President - Mara Baer

Mara is Founder and President of AgoHealth LLC, a boutique consulting firm that helps organizations navigate the complexities of the health policy environment by monitoring and evaluating state and federal policies in the context of their business priorities.  Mara brings more than 23 years of experience to her work with clients including eight years at a national federal of health plans and in both the Executive and Legislative branches of government.  She is an expert on the federal regulatory process and has advise state government, non-profits, and for-profit companies on the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid policy.   Companies that want to innovate and adapt to health care’s changing and uncertain policy landscape rely on Mara to help them adapt to these forces.  Mara’s roots are in the delivery and management of care.  She began her career as a social worker in a long-term care facility in Lawrence, Kansas and has also worked for a large specialty network in California, conducting on-site surveys of providers to ensure compliance with quality standards. 

 

 President Elect - Linda Bernier

Linda is the CEO of Spoke Health, a technology company that enables healthcare organizations to rapidly and efficiently implement value-based programs. Linda is an accomplished senior leader with 25+ years of experience in healthcare and technology organizations leading marketing, sales, strategy, product management, business development and consulting teams. She specializes in conceptualizing, building and executing strategic initiatives that drive corporate growth and create great companies. She most recently was the Chief Marketing Officer for SKYGEN USA where she was responsible for corporate marketing, product marketing, product portfolio, product commercialization and voice of client. 

Treasurer - Daniel Cooper

Dan is the Director of Accounting and Reporting at Children's Hospital Colorado leveraging his experience as a certified public accountant and previous public accounting experience with Ernst & Young.  Prior to his current role, he spent 7 years serving Denver-area for-profit and non-profit healthcare organization, not-for-profit foundations, insurance companies and biotechnology companies with Ernst & Young.  He has both a Master of Accountancy degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.

 

Treasurer-Elect - James Heine

James Heine is a Manager in the Assurance practice of the EY Denver office. He has seven years of experience serving entities in the health and life sciences sectors. He also serves as the US West Digital Deputy for the Healthcare, Governmental and Not-for Profit Sector. In his role as Deputy, James is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the Region’s healthcare Digital Advisors in connection with the design and implementation of digital tools, data analytics and a data-first mindset across the healthcare audit practice. James is a member of the EY Black Professionals Network, as well as the Eco-Innovators Network. James earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Colorado. 

 

Secretary - Amalea K. Vega

Amalea is a Senior Consultant with Vizient, on the Purchased Services team. She has over 12 years of experience in the health care industry with expertise in hospital supply chain and inventory management, vendor relations, healthcare sales, customer service and contract management.  She has successful implementation experience of field inventory audit processes for healthcare company assets.  Prior to joining Vizient, Amalea spent nine years designing and implementing the field inventory audit process for a biologics and medical device company. Amalea received a Bachelors degree in Public Relations from Northern Michigan University and holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration and Leadership from the University of Denver. She is also a certified tissue banking specialist (CTBS) under the AATB.

 

Sponsorship Co-Chair - Dana Alexander

Dana is the Founder & Principal of Forerunner LLC consulting. She is an experienced healthcare leader and clinician providing advisory services to assist clients to meet the changing world of Value-driven care and the evolving requirements.  She assists clients (providers, payers & industry) to define and execute strategies to improve population health and the patient/consumer experience by connecting community networks that result in sustainable transformative changes. She lead teams to define and execute implementable strategies to solve specific business and patient/consumer challenges, driving organizational transformation, revenue growth and achieving quality outcomes.  Dana assists digital and technology companies on clearly defining the value proposition of their solutions and innovations to the customer and market needs. Her experience includes executive positions for provider health systems, technology vendors and consulting firms.   She is a recognized thought leader and has represented on several CMS, ONC, NQF appointed committees as well board appointments to associations such as the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  She is a published and accomplished speaker nationally and internationally.

 

Sponsorship Co-Chair - Melanie Terwoord

Melanie is an Assurance Senior Manager with Plante Moran, a public accounting firm with over 3,100 professionals across the globe. With nearly a decade in public accounting experience, she specializes in the healthcare and non-profit industries, providing valuable insight as a trusted business advisor serving clients across the country. Melanie has a diverse background in healthcare, having served clients including both acute and post-acute providers, health plans, and ancillary healthcare service providers. Melanie is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated Summa Cum Laude with both a B.B.A. and Masters in Accounting from Valdosta State University in Georgia. Melanie is based in Denver, CO. 

 

Membership Chair - Preston Brown

As the in-house Business Intelligence Consultant for SCL Health, Preston manages analytics for strategic planning and business development needs across the organization’s healthcare continuum.  Leveraging his prior experience as a Senior Healthcare Consultant for The Innova Group, Preston evaluates new analytical paradigms and engineers innovative predictive models to inform planning and business development for the system and medical group. Preston previously served as Financial Analyst for the State of Colorado, Health Care Policy and Financing where he provided financial analysis used to deliver supplemental payments to hospitals and nursing care providers.  Preston earned his master’s in Economics from University of Colorado Denver and started his healthcare career in academia where he published health outcome related papers in academic peer reviewed journals. 

 

Strategy Co-Chair - Janet Pogar

Janet is the Regional Vice President for Provider Relations for Anthem.  She has a passion for continuing to reduce the cost of health care and has worked on all sides of the delivery system – including hospital, physician and health plan. Janet’s career has included working with several physician organizations in Colorado Springs and Denver, including Physician’s Network (IPA) and their associated (and only physician owned, at the time) HMO in Colorado Springs overseeing the operations of both the IPA’s and HMO.  Since re-joining Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in 1999, Janet has held a statewide Director, and now Regional Vice President, role – overseeing all hospital, physician, ambulatory surgery centers and ancillary negotiations as well as numerous operational functions (credentialing, analytics, payment innovation and payment for value) in the Colorado market.  

 

Strategy Co-Chair - Sharon Kirby

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Events Chair - Amalea K. Vega

Amalea is a Senior Consultant with Vizient, on the Purchased Services team. She has over 12 years of experience in the health care industry with expertise in hospital supply chain and inventory management, vendor relations, healthcare sales, customer service and contract management.  She has successful implementation experience of field inventory audit processes for healthcare company assets.  Prior to joining Vizient, Amalea spent nine years designing and implementing the field inventory audit process for a biologics and medical device company. Amalea received a Bachelors degree in Public Relations from Northern Michigan University and holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration and Leadership from the University of Denver. She is also a certified tissue banking specialist (CTBS) under the AATB.

Registration Chair - Alex Stone

Alex works on the payer side of health care as an underwriting risk and operations analyst at Cigna.  She is also adjunct lead faculty at the University of Denver for the Healthcare Leadership program where she teaches the data mining, interpretation and implementation online course.  In her seven years in health care she has held several administrative roles across various clinical settings.  Her health care interests include population health management and community health programming.  Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public health from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in health care administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.

 

Academic Chair - Currently Accepting Applications for this Role

 

 

Marketing Co-Chair - Ian Jefferies

Ian is a Strategy Consultant at Kaiser Permanente in the Colorado region, providing expertise on the commercial  marketplace and advising regional leadership in sales & marketing. Ian is passionate about understanding the problems facing health care today and helping people get the most value out of their care. Ian has a broad healthcare background including serving as a first-responder and mental health professional in Montana. He has also conducted academic research in the realm of marketing and psychology. Ian earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Montana State University and a master's of marketing degree from the University of Denver.

 

Marketing Co-Chair - Allison Melun

Allison Melun is the director of marketing and corporate communications for Delta Dental of Colorado. She has more than 25 years of experience driving the creation and implementation of effective, integrated marketing strategies across organizations in a variety of industries including nonprofits, the arts, technology, and health care. She started her career as a writer and editor for 5280 magazine. Allison has a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and a master’s degree in journalism and public policy from American University in Washington, DC. She was previously on the leadership council of the Center for Visual Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver and president of the Collaborative School Committee at McAuliffe Manual Middle School.

 

Community Outreach Chair - Currently Accepting Applications for this Role

 

 

Technology Chair - Casey Swan

Casey is a Senior Consultant at The Innova Group focused on helping health systems translate vision into market sensitive strategy and developing effective clinical delivery networks. Supporting a wide spectrum of strategic, service delivery, and facility master planning projects Casey focuses on understanding the complexities of healthcare business and the trade-offs providers must evaluate when deciding how to serve their market. Prior to his current role, he was a Director of Performance Technologies at The Advisory Board Company, where he was responsible for developing and presenting claims analytics that influenced hospitals across the nation in their mergers and acquisitions strategies and targeted marketing efforts; subsequently resulting in millions of dollars of increased revenue into their facilities. As a Colorado native, Casey earned a bachelor’s of science in Finance from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from Baylor University.

 

Advisory Committee Chair - Everett Costa

Eddy served in the United States Air Force and has over 10 years of Healthcare consulting experience. He is currently an Account Executive with the Center for Improving Value in Healthcare (CIVHC), where he plays a key role in working with state and national healthcare executives to leverage Colorado's inclusive claims database to drive actionable change to support better health, better care, and lower costs.

 

CHSM Advisory Committee Member - John Baumgarten

John is an Information Technology / Telecommunications specialist with over 30 yrs. experience providing leading edge technology solutions. John is a Partner at OTG Consulting, a consortium of some of the industry's most influential and highly networked Telecom Executives leveraging their inside knowledge to assist SMB and Enterprise Businesses. His focus is on creating a vision, identifying opportunities for providing improvements, innovative solutions and processes to drive successful IT/Telecommunications strategies designed to take organizations to the highest levels of efficiency.

 

CHSM Advisory Committee Member - Bill Bishop

Bill is the Vice President of Consultant and Employer Strategies for HCA Employee Benefit Solutions. He has greater than 30 years’ experience within various aspects of the healthcare industry. He began his career with a health plan and spent his last 8 years with that plan in a senior management role. Bill then joined an international employee benefit consulting practice and was with that firm for almost 19 years. Bill worked with employer clients on a national and international basis developing strategy, plan management and healthcare reform implementation.