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Allen Brown - Chief Executive Officer, Adult & Child Health
Allen BrownChief Executive Officer, Adult & Child Health

Allen Brown

Allen Brown - Chief Executive Officer, Adult & Child Health Allen Brown, MSSW, is CEO of Adult and Child Health in Indianapolis, a nonprofit agency employing 550 staff in central Indiana. Focused on improving the health and well-being of underserved persons, Allen has led Adult and Child Health’s transition from specialty care into integrated, whole-health services. Organized as a community mental health center, FQHC Look-Alike program, and federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC), Adult and Child Health’s programs include primary care, behavioral health, child welfare, supportive housing, and supportive employment. Prior to joining Adult and Child Health in 2014, Allen held managed care and community mental health leadership positions in Texas, Colorado, and Georgia.
Beth Klawitter - Vice President Of Payer Relations, Strategic Behavioral Health
Beth KlawitterVice President Of Payer Relations, Strategic Behavioral Health

Beth Klawitter

Beth Klawitter - Vice President Of Payer Relations, Strategic Behavioral Health Beth Klawitter is Vice President of Payer Relations for Strategic Behavioral Health. She has more than 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive with roles in strategic development, operations and project management. Her career focus and specialty is in behavioral healthcare management and consulting, including development and administration of value-based population health and behavioral health integration models and systems. Beth’s background includes positions and work in various healthcare and medical settings in multiple regions of the country, including single hospital and multi-hospital systems, healthcare management and software firms, and physician services and practices. She has led inpatient and outpatient behavioral health operations and product line expansion in various hospital-based and freestanding behavioral health facility settings. She brings expertise in managed care contracting, decision support and analytics, planning and marketing, business development and physician relations. Beth holds a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from West Chester University.
Caroline Fenkel, PhD - Chief Clinical Officer, Charlie Health
Caroline Fenkel, PhDChief Clinical Officer, Charlie Health

Caroline Fenkel, PhD

Caroline Fenkel, PhD - Chief Clinical Officer, Charlie Health Caroline Fenkel, PhD, LCSW is a thought leader in the adolescent and young adult substance abuse treatment field. Caroline began her career by combining her love for horses with her desire to help others by providing equine-assisted psychotherapy. From there, Caroline earned her masters degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and began providing treatment at all levels of care, including detoxification units, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment. Dr. Fenkel has worked at numerous national and local treatment programs including Mainline Health, Pyramid Health Care and Newport Healthcare. Caroline went on to earn her doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania, studying the use of technology in a therapeutic setting. Currently, Dr. Fenkel serves as Chief Clinical Officer of Charlie Health, a video-based intensive outpatient treatment program providing comprehensive evidence based clinical treatment to adolescents and young adults. Caroline enjoys riding horses, spending time with her husband, and son. She is often accompanied by her therapy dog, Genie.
Cindy Ehlers, MS, LPC - Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, Trillium Health Resources
Cindy Ehlers, MS, LPCExecutive Vice President, Clinical Operations, Trillium Health Resources

Cindy Ehlers, MS, LPC

Cindy Ehlers, MS, LPC - Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, Trillium Health Resources Cindy Ehlers, MS, LPC, serves as the Executive Vice President for Trillium Health Resources Strategy and Innovation. She is focused on improving health and affordability through emerging analytics and innovative clinical solutions. She leads the strategy and innovative development and operations for Trillium. Cindy is a champion for the implementation of evidence-based practices and value-based purchasing in the services for BH and IDD-TBI populations. She has worked in both the public and private sector for the past 25 years. Cindy has developed many programs and services in behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities overcoming many different rural barriers and health disparities in rural eastern North Carolina to meet service needs. She also offers a unique perspective in her role as an Executive in the North Carolina system, as both a parent and a professional. Cindy understands the system from the perspective of the MCO, from inside out and as a parent of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs.
Corbin Petro - Chief Executive Officer, Eleanor Health
Corbin PetroChief Executive Officer, Eleanor Health

Corbin Petro

Corbin Petro - Chief Executive Officer, Eleanor Health Corbin Petro is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Eleanor Health, a value-based, tech-enabled provider specializing in addressing the unique needs of individuals and populations with substance use disorder. Prior to Eleanor Health, Corbin was the founding CEO of Benevera Health, a payer-provider JV and population health company. Petro has an extensive background in healthcare including as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Massachusetts Department of Medicaid (MassHealth), a $13 billion agency providing health care to 1.4 million Massachusetts residents, advising a US Senator on health reform, and roles at Bain and Company, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte Consulting, and American Management Systems. Previously, Petro was the founding CEO and President of Benevera Health, a first-of-its-kind payer/provider joint venture (JV) encompassing two businesses: Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare’s New Hampshire insurance business and a newly formed population health services company. Petro has an extensive background in healthcare including as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Massachusetts Department of Medicaid (MassHealth), a $13 billion agency providing health care to 1.4 million Massachusetts residents, advising a US Senator on health reform, and roles at Bain and Company, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte Consulting, and American Management Systems. Petro was honored as one of fifteen healthcare executives under 40 named a 2018 Up and Comer by Modern Healthcare. She received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is married, has two sons, and resides in the greater Boston area.
Dan Arens - Chief Operating Officer, Adult & Child Health
Dan ArensChief Operating Officer, Adult & Child Health

Dan Arens

Dan Arens - Chief Operating Officer, Adult & Child Health Dan Arens began his career working in group homes for youth who experience autism and developmental disorders and later transitioned through both residential and community-based programs supporting families in the child welfare and probation systems before taking operational leadership roles at two different community mental health centers in central Indiana. Throughout his career, he’s kindled two of his passions, working with under-resourced populations and building more patient-centered health care systems. Dan has worked with many youth and families who struggle with co-occurring disorders and who repeatedly fail to effectively navigate a siloed health care system. The most impactful family he supported unfortunately culminated in the early death of teenage boy. This young man lived in poverty, had unmanaged juvenile diabetes, was diagnosed with conduct disorder, had a family history of SUD, and an ACES score of 9. Dan’s experience and frustration in attempting to support the complex needs of this family across multiple health care providers in small town Indiana continues to fuel his interest in building a better system of integrated care. Dan has provided leadership along every phase of A&C’s journey toward integrated care. From the early beginnings of co-locating an LCSW inside an FQHC location to co-locating a partner FQHC in the mental health center to winning multiple state and federal grants focused on integrated care and finally launching A&C’s four FQHC Look-Alike programs which integrates the delivery of primary care, chronic disease management, psychiatry, behavioral health therapy, medication assisted therapy, and enabling services in each location. Along the way, Dan and his team has worked through the many challenges of integrated governance, funding streams, and operations.
 David Strocchia - Senior Vice President & Managing Director Of Human Services, Netsmart
David StrocchiaSenior Vice President & Managing Director Of Human Services, Netsmart

David Strocchia

 David Strocchia - Senior Vice President & Managing Director Of Human Services, Netsmart Dave Strocchia leads the Human Services organization for Netsmart. In his role, he works closely with the clinical, development and product teams to ensure the Netsmart technologysolutions and professional services align to client and market needs. Doing so allows clients across the human services industry to participate and thrive in emerging models of care, such as value-based reimbursement. Dave has worked in healthcare technology since 2003, has been with Netsmart Technologies since 2007, and has held a variety of roles in areas such as consulting, client alignment,and product management. He has a B.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
DeAnna Minus-Vincent - Senior Vice President, Chief Social Integration & Health Equity Strategist, RWJBarnabas Health
DeAnna Minus-VincentSenior Vice President, Chief Social Integration & Health Equity Strategist, RWJBarnabas Health

DeAnna Minus-Vincent

DeAnna Minus-Vincent - Senior Vice President, Chief Social Integration & Health Equity Strategist, RWJBarnabas Health DeAnna Minus-Vincent serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Social Integration and Health Equity Strategist at RWJBarnabas Health. In her role, DeAnna leads the system’s "Ending Racism, Together" program. She is responsible for developing, instituting, and monitoring an anti-racist strategy to ensure all RWJBarnabas Health patients and employees are afforded an equitable environment that is free from discriminatory practices. In addition to promoting equity within the walls of the hospital, she works with internal and external stakeholders to promote anti-racist policies, design programs and invest in the communities that it serves to promote equitable health, social, and economic outcomes. Throughout her tenure at the system, DeAnna has demonstrated programmatic and policy prowess, as well as an affinity for scaling initiatives. She has worked with diverse stakeholders to implement strategies that improve health outcomes and promote health equity. She recently co-designed and launched the system’s new social determinants of health integration initiative, "Health Beyond the Hospital" (HBH), which allows physicians to identify social factors contributing to their patients’ health and streamline connection to resources when needed. She also oversees the system’s housing and community development initiatives. Before coming to RWJBarnabas Health, DeAnna served as the Chief Engagement Officer at Benefits Data Trust, a national social change organization. Additionally, she has served as the Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Director of Planning and Development for the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium. She currently sits on the Board of the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey. She received a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University; a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Morgan State University; and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Leadership and Innovation from Concordia University, Chicago. Born and raised in Trenton, DeAnna is a native New Jerseyan and lives in Lumberton with her husband and daughter.
Denny Morrison, Ph.D. - Chief Clinical Advisor, Netsmart
Denny Morrison, Ph.D.Chief Clinical Advisor, Netsmart

Denny Morrison, Ph.D.

Denny Morrison, Ph.D. - Chief Clinical Advisor, Netsmart Dr. Morrison is Chief Clinical Advisor for Netsmart. Morrison assists the Netsmart clinical team in transforming clinical care in behavioral health by focusing on evidence-based practice, recovery- and research-based care, coordinated care planning, and the integration of behavioral and primary care. Dr. Morrison has worked in the behavioral health field since 1969. Academically, he holds two Masters degrees in Psychology and Exercise Physiology from Ball State University. His doctorate is in Counseling Psychology also from Ball State University. He is co-inventor on a patent for a behavioral healthcare outcomes software product. Prior to joining Netsmart in 2012, he served as the CEO of the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) in Bloomington, Indiana since 1995. CBH was the first behavioral health company to ever win the JCAHO Codman Award for excellence in the use of outcomes measurement to achieve health care quality improvement; the second to win the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR); and the only organization in the world to have won both awards. In 2007, CBH was awarded the Negley Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Risk Management.
Howard Snyder - Director Of Business Development, Active Day
Howard SnyderDirector Of Business Development, Active Day

Howard Snyder

Howard Snyder - Director Of Business Development, Active Day Howard Snyder has been the Director of Business Development for Active Day since 2015. In this role, he has led acquisition of more than 20 human services companies comprising I/DD programs, Adult Day Services and Personal Home Care agencies across multiple states. During the last 12 months, his role at Active Day has expanded to include managing PPE acquisition and distribution, and managing the Support Services and Facilities departments. A seasoned executive with operating experience, Howard has more than 25 years of financial, investment and commercial banking experience in range of healthcare, business service, manufacturing and distribution industries. He earned a BBA form Emory University and an MBA in Finance from Drexel University.
Jason Ray - President, SimplyHome
Jason RayPresident, SimplyHome

Jason Ray

Jason Ray - President, SimplyHome Jason Ray is the President of SimplyHome, LLC. Since 2004, SimplyHome has designed, engineered, and used enabling technology to increase independence and lower costs. As the President of SimplyHome, Jason has been a national speaker on enabling technology to associations, state and national agencies, and provider groups. Beginning in 2015, Jason worked with the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation (formerly NYSACRA) as a subject matter expert on enabling technology. In this capacity, he provided training and resources to dozens of agencies across New York state. From 2017 to 2019, Jason became the subject matter expert for residential enabling technology with Tennessee’s state Technology Initiative. Jason helped lead the training and implementation of this pilot initiative which helped to shape a whole new waiver service in Tennessee. Jason has also provided consulting and direction to many other states and agencies across the U.S. over the last 13 years. In 2015 Jason was named Asheville’s Forty under Forty, honoring young leaders for their business and community service contributions to the area. In 2017, the Asheville Chamber of Commerce honored Jason as the Asheville Small Business Leader of the Year.
Jerry Bernard, PhD - Chief Executive Officer, Charles Lea Center
Jerry Bernard, PhDChief Executive Officer, Charles Lea Center

Jerry Bernard, PhD

Jerry Bernard, PhD - Chief Executive Officer, Charles Lea Center Dr. Gerald Bernard is the CEO of the Charles Lea Center, a multi-service provider in South Carolina and North Carolina. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Vermont in Leadership & Policy Studies. He has also earned the Executive Certificate in Non-profit Leadership from Duke University and a Graduate Certificate in Adult and Organizational Learning from Northeastern University. He is a certified trainer in person-centered thinking. Jerry has more than 30 years’ experience supporting individuals with disabilities in a variety of professional and leadership positions throughout New York, Connecticut, Vermont, and South Carolina. He has been successful in assisting and supporting other organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada to move away from traditional service models to one that is driven by principles of person-centered thinking, innovation and enabling technology. Using a servant-leader approach Jerry has been successful in supporting the Charles Lea Center to effectively use enabling technology in a variety of day, employment, and residential setting. This includes looking at technology as a way of improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by giving them greater control over there environments. He believes that enabling technology has the potential to open doors and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. However, he cautions that using technology needs to a be thoughtful and person-centered process. It is just one of many tools in a toolbox, when used correctly can open doors to wonderful opportunities. In his free time Jerry likes spending time hiking, traveling as well as reading historical crime novels. He is married and has two grown daughters.
Jesse Gould - Founder & PresidenHeroic Hearts Project
Jesse GouldFounder & PresidenHeroic Hearts Project

Jesse Gould

Jesse Gould - Founder & PresidenHeroic Hearts Project Jesse Gould is the Founder and President of the Heroic Hearts Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pioneering psychedelic therapies for military veterans. After returning from being deployed as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan three times, he founded the Heroic Hearts Project in 2017 to spearhead the acceptance and use of ayahuasca therapy as a means of addressing the current mental health crisis among veterans. The Heroic Hearts Project has raised more than $350,000 in scholarships from donors including Dr. Bronner’s and partnered with the world’s leading ayahuasca treatment centers, as well as sponsoring psychiatric applications with the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Georgia. Jesse helps shape treatment programs and spreads awareness of plant medicine as a therapeutic method. He has spoken globally about psychedelics and mental health, and received accolades including being recognized as one of the Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2020 by Cause Artist. Driven by a mission to help military veterans struggling with mental trauma, he is best known for his own inspiring battle with PTSD and his recovery through ayahuasca therapy.
John Jay - Director Of Customer Marketing, Relias
John JayDirector Of Customer Marketing, Relias

John Jay

John Jay - Director Of Customer Marketing, Relias John Jay has spent the last six years working at Relias as a Product Manager and Strategic Product Marketing Manager. During his time in Product Management, John oversaw Relias’ product vision in the Behavioral Health, Community Health, and Acute healthcare space. After spending five years in his various product manager roles, John switched focus to lead the Health and Human Services marketing strategy, focusing on aligning Relias’ solutions to key industry challenges. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies: Economics, Trade, and Development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jon Schafer - Vice President Of Customer Experience, Remarkable Health
Jon SchaferVice President Of Customer Experience, Remarkable Health

Jon Schafer

Jon Schafer - Vice President Of Customer Experience, Remarkable Health With over 15 years of medical and behavioral health software experience, Jon joined the Remarkable Health team in 2008 to create the Customer Support Team, focused primarily on the daily success of the existing customer base. Since 2017, Jon transitioned over the Growth team as Solutions Engineer, where he is a key resource, utilizing his extensive experience and knowledge of CT|One to help demonstrate product capabilities, guide product enhancements with the Product and Engineering teams, and assist the sales team in project coordination for both new and existing customers. Jon has also rejoined the customer experience side of the operation and elevated the implementation process, and most recently assists with special projects, such as Bells.ai. Jon received his Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.
Jonathan G. Morphett - Managing Partner, Avondale Partners, LLC
Jonathan G. MorphettManaging Partner, Avondale Partners, LLC

Jonathan G. Morphett

Jonathan G. Morphett - Managing Partner, Avondale Partners, LLC Jonathan Morphett joined Avondale Partners in 2004 to launch its healthcare investment banking group. Today, as an investment banking boutique firm, Avondale Partners provides mergers and acquisitions and financing transaction advisory services to healthcare companies and private equity firms across the U.S. Jonathan has more than 30 years of investment banking experience, having completed more than 100 M&A advisory, equity and debt transactions. Prior to joining Avondale Partners, Jonathan was the Chief Financial Officer of Austar United Communications, a publicly traded Australian company, and a managing director of investment banking at Morgan Stanley. Jonathan is currently the Chair of the Board of Centerstone Research Institute. He is a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council; a former board member of Friends Life, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities; and a “2012 Health Care Hero” award recipient from the Nashville Business Journal. He earned his undergraduate degrees in economics and law from the University of Adelaide in Australia and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Joseph Garbely, DO, DFASAM, FAPA - Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Medical Services Caron Treatment Centers
Joseph Garbely, DO, DFASAM, FAPAChief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Medical Services Caron Treatment Centers

Joseph Garbely, DO, DFASAM, FAPA

Joseph Garbely, DO, DFASAM, FAPA - Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Medical Services Caron Treatment Centers As the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Medical Services at Caron Treatment Centers, Dr. Garbely oversees the following programs and departments: Healthcare Professionals Program, Chronic Pain Program, Neurocognitive Services Department, Detoxification Unit, Medical Management Department, Psychology Department, and Research Department. During his tenure at Caron, Dr. Garbely spearheaded a high-level initiative to educate and train physicians in Addiction Medicine through the establishment of the Resident Training Program at Caron Pennsylvania. Dr. Garbely established an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Caron Pennsylvania and Reading Hospital. As the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director, Dr. Garbely is a member of the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at Penn State College of Medicine, an Adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine, and a member of the medical staff at Reading Hospital. Dr. Garbely is the Chairman of the Physician in Training Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), an ex-officio member of the ASAM Board, and a distinguished Fellow of ASAM. Dr. Garbely received his board certifications through the American Board of Preventative Medicine, Addiction Medicine Subspecialty; the American Board of Internal Medicine; the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Prior to his current position, Dr. Garbely served as the Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director of Caron Pennsylvania. With 22 years of addiction medicine experience, Dr. Garbely has an extensive background in treating substance use disorders, including substance use disorders in healthcare professionals, executives, and pilots. He has worked to develop treatment programs for psychiatric patients involving a 12-Step philosophy. Dr. Garbely has won teaching awards on the local and national level, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Helen Ruske, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching.
Katie Morrow - Vice President Of Compliance, Streamline Healthcare Solutions
Katie MorrowVice President Of Compliance, Streamline Healthcare Solutions

Katie Morrow

Katie Morrow - Vice President Of Compliance, Streamline Healthcare Solutions Katie Morrow is a social worker with seven years of experience in the clinical field. In her clinical experience, she was a case manager for adults with mental illness and developmental disabilities. After receiving a Masters Degree in Public Administration, she transitioned to also doing quality improvement tasks as a Performance Improvement Clinician, which included coordination of The Joint Commission and State audit reviews, data analysis of the electronic health record data, and staff training for her agency on the use of Streamline products. Katie began working directly for Streamline in August of 2011 where she has been the project manager on several implementations as well as providing training and support to Streamline’s customers.
Karan Singh - Co-founder/Chief Operating Officer, Ginger
Karan SinghCo-founder/Chief Operating Officer, Ginger

Karan Singh

Karan Singh - Co-founder/Chief Operating Officer, Ginger Karan is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ginger, where he leads the company’s clinical operations and strategy. He has more than 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry, consulting with bio-pharma clients, commercializing data analytics, and establishing research partnerships with academic medical centers. A leader in the digital health community, Karan is a frequent speaker about entrepreneurship, health innovation and new models of care. Karan has served as a scholar at the Aspen Institute, delivered keynotes at the Public Health Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health, and was recognized as a rising star in healthcare by LinkedIn's Next Wave. Karan has a BA and BS in Economics and Business Administration from the University of California Berkeley and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School, with a fellowship in entrepreneurship from the MIT Legatum Center for Development. Karan also attended the Harvard Medical School/MIT Health, Science & Technology program.
Kiara Kuenzler, PhD - President & Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Center
Kiara Kuenzler, PhDPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Center

Kiara Kuenzler, PhD

Kiara Kuenzler, PhD - President & Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Center Dr. Kiara Kuenzler is President and CEO of Jefferson Center for Mental Health, a non-profit, community focused provider of mental health and substance use disorder services in Colorado. Jefferson Center serves more than 30,000 children, individuals and families each year through prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery services. Dr. Kuenzler is a licensed psychologist and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Medical School, in Administration and Evaluation Psychology. In addition to her more than 10 years of experience in health care administration, quality, and program evaluation, Dr. Kuenzler spent many years providing direct clinical services and teaching at the University of Colorado, Denver. In her current role, Dr. Kuenzler brings a fierce passion and vision for a healthy community, where mental health and substance use matters and care is accessible to all. She seeks community partnerships and innovative solutions to meet the growing needs of the people served and drives excellence in care to promote wellbeing and thriving communities.
Lisa Kay - Clinical Innovation Lead, Cigna Medical Group
Lisa KayClinical Innovation Lead, Cigna Medical Group

Lisa Kay

Lisa Kay - Clinical Innovation Lead, Cigna Medical Group Lisa is the Clinical Innovation Lead for Cigna Medical Group where she is responsible for executing strategies to enhance care delivery and improve patient outcomes. She is passionate about a holistic approach to care that considers the mind, body, and community. Lisa holds Master’s degrees in Social Work and Business Administration. She is further certified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Lisa has been a member of the Cigna team for 13 years. During that time she has held various positions in the organization including Behavioral Network, Training and Communications, Collaborative Care, and Clinical Program Development. Particularly in her work with Collaborative Care and Clinical Program, Lisa’s focus has been on sustainable models to integrate behavioral health into primary and medical specialty care. Lisa splits her time between Arizona and Maryland.
Matt Morgan - Chief Executive Officer, Vertava Health
Matt MorganChief Executive Officer, Vertava Health

Matt Morgan

Matt Morgan - Chief Executive Officer, Vertava Health An accomplished executive and successful entrepreneur, Matt Morgan serves as Chief Executive Officer of Vertava Health where he leads a team dedicated to a singular purpose: to pioneer care that empowers patients to live out their best future. Matt joined Vertava Health in 2019 bringing more than 20 years as a healthcare executive. From integrated healthcare delivery system leadership to home health, hospice and other healthcare industry segments, Matt has a distinguished career building leading companies through his passion for learning, technology innovation and creating cultural differentiation. As an entrepreneur, Matt founded and led the growth and subsequent sale of two private startup companies as well as leading private equity sponsored, middle-market companies poised for high growth. Matt has a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and is a Fellow (FACHE) in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Michele Novella - Medical Director & Owner, Star Psychiatric Healthcare
Michele NovellaMedical Director & Owner, Star Psychiatric Healthcare

Michele Novella

Michele Novella - Medical Director & Owner, Star Psychiatric Healthcare Michele Novella, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, is the medical director and owner of Star Psychiatric Healthcare in Danbury, Connecticut. She is a past member of Western Connecticut Health Network’s medical staff where she worked in the Behavioral Health Department including Crisis Intervention, Intensive Outpatient Program running groups and teaching Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In the Outpatient setting Michele held several critical incident debriefings following traumatic events and losses that were experienced by the staff there. After graduating from Fairfield University, Michele worked as a Registered Nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Later, she worked at WCHN’s inpatient oncology unit before being asked to serve as Nurse Manager for the Outpatient Oncology and Chemotherapy Infusion Services at Associated Internists of Danbury. During that time, she received the prestigious American Cancer Society’s State-Wide “Excellence in Oncology Nursing Award” in 1991. Michele later pursued her Master’s Degree of Nursing from Yale University, graduating with Honors. She is Board Certified by the ANCC as both a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Nursing, as well as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She holds specialized training in DBT and CBT therapy; Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and held a pivotal role in the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook Shootings, by helping to organize & run the Crisis Services offered to the public at Newtown’s Reed Intermediate School and has treated several of the Newtown Police Department’s First Responders. She has been asked to speak to several groups on PTSD and stress responses after trauma. Michele also facilitated groups for varied mental health providers in the aftermath of the event who were treating Sandy Hook survivors, with the guidance and tutelage of the world-renowned James Gordon, MD, founder of the Center for Mind Body Medicine located in Washington, DC. Lastly, Michele served on WCHN’s Medical Speakers’ Panel and is currently a National Speaker for several pharmaceutical and genetic testing companies, namely Genomind, Takeda-Lundbeck, Astra Zeneca, and Pamlab-Nestle.
Patrick Maynard, PhD - President & Chief Executive Officer, I Am Boundless, Inc.
Patrick Maynard, PhDPresident & Chief Executive Officer, I Am Boundless, Inc.

Patrick Maynard, PhD

Patrick Maynard, PhD - President & Chief Executive Officer, I Am Boundless, Inc. For more than 25 years Dr. Maynard has been a visionary leader at the nexus of business processes and mission-based values. A hands-on executive with a record of achievement as a superior team leader, manager and motivator to multi-disciplinary workforces. A trusted advisor and strategic partner to CEOs and boards of directors. A leader in local, state and national advocacy, noted for effectively championing a social-entrepreneurial model that stimulates creativity while encouraging collaboration and driving continuing improvement in service delivery and quality. A turn-around specialist with a history of generating double and triple-digit program and fiscal growth and sustainability in health and social service organizations in Washington, Ohio, and Illinois. An expert in the management of publicly-funded services including transportation, building/property management, early intervention, pre-school, infant stimulation, chartered schools, adult day services, vocational training, job placement, case management, medical/health and ancillary services.
Peggy Terhune, Ph.D. - President & Chief Executive Officer, Monarch HeathCare
Peggy Terhune, Ph.D.President & Chief Executive Officer, Monarch HeathCare

Peggy Terhune, Ph.D.

Peggy Terhune, Ph.D. - President & Chief Executive Officer, Monarch HeathCare Dr. Peggy Terhune has served at the helm at Monarch since June 1995. As President and Chief Executive Officer she oversees Monarch's large, statewide network of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders, serving nearly 30,000 North Carolinians each year. Under Dr. Terhune's leadership, Monarch has implemented evidence-based and best practices in all areas, has successfully added numerous services, enhanced community integration, improved customer satisfaction, reduced turnover, and has effectively developed programs to serve consumers with multiple disabilities. She has grown the agency significantly, in part, due to the excellence of the supports offered. She diligently pursues her methodology to incorporate continuous improvement within the organization. Peggy has served as an advocate for people with disabilities for more than 40 years and she has often been invited to present at national conferences and technical workshops across the country, particularly on emerging practices that are used at Monarch. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, Strayer University and is currently teaching at Wingate University. She is a founding board member of the North Carolina Providers Council and past president of the National Conference of Executives of the Arc. Additionally, Peggy was appointed to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC) and has been appointed twice to the North Carolina. Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. She is also a board member of the North Carolina Council of Developmental Disabilities and was appointed twice by the Governor. Peggy is a past member and officer of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina and former member of the Benchmarks' Board of Trustees. Peggy is the recipient of numerous regional and national leadership awards. In 2016, she was the first ever recipient of the Distinguished Professional Award in Diversity and Cultural Competency by The National Conference of Executives (NCE) of The Arc. The award recognizes leaders from The Arc's national network of nearly 700 chapters that provide innovative programs that meet the needs of the diverse I/DD community. A graduate of Indiana University, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Cultural Studies/Human Development/Families from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is culturally competent, and her competencies include a wide range of clinical and administrative skills.
Peter Flick - Chief Executive Officer, Remarkable Health
Peter FlickChief Executive Officer, Remarkable Health

Peter Flick

Peter Flick - Chief Executive Officer, Remarkable Health Peter is the Founder and CEO of Remarkable Health, a Scottsdale based software company for the behavioral health and human services industry. In 2014, Peter created an investment vehicle to pursue the idea of Remarkable Health, and in 2015, led the acquisition of ClaimTrak, an EHR software pioneer for the behavioral health industry. Post-acquisition, the company launched and enhanced CT|One, a fully integrated EHR. Then in 2021, the company launched Bells.ai, the first virtual clinical documentation assistant for the behavioral health and human services industry. Previously, Peter co-founded Relay Network, the leading mobile consumer engagement platform for the commercial health insurance industry. At Relay, Peter held early roles as CFO and then VP of Product. He managed the product and technology team, released several products, is an inventor on a mobile communication patent, and led $18M in venture financing. Earlier in his career, Peter worked at Spectrum Equity Investors in Boston, a $4 billion private equity firm focused on investing in technology and healthcare service companies. Before Spectrum, Peter was an analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group of Citigroup and served as an analyst at Graham Partners. Peter graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, where he played Division 1 lacrosse, started and managed an industrial cleaning company (while attending night school), and co-founded the Villanova Entrepreneurial Society. Currently, Peter lives in Scottsdale with his wife and three children.
Rachel O’Neill, PhD - Clinical Director, Talkspace
Rachel O’Neill, PhDClinical Director, Talkspace

Rachel O’Neill, PhD

Rachel O’Neill, PhD - Clinical Director, Talkspace Dr. Rachel O’Neill is the Director of Clinical Effectiveness and a practicing therapist at Talkspace. Dr. O’Neill also serves as faculty member in a master’s level clinical mental health program. She has more than 20 years of experience in the mental health profession. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including community-based mental health and addictions treatment, psychiatric hospitals, college counseling settings, and inpatient facilities. She has served in multiple leadership positions, including clinical supervisor, program director, and clinical director for a large non-profit primary medical care and behavioral health organization and she is the former Executive Director of the Ohio Counseling Association. She is an expert contributor to national publications and media, including NBC News, HBO, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Refinery 29, and Allure.
Rebecca McDougall - Vice President of Customer Success, Synapse
Rebecca McDougallVice President of Customer Success, Synapse

Rebecca McDougall

Rebecca McDougall - Vice President of Customer Success, Synapse Rebecca McDougall has been working in the three “S” of Customer - Service, Support, and Success, since her very first job. Since then, she’s been using her passion for working with people in roles across Support, Channel Management, and Success at Toronto startups, including Synapse as the Vice President of Customer Success. With an interest in enhancing and improving the customer experience and journey, Rebecca loves finding ways to build meaningful relationships with her clients, ensuring they get the value and results they are hoping to from the product. Outside of work, Rebecca volunteers for the Canadian Cancer Society and is training for a marathon—believing in giving back to your community and yourself!
Rhett Melton - Chief Executive Officer, Partners Behavioral Health Management
Rhett MeltonChief Executive Officer, Partners Behavioral Health Management

Rhett Melton

Rhett Melton - Chief Executive Officer, Partners Behavioral Health Management Rhett Melton is the Chief Executive Officer of Partners Behavioral Health Management headquartered in Gastonia, North Carolina. In his role as CEO, Rhett oversees all aspects of agency activities and decisions to assure compliance to government and regulatory standards as well as board approved policies, goals and budgets. In partnership with the assembled team of highly skilled and committed professionals, he is responsible for the successful implementation and execution of comprehensive strategic efforts to serve the needs of the citizens and communities in Partners catchment area. Before joining the public system in North Carolina, Rhett worked in the private behavioral healthcare industry in both finance and operations. He served as CFO for behavioral health hospitals, specialty behavioral health programs and a physician management company. In addition, he served as COO and CEO for behavioral health hospitals in the southeast. Rhett joined the current health system in July 2000 and was CEO of one of the legacy companies at the time of merger to form Partners, where he has served as CEO since its founding in 2012. Rhett received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his MBA from Pfieffer University. Passionate about the mission and vision of Partners, under Rhett’s leadership the organization has become well-known for its highly engaged plan with the communities it serves; highly collaborative and successful partnerships with its provider network partners; and for being a leader in member engagement in its catchment area with proven accomplishments in “Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities”. Rhett and his wife have two sons.
Rob Ryan, PhD, EdS - Senior Vice President Of Operations, Otis R Bowen Center For Human Services, Inc.
Rob Ryan, PhD, EdSSenior Vice President Of Operations, Otis R Bowen Center For Human Services, Inc.

Rob Ryan, PhD, EdS

Rob Ryan, PhD, EdS - Senior Vice President Of Operations, Otis R Bowen Center For Human Services, Inc. Dr. Rob Ryan joined The Bowen Center in 2004 and currently serves as the organization’s Senior Vice President of Operations. He was selected by the board to succeed the current CEO and is transitioning into that position over the next year. He has an EdS in School Psychology and a PhD in Counseling Psychology. His primary responsibilities at The Bowen Center allow him to use his clinical and business experience to help transform The Bowen Center into a total health organization.
Sean McBride - Vice President Of Partnerships, Lyra Health
Sean McBrideVice President Of Partnerships, Lyra Health

Sean McBride

Sean McBride - Vice President Of Partnerships, Lyra Health Sean helped start Lyra Health in 2015 and leads Lyra's new partnership efforts with employers and other partners. Prior to Lyra, Sean worked at Castlight Health, the White House's National Economic Council, the Brookings Institution's Health Care Reform Center, and Khulisa Management Services. Sean earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Shannon Hannon, MBA, CMPE - Vice President Of Healthcare Integration, Otis R Bowen Center For Human Services, Inc.
Shannon Hannon, MBA, CMPEVice President Of Healthcare Integration, Otis R Bowen Center For Human Services, Inc.

Shannon Hannon, MBA, CMPE

Shannon Hannon, MBA, CMPE - Vice President Of Healthcare Integration, Otis R Bowen Center For Human Services, Inc. Shannon Hannon joined Bowen Center in October 2017 and serves as the organization’s Vice President of Healthcare Integration. She began her healthcare career after receiving her BA in psychology as a case manager working for a large community mental health center. After obtaining her MBA in 2009, Shannon went on to do business development, strategic planning, physician recruitment, and practice management for a large health system in northwest Indiana. Her primary responsibilities at Bowen Center allow her to utilize her past experiences to focus on the day to day operations of the medical clinics, recruitment and retention of the medical staff and launching integrated health initiatives across the center.
Tanner Melton - Enterprise Client Executive, Relias
Tanner MeltonEnterprise Client Executive, Relias

Tanner Melton

Tanner Melton - Enterprise Client Executive, Relias Tanner Melton is a client-focused and process-oriented SaaS education consultant who is passionate about helping clients solve challenges in healthcare. He has more than 10 years of consultative sales, account management, and marketing experience, with more than seven years at Relias serving non-profits within the health and human services industry. He enjoys cultivating strategic long-term partnerships and tailoring custom solutions to positively impact healthcare organizations from top down.
Teri Herrmann - Chief Executive Officer, SPARC Services & Programs
Teri HerrmannChief Executive Officer, SPARC Services & Programs

Teri Herrmann

Teri Herrmann - Chief Executive Officer, SPARC Services & Programs Teri has worked in the North Carolina mental health system since 2003 when she started with the Institute for Family Centered Services. She is an experienced direct practitioner of the evidenced-based Practice Family Centered Treatment. She also has more than eight years supervising and overseeing the service delivery of FCT, and is an experienced leader in Behavioral Health Programing, including clinical oversight, quality management, fiscal oversight, and managing day-to-day operations. Teri also has experience with National Accreditation processes and participating in integrated care workgroups across the state. She is passionate about keeping children at home with their families and out of residential placements.
Tim Pratt - Senior Product Manager, Streamline Healthcare Solutions
Tim PrattSenior Product Manager, Streamline Healthcare Solutions

Tim Pratt

Tim Pratt - Senior Product Manager, Streamline Healthcare Solutions Tim Pratt has been with Streamline since January 2021 and is the Senior Product Manager for Reporting and Analytics. He brings more than a decade of healthcare experience, most recently serving as Managing Director for Healthcare Services at Algo Scientific, a technology-based analytics firm that develops AI and machine learning software products. In his role, he advised clients on data strategy, machine learning application development, and how to successfully integrate data science solutions into daily operational workflows across the clinical setting. Tim holds a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Economics degree from the University of Mississippi.
Todd Rudsenske - Partner, Webster Equity Partners
Todd RudsenskePartner, Webster Equity Partners

Todd Rudsenske

Todd Rudsenske - Partner, Webster Equity Partners Todd joined Webster as a Partner in 2020 after a 25-year career as an investment banker to leading middle-market healthcare service organizations. At Webster, Todd serves on the Boards of BayMark Health Services and Discovery Behavioral Health. He is also active with InBloom Autism Services. Prior to joining Webster, Todd served as a Managing Director at Cain Brothers, a leading healthcare investment bank. Previously he served as a Vice President at Merrill Lynch and at Ernst & Young. Over Todd’s career, he advised on more than $5 billion of transactions and some of his notable clients include Invo Healthcare, Florida Autism Centers, HealthPro Heritage, New York Bariatric Group, and D&S Community Services. Todd was educated at Texas A&M University and Columbia Business School.
 Uday Madasu - Chief Information Officer, Jewish Board
Uday MadasuChief Information Officer, Jewish Board

Uday Madasu

 Uday Madasu - Chief Information Officer, Jewish Board Uday Madasu is the Chief Information Officer at The Jewish Board which is the largest Health and Human Services agency in New York City. He has worked in healthcare for the last 18 years and has hands-on experience implementing and managing healthcare information systems and also has extensive knowledge of healthcare financial and operational management.
Brooke Sguardo - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
Brooke SguardoSenior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Brooke Sguardo

Brooke Sguardo - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS Brooke Sguardo brings over 19 years of experience in the behavioral health industry to the OPEN MINDS team, with expertise in provider relationships, contract procurement, and provider network development and operations. Ms. Sguardo has served in the health care fields of behavioral health network operations, clinical services and staff supervision. She currently serves as the Director of Provider Relations for Navigator Healthcare. In her current role at Navigator Healthcare, Ms. Sguardo is developing a provider network to ensure people whose lives are affected by drug and alcohol use can find an appropriate level of care, at an affordable price, in their local community. Prior to her role at Navigator Healthcare, Ms. Sguardo served as the Director of Specialty Networks for Optum. In this role, Ms. Sguardo provided operational and financial management for the behavioral health provider network. Ms. Sguardo performed financial analysis of contract negotiations, costs and cost trends, implemented quality improvement and customer satisfaction initiatives, and negotiated contracts for local and national providers all while managing a high-performing team virtually. Prior to joining Optum, Ms. Sguardo served as a Site Administrator for Southwest Network in Phoenix, Arizona. As a Site Administrator, Ms. Sguardo hired, trained, and supervised over 70 clinical staff members, while maintaining certain staffing ratios to serve individuals diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness. Ms. Sguardo oversaw daily operations of administrative staff and communicated with providers to secure services to meet treatment goals. Prior to her time at Southwest Network, Ms. Sguardo served as an Adult Network Operations Specialist for the Arizona Department of Health Services. In this role, she created and monitored Network Development Plans to address material gaps and deficiencies, conducted site visits to validate data submissions, and ensured provider network in Maricopa count and Greater Arizona was sufficient for recipients, including Tribal Regional Behavioral Health Authorities. Ms. Sguardo holds a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Cathy Gilbert - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
Cathy GilbertSenior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Cathy Gilbert

Cathy Gilbert - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS Cathy Gilbert brings more than 20 years of health care industry experience to the OPEN MINDS team. Ms. Gilbert currently serves as a Senior Associate at OPEN MINDS. Her areas of expertise include advanced project leadership skills, training development, health care processing systems, policy development, and implementation to ensure compliance with accreditation requirements. Before joining OPEN MINDS, Cathy served as the Vice President II, Network Development at Magellan Healthcare Inc. During her role here she directed a national team supporting network development and provider relations for Health Plan, Employer, Medicare and Medicaid provider networks for behavioral health, radiology, and muscular skeletal networks. Cathy also led a network operations team responsible for credentialing, provider data maintenance, rate management, and contract administration for all networks. She supported responses for sales opportunities and represented the network department for client and sales meetings. Previously, Cathy served as the Assistant Vice President of Network Operations with Beacon Health Options in Latham, New York. In this role, she oversaw provider file Maintenance, provider file configuration, and provider credentialing. Cathy also implemented an audit function to improve provider file accuracy and led a process to reduce the initial file credentialing backlog by 45% in four months. Prior to her work with Beacon Health Options, she served as the Vice President of provider relations at Beacon Health Options/ Valueoptions Inc. in Wixom, Michigan. Cathy led and participated in internal and eternal committees including credentialing, policy and procedure, provider satisfaction, provider stakeholder, and quality management. She also led network development projects for new client implementations and specific network expansions. Cathy designed and implemented a departmental training program for new and current staff. She earned her Master of Science Administration, Health Services at Central Michigan University. Prior to earning her Masters, she earned her Bachelor of Science, Social Work at Eastern Michigan University.
John F. Talbot, PhD Ph.D. - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
John F. Talbot, PhD Ph.D.Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

John F. Talbot, PhD Ph.D.

John F. Talbot, PhD Ph.D. - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS John Talbot, Ph.D. has more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of health care, including upper management, consultation, education, direct clinical work, and serving as the president of a non-profit board. Dr. Talbot is currently Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH) in Denver, Colorado. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of corporate strategy, strategic alliances and new product development. Dr. Talbot also served as the Vice President of Integration Development for JCMH where he led all new business development opportunities in integrated care and participated in region wide and statewide initiatives. Prior to his current role, Dr. Talbot served as an Executive Vice President for OPEN MINDS for eight years and provided consultation, training and operational assistance to behavioral health providers, nonprofit organizations, and managed care organizations across the country. His areas of focus for consultation and training include strategic planning, the development of successful strategic alliances, board development, organizational reengineering, operations management, management and leadership development, and change management. Previously, Dr. Talbot served as the President of Colorado Care Management, a network of agencies providing care to children and families. Dr. Talbot led the development of a coalition of Colorado business executives to address the issues of providing care to abused and neglected children, and the establishment of a nationwide purchasing cooperative for non-profits. The innovative work of Colorado Care Management received national recognition, including participation in a Federal IV-E waiver study that demonstrated measurable superior clinical outcomes. Dr. Talbot’s additional experience includes serving as the Associate Dean of Operations, the Director of the Master of Health Systems Program, and Adjunct Faculty for University College, University of Denver. He also held a senior management position at Mount Airy Psychiatric Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Talbot has been a featured speaker at a number of national and state venues, and is the former publisher and editor of Today’s Healthcare Manager, a newsletter focusing on leadership and management skills for healthcare managers, and has written numerous articles, manuals, and book chapters. Dr. Talbot received his PhD from the University of Denver, Master of Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor of Science from Loyola University.
Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdMSenior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM, Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations. Joseph brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Joseph held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics. Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs. Since joining OPEN MINDS, Joseph has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, more than half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting. He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Joseph is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.
Katherine Bennett  - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
Katherine Bennett Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Katherine Bennett

Katherine Bennett  - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS Katherine Bennett brings over 20 years of experience in the health and human services industry to the OPEN MINDS team, with expertise in public awareness campaigns, communications, scientific publication, developing social media strategies, media relations, and complex relationship building. She currently serves as a Senior Associate for OPEN MINDS consulting practice. Prior to her role with OPEN MINDS, Ms. Bennett served as the Managing Editor of Scientific Publications for the American Society for Radiation Oncology. In this role, Ms. Bennett led all editorial operations for three Medline-listed, peer reviewed journals, managed nearly 250 editorial board members globally, introduced innovative technology to advance the journal, and renegotiated a contract with journal publishers, doubling royalties over seven years. In addition, Ms. Bennett revamped the peer review structure to reduce waiting time from around 120 days to about 28 days. At the American Society for Radiation Oncology, Ms. Bennett also served as the Director of Communications. In this role, Ms. Bennett created media campaigns, press releases, and media tours, and successfully was awarded placements in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, AP, Reuters, and NBC. Ms. Bennett also launched a multi-million-dollar public awareness campaign to educate stakeholders on the safe and effective use of radiation therapy to cure cancer. The campaign led to a 9% increase in positive public attitude towards radiation therapy from 2003 to 2009. Ms. Bennett further researched and wrote 17 brochures in English and Spanish to help educate patients on cancer treatment options. Ms. Bennet also tripled advertising revenue from the Society’s publications. Prior to her role at the American Society for Radiation Oncology, Ms. Bennett served as the Editorial Director for NewsUSA, where she wrote and edited print and radio articles for a national news syndicate on topics ranging from home goods to health maintenance. Ms. Bennet has been invited to speak at several educational panels and received several professional awards for her publications. Ms. Bennett is also very active in her local community serving as an election judge, a voter registrar, a member of the state-mandated Student Health Advisory Council, and a library board member. She also served on the board of the Texas Central Hemophilia Association. Ms. Bennett received a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Bennett previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Emory University.
Ken Carr - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
Ken CarrSenior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Ken Carr

Ken Carr - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS Ken Carr brings over 30 years of finance, technology, data analysis and reporting experience in the health and human service field to OPEN MINDS . He currently serves as a Senior Associate with the OPEN MINDS consulting practice. In this role, Mr. Carr serves as a subject matter expert in the OPEN MINDS consulting practice where he has led numerous engagements in strategic planning, merger and acquisition prospecting, business process improvement, managed care and value-based contracting preparedness, financial analysis of service lines, and technology selection. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS , Mr. Carr served as the Chief Financial Officer for Elite DNA Therapy Services, a mental health provider based in Fort Myers, FL. In this position, Mr. Carr led development of the strategic plan, identified opportunities to optimize the EHR, and restructured financial reporting and analysis by service lines and key metrics. Prior to his role at Elite DNA Therapy Services, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Centers, a community mental health center in Ocala, Florida. In this position, Mr. Carr led a realignment of the organization’s financial management functions. This included revenue cycle management, EHR bill implementation and reporting, cash management enhancement, and strategic financial analysis. Prior to his role at The Centers, Mr. Carr served as Chief Financial Officer of Guild Incorporated, an organization providing residential and community based mental health services in St. Paul, Minnesota. As CFO, Mr. Carr led the financial, billing, IT, quality, informatics, compliance, and facilities activities. During his tenure at Guild Incorporated, Mr. Carr used his expertise in change management and business process improvement to lead the EHR implementation team, align service data reporting and financial performance, and lead the financial and data capture activities for new service initiatives. Mr. Carr has also held the positions of Administrative Director and Finance Director at the St. Paul National Testing Laboratory, a biomedical testing facility of the American Red Cross. In those positions he oversaw activities to enhance inventory management, align financial results to industry standards, and improve financial and facilities performance through problem analysis and quality management initiatives. He also was involved in directing human resource functions during laboratory closing near the end of his tenure. Mr. Carr earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Sioux Falls Seminary. He maintains an active CPA license with the State of South Dakota.
Kimberly Bond, LMFT - Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS
Kimberly Bond, LMFTExecutive Vice President, OPEN MINDS

Kimberly Bond, LMFT

Kimberly Bond, LMFT - Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS Kimberly Bond, MS, LMFT, brings over thirty years of experience providing behavioral health treatment in the public and community settings to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Ms. Bond focuses on growing the OPEN MINDS client portfolio across all nine verticals of OPEN MINDS business. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Bond served concurrently as a Program Coordinator III and Clinical Manager of Adult Services and a Program Coordinator II and Clinical Manager of Recovery Services for the Ozark Guidance Center. In these roles, Ms. Bond was responsible for the administrative and clinical oversight of the adult outpatient and adult intensive mental health services on the Springdale Campus as well as the adult recovery/co-occurring services, including domestic violence and anger management treatment. Prior to joining the Ozark Guidance Center, Ms. Bond served as the Executive Vice President of Center Point, Inc, a large substance abuse provider agency in California. In this role, Ms. Bond was responsible for the clinical and administrative supervision of all community-based programs as well as the women and children residential programs. In addition, Ms. Bond also managed budgets, interacted with funding agencies, and built positive relationships with all stakeholders. Ms. Bond was also in charge of proposal and grant writing, staff management, and training, facilities’ licensing and certifications renewals. Additionally, she prepared and submitted monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports to various funders. Previously, Ms. Bond served as the President and CEO of Mental Health Systems, Inc. Ms. Bond was very instrumental in growing the agency from $12M in annual revenue to over $100M and becoming one of the largest providers of behavioral health services in California. In this role, Bond was responsible for the strategic, clinical, financial, and administrative health of the agency, including direct supervision of Senior Executive Staff. In addition, Bond ensured contract compliance of the agency’s 125 different contracts across federal and state agencies and eight counties. Ms. Bond received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honors, and her master’s degree in counseling education from San Diego State University. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and Arkansas.
Laird Sapir - Vice President, Web Services, OPEN MINDS
Laird SapirVice President, Web Services, OPEN MINDS

Laird Sapir

Laird Sapir - Vice President, Web Services, OPEN MINDS Laird Sapir brings a diverse background of user-experience design, project management, customer service, and more than 10 years of web development experience to the OPEN MINDS team. In her current role as Vice President of Web Services, Laird leads a team of web developers; brings technical guidance, and business practicality to every web-based application that OPEN MINDS develops; and defines a strategic purpose and unique digital brand for each client project that crosses her path. Prior to her role with OPEN MINDS, Laird was the sole proprietor, lead graphic designer, and web developer for Memphis McKay – a boutique marketing firm that primarily served authors, publishing companies, and small businesses. In this role she designed and built more than 200 websites and managed the ongoing maintenance for upwards of 100 client sites. She is well-versed in site architecture and planning, responsive design, and various open source technologies such as WordPress, PHP, Javascript, and React. Laird has written several widely used open source plugins serving the author community, and has been cited in industry publications such as Torque Magazine and WPMU Dev. Laird is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef who has served as a Restaurant Manager and Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Nordstrom. Throughout her history with Nordstrom, she experienced first-hand the importance of having an “ear to the ground” to better understand the customer experience. Her tenure with Nordstrom provided unparalleled insight into consumer expectations, preferences, and purchasing patterns – all of which directly translate into optimal user experience best practices. Laird holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, in addition to an Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts from the California School of Culinary Arts.
Meena Dayak - Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS
Meena DayakExecutive Vice President, OPEN MINDS

Meena Dayak

Meena Dayak - Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS Meena Dayak brings more than 20 years of experience in the health and human services field to the OPEN MINDS team. Meena currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Market Intelligence. Her areas of expertise include organizational strategy analysis and execution, marketing plan strategy and management, media relations strategy development and implementation, and digital media planning and development. Before joining OPEN MINDS, Meena served as Vice President of Integrated Media and Communications with the American Public Power Association in Washington, DC, In this role, she led strategic planning, branding, and corporate communications, enterprise-wide content management, and internal and external partnership development. Meena participated in needs analysis and organizational decision making as part of the senior leadership team. She directed a high-energy team and external contractors in growing industry profiles, services, and impact through award-winning owned, earned, paid, and shared media. Meena also directed content creation and dissemination to enable local community outreach by 1,200-member electric utilities. Previously, Meena served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications with National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington, DC. In this role, she directed member marketing, media relations, public education, conference programming, and publishing projects. She built the department from one staff person to 10 communications and event specialists. She significantly raised the profile of subject matter experts among association staff, board, and members. She also managed relationships with corporate partners, including pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Meena also served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Council for Behavioral Health before becoming the Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Before her time with the National Council for Behavioral Health, Meena was the Senior Account Manager and a Copywriter for the US Pharmacopeial Convention in Rockville, Maryland. He also served as an Account Manager and Copywriter for O’Connell Meier in Alexandria, Virginia. Meena attended Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education for Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations. She also has an Master's Degree in Public Communications from the American University, Washington D.C.
Monica E. Oss - Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS
Monica E. OssChief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

Monica E. Oss

Monica E. Oss - Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS Monica E. Oss, MS, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past three decades, Monica has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Monica 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.
Paul M. Duck - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
Paul M. DuckSenior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Paul M. Duck

Paul M. Duck - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS Paul M. Duck brings 30 years of experience in leadership and management focusing on managed care, health information technology organizations, strategy, business development, and market expansion, and customer experience optimization to the OPEN MINDS team. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Paul served as the Vice President, Strategy & Development at Beacon Health Options. In this role, Paul led the organization’s strategy and business development efforts – responsible for a 30% increase in net revenue and initiated more than $1 billion in revenue generation. Before joining Beacon Health Options, Paul was the Vice President of Business Development at Netsmart Technologies. During his tenure, Paul was responsible for business planning, including, the oversight of strategic activities including acquisitions, development, and execution of strategic initiatives, and positioning, and sales of large strategic customers. He also led the rollout of the company’s benchmarking and data analytics product suite. Prior to Netsmart, Paul served as the Chief Executive Officer for Coastal Orthopedics and Pain Management, a large group practice with five clinic locations and two ambulatory surgical centers. he improved net collections by more than $1 million per month and grew the practice through negotiating better contract rates with payers. He also implemented an organizational rebranding initiative and launched a new marketing campaign. Prior to Coastal Orthopedics and Pain Management, Paul served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Florida Radiology Imaging, one of the largest outpatient diagnostic imaging service companies serving the greater Orlando market. During his tenure, Paul led the construction of three new, full modality, diagnostic imaging locations. he revolutionized the company’s culture by creating a highly attractive and functional work environment. Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Case Western Reserve University. He earned his Associate of Arts in Electronic Engineering Technology from the Electronic Technology Institute. Paul received an award by Inc. Magazine for leading Florida Radiology Imaging as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. He recently served as a contributing author to the book "The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America."
Ray Wolfe, JD - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
Ray Wolfe, JDSenior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Ray Wolfe, JD

Ray Wolfe, JD - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS Ray Wolfe, J.D. brings 40 years of experience in the health and human services sector to the OPEN MINDS team. Ray currently serves as a Senior Associate, a position in which he utilizes his expertise to successfully lead varying projects for OPEN MINDS. His areas of expertise include financial analysis and management, mergers and acquisitions, performance improvement, and strategic planning. Before joining OPEN MINDS, Ray spent 22 years with Pittsburgh Mercy Health System in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, he served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for oversight of all system operations, strategic planning, and performance management. Under his direction Pittsburgh Mercy achieved more than $850K in value-based reimbursement contract quality bonus awards, integrated three organizations through merger/acquisition, and adopted a new performance management program for managers. Before acting as Pittsburgh Mercy’s COO, Mr. Wolfe served as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for the development of internal costing methodologies, contract rate negotiations, and financial forecasting activities. In addition, he coordinated an integrated care program with local partner hospitals to develop a series of diversion and respite programs, as well as, specialized primary care, integrated care management and high utilizer teams, while maintaining 15 straight years profitability. Ray was promoted to CFO after serving as the Director of Fiscal and Information Security/Compliance for the health system. In this role, he was responsible for managing the transition of service contracts from fee-for-service, leading all compliance activities, and implementing a next generation electronic health record system. Prior to Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, he served as Chief Fiscal Officer with the Summit Center for Human Development in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where he was responsible for reporting and budgeting functions and preparing Summit Center’s programs for billing. Previously, Ray served in billing and collections for two Pennsylvania-based hospitals. First, as an Accounts Receivables Manager for Brownsville General Hospital in Brownsville where he managed the accounting and billing system transition systems. Later as a Patient Account Manager for St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, where he improved collections to hit 95% rate through the implementation of new billing software and department reorganization. Prior to working in the health and human services market, Ray spent five years practicing as a lawyer with at Law Offices of Arch A. Moore in Moundsville, West Virginia. In this role, he provided general legal practice, created and established bylaws for multiple corporation, and handled West Virginia licensing of first vision insurance plan. Ray earned his Juris Doctor from the West Virginia University School of Law in Morgantown and his Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Political Science and Sociology from West Liberty University, in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Richard Louis, III - Vice President, OPEN MINDS
Richard Louis, IIIVice President, OPEN MINDS

Richard Louis, III

Richard Louis, III - Vice President, OPEN MINDS Richard Louis, III has extensive experience as a behavioral healthcare administrator, business development specialist, and innovator of new service lines for behavioral healthcare organizations and currently serves the Vice President – Western Region at OPEN MINDS. Previously, Richard was the Director of Development – Behavior and Addiction Medicine at Southern California Healthcare Systems Inc. / Prospect Medical. There, he was involved in many consulting projects focused on health care integration, developing new service lines, and health plan contract development. Most recently, he pioneered the development of a series of innovative and profitable integrated behavioral health treatment and population health management solutions that target high cost and complex behavioral health populations. These solutions have shown to reduce payer spend while improving client outcomes for acute care hospital systems, health plans, managed care organizations, managed service organizations, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, medical groups, and social service agencies. Richard was also the Executive Director of Strategic Development and Planning at Pathways – Molina Healthcare, a national for-profit behavioral healthcare company operating in 23 states. In this role, he developed and launched population health management program strategies that included in-community care management and in-home coordinated care services to reduce hospital readmissions, emergency department visits, and improve HEDIS scores for national health plans and Managed Care Organizations. He is also a former Psychiatric Hospital Administrator and Assistant Director of Mental Health for San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health in California where he was responsible for behavioral health program management, clinical operations, strategic alliances, and outcome-based service delivery models for complex adult and youth populations. He also served in various positions at College Health Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based for-profit hospital system, most notably serving as Vice President of Government Operations. While in this role, he created the first public sector division for CHE by establishing new service lines, contracts, and new profit/revenue streams. His responsibilities included business and program development as well as administration of inpatient, outpatient, and residential continuums of care for public payers (i.e. county mental health systems, state department of developmental disabilities, county jail, state prison, and federal government agencies). Richard is in his 32nd year as an active duty reserve police officer (volunteer) currently holding the rank of Captain, City of Monterey Park Police Department in Los Angeles County. He has worked closely with police, county sheriff’s departments, and healthcare systems to educate and craft “treatment versus incarceration” collaborations promoting treatment and cost-effective crisis triage interventions for persons with mental illness. Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Whittier College and is a Police Academy Graduate from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.
Sharon Hicks - Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
Sharon HicksSenior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Sharon Hicks

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, Sharon spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system and within its health plan division. She 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, she managed the day-to-day operations of including human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security. Sharon 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, Sharon was responsible for the growth of the company, profitability of the company, and the direction of software development. She 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, she 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, she managed the behavioral health division, the budgets for all departments, and implemented new software replacing paper billing for clinical services. Sharon received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburg. Before pursuing her graduate education, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
 Stacy Bowles - Consultant, OPEN MINDS
Stacy BowlesConsultant, OPEN MINDS

Stacy Bowles

 Stacy Bowles - Consultant, OPEN MINDS Stacy Bowles brings a strong background in business development and more than 20 years of communications experience to the OPEN MINDS team. In her current role as Senior Consultant, she is leading OPEN MINDS projects in the areas of marketing strategy, strategic planning, and EHR vendor selection and implementation. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Stacy was a Senior Content Development Analyst at Sodexo where she managed new sales and retention bids ranging in value from $2 million to more than $100 million. In her role, Stacy conducted critical analyses of business opportunities, working collaboratively with inter-organizational teams to produce strong proposals, winning business across the organization’s global footprint. Within Sodexo’s wide range of on-site services, she was the lead proposal writer and a respected contributor in strategy and solution development for Fortune 500 clients such as the world’s top automobile manufacturers, world-renown retailers and publishing entities, the world’s most booked airlines, top consumer-facing insurance and financial institutions, global conglomerates, and several high-profile quasi-governmental entities. In addition to proposal writing, she conducted primary and secondary research to develop white papers, create case studies, and glean strategic insights in areas such as consumer experience, design thinking, health and wellness, multi-generational workforce issues, and sustainability within the supply chain. Prior to her time at Sodexo, Stacy was an Account and Technical Project Manager at d’Vinci Interactive where she worked collaboratively with clients such as the American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Medical Specialties, American Board of Family Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health to develop web-based continuing medical education activities and Maintenance of Certification self-assessments. Stacy has also served as the Media and Communications Manager for USRA, a non-profit, space science research organization, where she provided creative and strategic vision for external and internal communication including the association’s websites; employee, member, and vendor web portals; public relations campaigns; education, STEM outreach, and advocacy materials; whitepapers, annual and technical reports; sales materials, presentations, and marketing collateral; employee newsletters and recruitment collateral. In this role, Stacy produced content for a broad constituency of users ranging from government officials to highly scientific and technical subject matter experts to students and the general public. On any given day, she was challenged to promote the association’s experiments onboard the International Space Station, demonstrate the importance of tracking near-Earth asteroids across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, and produce content suitable to distribute at Michelle Obama’s “Joining Forces” campaign stop at Andrews Air Force Base. Ultimately, her efforts with USRA were recognized by NASA through a group achievement award for her graphic design and animation work on a NASA-funded website. Stacy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, with a concentration in Marketing. Prior to that, she received an Associate of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts in York, Pennsylvania.

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