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Led by renowned industry thought leader, Monica E. Oss, our nationally-recognized team consists of 75+ advisors with deep expertise and comprehensive experience in the eleven sectors of the health and human service field serving complex consumers. Most team members are based in Gettysburg, with others working out of our satellite offices in North Carolina, Florida, Washington, Colorado, Montana, California, Maryland, Oregon, Kansas, and New Jersey. Get an overview of our full team below, or click on a specific team member to learn more and read their biography.
  • 60+
    Industry Experts
  • 40+
    Senior Associates
  • 50+
    Board Members

OPEN MINDS Senior Advisors

Carol Clayton, Ph.D.

Formerly Vice President of Behavioral Health Solutions Integration, Relias

Ken Carr

Formerly Chief Financial Officer, Elite DNA Therapy Services

Lauren Sims

Formerly Behavioral Health Value-Based Payment Program, Anthem (Elevance).

Joe Naughton-Travers, Ed.M.

Senior Associate & Executive Editor, Management Newsletter

Dee DeWitt

Formerly Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Momentum for Health.

Christy Dye

Formerly Chief Business Development Officer, Health Current Division of Contexture.

Jeremiah Witherow

Formerly Case Manager, North Spring Behavioral Healthcare

Daniel Marama

Formerly Chief Executive Officer, Marama Marketing

Deanne Cornette, MHA, GPC

Formerly Vice President of Strategic Development, Tampa Family Health Centers

Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW

Formerly Chief Operating Officer, Community Care Behavioral Health

Rob Hickernell, MBA

Formerly Vice President, Search for AOL, Inc.

Jennifer Tripp

Formerly Senior Director, Payer Solutions, Array Behavioral Care.

Elise Freedman

Formerly Marketing Consultant, CIGNA

Ramona Osburn

Formerly Regional Vice President of Operations, Strategic Behavioral Health

Nancy Martin

Formerly AVP, Risk Adjustment, Molina Healthcare

Raymond Wolfe, J.D.

Formerly Chief Operating Officer, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Joseph M. Costa

Formerly Chief Executive Officer & President, Hillsides

Murray Beachtel

Formerly Data Analyst, Quality Associates, Summit Container

Nicole Garris

Formerly Director of Marketing, Culinary Services

Leslie Groves

Formerly Director of Marketing, Communications, and Research for ODH Inc., an Otsuka America Company

OPEN MINDS Market Intelligence Team

Joe Naughton-Travers, Ed.M.

Senior Associate & Executive Editor, Management Newsletter

Nicole Javitt, J.D.

Executive Vice President

Lauren Nunn

General Manager, Executive Education

Cory Thornton, MS, MFA

Senior Editor

OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership

Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer

J. Jay Mackie, Ph.D

Chief Financial Officer

Casey A. Bell

Chief Operating Officer

Paul M. Duck

Chief Strategy Officer

Kimberly Bond, MS, LMFT

Executive Vice President

Emily Del Vecchio

Executive Vice President

Richard Louis, III

Vice President, Western Region

Laird Sapir

Vice President, Web Services

Josue Santoyo

Vice President, Accounting & Administration

Benjamin Smith

Vice President, Technology & Analytics Infrastructure

OPEN MINDS Subject Matter Experts

Dale Anderson

Formerly Executive Vice President, Resources for Human Development (RHD)

Ken Anderson

Vice President of Public Sector Business Development, Optum

Stephanie Asper

Formerly Administrative Assistant, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Office of Health Policy

Susan Bergeson, M.B.A.

Formerly Principal and Owner, Recovery, Resiliency, Empowerment and Activation Partners, LLC.

Joni Blymire

Art Director & Graphic Designer, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Brent Bowers

Director of Business Development, Aurora Las Encinas Hospital

Alan Bragwell, MS, LCP, LSC

Formerly PRN Therapist and Counselor, Bradford Health Services.

George Braunstein, RN, FACHE

Formerly Executive Director, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB)

Marion Brown

Formerly Executive Vice President, AMG Health Care, LLC

Margaret M. Conner-Levin, MSW

Formerly Chief Executive Officer, Archway Programs

Christine Cox

Formerly Instructional Video Editor, Cyber Vista

Peggy DeCarlis, MSSA

Formerly Chief Operations Officer & Chief Innovation Officer, New Directions Behavioral Health

Daniel Dow

Formerly Director of Marketing, International Institute for Restorative Practices

Greg Downing, D.O., Ph.D.

Senior Scholar-In-Residence, Academy Health

Abimbola Farinde, PhD

Per-Diem Pharmacist, Cornerstone Hospital

Shannon Freedle

Formerly Chief Executive Officer, TeamBuilders Counseling Services

Brian Friedman, Psy.D.

Formerly Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Clinical Director, Ann Klein Forensic Center

Miguel Garibay

Formerly Vice President of Administration and Operations, Center Point, Inc

John Giglio, MA, J.D.

Formerly Executive Director, The National Association of State Energy Officials.

Dennis Grantham, M.A.

Formerly Editor-In-Chief, Behavioral Healthcare Magazine.

Cathy Gilbert

Formerly Vice President II, Network Development, Magellan Healthcare, Inc.

Anneliese Hanson

Formerly Behavioral Health Network Market Manager, Western Region Behavioral Network, Cigna Healthcare


Formerly a Private Consultant, designing, implementing, and optimizing health systems

Sharon Hohler, RN, BSN, CNOR

Formerly PRN CN IV Staff Nurse, St. Francis Medical Center

William Holicky, MSW, ACSW

Formerly Chief Executive Officer, The House of the Good Shepherd

Stephen Holoviak, Ph.D.

Professor of Management, Penn State University

Mirna Holton, AM

Formerly Chief Development Officer, McGaw YMCA

Jerry Jeffe, MS

Formerly Executive Director, The California Association of Local Behavioral Health Boards and Commissions

Rafi Khan

Formerly Chief Information Officer & Chief Technology Officer, Hartford Behavioral Health

Wendy Kidd, M.A., L.P.C

Formerly Director of Utilization Management, Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

Alice Kuchinskas

Formerly Vice President, Payer Relationship & Utilization Review, Elements Behavioral Health/Promises Behavioral Health

Kelly Woods Lynch

Formerly Creative Director, Copywriter, & Copy Editor, KWL Communications

Angela McMahon, Ed.D.

Formerly The National Clinical Liaison, Elements Behavioral Health

Rudolph Moni, Jr.

Peer Support Associate, Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Bruce Nisbet, LMSW, DFNAP

President & Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Health Human Services

George Oestreich, B.S. Pharm., MPA, Pharm. D.

President, Principle, and Clinical Pharmacist, G.L.O and Associates.

Mary Parra, MPH, FACHE

Formerly Director of Operations, Neighborhood Healthcare

Robin Peyson

Founder and Owner, RLP Consulting

Linda Pophal

Formerly Communication Consultant, Strategic Communications, LLC

Jerri Regan, MS, MPA, RN

Formerly Grants Administrator, The Centers

Chris Reist, MD, MBA

Medical Director of Psychiatry, Science37

Rosalind Richmond, CCS

Interim Coding Compliance Officer, A Coding and Billing Service

Sandy Rogers

Formerly Freelance Writer

Nancy Ross Bell, MBA, RN, FACHE, CPHQ

Principal Owner, NRB RN, LLC

Lori Schmidt

Formerly Director of Behavioral Health, HealthPartners.

Dorn Schuffman, MA

Formerly Director, The State of Missouri Department of Mental Health

Jason Tako

Formerly a Licensed Insurance Benefit Enroller, BenefitVision

John Talbot, Ph.D.

Formerly Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH)

Dan Thorne

Formerly Director, Harbor View Community Services Center

Jim Trexler

Consultant, The National Security Agency, Office of the Director of Compliance

John Van Camp

Formerly President & Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Solutions

Michael Varadian, J.D., MBA

Formerly Senior Vice President & National Director of Health Reform, Providence Service Corporation

Edgar Wiggins, MHS

Executive Director, Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc

Grady Wilkinson, MSW

Formerly Chief Executive Officer, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center

M. Arthur Williams

Formally Medical Economist and Senior Program Manager, The State of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

William Wood, M.D., Ph.D.

Formerly The Managing Medical Director, Anthem/Amerigroup

David Young, MBA

Formerly Chair of the Board & Chief Marketing Officer, Raiven Healthcare

OPEN MINDS Advisory Board Members

Deb Adler

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Navigator Healthcare, Inc

Mohamed Atta, MD, MPH, FASN

Director, John Hopkins Von Hippel-Lindau Clinical Care Center

Alison Blodgett, LBSW

Assistant Regional Director, Northeast Region, Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Leon Boyko, MBA, LCSW

Chief of Crisis & Recovery Services Officer & Chief Administrative Officer, Recovery Innovations International

Lisa Brody, LPC

Executive Director, La Frontera, Inc

Dee Brown, MSM

National Director of Community Care Organizations, UnitedHealthcare

Stuart Buttlaire, Ph.D., MBA

Regional Director Behavioral Health and Addition Medicine, Kaiser Permanente

Lee Chapman, MHSA

Director of Payor Contracting, CleanSlate Centers

Natalie Cook

Director of Prevention and Recovery, The Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Robert Cuyler, Ph.D.

Chief Clinical Officer, Palo Alto Health Sciences, Inc.

Brandon Danz, MHA, MPA

Director for Value Based Care Transformation, WellSpan Health

Kristi Daugherty, LCSW, LISW-S, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Emergency Health Network

Danielle Byron, PMP

Senior Project Manager, Molina Healthcare of Illinois

Meena Dayak

Formerly Vice President of Integrated Media and Communications, The American Public Power Association

A. Blair Elder, Ph.D.

Director of Utilization Management, Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute

Sarah Elliott

Formerly Director of Transitions of Care, Vivage Senior Living

Niels Eskelsen, MBA, CPA

Chief Business Officer, Partners Behavioral Health Management

Jonathan Evans, MS

Chief Clinical Officer, Quartet

Michael Foust, LCSW

Area Director, The Western Montana Mental Health Center (WMMHC)

John Holton, Ph.D.

Director of Strategic Initiatives, The University of Illinois' Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work

Steve Hornberger, MSW

Director, Social Policy Institute, San Diego State University School of Social Work

Stephen Howe, MSW

Formerly the National Director of Foster Care and Family Services, KidsPeace National Centers

Gary Humble

Executive Director, Pinnacle Partners

Steven Kendrick, MBA

Executive Director, S.T.E.P.S., Inc.

Richard Knecht, MS

Integrated Services Advisor, The California Department of Social Services and Health Care Services

Shelia Kochis, Ph.D., MPA, CPA

Internal Audit Administrator, Franklin County Children's Services

Michael Lee, FACHE, MBA, NHA

Managing Partner, Culminate Care

Katie Lioy, MSMTI

Director of Marketing Technology, SHIFT Communications

Richard Maye, MBA

President, Strategic Integration Solutions, Ltd.

Margaret Mays

Vice President, Staff Accreditation, Beacon Health Options

Ronald Morton, MPA, CBHE

Vice President of The Healthcare Division, The Meyers Group

Monika Ostroff, MSW LICSW

Executive Director, The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, Inc.

Isamu Pant

Director of Business Intelligence, The Aurora Mental Health Center.

Perry Patel, MBA, CHA

Formerly Chief Operating Officer, Gaudenzia, Inc.

Rebecca Plonsky, LICSW

National Vice President of Development, Prospect Integrated Behavioral Behavioral Health, Prospect Alta Hospital Systems, LLC

Paula Pompa-Craven, Psy-D

Chief Clinical Officer, Easterseals Southern California

Joseph Reis, ARNP

Medical Director, Peninsula Behavioral Health

Steven Remillard

Manager, Market Policy, Highmark

Shirley Repta, Ph.D., MBA, RN

Executive Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Services, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

April Rhodes

President & Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Health

Joseph Rutherford, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Gracepoint Management, Inc.

Brooke Sguardo

Director of Provider Relations, Navigator Healthcare

Judith Shaplin

Vice President of Social Resources & Rural Health Services, San Ysidro Health

John Sheehan

President & Chief Executive Officer, Rochester RHIO

Scott Spreat, Ed. D.

Vice President of Evaluation & Research, Woods Services National Research and Evaluation Center

Lisa St. George

Director of Recovery Practices, RI International

Jamie Stewart, MBA, CPA

Chief Executive Officer, Grafton Integrated Health Network

Peggy Terhune, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Monarch and The Arc of Stanly County

Victor Topo, MSW

Chief Executive Officer, Center for Life Management

William D. Tynan, Ph.D.

Director, Integrated Care, American Psychological Association

Alberto Varela, M.D.

Founder & President, Inspira Group

Omar Vega, MA, LPCC

Clinical Director, Agave Health

Sun Vega, MBA

Chief Operations Officer & Executive Director, TeamBuilders Behavioral Health

Marcia Waters, MBA, LSW/ACSW, NHA

Executive Director, SpiriTrust Lutheran - The Villiage at Utz Terrace

David Wawrzynek, MBA

Senior Director, Coordinated Care Services Inc.

Luanne Welch

President and Chief Executive Officer, Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia.

Freadda Zeigler, Ph.D.

Manager of Training and Auditing, Centene, PA Health and Wellness.

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