Speakers & Faculty


Linda Timmons

President & Chief Executive Officer, Mosaic

Linda's career began in high school working on the Bethphage campus at Axtell, Neb. Through the years she has held numerous positions in several states within the organization. When Mosaic was formed in 2003, Linda was named Senior Vice President of Program Services. In 2006, she was named President and Chief Operating Officer. She became Mosaic's President and Chief Executive Officer on July 1, 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a Master of Arts from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. ×

Eric Keen

General Partner, Investment Team, Council Capital

Eric Keen

General Partner, Investment Team, Council Capital

EXPERIENCE

Eric started in private equity in 2004 and joined Council as a General Partner in 2013. Prior to joining Council, Eric worked for several private equity firms including DW Healthcare Partners, The Riverside Company and Norwest Equity Partners.  Prior to working in private equity, Eric started his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston and also spent time working in management consulting at Marakon Associates.

Eric is on the Board of Council portfolio companies AdvaNet, Caregiver and Triad Learning Systems.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS

Eric is an active member of the Nashville community – including involvement with Siloam Health, the Nashville Health Care Council, Young Life, West Nashville Sports League and his children’s schools.  Eric was selected as a member of the 2016 Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program.

A native of God’s country (also known as Central Illinois), Eric spends most of his time outside of work accumulating random trivia knowledge, often sports related and chasing his four kids.

EDUCATION

He received his BA in Finance and Political Science with honors from the University of Illinois.

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Bob Vero, Ed.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Tennessee

Dr. Robert (Bob) Vero has worked in behavioral healthcare for nearly four decades. As Chief Executive Officer of Tennessee’s largest community-based behavioral healthcare provider, he is responsible for the leadership, fiscal accountability and operational oversight of all clinical divisions, specialized services, strategic business development. With an annual operating budget $70 million and a staff of 1000 employees, Centerstone Tennessee serves nearly 60,000 individuals and families each year.

Vero received his BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.. He earned his Doctorate in Human Development Counseling from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

He is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Psychological Examiner. His clinical experience includes both private and community-based practice with special focus on substance abuse prevention, marriage and family therapy, and critical incident stress management services. He also has served as a psychological consultant to several law enforcement agencies and volunteered his personal service during 9/11 and in recent national disasters.

Vero has held adjunct faculty positions in both Omaha and Nashville and served as a volunteer Board member for several middle Tennessee not-for-profits including Cumberland University, where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, and the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) for which he is President-elect.

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Anthony Hassan, Ed.D, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer & President, Cohen Veterans Network

As the inaugural CEO of the Cohen Veterans Network, Dr. Hassan oversees the establishment of 25 mental health clinics nationwide. These clinics are designed to improve the mental health outcomes for post-9/11 veterans and their families, with a particular emphasis on post-traumatic stress, through high-quality, free, and accessible mental health care. In addition, he leads efforts to advance the field through funded research initiatives and training programs to improve care within the network and beyond.

Hassan is a veteran of the United States Army enlisted and Air Force officer with 30 years of experience in military behavioral health, serving as a military social work officer, leader, clinician, and academic. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 on the first-ever Air Force combat stress control and prevention team embedded with the Army. He also led the largest military substance abuse and family advocacy programs in the Pacific. These programs were recognized as benchmark programs and training sites for all other Pacific bases.

He most recently served as the inaugural Director and Clinical Professor of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. During his tenure at CIR from 2009-2015, Hassan was instrumental in the exponential growth of the school’s military social work program and community-based research on veterans and military families. He has strong relationships with the most senior levels of leadership in the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Washington, D.C. ×

Jonathan G. Morphett

Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking, Avondale Partners, LLC

Jonathan serves as the Head of Investment Banking of Avondale Partners, LLC and has been a Managing Director with the group since 2004.  Jonathan has over 25 years of investment banking experience, having completed over 100 M&A advisory, equity and debt transactions.  Jonathan is a former Managing Director of Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley where he served in various positions for 14 years, primarily in New York and Sydney, Australia.  Jonathan previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Austar United Communications Limited, Australia’s second largest pay television provider.

Jonathan is currently a Director of Centerstone Research Institute and former Chair of Friends Life.

Jonathan received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and LL.B. and BEc. Degrees from the University of Adelaide (Australia). ×

Mark Lashley

Chief Executive Officer, Caregiver, Inc.

Mark came to Caregiver with over twenty years of healthcare and leadership experience, most recently as a Division President for Rural/Metro, the nation’s second largest ambulance company until it was acquired by American Medical Response. Prior to Rural/Metro, Mark was a Vice President with Aramark Healthcare, where he lead a region that provided multiple support and technology services to over sixty (60) hospitals throughout the Southeast US and Virgin Islands. ×

John Markley, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Illinois

John Markley serves as Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone Illinois, the state’s largest behavioral healthcare provider serving residents in eastern and southern Illinois through more than 30 locations, providing treatment, support and educational programs and services to individuals who have mental health and addiction disorders and specialized services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Centerstone employs over 525 staff in Illinois and serves more than 17,000 individuals annually.

Under Markley’s leadership, Illinois’ operations have expanded from serving residents in southern Illinois to include eastern Illinois following a 2015 merger with Wellspring Resources in Alton, Illinois (now Centerstone).

Markley has served on several national and statewide boards and is currently a member of several state and national associations.

He began his behavioral health career in 1985 as a staff accountant, was promoted to Director of Financial Services, and became CEO in 2005. He received his BS in Criminal Justice and in Accounting from Murray State University in Kentucky and MBA from Century University in New Mexico. As CEO, Markley is responsible for the leadership and operational oversight of Centerstone’s Illinois clinical divisions, specialized services, as well as strategic business development and fiscal accountability.

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Steve Holman

Chief Financial Officer, Centerstone

Steve Holman is the chief financial officer of Centerstone, the nation’s largest community based behavioral healthcare provider. In this role he directs fiscal operations for all of Centerstone’s companies (including Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Florida and Kentucky), assesses the organization’s performance, oversees financial reporting and analysis, and develops annual budgets and long-term financial strategies.

Holman brings more than 30 years of financial and management experience in a wide range of healthcare settings. Prior to joining Centerstone in 2013, he served as a founder and CFO for Precedent Health, Inc., a healthcare company based in Nashville, Tenn., that worked with providers and payers to manage accountable care organizations and bundled payment programs. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings and providing quality reporting programs.

Previously, Holman worked at Heritage Health Systems/Universal American Corp. (UAM) where he was CFO for the multi-state Medicare Advantage HMO division. He was an initial member of the Heritage management team which founded physician IPAs and HMOs that were focused on aligning the incentives of providers in gain-sharing models. While CFO of the HMO division of UAM, revenues grew from $120 million to $750 million. Holman also has held executive management positions in finance at Lakeside Community Health, FHP International Corporation and Deloitte & Touche where he was a partner in charge of the Los Angeles office health care audit practice.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

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Wayne Easterwood

Chief Information Officer, Centerstonw

As Chief Administrative Officer, Wayne Easterwood leads administrative and support teams for Centerstone, the nation’s largest community-based behavioral healthcare organization. His teams include technology, technical infrastructure, business intelligence, data analytics, human resources, and project management. His work involves planning, implementation and support of innovations as well as ongoing operations across the five-state organization. While often leveraging technology for improvement, the focus is always on improving the delivery of care.

Easterwood was the architect of Centerstone’s first electronic health record in 2001 which was among the very first in the nation for behavioral health.

He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Belmont University.  Wayne is a member of College Health Information Management Executives (CHIME and participates in TN Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as well as other healthcare technology groups. He is on the board of TechBridge Tennessee and volunteers with The Bridge both serving those in poverty with unstable housing or suffering from the effects of mental illness. He is a husband to Lisa for 37 years and father of three married sons.  He credits his family with the constant pull to the front of the wave of technology and innovation. ×

Debbie Cagle

Chief Marketing Officer, Centerstone

Debbie Cagle is well-known and respected in the healthcare marketing, behavioral health and managed care industries, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She has worked at Centerstone in a variety of roles for more than ten years including executive leadership for Advantage Behavioral Health, a behavioral health managed care company; Centerstone Military Services, which provides programs and services to veterans and their families; and Centerstone Health Partners, which recently established integrated care clinics for clients with physical and behavioral healthcare needs. Today, she leads marketing and business development for Centerstone, creating and driving business strategy for revenue growth and market share. This includes strategy and oversight of payer relations and contracting, referral marketing, grant writing, branding and communications.

Prior to joining Centerstone, Debbie served as chief operating officer of ValueOptions of Tennessee; vice president of AdvoCare of Tennessee, a subsidiary of Magellan Health Services, and she has directed behavioral health managed care services contracting for HCA, Inc. and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Debbie graduated from Texas Woman's University with a B.S., dually certified in Special Education, Mental Retardation/ Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education.

She graduated from Texas Woman's University with a B.S., dually certified in Special Education, Mental Retardation/Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education. ×

David C. Guth, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone

David Guth is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers. The non-profit organization, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, serves nearly 142,000 individuals in facilities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee, and nationwide through our national provider network.

Guth has served in the capacity of chief executive for Centerstone since 1991. With 40 years of behavioral healthcare experience, 32 in executive leadership, his experience and expertise comprise a vast number of areas, both business and clinical. He has presented extensively before national and international audiences on the adoption of information technology in the healthcare industry, the integration of behavioral and primary healthcare, and the importance of improving the field of behavioral health through research-driven protocols. His insights on these topics and others have been featured in numerous professional journals.

The National Council for Behavioral Health published Guth’s first book in 2013 (now available in second edition since 2014) on mergers entitled, “Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers.” He has provided merger presentations through both the National Council and state trade associations and has consulted extensively with not-for-profits exploring mergers and with both for-profits and not-for profits in the areas of managing growth and business development. He is currently working on his second book entitled “Nonprofit Governance.”

Under Mr. Guth’s guidance, in 2013 Centerstone announced a joint venture with Unity Physician Partners to improve patient care and enhance the quality of healthcare across the U.S., by creating an environment in which primary care and mental health providers operate within a collaborative and co-located clinical model. Unity Medical Clinics are embedded within select Centerstone facilities today offering coordinated, whole-health care.

He is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the National Council 2010 Visionary Leadership award, and is recognized as one of Health Care’s Power Leaders in the March 2013 Nashville Business Journal.

Guth received his BA in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and his MSSW in Social Work Administration and Planning from the University of Tennessee. ×

Neil Massey

Development Director of Dallas, Autism Treatment Center (ATC)

Neil Massey

Development Director of Dallas, Autism Treatment Center (ATC)

Neil Massey has been employed by the Autism Treatment Centers of Texas since 2008 where he currently serves as Deputy Director. Hired as Special Events Director, Neil has been promoted to several positions within the organization, including Development Director and his current position. Before entering the non-profit sector in 2005, Massey’s career had been in the political arena serving as a staff member to members of the Texas House of Representatives and the United States House of Representatives.

The Autism Treatment Centers of Texas is a nonprofit organization that provides services to children and adults with autism through programs located in Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. ATC serves over 650 individuals through autism-specific services, including Residential, Educational, Adult Services, and outpatient therapies (Speech, Occupational, Physical, Applied Behavior Analysis).

In 2016, Massey graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. His graduate thesis focused on issues of change management as it relates to long-term sustainability of third sector organizations. Massey also received Nonprofit Leadership certification from CNM Connect and Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2015. Massey also serves as a Board Member for Helping Agencies Serving Richardson, a collaborative partnership to coordinate health and human services in north Dallas. ×

Marlowe Greenberg, MPP

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Foothold Technology

Marlowe has worked with nonprofit organizations and local governments as a consultant and educator, and is keenly aware of the philosophical and change-management issues that occur with the integration of new technology. He shapes many of the partnerships that help Foothold serve its client agencies.

 

Marlowe was previously a partner in the Flores Greenberg Consulting Group, where he directed projects for organizations such as Cisco Systems, Inc., the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the City of Detroit. He also taught Microeconomics and Education Policy as well as a project-based class for graduate students at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to that, Marlowe worked at the Democratic Leadership Council’s think tank and Jobs for the Future in Boston, MA.

Marlowe graduated from Vassar College with honors. He holds a BA in Sociology, and completed coursework in Philosophy. He received his Master’s of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Association of Public Policy Analysis & Management as well as the American Political Science Association. Marlowe is also an adjunct professor at the Milano School of Business at the New School University in New York City. ×

Paul Harris

Chief Executive Officer, VPAC Clinical

Bio coming soon

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Jim Stefansic, Ph.D., MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Raiven Healthcare

Jim Stefansic serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Raiven Healthcare, a rapidly growing provider of healthcare artificial intelligence and data analytics solutions. An accomplished healthcare entrepreneur, Dr. Stefansic has years of experience launching and growing numerous healthcare technology businesses.

Dr. Stefansic was previously Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc., where he helped bring two industry-leading image-guided surgical products to market. He was instrumental in raising more than $17 million in venture capital and SBIR funding to support Pathfinder’s growth, as well as in the eventual sale of the company to Analogic (NASDAQ: ALOG). Dr. Stefansic was involved in every facet of the business, from investor road shows, R&D, clinical trials and regulatory approval to business development, financial management, pricing and commercialization.

His experience includes serving as the Director of Commercialization at Launch Tennessee, where he led the statewide SBIR program and assisted numerous technology businesses in their growth and development. He was also a Research Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he utilized functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques in image-guided neurosurgery, and was critical in the initiation of this technology within the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen peer reviewed scientific articles.

Dr. Stefansic received his BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his MS and PhD from Vanderbilt University. His MBA is from Belmont University, where Mr. Stefansic was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2011 and currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Business. ×

Peggy DeCarlis, MSSA, LCSW-C

SVP, Chief Operations and Innovation Officer, New Directions Behavioral Health

As Chief Operations and Innovation Officer, Peggy is responsible for clinical strategy, innovation and operations, as well as network operations. She started and leads new Direction’s PCBH program, providing population health-focused integrated behavioral health in customers’ PCMHs.  Additionally, she provides clinical oversight of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), health plan account management teams. more >

With more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health, Peggy greatly shapes the company’s clinical innovations that help drive high quality, lower costs and better health outcomes for the more than 16 million individuals New Directions serves.

Peggy’s deep understanding of the rapidly changing health care industry and her unwavering focus on clients has been a key reason for New Directions’ swift growth. Since she joined the company in 2010, New Directions has tripled the number of people it serves through health plans and employers.

Prior to New Directions, Peggy was Regional Vice President of Operations for MCC, a behavioral health subsidiary of Cigna; Senior Vice President of Operations for Magellan Health; CEO of Hope Ridge Behavioral Health, a community mental health center in North Carolina; and Deputy Secretary for the Department of Human Resources for the State of Maryland.

Peggy received her bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and an M.S.S.A from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a LCSW-C license for independent practice in Maryland and is a Board-approved supervisor for Licensed Graduate Social Workers (LGSW) seeking advanced licensure. ×

Matthew E. Hanis

Executive Producer & Founder, Business of Healthcare

A business of healthcare national expert, Matthew Hanis works with healthcare providers and the innovators serving them. He hosts the Business of Healthcare (BOH) interview series focused on elevating healthcare Mission and Margin.

Hanis has worked for or advised organizations such as Mercy, Fortress Investment Group, Atrium Health, and Thomas Reuters.

BOH interviews feature innovations sustainably improving healthcare Mission & Margin. Each discussion includes a healthcare executive and innovator concentrating on the same problem. Think “Nightline” or “How I Built This” just for healthcare.

Recent guest have included Chuck Stokes, President & CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System, Paul Kusserow, President & CEO, Amedisys, Blake Marggraff, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Epharmix, and Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (D - RI) and lead sponsor of the 2008 Mental Health Parity Act.  You can access, at no charge, these and other published interviews at www.BOHSeries.com.

The BOH audience of 19,000 senior executives come from across healthcare . . . health system, payer, provider practice, government, pharma, device, health tech, and so on.

Hanis frequently speaks on healthcare trends and innovation.  Recent programs were delivered at Duke University, Saint Louis University, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Urgent Care Association of America, Truven 100 Top Hospital Summit, Microsoft’s Windows World Tokyo, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Executive Connections, and St. Louis Healthcare Leaders.

Previously, Hanis led commercialization for Mercy Virtual, thought to be the world’s first and largest “Hospital without Beds”.  He has held P&L leadership positions with Advanced Practice Strategies, the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters (now IBM’s Truven Health Analytics), APACHE Medical Systems and NCR Corporation.  He has commercialized businesses serving health systems, physician practices, state hospital associations, commercial insurance carriers, Medicaid agencies, and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Hanis earned undergraduate degrees in History & Economics (Tulane University) and Certificates in Internetworking Science (Washington University in St. Louis), Accounting & Statistics (University of Michigan), and Product Management (Pragmatic Marketing Institute).  He resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and children.

He strongly believes in achieving the balance between Mission and Margin in healthcare.

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Jim Wallis

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

Jim Wallis

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

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Bob Lincoln

Chief Executive Officer, County Social Services Mental Health & Disability Services Region

Bob Lincoln

Chief Executive Officer, County Social Services Mental Health & Disability Services Region

Bob has been a county mental health and disability services administrator for 28 years. In 2009 he formed Iowa’s first multi-county collaborative that was to become the template for Mental Health Redesign in 2013 creating 14 Mental Health and Disability Service Regions from 99 counties. In 2012 he facilitated the launch of Iowa’s first Crisis Stabilization Center and non-Sheriff transport of individuals under mental impairment civil commitment. He launched Iowa’s first START Team in 2015. This is a national program supported by the Center for START at the University of New Hampshire. It provides specialized mental health treatment and intervention to individuals with developmental disability and mental illness. Most recently he served on a state workgroup that lead to comprehensive mental health legislation that will establish a state-wide 24/7 crisis number, at least 6 Access Centers, 22 Assertive Community Treatment Teams and 120 specialized services for individuals with complex needs. Bob holds a Masters of Social Work License, MBA from Drake University and undergraduate in Industrial Psychology from Morningside University. ×

George Braunstein, RN, FACHE

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

George Braunstein, RN, FACHE, brings more than 35 years of experience in leading both private and public sector health and human services organizations – in both institutional and ambulatory settings.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Braunstein served as executive director of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) in Fairfax, Virginia, which provides community-based mental health, substance abuse, and developmentally disabled services. During his six-year tenure with the CSB, which had a 150+ million dollar budget and over 1,200 employees, he both reduced the budget and increased service access. Mr. Braunstein also developed the organization’s first fully integrated service model that is combined mental health, substance use treatment and primary care services.

Before his role in Fairfax County, Mr. Braunstein was the executive director of the Chesterfield County CSB. In his eight years in that role, he restructured management to flatten the organization, which improved both service and budget performance and eliminated a 1.5 million dollar deficit with no reductions in staff.

Previously, Mr. Braunstein served as the Behavioral Health Director for the Family Health Plan, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This cooperative was a model for health maintenance organizations (HMO) that served over the 100,000 individuals. In this role, he worked to pilot the first integrated care models for behavioral health into primary care, while providing redirection of the behavioral health benefit to better emphasize clinical intervention.

Mr. Braunstein also served as the Executive Director Behavioral Health, for Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee – the largest integrated health care system in Wisconsin with 13 hospitals, 20,000 employees and 1.5 billion dollars in annual revenue. He was responsible for the management of all aspects of a 40 million dollar, 800-employee multi-site integrated behavioral health service delivery system.

Mr. Braunstein received his Master of Science in Community Mental Health Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in History Education from Rockford College. Additionally, Mr. Braunstein completed psychotherapy training from the Family Studies Center at Northwestern University.

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Victor Armstrong

Vice President, Behavioral Health, Atrium Health

Bio coming soon

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Michael J. Hayduk, MS, MGA

Retired Leader, Retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5, Defense Information Systems Agency

Mr. Hayduk is a retired leader from the Defense Information Systems Agency and retired as a U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 with deployments to Viet Nam, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.  Mike is certified to teach yoga, meditation, and qigong and teaches at Gaia Kosha Yogic Spa and the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA.  Mike has authored several published articles on the subjects of technology and training.  Mike spends his time reading and writing; painting, drawing, and sculpting; gardening; shooting photos; traveling and hiking.  He has raised two children and resides in Chambersburg with his wife, Elizabeth. ×

Stephen Holoviak, Ph.D.

Subject Matter Expert, OPEN MINDS

Dr. Holoviak is a retired professor of Management at Penn State Mont Alto where he taught senior level business courses.  Steve is the author-and /or co-author of 6 books with his latest:  Reclaiming Your Calling : A Guide for Managers & Supervisors in The Health & Human Services Field ; 6  instructors manuals and workbooks, and authored over 120 articles in various journals and trade magazines; has three public TV scripts to his credit; and is the former Contributing Editor of the “Audio Human Resource Report Magazine”.  Prior to this he was the long tenure Dean of the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University.

He began his career with Merrill Lynch was later Director of Marketing for First National Bank of Maryland.  Steve has been an active consultant for 30+ years working in the areas of quality systems, labor relations& human resource management, organization design and project management. In retirement he has authored two fiction spy adventure novels; The Cuban Connection: A Stephen masters Adventure, and Iberia Calling: A Stephen Masters Adventure, Book ll both written under the pen name JTS Brown. He has four children, four grand children, loves to bike, golf and enjoys travel.

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Stacy DiStefano

Chief Operating Officer, OPEN MINDS

Stacy DiStefano brings over 20 years of business development and executive leadership experience in the health and human services industry to OPEN MINDS. She currently serves as OPEN MINDS Chief Operating Officer where she is responsible for operations management, business development, and innovation for OPEN MINDS Strategic Advisory Services.

Before joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. DiStefano served as the Vice President of Innovation for Resources for Human Development (RHD) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this role, she led the innovation, strategy, and national development efforts to broaden the scope of services, diversify funding sources, engage and maintain political relationships, and design programs based on regional needs to enhance systems of care. In addition, she built and maintained relationships through individual meetings, public speaking, conferences, providing expert testimony and research, making her a trusted leader of remote, mission driven teams with matrix reporting.

Previously, Ms. DiStefano served as the Director of National Business Development and Social Innovation, as well as the New Jersey Supportive Housing Director. Prior to her service at Resources For Human Development, Ms. DiStefano was a lead therapist at the Center For Behavioral Health in New Jersey, practicing individual, child, family, and couples-solution focused counseling in a managed care setting, while also mentoring and clinically training Master’s interns. Starting her career in Arizona, Ms. DiStefano gained valuable experience in community behavioral health at EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center, now La Frontera, where she managed the Service Utilization Department while regularly filing shifts on the crisis response team.

Throughout her extensive career, Ms. DiStefano has demonstrated success in high level contract negotiations, strategy, government relations and creating collaborative partnerships. While she is skilled at public policy analysis, identifying and managing trends, Mergers and Acquisitions, and all phases of business development, she also brings a thorough understanding of corporate fiscal oversight and the budgeting budget process.

Recognized for her clinical acumen with a deep understanding of SPMI and IDD population, Medicaid waivers, homelessness and systemic effects of SUD and the opioid crisis, Ms. DiStefano has a proven ability to understand conflicting interests and build consensus.

She is considered to be a subject matter expert in Supportive Housing, Housing First, Harm Reduction, Trauma Informed Care, Olmstead, HCBS, Value Based Payment Arrangements, Managed Care Organizations, MLTSS, and population health management. In addition, Ms. DiStefano has been featured at numerous international speaking engagements discussing topics such as strategic planning and housing advocacy, as an engaging public speaker with confidence speaking to settings of all sizes.

Ms. DiStefano earned her Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Arizona State University.

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Darryl Donlin, LCSW, MBA

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Darryl Donlin, LCSW, MBA, brings over three decades of health system innovation to the OPEN MINDS team. Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Donlin served as the Vice President of Network Operations with New Directions Behavioral Health in Kansas City.  In this role, he was responsible for overseeing a 30+-member department responsible for contract management, network development, provider relations, and provider credentialing. In this role, he instituted a range of alternate payment arrangements.

In his work with optimizing provider network performance, Mr. Donlin collaborated on an initiative to leverage claims-based analytics to develop provider profiling tools to comparatively evaluate network performance in achieving quality and cost outcomes to create high performing narrow networks.   He also launched a clinical/network collaboration project to improve patient medication adherence for SMI members with high readmission rates through a partnership with a national behavioral health pharmacy.

Previously, Mr. Donlin served as the Director of Community Recourses at Bergen’s Promise, Bergen County’s care management organization.  In that role, he was responsible for network management, contracting, marketing, event planning, and fundraising.  He developed behavioral health contracts for community-based providers specializing in autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and behavioral health services for youth. He also launched the organization’s new website.

Before joining Bergen’s Promise, Mr. Donlin was the Senior Manager for Solution & Segment Marketing with The Trizetto Group.   He was responsible for the creation and execution of marketing plans to launch various innovative technology solutions for the health plan market. During his tenure with the organization, he assisted in growing the top line revenue by $4.5 million through new sales campaigns and reorganizing the organization’s marketing strategies.

Mr. Donlin also served as the Director of Marketing of Catalyst Health Solutions in Rockville, Maryland and the director of Consumer Solutions at Medco Health Solutions.   At Catalyst, he directed all facets of the marketing department including strategy, communications, website content, public relations, advertising, and graphics.   In that role, he was awarded “Outstanding Achievement” for Catalyst Rx’s drug pricing tool that promoted lowest-cost drugs while reinforcing the company’s reputation as a trustworthy pharmacy benefit manager.  At Medco, he served in a dual role as product and marketing director for a consumer-directed health product.

In addition, Mr. Donlin served as Senior Project Manager, Clinical Innovations for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, where he identified new business development opportunities via clinical pilot programs and led project teams to take initiatives from contract phase to market launch for a 3.4 million member health plan.

Mr. Donlin earned a Masters of Business Administration, with a concentration in Health Systems Management, from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. During this time, he also attended Wroxton University in Oxfordshire, England for a course focused on the British National Health System. Additionally, obtained a Masters of Social Work from Marywood College, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Mass Communications from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. ×

Laurie Keenan McGarvey

Senior Consultant for Organization Effectiveness, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Laurie Keenan McGarvey

Senior Consultant for Organization Effectiveness, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Laurie Keenan McGarvey is a well known practitioner in the fields of communication and organizational behavior. She serves as the Senior Consultant for Organization Effectiveness at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She also founded The McGarvey Group in order that she work with individuals and organizations to become the best version of themselves.  This endeavor came as a result of over 15 years working within global organizations unable to become transparent and  authentic.  In that time she was able to impact individuals to let go of what they thought they  should be and become who they were actually called to be.  In addition to her executive  coaching and leadership training programs, she also devotes time to raising funds for addiction and recovery with The Herren Project as a marathon runner.

She holds advanced degrees from Kent State University in Adult Learning, Organizational Behavior, and Communications.  She is a certified professional coach and Master Trainer for Crucial Conversations and Influencer with VitalSmarts.

She is called to be a Keynote Speaker for the Society of Vascular Surgeons and the Association of Women Physicians.

Her joy can be easily found in her role as the “momager” to her two teenagers, Izzy and Jack. ×

Debra Smyers

Senior Vice President, Health Services, Sunshine Health

Debra Smyers

Senior Vice President, Health Services, Sunshine Health

Ms. Smyers is Senior Vice President of Health Services, Sunshine Health and serves as the executive clinical leader for the utilization management, care management, quality and pharmacy programs to improve the cost and quality of care for multiple populations, including Medicaid, Child Welfare and Special Needs products. Ms. Smyers uses a population management strategy based on integration of physical and behavioral health needs in a holistic manner with measurable outcomes. ×

William Lopez, M.D., CPE

Senior Medical Director-Behavioral Health, Cigna Behavioral Health

Dr. William Lopez is a Lead Medical Director for Cigna Behavioral Health and manages a team of doctors responsible for medical necessity reviews, case management and claims activities. He also oversees the revision of CBH’s Medical Necessity Criteria, has a leading role in the integration of behavioral health services into Cigna's collaborative accountable care programs, and represents behavioral health on a companywide task force that is currently implementing a national tele-health strategy.

Prior to joining Cigna in 2006, Dr. Lopez was a staff psychiatrist and then Medical Director for psychiatry at Snowden at Fredericksburg, a private behavioral health center in Virginia, and staff psychiatrist and medical director at Memorial Healthcare System in Michigan. Dr. Lopez was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he practiced aerospace medicine, and is a veteran of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Dr. Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico. After completing an internship in internal medicine at Western Reserve Care System in Ohio, he completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of California San Diego.

Dr. Lopez is a certified physician executive through the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, is board certified in psychiatry, and is licensed in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Dr. Lopez is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the American College of Physician Executives and the National Hispanic Medical Association. ×

Matthew M. Dorman

Co-Founder & CEO, Credible Behavioral Health Software

Bio coming soon

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Richard Louis, III

Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS

Richard Louis, III brings extensive experience in both public and for-profit behavioral healthcare administration and business development to the OPEN MINDS team. He has a long history of successful development and launch of groundbreaking new program initiatives resulting in new business and revenue growth. Mr. Louis is currently the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Managed Care Operations at ANKA Behavioral Health, Inc. and recently served as Vice President of Health Integration and Behavioral Health Services for Healthcare Innovators, LLC (HI).

Prior to his position with HI, Mr. Louis was the Executive Director of Strategic Development and Planning at Pathways – Molina Healthcare, a national for-profit behavioral healthcare company based in Fredricksburg, Virginia, and operating in 23 states. In this role, Mr. Louis to improve the behavioral healthcare program through the development of an integrated behavioral health treatment strategy that included in-community care management and coordinated care services to reduce hospital re admissions for severely mentally ill clients in county mental health systems, health plans, MCOs and medical groups.

Mr. Louis also served in various positions for College Health Enterprises (CHE) most notably serving as Vice President of Government Operations and later as Regional Director for CHE Senior Psychological Services. CHE is a for-profit behavioral healthcare organization that provides behavioral health treatment services in long-term care settings. While serving as Vice President of Government Operations, he created the first public sector division for CHE by establishing new service lines, contracts and new profit/revenue streams for this for-profit organization. Over a 10 year period, his responsibilities included the development of new and innovative programs/contracts, and direct management oversight of specialty behavioral health programs for a variety of public sector payers and venues. Mr. Louis then moved into his Regional Director role, where he developed and managed the first field-based behavioral health coordinated care program under contract with a national health plan serving members throughout Southern California; as well as the development and implementation telehealth therapy services for long-term care facilities in rural parts of targeted states.

In addition, Mr. Louis has served in a number of leadership roles with several organizations in the community including: the California Hospital Association – Center for Behavioral Health, Advisory Board; the Board of Directors of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California, College Hospitals, and Intercommunity Child Guidance Center of Whittier. He is in his 29th year as a reserve police officer (volunteer) with the City of Monterey Park Police Department in East Los Angeles, currently holding the rank of Captain; and former Police Commissioner – City of Claremont Police Department, in Los Angeles County.

Mr. Louis graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Whittier College and is a Police Academy Graduate from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.

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Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW, has more than 20 years of experience in the health and human service field. She has extensive expertise and a wide range of experience in health plan management, clinical operations management, and technology. A recognized thought leader among her peers, Ms. Hicks is a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences and association meetings, as well as an author of hundreds of articles and resources for professionals in both clinical and executive roles.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hicks spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system. She served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Behavioral Health, UPMC’s managed behavioral health organization responsible for $800 million in annual revenue. At Community Care, Ms. Hicks was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations, including fiscal, information systems, the claims processing department, and the design of clinical systems. She also managed the day-to-day operations of human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security.

Ms. Hicks also served in a variety of tech leadership roles for UPMC. In 2002, she was appointed as the Vice President of Technology Strategy for the UPMC Insurance Services Division before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Askesis Development Group, a leading provider of electronic health record software for behavioral health and social service organizations. In this role, Ms. Hicks was responsible for the growth and profitability of the company and the direction of software development. In addition, Ms. Hicks was the President of U Squared Interactive, a UPMC-owned organization with the exclusive United States rights to Beating The Blues – the renowned computerized cognitive behavioral therapy solution for treating anxiety and depression.

Ms. Hicks started her impressive career as a psychiatric social worker and an Assistant Director of Social Work. Prior to her promotions, Ms. Hicks served as a Clinical Administrator for both Ambulatory Services and Emergency and Intake Services at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. In this role, Ms. Hicks managed the behavioral health division, the budgets for all departments, and implemented new software replacing paper billing for clinical services.

Ms. Hicks received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before pursuing her graduate education, Ms. Hicks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA.

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Paul Neitman, LMSW

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Paul Neitman, LMSW has over 35 years of experience in the health and human service field, most recently as chief operating officer of Holy Cross Children’s Services in Michigan. Throughout his career at Holy Cross, where he started as a treatment specialist, Mr. Neitman served in both clinical and business leadership positions. This included executive responsibilities for two acquisitions — an inpatient substance abuse treatment organization and a counseling organization. During these acquisition activities, he served on the due diligence committee and lead the initiative to integrate the organizations into Holy Cross.

In a concurrent position contracted with Holy Cross, Mr. Neitman became acting Chief Executive Officer for Catholic Charities of Monroe County (Michigan). Part of his duties included over seeing all clinical programs (including a $2.5 million Head Start grant), payer relationships, and community relations and development.

Mr. Neitman also led a multi-year initiative to create the Samaritan Center — a one-stop human service center in Detroit. The Samaritan Center, which opened in 2001 on the site of a closed hospital, now provides a variety of services to the neighborhood — urgent care, health care, dental services, behavioral health, skilled nursing services, job training, an alternative high school, and more — through collaborations with 80 other local health and human service organizations. He continues to serve on the organization’s board of directors and has been part of a team building the center to an operation with $100 million operating budget and more than 1,000 employees within the center.

In his work with Holy Cross, Mr. Neitman was instrumental in setting up the organization’s first foundation in 2009 and enhancing its ability to raise funds to serve the community. His experience with board development and grant writing contributed to the success of the Holy Cross Foundation. Most recently, he wrote a proposal for Michigan’s first social impact bond initiative.

Throughout his career, Mr. Neitman has been involved with the design, funding, development, and operation of charter schools in both Michigan and Ohio that focused on the needs of at-risk youth. He has also lead the development of a college preparatory academy for foster care youth. In the on-going operation of these charter schools, Mr. Neitman has served in a number of governance and management roles, including board member and board chairman.

Mr. Neitman currently serves as a board member for the Samaritan Center, Inc., Holy Cross Youth & Family, and the Michigan Federation. He also served on the editorial board for Residential Treatment for Children and Youth. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and a Masters’ of Social Work Administration from the University of Michigan.

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Annie Medina, MBA, ACNP-BC

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

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

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

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

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

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

Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

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

Ken Carr

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Ken Carr brings over 20 years of finance, technology, data analysis and reporting experience in the health and human service field to OPEN MINDS. Before joining the OPEN MINDS team, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Centers, a community mental health center providing mental health and substance use inpatient, outpatient, community and support services in Ocala, Florida. In this position, Mr. Carr provided extensive financial management and revenue cycle realignment, including departmental reorganization, EHR billing implementation, cash management enhancement, and strategic financial analysis.

Prior to his role at The Centers, Mr. Carr served as Chief Financial Officer of Guild Incorporated, an organization providing residential and community based mental health services in St. Paul, Minnesota. As CFO, Mr. Carr led the financial, billing, IT, quality, informatics, compliance, and facilities activities. During his tenure at Guild Incorporated, Mr. Carr used his expertise in change management and business process improvement to lead the EHR implementation team, align service data reporting and financial performance, and lead the financial and data capture activities for new service initiatives.

Mr. Carr has also held the positions of Administrative Director and Finance Director at the St. Paul National Testing Laboratory, a biomedical testing facility of the American Red Cross. In those positions he oversaw activities to enhance inventory management, align financial results to industry standards, and improve financial and facilities performance through problem analysis and quality management initiatives. He also was involved in directing human resource functions during laboratory closing near the end of his tenure.

Mr. Carr earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Sioux Falls Seminary. He maintains an active CPA license with the State of South Dakota.

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Terry G. Fox

Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg

Terry Fox is a sixth-generation resident of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and a battlefield guide emeritus with Gettysburg National Military Park. He taught American History in the public schools for 33 years, serving as department head and as a member of the Carnegie Foundation for teaching American History. Since his retirement he has taught as an adjunct professor at Gettysburg College and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He has presented leadership seminars for U.S. Air Force chief master sergeants as well as employees of the U.S. Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in addition to teaching in Johns Hopkins’ Police Executive Leadership program. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Shippensburg College. ×

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Prosperi

Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg

Robert H. Prosperi is one of the foremost experts on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a U.S. Army veteran. He served for 17 years as one of the two historians at the Gettysburg National Military Park. During this time he served as a personal tour guide and battlefield escort for numerous dignitaries and celebrities. He had the distinct privilege of providing a personal tour for Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin during the Camp David Summit. ×

Sarah C. Threnhauser, MPA

Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS

Ms. Threnhauser has experience in all areas of health and human service management, including strategic planning, market research, and financial management. As Executive Vice President, Ms. Threnhauser develops and manages content for all of OPEN MINDS publications, including the OPEN MINDS Circle, the Weekly News Wire, the RFP HotLine, RFP Contact Awards Announcements, and the Monthly Management Newsletter, as well as all of OPEN MINDS education events.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Threnhauser worked with the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), in the Bureau of Financial Operations. In that role, Ms. Threnhauser served as the liaison between the state government and local service providers and county administrators. She also analyzed and assessed the effects of fiscal regulation and policy on OMHSAS’ budget and assisted in the development and allocation of state community mental health funds and federal grants/appropriations.

Ms. Threnhauser earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree in English from York College of Pennsylvania. ×

Howard Shiffman

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Mr. Shiffman has over 30 years of successful organizational and business experience in human service fields including expertise in executive management, strategic planning, business development, finance, marketing, market intelligence research, fundraising, and board development. He has hands-on expertise that comes from successful management and consulting with a number of programs. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS Mr. Shiffman served as Chief Executive Officer of Griffith Centers for Children, a COA-accredited, full-service treatment program for severely troubled youth and their families. He also developed one of the first offense-specific sex offender program in the United States. ×

John F. Talbot, Ph.D.

Chief Strategy Officer, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, & Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS

John F. Talbot, Ph.D.

Chief Strategy Officer, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, & Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS

John F. Talbot, Ph.D., Advisory Board Member, has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of healthcare, including upper management, consultation, education, direct clinical work, and serving as the president of a non-profit board. Dr. Talbot has provided consultation, training and operational assistance to behavioral health providers, nonprofit organizations, and managed care organizations across the country. His areas of focus for consultation and training include strategic planning, the development of successful strategic alliances, board development, organizational reengineering, operations management, management and leadership development, and change management. He is currently Vice President of Integration Development at Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Denver, Colorado.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Talbot served as the President of a network of agencies providing care to children and families. The innovative work of Colorado Care Management received national recognition, including participation in a Federal IV-E waiver study that demonstrated measurable superior clinical outcomes. In his role with Colorado Care Management, Dr. Talbot also led the development of a coalition of Colorado business executives to address the issues of providing care to abused and neglected children, and the establishment of a nationwide purchasing cooperative for non-profits. Dr. Talbot’s previous experience included serving as the Director of the Master of Health Systems Program, and Associate Dean of University College at the University of Denver. He also held senior management positions at Mount Airy Psychiatric Center in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Talbot has been a featured speaker at a number of national and state venues including the National Council Community Behavioral Health, Mental Health Corporations of America, the American Association of Residential Treatment Centers, the Medical Group Management Association, the Colorado Behavioral Health Council, the Mental Health Council of Arkansas, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, and the Florida Behavioral Health Council.

Dr. Talbot is the former publisher and editor of Today’s Healthcare Manager, a newsletter focusing on leadership and management skills for healthcare managers, and has written numerous articles, manuals, and book chapters. His volunteer work includes serving as the President of the Board of Human Services Inc. in Colorado. ×