Speakers & Faculty

John W. Newcomer, M.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer, Thriving Minds

John W. Newcomer, M.D. is President and CEO of Thriving Mind South Florida, a non-profit organization that oversees safety net mental health and substance abuse services for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, with annual funding of over $110 million from Florida's Department of Children and Families as well as other federal, state, local and private sources. Dr. Newcomer is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He previously served as Vice Dean for the medical school and Vice President for Research at Florida Atlantic University, and prior to that was Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. During more than two decades at Washington University, he served in leadership positions related to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded General Clinical Research Center, the Clinical Translational Science Award and the Center for Clinical Studies. Dr. Newcomer has been a Principal Investigator on grants funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for over 25 years. In the public sector he was Chair of the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board for the State of Missouri for 13 years. In 2014 he was named to the Thomson Reuters List of Highly Cited Researchers in the field of Psychiatry. ×

Julie Hiett, MSW

Senior Director, Population Health Management, Netsmart

Julie Hiett is Sr. Director of Population Health Management, providing Netsmart clients with expertise and population health solutions that enable them to collect and analyze authorized patient data across the healthcare continuum, and use it to improve clinical outcomes and lower the cost of care.

Previously, Julie was Netsmart’s Practice Director, Consulting, managing the implementation teams for Netsmart care coordination, population health, addiction management and public health solutions. Julie works closely with Netsmart’s product, development and consulting teams, driving these multi-functional teams to implement small and large-scale projects. She has led multiple state-wide rollouts involving care coordination across social services, I/DD, behavioral health and primary care populations.

Prior to joining Netsmart, Julie held a variety of positions with ScriptPro, a pharmacy software company, including leading large-scale projects for the Department of Veterans Administration, Department of Defense and Indian Health Services. She also has 8+ years of experience in the social services and social work arena, including both child and adult mental health, mentoring and advocacy at community mental health centers and multiple non-profit organizations.

Julie has a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies & Human Services from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University. ×

Arvin Singh, MBA, MPH, MHL, LSSGB, PhD.c

Chief Operating Officer, Odyssey House Louisiana

Arvin Singh is a dynamic, collaborative, multi-site leader who hails from Indiana and developed his vocational and academic skills in the DC/East Coast region. He is a graduate from the George Washington University, where he received his Master in Public Health (MPH); a graduate from Penn State, where he received his Master in Business Administration (MBA); a graduate from Brown University,where he received his Master in Healthcare Leadership (MHL); a graduate from Harvard, where he obtained his Master Level Certificate in Negotiation, and is currently enrolled/pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Public Health (PhD). In addition, Arvin is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is 6 months away from qualifying for his Fellowship (FACHE). His professional accomplishments started at Indiana State, within Americorps, where he led teams to several disaster areas [JoplinTornado and the BP Oil Spill disasters].

He moved to DC shortly after and worked at Congress on the Affordable Care Act; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS); the Pentagon overseeing reforms at the Defense Health Headquarters Agency (DHHQ), and the White House - directly under the Obama Administration overseeing the healthcare initiative for children (Let’s MoveCampaign) - achieving invaluable experience in healthcare policy, politics, economics, trade, and so forth. In order to gain a deeper understanding of healthcare/hospital operations, he moved to Baltimore and led Johns Hopkins through significant, innovative changes - such as their new partnership with RoundTrip & Lyft for patient transportation. It was here where Arvin also obtained his Lean, 6-Sigma Green Belt with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute – expanding his knowledge base in eliminating waste and streamlining healthcare operations. In 2018, Arvin moved to New Orleans with his wife, a medical doctor in the Neurology field.

In his role at OHL as Chief Operations Officer, Arvin oversees day-to-day operations of the Agency, ensures Agency policies and procedures are enforced, leads expansion/acquisition/construction efforts over the new multi-million dollar facilities, and works with the Chief Executive Officer to provide staff support and guidance.

Lastly, Arvin is an avid community supporter. As a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason and active member of his DC-based lodge, he donates his time and effort towards giving back to cities which have blossomed him into the leader he is today (including New Orleans based Freemason lodges). In his free-time he enjoys an active life-style and plays basketball & tennis, enjoys flying Cessna planes,drone piloting and video-graphing, chess, computer building/technology, politics, and is an at home garage inventor. ×

Theresa Jenkinson

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Inglis

Theresa joined Inglis in February 2018 as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. She focuses on enhancing and developing new lines of business that will support individuals with complex disabilities throughout Philadelphia and further the ongoing sustainability and impact of the organization.

Theresa oversees Inglis’ community-based services located out of the Inglis Innovation Center, including Adapted Technology Services. She also leads Strategic Planning efforts, Marketing and Communications (Internal and External), Business Development and the execution of major projects that require interdepartmental coordination.

Before joining Inglis, Theresa spent almost nine years at Resources for Human Development (RHD), a national and diversified human services organization, holding progressively responsible positions beginning with program director of a nonprofit Incubator consisting of 38 start-ups, and concluding her tenure as Director of Strategic Initiatives. Prior to RHD, Theresa held communications and strategic planning roles at Coro New York Leadership Center and Acumen Fund in New York City, washingtonpost.org in D.C., and Princeton University's Alumnicorps Program. She is also spent five years as an Adjunct Professor of Human Services at Harcum College. ×

Stan Monroe, J.D.

President & General Counsel, MindPath Care Centers

Stan Monroe is a co-founder, President and General Counsel of MindPath Care Centers, the largest outpatient behavioral health company in North Carolina, and among the top few in America. Mr. Monroe was CEO of MindPath (formerly Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare) for twenty four years prior to a sale to private equity in 2018. He is currently serving on MindPath's Board of Directors with private equity co-investors (River Cities Capital Fund). Mr Monroe has a JD degree and has had an active law license for 26 years, with experience in business, contracting, commercial real estate, health care delivery and management. He is a leader of the movement in NC/USA toward value based care, especially in integrating behavioral health into the medical continuum with the goal of improving health outcomes while decreasing total health care costs. ×

Lori Fertall, MBA

Director of Value-Based Programs, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

Lori Fertall, MBA

Director of Value-Based Programs, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

Lori Fertall is the Director of Value-Based Programs at Community Care Behavioral Health, a non-profit behavioral health managed care organization that is part of the Insurance Services Division of UPMC headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this position, she is responsible for the creation, management, and evaluation of value-based purchasing arrangements across the enterprise. Previously, Lori served as Community Care’s Director of Quality Management for 11 years. In that role, she implemented quality management programs and performance improvement projects across the company and its provider networks.

Prior to joining Community Care, Lori worked at various health and human service agencies. In her previous positions, she created new programs and service lines and implemented and managed behavioral health programs.

Lori earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Point Park University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Women’s Studies from West Virginia University. She also earn a Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt from UPMC. ×

Julia Brillhart, RN, MSN

National Vice President, Operations, Magellan Complete Care

As national vice president of operations at Magellan Complete Care, Julia Brillhart has made an influential impact on the company. Since the beginning of her employment with Magellan Complete Care in 2012, Julia has played a key role in the development and implementation of the nation’s first Medicaid specialty managed care plan, serving individuals living with a serious mental illness in Florida. Willing to undertake a variety of functions to meet the demands of the company, Julia served in multiple roles in Florida including chief operations officer and interim chief executive officer. During the past four years she has been a crucial player in spearheading the launch of three additional Medicaid managed care plans, including a plan offering long-term services in supports, in Virginia and Arizona.

Prior to joining Magellan Complete Care, Julia worked as a plan chief executive officer for the Hoosier Healthwise and Health Indiana Plan at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indiana. Brillhart holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and Master of Nursing from Indiana University. Julia Brillhart brings a wide range of knowledge and experience with health plan management, state and national program implementation and compliance from her extensive healthcare background. ×

Michael Lawton

Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida

Michael Lawton

Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida

Michael Lawton is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida. Leading a team of over 400 associates, helping the 350,000 members in Medicaid Managed Care, Long Term Care, Dual Special Needs Plan (DSNP) and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), lead healthier lives and helping the health system work better.

Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Michael served as Vice President of Managed Care and Network Development for the University of Florida Health System and Shands Hospital, where he operated a Medicaid Provider Sponsored Organization on behalf the University and lead all managed care operations for over 2000 physicians and 7 hospitals. He has served for more than 25 years in various executive roles in health systems and managed care organizations and has served the health care industry in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and Florida. ×

Melissa Nichols, MHA

SVP, Network Performance & Planning, Beacon Health Options

Melissa has over 20 years’ experience in managed care with a focus on network management and payer contracting strategies. In her current role as SVP, Network Performance & Planning at Beacon Health Options, she is responsible for national network strategy, network development, provider relations, and credentialing for over 110,000 providers. She has led both physical and behavioral health network activities within the Medicaid and Medicare space while working for many of the large managed care organizations. Her focus over the past 10 years has included the development of integrated care models, the development of risk contract models for behavioral health, and increasing access to care through comprehensive telehealth models and incentive programs. Most recently, she led the network and operational implementation in a Beacon joint-venture provider sponsored health plan for IDD and SMI membership. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. ×

Kevin Sullivan

Director of Client Solutions, Streamline Healthcare Solutions

Kevin Sullivan

Director of Client Solutions, Streamline Healthcare Solutions

Kevin joins Streamline with over 25 years of healthcare experience. He worked in direct client care positions in both mental health and substance use, as well as inpatient and outpatient settings. For the latter part of the 1990’s, Kevin managed the admissions department at the Betty Ford Center. Beginning in 2000, Kevin’s focus shifted from direct client care to working more behind the scenes on the technical side of behavioral healthcare systems; supporting the systems that enable clinicians and support staff to do their work more efficiently. Kevin continued working with healthcare software, implementing solutions for small agencies all the way up to large county applications. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Computer Science. ×

Susanna Kramer, MA

Director of Performance Evaluation, Community Behavioral Health

Susanna Kramer has been working in behavioral health program development and evaluation for over 15 years. She currently serves as Director of Performance Evaluation with Community Behavioral Health (CBH), Philadelphia County's Behavioral Health Medicaid Managed Care Organization. Since coming to CBH in August 2014, she has overseen program evaluation initiatives such as pay-for-performance and value-based purchasing. Prior to joining CBH, Ms. Kramer worked at Drexel University's Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice in developing trauma-informed systems of care and the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research in evaluating public behavioral health systems. She has worked clinically with children in Philadelphia and with adults in a day treatment program in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. ×

Jason Willetts

Chief Technology Officer, Sequel Youth & Family Services

Jason Willetts

Chief Technology Officer, Sequel Youth & Family Services

Bio coming soon


Marianne Birmingham, MS, CMUP

Regional Director of Compliance & Quality, Sequel Youth & Family Services

Marianne Birmingham is the Regional Director of Compliance and Quality for Sequel Youth & Family Services' Child Welfare Division. She has been with Sequel since 2010, starting as a Direct Care Employee, then rising through the ranks to where she is today. During her tenure with Sequel, Marianne has spearheaded several initiatives that leaned heavily on the successful adoption of new technologies that aimed to reduce the company's overall risk while increasing performance - including the development of Sequel's new proprietary mobile healthcare application, myPANDA, and 5 years of successfully attesting Meaningful Use, up to and including Stage 3. Marianne is an exceptional employee who has received several honors at Sequel, including Sequel's most prestigious "HIPP Award", an award given to the employee who most exemplifies Sequel's core values and beliefs. Marianne graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University and Cum Laude honors with her Master of Science in Psychology from Capella University. She also holds her Certified Meaningful Use Professional certification. ×

John Stupak

Chairman, Sequel Youth & Family Services

Mr. Stupak is the Chairman of Sequel Youth and Family Services and has more than 40 years experience in the behavioral health industry. Mr. Stupak is the former Board Chair of the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare. Prior to becoming Sequel's Chairman, Mr. Stupak held several roles at Sequel including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer. Before joining Sequel, he worked for NHS Human Services, a large and diversified provider of behavioral health and human services. In addition to NHS, Mr. Stupak worked in an executive capacity for the Mentor Network. He graduated from Temple University with a master's degree from the School of Social Administration with a concentration in planning, research, and evaluation. ×

Sarah Green, RN, BSN, MBA, HCS-D, COS-D

Senior Integrated Healthcare Specialist, Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health

Sarah Green has over 10 years of leadership and management experience and clinical nursing experience in the healthcare industry. She works as Senior Integrated Healthcare Specialist at Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (SWMBH) where she completes and oversees coordination of high-risk members with managed care plans and providers. Sarah is also integral in development and management of integrated care projects at SWMBH.

She has experience in behavioral health managed care, public policy involvement, care management, project development and implementation, home health care nursing, home health consultation, case management, hospice and hospital floor nursing (including medical-surgical and labor and delivery). Her passion is in improving patient outcomes (including quality of life and person-centered goals), project development and implementation, efficient operational structures, regulation compliance, process-flow development and implementation, and improving efficiency.

Sarah received a Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ×

Dianne Shaffer, LMSW

Director of Systems Development , Integrated Services of Kalamazoo

Dianne Shaffer has worked for Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (ISK) since November 2012, first as a Program Manager for Youth and Families and now as Director of Systems Development. In her role as Director of Systems Development, she serves in a leadership capacity to develop, promote and support the ISK relationship with Health Care systems in the county serving as a primary contact with health care organizations, facilitating and assisting with planning initiatives that support the integration of primary and behavioral health care. Dianne also assists with grant writing, program development and implementation. Prior to ISK, Dianne was the Executive Director of Advocacy Services for Kids (ASK). During her tenure with ASK, she was involved in the implementation of federal SAMHSA grants in both Kalamazoo and Kent Counties, and provided trainings on family-driven, youth-guided mental health services at the local, state, and national levels. After earning a Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University (WMU) in 1997, Dianne served families in Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan for 10 years prior to moving into administrative roles. ×

John Selig

Vice President, Public Sector, Optum

John is Vice President of Optum Public Sector, State and County, where he leads business development efforts in the Southeastern United States.  Prior to joining Optum Public Sector, John spent two years with Optum’s Lewin Group, consulting with state governments on health policy.  From 2005 to 2016 John served as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  His previous positions include serving as the State’s Director of Behavioral Health and Director of In-Home Health Services. ×

Annette Lusko, D.O.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Community Bridges, Inc

Dr. Lusko graduated from Midwestern University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science, she continued her medical education at Midwestern University AZCOM. Dr. Lusko completed a Family Medicine Residency with Mountain Vista Medical Center and became boarded in Family Medicine. After residency she continued to work as an attending physician in a family medicine residency. While in primary care she became profoundly aware of how primary care, addiction, and mental health were aspects of medicine that needed a multidisciplinary approach for treatment to be successful. While working at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Apache Junction, AZ she began the first FQHC grant funded Medication Assisted Treatment Program, helping to develop a collaborative care model of mental health and primary care treatment.

At Community Bridges Dr. Lusko took on the role as Medical director for Physical Health and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Lusko has an active panel practicing in both primary care and addiction medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Community Bridges has provided Dr. Lusko the tremendous support of the integration of behavioral health, physical health, and addiction medicine, that is truly the only way to treat the whole person. Dr. Lusko was named as Associate Program Director for Arizona’s first Addiction Medicine Fellowship through Honor Health and Community Bridges. As core faculty she works closely with the Addiction Fellows throughout their clinical rotations and didactics, she is strongly committed to providing an integrated training experience. The opportunity to train providers has allowed Dr. Lusko and CBI to take an active role in shaping the treatment and understanding of addiction, mental health, and Primary care.


Joel Hornberger, MHS

Chief Strategy Officer, National Training and Consulting Director, Cherokee Health Systems

Joel Hornberger, MHS

Chief Strategy Officer, National Training and Consulting Director, Cherokee Health Systems

Joel Hornberger is the Chief Strategy Officer and National Training and Consulting Director at Cherokee Health Systems, a federally-qualified community health center and community mental health center in Tennessee. In this position, he is responsible for developing and executing the strategic direction of Cherokee, including strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions and new business development. He also provides practice consulting, focusing on integrated care, practice transformation, innovation, and alternative payment strategies. He consults extensively with national clients regarding integrated care operations, execution, integrated care financial sustainability, and value-based contracting. Previously, Joel served as Cherokee's Chief Operating Officer for 25 years, handling the day-to-day operations of its 46 integrated care practice sites across the State. (www.cherokeehealth.com).

Prior to joining Cherokee Health Systems, Joel worked in managed care at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA Health Plans) and Partners National Health Plan. In these positions, he worked on HMO start-ups, managed care and cost containment strategies.

Joel earned a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He completed a 2-year, Kellogg-funded International Health Leadership Fellowship in the International Center for Health Leadership Development at the University of Illinois Chicago. ×

Debra Nussbaum, Ph.D., LCSW

Senior Director, Behavioral Product, Optum

Deb started with Optum in 2009 as Director of Clinical Operations. In 2013, Deb moved into national role as a Sr. Director of Behavioral Health Product. Deb is a co-founder and clinical lead for Optum's national substance use disorder (SUD) initiatives. Deb has successfully championed many projects within Optum designed to improve member access to evidence based services, the development of the nation's largest MAT network and the 24/7 SUD helpline and live chat capabilities.

Debra's clinical background has been primarily in substance use services in progressive leadership roles managing and developing treatment programs aimed at improving outcomes in addiction treatment services. Deb has a PhD in organizational psychology and is LCSW licensed in Florida and in New York. ×

Ashley Sandoval

Associate CEO, Emergence Health Network

Bio coming soon


Dimitrios Cavathas, LCSW-C

Chief Executive Officer, Lower Shore Clinic

Dimitrios has been the CEO of the Lower Shore Clinic (LSC) since 2016, a private non-profit organization established in 1979. The organization has 160 employees serving over 2000 persons in the Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, & Dorchester communities of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Services provided include primary care, heath home services, outpatient behavioral healthcare, medicated assisted treatment, substance abuse treatment, vocational services, psychosocial & residential rehabilitation, supportive housing, residential crisis beds, & assertive community treatment teams. He is a Licensed Certified Social Work-Clinical & holds a Certificate in Child & Adolescent Treatment from the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) & is a subject matter expert on homelessness & assertive community treatment. Prior to his current role he was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UMSSW for 11 years teaching Advanced Mental Health & Social Policy & has been in Non-Profit Executive Leadership for 21 years in urban, suburban, and now rural settings. In his leadership he strives every day to promote the recovery of all. This means that the community & the people LSC serves are healthy, have a stable & safe place to live, find a purpose they find meaningful for their life, & experience support, friendship, love, & hope. ×

Kristen D. Daugherty, LISW, LCSW, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Emergence Health Network

Kristi Daugherty, CEO for Emergence Health Network, has over fifteen years of experience in the behavioral health arena. As chief executive for El Paso County’s Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Authority for El Paso County, Ms. Daugherty is responsible for all clinical and oversight services delegated through performance contracts with Texas Health & Human Services.

Previously, Ms. Daugherty served as Chief Clinical Officer for Emergence and as Director for Sun City Behavioral Health Care, Emergence’s non-profit subsidiary. She also has extensive experience in the private behavioral health sector, serving as Director of Clinical Services University Behavioral Health in El Paso and Director of Outpatient Services Mesilla Valley Hospital in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Ms. Daugherty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Texas and a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of New Mexico. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University and is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. ×

Cathy Lipton, M.D., CMD

National Medical Director, Institutional Programs, Optum

Cathy Lipton, M.D., CMD, is on the Corporate Medical Director team for Optum Complex Care Management (CCM), and has been affiliated with UnitedHealth Group since the original Evercare demonstration program expanded to Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1990’s. Optum’s clinical models of care support UnitedHealthcare’s Institutional (nursing home) and Dual (community-based) Special Needs Plans (SNPs) as well as the Post Acute care needs for other Medicare and private health plans. Optum’s programs focus on strong collaboration between Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs) and Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) to enhance primary care for vulnerable populations.

Dr. Lipton has lived in Atlanta, Georgia, since the time she attended Medical School at Emory University as well as completing both her Internal Medicine Residency and Geriatric Fellowship programs there. Following training she worked at Emory’s Geriatric campus for a number of years in the clinical and academic arenas, including providing the medical direction for Emory’s skilled and intermediate care nursing facilities. Dr. Lipton has been a Certified Medical Director since 1997. She moved into an Adjunct Clinical capacity with Emory once she formally affiliated with UnitedHealth Group. Prior to her regional role, Dr. Lipton served as the Optum Market Medical Director for Georgia for many years, during which time the market provided clinical expertise in a variety of health plans including Institutional, Dual, and Chronic SNPs, as well as an End Stage Renal Disease pilot with CMS. She earned an innovation award for a telepsychiatry pilot program in 2013.

Dr. Lipton has twice been President, and is presently a long-standing Board member, of the Georgia Medical Directors Association, Georgia’s chapter of the Society for Post-Acute and Long Term Care (formerly AMDA). She sits on the Georgia Medical Care Foundation Nursing Home Quality Initiative Advisory Board, and has served on the American Health Care Association's Clinical Practice Committee and Professional Development Workgroup. Dr. Lipton’s interests include improved access to quality behavioral health care for under served populations, medical-behavioral integration, telemedicine, and remote monitoring technologies. ×

Drew Di Giovanni

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Drew DiGiovanni, MPH, FACMPE, brings over thirty years of marketing, management, and strategy experience to the  OPEN MINDS team.  This broad knowledge has contributed to his success in service innovation, service line development, and market positioning.

Mr. DiGiovanni previously served as the Vice President of Quality for Premise Health/ CHS Services.  In this role Mr. DiGiovanni led the development and implementation of a performance management program 150 clinic locations in thirty-eight states.  When the organization completed a merger with Take Care, he led the integration plan for 500 service locations.   Throughout his tenure with Premise Health, Mr. DiGiovanni was also responsible for patient satisfaction, clinical quality, risk management, facilities and compliance auditing, operational efficiency and workflow redesign, policy management and document control, and patient safety programming.

Prior to his work with Premise Health, Mr. DiGiovanni served as the Director of Education and Distance Learning for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).  During his tenure, he directed a revenue center of over ten million dollars and maintained consistent increase in revenue with a ten to fifteen percent growth yearly.

In this role, Mr. DiGiovanni developed a comprehensive curriculum in ambulatory care administration, with focus on operational efficiency, finance, compliance, and executive leadership.   He also created a professional bootcamp for MGMA.

Earlier in his career, Mr. DiGiovanni served in multiple roles with the Mendocino Community Health Clinic in Ukiah, California including Director of Marketing & Strategic Planning, Director of Operations and Director of Support Services.

In addition to his commercial experience, Mr. DiGiovanni was also an  Associate Professor position at Regis University in Denver.   He developed and taught courses in marketing for for physicians and administrators in the university’s Healthcare MBA program.  Mr. DiGiovanni also co-developed the online curriculum for Healthcare Marketing for the institution. ×

Tine Hansen-Turton

President & Chief Executive Officer, Woods Services, Inc.

Tine Hansen-Turton is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Woods Services, a leading advocacy and service organization for people with exceptional challenges, disabilities and complex needs. Ms. Hansen-Turton formerly served as the Chief Operating Officer at Public Health Management Corporation, where she oversaw and led corporate strategy, operations, business development and M&A. Additionally, Ms. Hansen-Turton served as CEO of the National Nurse-led Care Consortium, a non-profit organization supporting the growth and development of over 500 nurse-managed and school health clinics.  Ms. Hansen-Turton still serves as the founding Executive Administrator for the Convenient Care Association (CCA), the national trade association of over 2200 private-sector retail clinic industry, serving 25 million people with basic health care services across the country.  Ms. Hansen-Turton also teaches public and social innovations, leading nonprofits, health policy and the social innovations lab at University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government and School of Nursing. Ms. Hansen-Turton is founder and publisher of a social impact/innovation journal and has co-published eight books. She received her BA from Slippery Rock University, her Master of Government/Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute and her Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law. ×

Donald Parker, LCSW

President, Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic

Donald J. Parker, a licensed clinical social worker, is president and chief hospital executive of Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic, the largest nonprofit behavioral health system in New Jersey, and president of Hackensack Meridian Health Behavioral Health Care Transformation Services/Integrative Medicine. In business for more than a century, Carrier Clinic operates an acute care mental health hospital, a residential treatment center for adolescents, a fully accredited special needs school for students grades 7 through 12, and the Blake Recovery Center, an inpatient unit focused on addiction recovery.

Don can offer unique insights into:

- The 25 percent rise in suicide rates across the United States

- Industry challenges, including the battle against opioid abuse

- The latest industry practices

- Emerging urgent care services in addiction and behavioral health

- Hospital and mental health center mergers

- Behavioral health center redesigns: a new functionality

Professional Background

Prior to joining Carrier Clinic in 2013, Parker served as the vice president for  physician services and ambulatory care at St. Joseph's Health System, Paterson, N.J. Previously, Parker was appointed as president/CEO of Atlantic Mental Health for 15 years and subsequently merged into the AtlantiCare ×

Pablo McCabe, LCSW

Director, National & Strategic Accounts Team, Hazelden Betty Ford

Bio Coming Soon! ×

Ray Wolfe, J.D.

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Raymond “Ray” Wolfe, J.D. brings over 40 years of experience in the health and human services sector to the OPEN MINDS team. Mr. Wolfe currently serves as a Senior Associate, a position in which he utilizes his expertise to successfully lead varying projects for OPEN MINDS. His areas of expertise include financial analysis and management, mergers and acquisitions, performance improvement, and strategic planning.

Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Wolfe served in a 22 year tenure with Pittsburgh Mercy Health System in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, Mr. Wolfe served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) where he was responsible for oversight of all system operations, strategic planning, and performance management. Under his direction Pittsburgh Mercy achieved over $850K in value-based reimbursement contract quality bonus awards, integrated three organizations through merger/acquisition, and adopted a new performance management program for managers.

Before acting as Pittsburgh Mercy’s COO, Mr. Wolfe served as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and was responsible for the development of internal costing methodologies, contract rate negotiations, and financial forecasting activities. In addition, he coordinated an integrated care program with local partner hospitals to develop a series of diversion and respite programs, as well as, specialized primary care, integrated care management and high utilizer teams, while maintaining 15 straight years profitability.

Mr. Wolfe was promoted to CFO after serving as the Director of Fiscal and Information Security/Compliance for the health system. In this role, he was responsible for managing the transition of service contracts from fee-for-service (FFS), leading all compliance activities, and implementing a next generation electronic health record (EHR) system.

Prior to his time at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Mr. Wolfe served as Chief Fiscal Officer with the Summit Center for Human Development in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where he was responsible for reporting and budgeting functions and preparing Summit Center’s programs for FFS billing.

Previously, Mr. Wolfe served in billing and collections for two Pennsylvania-based hospitals. First, as an Accounts Receivables Manager for Brownsville General Hospital in Brownsville, PA, where he managed the accounting and billing system transition systems. Later as a Patient Account Manager for St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA, where he improved collections to hit 95% rate through the implementation of new billing software and department reorganization.

Prior to working in the health and human services market, Mr. Wolfe spent five years practicing as a Lawyer with at Law Offices of Arch A. Moore in Moundsville, WV. In this role he provided general legal practice, created and established bylaws for multiple corporation, and handled West Virginia licensing of first vision insurance plan.

Mr. Wolfe earned his Juris Doctor from the West Virginia University School of Law in Morgantown, WV and his Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Political Science and Sociology from West Liberty University, in Wheeling, WV, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. ×

Tonya Copeland

Vice President, I/DD Services & Employment & Community First CHOICES, UnitedHealth Care

Tonya Copeland

Vice President, I/DD Services & Employment & Community First CHOICES, UnitedHealth Care

Tonya is Vice President of Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services at UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is the local operation of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, which is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone.

In this role, Tonya is responsible for leading, implementing and managing the Employment and Community First CHOICES program that serves people with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). She also oversees the team that manages people with I/DD on other state run waivers who receive their medical and behavioral care from UnitedHealthcare.

Prior to her current role, Tonya served as an executive in the provider community for over 20 years. She worked at two regional provider agencies that deliver residential and other community based supports. Tonya also served on the statewide provider association board for over 10 years. She chaired the Governmental Affairs committee for more than seven of those years, and was instrumental in advocating for continued improvements in service delivery as well as appropriate reimbursement structures for the providers.

Tonya completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Bethel University. ×

Erin Boyd

Behavioral Network Strategy, Solutions & Program Director, Cigna

Erin Boyd

Behavioral Network Strategy, Solutions & Program Director, Cigna

Erin Boyd is the Behavioral Network Strategy, Solutions and Program Director for Cigna Behavioral responsible for network marketing and communications, developing network strategy and overseeing network programs and solutions to drive innovation, cost-savings, improved outcomes and better care for Cigna customers. Erin has been with Cigna for three years. She provides a unique perspective to this role having most recently served as Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing for a behavioral hospital system as well as having 20 years of experience in medical healthcare communications, marketing, public relations and strategic planning. ×

Katie Morrow

Vice President of Compliance, Streamline Healthcare Solutions

Katie Morrow

Vice President of Compliance, Streamline Healthcare Solutions

Katie Morrow is a Licensed Bachelor’s Social Worker with seven years’ experience in the clinical field. In her clinical experience she was a Case Manager for adults with mental illness and developmental disabilities. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, she transitioned to also doing quality improvement tasks as a Performance Improvement Clinician, which included coordination of The Joint Commission and State audit reviews, data analysis of the electronic health record data, and staff training for her agency on the use of Streamline products. She began working directly for Streamline in August of 2011. With Streamline, Katie has been the project manager on several implementations as well as providing training and support to Streamline’s customers. ×

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. ×

Paul Duck

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Paul M. Duck brings over 40 years of experience in leadership and management focusing on managed care, health information technology organizations, strategy, business development, and market expansion, and customer experience optimization to the OPEN MINDS team.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Duck served as the Vice President, Strategy & Development at Beacon Health Options. In this role, Mr. Duck led the organization’s strategy and business development efforts – responsible for a 30% increase in net revenue and initiated over $1 billion in revenue generation. Mr. Duck was active in national behavioral health initiatives as an executive of Beacon Health Options, including participating as a speaker at national and state association meetings.

Before joining Beacon Health Options, Mr. Duck was the Vice President of Business Development at Netsmart Technologies. During his tenure, Mr. Duck was responsible for business planning, including, the oversight of strategic activities including acquisitions, development, and execution of strategic initiatives, and positioning, and sales of large strategic customers. He also led the rollout of the company’s benchmarking and data analytics product suite.

Prior to Netsmart, Mr. Duck served as the Chief Executive Officer for Coastal Orthopedics and Pain Management, a large group practice with five clinic locations and two ambulatory surgical centers. As the organization’s chief executive officer, Mr. Duck was responsible for significant positive changes in leadership and corporate culture, financial and operational performance, compliance, and governance. Mr. Duck improved net collections by over $1 million per month and grew the practice through negotiating better contract rates with payers. He also implemented an organizational rebranding initiative and launched a new marketing campaign.

Prior to Coastal Orthopedics and Pain Management, Mr. Duck served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Florida Radiology Imaging, one of the largest outpatient diagnostic imaging service companies serving the greater Orlando market. During his tenure, Mr. Duck led the construction of three new, full modality, diagnostic imaging locations. Mr. Duck revolutionized the company’s culture by creating a highly attractive and functional work environment.

Mr. Duck earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Case Western Reserve University. He earned his Associate of Arts in Electronic Engineering Technology from the Electronic Technology Institute. Mr. Duck received an award by Inc Magazine for leading Florida Radiology Imaging as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Mr. Duck recently served as a contributing author to the book The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America.


Lisa Kay

Clinical Program Manager, Cigna

Lisa Kay

Clinical Program Manager, Cigna

Lisa is the Clinical Transformation Lead for Cigna Medical Group where she is responsible for executing on strategies to enhance care delivery and improve patient outcomes. She is passionate about a holistic approach to care that considers both the mind and body. Lisa holds Master’s degrees in Social Work and Business Administration. She is further certified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Lisa has been a member of the Cigna team for 11 years. During that time she has held various positions organization including Behavioral Network, Training and Communications, Cigna Collaborative Care, and Clinical Program Development. As a part of her work she has convened the Cigna Behavioral Integration Advisory Council to bring providers and clients together to strengthen approaches to behavioral health and wellness. Further, Lisa is actively engaged in promoting mental health care for women as a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Expert Workgroup for Maternal Mental Health.

Lisa splits her time between Arizona and Maryland and spends much of her time off of work being a mom to her two daughters and pursuing their goal of visiting all 50 states by her eldest daughter’s high school graduation. ×

John F. Talbot, Ph.D.

Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, & Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

John F. Talbot, Ph.D.

Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, & Senior Associate, 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. ×

Deb Adler

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

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). ×

James Stewart

President & CEO, Grafton Integrated Health Network & Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS

James Stewart

President & CEO, Grafton Integrated Health Network & Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS

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.


Carol Clayton, Ph.D.

Chief, Translational Neuroscience, Relias

Dr. Clayton is a licensed, practicing psychologist with 30 years of healthcare experience in the public and private sector . Before joining Relias, Dr. Clayton was the CEO of Care Management Technologies, a health IT data analytics company.  CMT was acquired by Relias Learning in 2016.  Prior to her tenure at CMT and Relias, Dr. Clayton had broad clinical leadership experience including serving as the nonprofit Executive Director for the North Carolina Council of Community MH/DD/SA Programs, serving as the Executive Director for Magellan Health Services for the South Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, and serving as the Child and Family services Director for a mental health authority running a 1915B child waiver. ×

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. ×

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 three 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.