Liz Beckius

Sr. Manager, Employee Benefits, Best Buy 

Liz is a Sr. Manager in Employee Benefits at Best Buy where she is responsible for strategy, plan design and communication for variety of Work-Life programs such as Paid Time Off, Leave of Absence, Disability Benefits, Life Insurance, and the Employee Assistance Program for Best Buy’s 120,000 employees nationally. Liz has worked at Best Buy for 14 years in various HR roles. She has a B.A. in Management from Hamline University.


Rachel Blacher 
Project Officer, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rachel Blacher is a Project Officer in the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she works with state and national grantees to support the division’s work in diabetes prevention and management.  Ms. Blacher also leads projects to promote benefit coverage of the National Diabetes Prevention Program to employers and commercial payers and to engage the community pharmacist workforce in the National DPP.  She received her Master of Public Health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.   When not working, she enjoys time with her family and volunteering within her community.   




Cara Bradley 

Founder, Verge BodyMind

Cara Bradley best-selling author of On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine, is an innovative leader in bodymind training — integrating movement and mindfulness practices to optimize wellbeing. She is a former pro-skater for Rollerblade and the founder of Verge BodyMind Center in Philadelphia. Cara is a keynote speaker, hosts a weekly podcast, and trains CEOs, corporations and universities including Wells Fargo, the World Bank Group, SAP and Yale University and college teams including Villanova football and men’s basketball. She is a frequent contributor to Mindful Magazine and The Huffington Post. For more visit carabradley.net and vergebodymind.com 


Susan Campbell 
Senior Leader, Wellness Strategy, American Airlines

Susan Campbell, PhD, American Airlines wellness strategist, is a lifelong warrior mobilizing healthy and fit people and places. As the former President and Chief Mission Officer of The Cooper Institute and Department of Defense (DoD) department head, Susan guided program design, development and evaluation in grants funded to reduce chronic disease in large populations. Her work has been funded through CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NFL Foundation, and Michael and Susan Dell Foundation among others.  Susan has authored well-being materials for CDC and the American Heart Association and developed CME weight management courses along with patient weight loss tools and resources.  


Lauren Chucko 
Benefits Manager, Allina Health

Lauren has over 10 years of experience developing comprehensive well-being and benefits strategies and implementing and managing programs and vendors to support those strategies. She has spent the last six years at Allina Health collaborating with internal HR partners and leading cross functional teams to create a culture and environment that support well-being. She earned her M.S. in Nutrition and her B.S. in Nutrition Science from the University of Minnesota.



Diana Clark 
Benefits Manager, Promega 

Diana Clark is the Benefits Manager at Promega Corporation, headquartered in Madison, WI. Promega is a global biotechnology company developing and manufacturing high quality reagents and instrumentation that life scientists use to gain insight from the basic building blocks of life: DNA, RNA and proteins. Diana has over 20 years’ experience as both a Benefits Specialist and a Human Resource Generalist in industries including healthcare, retail, insurance and biotechnology.



Maureen Corcoran 
Vice President-Health, Life & Inclusion, Prudential Financial 

Since joining Prudential in 1983, Maureen has worked in the Comptroller’s and Human Resources Departments of the company.  In 1990, she joined HR to help design and launch Prudential’s Diversity initiative. In 2001, she assumed responsibility for its Work/Life initiative. In 2010, Maureen joined the Global Health Organization where in addition to work/life, she has strategic oversight for health communications. Maureen is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College, PA, an advisor to Boston College Center for Work and Family’s Work/Family Roundtable, a Chris Kjeldsen Work Life Legacy Award winner for work/life leadership and a Ted Child’s Life Work Excellence Award winner for advancing the work/life industry.  


Andy Crighton 
Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Prudential Financial 

Dr. K. Andrew Crighton is Vice President of Global Health and Chief Medical Officer of Prudential Financial. He’s responsible for global health, safety and medical business consultation. He also provides leadership for Prudential’s medical clinics, fitness facilities, and its Behavioral Health, Work Life, Return to Work and Accommodation programs. During his tenure, Prudential has been recognized with The Health Project’s C. Everett Koop National Health Award, American Psychological Association Organizational Effectiveness Award, the National Business Group on Health’s Innovation in Addressing Health Disparities Award and the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award (thrice). Dr. Crighton has held leadership positions within both health care institutions and corporations. In addition to his other responsibilities, he works to increase awareness of the direct and positive relationship between health and performance.


Ray Fabius
Co-founder, HealthNEXT

Raymond J. Fabius, MD, CPE, Distinguished FACPE is Co-founder of HealthNEXT – the emerging leader in building Cultures of Health.  Previously he has held physician executive positions at Cigna, US Healthcare, Aetna, GE, iTRAX, Walgreens, Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics (now part of IBM Watson Health).  He spent the first decade of his career providing frontline primary care.  Dr. Fabius has medical and business leadership experience in an extraordinary variety of healthcare management areas including strategy, operations, network development and oversight, patient management, quality management, disease management, national accounts, occupational medicine, emergency preparedness, worker productivity, wellness and health promotion, travel medicine, web-based health content delivery and data warehousing and analytics.  Dr. Fabius has served in academics, private practice, managed care, the health insurance industry, e-health, corporate health, workplace health, the pharmaceutical industry and health informatics and analytics.  He has authored four books on quality management and population health – the latest one is a graduate / medical school textbook entitled Population Health: Creating Cultures of Wellness.


Marianne Fazen 
Executive Director, Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health 

Marianne Fazen is Executive Director of the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health, a regional coalition of employers and healthcare organizations committed to improving healthcare value and employee health.  She also serves as President and CEO of the Texas Business Group on Health, representing Texas employers on health benefits and policy issues. Marianne currently serves on the Board of Directors of URAC, a national healthcare accreditation organization, and previously served multiple terms on the Board of Governors of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.

Marianne holds a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from University of Wisconsin and a Doctorate in Communications Science and Human Development from University of Texas-Dallas.


Kim Fremont Fortunato 
Director, Community Affairs & President - Campbell Soup Foundation 

Kim Fortunato was named Director-Community Affairs and President-Campbell Soup Foundation in May 2016. Kim is responsible for Campbell’s community affairs strategy and program, including employee volunteerism, Campbell’s Healthy Communities, and enterprise-wide expansion of the community affairs strategies. She joined Campbell in 2010 as the founding Director of Campbell’s Healthy Communities, the company’s signature philanthropic program based on a collective impact approach. Kim speaks nationally on the role of the private sector in public/private partnerships employing a collective impact approach. In December 2015, the National Academy of Medicine published her report on “The Private-Sector Role in Building Healthy Communities: A Collective Impact Approach.” Kim earned her B.A. degree in French and comparative literature from Duke University, and her J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law.



Mark Goldberg 
Senior Manager, Global Health & Wellbeing, Latham & Watkins 

Mr. Goldberg serves as the Senior Manager of Global Health & Well-Being at Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s “global elite” law firms, overseeing strategy and implementation across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia for LiveWell Latham, the firm’s global wellness program. Having spent 18 years in the multinational legal sector, Mr. Goldberg began his career as a lawyer focusing on commercial litigation and antitrust. He later transitioned to communications, building and managing Latham’s internal communications function. In 2013, he assumed management of LiveWell Latham, expanding and focusing the firm’s wellness efforts on resilience and mental health, diabetes prevention and musculoskeletal issues, among other areas. 


Neil Goldfarb
President, Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health 

Mr. Neil Goldfarb is founding President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH, www.gpbch.org), an employer-led non-profit organization with the mission of developing best practices for maintaining a healthy workforce, and ensuring that when healthcare is needed it is safe, high-quality, accessible and affordable. GPBCH represents over 1.5 million covered lives nationally, including 750,000 lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.  Mr. Goldfarb brings over 30 years of healthcare research and management experience in academia, Medicaid managed care, and consulting organizations to his Coalition leadership position. As Associate Dean for Research in the Jefferson College of Population Health, he was responsible for developing and carrying out the school’s research agenda, focused on healthcare quality and value, and economic evaluation of healthcare technologies.  Mr. Goldfarb is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.


Darcy Gruttadaro, JD 
Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health 

Darcy Gruttadaro joined the APA Foundation in 2017 as the director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health. As director, she is developing and implementing the Center’s strategic direction in providing employers high impact tools and resources to support the mental health of employees and their families.  Before joining the Center, Ms. Gruttadaro served in multiple senior positions with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ms. Gruttadaro has expertise in effective approaches to expanding evidence-based practices, improving early intervention, securing insurance coverage for mental health services and building a broader array of effective services and supports that promote resiliency and recovery.  Ms. Gruttadaro has also worked with national organizations representing managed care organizations and practiced law with the Harris Beach law firm, concentrating her legal practice on health care and mental health related issues.  She served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Ms. Gruttadaro earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarkson University and a JD from Western New England University School of Law.


Laura Hamill 
Manager, Director, Limeade Institute & Chief People Officer

Laura Hamill, Ph.D. has over 20 years experience helping companies be more strategic with their people. She is currently the Director of Research at The Limeade Institute and Chief People Officer at Limeade, where she leads the People Team, nurtures the culture of improvement and architects employee engagement strategies. She specializes in the intersection of employee well-being and culture. Prior to Limeade, Laura owned Paris Phoenix Group, an organizational research and assessment firm, focused on aligning employee engagement and culture.  At Microsoft she spent a decade as the Director of People Research. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Psychology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.



Jane Hamilton
CEO & Founder, Partners on Path

A nurse for 40 years and family caregiver for 20, she has created research-based, resilience-building resources to help caregivers remain productive while working, and compassionate while caring. Jane is a skilled consultant, educator, author, group facilitator and public speaker who has consulted with more than 150 organizations and presented over 3,000 workshops and keynote addresses, nationwide.



Trina Histon, PhD
Senior Principal Consultant, Clinical & Operational Improvement, Obesity, Kaiser Permanente

Trina Histon, PhD is Senior Principal Consultant for the Care Management Institute’s Wellness & Prevention portfolio. Trina collaborates with clinicians, researchers, insurers, and policymakers to identify practical, effective, approaches for the prevention and treatment of overweight, obesity and prediabetes. She has served as faculty for NICHQ’s Healthy Weight Collaborative and CDC’s Healthy Hospital Task Force. She was a co-founding member of The Obesity Society’s section on health services research. Histon has served on measurement panels for CMS, NQF and NCQA regarding Obesity and is currently serving on the Task Force for developing a Prescription for Physical Activity and the STOP Obesity Alliance Roundtable for developing standards of care.


Melissa Hohenberger 
Health and Productivity Manager, VWR 

Melissa Hohenberger is a corporate wellness expert with 18 years’ experience in the public health and corporate wellness field. She started her career in a small women-owned health agency conducting health screenings, then moved to a local health department where she managed 7 state and federally funded grants.  At this local health department, she started an employee wellness program with the Human Resources team and began her corporate wellness journey. This experience enabled her to move to her current position at VWR/Avantor. In her current role as Health and Productivity Manager, she is responsible for the implementation and management of a sustainable wellness program that’s focused on building a culture of health and well-being. This includes several global, national, and local programs. She is also responsible for providing management and oversight for employee leave, disability and worker’s compensation programs. Since joining VWR/Avantor in 2012, she has developed a network of over 100 wellness champions throughout the company who are ambassadors for healthy living and create local programs that engage associates and motivate behavior change.  The company has received several local awards for their wellness program and has also been a recipient of the “Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America Award” in 2015 and 2016.

Alice_J_.jpg Alice Jaglowski 
Public Health Consultant, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors 

Alice “Ali” Jaglowski, MSH : Ms. Jaglowski has consulted with NACDD for almost a decade. She started on a policy focused healthy community initiative, ACHIEVE from 2008-2012, where she provided technical assistance, expertise, and leadership to communities in establishing policy and environmental changes for physical activity, healthy nutrition, and tobacco. She has also provided leadership and training around use of social media for communication, marketing, and sustainability. Ms. Jaglowski started her career in public health in Florida at the local and state level at Duval County Health Department and Florida Department of Health, respectively. Locally, she focused on community engagement, and health behavior change program development, implementation, and evaluation. As a state administrator of Florida Department of Health’s Obesity Prevention Program, she worked to develop state and local level partnerships around obesity prevention and implemented a statewide plan for addressing obesity prevention. Currently, she supports the National Diabetes Prevention Program under the CDC grant 1705 at NACDD. The 1705 grant focus is to scale and sustain National DPP through increasing availability, marketing, referrals and reimbursement of the National DPP lifestyle change program.


Meg Kabat

National Director, Veterans Affairs' (VA) Caregiver Support Program

Ms. Kabat, a Licensed Social Worker, serves as the National Director of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Caregiver Support Program.   In this role, she serves as the principal advisor on family caregiving to senior leaders across VA.  She is responsible for critical and sensitive national policy development and program oversight with an annual budget in excess of $500 million.  Ms. Kabat joined the Caregiver Support Program in 2011, serving as its Deputy Director.  Ms. Kabat graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from the Catholic University of America, where she earned a Masters in Social Work. 



Deb Krause 
 Vice President, Minnesota Health Action Group 

Deb is Vice President of the Minnesota Health Action Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers whose sole purpose is to represent the collective voice of those who write the checks for health care in Minnesota. In this role, she led program development, management and administration of Minnesota Bridges to Excellence, a highly-regarded program recognizing clinics across Minnesota for delivering optimal care. In addition, she is directly involved in major Action Group initiatives, including the organization’s Mental Health Learning Network, annual employer benefits survey, community dialogues, member meetings, and partnership with Consumer Reports. She collaborates with other purchasers nationally by representing The Action Group on work groups led by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Deb also represents employers/purchasers on Minnesota Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC), Measure Review Committee (MRC), and Cost Technical Advisory Committee (TAG), for which she is the 2017/2018 Chair.

 Ted_K.jpg  Ted Kyle 
Board of Directors, Obesity Action Coalition 

Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, founded ConscienHealth in 2009. Ted is a pharmacist and healthcare innovation professional who works with health and obesity experts for sound policy and innovation to address obesity. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition, advises The Obesity Society on advocacy, and consults with organizations addressing the needs of people living with obesity. His widely-read daily commentary, published at ConscienHealth.org, reaches an audience of more than 10,000 thought leaders in health and obesity.  

 Ofer_L_.jpg Ofer Leidner
Co-Founder & President, Happify 

An experienced entrepreneur, Ofer brings to Happify his expertise in developing and delivering significant strategic partnerships and other opportunities that drive rapid, healthy growth for technology companies on a global basis. Ofer co-founded and built several digital media businesses, most recently iPlay/Oberon Media, a leading casual gaming company and he has also served as Co-Founder and President of Gate42 Technologies, a software startup in the customer relations management space. Earlier in his career, he served as an investment manager at an early stage seed fund and as a management consultant in the strategy practice of Trigger Management Consulting, a leading firm in Israel. Ofer holds an MBA in Finance and a B.A. in Economics and Information Technologies, both from Tel Aviv University.


Todd Martin 
Chief Marketing Officer, PinnacleCare 

Todd Martin is Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for PinnacleCare, responsible for accelerating growth and profitability through the development of new and existing distribution channels. Since joining PinnacleCare in 2012, Todd developed the go to market sales strategy for PinnacleCare’s group model that currently supports over 2 million lives. He has also developed partnerships with several strategic partners in the employee benefits and insurance markets. Todd has over 30 years of experience in various sales/account management, and P&L leadership roles, primarily serving the needs of healthcare decision-makers across several markets that include Fortune 500 companies as well as health plans, unions, and government entities. Todd has spent 25 years in the Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) industry and 7 years in the group insurance market.



Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, MyShapers

Dr. Shad is a Stanford-trained physician, medical educator, public speaker and aspiring author. He is proactively engaged in creating solutions to promote health and prevent the chronic diseases of our time.  Working to expand our knowledge, Dr. Shad has undertaken research, published articles in scientific journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and medical textbook chapters on disease prevention, nutrition and complementary and alternative medicine since 1997.  Acting to transform medical education, Dr. Shad is redesigning the 4-year medical school curriculum to include lifestyle medicine, nutrition and evidence based complementary therapies to prevent disease and maintain health throughout the lifespan.


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Chief Policy Officer, Well Being Trust

A self-proclaimed “fragmentation fighter,” Ben has worked to redefine the national policy landscape for mental health and health care. He comes to Well Being Trust from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he was the founding director of the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center and currently remains a senior advisor. Ben has been a principal investigator on many federal and foundation grants, as well as state contracts related to health and health care integration. He’s written and published on enhancing the evidentiary support for integrated care models, increasing the training and education of mental health providers in medical settings, and the need to address specific health policy and payment barriers for successful integration. He holds multiple leadership positions, including the section editor for Health and Policy for Families, Systems and Health and member of the International Advisory Board of the British Journal of General Practice. Ben is a technical expert panelist for CMS on Quality Measure Development for Medicaid Beneficiaries, as well as for the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program.

 Dennis_M_.jpg Dennis Miller 
Former CEO, Somerset Medical Center, and Healthcare Foundation 

Dennis C. Miller is a nationally recognized strategic leadership coach and executive search consultant with more than thirty-five years of experience working with nonprofit board leadership and chief executives across the country. Dennis is also an expert in board governance, leadership development, philanthropy and succession planning. In addition, he is a sought-after motivational speaker, retreat facilitator and leadership performance coach. Dennis’ experience working with hundreds of nonprofit organizations has provided him with the knowledge and insights to understand the competencies required of today’s nonprofit leadership, whether as chief executive officer, chief operating officer or chief development officer. As Managing Director of The Nonprofit Search Group, he recruits executives who can inspire their organization to achieve greater levels of success and measurable achievements.

 Nance_L_.jpg Nance Lee Mosquera 
Employee Benefits Manager, City of St. Paul 

Nance Lee is the Employee Benefits Manager for the City of St.  Paul, Minnesota where she is responsible for strategic planning and management of employee and retiree health care, wellness and other benefit programs for the City’s 3,000 employees. She previously served as Benefits Manager for G&K Services with operations in 41 states and 4 countries. Nance Lee has 12 years underwriting experience, including 8 as Director of Underwriting at United Healthcare. She has a B.A. in Communications from Bethel University.

 Jeremy_N_.jpg Jeremy Nobel, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Northeast Business Group on Health 

Dr. Nobel is the Medical Director at the Northeast Business Group on Health (www.NEBGH.org), directing its Solutions Center and working with large self-insured employers, health plans and health systems to address major health issues like obesity, diabetes, chronic pain and cancer. The goal of the Center’s work is to develop innovative approaches to managing these challenging conditions, as well as identify patient engagement models and care models and the value-oriented payment models that can sustain them.


Ryann Paschal 
Benefits Manager, Range Resources Corporation

Ryann Paschal is a Human Resources professional with over a decade of experience in employee relations, benefits, recruiting and compensation.  Currently, Ryann serves as the Benefits Administrator for Range Resources Corporation, where she is responsible for providing support to over 800 employees in all areas of Benefits, while also overseeing the development of all practices, procedures and content related to benefits administration. Ryann conducts open enrollment meetings at Range offices in four different states, and works closely with employees and brokers to ensure that employees are being offered the most competitive, cost-effective and comprehensive benefit plans. Recently, she helped to lead new company-wide Employee Recognition and Retirement Programs. Prior to joining the team at Range, Ryann served as a Senior HR Business Partner at Quicksilver Resources where she was responsible for providing Human Resources support to over 200 employees. Ryann is a graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.  She currently resides in Tolar with her husband and three young children. 


Bruce Rogen, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan 

Dr. Bruce Rogen graduated from Brown University and then attended Tulane University Medical School for both his MD and MPH degrees, and completed his residency in general internal medicine at UCLA in 1991. Since returning to his birthplace of Cleveland in 2009 he has been Chief Medical Officer for the 98,000 member Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan, while maintaining a small clinical practice. He was recently appointed interim chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Quality Alliance, a clinically integrated network based in Northeast Ohio with over 6,000 providers.

John_S_.jpg John Schall
President, Caregiver Action Network

John Schall is a public policy and communications professional with more than 30 years of noted expertise in a wide range of policy fields, including healthcare, labor, education, economic development, taxation, and budget policy. He became Chief Executive Officer of the Caregiver Action Network (the National Family Caregivers Association) in June 2012. Prior to CAN, Mr. Schall handled government relations for several companies and organizations. John also brings a wealth of experience in senior federal government positions, including serving as former Sen. Bob Dole’s chief budget advisor; chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Labor in the early 1990s; and as deputy of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President George H.W. Bush. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Bruce_S_.jpg Bruce Sherman, MD 
Chief Medical Officer, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

In addition to serving as Chief Medical Officer for the National Alliance, Dr. Sherman serves as Medical Director, Population Health Management for the RightOpt private exchange offering at Conduent HR Services and is an active researcher in workforce health strategy. Previously, he has served as the consulting corporate medical director for Whirlpool Corporation and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. A frequent speaker, Dr. Sherman presents on a broad array of workforce health, productivity, and human resources practice-related topics to diverse audiences, and has published numerous related, peer-reviewed articles. He received his MD from NYU School of Medicine, his MA from Harvard and his ScB from Brown.
Candice_S_.jpg Candice Sherman
Interim CEO, Northeast Business Group on Health 

Candice Sherman is Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), the employer-led coalition of healthcare leaders and stakeholders based in New York. Sherman held the position of Chief Operating Officer at NEBGH for four years. Prior to NEBGH, Sherman was COO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a $23 million Federally Qualified Health Center in Los Angeles. She has an extensive business background including senior general management roles at TABB Group, Dun & Bradstreet and Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters), and was also COO at two Internet startups.

Dexter.jpg Dexter Shurney, MD 
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, Zipongo 

Dr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Zipongo, the San Francisco-based based digital health and wellness company that focuses on enabling healthy eating -“Healthy Eating, Made Simple”. Dr. Shurney is the former Chief Medical Director / Executive Director for Global Health Benefits and Corporate Wellness for Cummins, Inc. He has an extensive background in health care management and policy. He has distinguished himself as a recognized leader in his profession in numerous ways. Prior to Cummins, Dr. Shurney was the Chief Medical Director of the Employee Health Plan for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center. During his tenure at Vanderbilt he also held joint faculty appointments as Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Internal Medicine and Public Health, and Adjunct Faculty, Owens Graduate School of Management.  

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Executive Director, Houston Business Coalition on Health 

Chris became Director of Houston Business Coalition on Health in August of 2014. Prior to HBCH, he was President and Founder of Corporate Health Management Solutions, an organizational health and productivity management company providing consulting and software to employers and their health management partners to demonstrate the value of an integrated health management strategy. Dr. Skisak had previously worked 25 years with Houston Fortune 50 energy companies in a variety of health management positions. He is originally from Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. He received his B.S. from the University of Houston and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas School of Public Health.

Soma Stout, MD, MS 
Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Soma Stout, MD, MS has worked as a primary care doctor and health system transformation leader in the safety net for over 15 years and in global community and population health for over 20 years, working with health care systems and communities which have made remarkable strides to improve individual, community and population health, wellbeing and equity. She currently serves as the Executive Lead of 100 Million Healthier Lives, convened by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, to support 100 million people globally to live healthier lives by 2020.  Previously, she served as Vice President for Patient Centered Medical Home Development at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), where she led a whole system transformation that aligned large scale payment reform with delivery system redesign to meet the needs of populations. She has consulted with health system leaders from across the world in Guyana, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia and Brazil. She also directs the Innovation Fellows Program at Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, where she is helping to grow a generation of change leaders who can create the needed changes in health and health care, and continues as Lead Transformation Adviser at Cambridge Health Alliance. 


Sean Southland, PhD, MDAST, Neuroplastician

American Academy Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Director, NeuroHealth Solutions

Sean Southland, PhD is the Director of NeuroHealth Solutions in Tempe, AZ. Dr. Southland has been working in the field of human biological and physiological performance and Acquired Brain Injury since the 1990’s when he began the health professions program at Arizona State University/University of Arizona Medical School and ultimately received a PhD in Biosciences with a concentration in neurophysiology as well as certification in Forensic Medical Investigation and Force of Impact on Head Injuries. His experience includes two clinical rotations in neurology, emergency trauma, forensic medicine and plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has also worked in histology and pathology researching sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), shaken baby syndrome (SBS), blunt force head trauma, and direct force head trauma; and has contributed research findings to the Genome Project and the Compendium of Physical Activities.  Dr. Southland is an American Academy Certified Brain Injury Specialist who has demonstrated competence in neuroanatomy and neuroimaging, neuroprotection and neuroplasticity, disorders of consciousness, fatigue and sleep disturbance, and aging with a brain injury and neuropsychology related to outcomes measurement and return to work/play. NeuroHealth Solutions is a teaching clinic and an Arizona State University affiliated internship site, hosting students enrolled in the Colleges of Health Solutions, Neurology, and the Biomedical School to encourage continued advanced education for students in the growing field of neuroscience.


Nancy Spangler, PhD, OTR/L 
Senior Advisor and Practitioner, Greenleaf Integrative 

Dr. Spangler has extensive experience developing workplace health and organizational change strategies, including nine years with Kansas City’s Saint Luke’s Health System and over 20 years with Spangler Associates Inc. Her varied clients have included employers, health care organizations, benefits consultants, pharmaceutical companies, professional organizations, digital learning providers, and governmental agencies. Nancy works as senior consultant for the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health to promote innovative and effective approaches to addressing workplace mental health. Nancy has a PhD in therapeutic science and BS and MS degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. 

David_S_.jpg David Stedman
CEO, BrightDime 

David Stedman is the Founder and CEO of BrightDime, a leading financial wellness firm designed to create real behavior change in employees through an unbiased, integrated financial platform coupled with concierge features of personalized coaching and content. David built his career in executive management roles with Goldman Sachs in New York and Barclays Capital in London before leading a very profitable, Charlotte-based hedge fund for 12 years. His deep industry knowledge, authentic leadership style, and relentless passion for enhancing the financial wellness for Americans in all demographic groups have contributed to BrightDime’s exceptional business growth.

Bob Stephen 
Vice President, Caregiving, and Health, AARP 

Bob Stephen is AARP’s Vice President, Caregiving and Health Programs and serves as AARP’s lead for family caregiving. In these roles, he leads the strategy and execution of AARP’s enterprise-wide efforts to help 50 plus Americans live independently at home while supporting the 40 million family caregivers who so often make this possible. Prior to joining AARP in 2010, Bob spent over two decades in strategy development and management consulting where he worked with rural communities and healthcare.  He has a BA from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. 



Mike Thompson 
President & CEO, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions 

Michael Thompson is the President and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. The National Alliance consists of approximately 50 healthcare purchaser-led coalitions collectively supporting over 12,000 healthcare purchasers providing health coverage to over 41 million Americans.  The National Alliance helps to lead improvements in health, well-being and value for our companies and communities across the country. Prior to joining the National Alliance, Michael was a Principal with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he consulted on healthcare and employee benefits strategy and served as an executive for Prudential Insurance. He has specialized in cross-sector initiatives related to sustainable cost reduction integrated health, wellness and consumerism, retiree health, health reform and well-being.


Michael Tingey, MD 
Chief Medical Officer, Cappa Health 

Mike is passionate about preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes. With more than 15 years of primary care experience, he has witnessed the great benefit of nutrition and physical activity in preventing illnesses. Mike studied nutrition at Arizona State University before attending medical school at the University of Arizona in 1990. He completed a three-year Internal Medicine Residency from 1994-1997 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix Arizona. He started a private internal medicine practice in Tempe, Arizona in 1997 providing both hospital and outpatient services. That private practice grew to over 4 providers with a large percentage of the practice devoted to diabetes prevention, management, and care. In private practice, he saw first hand the benefit of nutrition and exercise in the prevention of many chronic diseases. 


Karen van Caulil 
President/Chief Executive Officer, Florida Health Care Coalition

Karen van Caulil, Ph.D. is President/Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Health Care Coalition (FLHCC).  Karen serves on the Executive Committee of the National Alliance’s Board of Governors, the Finance Committee and the Government Affairs Committee. Karen graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Science, Technology and Human Values program, received a Master’s of Science in Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina and her interdisciplinary Doctorate in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida.  Karen teaches graduate level courses in health informatics and quality management.



Lisa Wear-Ellington 
President/CEO, South Carolina Business Coalition on Health 

Lisa Wear-Ellington is the President/CEO of the South Carolina Business Coalition on Health (SCBCH), a multi-stakeholder business coalition with members including BMW, GE, Michelin North America, Boeing, and SC DHHS and numerous other employers and providers. The coalition promotes maximizing the value of the healthcare dollar spent by bringing together decision makers, national and local health experts, and data resources that aid in long-term strategic planning, while addressing the practical issues that impact health care today. Lisa has a deep background in the healthcare delivery space including building a hospital-owned managed care company from the ground up, and executive roles as an insurance consultant, crafting risk sharing arrangements with large physician practices, designing value based insurance programs, wellness programs and integrated on-site clinics and business coalition leadership; all with an eye toward providing solutions to the problems beleaguering both employers and providers of healthcare services.


Mike B. Weiner, LMSW
EY Assist Leader, Total Rewards, Ernst & Young 

Mike joined EY in 2015 after serving more than two decades in the Employee Assistance and behavioral health fields.  He previously worked for Anthem as the clinical account manager for their largest global EAP / behavioral health account and MHN, the behavioral health division of Health Net, Inc. as the director of account management. He graduated from Columbia University in 1992 with a Masters of Science in Social Work and has a Bachelors in psychology from Binghamton University. Mike is passionate about providing best in class resources to help his clients balance their work, family and wellbeing.  In 2016, Mike’s team helped launch EY’s innovative campaign to address the stigma of mental illness and addictions in the workplace. 


Don Williamson, PhD 
Clinical Advisor, Real Appeal 

Donald A. Williamson, Ph.D. has conducted research and clinical practice in the field of obesity for 42 years. He has held the rank of Professor Emeritus at Pennington Biomedical Center since 2011. He has been a consultant and clinical advisor for Real Appeal, Inc since 2013. From 1978 to 2011, he was a faculty member at Louisiana State University and has been a faculty member of Pennington Biomedical Research Center since 1991. His research on obesity has been funded by NIH, DoD, and many corporations. He has published more than 400 clinical research papers on obesity and health psychology.


Michelle Zamperetti 
Manager of Community Health Programs, GE Ventures, and Health

Michelle Chuk Zamperetti is the Manager of Community Health Programs for Healthymagination and New Growth Markets,  the Health Innovation Division of GE Ventures and Health.  At GE Michelle is responsible for working within communities across the country to implement programs, develop strategies and determine collaborative approaches to improve population health outcomes.  She has more than 20 years of experience in public health, primarily in the non-profit world. Prior to joining GE, Michelle held several leadership positions at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).  She was the Senior Advisor and for Environmental Health from 2005-2009 and then the Senior Advisor and Chief for Public Health Infrastructure and Systems from 2009 – 2015.  In those roles, Michelle was critical in developing national strategy and policy for local health departments as they navigated health system transformation and the Affordable Care Act.  Michelle was instrumental in the rollout of public health accreditation in state and local health departments, leading efforts in health equity and social justice for local communities and was one of the original organizations tasked with creating the CDC Public Health Tracking Initiative.