watch.” A committed community leader, she serves on the boards of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, MAKERS@ (a partnership that is disrupting the ways companies think about female leadership) and Utuh USA (an organization supporting education and economic revitalization in Eastern Nigeria).


University of Pennsylvania Health System
Chief Medical Officer, Penn Medicine at Home

Dr. Nina O’Connor attended Yale University and completed medical school, residency, and a faculty development fellowship at the University of Virginia. She later completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the faculty at Penn in 2013 and quickly assumed leadership for the palliative care program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She founded the palliative care program at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and served as program director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship from 2014 to 2017. In 2016, O’Connor became chief of palliative care for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the chief medical officer for Penn Hospice. In this role, she supports palliative and end-of-life care for all Penn Medicine hospitals and practices. O’Connor ‘s interests include measurement of palliative care value, barriers to hospice care, and serious illness communication training. She is partnering with the Penn Center for Innovation to redesign care for patients with advanced heart failure and with Harvard’s Ariadne Labs to implement systematic conversations about goals and values for all Penn patients with a serious illness.


Dartmouth Health
Vice President, Regional and System Integration

Mary Oseid has 25 years of experience in healthcare finance, operations and leadership. In her current role as vice president of system integration and regional services for Dartmouth Health, Oseid leads the organization’s efforts to integrate clinical and support services across system member locations. She is also the organization’s leadership liaison to out-of-system regional partners, manages the New England Alliance for Health and has responsibility for the system’s telehealth program. Oseid has served in this role since 2014. Oseid started her career in finance as an auditor and consultant for a large accounting firm. She joined Dartmouth Health in 1994 in a finance role and worked her way up to Director of Finance for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic. In 2000, her professional focus shifted to operations when she assumed leadership for the ambulatory division at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.


University of Chicago Medicine
Senior Vice President, Office of Strategic Planning

Amy Ross is the senior vice president of the Office of Strategic Planning. She joined University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) in 2017. Currently, Ross ‘ role focuses on strategic planning, service line development, and integration, mergers, and acquisition activities. Prior to joining UCM, she held leadership roles at Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University Health System and in healthcare consulting at The Chartis Group and Deloitte. Ross’ prior experience is in large academic medical centers and health systems where she worked in operations, strategic planning and service line development, and IT system implementation. Her roles have included clinical and non-clinical program management and development across the care continuum and day-to-day operations in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Ross holds a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the College of St. Benedict.


Yale New Haven Health System
Senior Vice President; Chief Operating Officer, Bridgeport Hospital

Pamela Scagliarini is the chief operating officer at Bridgeport Hospital and senior vice president of Yale New Haven Health System (2014 to present) having responsibility for patient care operations, ancillary services, and non-clinical operations for all inpatient and outpatient facilities ($540 million in revenue). Scagliarini oversees the development and execution of a seven-year capital plan comprised of approximately $50 million per year. Pam has profit-and-loss responsibility, leading significant programmatic growth and cost management initiatives while meeting the patient care and community mission of the hospital. She also co-created the Northeast Purchasing Coalition LLC with VHA, Inc. that continues to serve hospitals across the New England region. Scagliarini serves on the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Board and chairs the Board Development Committee and the Greater New England Supplier Diversity Council Board and chairs the inaugural Governance Committee. Pam is a Lean In Women’s Leadership Forum leader within her organization.


Marshfield Clinic Health System
Vice President for the Institute for Quality, Innovation and Patient Safety

Tammy Simon is the administrator for the Institute of Quality, Innovation and Patient Safety for Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS). She provides direction and support to the ambulatory and acute care operations leadership team for aspects of clinical care related to quality improvement, patient safety, clinical improvement, value based care, care management strategies, patient experience programs. Simon leads the organization in its efforts to develop a consistent model of high quality, patient-centered care while relying on evidence-based guidelines to produce favorable clinical and financial outcomes for patients with chronic conditions. Simon has been part of MCHS since 2001. Prior to MCHS, she worked in a variety of roles at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis., and St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Simon received her BSN in Nursing at Concordia University in 1989 and her MSN with a focus on Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems at Regis University in 2009.


University of California, San Francisco at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (Sponsored by Blue Shield of California Foundation)
Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, University of California, San Francisco at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

Margaret Damiano is responsible for managing the financial, capital, and personnel aspects of the affiliation agreement between the two organizations. Prior to this role, Damiano worked for UCSF at ZSFG for approximately 11 years in leadership roles in multiple departments. Before joining UCSF, Damiano worked at various consulting firms and industries in the Bay Area. Damiano received her BBA degree from the University of Michigan and her MBA from the University of San Francisco.


Henry Ford Health System
Retired- Chief Nurse and Operations Executive, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

Karen Harris retired with over 29 years of experience in healthcare and earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Wayne State University. She has been a consultant for AWHONN Consulting Group, and Dynamics Research Corporation, where she performed site assessments, perinatal risk assessments, lectures, and training on teamwork behaviors. For many years, Harris served as a clinical nurse specialist for intrapartum, antepartum, and women’s health for an organization that had over 6,600 births. She is certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner and served as a regional perinatal coordinator. Harris has held various leadership positions with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses including: 2015 national president; Michigan section chair; and 2008 AWHONN Convention co-chair. Harris is a published author in peer-reviewed nursing journals and has lectured throughout the nation.