Speakers & Faculty


Fred Michel

Chief Medical Officer, SummitStone Health

Fred Michel

Chief Medical Officer, SummitStone Health

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Tom Sebastian

Chief Executive Officer, Compass Health

Tom Sebastian has been with Compass Health since 1987. He started at Compass Health as the Coordinator for the Crisis Respite Residential Program. Over the next 8 years Tom was promoted to Manager, Supervisor, and then in 1995 as the Director for Adult and Older Adult Extended Care Services in Snohomish County. He moved into the role of Associate Director for Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties in 2000 and was integral in the partnership and merge with Community Mental Health Services. Tom developed the role of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all clinical services, in 2005. Tom then moved into the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in 2007.

As CEO, Tom directs and provides overall oversight for programs, services, and activities established by the Board of Directors. Tom and the Board work together to advance the services Compass Health provides to the community while creating a supportive work environment for all staff. ×

Patrick Maynard, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, I Am Boundless, Inc

Patrick Maynard, PhD is the CEO/President for Boundless. With experience working on both a National level (United Cerebral Palsy) and at a statewide regional level in Ohio and Illinois, Dr. Maynard’s goal is to always create the best possible services and systems to support people with disabilities. Qualities that drive the development of his teams and their programs include a high standard of Care, Integrity, Innovation, and Creativity. ×

Tonya Copeland

Vice President, IDD Services & Employment & Community First CHOICES, UnitedHealth Care

Tonya Copeland

Vice President, IDD Services & Employment & Community First CHOICES, UnitedHealth Care

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Princess Little, LCSW-C

Behavioral Health Product Strategy Lead, Cigna

Princess Little is the Behavioral Health Strategy Lead at Cigna. She is responsible for the strategy development and execution of solutions that help customer achieve emotional health, overall well-being and a sense of security.

Prior to joining Cigna, Princess held positions in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Princess has over 20years healthcare experience. Her passion around behavioral health is exhibited in her current role at Cigna where she is often required to help clients, brokers and other stakeholders understand the current landscape behavioral and anticipate future needs for helping customers achieve their full potential. This includes developing opportunities to engage customers earlier through use of technology and bringing innovation to the customer experience.

Princess has a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time she finds time in nature, yoga, running or happy hour with friends or conducting psychiatric consults in a pediatric emergency room. ×

Tiffany Hodges

National Director for Clinical Operations, ABA, Optum

Tiffany Hodges

National Director for Clinical Operations, ABA, Optum

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Yagnesh Vadgama, BCBA

Senior Director of Clinical Services, Autism, Magellan

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Vik Shah, M.D., MBA

Lead Medical Director, Cigna

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Adam Powell, LSCSW

Vice President, Corporate Clinical Services, New Directions

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Jodi Fenner

Senior Project Manager, Anthem

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Rhonda Robinson-Beale, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross of Idaho

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Mark Friedlander, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Aetna

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Brad Branham

Technical Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Credible Behavioral Health Software

Brad Branham

Technical Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Credible Behavioral Health Software

Brad Branham is Technical Assistant to the CEO at Credible Behavioral Health, where he focuses on product strategy and IT operations management. Since 2000, he has been engaged with health systems across 27 states and Canada in both the public and private sectors to lead enterprise IT acquisitions, support mergers and acquisitions, and drive benefits realization initiatives. Brad received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. ×

Chase Rowan

Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Credible Behavioral Health Software

Chase Rowan

Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Credible Behavioral Health Software

Chase Rowan is Special Assistant to the CEO at Credible Behavioral Health, where he focuses on investor relations and corporate development. Since 2005, he has raised more than $10 billion of equity and debt, leading over a dozen transactions. Chase received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Richmond and a MBA from Harvard. He and his wife live in Virginia. ×

Prasad Thottempudi, MS

Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting

Mr. Thottempudi has over eighteen years of experience helping organizations implement a wide variety of complex technology solutions that deliver business value and improve operational efficiencies. Mr. Thottempudi’s specific areas of expertise include: Digital Transformation, Enterprise Application Implementation, Health Technologies and Program / Project Management. His experience spans multiple industries including Public Sector, Energy, and Higher Education. For the past 10 years, he has been assisting state health agencies mainly in the areas of Long Term Services and Supports, Provider Management, Licensing and Program Administration to improve service delivery and quality of care. ×

Scott Zeiter

Executive Vice President/Chief Operation Officer, Development, Grafton Integrated Health Network

Scott Zeiter

Executive Vice President/Chief Operation Officer, Development, Grafton Integrated Health Network

Scott joined Grafton nine years ago. He has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has practiced as a clinical social worker in a variety of settings including a children’s outpatient mental health clinic, a partial hospital program, and a large inpatient psychiatric treatment center. He has experience as a healthcare risk manager, a managed care utilization specialist, and also previously served as Chief Executive Officer of a residential treatment center for children with mental health and sexual offending behaviors. ×

Melissa Odorzynski, PharmD, MPH

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Medication Management Services, Genoa Healthcare

Melissa Odorzynski, PharmD, MPH, is the senior vice president and general manager for the Medication Management Solutions division of Genoa Healthcare. Dedicated to serving the needs of those in the behavioral health and addiction treatment communities, and others who have complex, chronic health conditions, Genoa Healthcare is the largest provider of pharmacy, outpatient telepsychiatry and medication management services in the nation. Dr. Odorzynski leads Genoa's Medication Management Solutions division, providing pharmacist care management services to health plans and risk-bearing entities via a telephonic care center based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Odorzynski joined Genoa Healthcare in 2006 to open a pharmacy within a mental health center in Madison, Wisconsin, and has held leadership roles in operations management, sales, marketing, strategy and corporate development before assuming the role of MMS general manager in January 2018. She is recognized as an expert in the field of medication adherence in the behavioral health population, speaking nationally on the topic, and has had research published by the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy. Before joining Genoa, Dr. Odorzynski worked as a pharmacist for CVS in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University and her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and is also certified in Mental Health First Aid. ×

Tony Rajiv Juneja, M.D., MS

Founder/CEO of Manage Addiction Lifeline, Oriah Behavioral Health, Inc.

Tony Rajiv Juneja, M.D., M.S., is triple board-certified in Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. Prior to entering medical school, he underwent graduate training in Neurosciences at Northwestern University. He completed his psychiatric training in New York City at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital Center, a Columbia University Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in his final year. He has also completed a training in psychoanalysis at New York University/Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and a two-year program at William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, & Psychology in New York in the area of organizational and system dynamics. He is on the Council on Education for the NJ Psychiatric Association. At the age of six, Dr. Raj moved to the United States from India with his family and began what he later recognized to be a journey of transition and transformation. His initial desire to become a doctor mainly stemmed from cultural and familial pressures to "do the right thing." Only much later when he completed his medical degree did he begin looking for real understanding of self. He says, "I realized that self-worth is something we’re born with, and a sense of self-worth can never come from the outside; it must be found within.” ×

Paul Bacharach

President & Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Rehab

Paul Bacharach joined Gateway Rehab in December 2013 as its President and Chief Executive Officer. In his position, Mr. Bacharach oversees all facets of the Gateway Rehab system, which has more than 20 locations throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Mr. Bacharach previously served as the President and CEO of Fayette Regional Health System/Uniontown Hospital.

In his previous capacity, Mr. Bacharach was responsible for the health system’s ability to maintain dominant market position in its region while advancing clinical services, infrastructure and financial stability. His association experience is extensive. Among his many leadership roles, Mr. Bacharach served as 2010-2011 Board Chair of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the health system, Mr. Bacharach advanced progressively through hospital positions in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio University. ×

Davis Park

Executive Director, Front Porch Center for Innovation & Wellbeing

Davis Park

Executive Director, Front Porch Center for Innovation & Wellbeing

Davis Park develops and directs all FPCIW’s technology initiatives and programs. The FPCIW is a center of excellence in Front Porch, one of Southern California’s largest not-for-profit providers of retirement living communities and affordable housing. Davis has two decades of program development experience in technology implementation in senior, low-income, and other underserved communities to explore and deploy innovations to help people live well. He has served as a presenter or facilitator in dozens of regional, national, and international conferences. Davis is the former director of Community Technology Programs at the Little Tokyo Service Center, where he managed several community-based initiatives designed to bridge the digital divide. Davis is also an inaugural member of the Zero Divide ZFellows, a program that promoted technology adoption and social justice to underserved communities. He has served on several boards and committees dedicated to promoting technology access, adoption, and policy, and is a current advisory board member for OASIS LA and PowerMyLearning. Davis holds a BA in anthropology from UC Berkeley and a MA from UCLA’s Urban Planning Program. ×

Neal A. Bowen, Ph.D.

Chief Mental Health Officer, Hidalgo Medical Services

Dr. Neal Bowen is a psychologist, with advanced degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and training in the VA system. On the heels of international work and an educational career in Europe, Central America and Southeast Asia, Dr. Bowen, while completing his doctorate, founded a mental health clinic for refugees and immigrants in Texas. He then was a member of the faculty at Central Washington University, maintaining a research agenda on human migration and cultural competence.

He joined the HMS team in 2005, with the task of building both a specialty mental health care service line, and helping to integrate primary care with dental, behavioral health, and family support services. In his over 12 years providing leadership, the Mental Health Department has grown from 1.6 FTE to 31 providers in 10 facilities. The Department maintains a positive financial balance, contributing well over $1 Million annually to the agency bottom line, while also maintaining a high degree of satisfaction among employees, and recognition for sustained attention to high quality service delivery to patients and the communities served by HMS.

Hidalgo Medical Services, in addition to being a Federally Qualified Health Center, is also the Community Mental Health Clinic, and the Health Home for its rural and frontier service area in the Southwest corner of New Mexico.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Primary Care Association, and currently sits on the Executive Board of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Provider Association. From these positions he has worked to sustain and improve the quality of the statewide healthcare service delivery system, and was recognized as the New Mexico Behavioral Health Provider of the Year for 2011. ×

Andrea Auxier, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Product Development, New Directions

Dr. Andrea Auxier is a licensed clinical psychologist and Senior Vice President of Product Development for New Directions Behavioral Health.  She is responsible for developing new products, including tech-enabled services, that better serve member and customer needs.  She was formerly National Director of Integration for Beacon Health Options.  As a longtime advocate of the Community Health Center program, she has worked with Federally Qualified Health Centers in several capacities, including as Director of Research at Colorado’s Health Center Controlled Network.  As a clinical consultant for the Bureau of Primary Health Care, she conducted operational site visits for more than 30 FQHCs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Auxier holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from New York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She completed her postgraduate work at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  As a native Spanish speaker, she has worked primarily with underserved, multicultural populations, with an emphasis on those affected by post traumatic stress. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and books and has lectured on behavioral-medical integration in various forums throughout the country.  She is also a co-developer of two integration measurement tools, the Integrated Practice Assessment Tool (IPAT) and the Practice Integration Profile (PIP).  She is currently on the Advisory Board for an $18m PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) integrated study led by the University of Vermont and is a member of the International Union of Police Associations Member Assistance Program Committee. ×

Elizabeth Woike-Ganga, LCSW-R

Chief Operating Officer, BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.

Elizabeth Woike-Ganga is a licensed clinical social worker and Chief Operating Officer at BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. in Buffalo, New York.  BestSelf is the result of a merger in June 2017 of Lake Shore Behavioral Health and Child and Adolescent Treatment Services.  BestSelf is a nonprofit organization providing comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation services to individuals with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. The organization employs more than 800 staff and has an operating budget of approximately $50 million.  The organization served more than 15,000 consumers in 2017.

Liz is from Buffalo, NY.  After graduating with a BA from Yale University, she spent a year in Costa Rica on a Fulbright Scholarship followed by two years as a Peace Corps volunteer and trainer in Gabon, Central Africa.  After returning to Buffalo, Liz worked at Vive, Inc., an Organization for World Refugees, as Assistant Director while pursuing a Master of Social Work at SUNY Buffalo.  Elizabeth started at Lake Shore Behavioral Health as an intern in 2002, was hired as a counselor in 2004 and was offered various promotions until joining the BestSelf Executive Management Team in 2012 as Director of Chemical Dependency. She was promoted in 2014 to Vice President of Clinical Operations and then to Chief Operating Officer in November of 2015.

Liz was instrumental in realizing the merger between Child and Adolescent Treatment Services and Lake Shore Behavioral Health.  The company has grown from about 350 employees in early 2017 to more than 800 employees in 2018. Today, BestSelf Behavioral Health is the largest community behavioral health organization serving children and adults in Western New York.

This tremendous growth is due to a number of new programs spearheaded by Liz. BestSelf is one of 13 behavioral health organizations selected by New York State to participate in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) pilot program. This federal pilot is revolutionizing the way behavioral health services are delivered and reimbursed.  It allows for comprehensive, integrated behavioral health treatment with additional services such as vocational supports, targeted case management and peer services.  BestSelf has the largest CCBHC in New York, with twelve integrated locations serving children and adults.

Liz has also been instrumental in developing mobile mental health services, allowing BestSelf to provide services outside of a traditional clinic setting and instituting open access at all BestSelf clinics, enabling people to have immediate access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. In the fall of 2017, Elizabeth worked to implement our Recovery Connections Program. The program is a fully mobile team providing rapid access to medication assisted treatment (often within 24 to 48 hours), counseling and peer supports to people who have had difficulty engaging with treatment or in areas without access to treatment options.  This program was recently recognized on NBC Nightly News as a new, innovative way to address the opioid crisis.

Liz also works to ensure BestSelf remains a leader in serving multi-cultural communities.  Many of our employees are bilingual and bicultural which enables them to provide high quality services to our culturally and linguistically diverse client population. Interpreters have also been employed by BestSelf to make sure we are able to provide everyone in our communities with easy access to services.  Elizabeth has been a driving force to ensure that refugees, immigrants and other cultures find a welcoming environment at BestSelf where they are treated with respect.

Liz is very active in the Western New York health care community and also is a graduate of both Leadership Buffalo (2013) and the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York’s Health Leadership Fellows program (2015).  In 2018 she was awarded a Woman of Influence Award by Business First for Inspirational Leadership. ×

Larry Smith, CPRSS

Chief Operating Officer, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc.

Larry Smith has been with Grand Lake Mental Health Center for 24 years.  During this time, Larry has always pushed the envelope for better quality of care for the people we serve.  Larry is a disciple of the Deming Theory of Management, which has been instrumental in developing management skills within his executive team, and he has consistently used performance measures and continuous quality improvement techniques to provide more efficient, patient-centered, quality care.

Larry has always concentrated on putting together interdisciplinary partnerships with organizations, focusing on leveraging shared information to improve quality of care.  GLMHC partnered with a pharmacy to not only fill medications for his clients but to also create a bi-directional data fed into GLMHC’s electronic health record (EHR), allowing staff to better monitor medication compliance.  He then duplicated this process with a high complexity laboratory, allowing staff to more quickly and efficiently order and track lab results directly from within their EHR.  Larry has also utilized his software knowledge to build an interface with one of Oklahoma’s Health Insurance Exchanges (HIE).  With Larry’s unique talents and connections to behavioral health and technology, he was able to manage all these multifaceted and usually fragmented health care providers (pharmacy, lab, HIE) by software interfaces and orchestrating a data fed to one location within his electronic health record, which he calls the Client Dashboard.

Currently, Larry has closed the health care communication gap between Hospitals, Emergency rooms and police departments by helping to develop a First Responder application that allows immediate access to a LMHP, to again give our clients better care by providing services for them in the least restrictive environment needed for their care.

What’s in Larry’s horizon?  He has taken the backbone/infrastructure of the First Responder application and will be rolling out a client application and clinician application that will fulfill his goal of allowing the client to receive the services they need when and where they are needed.

All this has put the GLMHC model as one of the companies to watch as the Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) gains momentum. ×

Chris Thompson, MHA

Chief Operating Officer, Monarch

In fall 2018, Chris was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He oversees Monarch’s behavioral health operations statewide, provides clinical and administrative oversite and helps to direct the company’s service expansion strategies.

Chris joined Monarch more than eight years ago. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations, Behavioral Health at Monarch and played an integral role in the extensive growth of critical services including open access, outpatient services, psychiatry services, community support teams, Assertive Community Treatment teams (ACTT), psychosocial rehabilitation, peer support, facility-based crisis, 24/7 behavioral health urgent care center, intensive in-home services and Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment services. 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 with his wife, Courtney, and their children, Jonathan and Ashton. ×

Amber Rich

Community Partnership Specialist, Intermountain Healthcare

Amber Rich

Community Partnership Specialist, Intermountain Healthcare

Amber Rich is a community partnership specialist with Intermountain Healthcare, which includes local leadership for the Utah Alliance for Determinants of Health. The Alliance is a three-year community collaborative aimed at addressing factors outside of healthcare that impact our well-being like food, housing, violence, transportation, and utilities.  She works closely with fellow not-for-profit organizations and other community partners to address prevention and wellness, as well as coordination of care for medical and behavioral health services for vulnerable populations. She also is part of the Intermountain Speakers Bureau on Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Distribution.

She is a graduate of Southern Utah University, and began her career in public relations with Dixie State University and Dixie Regional Medical Center. She also worked as an adjunct communications instructor, and has extensive experience as a free-lance writer. She sits on several community boards and coalitions, and has been an active volunteer in the community for more than two decades.  She and her husband, Adam, have four children and reside in St. George. ×

Angela Choberka

Community Partnership Specialist, Intermountain Healthcare

Angela Choberka

Community Partnership Specialist, Intermountain Healthcare

Angela Choberka is the Community Partnership Specialist coordinating the Utah Alliance for Determinants of Health, “The Alliance,” project in Weber County. She joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2018 and is excited to take on the challenge of helping to create a more innovative approach to addressing the needs of community members that have not traditionally been a part of the healthcare system. Her experience includes being a project director for a Promise Neighborhood initiative as well as teaching at various levels. Angela is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah and is Vice Chair of the Ogden City Council. ×

Christopher Reist, M.D., MBA

Chief Population Health Strategy, Care Management Technologies, Relias

Dr. Christopher Reist is a clinical scientist in the areas of psychopharmacolgy, genetics, and clinical psychiatry. He uses his experience in medical education and changing medical provider behavior to improve quality of care and develop healthcare analytics in support of population health management. Dr. Reist is also a professor at UC-Irvine where he oversees research programs in innovative treatments. His other current research interest is in the area of evidence based practices for enhancing recovery in patients with serious mental illness. ×

Carol Clayton, Ph.D.

Translational Neuroscientist, Relias

Dr. Carol Clayton is a licensed, practicing psychologist with 30 years of healthcare experience in the public and private sector, including non-profit and private practice work. She currently works as the Translational Neuroscientist for Relias, specializing in healthcare solutions targeting workforce development and population health outcome improvement. Before joining Relias, Dr. Clayton was the CEO of Care Management Technologies, a health IT data analytics company. She also served as the Executive Director of the NC Council of Community Programs from 2000- 2006. The NC Council is the predecessor organization to i2i. ×

Rola Aamar, Ph.D., LMFTA

Clinical Effectiveness Consultant, Behavioral Health, Relias

Dr. Rola Aamar has focused her clinical practice and research on the importance of treatment alliance between patients and healthcare providers. She also has years of behavioral health clinical experience working with families in primary and specialty treatment on addressing comorbid medical and behavioral health conditions. Dr. Aamar is currently at Relias as the clinical effectiveness consultant for behavioral health, bringing her clinical and operational knowledge of integrated care, data analytics, and behavioral healthcare to support client use of analytics to improve clinical performance and patient health. ×

Stephanie M. Murtaugh, MA, MBA, LPC, CADC

Director of Clinical Services, Pittsburgh Mercy

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Tracy Luoma

Executive Director, Optum Salt Lake County, Optum Consumer Solutions Group

Tracy Luoma

Executive Director, Optum Salt Lake County, Optum Consumer Solutions Group

Tracy Luoma is the Executive Director for Optum Salt Lake County Behavioral Health. Tracy has more than 30 years of experience in strategic health care leadership positions in Utah.  As Executive Director, she has a key role in Optum’s ongoing partnership with the Salt Lake County Division of Behavioral Health Services to deliver high-quality mental health and substance use services and programs that focus on wellness, recovery and resilience. She works closely with County leaders, providers, consumers and other community stakeholders to continue supporting a strong behavioral health system that helps people get the care they need, when and where they need it.

Prior to joining Optum, Tracy served as the Director of Health Plan Operations for Molina Healthcare of Utah with responsibility over multiple lines of business including Medicaid and Medicare. She previously held several leadership positions with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Department of Human Services.

Tracy is a graduate of the University of Utah and lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two children. She serves as a volunteer coach and mentor with People Helping People, an organization dedicated to helping low-income women find better employment opportunities as a way to reduce the number of families living in poverty. ×

Mollie Murphy

President, Applied Self-Direction

Mollie Murphy is the President of Applied Self-Direction. Mollie has nationally recognized expertise in Financial Management Services (FMS) in self-direction. With over thirteen years’ experience in FMS, Mollie has assisted state and federal agencies to design and implement self-direction programs with high performing and compliant FMS. Mollie has led FMS Technical Assistance at the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) at Boston College since 2008 and has designed and carried out the only national FMS Conference since 2009.  She has worked with states to develop FMS programs from their inception and to improve services and processes in existing FMS programs.  Mollie serves on an interagency workgroup with the Internal Revenue Service to support tax policy development for United States FMS providers.

Mollie is regularly a presenter at national conferences and has authored several issue briefs for the SCAN Foundation and others.  Ms. Murphy started and continues to lead the NRCPDS FMS Membership organization that is now within Applied Self-Direction.  Applied Self-Direction also provides Membership services to state programs offering self-direction.

Ms. Murphy is a Junior Fellow with the Annenburg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s National Academy of Political and Social Science and graduated summa cum laude with Highest Honors in Economics from Clark University. ×

Regina Widdows

President & Chief Executive Officer, SERV Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.

Regina Widdows

President & Chief Executive Officer, SERV Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.

Regina Widdows, brings over 25 years of results-driven healthcare management experience to her current position as President & CEO for SERV Behavioral Health System (SBHS) in Ewing, New Jersey.  In her role at SBHS Ms. Widdows retains operational and administrative oversight of the parent organization which operates four not for profit divisions, developmental/intellectual disabilities, behavioral health, properties & management company, and the SERV Foundation.

Ms. Widdows is known as a versatile, resourceful and results-driven healthcare management professional.  She is skilled at leading cross-functional teams and planning and executing strategic business initiatives and strategies that result in successful business and financial outcomes.  She is known for her extensive experience fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation within and between special-needs consumers, behavioral health constituents, the provider communities and their staff teams.

Before joining SERV in 2016, Ms. Widdows was Senior Vice President of Program and Clinical Operations at Bancroft, a behavioral health organization with sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. She previously held executive positions in hospital systems in Pennsylvania, including Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania and Brandywine Hospital, and was Associate Executive Director of Lenape Valley Foundation in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Accompanying her past experience Ms. Widdows remains greatly involved in professional organizations.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association of Community Providers

Ms. Widdows received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ×

Christopher Williams, MA

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Christopher Williams, M.A., brings over 25 years of strategic marketing and communications experience to the OPEN MINDS team. Mr. Williams currently serves as a Senior Associate, leading projects related to developing strategic partnerships, brand and reputation management, strategic and crisis communications, as well as mixed-method research design and statistical analysis.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Williams served as the Director of Sales, Northwest and Account Management for The Echo Group, based in Conway, New Hampshire. In this role, Mr. Williams was responsible for generating new client sales, sales territory planning and management, as well as sales prospecting and lead conversions, through product demonstrations, managing strategic accounts, and fostering client relationships.

Prior to serving as the Director of Sales, Northwest and Account Management. Williams served as the Director of Marketing for The Echo Group. In this role, Mr. Williams oversaw lead generation, managed brand developments, executed product launches, conducted market research and competitive analyses, as well as executed strategic marketing plans and initiatives.

Previously, Mr. Williams served as the Vice President of Strategic Communications at Cookson Strategic Communications, in Manchester, New Hampshire. During his tenure, Mr. Williams served as a as lead consultant for on-going client programs and initiatives, managed the planning and execution phases of strategic communication campaigns, oversaw brand development and multiple product launches, as well as provided creative direction.

In addition to his commercial experience, Mr. Williams held adjunct faculty positions at the University of New Hampshire, Manchester, Concordia University, and Michigan State University, where he taught courses pertaining to public relations, communications and journalism. Mr. Williams earned his Master of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, as well as his Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. ×

Ken Carr

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Ken Carr brings over 20 years of finance, technology, data analysis and reporting experience in the health and human service field to OPEN MINDS. He currently ia a Senior Associate with the OPEN MINDS consulting practice. In this role, he served as a subject matter expert in the OPEN MINDS consulting practice where he has led numerous engagements in strategic planning, merger and acquisition prospecting, business process improvement, financial analysis of service lines, and technology selection.

Before joining the OPEN MINDS team, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Centers, a community mental health center in Ocala, Florida. In this position, Mr. Carr led a realignment of the organization’s financial management functions. This included revenue cycle management, EHR bill implementation and reporting, cash management enhancement, and strategic financial analysis.

Prior to his role at The Centers, Mr. Carr served as Chief Financial Officer of Guild Incorporated, an organization providing residential and community based mental health services in St. Paul, Minnesota. As CFO, Mr. Carr led the financial, billing, IT, quality, informatics, compliance, and facilities activities. During his tenure at Guild Incorporated, Mr. Carr used his expertise in change management and business process improvement to lead the EHR implementation team, align service data reporting and financial performance, and lead the financial and data capture activities for new service initiatives.

Mr. Carr has also held the positions of Administrative Director and Finance Director at the St. Paul National Testing Laboratory, a biomedical testing facility of the American Red Cross. In those positions he oversaw activities to enhance inventory management, align financial results to industry standards, and improve financial and facilities performance through problem analysis and quality management initiatives. He also was involved in directing human resource functions during laboratory closing near the end of his tenure.

Mr. Carr earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Sioux Falls Seminary. He maintains an active CPA license with the State of South Dakota.

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Tine Hansen-Turton

President & Chief Executive Officer, Woods Services

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. ×

Frank Baumann

Chief Operating Officer, BayMark Health Services, Inc.

Frank Baumann

Chief Operating Officer, BayMark Health Services, Inc.

Frank Baumann was appointed Chief Operating Officer of BayMark Health Services in December of 2015. Frank joined MedMark as Vice President of Development in April of 2009. Frank is a seasoned senior executive with over twenty years of psychiatric and substance abuse experience. His vast array of management expertise includes national multi-site operations, strategic planning, business development and finance.

Frank came to MedMark from Horizon Health Corporation where he spent over a decade in key leadership roles including President of Hospital Services, President of Contract Management Services and Senior Vice President of Operations. Prior to his term with Horizon Health, Frank spent several years with Mountain Crest Behavioral Healthcare System in Fort Collins, Colorado as CEO as well as Controller. Frank earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration – Accounting from Colorado State University and a MBA from the University of Denver. ×

Dan Ohler

Vice President, State Government Programs, Optum Behavioral Health

Dan Ohler

Vice President, State Government Programs, Optum Behavioral Health

Dan Ohler currently serves as Vice President of Business Development at Optum.   Dan’s works focuses specifically on public sector behavioral health, working with state and local government partners.  He has a strong background working with programs for people with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities and has been an integral part of Optum’s efforts to strengthen their person-centered services model.   Dan has worked extensively with state and local government leaders, national associations, provider agencies and advocacy groups in an effort to ensure that programs and supports are structured in a manner that enhances the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.  He spearheaded Optum’s ‘Spark! Initiative’ in 2017 that OPEN MINDS CEO Monica Oss participated in and collaborated with the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities to create ‘The Art of Impact’, an eBook for self-advocates, for which he authored a Foreword.

Prior to joining OPTUM, Dan worked for nearly two decades in various leadership positions in Ohio’s Developmental Disabilities service system.  As the Executive Director of the Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, he worked with state officials to ensure the passage of legislation that led to the largest increase in home and community based services in the state’s history.  During that same time period, he served as President of the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors in Washington, DC where he helped to advance policy at the national level.  Dan also worked at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, where he was responsible for Community Medicaid Services; and, just prior to joining OPTUM he was the CEO of a non-profit agency focused on integrated community employment for people with developmental disabilities.

Mr. Ohler earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from West Liberty State College in West Virginia.  In addition to his duties with OPTUM, Dan serves on the Boards of two non-profit entities in his home state of Ohio. ×

James Craig, LCSW, MBA

Vice President, Corporate Clinical- Autism Solutions, Beacon Health Options

James Craig, LCSW, MBA is the Corporate Vice President for Autism Solutions at Beacon Health Options, the largest autism services managed care provider in the US with 11,000 cases in service covering 13 million lives. In this role, he is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and continuous improvement of clinical services delivered to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their families and supports the Beacon autism clinical teams throughout the United States. James has held numerous positions in managed behavioral health care most recently as the Director of Behavioral Operations at Accolade, a start-up concierge company specializing in integrated approaches to support medical and behavioral health decision making for consumers. Prior to that, he served as General Manager for Behavioral Health at Aetna for the Eastern United States where he was responsible for health plans and self-insured customers. In this capacity, James developed the first Autism Case Management program incorporating a case coordination and utilization management model in fulfilment of the emerging state mandates. James has developed a wide range of behavioral health programs designed to improve quality and effectiveness that have led to behavior change for those with medical and behavioral health issues. These have included telehealth coaching, online social media resources and member and provider engagement strategies. ×