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2021 Speakers

LifeStation

Laura Aiello

Director, Strategic Partnerships
Decision Point Healthcare Solutions

Saeed Aminzadeh

Chief Executive Officer
Network Health

Elizabeth Benz

Vice President Government Programs
Sentara Health Plans

Carly J. Bressler-Archambeau, MPH, LPTA, FHIAS

Director, Medicare Stars Program – Strategy and Member Experience
Sentara Health Plans

Catherine Brisland, DO, MBA, FCCP

Medical Director
UPMC Health Plan

Dr. Almario Doebler

Associate Vice President of Medicare and SNP Product and Analytics
Commonwealth Care Alliance

Lauren Easton

Vice President of Innovations
Martin’s Point Health Care

Josh Edwards

Medicare Stars Programs Manager
Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc.

Jennifer Gentzlinger

Vice President of Strategic Development
TruHearing

Rob Gibbs

SVP of Sales and Account Management
UCare

Gregory A. Hanley, FACHE, CPHQ

Vice President, Quality Management & Pharmacy
Tufts Health Plan

Jonathan Harding

Senior Medical Director for Senior Products
Providence Health Assurance

Brandy Hilgefort

Medicare Operational Compliance Program Manager
HealthMine

Kent Holdcroft

Vice President, Growth
iCare

Lisa Holden

Vice President, Accountable Care
Highmark Inc.

Lars Johnson, FSA MAAA

Manager, RPM Program Analytics, Actuarial Services
Ciox Health

Andy Kumar

VP Product Management & Strategy
Step One Foods

Dr. Elizabeth Klodas

Founder
Fallon Health

Carolyn Langer, MD, JD, MPH

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Apixio

Bryan Lee

VP, Solutions
Cigna

Christine Leo

Vice President, Senior Products
Mom’s Meals

Catherine Macpherson

Vice President, Product Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer
Posit Science

Henry W. Mahncke, Ph.D.

CEO
Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan

Tom Nasadoski, MBA

Director, Risk Adjustment and Recovery
DentaQuest

David J. Olson

Senior Vice President, Network & Medicare Advantage
T-Base Communications

Jan Smith Reed

Director of U.S. Healthcare
Rx Savings Solutions

Michael Rea, PharmD

Chief Executive Officer
Teladoc Health

Melissa Ritz

Vice President Government Market
Clover Health

Theresa Safe

Chief of Staff
Geisinger

Joann P. Sciandra, MHA, BSN, RN, CCM

Vice President of Care Coordination and Integration
mPulse Mobile

Reva Sheehan

Government Programs Strategic Market Executive
Teladoc Health

Hunter Sinclair

Vice President Medicare Market
HealthMine

Melissa Smith

Executive Vice President, Consulting and Professional Services
Health Alliance Medical Plans

Brian Smolich

Vice President of Pharmacy Services
Geisinger

Stacey Staudenmeier, MSW, LSW, MHA.

Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health and Health Choices
Providence Health Assurance

Keri Steege

Medicare Compliance Officer/Director of Medicare Compliance
Gateway Health

Dan Weaver

Vice President, Stars, Quality & Risk Adjustment
Formerly, Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, CMS

Michael S. Adelberg

Principal, Lead, Healthcare Strategy Practice, Faegre Drinker Consulting
Joint Academy

Rich Waldron, PT

VP Medical Affairs
Speakers Biographies


Laura Aiello

Director, Strategic Partnerships
LifeStation

Laura Aiello is Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at LifeStation, a leading provider of medical alert and senior care services. Laura has been in the life safety industry for more than 10 years with experience in Marketing, Product Management, Business Development and Account Management. Laura is the foremost expert in the industry on providing medical alert systems through Medicaid, Medicare and other government-funded programs. She has partnered with the most innovative insurance companies, hospitals and healthcare providers to improve outcomes for seniors and their loved ones. With a focus on safety from falls, reducing readmissions and connecting loved ones through modern technology, Laura spends her time customizing solutions for every need on the healthcare spectrum.

Laura is widely recognized as a leading voice in the medical alert industry and has presented at numerous tradeshows and conferences. Laura’s deep knowledge combined with her unique ability to connect with diverse audiences of Case Managers, Clinicians and Executives make her a valuable addition to your conference program.
Areas of Expertise:

  • Medical Alert and the Social Determinants of Health
  • Filling in the Gaps: Making Connections to Reduce Social Isolation
  • Reducing Readmissions through Enhancing the Social Network
In addition to her work with LifeStation, Laura has been a Senior Advisor to the Medical Alert Monitoring Association (MAMA) since it’s founding, responsible for organizing the annual meeting and tradeshow. A New Jersey native, Laura holds a bachelor of science from Monmouth University.

Saeed Aminzadeh

Chief Executive Officer
Decision Point Healthcare Solutions

Saeed founded Decision Point with the mission of improving health plan clinical, financial and operational performance through informed, data-driven predictions on strategic decisions. He has more than 25 years of health information technology experience, with a track record of developing innovative approaches to solve complex business problems. He has held key senior management positions at Eliza Corporation, Ingenix (currently Optum), IHCIS and ProVentive, where led high-performing teams focused creative uses of technology for practical problem- solving. Saeed is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Economics.

Elizabeth Benz

Vice President Government Programs
Network Health

Carly J. Bressler-Archambeau, MPH, LPTA, FHIAS

Director, Medicare Stars Program – Strategy and Member Experience
Sentara Health Plans

With more than a decade of physical therapy experience working closely with Medicare beneficiaries, ranging from acute care hospital to skilled home health care, Carly brings a clinical eye to the growing Stars Program at Sentara Health Plans. Leading cross-functional, interdisciplinary efforts, Carly now focuses on Stars strategy and opportunities to optimize the member experience. Carly is a licensed physical therapist assistant and trained public health, having attained her Master of Public Health in 2019. Carly is now working towards a PhD in Health Services, with a concentration in Leadership, at Walden University. In her free time, Carly enjoys time outdoors with her husband and four-year-old son, as well as training for various distance running and triathlon events as well as participating in fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association and United Way.

Catherine Brisland, DO, MBA, FCCP

Medical Director
Sentara Health Plans

Dr. Catherine Brisland is a Medical Director for Optima Health with expertise in government programs, specifically, Virginia Medicaid Long Term services and Supports (MLTSS). In this role, Dr. Brisland draws from her solid clinical foundation as she works to interface with providers and utilization management to provide high quality and financial management within the framework of the MLTSS Model of Care.

Dr. Brisland earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1994 and her Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. She finished her Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine training at Scott and White Hospital (Texas A&M University) in 1998 and completed her Critical Care Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 2001. She is board certified in Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine and continues to practice medicine as a hospitalist.

Dr. Almario Doebler

Associate Vice President of Medicare and SNP Product and Analytics
UPMC Health Plan

Dr. Almario Doebler is the Associate Vice President of Medicare and SNP Product and Analytics at UPMC Health Plan. Dr. Almario Doebler leads the analytics and product strategy of the Medicare Advantage team. Her focus is in promoting health equity and understanding the social, community, and contextual factors that impact health outcomes, especially with the aging population. She has over 20 years’ experience in health care and health policy. Prior experience includes working at the VA Pittsburgh Health System’s Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Institute of Medicine, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Dr. Almario Doebler received a Kellogg Health Scholars postdoctoral fellowship, has a DrPH in behavioral and community health sciences and MS in biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh, and obtained an MPH in epidemiology from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health.

Lauren Easton

Vice President of Innovations
Commonwealth Care Alliance

For over a decade, Lauren Easton, LICSW, has served as a Behavioral Health leader for Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA). Over the years and in various roles, Lauren has been largely responsible for developing CCA's behavioral health integration across its care models, for creating a responsive network, and for creating many innovative programs, including CCA’s Crisis Stabilization Units. Lauren embraced the integration of behavioral health and medical care long before the concept became "trendy." She has made behavioral health integration a hallmark of program development throughout her professional life.

In her current role, Lauren is responsible for the oversight of CCA's behavioral health services, delivered through its network of behavioral health providers and internal behavioral health specialists to CCA's 22,000+ members. She is responsible for assisting clinical leadership in improving the level of integration of Primary Care and behavioral health services for CCA members and for guiding network development, cost management, and quality improvement activities. She oversees the Behavioral Health development and expansion of the One Care program and Senior Care Option Program, paying particular attention to the significant mental health needs of this population.

Lauren holds a master's degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. She also attended Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, where she completed a double Major in psychology and education.

Josh Edwards

Medicare Stars Programs Manager
Martin’s Point Health Care

Josh is the Medicare Stars Programs Manager at Martin’s Point Health Care in Portland, Maine. His company’s PPO contract reached 5-stars for the first time in 2020 and his HMO contract has achieved 5-stars five times since 2010, most recently in 2019.

In his role Josh is responsible for identification, development, and implementation of quality improvement initiatives to maintain and improve health plan quality measures, specifically Medicare Star Ratings.

Prior to his health care career Josh worked for several branches of the Walt Disney Company, including many years in production management at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif. Josh has an MBA in Marketing from the American University in Dubai and a Master of Science in Health Communication from Boston University. He lives in Portland with his wife and eight-year-old daughter.

Jennifer Gentzlinger

Vice President of Strategic Development
Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc.

Jennifer joined Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc. in November of 2011. In her current role, she is focused on developing and implementing successful strategic growth plans for new opportunities related to managed care, government health care programs, home care, and health care data/information technology.

Rob Gibbs

SVP of Sales and Account Management
TruHearing

Rob Gibbs is the SVP of Sales & Account Management at TruHearing, bringing 20 years experience with a broad executive leadership and general management background in healthcare and technology. Rob oversees all customer facing and commercialization efforts at the company and previously spent time at Cigna, Medecision, and Genomind. His professional passion lies at the crossroads of innovative technology and improving the quality of life of others. Residing in suburban Philadelphia, Rob enjoys non-profit work, playing and seeing live music, spending time with his family, and cooking for friends and family

Gregory A. Hanley, FACHE, CPHQ

Vice President, Quality Management & Pharmacy
UCare

, Greg is the Vice President of Quality Management & Pharmacy for UCare. UCare serves over 400,000 members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Greg provides oversight and direction for the CMS Star Ratings improvement program, HEDIS, CAHPS, HOS, QRS, QIS, NCQA Accreditation, member complaints, appeals, and grievance process, practitioner credentialing, and Pharmacy. UCare has had an Excellent NCQA Accreditation rating since 2014 and has a 4.5 Star Medicare Advantage plan.
Prior to joining UCare, Greg was the Midwest Regional Director of Quality Improvement at Coventry Health Care in Kansas City, MO. As such, he oversaw Coventry’s credentialing, NCQA Accreditation, CAHPS and quality of care, as well as its quality Committees and all quality improvement projects.
Greg retired from the Army in 2005 after a 21-year career as a Medical Service Corps Officer and in Psychological Operations. Greg is board certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as a Fellow (FACHE) in health care management and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Business Administration from Portland State University.

Jonathan Harding

Senior Medical Director for Senior Products
Tufts Health Plan

Dr. Harding received his bachelor's degree and his degree in medicine from Boston University and he is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. He also has been certified by the ABMM and ABQAURP, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Harding has previously taught Internal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine; the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and in Uganda and South Africa.

Brandy Hilgefort

Medicare Operational Compliance Program Manager
Providence Health Assurance

Brandy is the Medicare Operational Compliance Program Manager for Providence Health Assurance in Beaverton, Oregon. Brandy has held a variety of compliance positions within Providence during the last 4 years. In her current role, Brandy and her team are responsible for ensuring plan-wide compliance for each operational area. Brandy finds that the best part of her job is helping operational areas research and implement new regulations, there is never a dull moment. Brandy feels that if a Compliance team isn’t approachable things can go wrong quickly.

Kent Holdcroft

Vice President, Growth
HealthMine

Kent Holdcroft is the Executive Vice President of Growth at HealthMine, bringing to the team over 15 years of operational, consulting, and business development experience with healthcare technology vendors. Most recently, Kent was Executive Vice President at AdhereHealth, leading business development, strategy partnerships, and product strategy. Prior to AdhereHealth, Kent served in a leadership capacity at AIM Healthcare (now part of Optum) as a key contributor to Optum’s growth strategy and expanding into new markets, and delivering solutions to providers, managed care, and government entities. Kent received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University and master’s in Counseling from the University of Toledo. In his free time, Kent serves on the Board of Directors at BrightStone, Inc., and as a Stephen Minister.

Lisa Holden

Vice President, Accountable Care
iCare

Lisa Holden is the Vice President Accountable Care for Independent Health Care Plan (iCare) located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In her role, Holden is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and programs to obtain measured care management performance levels and for the ongoing management of the iCare’s Medicaid and Medicare member experience within its model of care.

Holden has extensive and varied experience in nonprofit management, government affairs, public policy, coalition building and leadership. Prior to joining iCare in 2014, Holden was the Senior Director of Organizational Development and Education at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara. Holden’s public policy and government affairs experience includes eight years serving as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and Board Member for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Under her leadership CCADV became a state and national leader on addressing the needs of domestic violence victims within the criminal justice system.

Holden’s nursing leadership career included serving as the Regional Manager for Ambulatory and Community Women’s Health Services for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. In that position Holden led efforts to improve health care services for women and children and foster reform and improvements in government agencies and community organizations to reduce infant mortality. From 1983 to 2000, Holden was extensively involved in both the March of Dimes and the Wisconsin Association of Perinatal Care (WAPC) Board of Directors, chairing the joint Public Policy committee.

Holden is a graduate of Marquette University and has a Certificate in Integral Leadership by the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business. Holden is a legacy participant in the Refiner’s Playground and certified in Leadership Coaching with Horses.

Lars Johnson, FSA MAAA

Manager, RPM Program Analytics, Actuarial Services
Highmark Inc.

Lars Johnson oversees the analytics for Highmark’s risk adjustment programs for our Medicare Advantage and ACA beneficiaries. Primary areas of focus include member and condition targeting for both prospective and retrospective programs, data infrastructure design to support program execution, and performance evaluation to identify opportunities and influence strategy. Lars has spent his entire career with Highmark in a variety of Actuarial roles centered around commercial pricing and product/network development. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and holds a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in Applied Mathematics and Economics.

Andy Kumar

VP Product Management & Strategy
Ciox Health

Andy has more than 10 years of experience driving innovation and solutions that are used by patients, providers and payers worldwide.

Dr. Elizabeth Klodas

Founder
Step One Foods

Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Step One Foods, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Klodas completed her Cardiology fellowships with both the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and founded Preventive Cardiology Consultants, where she continues to see patients. She is the author of a book for patients: Slay The Giant: The Power of Prevention in Treating Heart Disease, and served as the Founding Editor of www.cardiosmart.org, the patient education website of the American College of Cardiology. Having authored multiple scientific articles, she remains involved in clinical research, is an active member of the Nutrition Workgroup of the ACC, and serves as medical editor for webMD.

Carolyn Langer, MD, JD, MPH

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Fallon Health

Carolyn Langer, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., returned to Fallon Health in 2018 as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer after previously serving as the company’s Medical Director from 2005 to 2008.

In this role, Dr. Langer is responsible for ensuring the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care services to Fallon members, overseeing all activities and operations within Fallon Health’s Care Services department. She also fosters strong relationships with Fallon’s provider partners.

Prior to Fallon, Dr. Langer served as Chief Medical Officer at MassHealth and the Director of the Office of Clinical Affairs. In these roles, Dr. Langer provided leadership and oversight of medical policy, pharmacy, quality, utilization management, care management and clinical analytics teams, while serving as a MassHealth representative to several local, state, and national committees on clinical, quality, and policy initiatives. Dr. Langer also previously held health care leadership roles with several commercial health plans and a workers' compensation company.

Dr. Langer holds an appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School and as an instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She earned her Doctor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and a Master of Public Health and a law degree from Harvard University.

Dr. Langer is a retired Colonel and former flight surgeon in the Army National Guard. She currently serves as the Board Chair of the Meyers Primary Care Institute and as a Board member of the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. Dr. Langer received the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Leadership in Public Health Practice Award in 2016. She received the Boston Business Journal Champion in Healthcare Award (Administrator category) in 2012.

Bryan Lee

VP, Solutions
Apixio

Bryan is a seasoned Healthcare Executive with over 30 years’ experience working with Payers and Providers focused in Government Programs, operations, compliance and payment practices. He possesses a deep understanding of how to build, implement and leverage technology to achieve performance improvement. He as built successful teams focused on providing comprehensive business process and compliance management solutions for Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and Commercial Marketplace health plans. His expertise in CMS transaction processing and regulatory requirements has led to the successful design and implementation of dynamic rules-based healthcare analytic solutions.

He has significant P&L management experience with a track record of business growth and profit improvements. He has been successful in leading multi-year, multi-million dollar projects, operational consolidations as well as continuous improvement initiatives that achieve bottom-line results. Bryan has driven change with his leadership style stressing expectations that align with business goals. This coupled with unwavering accountability at every level of the organization results in the achievement of the desired cultural and financial results.

CHRISTINE LEO

Vice President, Senior Products
Cigna

Ms. Leo oversees the overall performance, strategic direction and product development for Cigna Healthspring's Medicare products. Prior to joining Cigna, she worked for Aetna, where she was most recently was the National Head for Medicare Advantage product and strategy.

Previously, Ms. Leo held leadership roles at Aetna in national contracting, network contracting, operations and dental. She has an MBA from St. Joseph's University and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

Catherine Macpherson

Vice President, Product Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer
Mom’s Meals

Catherine joined Mom’s Meals in 2017 as Vice President, Product Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer. She is responsible for ensuring the company’s nutrition solutions meet the needs of its partners by designing clinical programs that meet their strategic objectives.

Previously, Macpherson served as Vice President of Medication Adherence and Immunizations at Walgreens, led Healthcare Product Strategy at WebMD, and managed health and wellness programs for Ceridian, the National Institute of Health and the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Catherine is a Registered Dietitian, a healthcare innovator, and a frequent speaker on the importance of nutrition to the aging population, care transitions and those managing chronic conditions.

Macpherson earned her Masters of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and her BA from the University of Michigan.

Henry W. Mahncke, Ph.D.

CEO
Posit Science

Dr. Henry Mahncke is the CEO of Posit Science. He joined Posit Science at its inception in 2003 as Vice President of Research & Outcomes, where he led the first large-scale clinical trials of a publicly available cognitive training program. He became CEO of Posit Science in 2011. Previously, he served as consultant at McKinsey focused on health care and video games, and then as a science and technology advisor to the British government. Dr. Mahncke  earned his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco.

Tom Nasadoski, MBA

Director, Risk Adjustment and Recovery
Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan

Tom Nasadoski is currently serving as the Director, Risk Adjustment and Recovery after being named Manager, Risk Adjustment in February, 2011. In this position, he oversees managing the Medicare Advantage, Commercial, and Medicaid risk adjustment initiatives and CMS reimbursement to the plan. Tom has built a Risk Adjustment unit at CDPHP consisting of over 20 internal staff with 7 specific job titles.

Nasadoski joined CDPHP in 2003 and has more than 20 years of managed care experience. His experience includes hospital contracting, vendor management, government program financial analysis, contract negotiation, application implementation, and revenue cycle management. Prior to joining CDPHP, Nasadoski served as a provider appeal coordinator for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.

He earned a Master in Business Administration degree from SUNY Empire State College as well as an advanced certificate in health care management in 2011. He also was a member of the Leadership Tech Valley program class of 2014 and became a Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC) in 2018.

David J. Olson

Senior Vice President, Network & Medicare Advantage
DentaQuest

Dave Olson is a Senior Vice President at DentaQuest. At DentaQuest, he oversees the Medicare Advantage line of business, the network for all product lines, and DentaQuest’s national accounts. Dave has been with DentaQuest since 2019.Prior to DentaQuest, Dave was in numerous leadership roles at a Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan for over five years. He created and led vertically integrated care-delivery and insurance offerings along with creating, implementing, and leading a Medicare Advantage plan. Dave’s experience also includes nearly a decade of management consulting concentrating in healthcare. Dave has a passion for driving towards simple, affordable, and high-quality healthcare.

Jan Smith Reed

Director of U.S. Healthcare
T-Base Communications

Jan Smith Reed has dedicated her career to discovering and implementing solutions across the Healthcare enterprise. Combining her broad industry knowledge, education, and social awareness she brings a holistic view of best practice to achieve business goals, advocate for patients, and ensure compliance. Having personally experienced blindness, Jan is passionate to bring awareness and solutions to simplify the challenges around healthcare accessibility. She is excited to represent T-Base Communications as Director of US Healthcare.

Michael Rea, PharmD

Chief Executive Officer
Rx Savings Solutions

Dr. Michael Rea formed Rx Savings Solutions in 2008 after routinely witnessing consumers struggling to pay for their medications. Working as a pharmacist, he quickly noticed that consumers were paying much more than they needed to for their prescriptions, which was attributable to a lack of information available to them. He was compelled to help, and identified savings opportunities made possible by providing a transparent view of current costs and ways to reduce those costs to the consumer. In addition to the savings Rx Savings Solutions identifies for consumers, their employers and insurers also benefit greatly. Since inception, Rx Savings Solutions has operated with the goal of bringing price transparency and advocacy to the market.

With his many years of experience as a retail pharmacist, Dr. Rea possesses a unique understanding on creating an effective approach for consumers to follow. While acting as a pharmacy manager, he learned the inner workings of the business. During that same time, he was directly responsible for dispensing tens of thousands of prescriptions on a yearly basis. This experience and interaction with customers provided invaluable insight when developing a solution that takes into account the many barriers, breakdowns, and unforeseen misinformation a consumer might receive. In addition, he also held a position as a specialty pharmacist in the Clinical Management Division for a major health insurance carrier. This position provided him exposure to specialty pharmacy, the issues consumers face paying for these high cost medications and solutions available.

Dr. Rea founded and has led the company through its initial growth phase of advancing the functionality of automated processes, user experiences, and securing its first major contract. Dr. Rea has been involved with research surrounding pharmacy transparency for over 10 years and was a researcher and/or a co-author on several scholarly published papers focused around this topic. His many years of experience developing a pharmacy transparency tool make him the earliest mover in the industry. Dr. Rea and Rx Savings Solutions were recently featured in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Dr. Rea attended the University of Minnesota, Morris where he completed his pre-pharmacy coursework. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

Melissa Ritz

Vice President Government Market
Teladoc Health

Melissa leads the Medicare, Medicaid, and Exchange Market business at Teladoc Health. Melissa and her team are responsible for strategy and commercialization of products and solutions designed to deliver whole person care to millions of members. Melissa joined Teladoc Health with nearly 20 years’ experience in managed care and life sciences, specializing in increasing health data capture and accuracy, member and provider engagement, and overall financial performance of payers and providers. Melissa is passionate about collaborating with mission-driven organizations to build innovative programs that meet the dynamic needs of under-served populations.

Theresa Safe

Chief of Staff
Clover Health

Theresa is currently the Chief of Staff to the President & CTO, as well as Head of Marketing at Clover Health, where she focuses on a variety of strategic initiatives across the company, organizational design, and, of course, keeping the trains running. Prior to joining Clover Health, Theresa held a number of positions across Business Operations and IT at Pivotal Software, culminating her time there as Sr. Director of Business Enablement & Chief of Staff to the CIO. Her experience with Pivotal spanned from the initial spinout from EMC and VMWare in 2013 through a successful IPO in 2018, partnering across the company to establish operational autonomy and a successful, scaleable subscription business. Theresa began her career at Accenture, and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Joann P. Sciandra, MHA, BSN, RN, CCM

Vice President of Care Coordination and Integration
Geisinger

Joann Sciandra MHA, BSN, RN, CCM is the Vice President of Care Coordination and Integration at Geisinger, one of the nation’s largest health care organizations. In her role, Joann is accountable for the oversight of outpatient Care Management services, Proven Health Navigator® (PHN) (Medical Home), Special Needs Unit and the Staff Development Department.

Joann is charged with managing medical trends, designing, implementing and administering best practice disease and case management programs, collaborating with Geisinger’s Community Medicine and other provider groups in the clinical transformation. Joann also responsible for the oversight and implementation of ProvenHealth Navigator®, leveraging continuous quality improvement, driving and promoting services that are patient-centric.

Prior to her promotion to Vice President, Joann held the role of Associate Vice President of Population Health with a focus on outpatient community services. In this role, she was integral in the start-up, maintenance and providing direction to the nurse case managers within the ProvenHealth Navigator ® program at Geisinger Health Plan. Joann earned her Master of Health Care Administration Degree from Grand Canyon University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Wilkes University. She is also a Certified Case Manager.

Joann has been a co-author for several publications and has presented nationally in Singapore regarding Medical Home and Case Management.

Reva Sheehan

Government Programs Strategic Market Executive
mPulse Mobile

With more than 15 years’ industry experience ranging from long term care and compound pharmacy management to health plan quality and operations, Reva excels in engaging internal and external stakeholders to improve processes for optimal outcomes while keeping the member’s experience at the heart of every conversation.

Hunter Sinclair

Vice President Medicare Market
Teladoc Health

Hunter leads Teladoc Health’s Medicare Market. He is responsible for the strategy and operations related to the hundreds of thousands of Medicare eligibles that are actively using Teladoc Health’s services and the millions more that have not yet joined. Prior to joining Teladoc Health/Livongo, Hunter spent two years building and launching Oscar Health’s Medicare Advantage business. Prior to Oscar, the bulk of Hunter’s career was spent in a variety of strategic consulting roles focused on Medicare and has spent his career advising large Medicare Advantage plans (Humana, United), national health systems and integrated delivery networks (HCA, CommonSpirit, Montefiore) and Government entities (Rhode Island, Tennessee, New York and CMS).

Melissa Smith

Executive Vice President, Consulting and Professional Services
HealthMine

Melissa Smith is the Executive Vice President of Consulting and Professional Services at HealthMine, bringing over 25 years of experience in Star Ratings, strategy, sales, and marketing for health plans, providers, pharmacy benefit managers, and industry vendors. Melissa has extensive experience developing strategic and tactical solutions to meet client needs and a strong background of building productive partnerships across internal teams and with external vendors to improve performance on clinical, medication, patient survey, and administrative quality measures.

Most recently, Melissa was Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Strategy and Stars at Gorman Health Group. She is a well-known thought leader and healthcare strategist with proven success developing enterprise-wide solutions to improve Star Ratings, quality performance, health outcomes, and the member experience. Melissa’s team helps clients improve performance within quality ratings systems, evaluate market dynamics and opportunities, optimize distribution channels, and support our clients’ strategic planning needs.

Prior to Gorman Health Group, Melissa served in a leadership capacity at Cigna-HealthSpring. Before working in Medicare Advantage and quality ratings systems, Melissa was an Associate Director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Melissa received her degree from Purdue University and began her career at KPMG, LLP. Melissa’s unique background of business process, regulatory compliance, and healthcare quality offers our clients unique access to healthcare strategy, quality performance, revenue optimization, and more.

Brian Smolich

Vice President of Pharmacy Services
Health Alliance Medical Plans

Brian Smolich received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2008. He started his career in Pharmacy working for Walgreens as a retail pharmacist in the Champaign market. His experience working in retail pharmacies has given him a unique perspective in understanding the member experience at the point of pharmaceutical care delivery. He was selected and completed the Carle Advanced Leadership Program through the University of Illinois Gies College of Business and has earned a Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP).

Brian has been with Health Alliance since 2013. He has held a number of operational roles within the department; responsible for tasks including: Prescription Benefit Manager (PBM) Oversight, Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Rebate Negotiations, Prior Authorization Policy Development and Review and engaging providers and members on quality initiatives. Prior to his recent promotion to the Vice President of Pharmacy Services, he held the position of Director of Pharmacy for five years. Brian has overseen our PBM and Specialty Pharmacy contract renewals, bringing value to our members. He leads a team of Managed Care Pharmacists and Pharmacy Operations Coordinators who provide their expertise in helping patients better understand their medications, maximize their care, and troubleshoot prescription-related issues.

Under Brian’s leadership our Pharmacy Department has been nationally recognized by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) for Excellence in Pharmacy Quality.

Stacey Staudenmeier, MSW, LSW, MHA.

Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health and Health Choices
Geisinger

As the Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health and Health Choices for Geisinger Health Plan, Stacey Staudenmeier is responsible for the oversight of the Behavioral Health Care Management, Special Needs Unit and Community Health Assistant program within Population Health. Stacey’s team focuses on high risk women’s and pediatrics, coordination of physical health and behavioral health, and addressing Social Determinants of Health to improve access and quality of health care. Stacey joined Geisinger Health Plan in 2013 as the Behavioral Health Coordinator and in 2015 joined the Population Health team. Prior to joining Geisinger, Stacey worked for a Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization as a Senior Care Manager for 4+ years and has an additional 8 years’ experience working in Behavioral Health with over half of that time providing direct patient care as well as management and oversight in an Outpatient setting. Stacey is a graduate of the Temple University School of Social Work Master’s Program and currently holds a Pennsylvania Social Work License. Additionally, Stacey holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.

Keri Steege

Medicare Compliance Officer/Director of Medicare Compliance
Providence Health Assurance

Keri serves as the Medicare Compliance Officer and Director of Medicare Compliance for Providence Health Assurance in Beaverton, Oregon. She has over 20 years of Compliance experience in the Medicare industry, as well as a broad range of healthcare experience throughout her career. Keri has spent the last 17 years working for Providence. She has a passion for building Medicare Compliance Programs from the ground up. Keri has had the opportunity to serve as a consultant for other Medicare Advantage Plans through affiliated companies of Providence Health Assurance. Keri enjoys assisting departments and other organizations in understanding and implementing CMS Medicare Advantage requirements.

Dan Weaver

Vice President, Stars, Quality & Risk Adjustment
Gateway Health

Daniel Weaver is an established leader with extensive experience developing and implementing intervention strategies to improve Medicare Stars performance. With demonstrated success with innovative intervention programs, Daniel's team has consistently delivered market-leading performance and forward-thinking engagement with providers and members.

Michael S. Adelberg

Principal, Lead, Healthcare Strategy Practice,
Formerly, Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, CMS
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting

Mike Adelberg leads the Healthcare Strategy Practice at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting. He has 25 years progressive healthcare industry and government experience in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance. Mike spent fifteen years at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including concurrently serving as the director of the Insurance Programs Group and the acting director of the Exchange Policy and Operations Group in the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) where he oversaw most of the functions of the federally-run health insurance exchanges; serving as the Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, where he supervised the annual cycle for review and award of Medicare Advantage bids and contracts, developed CMS’s operational policy, and led the monitoring of Medicare Advantage contractors; and serving as the associate regional administrator for Medicare operations (Chicago Region) and the director of education and assistance programs. Mike gained private sector experience as vice president of product development and government affairs for the Universal American Corporation, a multi-state health insurer which operated Medicare Advantage and Medicaid health plans (subsequently acquired by Wellcare).

He has also led or co-led health policy studies published in Health Affairs and The American Journal of Managed Care. Mike speaks and publishes frequently on healthcare topics and has served on numerous advisory committees. He’s been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, Modern Healthcare, NPR, and other leading media. In his spare time, Mike is an author. He’s written three novels, a history book, several scholarly journal articles, and over sixty book reviews.

Rich Waldron, PT

VP Medical Affairs
Joint Academy

Rich has over 30 Years of experience delivering musculoskeletal care at the clinical level as a Physical Therapist. Primarily, Rich worked in outpatient orthopedic clinics specializing in care for chronic joint pain such as hip, knee and back pain. He joined the Sweden based Joint Academy 3 years ago to help them launch the hugely digital solution for chronic joint pain in the United States. Joint Academy has successfully treated over 30,000 chronic joint pain suffers.