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Adam P. Anolik

Adam P. Anolik
Chief Financial Officer and Associate Vice-President, University of Rochester Medical Center

Mr. Anolik joined the Medical Center in 1999 as Director of Financial Operations and assumed his present position of Chief Financial Officer, Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals and Associate Vice President, University of Rochester Medical Center in 2014. Prior to that time he served as Vice President of Finance and Internal Services at Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region. Mr. Anolik also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at St. Mary’s Hospital. From 1988 to 1992 he was with the international public accounting firm, KPMG Peat Marwick, where he specialized in audits of universities and health care providers.

Mr. Anolik received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Mr. Anolik currently serves as Chair of the Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Advocacy Center, Chair of the Retirement Committee at the Jewish Home of Rochester and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee of the Medical Centre Insurance Company, Inc.



Gerald J. Archibald

Gerald J. Archibald
CPA, FHFMA, CMCP, Partner, The Bonadio Group

Jerry is the partner in charge of the Healthcare/Tax-Exempt Central Division of The Bonadio Group. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co., where he spent 12 years before joining The Bonadio Group in 1986. Jerry has over thirty five years of experience in providing business advisory, assurance, compliance, and consulting services to healthcare, tax-exempt, and government clients. He has provided services to more than 300 tax-exempt, municipal, and healthcare organizations in his career. Jerry is certified as a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and as a Certified Managed Care Professional.

His expertise in the health and human service industries has provided him with a unique perspective of all aspects of health and human service delivery systems. He has been involved extensively in health and human service client engagements, which involve the evaluation, assessment, and implementation of operating improvements. A unique aspect of Jerry's experience allows him to provide ongoing consulting and support services to organizations both during and after implementation of strategies and recommendations. His work does not end with the design and implementation phase. Jerry has written a monthly column on non-profit management strategies for the Rochester Business Journal for the past fifteen years and the Central New York Business Journal for the past three years. He is currently the editor of the Thomson Reuters publications entitled Nonprofit Controller’s Manual and Corporate Controller’s Manual. Jerry received his BS degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College in 1974. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association, of which he was a past president. He has served and continues to serve his community as an Honorary Board member of the School of Holy Childhood, Board Chair of the Mary Cariola Children’s Center, Advancement Committee of Bishop Kearney High School, and Allocations Committee and Agency Staff Training Committee of the United Way.



James Barger

James Barger
Senior Vice President - Market President and Commercial Banking Leader, KeyBank

Recently John was Senior Vice President - Commercial Banking Leader at KeyBank and Senior Vice President - Business Development Officer at Bank of America.

John holds an MBA from Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management and a BS from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.



Hannah Bayram

Hannah Bayram
Hospitalist Trainee, Unity Hospital

Hannah Bayram is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She completed her training at St. John Fisher College. She also earned a bachelors in psychology and takes great interest in the mental and spiritual well-being of her patients and their families. She has completed research in family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. She has worked in many of the local hospitals over the past decade and is currently training as a Hospitalist at Unity Hospital. She was a member of the Cultural Diversity Committee at Rochester General and takes interest in training medical professionals to provide excellent care that is respectful of cultural and religious values.



Linda Becker

Linda Becker
President and Founder, NorthStar Network

As an innovative leader and the founder of NorthStar Network, Linda Becker is passionate about making a lasting impact that radically improves the quality and cost of healthcare for all Americans.

Linda began her 24 year corporate career at Xerox as the vice president/general manager of their $2.4 billion worldwide color business. Her first foray into healthcare was when she assumed the positions as corporate vice president and general manager in Kodak’s Health Imaging Division, now known as Carestream. Linda led a team of 4,000 people responsible for their digital business which included Computed Radiography, Digital Radiography, PACS, Electronic Medical Records, as well as software and detectors for digital Mammography.

Linda left Kodak to build Greater Rochester Enterprise, a regional economic development community resource created to attract new businesses to the region. As the Chief Operating Officer, she recognized the importance of healthcare as a driver for economic development.

In 2002, Linda assumed a role on the Board of Directors of Rochester General Hospital System, an integrated healthcare system comprised of seven entities providing healthcare services for the Rochester community. She is now serving her sixth term as Chairman of the Healthcare Services Board and provides support for Rochester General Hospital, Rochester General Ambulatory Division, Hill Haven Nursing Home, Elder One, a pace program for Seniors, Behavioral Health organization and a large physician medical practice. Linda was a member of the Joint Affiliation Team comprised of senior leaders from Rochester General Health System (RGHS) and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The charter of the team is to create the Institute of Healthcare Science and Technology, a new college at RIT that opened September 2011 with 900 students.

NorthStar Network is a single source of knowledge about the “New Business of Healthcare”. The organization coordinates events and on line learning on topics relevant to the Business side of Healthcare. Realizing that the patient is the NorthStar, the organization embraces the needs of patients to guide the work that they do. Her network is comprised of over 100+ well known industry experts that share her passion to help build a better healthcare system in the United States.

Linda is a past recipient of the Athena Award and Women in Technology.

Linda resides in Rochester and has been married to Larry Becker for 31 years. She is the proud mother of David and Jeffrey.



Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell, MS, MBA
Executive Director, Monroe County Medical Society



Eric J. Bieber, MD

Dr. Eric J. Bieber, MD
President & Chief Executive Officer, Rochester Regional Health

Eric came to Rochester Regional Health from University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland, Ohio where he served as both the President of Community Hospitals West Region and the President of University Hospitals’ Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Prior to attaining his medical degree, he earned a BA in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MS in Microbiology from Illinois State University. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. It was at Loyola where he met his wife, Edie, who is also a physician. Eric served his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Rush St. Luke’s Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, followed by a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at University of Chicago. He later went on to earn an MS in Healthcare Management at Harvard University.

Eric cites his more than 20 years as a practicing physician as a key reason for his success as a progressive and proven leader in fostering exceptional operational and clinical quality performance. Eric’s responsibilities at UH included creation and leadership of six ACOs – one of the largest and most complex ACO networks in the nation, collectively accountable for more than 200,000 lives and $1 billion in associated revenue. Additionally, he was responsible for UH’s Western Region Hospitals, consisting of multiple, large and complex acute care facilities, including two recently-acquired hospitals. Eric also oversaw UH’s graduate medical education program (approximately 1000+ full-time equivalent residents). He led UH’s Model of Care initiatives driving care delivery innovation resulting in millions of dollars in sustainable savings. At varying points in his UH career, he was responsible for system quality, clinical research and case management, and also served as System CMO. Prior to joining UH, Eric was Executive Vice President of Strategic Network Development, and before that, was a Regional Hospital CMO for Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.



Thomas Crilly

Thomas Crilly
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Rochester Regional Health

Tom Crilly is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Rochester Regional Health. Crilly had held the position of Vice President and Corporate Controller since 1999. He joined Park Ridge Health System in 1991 as Director of Accounting.

Crilly received his bachelor's degree in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University. He is a certified public accountant and a certified fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Crilly has held a number of leadership positions within HFMA, and is a past President of the Rochester Regional Chapter.

Crilly is also a board member of many local organizations, including Camp Stella Maris, Nazareth Schools, Make-a-Wish-Foundation, and Western New York Hospital Risk Management Group.

Crilly lives in Rochester with his wife, Claire, and their six children.


Maria Cristalli
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hillside Family of Agencies

While Maria was a student, she worked in a number of diverse roles. In college, she worked as a nursing aide in several nursing homes. She enjoyed supporting older adults especially those individuals whose family members were not actively involved in their daily care. In addition, she worked as a lab assistant for her biology professor studying mitochondrial activity of ‘Neurospora crassa’ (aka red bread mold). She worked as a teaching assistant for an epidemiology course in graduate school.

Maria began her career at Hillside as the Analysis Coordinator in the Quality Department in July 1991. She had responsibility for data analysis and leading quality improvement teams. Then, she participated in Hillside’s Transformation project from 1995 – 1996 serving as a member of Hillside’s Shared Vision and Redesign teams. Following Transformation, she worked in the Corporate Consultancy as Project Manager. In December 2003, Maria was appointed to the role of Chief Strategy & Quality Officer, in January, 2017 she was appointed Chief Operting Officer and was promoted to her current role in December, 2018.



Andrea DeMeo

Andrea DeMeo
President and Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Health

Andrea DeMeo is currently President and Chief Executive Officer at Trillium Health, beginning her term on January 1, 2015. Ms. DeMeo had previously worked at the University of Rochester Medical Center for 15 years, most recently as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Rochester Medical Center's Center for Community Health. Previously, Ms. DeMeo was Chief Operating Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester & Monroe County.



Marilyn L. Dollinger, DNS, FNP, RN

Marilyn L. Dollinger, DNS, FNP, RN
Professor and Executive Associate Dean, St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing

Marilyn Dollinger’s career includes 15 years of adult critical care practice, and over 25 years in nursing education. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and for the last several years has focused on health care public policy advocacy and political action. She has written several opinion pieces on the topic, and has served in leadership roles in several regional and state professional associations. She recently was selected as chair-elect of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and is a member of the board of Lifetime Care, a home care subsidiary of Excellus.

Her education includes DNS, University of Buffalo, Post-Master’s Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner, St. John Fisher College, M.S., Russell Sage College , B.S., University of Toronto.



John Engels
President, Leadership Coaching, Inc.

John Engels is a leadership coach, thinker, author, and president of Leadership Coaching Inc., an Upstate New York consulting and development company founded in 1996. His firm helps leaders improve their functioning as cultural architects, family leaders and relationship managers by focusing on themselves – their presence, clarity, calmness, connectivity, courage, and the depth of their thinking.

John’s 30 years of experience integrates evolutionary biology, family systems theory and research on emotional maturity. He has been an invited presenter for organizational leaders in Canada, Mexico, Bangladesh, Japan, Ireland and Lebanon, and for hundreds of organizations throughout the US, including Cornell University, California Ambulatory and Surgical Association, American Institute of CPAs, the United States Military Academy, Simon School of Business, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Weaving storytelling and practical application, John's presentations include his trademark demonstrations of coaching and self-definition, in response to the real-life relationship challenges of participants.

A fundamental purpose of Leadership Coaching, Inc. is to assist leaders in “the journey from smart to wise.” To that end, John’s own learning efforts have included exchanges with Buddhist monks, native-tradition storytellers, Asian tribal villages, Middle East refugee camps, and Indian leaders in South Africa. For 20 years, John participated in monthly conversations about change, with inmates inside Attica Prison.

Leadership Coaching, Inc. offers individual leadership coaching, leadership team development, family business leadership and succession planning, and its Annual Advanced Leadership Course, an in-depth, nine-month learning series that has graduated 1,200 top-level leaders in the past 18 years.



Jake Flaitz

Jake Flaitz
Director of Benefits, Paychex

Jake Flaitz, Director of Benefits at Paychex, is responsible for managing the company’s comprehensive benefits programs, including the company’s nationally recognized Active Health wellness initiative.

Jake is active in community health care issues in Rochester, New York. He is a member of the Rochester Business Alliance’s Health Care Planning Team and the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization’s (RHIO) Management Committee.

Jake is a member and current chairperson of the Rochester Community Technology Assessment Advisory Board (CTAAB), a member and chair-elect of the Finger Lakes Health System Agency’s Board, and a board member of the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being.


Catherine Flavin

Catherine Flavin
Consultant, Thrive Leadership

Catherine is trained as a political scientist and survey researcher; she collects and uses data to help leaders understand, benefit from, and guide the opinion of their followers. We are inspired by her vision and sense of possibility, her synthesis and storytelling skills, and her quest to ask better questions. She is on a constant hunt for insights across disciplines and for tips from effective, fulfilled, inclusive leaders. She has a strong sense of social responsibility, and strives to make a difference at work and in the community.

Her husband, Steve, and their three children sustain, gratify, and often impress her (as does her Carolina Dog, Tsuki). She calls West Hartford, CT, home.



John Foley

John Foley
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Rochester Regional Health

Prior to his current role at Rochester Regional Health, John was CIO at University Hospitals of Cleveland and CIO at West Penn Allegheny Health System.

John holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business, an MS in Chemical Engineering from Princeton and a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.



Chris Gorecki

Chris Gorecki
Senior Vice President, Finance, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Chris Gorecki joined Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in 2014 as the Senior Vice President of Finance. He has over 25 years of finance leadership experience in the healthcare industry. His leadership in healthcare includes positions as Vice President and Corporate Controller for Blue Shield of California and Finance Officer for CIGNA Healthcare’s Western Region. He began his career at Price Waterhouse.

Chris holds a BS/BA degree with a major in Accounting from Western New England College and is licensed as a CPA in Massachusetts. He is a board member of the American Diabetes Association in Rochester and was chairman for the 2017 Rochester Tour de Cure.

Chris and his wife live in Penfield, NY, have two adult children and five dogs. He enjoys running and participating in half marathons.



Dr. Drew Harris

Dr. Drew Harris, DPM, MPH
Director of the Health Policy and Population Health Programs, The Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health

Dr. Harris’s diverse career in clinical care and population health began as a podiatric physician specializing in the treatment of lower extremity wounds and diabetic complications. After obtaining his MPH, he joined the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) as an academic administrator and then Assistant Professor in the UMDNJ School of Public Health. He served as the Assistant Director of the UMDNJ New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness (NJCPHP) where he conducted education, training and research on a variety of public health topics including public health law, assessment and preparedness through grants with the CDC, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and other state and federal agencies and private foundations. At the NJCPHP, Dr. Harris conceived and directed the center’s Public Health Leadership for Emergency Response (PHLIER) program—an eight-month fellowship program for emerging public health leaders.

After leaving his full-time position at UMDNJ to lead the NJ Association for Biomedical Research, an organization devoted to advancing animal research training and awareness, he continued on as an adjunct assistant professor in the UMDNJ-NJ Medical College where he has been active in curriculum development and regional population health promotion.

Dr. Harris founded the NJ Public Health Institute, an organization devoted to health research and advocacy. As NJPHI’s lead, he testifies regularly on high-priority public health issues including health care reform, vaccine mandates and water fluoridation and is actively engaged in numerous health coalitions involved in statewide campaigns to guarantee universal access to health care; ensure high vaccination rates; control diabetes, obesity and tobacco use; address the public health impact of climate change; and remove barriers to community-based research.

He served as past president of the New Jersey Public Health Association and member of the American Public Health Association Executive Board, where he chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. Other activities include a stint as a talk show host for HouseCalls, a radio call-in show that focused on health care and public health topics.

As Program Director for the Master’s Program for Health Policy at JCPH, he oversees the program and teaches the Essentials of Population Health, Health Policy: Analysis and Advocacy and Capstone Seminar courses. He is also Program Director for JCPH's new MS degree in Population Health and led the team that defined the curriculum for this emerging field.

Dr. Harris's research interests lie at the vital nexus of population health science and practice, public policy and politics. He is particularly interested in challenging students to see and apply health policymaking in a broader political and social framework, as well as understanding the impact of various social, cultural, physical and genetic determinants on population health.



Bob Henderson

Dr. Robert C. Henderson, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant, The Henderson Consulting Group

Robert Henderson serves as Principal Consultant for The Henderson Consulting Group—specializing in the development of high performance organizations and providing services in management consulting, organization development, executive coaching, leadership, change management and strategic planning. His clients have included CEOs and executive officers of such companies as American Express, AT&T, BP/Amoco, General Electric, Hallmark, Exxon, Memorial Hospital, Prudential, Rochester General Health System, Ohio Health, United Technologies, and Xerox, as well as the Chicago White Sox. His design and implementation of the “Wegmans Way to Manage” Program was an important element in Wegmans Food Markets being named # 1 on the list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune Magazine.

Dr. Henderson is also a member of the development team of the Baharicom Development Company, co-builder of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE)/Uhurunet submarine cable system. In its planned configuration, the 17,000-km-long fiber optic cable will stretch from France to South Africa and will be operational in the first half of 2013, connecting 18 countries to the Internet. The ACE/Uhurunet network will be a key driver of Africa’s social and economic growth, providing the region’s highest capacity submarine network. Under Dr. Henderson’s direction, Baharicom will establish philanthropic broadband capacity endowment to provide free connectivity to thousands of schools, universities and health care programs that cannot otherwise afford it.

Dr. Henderson is a member of the Board of Directors of the First Bank & Trust of Evanston, Illinois. He is Chairman of FBTE’s Investment Trust Committee and is a member of the Loan Committee. He served as Vice President of Board of Directors of the American Dental Association Foundation and chairs the Fund Development Committee for Give Kids a Smile, a national program that provides free comprehensive oral health care for over 400,000 children a year. He also served as oversight Board member of Health for Humanity, philanthropic healthcare organization-­providing medical services in Africa, China, Eastern Europe, South America and the United States.

He was Co-Founder and an Executive Officer of Air Atlanta, the first commercial jet airline in United States aviation history owned by African Americans.

Dr. Henderson was appointed a United States Federal Commissioner on the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission. At the invitation of President Bill Clinton he spoke to a White House Conference on Social and Economic Development and participated in a series of White House meetings on development strategy focusing on international debt reorganization and food security. He designed and led meetings of California Supreme Court members, judges, and lawyers to establish a California State Supreme Court Commission on Race and Ethnic Bias.

Robert Henderson holds a doctoral degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and lives in Chicago with his wife, Paula, an artist and adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute. The Henderson’s have three adult children.


Keith Jenkins

Dr. Keith Jenkins, Ph.D.
Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Rochester Institute of Technology

Since beginning his career at RIT in 1992, Jenkins has served as RIT faculty-in-residence (1993–1995), RIT’s first assistant provost for diversity (1999–2002) and director of undergraduate degree programs in the School of Communication (2011–2016).

Jenkins has received many awards for his commitment to diversity and academic excellence, including the 2010 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2005 Isaac L. Jordan Pluralism Award, the 2004 RIT Diversity Trailblazer Award, the 1993-94 Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the 1996 and 1997 Higher Education Opportunity Program “Community Professor” awards and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s 1995 Pluralism Award.

Jenkins received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Florida State University. His scholarly publications and presentations center around studies in intercultural communication, political and visual rhetoric, and the rhetoric of gospel song. Most recently, the focus of his research has been on pragmatism and the rhetoric of inclusion in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.



Dennis Kant

Dennis Kant
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, St. Ann's Community

Dennis joined St. Ann’s Community in October of 2011. As a member of the Senior Leadership Group, he is responsible for the day to day oversight of the Financial and IT departments as well of the St. Ann’s Community investment portfolio. He sits on the Finance/Audit and Investment Committees of the Board for Management.

With over 30 years of experience in healthcare finance, Dennis was previously Vice President and Controller for MVP Health and Preferred Care and Assistant Controller for Horizon BlueCross BlueShield of New Jersey.

He holds a BS in Accounting from Valparaiso University.



Gary Keith

Gary D. Keith
Vice President and Regional Economist, M&T Bank

Throughout a 30-year career at M&T Bank, Gary D. Keith has provided economic research and analysis support to M&T’s executive management and commercial banking business units.

In addition to giving frequent updates to business and trade groups, he holds regular discussions with M&T commercial customers, helping to tie together the economic variables that describe the macro economy with real world decisions that businesses make every day.

Mr. Keith has a BS degree from Niagara University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

In addition to his economic analysis role, Mr. Keith also manages the bank’s commercial market research department.



Al Kinel

Al Kinel
President, Strategic Interests, LLC

Al Kinel is the founder and President of Strategic Interests, LLC (SI), an Upstate NY firm dedicated to the innovative use of technology to transform healthcare. Al offers his experience, and the capabilities of his team and a network of qualified professionals, to meet the strategic objectives of health systems, providers, payers, vendors, and community collaboratives. Al spent the formative years of his career with top-tier professional services firms, then spent 16 years as an executive in strategy and technology management with Xerox and Carestream Health. He then started Strategic Interests. Al is a thought-leader, community activist, and catalyst who has developed strong capabilities in Strategy, Population Health, Health Information Exchange, Medical Imaging, Telehealth, and other digital health solutions. He is now very active with several startups, is an investor in the Rochester Angel Network (RAN), and is helping our community to develop an active health-tech sector.

A Rochester native, Al received a BS in MIS from the State University of New York @ Albany, and he earned an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Al is active on several boards in Rochester, where he lives with his wife and 2 kids, and is active with several state and federal associations helping to improve healthcare through technology.



Anthony Kinslow

Anthony Kinslow
Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Rochester

Anthony Kinslow, a 20-year human resources professional, is Associate Vice President for Human Resources. Kinslow’s duties encompass human resources programs and services for every division of the University.

Throughout his two decades of human resources experience, Kinslow has held leadership positions at the Cleveland Clinic and Vanderbilt University, as well as at the Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis as vice president, chief human resources officer and diversity and inclusion leader; at Case Western Reserve University as vice president for human resources and diversity; and at the California Institute of Technology as director of human resources.

He has been actively involved in the communities where he has lived and worked, including serving on the boards of organizations such as the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, the Metropolitan St. Louis Area Urban League, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Kinslow is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University, Sacramento; master’s degree in international relations from the University of Southern California; and J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.



Brett Klika

Brett Klika
Performance Coach, Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute

As a performance coach with the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, Brett Klika is committed to guiding Fortune 500 executives around the world through the process of increasing engagement, energy, and performance in their professional as well as personal lives.

Brett draws on his vast experience with creating high performers from both the athletic and corporate arenas. Brett served as the resident speed and strength coach at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, preparing athletes for the 2000 Olympic Games.

Realizing the similarities between creating elite performers in business and sport, Brett began consulting with individuals and groups from international Fortune 500 companies.

An internationally acclaimed fitness expert and industry leader, Brett has published in journals, authored books, and contributed to academic textbooks on fitness, health and engagement. He co-authored a literary review on efficient exercise for executives for the American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Journal which led to Gretchen Reynolds’ blog, “The Scientific 7-Minute Workout” in The New York Times and generated significant media coverage.

Brett is the co-founder and CEO of SPIDERfit, an online fitness education company dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity trend by providing fitness facilities and educational institutions the resources to empower health and wellness with youth. As a result of his leadership in the fitness and wellness field, Brett was recently named “International Fitness Professional of the Year” by the world’s largest fitness organization, IDEA.

Brett has a BS in Exercise Science with a minor in Performance Psychology from Oregon State University. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Brett specializes in making complex and difficult concepts relatable, and even humorous, to audiences of all sizes. When not traveling the globe to speak or consult, Brett lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and daughter. He enjoys surfing, skiing, soccer, and just about everything else outdoors.

The Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute is the pioneer in delivering a science-based energy management training solution. Based on over 30 years of proprietary research, the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance

Institute has worked with elite performers, including Olympic gold medalists, military Special Forces, Hostage Rescue teams, surgeons, and Fortune 500 CEOs to achieve sustained high performance. In 2014 alone, 25 of the Fortune 100 companies participated in Corporate Athlete® training, delivered across 32 countries, in over 500 sessions.



Dr. Cheryl Kodjo

Dr. Cheryl M. Kodjo, MD, MPH
Associate Dean of Advising, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine and Dentistry

During her 16-year tenure as a faculty member at the University of Rochester, Dr. Kodjo has been involved with cultural competence education and minority recruitment/pipeline initiatives at the level of the Department of Pediatrics, the greater University community, and national organizations. She completed the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship which then parlayed into her 2005 application for the NHLBI Cultural Competence and Health Disparities Academic Award. The award bolstered her curriculum efforts as director of the Diversity Theme Committee at the medical school. Their working committee has crafted a number of creative interventions that engage students in self-reflection and dialogue around bias and cultural competence. Their most recent endeavor was a collaboration with a local community agency to deliver a poverty simulation to second-year medical students.

Dr. Kodjo received her BA in English Literature from Princeton University, her MD Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and her MPH in Public Health, Concentration in Clinical Investigation from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.



Ken Kudla

Kenneth Kudla
Senior Vice President, NorthStar Network

Ken is an experienced business professional having spent 39 years at Xerox Corporation in a variety of communications and marketing positions, the last years project managing a number of major repositioning and marketing initiatives.

Between January, 1999 and May, 2000 Ken was responsible for project managing a large and complex repositioning and marketing initiative, Xerox at Drupa 2000, visited by over 80,000 prospects and customers. Another was a repositioning of Xerox in the office market space. This launch event included a traveling roadshow that was taken to over 100 cities in 7 countries and presented to over 18,000 customers.

Ken joined NorthStar Network in 2009.

He received his degree in Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology.  He has a home on one of the Finger Lakes where he lives with his wife Diane.



Kate Lennon

Kate Lennon
Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

Kate Lennon is a Senior Consultant in the Health and Group Benefits division of Willis Towers Watson. Kate works with large employers to develop their health care benefits strategy, including design, vendor selection, financial management, and compliance. She is the primary day-to-day contact for her clients, and is responsible for new business development in the upstate/Western New York region. Kate earned a BA in Health and Society from University of Rochester in 2005, and has been with Towers Watson since graduation.



Lisa Marcello

Lisa Marcello
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Episcopal SeniorLife

Lisa has served at Episcopal SeniorLife Communities for 18 years, and is an experienced and trusted member of the senior leadership team. Prior to coming to ESLC, she worked at The ARC of Monroe County for a decade and five years in public accounting. Her role at ESLC includes business strategy, development, capital asset management, investment management, new business integration and all compliance reporting. She directly supervises the Controller (finance, payroll, purchasing), Revenue Manager, Director of Information Technology and the Director of Employee Relations. Lisa received the 2010 LeadingAge, NY Professional of the Year Award, one of the Association’s highest awards for her leadership and commitment to long-term care, and was the first recipient of the Loren J. Ranaletta Award of Honor at ESLC. Lisa is invested in the Rochester Community and has served on various local and statewide boards and committees including The Sojouner House, Pathstone and LeadingAge, NY.



George Maszle

George Maszle
Senior Associate and Vice President, Business Process Management, Air Academy Associates

George has over 35 years of business experience in various leadership and consulting positions focused on improving organizational performance and strategic alignment. His experience includes support to large-scale services organizations and healthcare networks, including the VA New England Network of Medical Centers. While Vice President of Business Excellence and Director of Lean Six Sigma at Xerox Corporation, George worked with the CEO and Division Presidents to provide leadership in business improvement across all operations and geographies.

George earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon School of Business. Additionally, George is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt trained and holds a Certificate of Process Mastery from the Michael Hammer process management curriculum. He regularly conducts leadership workshops on these topics and has been a key presenter at various Six Sigma conferences


Sanjay Mathur

Sanjay Mathur
Past President, Hindu Temple of Rochester



Theresa B. Mazzullo

Theresa B. Mazzullo
Chief Executive Officer, Excell Partners, Inc.

Theresa Mazzullo is the CEO of Excell Partners, a seed stage venture fund with $14 Million under management. She has a 30 year track record in business, finance and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Excell, Theresa was President & Principal of EPIC Advisors, Inc., a 401(k) recordkeeping company with $1.5 Billion in plan assets. She managed a successful sale of that company in 2005. In her role as Excell’s CEO, her duties include company solicitation, deal screening, governance, compliance, community integration, finance and fundraising. Theresa received her BA Degree from Spring Hill College and a Graduate Banking Degree from the ABA’s Stonier Graduate School.

Theresa serves on several community and economic development Boards. She is a Member, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council & Co-Chair of the Council’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Committee; Executive Board & Treasurer, Greater Rochester Enterprise; Board Member, High Technology Rochester; Member of the University of Rochester Technology Development Committee; Trustee, Farash Foundation; Member: Investment Advisory Committee, Governor Cuomo’s $50M Innovation Fund.



Michael E. McRae

Michael E. McRae
President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Ann's Community

On April 7, Michael E. McRae, assumed his new role of President and CEO to lead Rochester’s largest senior housing and healthcare system. He was elected to succeed Mullin-DiProsa after a unanimous vote by the organization’s Board of Directors in July 2013 and will be the third person to hold the title of CEO in 50 years.

“Having worked in Healthcare for 27 years, this is an incredible privilege, and I’m honored to step into this role and lead an organization with such an exceptional history and passion for care and service,” McRae said. “I’m looking forward to continuing the great reputation of St. Ann’s Community, which is founded on the quality of care that we provide, caring for ‘The Most Important People on Earth.’”

McRae holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration from Buffalo State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology from University at Buffalo, and is a licensed New York State Administrator. McRae is a Board Member of Visiting Nurse Association and the Sea Gate Alliance.

St. Ann’s Community is one of Rochester’s largest private employers with over 1,200 employees, and provides a varied range of services and care levels designed to meet the individual needs of older adults. St. Ann’s, a non-profit that is Caring for the Most Important People on Earth, serves seniors with two licensed, accredited and certified skilled nursing facilities, medical and social adult day programs, independent retirement housing, transitional care, assisted living, enhanced living, specialized dementia care, geriatric outpatient primary care practice, hospice care (in partnership with two local hospice agencies) and wound healing services across two campuses in the Greater Rochester area.


Dr. Diane E. Meier, MD

Dr. Diane E. Meier
Director, The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last 10 years. She is Vice-Chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics; and was the founder and Director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, 1997-2011, all at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Meier was named one of 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better in the U.S. by HealthLeaders Media 2010. She received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in September of 2008 and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Oberlin College in 2010. Other honors include the Open Society Institute Faculty Scholar’s Award of the Project on Death in America, the Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Humanism in Medicine, the Founders Award of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 2007, AARP’s 50th Anniversary Social Impact Award 2008, Gold Humanism Honor Society National Honoree 2008, Castle Connelly’s Physician of the Year Award 2009, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award 2009. She is currently Principal Investigator of an NCI-funded five-year multisite study on the outcomes of hospital palliative care services in cancer patients. Dr. Meier served as one of Columbia University’s Health and Aging Policy Fellows in Washington DC during the 2009-2010 academic year, working both on the Senate’s HELP Committee and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Meier has over 100 peer reviewed publications in the medical literature. Her most recent book, Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness, was published by Jossey in 2010. She edited the first textbook on geriatric palliative care, as well as four editions of Geriatric Medicine. As one of the leading figures in the field of palliative medicine, Dr. Meier has appeared numerous times on television and in print, including ABC World News Tonight, Open Mind with Richard Hefner, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New Yorker, AARP, and Newsweek. She figured prominently in the Bill Moyers series On Our Own Terms, a four-part documentary aired on PBS.

Diane E. Meier received her BA from Oberlin College and her MD from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her residency and fellowship training at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. She has been on the faculty of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1983.



Dr. Michael Mendoza

Dr. Michael D. Mendoza, MD
Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County, NY and Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Mendoza joined the University of Rochester in 2009. Prior to then, he served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at The University of Chicago and saw patients as a National Health Service Corps Scholar in federally-qualified health centers on Chicago's South Side. His clinical interests include prevention and management of chronic illness, particularly cardiovascular disease and diabetes. He has a strong interest in advancing primary care through innovation, and promoting quality in ambulatory settings with the goal of narrowing health disparities for underserved and minority populations.

Dr. Mendoza is a recognized educator and writer. He has been named "Teacher of the Year" by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and is Co-Editor of "First Aid for the Family Medicine Boards". His scholarly interests include studying and implementing practice-based innovations that promote quality and patient safety in underserved clinical settings. His prior research focused on pay-for-performance incentive programs in underserved settings and the effects of community-based faculty development on the quality of medical student education.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Dr. Mendoza received his undergraduate and medical degrees from The University of Chicago. He received his Masters Degree in Public Health from The University of Illinois - Chicago where he studied school-based educational interventions to address high risk behaviors among inner city children and adolescents, and he obtained his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester. He completed his residency training in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California - San Francisco, and served an additional year there as Chief Resident. He completed a Fellowship Program in Resident Teaching at UCSF and the Certificate Program in Biomedical Informatics at the Oregon Health and Science University. In his spare time, Dr. Mendoza enjoys running, cycling, and photography.



Ian Morrison

Ian Morrison
Author, Consultant, Futurist

Ian is an internationally known author, consultant, and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. He combines research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future.

Ian has written, lectured, and consulted on a wide variety of forecasting, strategy, and health care topics for government, industry, and a variety of nonprofit organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has spoken to a range of audiences from the boards of Fortune 100 companies to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Ian has worked with more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in health care, manufacturing, information technology, and financial services. Recent client sponsors include GE, Kaiser Permanente and the Mayo Clinic. He is a frequent commentator on the future for television, radio, and the print media.

Ian is the author of Leading Change in Health Care: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow (AHA Press/Health Forum, 2011), and Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2002). His previous book: The Second Curve – Managing The Velocity of Change (Ballantine, 1996) was a New York Times Business Bestseller and Businessweek Bestseller and was published in seven languages. Ian has co-authored several books and chapters, including Future Tense: The Business Realities of the Next Ten Years (William Morrow, 1994) and Looking Ahead at American Health Care (McGraw-Hill, 1988). He also has co-authored numerous journal articles for publications such as Chief Executive, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Across the Board, The British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs.

Ian is a past President of the Institute for the Future (IFTF). Ian is a founding partner in Strategic Health Perspectives a joint venture between Harris Interactive and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. In 2017 the Strategic Health Perspectives team joined with Leavitt Partners (Health Intelligence Partners HIP program) a forecasting and intelligence service for clients in the healthcare industry. Ian serves as a Senior Advisor to Leavitt Partners and to HIP.

From 1996-1999, Ian was retained by Accenture as Chairman of the Health Futures Forum, in that capacity he chaired a number of Health Futures Forums in Asia, Australasia, and North America.

Before coming to IFTF in 1985, Ian spent seven years in British Columbia, Canada, in a variety of research, teaching, and consulting positions. He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in urban studies from the University of British Columbia; an M.A. in geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of SFN Group (an NYSE company); a past director of the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET), the research and education arm of the American Hospital Association; a past director of the Center for Health Design; and a past director and chair of the California Health Care Foundation. He is a board member of the Martin Luther King Community Hospital in Los Angeles. Ian currently serves on the Founder’s Council of United States of Care a new non-partisan non-profit movement to achieve long-lasting solutions that make health care better for everyone. Ian also served as a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee of the Program for Health Systems Improvement at Harvard University.

Ian is a proud member of GlobalScot, a network of Scottish expatriates convened by the new Scottish Executive to help promote Scotland’s economic development interests internationally. True to his Scottish roots, Ian is an avid, though average, golfer.


Dr. Rick Murrow

Dr. Rick Murrow, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Air Academy Associates

Rick has over thirty years of experience in leadership and senior management positions responsible for strategy development and deployment, program execution, project management, and process improvement. As a VP of Quality Systems in GE, supported key leadership, deploying the improvement strategy and insuring alignment at all levels. He directed improvements in operational systems at 32 main operating locations within Air Combat Command (USAF) and has trained and mentored leadership within bio medical companies, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare systems.

Rick earned a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from USAF Academy, a M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Colorado. For the last six years Dr. Murrow has worked directly with senior leadership, management, and quality directors of such leading companies as Sony, Merck-Medco, Mazda, Hyundai, Gates Rubber, St. Jude Medical, Textron Financial Corporation, Apogee, Shell, GlaxoSmithKline, and the FAA Logistics Center to improve processes, products, services, and management/business systems. Currently Rick is supporting the VA New England Network of Medical Centers.



Wade Norwood

Wade Norwood
Chief Executive Officer, Common Ground Health

Wade is the newly appointd Chief Executive Officer of Common Ground Health.

Rochester native Wade Norwood has held leadership positions in the community for more than three decades, including roles in public service, education and health care. He was elected four times to the Rochester City Council, is currently a member of the New York State Board of Regents, and has held management positions at Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency since 2006.

In his current role as FLHSA’s Chief Strategic Officer, Norwood provides strategic direction for integrating the agency’s clinical, public health and prevention programs. He oversees the agency programming and processes and builds critical partnerships with other regional organizations.

In recent years, Norwood has spearheaded the agency’s efforts to engage underserved populations in health care planning and improvement. He championed the creation of the African American Health Coalition, the Latino Health Coalition and the Partnership on the Uninsured and provides ongoing support for these and other engagement channels.

From 1990 to 2005, Norwood served as a member of the Rochester City Council and was chair of the council’s Committee on Housing and Community Development. During his tenure, he proposed and developed a number of new programs in housing, neighborhood development and police oversight.

Norwood was the architect of the City of Rochester’s highly regarded Police Citizen Review Board and was instrumental in the creation of the nationally recognized “Neighbors Building Neighborhoods” planning process. Norwood crafted the legislative guide for the City’s long-range 2010 strategic plan and supervised City Council's review of the City's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code. In 2005, Norwood ran an unsuccessful campaign for Rochester mayor.

Norwood also has served on the state’s Committee on Open Government and the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, commonly known as the City of Buffalo’s Control Board.

In 2009, Norwood was appointed an at-large member of the New York State Board of Regents, which oversees all public education in the state from kindergarten through university.

Norwood is a graduate of Rush-Henrietta High School and of the University of Rochester, where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. He lives with his wife, Lisa Hardy Norwood, and their two children in the City’s 19th Ward.



Dr. Robert Pearl, MD

Dr. Robert Pearl, MD
Former Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group,Former President and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group

Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (2009-2017). In these roles, he led 9,000 physicians, 35,000 staff, and was responsible for the nationally recognized medical care of 4 million Kaiser Permanente members on the west and east coasts.

Recently named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders, Pearl is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid, technologically advanced and physician-led healthcare delivery.

He serves as a clinical professor of plastic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on strategy and leadership, and lectures on information technology and healthcare policy.

In 2017 he authored “Mistreated: Why We think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We’re Usually Wrong” a Washington Post bestseller that offers a road map for transforming American healthcare. All proceeds from the book benefit Doctors Without Borders.

As a regular contributor to Forbes, Pearl covers the business of healthcare and the culture of medicine. He has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNBC, NPR, and in TIME, USA Today and Bloomberg News. He has published more than 100 articles in various medical journals and contributed to numerous books. He is a frequent keynote speaker at healthcare and medical technology conferences, Pearl has address the Commonwealth Club, the World Healthcare Congress, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Quality Forum.

Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Pearl received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University. From 2012 to 2017, Pearl served as chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), which includes the nation’s largest and best multispecialty medical groups, and participated in the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT in Washington, D.C.


David Puney

David L. Putney, MS, CRC, LMHC
Director, Monroe County Office of Mental Health

David Putney is the Director of Community Services and the Director of the Monroe County Office of Mental Health (MCOMH) which oversees three areas of services in Monroe County: mental health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disabilities. During his tenure of 18 years with Monroe County, Mr. Putney has brought together community providers, recipients of care and others for service planning that is focused on consumer and overall community needs and which is developed around evidence based and promising practices. As Chair of the Mental Health Subcommittee for the New York State Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors, Mr. Putney ensures that local needs are effectively tied into New York State initiatives and planning. Prior to 2013 when he began his current role as Director, Mr. Putney managed the Priority and Socio-Legal Services at MCOMH where he provided leadership in the areas of forensic mental health, oversight of new county behavioral health initiatives, and coordinating services for persons with high levels of need and/or risk.

Mr. Putney holds a master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State. Mr. Putney is an Adjunct Faculty and Staff Member of the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine & Department of Psychiatry and he is also Adjunct Faculty at Medaille College (Rochester Campus) in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program.



Dr. Steven Rauh, MD

Dr. Steven Rauh, MD
Surgeon, Managing Partner; Chair, RCIPA; Rochester Colon & Rectal Surgeons

Dr. Rauh grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended college and medical school. In 1982 he began his career in Rochester, where his wife and then small children could be near her family. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Rochester, and trained in Colon & Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Rauh joined Rochester Colon & Rectal Surgeons, P.C. (RCRS) in 1988.

Dr. Rauh was the first in upstate New York to adopt many technologies such as laparoscopic colon surgery (1993) and robotic colorectal surgery (2008). Both such groundbreaking technologies in colon and rectal sugery took place at Rochester General Hospital. He leads the largest team of fully board certified colon specialists in Rochester. His practice, RCRS, has provided more varied and numerous robotic colon surgeries than any group in the state of New York and probably the country.

His interests include Transanal Surgery, Crohn's and ulcerative colitis care, streamlining perioperative care for shorter hospital stays, restoring bowel control (fecal incontinence) diverticulitis treatments (including nonsurgical) and treating colorectal cancer without colostomies.

The Rauhs live in Webster.



Brian Reh

Brian Reh
President and Chief Executive Officer, Gorbel, Inc.

Brian currently serves as President and CEO of Gorbel Inc. in Fishers, NY USA. Gorbel was founded in 1977 and is a manufacturer of overhead material handling equipment. Brian solely represents the second family generation of Gorbel. The company has facilities in New York, Alabama, Michigan and Tianjin (China). Brian is passionate about responsible, profitable growth and enjoys spending his professional time seeking, testing and building new business opportunities.

Brian has been with Gorbel for 14 years. Prior to coming to the business he worked in a variety of industrial engineering and manufacturing leadership roles at General Electric’s (GE) Power Systems and Aircraft Engine business units. He spent time with GE in New York, California and Florence (Italy).

Brian is an active member of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) where he has served in leadership positions of the EASE (Ergonomics Assist and Systems Equipment) Council and MMA (Monorail Manufacturers Association).

Brian has been an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Empire State chapter since 2003. Brian volunteers his time with the PENCIL Partner program (Rochester City School District), the ClaireBear Foundation and the Victor High School Global Competence Committee.

Brian has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brian is happily married to Gayle Reh and they have three children; Nolan, Adam and Anna.

For leisure Brian enjoys family travel, cycling, running, swimming, triathlons and any time outdoors.



Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith
Owner and President, Eagles Wings Consulting

Ms. Smith is the owner and president of Eagles Wings Consulting. Ms. Smith has extensive expertise working with senior management teams in healthcare, both from the health insurer and the healthcare provider perspective. She specializes in healthcare financing and business management, with a proven ability to manage diverse insurance products, develop financial strategies and policy guidelines, and direct a team of healthcare professionals towards cost effective and quality-driven care. She is highly experienced in rating and underwriting, data analysis, budgeting, forecasting, provider compensation, financial and operational bench marking, and all aspects of contracting, including rate negotiations. Ms. Smith also has experience in strategic planning, managed care education, and product development.

Recently Ms. Smith was Senior Manager at The Camden Group working with clients on a national basis and has returned to independent consulting through Eagles Wings Consulting in 2012. Ms. Smith served as president and founder of Eagles Wings Consulting. Before she founded Eagles Wings, Ms. Smith spent six years working for Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association (“GRIPA”). As chief financial officer she was accountable for all finance and business operations for this $313 million Rochester Top 100 company. Ms. Smith also worked at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield for over 13 years and was promoted through a succession of progressively more responsible positions, including serving as Manager, Actuarial Services Department for three years. During her 20 years of service at GRIPA and at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Ms. Smith negotiated full-risk, partial-risk, and non-risk payment arrangements and contracts between payers and providers. She also designed, developed, and implemented a variety of managed-care benefit products.

Ms. Smith is currently an Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College for the Masters in Health Administration program. She is also President of the Rochester chapter of New York Medical Group Management Association and a member of the Education Committee of the Rochester Chapter of the Health Care Financial Management Association. Additionally she is a member of the Webster Central School District Board of Education and the Board Vice President of the Perinatal Network of Monroe County.

Ms. Smith received her bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and a master’s in business administration from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.


Scott Smith

Dr. Scott Smith
Research Associate Professor: Health Care Careers, Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID)

Dr. Scott Smith, an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., considers himself fortunate.

Diagnosed profoundly deaf at age 1 in Winston-Salem, N.C., he had supportive primary and high school education, which included sign language interpreters. That support continued when he majored in biochemistry at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. There, he received his M.D. at the university’s Brody School of Medicine. He began a general pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital at Eastern North Carolina University.

“One of the reasons I stayed so long in North Carolina was that I had grown comfortable with their system,” he says. “They knew who I was, we had identified interpreters who were committed. Once you get in a good situation, it’s easier to stay in that good situation rather than going someplace else.”

But Smith wanted to expand his boundaries, so he traveled to Boston where he did a fellowship in general academic pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. While there, he earned a master’s degree in Public Health at Harvard University and did a second clinical fellowship on the Floating Hospital for Children, part of Tufts Medical Center.

Each step of the way, qualified interpreters enabled him to interact with his patients and his peers.

In 2004, Smith came to Rochester as an attending pediatrician specializing in pediatric behavior at Rochester General Hospital.

“When I worked as a full-time clinician, 95 percent of my patients were hearing,” he says. “I functioned very much like any other doctor in community practice. I had interpreters all the time here when I saw patients.”

Technological advances have also allowed Smith to do his job as a hearing physician would, with some minor changes. Some deaf physicians use amplified stethoscopes that connect to their cochlear implants or hearing aids. Smith has no usable residual hearing, so that option doesn’t work for him. Instead, technology has allowed him to use a graphic auscultation system, which produces visual waves representing the sounds made when a patient breathes. Smith relies on his eyes to “listen” to his patients’ heartbeats and breathing patterns.

Smith would like to see more collaboration between colleges and deaf professionals to find out what technological inventions may help them be more successful.



Yoni Stern

Yoni Stern
Partner and Senior Vice President, Business Development, Systematic Inventive Thinking

Yoni is a Partner at SIT and SVP Business Development. Since 2001, he has pioneered the strategic development of the SIT approach with multinationals helping them achieve breakthrough results while developing an organizational culture of innovation. He combines a profound academic knowledge of the SIT methodology with a deep insight into how innovation can help to solve corporate issues and problems.
As a senior consultant and facilitator of the SIT method, he has worked virtually everywhere with scores of companies including AXA, Disney, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Kraft Foods, and Procter & Gamble.

Yoni is a keynote speaker at conferences (ISPIM – International Society for Professional Innovation Managers; PEX – Process Excellence Network; PDMA – Product Development and Management Association). He is also faculty at Columbia University Business School, teaching “Innovate on Demand” and “Design Your Innovation Blueprint” Executive Education courses while guest lecturing at institutions around the world (Harvard’s iLab, London Business School, and IDC).

Yoni has published articles on the application of the SIT method for Biotech, Business Chemistry, Food & Beverages, Paper and Adhesives, and Multi-Cultural Creativity. He holds a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Psychology and Sociology from Yeshiva University in New York, where he grew up, and an M.A. Magna Cum Laude in Social-Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Bar Ilan University in Israel, where he now lives.



Julia Tedesco

Julia Tedesco
Executive Director, Foodlink

Julia Tedesco is Executive Director, Foodlink. Foodlink is a community food resource center and the Feeding America food bank serving Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. They leverage the power of food to transform lives, end hunger and build healthier communities. Through good stewardship, innovation and collaboration, Foodlink mobilizes a diverse network of partners and stakeholders to eradicate both the symptoms and root causes of hunger.

By orchestrating a complex system of food recovery, storage, and distribution, Foodlink is doing something very simple: feeding our neighbors. They also employ multiple “upstream” approaches to solving hunger (e.g. Food Access, Nutrition Education 7 Workforce Development) that address why an individual or family may suffer from food insecurity.

Ms. Tedesco has been Executive Director at Foodlink since 2014.



Brennon Thompson

Brennon Thompson
Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Operations Specialist, Heritage Christian Services

Brennon Thompson works as a Cultural Competence and Health Literacy Operations Specialist at the Center for Human Services Education, a division of Heritage Christian Services. Brennon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from American University. While at American, his thematic focus was Global Inequality and Development and he minored in Public Health. Brennon has a passion for bringing people together to share and learn about the unique identities and experiences of our local and global neighbors. He has led international service-learning trips, organized interfaith events, and facilitated critical conversations on social justice.



David Vivero

David Vivero
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Amino

David Vivero is co-founder and CEO at Amino, a digital health company that helps employers save money by guiding their employees to high-value care. David currently guides the vision and direction of the company and its personalized, data-driven products that help people find care, estimate healthcare costs, and save for the future. Previously, David was VP of Rentals at Zillow, responsible for the world’s largest online rental marketplace, following the acquisition of RentJuice, a company he cofounded in 2008. David is also a General Partner at Red Swan Ventures. David has a BA and MBA from Harvard University.



Christine Wagner

Christine Wagner, SSJ, Ph.D.
Executive Director, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center

Christine Wagner, SSJ, Ph.D. has been the Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center in Rochester since 1995. The Center serves uninsured patients with primary health care, mental health counseling, dental and social services.

Dr. Wagner received her Doctoral Degree at Syracuse University Maxwell School with a concentration in social movements, conflict resolution and women’s studies. Prior to the Neighborhood Center she did community organizing on national and global issues, and taught at all levels of education. Dr. Wagner was born and raised in Rochester and has been a Sister of St. Joseph since 1975.



Dr. Andy Ziskind, MD

Dr. Andrew Ziskind, MD
Senior Vice President, Premier Inc.’s Academic Health System Strategy (Invited)

Dr. Andrew Ziskind is senior vice president of Premier Inc.’s academic health system strategy. He is partnering with academic health systems to drive performance, achieve top cost and quality outcomes, and power their population health success. Ziskind’s expertise includes analytics-driven change management, hospital and health system physician alignment, and clinical transformation.

Board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, Ziskind has more than 25 years of experience in clinical care and academic health system leadership. He has developed and led innovative primary care and specialty delivery systems that span both academic medical centers and community hospitals, and has diverse expertise in accountable care, payment reform and population health management initiatives.

Prior to joining Premier, Ziskind held senior executive roles at Huron Consulting Group and Accenture, and was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential consultants by Consulting Magazine. His career has included serving as vice dean for clinical affairs and health system vice president at the University of Washington and as president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president at BJC Healthcare.

A graduate of Bowdoin College, Ziskind earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his master’s of business administration from Loyola College of Maryland. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Massachusetts General Hospital.