2012 FORUM West Featured Speaker Profiles

Ron Bachman

Ron Bachman

Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board, The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism

General Sessions: Opening General Session – Day One, “The Journey to HealthCare Consumerism”, Morning General Session – Day Two, “Health Care Reform: A Potential Pothole on the Journey to HealthCare Consumerism”

Ronald E. Bachman is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Health Transformation (CHT) and a respected actuary with extensive experience in healthcare strategy for payers, providers and employers. Bachman comes to CHT from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a partner who consulted with a broad range of clients including: employers, HMOs, hospitals, physicians, indemnity carriers, BlueCross BlueShield plans, as well as State and Federal Agency clients. Bachman is the author of several publications, including “Consumer-Driven Healthcare,” “The Future is Now” and “Giving Patients More Control” published by the National Center for Policy Analysis. He has written numerous articles such as, Boomers Will Revise an Aged, Ineffective System and “Consumer-centric Medicare,” both co-authored with Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation. As an advisor to the Wye River Group on Health (WRGH), Bachman was instrumental in two seminal reports entitled “An Employer’s Guide to Patient-Directed Healthcare Benefits” and “An Employer’s Guide to Pharmaceutical Benefits.” Bachman is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He obtained a Masters in Actuarial Science from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Dr. Wendy Lynch

Dr. Wendy Lynch

Co-director, Altarum Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care

General Session: Opening General Session – Day One, “The Journey to HealthCare Consumerism”

For 25 years, Dr. Wendy Lynch has studied human and business performance. Her career includes faculty positions at the University of Colorado and Principal at Mercer Consulting. Now Dr. Lynch runs her own consulting firm and serves as Co-director of the Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care at the Altarum Institute. She also holds an adjunct position of Assistant Professor at IUPUI. She holds a Doctorate in Research Methodology, and has produced pivotal studies in productivity assessment and human capital management. A regular speaker and blogger, Dr. Lynch is also an author of the books “Aligning incentives, Information and Choice” and “Who Survives? How Benefits Costs are Killing Your Business.”


Roy Ramthun

Roy Ramthun

President, HSA Consulting Services, LLC; Former Senior Health Policy Advisor to President George W. Bush

General Session: Morning General Session – Day Two, “Health Care Reform: A Potential Pothole on the Journey to HealthCare Consumerism”

Roy Ramthun is a nationally-recognized expert on Health Savings Accounts and consumer-directed health care issues. He led the U.S. Treasury Department’s implementation of HSAs after they were enacted into law in 2003. President George W. Bush then tapped Ramthun to be his health care policy advisor at the White House, where he developed the President’s proposals to expand HSAs while overseeing the implementation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D). As President of HSA Consulting Services, LLC, he continues to be an advocate for consumerism in health care and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the country. Ramthun has over twenty years of health care and public policy experience, both in government and in the private sector. He has served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. Health Care Financing administration (now known as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). He also spent eight years with Humana Inc. Ramthun holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Council for Affordable Health Insurance and serves on the boards of several companies and foundations. Ramthun is the 2008 recipient of the Pioneer in Public Policy awarded by Consumers for Health Care Choices. He and his family have had an HSA since 2005.


John Hickman

John Hickman

Partner, Alston + Bird LLP

General Session: Morning General Session – Day Two, “Health Care Reform: A Potential Pothole on the Journey to HealthCare Consumerism”

John Hickman is head of the Alston + Bird, LLP Health Benefits Practice where he leads five attorneys devoted exclusively to new health care reform issues under PPACA, HIPAA privacy, flexible benefits, and other health and welfare benefit issues. Hickman has been a pioneer in the consumer directed health care arena and has worked closely with health plans, financial institutions and employers as well as the IRS, Treasury, and DOL in developing guidance for tax-favored health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs). Hickman has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) and Who’s Who Legal in the employee benefits area. Hickman has lectured widely and published articles on HIPAA, ERISA litigation, cafeteria and health plan issues. He is co-author of the "Cafeteria Plans Manual," "HIPAA Portability and Privacy" and "Consumer-Driven Health Care" (published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America). Hickman is head of the Technical Advisory Committee and is on the board of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC). Hickman is also an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law.


Jon Comola

Jon Comola

CEO and Chairman, Wye River Group and Founder of Foundation for American Healthcare Leadership

General Session: Closing General Session – Day Two, “What HealthCare Consumerism Means to You”

Jon Comola currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wye River Group (WRGH.org). Comola founded the group in 1997 to champion new solutions and form the basis of support for a new vision for America’s health care system focused on market-based solutions and public-private partnerships. He is also the founder of the Foundation for American Healthcare Leadership, Leading Healthy Communities and the Global Knowledge Exchange Network (www.GKEN.org). Comola has more than 30 years of experience in behind the scenes relationship brokering. Prior to founding the not for profit 501 c-3 Wye River Group in 1997, Comola was appointed as VP of Government Affairs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas in 1990 and was distinguished as their youngest corporate officer. Prior to his role at Blue Cross he was Chief of Staff to now Congressman Green from Houston. Comola has also served as an informal advisor on business and public policy issues to office holders and corporate leaders, counseling them in the development and execution of strategies targeted to achieve business development and/or public affairs objectives.


Doug Field

Doug Field

CEO, The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism and Producers of IHC Forum

Doug Field offers an in-depth knowledge base of the health and benefit management and the health care consumerism world. What first started as a left-field vision for building a collaborative environment that would connect the marketplace under the Health Care Consumerism mega-trend, has manifested itself as The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism. Under the umbrella of The Institute and Field Media LLC, for which Field is CEO/Founder, he brings meaningful multimedia content to readers and a valuable social network platform to various stakeholders. Field has molded The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism into the only multi-platform, collaborative environment focused exclusively on innovative health and benefit management. It’s a place for employers (including human resources and benefits managers, wellness executives, C-suite executives, and financial management decision makers), TPAs, solution providers, brokers, advisors, consultants, and administrators of regional health plan providers to LEARN, CONNECT and SHARE through The Institute’s publication, CDHC Solutions Magazine, its bi-annual live conference the IHC FORUM, and its online community at www.TheIHCC.com. As a catalyst for the growth of the health care consumerism movement, the Institute deepens the conversation and collaboration between its invested stakeholders. Field has accumulated more than 25yrs of business building experience having owned and operated a number of business-to-business magazines and trade shows such as Environment Today, Employee Benefit News, Benefits Expo, Veterinary Products News and Workforce Training News. In this span of time he has acted as chief executive officer, chief operating officer and President of businesses in a diverse set of industries. He is an Ohio State University graduate.


R. John Kaegi

R. John Kaegi

Chief Corporate Strategist, Healthstat, Inc.

Workshop: 104 – The Future of Lowering Health Care Costs

R. John Kaegi, Chief Corporate Strategist: One of the health care industry’s leading innovation experts, Kaegi came to Healthstat after experiencing its benefits first hand. As chief strategy officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Kaegi was responsible for the development of critical business strategies and served as a member of the prestigious Harvard/Kennedy School Health Care Delivery Policy Program. After recommending the implementation of a Healthstat clinic at BCBSF company headquarters, he soon recognized its larger potential as a formidable solution for the nation’s growing health care problems. Desiring to be a permanent part of the solution, Kaegi became a part of the Healthstat team in late 2010 charged with identifying new avenues of opportunity and formulating strategy for its effective pursuit.


Dave Racer

Dave Racer

President, Coalition for Healthcare Redesign

Workshop: 105 – Health Care Consumerism: Pressing Ahead

Since 2006, Dave Racer has delivered CE courses for professional health insurance agents in more than 25 states across the country, including a CE presentation at the national conference of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. In 2011, Racer began serving as a facilitator for the Chartered Benefit Consultant designation on behalf of the National Association of Alternative Benefit Consultants. Racer authored "Comprehensive Health Care Redesign: 25 Keys to Redesign U.S. Health Care" and co-author of five other books dealing with the U.S. health care system; "Your Health Matters: What you need to know about U.S. health care,& "FACTS: Not Fiction, What really ails the U.S. health care system," "Why Health Care Costs so Much: The Solution-Consumers" and "Why Health Care Costs so Much: Governments’ Real Role." Racer is President of the Coalition for Healthcare Redesign. Chicago-based policy center, The Heartland Institute, named Racer to its Board of Policy Advisors. He serves as a Board Member of the Minnesota Physicians and Patients Alliance, and on the Advisory Board of Mindsharp, a Twin Cities-based web training educational organization. Racer is a member of the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters and of the Health Exchange Working Group of the National Association of Health Underwriters.


Josh Hilgers

Josh Hilgers

President, Health Partners America

Workshop: 305 – SHARE Session | Broker Track: Defined Contribution and Private Exchanges: The Revolution of Small & Large Group Benefits

Josh Hilgers attended college at SAGU in Texas. After working for five years in youth ministry Hilgers began a carrier in individual health insurance sales in 2001. Hilgers has marketed health insurance in multiple states, and has become an expert in consumer driven health care and the communication of these plan designs. Hilgers started Innovative Benefits Consulting — now Health Partners America in 2007. The focus at HPA is to stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing insurance marketplace by understanding the ever-changing tax and legal issues as well as they latest products and designs from the nation’s leading carriers. In 2009 Hilgers created Health Partners Training to engage and train agents across the country about the defined contribution platform and how to implement it. HPA utilizes its expertise in tax and legal structure of benefit plans, plan design and carrier knowledge to provide both employers and employees the most cost effective risk management solutions. HPA’s LEARN, SELL, AMPLIFY, GROW strategy has helped increase the revenue of thousands of agents across the country. Hilgers is a frequent guest on talk radio shows and has written several articles for business and trade publications.


Jody L. Dietel

Jody L. Dietel, CFCI

Chief Compliance Officer, WageWorks, Inc.

Workshop: 304 – Excite. Engage. Enroll. The New Future of Consumer-Directed Benefits

To her role as Chief Compliance Officer, Jody L. Dietel brings years of flexible benefits industry expertise and experience. She has served as President of the Special Interest Group for IIAS Standards (SIGIS) and currently chairs the List Review Working Group. She is also active with the Employers Council of Flexible Compensation, where she is currently involved with the Conference, Education and Legislative/Lobbying Committees and is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee. She is also a frequent speaker at industry functions and is the only non-attorney to present at Employee Benefits Institute of America’s conferences. Prior to joining WageWorks, Dietel was the founder and chief executive of Creative Benefits, Inc., successful Consumer Driven Healthcare (CDH) Benefits Administrator recently acquired by WageWorks. As Creative Benefits’ chief executive, Dietel was responsible for the successful integration of the two companies’ people, products and services. As WageWorks’ compliance officer, Dietel will help the company navigate the maze of federal and state regulation and serve as a liaison between WageWorks and key industry groups and governing bodies. Before founding Creative Benefits, she held positions of responsibility at Prudential Insurance Company of America and the Wyatt Company (now Towers Watson). Dietel holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and is certified as a flexible compensation instructor through the ECFC.


Michael Cadger

Michael Cadger

Founder and CEO of Monocle Health Data

Workshop: 306 – CDHP + Price Transparency = Bigger Savings and ROI

Michael Cadger is Founder and CEO of Monocle Health Data, and is a pioneer in health care price and quality. Cadger is a former PwC Healthcare Partner. He developed the first Centers of Excellence for major employers — revealing providers with concentrated proficiency and efficiency and empowering employees to get better care at lower prices. Cadger has also been a hospital CFO and insurer CFO and CEO. He holds a MBA from the Wharton School and a BS in Finance with Honors from the University of Tennessee. He is Vice Chair of the Henry W. Grady Foundation and an active member of several organizations performing healthcare IT workforce planning.


Don Doster

Don Doster

President and CEO, gBehavior

Workshop: 203 – Successful Engagement Strategies Utilizing Incentives to Promote Compliance with Wellness and Care Management Programs

Don Doster is an entrepreneur and founder of Global Behavioral Solutions, LLC "gBehavior". Doster has over 25 years of business development and leadership experience. Doster is established leader in the incentive industry and is widely regarded as an expert in incentive-based behavior management; especially in the areas of Health and Wellness and Corporate Safety. Doster is a skilled and entertaining speaker and will share his unique perspective of employee performance improvement and wellness enhancement programs.


Todd Eason

Todd Eason

COBRA Product Specialist, DataPath, Inc.

Workshop: 302 – COBRA in the Age of Health Reform

Since 2003 Todd Eason has been a key player in the design, training, and support of DataPath, Inc.’s DPI COBRA administration software. Eason is Certified in Flexible Compensation (CFC) and as a Cobra Administration Specialist (CAS) by the Employer’s Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) and holds a BS in Political Science with an emphasis in Quantitative Methodology from the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to joining DataPath, he was a Regional Project Manager and Wireless Specialist with Lucent Technologies.


Jeff Bakke

Jeff Bakke

Chief Strategy Officer, Evolution1

Workshop: 202 – Controlling Costs and Expanding Choice Using Defined Contribution Health Care

Jeff Bakke is incredibly passionate about creating business results through the use of technology. As Chief Strategy Officer at Evolution1, he leads the charge in setting the strategic direction for the company’s products and services. As a recognized technology leader in the consumer-driven healthcare market (CDH), Evolution1 – a world-class customer service organization – is dedicated to reducing costs and simplifying the business of healthcare. Jeff’s commitment and vision for delivering on Evolution1’s mission is evident through the company’s innovative technology solutions, highly successful partnerships and services relationships, and improved operations and infrastructure processes. Jeff’s career in business and technology management with healthcare and financial services companies spans more than 20 years and includes working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Medica Health Plans, Allianz, and American Express.


Dr. John Reynolds

Dr. John Reynolds

President, FIS Healthcare Solutions

General Session: Opening General Session – Day One, “The Journey to HealthCare Consumerism”

Dr. John Reynolds is president of FIS’ Healthcare Solutions division. He was named to this position in January 2006. In this role, Reynolds is responsible for setting and overseeing strategic marketing, sales, product development, operations and technology. John’s division incorporates several companies acquired by FIS, as well as other internally developed products and services. Prior to joining FIS, Reynolds was senior vice president and business director for Institutional Custody, Benefits Consulting and Health Benefits Services at Wells Fargo & Co. Reynolds has over 25 years of banking experience in trust services, treasury management, employee benefits, banking systems and software. Previously he managed Global Trust & Custody and was also responsible for Bryan, Pendleton, Swats & McAllister, LLC, an employee benefits consulting business with a national client base. He also managed sales and customer service within the Global Cash Management department of Mellon Bank Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Reynolds has a bachelor’s degree in economics, aeronautical engineering and speech communications from the University of Minnesota. He holds a master’s degree in management and administration from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. Additionally, Reynolds earned his Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reynolds is a certified flight instructor and has been an adjunct instructor of aeronautical science at the University of Minnesota. He has been a frequent speaker at national financial services conferences and has published numerous articles on treasury management, electronic commerce, customer loyalty and related topics.


Donald P. Weber

Donald P. Weber

Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Human Resource Services Group

General Session: Morning General Session – Day Two, “Population Health Management Panel”

Donald P. Weber is a managing director in the Atlanta office of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Human Resource Services Group. He is currently the Southeast Practice Leader for the Health & Welfare Benefit Practice and the Market Leader for the Pharmacy Benefit Practice and co-leader for the Vendor Performance Groups. Weber specializes in the employee benefits field dealing with employers, payors, pharmacy benefit managers and providers. His 30 years in the health care field include experience in managed care contracting, strategic planning, analysis of pharmacy benefit managers, analysis of employee health care costs, mental health programs, hospital operations and financial management.


Jennifer Jung

Jennifer Jung

Director of Benefits for Bridgepoint Education

Workshop: 103 – SHARE Session: First Step to Health Care Consumerism

General Session: Closing General Session – Day Two, Employer Panel: “What HealthCare Consumerism Means to You”

Jennifer Jung is Director of Benefits for Bridgepoint Education, a provider of innova- tive solutions that advance learning. In this role, Ms. Jung is responsible for develop- ing and administering employee benefit programs, education benefits and a Best In Class Wellness program. Ms. Jung’s professional experience spans 13 years and includes various human resources positions in compensation and benefit administration, human resource information systems, employee management and relations, policy design and imple- mentation, and training and development. Prior to joining Bridgepoint Education, Ms. Jung served as Benefits Manager for Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. Before that, she was a Human Resources Consultant for HR Innovative Services, Inc. Ms. Jung also served as Senior Benefits/HRIS Specialist for SCME Mortgage Bankers, Inc., HR Benefits Representative for SDDR and HR Generalist for Daou Systems, Inc. Ms. Jung earned her BS in business administration with an emphasis in management from the University of Northern Colorado. She also holds a Human Resources Man- agement Certification and PHR Certification from University of California, San Diego.


Jamie Spriggs

Jamie Spriggs

Founder of ConnectYourCare

Workshop: 102 – Fifty Bits: Moving Beyond Patient Engagement to Achieve Better Health and Lower Cost

As the founder of ConnectYourCare, R. Jamie Spriggs, set out to radically change the face of Consumer-Directed Healthcare (CDH) by providing a platform that empowers businesses and employees to benefit from tax-advantaged health accounts and consumer choice. Spriggs has more than 20 years of leadership and senior management experience in insurance and benefits administration. His specific expertise is marketing, information technology, sales and operations. He is an expert in CDH technology, as well as the challenges and success stories of companies that have achieved significant cost savings through CDH.


William R. Boyles

William R. Boyles

Founder, Interpro Publications, Inc.

William R. Boyles is the founder of a media company that publishes two specialized newsletters: Consumer Driven Market Report and HealthPlanMarkets. The company also performs industry-wide market research. Mr. Boyles has worked for over 40 years as a trained professional journalist and standing member of the U.S. House and Senate Periodical Press Galleries. He started in health care in 1971 as a medical claims review analyst for Blue Shield of Michigan, and worked in 1974 at the national Blue Shield Association (Chicago). He earned an M.A. in specialized communications from the University of Michigan, and began covering the U.S. Congress and health industry in 1976. Interpro published the first specialized newsletter on the HMO product, the first newsletter on PPOs, and in the first newsletter on consumer-driven health care..


Robert F. Nease, Ph.D.

Robert F. Nease, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist, Express Scripts

Workshop: 102 – Fifty Bits: Moving Beyond Patient Engagement to Achieve Better Health and Lower Cost

Robert Nease joined Express Scripts in 2001, bringing with him a wealth of experience in medical decision making and scientific research. He heads up the organization’s Research & New Solutions Group. As a leader in the convergence of consumer behavior and health care, he is responsible for advancing Express Scripts’ behavior-centric approach to the pharmacy benefit. To this day, he closely follows emerging science around human behavior and decision making, and works to develop tools and communications that help plan sponsors enable better health and value. In 2009, Dr. Nease was honored with a URAC Health Care Stars Award in the category of Consumer Empowerment for pioneering Express Scripts’ application of behavioral economics to health care. In addition, he leads the advisory board for the Center of Cost-Effective Consumerism and is a reviewer for a number of journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Quality of Life Research and Medical Decision Making. He is also the past President of the Society for Medical Decision Making and has served as a study section member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


Leah Binder

Leah Binder

Chief Executive Officer, The Leapfrog Group

General Session: Morning General Session – Day Two, “Population Health Management Panel”

Leah Binder is CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a national organization based in Washington, D.C., representing employer purchasers of health care demanding improvements in the safety of the nation’s hospitals. In 2009, she was named 28th on Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. Binder plays a leading role in healthcare policy. She currently sits on the National Quality Forum’s Serious Reportable Events Steering Committee, the National Priorities Partnership Board, the Critical Care Roundtable, and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Interactive Patient Care. Before joining Leapfrog in the spring of 2008, Binder spent eight years as vice president at an award-winning rural hospital network in Farmington, Maine, Franklin Community Health Network, and before that she was a senior policy advisor for the Office of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in New York City. She started her career at the National League for Nursing, where handled policy and communications for over six years. Binder has a BA from Brandeis, and two masters from the University of Pennsylvania, one from the Annenberg School of Communication and the other from the Fels Institute of Government.


John Young

John Young

Senior Vice President, Consumerism, Cigna Healthcare

General Session: Closing General Session: Day One, “Health Care Transparency Today and Tomorrow – Empowering the Individual”

Workshop: 308 – SHARE Session: Health Plans

John Young is Senior Vice President, Consumerism for CIGNA Healthcare. Young serves as a primary resource for driving CIGNA’s consumer driven health strategy through national mid-market sales and service regions. Young has 24 years of employee benefits industry experience, with eight years devoted to consumer driven healthcare. He was a founder of Consumer Driven Marketing, which served as the mid-market distribution system for Definity Health. Operating as regional director and sales leader, Young also served as technical lead for the division. Young also served as office head of Great-West Healthcare in Minneapolis as well as their national consumer driven health expert. Young also was Vice President of Employee Benefit Consulting divisions of Marsh and Sedgwick Noble Lowndes. Young is a former Executive Board member for Consumers for Health Care Choices, which represents the views of the health care consumer to policy makers and industry leadership. Young also served as Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee of the HSA Council.


Harry Gottlieb

Harry Gottlieb

Founder, The Jellyvision Lab, Inc.

Workshop: 307 – How to Make Your Benefits Communication A LOT More Engaging

Harry Gottlieb founded Jellyvision in 1989. The company had a different name then, and the international headquarters was in his bedroom, in the corner, over by the closet. In 1995, he created YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, an irreverent trivia party game franchise that sold over 5 million copies. Since then, Jellyvision has expanded into marketing and corporate communications, making learning and decision-making delightful for scores of big companies like, say, Microsoft, Comcast, Aetna and Clorox. In 2009, employee benefits caught his eye…because, well, it seemed so confusing and boring at the same time. And for Harry, that’s sort of a turn-on…in a “My Fair Lady” kind of way, if you get my drift. Anyway, ALEX™: THE JELLYVISION BENEFITS COUNSELOR was soon born. To date, over 87,000 employees have taken a survey after experiencing this program, and 91.3 percent said they understood and appreciated their benefits more thanks to ALEX.


Ross M. Miller, M.D., MPH

Ross M. Miller, M.D., MPH

Medical Executive, Cerner Corporation

Workshop: 208 – Onsite Health Clinics: Break the Financial and Clinical Burdens of Musculoskeletal Conditions

Ross M. Miller, M.D., MPH is a seasoned health care executive with extensive experience in the industry, including medical and pharmacy management, outcomes research, managed care, quality improvement and employer health services. He is currently a Medical Executive and Principal Investigator with Cerner Corporation and a Physician Advisor for the California Department of Health Care Services. Dr. Miller functions as the national Medical Director for Cerner’s employer-sponsored on-site primary and urgent care and occupational health centers with oversight of all clinical services, wellness programs chronic condition management and benefit administration. Previously Dr. Miller was Chief Medical Officer and led the Advisory Group responsible for all Community Clinics’ clinical operations, disease management and quality improvement within Los Angeles County and represented them on Leadership and Clinical Committees of the California Primary Care Association. Prior to that, he was VP, Sr. Medical Director for CIGNA HealthCare holding several leadership positions in medical and pharmacy management. Dr. Miller’s career in health care administration was as Physician Advisor of Quality and Utilization Management, for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, as well as a member of its Board of Directors. His academic credentials include an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, USC School of Medicine, Director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine program and Physician Manager of the Pediatric Continuity Clinic. He completed his certification from the California HealthCare Foundation-UCSF Center for Health Professional’s Health Care Leadership Fellowship and also graduated from the UCLA School of Public Health Executive Master’s Degree Program for Health Professionals in Health Services Management. Dr. Miller has attained recognition as a Certified Physician Executive having completed the Graduate Program in Medical Management from the American College of Physician Executives. He received his M.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. from Stanford University. Over the years, Dr. Miller has facilitated, moderated and/or participated in over 300 health care Advisory Boards, developed educational materials for healthcare providers, and both published and lectured extensively in managed care, quality improvement and disease management.


Nate Randal

Nate Randal

Benefits Manager at Tesla Motors

Workshops: 103 – SHARE Session: First Step to Health Care Consumerism; 303 – SHARE Session: Population Health & Management

Nate Randal serves as Benefits Manager at Tesla Motors, the acclaimed electric car company based in Silicon Valley. Coupling his passion for employee wellness with innovation, Randal’s forefront approach to benefits mirrors Tesla’s intrepid commitment to doing things better. At Tesla, he crafts and implements a broad range of forward-thinking benefits for a diverse, discerning and rapidly expanding workforce. Leveraging his extensive experience with health care data analytics and health reform policy development, he and his team have crafted an industry leading, next generation course. Randal is a 13 year veteran of the health, wellness and retirement space. Previously, he developed fresh and effective approaches to managing cost, transparency and integration for two Fortune100 companies


Diana Keough

Diana Keough

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of ShareWIK Media

Workshop: 207 – The Power of Personalized Content to Educate, Engage and Change Behavior

Diana Keough is a Pulitzer-prize nominated medical journalist and TEDx presenter with over 18 years of experience working for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, National Public Radio and the Emmy-nominated PBS NewsNight Akron. She segued that experience to launch the award-winning ShareWIK Media Group and ShareWIK Media Productions, a multimedia health and wellness content production company that uses the magic of personal storytelling and expert opinion to educate and engage users. She lives with her husband and four sons in Atlanta.


Craig Hankins

Craig Hankins

Consumerism Lead, Product & Innovation, UnitedHealthcare

Workshops: 206 – Creating Health Ownership, Controlling Costs; 308 – SHARE Session: Health Plans

Craig Hankins holds the consumerism lead role at UnitedHealthcare. He leads and supports efforts within UnitedHealthcare promoting consumer understanding and adoption of programs that enhance consumer engagement. Prior to this role, he led the consumer-driven health product management team at UnitedHealthcare and has worked with consumer-driven health plans for seven years to the development and launch of UnitedHealthcare’s HSA product. Since that time he has led many initiatives to improve the experience and effectiveness of CDHPs for employers and consumers alike including improvements to consumer tools and plan administration. He is a passionate advocate for better understanding consumers and their relationship with their health, leading many research projects into consumer behavior both within CDHPs and overall. Hankins combines his more than 15 years of health care experience with broad expertise gained as a management and strategy consultant. He holds an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a B.A. from St. Olaf College.


Cecily Hall

Cecily Hall

Executive Vice President of MedEncentive

Workshops: 106 – Engaging. Rewarding. Containing Costs. All for a Healthier World and 303 – SHARE Session: Population Health & Management

Cecily Hall, currently the Executive Vice President of MedEncentive, spent nearly 18 years with the Microsoft Corporation. Some of Cecily¹s benefit plan work gained national recognition including acknowledgment by the Clinton Administration and President Obama. Hall serves on the Board of Directors for Overlake Hospital Medical Center and the Bailey-Boushay House, a facility owned by Virginia Mason Medical Center. In 2007, Hall accepted an appointment to the Business Advisory Group for The Joint Commission. Hall attended Carroll College and the University of Montana Business School. She has served as a visiting faculty member for the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education and she is pursuing her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Cecily worked for Nordstrom, Inc. for 10 years holding positions in sales, business management, and human resources.


Ron G. Barlow

Ron G. Barlow

Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers

Workshop: 103 – SHARE Session: First Step to Health Care Consumerism Program

Ron G. Barlow is a Managing Director in PwC’s Tax/Global Human Resource Solutions practice in Chicago with over 30 years of health care actuarial consulting experience in the employer-sponsored health benefits field. His primary emphasis is the financial and actuarial analysis of healthcare programs, including consumer-driven healthcare, wellness, and the impact of health reform. Barlow has been involved in a variety of consulting engagements for his clients, including: leading employers in health care strategy development, including consumer-focused programs, care management programs, on-site clinics, and wellness programs; analyzing health care cost and utilization data in order to determine cost drivers, trends, and risk measures; advising employers on the effects of various pricing, benefit, and contribution strategies on health plan cost and employee selection patterns; assisting employers in the selection of health plan vendors, including analysis of provider networks; and analyzing the impact of various changes in health care policies and regulations, including national health reform. Prior to rejoining PwC in March of 2011, Barlow was a Director at Deloitte Consulting for eight years. Earlier in his career, he was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a health care consultant/leader for over 14 years. He is also an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology from Yale University.


Mike Seethaler

Mike Seethaler

Vice President of Business Development, TSYS Healthcare

Workshop: 108 – Employee Engagement: A Deep Dive Into Methods of Increasing Employee Engagement, Utilizing the Latest Capabilities

Mike Seethaler brings over 25 years of sales leadership and strategic business development within the financial services, health care and automation industries. Seethaler has a striking record of exceptional C-Suite, solution-sales success in all aspects of consultative selling. His documented career results include over $250 million in incremental sales revenue and are based on broad business and financial knowledge in both strategic and tactical areas. Seethaler served as the National Vice President, Business Development and Vice President, Industry Development for Health Fitness Corporation, a health, wellness and disease management company in Bloomington, MN. Seethaler was responsible for implementing the first C-Suite, consultative selling methodology and performance-based value proposition within the industry. Seethaler earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Business Management and Finance at Westminster College in Pennsylvania.


Tomer Shoval

Tomer Shoval

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Simplee

Workshop: 205 – What Silicon Valley Can Teach us About Consumer Engagement.

Shoval brings over 12 years of experience as a business leader in e-commerce. As the managing director of Shopping.com North America (an eBay company), Tomer was able to significantly accelerate the growth of his business unit by establishing distribution deals with key content and commerce publishers. Prior to that, Shoval led the sales organization for Shopping.com, where he revolutionized Shopping’s business model to create competitive advantage of online merchants and inventory. Prior to that, Shoval led a global content operation unit, with over 150 content specialists in various locations. The group was responsible for creation of the largest e-commerce catalog at the time. Tomer Shoval holds a BA in Psychology & Sociology from Tel Aviv college, Israel.


Scott Mardis

Scott Mardis

Senior VP Business Development, AmeriFlex

Workshops: 101 – NAHU Advanced Consumer-directed Health Care Certification Course: Part 1; 201 – NAHU Advanced Consumer-directed Health Care Certification Course: It’s Your Turn

Scott Mardis is a consumer-driven health care consulting expert with 15 years industry experience working with health insurance carriers, brokers and agents while managing the development of complex long-term solutions for small to large size organizations. Mardis is currently the senior vice president of business development for AmeriFlex. Mardis holds a BA from Denison University and an MBA from Eastern University. From 1996 through 2002, he represented Independence Blue Cross, where he specialized in the sales and marketing of Association business. Previously, Mardis was vice president atFlexible Benefits Plans, Inc. in Valley Forge, Penn., and he is the president of the Pennsylvania Association of Health Underwriters and a past president of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Health Underwriters (GPAHU), one of thelargest regional chapters of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). He is certified in flexible compensation (CFC) and speaks nationally on consumer-driven health care issues.


Crystal A. Meyer

Crystal A. Meyer

Manager of Benefits for Nelnet, Inc.

Workshop: 303 – SHARE Session: Population Health & Management

Crystal A. Meyer is Manager of Benefits for Nelnet, Inc., managing the strategy, development, and administration of benefit and leave management programs. Nelnet employs over 2400 associates in offices throughout the United States and Canada and is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nelnet takes a holistic approach to associate well-being by integrating benefits and wellness programs to support associates in reaching their goals in areas of physical, financial, profession, and personal. She assisted implementation of the company’s first of two Consumer Driven Health Plans in 2007 and currently offers two CDHP plans and one traditional plan. Meyer holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management and the Professional in Human Resources certification. She is currently pursuing her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation. She is actively involved in her children’s activities, community, church, and United Way.


Steve Lafferty

Steve Lafferty

Director, Health Benefit, Target Corporation

General Session: Closing General Session – Day Two, Employer Panel: “What HealthCare Consumerism Means to You”

Steve Lafferty is currently one of two directors of benefits at Target Corporation and is responsible for all health and wellness benefits for more than 300,000 Target team members in the U.S. In addition to overseeing the health and wellness benefit plan design and implementation, he is also responsible for the development and implementation of Target’s cross-company well-being strategy which impacts all aspects of the team member’s experience at Target. Steve has been in this current role since November, 2007.
Prior to transitioning into his current benefits role with Target, Steve had over 16 years of Merchandising experience in the Retail Industry. He joined Target as an Entertainment Buyer in January 2000 and held the positions of Beauty Aids Buyer, Pharmacy Sr. Buyer, and Sr. Manager of Healthcare Strategy prior to joining the Pay & Benefits team in 2007. As Sr. Manager of Healthcare Strategy, he lead a cross-company team in the development and implementation of Target’s health and wellness business strategy to grow Target’s market share in the health and wellness categories of prescription pharmacy, OTC pharmacy, Clinics, food and fitness. His health and wellness experience in merchandising lead him to his current role in benefits. Prior to joining Target, Steve held various Merchandising positions with Office Depot in Delray Beach, FL and The Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, FL. Steve graduated from the University of Florida in 1990 with a B.S. Business Administration degree, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Spanish.


Kevin Ronneberg, MD

Kevin Ronneberg, M.D.

Associate Medical Director, Target Corporation

Workshop: 301 — Insights. Innovation. Inspiration. A Roadmap to Improve Consumer Engagement

Kevin Ronneberg, MD is the Associate Medical Director of Target Clinics and Pharmacy Professional Services and also a board-certified family practice physician. He is responsible for providing insight into Target clinic and pharmacy services and guiding business continuity. Prior to joining Target, Dr. Ronneberg was Medical Director for Medica, a regional non-profit health plan in the Midwest. He worked with Health Management to drive member engagement in health improvement and innovative solutions for members’ health needs. He also supported commercial sales in trend analysis, reporting to employer groups and developing employer health and wellness solutions. Dr. Ronneberg graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed residency training with Park Nicollet Health System through the University of Minnesota. He has practiced family medicine with Fairview Health System for several years and developed the sports medicine program for the health system where he continues to see patients part time.


Doug Stukenborg

Doug Stukenborg

Divisional Merchandise Manager for Pharmacy, OTC and Optical, Target Corporation

Workshop: 301 — Insights. Innovation. Inspiration. A Roadmap to Improve Consumer Engagement

Doug Stukenborg was named Divisional Merchandise Manager for Pharmacy, Over-The-Counter (OTC) and Optical in August 2011. Stukenborg joined Target in 2005 and has held several positions including Buyer for Everyday Candy, Senior Buyer of Frozen & Processed Meat, Senior Buyer of Drug Acquisition & Distribution and most recently Director of Healthcare Business Development. Prior to joining Target, Stukenborg spent five years as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Charlotte, NC focused on the retail and consumer goods sectors. He also worked as a Product Development & Design Engineer for eight years at Ford Motor Company. Stukenborg earned his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2000. He received an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 from the University of Michigan.


Kim Buckey

Kim Buckey

Principal, Compliance Communications Practice at HighRoads

Workshop: 204 — SHARE Session: Effective Engagement & Communication

As the principal of the compliance communications practice at HighRoads, Buckey focuses on delivering high value strategic and practical solutions for clients in an efficient manner leveraging the HighRoads technology platform. She has collaborated closely with many Fortune 500 clients across varying industries and is recognized as an industry leader.Previously, Buckey served as national compliance champion and global quality leader for Watson Wyatt’s communication practice. In her 30-year career Buckey has helped dozens of companies meet their compliance requirements by completing hundreds of health and welfare and retirement plan SPDs.


Sam Shallenberger

Sam Shallenberger

Chief Financial Officer for RJ Young Company, Inc.

Workshop: 103 — SHARE Session: First Step to Health Care Consumerism

Sam Shallenberger leads finance and administration for RJ Young, one of the largest independent office equipment dealers in the nation. He manages a $100M captive leasing portfolio for the company, and serves on the advisory boards of several local businesses including a CDHC focused broker, Bernard Health. Prior to RJ Young, Shallenberger led IT and Treasury for Gibson Guitar and was CFO of two IT VARs. He has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a MACC from the University of Phoenix. You can tweet Shallenberger at @CashGap.


Diana M. Andersen

Diana M. Andersen

Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Zions Bancorporation

General Session: Closing General Session – Day Two, Employer Panel: “What HealthCare Consumerism Means to You”

Diana M. Andersen is Senior Vice President of Human Resources with a special emphasis in Benefits. Andersen oversees benefits administration for all the Zions Bancorporation employees with plan value totaling upwards of $650 million. Additionally, in this role, she co-chairs the Benefits Committee made up of the C-suite and other senior executives in the Corporation. Andersen also plays a pivotal role in keeping the C-suite informed of emerging benefit issues and legislative concerns. She provided leadership in Zions’ move to consumer directed health care plans and the new health and productivity management program. Andersen graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance. She later received her Masters in Business Administration degree also from the University of Utah. Andersen further received a certificate of completion in English Literature from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. Andersen is deeply involved in the community. She is a member of the Ceridian and Aetna client advisory boards. She is a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels and the Junior Achievement programs and is a member of the United Way’s Women’s Philanthropic Network.


D.W. Edington, Ph.D.

D.W. Edington, Ph.D.

Professor, Division of Kinesiology, Director, Health Management Research Center, University of Michigan

General Session: Morning General Session – Day Two, “Population Health Management Panel”

D.W. Edington is a Professor in the Division of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, Director of the Health Management Research Center and a Research Scientist in the School of Public Health. Dr. Edington’s research focuses on the precursors of disease and vitality. His interest is in the relationships between healthy lifestyles, vitality and quality of life, as they benefit both individuals and organizations. He is specifically interested in how individual health promotion, worksite wellness activities and programs within organizations impact health care cost containment, productivity and human resource development. He is the author and co-author of over 700 articles, presentations and several books.


Dawn Bading

Dawn Bading

Vice President, Human Resources for Kaiser Permanente

Workshop: 203 – Successful Engagement Strategies Utilizing Incentives to Promote Compliance with Wellness and Care Management Programs

Dawn Bading joined Kaiser Permanente’s Georgia Region in October, 2007 as the Vice President of Human Resources. She oversees all areas of compensation, benefits, recruitment, supplemental staffing, learning and organizational development, diversity, labor and employee relations. She also Sponsors the Labor Management Partnership areas of Workplace Safety, Unit Based Teams, Integrated Disability Management and Workforce Development. Prior to joining Kaiser, Bading worked as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management for Regency Hospital Company, a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Company located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Regency is a privately held company with 26 hospitals located throughout the United States. She also had a 20 year history with Charter Behavioral Health Systems as was the Vice President of Human Resources. Charter owned and operated over 100 psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals throughout the United States and Europe until 2000.

Dawn Bading serves on the Board for Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center. She also served on the host committee for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence Gala and is a member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF). She is a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Atlanta class. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a BA, and completed the 2009 Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School.


Mary Bradley

Mary Bradley

Director of Benefits for Pitney Bowes

Workshop: 204 — SHARE Session: Effective Engagement & Communication

As the Director of Health Care Planning for Pitney Bowes, Bradley is responsible for the development of the U.S. Health Care strategy including quality assessment of health care programs, management of health care suppliers, development and management of the health care budget, and the communication of plan offerings for Pitney Bowes’ 28,000 active and retired employees and their dependents. Bradley is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the North East Business Group on Health, a board member of the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions and serves on advisory boards for CIGNA, NCQA, IFEBP, Thomson Reuters, Catalyst for Payment Reform and the National Business Coalition on Health’s eValue8 product.


Lisa Gomez

Lisa Gomez

Supervisor and Benefits Admin for Con-Way Inc.

Workshop: 204 — SHARE Session: Effective Engagement & Communication

As Supervisor and Benefits Admin for Con-way Inc., Lisa Gomez is a member of the team responsible for the development of the U.S. health care strategy including assessment of health care programs as measured against potential job market competition. Additionally, Gomez’s day to day focus includes management of vendors, including quality of customer service and accuracy of administration. Gomez also works closely with both external and internal contacts to development a communication plan for Con-way’s 26,000+ active and retired employees and their dependents. Until 2011, Gomez was internal project manager for the updating of Con-way’s Summary Plan Descriptions (SPD) and all Summary of Material Modifications (SMM).


Terry Parker

Terry Parker

Senior Business Leader of Global Workforce Programs at MasterCard Worldwide

Workshop: 206 — Creating Health Ownership, Controlling Costs

Terry Parker is the Senior Business Leader of Global Benefits at MasterCard Worldwide. She leads strategy, design and financial management for MasterCard’s Health, Wellness and Retirement Programs. Under her leadership, MasterCard has attained American Heart Association “Fit Company ” status for three years in a row and won United Healthcare’s 2012 Apex Award for excellence in Wellness. Prior to joining MasterCard, Parker led the Benefits team at Goldman Sachs, where she was instrumental in designing and implementing strategic, cost-effective employee benefit programs. Parker began her career at Kwasha Lipton (subsequently acquired by Coopers & Lybrand/PriceWaterhouse Coopers) as a consultant in the actuarial division, helping clients value their pension and retiree welfare liabilities. Parker earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Fordham University.


Alex Tolbert

Alex Tolbert

Team Member for Bernard Health

Workshop: 305 — SHARE Session | Broker Track: Defined Contribution and Private Exchanges: The Revolution of Small & Large Group Benefits

Alex Tolbert learned about HSAs in the Spring of 2006 while in his third year of the JD/MBA program at Vanderbilt. He started Bernard Health to take the message to employers. Tolbert is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has a degree in International Studies and a degree in finance from Wharton. He is also a JD/MBA graduate of Vanderbilt University and has passed all three levels of the CFA examination.


Barb Vasko

Barb Vasko

Vice President of Aon Hewitt

Workshop: 305 — SHARE Session | Broker Track: Defined Contribution and Private Exchanges: The Revolution of Small Group Benefits

Barb Vasko is a Vice President of Aon Hewitt. She has 30+ years of employee benefits background with a combination of carrier, corporate benefits and consulting experience. The fifteen years prior to joining Aon were spent managing corporate employee benefit plans, including health and welfare, retirement and savings, time off, wellness programs and executive benefits for large complex organizations. Of particular value to her clients is the broad perspective she offers, having functioned as an employee benefits manager and a consultant. Vasko consults with employers on all aspects of health and welfare benefits, including strategy, wellness, design, pricing, utilization and operational performance. Of particular interest to Vasko are innovative approaches to impact healthcare spending, and strategies to improve consumerism and health.


Dena Bravata

Dena Bravata

Medical Director, Castlight Health

General Session: Closing General Session – Day One, “Health Care Transparency Today and Tomorrow – Empowering the Individual”

Dena Bravata leads Castlight Health’s work to present cost, quality and educational material for health care services in a clinically-responsible and user-friendly way. Bravata brings a unique combination of clinical and analytic expertise to her role at Castlight. Prior to joining Castlight, she was a practicing internist—for nearly a decade in her own private practice in San Francisco and prior to that as an attending physician at Stanford University and the Palo Alto VA. As a senior research scientist in Stanford’s Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Bravata has published widely on clinical effectiveness and public health (especially topics related to obesity treatment and prevention). Bravata has an undergraduate degree from Yale University, an M.D. degree from Columbia University and an M.S. in Health Policy from Stanford University.


Wally Gomaa

Wally Gomaa

President, ACAP Health, Senior Vice President Holmes Murphy & Associates

General Session: Closing General Session – Day One, Health Care Transparency Today and Tomorrow – Empowering the Individual

Wally Gomaa’s drive to revolutionize health care in the areas of disease management and wellness inspired him to become a founder and President of ACAP Health, and an influential leader as Senior Vice President and shareholder of Holmes Murphy & Associates. Prior to Holmes Murphy and ACAP, Gomaa served as President of Great-West Life and Annuity. There he was responsible for overseeing the operations of the health plan including the medical management, network development and claims and call center operations. Striving to manage and prevent chronic conditions, ACAP Health is a research and consulting firm providing advanced clinical strategies to insurance companies and hospital systems interested in developing programs that measurably slow the production of disease. ACAP stands for Accountable Care, Accountable Patients—reflecting the company’s revolutionary way of delivering measurable results and lower health care costs.


Praveen V. Mooganur

Praveen V. Mooganur

Chief Operating Officer, WiserTogether

General Session: Closing General Session – Day One, “Health Care Transparency Today and Tomorrow – Empowering the Individual”

Praveen V. Mooganur co-founded WiserTogether and is responsible for operations and commercial success of the company. Prior to joining WiserTogether, Mooganur served as the managing director of sales and client service at the Corporate Executive Board with responsibility for revenue organizations across Information Technology (IT), corporate finance, strategy and legal practices. In addition, Mooganur’s experience includes work with Tata Motors (India), where he held a variety of roles related to pricing strategy and procurement. Mooganur has deep knowledge of the health care, professional services, IT and automobile industries with functional expertise in sales, client service and marketing. He graduated from the George Washington University with an MBA in Management Decision Technologies. Mooganur also holds a Master’s degree in Nuclear Physics from the Bangalore University, India. He currently lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.


Ethan Prater

Ethan Prater

VP Product, Castlight Health

Workshop: 107 — Creating Employee Consumerism: Driving Change in Your Organization

Ethan Prater leads Castlight’s product management and product marketing areas. Prater joined Castlight after serving in various product and marketing leadership positions at Yahoo, IGN Entertainment, DoubleClick and Jigsaw. As Jigsaw’s VP of Product Marketing, he oversaw the market introduction and growth of the leading consumer-contributed directory of company and contact information. Prater holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in German from Yale University.


Scott M. Wood

Scott M. Wood

Principal, Benefit Commerce Group

Workshop: 305 — SHARE Session | Broker Track: Defined Contribution and Private Exchanges: The Revolution of Small & Large Group Benefits

Scott M. Wood was named “Most Innovative Broker” by the Institute of HealthCare Consumerism in December 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience and business contacts within the insurance industry. He is committed to changing the health care cost paradigm, one company at a time. Wood has held Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer positions in health insurance companies that specialized in employee benefits. He is an expert in risk management, insurance product design and employee benefit programs, and he cuts to the heart of business issues. He also has extensive experience negotiating contracts with insurers, reinsurers, PPOs and other vendors. Wood has a degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University.


Lara LaRose

Lara LaRose

Manager of Boeing Health & Productivity Data Management, The Boeing Company

Workshop: 204 — SHARE Session: Effective Engagement & Communication

Lara LaRose is the Manager of Boeing Health & Productivity Data Management. LaRose is the Manager of Boeing Health & Productivity Data Management. This includes oversight of HighRoads services supporting health plan renewal and negotiations, requests for proposal/information, supplier performance measurement and contract management practices. These services are utilized by Boeing’s SSG Employee Services, Benefits Service Delivery and Corporate Benefits organizations. In addition, LaRose is responsible for the Boeing Health & Productivity Data Warehouse which holds health plan claims, wellness program utilization and other absence and productivity data for 30+ vendors/programs, which is utilized for strategic decision support and claim data reporting purposes. She also serves on the ESDM Governance Council, helping to define and deploy ESDM best practices throughout the Benefits Service Delivery organization.


Nancy Lazgin

Nancy Lazgin

Global Benefits for Staples, Inc.

Workshop: 204 — SHARE Session: Effective Engagement & Communication

Nancy Lazgin is Director, Global Benefits for Staples, Inc., the world’s largest office products company with over $18.2 billion in sales and 74,000 associates who make purchasing easy for their customers. As Director, she oversees benefits’ strategy and sourcing in 22 countries. In addition, she and her team are responsible for domestic benefit sourcing, vendor and performance management as well as benefit design, implementation and ongoing associate education and engagement.


Kristine Mullen

Kristine Mullen

National Sales Executive at Humana

Workshop: 308 — SHARE Session: Health Plans

Kristine’s Bio Coming Soon


Dr. Cindy Haines

Dr. Cindy Haines

Chief Medical Officer of HealthDay and Managing Editor of HealthDay-Physician’s Briefing

General Session: Morning General Session – Day Two, “Population Health Management Panel”

Dr. Cindy Haines, a family physician and medical communicator, plays an integral role in global medical news coverage for health care professionals and patients alike. This is accomplished through her role as Chief Medical Officer of HealthDay and Managing Editor of HealthDay-Physician’s Briefing and her role in the daily syndicated video segments HealthDay TV. Dr. Haines also oversees HealthDay’s medical review division. She is a passionate advocate of patient self-empowerment, providing additional televised medical segments that can be seen locally and nationwide, and writing pieces for a variety of online health information sources including the Huffington Post and the HealthCentral Network. Her first book, “The New Prescription: How to Get the Best Health Care in a Broken System” was published by HCI Books in May 2011. In addition to her work above, Haines is a member of the staff and faculty of the department of family and community medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri.


Dr. Joel R. Bender M.D., Ph.D., FACOEM

Dr. Joel R. Bender M.D., Ph.D., FACOEM

Global Medical Director, U.S. Preventive Medicine Inc.

General Session: Morning General Session – Day Two, “Population Health Management Panel”

He is currently serving as the Global Medical Director for U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc., a company that is transforming health with The Prevention Plan, the world’s first preventive health benefit. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Bender served as Corporate Director of Global Health Services for the General Motors Corporation where his health promotion and awareness activities touched more than 1 million GM employees and their family members. Dr. Bender was also a partner in Patient Advocates, Ltd. (PAL) and Managing Director of Health Strategies from 1998 until 2002. PAL provided health education and formal methods for resolution of disputes regarding health care. Dr. Joel Bender’s career-long advocacy for effective disease prevention and health promotion at work and at home has benefited citizens across the United States and throughout other regions of the globe. He also served as Vice President of Health, Safety, and Environmental Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Owens Corning from 1987 until 1998. There he developed global stewardship initiatives for vitreous insulation materials that culminated in voluntary agreements between manufacturers, the European Commission, and OSHA. In this capacity, Dr. Bender was an invited participant on numerous World Health Organization panels and Workshops sponsored internationally by organized labor. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Bender worked for DuPont from 1979 to 1987 in a variety of roles including Manager of Field Services at Haskell Laboratory for Toxicology and Industrial Medicine and as Corporate Medical Director for Conoco Inc., a DuPont company in Houston.


Alexander Sander Domaszewicz

Alexander “Sander” Domaszewicz

Principal and Senior Consultant at Mercer Health & Benefits Services

Workshop: 303 — SHARE Session: Population Health & Management

Domaszewicz is a Principal and Senior Consultant housed in the Mercer Health & Benefits Services (Mercer) Newport Beach, California office. He is Mercer’s National Practice Leader for Consumerism and leads Engagement efforts for the Total Health Management group, specializing in emerging benefits and ways to encourage groups to become involved and informed around health care cost and quality. Areas of focus include health care strategy, consumer directed health care, health management, health and benefits decision support tools, web health resources, HR portals and online benefits. His prior experience includes project management in the Health & Group Benefits Delivery Services group at a large multi-national consulting firm for flexible benefits administration outsourcing. In this capacity he addressed outsourcing issues, systems integration, design, and testing as well as database administration and training relating to flexible benefits. Prior to benefits outsourcing project management, Domaszewicz managed a hearing health care facility in Southern California, giving him exposure to issues from the provider perspective. He is a frequent presenter at health care and benefits-related events and has published articles in Benefits Quarterly, Employee Benefit News, HR Magazine, Workforce and HR Executive. His consulting assignments include work with many large and small public and private organizations in both the benefits and product development areas.


Adam Bosworth

Adam Bosworth

Chief Executive Officer, Keas, Inc.

General Session: Morning General Session – Day Two, “Population Health Management Panel”

Adam Bosworth is a technology leader and innovator who was instrumental in building numerous technology products, including Google Health, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Internet Explorer and BEA WebLogic Integration and Workshop.

After facing serious family challenges with the health care system, Adam Bosworth decided to transition from 25 years of building databases and software to apply this knowledge and pursue his passion for helping people become healthy and well. He founded Keas in 2008 to bring together the latest technology, medical information and wellness programs to inspire, motivate and reward consumers to better manage their own health care and live healthier lives.

Prior to starting Keas, Bosworth, was vice president of engineering at Google, Inc., and was instrumental in the development of Google Calendar and Spreadsheets. He then headed Google Health, a personal health information centralization service. Previously, he was senior vice president of engineering and chief software architect at BEA Systems.

Bosworth’s long, successful career in technology began during college, where his strong math skills and great interest in architecture lead him to summer jobs at various computer companies in New York. He attributes his unique ability to find simple solutions to complex problems to being dyslexic and having to learn, at a very early age, to read in patterns and create cognitive pictures to understand and process information. He believes this type of visualization allows him solve challenging problems others do not think can be solved. Bosworth received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University.