Speakers & Faculty


Kristin Cline, M.S., LPC, CAADC

Clinical Lead Specialist, NHS

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Naomi Weinstein

VP, Innovation, The Institute for Community Living (ICL)

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Chris Copeland

Chief Operating Officer, The Institute for Community Living (ICL)

Chris Copeland

Chief Operating Officer, The Institute for Community Living (ICL)

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Boris Vilgorin

Healthcare Strategy Officer, NYU McSilver Institute

Boris Vilgorin currently works at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work as the Health Care Strategy Officer providing technical assistance to all publicly funded mental health and substance abuse agencies in New York State transitioning to Managed Care and Value Based Services. Mr. Vilgorin currently is an Adjunct Lecturer at New York University Silver School of Social Work and Columbia University School of Social Work. He is a graduate of City College of New York with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Baruch College with a Masters of Public Administration, Executive Program.  He has over 20 year career in Health and Human Services. Mr. Vilgorin was formerly the Vice President Managed Care & Business Development, overseeing Managed Care Contracts and Services for F•E•G•S behavioral health network which covered New York City and Long Island. It consisted of an array of programs serving persons with either mental illness or developmental disabilities – or both. In this position, he supported clinical, residential and health home programs. Mr. Vilgorin also assisted in the design and development of new business opportunities. In the past 10 years, Mr. Vilgorin was instrumental in designing and implementing projects that ranged from $1 million to $40 million.  Mr. Vilgorin was part of New York State Office of Mental Health Clinic Restructuring Stakeholder Workgroup and involved in implementation of New York State Department of Health Chronic Illness Demonstration Project, PROS and Health Home services. In addition, Mr. Vilgorin served in number of DSRIP/PPS Senior/Executive Committees and on a Board of Independ Practice Association (IPA). Prior to coming to FEGS, Mr. Vilgorin worked at Magellan Behavioral Health. At Magellan, Mr. Vilgorin implemented and supervised Call Center services, was part of development and implementation team and served as contract manager for ambulatory care network for the metropolitan region. ×

Janelle Wesloh, LADC, MBA

Vice President of Clinical Excellence, Innovation and Recovery Management, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Janelle Wesloh, LADC, MBA

Vice President of Clinical Excellence, Innovation and Recovery Management, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Janelle Wesloh, LADC, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Excellence, Innovation & Recovery Management at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has been in the addiction treatment field for 27 years. Wesloh has held many roles, including youth counselor, intake counselor, continuing care counselor, electronic medical record designer, and privacy officer.

She currently provides integration and standardization support to clinical operations across the organization to ensure the optimal functioning of a national system of care. She strives to further establish HBFF's clinical innovation function and helps Hazelden Betty Ford continue to lead the field through research and design. She oversees the Recovery Management division that provides ongoing recovery support through online, phone, and in-person programs and services.

Wesloh is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor; she has an undergraduate degree in psychology with an emphasis in chemical dependency counseling, and an MBA from Hamline University. ×

Teri Herrmann, MA

Chief Executive Officer, SPARC Services and Programs

Teri Herrmann has over 17 year’s experience in the Behavioral Health Industry. She is currently the CEO of SPARC Services and Programs and is responsible for the company’s program development, and oversight of the clinical and business operations. SPARC is currently providing a unique and customer driven continuum for children and adults with the mission of keeping individuals out of institutionalized care. SPARC is currently engaged in value based contracting with payers.  In her role, Teri participated in the development of the value based contracts.

Teri has been with SPARC for three years and during this time, the company has expanded from one primary Behavioral Health Service, Family Centered Treatment, delivered in one county, to hold contracts for seven different service lines across 26 counties in NC.

Teri holds a Masters in Forensic Psychology from Sage Graduate School in New York. ×

Nancy Wexler, DBH, MPH

Director, Innovation and Collaborative Care, University of Arizona Health Plans/ Banner Health Network

Nancy Wexler, DBH, MPH

Director, Innovation and Collaborative Care, University of Arizona Health Plans/ Banner Health Network

Nancy Wexler, DBH, MPH is the Director of Innovation and Collaborative Care for the University of Arizona Health Plans in Tucson, Arizona, where since 2012, she has developed integrated care delivery and population health payment models aimed at improving the quality, value, and experience of care. Prior to this, she spent almost 10 years at two Arizona Federally Qualified Health Centers where she developed and managed integrated health programs in the areas of school-based health, primary care behavioral health, oral health, and community-based services and before that, worked in the arena of child abuse prevention and family support. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the History of Science, received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona, and completed a Doctorate of Behavioral Health Management at Arizona State University where she concurrently earned a graduate certificate in Healthcare Innovation. ×

Eleanor Castillo Sumi, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Vice President of Research and Program Development, Uplift Family Services

Eleanor Castillo Sumi, Ph.D., BCBA-D, has over 16 years’ experience as a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  Her areas of expertise include new program development and implementation, evidence-based practices, research and evaluation, and quality assurance in behavioral health and education settings.  Currently, she is the Vice President of Research and Program Development at Uplift Family Services, a statewide nonprofit behavioral health and social services agency.  In her role, she oversees the agency’s outcomes and evaluations and provides leadership in the implementation of evidence-based practices, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Previously, Dr. Castillo Sumi served as the agency’s Director of Outcomes and Quality Assurance.

Prior to returning to Uplift Family Services, Dr. Castillo Sumi provided training and coaching to school districts implementing school-wide Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions (PBIS) as a consultant of the National Technical Assistance Center for PBIS in Northern California.  In addition, she was the Founding Clinical Director of the May Institute Pediatric Specialty Center, then a start-up center that served children with developmental disabilities, mental health concerns, learning disabilities, and other behavioral healthcare needs.  In this role, she developed the administrative and clinical infrastructure of this new service.

Dr. Castillo Sumi’s previous experience include Best Practices Specialist at the State of Hawaii Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) where she provided leadership in development of statewide mental health policy and practice guidelines regarding evidence-based treatment for youth in the state’s system of care that included social services, mental health, education, and juvenile justice.  Her experience related to Quality Assurance includes serving as a Director for Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center and Manager at the Santa Clara County Mental Health Division.  Dr. Castillo Sumi has also served as a grant reviewer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) and Bureau of Primary Health Care Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); manuscript reviewer for various journals and publications; and faculty at various universities in Northern and Southern California.  In addition, Dr. Castillo Sumi has authored and co-authored several articles and technical reports.

Dr. Castillo Sumi received her doctoral degree at Palo Alto University, master’s degree at Chaminade University of Honolulu, and bachelor’s degree at California State University, Northridge. ×

Samir Malik

EVP and General Manager, Genoa Telepsychiatry

Samir Malik

EVP and General Manager, Genoa Telepsychiatry

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Jim Wallis

Corporate Director of Business Development & Public Affairs, Chestnut Health Systems

Jim Wallis

Corporate Director of Business Development & Public Affairs, Chestnut Health Systems

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Todd A. Landry

Chief Executive Officer, Lena Pope Home, Inc.

Todd Landry brings extensive experience in child and family social services and business to Lena Pope.  His professional accomplishments are recognized nationally and led to his appointment as Director of Nebraska’s Division of Children and Family Services.  On April 1, 2009, Mr. Landry became the fifth Chief Executive Officer in the 88-year history of Lena Pope in Fort Worth, Texas.  Lena Pope’s mission is to help create hope, happiness, and success for children and families and provides prevention, early intervention, counseling, and education services.

Landry received a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Lamar University and earned his Master’s of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.  He is expected to receive his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University in May 2018. He currently serves on several local and national boards, including as the current board treasurer of CWLA (Child Welfare League of America). ×

Danita Johnson Hughes, PhD

President & CEO, Edgewater Health

As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes leads Edgewater Health in providing behavioral health care, primary care and child welfare services to residents of Gary and Northwest Indiana. Her ultimate goal is to help make a measurable difference in community health and well-being.  She specializes in organization transformation and has had much success in managing organizations through challenging times.  Edgewater Health has enjoyed much success for more than 20 years under her leadership.  Some of the more recent examples include the following: In January 2014, Edgewater Systems opened the doors to a new $16M housing complex for homeless individuals.  In July 2015, the organization opened the Rapid Access Center (RAC), the first of its kind in Indiana, for persons experiencing an acute psychiatric episode. In August of 2016, Edgewater began operating its newly acquired primary care practice with locations in both Gary and Griffith, Indiana.

Danita is the recipient of numerous awards including the state of Indiana Governor’s Distinguished Hoosier Award.  She is a 2013 inductee into the Northwest Indiana Business & Industry Hall of Fame.

In addition to being a healthcare industry executive, Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes is a speaker, author and entrepreneur.  Through her professional work, keynotes, writing and philanthropic activities, she inspires people to dream big and understand the role personal responsibility plays in achieving success.

Dr. Hughes is a graduate of Indiana University with both Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Public Administration.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago.  Additionally, she earned a Ph.D. from Walden University.

Dr. Hughes is very active in professional and civic activities. She is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast.  She has completed 6 marathons.  Dr. Hughes is also an award winning porcelain doll artist.  As a doll artist and collector, her collection consists of over 300 dolls.  She enjoys gardening as well. ×

Nicholas C. Riehl, JD, MBA

VP of Corporate Development and General Counsel, ncgCARE

Nick joined ncgCARE in 2015 to assist the team in corporate development, specifically mergers and acquisitions. Nick had previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Community Alternatives, Inc., a company providing community based behavioral health services in western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Riehl earned his bachelor’s in business management from Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania, his MBA and Juris Doctor from the University of Akron. Mr. Riehl is licensed to practice law in the Pennsylvania and is registered to provide corporate counsel in Virginia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council for Children, Family, and Youth Services, an organization representing human service providers across the state. ×

Kristi Hamilton, MBA, CPPM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Kristi Hamilton, MBA, CPPM, brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as a Senior Associate where she supports OPEN MINDS clients with marketing assessment, brand development, and strategic planning. Her areas of expertise include organizational strategy, integrated marketing communications, change management communications and planning for launch or sunsetting of program and services.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hamilton served as Director of Marketing Communications for Guild Incorporated, a community-based provider of mental health services in St. Paul, Minnesota. In this role, she served on the organization’s leadership team contributing to strategic planning and business development initiatives while leading internal communications and strategic marketing to payers and consumers.

Previously, Ms. Hamilton was a freelance consultant working with social entrepreneurs and health and human services nonprofits to plan, implement and measure marketing communication initiatives.

She also brings many years of consumer marketing experience holding roles in sales and market planning, consumer relationship marketing and public relations within retail, publishing and financial services.

Ms. Hamilton earned her MBA from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas and her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University.  She also obtained a Certified Professional Project Manager (CPPM) certification from University of St. Thomas.

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Annie Medina, MBA, ACNP-BC

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Annie Medina, MBA, ACNP-BC, brings over ten years of experience in the health and human services industry to the OPEN MINDS team. Her expertise spans both clinical and operational functions and is focused in business operations, strategic planning, project management, training and curriculum development, and policy and procedure design. Ms. Medina currently serves as OPEN MINDS Executive Vice President of the Consulting Practice. In addition to her work with OPEN MINDS, Ms. Medina is a Hospice Nurse Practitioner for Crater Community Hospice.

Prior to joining the OPEN MINDS team, Ms. Medina was the Chief Operating Officer for Poplar Springs Hospital, a member of Universal Health Services, based in Petersburg, Virginia. In this role, she was responsible for performance improvement, policy and procedure creation, and strategy development and implementation for the hospital’s Joint Commission and CMS regulatory surveys. Prior to this role, Ms. Medina was a MBA intern for the Popular Springs CEO where she focused on business development, process improvement, training tool development and evaluation of newly offered programs.

Previously, Ms. Medina served as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) for both Hospitalist Consultants, Inc. and for VCU Health System. At Hospitalist Consultants, she was an Internal Medicine NP. As a hospitalist, she provided medical care to patients in Tucker’s Psychiatric Hospital and educated psychiatric nurses regarding the patients’ diagnoses and medical needs. At VCU, Ms. Medina was an Emergency Department NP, where she provided care to patients at a Level I Trauma Center. Additionally, she was a provider in the observation unit, a 10-bed patient unit attached to the Emergency Department, and coordinated clinical care for patients who would otherwise be medical inpatients.

Complementing her past experience, Ms. Medina remains highly involved in professional organizations and is currently a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society of Nursing, and American College of Healthcare Executives. She was recognized in the 2011 cohort of “40 under 40” by the Virginia Nurses Foundation for activities that support her profession and community.

Ms. Medina earned her Master of Business Administration focused in Health Sector Management and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from College of William & Mary. She also earned a Master of Science in Nursing (Acute Care Advanced Practice) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and later went on to teach both nursing students and medical students at the school. Ms. Medina is a registered nurse (RN) in Virginia with multistate authority and is a registered acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP-BC) in Virginia.

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William G. Wood, M.D.

Former National Medical Director, Medical Management, Behavioral Health, Government Business Division, Anthem, Inc.

William G. Wood, M.D.

Former National Medical Director, Medical Management, Behavioral Health, Government Business Division, Anthem, Inc.

New Program Development, management and creative innovation in clinical program development as a provider of outpatient services as well as inpatient services and in managed care in working with providers to develop programs through creative collaboration. Experience in creative solutions in commercial and publicly funded Behavioral Health Programming. Previous experience was in new psychiatric hospital building and development, leading hospital programs as Medical Director, change management in existing academic hospitals and developing successful private practices. Experience in marketing new programs, using print media, television and radio as well as frequent appearances before professional audiences.

Specialties: Managed Care Management; Private Practice Development; Academic Institution Leadership; Inpatient Hospital Residency Program Development; New Hospital Program Development; Change Management in Hospitals, Practice Groups leadership, Health Plans, Developing Programs for the Seriously Mentally Ill, Developing Healthcare Programs. ×

Charles Gross, Ph.D.

Vice President, Behavioral Health, Anthem, Inc.

Charles Gross, PhD is the Vice President Behavioral Health/Physical Health Integration at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.  In this role he is responsible for integrated behavioral health services for more than 8.2 million combined Medicaid and Medicare covered lives as well as over 19.4 million Commercially covered lives.  Dr. Gross has over 20 years of clinical and operational managed care experience in the public and private sectors, including; direct clinical work with the Health and Hospital Corporation of New York, extensive private practice experience, clinical and management experience with Kaiser Permanente, ValueOptions, United Health and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Dr. Gross received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and his PhD. from Yeshiva University. ×

Michael G. Griffin

Chief Executive Officer, Daughters of Charity

Michael G. Griffin is leading innovation in health care locally by improving patient outcomes and the patient experience. As duel President and CEO of Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) and President and CEO of Marillac Community Health Centers—Griffin runs a non-profit health care organization that has a 180 year history of service to the greater New Orleans region and is a member of Ascension Health, the largest non-profit health system in the United States, as well as Louisiana’s largest federally qualified health center. Griffin’s foremost priority is to provide access to compassionate, high-quality primary and preventive health care services to all residents of greater New Orleans, regardless of their ability to pay.

Since his appointment in 2008, Griffin has provided strategic direction for the non-profit health care organization, expanding patient care from one to ten health centers, eight school based sites, and four mobile medical and dental units in communities of high need serving over 50,000 residents in the New Orleans Metropolitan area. Under Griffin’s visionary leadership, DCSNO has achieved the highest level designation for quality standards of direct patient care by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) each year since 2009. The health care organization was also named one of United Healthcare’s Centers of Excellence, garnering a $6.3 million award for the provision of the highest quality coordination of care and preventive services. In addition, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognized DCSNO as an “exemplary model of workforce” as part of the Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project; DCSNO was one of 30 primary health care practices selected nationwide.

Over his career Griffin has become an expert and leading voice in the field of patient centered care and quality, as well as envisioning health care design and excellence into the future. Griffin served as the board chair of the local coalition of safety-net providers and testified to the US Congress, Energy and Commerce committee to receive over $200 million for health care recovery after Hurricane Katrina. He has served on the health care transition teams for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, and New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu. He has addressed numerous national conferences and seminars to include the American Journal of Managed Care Conference on ACOs in April 2017, and facilitated the first Ascension Health National Conference on Diversity and Inclusion in 2016. Griffin also serves on the national FQHC advisory board for United Health Care, and is a frequent lecturer an advisor for several Colleges and Universities.

Prior to DCSNO, Griffin held top executive positions in the health care industry. As administrator of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Health Promotion in Birmingham, Alabama Griffin worked closely with University faculty, as well as federal project officers and staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to generate and manage more than $15 million in federal research grants. At the Coordinated Health System of Jefferson County, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama Griffin served as executive director, overseeing the implementation of a public/private sector collaborative health delivery system for more than 100,000 Jefferson County uninsured residents; while there he acquired a $2 million award for coordinating uninsured care. Griffin has also served as operations manager at Seton Healthcare Network of Hospitals in Austin, Texas; administrative fellow at Daughters of Charity-East Central Region/St. Mary’s Health System in Evansville, Indiana; and administrative resident at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a United States Army veteran and is proud to have served our country with a tour in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Griffin serves as a trustee on several non-profit boards, including 504 Health Net where he was the former chair, the Louisiana Primary Care Association, former member of the Urban League of Louisiana, Health Care Journal of New Orleans editorial board, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO), the Daughters of Charity Foundation, and the Marillac Community Health Centers Board of Directors. In 2000 Griffin revitalized the Dillard University Birmingham Alumni Chapter and served as chapter president for 4 years. In 2003 he was elected Dillard University National Alumni President where he served until 2007. From 2003- 2007, Griffin served as a Dillard University Board of Trustee member where he was a member of the Development, Building and Grounds, and Student Liaison committees. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina Griffin Cast the winning argument to have Dillard University quickly re-establish, and rebuild back in New Orleans, and not relocate in Atlanta, Ga as some argued.

Griffin has a history of service to both HBCUs and students in the field of Public Health. He has been a member of the Meharry Medical College Alumni Board of Management, and on the National Advisory Board for the Meharry Public Health Master’s Program. He currently works with Dillard University as chairman of the Public Health Advisory committee, and a member of the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame committee. He has advised hundreds of students on both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has mentored numerous health care professional during their career.

Griffin was selected as the “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) in 2010, a “Health Care Hero” in 2010 by New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine, an “Up and Comer” by Modern Healthcare Magazine in September 2011, and in 2012 was one of five semi-finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Young Leaders Award. He was also a fellow in the inaugural class of the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A few of Griffin’s national and local advocacy efforts include appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington D.C. to offer testimony on Restoring Health Care in the New Orleans Region Post-Katrina, and speaking alongside former United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin to highlight primary care as one of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in 2011. Most recently, Griffin appeared with former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and other local and state leaders in a press conference touting local efforts to enroll consumers in affordable health coverage under the Affordable Care Act prior to the March 31, 2014 enrollment deadline. In March of 2017 Griffin had the honor of hosting US House of Representatives Leader Nancy Pelosi at his facilities in New Orleans, commemorating the seventh anniversary of the launch of the Affordable Care Act.

Griffin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and holds a Master of Science-Public Health degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Our Lady of Holy Cross University in 2014. Griffin is currently a Candidate for a Doctor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Griffin is married to Tracie Haydel Griffin, and the couple has five beautiful children: Michael II, Amelia-Grai, Victoria, Olivia and Sophia.

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Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

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

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Alyssa Brown, J.D.

Deputy Director, Planning Administration, Office of Health Care Financing, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Alyssa Brown, J.D.

Deputy Director, Planning Administration, Office of Health Care Financing, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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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. 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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Paul Duck

Vice President, Strategy & Development, Beacon Health Options

Paul Duck

Vice President, Strategy & Development, Beacon Health Options

Mr. Duck is a senior healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience in behavioral healthcare and has developed a deep understanding of the transformational changes taking place in the healthcare market. He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Beacon Health Options – the nation’s largest specialty behavioral managed care company. Prior to joining Beacon, Paul was the Vice President of Business Development for Netsmart.

He is the past Chairman of the Board of Centerstone of Florida where he directed the affiliation and merger of Manatee Glens with the largest community mental health company in the United States, Centerstone of America.

He has previous senior executive experience serving as the CEO of a large outpatient radiology company in central Florida where he and the company were awarded by INC magazine as one of America’s fastest growing companies. In addition, he served as CEO of one of the largest orthopedic and ambulatory surgery center company’s in Florida where he was responsible for a massive turnaround.

Mr. Duck is known for his strong passion for our industry and is also renowned as a thought-leader to state and national audiences. ×

Athena Mandros

Market Intelligence Director, OPEN MINDS

Athena Mandros brings over five years of experience in research and publication to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as the Director of OPEN MINDS Market Intelligence team. In this role, she is responsible for the research, analysis, and development of all special Market Intelligence Reports and resources produced by the OPEN MINDS team. Some of the topics of the briefing reports include non-traditional Medicaid expansion, State Innovation Model (SIM) Grants, and permanent supportive housing.

Ms. Mandros is also the editor of the OPEN MINDS Behavioral Health System State Profile series. The series is an annually updated market intelligence report on mental health and addiction treatment financing in each of the fifty states. The content of the profile series includes Medicaid managed care and fee-for-service enrollment numbers, top health plans, description of the Medicaid delivery system, behavioral health covered services and carve-outs, core coordination models utilized by the state such as health homes or ACOs, and a description of the dual eligible delivery system.

In addition to her work on these key market intelligence publications, Ms. Mandros serves as a resource for OPEN MINDS customers on state Medicaid policy, with a particular emphasis on behavioral health, developmental disabilities, long-term care, and corrections. Ms. Mandros tracks changes to state Medicaid programs, synthesizes state information to follow and analyze trends, and creates publications detailing state delivery systems and upcoming changes. ×

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. ×

Steve Ramsland, Ed.D.

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Steven Ramsland, Ed.D. has more than 25 years of experience in the development and delivery of health and human service programs. He has held senior leadership positions in the development of several innovative service systems including Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs, a primary care provider network, several national managed behavioral health initiatives, and innovative community programming.

Dr. Ramsland recently served as chief executive officer at Redwood Community Health, a network of 17 community health centers, with over 40 sites in northern California. The organization provides primary care, behavioral health and oral health to over 240,000 patients each year. While at Redwood he managed the implementation of an ACO, a capitated Medicaid managed care contract, and a pay-for-performance quality improvement program.

Prior to this, he was the executive director of Buckelew Programs, a leading provider of community-based, recovery-oriented behavioral health programs in Northern California. The organization provides supported housing and employment, and recovery supports, as well as two social enterprise businesses.

Dr. Ramsland was previously vice president and practice leader for United Behavioral Health’s Public Sector Practice (now Optum).   In that role, he analyzed opportunities and implemented strategies to expand public sector business – and collaborated with executive leadership at United to design and build organizational capabilities in public sector behavioral health, disease management, and consumer-directed care to support revenue growth.

In addition to his work with Optum, Dr. Ramsland also served as the chief development officer and Public Sector President for Comprehensive Behavioral Care, and as vice president, Government Programs, for ValueOptions. He has worked with government policy leaders throughout the nation to develop new, recovery-oriented approaches to delivering behavioral health and integrated medical services. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of a community mental health center, SERV Behavioral Health in New Jersey.

Dr. Ramsland earned a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Duquesne University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English from Trinity College.

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