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Cameual Wright, MD, MBA
Erin Brigham, MPH, CPHQ
Erin Lloyd, MSHCT, MSW
Evelyn Chojnacki, MPH
Jack E. Turman, Jr., Ph.D.
Jasmine Moore MBA, MHSA, MPH
Jo Ellen McNamara
Kacey B. Dugan
Kacey K. Brown, DrPH, MS, FCCM
Karin VanZant, MPA
Kate Tullio, MPH, MS
Leesa Bain, RN, BSN, MHA
Mindi S. Knebel
Martha Shenkenberg, BSN, MBA
Nicki Venem, CPC, MSML
Allison Hess is the Vice President of Health Innovations for Geisinger. She has been
over 20 years of experience in healthcare and is responsible for the oversight and
implementation of health services programming for Geisinger patients, GHP insured
members and community members. She started her career in community health
education/corporate wellness and has continued to expand to include innovative
community-based population health initiatives driven by data analysis and clinical
outcome measurements. Most recently her work has been in the social determinants of
health with a focus on SDOH screenings, resources and innovative programs to
address the social needs of Geisinger patients and members targeting food insecurity,
health equity and quality/prevention initiatives.
Ms. Hess has earned a Bachelor of science in Health Education and her MBA from Bloomsburg University. She has been the recipient of several awards focused in various areas of health including health equity, worksite wellness and innovative supply chain. She has also been recognized nationally for her work with the Fresh Food Farmacy program.
As COO, Andy helps drive growth and provides strategic direction across The Helper Bees’
products and services, ensuring that the work of the team is properly aligned with the goals of
payers, patients and caregivers. He brings over 20 years of healthcare experience to the job.
Andy founded healthAlign to help payers better manage a diverse range of services into the
home and that business was acquired by The Helper Bees in 2021. Prior to founding
healthAlign, he oversaw payer relations, nationwide business development, and large-scale
strategic engagements at Maxim, one of the nation’s largest homecare companies. His work
driving the product development function there brought about a community-based care
management offering that has been shown to reduce readmissions by over 65% while also
driving a 35% reduction in in-patient spending.
Andy came to Maxim from Medco Health Solutions where he worked on the development of the Medicare Part D drug benefit, the early launch of the internet pharmacy marketplace and the regulatory environment for mail service pharmacies. Andy began his career as an aide to former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
, Bill has deep expertise in selling and marketing digital health engagement solutions to
payers and providers with an intimate knowledge of the health payer landscape. Most
recently, Bill led payer sales at Carrot Fertility, a global provider of fertility benefits.
Prior to Carrot, Bill led all sales and lead generation for Zipari, a SaaS-based
consumer engagement solution for health insurers. His team was instrumental in the
company's growth from startup to scale and eventual acquisition by Thoma Bravo, a
leading private equity firm. Additionally, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Sales
Officer for Health Republic Insurance of New York, the largest CO-OP health
insurance carrier in the nation, leading sales operations, broker relations, strategic
sales planning, and marketing growing the company from startup to 220,000 members
in less than three years. Prior to joining Health Republic, Bill served as Senior Vice
President of Sales at Easy Choice Health Plan of New York, where he was vital in
launching the company’s Medicare Advantage products, and Atlantis Health Plan, a
provider-owned HMO focused on the commercial health insurance space.
Mr. Friedman’s recent speaking engagements include AHIP and The RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health.
In his spare time, Bill enjoys live music, playing guitar, the NY Yankees, and he is currently studying for his private pilot’s license. He lives in New York's lower Hudson Valley with his wife, Lisa, four children, and two poodles.
Bradley Marks serves as Chief Client Officer at Vheda Health, bringing nearly 20 years of health care
experience. In this role, Bradley holds the responsibility for ensuring targeted growth for market dynamics,
client needs and preferences while ultimately delivering on member satisfaction.
Previously, as the General Manager of Risk Adjustment Products at Inovalon, Bradley held the responsibility for planning, design, modeling, coordination and oversight of the retrospective risk adjustment solutions for Medicare, Medicaid and commercial risk adjustment products.
Prior to joining Inovalon, Bradley served as Vice President of HouseCalls Operations for the Medicare and Retirement division of UnitedHealthcare. In this role he led operational activities for both the prospective and retrospective functions. Prior to UnitedHealthcare’s acquisition of XLHealth in 2012, Bradley helped construct both the HouseCalls and Retrospective Review programs at XLHealth, leading the creation of operational functions for each program, including the scheduling and escalation center, project coordination, practitioner helpdesk, and travel, and supply management support. Bradley began his tenure at XLHealth as a Project Manager for disease management operations across several clients. Prior to XLHealth Bradley worked for Mid-Atlantic Health Plans and American WholeHealth, Inc.
Brian Sims is the Vice President of Quality & Equity, for the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), whose
mission is to provide hospitals and health systems leadership, advocacy, and education to help them
better serve their communities. Brian has more than 15 years of experience working in Maryland’s
health care industry. At MHA he leads the Association’s efforts to advance health equity throughout the
field and leads the hospital quality policy advocacy efforts. He works in partnership with legislators,
regulatory agencies, hospital leadership and various stakeholders to understand key issues and develop
appropriate strategies to advance the fields priorities. His primary focus is helping hospitals improve
quality performance and identifying opportunities to reduce health disparities and improve health
equity in the communities they serve. Prior to his current role, he worked with health system finance
leaders on finance and reimbursement advocacy and strategy. Before joining MHA, Brian worked in
strategic planning and decision support for large and medium-sized hospital systems, analyzing the
financial impact of care delivery innovation and identifying opportunities to provide accessible and high-
quality care to target populations.
In addition to his daily professional experience, Brian is a Co-Chair of the National Nurse Staffing Taskforce, and President-Elect of the Maryland Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), where he has been a member for 13 years and served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. In 2022, Brian was appointed to the Maryland Commission on Health Equity: Health Equity Policy Commission, where he will help to create health equity policy recommendations for the state.
Cameual Wright, MD, MBA
As the Vice President, Market Chief Medical Officer for CareSource Indiana, Dr. Wright oversees the
development and implementation of all clinical policies, procedures and operations, ensuring adherence
to regulatory and care standards. She is responsible for fostering effective relationships with healthcare
providers, state agencies and community-based organizations to improve the health and well-being of
both members and the community.
Prior to joining CareSource, Dr. Wright practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Indiana for 15 years and has held multiple clinical leadership positions. She continues to passionately advocate for improvements and equity in maternal and infant outcomes, serving on multiple local and national boards and committees, including the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Committee, the Indiana Maternal Mortality Review Committee, the March of Dimes, as a Maternal and Infant Health Expert with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and most recently, as the Chair of the American Diabetes Association Women's Health Initiative Scientific Advisory Committee.
A vocal proponent of health equity, Dr. Wright dedicates both time and talent to efforts aimed at mitigating health disparities in Indiana and across the nation. She has spearheaded multiple equity initiatives at CareSource, including the CareSource Re-entry Program, recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal as a “Healthcare Hero” in community achievement. Dr. Wright has steered the development of both internal and external committees focused on ensuring that every individual has an opportunity to achieve their full health potential, regardless of how they identify.
Dr. Wright has been tapped by numerous local and regional media outlets to provide expert perspective on current events that are impacting the health of CareSource members and the community, including the infant formula shortage, childhood vaccinations, women’s health, re-entry, health equity, COVID and more.
Chris Peterson is a Principal at the consulting firm Health Policy Alternatives (HPA) in Washington, DC, and executive faculty at Boise State University in Idaho. He joined the HPA in 2022 after more than 23 years providing health care policy analysis and advice in the areas of alternative payment models, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), private health insurance, and tax policy. He is also one of the founding faculty members of the award-winning Master in Population and Health System Management at Boise State, developed in collaboration with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Chris served four years as Acting Executive Director and Principal Deputy Director of Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), where he helped negotiate Maryland’s agreement with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and led the team developing the state’s latest value-based payment innovations and obtaining CMMI approval. Most recently, he served two years for MITRE, a private- sector consulting firm, where he provided strategic, policy and operational consulting services to the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) and CMMI. His experience as a nonpartisan health care policy advisor to the United States Congress includes nine years at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and six years at the then newly created Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). In those roles, he provided technical insights on major health reform policy legislation, authored reports, and testified before congressional committees. He has also worked for the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. Chris earned an M.P.P. from Georgetown University and a B.S. in mathematics from Missouri Western State University and is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional and Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Dan Paoletti is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership. Previously he served as a Vice President with the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and Chief Operating Officer of OHA Solutions. Dan also serves on the Board and Committees of the following organizations:
- DirectTrust, Washington D.C., 2017-Present, Treasurer & Board Member
- Health Policy Institute of Ohio, 2017-Present, Board Member
- Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus, 2018-Present, Board Member
- CIVITAS, October 2020 to Present, Board Member
- Event Notifications via the Direct Standard™, Standards Body Committee Member: November 2020 to Present
Erin Brigham, MPH, CPHQ
Erin Brigham is an experienced leader in the health care industry with more than 20 years of health care
experience. More than 10 years have been focused in managed health care with experience in
government and commercial products with an emphasis on quality improvement, population health,
and data analysis. She has been with CareSource for 10 years and is currently the Sr. Director of
Population Health & Quality Improvement within the Ohio Market managing strategies for over 1.4
million Medicaid lives and 50k Marketplace lives.
Erin is currently responsible for Accreditation (NCQA), Quality Improvement, Development and Monitoring of VBR quality activities, and Quality gaps in care outreach. Prior to this role, Erin was responsible for CareSource managed care research activities and coordinated health disparities research at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine where she earned her Masters in Public Health. She is currently working on her Doctor of Healthcare Administration at Franklin University.
Erin Lloyd, MSHCT, MSW
Erin Lloyd, MSHCT, MSW is the Senior Manager of Healthcare Transformation at Genpact,
working with Payors and Providers to strengthen their outcomes and drive growth with a patient-
centered approach. With a deep knowledge of Value-Based Care, Access, and Equity and a
background that includes clinical and operational experience, Erin is able to provide creative and
innovative solutions to address opportunities to improve the health of patients and create value
for all stakeholders.
Current work has been focused on how Data-Tech-AI can be utilized to improve clinical outcomes, reduce the cost-to-serve, and improve access to care for patients with chronic conditions. Special areas of interest include Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Access, Advanced Analytics, Transitions of care, and Health Care Policy.
Evelyn Chojnacki, MPH
Evelyn Chojnacki brings an extensive health plan background to Sword Health with over 19
years’ experience serving clients and members. This includes client management, health care
program development, vendor assessment and integrations, market deployment and strategy.
Evelyn joined Sword in early 2021 and remains focused on advocating for the needs of health plan partners while supporting the advancement of virtual care across the industry. This means promoting solutions positioned to deliver impactful clinical results and equitable member access to convenient care - all while tackling escalating healthcare costs.
Outside of work, Evelyn is an active outdoor and travel enthusiast.
Jack E. Turman, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Turman is dedicated to growing education, research and outreach programs that optimize maternal and child health. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree from Washington University, St. Louis, he earned his Ph.D. from UCLA doing neuroscience research, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He was a faculty member for 15 years at the University of Southern California, where he directed the perinatal neuroscience laboratory and founded and directed the Center for Premature Infant Health and Development. In this capacity, he received recognition from the California Legislative bodies for his community engagement efforts to improve birth outcomes. As a program director at the University of Nebraska Medical Center he built The Connections Project, a community-based program to improve birth outcomes and infant development in Omaha’s African American community. During his tenure as dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Indiana State University, he was the academic lead of the Wabash Valley Healthy Moms and Babies Initiative to improve birth outcomes in rural Indiana. In 2016, he received a Fulbright Specialist Award in Global Public Health, through which he worked to develop the first MPH program in Morocco. Currently, he is the founder and director the Grassroots MCH Initative at Indiana University, Indianapolis. This community engagement research works to change inequitable systems that results in poor maternal and child health outcomes. His Grassroots MCH Initiative has been recognized by the US Dept. of State for its approach to building the social and economic empowerment of marginalized women, and he was selected as a 2022 thought leader by the American Public Health Association for his grassroots approach to improving maternal and child health.
Jasmine Moore MBA, MHSA, MPH
Jasmine is a consultant at Decision Point who is passionate about helping clients make data- driven decisions and ensuring more equitable approaches to member engagement. She brings experience in Medicaid, care management, and vendor management from the provider and payer perspectives, which helps her make actionable recommendations to clients. Jasmine earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of NC – Charlotte, an MHSA/MBA from Xavier University, and an MPH from Simmons University.
Jim Milanowski has over 30 years’ experience in the management of mental health,
substance abuse, behavioral health managed care and medical care coverage programs. Jim
currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Genesee Health Plan.
Previously, Jim served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Genesee, Saginaw, and Bay
Health Plans, administering community based indigent health care plans and subsidized
employer plan (1/3 Share Plan). Together, the health plans have covered over 125,000
residents in the three counties.
During his leadership, Genesee Health Plan has received the national quality award from URAC for Best Practices in Patient Empowerment and Protection, the Greater Flint Labor Council’s Community Partnership Award, the Robert M. Pestronk Excellence in Public Health Award and the Michigan Association of Health Plans Pinnacle Award for Best Business Practices. He is a limited-licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan, and has extensive counseling experience with adult, child, and adolescent populations. As a strong advocate and community partner, his expertise includes working to reduce racial disparities, uncompensated care, and the impact of social determinants on health access.
Mr. Milanowski received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spring Arbor University and his Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. He is the President of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition and the Flint Sunrise Rotary Club and is a Board of Director’s member for the Shelter of Flint. He is community co-chair of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions.
Jo Ellen McNamara
Jo Ellen McNamara is one of the nation’s leaders in the
discussion of housing and healthcare- operations,
financing, and public policy. With over 25 years of
experience providing leadership within health, behavioral
health, and community development organizations – she
continues to innovate on how to bring together
community partners to solve for better individual and
community health outcomes.
In March 2023 of Health Affairs Journal, Jo Ellen and colleague Emily Chen (also of NEF) authored the article “Proposed Social Drivers Of Health Bonds Offer Promising Improvements But Face Many Challenges To Implementation” discussing potential political and public efforts to encourage health organizations to fund the cost of services to address social drivers of health in our communities.
Jo Ellen is the Vice President of Housing+Healthcare Partnerships at National Equity Fund. She brings together healthcare investors (MCOs, ACOs, and hospital systems), community-based organizations, housing development and operations organizations serving vulnerable community members, and funding experts at NEF. These alliances create new opportunities for healthcare, community social support, and housing organizations to collaboratively plan innovation in housing to address the complex needs of vulnerable low income community members with a focus on both individual and population health outcomes. Included in these models is the opportunity to support affordable housing preservation with the flexibility to place vulnerable homeless and low- income community members (especially Medicaid and Medicare) into housing though a partnership structure to support health and housing collaborations.
Jo Ellen’s experience includes leadership in policy and operations within local governmental, non-profit, and for-profit community and health related organizations including community-based behavioral health services, affordable housing development and operations, Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs), Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and community development corporations (CDCs).
She holds a Master of Science in Health Innovation and Community Assets from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cleveland State University. Additionally, Jo Ellen attended Law School at Cleveland State College of Law and studied Non-Profit Finance at Case Western Reserve University.
Her volunteer services are dedicated to organizations focused on homelessness and affordable housing, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and services for those on the Autism Spectrum.
Jonathan Dayton is a Western Maryland native and Resident living with his wife,
Addison. Jonathan has an extensive background in healthcare delivery systems, value-
based care models, rural community healthcare development, program development
and administration, rural underserved community enhancement, and non-profit
marketing. Jonathan served as the Community Relations and Population Health
Manager for Mountain Laurel Medical Center, a federally qualified health center located
in Oakland, MD.
Jonathan serves his community in various roles, including as a volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Potomac Volunteer Fire Company and Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire Company. Jonathan brings legislative experience and formerly served two terms on the Maryland Youth Advisory Council. In addition to his extensive volunteer work, Jonathan proudly serves on the Maryland Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council, State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness (Chapter 40, Acts of 2017), and Health Equity Resource Community (HERC) Advisory Committee.
Jonathan earned his Associates in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University, BS in Psychology Pre-Medicine from Frostburg State University, and M.S. in Management and Leadership from Western Governor’s University and currently attend Capella University, pursuing his Doctorate in Public Health. He is a Maryland Licensed Emergency Medical Technician.
John is the Founder and Chairman of Nightingale Partners, the first venture fund to invest in early-
stage companies in the social determinants of health (SDOH) ecosystem, and which structures
tailored interventions with health insurers, local government, and provider organizations. His work
focuses on Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and Accountable Care Act strategy, governance, and
John serves on the Board of Directors of Henry Ford Health System’s Health Alliance Plan in his birthplace of Detroit; on the Board of Edenbridge Health, a groundbreaking company in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); and on the Board of RoundTrip, an innovative Non- Emergent Medical Transport company. He serves on the Advisory Board for NationsBenefits, the nation's leading supplemental benefits provider, and on the Medicaid Advisory Board for Icario Health, a leading member engagement and communications firm.
John is the Founder and Former Chairman at Gorman Health Group (GHG). For 22 years he led the development of the industry's leading consulting practice and several entrepreneurial ventures in government health programs.
John speak at two dozen industry conferences each year, and am regularly quoted in the trade press and national media. I serve on the editorial advisory boards of several industry publications. Prior to founding Gorman Health Group in 1996, I was appointed by President Clinton as the first Assistant to the Director of Health Care Financing Administration’s (HCFA, now CMS) Office of Managed Care, where I provided day-to-day management, and served as the external liaison for the Medicare and Medicaid managed care programs. During the 1993 debate on national health care reform, I was chief lobbyist on health care financing issues for the National Association of Community Health Centers, an organization of Federally-funded primary care clinics for the medically underserved. My career in Washington began as Press Secretary and Staff Director for U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), then-Chairman of the Government Operations Committee.
Kacey B. Dugan
Kacey Dugan is an experienced health policy analyst with deep knowledge of CMS rules and insurance programs. As a director at Faegre Drinker Consulting, she works primarily with health plans, providers, and vendors to provide strategic advice and help navigate regulatory and compliance issues regarding the Medicare, Medicaid, and ACA markets. Prior to joining Faegre Drinker, Kacey served as a senior analyst at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission — Congress's advisory agency on Medicaid and CHIP issues – where she led numerous qualitative research projects and policy discussions on a wide range of issues affecting access to care for Medicaid and Medicare-Medicaid dually eligible beneficiaries.
Kacey K. Brown, DrPH, MS, FCCM
Karin VanZant, MPA
Karin VanZant is the Vice President of National Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity at
Clearlink Partners. Karin has an extensive background in establishing strategic partnerships between
managed care and community-based organizations focused on social care models and coordinating
efforts within safety net programs. She leads the efforts to assist state, health plan, and provider
partners to integrate SDOH & health equity into all aspects of their care model designs at Clearlink.
From 2015 to 2022, Karin led the national strategy for SDOH at CareSource and the full integration into its population health model. She built Life Services®, CareSource’s brand of SDOH partnerships, programs, and pilots. The largest program of the Life Services brand is JobConnect™, a workforce development program that assists CareSource members with full-time, permanent employment. The program has a 26:1 return on investment across multiple state-funded programs. For every 1,000 CareSource members who become employed, there is an annual $83 million in savings in taxpayer dollars.
Prior to CareSource from 2005 to 2015, Karin was the co-founder and Executive Director of Think Tank, Inc., helping organizations, communities, and system leaders who were addressing issues of poverty in noncollaborative and interdisciplinary ways that involved individuals with lived experience and focused on relationships vs. deficit models.
Karin has an MPA in Public Administration (2008) and a BA in Social Work (1998) from Wright State University. She is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch Midwest University and Wright State University on subjects including US Hunger and Poverty, Justice and Equity, Introduction to Human Services, Grant Writing, Leading Change, Coaching as Management, Holistic Case Management, and Emotional Intelligence. She lives with her husband and two boxer dogs in Springfield, Ohio and is a mom to one son and grammy to one precious granddaughter.
Kate Tullio, MPH, MS
Kate has dedicated her career to improving the health of populations in Ohio. She is
currently the Director of Health Equity for the Ohio market at CareSource, Ohio’s largest
Medicaid Managed Care company. In her role, Kate oversees the strategic design,
implementation, and evaluation of health equity efforts into quality, clinical, and
population health initiatives. She also partners to inform population health strategy and
target quality improvement areas, including the design of clinical programs that improve
health outcomes and reduce health disparities. She helps inform decision-making
around best payer practices related to disparity reductions, including the provision of
health equity and social determinant of health resources and research to leadership and
programmatic areas. In her role she supports the CareSource mission by helping the
most people possible.
Kate joined CareSource in June 2021. Prior to joining CareSource, She also has held positions at Cleveland Clinic, The James Cancer Center at Ohio State University and Ohio Department of Health investigating health disparities in cancer, diabetes, depression, and infectious disease. Kate also serves as the Co-Chair for the Ohio Partners for Cancer Control (OPCC), where she also helped initiate the OPCC Health Equity subgroup. An author of more than 50 scientific publications and frequent speaker at conferences and events, Kate earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from John Carroll University and master’s degrees in public health (epidemiology) and health information management from Ohio State University.
Kate resides in Cleveland with her husband, daughter, and dog. In her free time, she enjoys running, teaching fitness classes, traveling, and cooking.
Leesa Bain, RN, BSN, MHA
In this role, Leesa is responsible for leading development of new Integrated Systems of Care (ISOCS)
networks to promote insight and communication between providers of primary, behavioral health,
hospitals, and social care services to improve access and health outcomes.
Leesa brings a background in healthcare and executive leadership experience. Her roles in behavioral managed care include leadership in MH/IDD care coordination, network, and quality.
Leesa’s shared passion for community, disabilities and healthcare prompted her to serve as COO of Dream on 3, a nonprofit providing sports dreams to kids with life altering and life-threatening illnesses. Within her previous consulting company, she consulted in healthcare system quality of care and improvement. Her prior role as a hospital system executive focused on operations and clinical quality. Early roots as a bedside nurse sparked a never-ending curiosity to understand more about the healthcare system.
Leesa holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Master of Healthcare Administration.
Lisette is responsible for overseeing the design, development,
and delivery of data-driven solutions based on the unique
needs of Decision Point customers.
Lisette brings her training in health informatics and her experience in healthcare quality, self-reported outcomes, care management, and clinical operations from the provider and payer settings to understand healthcare organizations' needs and deliver actionable recommendations.
Mindi S. Knebel
Mindi Knebel is the Founder & CEO of Kaizen Health, as well as Chair of the company’s Board of
Directors. A startup junkie who is passionate about social entrepreneurship, Mindi has worked across
several industries and has seen companies from inception through successful exit.
Mindi was on the founding team at MATTER, a healthcare technology incubator formed through a public-private partnership in the city of Chicago. Prior to her time at MATTER, she led sales operations, accounting/finance, human resources and corporate development initiatives for growth stage companies in service, veterinary, and technology industries..
Mindi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s in business from Colorado Technical University. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, yoga, reading and is an avid Packers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Cubs, Bulls and Blackhawks fan.
Martha Shenkenberg, BSN, MBA
Martha Shenkenberg, RN, BSN, MBA, has more than thirty years of experience improving clinical operations. In her current role, Director, Medi-Cal for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, she’s responsible for implementing Community Supports. Community Supports are non-medical services designed to issue social determinants of health needs. Getting these services up and running has been challenging and rewarding! Martha earned both her BSN and MBA from the University of Virginia.
Melissa Blum is the Market Leader for Humana’s Population Health strategy in South Florida.
She has over 25 years of combined experience in population health, healthcare marketing and
public relations, previously serving as the Public Information Officer for Broward Health Medical
Center, one of Broward counties level one trauma centers. Since October of 2015, Melissa has
led Humana’s mission to improve the health related social needs of the communities it serves.
In her role she develops and executes the population health strategic plan, engages with providers and community partners and executes well-being initiatives, pilots and sponsorships.
In May of 2021, Humana was named Healthiest Employer in South Florida for the fifth time under Melissa's leadership. Prior to taking on the role of Population Health Strategy lead, Melissa, a sixteen year Humana associate, served as the Marketing Manager for Florida’s Medicare, Medicaid and Long-Term Care divisions and as the national expert on provider marketing. A South Florida native, Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from Florida International University.
She is actively involved with the Feeding South Florida, The United Way of Broward County and the YMCAs of South Florida.In 2018 she has recognized by the Boys and Girls Club as one of the top women in Broward and is a recent graduate of Leadership Broward. On the weekends you can find her participating in walks for her favorite charities and causes, attending Broadway shows and concerts, entertaining her 4 year old son and husband and baking delicious treats.
Nicki Venem, CPC, MSML
Nicki Venem, currently is a Manager of Value Based Programs/Managed Service Offering (MSO) Services for Blue Cross of Idaho. Nicki has been with Blue Cross for five years, prior to that she worked with a local health system in Boise, Idaho for 19 years where she held positions in billing and coding, clinic management in primary care and area management of urgent care services. Nicki holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management and a Master’s of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governor’s University. Nicki was born and raised in Idaho, where she currently resides with her husband of 25 years and 2 of her 3 children. In her downtime Nicki loves to read, travel abroad with her family and spend time with her two year old grandson and her two crazy dogs Jager and Lila.
Sebastian is the CEO and co-founder of Scene (previously emocha), a medication engagement company that provides personalized, breakthrough medication support by combining video technology, clinical coaching, and validated interventions to radically improve medication adherence rates. In 2014, Sebastian spun Scene out of Johns Hopkins with Dr. Bob Bollinger and other medication adherence experts to help communities served by public health departments, health plans including Medicaid and Medicare, and health systems. Scene is now the standard of care for infectious disease adherence monitoring and is scaling quickly. Sebastian started his career as an attorney with Allen & Overy in London before launching his first company in Munich, Germany, in 2000. He earned his law degree from Columbia Law School and his MBA in Health Care from Johns Hopkins University.
Shannon has four years of healthcare consulting experience and currently is supporting
Kaiser Permanente’s Direct Contract initiative with the Department of Health Care
Services. Prior to this role, she supported the implementation of the care delivery
changes associated with CalAIM.
Shannon joined the Kaiser Permanente Medi-Cal team as a Graduate Intern in the summer of 2019 where she supported the implementation of the Health Homes Program and the Whole Child Model.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Shannon worked as a revenue cycle management consultant with Triage Consulting Group in San Francisco.
Shannon earned her Bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College and her Master's in Public Health from UCLA.
Stina Redford, Director- Payment Innovation- Blue Cross of Idaho Stina has been with Blue Cross of Idaho since 2006, where she has served in various roles working with providers on fee-for-service contracts, alternative payment models, and new value-based program designs. She currently leads Blue Cross’ provider value-based payment team, and their efforts to shift from a fee-for-service provider payment model to value-based payments. He and her team work with provider partners to ensure members have easy access to top-quality care at an affordable price.
Stacey is a registered dietitian and Manager of Healthcare Partnerships for Mom's Meals. She is passionate about nutrition and the Medicare and Medicaid patient populations. In her role at Mom's Meals, Stacey works closely with healthcare organizations to support their efforts to improve health outcomes through home-delivered meals
Veatrice Parker Futch, LCSW is the Southeast and Northeast Division leader for Social Determinants of Health Medicaid Product at Aetna. Her oversight includes the states of: FL, LA, KY, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA and WV. Veatrice has over 15 years of experience in managed care and social work. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Marketing from Clark Atlanta University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also earned her certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida. Her social work interests include interpersonal practices that focus on the emotional and mental health of children, youth and families as well as organizing, assisting, and stabilizing vulnerable communities.
Veronica Catoe is the Executive Director of Medicaid Management Services a 501c3 nonprofit that is building a community care hub in Florida. She is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience in healthcare. Combined with her education as an LPN, a degree in accounting she has developed a strong business acumen. Veronica previously has served as the CEO of the Florida Assisted Living Association, VP of New Operations for a multistate senior living company, as well as held various roles in home care, nursing homes and hospitals. She is focus driven with proven ability in creating positive, motivating work atmospheres, which in turn has enhanced the lives of those receiving care, comfort to their caregivers and increased revenues for stakeholders.