2024 Speakers

Geisinger

Allison Hess

Vice President Health Innovations
SafeRide Health

Andy Auerbach

Chief Revenue Officer
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Sheild Ohio Medicaid

Angela B. Abenaim, MS

Health Equity Director
Catholic Medical Partners

Barry Stelmach

CFO
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
Point32Health

Haile Hernandez, BS MSW

Head of Social Determinants of Health-Community Health Services
Kaiser Permanente

Jalynne K. Figueroa, MBA

Consultant III
Trinity Health

Jaime Dircksen

Vice President, Community Health & Well-Being
Oregon Health & Science University

Jeanine Smith

Practice Manager, Family Medicine South Waterfront
Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center

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

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

Kate Tullio, MPH, MS

Director, Health Equity
Benelynk

Keslie Crichton

Chief Sales Officer
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
Blue Cross 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
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
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.

Andy Auerbach

Chief Revenue Officer
SafeRide Health

Andy has led SafeRide’s commercial strategy since 2018, growing the business from less than 1,000 rides per year to over 7M projected rides 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, Andy has more than 10 years of revenue leadership experience in SaaS and enterprise technology across all verticals - most recently as a Regional Vice President of Sales for Oracle.

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.

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 

Haile Hernandez, BS MSW

Head of Social Determinants of Health-Community Health Services
Point32Health

Haile Hernandez is a first-generation immigrant from the Dominican Republic. He is a MSW by training, with over 15 years of lived and professional experiences in the health care industry. He has a strong background in developing and restructuring Social Determinant of Health (SDOH) & Clinical Innovative programs for vulnerable populations with Complex Medical, Social, and Behavioral health needs. As the Head of Social Determinants of Health -Community Health Services at Point32health, Haile is responsible for building national solutions to address social determinants and social health disparities for members, patients, and employees, across our entire footprint, while also creating localized community-based solutions for specific communities, markets, and populations as part of our mission and commitment to improve Health Equity for all in our communities. Haile specializes in community health innovation. He builds strong partnerships with the community and develops programming to support both our operations mission and vision. He is skilled in identifying gaps and services and structural inequities and building both individual care plans and programming to empower the population we serve to overcome barriers to care and reach their goals.  

Prior to joining Point32Health, Haile spent more than seven years working as manager of Acute Care Services & Clinical Innovation at Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), where he gained leadership and operational experience through running highly visible community/clinical initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the commonwealth of Massachusetts responses to the global pandemic between 2020-2022. He was responsible for the leadership and oversight of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Isolation and Recovery sites for positive Covid-19 patients without a place to stay, and the temporary transitional housing program for homeless individuals as part of the response to the humanitarian crisis centered around the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in the city of Boston; to support the commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents struggling with housing insecurity, substance use disorder and behavior health needs. In addition, Haile ran a hospital to home program at CCA, whose structure allowed for clinicians embedded in high volume ED’s to divert patients to home using Mobile Integrated Health, thus avoiding ED visits and subsequent acute admissions.

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.

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”.

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.

Kate Tullio, MPH, MS

Director, Health Equity
CareSource

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Nicki Venem, CPC, MSML

Manager, Value Based Programs, MSO Services
Blue Cross 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.

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.

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.