Gettysburg, Pa. (July 5, 2022) — Easterseals’ Jeff Arledge, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present Aligning Operations & Finance To Strengthen The Bottom Line — The Easterseals Approach, an OPEN MINDS Circle Elite Executive Roundtable. The session, scheduled for Thursday, July 1 at 1 PM ET, will provide health and human service financial teams with a best-practice approach to ensuring operations and financial departments are unified and working towards a common goal.

“The post-pandemic financial department for health care provider organizations has undergone an evolution in responsibilities and demands,” noted Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer of OPEN MINDS. “It is important for CFOs to accommodate these changes in roles and responsibilities, understand what is now connecting operations to finance, and maximize their impact on the organization as a genesis of change.”

Easterseals is a health care provider organization that strives for full equity, inclusion, and access to their disability and community services suite including early childhood programs, autism services, medical rehabilitation, employment programs, and veteran’s services.

One of the most important roles of the chief financial officer (CFO) has always been aligning operations and finance to strive towards achieving a singular goal. How the CFO communicates and establishes trust is part of this process of allying operations with financial strength. This involves setting the right goals, having effective tools, and updating processes, but a key factor for success is communication. Connecting leadership with operational staff, analyzing data, and applying it, drives organizational strength and innovation. Executive attendees of this session will learn how to understand the important factors connecting operations to financial strength, identify the tools and metrics used to drive cultural and financial transformation, and discuss the communication approaches and skills to strengthen the CFO’s organizational impact.

Jeff Arledge is a strategic finance and operational executive with a passion for continuous improvement, empowering highly functional teams, and leading transformational change. Throughout his career he has spearheaded several multi-million-dollar technology infrastructure implementation projects that have provided cost improvements, operational efficiencies and enhanced bottom line profitability. His professional career spans both health care and the financial services industry, his professional credentials include the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional certification from the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Currently, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Easterseals, Midwest, Mr. Arledge leads the strategic initiatives for the organization as well as finance, accounting, revenue cycle, information technology, risk management, compliance, contracting/legal, fleet management, and facilities management. Since joining ESMW in April of 2018, he has led the transformational turnaround of the organization into a financially sustainable agency well positioned for future growth. A few of the current strategic initiatives include workforce management, new technology enabled supports for delivery models, and productivity enhancement initiatives.

The session will be moderated by Ken Carr, Senior Associate with the OPEN MINDS consulting practice and chair of the CFO Consortium. Mr. Carr has served as a subject matter expert leading numerous engagements in strategic planning, merger and acquisition prospecting, business process improvement, financial analysis of services lines, and technology selection. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Carr was chief financial officer of The Centers, a community mental health center in Ocala, Florida, and led a realignment of the organization’s financial management function.

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This roundtable is part of The OPEN MINDS CFO Consortium which providea executives with the tools and ability to strategically assess and position their organizations for longer-term sustainability and growth. Through on-site and virtual education, The OPEN MINDS CFO Consortium utilizes the talents of participants, as well as the OPEN MINDS team, to provide executives with the skillset necessary to develop and implement an organizational strategic sustainability plan to position their organization for competitive advantage in an ever-changing external environment. The consortium is open to all Elite members, to learn more and sign up, visit

The July 21 Circle Elite Executive Roundtable is offered as part of a weekly series designed to help executive teams navigate the business, organizational, operational, and culture changes of a market in turbulence during (and after) the COVID-19 crisis. Each one-hour briefing outlines a field-tested approach for recovering from the crisis and developing a plan for organizational sustainability. Once an exclusive benefit to Elite members of the OPEN MINDS Circle, these impactful sessions are now available to all OPEN MINDS subscribers and available on demand.

OPEN MINDS is a national market intelligence, management consulting, and marketing services firm specializing exclusively in the markets of the health and human service field that serve consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. OPEN MINDS’ mission is to provide payers, service provider organizations, and technology and scientific firms that serve these consumers with the market and management knowledge needed to improve their organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

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