Barry Arbuckle, PhD
President and CEO MemorialCare Health System
Barry Arbuckle, Ph.D. is President and CEO of MemorialCare, a leading Southern California non-profit integrated healthcare system with over 200 sites of care. Under his leadership, MemorialCare has experienced unprecedented growth and financial performance. He has appeared on the cover of multiple regional and national business magazines noting MemorialCare’ s leadership in clinical information, evidence-based medicine, financial and management systems, and advancing healthcare reform. He is a strong advocate for employers seeking high-value health benefit options. Under his leadership, MemorialCare secured an innovative, exclusive direct contract with The Boeing Company for the delivery of healthcare services to its employees in Southern California and excels in multiple Accountable Care Organization contracts.
Dr. Arbuckle has been the Chair of the Integrated Healthcare Association and currently serves on its board. He’s past chair of the California Hospital Association and March of Dimes–California; and is a member of the Health System Executive Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center and Chair-Elect of the Healthcare Leadership Council. Dr. Arbuckle serves on the boards of the AHA National Healthcare Systems Council, the National Health Systems Advisory Council for CVS Health and the National Healthcare Advisory Council for Anthem. In addition, he is Chairman of the MemorialCare Innovation Fund, a healthcare innovation investment company. Dr. Arbuckle serves on Becker’s Healthcare National Advisory Board and keynotes Becker’s national conferences. He speaks nationally and globally on a variety of topics in healthcare, including Health System Strategy, Innovation, Partnerships and Succeeding in Value-Based contracts.
A graduate of Missouri State University, Arbuckle earned his master’s degree from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. He also served on the adjunct faculty for the departments of psychology, sociology and the graduate school of nursing at California State University Long Beach. He is married with four children.
Executive Vice President Heritage Health Solutions
With almost three decades of experience in the healthcare industry, Hamilton brings both a vision and passion for creating innovative solutions to complex problems. As President of Heritage, his focus is providing transparent leadership and expanding upon Heritage’s vast portfolio of services and solutions. His strategic direction and initiatives will cement Heritage’s status as one of the industry’s top Integrated Health Care Managers. Prior to Heritage Health Solutions, Hamilton served as the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Avella Specialty Pharmacy.
President and CEO Leapfrog Group
Since 2008, Leah Binder has served as President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, an award-winning national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., representing employers and other purchasers of health care calling for improved safety and quality in hospitals. She is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and other publications, and consistently cited among the most influential people and top women in healthcare and patient safety.
Under her leadership, The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns letter grades on the safety of general hospitals across the country. She fostered groundbreaking innovation in transparency and payment policy through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which sets high standards for hospital quality and publicly reports information available from no other source. In 2020 Leapfrog will begin rating outpatient surgery and Ambulatory Surgery Centers as well. Leapfrog’s leadership is widely credited as key to significant advances in health care delivery and health value. Analysts find that at least 40,000 lives have been saved in each of the past two years from the galvanizing focus on safety brought by the Hospital Safety Grade. Other movements sparked and spurred by Leapfrog under Leah’s leadereship include reductions in early elective deliveries and other maternity improvements, improvements in medication safety, reductions in infections, and the acceleration of health care transparency.
Leah is a frequent speaker at events across the country. She serves on numerous national boards and advisory committees such as the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions, AARP’s Champions for Nursing, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the NQF MAP Coordinating Council, and Knowledge To Practice.
Before joining Leapfrog, Leah was vice president for the nationally noted Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, Maine; and prior to that served as senior policy advisor in the Office of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in New York City. An initiative she assisted with in New York allowed small businesses to offer more health plan choice to their employees, and that is still in successful operation today at the Northeast Business Group on Health.
She started her career doing public policy and communications for the National League for Nursing. She has a bachelor’s in Politics from Brandeis and two master’s degrees from University of Pennsylvania, one from the Annenberg School for Communications and the other from the Fels Institute of Government. She lives near Washington, DC, with her husband, Sam, and two children, Henry, 21, and K.C., 12.
Jenny Burke, JD
Senior Director, Impairment Practice National Safety Council
Jenny Burke advances the National Safety Council mission of eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime by leading NSC advocacy initiatives. These strategic programs, involving safety on the road and in homes and communities, fatigue, transportation and prescription drug overdose, raise awareness and educate audiences to keep each other safe.
Jenny has raised awareness of these initiatives through such successful national efforts as benchmarking employer data on the opioid epidemic and its impact on the workplace, and creating cost calculators to illustrate the effect of opioids or fatigue on an employer's bottom line. Additionally she oversees the development of educational programs that tackle cutting edge issues, including deaths and injuries related to fatigue and addiction.
Jenny previously served as a senior legal analyst at Wolters Kluwer, specializing in Medicare, Medicaid, food and drug law, and policy and healthcare compliance. Jenny co-authored and managed the publication of several books and white papers on areas of focus including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, contraception coverage, prescription drug abuse and telemedicine.
She is a licensed attorney in Illinois since 2002 and clerked for two years in the Illinois Appellate Court, First Division. A graduate of DePaul University College of Law, Jenny also holds a master of science degree in health law and policy from DePaul's Public Services graduate program and a certificate in health law. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in health administration. Jenny has served on her local school board and the Springbrook Nature Center board in her hometown of Itasca, IL.
Fran Castellow, MSEd
President Patient Advocate Foundation
Administrative Services Manager City of Plano
Andrea Cockrell is Administrative Services Manager for the City of Plano, serving the following areas of HR: health, wellness and retirement benefits, compensation and training. Andrea also served as the City’s Controller from 2010 - 2013. Prior to joining the City, Andrea, a CPA, spent the first ten years of her career in public accounting and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Andrea also serves as the President of the Texas Business Group on Health.
Healthcare Leader and Public Sector Entrepreneur; Senior Vice President 4C Health Solutions
Cristin A. Dickerson, MD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Green Imaging
Dr. Dickerson was born and raised in Texas. She is a graduate of Baylor University and University of Texas Medical School at Houston and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She practiced for 13 years at the Diagnostic Clinic of Houston, where she served as a two-term president of the 50 physician clinic.
She founded Green Imaging to provide affordable, high-quality medical imaging for uninsured and high deductible patients in Houston and rapidly expanded the company to provide services throughout most of the US and employer-sponsored health plans. She loves providing quality services to patients who otherwise couldn’t afford it and providing significant imaging cost savings to patients with healthcare coverage and their employers without compromising quality.
Dr. Dickerson is passionate about spreading the word that patients and employers have great new nontraditional health care coverage options in the emerging alternative health care market.
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Hendricks Regional Health
Gary Everling has been in healthcare administration since 1998 and assumed his role at Hendricks Regional Health in 2013. Prior to that, he served as System Executive of Business Development for St. Vincent Health.
Active in his church, for the past 22 years he has enjoyed singing in an a cappella men’s quartet ministry. As an adjunct faculty member, Everling teaches healthcare policy, marketing and statistics at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.
President and Chief Executive Officer HealthCare 21 Business Coalition
Gaye Fortner, MSN, is the President and Chief Executive Officer for HealthCare 21 Business Coalition and Chief Executive Officer for HC21 Solutions, Inc. She has a proven record of successfully assisting employers in managing the health of their employee population through innovative, value-based approaches. She has developed, managed and evaluated a number of funded studies that are dedicated to the management of chronic diseases, high risk lifestyle factors and conditions having a high impact on productivity. She has experience leading multi-stakeholder initiatives that include analysis of the impact of value based benefit designs, employee engagement strategies, employer-provider-health plan collaborations, and development of tools and resources to enhance patient adherence. In addition, Gaye assists purchasers in selecting and reviewing disease management vendors and works to support employers as they implement a health risk management approach to improve employee health and reduce costs. Under her direction, the Coalition has led purchasers to apply national standards for quality measurement in Tennessee, publicly reporting Leapfrog, JCAHO Core Measures, eValue8 and other national data sets. Gaye was one of the original six Leapfrog rollout leaders and has represented purchasers on the National Quality Forum Steering Committees for the National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Sensitive Care and the HCAPHS performance measures for public reporting. Gaye is a master's prepared nurse and has held numerous quality, educator and leadership roles. She serves on the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions’ Board of Governors as Chair, and is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Knoxville.
President and Chief Executive Officer Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health
Mr. Neil Goldfarb is President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH, www.gpbch.org), which brings together employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey who are committed to improving the health of their employees and the safety, quality and value delivered by the healthcare system. GPBCH represents over 1.5 million covered lives nationally. Before founding GPBCH in 2012, Mr. Goldfarb spent over 30 years in healthcare research, quality improvement, and management positions. As Associate Dean for Research in the Jefferson College of Population Health, he was responsible for leading the school’s research agenda, while concurrently serving as Director of Ambulatory Care Performance Improvement for Thomas Jefferson University’s faculty practice plan. His previous positions include Executive Director of a quality improvement consulting firm, and Vice President of Health Services for the Philadelphia region’s first Medicaid managed care plan. Mr. Goldfarb has authored over 60 articles in the peer-reviewed literature. Mr. Goldfarb is active in the governance of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, and founding co-Director of the College for Value-based Purchasing of Health Benefits.
Ryan Grant, MD
Founder and CEO Vori Health
Ryan A. Grant is a serial entrepreneur and Yale-trained, board-certified neurosurgeon who is the founder and CEO of Vori Health. As an all-inclusive medical and health provider practicing a holistic, integrated approach starting with musculoskeletal care Vori Health offers full service physical medicine and rehabilitation care, physical therapy, prescriptions, imaging & lab ordering, health coaching, nutritional guidance, community support and premium instructional content. The team consists of carefully selected, board-certified physicians and licensed healthcare providers, and provides health services that are accessible at the click of a button from the comfort, convenience, and privacy of a patient's home. Ryan obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his neurosurgical training and complex spine fellowship training from Yale University. He was most recently practicing neurosurgery at Geisinger Medical Center before leaving his clinical practice to dedicate 100% of his time to Vori Health.
Managing Director/Founder TILT
Jamie Greenleaf is the Founder of TILT. She has spent her entire professional career acting in a Fiduciary capacity and helping employers design and implement retirement programs with better outcomes for employees. Jamie founded TILT in 2019 with the same aspirations of helping employers fulfill their Fiduciary obligations on their health care plans by cutting and controlling cost and providing better benefits for their employees. Working with employers to cut through the preconceptions, redesign health insurance plans, align the financial interests of employers and employees, and redirect wasteful spending into employer and employee savings.
Jamie is part of the Center for Board Certified Fiduciaries™ (CBCF), a group of fiduciary experts selected for their fiduciary skills, best practices, and knowledge. Jamie is a Specialty Leader in the Health Care Plan fiduciary field of specialization. She is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences and is a sought¬ after presenter for many other advisor and plan sponsor continuing education sources such as Pensions and Investments, HR.com, and SHRM University Conference Services.
She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Plan Sponsor University certification program for UCLA’s Anderson School of Business-Executive Education.
Nathan Gregory, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Deputy Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Department City of Fort Worth
Nathan Gregory is the Deputy Director of Human Resources at the City of Fort Worth, the 12th largest City in the US. He has been at the City for over 5 years and his career in Human Resources spans more than 20 years. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and has bachelor of arts degrees in Business Management and International Business from Judson University. He will soon complete a Master in Public Administration degree at the University of Texas Arlington.
Nathan is the Chairman of the HR Executive Network for North Texas LEAD. He is also a Board Member for the Dallas Fort Worth Business Group on Health (DFWBGH). Additionally, he is a graduate of the 2020 Leadership Fort Worth program, and a member of the Fort Worth Human Resource Management and Society for Human Resource Management Associations.
Amy Hall, PharmD
Medical Accounts Director, Field Medical Affairs Novo Nordisk
Amy Hall, Pharm.D. is a Medical Accounts Director for Field Medical Affairs at Novo Nordisk. Amy is responsible for supporting Population Health initiatives aligned to cardiometabolic disease for Regional and National Health Plans, Employer Groups, Employer Coalitions and Health Systems. Through education, her mission is to ensure all individuals with metabolic disease have fair and equitable access to comprehensive care. A pharmacist by training, she received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2009 and currently lives in Buffalo, NY.
Diana Han, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Vice President, Global Health Unilever
Diana recently joined Unilever in Q4, 2020, serving as its VP, Global Health and Chief Medical Officer. Her team has responsibility for the health of Unilever’s 150,000 employees in 150+ countries around the world. Prior to Unilever, Diana was the Chief Medical Officer for GE Appliances (GEA), where she oversaw global healthcare delivery, as well as the company’s health and leave benefits.
Earlier in her career, Diana held leadership positions at Carewise Health and Humana. At Carewise, she served as VP, Clinical Strategy and Innovation, focusing on developing new products, services, and partnerships for the employer health and wellness markets. At Humana, Diana led the company’s clinical product and service innovation, focusing on leveraging new technologies and partners to harvest Humana’s claims assets for population health management.
Diana trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her medical degree with highest distinction from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
President Upside Health Advisors
Jeffrey Hogan is the Northeast Regional Manger for Rogers Benefit Group, a national benefits marketing and consulting firm. Jeff has been with Rogers Benefit Group for 28 years. Additionally, Jeff operates a consulting firm, Upside Health Advisers where he provides expert witness services on health care related litigation, as a consultant to payers and large provider groups for product development and launch, and as a resource to employers desirous of implementing strategies to manage their health spend. Jeff is focused on healthcare payment reform, health policy, care coordination, value based healthcare, healthcare quality and precision medicine.
Jeff regularly appears on national forums focused on moving to value-based healthcare and is actively working to promote healthcare related transparency measures in the market. He is a current board member for the Connecticut Business Group on Health and serves as the group’s liaison to the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser’s Coalition. He is also is one of the Coordinators of Connecticut’s Moving to Value Alliance. Jeff also serves on the Advisor’s Panel for the Validation Institute and is the Regional Leader for the Leapfrog Group.
Jeff and his family are active annual participants in the Pan-Mass Challenge and have raised more than 300K for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Jeff served his local government as the Farmington Town Council Chair from 2012-2014 and as a town council member over a 10-year period. Jeff is an avid outdoorsman, and previously served as the Director of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mountain Leadership School and for the past 20 years instructs in the Wilderness Medicine Symposium for the UCONN Medical School.
Kim Hutton, MD
Chief Medical Officer CareATC
For Dr. Kimberly Hutton, saving lives is her passion. As the Chief Medical Officer for CareATC, Dr. Hutton ensures her national team of physicians shares this same level of passion and commitment to providing the highest quality of care and an exceptional patient experience, ultimately resulting in achieved outcomes. This is why she went to medical school in the first place: to change people’s lives. As a former primary care physician, she understands that the relationship you have with your healthcare provider can be game changing.
Having served as clinical leader for physicians, wellness experts, collaborative care providers, outreach nurses, and non-clinical team members, she realizes that everyone plays a role in the health of a patient, and through coordination and connection, great things can happen.
Serving as an executive in a growing industry early on, she knows what it takes to get the job done in a small start-up and become a national leader in the space. She has worked with multiple industries across the country creating solutions to combat rising healthcare costs and ensure a healthier workforce. As a part of the Strategic Innovations Team, she was responsible for identifying new technologies, emerging medical discoveries, and improved care delivery processes.
Though she serves in traditional medical leadership roles such as Medical Executive Committee, Peer Review, and Governing Board, what is unique to Dr. Hutton is her ability to effectively translate between clinical and non-clinical communities, and this is reflected in her years of public speaking to employers, business groups on health, health coalitions, wellness summits, and many others. "It's incredibly easy to speak about your passion!"
Executive Vice President and Executive Director Heritage CARES
Rich is an experienced therapist, clinician, and healthcare entrepreneur with more than 20 years in the behavioral health space, including mental health, substance use disorders (SUD), co-occurring disorders, and intellectual disabilities. He has been the founding CEO of two non-profit organizations and two for-profit business dedicated to disrupting the behavioral-health space for the betterment of people in need.
Rich is well respected in the recovery world and a pioneer in the industry. That’s why he is tapped to lead Heritage CARES, a division of Heritage Health Solutions. Rich is passionate about providing quality care and supporting individuals that struggle with stress, substance use, and suicidal ideation. He has built his career on helping people who need the unique, flexible, evidence-based support that our platform delivers.
Janine Kyrillos, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director, Comprehensive Weight Management Program Thomas Jefferson University
Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE, FADA
Former Director of Care Programs Joslin Diabetes Center
Is an award-winning diabetes care and education specialist and dietitian with over 40 years of experience bringing innovative education resources to patients, healthcare professionals and organizations. For over 2 decades, Melinda worked as Director of Care Programs for the Joslin Innovations division within Joslin Diabetes Center, where she oversaw the clinical, educational and quality improvement activities for Joslin clinical activities around the US and around the world.
As Director of Care Programs for Joslin Diabetes Center, she worked to improve diabetes education services with leading diabetes centers around the country. She has developed and delivered training programs for physicians, diabetes educators, medical office assistants, employees in diabetes business units, as well as people affected by diabetes.
Melinda has worked on diabetes education projects around the world including China, India, Japan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. Through Melinda’s extensive global and national experience, she draws from a wide network of experts to ensure diverse needs and deadlines can be met.
She now works as a consultant with several diabetes related companies and serves as a clinical advisor for DayTwo.
Stephen Parodi, MD
Chairman of the Board, Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP); Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Communications, and Brand, The Permanente Federation; Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group
Stephen Parodi, MD, is the chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, www.accountablecaredoctors.org, a coalition of the nation’s most progressive and integrated medical groups and health systems, encompassing more than 30 groups like the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Permanente Medical Groups, Geisinger, Intermountain and two dozen others, and involving more than 80,000 physicians. Dr. Parodi is also a practicing physician and physician leader at The Permanente Medical Group.
CAPP members are physician-led, multi-specialty medical groups or systems — places where doctors from all disciplines practice together and learn from one another, backed by integrated services, systems, data and technology. CAPP groups include more than 30 innovative organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger, Intermountain and the Permanente Medical Groups, and represent the voice of 80,000 physicians.
Dr. Parodi is also the executive vice president of External Affairs, Communications and Brand at The Permanente Federation where he has oversight over the Federation’s external affairs functions, which include government relations, public policy, communications and brand strategy.
As an associate director for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), Dr. Parodi’s areas of responsibility include patient safety, the care of complex patients, laboratory medicine, risk management, transgender health, nephrology, renal transplant services and infectious disease. His work in hospital operations has included programs such as enhanced recovery after surgery, patient blood management, observation medicine and bedside multidisciplinary rounding. He also serves as a liaison for Kaiser Permanente’s engagement in local and international health care delivery initiatives.
Dr. Parodi practices as an infectious disease physician providing inpatient and outpatient consultation, HIV care and travel medicine services.
He received his medical degree from Georgetown University, completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and completed an infectious disease fellowship at the UCLA Affiliated Program in Infectious Disease.
The Honorable David Shulkin, MD
Former Secretary US Department of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin is the Ninth Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs having been appointed by President Trump. Secretary Shulkin previously served as Under Secretary for Health, having been appointed by President Obama and confirmed twice unanimously by the US Senate.
As Secretary, Dr. Shulkin represented the 21 million American veterans and was responsible for the nation’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,200 sites of care, serving over 9 million Veterans.
Prior to coming to VA, Secretary Shulkin was a widely respected healthcare executive having served as chief executive of leading hospitals and health systems including Beth Israel in New York City and Morristown Medical Center in Northern NJ. As an entrepreneur, Secretary Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality and has served on boards of managed care companies, technology companies, and health care organizations.
Alan H. Spiro, M.D., MBA, F.A.C.N.
Former Chief Medical Officer Blue Health Intelligence
Dr Alan Spiro serves as Chief Medical Officer for DayTwo. He is a healthcare leader with over 30 years of experience in bringing innovative ideas to market. By joining DayTwo, he returned to his roots as a Board Certified Physician in Clinical Nutrition and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. Previously, Alan was Chief Medical Officer and SVP for strategy, data science and analytics at Blue Health Intelligence where he developed predictive, data science-lead solutions based on the 100 million life database of Blue Cross plans around the country. In addition, he is an entrepreneur who has started new companies that become standards in healthcare.
His background includes co-founding Accolade Inc, a pivotal healthcare concierge for employers, health plans and health systems that he grew from 7 employees to 700. At Accolade, Alan served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer where he spearheaded the development of health advocacy programs that significantly improved health outcomes, resulting in substantial cost savings and clinical quality improvement. Alan served as Vice President, Chief Medical Officer National Accounts at Anthem Inc and prior to that was a partner and leader of the clinical section of the Health Management Practice at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson) serving Fortune 500 employers. He was a founder of AIM, now owned by Anthem.
Alan holds an MD degree from the Columbus University College of Physicians and Surgeons, an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA degree from New York University. Additionally, he completed a Joint MIT Harvard Research Fellowship in Nutrition at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston and a Harvard Clinical Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as well as a University of Chicago Affiliated Residency in Internal Medicine.
Associate Director of Well-Being Banner Health
Nicole B. Stec is the Associate Director of Well-Being for Banner Health based in Phoenix, Arizona, and a national speaker on employer on-site clinics and well-being strategies. For the past ten years, Nicole has worked in community and corporate health settings, designing and implementing population health management strategies for organizations, including healthcare systems, small businesses, the U.S. military and local government.
In her current role, Nicole is responsible for Banner Health’s system-wide well-being strategy for 53,000+ team members located in six states. Nicole recently implemented the Banner Strong Center for Healing to support the mental well-being, healing, and recovery of healthcare workers post-pandemic. Nicole has also increased Banner’s team member well-being engagement to more than 50% in the past two years with the introduction of a holistic well-being approach and new wellness technology.
Nicole is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.S.), the University of Phoenix (MBA) and the University of South Florida (MPH). She also holds many certifications, including being a Certified in Public Health (National Board of Public Health Examiners), Certified Wellness Practitioner (National Wellness Institute), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association).
Senior Vice President Brown & Brown
As an independent broker/consultant, Richard works with a variety of small and large employers and specializes in working with school systems, libraries and other public employers.
Richard is a graduate of Ball State University where he majored in Public Relations and Political Science. While at Ball State, Richard was active as President of his Fraternity and President of the Student Center Governing Board.
Prior to founding RE Sutton & Associates, LLC in July, 2001, Richard was a partner at the firm of D.B. Englehart & Associates. Before his consultant work, Richard worked ten years at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and The Acordia Companies, where he received numerous awards for new sales and service to existing clients.
RE Sutton & Associates was named as one of the Top 25 Largest Indianapolis-Area Independent Insurance Agencies/Brokerage firms by the Indianapolis Business Journal for five years. In 2008, RE Sutton & Associates was acquired by Brown & Brown of Indiana creating the Largest Indianapolis-Area Independent Insurance Agency in the Indianapolis area and the firm has remained at the top of that list. Since 2008, Richard’s book of business has grown to over 2 million dollars.
Richard contributed to a book series “Inside the Minds: Employee Benefit Best Practices”. The book, written by leading executives across the country, is an authoritative perspective on key strategies for offering secure, affordable coverage, while continuing to attract, retain and award employees. Richard’s chapter is entitled: “A Transparent Effort for Servicing Clients in the Employee Benefits Industry.”
Richard is a graduate of Leadership Hendricks County. Through that program he was instrumental in instituting the Summer Lunch Bunch for Kids in Brownsburg. This program brings lunch, activities and entertainment to the children of Brownsburg during the summer months.
Richard serves on the advisory board for several insurance and health related corporations and was included in the 2011 Indianapolis Business Journal list “Who’s Who in Health Care and Benefits.” This list includes administrators, benefits experts, insurance executives, and doctors doing groundbreaking work, attorneys, CPAs and policymakers.
In January 2018, Richard was proud to join the Brown & Brown Champions Club. He has attended six Brown & Brown Tangle dinners and was named the Diamond Winner in the Outstanding Benefits Broker or Consultant Leadership category at the 2018 Health Value Awards conference in Washington D.C.
President and Chief Executive Officer National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance)
Michael Thompson is the President and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance). The National Alliance is the only nonprofit, purchaser-led organization with a national and regional structure dedicated to driving health, equity and healthcare value across the country. Collectively, the organization represents over 45 million Americans, spending over $300 billion annually on healthcare including a broad cross-section of private sector and public sector employers as well as union organizations. Thompson is a nationally recognized thought leader for business health strategies and health system reform.
Prior to joining the National Alliance, Mike was a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 20 years where he worked as an advisor to employers, health plans, providers, and other healthcare stakeholders. He was also an executive with diverse roles with Prudential Healthcare for over 17 years. Mike is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, serving on the Health Practice Council, and chairs the Medicare Sub-Committee of the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA). He is widely recognized as a leading national advocate for mental health and wellbeing and a Past President of the New York City chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).
Karen van Caulil, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value
Karen van Caulil, Ph.D. joined the Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value, formerly known as the Florida Health Care Coalition, in 2011. Previous positions include the Director of Healthcare Planning at the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine and the Executive Director of Greater Orlando’s regional health planning organization, the Health Council of East Central Florida.
Karen teaches graduate level courses in health services administration and health informatics and lectures frequently on a wide array of topics in the healthcare field. Karen serves on numerous state, regional and national boards and committees that address the need for transparency in healthcare costs and quality, patient safety, and transformation of healthcare delivery and payment reform. Karen has recently been re-elected to the Board of Governors of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions and is the Vice Chair of Florida’s Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council, charged by the legislature with overseeing the State’s transparency efforts including implementation of the state’s all payer claims database.
Karen graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology and completion of the “Science, Technology and Human Values” degree program. Karen completed a US Public Health Service Traineeship and a Master of Science in Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained an interdisciplinary Doctorate in Public Affairs (Health Management and Policy, Public Administration, Criminal Justice and Social Work) from the University of Central Florida.