Speakers & Faculty

Stuart Buttlaire, PhD, MBA

Elizabeth Carey

Elizabeth Carey has three decades of experience in the field of social and human services. As President and CEO of Starr Commonwealth, Elizabeth provides leadership and direction, and serves as one of Starr’s most passionate advocates for systems-level change for childhood whole health. In her previous role of chief strategy officer, she helped shape the future of this century-old organization, modernizing our approach to providing positive experiences so all children can flourish.

Prior to joining Starr Commonwealth in 2010, she served as Director of Government Relations for the Council on Accreditation, as Executive Director of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, and as Senior Vice President and COO for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

She holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Michigan State University.

C.J. Davis

Jennifer Duncan-Sanford

Diane Gould, LICSW

Richie Grantham

Jeff Holsinger

Jeff serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOANR). He joined the organization in August 2001. Under his leadership, VOANR has grown from a revenue base of one million dollars to one that today exceeds $40 Million in services. He leads a professional staff of more than 350 individuals in Wyoming, Montana and Western South Dakota. Under Jeff’s leadership the organization continues to remain focused on the impact of its mission. His professional passion is building organizations through empowered leadership that embraces a social entrepreneurial spirit through the passionate delivery of human services.

Jim Huben

Kathleen Jordan, DHA

Dr. Kathleen Jordan is the Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer at Seven Hills Foundation, an integrated health and human services company with an annual operating budget of $400 million and 4800 employees.  In this role, Kathleen oversees the programmatic and clinical aspects of the Affiliate companies in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  In addition, Kathleen is responsible for quality assurance and program improvement, risk management, Medicaid Demonstration Projects, the Seven Hills Research Center, and the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  Dr. Jordan has been with Seven Hills Foundation for the past 19 years.  She speaks frequently on issues related to HIV/AIDS, Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) and Data Analytics.   In addition to her role at Seven Hills, Dr. Jordan is an adjunct professor at Clark University teaching Global Health, Research Strategies and Nonprofit Management and at Central Michigan University where she teaches Strategic Philanthropy, Health Informatics and Communication and Substance Abuse Services.  Dr. Jordan holds a Doctor of Health Administration degree from Central Michigan University; a Masters in Education Administration from Boston College; and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University.  She is also a Fellow in the American College of Health Executives.

David Lederman

William M. Lopez, MD, CPE

As the National Medical Director for Virtual Care Dr. Will Lopez is the clinical leader in the implementation of Evernorth and Cigna Healthcare’s national virtual care strategy. In this role he is directly involved in coverage policy development, reimbursement, government affairs issues, and assessing new technologies coming to market. In addition he oversees a medical director’s team responsible for medical necessity reviews, case management, and claims activities.  He provides clinical expertise to Cigna’s sales and marketing teams during client and stakeholder meetings.

Prior to joining Cigna in 2006, Dr. Lopez was a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director for psychiatric services at Snowden at Fredericksburg, a private behavioral health center in Virginia.  Dr. Lopez was a captain in the U.S. Air Force where he practiced aerospace medicine.  As a veteran of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he is passionate about supporting and leading veteran related initiatives.

Dr. Lopez lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and youngest daughter who is a junior at NC State University. When not at work, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, bicycling, and whitewater rafting.

Wendy Martinez Farmer, LPC, MBA

Wendy Martinez Farmer from Beacon Health Options is Licensed Professional Counselor with over 23 years of crisis experience in the public and private sectors, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University and a MBA from Georgia Southern University. Since 2020, she has served as a national crisis lead for Beacon helping to develop crisis capabilities, which include building and overseeing statewide and community crisis systems. She is currently the CEO of the Georgia Collaborative ASO program, which includes administration of the statewide Georgia Crisis and Access Line. Prior to joining the Beacon team, Wendy was the President and CEO of Behavioral Health Link in Atlanta, where she oversaw daily operations of the statewide line as well as 24/7 mobile crisis response services in 104 Georgia counties. She has played a foundational role in building electronic capacity to coordinate crisis care in real time and continues that work today.

A suicide prevention leader, she sat on the Standards Training and Practice Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline from 2016 to 2019. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI Georgia and was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Council for Helplines (ICH) in January of this year.

A member of the 2015 Crisis Now work group, Wendy is passionate about ensuring individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis receive the same predictable care individuals with medical emergencies receive. As a heart attack survivor, she has become even more dedicated to building crisis systems that prevent individuals in crisis from falling through the cracks. After her health scare, she became more and more interested in what her experience may have been if instead of chest pain, she was in a behavioral health crisis. “The response to chest pain is predictable no matter where you live. We demand it. This is not the case for behavioral health emergencies which can also be fatal. Unlike the bystanders and first responders who knew exactly what to do for me, our family, friends coworkers and even medical professionals are much less likely to know what to do when the emergency is related to mental health or substance use.” She is very invested in the successful launch of 988 and believes that community collaboration and the connection between key crisis services are key to ensuring individuals receive life-saving behavioral health care in their moment of need.

Walter Phillips

Lori Poston

Karyn Pratt, MBA

Karyn began her career at Adelphoi in 1990 and has held various roles in marketing, public relations and grant writing. She currently oversees the organization’s marketing and fundraising efforts, and leads the facilitation and execution of Adelphoi’s Strategic Plan. Karyn earned a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Vincent College and an MBA from Clarion University. She received her certification in Strategic Planning from George Washington University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of FirstMatch and the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Sexual Abuse Prevention and Education Network Committee, PCCYFS Data and Research Committee, PCCYFS Membership Committee, Rotary International, Association of Strategic Planning and a Volunteer Therapeutic Riding Assistant at Stoneybrook Foundation.

Stephen Smith

Anne Tyree, MPA, CFRE

Anne Tyree, MPA, CFRE, is Regional Chief Operating Officer for Centerstone operations in Illinois. She joined Centerstone through a merger with her former organization in 2014. Centerstone is a nonprofit health system providing mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Services are available nationally through the operation of outpatient clinics, residential programs, and the use of telehealth and an inpatient hospital. As Regional COO, Tyree oversees Illinois operations, administrative and support systems for 600 staff members serving over 10,000 clients annually in Southern Illinois. Previously Tyree served as the organization’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Centerstone, she worked for a number of nonprofit human services organizations in Chicago, Illinois and as a nonprofit consultant. In these roles she planned and implemented significant strategic growth initiatives, revenue enhancement projects, public policy and marketing initiatives, and the development and funding of services to better serve children, adults and families experiencing behavioral health challenges. Tyree retired from the Illinois Air National Guard after serving as an enlisted member and becoming an officer; at her retirement she held the rank of Major (0-4).

She has more than 20 years expertise in strategic business planning, marketing, financial reporting and budgeting, and program and business development. Tyree received her B.A. from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her MPA with an emphasis on health care from American Public University.  

Tyree has led a number of state and local boards and commissions, and remains involved with state, local and national organizations that support improving the funding and provision of behavioral health services.   

Tamra Williams

Jerel Wilson

Kimberly Bond, MS

Kimberly Bond, MS, LMFT, brings more than 30 years of experience providing behavioral health treatment in the public and community settings to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Ms. Bond focuses on growing the OPEN MINDS client portfolio across all nine verticals of OPEN MINDS business.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Bond served concurrently as a Program Coordinator III and Clinical Manager of Adult Services and a Program Coordinator II and Clinical Manager of Recovery Services for the Ozark Guidance Center. In these roles, Ms. Bond was responsible for the administrative and clinical oversight of the adult outpatient and adult intensive mental health services on the Springdale Campus as well as the adult recovery/co-occurring services, including domestic violence and anger management treatment.

Prior to joining the Ozark Guidance Center, Ms. Bond served as the Executive Vice President of Center Point, Inc, a large substance abuse provider agency in California. In this role, Ms. Bond was responsible for the clinical and administrative supervision of all community-based programs as well as the women and children residential programs. In addition, Ms. Bond also managed budgets, interacted with funding agencies, and built positive relationships with all stakeholders. Ms. Bond was also in charge of proposal and grant writing, staff management, and training, facilities’ licensing and certifications renewals. Additionally, she prepared and submitted monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports to various funders.

Previously, Ms. Bond served as the President and CEO of Mental Health Systems, Inc. Ms. Bond was very instrumental in growing the agency from $12 million in annual revenue to more than $100 million and becoming one of the largest providers of behavioral health services in California. In this role, Ms. Bond was responsible for the strategic, clinical, financial, and administrative health of the agency, including direct supervision of Senior Executive Staff. In addition, Bond ensured contract compliance of the agency’s 125 different contracts across federal and state agencies and eight counties.

Ms. Bond received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honors, and her master’s degree in counseling education from San Diego State University. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and Arkansas.

Emily Del Vecchio

Emily Del Vecchio brings over 14 years of experience in strategic, customer-focused, and results-driven marketing in retail and the behavioral health field. Ms. Del Vecchio is the Executive Vice President of Partnerships for OPEN MINDS.

Previously, Ms. Del Vecchio was the Marketing and Communications Manager II for Cleveland Clinic. As Cleveland Clinic’s global interests grew, Ms. Del Vecchio was promoted to manage international marketing and support for International Operations, Global Patient Services, international business development, and global expansion efforts. She was instrumental in setting up the London Marketing and Communications function ensuring the UK-based team was connected to US resources and providing corporate oversight for all foundational marketing elements including recruitment advertising campaigns, grand opening promotional strategy and events, and the creation of a localized website and online tools for patients and referring doctors. She also served as a senior member of the cross-departmental “Digital Optimization Team” that was responsible for strategic oversight of all digital lead generation campaigns, designing, executing, and analyzing testing strategies to roll out scalable programs; and managed day-to-day relationship with digital agency and marketing automation partners.

Prior to Cleveland Clinic, Ms. Del Vecchio was Senior Manager, Affiliate Marketing for Gen3 Marketing. Ms. Del Vecchio led the day-to-day management and strategic development of affiliate marketing programs for some of Gen3’s highest-profile clients ranging from financial services to high-end, luxury retail. She operated as an extension of the client’s internal marketing team to support key initiatives, drive increased sales and maintain set budgets. Ms. Del Vecchio established strong relationships with publishers and network teams on behalf of clients to effectively structure and negotiate terms, secure paid placements, and ensure overall brand presence across affiliate sites. She tracked campaign performance, identified trends and growth opportunities, and analyzed key metrics.

Before Gen3, Ms. Del Vecchio advanced to Online Marketing Specialist, Affiliate Marketing for QVC, Inc. Here she managed QVC’s affiliate marketing program, which had 1K+ publisher partners and generated over $200M in annual revenue. She oversaw daily program activities, implemented strategic plans and offer strategies, managed a multi-million dollar budget, and exceeded aggressive revenue goals. Ms. Del Vecchio ran QVC’s most successful publisher optimization campaign at the time, which generated $300K+ in incremental sales among mid-tier publishers in one month. Ms. Del Vecchio and her team provided creative briefs for print and television, attended photo and video shoots, and oversaw projects from concept to execution. 

Ms. Del Vecchio received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration for Marketing at Elon University, Elon, NC.

Lauren Evangelist

Lauren Evangelist brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and business strategy, brand development, product launch and digital marketing to OPEN MINDS. Ms. Evangelist currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Partnerships

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Evangelist was the Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations for Tridiuum, where she developed and implemented the company’s new go-to-market sales and marketing strategy. Ms. Evangelist also developed and launched Tridiuum’s provider recruitment program in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health (NDBH). She created the program’s acquisition strategy, marketing collateral and recruited behavioral health providers to accelerate access to care for 4M NDBH members. NDBH acquired Tridiuum based on program’s immediate impact and success.

Previously, Ms Evangelist, served as Vice President of Partnership & Loyalty Marketing with OneMain Financial in Wilmington, DE. In this role, she launched OneMain’s strategic partnerships and customer loyalty programs to generate demand for loan products, provide financial literacy, create customer engagement and enhance the OneMain customer experience.

Prior to her role at OneMain Financial, Ms. Evangelist was Senior Manager of Strategic Partnership Marketing for ShopRunner in Conshohocken, PA. In this role, she developed and executed strategic marketing programs with corporate partners like American Express, Mastercard and PayPal to acquire new ShopRunner members and drive member activation within the ShopRunner network.

Previously, Ms. Evangelist was at QVC (Qurate Retail Group) in West Chester, PA for 12 years, where she held several instrumental roles within Marketing and eCommerce. In her last role as Manager of Partner Marketing, she piloted and launched QVC’s first Co-Op Marketing program, which accounted for over $2M in incremental marketing contributions from national retailer partners like Dell, Dooney & Bourke and Vera Bradley.

Ms. Evangelist received her Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Design from Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA. She has also been a member of the Lycoming College Athletics Advisory Board since 2018.

Sharon Hicks

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.

Allegra Landers

Allegra Landers brings over 18 years of experience in strategic health care marketing to OPEN MINDS. Ms. Landers is a team builder and revenue-oriented marketer recognized in Becker’s Hospitals Women in Health IT to Watch in 2022. Ms. Landers currently serves as a Senior Associate for OPEN MINDS

Before joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Landers was the Chief Marketing Officer for Concord Technologies. She served as a member of the executive team, responsible for a $5 million budget, strategy development, and execution to deliver engagement and pipeline creation necessary to deliver desired revenue at a targeted EBITDA.

Previously, Ms. Landers served as Director of Marketing for Qualifacts Systems, Inc., a technology and services company serving the behavioral health and human services market. In this position, Ms. Landers led a marketing organization responsible for brand and marketing strategy, go-to-market planning, sales enablement, and multi-channel demand generation programming that consistently delivered year-over-year growth. 

Prior to joining Qualifacts, Ms. Landers served as Marketing Director for HealthTeacher, Inc, a leading interactive provider of healthy activities that improve children’s lives. As the marketing director, Ms. Landers led the complete life-cycle of the national marketing strategy for all customer acquisition and retention initiatives. In addition, she was responsible for strategic planning, budget creation, market analysis, product positioning, branding, sales tool creation, campaign development, execution, and measurement.

Previously, Ms. Landers served as Senior Marketing Managerfor Quorum Health Resources, hospital management and consulting company, responsible for strategic planning, coordination, and execution of all marketing for the QHR Learning Institute.

Ms. Landers served as Marketing Director to Connective Health, a healthcare technology startup serving physicians, hospitals and health systems, and educators, and as Interim Marketing Director for Stinger Medical, a point-of-care technology company. 

Ms. Landers received her Bachelor of Science with Double Major in Cognitive Studies and Music and is currently pursuing her MBA at Middle Tennessee State University. 

Richard Louis III

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.

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, Ed.M.

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

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

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

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

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

Ramona Osburn, MBA, MHA, FACHE

Ramona Osburn, MBA, MHA, FACHE, brings 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field to OPEN MINDS. Prior to joining the OPEN MINDS team, Ms. Osburn served as the Regional Vice President of Operations, Strategic Behavioral Health, providing leadership, strategy, and operational support to behavioral health hospitals and outpatient centers in multiple states. In that role, she created numerous outpatient telehealth programs, developed a strategy for community-based care programming, and was responsible for business development and marketing planning.

Previously, Ms. Osburn was the Chief Executive Office for Summit Behavioral Health. At Summit, Ms. Osburn led a program to integrate the operations of a large addiction treatment center; an addiction medicine practice with more than 40 addictionologists and psychiatrists, and a medical health care system. She facilitated the development of a strategy for the newly-integrated system, developed its marketing plan, created a physician council, and negotiated its payer contracts including pay-for-performance arrangements.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Osburn was the Market Chief Executive Offices for Universal Health Services. She was recruit to design, build, and open a new behavioral health hospital and multiple outpatient centers to support a partnership with a regional medical center. She was also responsible for the operations of four other behavioral health hospitals, managing the CEOs of those facilities. In this role, Ms. Osborn also recruited psychiatrists, led a initiative to integrate behavioral health into the medical center’s emergency services, and negotiated numerous health plan contracts and partnerships.  

Before UHS, Ms. Osburn was the Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health for Texas Health Resources. In that role, she provided operational leadership for multiple behavioral health hospitals, residential addiction treatment centers, eating disorder programs, and outpatient centers. She developed the organization’s direct employer contracting strategy and negotiated Center of Excellence contracts with health plans. Ms. Osborn also led Texas Health Resources involvement in an ACO initiative to integrated behavioral health with primary care and created a systemwide mobile assessment team for 55 hospital emergency departments in the greater Dallas metro area.

Ms. Osburn received her MBA and MHA from Texas Women’s University and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Excelsior College at the University of New York.

Monica E. Oss

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.