2022 Speakers

Formerly, Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, CMS

Michael S. Adelberg

Principal, Lead, Healthcare Strategy Practice, Faegre Drinker Consulting
GHG Advisors

Jessica Assefa

Senior Director, Sales, Marketing & Strategy
Milliman, Inc.

Adam Barnhart, FSA, MAAA

Principal and Consulting Actuary
Iris Healthcare

Dr. Stephen Bekanich M.D

Chief Medical Officer
Milliman, Inc.

Jordan Cates, FSA, CERA, MAAA

Actuary
SWORD Health

Evelyn Chojnacki, MPH

Director, Health Plan Product Strategy,
Independence Blue Cross

Kortney Cruz

Vice President, Medicare Sales and Marketing
WEX Health

Jim Egan

Vice President of Health Plan Sales
Milliman, Inc.

Julia Friedman, FSA, MAAA

Consulting Actuary
Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc

Jennifer Gentzlinger

Chief Operating Officer
UCare

Gregory A. Hanley, FACHE, CPHQ

Vice President, Quality Management & Population Health
Florida Blue

Tab Harris

Senior Director, Provider Connectivity Solutions
Geisinger Health Plan

Amie Hoffman, LCSW, MHA

Director of Behavioral Health
Teladoc Health

Dr. Julia Hoffman

Head of Mental Health Strategy
Healthmine

Kent Holdcroft

Executive Vice President of Growth
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Naomi Irvin

Chief of Staff, Government Markets
Point32Health, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care & Tufts Health Plan

Priyanka Jain

Vice President, Medicare Quality and Member Experience
Providence Health Assurance & Providence Health Plan

Lisa Jensen

Director of Payment Integrity
Step One Foods

Elizabeth Klodas, MD

FACC. Founder
Healthy.io

Paula LeClair

US General Manager
Cigna

Christine Leo

Vice President, Senior Products
Independent Care Heath Plan (iCare)

Dr. Tom Lutzow

Formerly, CEO
Mom’s Meals

Catherine Macpherson

SVP Healthcare Strategy and Chief Nutrition Officer
Amplifon Hearing Health Care

Carrie Meyer, Au.D

Director of Clinical Programs
Wakely Consulting Group

Tim Murray,

Director and Senior Consulting Actuary,
Insightin Health

Enam Noor

Founder & CEO
Strategic Health Group

Henry W. Osowski

Managing Partner
Martin's Point Health Care

Dawn Peterson

Director of Risk Adjustment
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, MACP

Executive Medical Director, Population Health
Centene

Darren Schulte, MD

President of Advanced Technology
Clover Health

Gretchen Shanofsky

Vice President of Plan Operations
Ceresti Health

Dirk Soenksen

CEO & Co-founder
Advantasure

Elaine Taverna,

SVP Quality & Risk Adjustment,
FarmboxRx

Ashley Tyrner

Founder and CEO
CareSource

Karin VanZant

Vice President National SDOH Strategy
NationsBenefits

Daniel Weaver

Executive Vice President of Product Operations and Stars Strategy,
Speakers Biographies


Michael S. Adelberg

Principal, Lead, Healthcare Strategy Practice,
Formerly, Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, CMS
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting

Mike Adelberg leads the Healthcare Strategy Practice at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting. He has 25 years progressive healthcare industry and government experience in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance. Mike spent fifteen years at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including concurrently serving as the director of the Insurance Programs Group and the acting director of the Exchange Policy and Operations Group in the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) where he oversaw most of the functions of the federally-run health insurance exchanges; serving as the Director of Medicare Advantage Operations, where he supervised the annual cycle for review and award of Medicare Advantage bids and contracts, developed CMS’s operational policy, and led the monitoring of Medicare Advantage contractors; and serving as the associate regional administrator for Medicare operations (Chicago Region) and the director of education and assistance programs. Mike gained private sector experience as vice president of product development and government affairs for the Universal American Corporation, a multi-state health insurer which operated Medicare Advantage and Medicaid health plans (subsequently acquired by Wellcare).

He has also led or co-led health policy studies published in Health Affairs and The American Journal of Managed Care. Mike speaks and publishes frequently on healthcare topics and has served on numerous advisory committees. He’s been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, Modern Healthcare, NPR, and other leading media. In his spare time, Mike is an author. He’s written three novels, a history book, several scholarly journal articles, and over sixty book reviews.

Jessica Assefa

Senior Director, Sales, Marketing & Strategy,
GHG Advisors

Jessica Assefa provides expertise to health plans regarding Quality Improvement, CMS’s Quality Bonus Programs, and Star Ratings. Jessica is an accomplished nurse and brings clients over twenty years of diverse experience and achievement in managed care, quality improvement, and clinical care, in addition to strong Medicare, Medicaid, Marketplace, and Dual-Special Needs Plans (D-SNP) knowledge.​ Prior to joining the Convey family of companies, Jessica led the Medicare, Marketplace and Medicaid Star Ratings Programs and Quality Ratings Systems for an independent, nonprofit health plan in Minnesota, successfully achieving 4-, 4.5- and 5-Star Ratings for multiple Medicare and Marketplace contracts and product lines. Her managed care experience expands into Clinical Compliance, including training and oversight of care coordination entities for Medicare Advantage and D-SNP.

Adam Barnhart, FSA, MAAA

Principal and Consulting Actuary
Milliman, Inc.

Adam is a Principal and Consulting Actuary at Milliman, a global, independent professional services firm serving the insurance, employee benefits, and healthcare industries. His work focuses on healthcare, where he works with a diverse client base that includes Medicare Advantage organizations, Prescription Drug Plan sponsors, employer groups, providers, supplemental benefit organizations, and pharmacy manufacturers. He is passionate about improving the access, value, and outcomes across the healthcare industry, and working with his clients to help them meet their objectives.

Dr. Stephen Bekanich M.D

Chief Medical Officer
Iris Healthcare

Stephen J. Bekanich, M.D. is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Iris Healthcare, a disease-specific advance care planning service. Prior to this he served as the CEO of Ascension Health’s Texas ACO with 2,500 physicians and $45m in shared savings across government and commercial contracts. He was the Chief Medical Officer of the health insurance joint venture between Cigna and Ascension Health. Before moving to Austin, he held the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the University of Utah’s Medical Center where he started and directed their palliative medicine programs. Dr. Bekanich is the recipient of awards for medical leadership, innovation in health care, teaching, and patient and family satisfaction. His research is in the field of communication and pain. He serves on national boards and committees including the National Clinical Advisory Council for Cigna. His greatest joy in life is spending time with his wife and their three children.

Jordan Cates, FSA, CERA, MAAA

Actuary
Milliman, Inc.

Jordan is an Actuary at Milliman, where his work supports a variety of clients in the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D sectors. His experience includes pricing Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, preparing PACE Part D bids, and analytic and strategic support for pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers. Jordan assists numerous parties in the pharmacy space with the estimation of legislation reform impact, leads research on the competitive analysis in the Medicare space, and assists with the development of the Milliman MACVAT tool suite.

Evelyn Chojnacki, MPH

Director, Health Plan Product Strategy,
SWORD Health

Evelyn joined SWORD Health in September 2021 bringing over 16 years of Health Plan experience having served clients and members across multiple roles and responsibilities. Building on deep experience rooted in employer group client management, health care program development, market deployment and sales strategy, she serves as the Director of Health Plan Product Strategy for SWORD Health.

Evelyn’s philosophy is focused on delivering the best outcome for the user, defined as the health plan, employer or member/beneficiary. This includes clinical effectiveness, access and convenience of when and where care is received, and improved bottom line - cost. Her motivation for joining SWORD was driven by an appreciation for the growing role of virtual care delivery in the healthcare ecosystem and the belief that physical movement is a freedom that we should all preserve and cherish.

Evelyn obtained her BBA in Healthcare Management from Marshall University and an MPH from UNC-Greensboro.

Kortney Cruz

Vice President, Medicare Sales and Marketing
Independence Blue Cross

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Medicare at Independence Blue Cross, Kortney is a long-time leader accountable for marketing Medicare products and services to the communities we serve, and helping those communities enroll into the Medicare coverage they need. She is directly responsible for acquisition and member retention marketing, product development, sales operations and sales management at Independence in the Medicare area. Her goal is to deliver innovative and value driven communications, and she is passionate about enriching the connection between Independence Blue Cross and our membership.

Jim Egan

Vice President of Health Plan Sales
WEX Health

Jim Egan is Vice President of Health Plan Sales for WEX Health. Jim works with new and existing health plan partners to deploy solutions that best complement and enhance health plans’ core offerings. Jim has 25 years of healthcare experience in operations and sales for health plans, administrators and solution providers.

Julia Friedman, FSA, MAAA

Consulting Actuary
Milliman, Inc.

Julia is a Consulting Actuary at Milliman with expertise in consulting with organizations who operate in the Medicare Advantage program by assisting her clients in better understanding the financial and strategic impacts of the ever-changing Medicare Advantage landscape. Julia has served many types of organizations in her time with Milliman, including health plans, provider systems, union groups, and integrated delivery systems. She has assisted organizations with capitation rate development, feasibility studies, benefit analysis, premium rate development, and estimation of the impact of legislation reform, among others. Specifically, she has developed over 250 Part C and D bids for a number of Medicare Advantage health plans, ranging from small to mid-size mature Medicare Advantage organizations. In addition, she is a leader in competitive analysis in the Medicare Advantage market, and leads the development of the Milliman MACVAT tool suite.

Jennifer Gentzlinger

Chief Operating Officer
Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc

Senior Executive who has been with Premier over the last ten years in various leadership positions within the Licensed Agency, Article 49-Care Management, and Strategic Development. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer, her focus is developing and implementing strategic growth plans that reflect the organization’s mission and vision and directing all aspects of operations to support successful launch of strategic initiatives. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Jennifer is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health.

Gregory A. Hanley, FACHE, CPHQ

Vice President, Quality Management & Population Health
UCare

Greg is the Vice President of Quality Management & Pharmacy for UCare. UCare serves over 400,000 members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Greg provides oversight and direction for the CMS Star Ratings improvement program, HEDIS, CAHPS, HOS, QRS, QIS, NCQA Accreditation, member complaints, appeals, and grievance process, practitioner credentialing, and Pharmacy. UCare has had an Excellent NCQA Accreditation rating since 2014 and has a 4.5 Star Medicare Advantage plan.
Prior to joining UCare, Greg was the Midwest Regional Director of Quality Improvement at Coventry Health Care in Kansas City, MO. As such, he oversaw Coventry’s credentialing, NCQA Accreditation, CAHPS and quality of care, as well as its quality Committees and all quality improvement projects.
Greg retired from the Army in 2005 after a 21-year career as a Medical Service Corps Officer and in Psychological Operations. Greg is board certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as a Fellow (FACHE) in health care management and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Business Administration from Portland State University.

Tab Harris

Senior Director, Provider Connectivity Solutions
Florida Blue

Tab Harris is the senior director of the Provider Connectivity Solutions and EDI Operations organization at Florida Blue. He and his team are accountable for all provider e-capabilities including HIPAA and HL7 electronic transactions and messages in addition to portal-based solutions. Florida Blue is recognized as an industry leader in automation and provider solutions and is a model for gateway management and mandate implementations.

Harris has 30 years of Commercial and Medicare health payer experience at Florida Blue and its associated organizations and has worked the majority of this time in the electronic data interchange and interoperability space. Harris is a frequent attendee and is occasionally asked to present at organized medicine and standards workgroup meetings and conferences. He is a council member of the State of Florida Health Information Exchange Coordinating Committee 1 and the CAQH EDI Efficiency Index Advisory Council 2 and attends and is a voting member at X12, HIMSS and WEDI events.

Key initiatives that Harris has led and contributed to at Florida Blue; EMR integrations, EDI conversions ( X12 3051, to 4010 to 5010 formats), CMS/ONC Interoperability APIs – proprietary financial processing conversion to the CMS HIGLAS system – CORE Operating Rules Phases I-IV and the clinical connectivity and data exchange (C-CDA/FHIR) with providers and health facilities through-out the state of Florida.

Amie Hoffman, LCSW, MHA

Director of Behavioral Health
Geisinger Health Plan

Amie Hoffman is currently Director of Behavioral Health for Geisinger Health Plan and is a goal-driven, accountable, and empathetic healthcare professional with over 17 years of experience in both acute and outpatient settings, last 8 in the managed care industry. In her current role, Amie was instrumental in the successful in-sourcing of Geisinger Health Plan’s behavioral health benefit from an outside vendor and the development of an innovative, expanded care model to serve members in the community. An experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry, she has a proven track record of successfully managing staff, impacting managed care outcomes and improvement of patient engagement strategies. Amie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master’s in Social Work and more recently obtained her Master’s in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University in 2018. She is currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Julia Hoffman

Head of Mental Health Strategy
Teladoc Health

Dr. Julia Hoffman is Head of Mental Health Strategy for Teladoc Health, a company empowering people everywhere to live their healthiest lives by transforming the healthcare experience. She was previously National Director of Mobile Health for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the largest integrated healthcare system in the country. Dr. Hoffman is a licensed clinical psychologist (CA) who attended Stanford University, completed a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, and a fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hoffman has led the creation, evaluation, and broad international dissemination of numerous technology-based behavioral health tools. She founded and scaled mobile development for behavioral health at both the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and has been honored for these efforts by President Barack Obama, the US House of Representatives, the FCC, the American Telemedicine Association, and the American Psychological Association.

A recognized thought leader at the intersection of digital and behavioral health, Modern Healthcare named Dr. Hoffman to the Top 25 Emerging Leaders program and Silicon Valley Business Journal listed her among their 40 Under 40.

Kent Holdcroft

Executive Vice President of Growth
Healthmine

Kent Holdcroft is the Executive Vice President of Growth at Healthmine, bringing over 15 years of operational, consulting, and business development experience with healthcare technology vendors to our team.

Most recently, Kent was the Executive Vice President for Enterprise Accounts and Strategic Partnerships at AdhereHealth. For over 8 years, Kent installed the teams and processes that led to record growth and innovation in product strategy. Additionally, Kent had multiple successes with AIM Healthcare (now a part of Optum, a United Health Group, Inc. company), rising to National Director as it expanded into new markets. As a Client Account Executive, Kent was a key player in Optum’s growth strategy representing solutions for providers, managed care and government entities through a period of high growth and acquisition.

Today, Kent works within his zone of genius building the Healthmine Growth Team. Drawing on his expertise in strategy and innovation, Kent is focused on expanding Healthmine’s strategic partnerships, improving sales processes and optimizing pipeline management.

Kent received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio and Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Toledo. Residing in Franklin, TN, he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time exploring new activities with his two teenage boys, watching college sports, and giving back to his community. He sits on the Board of Directors at BrightStone, Inc., as well as the Tennessee Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

Naomi Irvin

Chief of Staff, Government Markets
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Naomi Irvin is a California native who relocated to North Carolina in 2006. She earned her undergraduate degree and MBA with a Marketing Certificate from East Carolina University (ECU). With over a decade of health insurance experience, Naomi currently leads a team of Compliance Consultants within the Sales, Marketing and Communications division of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Her focus is balancing business objectives with compliance requirements.

Priyanka Jain

Vice President, Medicare Quality and Member Experience
Point32Health, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care & Tufts Health Plan

Lisa Jensen

Director of Payment Integrity
Providence Health Assurance & Providence Health Plan

Lisa is the Director of Payment Integrity at Providence Health Plans in Beaverton, OR. She has had the good fortune to spend much of her over 30 year healthcare career educating colleagues on coding, revenue cycle improvement and compliance. She has a broad range of healthcare experiences in small physician’s clinics, multi-practice medical/surgical practices, a large teaching hospital, compliance consulting, and a medium-size health plan. Lisa is a national speaker at conferences and seminars regarding healthcare reimbursement, and coding skills. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Business Leadership. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) since 1996 and has a certification in Health Care Compliance.

Elizabeth Klodas, MD

FACC. Founder
Step One Foods

Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Step One Foods, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Klodas completed her Cardiology fellowships with both the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and founded Preventive Cardiology Consultants, where she continues to see patients. She is the author of a book for patients: Slay The Giant: The Power of Prevention in Treating Heart Disease, and served as the Founding Editor of Cardiosmart, the patient education website of the American College of Cardiology. Having authored multiple scientific articles, serves as a member of the Nutrition Workgroup of the ACC, and a medical editor for webMD.

Paula LeClair

US General Manager
Healthy.io

Paula has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare. Most recently she was Executive Director and General Manager of Outpatient at Glytec. Previously she was Head of Operations at Onduo and President and CEO of Telecare, where she directed the company’s successful acquisition by BioTelemetry. Paula has an MBA from Bentley University and an MA in Healthcare Delivery Science from Dartmouth College.

CHRISTINE LEO

Vice President, Senior Products
Cigna

Ms. Leo oversees the overall performance, strategic direction and product development for Cigna Healthspring's Medicare products. Prior to joining Cigna, she worked for Aetna, where she was most recently was the National Head for Medicare Advantage product and strategy.

Previously, Ms. Leo held leadership roles at Aetna in national contracting, network contracting, operations and dental. She has an MBA from St. Joseph's University and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

Dr. Tom Lutzow

Formerly, CEO
Independent Care Heath Plan (iCare)

Dr. Lutzow was formerly the CEO of Independent Care Heath Plan (iCare) which was jointly owned by Humana and a Milwaukee non-profit organization until January, 2021. iCare is presently owned wholly by Humana. iCare began as a research and demonstration program funded by CMS to test that value of managed care for SSI recipients in 1994. iCare currently has multiple lines of business that include Medicaid, SSI, DSNP, and FIDESNP programs. 100% of its plan membership is poor and 70% of its SSI and SNP members are disabled. iCare is rated as a 4-star plan by CMS and has a robust premium adequacy program through retrospective and prospective member condition review. iCare’s service management programs include short-term case management for readmission-risk members, member loyalty programs for disenrollment-risk members, and others. Dr. Lutzow is immediate past chair and current Board Member of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board. Since leaving iCare, Dr. Lutzow has also assumed the position of Managing Partner for Pentac Consulting.

Catherine Macpherson

SVP Healthcare Strategy and Chief Nutrition Officer
Mom’s Meals

Catherine is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and leader in healthcare innovation. She is the Senior Vice President of Healthcare Strategy and Chief Nutrition Officer for Mom’s Meals, where she works closely with health plan partners on clinical program design. She also served as Vice President of Medication Adherence and Immunizations at Walgreens, led Healthcare Product Strategy at WebMD and managed health and wellness programs for Ceridian, the National Institutes of Health and the American Institute for Cancer Research. Catherine earned her Masters of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and her BA from the University of Michigan.

Carrie Meyer, Au.D

Director of Clinical Programs
Amplifon Hearing Health Care

Dr. Meyer is a clinical audiologist with over 30 years of experience in diagnostic assessment of hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance dysfunction as well as hearing aid evaluation, fitting, and verification. In her role as Director of Clinical Programs, Dr. Meyer works with providers, health plans and members to optimize member hearing health outcomes by improving clinical care pathways through provider innovation, member education, and support. Dr. Meyer successfully led her team through the accreditation process and on July 1 st , 2021, Amplifon Hearing Health Care was granted full accreditation for Health Utilization Management by the Utilization Review Accreditation Committee (URAC).

Tim Murray

Director and Senior Consulting Actuary
Wakely Consulting Group

Tim Murray, FSA, MAAA, is a Director & Senior Consulting Actuary based in Wakely's New York office. He joined the firm in 2017 and has worked as a health actuary for more than seventeen years. Over the course of his career, Tim has consulted to and served health plans on matters of pricing strategy, product design, forecasting, financial reporting, and Merger & Acquisition due diligence. Prior to joining Wakely, Tim spent 4.5 years leading the actuarial forecasting and budgeting functions of a Medicare Advantage-focused health plan, encompassing a wide array of traditional (e.g. Medicare bidding, M&A due diligence) and less traditional (e.g. payment policy lobbying) project work. Tim also spent 2 years in an equity research role covering publicly traded managed care and health care facility stocks, providing investment/industry guidance to institutional investors.

Enam Noor

Founder & CEO
Insightin Health

Enam Noor has 15+ years of analytics and digital marketing experience to include customer acquisition, retention, and win-back. Proven solutions for Kaiser Permanente, La Quinta, Dickies, Johns Hopkins Healthcare, Magellan, Highmark, Masterbrand, Target, and other prominent industry leading brands. Successfully architected several multi-million dollar campaign automation to improve ROI. Gartner CRM Excellence Award Winning Member Engagement Campaign. Multi year customer engagement automation resulted in $300M+ gained revenue for a Healthcare Client.

Henry W. Osowski

Managing Partner
Strategic Health Group

Hank Osowski, a Founding Member of Strategic Health Group, is an experienced health care executive and strategist who has provided leadership to commercial, Medicare and Medicaid health plans for more than 30 years. He currently is the Managing Director of Strategic Health Group, a new boutique strategic and financial advisory firm dedicated to bringing seasoned leadership to enable health care organizations to succeed in a challenging and changing environment. He is an expert in Medicare Advantage and Medicaid long-term care strategies.

Formerly, as Senior Vice President Corporate Development, he was a key member of the senior leadership team that the company from a near death experience to an exceptionally strong financial position. He led SCAN Group's efforts to expand into seven additional California counties. Hank also led SCAN's entry into Arizona and served as the initial President of SCAN Health Plan Arizona and SCAN Long Term Care. The service area expansions represent approximately a quarter of SCAN's membership and added nearly $450 million to SCAN's revenue. He also led the organization's strategic planning efforts and initiated an innovation development regimen to seek improvements in care coordination practices and future care outcome protocols.

Prior to SCAN, Hank served as a Principal in a national health care consulting organization providing a range of strategic, financial and development services for health plans, physician groups and hospitals. He began his California career as a member of the senior management team responsible for the turnaround and financial survival of Blue Cross of California. In this capacity, Hank led the financial turnaround of the Individual and Small Group Division and provided leadership to the organization's strategic planning efforts.

Earlier he served as Vice President International Operations for American Family Life Assurance Corporation where he directed the activities of the company's Canadian and European operations. In this role he directed the development of start-up operations in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, as well as the financial turnaround of the company's Canadian operations. Earlier, Hank also served as Director of Insurance Consulting Services for Coopers and Lybrand, a predecessor to PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

Throughout his career, he has been a frequent speaker on critical issues and challenges facing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In 2011, Hank spoke to the Managed Medicaid Congress about principles for structuring effective long term care programs, to the Medicare Market Innovations conference about opportunities for strengthening a plan's five star quality rating and offered his strategic projections for the future of Medicare. He also spoke to a diverse health care and technology audience at the Healthcare Unbound conference about leveraging the power of technology to improve the quality of health outcomes and care interventions.

Dawn Peterson

Director of Risk Adjustment
Martin's Point Health Care

Dawn Peterson is the Director of Risk Adjustment operations for Martin’s Point Health Care. Dawn has sixteen years of service on the business side of medicine within integrated health systems across the Nation. Professional positions Dawn has served in are various and in the fields of communication, auditing, education, billing and coding and leadership for professional fee for service, risk adjustment, care and utilization management, population health and HEDIS chart retrieval and review.

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, MACP

Executive Medical Director, Population Health
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, MACP is the Executive Medical Director, Population Health at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. His expertise encompasses physician leadership, population health management, clinical and operational performance improvement in health care, medical education and scientific communications. He has been one of the driving forces for the creation of and successful maturation of value based models in New Jersey. Dr. Peskin is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a clinical preceptor at The Eric B. Chandler Clinic for interns and residents in Internal Medicine. Dr. Peskin assists with the Population Health and business of medicine training for the Rutgers RWJ Internal Medicine physicians in training. Dr. Peskin was advanced to Master of the American College of Physicians in 2020. Dr. Peskin received his bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Darren Schulte, MD

President of Advanced Technology
Centene

Darren Schulte, MD, is President of Advanced Technology at Centene Corporation. Prior to Centene, Darren served as CEO of Apixio, a technology company that applies AI for risk and quality measurement, which was acquired by Centene in 2020. Before joining Apixio, Darren served in executive leadership roles at Anvita Health and Resolution Health, both of which were acquired by national payers. Darren is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of healthcare analytics and quality improvement, and he serves on the NCQA Committee for Performance Measurement. Darren received his BS degree from Berkeley, his MPP degree from Harvard, and his MD from Stanford. He is the co-inventor of 6 US patents.

Gretchen Shanofsky

Vice President of Plan Operations
Clover Health

Gretchen is the Vice President of Plan Operations for Clover Health, where she leads teams that design, manage, and innovate member and provider experiences to improve health, cost and service outcomes. She also served as Vice President of Group Retiree Products and Services for UnitedHealthcare, Vice President of New Service Development for Satellite Healthcare, and West Region Operations Leader for Oscar Health. She has thirty years of experience in government-funded health insurance programs, and is a population health enthusiast with interests in systems thinking, behavioral economics and solutions to address inequities in the health system. Gretchen earned her Master of Applied Science degree in Population Health Management from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Science, Technology and Society from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

Dirk Soenksen

CEO & Co-founder
Ceresti Health

Dirk Soenksen is a strategic results-oriented healthcare executive with a demonstrated track record of building winning teams to commercialize novel technologies and services.

Dirk Soenksen is co-founder and CEO of Ceresti Health, the leader in virtual care for patients with conditions that require high levels of family caregiver support, starting with dementia (i.e., Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias), the most expensive disease in the America. Ceresti offers a digital caregiver empowerment program that increases caregivers’ knowledge, skills and confidence, and has demonstrate, with statistical significance, that more knowledgeable and confident family caregivers can reduce patients’ medical costs.

Prior to co-founding Ceresti, Mr. Soenksen was founder and CEO of venture-backed Aperio which he built into the recognized global leader in digital pathology. Aperio was acquired by Danaher/Leica Biosystems in October 2012. In 2006, Mr. Soenksen founded the Digital Pathology Association (DPA), a non-profit organization comprising major vendors and leading pathologists, with the goal of establishing best practices and increasing awareness of digital pathology. Dirk served as President of the DPA from its inception until 2012, and as a board member of the DPA through the end of 2014. He has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Bowdoin College, and a graduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned his MBA from Pepperdine University.

Elaine Taverna

SVP Quality & Risk Adjustment
Advantasure

With over 25 years’ experience, Elaine Taverna has spent the last 10 years improving revenue trend and lowering medical expense for healthcare providers and payers within the United States and throughout Michigan.

A career of success in health care

Elaine has overseen medical management, risk adjustment and quality programs, primarily within the government funded product sector. As senior vice president of risk adjustment and quality for Advantasure, she is responsible for performance in revenue stream areas such as risk adjustment and quality five-star programs. As the vice president of revenue management and risk adjustment at Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP), a subsidiary of the Henry Ford Health System. Elaine led the evaluation, design and implementation of HAP and Henry Ford risk adjustment and provider performance programs for all government-funded revenue streams. She also designed and implemented a chronic care outpatient ambulatory program for Henry Ford Medical Group and, as director of government programs, developed a strategic plan to integrate physical and behavior health for members. At Concerto Health in Detroit, a physician organization, Elaine served as the national director of care management - with responsibility for provider performance for risk adjustment, quality and cost containment - designing and overseeing care management programs, quality assurance initiatives and contract compliance. Elaine also served as Meridian Health Plan’s national director of long-term care supports and services, administrating lines of business in three states with over 500k of membership; at Community Living Services (CLS) as the division director of long-term care services and business development; and, earlier, as CLS director of operations for its Personal Supports and Services Department.

Education in social work and health administration

A licensed registered social worker in Michigan, with 12 years of national consulting experience, Elaine earned a Master of Science degree in health administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in social work from Eastern Michigan University.

Ashley Tyrner

Founder and CEO
FarmboxRx

Karin VanZant

Vice President National SDOH Strategy
CareSource

Karin VanZant is the Vice President of National Social Determinants of Health Strategy at CareSource. Since 2015, Mrs. VanZant oversees the work of Social Determinants of Health at CareSource and the full integration into the Population Health Model. Specifically, Mrs. VanZant has built the Life Services strategy, CareSource’s brand of SDOH partnerships, programs and pilots. The first and largest program of Life Services is JobConnectTM - a workforce development program that assists CareSource members to enter into full-time, permanent employment. In 2015, JobConnectTM started in Ohio and expanded to Indiana and Georgia Medicaid Markets as of 2017. Karin leads a team that is currently working on hunger and housing strategies as a part of Life Services. Prior to joining CareSource, Karin was the co- founder and Executive Director of Think Tank, Inc. For ten years as this organization’s leader, Karin assisted the team to live out the mission of equipping and facilitating collaboration among people and organizations seeking ways to promote greater connectedness and a more thriving community.

Karin VanZant has a MPA in Public Administration (2008) and a BA in Social Work (1998) from Wright State University. Karin is certified in various curriculums that address comprehensive poverty issues in the United States. She has helped author presentations and curriculum for use within nonprofit, business and faith-based organizations seeking to become relevant and holistic in their approach to poverty alleviation. Mrs. VanZant is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch Midwest University and Wright State University on a variety of subjects including US Hunger and Poverty, Justice and Equity, Introduction to Human Services, Grant Writing, Leading Change, Coaching as Management, Holistic Case Management and Emotional Intelligence. She lives in Springfield, Ohio with her husband and two boxer dogs.

Daniel Weaver,

Executive Vice President of Product Operations and Stars Strategy
NationsBenefits,

Daniel Weaver is the Executive Vice President of Product Operations and Stars Strategy at NationsBenefits, with nearly 25 years of experience in Operations and Star Ratings strategy. Daniel most recently served as VP, Government Quality Programs at Gateway Health, where he led the company to its first 4.5 Star Rating and an improved Medicaid NCQA Accreditation rating. In his career, Dan has overseen the development and implementation of many analytics-driven and customer-focused programs, and he advocates for continuous improvement and operational excellence philosophies for sustained success. In his new role with NationsBenefits, Daniel will drive strategic planning, facilitate execution, oversee product financial performance, manage operational performance across all products, and ensure strong internal controls are in place to enable efficiency in the growth of the business. Daniel will also help drive prospective and retrospective investigation into quality outcomes and customer engagement across the company’s distinct benefit management programs while continuing to innovate new solutions for health plan partners focused on growth and strong quality performance.