2021 Speakers

CHOICE Health Plans

Hany Abdelaal

President
Commonwealth Care Alliance

Lauren Easton

Vice President of Innovations
Humana

Stephanie Franklin, MPS

Population Health Strategy Lead
Kaiser Permanente

Erica Mahgerefteh, MPH

Sr. Consultant, Consulting Services, Medi-Cal, State Programs, Charitable Care and Coverage
PacificSource Health Plans

Therese McIntyre, MPH, CPH

Population Health Strategist
Genesee Health Plan

Jim Milanowski

President/CEO
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP

Executive Medical Director Population Health & Transformation
Gateway Health Plan

Konark Rana

Director, Product Strategy and Development
Kaiser Permanente

Martha Shenkenberg, MBA

Senior Manager, Consulting Services, Medi-Cal, State Programs, Charitable Care and Coverage
Geisinger

Stacey Staudenmeier, MSW, LSW, MHA

Senior Manager, Consulting Services, Medi-Cal, State Programs, Charitable Care and Coverage
CareSource

Karin VanZant

Vice President of Integrated Community Partnerships
Anthem

Mathew J. White, JD

Vice President of Integrated Community Partnerships
Speakers Biographies


Hany Abdelaal

President
CHOICE Health Plans

Dr. Hany Abdelaal serves as President of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, the health plans affiliated with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY). VNSNY is the largest nonprofit home and community-based health care organization in the United States, providing acute, rehabilitative, end-of-life, mental health, long-term care services and managed care plans to residents of the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, as well as parts of upstate New York. Dr. Abdelaal joined the plan in March of 2012 as its Chief Medical Officer and was named President in January 2015. Currently, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plan has the largest not for profit MLTSS plan in NYS, MMP (FIDA), FIDESNP, and an HIV Medicaid Special Needs Plan. Dr. Abdelaal has been involved in the duals programs and MLTSS programs for over 20 years. Previously, Dr. Abdelaal served in executive positions as Chief Medical Officer at Elderplan, Executive Director at Homefirst (NYC MLTC HealthPlan), and Associate Medical Director at Maimonides Medical Center. He completed his internship and residency in Primary Care/internal Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center.

Education:
D.O., New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
B.A., St. John’s University

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.

Stephanie Franklin, MPS, PMP

Population Health Strategy Lead | Bold Goal, Office of Health Affairs & Advocacy
Humana

Stephanie Franklin, MPS, is a Population Health Strategy Lead at Humana. Stephanie’s work is connected to Humana’s Bold Goal of improving the health of members and communities by addressing social determinants of health (SDOH). She was previously Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and was the relationship manager for a large nonprofit organization in Louisville, KY. Stephanie has a Master of Professional Studies in Political Management from The George Washington University.

Erica Mahgerefteh, MPH

Sr. Consultant, Consulting Services, Medi-Cal, State Programs, Charitable Care and Coverage
Kaiser Permanente

Erica has more than 15 years of experience in project management and currently works to implement Medi-Cal care delivery changes for Kaiser Permanente in the Southern California region. Most recently, she supported the Department of Healthcare Services' Health Homes Program rollout within Kaiser which consists of intensive care coordination, including supportive services for members experiencing homelessness. She provides oversight for the agencies that provide housing navigation and tenancy support services and currently participates in the California Health Care Foundation's Homelessness and Healthcare Learning Community.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Erica conducted a population health analysis at Glendale Adventist Medical Center to identify the high-utilizer population and held a position at Health Services Advisory Group--the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services quality improvement organization for Arizona and California--focused on motivating positive behavioral change for clinicians and patients.

Erica earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Southern California and her Master's in Public Health from UCLA.

Therese McIntyre, MPH, CPH

Population Health Strategist
PacificSource Health Plans

Therese is a Population Health Strategist with PacificSource Health Plans currently serving two regions in Oregon – Central Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. In her role at the health plan, Therese works with provider partners to bring evidence-based population health strategies to their quality and risk adjustment work. Therese previously worked at a Central Oregon FQHC where she helped create their population health program and developed a training program for staff. Prior to her work in Oregon she was the Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs for a quasi-government agency of the Baltimore City Health Department providing enrollment and services for recipients of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for Baltimore City residents. Therese is passionate about shifting health care systems to focus on prevention, health outcomes, and health equity.

Jim Milanowski

President/CEO
Genesee Health Plan

Jim Milanowski has over 22 years experience in the management of mental health, substance abuse, behavioral health managed care and medical care coverage programs. Mr. Milanowski currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Genesee Health Plan (GHP), administering a community based indigent health care plan. The health plan has covered over 70,000 Genesee County residents since 2001. Since the start of enrollment into Affordable Care Act in 2013, GHP has conducted outreach and enrollment sessions with over 15,000 Genesee County residents. The health plan received the 2015 Pinnacle Award from the Michigan Association of Health Plans for this effort.

As a strong advocate, his expertise includes working to reduce racial disparities, uncompensated care, and the impact of chronic disease. 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 and the Robert M. Pestronk Excellence in Public Health Award. He is a founding member of the Health Net Collaborative, and a member of the Greater Flint Health Coalition Access, Dental and Medical Group Visit Committees. He is the Treasurer of the Michigan Association of County Health Plans and is on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Community Health Center.

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 a limited-licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan, and has extensive counseling experience with adult, child, and adolescent populations.

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP

Executive Medical Director Population Health & Transformation
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey

Steven R. Peskin, MD is the Executive Medical Director Population Health at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. His expertise encompasses physician leadership, medical delivery management, performance improvement in health care, contracting; applications in technology include mobile/social media, clinical/scientific communications for health care professional and consumer audiences.

Dr. Peskin is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for MediMedia USA, CEO of Pharmaceutical Research Plus, President/COO of Nelson Managed Solutions and has worked in multiple executive positions in health plans at PacifiCare Health Systems, CIGNA Healthcare, and John Hancock. Dr. Peskin has authored industry and scientific articles, book chapters and spoken at various conferences and events about physician leadership, the medical home, mobile health and social media.

Dr. Peskin is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a clinical preceptor at The Eric B, Chandler Clinic for interns and residents in Internal Medicine. Dr. Peskin assists with the Population Health and business of medicine training for the Rutgers RWJ Internal Medicine physicians in training.

Dr. Peskin is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, serves as Governor for the Southern Region of the ACP in New Jersey, Board of Trustees for Friends of the National Library of Medicine, editorial advisory boards of The Journal of Population Health Management and Managed Care and is a Senior Scholar in the School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University. His community service includes the Boards of the Greater Donnelley Neighborhood Initiative and Young Audiences of New Jersey.

Dr. Peskin received a bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Konark Rana

Director, Product Strategy and Development
Gateway Health Plan

Konark is healthcare executive with 15 plus years of experience in healthcare strategy, creating clinical, member centric solutions which helps organizations to increase revenue, decrease costs and improving operational effectiveness by addressing people, processes and technology across every aspect of the healthcare payer lifecycle.

Currently as a Director of Product Strategy and Development within Gateway Healthplan he focuses on strategizing, designing and implementing innovative and transformative programs that support Gateway’s members throughout their journey to self reliance while positioning Gateway to be at forefront in the industry. He and his team contributes to support growth, value based payments, clinical and quality (HEDIS, Stars) programs and outcomes.

Martha Shenkenberg, MBA

Senior Manager, Consulting Services, Medi-Cal, State Programs, Charitable Care and Coveragee
Kaiser Permanente

Martha has been a health care consultant for more than thirty years. She has focused on implementing clinical programs throughout the United States. Currently she is with Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena where she leads all the Medi-Cal clinical implementations in Southern California. Her next area of focus will be to implement CalAIM in an integrated delivery network. Martha received both her BSN and MBA from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining KP, she worked at Deloitte Consulting and BoozAllen.

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.

Karin VanZant

Vice President of Integrated Community Partnerships
CareSource

Karin VanZant is the Vice President of Integrated Community Partnerships at CareSource. Since 2015, Mrs. VanZant oversees the work of Social Determinants of Health at CareSource and the full integration into the Population Health Model. Specifically, Mrs. VanZant has built the Life Services strategy, CareSource’s brand of SDOH partnerships, programs and pilots. The first and largest program of Life Services is JobConnectTM - a workforce development program that assists CareSource members to enter into full-time, permanent employment. In 2015, JobConnectTM started in Ohio and expanded to Indiana and Georgia Medicaid Markets as of 2017. Karin leads a team that is currently working on hunger and housing strategies as a part of Life Services. Prior to joining CareSource, Karin was the co-founder and Executive Director of Think Tank, Inc. For ten years as this organization’s leader, Karin assisted the team to live out the mission of equipping and facilitating collaboration among people and organizations seeking ways to promote greater connectedness and a more thriving community.

Karin VanZant has a MPA in Public Administration (2008) and a BA in Social Work (1998) from Wright State University. Karin is certified in various curriculums that address comprehensive poverty issues in the United States. She has helped author presentations and curriculum for use within nonprofit, business and faith-based organizations seeking to become relevant and holistic in their approach to poverty alleviation. Mrs. VanZant is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch Midwest University and Wright State University on a variety of 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 in Springfield, Ohio with her husband and two boxer dogs.

Mathew J. White, JD

Director, Value Based Solutions
Anthem