2020 Speakers

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Chuck Ainsworth

Chuck Ainsworth
Director, Americas Coaching Practice & Senior Faculty Americas, Center for Creative Leadership

Throughout his life, Chuck has demonstrated the power of transformation. Leaving school at 16 with a GED, he scrapped his way through higher education, travelled to more than 20 countries, and worked to improve the lives of some of the poorest in the US and abroad. He has coached and mentored leaders in Fortune 500 companies and remote villages in Cambodia. Over and over he has experienced the power of coaching to accelerate leadership and build adaptable, supportive, resilient, and innovative mindsets.

Chuck’s global outlook developed further during his five years with a nearly $500M international disaster relief nonprofit, supporting projects in 100 countries. In progressively senior positions, culminating as Head of Learning & Development, he was responsible for on-boarding, management development, performance management, coaching, and succession planning. During that time he designed, managed, and facilitated training in leadership, international disaster response, and personal and professional effectiveness.

Next, Chuck launched leadership development programs for Cone Health, a $1B healthcare system. As an Organizational Development Specialist, he provided executive and team coaching for physicians and senior health administrators. He concurrently manages his own consulting firm, Epic Rivers, working with more than 90 clients and organizations on five continents to unlock their potential.

Chuck has an MA in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and has been certified as a coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) since 2007. His other certifications include Situational Leadership, Grove Consultants Team Performance Practitioner, and AoEC Systemic Team Coach. He has multiple certificates in Human Performance Improvement (HPI) and is qualified to deliver a wide range of psychometric instruments, including MBTI, FIRO-B®, Hogan, Learning Versatility Index, Workplace Big Five, and the full suite of CCL assessments and 360s.

www.ccl.org

 

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.

www.urmc.rochester.edu

 

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.

www.bonadio.com

 

John Auerbach, MBA

John Auerbach, MBA
President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH)

John Auerbach is president and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). As such he oversees TFAH’s work to promote sound public health policy and make disease prevention a national priority. Over the course of a 30-year career he has held senior public health positions at the federal, state, and local levels. As Associate Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) he oversaw policy and the agency’s collaborative efforts with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, commercial payers, and large health systems. During his six years as the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he developed innovative programs to promote health equity, combat chronic and infectious disease, and support the successful implementation of the state’s health care reform initiative. As Boston’s health commissioner for nine years, he directed homeless, substance abuse, and emergency medical services for the city as well as a wide range of public health divisions.

Mr. Auerbach was previously a professor of practice in health sciences and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University; program director of one of the country’s first community health centers; and an administrator in a clinical training program at a tertiary care safety-net hospital.

www.tfah.org

 

Judith Baumhauer

Dr. Judy Baumhauer, MD, MPH
Associate Chair of Academic Affairs and Professor, Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Rochester

Dr. Baumhauer serves as Associate Chair of Academic Affairs and Professor, Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester. In addition to providing clinical care, she holds the position as the Medical Director of the PROMIS for the UR Health Care System and is a board of director of Accountable Health Partners, ACO for the Rochester Region.

She received her BS from Springfield College in Massachusetts; her MS in Biology from Middlebury College and her medical degree from the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine. She completed orthopaedic residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. While working as an Attending at the University of Rochester, she obtained a MPH degree from the University of Rochester Department of Community and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Baumhauer is the past president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS); and Eastern Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Baumhauer currently sits on the board of directors of the PROMIS Health Organization. Dr. Baumhauer has published over one hundred peer reviewed papers and book chapters. Her research interest focuses on the clinical translation patient reported outcomes. Using this skill, she leads the design and implementation of clinical trials to bring new, clinically important orthopaedic products through the FDA into the hands of physicians to improve and advance patient care. Dr. Baumhauer is a deputy editor for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR) and a reviewer for Foot and Ankle International, American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

www.urmc.rochester.edu

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.

www.northstarnetwork.org

 

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.

www.commongroundhealth.org

 

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.

www.stannscommunity.org

 

Blair Childs

Blair Childs
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, 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.

www.premier.com

 

Lucia Colindres-Vasquez

Lucia Colindres-Vasquez
Chair, Community Health Workers Association

Lucia worked as a Community Health Worker for the Monroe County Department of Health in 1999, a home visiting program for pregnant women and their children. During that time she became involved with CHWAR, formerly known as ROWA. She is one of the original members since the group became organized in 1999. She continues to be a member of the Board of Directors for CHWAR. Lucia has over 18 years of experience working in health care in special health areas such as prenatal care and HIV/AIDS. She also has experience with program development in the following areas: Community outreach, prevention and education, care managements services, and Community Health Worker programs. She currently works at Rochester Regional Health as the Senior Manager of Community Services.

www.chwrochester-ny.org

 

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.

www.rochesterregionalhealth.org

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.

www.hillside.com

 

Karen Davis

Karen K. Davis, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Associate Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive, University of Rochester Medical Center

Karen K. Davis, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, a nursing leader with 30 years of experience at Johns Hopkins Health System, has been selected as Associate Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) with nursing oversight responsibilities for Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, and affiliated UR Medicine hospitals. For each hospital, Davis will work with the respective nursing leaders and CEOs to establish consistent and outstanding nursing practice, announced Steven I. Goldstein, President and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals.

As CNE, Davis will oversee the largest single department at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), providing leadership for more than 3,500 nurses and patient technicians at Strong, an 846-bed teaching hospital which also includes the Wilmot Cancer Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Highland, a 260-bed community hospital.

She will also be appointed assistant dean for clinical practice at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Davis will begin her new roles on June 1.

Davis joined the Johns Hopkins Health System in 1989 as a nurse on the Neuro Critical Care Unit and served in a variety of roles in subsequent years, including nurse manager and director of medical and radiology nursing. She was also a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for the past 20 years. In 2014, she was named CNO at Howard County General Hospital, a Johns Hopkins Health System affiliate, where she led a staff of more than 1,200 nurses and techs to significant improvement in patient care.

Throughout her tenure at Johns Hopkins, Davis has focused on improving the patient experience. She was instrumental in designing and implementing throughput initiatives to help alleviate crowding in the Emergency Department and workflow throughout the hospital, and she has led the effort to reduce readmissions, a benefit for both patients and the hospital’s finances. She has been actively involved in the organization’s journey toward systemization.

An upstate New York native, Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Towson University and her master’s and PhD in nursing from Johns Hopkins. She is a speaker and published author in heart failure self-care, cognitive impairment, and leadership development, and is board-certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive.

www.urmc.rochester.edu

 

Andrea DeMeo

Andrea DeMeo, MBA
President and Chief Executive Office, Trillium Health, Inc.

Trillium Health, 259 Monroe Ave., Rochester, is the former AIDS Care. It has expanded its mission to include HIV-negative patients, including women and the LBGT community. Trillium has other offices in Bath, Steuben County; Geneva, Ontario County; and on Central Avenue in Rochester.

DeMeo has worked at the medical center for 15 years. Previously, she was chief operating officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester & Monroe County, where she began as agency administrator and director of quality management, according to a statement from Trillium Health.

DeMeo has run UR’s annual United Way campaign since 2006. She serves on the board of directors of the United Way of New York State and the board of directors of the Greater Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross.

www.trilliumhealth.org

 

Marilyn Dollinger

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.

www.sjfc.edu

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.

www.paychex.com

 

Terry Fullmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
President of The John A. Hartford Foundation

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City, a foundation dedicated to improving the care of older adults. Established in 1929, the Foundation has a current endowment of more than half a billion dollars. She serves as the chief strategist for the Foundation and was recently recognized for her leadership as one of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by PBS’s Next Avenue, the premier digital publication dedicated to covering issues for older Americans. Dr. Fulmer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She previously served as Distinguished Professor and Dean of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Prior to that, she served as the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and Dean of the New York University College of Nursing. She received her bachelor's degree from Skidmore College, her master's and doctoral degrees from Boston College and her Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from NYU. She completed a Brookdale National Fellowship and she was the first nurse to serve on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and was the first nurse to serve as President of the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics and is best known for conceptualization and development of the national NICHE program and research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect, work that has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is a Trustee for the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Springer Publishing Company, the Bassett Healthcare System, and is co-chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence. She previously served as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, and held board positions at Skidmore College, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Advisory Board for Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Nursing. She is the recipient of prestigious awards, including the 2017 American Society on Aging Rosalie S. Wolf Award for her body of work on elder abuse. In 2016, she received the 2016 Award for Exceptional Service to The New York Academy of Medicine for her distinguished service on the Academy’s Board of Trustees, including as vice-chair and for her active engagement in the policy work of the Academy, especially its Age-friendly NYC initiative. She has been honored with invitations for named lectureships from noted universities. She has held faculty appointments at Columbia University, where she was the Anna C. Maxwell Chair in Nursing, and she has also held appointments at Boston College, Yale University, and the Harvard Division on Aging at Harvard Medical School. She has served as a visiting professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and Case Western Reserve University.

She is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and currently an attending nurse and senior nurse in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an attending nurse at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. Her clinical appointments have included the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the NYU Langone Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine where she served as vice-chair. She has authored over 150 peer-reviewed papers and edited 10 books.

www.johnahartford.org

 

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD
Professor in Musculoskeletal Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Director of System Development and Coordination for Spine Health in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University

Dr. Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., is a Professor in Musculoskeletal Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Director of System Development and Coordination for Spine Health in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Spine Institute for Quality and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Formerly, she was Vice Chancellor of Research and Health Policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic for 11 years.

Goertz received her Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1991 and her PhD in health services research, policy, and administration from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in 1999.

Her 25-year research career has focused on working with multidisciplinary teams to design and implement clinical and health services research studies designed to increase knowledge regarding the effectiveness and cost of complementary and integrative healthcare delivery. She has extensive experience in the administration of federal grants, both as a principal investigator and as a program official at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Goertz has received nearly $32 million in federal funding as either principal investigator or co-principal investigator, primarily from NIH and the Department of Defense, and has authored or coauthored nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers. Her primary area of focus is the investigation of patient-centered, non-pharmacological treatments for spine-related disorders.

Goertz is a former member of NIH’s National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health. She also currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where she has assumed numerous leadership roles, including her appointment in September 2019 as Chairperson of the PCORI Board of Governors by the Comptroller General of the United States.

www.dukehealth.org

 

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.

www.excellusbcbs.com

 

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.

 

Nick Hines

Nick Hines
Healthcare Leader - Americas, Center for Creative Leadership

Nick has served in multiple c-suite leadership roles within the healthcare industry. He led business development at HCA for the Ambulatory Surgery division and the state of Virginia. Nick served as VP of Operations at Fresenius Vascular Care leading the strategy and operational functions for a $100 million business unit with a regional team of two-hundred staff. He has driven healthcare program development including the growth of a Lean Six Sigma Institute at the American Board of Internal Medicine as COO. Most recently, he led his own strategy consulting firm, The Capital Strategy Group, LLC, where he helped transform organizational performance through leadership development, strategic planning, and process improvement. His clients included large state agencies, public and private talent development leaders, and start-up healthcare companies.

Nick leads the healthcare vertical team, and is responsible for developing a laser-focused business, sales, research and marketing approach to execute CCL’s role in meeting the demands of the leadership development industry. Additionally, his responsibilities include driving culturally competent patient care models through collaboration and partnership with health and healthcare delivery systems, and meeting them where the healthcare industry and leadership development intersect.

Nick earned his B.S. degree in Biology from Virginia State University, M.S. in Biomedical Science from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an M.B.A. from Averett University, and executive leadership certificate from Cornell University. He is certified in the Lean Six Sigma Methodology and a practitioner for over sixteen years.

Nick is a member of the National Association of Health System Executives (NAHSE), the Institute of Diversity and Health Equity (IDHE – AHA), and ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives). He has led keynote presentations for HR conferences, Public Health Strategy Consortium, and delivered Change Management trainings for state agencies. He serves as a member of the HOSA 100 National Advisory Board, and has lectured as an adjunct professor of Biology.

www.ccl.org

 

Mark Kiemele

Mark J. Kiemele
President & Co-founder, Air Academy Associates

Mark has more than 30 years of teaching, consulting, and coaching experience. Having trained, consulted, or mentored more than 30,000 leaders, scientists, engineers, managers, trainers, practitioners, and college students from more than 20 countries, he is world-renowned for his Knowledge Based KISS (Keep It Simple Statistically) approach to engaging practitioners in applying performance improvement methods. His support has been requested by an impressive list of global clients, including Xerox, Sony, Microsoft, GE, GlaxoSmithKline, Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics, Samsung, Schlumberger, Bose, and John Deere.

Mark earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. During his time in the U.S. Air Force, Mark supported the design, development, and testing of various weapon systems, including the Maverick and Cruise Missile systems, and was a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He currently serves on the National Defense Industrial Association’s Test and Evaluation Executive Committee. Dr. Kiemele has been involved in the origin and evolution of Six Sigma, as he trained the first Black Belts at the Six Sigma Research Institute at Motorola and has helped deploy and implement Lean, Six Sigma, or DFSS initiatives at more than 100 companies worldwide.

In addition to many published technical papers and articles, he has co-authored the books Basic Statistics: Tools for Continuous Improvement; Knowledge Based Management; Applied Modeling and Simulation: an Integrated Approach to Development and Operation; Network Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis; Lean Six Sigma: A Tools Guide; Design for Six Sigma: The Tool Guide for Practitioners. He is also the editor of the text Understanding Industrial Designed Experiments.

www.airacad.com

 

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.

www.strategicinterests.com

 

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.

www.mtb.com

 

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.

www.northstarnetwork.org

 

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.

www.episcopalseniorlife.org

 

Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD,
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, SolaMed Solutions, LLC

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist is the founder, president and CEO of SolaMed Solutions, LLC, a boutique consulting firm. In this capacity, she has served as a medical and scientific policy advisor providing scientific and strategic direction for organizations and agencies including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Strategic Investment Fund, academia, industry, and non-governmental and professional society organizations. She is also the founder and president of the iGIANT®, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the translation of research into gender/sex-specific design elements across all sectors.

Dr. Mark was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for 18 years. As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in space.

As a pioneer in women's health, she designed the first women's health fellowship in the United States, helped create the National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine, the National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health in academic and community health centers across the country and landmark educational campaigns on critical health issues.

Dr. Mark is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and had been the civilian representative to the Surgeon General Physician Advisory Committee. She has chaired or served on over 60 national and international editorial and advisory boards, commissions and task forces including the President's Interagency Council on Women, the National Institutes of Health Federal Work Group on Bone Diseases, the NASA Medical Policy Board, NCQA HEDIS Measurement Advisory Panel, the United Nations (UN) Global Commission on Women's Health, the UN Council on Gender Health, APCO Worldwide International and Healthcare Advisory Councils, the Society for Women's Health Research Board, and the Dean’s Scientific Advisory Board for George Mason University.

Dr. Mark is an Associate Professor adjunct at the Yale University School of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Mark is also an Affiliate Professor and Distinguished Senior Fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and a visiting Senior Lecturer at Kings College - London. She is an alumna of the New York University School of Medicine and Barnard College of Columbia University and completed her residency, fellowships and first academic appointment at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF). In 2014, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine following her commencement address.

Dr. Mark has published and delivered over 700 lectures in the United States and abroad. She is the author of Stellar Medicine: A Journey Through the Universe of Women's Health (Brick Tower Press). She has made over 300 television, radio, on-line and print appearances including CNN, NBC, ABC News and The Washington Post. Dr. Mark has received many accolades and awards from the federal government and prominent medical organizations such as the Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Public Service, the Assistant Secretary of Health Award for Outstanding Team Performance and the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation's Public Service Award. She is the recipient of the 2011 American Medical Women's Association Lila A. Wallis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Women's Health and the 2017 NYU School of Medicine Alumni Leadership Award. Dr. Mark continues to foster the development of innovative programs and policies that affect the lives of people around the world.

www.solamedsolutions.com

 

Amy Martinez

Amy Martinez
Healthcare Program Manager, Center for Creative Leadership

Amy has worked for 20 years in a number of organizations spanning various industries in Learning & Development (L&D) and Organizational Effectiveness (OE) roles. Most recently before becoming CCL’s Healthcare Program Manager, Amy was the Executive Director of Organizational Effectiveness (OE) for six years at Cone Health, a regional healthcare system in North Carolina. In her role there, she led a team that provided leadership development, executive coaching, and performance consulting to both senior administrative leaders and physician leaders as well as their respective team members. Prior to Cone Health, Amy worked for a number of organizations in various industries in L&D and OE roles, including in a former capacity as senior faculty for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where she designed and delivered customized leadership programs for clients in many different industries. While formerly at CCL, she was also responsible for facilitating CCL’s open enrollment programs, providing integrated feedback and executive coaching, and serving as lead faculty and mentor coach for a large custom coaching engagement with the Federal Government. Amy also gained years of experience in L&D and Organizational Development (OD) as well as operational management experience while working for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Starbucks Coffee Company (company headquarters), Corbis (a privately owned Bill Gates’ company), Columbia Hospitality, and Nextel Communications.

Amy currently pulls on her 10 years of L&D and OE experience in healthcare to provide oversight, support, and expertise for the programmatic and custom solutions for healthcare clients. In this role, she acts as a subject matter expert for design decisions impacting the client’s CCL experience and provides thought partnership and support for the overall strategic direction of the healthcare vertical.

Amy has an M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Amy also completed a graduate certificate program in executive and professional coaching through the University of Texas at Dallas. Additionally, she has a certificate in Positive Psychology from the WholeBeing Institute and a Lean Healthcare certificate from Belmont University Massey Graduate School of Business. She is certified in the following instruments: MBTI®, Netform® Organizational Network Analysis, HeartMath®, FIRO-B® and FIRO-Business, Influence Style Indicator™, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Inventory, WorkLife Indicator™, Change Readiness Gauge™, Change Style Indicator®, WorkPlace Big Five Profile™, Situational Leadership® (Hersey), Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP), Challenge of Change® Resilience, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI), and CCL’s 360° Assessment Suite

Amy currently is a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and in the past, has held various board leadership roles with two ATD (Association for Talent Development) chapters, as well as Seattle’s ISPI (international Society for Performance Improvement) chapter. She is a two-time member of the Physician Leadership Development Council for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). In addition, she has presented numerous times at the National ISPI Conference and authored various blog articles on the topic of resiliency for US News & World Report and Forbes as well as the RUPT Report’s Canadian Healthcare addendum.

www.ccl.org

 

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

www.airacad.com

 

Michael McRae

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

Michael E. McRae is President and CEO of 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.

www.stannscommunity.com

 

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.

www.urmc.rochester.edu

 

 

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.

www.urmc.rochester.edu

 

Wade Norwood

Wade Norwood
Chief Executive Officer, 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. In management at Common Ground Health since 2006, Norwood has been central to the nonprofit’s strategic planning process, pushing the organization to become a more effective change agent for all Finger Lakes region residents, especially those most at risk. He also spearheaded the organization’s efforts to engage underserved populations in health improvement, championing the creation of the African American Health Coalition, the Latino Health Coalition and the Partnership for Access to Healthcare, and providing ongoing support for these and other engagement initiatives.

His leadership roles at the state and local level include co-chairing the New York State Health Department’s workgroup on health care workforce and co-chairing with Congressman Joseph Morelle the region’s Systems Integration initiative, a cross-sector effort to integrate services and data for families affected by poverty. As a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Commission, Norwood helps to guide funding for economic-development, job-development and anti-poverty efforts across the region. He also is a decision maker for the Greater Rochester Health Foundation’s healthy-futures advocacy strategy.

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

Since 2009, Norwood has served as an at-large member of the New York State Board of Regents, which oversees all public education in the state from kindergarten through university. A leader in Rochester’s faith community, he is president and senior pastor at the Holy Jerusalem Spiritual Church.

Wade Norwood is a graduate of the University of Rochester, where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. He and his wife, Lisa Hardy Norwood, reside in Rochester’s 19th Ward neighborhood. They have two adult children.

www.commongroundhealth.org

 

Kristin Opett

Kristin C. Opett, RN BS MSHA
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Rochester General Hospital, Rochester Regional Health

Kristin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She continued her education and earned a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College, where she was recognized with the Distinguished Leadership Award.

Ms. Opett has 20 years of nursing experience with nearly 15 of those years serving in various leadership roles. She has clinical/bedside experience in medicine, oncology and women’s health; serving as a nurse leader in an outpatient oncology setting and as a nurse manager for inpatient and ambulatory women’s health. Ms. Opett also served as the co-leader for the Rochester General Medical Group Quality Committee, focusing on the improvement of patient outcomes and the implementation of quality improvement initiatives.

In 2009, Ms. Opett was named Vice President and co-leader of the Rochester General Health System Patient Safety Institute and then in 2014 the Vice President of Quality, Safety, and Regulatory Compliance for Rochester Regional Health. In her role, she was responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of quality and patient safety initiatives throughout the health system. Her work in patient safety was recognized in a publication in the Joint Commission’s Journal on Quality and Safety.

In 2015, she assumed the role of Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, New York. As a leader, Kristin strives to improve outcomes in healthcare with a focus on team member engagement and the patient experience.

In June of 2017 she assumed the role of Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer - Rochester General Hospital.

Ms. Opett is proudly devoted to the community. In 2013, she served as Chair for the Rochester/Finger Lakes March for Babies. She was recognized in 2015 as a Woman to Watch by the Democrat and Chronicle. Ms. Opett currently serves on the Board of Directors for 13thirty, a community organization dedicated to adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer.

Ms. Opett lives in Macedon, New York with her husband Andrew and their son Drew.

www.rochesterregional.org

 

Art Papier

Art Papier, MD
Chief Executive Officer, Visual Dx

Dr. Papier is the co-founder of VisualDx and Chief Executive Officer. A thought leader in clinical informatics, Dr. Papier maintains the overall vision for the VisualDx product, with a keen focus on software integration and impacting costs in healthcare through clinical accuracy. His entrepreneurial drive, years of clinical experience, and passion for delivering true healthcare solutions have propelled VisualDx clinical decision support to the top in quality and innovation.

A dermatologist and medical informatics expert, Dr. Papier has a particular interest in designing clinical decision support systems based on visually rich knowledge areas to reduce diagnostic error at the point of care. In line with this goal, he is focused on transforming medical education to include training in cognitive error and the use of information technology. Dr. Papier also focuses on consumer health, developing tools to educate and empower patients.

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Dr. Papier completed his premed studies at Columbia University, received his MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and completed his graduate medical training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Medical Informatics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

www.visualdx.com

 

Helen Pfister

Helen R. Pfister
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Concentrating on healthcare organizations and nonprofit corporations, Helen Pfister provides counsel on regulatory, policy and transactional matters. She represents hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, mental health facilities, substance abuse treatment providers, nursing homes, home care agencies, health information exchange organizations and social service agencies. Her areas of focus include licensure, reimbursement and privacy.

Helen does a significant amount of work for federally qualified health centers and other organizations in medically underserved communities. She helps clients navigate the legal and political challenges of Medicare, Medicaid and other public health insurance programs. She also counsels clients on payment and delivery system reform initiatives, including issues specific to accountable care organizations and other value-based payment initiatives.

With a strong transactional background, Helen frequently advises clients on acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and related matters. In addition, she is a recognized authority on the federal 340B prescription drug discount program.

Using information technology to facilitate the secure and timely exchange of health information to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery is another of Helen’s strengths. She represents several health information exchanges and works on projects to increase the participation of community health centers and other safety net providers in health IT initiatives.

Before joining Manatt, Helen was in the mergers and acquisitions practice of an international law firm.

www.manatt.com

 

Patrick Pullano

Patrick Pullano
Attorney & Counselor, The Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow, PLLC

Patrick Pullano, a founding member of the firm, provides counsel to a wide range of health care providers, including nursing homes, hospitals, physician organizations, and individual physician practitioners. His experience includes the following:

  • Advising skilled nursing facilities and other health care clients on issues concerning resident admission,third-party medical assistance coverage (Medicare and Medicaid), and reimbursement matters.
  • Advising and representing physicians and other health care providers in all aspects of their business and corporate transactions, including representing physicians in their employment agreement negotiations with prospective employers and in the purchase and sale of their medical practices.
  • Reviewing and drafting admission and vendor service agreements for health care clients.
  • Attending agency hearings regarding medical assistance eligibility issues and representing clients in the negotiation and litigation of health care matters.
  • Advising clients on matters of regulatory compliance with federal and state fraud and abuse laws and in the development of compliance programs, including HIPAA compliance programs.

​Mr. Pullano graduated from Albany Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995 and University of Rochester, B.A., summa cum laude, 1992.

www.lawpf.com

 

Brian Reh

Brian Reh
Chief Executive Officer, Gorbel, Inc.

Brian currently serves as 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.

www.gorbel.com

 

Efrain Rivera

Efrain Rivera
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer, Paychex, Inc.

Efrain Rivera joined Paychex in June 2011 as senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer. Rivera was formerly corporate vice president and chief financial officer at Bausch & Lomb, a global eye health company.

During his time at Bausch & Lomb, Rivera held several senior management positions, with responsibilities ranging from managing the company’s commercial operations in Latin America and Canada, to leading finance for Bausch & Lomb’s global vision care division, to overseeing the firm’s treasury operations, including management of a $600 million investment portfolio. Most recently, he served as vice president of finance and administration at Houghton College in Western New York.

Rivera holds a Doctor of Management degree from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, he earned his Master of Business Administration from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Houghton College.

www.paychex.com

 

Gerard Rooney, Ph.D.

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President, St. John Fisher College

Dr. Gerard Rooney holds a doctoral degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, Higher Education Program, at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He was the recipient of the Edwin D. Duryea, Jr. Higher Education Memorial Award. He completed his undergraduate degree in sociology at Villanova University and his master's degree in educational administration and supervision at Fairfield University. In addition, he received a certificate in Higher Education Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Institute for Educational Management.

He has over 35 years of experience in higher education and executive administration. He joined St. John Fisher College in 1996 as a member of President Katherine Keough's senior staff. In addition, he was a member of President Donald Bain's leadership team, where he served most recently as executive vice president for enrollment, advancement, and planning.

Dr. Rooney launched Fisher’s College Bound program in 2006, a weeklong residential program designed to help low-income, first-generation high school students navigate the college search and selection process. Since its inception, the College Bound Program has served more than 300 students, of which approximately 95 percent planned to attend college. A first-generation student himself, Dr. Rooney is committed to maintaining college access for this population of students.

Dr. Rooney is a member of the board of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®). He serves as an executive committee member for Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York. In addition, he serves as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and previously was a member of the Middle States Regional Council of the College Board.
Prior to becoming president, he taught in the College's Executive Leadership Program, and was an adjunct assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, teaching graduate coursework in the Higher Education Program.

He and his wife, Susan, reside in Pittsford and have four children, two of whom are alumni of Fisher.

www.sjfc.edu

 

John Ryan

John Ryan
President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Creative Leadership

A retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, Ryan joined CCL’s Board of Governors in 2002 and became President and CEO in 2007. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States with 64 campuses and more than 400,000 students and 80,000 faculty and staff. Previously, Ryan served as president of the State University of New York Maritime College and as interim president of the University at Albany. From 1998 to 2002, Ryan was Superintendent (President) of the U.S. Naval Academy, winning widespread praise for his focus on academics, strategic planning and fund-raising. A former Navy pilot, Ryan commanded squadrons, wings and forces in Asia, Europe and the Middle East during a 35-year career in the military.

As President and CEO, Ryan directs the operations of CCL, which is supported by more than 700 employees at 12 office locations in Asia, Europe and North America. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education, CCL works annually with more than 80,000 individual leaders and 3,000 organizations in the business, government, nonprofit and education sectors.

Ryan received a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. degree in Administration from George Washington University, and completed the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ryan received an Honorary Doctorate from the State University of New York in 2008.

Ryan serves on the Board of Directors for CIT Group Inc., and Barnes and Noble Education. He is also a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board.

www.ccl.org

 

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.

www.eagleswingsconsulting.com

 

Deborah Stamps

Deborah C. Stamps, EdD, MBA, MS, RN, GNP, NE-BC
Vice President, Chief Nursing Education Officer, Rochester Regional Health

Deborah Stamps is Vice President, Chief Nursing Education Officer at Rochester Regional Health.

She also serves as the chief nursing officer (CNO) council’s representative to the Executive Leadership Team. Deb restructured the Infection Prevention Program system-wide and expanded Daily Safety Check to include long term care facilities. She also launched a Safety Champion Program and helped Rochester Regional Health. In addition, built partnerships with local colleges to increase the number of students choosing nursing careers and supported the expansion and diversity of the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing.

Deb is currently a member of the Rochester Academy of Medicine board of directors. Past board chair for the Rochester/Finger Lakes division of the March of Dimes. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders. She is on numerous advisory boards such as Premiere, Medical Quality Improvement Committee and Northstar Advisory Board. A trustee board member for Genesee Baptist church as well as leads the Health Ministry program. The immediate past Northeast Regional Director for Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Deb has been published in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Procedure Manual, in the Medsurg Nursing Journal, the Critical Care Journal and Nurse Leader. She has conducted research on the topic of Horizontal Violence. Deb has also published on the innovative collaborative nurse leadership model, the Chief Nursing Officer Council.

Deborah’s career with what is now Rochester Regional Health spans three decades. She began as a licensed practical nurse at Rochester General Hospital and then became a registered nurse. From there her career moved from Nurse Manager and Director of Nursing to Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic.

Deborah earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Monroe Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY College at Brockport. She earned a master’s degree in the Gerontological Nursing Practitioner program at Nazareth College in Pittsford, a master’s degree in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an education doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. She is nationally certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

www.rochesterregional.org

 

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.

www.sitsite.com

 

Carol Tegas

Carol Tegas
Executive Director, Finger Lakes Performing Provide System (FLPPS)

Carol Tegas will lead the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System, a group of healthcare providers and community organizations that have agreed to work together on a new way to deliver care to people who receive Medicaid.

Tegas was the executive director of Rochester Community Individual Practice Association and brings more than two decades of health administration experience to the new organization.

Finger Lakes Performing Provider System is a nonprofit that represents 28 hospitals, 3,000 healthcare providers and more than 600 healthcare and community-based organizations in 13 counties. It recently received $565 million in state funds to work toward improving the results of care, and reducing avoidable emergency department use and hospitalizations by 25 percent over five years.

www.flpps.org

 

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.

www.gripa.org

 

Kara Odum Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS

Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS
Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Services

Dr. Kara Odom Walker was sworn in as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Services on Feb. 6, 2017. As Secretary, she leads the principal agency charged with keeping Delawareans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need in a fast-changing world, and providing children, families and seniors with essential social services including food benefits, disability-related services, and mental health and addiction treatment. She oversees one of the largest departments in Delaware's government with an annual budget of more than $2 billion.

As Secretary, Dr. Walker chairs the Health Fund Advisory Council, and is a member of the Delaware Health Care Commission and the Delaware Center for Health Innovation Board. Secretary Walker previously worked as the Deputy Chief Science Officer at the PatientCentered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a nonprofit, nongovernment organization in Washington that is authorized by Congress to improve evidence available to help patients, caregivers, employers, insurers and policymakers make informed health care decisions. She managed the Institute's research investments, which totaled $1.6 billion in 2016, toward a planned total of $2.5 billion by 2019.

She is a board-certified practicing family physician and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Prior to joining PCORI, she was a faculty member of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She has worked with several national organizations to advocate for health equity and for access to quality health care in minority and underserved populations, including the National Medical Association, the Student National Medical Association and the American Medical Association. Dr. Walker has been recognized for leadership by Harvard Business School's Program for Leadership Development, the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association. A respected leader, innovator and clinician, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2018. Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement.

Dr. Walker completed her family medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco, graduated with a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Masters of Health Services Research from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health, where she also completed her fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and graduated valedictorian from Caravel Academy high school.

Secretary Walker envisions enhancing a Delaware community in which all citizens have the opportunity to access quality, affordable health care in order to attain their optimal health, while working to reduce the cost of that care. She believes in a DHSS that is efficient and effective in terms of service delivery, and is responsive to all Delawareans, including seniors, individuals with disabilities, and people suffering from addiction, serious mental illness or homelessness so they can live and thrive in their communities.

www.dhss.delaware.gov

 

Janet Woodcock, MD

Janet Woodcock, MD,
Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Janet Woodcock is Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2015, Dr. Woodcock also assumed the role of Acting Director of CDER’s newly formed Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, (OPQ). Dr. Woodcock first joined CDER in 1994. For three years, from 2005 until 2008, she served FDA’s Commissioner, holding several positions, including as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Commissioner for Operations, and Chief Operating Officer. Her responsibilities involved oversight of various aspects of scientific and medical regulatory operations.

Before joining CDER, Dr. Woodcock served as Director, Office of Therapeutics Research and Review, and Acting Deputy Director in FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. Dr. Woodcock received her M.D. from Northwestern Medical School and completed further training and held teaching appointments at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of California in San Francisco. She joined FDA in 1986.

www.fda.gov