October 2022 Speakers

Gainwell Technologies

Veronica Adamson

General Manager, Human Services and Public Health
Maternal Health Equity Innovation Advocate, Author and Technology Builder
Adventist Health

Regina Berman, RN, MA

Integrative Care Management and ACO Executive
Colorado Access

Ana Brown-Cohen

Senior Manager of Health Programs
AmeriHealth Caritas

Sharon Colaizzi, RN BSN/BS, MPPM, CPHM

Corporate Director, Population Health Program Management
Washington State Health Care Authority

Jessica Diaz

Section Manager, Strategic Design and Program Oversight
Washington State Health Care Authority

Amy Dobbins

Section Manager, Medicaid Eligibility Policy
Commonwealth Primary Care ACO LLC

Lance Donkerbrook

Chief Executive Officer
Health Plan of San Mateo

Chris Esguerra, MD

Chief Medical Officer
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan - District of Columbia

David Granger, MD, MPH, MBA

Medical Director—DC Medicaid
Geisinger Health Plan

Amie Hoffman

Director, Behavioral Health
MVP Health Care

Nikki Hungate, MS, MHA

Senior Leader, Medicare Government Programs Product Strategy
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Angela Lynn, RN, MSN, BSN,CCM

Director of Care Management
Gainwell Technologies

Dr. Jung Kim

Director, Health and Human Services Analytics
Optima Health

Traci A. Massie, PMP, MBA, CCHW

Director of Government Programs, Member & Community Outreach and Social Determinants of Health
Genesee Health Plan

Jim Milanowski

CEO
Adventist Health

Arby Nahapetian, MD

Chief Clinical Officer
L.A. Care Health Plan

Francisco Oaxaca, BS, MBA

Chief, Communications and Community Relations
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, MACP

Executive Medical Director, Population Health
Blaze Advisors

Mike Rhoades, MBA

Founder/Chief Executive Officer
VNS Health

Alan Rice, LCSW

Population Health Specialist, Select Health SNP
Bamboo Health

Alycia Sepe,BSN, RN

Vice President of Business Development, Payer and State Government Market
Kaiser Permanente

Banafsheh Siadat, ScD

Regional Director - NCAL Medi-Cal Strategy and Operations
District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance

Lisa Truitt

Director of the Health Care Delivery Management Administration
DUOS

Karl Ulfers

Co-founder and CEO
Inland Empire Health Plan

Gabriel Uribe

Director, Community Health
Clever Care Health Plan

Peter Winston

Senior Vice President and General Manager, California
Colorado Access

Jamie Zajac

Manager, Care Management
Speakers Biographies


Veronica Adamson

General Manager, Human Services and Public Health
Maternal Health Equity Innovation Advocate, Author and Technology Builder
Gainwell Technologies

Veronica Adamson heads Gainwell’s Human Services & Public Health business, which includes Whole-Person-Services. She is a passionate transformer of equitable outcomes, through holistic, data-based and community driven technology innovations. During Covid she worked hand-in-hand with state and federal government leaders, as well as leading non-profits, to put in place cutting-edge, recipient-centered digital platform to improve maternal and infant health outcomes at unprecedented speed. Prior to her time at Gainwell, she was a global business leader at Philips Healthcare, strategy consultant at Deloitte, and co-founded an ethnographic insights venture.

Chris Esguerra, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Health Plan of San Mateo

An experienced healthcare leader, Chris Esguerra, MD, MBA, FAPA, CHCQM has led systems transformation, program evolution, and public/private partnerships leading to outcomes meeting the quadruple aim of improving health, cost effectiveness, enhancing patient experience, and supporting provider well-being. He serves as Chief Medical Officer for Health Plan of San Mateo, a local community plan serving Medicaid and dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. He also advises nonprofits partnering in healthcare delivery, healthcare startups, and provider groups.

His experience encompasses health care provider and systems leadership, managed care operations, novel payment models, public-private partnerships, and health care transformation. He has led significant efforts around integration of care and services for a variety of populations, holistically addressing social determinants of health in healthcare delivery, and helping people remain and age in the community with appropriate long-term services and supports. He most recently served on a National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee that published Integrating Social Needs Care into the Delivery of Health Care to Improve the Nation's Health.

Dr. Esguerra is board certified in both Psychiatry and Health Care and Quality Management and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. He received his BS in Chemistry and Medical Degree from the University of Southern California. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He also received his MBA in business management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, MACP

Executive Medical Director, Population Health
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, MACP is the Executive Medical Director, Population Health at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. His expertise encompasses physician leadership, population health management, clinical and operational performance improvement in health care, medical education and scientific communications. He has been one of the driving forces for the creation of and successful maturation of value based models in New Jersey. Dr. Peskin is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a clinical preceptor at The Eric B. Chandler Clinic for interns and residents in Internal Medicine. Dr. Peskin assists with the Population Health and business of medicine training for the Rutgers RWJ Internal Medicine physicians in training. Dr. Peskin was advanced to Master of the American College of Physicians in 2020. Dr. Peskin received his bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mike Rhoades, MBA

Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Blaze Advisors

Mike is a leader in strategic planning and execution of high performance, clinically- integrated health networks. He has served in a variety of executive and advisory roles, including 10 years as COO of a $300M, multi-state BHSU and Primary Care IDN, CEO of an ambulatory integrated care network, and senior executive for a 2M life ACO where he designed and commercialized cross-platform care management, analytics, and health information exchange tools for 23K physicians and 120 hospitals. He had led 15+ M&A transactions, organized clinically integrated networks, and assisted organizations with turnaround planning and performance improvement. Mike regularly applies his experience in public policy development, rate setting, and investigative support in matters relative to OIG, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and blends operational, technology, and finance experience to create practical, affordable, and high-value solutions. Mike has his BA from Augustana University and MBA from University of NC – Wilmington. Affiliations and accomplishments include:

  • Member of HIMSS, HFMA, ACAP and NAACOs
  • Managing Director of the Wilmington Angel Capital Network
  • Advisory/Governance for several healthtech startups
  • Design/Build several successful BHSU and PAC ACOs which reduced avoidable inpatient days by 50-70%
  • Developed/Deployed ONEcare, a scalable integrated care (PCP/BHSU) leveraging ”virtual networks of care” to divert BHSU ED utilization by 40%
  • Design/Commercialization of novel risk stratification tool leveraging accessible national lab/claims data where no CIN exists for ACO planning and Care Management
  • Negotiated vertical payer/ACO contracts shifting Care Mgmt closer to patient care

Traci A. Massie, PMP, MBA, CCHW

Director of Government Programs, Member & Community Outreach and Social Determinants of Health
Optima Health

Mrs. Massie is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW). She earned these certifications because she is an accomplished leader with a 25-year track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership within the healthcare industry.

She specializes in project management, business process optimization and reengineering, and regulatory compliance. She has developed management policies and procedures designed to maintain a transparent and strong operating environment regardless of the size of the organization. Additionally, she has created social determinants of health programming to address health equity and barriers faced by the underserved and worked to foster an environment rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion, and authenticity. She has extensive experience in operations management, corporate culture change, policy and procedure development, and major project management in her positions of Director of Government Programs, Director of Project Management, Product Development Manager, and Contract Manager at Optima Health Plan and Sentara Healthcare. Earlier in her career, Mrs. Massie was Assistant Finance Director for the Museum of the Confederate (Now known as the American Civil War Museum) in Richmond, VA.

With an unwavering commitment to excellence, she promotes thought leadership and innovation in her approach to tasks. She has expertise in leading and implementing enterprise-wide initiatives, demonstrated the ability to instill a common goal and develop a balanced team based on trust and mutual respect. Mrs. Massie has a collaborative leadership style with highly effective planning, organizational, and communication skills, which drive solutions and results.

Mrs. Massie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Old Dominion University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Business Administration.

Believing in creating strong communities and being a conduit of opportunities, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Certification Board and the University of Richmond Customer Experience Program Advisory Board. She is the Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for Optima Health. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc. (Past Chair of the Audit Committee & Past Financial Secretary), a member of The Links, Inc. (Past Editor of the Newsletter), and an active member in her church (Pre-K thru 1st grade Sunday school teacher and ministry leader of the Culinary Arts Ministry). She has also served as the Past Co-Chair for the United Way Fundraising Campaign for Optima Health Plan, Norfolk, VA, and Past Co-Chair for the Major Gift Donor Fundraising Committee for the Capital Campaign for Grove Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA.

Mrs. Massie is married to Michael Massie and has been for twenty-seven years. Mr. and Mrs. Massie have four children, Michael a law student at Howard University, Taylor a law/business student at Golden Gate University, Kennedy a student at Spelman College studying biology and Caroline, a student at Morgan State University studying business. In her free time, she enjoys meditating, doing hot yoga, eating good food, and spending time with family and friends. She loves to cook, travel, read, and enjoys all types of music. Additionally, Mrs. Massie enjoys mentoring and coaching aspiring leaders and believes in community service.

Francisco Oaxaca, BS, MBA

Chief, Communications and Community Relations
L.A. Care Health Plan

Francisco joined L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country with 2.5 million members, in 2014 as Director of Communications. In 2016, he was promoted to Senior Director of Communications and Community Relations and in 2020 was promoted to Chief, Communications and Community Relations. In this role he reports to the CEO and the Chief of Staff, is a member of the CEO’s Executive Leadership Team and serves on the organization’s Equity Council Steering Committee. He oversees a staff of over 100 responsible for the organization's internal and external communications, provider communications, community relations and sponsorships programs, community outreach and engagement including oversight of 13 consumer advisory committees, a 16- member volunteer Health Promoters Program, and a network of 10 community resource centers. He also oversees all health plan public facing websites and social media channels, media relations, video production and photography services and crisis communications. He is currently leading an effort to add 4 more family resource centers across Los Angeles County by the middle of 2023 leading to a network of 14 in a first of its kind 5-year, $146 million partnership between L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. Prior to joining L.A. Care, he served as Director of Public Affairs at First 5 L.A., an independent Los Angeles County commission that is the leading funder of programs for families with young children in California. Francisco earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.

Peter Winston

Senior Vice President and General Manager, California
Clever Care Health Plan

Peter Winston is an accomplished Senior Healthcare Executive and Consultant with more than 38 years of success across the healthcare, hospital, and public health industries. Leveraging extensive experience leading growth and administration of managed care programs for large medical groups and other risk-bearing entities, he is a valuable asset for clients working on negotiations of health plans, healthcare strategic planning, performance analytics, or on communications issues. His broad areas of expertise include performance improvement, strategic planning, market analysis, go-to-market strategy, quality improvement, business development, and network development. Peter has worked in most areas of managed care, including physician offices, medical groups, IPAs, hospitals and health plans. He most recently spent the last 12 years with SynerMed as Executive Vice President, helping it grow to more than 1.2M members, and 24 years with EHS Medical Group, which he helped grow (EHS) from 5,000 managed Medi-Cal lives into more than 650,000 in 9 California counties at the end of 2017. Peter is currently VP Community & Provider Development for Clever Care Health Plan, a venture capital-backed Medicare Advantage startup based in Southern California.

Peter has served on the boards of several professional organizations, including Health Care Executives of Southern California (HCE), California Medical Group Management Association (CMGMA), California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG, now renamed America’s Physician Groups (APG)), and is past president of the Los Angeles Medical Group Management Association (LA-MGMA). Peter is the founding chair for the CAPG State Sponsored Programs Committee from 2000-2004 and served as chair again in 2008-2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.

Nikki Hungate, MS, MHA

Senior Leader, Medicare Government Programs Product Strategy
MVP Health Care

Nikki Hungate, a long-time resident of the Western New York region, currently serves as the Senior Leader of Medicare & Government Programs Product Strategy at MVP Health Care. Utilizing the 17 years of experience in the health plan industry she is accountable for leading a team of product innovators that create and deliver a suite of high-quality government products that address the needs of the community in a customer-centric fashion, placing emphasis on those populations that are most vulnerable and underserved.

Nikki holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Health Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Charleston in the Executive Leadership program. Nikki has a passion for sharing knowledge, and also serves as an adjunct professor in the health sciences degree programs at Monroe Community College and Roberts Wesleyan College. In her free time, she volunteers as fundraising coordinator for the local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in Rochester, NY.

Angela Lynn, RN, MSN, BSN,CCM

Director of Care Management
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Angela Lynn serves as Director of Care Management for Blue Cross NC where she oversees the development and execution of the medical management programs. Angela’s team of clinical staff include Certified Case Managers, Social Workers, Dietitians, Registered Nurses, and Episodic Care Managers who provide targeted support and focused intervention for members. Angela has been with Blue Cross NC for 14 years serving in a number of roles. Angela also has a diversified clinical background. Her nursing experience includes acute care settings, community health, home health and behavioral health. Angela is a Certified Case Manager and is a strong advocate for increasing awareness and improving access so that people with behavioral health conditions receive appropriate care.

Angela received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at University North Carolina Chapel Hill and Master’s Degree in Nursing with a focus on Leadership & Management at Western Governor’s University.

Dr. Jung Kim

Director, Health and Human Services Analytics
Gainwell Technologies

Dr. Jung Kim leads Gainwell Technologies’ Whole Person Service and analytics product development. He is passionate about emerging technologies, and health and human services. Much of his work for the past several years involved applying the former to advance the latter.

David Granger, MD, MPH, MBA

Medical Director—DC Medicaid
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan - District of Columbia

Dr. David Granger is a Pediatrician and Medical Director at CareFirst BCBS Community Health Plan DC (CHPDC) with a focus on population health and quality in healthcare. Dr. Granger obtained his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, a Master of Public Health from The University of Michigan in Health Policy, and an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He completed his pediatric residency at Georgetown University Hospital where he also was Chief Resident.

Dr. Granger has practiced pediatrics for over 15 years in multiple environments; including FQHC look alike clinic for the underserved, as a partner in a suburban group practice in the Montgomery County Maryland and a Resident Clinic affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His leadership experiences include being Chairman of Dept of Pediatric at a Community Hospital, a Medical Director for Utilization Management and Quality Improvement at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and Medical Director for a Pediatric Managed Care Organization with 150,000 covered Pediatric Lives. His recent publications include “Targeted Clinical Interventions for Reducing Pediatric Readmissions” in Hospital Pediatrics, and he has presented on pediatric utilization at national conferences. In his current role at CHPDC he is focused on partnering with providers to enhance quality of care in a value-based environment for Medicaid enrollees in the District of Columbia.

Amie Hoffman

Director, Behavioral Health
Geisinger Health Plan

Amie Hoffman is currently Director of Behavioral Health for Geisinger Health Plan and is a goal-driven, accountable, and empathetic healthcare professional with over 18 years of experience in both acute and outpatient settings, with the last nine in the managed care industry. In her Director role, Amie provides leadership for the transition from outsourcing Geisinger Health Plan's behavioral health benefit to in-house operations, including Care Expansion and Design, Provider Networking, Claims processing, Policy Development, and Quality and Utilization Management

An experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry, she has a proven track record of successfully managing staff, impacting managed care outcomes and improvement of patient engagement strategies. Amie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master’s in Social Work and more recently obtained her Master’s in Health Administration. She is currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania.

Banafsheh Siadat, ScD

Regional Director - NCAL Medi-Cal Strategy and Operations
kaiser Permanente

Banafsheh Siadat is the Regional Director, Medi-Cal Strategy and Operations, at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. Banafsheh leads implementation of key regional initiatives including the ​​California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Population Health Management strategy and the Health Homes Program.

Banafsheh began her career at KP in 2014 as a Manager within Strategic Market Planning & Execution (SMP&E) where she worked on developing Medi-Cal market and Duals market strategies. She later joined the NCAL Medi-Cal team as a Service Director for the Sacramento GMC area, where her work has expanded to include the Health Homes programs in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Clara as well as the upcoming Medi-Cal reform (CalAIM).

Banafsheh holds a Doctorate of Science (ScD) in Public Health from Harvard University, where she studied the impact of universal health coverage in Ghana. Banafsheh’s work prior to joining KP included consulting positions in the U.S. health care industry and later with international development organizations including the World Bank, WHO, etc.

Gabriel Uribe

Director, Community Health
Inland Empire Health Plan

Dr. Gabriel Uribe serves as the Director of Community Health at the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and as a Professor of Social Work Policy at La Sierra University. IEHP is a not- for-profit public entity, rapidly growing Medi-Cal and Medicare health plan in California. With a network of more than 6,000 Providers and 2,400 employees, IEHP serves over 1.3 million residents of California’s Riverside and San Bernardino counties who are enrolled in Medi-Cal, and Cal MediConnect (Medicare-Medicaid Plan). Dr. Uribe oversees operations of IEHP’s Community Resource Centers, Community Health Worker program and diversity services.

In addition to his formal occupations, Dr. Uribe serves as the President of the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC). The IEDC provides networking and educational resources to over 2,500 disability service professionals employed at over 400 regional organizations that serve nearly half a million seniors and persons with disabilities in Southern California. Dr. Uribe earned a Doctor of Social Work at the University of Southern California and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Cal Poly Pomona. He is an experienced social service professional committed to the delivery of accessible health care for low income and underrepresented communities.

Sharon Colaizzi, RN BSN/BS, MPPM, CPHM

Corporate Director, Population Health Program Management
AmeriHealth Caritas

Sharon is the Senior Leader Clinical Strategy and Integration. In this role, she is responsible for oversight of the development and execution of strategies for clinical and operational teams for the organization.

Sharon is an accomplished population health management executive with comprehensive healthcare experience across acute, ambulatory and community settings addressing physical, mental and social health and well-being. Her impact has been in leading interdisciplinary teams strategically and tactically in clinical operations focused on patient engagement, provider engagement and cost of care. She’s held previous leadership roles at United Health Care, Molina and UPMC

Jessica Diaz

Section Manager, Strategic Design and Program Oversight
Washington State Health Care Authority

Jessica joined the Health Care Authority in 2016 to work on integration efforts, combining behavioral health and physical health benefits within a managed care framework. Prior to her experience with the Health Care Authority, she worked in the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, at the Department of Social and Health Services for over 9 years. She held a number of roles related to compliance and children’s behavioral health. Beginning in 2019, Jessica became responsible for the oversight of Managed Care Programs. She is now responsible for leading system design efforts for the Medicaid population, particularly in areas related to ongoing behavioral health integration efforts. This includes implementation of system design changes, obtaining appropriate federal authority, oversight of network adequacy and the crisis delivery system. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University with a focus on Human Development and Sociology.

For nearly 20 years, Jessica has dedicated herself to state service, working in the realm of special education, behavioral health, and healthcare policy. She is particularly devoted to serving and improving the lives of our youth and families in Washington State, in a holistic manner. She has dedicated her career in state service and looks forward to continuing her pursuit of better care for all Washingtonians by way of system design and policy reform.

Amy Dobbins

Section Manager, Medicaid Eligibility Policy
Washington State Health Care Authority

Amy joined the Health Care Authority in November 2013, just prior to the operational implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to her experience with the Health Care Authority, she was a Program Manager for the partner agency, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) administering cash and medical assistance programs for aged individuals and individuals with disabilities. Currently, she is managing a team of 16 Medicaid eligibility policy experts. Amy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College at both Olympia and Tacoma campuses. Her degree awarded her a focus in public policy and the creative arts.

Why she works for HCA

My experience serving Washingtonians since 2006, inspires me to support the development of programs to serve the state’s most vulnerable citizens. In particular, I am dedicated to using creative methods to bridge coverage gaps and bring comprehensive coverage to those with low income and in need of access to health coverage and care. I am extremely lucky to work with a caring and very knowledgeable team who have a shared passion to improve health care accessibility in Washington.

Jim Milanowski

CEO
Genesee Health Plan

Jim Milanowski has over 22 years experience in the management of mental health, substance abuse, behavioral health managed care and medical care coverage programs. Mr. Milanowski currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Genesee Health Plan (GHP), administering a community based indigent health care plan. The health plan has covered over 70,000 Genesee County residents since 2001. Since the start of enrollment into Affordable Care Act in 2013, GHP has conducted outreach and enrollment sessions with over 15,000 Genesee County residents. The health plan received the 2015 Pinnacle Award from the Michigan Association of Health Plans for this effort. As a strong advocate, his expertise includes working to reduce racial disparities, uncompensated care, and the impact of chronic disease. During his leadership, Genesee Health Plan has received the national quality award from URAC for Best Practices in Patient Empowerment and Protection, the Greater Flint Labor Council's Community Partnership Award and the Robert M. Pestronk Excellence in Public Health Award. He is a founding member of the Health Net Collaborative, and a member of the Greater Flint Health Coalition Access, Dental and Medical Group Visit Committees. He is the Treasurer of the Michigan Association of County Health Plans and is on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Community Health Center. Mr. Milanowski received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spring Arbor University and his Master's of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. He is a limited-licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan, and has extensive counseling experience with adult, child, and adolescent populations.

Ana Brown-Cohen

Senior Manager of Health Programs
Colorado Access

Ana I’I Brown-Cohen, MPH is the Senior Manager of Health Programs at Colorado Access, a non- profit health plan specializing in the integrated management of populations enrolled in public insurance. Ms. Brown-Cohen leads the operationalization of Colorado Access’ health strategy through the design and implementation of population-level interventions for Medicaid and CHP+ members. This work is instrumental in ensuring delivery of whole person care and specifically, that the right intervention is delivered to the right population, at the right time. Ms. Brown-Cohen received her Master’s degree from the University of Colorado’s School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Colorado Access, Ms. Brown-Cohen previously worked at Centura Health, one of Colorado’s largest healthcare systems, where she led a Medicare eligibility and enrollment team that served the Denver Metro Area. She also has experience working in state corrections, mental health, and recovery from substance use.

Jamie Zajac

Manager, Care Management
Colorado Access

Jamie Zajac, DC is a Manager of Care Management at Colorado Access, a non-profit health plan specializing in the integrated management of populations enrolled in Medicaid and CHP+. In her role, Jamie supports the care management department in a variety of ways including, but not limited to developing and implementing clinical care management interventions/programs to ensure that contract deliverables and company strategic goals are met, supporting care management staff, and working closely with both internal and external partners to identify and mitigate system barriers to ensure members have access to quality and equitable services. Jamie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science, and her Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan University in Missouri. Jamie has over 17 years of experience in healthcare and has worked in a variety of settings including: corporate fitness/health promotion, hospital- based education, and outreach programs at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and disease management programs in the private health insurance sector. Jamie enjoys reviewing clinical data of large populations and creating programs to look at the whole person, to ensure the right intervention is provided to our members at the right time.

Alan Rice, LCSW

Population Health Specialist, Select Health SNP
VNS Health

Alan Rice graduated Kean College of NJ in 1977 with a BSW degree and went to work for the NYC Depart of Education as a Drug Counselor in a School Base Drug Prevention Program. In 1980 he went to work at Beth Israel Medical Center at the Bernstein Institute as a social work assistant on a male drug detox unit. During this time Alan entered the first PEP program in the country at WSSW to be able to obtain his MSW which he did in June of1983. In July of 1983 he accepted a transfer to the Medical/Surgical Division of the Beth Israel Department of Social Work. In August of 1983, he was asked to become one of the first dedicated hospital AIDS social workers which he accepted. Alan has been involved with the HIV/AIDS since, providing social work services as well as having a progressive career as a supervisor, manager and Director of AIDS social workers in both a hospital and nursing home setting. Alan is presently the Population Health Specialist for VNSHealth, Select Health, a HIV Medicaid Manage Care Special Needs Plan, one of only three in NYS.

Alan is an adjunct professor at WSSW teaching an Addiction course, as well as teaching at Touro College School of Physician Assistant. He has served on a variety of NYC and NYS committees around making services better to the HIV and AIDS population as well as the Substance Abuse population.

He was the first President on the board of Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV and AIDS and remains an active member.

Alycia Sepe,BSN, RN

Vice President of Business Development, Payer and State Government Market
Bamboo Health

Alycia Sepe is a leader for government and commercial health plan markets at Bamboo Health. Sepe is a registered nurse, experienced in health plan clinical operations, product, and strategy and client relationship management. Including Bamboo Health, she has served in senior level executive roles for client management, clinical operations and technology healthcare consulting and business development. Sepe has nationwide experience in care management operations and designs and securing profitable revenue streams.

Lisa Truitt

Director of the Health Care Delivery Management Administration
District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance

Lisa Truitt is the Director of the Health Care Delivery Management Administration at the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). Lisa is responsible for oversight and management of Medicaid service delivery and quality performance in the over $1billion managed care and non-waiver fee-for-service (FFS) programs. She leads efforts to formulate and implement business plans and strategies for oversight and monitoring, development of initiatives/interventions to address gaps in care, health disparities and social factors that impact health outcomes of the eligible populations. She supervises staff and delivery of Medicaid services through managed care, children’s health services, pharmacy and acute provider services, quality management, primary care health homes and behavioral health services. Collaboration and partnerships with colleagues and sister-agencies are essential for advancing the mission of the District’s Medicaid program.

Karl Ulfers

Co-founder and CEO
DUOS

Karl is passionate about empowering older adults to have more freedom as they age because of his own experience helping his loved ones navigate their challenges of aging and struggling to find resources they needed to age independently. He is leveraging his experiences as an early leader in Digital Health starting in 2006 at OptumHealth, part of UnitedHealth Group, and his more recent experience as the Chief Product Officer and then CEO of Rally Health to help DUOS establish a system of aging that makes it easy for Older Adults and Caregivers to get access to the support the need. Read more about Karl’s story here.

Regina Berman, RN, MA

Integrative Care Management and ACO Executive
Adventist Health

Regina Berman, RN, MA, Integrative Care Management and ACO Executive for the Adventist Health system is responsible for the development and execution of longitudinal care coordination services across the care continuum using a Progression of Care Model. She is also a responsible for the clinical components of a successful revenue cycle and Value Based Care initiatives. Previously, Principal Strategic Advantage for Health, providing guidance to organizations on effective design and execution for emerging value-based payment models and performance excellence. Skilled in designing whole system change, program integration and analytic platforms for clinical and claims-based data integration. Previously served as the VP Population Health and Accountable Care, COO MemorialCare Regional ACO, LLC for MemorialCare Health System. She oversaw all aspects of MemorialCare's population health management, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in health care performance improvement, quality, safety and knowledge management and in clinical, operational and service excellence. Prior to joining MemorialCare, Ms. Berman was the VP for Quality and Resource Stewardship for Kaiser Permanente. Population Health, Advanced Senior Care, Transitions of Care and Case Management and Medical Cost Trending, Quality & Regulatory affairs were among her areas of responsibility. She managed a $1.7 billion medical cost budget and achieved a zero % expense trend during her tenure.

While working with Hackensack University Medical Center as an Executive Director of performance improvement and innovation, she led several national projects including the $22 million, 3-year RWJ/IHI Pursuing Perfection grant and the subsequent CMS P4P demonstration project. She is certified in a variety of quality and coaching models and is a certified lean leader and patient safety officer. Previous positions include; Senior Vice President at JPS Health Network in Texas, and Executive Director of Corporate Quality & Medical Management at Mt. Sinai Health System in New York. Regina has a demonstrated track record for achieving national best practice triple aim outcomes in a variety of healthcare and related business environments; public, private, academic and start up.

Ms. Berman provided faculty support for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Improvement Advisors Program and has served as an examiner for the Department of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and was the Chair of Quality NJ, the state Performance Excellence Program. Ms. Berman is a trained Life Coach/mentor by the Bark Institute (Wisdom of the Whole) and the Institute of HeartMath.

A registered nurse Regina holds an M.A. from New York University, completed Harvard University’s Executive Leadership Program and has spent much of her career developing and refining clinical and operational programs and developing partners that span the care continuum. She has served as Chair of New Jersey's State Quality Program, on the Malcolm Baldridge National Performance Excellence Program Board of Examiners, is a Diplomat of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality of the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Berman served on the National Quality Forum Executive Institute Advisory Board and Performance Measurement Task Force. She speaks nationally on population health and performance measurement improvement strategies, information management and other topics.

Arby Nahapetian, MD

Chief Clinical Officer
Adventist Health

Dr. Arby Nahapetian serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Adventist Health. Dr. Nahapetian has served the organization in different physician leadership roles over the past nine years, including as the Chief Medical Officer at Adventist Health Glendale Medical Center, Chief Medical Officer for Southern California Region and most recently as the Care Division Chief Medical Officer over the 23 hospitals. Dr. Nahapetian is a board- certified cardiologist with an additional certification in nuclear cardiology. Dr. Nahapetian graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics, received his Master of Public Health from Yale School of Public Health and completed medical school at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He completed residency and fellowships in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and fellowship in Electrophysiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Nahapetian serves as Adventist Heath's Clinical Care Delivery leader with oversight over the Medical Group, Medical Affairs, Population Health, Quality, Safety, Care Management, Clinical Informatics, and Pharmacy. He is a national speaker on Accountable Care Organizations, Direct to Employer Networks, and Clinical Integrated Care Delivery. His passions include his family, travel and participating in medical missions.

Lance Donkerbrook

Chief Executive Officer
Commonwealth Primary Care ACO LLC

Mr. Donkerbrook has over twenty five years of healthcare experience ranging from consulting, business planning, financial management and contracting within national health insurers, hospital delivery networks, physician practices and healthcare technology companies. Outside of his more recent ACO leadership, Lance has implemented many innovative projects related to strategic planning, system selections, business case, process reengineering, productivity, and contracting associated with health plan operations and their IT systems implementations.

For the last nine years, Lance been with Commonwealth Primary Care Accountable Care Organization in Phoenix AZ, and has served as the organization’s CEO for the last two years. He has a BS in Economics from Arizona State University and an MBA from Texas Christian University. Lance serves as an advisor for three technology companies, recently elected to the Board of the Arizona Diabetes Coalition and volunteers on the the Men’s Arts Council with the Phoenix Art Museum.