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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.



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
Executive Director, Monroe County Medical Society

Chris is an innovative leader in healthcare management who excels in finding solutions to challenging and complex problems. Successfully facilitated the collaboration of multidisciplinary teams across healthcare and IT industries. Project management background leverages strengths listening to others, understanding problems, encouraging ownership in solutions, organizing ideas, and directing work to complete projects. Breadth of knowledge of patient care, clinical operations, IT applications and federal regulations add value to an organization in the ever-changing healthcare market.



Albert Blankley, MS

Albert Blankley, MS
Chief Operating Officer, Common Ground Health

An agency staff member since 2013, Albert Blankley oversees research and analytics at Common Ground Health and the reviews for the State Certificate of Need (CON) process and the region’s Community Technology Assessment Advisory Board (CTAAB). The board examines new health care technology, hospital expansions and other major expenditures to ensure that additional investments provide community benefits and do not, for example, unnecessarily duplicate existing resources. CTAAB’s work is supported by Common Ground Health research and staff.

Blankley in 2014 led the preparation of a Community Needs Assessment for our major hospital systems. The assessment, which received a perfect score from New York State, helped to identify ways to improve the health of Medicaid patients and to reduce preventable emergency room visits and hospital stays.

Blankley brings to his planning and CTAAB positions expertise in data mining, experience in the insurance industry and training in the biological sciences and public policy. He was an analyst and administrative policy developer for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rochester, where he developed complex claims data analyses and oversaw the development of numerous policies. His major projects included a Radiation Oncology initiative in which he worked with clinicians to develop best practices based on insights from insurance records and health outcomes.

Earlier, Blankley provided public health research for Mithoefer Center for Rural Surgery in Cooperstown, New York, where he lead an analyses of several rurally focused health care initiatives, including a review of the appropriate use of locum tenens surgeons in rural areas. In addition to his responsibilities at Common Ground Health, Blankley teaches ethics, values and public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a member of The Children’s Agenda Policy Committee and a Certified EMT in New York State.

He earned a Master of Science in science technology and public policy and a bachelor’s in biology, both from RIT. Blankley lives in the Highland Park Neighborhood of City of Rochester with his wife, Kiersten and their son, Owen.



Bob Bourg

Bob Bourg
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, St. Ann’s Community

St. Ann’s Community serves more than 3,000 people per year in the 500+ bed senior care centers in Rochester and LeRoy. With 1,200 employees and more than 2,000 volunteers, service is always at the center of Bourg’s attention. He worked with the St. Ann’s CEO to refresh the organization’s strategic framework, making sure People became its core.

In every initiative Bourg has put forth since taking on his role in HR, people have been at the forefront. He works tirelessly to ensure his team has a strong sense of empathy and understanding of what is happening with employees. He encourages leadership rounds where the HR team connects with employees, taking time to get to know them, their needs and pain points.

As a result, Bourg has implemented several programs that directly support employees as well as the organization’s bottom line by decreasing turnover and absenteeism. For example, he set up a summer camp program so employees had a safe and reliable place to bring their children during school breaks. This mitigated the worry for parents, while also allowing them to maintain the St. Ann’s high standards of care. The success of the summer camps spurred the creation of additional school break programs. Building on that success, Bourg is also implementing a low-cost diaper purchase program for employees with young children, and a school supply drive where employees can get necessary supplies at little to no cost.

Bourg also created the St. Ann’s Academy Group – an eight-month career development program that identifies high potential employees who can be groomed for leadership positions. To date, more than 100 employees have completed the Academy. In the five years since the program started, more than 20 participants have been promoted successfully into leadership roles, and retention rates are higher than the average rates across the organization.



Cory Bronson

Cory Bronson
Associate Director – Talent Management & Organizational Alignment, Willis Towers Watson

Cory is a Consultant in Willis Towers Watson’s New York Talent Management and Organizational Alignment practice. She joined WTW in 2018 with 13 years of corporate sector experience spanning nascent-stage organizations, leading financial services organizations, media conglomerates, retail leaders, non-profit, and technology companies. She has a proven track record of driving results within program management, organizational design, and talent strategy. Cory has a long history of bringing data driven approach to decision making and insight generation.

Relevant engagements include:

  • Project managed clients’ HR development of critical initiatives including: organizational enablement of digital transformation, performance management redesign following a merger/spin-off, headcount planning process redesign and implementation, career framework for a global organization, and executive suite succession planning
  • Three years as chief-of-staff to the head of the Recruiting Function at one of world’s leading hedge funds, working in a cross-functional capacity managing organization’s core strategic talent initiatives
  • Designed talent strategy and recruitment process for early-stage financial tech company to including building out organizational design and identifying key success and risk factors for roles in order to maintain the growing company’s core competitive advantage
  • Developed and launched market-leading programs for premier retail company
  • Piloted and ran strategy on internal matching algorithm to bring systematic decision making to candidate assessment and candidate/job matching
  • Lead redesign of company-wide talent system for 1600 person organization to streamline candidate processing from sourcing to hire

Cory earned her MBA from Columbia University and her BA in Philosophy from Barnard College, Columbia University. Previous work experience includes Bridgewater Associates.



Kesha Carter

Kesha Carter
Chief Diversity Officer, Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI)

Kesha Carter is a CDP (Certified Diversity Professional), she also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt from Villanova University and a PHR (Professional Human Resources) certification from the Human Resource Capital Institute.

Kesha has broken barriers as the first ever Chief Diversity Officer for CCSI. In this inaugural role, Kesha is responsible for implementing efforts to change the scope of the employee landscape in ways that increases diversity in recruiting and inclusive retention practices. She is also leading the charge to increase representation of underrepresented groups in crucial leadership positions. Kesha was also part of a collaborative team from Excellus, United Way and Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley to develop and implement the Pride and Leadership Development Program with the first community class held in October 2016.

As a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner and thought leader, Kesha believes that inclusion is instrumental in breaking down barriers, providing equitable opportunities and involving employees in corporate & community initiatives. Achieving diversity and inclusion at CCSI is fundamental to fulfilling the organization’s mission. She understands that the diversity & inclusion work at CCSI is not linear and is committed to a process for creating continuous growth through education and collaboration. Kesha is leading CCSI through a multi phased approach with each new level on the spectrum of diversity & inclusion resulting in growth and new experiences for individual employees and the organization.

Kesha is on the board for Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, a reading tutor in the Help Me Read Program and the recruitment and selection committee chair for AALDP (African American Leadership Development) through the United Way of Greater Rochester and a current candidate for Gates Town Council. Kesha was a Democrat & Chronicle “Woman to Watch” in October 2016, she has facilitated D&I workshops locally and nationally for groups of various sizes and she is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Words she lives by: There is no such thing as failure, only many different lessons in how NOT to do something.



Chetna Chandrakala

Chetna Chandrakala
Senior Vice President, Finance & Compliance for GRIPA (Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association, Inc.) and Cognisight

GRIPA is a physician led partnership between Rochester Regional Health and physicians helping provide high quality and high value of care. Chetna has over 25 years of experience in the field of Finance, Accounting, Human Resources and Compliance across different countries and industries ranging from manufacturing, trading, power plants, insurance and healthcare.

As part of the GRIPA/Cognisight team since 2007, Chetna has had key responsibilities for financial reporting, tax, audit, management reporting, compliance, employee payroll and benefits, client contracts and agreements. Chetna has been an integral part of pricing, contract development and revenue management of Cognisight services/operations.

Chetna’s educational accomplishments and certifications include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Executive Management Course from Graduate Business School, University of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies at Shri Ram College of Commerce, India and received her Bachelors of Law degree from University of Delhi, India. She also holds the certification and has been a member of the three esteemed Institutes in India for Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants and Company Secretaries.

Chetna is very passionate about Community Service. She likes to help organizations by leveraging the intellectual capital of Indian American community and help foster the cultural connects between the world’s largest democracies. She is currently the President of Hindu Temple of Rochester; Treasurer/Board member of the Mental Health Association of Rochester; Finance Committee member of the United Way; Board member and past chair of Development of Indian American Leaders (DIAL); past chair of Professional Forum of India Community Center of Rochester. For several years, Chetna served the Pittsford PTSA ($100K organization covering 9 schools) in different capacities including Chair, Treasurer and Website management.

Chetna was a recipient of PTSA Lifetime Membership award in 2015 and Honoree of Rochester Business Journal Women of Excellence Awards in 2019.



Blair Childs

Blair Childs
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for Premier

Blair Childs is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Premier, leading the Advocacy, Communications, Safety and thought leadership units and serving on the company’s executive team. He works with the Congress, White House, and other policymakers involved in health policy.

Childs has been at the center of policy issues for more than two decades, playing a leading role on issues impacting medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurers, and hospitals. Childs has held senior management positions in professional, trade, and advocacy associations and a Fortune 25 company.



Linda Clark

Linda Clark, MD, MS
Owner, Clark Occupational Medicine Services

Dr. Linda Clark is a preventive medicine physician in Rochester, New York. She received her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.



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.



Dr. Margaret Demment, Ph.D.

Dr. Margaret Demment, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Public Policy, Foodlink

Dr. Demment is developing Foodlink's capacity for research and public policy advocacy through strategic thinking to meet the needs of the organization and community. Ultimately, she wants to support Foodlink in its vision to awaken stakeholders to the reality and root causes of food insecurity and to support and inform our work to end hunger and leverage the power of food to build a healthier community.



Denise DiNoto

Denise DiNoto
Director, Community Services, Rochester RHIO

As Director of Community Services, Denise DiNoto leads Rochester RHIO’s Deployment Team and is responsible for overseeing relations with over 1,500 participant organizations and community stakeholders. Carrying out the Rochester RHIO Mission and Vision by working with organization to optimize workflows, improve patient care outcomes, and minimize cost. By providing appropriate access to community and statewide patient health information and demonstrating a 55% reduction of hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge.



Andre Dixon

Andre Dixon, MSL
Director, Multicultural Workforce & Student Initiatives and Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Inclusiveness and Diversity, Trillium Health

Andre Dixon is the Director, Multicultural Workforce and Student Initiatives at Trillium Health where he has oversight of all diversity and inclusion initiatives. He also serves as the Co-Chair for the President’s Council on Inclusiveness and Diversity at Trillium. In addition to his responsibilities at Trillium, Andre serves as an employment advisor on the Medical Assisting Advisory Board at Bryant & Stratton College. He also serves as an executive board member for Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS. Andre is very passionate about organizations becoming increasingly diverse. He believes in developing a more sophisticated understanding of intergroup relationships and the myriad of processes that interfere with capturing the value that diversity can bring to the table, which is essential for the continued growth of organizations.



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.



Ray Dorsey, MD

Earl Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A.
David M. Levy Professor of Neurology and Director of the Center for Health + Technology, University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Dorsey is helping investigate new treatments for movement disorders and improve the way care is delivered for individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders. Using simple web-based video conferencing, he and his colleagues are seeking to provide care to individuals with Parkinson and neurological diseases anywhere that they live.

Dr. Dorsey previously directed the movement disorders division and neurology telemedicine at Johns Hopkins and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and business school at the Wharton School.

Dr. Dorsey's research has been published in the leading medical, neurology, and economic journals and has been featured on National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Collaborators include Johns Hopkins University, Pfizer, Teva, IBM, MC10, Apple, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the West Health Institute, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the National Institutes of Health.



Jill Eisenstein

Jill Eisenstein
President & Chief Executive Officer, Rochester RHIO

Jill Eisenstein was appointed in February 2016 after a nationwide search took place for a successor to Founding Executive Director Ted Kremer. Jill joined the RHIO in 2006 as an associate director and manager of business operations with multi-disciplinary oversight of financial, marketing, and human resource services. This included collaborating with hospitals, health plans, physician groups and employers across the 13-county region served by the organization, as well as being the liaison to the Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative.



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.



Hilda Rosario Escher

Hilda Rosario Escher
Former Chief Executive Officer, IBERO

Ms. Rosario Escher was involved with Ibero, in several capacities, including as president & CEO, for more than 40 years, serving as a voice and advocate for the Latino community. She retired from Ibero at the end of 2018.

Rosario Escher holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, education, and social work from the University of Puerto Rico, and she completed the Not-for-Profit Leadership Program at Roberts Wesleyan College. She resides in Rochester with her husband, Doug.



Shani Fagan

Shani Fagan, PA-C
Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Inclusiveness and Diversity, Trillium Health

Shani Fagan, PA-C, is a Board-certified Physician Assistant (NCCPA), with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been with Trillium Health since 2016. Shani’s areas of expertise and interest are Primary Care, Suboxone Treatment, LGBTQ Health, sexual health, minority health disparities and vaccine preventable diseases. Since 2017, she has served as co-chair of Trillium Health's President's Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness.



Jake Flaitz

Jake Flaitz
Director of Benefits, Paychex

Jake Flaitz is the Director of Benefits at Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ) the leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing services for small-to medium-sized businesses. Paychex has 15,000 employees that work in over 100 locations in 40 states. Jake has been in his position since January 2006 and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all corporate benefits including health and group, retirement, wellness, food services, and employee programs. During his tenure, Paychex has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach in integrating the company’s employee benefits and well-being programs.

Prior to Paychex, Jake was the director of national accounts for a regional healthcare plan (1.5 million members), and before that a principal/senior consultant at one of the largest international employee benefits consulting firms. He began his career in hospital administration working for both for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare systems.

Jake is active in health care issues, nationally and locally. He is a board member for the National Business Group on Health’s Health Innovations Forum board. He has been both a board member and chairperson for two Rochester-based health care organizations, the Community Technology Assessment Advisory Board, and Common Ground Health (formerly the Finger Lakes Health System Agency). He is a member of Causewave’s Cancer Reduction Steering Committee. Jake is also on the board of the Rochester RHIO, a health information exchange (HIE), and HealthVantics the RHIO's technical services provider.



Catherine Flavin

Catherine Flavin
Consultant, Whole Leader Consulting

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.


Chris Gorecki

Chris Gorecki
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 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.



Stephen Haldeman

Stephen Haldeman
Strategist - IoT, Data and Analytics, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

As an HPE IoT and Data Analytics Strategist, Steve brings extensive experience in the Internet-of-Things (IoT), Big Data and Analytics to strategic business and technical consultation for HPE customers and partners in the Americas. His focus in this area spans multiple vertical industries and accounts across North America. Over his 37 year career at HPE, he has held both senior technical and business roles including Director-level leadership of a large Americas-wide Solution Architect team providing key industry solutions across Internet-of-Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Big Data/Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Software Defined Infrastructures and High-Performance Computing. His previous positions include Senior Solution Architect with particular expertise in Data Center, Systems Consolidation and Business Continuity/Availability solutions and leading design teams in these solutions areas for HPE in the Americas.



Dr. Drew Harris

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

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.

Vicky Hines

Vicky Hines
Chief Operating Officer, University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

Vicky Hines was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group in August 2014. Prior to her role as COO, Ms. Hines served as the President & CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc., and of Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, Inc., for 13 years.

Ms. Hines is actively engaged in redesigning the system of care. She serves on the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council and has served as the Board Chair for several organizations devoted to advocacy and access to quality services for seniors, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the Home Care Association of New York, and the Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service. Ms. Hines has been honored as the 2005 CEO of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America, as an Athena Award finalist in 2011 and 2012, and in 2011 received the Ruth E. Wilson award from the Home Care Association of New York.

Ms. Hines earned her master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia.



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.



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.



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.



Dr. Candice Lucas

Candice Lucas, Ed.D., MBA
Executive Director, Saint Joseph's Neighborhood Center

Dr. Lucas became familiar with the Neighborhood Center as Director of Community Health Services and the Cancer Services Program at the URMC Center for Community Health (CCH). In this role she directed community-based outreach programs focused on physical activity and nutrition, screenings for prevention and early detection of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers, career development for low-income workers in healthcare fields, health disparities and inequities.

Lucas chairs the African American Health Coalition and the Race and Health Disparities Workgroup. These coalitions bring together health, governmental and non-profit leaders to address issues of health disparities, structural racism and implicit bias that negatively impacts the health of community members. Lucas serves on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations, including the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, and the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Candice is a certified executive coach, practiced in building strong, professional teams. She serves as a mentor and preceptor to high school and university students, medical students and residents. She holds a BS in Criminal Justice, an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an Ed. D. from St. John Fisher College.



Alexander Madama

Alexander Madama, D.O.
Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Alex Madama is a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He joined HPE in 2016, bringing more than 20 years of technology and healthcare industry experience and leadership.

Alex focuses on strategic initiatives with his customers to integrate technologies that solve large-scale business challenges. His focus is on life sciences with an emphasis on healthcare delivery, research, pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device manufacturers. Since joining HPE, Alex has worked to share HPE’s strategy and vision with customers and partners.

Most recently, Alex has been working with customers on technologies that will empower drug discovery, pharmaceutical R&D, and continuous manufacturing of biologics and other pharmaceuticals. These initiatives combine high-performance computing, Hybrid Cloud, IoT, manufacturing execution systems, storage, big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The goal is to improve drug discovery using computational biology to optimize patient outcomes and, hopefully, save millions of lives and billions of dollars.

Alex Madama graduated from New York Institute of Technology, earning his bachelor’s degree in life science and then a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Following that he completed a post-graduate internship in Family Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. He currently holds a position of Lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Health Information Technology at Hofstra University.

Previously, Alex was founder and Chief Technology Officer of Onyx CCS, where his focus was on transformative cloud solutions, and offering turnkey private and public cloud systems for life sciences customers. Prior to that, he served various technology and leadership roles at Nook.com, Barnes & Noble, AIG, Cravath Swaine & Moore, and was also founder of seekPhysician.com.



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



Dr. Elizabeth Meeker, PSYD 

Elizabeth Meeker, PSYD
Vice President, Consulting Services, Coordinated Care Services, Inc., (CCSI)

Elizabeth Meeker, PsyD is Vice President of Consulting Services which brings together an expanding array of technical assistance and consulting services. She leads a team of professionals with expertise in performance measurement and quality improvement, strategic analytics, cultural competence and health equity, and practice transformation to improve outcomes and sustain change. Elizabeth is a seasoned consultant working with a broad range of healthcare and human service organizations to implement and integrate practice change initiatives including Community Schools and Trauma Responsive practices. She is also an Adjunct Faculty for the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship program and a Qualified Teacher through UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with a particular focus on enhancing staff wellness . In addition to her administrative and consultation work, Dr. Meeker is a licensed clinical psychologist and has a private clinical practice specializing in children, adolescents and young adults. She completed her pre-doctoral training at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY. She received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Indiana State University; a MS in Psychology from Indiana State University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wellesley College.



Dr. Diane E. Meier, MD

Diane E. Meier, MD
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

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.




David Mitten

David Mitten, MD
Professor of Orthopaedics & Biomedical Engineering, Director, University of Rochester Health Lab, University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Mitten's clinical practice includes all aspects of hand and wrist surgery as well as peripheral nerve surgery and microsurgery. He has a special expertise in surgical treatment of pediatric hand conditions, reconstructive surgery for arthritic and traumatic disorders of the hand and wrist, as well as upper extremity nerve disorders.

Dr. Mitten received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed a residency Orthopaedic Surgery at URMC and a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA. He is certified by both the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mitten is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center.



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. Indira Paharia

Indira Paharia, Psy.D., MBA, MS
Chief Practice and Performance Officer, Hillside Family of Agencies

Indira is the Chief Performance and Practice Officer of Hillside Family of Agencies. Her responsibilities focus on the models, practices, supporting tools and processes that drive positive outcomes for youth and families served by Hillside. She also leads Hillside’s Practice and Performance Excellence Group, which includes the organization’s Research, Business Intelligence, Clinical & Human Service Practices and Quality & Risk Management teams.



Dr. Robert Pearl, MD

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.




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.



Julio Saenz

Julio Saenz
Chief Communications Officer, Ibero

Julio serves as our Chief Communications and Development Officer. He is also an adjunct professor for the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Communication.

His past work includes working in television and radio. He also an editor and publisher of numerous Spanish language newspapers in Rochester, Atlanta and Los Angeles. He also worked as a consultant for the National Hispanic Marketing Campaigns for Dixon Schwabl, Frontier and other Companies.

Julio is the author of Images of America: Rochester’s Latino Community, a bilingual history publication. He has appeared on many television shows and conferences as an expert on the Latino Community. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Mass Communications from Florida International University and a Master of Science in Marketing from Roberts Wesleyan College. In his spare time, Julio spends his spare time playing guitar and trying new cooking recipes from a variety of cultures.



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.



Ramesh Sridharan

Ramesh Sridharan
Executive Vice President, CIO & CISO, Rochester RHIO

Ramesh Sridharan is executive vice president, chief information officer and chief information security officer for the Rochester RHIO. Among other responsibilities, Mr. Sridharan oversees HealthVantics, the technical services provider of the Rochester RHIO. He was previously the director of information technology. During his tenure, HealthVantics has played a primary role in the Rochester RHIO’s services expansion. His expertise includes health information exchange standards, HL7 specifications, IT integration, database architecture and team building/mentoring.



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.



Carlos Swanger, MD

Carlos Swanger, MD, Medical Director
RRH Health Care for the Homeless Program

Dr. Swanger is a graduate of the University of Rochester Medical Center where he received his MD in Medicine in 1990. He completed his training and residency in Strong Memorial Hospital's Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester in 1993, and he served as a Chief Resident from 1993-1994. He is presently board certified in Internal Medicine.



Mazie Tai

Mazie Tai
Vice President, Human Resource Operations, (Benefits, Employee Relations, HIRS, Integrations, Retirement) Rochester Regional Health

Mazie serves as vice president, Human Resources Operations for Rochester Regional Health, a comprehensive $2+billion services provider leading the evolution of healthcare by enabling access to a fully integrated network of care at the highest quality, delivered with kindness, integrity and respect.

Mazie's oversight spans the entire Rochester Regional Health footprint that currently includes; employee and labor relations, health and welfare benefits, HR information systems, leave administration, mergers and acquisitions, retirement plans, and talent management and succession planning.

Prior to joining Rochester Regional, Mazie held progressive positions in global and regional organizations, within multiple industries, including financial services, life sciences and healthcare, public sector as well as technology media and telecommunications.

Mazie is a published executive with a bachelor's degree in community health administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a masters degree in Human Resource Management from RIT.

In addition to being a contributing member of the Rochester Regional family, Mazie is a wife, mom, daughter, mentor for local youth and workplace inclusion advocate.



Brennan Thompson

Brennon Thompson
Housing Equity Policy Consultant, PathStone

Brennon is a Housing Equity Policy Consultant for PathStone, where he coordinates projects targeting housing instability and residential segregation in Rochester and Monroe County. Brennon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from American University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo with a specialization in Neighborhood Planning and Community Development. Formerly he served as a Cultural Competence and Health Literacy Operations Specialist at the Center for Human Services Education. In that role, Brennon worked with Medicaid providers in Monroe County to adapt their policies and practices to better serve the cultural and health literacy needs of their patients and staff. Central to his personal, professional, and academic mission is to raise awareness on the persistent historical inequities that impact our community’s health, wealth, and civic engagement and organize around policies that redress these fundamental social ills.



Dr. Joseph Vasile 

Joseph S. Vasile, MD, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, GRIPA

Dr. Vasile is a practicing physician who is Board Certified in Psychiatry with a subspecialty in Geriatric Psychiatry. He has held several hospital and administrative appointments in Rochester, including Chief of the Behavioral Health Network for the Rochester General Health System, Director of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services at the Rochester Rehabilitation Center, Chief Psychiatrist for Geriatric Psychiatry, Intermediate Care and Neuropsychiatry Units at Rochester Psychiatric Center and Director of Acute Psychiatric Services at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Vasile has served on a number of hospital committees dedicated to quality, education, and organizational planning. He has been a member of GRIPA’s Finance Committee since 2003. Dr. Vasile is active in several professional and scientific societies and has published articles in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and Schizophrenia Research. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and a Distinguished Fellow, of the American Psychiatric Association.

He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University, received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Following a residency in Psychiatry at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh, Vasile completed a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Vasile is a Clinical Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.