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. 

 

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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.

 

Secretary - Amalea K. Vega

Amalea is a Senior Consultant with Vizient, in the Purchased Services department. She has over 10 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 under the AATB.

 

Sponsorship Chair - Shannon Henry

Shannon is a Managing Director at EY. She focuses largely on helping clients in the health and wellness industry navigate the transformative age, disruption and associated regulatory environment changes impacting their business and build trust within their organizations, with their business partners, and with consumers. 

 

Membership Chair - Marissa Nolan

 

 

Strategy Chair - Currently Accepting Applications for this Role

 

 

Events Chair - Amalea K Vega

Amalea is a Senior Consultant with Vizient, in the Purchased Services department. She has over 10 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 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 Chair - Currently Accepting Applications for this Role

 

 

Community Outreach Chair - Kathleen Chapman

Kathleen is the owner of Colorado Senior Insurance, an independent insurance agency educating and helping individual consumers enroll in Medicare Health Plans, Long Term Care Insurance, Life Insurance and Annuities representing over 100 companies. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Operations Management from Arizona State University. 

 

IT, Webmaster and Analytics Chair - Currently Accepting Applications for this Role

 

 

Advisory Board Chair - Everett “Eddy” Costa III, D.M.

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.

 

Advisory Board - John Baumgarten

John, a sales and marketing leader at InStream LLC, works with organizations worldwide to improve efficiency by automating business processes utilizing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for work flow automation, technical and IT project management, process automation, outsourced transactional processing, cloud document management, and more.

 

Advisory Board - 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.