Speakers & Faculty


Matt Miller

Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Magellan Healthcare

Matt Miller

Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Magellan Healthcare

Matt Miller is the senior vice president, Public Sector for Magellan Healthcare, where he is responsible for strategic account management and growth of Magellan public sector Medicaid programs. He has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry, focusing on overall operations, business development and provider network development and management. Matt developed and implemented Magellan’s first value-based purchasing and reimbursement strategy, and continues to be actively engaged in the value-based strategy and execution for the company’s Public Markets business.

Prior to his current role, Matt served in progressive leadership roles as Magellan’s director of business development for public sector; as vice president, public sector provider network, where his focus was on Medicaid and public sector provider delivery systems; and as national vice president, behavioral health network management and operations for both the public sector and commercial network.

Matt graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. ×

Keith Neal, MBA, MHL, CHFP

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Advocates

Bio coming soon

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Donald J. Dauman, MBA, LCSWR

Chief Financial Officer, Spectrum Health & Human Services

Mr. Dauman graduated from the University at Buffalo with an MSW in 1989 and an MBA in 2001. He has a 28-year career in behavioral health in a variety of direct service positions and has served in Program Management roles and Executive Leadership roles. He also has a 10-year career as the Erie County Department of Mental Health Fiscal Administrator. Mr. Dauman has extensive experience in new program development, grant writing, system reform initiatives and innovative program and fiscal management models.

In 2010 Mr. Dauman joined the staff of Spectrum Health and Human Services as the Assistant Chief Financial Officer and was promoted in 2017 as their Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Spectrum Health and Human Services is one of the largest and most comprehensive behavioral health organizations in Western New York. Mr. Dauman is an avid Buffalo Sabres fan and lives in Lancaster, New York with his wife of 28 years and two children Zachary and Amber. ×

Maggie Labarta, Ph.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

Maggie is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of healthcare management experience. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (College Park) and has been with Meridian since 1983. Her clinical experience includes a focus on work with families in cases of abuse, neglect and family law as well as work within acute inpatient psychiatric settings. Administratively, she has considerable experience in strategic planning and organizational development. ×

Tristan Keelan

Marketing Strategist, TenEleven Group

Tristan Keelan is the Marketing Strategist at TenEleven Group. Tristan holds a BA in English from Elmira College and an MBA from St. Bonaventure University. He uses his experiences working in Government, Non-profit National Service, and Banking to bring business process and analytics driven insights to the behavioral health industry.

Tristan is the Co-Author of the TenEleven training course Data, Analytics, & You, which explores how to manipulate your EHR data in a business analytics tools for maximum visibility into behavioral health agency outcomes.  In this capacity Tristan is responsible for delivering training that is designed to help behavioral health agencies incorporate analytics into their strategic plan and management of clinical outcomes measures.

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Ashley Sandoval

Associate Chief Executive Officer, Emergence Health Network

Ashley Sandoval

Associate Chief Executive Officer, Emergence Health Network

Bio coming soon

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Vanessa R. Lane, MBA

Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management/ Data Analytics, Grafton Integrated Health Network

Vanessa R. Lane, MBA

Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management/ Data Analytics, Grafton Integrated Health Network

Vanessa Lane is the Director of Revenue Cycle Management at Grafton Integrated Health Network.  She has over twenty years of experience in the healthcare field. Ms. Lane has experience managing accounts receivable, contracting, admissions, authorizations and front desk functions in a healthcare setting. She also has extensive experience in working with multiple state Medicaid systems to develop and implement policy changes.  Additionally, she has participated in multiple teams in the selection, implementation, and use of multiple Electronic Health Record Systems.

Prior to working at Grafton, Ms. Lane was the Manager of Accounts Receivable for the Center for Behavioral Health at Centerstone. In this position, she managed the revenue cycle through multiple Electronic Health Record Implementations and several mergers between Non-Profit CMHCs.

Ms. Lane received her MBA with a Healthcare Administration focus from Indiana Wesleyan University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. ×

Chris Thompson

Vice President of Operations-Behavioral Health, Monarch

Chris Thompson

Vice President of Operations-Behavioral Health, Monarch

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Behavioral Health, Chris Thompson is responsible for overseeing all of Monarch’s behavioral health operations across North Carolina.

Having worked with non-profit organizations for more than 10 years, Chris joined Monarch more than six years ago. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Winthrop University and earned his Master’s in Health Administration at Pfeiffer University.

Chris lives in Fort Mill, S.C., with his wife, Courtney, and their two teenage children, Jonathan, and Ashton. ×

David E. Young, MBA

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS & Chair Board of Directors, Raiven Healthcare

David E. Young, MBA

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS & Chair Board of Directors, Raiven Healthcare

David Young, MBA, brings more than 30 years of executive experience in technology, new product development, and strategic planning in the health and human service field to the OPEN MINDS team. In addition to holding executive-level positions at prominent healthcare organizations, Mr. Young has also co-developed several start up organizations. He has extensive experience in the telemedicine field, specifically working with autism, children and adolescents, corrections and long-term care markets.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Young served as the Chair of the Board and the Chief Marketing Officer of Raiven Healthcare in Tennessee. In this position, he provided leadership and strategic vision for the cutting edge artificial intelligence company. While leading the Board, he also served as the Chief Marketing Officer, providing direction in branding and imaging in the marketplace. Together, Mr. Young and the Chief Executive Officer oversaw the budgeting process and developed the direction of the board policy.

Previously, Mr. Young served as the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Operating Officer of MindCare Solutions Group, Inc., a national telemedicine organization providing tele-psychiatry and tele-primary care to institutional providers. In these roles, Mr. Young designed the corporate structure and directly managed sales, account management, and government relations. Prior to his departure at MindCare Solutions Group, Inc., Mr. Young obtained three of the largest customers in the behavioral health space as clients, when the organization was not yet three years old.

Mr. Young served as the Vice President of Tele-Psychiatry at Optum/UnitedHealth Group from 2011 – 2013, where he served as the national leader of the tele-psychiatry service line. He developed service lines, and created all aspects of the business development process. Working with senior level executives, he co-developed a design for fee-for-service and alternative payment systems.

Mr. Young received his Bachelor of General Studies, Administrative and Community Services, from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama in 1985. He then went on to earn his Masters of Business Administration, Health Services Administration, from the University of Dallas, in Texas, in 1990.

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Anna P. Hundley

Executive Director, Autism Treatment Center

Joined ATC in 1982

Masters in Special Education, Management & Supervision

Recognized nationally and internationally for nonprofit management and leadership skills

Past President, National Association of Residential Providers of Adults with Autism (NARPAA)

Member, National ASA Services TASK Force; Member, 32nd IRI, US Dept of Education

Vice Chair, Texas Council on Autism & Pervasive Development Disorders

National Advisory Task Force; SEDL; Chair, AFAA Leadership Council ×

Michelle Aponte-Pacheco

Chief of Revenue Cycle, Emergence Health Network

Bio coming soon

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John M. Corneilson, MBA

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

John Corneilson was named Chief Financial Officer in May 2016 after serving as Vice President of Finance and Accounting / Comptroller since 2014. Prior to joining Meridian, John served as Director at Luther Springs Camp and Retreat Center in Hawthorne, Fla., after 22 years in industrial accounting as Controller at manufacturing facilities stretching from Ocala, Fla., Poplar, Bluff; Mo., and Boone; Iowa., to Reynosa, Mexico. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Management at Augustana College; and, received a Master’s in Business Administration and Accounting from Northern Illinois University. ×

David E. Wawrzynek, MBA

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

David Wawrzynek, MBA brings more than 40 years of public behavioral health, clinical, financial, and management experience to the OPEN MINDS team. He brings a truly unique combination of experience  with his clinical, business, and financial experience, as well as a demonstrated history of efficient and effective management of behavioral health services.

Mr. Wawrzynek currently serves as a Senior Associate and Subject Matter Expert in the OPEN MINDS Consulting Practice, where he leads projects related to value-based purchasing, financial modeling, and clinical and financial data analysis. In recent years, Mr. Wawrzynek has focused on the development of analytic modeling tools, communication platforms, and knowledge management supports to transform raw data into meaningful information, to enable more effective strategic and operational insights and decision-making.

Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Wawrzynek served 18 years as the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Spectrum Human Services, a private, non-profit community mental health organization in Western New York. In this role, Mr. Wawrzynek designed, implemented and monitored systems to support information technology, human resources, billing, budgeting, financial modeling and reporting, site operations, risk management, security, as well as change management.

Previously, Mr. Wawrzynek served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Fiscal Officer with Health Management Group in Buffalo, New York. In this role, he managed the corporate financial resources through the supervision and coordination of the functions of reimbursement, budget, banking, and general accounting.

Previously, Mr. Wawrzynek served his first 14 year tenure with Spectrum Human Services as Director of Financial Operations. In this role, he was responsible for the fiscal, facility, personnel, and business functions of the corporation. In addition he was responsible for data analysis and worked closely with the Clinical and Quality Assurance Directors in the development and monitoring of performance and outcome indicators.

Before joining Spectrum, Mr. Wawrzynek served as an Outpatient Psychiatry Supervising Counselor with Buffalo General Hospital Community Mental Health Center. In this role, he held dual clinical and administrative responsibilities and assisted in the daily operation of the department, acted as a liaison to other hospital departments, and supervised staff activities.

Mr. Wawrzynek began his career as a clinical Supervising Counselor for the City of Buffalo’s Division of Drug Abuse Services where he was responsible for supervision of all counseling and clinical activities at a community-based drug treatment center and provided counseling services for clinic patients.

In recognition of his professional successes, Mr. Wawrzynek was named as the 2007 Not-for-profit Chief Financial Officer of the Year by Buffalo Business First.

In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Wawrzynek has served in a number of leadership roles for affiliations including past President for the New York State Cerner Software User Group; past Board President for Child Resource Network; and Treasurer for Spectrum Human Services Foundation.

Mr. Wawrzynek earned his Master of Business Administration and his bachelors in psychology from SUNY at Buffalo and his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Syracuse University.

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Leigh Davison

Staff Vice President, LTSS Specialty Organization, Anthem, Inc.

Leigh Davison

Staff Vice President, LTSS Specialty Organization, Anthem, Inc.

Leigh Davison is the Staff Vice President, LTSS Specialty Organization at Anthem, Inc. with responsibility for leading the organization’s LTSS business development, strategy and execution, program oversight, and operations. With more than27 years’ experience in the health care industry, she has been with Anthem for 13 years and held several positions within the organization both at a corporate and health plan level. She has an extensive background in marketing, network development, providerrelations and operations both in Government and Commercial health care industry. Prior to working with Anthem, Inc. and Amerigroup Corporation, Leigh held several positions with Aetna, Inc. and U.S. Healthcare/Corporate Health Administrators. ×

Richard Louis, III

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Richard Louis, III, brings extensive experience in public and for-profit behavioral healthcare administration and business development to the OPEN MINDS team. Mr. Louis was formerly the Executive Director of Strategic Development and Planning, Pacific Region, for Providence Service Corporation.

Prior to OPEN MINDS, Mr. Louis served as the Assistant Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, the 4th largest county behavioral health system in California, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of a system serving over 50,000 unduplicated consumers annually through 31 county-operated facilities and 60 contract provider organizations.

Prior to his work with San Bernardino County, Mr. Louis was the Vice President of Government Operations for College Health Enterprises. In this role, he pioneered the development of public sector partnerships, contracts, and community mental health system joint ventures in California by creating some of the first inpatient psychiatric hospital-based, outpatient, day treatment, and institutional specialty treatment programs for county, state, and federal government agencies including L.A. County Department of Mental Health, L.A. County Probation Department, California Youth Authority, California Department of Developmental Disabilities, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security.

Mr. Louis has served in a number of leadership roles with several organizations in the community including: the California Hospital Association – Center for Behavioral Health, Advisory Board, and SCAN Health Plan – Advisory Board; the Board of Directors of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California, College Hospitals, and the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center of Whittier; and testified on behalf of the National Association of Psychiatric Healthcare Systems before President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Mr. Louis is currently a volunteer police officer with the City of Monterey Park Police Department in East Los Angeles serving since 1987 and currently holds the rank of Captain. Mr. Louis was recently appointed to the City of Claremont Police Commission in Los Angeles County.

He is a graduate of Whittier College and of the Police Academy of Rio Hondo College. ×

Blake A. Martin, MHA

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Monarch

Blake is a business development and marketing professional with ten years of experience in building relationships that lead to improved revenue streams and brand awareness. Currently working in the non-profit health and human services industry as Chief Development Officer, he is responsible for strategic oversight of a large real estate portfolio, business development with private and public Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), resource development, and marketing functions for Monarch, one of North Carolina’s largest mental health and human services companies. Blake holds his MHA degree from Pfeiffer University. ×

Lisa Kay

Clinical Program Manager, Cigna

Lisa Kay

Clinical Program Manager, Cigna

Bio coming soon

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John F. Talbot, Ph.D.

Chief Strategy Officer, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, & Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS

John F. Talbot, Ph.D.

Chief Strategy Officer, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, & Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS

John F. Talbot, Ph.D., Advisory Board Member, has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of healthcare, including upper management, consultation, education, direct clinical work, and serving as the president of a non-profit board. Dr. Talbot has provided consultation, training and operational assistance to behavioral health providers, nonprofit organizations, and managed care organizations across the country. His areas of focus for consultation and training include strategic planning, the development of successful strategic alliances, board development, organizational reengineering, operations management, management and leadership development, and change management. He is currently Vice President of Integration Development at Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Denver, Colorado.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Talbot served as the President of a network of agencies providing care to children and families. The innovative work of Colorado Care Management received national recognition, including participation in a Federal IV-E waiver study that demonstrated measurable superior clinical outcomes. In his role with Colorado Care Management, Dr. Talbot also led the development of a coalition of Colorado business executives to address the issues of providing care to abused and neglected children, and the establishment of a nationwide purchasing cooperative for non-profits. Dr. Talbot’s previous experience included serving as the Director of the Master of Health Systems Program, and Associate Dean of University College at the University of Denver. He also held senior management positions at Mount Airy Psychiatric Center in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Talbot has been a featured speaker at a number of national and state venues including the National Council Community Behavioral Health, Mental Health Corporations of America, the American Association of Residential Treatment Centers, the Medical Group Management Association, the Colorado Behavioral Health Council, the Mental Health Council of Arkansas, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, and the Florida Behavioral Health Council.

Dr. Talbot is the former publisher and editor of Today’s Healthcare Manager, a newsletter focusing on leadership and management skills for healthcare managers, and has written numerous articles, manuals, and book chapters. His volunteer work includes serving as the President of the Board of Human Services Inc. in Colorado. ×

Debbie Cagle Wells

Chief Marketing Officer, Centerstone

Debbie Cagle is well-known and respected in the healthcare marketing, behavioral health and managed care industries, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She has worked at Centerstone in a variety of roles for more than ten years including executive leadership for Advantage Behavioral Health, a behavioral health managed care company; Centerstone Military Services, which provides programs and services to veterans and their families; and Centerstone Health Partners, which recently established integrated care clinics for clients with physical and behavioral healthcare needs. Today, she leads marketing and business development for Centerstone, creating and driving business strategy for revenue growth and market share. This includes strategy and oversight of payer relations and contracting, referral marketing, grant writing, branding and communications.

Prior to joining Centerstone, Debbie served as chief operating officer of ValueOptions of Tennessee; vice president of AdvoCare of Tennessee, a subsidiary of Magellan Health Services, and she has directed behavioral health managed care services contracting for HCA, Inc. and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Debbie graduated from Texas Woman's University with a B.S., dually certified in Special Education, Mental Retardation/ Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education.

She graduated from Texas Woman's University with a B.S., dually certified in Special Education, Mental Retardation/Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education. ×

Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

Monica E. Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past two decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.

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James Stewart

President & CEO, Grafton Integrated Health Network

James Stewart

President & CEO, Grafton Integrated Health Network

Jamie Stewart brings to OPEN MINDS over twenty years of experience in the healthcare field. Mr. Stewart has helped develop and modify Healthcare plans and benefits, Retirement Plans and benefits, and PTO Plans for multiple behavioral healthcare providers. He has also had an integral role in program development and business planning for new strategic business lines. Additionally, he has led multiple teams in the selection, implementation, and use of multiple Electronic Health Record Systems at several behavioral health care entities.

Mr. Stewart currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Grafton Integrated Health Network. He previously served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, where he was responsible for the supervision of the Finance Departments, Contracting (both payer and vendor), Information Technology, Human Resources, Risk Management, Facilities Department, The Infant and Toddler Program, and the Education Department. He has participated and enabled the expansion of services through the acquisition of facilities and extension of the organization’s IT/HR network into Florida, West Virginia and Australia. He also spearheaded the process of developing and implementing a new paperless Electronic Health Record, as well as a new accounting software that integrated with the Electronic Clinical Record and Billing System.

Prior to working at Grafton, Mr. Stewart was the Chief Financial Officer for the Center for Behavioral Health at Centerstone. In this position, he managed the coordination of a multi-disciplinary team through development and implementation of a Davies Award Winning Electronic Health Record. He developed new clinical programs to meet identified locality needs and established a merger between Non-Profit CMHC’s, which crossed state boundaries.

Mr. Stewart received his MBA with a Healthcare Administration focus from Indiana Wesleyan University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.

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Deb Adler

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS & Former SVP Network Strategy, UnitedHealth Group/Optum

Deb Adler

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS & Former SVP Network Strategy, UnitedHealth Group/Optum

Deb Adler brings more than 20 years of experience in executive health care roles, serving in a variety of capacities including network executive, quality management executive and chief operating officer, to the OPEN MINDS team.

Her consultant work with OPEN MINDS spans a broad range of customers (provider organizations, payors and government programs) and topics, including: collaborative care models/medical behavioral integration, provider network functions– contracting, network designs/tiering, recruitment, telehealth network implementation, and strategic planning. In addition, Ms. Adler has a special interest in helping technology-enabled providers in “go-to-market” strategies and streamlining network functions.

Since entering the managed behavioral health care field, she has become an industry-recognized leader in value-based contracting and alternative payment models. An innovator known for her ability to execute results, she has facilitated network designs and benefit plan approaches that achieve both quality outcomes and healthcare cost savings.

Before joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Adler served as Senior Vice President of Network Strategy for Optum (now UnitedHealth Group) where she was responsible for behavioral health network development, contracting, and strategy for over 185,000 providers. In this role she developed the largest, performance-tiered behavioral health network, largest telemental health network, and largest medication assisted treatment (MAT) network. She was also responsible for implementing network initiatives to promote medical/behavioral integration, improve member outcomes, and reduce total cost of care through collaborative care models.

Prior to joining Optum/UnitedHealth, Ms. Adler spent over 12 years with ValueOptions, Inc. (now Beacon Options) where she held a variety of senior leadership roles including, Executive Vice President of National Networks; Chief Executive Officer, Health Plan Division; Vice President, Network Operations; Executive Director, Corporate Quality Management; and Executive Director, Quality & Information Systems. She was responsible for quality management and coordinated NCQA and URAC accreditation efforts.

Ms. Adler spent her early career in health care quality, serving as a quality director in two state-run psychiatric centers.

Ms. Adler received her Master’s degree in educational psychology and evaluation from Catholic University of America and is a Certified Professional in Health Care Quality (CPHQ). ×

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, Ed.M., Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. ×