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2016 speakers included:

Anna M. Roth, CEO, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers

Nancy-Ann DeParle, Partner and Co-Founder, Consonance Capital Partners

Linda Finkel, President, AVIA

Rhonda M. Medows, Executive Vice President, Population Health, Providence Health & Services

Anita Samarth, CEO and co-founder, Clinovations Government + Health

Kriste Goad, Chief Marketing Officer, ReviveHealth

Airica Steed, System Chief Customer Experience Officer (CXO), OhioHealth

Joanne Mather Conroy, CEO, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Marsha King, Senior Consultant, Furst Group

Christy Harris Lemak, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Pamela Cipriano, President, American Nurses Association

Ann Marie Giusto, RN, Director, Variation Reduction, Sutter Health, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Dianne McCallister, CMO, The Medical Center of Aurora

Marsha King, Senior Consultant, Furst Group

Sherrie Barch, President, Furst Group

Natalie D. Lamberton, Chief Operating Officer, Jackson North Medical Center

Dr. Saria Carter Saccocio, CMO, Senior Vice President/Medical Affairs, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Christine Candio, President and CEO, St. Luke’s Hospital

Debra Lerner, Director, Program on Health, Work and Productivity, Tufts Medical Center

Karen Schmidt, Associate Director of Wellness & Health Culture, University of Michigan

Deborah DiSanzo, IBM General Manager, Watson Health

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Patricia G. Ball

As senior vice president of the strategic resources group, Patricia “Pat” Ball leads TeamHealth’s strategic marketing and operations interface, select provider recruitment initiatives, communications support for internal departments that are related to hospital clients or industry relations and external communication efforts. With more than 30 years of senior healthcare executive experience, Pat offers expertise in marketing, communications, business development and strategic planning.

Prior to joining TeamHealth, Pat served as a senior healthcare consultant working with health systems and hospitals; physician outsourcing organizations; physician practices; and patient, physician and employee satisfaction and engagement companies. In addition, Pat previously served in senior-level roles for LHP Hospital Group, Inc.; Triad Hospitals, Inc.; Hospital Corporation of America (HCA); and Saint Thomas Hospital. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Radford University in Radford, Virginia, and completed her masters and doctorate degrees in counseling psychology and business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Dr. Rebekah Gee

Dr. Rebekah Gee began her role as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health in January of 2016. Prior to being appointed to this role, she served as the Medicaid Medical Director for Louisiana. In her first year as Secretary, Dr. Gee oversaw the implementation of Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana. Within the first six months, more than 350,000 adults were newly enrolled in the program, and over 40,000 received preventive health care or new patient services.

She has served both state and national leadership roles in public health policy. Notably, as the director for the Birth Outcomes Initiative for the state of Louisiana, she led the charge to end elective deliveries before 39 weeks -an effort that led to an 85% drop statewide.

In addition to her role as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, she is currently a practicing gynecologist and Gratis Faculty at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Her professional organizations include participation in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Louisiana American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Gee completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania and there received a Master of Science in Health Policy Research. She studied history and obtained an M.P.H. at Columbia University in Health Policy and Management, obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals, both Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospitals.

In 2014, Dr. Gee received the Woman of the Year award from New Orleans City Business, she was recognized as a "40 under 40" leader in the New Orleans region and was selected as a New Orleans "Healthcare Hero."

She lives in New Orleans with husband David Patrón, and is the mother of five energetic children, twins Elizabeth and Eva, Nathan, and twins Eloisa and Ben.


Christine Candio

Christine Candio was appointed president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO. in January 2015. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, she served for six years as CEO of Inova Alexandria Hospital in northern Virginia and as senior vice president of Inova Health System.

Ms. Candio began her career as a nurse, progressed through nursing leadership ranks at several hospitals and gained extensive healthcare operations and senior executive leadership experience in both acute care and outpatient settings during the past three decades.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from William Paterson University of New Jersey and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in healthcare management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, she is board-certified in healthcare management and is a Past Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.

She has served on the boards of many other professional and community organizations and has been a guest speaker at numerous healthcare conferences throughout the country. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member of the Georgetown University Graduate Mentorship Program, an advisory board member of the George Washington University MHA Program, Washington, D.C., and a member of the Missouri Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Ms. Candio is a recipient of the 2012 Washington SmartCEO Brava! Award, which celebrates top female CEOs who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit along with a passion for giving back to the community. In 2014, she was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “24 of the Leading Women to Know in Healthcare.”


Christy Harris Lemak

Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, home to over 30 faculty members and eight educational programs, including graduate degrees in Health Informatics, Healthcare Quality and Safety, an undergraduate program in Health Care Management, an Executive Doctorate in Health Administration, and the US News & World Report’s #2-ranked graduate program in health administration.

Christy teaches and conducts research in the areas of health care leadership, with an emphasis on how leadership and organizational factors are associated with high performance. She has examined pay-for-value programs, interventions to improve population health, and the career trajectories of women leaders in health care. She was previously Chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and is currently a Board Member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (Chicago, IL) and Community Hospital Corporation (Plano, TX).

Previously, Christy was a faculty member in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan and served as the Michael O. and Barbara Bice Professor of Health Services Research, Management and Policy at the University of Florida. She holds a PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan, MHA and MBA degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a BS in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Illinois.


Nancy Howell Agee

Nancy Howell Agee, CEO of Carilion Clinic and chair-elect of the American Hospital Association Nancy Howell Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, has dedicated her life’s work to improving the health of people in the communities we serve, as well as people across the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.

Born at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Ms. Agee began her career in nursing in the early 1970s, serving in various management roles over the years. In 1996, she was appointed vice president and gradually assumed increasing administrative and executive leadership roles at Carilion. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2011, Ms. Agee was at the forefront of the successful initiative to reorganize Carilion into a patient-centered, physician-led clinic.

A passionate servant leader, her first priority is our employees and patients. She supports many professional and community activities including board positions for The American Hospital Association, The Joint Commission, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, Virginia Center for Health Innovation, Roanoke Gas Company, HomeTown Bank, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Rockingham Mutual Insurance Co. and the Taubman Museum of Art. Previously, Ms. Agee served on the Radford University Board of Visitors.

Ms. Agee and her husband, Steve, have one son, Zach.


Natalie Lamberton

Natalie Lamberton, MBA/HA, FACHE, was honored as one of South Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business for 2016. She is the recipient of the 2014 American College of Healthcare Executives Exemplary Service Award, 2013 American College of Healthcare Executives Distinguished Service Award and the 2009 American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Early Careerist Award. Natalie has been a guest lecturer for leadership and management for the Creighton University MBA program, University of Iowa MBA/MHA program, and the University of New Mexico Executive MBA program, University of Miami and others. She is a Fellow of the College and a faculty member for the American College of Healthcare Executives and teaches at the national annual Congress. She has taught “The Next Generation of Leaders: Lessons From the First 10 Years” for eight years running. Her passion is mentoring and inspiring new leaders. She recently released The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, published by The American College of Healthcare Executive’s Health Administrative Press. Natalie is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Jackson North Medical Center, a 382-bed acute care facility. She leads a master facility renovation and expansion project for her hospital in the amount of 121 million dollars. Before this she was the Chief Executive Officer for Regency Hospital of Fort Worth. Previously, she was the Director of Neurosciences for The Medical Center of Aurora in Aurora, Colorado. Prior to this, as CEO, Natalie was commissioned to oversee a 190 million dollar construction project for a new hospital for the Presbyterian Health System in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Preceding this, she was the CEO of the Haxtun Hospital District in Haxtun, Colorado; comprised of a hospital, extended care unit, and three primary care clinics servicing 300 square miles. She also served as an EMT on the volunteer ambulance service during this time.

She served as the Director of Retail Services for the Poudre Valley Health System where she designed, developed, and implemented the corporate strategic plan for this new division in the system. Prior to this, she was the first post-graduate Administrative Fellow for the Poudre Valley Health System

She graduated from the University of New Mexico cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in molecular biology and U.S. history. While there, she ran track and field on a full-ride division I scholarship for the lobos. She holds a master’s degree in business and health administration and was awarded the distinguished University of Colorado Hoffman-Binger Graduate Presidential Scholarship. A former teacher, she taught science and history at the middle school and high school levels, and was a freshman biology instructor at the Community College of Denver.


Marilyn Tavenner

Marilyn Tavenner is President & CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Prior to joining AHIP in the summer of 2015, Marilyn served as administrator/principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2010-2015. Prior to her appointment to CMS, she served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources in the cabinet of Governor Tim Kaine from 2006-2010. From 1981-2005 she was employed by the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) beginning as a nurse at Richmond-based Johnston-Willis Hospital and eventually becoming the Chief Executive Officer in 1993. In 2001, she became President of HCA’s Central Atlantic Division, and was later appointed Group President of Outpatient Services before resigning from HCA in December of 2005. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Masters in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Marilyn led CMS work to implement the Affordable Care Act which included the development and implementation of major health insurance reforms across the country as well as establishing affordable health insurance options for over 11.5 million individuals through the state and federal marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid in 28 states and DC. She also led the implementation of innovative programs and delivery system models aimed at reducing costs and improving quality. During Marilyn’s tenure, the country experienced historically low growth in overall healthcare spending, extending solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund to 2030.

As President and CEO of AHIP, Marilyn leads the national association that is the unified voice for the evolving health insurance industry. AHIP members provide health and supplemental benefits to 200 million Americans through employer-sponsored coverage, the individual insurance market, and public programs. Marilyn directs the industry’s advocacy agenda in Washington and the states as AHIP members tackle the challenges facing consumers and the broader health care system. For the past four years, Modern Healthcare has recognized Ms. Tavenner as one of the 100 most influential people in health care in her roles at CMS and at AHIP. In 2017, Modern Healthcare also named her as one of Top 25 women leaders in the industry.


Saria Saccocio

Saria Carter Saccocio, MD, FAAFP, MHA, was appointed Ambulatory Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Department Chair of Family Medicine for Greenville Health System May 2017. Her leadership supports clinical integration, quality & patient safety, medical student and resident education. She joins GHS after serving as chief medical officer at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, South Carolina. She has a consistent history of leading award-winning programs and improving the coordination and quality of care for patients. Under Dr. Saccocio’s leadership, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System earned the distinguished honor by Truven Health Analytics as one of the 100 Top Hospitals Award Winners in 2015 and 2017 for achieving lower mortality rates, fewer complications, shorter patient stays, and reduced readmission rates. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Dr. Saccocio as one of the top 100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know for 2016 and 2017.


Annette Walker

Annette Walker is president of strategy, Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) and chief executive of St. Joseph Health. She is accountable for strategy, marketing, sales, business development and project management offices across the PSJH system, which was formed when Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health came together and spans seven states and employs more than 100,000 caregivers.

Well regarded as a straight-forward and visionary leader, Annette has a passion for developing teams. She served as interim president and chief executive of St. Joseph Health during the transition to PSJH and, for more than a decade, led St. Joseph Health’s strategy, marketing, communications, philanthropy, wellness programs and project management. She was instrumental in collaborating with regional leaders and physicians to develop, support, and implement the health system’s strategic objectives and competitive positioning.

Thanks to Annette’s leadership, St. Joseph Health was a trailblazer for wellness and disease prevention. Her team opened several groundbreaking wellness centers – called Wellness Corners – and other programs, bringing wellness and health education literally to the doorstep of many. Annette also helped facilitate innovative partnerships to ensure large organizations provide wellness to their employees.

Annette holds a master's degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. An advocate of work-life balance, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chuck, their six children and 10 grandchildren.


Gayle Capozzalo

Gayle Capozzalo is the Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer of Yale New Haven Health System. She joined the System in 1997 and is primarily responsible for System strategy development and execution, marketing, community and government relations, business development and mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Capozzalo received her Masters of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed two years post masters work in health care marketing and organizational development at St. Louis University. She has 30 years of experience in system strategy, integration, development and management in the industry. Ms. Capozzalo is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and Past-Chairman of the American College of Health Care Executives Board of Governors. She is active in her community and the healthcare industry. She is the past Chair and a Board member of Vizient New England, past Chair and a Board Member of Connecticut Public Television, Vice Chair of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England and Member of the Nominating Committee of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.


Gloria Goins

Gloria Goins is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Bon Secours Health System, the nation’s top 25 largest healthcare system. In this role, Gloria is responsible for leveraging diversity, inclusion and cross cultural competency to advance the organization’s mission and business objectives. Gloria also serves an executive coach to the organization’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. In 2016, DiversityInc recognized Bon Secours as one of the top ten 10 best healthcare systems. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Gloria herself as one of the top ten chief diversity officers in healthcare to know. In addition to leading the diversity and inclusion organization at Bon Secours, Gloria leads the organization’s employee engagement strategy. Under her leadership, Bon Secours achieved the highest employee engagement score in the organization’s history (the 99th percentile), and has been recognized by the Gallup Organization as one of the Top Best Workplaces in the world for the past six years.

Gloria comes to Bon Secours most recently from Prudential Financial where she served as vice president of business diversity outreach. In that role, Gloria led the company’s efforts to drive sales, recruiting and branding in diverse and multicultural market segments. While at Prudential, she managed a portfolio of 60 non-profit organizations to create strategic business and recruiting relationships.

In addition, Gloria served as the chief diversity officer at The Home Depot where she was as a senior member of operations team with accountability for all aspects of employee, customer, multicultural marketing, and community strategies for emerging markets.

Gloria served as the very first vice president of diversity for Cingular Wireless, which at the time was the nation’s largest wireless communications company with more than 70,000 employees. Under her leadership, Cingular’s diversity organization received national recognition from Diversity Best Practices, Next Step magazine, and the Disability Rights Advocates. Gloria is a former Human Resources faculty member at Georgetown University, where she served as the founder and chair of the Board for the Georgetown Chief Diversity Officers’ Roundtable.

She earned a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University, a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Stanford University.


Paula H. Song

Paula H. Song, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Song’s research interests and publications cover areas such as health care financial management, accountable care organizations and business case evaluation. Her research has been funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Cancer Institute. She teaches graduate level courses in health care finance and is co-author on a leading textbook, Essentials of Health Care Finance, 7th Edition. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC-CH, Dr. Song was on faculty at the Ohio State University. Dr. Song received her Ph.D. in health services organization and policy, and master degrees in health services administration and applied economics, all from the University of Michigan. Prior to academia, Dr. Song gained management expertise at Ochsner Health Care in New Orleans, Louisiana and has served as a health care finance consultant to hospitals and research organizations.


Halee Fischer-Wright

Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, CMPE, President & Chief Executive Officer Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Halee Fischer-Wright is a nationally recognized health care executive, physician leader, and former business consultant whose work focuses on innovation and creating cultures of excellence. Dr. Fischer-Wright is president and CEO of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and is the co-author of Tribal Leadership, a New York Times bestseller.

Prior to assuming her current role, she was a practicing physician, management consultant in multiple industries, president of Rose Medical Group, and chief medical officer within Centura Health. She is the recipient of multiple national and international awards for leadership in innovation, healthcare, business, and women’s leadership.

Dr. Fischer-Wright holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in medical management from the University of Southern California, and a certificate in executive leadership coaching from Georgetown University. She received her MD from the University of Colorado. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her physician husband and her two amazingly spoiled dogs.


Susan Freeman

Dr. Freeman is the President and CEO of the Temple Center for Population Health, LLC; Chief Medical Officer, Temple University Health System; Vice Dean of Health Care Systems and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

A graduate of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr. Freeman completed both her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota. She holds two Master of Science degrees: Preventive and Administration Medicine (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Biochemistry (Wayne State University, Detroit); and is Board certified in internal medicine; endocrinology and metabolism; and medical management.

Dr. Freeman has extensive leadership experience in urban health care delivery systems, hospital administration, and consumer-driven health care. She is the founding CEO of the Temple Center for Population Health, LLC, designed to attain a sustainable model of health care delivery in North Philadelphia through clinical and business integration, community engagement and academic distinction to promote healthy populations. As the CMO of the Temple University Health System, she facilitates the integration and collaboration of interdisciplinary professionals to achieve the delivery of high value health care. A recent example of this includes the Temple Substance Abuse Task Force and the resultant design for a comprehensive Center for Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Freeman is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives (now the American Association of Physician Leadership) and served on its Board of Directors. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; a Member of the American College of Medical Quality; and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She served on the Population Health Work Group for the Pennsylvania Department of Health State Innovation Model Initiative; and represented Americas Essential Hospitals on the Population Health Committee of the National Quality Forum. Current engagements include the Health Technology Assessment External Advisory Committee at the ECRI Institute; the Board of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Health Share Exchange; several committees at the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP); and the Settlement Music School Board, Germantown Branch. She is a reviewer for the Journal of HealthCare Quality..

Dr. Freeman teaches population health and health policy at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and at the Fox School of Business. She developed and taught healthcare quality and safety for the Jefferson College of Population Health Master’s Degree Program. Recent regional and national presentations include population health as a clinical and business imperative; the implications of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act on safety net hospitals; transforming ambulatory care; and linking population health and health policy to graduate medical education .She has authored papers on thyroid disease, diabetes, administrative medicine, consumer driven health plans, patient value and transforming the delivery of health care.


Lilli Brilstien

Lili Brillstein is a nationally recognized thought leader in the advancement of Episodes of Care as a value-based approach for specialty care. She is the Director of Episodes of Care for the Market Innovations team of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and, under her leadership, has built the largest program for commercially insured patients in the country. Her expertise at cultivating functionally collaborative relationships between payers and providers across the full continuum of health care has allowed not only the pillars of the triple aim to be achieved, but the spirit of the relationships have shifted from one of adversaries to one of collaborators.


Teresa L. Edwards

Teresa L. Edwards is a Corporate Vice President for Sentara Healthcare responsible for the system’s Peninsula and Western Tidewater hospitals, which includes Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Sentara Obici Hospital. She is also responsible for the Sentara Life Care and Sentara Enterprises divisions, as well as the orthopedics and oncology service lines.

Edwards joined Sentara Healthcare in 2008 as the President of Sentara Leigh Hospital, a 250-bed hospital in Norfolk, Va. that features one of the largest orthopedic programs in Virginia. Under Edwards’ tenure, Sentara Leigh Hospital was ranked one of the Top 50 Hospitals for Orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report and completed a $129 million rebuilding of the hospital in its current location. Prior to joining Sentara Healthcare, Edwards served in several executive management positions, including Executive Vice President and Administrator for Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Executive Administrator for the Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Associates Group Practice, Chief Operating Officer for Williamsburg Community Hospital, and Assistant and Associate Administrator of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Va.


Deborah Bowen

Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, is president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Previously, she was ACHE’s executive vice president and COO. She is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow of ACHE and the American Society of Association Executives. Ms. Bowen currently serves on the board of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and is a member of the International Hospital Federation Governing Council and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers. Ms. Bowen has also held several leadership positions including chairing the boards of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. Since becoming president and CEO in 2013, Ms. Bowen has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare. She received a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Debra Plousha Moore

Debra Plousha Moore directs recruitment and employment, compensation, benefits, workforce relations, education, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, teammate health and CHS LiveWELL (the teammate health and wellness program) for Carolinas HealthCare System.

Before joining Carolinas HealthCare System in 2008, Plousha Moore was senior vice president of human resources and organizational development for OhioHealth, where she guided the organization to the list of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” She also held the positions of vice president of human resources and organizational development at Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, Mich., and regional vice president of employee relations, diversity and human resources at Franciscan Health System of the Ohio Valley.

A graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Association of Health Services Executives. In addition to serving on the 2016 Executive Committee of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Plousha Moore serves on numerous boards.


Carol Whittington

Carol Whittington serves as the Senior Vice President of the Ascension Leader Institute, including the Ascension Leadership Academy. She joined Sacred Heart Health System, a health ministry of Ascension located in Pensacola, Florida, in 1992. Since then, she has held many progressive Human Resource leadership positions, leading to her appointment in 2005 as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Sacred Heart. In 2011 her role was expanded to include Providence Health System in Mobile, Alabama. Carol transitioned from the CHRO role for the Gulf Coast Ministry Market in 2015 to establish and operate the programs which comprise the Ascension Leader Institute.


Nancy M. Schlichting

Nancy M. Schlichting is retired Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), a nationally recognized $5.5 billion health care organization with 27,000 employees and recipient of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, 2011 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Quality Award, and 2004 Foster G. McGaw Award. She is credited with leading the health system through a dramatic financial turnaround and for award-winning patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives.

Schlichting joined HFHS in 1998 as its Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital and was named President and CEO of the System in 2003. Retiring in 2017, her career in health care administration spans over 35 years of experience in senior level executive positions. Schlichting received her A.B. in Public Policy Studies, Magna Cum Laude from Duke University and her M.B.A. from Cornell University. She has also been the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from Walsh College, Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan University.


Debra Cafaro

Debra A. Cafaro is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company that owns nearly 1,300 healthcare and senior living properties in North America and the United Kingdom. Under Ms. Cafaro’s leadership, begun in 1999, Ventas’s market capitalization rose to $26 billion from $200 million. The Company’s compound annual total shareholder return (TSR) has exceeded 25 percent since January 1, 2000. In 2016, Forbes named Ms. Cafaro as one of the 100 “World’s Most Powerful Women,” the Harvard Business Review recognized Ms. Cafaro as one of the top 50 “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” (3rd consecutive year), Modern Healthcare listed her as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” (3rd time) and Real Estate Forum identified her as one of “The 70 Elite” real estate executives who shaped the industry for the past 70 years. She was also named by GlobeSt.com as one of nine “Game-Changers” in commercial real estate since 2000, and by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business.” CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer listed Cafaro as one of the “Bankable 21” CEOs in Get Rich Carefully. Ms. Cafaro was voted numerous times, most recently for 2017, to Institutional Investor’s “All America Executive Team” and Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” and was selected as one of the “Top 50 Women in World Business” by the Financial Times. Ms. Cafaro serves on the Executive Committee of the Boards of the Real Estate Roundtable and the Economic Club of Chicago. She is an owner and member of the Management Committee of the Pittsburgh Penguins, a National Hockey League team. Ms. Cafaro is also a member of the Boards of University of Chicago, Chicago Infrastructure Trust, Executives’ Club of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and World Business Chicago. In 2010, Ms. Cafaro served as Chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), where she was honored with NAREIT’s Industry Leadership Award. She served on the Board of Directors of the Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) from 2007-2016. She is a member of the Business Council. Prior to joining Ventas, Ms. Cafaro was President and a Director of Ambassador Apartments, Inc., a practicing lawyer for 13 years and a judicial clerk for the Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1982-83. Ms. Cafaro received her J.D. cum laude in 1982 from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was named its Distinguished Alumna in 2011, and her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1979. She is married and has two children.


Debra Canales

Debra Canales is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Providence St. Joseph Health. She joined Providence Health & Services in 2014 as executive vice president and chief people and experience officer. An experienced health care executive, Deb served with CHE Trinity Health as executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and as senior vice president of human resources for Centura Health. Deb is a member of the boards of AMICA Mutual Insurance, The Breakaway Group Healthcare Division of Xerox and the Inforum Women’s Alliance Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas, Austin, and holds a professional coach certification credential from International Coach Federation.


Lynn Richmond

Lynn Richmond is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Montefiore Medicine with responsibility for Strategic Planning, Public Affairs, Government and Community Relations and Health Policy, Community Relations and Community Health. In this role, Ms. Richmond guides the organization’s strategic direction and its relationships with external constituents, including elected and governmental officials, community and the public, as well as leading the development and implementation of an integrated, enterprise-wide strategy across Montefiore and Einstein. She is the executive responsible for Montefiore’s participation in the New York State/Federal Waiver program known as DSRIP and oversees DSRIP initiatives. Ms. Richmond began her career at Montefiore Rikers Island Health Services in 1990 focusing on public health. Since then, she has served in a series of increasingly responsible roles in key areas including regulatory oversight, quality care and, most recently, as member of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, before moving over to assume responsibilities in the Office of the President and CEO. She was appointed Executive Vice President in Fall of 2014. Ms. Richmond is a member of the Board of Directors of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, White Plains Hospital, Morris Heights Health Center, Montefiore Insurance Company, Inc., the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization (Bronx RHIO), Mosholu Preservation Corporation, and The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). She was appointed President of the Bronx Accountable Healthcare Network/Montefiore ACO in 2016. She also serves as Board Alternate for the Health Care Advancement Program (H-CAP), a national labor/management organization that promotes innovation and quality in healthcare career education, as well as a member of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics. Ms. Richmond served as Co-Chair for the New York State Department of Health’s Value Based Payment (VBP) Subcommittee on Technical Design and is a member of the VBP Workgroup. She is an Adult Nurse Practitioner specializing in Primary Care. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor’s of Science from Columbia University and a Master of Science from Hunter College.


Ann Huston

Ann Huston joined Cleveland Clinic in April 2012 in the new role of Chief Strategy Officer. She has over 25 years of industry experience, including a wide range of senior executive, operational and consulting roles with multi-specialty physician groups, academic health centers, urban and rural community hospitals. Ann was a partner and leader in Ernst & Young’s national health care strategy practice. For the nine years before joining the Cleveland Clinic, she lived in Rochester, NY and was President of an independent health care consultancy focused on enterprise strategy. She has worked with many of the leading health systems in the United States. Ann holds a Master’s degree in Health Finance and Management from The Johns Hopkins University.


Sharon Melnick

Sharon Melnick, PhD is a leading authority on business psychology, stress resilience, and women’s leadership. Her methods are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and field tested by over 19,000 clients and training participants.

As CEO of her firm Horizon Point Inc, Sharon Melnick, PhD is an internationally renowned speaker and sought after trainer. Her presentations on Resilience during Change and Success under Stress create buzz – and receive 100% repeat invites from organizations such as Procter and Gamble, Eli Lilly, Dignity Health, Merck, Sodexo, MetLife, Novartis, NYLife, GE, OmniCom, American Nursing Association, American Heart Association, and at the White House.

Dr. Melnick authored the acclaimed book Success under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure's On and a new bestseller Confidence when it Counts for women. She educated underserved populations as advisor to SmartWoman, a mobile application in 47 countries partnered with Facebook and UN Women. Her advice has been featured on Forbes.com, Fox News, NYTimes Blog, Huffington Post, CBS, AmexOPEN and others. She is the CEO of Horizon Point Inc. a diverse supplier.


Mary Boosalis

Mary H. Boosalis is the president and CEO of Premier Health. Prior to her current role, Mary served as president of Premier Health and as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the organization. Joining the health system in 1986, Mary has served in progressively expanded leadership roles including five years as president & CEO of Miami Valley Hospital. Premier Health, a $2 billion company, is the largest health system in southwest Ohio and offers a wide array of health care services. The mission of the health system is to build healthier communities. There are four hospitals including Miami Valley Hospital, with an additional site at Miami Valley Hospital South; Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton; Atrium Medical Center; and Upper Valley Medical Center. In addition, there are over 100 sites of service including primary and specialty care, along with home health care, and an insurance plan.

Mary earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, magna cum laude, from California State University at Fresno and a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University. Mary is a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a member of the Ohio Hospital Association and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association Boards. She is a member of the University of Dayton Board and serves as chair of the Finance Committee. She is a member of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board, the Dayton Business Committee, and the Dayton Minority Inclusion Committee and the Learn to Earn Board. She is a past member of the Sinclair Community College Board, the Life Connection Board, and is a past chair of the Dayton area American Heart Association Board. Mary has been named to the Top 10 Women list by the Dayton Daily News, as an Ohio Most Powerful and Influential Woman by the Ohio Diversity Council, and as a Woman of Influence by the Dayton YWCA.


Kathy Lancaster

Kathy Lancaster joined Kaiser Permanente in 1998. She was promoted to chief financial officer in 2005 and has accountability for the Controller’s Office, Treasury, Capital Planning, Enterprise Shared Services including National Facilities Services and Pharmacy Operations, and Finance Operations groups including Supply Chain, Sourcing, Financial Services and Revenue Management. She also provides financial leadership for all of Kaiser Permanente’s regions and national business units. Prior to her current role, Lancaster held various strategy and financial planning roles within Kaiser Permanente. For more than three decades she has partnered with employers, providers and members in health care delivery, focusing on new product development, network management and health plan operations.

Before coming to Kaiser Permanente, she held a number of senior leadership roles in underwriting and network management for Prudential Insurance Company’s western region. She also spearheaded the company’s health maintenance organization in Northern California, leading the region’s successful financial turnaround.


Laurie Jensen

Laurie Jensen is a corporate human resources leader for Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated healthcare systems. She has more than 25 years of clinical and human resources leadership experience in inpatient, ambulatory and corporate roles and a proven ability to lead business unit and system-wide initiatives that produce measurable results.

In her current role as Director of Organizational & Human Resources Development for Henry Ford Health System, Ms. Jensen is responsible for the Henry Ford Corporate University, Employee and Leadership Development, Performance Management, Employee and Physician Engagement and Succession Planning.

In 2016, under Laurie’s leadership, Henry Ford Health System received the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s BOLD award (Best Organizations for Leadership Development). The biennial BOLD Award recognizes health care organizations that are, according to NCHL, “leading the field in preparing the current and future generations of leaders needed to transform healthcare”. Ms. Jensen has been in her current role for 11 years during which she has been instrumental in design and implementation of a number of talent management and culture transformation strategies aligned to Henry Ford’s organizational priorities and desired key results.

Laurie is a licensed registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master’s in Organizational Management. She is a past state examiner for the Michigan Quality Council’s Quality Award Program. Over her career she has held clinical and administrative leadership positions in Neonatal Intensive Care and Physician Practice Management at St. John/Providence Health System. Ms. Jensen is published and has presented nationally on the topics of leadership in healthcare and patient-centered care


Marna Borgstrom

Marna Borgstrom began her career in healthcare administration after completing a master’s degree in public health from Yale in 1979. She has been employed by Yale New Haven Health for her entire professional career, which now spans nearly 40 years. After beginning her employment with a post-graduate fellowship, she held a variety of management roles during her tenure at the system before being promoted to chief operating officer in 1994. She became president and CEO in 2005. Along the way, she has served on numerous national boards and has overseen expansion of Yale New Haven, including deals that have added secular and religious facilities into the fold. The system now has annual revenue of roughly $2 billion and employs more than 13,000.


Sowmya Viswanathan

Sowmya is a healthcare executive with over 15 years’ experience in leadership roles as Chief Physician Executive Officer for Dartmouth Hitchcock Health ACO, Physician-in-Chief, Chief Medical Officer, Physician Quality Officer and Regional Chief with large regional health systems and academic medical centers in New England. In her current role, she leads the Dartmouth Hitchcock Accountable Care Organization, Value-based services in ambulatory division and Primary Care Service Line, Network integration, Quality and operational plans for Dartmouth Health’s Affiliate hospitals. She also leads Employee Health and wellness. Additionally, she has held several leadership positions including:

• Board member of Health Care Transformation Task Force
• Vice-Chair of Massachusetts Hospital Association’s (MHA) Physician-Hospital Integration Collaborative (PHIC) division
• Chief Medical Officer and Physician-in-Chief of Southcoast Health
• Physician Quality Officer at UMass Memorial Health Center
• Senior Medical Director at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Network Health
• Physician lead for Massachusetts Patient Centered Medical Home Steering Committee

Dr. Viswanathan completed her Residency at Boston University Residency Program, has earned a Master of Health Care Management degree from Harvard University and an MBA from University of Massachusetts.


Sherrie Barch

Sherrie Barch helps boards and CEOs recruit, retain, and develop leadership teams. Her work in executive search and integrated talent management supports clients as they align their organizations for the demands of volatile business landscapes.

Sherrie’s 28 years of experience make her specially qualified to assist organizations with leadership development planning. She has worked with many clients as they navigate through the succession process for key leadership positions, developing resources to appropriately review both internal and external talent options. She is adept in preparing boards for their partnership in the search process, building methods for boards to appropriately assess candidates, and supporting clients in the development of core competencies. Her ability to develop and implement processes to ensure successful outcomes is valued by organizations worldwide.

Sherrie co-founded Furst Group, an executive search firm focused on healthcare, in 1991 and is a seasoned speaker and writer on many leadership topics. She launched NuBrick Partners specifically to assist organizations in leadership development. Sherrie holds bachelor and master’s degrees in business communication.


Marsha King

Marsha King, PhD, is a leadership expert and executive coach who works with senior leaders to assess their skills and personality, and improve their overall performance and results. Most recently, she has coached executives within Dale Carnegie, Gurwitch Cosmetics, Navigant, CEVA, T. Rowe Price, The Goodwill of Greater Washington, Sunrise Senior Living, Pepco Holdings, and AARP.

Marsha worked for Capital One, a Fortune 200 financial services firm based in McLean, Va., for nearly eight years. She became a managing vice president of human resources and led human-resources consulting for Capital One’s staff groups. She also led external HR branding and enterprise-wide change management as part of her responsibilities. Marsha is also a well-respected adjunct professor at Northwestern University and George

Washington University where she teaches in the Human Resource Development programs, specializing in research. She holds a PhD in organization development and a master’s degree in instructional systems design/multimedia from Pennsylvania State University, and she has a B.S. in business administration (human resource management) from Ohio State University. She also earned certifications in negotiation and influence skills (Harvard University), change management (University of Virginia), and executive coaching (Georgetown University).


Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen, Ph.D. joined Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) in September 2014 as the first Chief Patient Experience Officer. In this role she has oversight and responsibility for enhancing and continually improving the overall experience of patients and families by coaching, utilization of best practices, transparency, reporting, and system collaboration. She focuses on person and family centered care and engagement. Her position sits within the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. She has her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology and Community Medicine, a Green Belt in Lean, and is a Certified Executive Coach. Dr. Allen was named in the Beckers Hospital Review list as “130 women hospital and health system leaders to know” for 2015 and 2016.


Teri Fontenot

Teri Fontenot, FACHE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Woman's Hospital, a 350 bed Level III regional referral hospital specializing in obstetrics, newborn, and women's cancer care. Woman's Hospital is the largest birthing and neonatal intensive care health system in Louisiana, and provides the highest level of critical care for women and infants. Woman's is one of four Magnet hospitals in Louisiana, a distinction awarded by the American Nurses Association in recognition of the highly skilled and dedicated care provided by our team. It is the only health care organization named as a Top 100 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine all ten years that the award has been given. Its $340 million replacement campus opened in August 2012 with increased capacity for current services and expansion.

Teri’s leadership service includes twelve years on the board of directors of the Sixth District Federal Reserve Bank (Audit Committee chair) and the New Orleans branch board. Headquartered in Atlanta, the Atlanta board oversees the Federal Reserve operations for six southeastern states. She is currently on the boards of Amerisafe (AMSF) and Landauer (LDR), both publicly traded companies; American Hospital Association Health Forum (past chair), Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum, the Louisiana Hospital Association Professional and General Liability Trust Funds (chair), the Baton Rouge Water Company, and the Baton Rouge advisory board for IBERIABANK. Teri was an independent director on the Capital One Mutual Funds board and chaired the Audit Committee. She chaired the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce in 2001.

Teri was the 2012 chair of the American Hospital Association board of trustees. She chaired the Chief Executive Officers Committee of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on its Officer Nominating Committee. Other healthcare service includes a six-year term on the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health for the National Institutes of Health and chair of the board of the Louisiana Hospital Association in 2002.

Teri was named Businessperson of the Year in 2013 by the Baton Rouge Business Report, received the inaugural Becker's Hospital Review Healthcare Leadership award in 2013, and was the only Louisianian named to Modern Healthcare magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2011 and 2012. She has also been named as one of the 40 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Becker's Hospital Review several times and honored with a leadership award twice, was a 2011 inductee of the Louisiana State University E. J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction, received the Louisiana Hospital Association's Golden Pelican President's award in 2010 and 2016, received the ACHE Service award in 2009, and named to Modern Healthcare magazine's inaugural list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2005.

She graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi with a BBA in Accounting and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeast Louisiana University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Teresa Shufflebarger

Teresa Shufflebarger currently services as the Market Chief Business Development Officer for Brookwood Baptist Health. As part of the senior management team, she is charged with guiding the development of the strategy for the Birmingham market, identifying new business opportunities, managing the physician recruitment efforts on behalf of the five hospitals and leading the Innovation efforts for the new organization

Previously, Ms. Shufflebarger served as the Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit system encompassing four hospitals and over forty physician practices. She was with BHS for over twenty years, in a variety of roles including operations, business development and strategic planning. Ms. Shufflebarger held several management position within Baptist Health System, including the physician practice management and employment division where she focused on the growth of the group, the development of best practices for daily operations and the incorporation of latest technologies and treatment options. In the development and strategic planning role, she identified and facilitated the adoption of new business opportunities, directed the physician recruitment for the system, and guided the strategic planning process. Ms. Shufflebarger received her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from The University of Alabama and holds both a Masters of Health Administration and a Masters in Business Administration from UAB.

Ms. Shufflebarger is actively involved with several industry and community organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, where she has achieved Fellowship status and is a board member and founding President of the local chapter, The Forum. She serves on the boards of Southern Medical Health Systems, is Past Chairman of the Alabama Ballet, and Board Chairman for MPower Ministries. She is a member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent, a member of the Downtown Rotary and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Birmingham. She and her husband, Bob, have two daughters with whom they are very involved.