Senior Vice President, Global Health Promotion Programs Citi
Senior Vice President, Global Health Promotion Programs, Citi
With over decade of experience in worksite health promotion, Megan has a depth of knowledge in implementing strategic health promotion programs for large global institutions. Megan has been at Citi for 10 years and currently manages Citi’s Global Health Promotion programs. She is a key project manager in the development and implementation of Citi’s global wellness strategy. She brings expertise in chronic condition prevention, employee engagment, strategic planning, health promotion program planning and implementation. Megan has a Masters of Science in Health Promotion Management from American University and a Bacherlors of Science in Human Movement from Sacred Heart University. In addition she has been a part of a variety industry panels with the New York Business Group on Health and the Employer Health Care Congress.
Executive Vice President and General Manager Heritage Health Solutions, Inc.
A Senior Healthcare Leader and Executive in Healthcare since 2000. Hamilton has tremendous skills in Sales, Marketing Business Development, Negotiating and Leadership. He has been an expert in Pharmaceutical Distribution, Specialty Pharmacy, Substance Misuse and Abuse, and Integrated Healthcare Management.
Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C
Director, Support Hospital Opioid Use Disorder Treatment (SHOUT) Texas Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin
Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Bottner is also a physician assistant in the Division of Hospital medicine at Dell Seton Medical Center.
Bottner is the Director of the Buprenorphine Team (B-Team), a full-service consultation team that provides patients who are hospitalized and have opioid use disorder access to treatment and linkage to appropriate outpatient care. The program also works to reduce stigma of patients with substance use disorders. Bottner is also the Director of Support Hospital Opioid Use Disorder Treatment (SHOUT) Texas, a program seeking to increase access to opioid use disorder treatment in hospitals across the state. Bottner was the first PA in the country certified to teach the buprenorphine x-waiver curriculum through the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.
Bottner is currently co-Principal Investigator on a grant from the Texas Targeted Opioid Response program investigating best practices for the hospital-based management of opioid use disorder, and on a grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges to develop and disseminate the Reducing Stigma Education Tools (ReSET) modules, a robust and interactive online learning environment. He has been invited to speak at numerous regional and national meetings about the important role of hospitals in addressing substance use disorders and has worked closely with several state hospital associations to elevate this work.
In addition to his clinical and research interests in hospital medicine, substance use disorders, palliative care, and systems-based practice, Bottner represents Dell Medical School as a cohort leader in the University of Texas’ Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice course. He has also led quality and process improvement projects around medication safety, medical error reporting, and readmission prevention.
Jenny Burke, JD
Senior Director, Impairment Practice National Safety Council
Jenny Burke advances the National Safety Council mission of eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime by leading NSC advocacy initiatives. These strategic programs, involving safety on the road and in homes and communities, fatigue, transportation and prescription drug overdose, raise awareness and educate audiences to keep each other safe.
Jenny has raised awareness of these initiatives through such successful national efforts as benchmarking employer data on the opioid epidemic and its impact on the workplace, and creating cost calculators to illustrate the effect of opioids or fatigue on an employer's bottom line. Additionally she oversees the development of educational programs that tackle cutting edge issues, including deaths and injuries related to fatigue and addiction.
Jenny previously served as a senior legal analyst at Wolters Kluwer, specializing in Medicare, Medicaid, food and drug law, and policy and healthcare compliance. Jenny co-authored and managed the publication of several books and white papers on areas of focus including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, contraception coverage, prescription drug abuse and telemedicine.
She is a licensed attorney in Illinois since 2002 and clerked for two years in the Illinois Appellate Court, First Division. A graduate of DePaul University College of Law, Jenny also holds a master of science degree in health law and policy from DePaul's Public Services graduate program and a certificate in health law. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in health administration. Jenny has served on her local school board and the Springbrook Nature Center board in her hometown of Itasca, IL.
Chris Carroll, MSc
Public Health Advisor Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) HHS
Christopher D. Carroll, MSc is the Director of Health Care Finance and Regulatory Affairs at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Mr. Carroll has an extensive background in health economics, behavioral health administration and financing, public health program implementation, organizational management, and behavioral health systems operations. While at SAMHSA, he served as the Director of the Division of Policy Innovation and Chief of the National Policy Liaison Branch, within the Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation.
Mr. Carroll undertakes high priority assignments for SAMHSA and serves as primary contact on initiatives relevant to the mission and vision of the Agency to include: health reform policy and program development, strategic planning, organizational alignment, legislative and regulatory issues, and maintaining valued public and private sector relationships.
Mr. Carroll has 30 years of public and private sector behavioral health experiences to draw upon. Prior to his work at SAMHSA, Mr. Carroll served as Director of Behavioral Health Operations for the Sisters of Mercy Healthcare Network.
Mr. Carroll received his B.Sc. in Organizational Management from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and his M.Sc. in International Health Economics and Policy from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy.
Vice President, Federal Affairs Magellan
Brian D. Coyne was appointed vice president, federal affairs at Magellan Health in January 2017. Previous to this position, he served for over a decade as senior vice president for federal government relations at Amerigroup, a multi-state managed care plan that provided health care coverage for low-income families and children, low-income seniors and people with disabilities through the Medicaid program. Following the Anthem acquisition of Amerigroup in 2012, Dr. Coyne led the company’s Public Policy Institute during the transition until the spring of 2014.
Brian has spent his professional career in government and politics. He served as chief of staff of the U.S. Social Security Administration from 1994 to 2001 and as deputy chief of staff to Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun from 1991-1994. In addition to this work, he was appointed by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine in 2006 to the Virginia Health Reform Commission where he served as co-chair of the Long Term Care Workgroup. In 2010 he was appointed to the National Academy of Social Insurance blue-ribbon study panel on health insurance exchanges. He also served on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee for the Executive Nurse Fellows Program from 2010 to 2018.
Dr. Coyne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude in Government, from Cornell University as well as a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also holds a Doctor of Law and Policy degree from Northeastern University.
Kelly Crosbie, MSW, LCSW
Chief Quality Officer, Division of Health Benefits North Carolina Medicaid
Kelly Crosbie is the Director for Quality and Population Health at NC Medicaid. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all Quality Improvement and Population Health Programs that use advanced payment models and other population health interventions to improve health outcomes, promote health equity, and address medical and non-medical driver of care. From 2008-2013, Kelly worked at the NC Medicaid as Chief Operating Office (2013) and as an Assistant Director (2008-2012) overseeing the Behavioral Health (BH), Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and Intellectual/Developmental Disability (IDD) benefit.
From 2014-2016, Kelly served as the Chief Operating Office for CCNC, the state’s primary care medical home system. Prior to moving to NC in 2008, Kelly worked as a Social Work instructor at universities in Texas and in New Jersey and provided direct care as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker both in community mental health and in primary care. Kelly has also worked on research projects for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and on the Philadelphia Mayors Report Card for the City. Ms. Crosbie is a licensed clinical social worker and has over 20 years of leadership and executive experience in Medicaid and Health and Human Service programs.
She received her Master’s Degree from Temple University and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Kelly is an appointed member of the NC Institute of Medicine, the NCQA Public Sector Advisory Committee, the HCP-LAN 2.0 Clinical Executive Forum the National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement (NCIQM) Advisory Panel, and she serves as Co-Chair of the CMS-sponsored Medicaid & CHIP Scorecard Technical Expert Panel (TEP).
Nick Dewan, MD
Vice President, Behavioral Health GuideWell
Naakesh (Nick) Dewan, M.D. serves as Vice President, Behavioral Health. In this role, he is responsible for creating a cross-functional team that designs and implements the enterprise’s behavioral health strategy for all insurance segments. This includes creating new value-based reimbursement models and new roles in the care delivery system, as well as a broad view of behavioral health across demographics and specific points of care.
Dr. Dewan is an accomplished physician and executive with a proven track record in health systems operations. Prior to joining GuideWell and Florida Blue, he was Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health for a multi-hospital regional health system. Previous roles included being a medical director for a substance use and eating disorder treatment facility, a skilled nursing facility, and leading an applied quality improvement services company.
In his more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Dewan has been an innovator in behavioral health and academic medicine. He has published three books in behavioral health technology and pioneered the use of patient support tools in primary care. Dr. Dewan, at a national level is a policy leader in the field of outcomes measurement and payment models in behavioral health.
Additionally, Dr. Dewan played and coached tennis at the collegiate level and has worked with amateur and professional athletes around the world in multiple sports including tennis, golf, football, baseball, basketball and soccer.
Dr. Dewan holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Wright State University, and a Doctor of Medicine from Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. He spent three years in psychiatric residency at the University of Southern California and completed his residency and fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at the University of California, San Diego. He is a certified physician executive and is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine.
Bernard DiCasimirro, DO
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer New Directions Behavioral Health
Dr. DiCasimirro joined New Directions Behavioral Health in 2018 and served as Vice President, Regional Medical Director before stepping into the role of CMO in December 2020.
Prior to his position with New Directions, he was the Medical Director for PerformCare, the behavioral health arm of AmeriHealth Caritas, managing Medicaid benefits for nine Pennsylvania counties. He also spent over four years as an Associate Medical Director for Optum/United Healthcare. From 2002-2009, he was the primary psychiatric consultant for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Program Integrity partnering with facility-based providers throughout the commonwealth. Dr. DiCasimirro’ s experience also extends to correctional psychiatry culminating with a stint as The Statewide Psychiatric Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
Dr. DiCasimirro has extensive clinical experience having worked in all levels of care in both psychiatry and substance use for more than twenty-seven years. He is board-certified in general psychiatry and licensed in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, District of Columbia, South Carolina, Louisiana and New Jersey.
Dr. DiCasimirro holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors from Des Moines University where he obtained his D.O. He completed his psychiatric residence at The Medical College of Pennsylvania where is served as chief resident in his final year.
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs Optum
Mr. Easterday currently serves as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for OptumHealth at United Health Group. His current role encompasses regulatory affairs advocacy on behalf of the OptumHealth division of UHG including Optum Behavioral Health which administers mental health and substance use disorder benefits on behalf of over 20 million Americans in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans. Mr. Easterday has been with United Health Group in successive roles for the past 15 years.
Prior to joining United, Mr. Easterday served as Senior Corporate Counsel for PacifiCare Behavioral Health. Mr. Easterday also has prior in-house counsel experience with ValueOptions, Inc. as Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer. Prior to his in-house work, Mr. Easterday engaged in private practice in Richmond, Virginia with the firm of Christian & Barton, LLP. Mr. Easterday also served as Deputy Project Director for the Center for Health Dispute Resolution, the CMS contracted external review agent for Medicare Advantage appeals and has a background of experience in hospital administration with a large academic medical center’s mental health department.
President and CEO Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness
Pamela Greenberg is the President and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness; she joined the organization in 1998 as the Executive Director for the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association (AMBHA). ABHW is the national voice for specialty behavioral health and wellness companies. ABHW member companies provide services to over 200 million people in both the public and private sectors to treat mental health, substance use and other behaviors that impact health and wellness.
Pamela serves on the Editorial Board of the Bloomberg BNA Health Insurance Report. She is a liaison to the National Committee for Quality Assurance Standards Committee. In 2015 Ms. Greenberg joined the Advisory Board of Landmark Health a company that provides home-based medical care to individuals with multiple chronic conditions and in 2017 she joined InnovaTel Telepsychiatry’s Strategic Advisory Board.
She also was the Chair of the Coalition for Fairness in Mental Illness Coverage, one of the leading Coalitions that helped develop, advocate for, and get the Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 signed in to law. Additionally, Pamela served as President of ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership.
Prior to joining ABHW Pamela was the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Before joining AHIP Ms. Greenberg was a Legislative Assistant at Capitol Associates, a healthcare consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Pamela has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. She is also a Board member of the Lupus Foundation of DC/MD/VA.
President and CEO New Directions Behavioral Health
Shana Hoffman is President & Chief Executive Officer of New Directions. Her background combines a unique understanding of the healthcare industry through her experience in Fortune 500, private equity-backed and early stage healthcare companies. Prior to joining New Directions, Shana served as both senior vice president of Corporate Transformation and Chief Operating Officer of the Tri-State Mid-Atlantic Region at Beacon Health Options. While in this role, she led client and provider operations for a region serving over 20 health plans and state direct customers and over nine million members. She improved operational performance for clients and the organization overall.
Before joining Beacon, Shana directed client development and growth efforts at Kyruus, a leader in provider search and scheduling solutions for hospitals and health systems. While there, she was instrumental in establishing key client relationships and developing go-to-market strategy. During her tenure, she increased revenue five-fold. Earlier in her career, Shana worked at DaVita Inc. in the corporate strategy group and began her career at Deloitte Consulting.
Shana graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.
President and CEO National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Chuck Ingoglia is the president and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing where he leads the national charge to ensure people have access to quality, affordable mental health and addiction services. To accomplish this, he harnesses the voices and support of the more than 3,000 National Council members who serve over 10 million individuals nationwide.
Chuck previously lead the organization’s policy and practice improvement work, directing the organization’s federal and state policy efforts and overseeing trainings and programs offered to more than 500,000 behavioral health professionals across the U.S. He has effected change at both the national and state level by playing a major role in policy advocacy and analyses issues relevant to behavioral health.
Chuck holds a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, both from The Catholic University of America.
Executive Vice President and Executive Director Heritage CARES
Rich is an experienced therapist, clinician, and healthcare entrepreneur with more than 20 years in the behavioral health space, including mental health, substance use disorders (SUD), co-occurring disorders, and intellectual disabilities. He has been the founding CEO of two non-profit organizations and two for-profit business dedicated to disrupting the behavioral-health space for the betterment of people in need.
Rich is well respected in the recovery world and a pioneer in the industry. That’s why he is tapped to lead Heritage CARES, a division of Heritage Health Solutions. Rich is passionate about providing quality care and supporting individuals that struggle with stress, substance use, and suicidal ideation. He has built his career on helping people who need the unique, flexible, evidence-based support that our platform delivers.
Manager of State Policy American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Taylor Kleffel is Manager of State Policy for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Taylor has been with AFSP for over 3 years, where she works with local AFSP Chapters and grassroots advocates around the country to prioritize mental health and suicide prevention legislative initiatives, guide lawmakers in drafting and passing effective state suicide prevention laws, and advocate on behalf of all those who have been impacted by suicide.
James A. Laughman, MSW, LSW
President PerformCare, a subsidiary of AmeriHealth Caritas
James A. Laughman, M.S.W., L.S.W., is President of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Solutions for AmeriHealth Caritas. Additionally, he is President of PerformCare, the organization’s full-service behavioral health managed care organization. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Executive Director of PerformCare in Pennsylvania. As President of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Solutions, Mr. Laughman will lead the team that coordinates care and social services for members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Mr. Laughman joined AmeriHealth Caritas in 2014. He has devoted the majority of his career to improving the quality of life for people with behavioral, intellectual, or developmental challenges. His experience includes serving as Administrator of Behavioral Health and Developmental Service in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, for nearly 10 years. Other notable achievements include his leadership with the Lancaster County Public Health Partnership and his state appointment as Trustee on the Board for Norristown State Hospital. He has also dedicated many years of service to breaking the cycle of homelessness. As Lead Administrator for the Coalition to End Homelessness in Lancaster County, Mr. Laughman oversaw the successful application for $2.2 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding, and the implementation of that award to provide permanent housing for families most in need.
Through Mr. Laughman’s leadership as County Human Services Administrator, Lancaster County implemented an efficiency program featuring innovative software for human services programs administration that reduced service duplications and increased access to information that helped the county save more than $600,000 and improve response time. Mr. Laughman continues to work to lower costs and improve care. He encourages state and federal lawmakers to fund efforts to help revitalize neighborhoods and improve social determinants that impact health and wellness, such as housing, neighborhood safety, and health care. He is also a passionate advocate in helping to combat the opioid epidemic.
Vice President, Government Affairs, Associate General Counsel Beacon Health Options (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anthem)
Brad is VP Government Affairs/Associate General Counsel at Beacon Health Options. He is a practicing lawyer and government relations professional with over 20 years of public and private sector experience analyzing and addressing regulatory issues, including complex legal and policy issues in health care. Among his duties at Beacon Health Options, Brad creates strategies to implement Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) and health care reform. Brad advises and reports regularly to Senior Executives on health care reform developments. Brad is seen as a leading expert on MHPAEA analysis and compliance, having led numerous panel discussions and speaking engagements.
Brad is currently Co-Chair of the AHLA Behavioral Task Force, Government and State Affairs Subcommittee.
Previously, Brad has worked as a regulatory attorney at the Federal Communications Commission and as in-house counsel at Cavalier Telephone, LLC. Brad holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from Wayne State University Law School.
Past speaking engagements:
National Council for Behavioral Health Policy Institute 2013 panel: “Perspectives on Parity from Managed Care”;
Colorado Coalition for Parity presentation 2014;
American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) 2015 Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues panel: "The Changing Landscape of Medicaid Coverage of Behavioral Health.”
AHLA 2015 Annual Program panel, “The MHPAEA: Recent Developments, Federal and State Interpretations, How to Comply"
The 2nd Annual Payer's Behavioral Health Management Summit panel: "Understand Mental Health Parity and Federal Mandates for Behavioral Health Coverage"
"Advancing Research and Policy on Mental Health Addiction Parity", Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Virginia Bar Association, 11th Annual Virginia Health Care Practitioners’ Roundtable
Wayne Law Alumni Speaker Series: Law in the Health Industry
Shannon M. McMahon, MPA
Executive Director, Medicaid Policy Kaiser Permanente
Shannon M. McMahon, MPA joined Kaiser Permanente (KP) in August 2017 as the executivedirector of Medicaid policy. In this role, she leads KP Governmental Relations’ national public, regulatory and legislative policy development on Medicaid across KP’s eight regions that serve over one million Medicaid members. Ms. McMahon joined KP after a twenty-year career leading state publicly financed health care programs.
In February 2015, Ms. McMahon was appointed Deputy Secretary of Health Care Financing at the Maryland Department of Health. In this role, she served as Maryland’s Medicaid Director. As the chief executive of the Medicaid program, she implemented several initiatives to improve and expand coverage for over 1.3 million members.
Previously, Ms. McMahon was the Director of Coverage and Access at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) where she led Medicaid eligibility, benefit design and purchasing implementation efforts and learning collaboratives for states and the federal government during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She is published about the role Medicaid has assumed in the coverage continuum, and the importance of benefit design for high need, high cost patients.
Prior to CHCS, she worked in executive and management-level roles in Minnesota Medicaid, most recently as the Chief Administrative Officer, where she oversaw finance and operations for Minnesota’s three public health care programs. Ms. McMahon also spent several years working on health policy issues as a non-partisan analyst at the Maryland Department of Legislative Services in Annapolis and held the position of senior budget and policy adviser to the Secretary and Principal Deputy Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Health.
Ms. McMahon has a bachelor’s degree in justice from American University and a master’s degree in public administration from Northeastern University, where she was the recipient of a full tuition public policy fellowship.
Cara McNulty, DPA
President of Behavioral Health Aetna
Cara McNulty, DPA is President of Aetna Behavioral Health, a leading provider of mental health and employee assistance program (EAP) solutions to members around the globe. She oversees a national team that spearheads the development of CVS Health and Aetna’s programs, products and capabilities designed to offer individuals easy access to quality, innovative treatments and meet people wherever they are along the continuum of mental wellbeing. CVS Health’s integrated health care capabilities, resources and local footprint enhance the mental wellbeing and health outcomes of communities and individuals across the country through an easy and meaningful experience.
Cara is a highly regarded executive leader and population health scientist whose success in driving population wellbeing outcomes spans the employer, government, payer/provider, start-up and education sectors. She is known for her ability to integrate confirmed health science into practical business models that drive measurable outcomes.
Focused on the increased need for mental wellbeing resources exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cara leads CVS Health’s strategy to expand mental health services and resources. Most recently, this included Aetna offering members cost-sharing waviers for mental and behavioral health telemedicine visits at the onset of the pandemic, as well as opening Aetna’s Resources For Living crisis and health support lines to all consumers, regardless of health plan.
Cara previously served as the North American leader of Integrated Wellbeing for Willis Towers Watson. Her responsibilities included advising clients on strategies focusing on employee engagement, clinical outcomes and productivity. She sat on the company’s Health and Benefits Specialty Practice Leadership team and focused on integrated wellbeing, intellectual capital and service development across physical, emotional, financial and social dimensions.
As the former head of Population Health, Team Member Wellbeing and Guest Wellness for Target Corporation, she led efforts to implement the company’s health agenda. She developed strategies that improved all team members’ health, driving value and business growth while decreasing health care expenditures.
Cara is nationally recognized for her strategic design and implementation of Minnesota’s transformational population health care legislation, which to-date is one of the largest financial allocations in the country for initiatives known to be reducing health disparities and chronic diseases.
She holds a doctorate in public administration from Hamline University, a Master of Science in applied health science from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in community health education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Chief Executive Officer Digital Therapeutics Alliance
Andy Molnar is the CEO of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, a trade organization focused on the needs of the clinically validated digital therapeutics industry. Andy has spent the last 3.5 years focusing on how to commercialize software as a medical device (SaMD) products, most recently as Vice President of Market Access and Government Affairs at Cognoa and Sr. Director of Market Access and Payer Data Strategy at Pear Therapeutics. Andy spent most of his time working on generating meaningful evidence for payers, commercial planning, and working with various government agencies and trade organizations to update policy for reimbursement.
Dr. Doug Nemecek is the chief medical liaison for behavioral health integration, quality and clinical operations. He helps ensure network access and availability, patient safety, compliance with clinical guidelines, customer and provider satisfaction, and utilization management. Additionally, he works directly with customers and clients to mold operations and provides clinical expertise in new and existing behavioral health and integrated program development. Dr. Nemecek also helps to coordinate Cigna’s national medical cost trend analysis and initiatives to address affordability and major medical cost drivers for our clients.
Since joining Cigna, Dr. Nemecek has helped establish workflows, protocols, and collaborative procedures to create a unified medical management team across the company. He leads Cigna's initiatives and provides thought leadership to key issues such as the national opioid epidemic, and loneliness. Additionally, he continues to develop unique relationships with our network providers to ensure our customers and providers achieve optimal total health outcomes.
Prior to joining Cigna, Dr. Nemecek served as Executive Medical Director for Allina Behavioral Health Services in Minneapolis, overseeing five outpatient clinics and four inpatient mental health units with over 80 mental health providers. He also has 10 years of clinical experience with an inpatient and outpatient psychiatric practice in Minneapolis.
Dr. Nemecek received his M.D. and completed his psychiatric residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association, is board certified by the America Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Dr. Nemecek currently serves as the Chair for the Board of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness. He also serves on the Scientific Board for Shatterproof, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families.
Andrew C. Philip, PhD, LP
Senior Director Primary Care Development Corporation
Dr. Andrew Philip is the Clinical Lead and Senior Director of Partnerships at Primary Care Development Corporation: a national nonprofit and community development financial institution that catalyzes excellence in primary care through strategic community investment, capacity building, and policy initiatives to achieve health equity. Andrew is a clinical health psychologist with a background working shoulder-to-shoulder with many other disciplines in medical settings including acute trauma and intensive care, burn, neurology, palliative care, psychiatry, infectious disease, and primary care. Andrew is passionate about driving scalable, high-impact initiatives around integrating physical and behavioral healthcare, improving clinician resiliency in the face of unprecedented stress, and enhancing care for under-served, under-represented, and frankly under-valued populations. Andrew is the immediate past Deputy Director of the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions and past national trainer for the Department of Defense’s primary care behavioral health integration program. In addition to his work with PCDC, Andrew remains active in private practice with a focus on behavioral medicine and LGBTQ+ health, serves as Faculty for University of Michigan’s integrated care certificate program and Assistant Editor-in-Chief to the peer-reviewed journal, Telehealth and Medicine Today.
Helena Plater-Zyberk is CEO and Co-Founder of Supportiv, the digital peer-to-peer mental health service that serves over 2.5 million covered lives for health plans and large employers and has helped over 700,000 people cope with, heal from, and problem-solve struggles like anxiety, depression, loneliness, social isolation, and stress. Supportiv –The Support Network– operates 24/7/365 matching users into professionally-moderated, small group peer support chats, and connecting users in real-time to precisely relevant support, tips, resources, and referrals. Supportiv lowers the typical cost of mental health care by 15X and delivers clinical-grade outcomes in a consumer-friendly service.
Helena is the former CEO of SimpleTherapy, the AI-driven at-home physical therapy alternative with no costly doctor or clinic consults, serving health plans, employers, and individuals.
Formerly, she was an Executive Director of Scholastic Inc.'s EdTech business unit, and a Director of Strategy and Consumer Insights at media behemoth Condé Nast.
Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement and Consulting National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Brie Reimann is Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement and Consulting at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of nearly 3,500 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. In her role she provides department leadership over 30+ practice improvement initiatives that aim to improve access to care for individuals living with mental illness and substance use concerns. Prior to her tenure at the National Council, Brie led the SBIRT Colorado initiative where she trained health care providers working in hospitals, HIV clinics, federally qualified health centers, and other safety-net provider organizations to integrate substance use screening and intervention into practice and provided leadership to the University of Colorado on the Health Professional training grant with the aim to develop curriculum for nursing students and preceptors on substance use intervention.
Chief Executive Officer Optum Behavioral Health
Rebecca is the CEO for Optum Behavioral Health, a unit dedicated to being the trusted behavioral benefit provider, driving better health outcomes at lower total cost of care, connecting people to providers and innovative tools that improve access to care and inspire them to be more engaged in their own wellness. Rebecca joined Optum in 2018 in a leadership role, driving a range of strategic initiatives. Prior to Optum, Rebecca served as executive vice president, Commercial Insurance and president of Liberty Mutual Benefits where she led a multi-billion dollar division focused on voluntary benefits, which was successfully sold at market-leading valuation. Before joining Liberty Mutual, Rebecca worked for State Street Corporation as senior vice president, Asset Servicing for corporations, nonprofits and mid-market employers. She also held leadership roles in Enterprise Risk Management and Electronic Trading.
She has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a track record of profitably growing businesses across group benefits, retirement and financial technology. She has held leadership roles at large regulated institutions, Thomson Financial as well as a consulting role at McKinsey.
Rebecca has lived and worked across Europe and North America. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, a Masters of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Rebecca currently resides in the Boston area with her husband and two children. Rebecca serves on several nonprofit boards, including Jumpstart and the McGill University Desautels Investment Management Expert Panel.
Brendan Shane, MBA, MSW, LICSW
Director, Behavioral Health Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Brendan Shane is the Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all behavioral health services.
Prior to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Brendan was the Director of Clinical Care Services for Magellan of Virginia. While there, he participated in and led a number of behavioral health initiatives across the Commonwealth. Before that role, Brendan held a leadership position with Carver County, MN where he participated in and led key initiatives within the agency, in partnership with the State of Minnesota, and with colleagues from around the world related to children’s mental health targeted case management, child protection/welfare and adoption. Before that role, Brendan spent 10 years at Cigna where he held roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to his managed care experience, he served as a therapeutic day treatment therapist and a crisis clinician in various Twin Cities metro area emergency departments.
Brendan holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University. Additionally, he is a licensed clinical social worker in Minnesota. During his time away from work, he enjoys biking, playing tennis and spending time with his four children.
Associate Director of Well-Being Banner Health
Nicole B. Stec is the Associate Director of Well-Being for Banner Health based in Phoenix, Arizona, and a national speaker on employer on-site clinics and well-being strategies. For the past ten years, Nicole has worked in community and corporate health settings, designing and implementing population health management strategies for organizations, including healthcare systems, small businesses, the U.S. military and local government.
In her current role, Nicole is responsible for Banner Health’s system-wide well-being strategy for 53,000+ team members located in six states. Nicole recently implemented the Banner Strong Center for Healing to support the mental well-being, healing, and recovery of healthcare workers post-pandemic. Nicole has also increased Banner’s team member well-being engagement to more than 50% in the past two years with the introduction of a holistic well-being approach and new wellness technology.
Nicole is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.S.), the University of Phoenix (MBA) and the University of South Florida (MPH). She also holds many certifications, including being a Certified in Public Health (National Board of Public Health Examiners), Certified Wellness Practitioner (National Wellness Institute), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association).
President and CEO Mental Health America
Schroeder Stribling is the President and CEO of Mental Health America, the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. She is a lifelong social justice advocate with over 20 years of experience managing organizations focused on mental health, homelessness, poverty, and racial justice.
Prior to joining Mental Health America, Stribling was the CEO at N Street Village, a nonprofit providing housing support services for women and families in Washington, DC. Under her leadership, N Street Village expanded from one to eight locations. She helped diversify revenue streams, create partnerships with government entities, lead city-wide policy initiatives on homelessness, and acquire a smaller nonprofit organization. Prior to her time at N Street Village, Stribling was a Senior Social Worker at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, where she was responsible for the implementation of new mental health programs in the inner-city Head Start school system. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Clinical Social Worker and served as a Coordinator for the Dual Diagnosis Program on the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at Suburban Hospital, which is now a part of Johns Hopkins.
Stribling received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College, a master’s in social work from Smith College School for Social Work, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University. She speaks and writes frequently on topics related to mental health and racial and economic equity and is an ever-passionate spokesperson for mental health and social justice in our times.
Laura is a Partner at Optum Ventures where she holds board roles with Buoy, Groups, RubiconMD, Equip, mPulse, Contessa Health, Truepill, and Alma. She has spent her career developing a deep understanding of each part of the health care system, with an eye on how future innovation can integrate and transform the industry. She started her career running product development at a health care startup serving health plans, hospitals and employers before transitioning to the corporate strategy team at UnitedHealth Group. There, Laura focused on their innovation pipeline, most concentrated on emerging companies, the PBM space and international markets. She then rounded out her industry knowledge with roles at CVS Health and Leerink Transformation Partners. Her goal is to use her expertise and relationships in the industry to help companies effectively understand, penetrate and ultimately reshape the industry. Laura is a graduate of Williams College and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.