Gayle Hurt, MPA, CPHQ, PMC
Assistant Vice President Patient Safety & Quality Operations
DC Hospital Association
Gayle Olano Hurt holds a master’s in public administration (MPA) along with maintaining certifications as a healthcare quality professional (CPHQ) and in product management (PMC). During over 25 years in healthcare quality and safety roles, she has worked with interdisciplinary teams in over 200 healthcare organizations across the country on improvement activities. Gayle is proud to work with the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) as the Assistant Vice President, Patient Safety and Quality Operations. Engaging hospital and community leaders, partners, association members, and teams to drive collaboration and value inspires her every day. Gayle has also had the pleasure of serving in several roles with professional association boards including as the President of Maryland Association of Healthcare Quality (MAHQ) and in several team leadership positions with the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) where she is currently a Healthcare Quality Certification Commission (HQCC) member and chairs the CPHQ Test Development Team.
Deputy Legislative Director
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Director of Medical Economics
UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Aron Weisskopf is a Director of Medical Economics for UnitedHealthcare Community & State, overseeing analytics and business strategies for pharmacy and medical drug benefits, programmatic efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, and national clinical and financial reporting for the Medicaid and Dual Special Needs lines of business. In his current role, Aron works with other senior clinical and business leaders to maintain the UHC preferred drug list, and specializes in the development and evaluation of cost savings initiatives related to high cost drugs in Medicaid. Aron has more than 12 years of industry experience, including previous roles in Medicaid capitated rate development with Mercer Government Human Services Consulting, and clinical/financial operations management for a chain of independent pharmacies specializing in behavioral health service integration. Aron holds a master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Management from the Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.
Senior Health Counsel
Senate Finance Committee
MLTSS Consumer and National Advisory Board Member
UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Gary Sullivan has an inspiring background – after spending three years in the U.S. Army, he practiced general law in California eventually narrowing his caseload to personal injury. In 1994, Gary was appointed to the Fort Peck Court of Appeals in Montana and served there for four years as an Associate Judge and six years as the Court's Chief Justice.
In 1975, Gary was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and now describes himself as “a constructive quadriplegic,” who requires assistance with practically all daily activities. Gary continues to overcome daily trials by seeing it as a challenge to meet, he says “everyone has challenges and I happen to have a physical challenge and I do the best I can with it.”
Although now retired, he is a member of the Tennessee CHOICES program and serves on their Systems Transformation Leadership Group, as well as on various local advisory groups. Since its inception in 2013, Gary has also served as a board member on UnitedHealthcare Community and State’s National Advisory Board (NAB).
Director II, CPI-GBD OHI/COB Verifications
Anthem Government Business Division
Laura Carraway leads Anthem’s Coordination of Benefits (COB) Program Integrity efforts for Commercial and Government lines of business. She provides oversight to all COB operations and program strategy alignment in support of Anthem’s total program and cost of care savings commitment. Laura brings a wealth of experience in optimizing operational effectiveness, supporting strategic organizational growth and executing on operational performance. During her 14 years of Healthcare experience she has led clinical transformation process improvements, supported the implementation of the first EMR in the Hampton Roads area, and most recently increased the value of the Government Business Division Other Health Insurance (OHI) program through growth and optimization efforts.
Laura earned her Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Coaching and Mentoring from Regent University, and a Bachelors of Integrative Studies at George Mason University. She is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and an Anthem Leadership Coach. Laura lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband, Logan and her two sons.
Senior Product Manager
Morgan Tackett is a Senior Product Manager for CAQH, a Washington, DC based not-for-profit alliance of health plans and professional associations. In this capacity, he leads the development of solutions that assist health plans, healthcare providers and other industry officials to simplify the administration of healthcare operations practices. Prior to joining CAQH, Morgan spent over twenty years in leadership positions in academic hospitals and physician practices, and at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. He is a native North Carolinian but enjoys the ability to work with health plans across the country in his Solutions leadership role at CAQH.
Senior Vice President of Medicaid & Complex Care
Michael Monson is the Senior Vice President of Medicaid & Complex Care at Centene Corporation. Operating in 31 states and with revenue of $60 billion, Centene Corporation, a Fortune 61 company, is a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise that provides programs and related services to the rising number of under-insured and uninsured individuals. Michael has national product responsibility for Centene’s Medicaid and Complex Care product lines – TANF; CHIP; Foster Care; Medicaid Expansion; Aged Blind & Disabled (ABD); Managed Long Term Services & Supports (MLTSS); and Medicare-Medicaid Plans (CMS Financial Alignment Demonstration). These products operate across 22 states and collectively comprise more than 8.5 million members and ~$43 billion in revenue. Centene is #1 or #2 in national market share for these products.
Pacific Policy Network
Steve Bella, President of Pacific Policy Network, has served as a policy consultant to Governors, State Agencies, Foundations and Non-Profits for the last 12 years. Previously, Steve Bella served as a policy advisor and communications director to Governors in Oregon, Indiana, and Wisconsin. In his role as a consultant and senior member of a Governor’s staff, Steve Bella brings a wide range of state government knowledge, with a particular focus on workforce development, education and social determinants of health including the following:
- Led several state agencies to implement inter-agency strategies and programs to address workforce challenges and social determinants of health;
- Led Governor’s Closing the Employment Gap initiative, a multi-agency effort funded by a Medicaid infrastructure grant to align employment supported services with new community care organizations;
- Consultant to a national Managed Care Organization on strategies, policies, and programs to addressing social determinants of health with a specific emphasis on the Medicaid population;
- Worked with public entities, local jurisdictions, national foundations and private organizations to align workforce, education, and economic development programs;
- Designed certificate programs for adults with little or no postsecondary education experience.
Steve Bella provides both policy expertise and a deep understanding of state government. Having worked as a senior staff member to several Governors, as well as consulted to over a dozen Administrations across the country, Steve Bella brings a unique set of experience and understanding on the issues Administrations face to the clients he serves.
Raymond E. Poliquit, MD, FAAP
Chief Medical Officer
Healthy Blue Louisiana
Dr. Raymond E. Poliquit is the Chief Medical Officer for Healthy Blue, one of five health plans contracted with the state to coordinate care for beneficiaries participating in the Healthy Louisiana Medicaid program. He has been with Healthy Blue for six years now and in this role for four years. Dr. Poliquit has more than 25 years of clinical experience as a practicing physician and is a board certified pediatrician. He received his post graduate degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center, Brooklyn, and he completed his residency in pediatrics at Kings County Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Poliquit has served as a practicing physician in Louisiana since 1994 and has held several leadership roles, including chief of staff at Madison Parish Hospital in Tallulah, La. (serving Louisiana’s most impoverished community) and the medical director at Primary Health Services Center (Louisiana’s largest federally-qualified health center). He is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Poliquit is joining the faculty of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Department of Health Policy and Management this fall. He is a licensed Zumba instructor with his own dance studio and an adoptive parent of a 16 year old former Louisiana foster child.
Leigh Ann Short LCSW CCM
Supervisor Community Medical Social Work Clinical Services and Population Health
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Leigh Ann Short, LCSW, is a Case Manager focused on Social Services for Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield. Every day she aims to ensure that everyone has access to the resources and education they need to live a healthy, safe and enjoyable life. Her experience includes twelve years with case management, outpatient mental health, school-based mental health, hospice/home health, equine assisted therapy and hospital social work. Leigh Ann attended Arkansas State University and graduated with a bachelors degree in Social Work and the University of Tennessee with a Masters in Social Work. Leigh Ann has a certification with The Commission for Case Management. Leigh Ann also has a social work license in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. Her passion is to help people live fearlessly by giving them the tools, motivation, education and resources to achieve their goals in life. Outside of work, Leigh Ann enjoys riding horses, youth sports activities and spending time on their family farm.
Centene Center for Health Transformation
Director, Community Connections
WellCare Health Plans
Danny has nearly 25 years of experience working in the social service field, and has dedicated the last 10 of those years to WellCare Health Plans. He has held positions in a number of settings, including community mental health centers, assertive community treatment teams, and local county jails, to name a few. Danny first joined WellCare in 2009 as a case manager and later assisted in the creation and development of WellCare’s Field Case Management program in Florida.
Danny currently works in the Community Connections department where he leads WellCare’s Community Innovations at a national level. He is also responsible for Community Business Development for RFP response writing, as well as creating and executing a Medicare strategy for collaborating with community based organizations impacting the senior population. In addition, Danny’s team leads the data and technology area of Community Connections, which continuously updates and improves data collection, storage and analysis of the marriage between community based organizational data and health outcomes data.
Senior Project Manager
Vice President of Medicaid Strategy and Business Development
BlueCross BlueShield, Arkansas
David Jacobson is Vice President of Medicaid Strategy and Business Development at BlueCross BlueShield, Arkansas. He is a visionary healthcare leader with a national track record of growth and innovation to improve the health and quality of life for people and communities. David has proven results with Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care, Health Insurance Marketplace, and Employer-based Health Benefits. He drives change toward a whole-person system of care with integrated medical, behavioral, and social care management for better health at lower cost and a transformed consumer experience.
David’s experience includes executive positions at Anthem, United Healthcare as well as consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Navigant. David received his MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management School at Claremont Graduate University. He enjoys sports, music, discovering new places, and having fun with his family.
Reporter, Pro Health Care
Rachana Pradhan is a health care reporter for POLITICO Pro. Before coming to POLITICO, she spent more than three years at Inside Health Policy focusing on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that, Pradhan worked at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., and spent most of her time covering city government (with the occasional foray into stories on urban chicken-keeping and the closure of neighborhood pools).
Pradhan is a rare local of the Washington, D.C., area and graduated from James Madison University. She was also news editor of JMU’s student newspaper, The Breeze.
Vice President, Health Care Policy
UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Chief Medicaid Officer
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
President & CEO
Dr. Robert S. London
Chief Medical Officer, South Carolina
WellCare Health Plans
Dr. Robert S. London is the Chief Medical Officer for WellCare’s South Carolina Health Plans. He is responsible for overseeing the medical services and quality results for WellCare Medicaid and Medicare plans in the state. In this role, London provides medical leadership for the effective care integration of pharmacy operations, utilization/case/disease management activities and quality improvement activities. He reports to Urcel Fields, WellCare’s state leader for South Carolina. In addition to his market role, Dr. London leads a number of corporate projects involving informatics, artificial intelligence, Obstetrics/NICU and IT related subjects.
Prior to joining WellCare, London was the national medical director for Walgreens and led the clinical solutions group in the health and wellness business segment. Prior to that, he served as the general manager of ikaSystems, a leader in enterprise software for the payer sector. Before that, London was the chief development officer for D2Hawkeye, a provider of medical data reporting and analytics solutions. He has also served as the chief clinical officer for TriZetto, a health care information technology company. Earlier in his career, London led health care management for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s (WellPoint) Western region. He has also served as corporate chief medical officer at CNA Insurance Company, chief operating officer for United Healthcare’s mid-Atlantic region, and chief medical officer at NYLCare Health Plans. Dr. London did his executive training while at Kaiser Permanente’s Mid-Atlantic Region, and was the lead of Maternal-Child Care for the Mid-Atlantic Market.
London currently is on the faculty of the South Carolina School of Medicine, and has served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Colorado MBA program. He holds degrees from George Washington University and University of Maryland School of Medicine, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Gary Jessee joined Sellers Dorsey as Managing Director in July 2017, having worked in public service in Texas for 20 years. Gary is the recent former Deputy Executive Commissioner for Medical and Social Services, the largest division in the Health and Human Services System in the country. Gary oversaw four departments and a $50 billion budget, bringing together eligibility services, Medicaid/CHIP services and functions, and community programs under one coordinated division. Prior to this, Gary served as the Texas State Medicaid Director where he oversaw services and supports for more than four million Texans across the state. He also previously served as the Chief Deputy Director for Program Operations in the Medicaid/CHIP Division.
Before joining Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Gary served as Assistant Commissioner for the Access and Intake Division at the Department of Aging and Disability Services, where he was responsible for overseeing functions of the Area Agencies on Aging, Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authorities, Community Services and Program Operations, Community Living Assistance and Support Services, Contracts, Guardianship services and other specialized programs.
Gary has joined the ranks of a growing number of former Medicaid officials who have also taken employment or senior advisory roles with Sellers Dorsey to assist states, payers, and providers to achieve strategic goals related to public healthcare. He leads efforts within the firm related to Medicaid managed care and long-term services and supports (LTSS).
State Medicaid Director, Health Care Authority
State of Washington
State Medicaid program. Lindeblad, has been an active health care professional as well as a leader spanning most aspects of health care including acute care, long-term care, behavioral health care, eldercare and services for people with disabilities. Prior to her appointment as State Medicaid Director, she served for two years as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services Administration in the Department of Social and Health Services. Previously, she was Director of the Health Care Services Division of the Medicaid program. Lindeblad held a variety of leadership positions over the years, including Assistant Administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board. During the 1990s, Lindeblad also worked in the private sector, serving as Director of Operations for Unified Physicians of Washington.
In 2010, she was selected for the inaugural class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute. In 2015 she was inducted into the Eastern Washington University Chapter of the Upsilon Phi Delta Society. She currently chairs the executive committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy, previously served on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and the Olympia Free Clinic. Lindeblad holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Eastern Washington University and a master’s in public health from the University of Washington.
Agency Director, Department of Medical Assistance Services
Commonwealth of Virginia
Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
State of Arizona
Jami Snyder serves as the Director for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), providing comprehensive health care coverage to 1.9 million Arizonans at a cost of $14 billion annually. Prior to her current role, Ms. Snyder served as the Deputy Director of AHCCCS and the Medicaid Director for the state of Texas, a program offering coverage to 4.7 million enrollees at an annual cost of $29 billion. She has over 20 years of public and private sector experience in the health and human services industries. Ms. Snyder’s areas of expertise include regulatory oversight, policymaking and leadership development, stemming from her tenure in Texas as well as her prior service at AHCCCS, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the University of Arizona Health Plans, where she functioned as the managed care organization’s Chief Operating Officer.
Ms. Snyder holds a master’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Director of TennCare
State of Tennessee
Gabe Roberts is the TennCare Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer. He has served in this capacity for two and a half years, and, prior to this role, Gabe served as the agency’s General Counsel for more than three years.
Before joining TennCare, Gabe practiced law at the Nashville law firm Sherrard, Roe, Voigt & Harbison where his focus was corporate and business law. Prior to law school, Gabe was a CPA with the international accounting firm Ernst & Young.
Gabe is active in the Nashville community having served on the Board of Directors for a number of not-for-profits and having represented Nashville at Harvard Business School in the Young American Leaders Program.
Gabe is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School where he was a member of The Vanderbilt Law Review. He also holds an Accountancy Degree and an Economics Degree from the University of Mississippi, is a graduate of the University’s Honors College, and is a member of the University’s Hall of Fame.
Gabe and his wife, Ashleigh, have five children and are active members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville.
First 5 LA
Ms. Franklin recently was awarded one of 13 Pritzker National Child and Infant Collaborative Fellowships across the country and has been tasked with coordinating Los Angeles County’s efforts to reduce Black infant and maternal mortality rates through communications and community engagement, including building a county-wide coalition of public agencies, community-based organizations and philanthropic interests. Ms. Franklin is Founder of Growth Mindset Communications and is a marketing and communications professional with over 20 years of experience, with expertise in coalition-building, community engagement, marketing communications strategy, crisis communications, and multi-stakeholder engagement and communications. Ms. Franklin is currently completing coursework to achieve a Doctoral degree in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Her focus in on organizational development, evidence-based training approaches, systems change and evaluation, and countering implicit bias through effective narratives. Leveraging her experience in projects impacting communities of color and underserved communities, Ms. Franklin has led projects for First 5 LA, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Compton Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Dr. Pooja Mittal
Dr. Mittal is a Family Physician and Medical Director at HealthNet, the largest Medicaid insurance provider in California. She manages the PPO line of business. She also directs strategic initiatives aimed at improving the care of the most vulnerable populations covered by the plan, with a focus on narrowing health disparities.
Dr. Mittal also works at the Clinicians Consultation Center at UCSF, a national HIV/AIDS warmline, where she is recognized as a national expert on Perinatal HIV care. In addition to her clinical work, she has published in the areas of well-child care, group visits, preconception care, and perinatal HIV. She is also currently a Fellow at the California Health Care Foundation.
Dr. Lakshmi Reddy
Dr. Lakshmi Reddy is part of the Medical Management team at Gateway Health. She is the medical director for maternity programming and serves as Gateway Health’s lead for the development of maternal health homes for pregnant women with a substance use disorder. Prior to joining Gateway, Dr. Reddy worked as a family physician at Alma Illery Medical Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Pittsburgh, PA, providing inpatient and outpatient care, including maternity services. During her time in practice, she also developed a grant funded activity and nutrition program for high risk patients.
Jennifer E. Moore
Founding Executive Director
Institute for Medicaid Innovation
Director, Community Outreach
AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia
Keith Maccannon is the Director of Marketing, Community Relations, and Outreach for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC). He is responsible for health promotion, community outreach, relations, and all marketing and communications activities for the plan. Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas DC, Mr. Maccannon served in project and client leadership roles at both Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte Consulting and he also served as the Director of Product Marketing and Development at Kaiser Permanente (Mid-Atlantic States).
Mr. Maccannon earned a Master of Business Administration degree in strategy and marketing from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He holds program and project management certifications from the Project Management Institute and has significant experience at implementing enterprise wide initiatives and transformation efforts. He is currently focused on utilizing his expertise in program management, consulting and marketing to drive positive change at the individual, organizational and community level to improve health outcomes.
Cecelia Peers, MA
Neighborhood Connections Manager
Trillium Health Resources
Cecelia Peers joined Trillium Health Resources LME/MCO, as a Neighborhood Connections Manager dedicated to addressing Social Determinants of Health in their 26 county region of Eastern North Carolina. Cecelia has her BA in Sociology from Hunter College, CUNY and MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Cecelia’s career has touched almost all areas of homeless services, including intake worker, mental health case manager, social services director, and manager of transitional and permanent supportive housing. Prior to working with Trillium, Cecelia served as director of a three-county Homeless Continuum of Care in southeastern NC. Cecelia believes that addressing SDoH is the logical next step in helping people thrive in their communities.
Director, Policy Integration and Transformation
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Valerie Harr joined Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey in July 2017. She provides direction and leadership to the community health team, while building strategic partnerships with hospital systems and community partners. Valerie will implement a Community Health Worker Program to address social determinants of health, expand the Community Palliative
Care Program and develop other innovative solutions to address barriers to care.
Prior to joining Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Valerie served as Deputy Commissioner at the NJ Department of Human Services where she was responsible for three divisions — Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS), Aging Services, and Disability Services — with a total budget of $17 billion in state and federal funding.
Valerie was the State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Director from 2010 until 2015. Under her leadership, DMAHS collaborated with stakeholders to secure several innovative 1115 waiver demonstrations, launched Managed Long Term Services and Supports, expanded Medicaid to previously ineligible adults, and implemented a number of program improvements. Valerie’s experience at the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services also includes working as the Division’s Deputy Director and Budget Director. Valerie was a 2012 graduate of the Medicaid Leadership Institute.
Valerie began her career in state government with a position in the NJ Department of the Treasury’s Office of Management and Budget. Prior to that, she worked on Medicaid policy at the Center for Health Care Strategies.
Valerie has a Master’s degree in Sociology from West Virginia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Millersville University.
Dr. Ellen Stang
Founder and CEO
Dr. Marketa Wills, MBA
Senior Corporate Medical Director
WellCare Health Plans
In early 2018, Dr. Marketa Wills was named Senior Corporate Medical Director at WellCare Health Plans, Inc. in the Health Programs and Services group of the Population Health Solutions department. The team that she serves is responsible for designing and standing up enterprise-wide clinical programs and services for key membership constituents. In addition to leading the enterprise-wise Opioid Program, Serious Mental Illness Program and Pediatric Trauma Program, Dr. Wills has oversight of all 7 Clinical Domains at WellCare which are tasked with designing and developing clinical strategy solutions to advance the health of all WellCare members.
A psychiatrist by background and training, Dr. Wills has cared for severely mentally ill patients in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room clinical settings. Her clinical specialty was perinatal psychiatry.
She earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed a residency at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. In her last year of the program, she served as chief resident. She has received numerous accolades and awards throughout her career highlighting her clinical and community achievements.
Originally from Dayton, OH, her passions include travel, community service and the arts. She is a member of Athena Society, the Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Catherine Stapleton joined Quantified Ventures from national healthcare consulting firm where she worked on long-term growth strategy with providers and advised private equity firms and lenders on their investment decisions within the healthcare industry. She was drawn to Quantified Ventures by the potential to be more creative and impact-driven with investment dollars and hopes through her work here to push the boundaries of the current reimbursement structures in health.
After spending the last seven years in the healthcare world—from population health management, to employee wellness, to benefits analysis—Catherine understands that this industry is quite complex and can be extremely confusing. This is probably why she’s so passionate about being the one to sort through all the noise by identifying care and payment models that make sense to the provider, patient, and payor, and by translating data analysis into purposeful real life applications.
Catherine’s vast understanding of the healthcare world has allowed her to co-produce several white papers, land several speaking engagements, write a book—The Hospice Guide to Billing and Reimbursement: Durable Guidance and Strategy for a Shifting Payment Landscape—and, most recently, be recruited to be an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore. There, she teaches “Health Insurance and Prepaid Healthcare” to graduate students and “Quality Improvement and Healthcare” to undergrads. She also teaches intensive Pilates at [solidcore].
Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in Health Systems Management from the University of Baltimore. When she’s not working, teaching, or otherwise saving the world, she likes to train for races or hike in Rock Creek Park with her hound mix Tulla.
Jana Berhow, LICSW
Vice President, DC Programs
Volunteers of America
AmeriHealth Caritas, District of Columbia
Karen M. Dale is the Market President for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC), one of the largest Medicaid managed care organizations in Washington, D.C. Prior to leading AmeriHealth Caritas DC, Dale served as Executive Vice President of Health Care Management at DC Chartered Health Plan Inc. (Chartered). At Chartered, she led key initiatives that strategically positioned the organization as a market leader with innovative solutions for the critical challenges faced by its members.
Pamela Greenberg, MPP
President and CEO
Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness
Pamela Greenberg is the President and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW). She joined the association in 1998 and since that time has become a nationally recognized leader on managed behavioral health care policy.
ABHW is the leading association working to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and advance federal policy to improve mental health and addiction care. ABHW represents major national and regional health plans who care for more than 200 million people.
Pamela has extensive experience with mental health parity, including testifying before Congress and federal agencies, and Chairing the Coalition for Fairness in Mental Illness Coverage, one of the leading Coalitions that helped develop, advocate for, and get the Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 signed in to law. She also currently serves on the Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Advisory Council and InnovaTel Telepsychiatry’s Strategic Advisory Board.
Prior to joining ABHW Pamela was the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Before joining AHIP Ms. Greenberg was a Legislative Assistant at Capitol Associates, a healthcare consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Pamela has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
VP, Aetna Better Living
Joshua Boynton is a Certified M+A Advisor (CMAA) who has been a healthcare entrepreneur, executive and consultant with over 20 years of successful national leadership in the I/DD, behavioral healthcare, and child welfare verticals, as well as managed care organizations (MCOs). Josh began his career with the founding of LifeShare, an innovative organization that continues to support people of all abilities. LifeShare became a multi-state, multi-million-dollar provider that was ultimately sold to Centene, one of the leading MCOs in the country. His business background includes recognition in 2009 as one of Business NH Magazine’s 25 leaders to watch in the next 25 years and he was appointed by Governor Lynch as a Commissioner for the NH Commission on Human Rights.
Staff Vice President, Specialty Behavioral Health & Foster Care
Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy
Rick Van Buren
House Energy & Commerce Committee
Health Policy Advisor
Senate Finance Committee
Professional Staff, Healthcare
House Energy & Commerce Committee
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
Martha Roherty is the Executive Director of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD). She and her staff are responsible for educating Congress, the Administration, other state executive branch organizations, advocacy groups, and the general public on administrative, health, and social policy issues of special concern to the state officials administering the programs for long-term care services. Ms. Roherty also furnishes technical assistance to state aging, Medicaid, and disability program staff.
Prior to joining NASUAD, Ms. Roherty served as the director of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors. In that capacity, Ms. Roherty helped states as they navigated through many transitions in the Medicaid program including transitioning the dually eligible population to Medicare Part D; the development of Medicaid waivers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; and the conception of and implementation of the Deficit Reduction Act.
Ms. Roherty has also held various positions at The Finance Project, the National Association of State Budget Officers, the National Governors Association, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Ms. Roherty holds a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in finance from the University of Maryland.
Ryan May, MA, CHIE
Executive Director, Virginia D-SNP
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Virginia
Ryan May is a Certified Health Insurance Executive (AHIP) and serves as the Executive Director responsible for leading Dual Special Needs Plans in the Commonwealth of Virginia for UnitedHealthcare. Prior to joining UHC, Ryan impacted the success of the Dual Demonstration Project (MMP) in Virginia (2013-2017) as part of the Humana organization. Ryan values building and maintaining individual relationships while remaining affable, capable, and courteous; awaking each morning excited to grow by giving to others. Ryan resides in Ashland, VA with his wife of 15 years, and his two daughters age 13 and 8 and can be found providing comic relief via “Dad’s Dance” during ballet recitals for both girls, or finding ‘relaxation by herding cats’ on the softball field while coaching his youngest daughter.
Vice President of Health and Human Services Policy
UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Director, Health Division
National Governors Association
Hemi Tewarson serves as the director for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ Health Division, where she oversees all the Health Division projects which include Medicaid transformation and coverage, Medicaid data systems, health care delivery and payment system reform, workforce, opioids, and behavioral health and social determinants. Prior to joining NGA, Ms. Tewarson had decades of experience in health care policy in the private and public sectors. She served as senior attorney for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and was in private practice as a health policy attorney where her practice included advising states on how to reform their Medicaid programs. Ms. Tewarson holds a J.D. and a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Sunshine Health Plan
Debra Smyers has over twenty five years of experience as a health care administrator in a managed care environment with a strong focus on population management and quality improvement. Ms. Smyers is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Sunshine Health in Sunrise, Florida. Sunshine Health is a subsidiary of Centene Corporation. She is responsible for the identification and implementation of innovative practices that will improve the health of members enrolled in Sunshine Health’s Medicaid, Child Welfare Specialty plan, Healthy Kids (CHIP) and Ambetter (marketplace) products. She is the operational lead for innovative and strategic program development and implementation. In her role, she applies a data driven approach to the design of programs, addressing the unique needs of various populations which will have a positive impact on cost, quality, and member satisfaction.
Ms. Smyers has experience in the clinical and financial management of many different government-based insurance products. Other experience includes developing clinical programs, population management, improving outcomes, and developing provider value based programs.
Ms. Smyers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jill Smith Erkens, RPh
Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
Envolve Pharmacy Solutions
As Senior Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Envolve Pharmacy Solutions, Jill Erkens oversees the administration of clinical programs to support the Medicare Stars Rating for Part D. In her role, Jill leads a team of pharmacists, program managers and technicians that manage Medication Therapy Management and Clinical Programs/Drug Utilization Review for the organization.
Jill has more than 30 years of experience in the PBM industry, including expertise in the development and training of communications programs for prescriber and member-facing telephonic outreach, as well as daily operations. She graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy, and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jeremy Corbett, M.D., Chief Health Officer
Chief Health Officer, Envolve PeopleCare
Dr. Jeremy Corbett serves as Chief Health Officer for Envolve Health, Envolve PeopleCare division, providing oversight and guidance in all aspects of product development. Dr. Corbett is a board certified emergency physician focused on transforming the way we think about - and manage - chronic disease. A background in novel digital product design and implementation paired with his training in clinical medicine give him unique insight into the future of medicine, technology, and managed care.
Jeremy lives in Lexington, Kentucky where he makes his home with wife Cassie and their three children, spending days split between the baseball field and a ballet studio.
Chair, Board of Trustees
The McCain Institute for International Leadership
Cindy Hensley McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate both in the United States and around the world. As the Chairman of the Board of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, she oversees the organization’s focus on advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity.
Cindy also chairs the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. This is an issue she cares deeply about and is committed to ending in Arizona, throughout the United States and around the world, as well as working to improve the lives of victims of human trafficking. Through her work with the McCain Institute, several partnerships have been formed with anti-trafficking organizations working on solving various aspects of the problem. She also serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor's Council on human trafficking.
In addition to her work at the McCain Institute, she serves on the Board of Directors of Project C.U.R.E and the Advisory Boards of Too Small To Fail and Warriors and Quiet Waters. Cindy holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Master's in Special Education from USC and is a member of the USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors.
Cindy is the Chairman of her family’s business, Hensley Beverage Company, which is one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation. Cindy is the wife of the late U.S. Senator John McCain. Together, they have four children.
Senior Director-Government Solutions
Dilek Barlow, Senior Director of Government Solutions at Wildflower Health has more than 15 years experience in healthcare innovation and management consulting. At Wildflower, Dilek leads commercial growth and strategy with Medicaid payors and is a subject matter expert on safety net populations. Her peer-reviewed article, "Impact of a Mobile Health Application on User Engagement and Pregnancy Outcomes Among Wyoming Medicaid Members" was published in the journal, Telemedicine and e-Health in November 2017. Dilek joined Wildflower Health in 2015 after starting a family of her own and seeing firsthand the gaps in healthcare for consumers.
Prior to Wildflower Health, Dilek led consulting engagements for multinational corporations and with state and federal government agencies. She began her healthcare career as an intake counselor at a women's health clinic in inner-city Baltimore. Dilek graduated with honors with a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and M.A. from Harvard University.
CEO & Cofounder
Manik Bhat is the CEO of Healthify, a New York-based company on a mission to build a world where no one’s health is hindered by their need. Manik cofounded Healthify while working as a community health worker in Baltimore where he witnessed, first hand, how closely poor health outcomes and the increasing cost of care were tied to unmet social needs such as food insecurity and affordable housing.
Today, Healthify helps large healthcare organizations identify and manage the unaddressed social needs of their most vulnerable populations. Healthify delivers a leading solution to enable healthcare organizations to find community services for their members, track social needs across their population, and coordinate care with community-based services in an
As a partner to health plans, social service agencies, and provider networks working with Medicaid and Medicare members, Healthify enables integrated care to fulfill the promise of a value-based healthcare system. Healthify’s solutions are used across the country by thousands of staff and have been featured by TEDMED, the Center for Healthcare Strategies, KPMG, the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Forbes.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Senior Medical Director
Blue Shield California
Founder and CEO
Before creating ConsejoSano, Abner was Founder and CEO for the Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico, now the leading corporate wellness company in Mexico. From 2003-2008, he was founder and Executive Director of AIDS Responsibility Project, driving the creation of CONAES and JaBCHA, the first business councils on HIV/AIDS in Mexico and Jamaica.
Abner previously served as Chairman of the International Committee and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), appointed by President Bush in 2002. He spent ten years in the Massachusetts State government, including roles as Chief Policy Advisor to Massachusetts Governors Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift, Governor Cellucci's Undersecretary of Transportation, and Deputy General Manager of the Massachusetts Transit Authority. Before joining state government, Abner worked as an Associate Consultant for Bain & Company. In 2018, he founded Health Tech 4 Medicaid (HT4M), a non-profit coalition of healthtech leaders collaborating to create technology for Medicaid programs.
Additionally, he is a founding council member of U.S. of Care, a nonprofit centered on improving healthcare access developed by former Medicare/Medicaid administrator Andy Slavitt. Abner is a graduate of Harvard.
National Association of Medicaid Directors
Matt Salo was named Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in February 2011. The association represents all 56 of the nation’s state and territorial Medicaid Directors, and provides them with a strong unified voice in national discussions as well as a locus for technical assistance and best practices.
Matt formerly spent 12 years at the National Governors Association, where he worked on the Governors’ health care and human services reform agendas, and spent the 5 years prior to that as a health policy analyst working for the state Medicaid Directors as part of the American Public Human Services Association.
Matt also spent two years as a substitute teacher in the public school system in Alexandria, VA, and holds a BA in Eastern Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.
Chief Medicaid Officer & Chair, MHPA Board of Directors
WellCare Health Plans
Kelly was named executive vice president of Medicaid in October 2016 and leads WellCare’s nearly $11 billion Medicaid line of business—the fifth largest Medicaid plan in the country.
Before assuming her current position, Kelly served as senior vice president, division president and product, with responsibility for WellCare’s operations in Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. In this role, she led the company’s Medicaid product development function and had oversight of WellCare’s Center for CommUnity Impact, which helps connect members to community-based programs and resources by navigating the social safety net.
From 2013 to 2015, Kelly served as state president of Kentucky. Under her leadership, WellCare of Kentucky was named the number-one plan of choice and the number-one plan for customer service in the commonwealth. Prior to this, she served as chief operating officer in Kentucky from 2012 to 2013 and as senior director, state operations and regulatory affairs, for WellCare’s Ohio health plan from 2006 to 2012.
Before joining WellCare in 2006, Kelly held leadership positions with Old World Classics, HomeTown Health Network and Medical Mutual of Ohio. In each capacity, she oversaw operations, claims, customer service, IT, audit and vendor management, among others.
During her career, Kelly has received numerous awards and accolades for her accomplishments, and in 2016, was named an “Executive Woman Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal.
Munson graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and public health nutrition and did graduate work in public administration at the University of Akron.