Speakers & Faculty


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.

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James Schuster, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer & Vice President, Behavioral Integration, Behavioral Health and Medicaid Services, UPMC Insurance Division, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

James Schuster, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer & Vice President, Behavioral Integration, Behavioral Health and Medicaid Services, UPMC Insurance Division, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

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Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

Monica E. Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past two decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design. ×

Sharon Hicks

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Sharon Hicks, OPEN MINDS Senior Associate, has more than 20 years of experience in the health and human service field.  She has extensive experience and wide range of expertise in health plan management, in clinical operations management, and technology.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hicks spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system and within its health plan division.   Ms. Hicks served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Behavioral Health, a managed behavioral health organization.  She was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations including fiscal, information systems, the claims processing department, and the design of clinical systems. In addition Ms. Hicks managed the day-to-day operations of including human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security.

Ms. Hicks also served as the Vice President, Internet Strategy, UPMC Insurance Services Division and, since 2002, as the Chief Executive Officer of Askesis Development Group, Inc. since May of 2002. In this role, Ms. Hicks was responsible for the growth of the company, profitability of the company, and the direction of software development.

Ms. Hick started her impressive health care career as a psychiatric social worker before being promoted to Assistant Director of Social Work.   Prior to her executive promotions, Ms. Hicks served as a Clinical Administrator for both Ambulatory Services and Emergency and Intake Services at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. In this role, Ms. Hicks managed the behavioral health division, the budgets for all departments, and implemented new software replacing paper billing for clinical services.

Ms. Hicks received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburg. Before pursuing her graduate education, Ms. Hicks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

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