Speakers & Faculty


Linda Lusis

VP of Client Success, Mozzaz

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Sammy Wahab

Co-Founder & CEO, Mozzaz

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Christine Raftovich

Director of Strategic Applications, Elwyn, Neuman University

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Richard T. Smith

Vice President for Information Technology, Elwyn

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Rakesh Mathew, MS, MBA, CPHIMS

Program Manager, HealthShare Exchange

Rakesh brings to HSX a unique mix of public- and private-sector management consulting; operations, project, and program management; and implementation experience in healthcare — especially in health-information adoption and Meaningful Use. Prior to joining HSX, Rakesh worked as a Senior Project Manager (Consultant) for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on their Payment Innovation Program that focused on making their local ACO/PCMH/EOC/P4P programs available for all BCBS members across the country. This was an enterprise-wide program to exchange data with other Blues and BCBSA using Direct. Prior to that, he had worked for the New Jersey Regional Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) and was instrumental in making the program the foremost REC program in the country. Rakesh has been involved in multiple start-up initiatives and has vast experience in managing complex projects with limited resources. ×

Daniel J. Paolini

Chief Information Officer, DBHIDS

Daniel J. Paolini is the Chief Information Officer at DBHIDS. He is responsible for leading the data governance, information architecture and business intelligence efforts in support of the department, as well as coordinating information technology efforts department-wide. As the “Collaboration and Integration Officer” he leverages information technology to achieve DBHIDS objectives.

Previously, Paolini served as the Director of the Division of Enterprise Data Services within the New Jersey Office of Information Technology, where he established the state’s data architecture, data governance, enterprise data warehousing and self-service business intelligence units. He led significant data initiatives including the Recidivism and Crash Analysis data marts and the award-winning yourmoney.nj.gov and the NJ Big Data Alliance efforts. Paolini has also served several organizations as chief technology officer and co-founded and led the award-winning data management consulting and training firm, DataStar International.

Paolini is an information architecture thought leader in the areas of data management, information architecture, data integration, system development, technology operations, leadership and planning. He has presented talks and seminars at more than one hundred events in eight countries on three continents, including more than a dozen keynote talks. His leadership philosophy can be summarized as “Do the right things, for the right reasons, even when no one is looking and especially when others are telling you not to.”

Paolini is a member of the Data Management Association (DAMA) and has served on the DAMA International Foundation board. He has authored or edited four books, served four years as contributing editor for a monthly database magazine and authored an award-winning programmer’s toolkit. Among his many honors, Paolini received the 2013 DAMA International Government Achievement Award and the 2002 OMB Government without Boundaries Superior Leadership Award.

In his community, Paolini has served as an appointed municipal fire chief, as a zoning board member including multiple terms as chairman and as an elected fire commissioner. As a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical services technician he has been honored numerous times for service and heroism. He has served in leadership positions in volunteer organizations at the local, county and state levels.

Paolini is also an adult amateur, youth and high school soccer referee. He has performed as a keyboard and saxophone player as a member of popular local bands such as Windjammer, D*Luxe, Slo’Motion and Fatal Charm. He has been married to his wife Patricia since 1989 and has four wonderful children: Daniel, Kelsey, Marissa and Joseph. ×

Todd Rudsenske

Managing Director, Cain Brothers

Todd Rudsenske co-leads Cain Brothers’ Behavioral Health Advisory practice and leads the Firm’s Financial Sponsors and Corporate Private Placement Advisory practices. Mr. Rudsenske joined Cain Brothers in 2003 and has 24 years’ experience advising private and public companies in a variety of merger and acquisition, capital raising, and strategic advisory transactions. Mr. Rudsenske’s notable transactions include the sale of Foundations Recovery Network to N Pritzker Capital Management, the sale of Remuda Ranch to The Meadows, the sale of US Community Behavioral to Bregal Partners, the sale of Camelot to Sequel, and CRC Health Group’s acquisition of Habit Opco. He is a frequent speaker on the subject of private equity investment in the healthcare sector and has also authored or co-authored several articles on the business of healthcare, one of which was published by Health Affairs.

Prior to joining Cain Brothers, Mr. Rudsenske was at Merrill Lynch in that firm’s Palo Alto office specializing in equity private placements. Prior to that, Mr. Rudsenske was in Merrill Lynch’s New York office where he was focused on healthcare mergers & acquisitions for not-for-profit organizations. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Rudsenske was in Ernst & Young’s Corporate Finance Group, focusing on executing strategic transactions for that firm’s healthcare clients. He began his career on the audit staff of Ernst & Young in Dallas.

Mr. Rudsenske earned a BBA in Finance and Accounting from Texas A&M University and earned his MBA from the Columbia Business School. Mr. Rudsenske is also a Certified Public Accountant. ×

Chris Tjoa, MD

Medical Director of Population Health, Community Behavioral Health

Chris Tjoa, MD

Medical Director of Population Health, Community Behavioral Health

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Rose Julius, DO MPH

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, CBH

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Michael Jarjour

Chief Executive Officer, ODH, Inc.

Michael Jarjour is president and CEO of ODH, Inc., a health technology company providing data aggregation and analytics solutions that enable the delivery of integrated health care. He oversees ODH’s overall operations and drives strategy for its flagship product, Mentrics, a clinically-focused technology platform that integrates social determinants, behavioral, physical, pharmacy and other health data into actionable insights for the health industry. With more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical and healthcare technology, Michael has a proven track record of growing businesses, maximizing revenues and building highly motivated, effective management teams on a global scale.

An entrepreneur, investor and advisor, Michael’s extensive experience leading healthcare and technology companies to significant growth makes him the ideal executive for ODH. His leadership, strategic and operational strengths for steering companies toward greater profitability have been recognized by his employers, peers and analysts.

Prior to leading ODH, Michael served as vice president, global commercialization and portfolio management at Otsuka Pharmaceutical and led the company’s global digital strategy. Before that, as president and CEO of Kinematik, he successfully grew the R&D software company. Throughout his career, he has held key leadership positions at Bristol-Myers, Pharmacia/Pfizer, Warner-Lambert/Pfizer and Wyeth with particular focus on executive management, marketing, operations, strategy and business development.

Michael’s expertise includes pharmaceutical and managed care sales, product marketing – from discovery to launch to generics - portfolio management, business development and therapeutic area leadership.

His strong entrepreneurial spirit stems from the first company he co-founded, Logonhealth Corporation, a provider of wireless handheld and web-based prescription solutions for physicians, pharmacists and patients, which was rated “best in class” by McKinsey & Co.

Michael is also committed to serving the tech and healthcare community. He is a venture partner and advisor at Mansa Capital, and previously served as CEO and board member of Pathonomics, a healthcare technology company developed at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Florida International University and his MBA from Rutgers University. ×

Timothy Snyder, Jr.

Executive Vice President, Marketing, OPEN MINDS

Tim Snyder, Vice President of Marketing and Senior Associate, has been a member of the OPEN MINDS team since 2008. With an extensive background in promotional marketing, business development, strategic planning, and website development, he brings a wide variety of expertise to the OPEN MINDS team. In addition to developing and overseeing all marketing, public relations, and sales strategies for OPEN MINDS’ award-winning information services department, Mr. Snyder serves as a senior associate for the consulting practice—leading both strategic marketing and website development projects.

Previously, Mr. Snyder served as OPEN MINDS’ Marketing & Sales Manager. He has also lead initiatives in business development and product development. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Snyder worked as an independent marketing consultant for multiple organizations—specializing in online marketing strategy, campaign design and execution, event promotion, and social media integration. He has also worked as a webmaster and graphic designer for various organizations in the health and human service field—specializing in social media marketing and search engine optimization.

Mr. Snyder is a 2008 graduate of the AACSB Internationally accredited John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Management Leadership. ×

Adam Johnson

Executive, Technology and Product Development, ODH, Inc.

Adam Johnson

Executive, Technology and Product Development, ODH, Inc.

Adam Johnson is the executive, technology and product development for ODH, Inc., a health technology company providing data aggregation and analytics solutions that enable the delivery of integrated health care. He is responsible for driving multiple architecture engagements for ODH clients, achieving cost, capital and revenue goals, and guiding digital development.

A strategic technology and business architect leader, Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise architecture, application development and IT operations management in fields ranging from life sciences to telecommunications. He also has a wide range of expertise in business strategy, design and planning, innovative business models, digital health, organizational design and process re-engineering.

Prior to ODH, Johnson held various leadership positions, including the global enterprise architect and innovation lead for SAP, the senior enterprise architect for Merck & Co., Inc., the senior enterprise architect for NRG Energy, Inc., and the IT director and lead data architect for Biovail Corporation. With deep experience in developing enterprise-level strategic roadmaps or products across the lifecycle, he holds multiple certifications, including SAP Enterprise Architect, Project Management Professional (PMP) and TOGAF Enterprise Architecture.

Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science at Navy College Program for Afloat College Education. ×

Maks Danilin

Strategic Account Executive, Aware Recovery Care, Inc.

Maks Danilin

Strategic Account Executive, Aware Recovery Care, Inc.

Maks Danilin’s personal journey through recovery has exposed him to various modalities of substance abuse and mental health treatment throughout the United States. His experiences and education have allowed Maks to develop and improve SUD care, specifically within the state of Connecticut. Maks has been involved in the field of addiction and substance abuse treatment for the past 9 years. He has worked for Turning Point Extended Care in New Haven, Connecticut and with Dr. Bono and Dr. Allen at the Shoreline Recovery Center in Branford, Connecticut, and currently is an executive at Aware Recovery Care. Aware Recovery Care ( ARC ) delivers intensive home-based treatment for a full year. Maks holds degrees in International Business Management and Finance, and is currently continuing his education with a Masters degree in health care management. Maks understands, both personally and professionally, the challenges and strengths of various forms of addiction treatment. He specializes in working closely with senior executives improving their operational management processes. He is intimately involved in Aware’s strategic operations, client outreach, and business development. Today, Maks collaborates with providers, executives, and regulators to spread awareness of the advantages of quality home-based addiction treatment and frequently shares Aware Recovery Care’s treatment model and best practices through various speaking engagements around the country.

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Brenda Haaga

Vice President of Prevention/Early Intervention, Education, and CHESS Application, Central Kansas Foundation

Brenda Haaga

Vice President of Prevention/Early Intervention, Education, and CHESS Application, Central Kansas Foundation

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Rachelle Glavin

Director of Clinical Operations, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health

Rachelle Glavin

Director of Clinical Operations, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health

Rachelle Glavin joined the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare in April 2008, and serves as the Director of Clinical Operations. Rachelle began her work at the Coalition as the Disease Management Coordinator for the DMH Net Disease Management Initiative, one of the first integrated care initiatives between the state Medicaid authority, Department of Mental Health, and MO Coalition, which evolved into the Healthcare Home initiative in 2012. Rachelle also assisted in the development and implementation of the metabolic syndrome screening policy and Disease Management 3700 Project, which received the 2012 Governor's Pinnacle Award for Quality and Productivity. Rachelle continues to support the development of Healthcare Homes and integrated care in the community behavioral health setting in several areas including, technical assistance, program policy, training initiatives, evidence-based practices, health information technology, population health management, and clinical measures and outcomes. ×

Suki Norris

Senior Knowledge Engineer, The Echo Group

Suki Norris

Senior Knowledge Engineer, The Echo Group

Suki Norris has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare including healthcare law, managed care and behavioral health. Suki has extensive experience with Medicaid waivers, meaningful use, and the Excellence in Mental Health Act. She has worked extensively in data analysis, including analysis of big data in support of clients and ongoing research. Her knowledge of behavioral health law has been sought by customers across the country as they address specific needs such as electronic health record (HIE) implementation and the challenges of HIE.

Suki received her Bachelor's Degree in economics from Mills College and her Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University.

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Dyann Roth

CEO & President, Inglis

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Lea Frontino

VP, Information & Adapted Technology, Inglis

Lea is responsible for Inglis’ IT Department and the Adapted Technology Program.

In addition to overseeing IT and Adapted Tech, Lea has served as the Inglis project lead for several strategic initiatives. These include the Accessible PHR prototype, in collaboration with WGBH in Boston and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Inglis’ Community LIFE program readiness and Executive Sponsor for the Inglis House EMR implementation. Lea came to Inglis from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she held progressively responsible roles, including Director of the Process Innovation Center, Clinical Documentation Standards Project Lead and Ambulatory Program Director. Prior to that, she was at Siemens Medical Systems. Lea’s background also includes acute care clinical nursing and nursing management roles.

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Kevin Sullivan

Director, Client Solutions, Streamline Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Kevin Sullivan

Director, Client Solutions, Streamline Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Kevin joins Streamline with over 25 years of healthcare experience. He worked in direct client care positions in both mental health and substance use, as well as inpatient and outpatient settings. For the latter part of the 1990’s, Kevin managed the admissions department at the Betty Ford Center. Beginning in 2000, Kevin’s focus shifted from direct client care to working more behind the scenes on the technical side of behavioral healthcare systems; supporting the systems that enable clinicians and support staff to do their work more efficiently. Kevin continued working with healthcare software, implementing solutions for small agencies all the way up to large county applications. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Computer Science. ×

Javed Husain

Co-CEO, Streamline Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Javed Husain is a co-founder of Streamline Healthcare Solutions, LLC. Javed has over 25 years of experience in software design and development. Javed was also one of the founders of Askesis Development Group Inc. At Askesis, Javed led the development of multiple software products for the behavioral healthcare market. Javed started his career working with consulting firms in the Chicago area. Javed has a Bachelor of Technology in Production Engineering and Management from National Institute of Technology, India and a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Florida. ×

Megan Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Carter’s Circle of Care, Inc.

Megan Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Carter’s Circle of Care, Inc.

Megan Johnson has worked in the mental health field for 18 years and has spent the past 7 years in a leadership role within community based mental health service organizations. In 2011, Megan was nominated and selected as a HIPO (High Potential Leadership Development Program) participant and successfully completed that year long program. In 2014, her staff nominated her for the 360 Leadership award within her national organization. She has led several teams of her staff through NC-CTP Learning Collaboratives in TF-CBT, SPARCS and will soon lead a team through CPT. Alongside the leadership team at Carter’s Circle of Care, Inc., Megan seeks to implement the “Triple Aim” approach, holding in balance a focus on cost, quality, and patient experience. ×

Virginia Matthews, RN, BSN, MBA

Project Manager, MAXIMUS

Ms. Matthews has more than 30 years of experience in health care delivery both in clinical and administrative settings. Her experience includes:

  • Project Manager, MAXIMUS California Health Professionals Diversion Program
  • Hospital Administrator, CEO and COO
  • Assistant Vice President for Clinical Systems, West Region, for a psychiatric hospital company
  • Director of Clinical Systems for a major metropolitan Mental Health Hospital
  • Consultant to psychiatric and substance abuse facilities for hospital operations

Since joining MAXIMUS in 2007, Ms. Matthews has served as the Program Director for the California Diversion Project. Ms. Matthews brings to the Diversion Project a management perspective that is tempered with practical hands-on experience. As the Diversion Director she has continued to improve the processes and deliverables that support the Diversion Project, bringing the poorly performing project from an annual financial loss to successfully meeting target profitability. This position has provided Ms. Matthews the opportunity to testify twice in front of the California Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, speak to various California Licensing Boards, and testify in Federal Court in a major litigation. ×

Tom Friedman

Senior Product Manager, Payer and Community Health, Relias Learning

Tom Friedman

Senior Product Manager, Payer and Community Health, Relias Learning

Tom has over 10 years of experience working within the healthcare payer landscape. He currently works as Senior Product Manager for Payers and Community Health while serving as an analytics expert on the North Carolina Health Information Exchange Advisory Board. Prior to joining Relias Learning, Tom served as Director of Policy, Planning, and Analysis at the State Health Plan of North Carolina where he oversaw the financial and strategic of the Plan which covers 700,000 members and over $3.5B in annually spending. In addition, Tom has significant Medicaid experience working on topics ranging from Dual demonstrations to Disproportionate Share Hospital payments. ×

Carol Clayton, Ph.D.

Translational Neuroscientist, Relias Learning

Dr. Clayton is a licensed, practicing psychologist with 30 years of healthcare experience in the public and private sector . Before joining Relias, Dr. Clayton was the CEO of Care Management Technologies, a health IT data analytics company.  CMT was acquired by Relias Learning in 2016.  Prior to her tenure at CMT and Relias, Dr. Clayton had broad clinical leadership experience including serving as the nonprofit Executive Director for the North Carolina Council of Community MH/DD/SA Programs, serving as the Executive Director for Magellan Health Services for the South Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, and serving as the Child and Family services Director for a mental health authority running a 1915B child waiver. ×

John Falsetti

Director of IT, Maryville Academy

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Heather Green

Director of Business Development, Valant

Few have deeper knowledge of EHR technology than Heather Green. An EHR industry lifer, Heather dove into her career 20 years ago doing Quality Assurance, and has expanded her knowledge through engineering of flagship products, advocating for clients across the Northeast, and now as the Director of Business Development at Valant. Heather’s expertise in all aspects of EHRs is immediately obvious, as is her passion for building true partnerships between clients and their software. ×

Brian Gann

Enterprise Account Executive, Valant

Brian Gann has been on the Valant team for over five years, and is an expert in connecting behavioral health administrators with usable and sustainable technology. He is a technical expert who can explain complex functions in relatable language. Brian graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in history before changing course to work in healthcare and technology. ×

Paul Duck

Vice President, Strategy Development, Beacon Health Options

Paul Duck

Vice President, Strategy Development, Beacon Health Options

Mr. Duck is a senior healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience in behavioral healthcare and has developed a deep understanding of the transformational changes taking place in the healthcare market. He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Beacon Health Options – the nation’s largest specialty behavioral managed care company. Prior to joining Beacon, Paul was the Vice President of Business Development for Netsmart.

He is the past Chairman of the Board of Centerstone of Florida where he directed the affiliation and merger of Manatee Glens with the largest community mental health company in the United States, Centerstone of America.

He has previous senior executive experience serving as the CEO of a large outpatient radiology company in central Florida where he and the company were awarded by INC magazine as one of America’s fastest growing companies. In addition, he served as CEO of one of the largest orthopedic and ambulatory surgery center company’s in Florida where he was responsible for a massive turnaround.

Mr. Duck is known for his strong passion for our industry and is also renowned as a thought-leader to state and national audiences.

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David Speicher

CTO, Aspire-Indiana

Speicher has been with Aspire and its former subsidiary Archeon, a technology company specializing in electronic medical record software, for nearly 10 years and is taking on his new role after serving as Aspire’s Senior Director of Information Systems since 2015. He has been the driving force in transforming the organization into a national leader in the use of innovative health information systems and technology, including cloud based applications, high level security systems, and state-of-the-art mobile and collaboration tools. Last year David was awarded 2016 CTO of the Year Honoree for Non-profit organizations by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Previously, Speicher worked in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and security industries for Johnson Controls. His work there included international projects in Brazil and South Korea and work at the Pentagon following 9/11. Speicher is a 2003 graduate of Purdue University.

https://www.ibj.com/articles/59945-cto-of-the-year-david-speicher

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Minky Kernacs

Enterprise Architect, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

Minky Kernacs

Enterprise Architect, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

Minky Kernacs, founder of Mediato technologies, is currently working with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services as the Enterprise Data Architect. With over 20 years’ experience across many industries, she leverages her experience and passion for designing, developing, and implementing enterprise level Data Warehouse, Master Data Management, and Business Intelligence solutions that meet and exceed the strategic business objectives.

She is focusing on data restructuring to create a 360 view of Service Recipients, Services, and Providers for the department with the implementation of an integrated data warehouse and MDM solution and establishing a data governance organization across several business units. This solution will allow DBHIDS to holistically target the specific needs of service recipients, help clinicians develop more robust service offerings, and partner more effectively with service providers to improve performance; thereby positively impacting population health, identifying opportunities to streamline services and finanaces, discover areas for improvement, and effectively managing and improving provider agency partnerships.

Prior to DBHIDS, she was the MDM consultant at Performance Food Group for Mediato technologies where she designed the platform to integrate all systems within a 9 month period. She was also the Director of Enterprise Solution Architecture at JDA Software where she was responsible for integrating 5 individual lines-of-business into a single environment; and Technical & Business Intelligence Consultant at Lumension Security where she developed the Security Intelligence solution which is used at many fortune 100 and government clients’ sites. Ms. Kernacs attended University of Akron’s Global Institute and Kent State University’s Management and Information Systems.

Ms. Kernacs is driven to design and deliver user-friendly and user-focused solutions to meet the needs of clients and deliver what they value most: Accuracy, Efficiency, Ease of use, Dependability. ×

Matt Hall

VP Business Systems and Technology, Magellan Healthcare

Matt Hall

VP Business Systems and Technology, Magellan Healthcare

Matt Hall is Vice President Business Systems and Technology on Magellan Health’s Public Markets team. In that role he oversees technology initiatives for Magellan’s Public Market business. Primary objectives of his role include overseeing the application portfolio from a business perspective, and working to align technology projects to business goals.

Mr. Hall served a number of years in a technology oversight role for behavioral health services Magellan provided in Maricopa County Arizona. In that positon he led integration efforts between the Magellan Regional Behavioral Health Authority and the county integrated health system by jointly developing a private HIE between their platforms to support health home initiatives.

Mr. Hall brings many years of information technology experience to the role. He served as head of IT and information security for a pharmaceutical manufacturer, as well as CTO for a SaaS company providing CRM services to the financial industry. Matt also led IT for a national publically traded hospice organization, where he built an internet based application to serve all hospice needs.

Mr. Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a focus on Computer Information Systems, from Arizona State University. He also served on the Professional Advisory Board at Argosy University where he helped develop a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology for the online university. ×

Brandon W. Danz MHA, MPA

Director, Government Risk Contract Programs, WellSpan Health

Brandon Danz, MHA, MPA, brings extensive expertise in health care system and health program design, policy, and regulation to the OPEN MINDS team. He currently serves as the Director of Risk Contract Programs for WellSpan Health in Pennsylvania.

Before joining WellSpan, Mr. Danz was a Senior Associate with OPEN MINDS and led project engagements to assist clients in the development and implementation of strategies to respond to the changing health and human service environment. In this work, he provided technical assistance on the impact of policy changes on operational margins, service delivery models, use of technology, and payment methodologies.

Previously, Mr. Danz worked as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. In this role, he was involved with key initiatives in health care reform within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In this role, Mr. Danz worked with executives from the Department of Health and the Governor’s office to lead a multi-agency effort to secure a State Healthcare Innovation Modeling (SIM) grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He also acted as a liaison between the Commonwealth and health systems in Pennsylvania to develop population health care management strategies to address the needs of “superutilizer” Medicaid enrollees.

In his tenure with the Commonwealth, Mr. Danz was also responsible for working with county commissioners and county human service leaders to develop innovative partnerships and pilot programs to test innovative approaches to county administration of human services. This included the creation of a human services block grant where the Commonwealth bundled funding for seven human service programs (including funding for behavioral health, homeless assistance, drug and alcohol, child welfare, and intellectual disabilities) into a county block grant. The focus on the initiative was to decrease regulation and allow for greater administrative flexibility and holistic, person-centered approaches to care.

Previously, Mr. Danz served as the Executive Director for the Oregon Republican Party and led political, finance, communications, and administrative operations for the organization.

Before leading ORP, Mr. Danz worked in a number of roles for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania including the Director of Regional & Grassroots Operations and the Congressional Liaison & Northeast PA Regional Victory Director. Previously he served as an Outreach Coordinator to Rep. Scott Boyd, Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Mr. Danz is an active member in his community, participating in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Public Health Association, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Mr. Danz received a Master of Health Administration from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Public Administration from Shippensburg University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Millersville University.

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Arel Meister

Founder & President, Sprout Health Group

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Robert Oldham

Public Health Officer & Director, Placer County

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Michele Kelly-Thompson

Director of Clinical Services, Human Services Center

Michele Kelly-Thompson, MA has been employed by the Human Services Center since 1987 and has served in a variety of clinical/managerial roles including Director of Outpatient Services and Director of Children’s Services. She has served as the Director of Clinical Services since July, 2004. She has previous experience working on inpatient psychiatric units as well as a state correctional setting. She completed both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Edinboro University. ×

Lori Schmidt

Director of Behavioral Health, Health Partners

Lori Schmidt

Director of Behavioral Health, Health Partners

Lori Schmidt has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit industry with an emphasis on mental health and chemical dependency for underserved populations. Ms. Schmidt is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Services at HealthPartners. In this role, she plans, implements and evaluates innovative and improved clinical care models, workflows, and operations across the organization.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Schmidt was the Executive Director at Central Minnesota Mental Health Center where she led a multi-site behavioral healthcare delivery system with over 300 employees and a $20 million annual budget. While serving as the Executive Director, she was responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan that resulted in a 33% growth in the annual budget. Initiatives implemented as result of the executed strategic plan included adding a pharmacy for integrative care, developing telepsychiatry services, and implementing a new electronic health record system. As a result, Ms. Schmidt was awarded the 2014 Minnesota DHS Commissioner Circle of Excellence Award for innovative program development and implementation.

Previously, Ms. Schmidt served as the Supervisor of Social Services for Wright County based in Buffalo, Minnesota, where she managed mental health services for the residents of Wright County. As part of her role, she coordinated with public health and mental health services across the county; represented organization on various county and community committees, task forces, and planning groups including the Mental Health Advisory Council Local Advisory Council (LAC) and in implementing the county’s SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant. While serving in this role she was awarded the Johnson & Johnson Dartmouth Award for Individual Placement and Support.

Ms. Schmidt also worked for 13 years as a Senior Social Worker for Hennepin County in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she worked in various areas of the organization providing legal services, case management, adult services and child crisis interventions. While working in adult services, Ms. Schmidt held an impressive 90% success rate representing clients for Social Security benefits before the administrative law judge and collecting over $1 million for Hennepin County in 1995.

Ms. Schmidt received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Adolphus College. Additionally, she has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar since 2001.

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Kate Sanders

Quality Outcomes & Data Manager, Porter-Starke Services

Kate Sanders

Quality Outcomes & Data Manager, Porter-Starke Services

Kate Sanders, MA, is the Quality Outcomes and Data Manager for Porter-Starke Services in Valparaiso, Indiana. After conducting research for six years in cognitive psychology labs, Ms. Sanders started studying people in the wild while in marketing and development. Her experience with collecting, analyzing, and sharing data in understandable and actionable ways led her to the field of data management at Porter-Starke Services. She gathers data and communicates information across the organization, to help create changes to current processes and to write successful grant applications.

Ms. Sanders continues to learn strategic planning and project management as part of her volunteer experience, and supports the sciences by running Science Olympiad events each year for young students. She has a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois that followed Bachelor’s degrees in Cognitive Science and English from Indiana University. ×

Mattew M. Dorman

Co-Founder & CEO, Credible Behavioral Health Software

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Scott Green

Sr. Vice President, CareGuidance, Netsmart

Scott Green

Sr. Vice President, CareGuidance, Netsmart

Scott Green is senior vice president of Netsmart’s CareGuidanceTM Solution Suite.In this role, he works closely to create value-added solutions that enable clients to participate in emerging models of care. Green currently manages the teams charged with driving the company’s interoperability, population health, consumer engagement and analytics operations, as well as developing partnerships that bring new clinical content to clients. Mr. Green works closely with client partners to ensure the CareGuidance portfolio aligns to the evolving needs of Value Based Care.

Prior to joining Netsmart, Green held various roles with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, including government relations, marketing and sales, and as part of the integrated delivery systems team. In the latter role, he worked with executive, quality and clinical leadership from the integrated delivery systems market to develop innovative medication adherence and quality programs that drove standardization in care and with the goal of improved outcomes.

Green holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology from Kansas State University, and a graduate certificate in healthcare leadership from Park University. He says he makes every day matter by “striving to bring to life solutions that harvest the value our clients receive from the investment they make in technology.” ×

Luke Crabtree, JD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Project Transition

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Jonathan G. Morphett

Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking, Avondale Partners, LLC

Jonathan serves as the Head of Investment Banking of Avondale Partners, LLC and has been a Managing Director with the group since 2004.  Jonathan has over 25 years of investment banking experience, having completed over 100 M&A advisory, equity and debt transactions.  Jonathan is a former Managing Director of Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley where he served in various positions for 14 years, primarily in New York and Sydney, Australia.  Jonathan previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Austar United Communications Limited, Australia’s second largest pay television provider.

Jonathan is currently a Director of Centerstone Research Institute and former Chair of Friends Life.

Jonathan received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and LL.B. and BEc. Degrees from the University of Adelaide (Australia). ×

Laurie Nelson

Group Product Manager for Analytics, Relias Learning

Laurie Nelson

Group Product Manager for Analytics, Relias Learning

As the Group Product Manager for Analytics, Laurie Nelson is charged with leading the effort to add Healthcare Analytics into Relias Learning's suite of products, which also includes learning and assessments. She joined Relias in September 2016 and is excited to be working with an incredible team of people to make Analytics a key component of Relias' overall solution suite which will enable Healthcare organizations to reduce costs, improve care and identify areas for key workforce development. Laurie has 20+ years of software experience in multiple industries, but has spent the last 14 years focused on Analytics, Data Warehousing, and Reporting for both government agencies and technology companies such as Peoplefluent and Teradata. Laurie is particularly passionate about working with software development organizations to build products that give software users the right information at the right time in the right format to enable them to do their jobs with greater success. ×

Chris Reist, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine

Chris Reist, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine

Dr. Reist is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He has served as Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine, Director of Medical Research for the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and Chief of Mental Health, overseeing full service mental healthcare delivery to over 40,000 enrollees in the Long Beach VA Healthcare System. His experience also includes serving as Director of the Southern California VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) improving long term outcomes in chronic psychotic disorders through clinical research and dissemination of evidence-based practices. ×

Mary McClimon

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Heritage Behavioral Health Center

Mary McClimon

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Heritage Behavioral Health Center

Mary McClimon has been employed with Heritage Behavioral Health Center for the past 20 years and currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer.  Mary plays a pivotal role in the design, development, and implementation of Heritage’s EHR, from the billing as well as clinical features of the record.  As the key developer of reports, her efforts have significantly improved the efficiency, accuracy, relevance and use of data pulled from the EHR.  Mary continually finds new and creative ways to look at and analyze data for improved internal auditing and monitoring.  She has served on Heritage’s compliance committee since its inception in 2001.  Mary has presented at the OPEN MINDS Technology & Innovation Conference and National Council for Behavioral Health, as well as being a regular presenter at The Echo Group’s annual conference. ×

Tim Macken

Chief Operating Officer, Heritage Behavioral Health Center

Tim Macken

Chief Operating Officer, Heritage Behavioral Health Center

Tim Macken has been employed with Heritage Behavioral Health Center for the past 21 years and currently serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.  In this capacity, Tim provides oversight and guidance to Heritage's clinical operations with a more specific focus on MI and SA outpatient and medical services.  Additionally, he provides a substantial amount of time in the training to of clinical staff throughout the organization.  Tim has presented at national and regional conferences and trainings on topics related to clinical documentation requirements and the substantiation of medical necessity in service provision and documentation.  For 11 years prior to his work at Heritage, Tim held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in the Michigan mental health system of care.  He holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. ×

Candace Clevenger

Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Behavioral Health Center

Candace Clevenger has been employed with Heritage Behavioral Health Center for the past 26 years and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. In her previous role as Chief Financial Officer, Candi provided oversight of the business, human resources, building operations and IT functions of the organization. In each of these areas, Candi’s vision and core personal values have been instrumental in igniting a passion in others to make the changes necessary to promote growth and stability in our ever-evolving industry. Candi has presented at several national and regional meetings on compliance and system development. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from James Madison University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall University. ×

Jim Gargiulo

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Jim Gargiulo has more than 35 years of experience in the health and human services field. Mr. Gargiulo brings a strong background in information technology to OPEN MINDS customers. He has extensive background as both a developer of technology and an end user.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Gargiulo was an Executive Vice President at Netsmart Technologies Corporation, the largest provider of technology in the health and human services and integrated care space. In that role, he was responsible for the alignment of Netsmart solutions with its more than 1,500 client organizations. In this role he created, managed, and led a team of 50 associates across the country, helped integrate account teams from acquired companies, and represented the company as an industry expert on clinical workflow, revenue management, implementation strategy, medication management, and meaningful use.

Mr. Gargiulo joined Netsmart at its earliest stages of growth and held various positions during his more than 30 year tenure with the company. These positions included leadership roles in project management, solution consulting, product management, and business development. He was on the team that helped define company’s first EMR solutions and lead some of the company’s largest public sector implementations of the EMR solution – including onboarding of 35 different state agencies with the Netsmart. He also represented Netsmart in its early data standards initiatives with National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and led its Y2k conversion efforts. During his tenure with Netsmart, the company grew by more than 3,000% over 15 years.

Before working with Netsmart, Mr. Gargiulo was the Mental Health & MIS Director for the Delaware County Government. In this role, he deployed contract management and billing systems for the 50+ private non-profit agencies under contract with the County Department of Human Services. He has also held previous positions with the Veterans Administration and Resources for Human Development, conducting research on brain injury and the incidence and prevalence of mental illness in Pennsylvania. Mr. Gargiulo started his career as a residential counselor for children and adolescents with special needs at Elwyn.

As an involved community member, Mr. Gargiulo has participated in a number of industry governing boards. He served as an Executive Board Member for the Software and Technology Vendor Association (SATVA) and as a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2000 Data Standards Decision Support Committee.

Mr. Gargiulo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Science in research and evaluation from Drexel University (formerly the Hahnemann Medical College).

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Matthew Chamberlain

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Matt Chamberlain has 14 years of experience in healthcare information technology and brings an extensive background in electronic health record (EHR) solutions architecture and software engineering to the OPEN MINDS team. His expertise is focused on driving operational efficiency through business process analysis, organizational requirement definition, and technology procurement.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Chamberlain served as Software Sales Manager for Askesis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was responsible for the management of EHR software solutions sales in the behavioral health, addiction, and social service market. During his time with the Askesis, he was promoted to management in order to assist in the continued growth of the sales division. Mr. Chamberlain also developed national sales strategies, initiatives, and provided market analysis.

Before his role in Pittsburgh, Mr. Chamberlain was the Solutions Architect for Metrocare Services in Dallas, Texas. In that role, he managed the IT Department and staff for all software related activities. While at Metrocare, Mr. Chamberlain implemented new reporting solution, MS SQL Reporting Services, for high-level management reports, lead a conversion project of MS Access into SQL Server/EMR to ensure all programs were integrated in the same system, and was in charge of the EHR training process.

Mr. Chamberlain also served as a Software Engineer and Technical Lead at HP Enterprise Services, a strategic business unit providing global business and technology services. He was responsible for a team of 3 Software Engineers and 1 Business Analyst, in areas of State Medicaid System projects, which include; RFP response creation, needs assessment, design, development, implementation, and support.

A valued member in the behavioral health community, Mr. Chamberlain has served on the board of Mental Health Association (MHA) of Texas.

Mr. Chamberlain received his Bachelors of Science in Business Computer Information Systems from the University of North Texas. Additionally, Mr. Chamberlain holds expertise in technologies including: .NET, SQL Server, Oracle, Crystal, and web integration. ×

Andrew Wright

Vice President, Digital Medicine, OTSUKA America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Andrew Wright

Vice President, Digital Medicine, OTSUKA America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

As Vice President of Digital Medicines, at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI) I am responsible for leading the commercialization of wearable computing and digital products. Our goal is to enable improved patient medication adherence and better-informed physician decision-making to tailor treatment to the patient’s needs. I have more than 25 years of U.S. and Global experience in commercial leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry.

Earlier, I worked at Novartis as Head, HCP Digital/Multi-Channel Marketing, Global Commercialization, and was responsible for identifying and developing digital and multi-channel solutions that enhanced customer engagement. Prior to that, as Executive Director, Insights & Innovation, I led and developed a team responsible for customer/brand insights and innovation across the U.S. pharmaceutical business.

I also held senior marketing and sales roles for in-line and launch brands at Novartis, producing consistently strong results. At Pharmacia, I led the launch of a major product in 11 markets across Europe.

My Bachelor of Science degree is in Business Administration from Crewe and Alsager College. ×

James Schuster, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid and Behavorial Services and VP, Behavioral Integration, UPMC Insurance Division, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

James Schuster, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid and Behavorial Services and VP, Behavioral Integration, UPMC Insurance Division, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

James Schuster, MD, MBA is the VP of Behavioral Integration and the Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral and Medicaid Services for the UPMC Insurance Services Division.

In this role, Dr. Schuster has led development of multiple programs designed to address wellness and physical health concerns for individuals with serious mental illness and other disabilities. Dr. Schuster is board certified in psychiatry and in the subspecialties of geriatric and addiction psychiatry. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Louisville and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and has published numerous articles and book chapters.

 

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