Speakers & Faculty


Allen Brown

Chief Executive Officer, Adult & Child Health

Allen Brown

Chief Executive Officer, Adult & Child Health

Allen Brown, MSSW, is CEO of Adult and Child Health in Indianapolis, a nonprofit agency employing 550 staff in central Indiana. Focused on improving the health and well-being of underserved persons, Allen has led Adult and Child Health’s transition from specialty care into integrated, whole health services. Organized as a community mental health center, FQHC Look Alike program, and federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC), Adult and Child Health’s programs include primary care, behavioral health, child welfare, supportive housing, and supportive employment. Prior to joining Adult and Child Health in 2014, Allen held managed care and community mental health leadership positions in Texas, Colorado, and Georgia. ×

Beth Klawitter

Vice President Of Payer Relations, Strategic Behavioral Health

Beth Klawitter

Vice President Of Payer Relations, Strategic Behavioral Health

Beth Klawitter is Vice President of Payer Relations for Strategic Behavioral Health. She has over 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive with roles in strategic development, operations and project management. Her career focus and specialty is in behavioral healthcare management and consulting, including development and administration of value-based population health and behavioral health integration models and systems.

Beth’s background includes positions and work in various healthcare and medical settings in multiple regions of the country, including single hospital and multi-hospital systems, healthcare management and software firms, and physician services and practices. She has led inpatient and outpatient behavioral health operations and product line expansion in various hospital-based and freestanding behavioral health facility settings. She brings expertise in managed care contracting, decision support and analytics, planning and marketing, business development and physician relations. Beth holds a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from West Chester University.

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Brad Sorte

Chief Executive Officer-elect, Caron Treatment Centers

Brad Sorte

Chief Executive Officer-elect, Caron Treatment Centers

In December of 2020, Bradley F. Sorte was appointed to the role of President and CEO of Caron Treatment Centers effective July 1st, 2021.  Currently serving as the Chief Strategy & Growth Officer for Caron, Brad’s focus is on expanding access and availability for those who need treatment. Responsible for aligning strategy and performance for Caron Treatment Centers, Brad oversees the operations of marketing, strategic planning, and Caron’s regional continuum. Brad previously served as the executive vice president and managing director of Caron’s Florida continuum, after beginning his career at Caron as a family therapist at Caron Renaissance and then a primary therapist at Ocean Drive.

Brad has played a significant role in addiction and behavioral healthcare, including keynote speaking engagements at conferences in the United States and abroad on topics ranging from family recovery and substance use disorder in young adults to the changing landscape of behavioral healthcare. He has been featured in the New York Times and Miami Herald as well as various media and industry publications.

Brad is active in the Young Presidents Organization; Brad is a member of both the Philadelphia and Palm Beach chapters and serves on the board for Palm Beach. Brad holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Florida Atlantic University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies from Kaplan University. ×

Caroline Fenkel, LCSW

Chief Clinical Officer, Charlie Health

Dr. Caroline Fenkel LCSW is a thought leader in the adolescent and young adult substance abuse treatment field. Caroline began her career by combining her love for horses with her desire to help others by providing equine-assisted psychotherapy. From there, Caroline earned her masters from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and began providing treatment at all levels of care, including detoxification units, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment. Dr. Fenkel has worked at numerous national and local treatment programs including Mainline Health, Pyramid Health Care and Newport Healthcare. Caroline went on to earn her doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania, studying the use of technology in a therapeutic setting. Currently, Dr. Fenkel serves as Chief Clinical Officer of Charlie Health, a video based intensive outpatient treatment program providing comprehensive evidence based clinical treatment to adolescents and young adults. Caroline enjoys riding horses, spending time with her husband and two year old son and she is often accompanied by her therapy dog, Genie. ×

Cathy Gilbert

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Healthcare executive with over twenty years experience in the health care industry including non-profit, government and private insurance with ten years progressively higher level experience in provider networks in behavioral health arena. ×

Cindy Ehlers, MS ,LPC

Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, Trillium Health Resources

Cindy Ehlers, MS, LPC, serves as the Executive Vice President for- Trillium Health Resources- Strategy and Innovation. She is focused on improving health and affordability through emerging analytics and innovative clinical solutions. She leads the strategy and innovative development and operations for Trillium. Cindy is a champion for the implementation of evidence based practices and value based purchasing in the services for BH and IDD-TBI populations. She has worked in both the public and private sector for the past 25 years. Cindy has developed many programs and services in behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities overcoming many different rural barriers and health disparities in rural eastern North Carolina to meet service needs. She also offers a unique perspective in her role as an Executive in the NC system, as both a parent/professional.  Cindy understands the system from the perspective of the MCO, from inside out and as a parent of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs from the outside in. ×

Corbin Petro

Chief Executive Officer, Eleanor Health

Corbin Petro is the CEO and co-founder of Eleanor Health, a value-based, tech-enabled provider specializing in addressing the unique needs of individuals and populations with substance use disorder. Prior to Eleanor Health, Corbin was the founding CEO of Benevera Health, a payer-provider JV and population health company. Petro has an extensive background in healthcare including as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Massachusetts Department of Medicaid (MassHealth), a $13 billion agency providing health care to 1.4 million Massachusetts residents, advising a US Senator on health reform, and roles at Bain and Company, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte Consulting, and American Management Systems.

Previously, Petro was the founding CEO and President of Benevera Health, a first-of-its-kind payer/provider joint venture (JV) encompassing two businesses: Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare’s New Hampshire insurance business and a newly formed population health services company.

Petro has an extensive background in healthcare including as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Massachusetts Department of Medicaid (MassHealth), a $13 billion agency providing health care to 1.4 million Massachusetts residents, advising a US Senator on health reform, and roles at Bain and Company, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte Consulting, and American Management Systems.

Petro was honored as one of fifteen healthcare executives under 40 named a 2018 Up and Comer by Modern Healthcare. She received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is married, has two sons, and resides in the greater Boston area. ×

Dan Arens

Chief Operating Officer, Adult & Child Health

Dan Arens

Chief Operating Officer, Adult & Child Health

Dan Arens began his career working in group homes for youth who experience autism and developmental disorders and later transitioned through both residential and community-based programs supporting families in the child welfare and probation systems before taking operational leadership roles at 2 different Community Mental Health Centers in Central Indiana. Throughout his career, he’s kindled two of his passions, working with under-resourced populations and building more patient centered health care systems.

Dan has worked with many youth and families who struggle with co-occurring disorders and who repeatedly fail to effectively navigate a siloed health care system. The most impactful family he supported unfortunately culminated in the early death of teenage boy. This young man lived in poverty, had unmanaged juvenile diabetes, was diagnosed with Conduct Disorder, had a family history of SUD, and an ACES score of 9. Dan’s experience and frustration in attempting to support the complex needs of this family across multiple health care providers in small town Indiana continues to fuel his interest in building a better system of integrated care.

Dan has provided leadership along every phase of A&C’s journey toward integrated care. From the early beginnings of co-locating an LCSW inside an FQHC location to co-locating a partner FQHC in the mental health center to winning multiple State and Federal grants focused on integrated care and finally launching A&C’s four site FQHC Look a Like program which integrates the delivery of primary care, chronic disease management, psychiatry, behavioral health therapy, Medication Assisted Therapy, and enabling services in each location. Along the way, Dan and his team has worked through the many challenges of integrated governance, funding streams, and operations. ×

David Kobrinetz

Program Director, Telehealth & Outpatient Services, CHE Behavioral Health Services

David Kobrinetz

Program Director, Telehealth & Outpatient Services, CHE Behavioral Health Services

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DeAnna Minus-Vincent

Senior Vice President, Chief Social Integration & Health Equity Strategist, RWJBarnabas Health

DeAnna Minus-Vincent

Senior Vice President, Chief Social Integration & Health Equity Strategist, RWJBarnabas Health

DeAnna Minus-Vincent serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Social Integration and Health Equity Strategist at RWJBarnabas Health. In her role, Ms. Minus-Vincent leads the system’s "Ending Racism, Together". She is responsible for developing, instituting, and monitoring an anti-racist strategy to ensure all RWJBarnabas Health patients and employees are afforded an equitable environment that is free from discriminatory practices. In addition to promoting equity within the walls of the hospital, Ms. Minus-Vincent works with internal and external stakeholders to promote anti-racist policies, design programs and invest in the communities that it serves to promote equitable health, social, and economic outcomes.

Throughout her tenure at the system, Ms. Minus-Vincent has demonstrated programmatic and policy prowess, as well as an affinity for scaling initiatives. She has worked with diverse stakeholders to implement strategies that improve health outcomes and promote health equity. She recently co-designed and launched the system’s new social determinants of health integration initiative, Health Beyond the Hospital (HBH), which will allow physicians to identify social factors contributing to their patients’ health and streamline connection to resources when needed. Ms. Minus-Vincent also oversees the system’s housing and community development initiatives.

Before coming to RWJBarnabas Health, Ms. Minus-Vincent served as the Chief Engagement Officer at Benefits Data Trust, a national social change organization. Additionally, she has served as the Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Director of Planning and Development for the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium. She currently sits on the Board of the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey. She received a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University; a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Morgan State University; and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Leadership and Innovation from Concordia University, Chicago. Born and raised in Trenton, DeAnna is a native New Jerseyan and lives in Lumberton with her husband, Daryl and daughter, Darynn. ×

Howard Snyder

Director Of Business Development, Active Day

Howard Snyder has been the Director of Business Development for Active Day since 2015. In this role, he has led acquisition of over 20 human services companies comprising I/DD programs, Adult Day Services and Personal Home Care agencies across multiple states. During the last 12 months, his role at Active Day has expanded to include managing PPE acquisition and distribution, and managing the Support Services and Facilities departments. A seasoned executive with operating experience, Mr. Snyder has over 25 years of financial, investment and commercial banking experience in range of healthcare, business service, manufacturing and distribution industries. He earned a BBA form Emory University and an MBA in Finance from Drexel University. ×

Jason Ray

President, SimplyHome

Jason Ray is the President of SimplyHome, LLC. Since 2004, SimplyHome has designed, engineered, and used enabling technology to increase independence and lower costs. As the President of SimplyHome, Jason has been a national speaker on enabling technology to associations, state and national agencies, and provider groups. Beginning in 2015, Jason worked with the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation (formerly NYSACRA) as a subject matter expert on enabling technology. In this capacity, he provided training and resources to dozens of agencies across the State of New York. From 2017 to 2019, Jason became the subject matter expert for residential enabling technology with the State of Tennessee’s Technology Initiative. Jason helped lead the training and implementation of this pilot initiative which helped to shape a whole new waiver service in the State of Tennessee. Jason has also provided consulting and direction to many other states and agencies across the US over the last 13 years. In 2015 Jason was named Asheville’s Forty under Forty, honoring young leaders for their business and community service contributions to the area. In 2017, the Asheville Chamber of Commerce honored Jason as the Asheville Small Business Leader of the Year. ×

Jerry Bernard

Chief Executive Officer, Charles Lea Center

Dr. Gerald Bernard is currently the CEO of the Charles Lea Center a multi-service provider in South Carolina and North Carolina. He earned his doctorate degree from the University of Vermont in Leadership & Policy Studies. He has also earned the Executive Certificate in Non-profit Leadership from Duke University and a Graduate Certificate in Adult and Organizational Learning from Northeastern University. He is also a certified trainer in person centered thinking.

Jerry, has over 30 years’ experience supporting individuals with disabilities in a variety of professional and leadership positions throughout New York, Connecticut, Vermont and most recently in South Carolina. He has been successful in assisting and supporting other organizations throughout the United States and Canada to move away from traditional service models to one that is driven by principles of person-centered thinking, innovation and enabling technology.

Using a servant leader approach Jerry has been successful in supporting the Charles Lea Center to effectively use enabling technology in a variety of day, employment, and residential setting. This includes looking at technology as a way of improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by giving them greater control over there environments.

He believes that enabling technology has the potential to open doors and opportunities for individuals with disabilities, however cautions that using technology needs to a be thoughtful and person-centered process. It is just one of many tools in a toolbox, when used correctly can open doors to wonderful opportunities.

In his free time Jerry likes spending time hiking, traveling as well as reading historical crime novels. He is married to his wonderful wife Wendy who is a Teacher in Boiling Springs and has two grown daughters Hannah and Ellie. ×

Jesse Gould

Founder & President, Heroic Hearts Project

Jesse Gould

Founder & President, Heroic Hearts Project

Jesse Gould is Founder and President of the Heroic Hearts Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pioneering psychedelic therapies for military veterans. After being deployed as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan three times, he founded the Heroic Hearts Project in 2017 to spearhead the acceptance and use of ayahuasca therapy as a means of addressing the current mental health crisis among veterans. The Heroic Hearts Project has raised over $350,000 in scholarships from donors including Dr. Bronner’s and partnered with the world’s leading ayahuasca treatment centers, as well as sponsoring psychiatric applications with the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Georgia. Jesse helps shape treatment programs and spreads awareness of plant medicine as a therapeutic method. He has spoken globally about psychedelics and mental health, and received accolades including being recognized as one of the Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2020 by Cause Artist. Driven by a mission to help military veterans struggling with mental trauma, he is best known for his own inspiring battle with PTSD and his recovery through ayahuasca therapy.

Jesse’s work can be seen and heard at NY Times, Breaking Convention, San Francisco Psychedelic Liberty Summit, People of Purchase, The Freq, Psychedelics Today Podcast, Kyle Kingsbury Podcast, Cause Artist, and The GrowthOp. ×

John F. Talbot, Ph.D.

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

John Talbot, Ph.D. has more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of health care, including upper management, consultation, education, direct clinical work, and serving as the president of a non-profit board.

Dr. Talbot is currently Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH) in Denver, Colorado. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of corporate strategy, strategic alliances and new product development. Dr. Talbot also served as the Vice President of Integration Development for JCMH where he led all new business development opportunities in integrated care and participated in region wide and statewide initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Talbot served as an Executive Vice President for OPEN MINDS for eight years and 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.

Previously, Dr. Talbot served as the President of Colorado Care Management, a network of agencies providing care to children and families. Dr. Talbot 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. 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.

Dr. Talbot’s additional experience includes serving as the Associate Dean of Operations, the Director of the Master of Health Systems Program, and Adjunct Faculty for University College, University of Denver. He also held a senior management position at Mount Airy Psychiatric Center in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Talbot has been a featured speaker at a number of national and state venues, and 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.

Dr. Talbot received his Ph.D. from the University of Denver, Master of Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor of Science from Loyola University.

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John Jay

Director of Customer Marketing, Relias

John Jay

Director of Customer Marketing, Relias

John Jay has spent the last six years working at Relias as a Product Manager and Strategic Product Marketing Manager. During his time in Product Management, John oversaw Relias’ product vision in the Behavioral Health, Community Health, and Acute healthcare space. After spending five years in his various product manager roles, John switched focus to lead the Health and Human Services marketing strategy, focusing on aligning Relias’ solutions to key industry challenges. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies: Economics, Trade, and Development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jonathan G. Morphett

Managing Partner, Avondale Partners, LLC

Jonathan Morphett joined Avondale Partners in 2004 to launch its healthcare investment banking group.  Today, as an investment banking boutique firm, Avondale Partners provides mergers and acquisitions and financing transaction advisory services to healthcare companies and private equity firms across the U.S.   Jonathan has over 30 years of investment banking experience, having completed over 100 M&A advisory, equity and debt transactions.

Prior to joining Avondale Partners, Jonathan was the Chief Financial Officer of Austar United Communications, a publicly traded Australian company, and a managing director of investment banking at Morgan Stanley.  Jonathan is currently the Chair of the Board of Centerstone Research Institute. He is a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council; a former board member of Friends Life, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities; and a “2012 Health Care Hero” award recipient from the Nashville Business Journal.  He earned his undergraduate degrees in economics and law from the University of Adelaide, Australia and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth. ×

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM, 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. ×

Karan Singh

Co-founder/Chief Operating Officer, Ginger

Karan Singh

Co-founder/Chief Operating Officer, Ginger

Karan is the co-founder and COO of Ginger, where he leads the company’s clinical operations and strategy. He has over 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry, consulting with bio-pharma clients, commercializing data analytics, and establishing research partnerships with academic medical centers. A leader in the digital health community, Karan is a frequent speaker about entrepreneurship, health innovation and new models of care. Karan has served as a scholar at the Aspen Institute, delivered keynotes at the Public Health Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health, and was recognized as a rising star in healthcare by LinkedIn's Next Wave. Karan has a BA and BS in Economics and Business Administration from UC Berkeley and an MBA from MIT Sloan, with a fellowship in entrepreneurship from the MIT Legatum Center for Development. Karan also attended the Harvard Medical School / MIT Health, Science & Technology program. ×

Katie Morrow

Vice President Of Compliance, Streamline Healthcare Solutions

Katie Morrow

Vice President Of Compliance, Streamline Healthcare Solutions

Katie Morrow is a Bachelor’s Social Worker with seven years of 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 Masters 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.

Katie began working directly for Streamline in August of 2011 where she has been the project manager on several implementations as well as providing training and support to Streamline’s customers. ×

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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Kiara Kuenzler

President & Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Center

Kiara Kuenzler

President & Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Center

Dr. Kiara Kuenzler is President and CEO of Jefferson Center for Mental Health, a non-profit, community focused provider of mental health and substance use disorder services in Colorado. Jefferson Center serves more than 30,000 children, individuals and families each year through prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery services. Dr. Kuenzler is a licensed Psychologist and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Colorado Medical School, in Administration and Evaluation Psychology. In addition to her more than 10 years of experience in health care administration, quality, and program evaluation, Dr. Kuenzler spent many years providing direct clinical services and teaching at the University of Colorado, Denver. In her current role, Dr. Kuenzler brings a fierce passion and vision for a healthy community, where mental health and substance use matters and care is accessible to all. She seeks community partnerships and innovative solutions to meet the growing needs of the people served and drives excellence in care to promote wellbeing and thriving communities. ×

Laird Sapir

Vice President, Web Services, OPEN MINDS

Laird Sapir brings a diverse background of user-experience design, project management, customer service, and over ten years of web development experience to the OPEN MINDS team. In her current role as Vice President of Web Services, Ms. Sapir leads our team of web developers; brings technical guidance and business practicality to every web-based application that OPEN MINDS develops; and defines a strategic purpose and unique digital brand for each client project that crosses her path.

Prior to her role with OPEN MINDS, Ms. Sapir was the sole proprietor, lead graphic designer, and web developer for Memphis McKay – a boutique marketing firm that primarily served authors, publishing companies, and small businesses. In this role she designed and built over 200 websites and managed the ongoing maintenance for over 100 client sites. She is well-versed in site architecture and planning, responsive design, and various open source technologies such as WordPress, PHP, Javascript, and React. Ms. Sapir has written several widely used open source plugins serving the author community, and has been cited in industry publications such as Torque Magazine and WPMU Dev.

Ms. Sapir is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef who has served as a Restaurant Manager and Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Nordstrom. Throughout Ms. Sapir’s history with Nordstrom, she experienced first-hand the importance of having an “ear to the ground” to better understand the customer experience. Ms. Sapir’s tenure with Nordstrom provided unparalleled insight into consumer expectations, preferences, and purchasing patterns – all of which directly translate into optimal user experience best practices.

Ms. Sapir holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, in addition to an Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts from the California School of Culinary Arts.

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Lisa Kay

Clinical Innovation Lead, Cigna Medical Group

Lisa Kay

Clinical Innovation Lead, Cigna Medical Group

Lisa is the Clinical Innovation 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 the mind, body, and community. 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 13 years. During that time she has held various positions in the organization including Behavioral Network, Training and Communications, Collaborative Care, and Clinical Program Development. Particularly in her work with Collaborative Care and Clinical Program, Lisa’s focus has been on sustainable models to integrate behavioral health into primary and medical specialty care.

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. ×

Matt Morgan

Chief Executive Officer, Vertava Health

An accomplished executive and successful entrepreneur, Matt Morgan serves as Chief Executive Officer of Vertava Health where he leads a team dedicated to a singular purpose: to pioneer care that empowers patients to live out their best future.

Matt joined Vertava Health in 2019 bringing over 20 years as a healthcare executive. From integrated healthcare delivery system leadership to home health, hospice and other healthcare industry segments, Matt has a distinguished career building leading companies through his passion for learning, technology innovation and creating cultural differentiation. As an entrepreneur, Matt founded and led the growth and subsequent sale of two private startup companies as well as leading private equity sponsored, middle-market companies poised for high growth.

Matt has a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and is a Fellow (FACHE) in the American College of Healthcare Executives. ×

Meena Dayak

Executive Vice President, Market Intelligence, OPEN MINDS

Meena Dayak

Executive Vice President, Market Intelligence, OPEN MINDS

Meena Dayak brings over 20 years of experience in the health and human services field to the OPEN MINDS team. Ms. Dayak currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Market Intelligence. Her areas of expertise include organizational strategy analysis and execution, marketing plan strategy and management, media relations strategy development and implementation, and digital media planning and development.

Before joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Dayak served as Vice President of Integrated Media and Communications with the American Public Power Association in Washington D.C. In this role, she led strategic planning, branding, and corporate communications, enterprise-wide content management, and internal and external partnership development. Ms. Dayak participated in needs analysis and organizational decision making as part of the senior leadership team. She directed a high-energy team and external contractors in growing industry profiles, services, and impact through award-winning owned, earned, paid, and shared media. Ms. Dayak also directed content creation and dissemination to enable local community outreach by 1,200-member electric utilities.

Previously, Ms. Dayak served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications with National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington D.C. In this role, she directed member marketing, media relations, public education, conference programming, and publishing projects. Ms. Dayak built the department from one staff person to 10 communications and event specialists. She significantly raised the profile of subject matter experts among association staff, board, and members. She also managed relationships with corporate partners, including pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Ms. Dayak also served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Council for Behavioral Health before becoming the Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

Before her time with the National Council for Behavioral Health, Ms. Dayak was the Senior Account Manager and a Copywriter for the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention in Rockville, MD. Ms. Dayak also served as an Account Manager and Copy writer for O’Connell Meier in Alexandria, VA.

Ms. Dayak attended Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education for Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations. She also has an M.A. in Public Communications from the American University, Washington D.C.

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Michele Novella

Medical Director & Owner, Star Psychiatric Healthcare

Michele Novella, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, is the medical director and owner of Star Psychiatric Healthcare in Danbury CT. She is a past member of Western Connecticut Health Network’s medical staff where she worked in the Behavioral Health Department including Crisis Intervention, Intensive Outpatient Program running groups and teaching Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In the Outpatient setting Michele held several critical incident debriefings following traumatic events & losses that were experienced by the staff there.

After graduating from Fairfield University, Michele worked as a Registered Nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Later, she worked at WCHN’s inpatient oncology unit before being asked to serve as Nurse Manager for the Outpatient Oncology & Chemotherapy Infusion Services at Associated Internists of Danbury. During that time, she received the prestigious American Cancer Society’s State-Wide “Excellence in Oncology Nursing Award” in 1991.

Michele later pursued her Master’s Degree of Nursing from Yale University, graduating with Honors.  She is Board Certified by the ANCC as both a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Nursing, as well as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

She holds specialized training in DBT & CBT therapy; Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and held a pivotal role in the aftermath of the 12/14/12 Sandy Hook Shootings, by helping to organize & run the Crisis Services offered to the public at Newtown’s Reed Intermediate School and has treated several of the Newtown Police Department’s First Responders. She has been asked to speak to several groups on PTSD and stress responses after trauma.

Michele also facilitated groups for varied mental health providers in the aftermath of the event who were treating Sandy Hook survivors, with the guidance and tutelage of the world-renowned James Gordon, MD, founder of the Center for Mind Body Medicine located in Washington, DC.

Lastly, Michele served on WCHN’s Medical Speakers’ Panel and is currently a National Speaker for several Pharmaceutical and Genetic Testing companies, namely Genomind, Takeda-Lundbeck, Astra Zeneca, and Pamlab-Nestle. ×

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.

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Patrick Maynard, PhD

President & Chief Executive Officer, I Am Boundless, Inc.

For more than 25 years Dr. Maynard has been a visionary leader at the nexus of business processes and mission-based values. A hands-on executive with a record of achievement as a superior team leader, manager and motivator to multi-disciplinary workforces. A trusted advisor and strategic partner to CEO's and Boards of Directors. A leader in local, state and national advocacy, noted for effectively championing a social-entrepreneurial model that stimulates creativity while encouraging collaboration and driving continuing improvement in service delivery and quality. A turn-around specialist with a history of generating double and triple digit program and fiscal growth and sustainability in health and social service organizations in Washington, Ohio and Illinois. An expert in the management of publicly-funded services including transportation, building/property management, early intervention, pre-school, infant stimulation, chartered schools, adult day services, vocational training, job placement, case management, medical/health and ancillary services. ×

Paul Duck

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Paul M. Duck brings over 25 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 Bachelor 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.

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Peggy Terhune, Ph.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer, Monarch

Dr. Peggy Terhune has served at the helm at Monarch since June 1995. As President and Chief Executive Officer she oversees Monarch's large, statewide network of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders, serving nearly 30,000 North Carolinians each year.

Under Peggy's leadership, Monarch has implemented evidence-based and best practices in all areas, has successfully added numerous services, enhanced community integration, improved customer satisfaction, reduced turnover, and has effectively developed programs to serve consumers with multiple disabilities. She has grown the agency significantly, in part, due to the excellence of the supports offered. She diligently pursues her methodology to incorporate continuous improvement within the organization. Peggy has served as an advocate for people with disabilities for more than 40 years and she has often been invited to present at national conferences and technical workshops across the country, particularly on emerging practices that are used at Monarch. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, Strayer University and is currently teaching at Wingate University.

She is a founding board member of the North Carolina Providers Council and past president of the National Conference of Executives of the Arc. Additionally, Peggy was appointed to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC) and has been appointed twice to the N.C. Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. She is also a board member of the N.C. Council of Developmental Disabilities and was appointed twice by the Governor. Peggy is a past member and officer of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina and former member of the Benchmarks' Board of Trustees.

Peggy is the recipient of numerous regional and national leadership awards. In 2016, she was the firstever recipient of the Distinguished Professional Award in Diversity and Cultural Competency by The National Conference of Executives (NCE) of The Arc. The award recognizes leaders from The Arc's national network of nearly 700 chapters that provide innovative programs that meet the needs of the diverse I/DD community.

A graduate of Indiana University, Peggy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, she earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Cultural Studies/Human Development/Families from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is culturally competent, and her competencies include a wide range of clinical and administrative skills. ×

Rachel O’Neill

Clinical Director, Talkspace

Dr. Rachel O’Neill is the Director of Clinical Effectiveness and a practicing therapist at Talkspace. Dr. O’Neill also serves as faculty member in a master’s level clinical mental health program. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health profession. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including community-based mental health and addictions treatment, psychiatric hospitals, college counseling settings, and inpatient facilities. She has served in multiple leadership positions, including clinical supervisor, program director, and clinical director for a large non-profit primary medical care and behavioral health organization and she is the former Executive Director of the Ohio Counseling Association. She is an expert contributor to national publications and media, including NBC News, HBO, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Refinery 29, and Allure. ×

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.

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Rebecca McDougall

Vice President Of Customer Success, Synapse

Rebecca McDougall has been working in the three “S” of Customer - Service, Support and Success, since her very first job. Since then, she’s been using her passion for working with people in roles across Support, Channel Management, and Success at Toronto startups, including Synapse as the VP of Customer Success. With an interest in enhancing and improving the customer experience and journey, Rebecca loves finding ways to build meaningful relationships with her clients, ensuring they get the value and results they are hoping to from the product. Outside of work, Rebecca volunteers for the Canadian Cancer Society and is training for a marathon—believing in giving back to your community and yourself!

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Rhett Melton

Chief Executive Officer, Partners Behavioral Health Management

Rhett Melton

Chief Executive Officer, Partners Behavioral Health Management

Rhett Melton is the Chief Executive Officer of Partners Behavioral Health Management. In his role as CEO, Rhett oversees all aspects of agency activities and decisions to assure compliance to government and regulatory standards as well as board approved policies, goals and budgets. In partnership with the assembled team of highly skilled and committed professionals, he is responsible for the successful implementation and execution of comprehensive strategic efforts to serve the needs of the citizens and communities in Partners catchment area.

Before joining the public system in North Carolina, Rhett worked in the private behavioral healthcare industry in both finance and operations. He served as CFO for behavioral health hospitals, specialty behavioral health programs and a physician management company. In addition, he served as COO and CEO for behavioral health hospitals in the southeast. Rhett joined the current health system in July 2000 and was CEO of one of the legacy companies at the time of merger to form Partners, where he has served as CEO since its founding in 2012.

Rhett received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his MBA from Pfieffer University.

Passionate about the mission and vision of Partners, under Rhett’s leadership the organization has become well-known for its highly engaged plan with the communities it serves; highly collaborative and successful partnerships with its provider network partners; and for being a leader in member engagement in its catchment area with proven accomplishments in “Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities”.

Rhett has been married to his wife Geny for 35 years and they are the proud parents of two sons, Justin and Tyler. They are avid Clemson sports fans and enjoy camping and other outdoor activities. ×

Richard Louis III

Vice President, OPEN MINDS

Richard Louis, III has extensive experience as a behavioral healthcare administrator, business development specialist, and innovator of new service lines for behavioral healthcare organizations and currently serves the Vice President –  Western Region at OPEN MINDS.

Previously, Mr. Louis was the Director of Development – Behavior & Addiction Medicine at Southern California Healthcare Systems Inc. / Prospect Medical. There, he was involved in many consulting projects focused on health care integration, developing new service lines, and health plan contract development. Most recently, he pioneered the development of a series of innovative and profitable integrated behavioral health treatment and population health management solutions that target high cost and complex behavioral health populations. These solutions have shown to reduce payer spend while improving client outcomes for acute care hospital systems, health plans, managed care organizations (MCO), managed service organizations (MSO), managed behavioral healthcare organizations (MBHO), medical groups (IPA) and social service agencies.

Mr. Louis was also the Executive Director of Strategic Development and Planning at Pathways – Molina Healthcare, a national for-profit behavioral healthcare company operating in 23 states. In this role, Mr. Louis developed and launched population health management program strategies that included in-community care management and in-home coordinated care services to reduce hospital readmissions, emergency department (ED) visits, and improve HEDIS scores for national health plans and Managed Care Organizations.

Mr. Louis is also a former Psychiatric Hospital Administrator and Assistant Director of Mental Health for San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health in CA, where he was responsible for behavioral health program management, clinical operations, strategic alliances, and outcome-based service delivery models for complex adult and youth populations.

Mr. Louis also served in various positions at College Health Enterprises (CHE), a Los Angeles based for-profit hospital system, most notably serving as Vice President of Government Operations. While in this role, he created the first public sector division for CHE by establishing new service lines, contracts, and new profit/revenue streams. His responsibilities included business and program development as well as administration of inpatient, outpatient, and residential continuums of care for public payers (i.e. county mental health systems, state department of developmental disabilities, county jail, state prison, and federal government agencies).

Mr. Louis is in his 32nd year as an active duty reserve police officer (volunteer) currently holding the rank of Captain, City of Monterey Park Police Department in Los Angeles County. He has worked closely with police, county sheriff’s departments, and healthcare systems to educate and craft “treatment versus incarceration” collaborations promoting treatment and cost-effective crisis triage interventions for persons with mental illness.

Mr. Louis graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Whittier College and is a Police Academy Graduate from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.

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Rob Ryan, Ph.D., Ed.S.

Senior Vice President Of Operations, Otis R Bowen Center For Human Services, Inc.

Dr. Rob Ryan joined The Bowen Center in 2004 and currently serves as the organization’s Senior Vice President of Operations. He was selected by the Board to succeed the current CEO and is transitioning into that position over the next year. He has an Ed.S. in School Psychology and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. His primary responsibilities at The Bowen Center allow him to use his clinical and business experience to help transform The Bowen Center into a total health organization. ×

Sean McBride

Vice President Of Partnerships, Lyra Health

Sean helped start Lyra Health in 2015 and leads Lyra's new partnership efforts with employers and other partners. Prior to Lyra, Sean worked at Castlight Health, The White House's National Economic Council, The Brookings Institution's Health Care Reform Center, and Khulisa Management Services. Sean earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

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Shannon Hannon, MBA, CMPE

Vice President Of Healthcare Integration, Otis R Bowen Center For Human Services, Inc.

Shannon Hannon joined Bowen Center in October 2017 and serves as the organization’s Vice President of Healthcare Integration. She began her healthcare career after receiving her BA in psychology as a case manager working for a large community mental health center. After obtaining her MBA in 2009, Shannon went on to do business development, strategic planning, physician recruitment and practice management for a large health system in northwest Indiana. Her primary responsibilities at Bowen Center allow her to utilize her past experiences to focus on the day to day operations of the medical clinics, recruitment and retention of the medical staff and launching integrated health initiatives across the center. ×

Sharon Hicks

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Sharon Hicks has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. She has extensive experience and wide range of expertise in health plan management, in clinical operations management, and technology.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hicks spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system and within its health plan division.   Ms. Hicks served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Behavioral Health, a managed behavioral health organization.  She was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations including fiscal, information systems, the claims processing department, and the design of clinical systems. In addition Ms. Hicks managed the day-to-day operations of including human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security.

Ms. Hicks also served as the Vice President, Internet Strategy, UPMC Insurance Services Division and, since 2002, as the Chief Executive Officer of Askesis Development Group, Inc. since May of 2002. In this role, Ms. Hicks was responsible for the growth of the company, profitability of the company, and the direction of software development.

Ms. Hick started her impressive health care career as a psychiatric social worker before being promoted to Assistant Director of Social Work. Prior to her executive promotions, Ms. Hicks served as a Clinical Administrator for both Ambulatory Services and Emergency and Intake Services at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. In this role, Ms. Hicks managed the behavioral health division, the budgets for all departments, and implemented new software replacing paper billing for clinical services.

Ms. Hicks received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Before pursuing her graduate education, Ms. Hicks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

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