2024 Speakers

Geisinger

Allison Hess

Vice President Health Innovations
Network Health

Amber Smits

Quality Revenue and Health Equity Supervisor
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Sheild Ohio Medicaid

Angela B. Abenaim, MS

Health Equity Director
Catholic Medical Partners

Barry Stelmach

CFO
Wider Circle

Bill Friedman

VP of Payer Engagement
CareSource

Cameual Wright, MD, MBA

Vice President, Market Chief Medical Officer, Indiana
Catholic Medical Partners

Carmela Costiniuk, B.Sc. OT, MHA, D. EdD (C)

Vice President, Population Health and Clinical Transformation
ATRIO Health Plans

Caroline Yaun, RN, BSN, LNC

Executive Director, SNP Programs
Health Impact Ohio 

Carrie Baker

President & Chief Executive Officer
Wider Circle

Chiquela Harrison

Area Manager
Kaiser Permanente

Jalynne K. Figueroa, MBA

Consultant III
Trinity Health

Jaime Dircksen

Vice President, Community Health & Well-Being
HealthCare Dynamics International (HCDI)

Jean Drummond

President & CEO
Oregon Health & Science University

Jeanine Smith

Practice Manager, Family Medicine South Waterfront
Modify Health

Jen Lane

Vice President, Healthcare Programming
ATRIO Health Plans

Jennifer Callahan

Chief Operating Officer
Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center

Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA

AHIMA Past-President, Vice President & Chief Privacy Officer
CareSource

Keisha Zackery

Health Equity Director
Benelynk

Keslie Crichton

Chief Sales Officer
Kevin Bagley Strategic Consulting

Kevin Bagley, DHA, FACHE

Former Medicaid Director
Maryland Physicians Care

Lorena de Leon, DPA, MBA

Senior Director, Population Health and SDoH
Catholic Medical Partners

Margaret W. Paroski, MD, MMM

President & CEO
Kaiser Permanente

Martha Shenkenberg, BSN, MBA

Director, Health Care Services, Medi-Cal and State Programs, SCAL
Interwell Health

Melissa Morgan, MHA, CPHQ

Director Health Equity and Quality, Population Health
Affiliated Santé Group

Michelle Grigsby-Hackett, LCPC, CPRP

Chief Executive Officer
KaizenHealth

Mindi S. Knebel

Chief Executive Officer
Independent Doctors of Idaho

Nicki Venem, CPC, MSML

Manager, Value Based Programs, MSO Services
Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative, Inc.

Nikki Kmicinski, MS, RD, CDN

Executive Director
SafeRide Health

Patrick Egan

VP of Sales & Business Development
USAging

Paul Cantrell

Director, Center of Excellence to Align Health and Social Care
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Rani Morrison Williams, MS, MSW, LCSW, FACHE

CDE Chief Diversity and Community Health Equity Officer
CareSource

Shannon Sleighter, MBA-HM,

Life Services - Indiana
Blue Cross of Idaho

Stina Redford

Director of Payment Innovation
Speakers Biographies


Allison Hess

Vice President Health Innovations
Geisinger

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.

Amber Smits

Quality Revenue and Health Equity Supervisor
Network Health

Angela B. Abenaim, MS

Health Equity Director
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Sheild Ohio Medicaid

Angela Abenaim has a long career devoted to strategic population health initiatives to reduce inequities across Ohio. Ms. Abenaim began her career working to improve re-entry programing and outcomes for restored citizens. She then transitioned to youth prevention where Ms. Abenaim established the first LGBTQIA tobacco prevention efforts for the State of Ohio.  Ms. Abenaim’s passions led her to focus on reproductive health initiatives including launching comprehensive school-based health education programs, BC4Teens clinical contraceptive initiatives and management of women’s health regional efforts to reduce infant mortality. Ms. Abenaim’s current role is focused on infusing health equity initiatives into all aspects of the Medicaid system including value-based programs, member services, care management, trainings, quality improvement initiatives, and community reinvestments. Ms. Abenaim is dedicated to collaboration and working in conjunction with the communities in which she serves to best co-design effective interventions which includes comprehensive strategies that address upstream, midstream, and downstream efforts to reduce inequities and improve health outcomes for Ohioans most impacted by structural racism and affected by social drivers of health; of yesterday and today. Ms. Abenaim received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and master’s degree from Franklin University. She resides in Columbus, Ohio with her Israeli-American husband, two teenage children, newly adopted shelter husky (what was I thinking) and two spoiled cats. In her free time, she can often be found on a high school lacrosse field, a middle school volleyball court or reading the latest urban fantasy fiction novels.

Barry Stelmach

CFO
Catholic Medical Partners

Barry Stelmach is the Chief Financial Officer for Catholic Medical Partners, the largest network of independent practice physicians in Buffalo, NY, with nearly 900 physician members. He is responsible for the overall financial operations and leads payor negotiations for the organization. Barry also oversees the development and evaluation of risk contracts between payors and providers for all lines of business. He has played a significant role in preparing practices for the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care and risk-based contracts.   

A native of Buffalo, NY  Barry earned his undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Economics and a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Bill Friedman

VP of Payer Engagement
Wider Circle

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.

Cameual Wright, MD, MBA

Vice President, Market Chief Medical Officer, Indiana
CareSource

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.

Carmela Costiniuk, B.Sc. OT, MHA, D. EdD (C)

Vice President, Population Health and Clinical Transformation
Catholic Medical Partners

Carmela Costiniuk is Vice President of Population Health and Clinical Transformation at Catholic Medical Partners, the largest network of independent practice physicians in Buffalo, NY, with nearly 900 physician members. She develops and implements population health and operational strategies and oversees the operations team, which provides direct support to physician practices to improve quality performance and care coordination across the health continuum.  

A native of Canada, Carmela earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and her Masters in Health Services Administration from D’Youville University where she is currently completing her Doctoral Degree in Health Administration.  

Carmela has held various administrative positions in home and community based care, acute care, long-term care, and the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Ontario Ministry of Health.

Caroline Yaun, RN, BSN, LNC

Executive Director, SNP Programs
ATRIO Health Plans

In her role as Executive Director of SNP Programs at ATRIO Health Plans, Caroline leads the development and implementation of innovative and effective health plan benefits and clinical programs for dual eligible and special needs populations. She has over 15 years of experience in managed care, product strategy, public policy analysis and implementation, and relationship management in the healthcare industry.

Caroline is passionate about improving health disparities and addressing social determinants of health by partnering with state and community agencies, providers, and members. She currently serves as secretary of the Board of Trustees for Laura Baker Services Association, a community non-profit that supports the I/DD population.

Carrie Baker

President & Chief Executive Officer
Health Impact Ohio 

Carrie Baker has been working in and around health and healthcare policy, quality improvement and management in Columbus and across Ohio for over 20 years. In her various positions, Carrie has focused on advocacy and quality improvement, mainly in health and healthcare. Carrie has worked closely with the Ohio General Assembly and various Ohio Administrations, as well as officials in the federal government, on issues such as payment reform, hospital reimbursement, chronic disease management and child health priorities. Former employers include the Ohio Nurses Association, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and as the President of her own consulting group.

Since January of 2017, Carrie has served as President and CEO of the Health Impact Ohio (HIO). Health Impact Ohio believes in optimal health outcomes for all individuals in every community. HIO’s mission is to improve social drivers of health, health equity, access, and quality in all communities, through community engagement and partnership; multi-stakeholder training and coaching; data collection and integration; and strategy development and deployment. Health Impact Ohio is a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC) and member of Civitas Networks for Health.

Under Carrie’s leadership, HIO has grown from 3.5 FTEs and an annual budget of $600,000 to 12 FTEs, 7 consultants and an annual budget of over $7 million. Carrie is the leader and spokesperson for HIO and is responsible for leading its vision, implementing the strategies developed by HIO among multi-stakeholder projects, funding the mission and managing HIO day-to-day operations as she and her staff work toward the goals of better health, better care, and lower cost. Carrie lives with her husband and four children in Central Ohio.

Chiquela Harrison

Area Manager
Wider Circle

Chiquela Harrison is an Area Manager for Wider Circle with a unique background in both the healthcare and culinary world.

Chiquela started her career in the food industry, creating dishes for hospitals and airports. She graduated from the Dorsey Culinary Academy and then trained under Cat Cora, the first female iron chef winner. In this role, Chiquela was an executive chef creating fine cuisine. Additionally, Chiquela has a nursing background in phlebotomy, and is also a licensed patient care technician.

Chiquela joined Wider Circle because it was the ideal opportunity to combine her knowledge of culinary and healthcare, and directly impact communities. She is involved with members daily, empowering them to live healthier lives and connecting them with resources. She enjoys creating cooking segments and teaching nutrition at events. Ms. Harrison’s recent speaking engagements include AHIP’s 2024 Medicare, Medicaid, Duals & Commercial Marketing Forum.

Extremely family oriented, Chiquela has 10 nephews and nieces, and she has played a significant role in the lives and upbringing of two of her nephews who have autism.

Jalynne K. Figueroa, MBA

Consultant III
Kaiser Permanente

Jalynne Figueroa is a Consultant for Kaiser Permanente’s Medi-Cal Care Delivery and Operations team. In this role, Jalynne facilitates the implementation and operationalization of various DHCS initiatives such as Community Supports and the Community Health Worker benefit for Medi-Cal Managed Care members at Kaiser Permanente. She works closely with various internal departments such as contracting, claims, care coordination, quality, and regulatory oversight and external partners such as other managed care plans and community- based organizations. In addition to providing regulatory and operational support to different projects, she is responsible for identifying key issues, problems, resources required, and communicating the outcomes and best practices to key stakeholders. Jalynne has been with Kaiser Permanente for over six years and dedicated to serving our members in the community.

Jaime Dircksen

Vice President, Community Health & Well-Being
Trinity Health

Jaime Dircksen serves as the Vice President, Community Health & Well-Being (CHWB) at Trinity Health leading initiatives to optimize health for people experiencing poverty and other vulnerabilities across the 26-state system. She oversees advancing policies and programs that promote health equity and dismantle racism; investing in our communities through community benefit compliance, grantmaking and low-interest loans; and advancing social care through collaborating with care teams to expand access to healthcare and address patient social needs. Jaime joined Trinity Health in July 2016, with over 20 years of public health experience leading large-scale planning, program and policy design efforts through public and private partnerships. She earned her Master's Degree from the University of Chicago at the School of Social Service Administration.

Jean Drummond

President & CEO
HealthCare Dynamics International (HCDI)

Jean Drummond is the President and CEO of HealthCare Dynamics International (HCD International), a national quality improvement and population health firm committed to improving the quality of health for all, especially vulnerable populations. She provides executive oversight on national, state and local quality improvement and population health initiatives across multiple markets within the health sector.    

She founded HCDI in 1991 after serving as a practicing clinician. HCDI is one of only six small businesses who hold the highly esteemed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors (NQIIC) Award and is the only population health small business with this award.   

Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) as a Physician’s Assistant from Howard University and a master’s degree in public administration in health care management from Bowie State University.

Jeanine Smith

Practice Manager, Family Medicine South Waterfront
Oregon Health & Science University

Jeanine Smith resides in Portland Oregon, and is employed by Oregon Health and Science University. She is a Former SDOH Co-Chair, and current Practice Manager of The Family Medicine Clinic at Oregon Health and Science University, this clinic has over 18,000 patients, and sees over 47,000 visits a year. Jeanine has a wide range of experience in healthcare, and has held several positions during her tenure. Some examples are: Former SDOH co-chair, Director of the VEC (Vaccine Equity Committed), OHSU Inspired Award recipient, Co-Facilitator, of the OHSU Camaraderie committee, Member of the OLSU Labor Management committee, as well as her role as Practice Manager.

These positions have afforded Jeanine the opportunity to be an important part of the success of the wide range of programs and services provided to patients. Understanding the need for collaborative health, outside of the Provider/patient relationship.

Jeanine was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix Institute.Her Health care career began in May, 1989 @ The University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.She is no stranger to taking on challenges and providing successful outcomes for the patient.

Jeanine is a mother of 2 very successful daughters, Jasmine (34), and Jalyssa (31) and prides herself in ensuring that they always see her as an example of a well-rounded, professional as well as a hands on mom. Jeanine lives by the motto: “Hard work, perseverance, dedication, and self- care leads to success”.

Jen Lane

Vice President, Healthcare Programming
Modify Health

Jen Lane is the Vice President of Healthcare Programming for ModifyHealth. Driven by a deep commitment to addressing health and social inequities, Ms. Lane has dedicated her career to building solutions that empower vulnerable populations.

Drawing from almost two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector and advocacy at the state and federal levels, she now leads ModifyHealth's efforts in bridging healthcare and social service initiatives. Committed to transforming our national perspective on nutritional insecurity beyond mere food insecurity, Ms. Lane has led the integration of food as medicine interventions across the healthcare landscape, collaborating with payors, value-based care systems, and community organizations.

These programs, especially within Medicaid, tackle social determinants of health and access barriers through a pioneering social care delivery model. This model utilizes community health workers (CHWs) in tandem with wraparound social services to effectively engage underserved populations. This initiative has shown how community- level operations can leverage the power of food not only to improve health outcomes but also to build trust and reintegrate the most marginalized individuals back into the healthcare system.

Ms. Lane works at the intersection of healthcare innovation and social care advocacy, where her team’s efforts continue to foster meaningful changes in the way healthcare is delivered and experienced by communities nationwide.

Jennifer Callahan

Chief Operating Officer
ATRIO Health Plans

Jen Callahan is the Chief Operating Officer of ATRIO Health Plans. For the past 19 years, Jen has established herself as a trusted thought leader and helped shape the managed care industry with her innovative ideas and expertise. Jen has dedicated her career almost exclusively to managed care and is an industry leading expert in all areas of Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement programs.

Prior to joining ATRIO, she co-founded a field management organization, Keen Insurance Services, Inc. to create a provider-centric Medicare focused sales and distribution organization from the ground up. Prior to that, she held the position of Vice President, Medicare Product at Aetna, a CVS Health company where she oversaw the product development and implementation Aetna’s entire Medicare portfolio, contributing over $24 billion to Aetna’s revenue. Throughout her career, Jen has also held various leadership positions at Healthfirst, Inc. and Anthem, Inc. focused exclusively on Government sponsored business.

Jen received her Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and MBA from North Carolina State University. Jen currently resides in Waxhaw, a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, their three kids and fur baby, Vivi. Jen loves spending time with her family and friends and hosting them at their home.

Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA

AHIMA Past-President, Vice President & Chief Privacy Officer
Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center

Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA is the vice president and privacy officer at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center, located in Madison Wisconsin. Prior to starting in this role, Ms. Mueller was the vice president and chief information officer at Watertown Regional Medical Center in Watertown Wisconsin.

She is an active participant in a number of professional organizations on both the national and Wisconsin levels. Nationally, she is a member of, and holds Fellow certifications from both the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In Wisconsin, she is the Past-President (twice) of the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA), is active in the Wisconsin Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the HIPAA Collaborative of WI (HIPAACOW), and is on the board (Treasurer) of the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN). She completed a three-year term on the AHIMA board of directors in 2021 and is the 2023 current President/Chair. She has also received numerous awards during her career including WHIMA’s Rising Star Award, Motivator Award, the Distinguished member award, and most recently the Professional Practice Mentor Award.

Ms. Mueller is a registered health information administrator and earned both her BS in Health Information Management and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Katrina Roebuck

Senior Director of Systems Integration
Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services City of Philadelphia

Katrina Roebuck is the Senior Director of Systems Integration for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities.  In this role, she is tasked with working across the divisions of DBHIDS as well as system wide stakeholders including government agencies, community-based organizations, and other key partners to coordinate integrated approaches impacting population health.

Over the last 20 years, Katrina has worked in various leadership positions including, Director of Operations for the City’s Out of School Time Initiatives, Deputy Director of the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity,  Director of Policy and Planning for the Office of Housing and Community Development and Deputy Director of the Office of Supportive Housing (now the Office of Homeless Services).  

Prior to joining the City, Katrina held progressively responsible positions with Philadelphia based non-profits and the Philadelphia Housing Authority. She earned her BS from Howard University in Washington DC and MBA from LaSalle University in Philadelphia.   Linkedin – linkedin.com/in/katrina-pratt-roebuck-mba-455a48249

Keisha Zackery

Health Equity Director
CareSource

Currently serving as the Health Equity Director at CareSource, she champions initiatives aimed at promoting health equity and ensuring equitable access to healthcare services for CareSource members. In her role, LaKeisha spearheads efforts to forge robust community partnerships, facilitates educational opportunities for key stakeholders (members, providers, employees), and advocates for closing gaps in care through innovative solutions and collaboration.

LaKeisha's journey with CareSource commenced in December 2014, where she has since demonstrated versatility across various roles. Her commitment to fostering vital connections has been instrumental in serving communities effectively. Her dedication to serving the community is evident in her founding of It Takes a Village Family Support Services in 2019. Through this initiative, LaKeisha provides invaluable education, empowerment, and support to families as a full spectrum doula and family engagement educator. She embodies a passionate commitment to driving positive change not only within healthcare but also throughout various spheres of influence.

LaKeisha Zackery is a dynamic professional with a master’s in leadership with a Health Care Concentration, complemented by over two decades of dedicated service in the nonprofit sector.

Keslie Crichton

Chief Sales Officer
Benelynk

Keslie is the Chief Sales Officer for Benelynk. In her role, she is not only responsible for new business development but also works on innovative partnerships to improve outreach strategies and health outcomes for our client’s members. At the core of BeneLynk’s services, Keslie and her team work to identify, document and solve member’s social determinant of health (SDoH) challenges by “leading with help”. This increases BeneLynk’s engagement rates across our integrated services while also providing our clients with crucial information they need to deliver care and improve their quality metrics.

Keslie has worked in managed care for over 25 years with a focus on SDoH solutions that improve members lives but also provide a return on investment for our clients. Keslie's passion lies in working on strategies that put members at the center while ensuring we deliver accurate risk-adjusted revenue, quality performance, and member retention. 

Keslie holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Regis University and worked toward her MBA and Masters in Healthcare Administration at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

Kevin Bagley, DHA, FACHE

Former Medicaid Director
Kevin Bagley Strategic Consulting

Kevin Bagley, DHA, MBA, FACHE is passionate about finding ways to improve the systems of care that support Medicaid participants across the country. Kevin’s most recent role was as the Medicaid Director for the state of Nebraska, serving under two Governors, Pete Ricketts and Jim Pillen. Prior to serving as Nebraska’s Medicaid Director, Kevin served as the Director of LTSS for the state of Utah’s Medicaid program.

Kevin served on the Board of Directors at the National Association of Medicaid Directors and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Kevin earned his Doctor of Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University and his Master’s in Business Administration from Utah State University.

Lorena de Leon, DPA, MBA

Senior Director, Population Health and SDoH
Maryland Physicians Care

Dr. Lorena de Leon have over 25 years of clinical and operational experience including program development, strategic planning, digital health and technology, and affordability/cost savings. She is currently the Sr. Director of Population Health and Social Determinant of Health for Maryland Physicians Care, the 3 rd largest Medicaid managed care organization in the State of Maryland. She has served in leadership role for organization including United Healthcare, Optum, Johns Hopkins, and the Office of Healthcare Quality. Lorena holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management, an MBA in Healthcare management, and Doctorate in Public Administration from University of Baltimore. She also holds a certificate in Value-Based Care from the University of Houston and is a Green Belt in Six Sigma and Lean certified.

Margaret W. Paroski, MD, MMM

President & CEO
Catholic Medical Partners

Dr. Paroski is the is the President & CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Catholic Medical Partners, an independent practice association with 900 physician members. A board certified neurologist, Dr. Paroski has held various administrative positions including Medical Director at Erie County Medical Center; Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Admissions and Interim Vice President of Health Affairs and Interim Dean at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo; and Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Kaleida Health.

She began her medical career at the Buffalo VA Medical Center and held hospital appointments at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Kaleida Health, and Erie County Medical Center. In addition to her clinical and leadership roles, Dr. Paroski has been a faculty member in the Neurology department at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for the past 38 years.

As President & CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Catholic Medical Partners, Dr. Paroski leads clinical integration and standardization efforts and physician relations among the organization’s medical and specialty practices. She is also responsible for engaging physician members in population health initiatives and value based payment model adaptation.

Martha Shenkenberg, BSN, MBA

Director, Health Care Services, Medi-Cal and State Programs, SCAL
Kaiser Permanente

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 Morgan, MHA, CPHQ

Director Health Equity and Quality, Population Health
Interwell Health

Melissa Morgan is the Director of Health Equity and Quality at Interwell Health. In this role, she is a leading expert and advocate in health equity, committed to understanding the unique disparities and needs of people living with kidney disease to help patients live their best lives. She establishes standards for health equity data collection and provides guidance on data analysis to assess health equity and manage programs effectively. In addition, Melissa builds and sustains relationships with key stakeholders and communities internally and externally. Prior to joining Interwell Health in 2021, she worked in various leadership roles including as a Director of Operations for an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and a Director of Quality and Risk at a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH). Melissa holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

Michelle Grigsby-Hackett, LCPC, CPRP

Chief Executive Officer
Affiliated Santé Group

Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) with over 22 years of experience in the behavioral health industry.  Michelle completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and her Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. She has devoted her career to assisting adults, children, and families experiencing challenges with mental health, substance use, and behavioral health crises.

Michelle has served several roles during her 20 years with Affiliated Santé Group, including Director of Psychiatric Recovery Services, Outpatient Behavioral Health Director, and Vice President of Crisis Response Services. Michelle is dedicated to understanding the needs of our communities, as well as developing partnerships with state and community stakeholders to meet the growing needs of individuals living with behavioral health conditions, as well as those experiencing crises. In her role as Chief Executive Officer, Michelle is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization, as well as leading the operational responsibilities for Santé. As a service provider and organizational manager for five entities, Michelle's role is to effectively manage all service and business operations. Michelle is the first African American and woman to hold this role in the organization.

Mindi S. Knebel

Chief Executive Officer
KaizenHealth

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.

Nicki Venem, CPC, MSML

Director, Network Innovation
Independent Doctors of Idaho

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.

Nikki Kmicinski, MS, RD, CDN

Executive Director
Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative, Inc

Nikki Kmicinski is the Executive Director for Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative (WNYICC). WNYICC is recognized nationally by the US Administration for Community Living (ACL) as a Community Care Hub (CCH) for a regional Community Integrated Health Network of over 50 local social care agencies or community-based organizations (CBOs).  Under Nikki’s leadership, WNYICC was awarded The John A. Hartford 2023 Business Innovation Award for their network development and contracts with health plans. Nikki is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Science degree in Service Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. Nikki has executed over 25 contracts between health plans and the WNYICC CBO Network for programs including: Meal Delivery, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Diabetes Self-Management, Diabetes Prevention Program, Healthy IDEAS, benefit navigation, care transitions, Community Health Coaching, Falls Prevention, and Caregiver Support Programs.  Nikki is a member of the following national, state, and local forums: Partnership to Align Social Care, Coding4Food Advisory Council,  NY State Food As Medicine Coalition, Social Care Network Coalition of NY, ACL’s Community Care Hub Learning Community, Western NY Food As Medicine Coalition, Western NY Social Care Data Coalition, African-American Healthy Equity Task Force, LiveWell Erie, American Society on Aging, Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES), and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Patrick Egan

VP of Sales & Business Development
SafeRide Health

Patrick has led SafeRide’s payer growth strategy since 2021, helping grow the business to over 45 Medicare and Medicaid plans in 2024. Beginning as a technology platform for delivering on- demand transportation to care providers, SafeRide now serves many of the nation's leading Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans, including the largest share of DSNP membership of any NEMT provider. Before SafeRide, Patrick has more than 10 years of experience in healthcare enterprise technology, value-based care, and Medicare Advantage - most recently as a Director of Growth for Lumeris/Essence.

Paul Cantrell

Director, Center of Excellence to Align Health and Social Care
USAging

Paul Cantrell joined USAging in November 2023 and serves as Director of the Center of Excellence to Align Health and Social Care. Paul is no stranger to USAging, having provided consulting services to the association and its Aging and Disability Business Institute (Business Institute) for more than ten years. He also manages the Business Institute’s Consulting Program and has provided consulting services to AAAs Community Care Hubs (CCHs), state units on aging, state associations of AAAs, and Community-based Organizations (CBOs) across the nation.  

Paul has more than 25 years of leadership and professional experience with a diverse group of health and social care-related organizations, including the Georgia Business Forum on Health, the Georgia Department of Insurance, Comprehensive Care Connections (C3) - a CCH in Pennsylvania; and Humana Inc.

In 2012, Paul founded Clear View Strategies, LLC to provide consulting services, training, and technical assistance in the areas of public affairs and improving business results for AAAs and CBOs at the intersection of health and social care. He is also a frequent presenter at national, state, and regional conferences and has served as faculty on a National Council on Aging (NCOA) Learning Collaborative.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University. He lives in central Virginia with his wife where they are active in a small church and enjoy hiking and kayaking.

Rani Morrison Williams, MS, MSW, LCSW, FACHE

CDE Chief Diversity and Community Health Equity Officer
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

As someone who raised a child with a number of chronic diseases, Rani Morrison Williams understands the challenges of navigating complex healthcare systems as both a patient and caregiver. As a result of her personal experiences, her career has been dedicated to improving access and equity in healthcare for all. Ms. Williams currently serves as the first Chief Diversity and Community Health Equity Officer at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health) charged with leading the health system’s formal efforts towards improving diversity, inclusion, and health equity internally and externally in the communities UI Health serves. Prior to this role, she served as Senior Director, Care Continuum at UI Health for over 5 years, leading the areas of Case Management, Social Work, Utilization Management, Financial Case Management, and Care Coordination. In all, Ms. Williams has over 20 years of healthcare experience in various capacities, which began in the area of HIV/AIDS direct services, and progressed over the years through public health, research, care coordination, and hospital administration.

Ms. Williams is a proud HBCU graduate, holding a BS in Sociology from Southern University and A&M College, a Master's in Public Service Management from DePaul University, a Master's of Social Work from University of Southern California, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Diversity Executive. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and board member of the Chicago Health Executives Forum. Ms. Williams has been recognized for her achievements as a Crain’s Chicago 2019 Notable Women in Healthcare honoree, Crain’s Chicago 2022 Notable Executive of Color in Healthcare, and Becker’s Top Diversity Executive In addition to her professional endeavors, Ms. Williams believes in servant leadership and is very active in her community, sitting on several nonprofit boards and holding leadership positions in several member organizations.

Shannon Sleighter, MBA-HM, Manager

Life Services - Indiana
CareSource

Shannon Sleighter (he, him), Manager of Life Services, CareSource (Indiana) Shannon joined CareSource in 2018 as a Life Coach.  He then moved to different roles within Quality, Compliance and Regulatory which enriched his understanding of managed care functions.  This diversified experience has equipped him to lead the Life Services team effectively, ensuring they possess the necessary skills and tools to uphold quality standards and compliance amidst growing attention to Social Determinants of Health (SDOH).  The Life Services team is a dynamic group of community and member-facing professionals that work collaboratively to coach, support, and refer members to necessary resources in pursuit of our mission to improve quality of life and self-sufficiency. Shannon received his BA from Purdue University and holds an MBA in Healthcare Management. He advocates for a holistic approach to patient or member care, urging all stakeholders to assist in addressing social needs alongside medical interventions.  Shannon envisions a collaborative effort among partners to comprehensively support individuals in achieving optimal health and well-being.

Sheila Phicil

Director of Innovation
Boston Medical Center Health System | Health Equity Accelerator

Sheila Phicil is a dynamic trailblazer and currently holds the role of Director of Innovation at Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) Health Equity Accelerator. In this capacity, she spearheads transformative initiatives that propel the cause of racial health equity forward, while also tackling the intricate web of social determinants of health. With a remarkable track record spanning 15 years in healthcare, Sheila has expertly navigated policy, strategy, and operations within diverse clinical, research, and teaching environments. Her journey has encompassed esteemed institutions including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Veterans Health Administration.

Notably, Sheila's dedication and prowess have earned her the prestigious BMC Leadership Impact Award in 2020 for her stewardship in fostering diversity, inclusion, and health equity. Additionally, her commitment to excellence led to her selection as one of merely 24 high-potential healthcare leaders for the Massachusetts Health Leadership College fellowship program in 2022.

Sheila has a robust educational background, holding dual Master’s degrees in Public Health and Financial Economics, accompanied by the respected title of Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Beyond her formal accomplishments, Sheila's perspectives are deeply rooted in her lived experiences as a first-generation Haitian American woman. Her distinctive ability to weave compelling narratives adds a poignant layer to her advocacy on intricate matters, illuminating the essence of multifaceted issues.

With an unwavering belief in the power of system design to shape outcomes, Sheila is resolutely committed to reimagining care systems that cater to and uplift vulnerable and marginalized populations. Through her remarkable journey, she continues to redefine possibilities, one impactful story and initiative at a time.

Stina Redford

Director of Payment Innovation
Blue Cross of Idaho

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.