Oct 28 - 29, 2014


Clarence Anthony headshotClarence E. Anthony

Executive Director, National League of Cities

Clarence Anthony served as the Mayor of South Bay, FL for 24 years. He is known as a creative and thoughtful leader in his community. He is considered an expert in citizen engagement and techniques that build a "sense of community" within cities. Mr. Anthony has been on the forefront of politics in the United States and internationally for the past 20 years, culminating with productive presidencies of the Florida League of Cities and the National League of Cities (NLC), respectively.
As NLC President, Mr. Anthony served as the chief spokesperson of the oldest and largest organization of municipal officials in the United States, representing more than 1,600 cities and towns, as well as 49 state municipal leagues that are members of NLC. He also served as First Vice President of International Union of Local Authorities and as Founding Treasurer of United Cites and Local Governments (UCLG), the international voice for local governments, for four years. Most recently, he served as the Interim Manager for UCLG. He has continued his involvement with NLC by serving on the Building Committee.


Carol Backstrom headshot Carol Backstrom

Program Director, Medicaid and Health System Transformation, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

Carol has an extensive background in health care policy, administration, and project management.  Most recently, Carol was the State Medicaid Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  She has also worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the role of Senior Policy Advisor for Payment Reform.  In this role, Carol provided strategic leadership, vision, project, and technical direction on payment and delivery system initiatives to the Director of Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.
Carol also served as the Assistant to the Commissioner for Health Reform at the Minnesota Department of Health.  Her role there was to oversee implementation of the health reform initiative passed by the Minnesota Legislature in May 2008.  She also worked for HealthPartners (a large integrated health care system) in Minneapolis, Minnesota as Senior Manager for Care Innovation as well as manager of Government Relations and Community Health Initiatives, focusing on issues related to government program benefits and eligibility, medical education, and uncompensated care.


Reggie Bicha headshotReggie Bicha

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)

Reggie Bicha was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services in 2011.
Reggie is a social worker, administrator, educator and national leader. He has extensive experience working on child welfare, education, employment and health issues at the county, state and national levels. Before moving to Colorado, Reggie served as the Inaugural Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.  
Reggie is the current President of the American Public Human Services Association governing board.  And, in 2012, he was selected for the Ascend Fellowship, sponsored by the prestigious Aspen Institute, to focus on approaches to move children and parents beyond poverty.
In January 2014, Reggie was recognized for his leadership and dedication with the Casey Family Programs “Excellence for Children Award.”
He and his wife, Becky, have three children, and have served as foster parents.


Susan Birch headshotSusan E. Birch MBA, BSN, RN

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

As Executive Director, Sue Birch oversees the operations and strategic direction of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Department has a budget of more than $7 billion and is the single state agency administering Colorado Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program. Birch was appointed the executive director of the Department by Governor Hickenlooper in January 2011. Director Birch directs the Department’s efforts to improve the health of Medicaid and CHP+ clients and increase access to care across the state while containing costs.

Under Birch’s leadership, the Department has been awarded numerous grants and performance bonuses, including the highest bonus of any state in 2012 and 2013 in recognition for its innovation and modernization of eligibility and enrollment systems by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Director Birch is also leading the implementation of federal and state health care reform, while working with stakeholders to integrate care across the continuum and transform the Department’s health care delivery systems.

Director Birch has been honored at both the state and federal level for her commitment to improving Coloradan’s access to care. Most recently Birch received the 2014 Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service in the category Outstanding Career Public Servant at the State or Local Level from the American Medical Association (AMA).


Gary Capistrant headshotGary Capistrant

Senior Director, Public Policy, American Telemedicine Association

Gary Capistrant's expertise in health policy is based on over 30 years experience with Medicare, Medicaid, and national health reforms. Mr. Capistrant's knowledge of health policy has lead him to become a trusted advisor to associations, innovative health providers and Wall Street investment analysts.  He is also the former Director of Congressional Relations for the American Health Care Association, Staff Director of the State Medicaid Directors Association and Health Legislative Assistant for former Rep. Jim Corman.

Mr. Capistrant earned a MA in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and he also earned a BA from the same University.


Dan Crippen headshotDan Crippen, Ph.D.

Executive Director, National Governors Association

Dan Crippen serves as the executive director of the National Governors Association (NGA). As executive director, he works with governors to identify and prioritize the most pressing issues facing states and oversees the day-to-day operations of the association. Founded in 1908, NGA is the only bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. NGA promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy.

Crippen brings a wealth of experience in state and federal budgets, health care and retirement issues. Prior to his work at NGA, Crippen served as the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 1999 to 2002, supporting the Congressional budget process and providing expert analysis to guide and inform economic decision making.   

Since CBO, Crippen has worked in the private and nonprofit sectors primarily on health care – including Medicaid, health IT, and health care for elderly and complex patients.
In the early 1980s, during a time of great economic upheaval and uncertainty, Crippen served as the Chief Counsel and Economic Advisor for Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. This position paved the way for his role as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy under the Reagan administration, from 1987 to 1989.

Crippen is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Health Care Strategies, a non-profit health policy center focusing on Medicaid; a member of the board of Father Martin’s Ashley, a drug and alcohol rehab center; and a member of the CBO Economic Advisors. He has also served as senior advisor to the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as a member of the CEO Health Transformation Community, the NASA Aeronautics and Safety Advisory Panel and the Google Health Advisory Committee.

Crippen completed his undergraduate work at The University of South Dakota and earned a Ph.D. and a master's degree in public finance from The Ohio State University.


Brooks Daverman

Director of the Strategic Planning and Innovation Group, Division of Health Care Finance and Administration,
State of Tennessee

Director Daverman has three areas of responsibility:

  •  Implement a statewide health care payment reform initiative;
  •  Monitor the federal health insurance exchange in Tennessee and analyze state options for response; and
  •  Manage state health insurance assistance programs including CoverKids (Tennessee’s CHIP program), AccessTN (a state high-risk pool), and CoverRx (a pharmacy discount program) in a changing policy environment.

Mr. Daverman has a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University, and was raised in Nashville.


Nico Gomez headshotNico Gomez, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Since February 2013, Nico Gomez is serving as the CEO of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state Medicaid agency.
In 2005, Gomez was appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to serve on a state Medicaid reform task force. In 2006, he was named one of OKCBusiness’ “Forty under 40” professionals. In January 2014, Gomez was one of six men and women who were named as Oklahomans of the Year by Oklahoma Magazine.
A graduate of OU with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations, Gomez also has an MBA with an emphasis in health care administration from SNU and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the university teaching Leadership in Health Care Administration.   
Gomez is an elected board of education member for Bethany Public Schools. He also serves as a member of the Bethany Public School Foundation and the Bethany Community Foundation.


Tine Hansen-Turton headshotTine Hansen-Turton, M.G.A., J.D., FAAN, FCPP

Chief Strategy Officer, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC)

Tine Hansen-Turton is Chief Strategy Officer at PHMC, which is one of the nation's largest public health institutes and health and human services agencies. In this role, she supports PHMC's strategy and operations, leads partnership development around new and emerging business opportunities, including mergers and affiliations and government affairs. Hansen-Turton also serves as CEO of the National Nursing Centers Consortium, a PHMC affiliate with over 500 nurse-managed health center members and is co-founder and executive director of Convenient Care Association, a national trade association of over 1800 private-sector based retail health clinics serving more than 20 million people across the country.  Tine Hansen-Turton teaches at University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government and Temple University School of Law.  She co-founded Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, which highlights social innovators and innovations in the region and the Social Innovations Lab, a social enterprise business model incubator.  Tine Hansen-Turton is the recipient of the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, Philadelphia Business Journal 40 under 40 Leadership Award, The Philadelphia Business Journal Women of Distinction, Philadelphia Connector and the American Express NextGen Fellow. She is a Fellow in the College of Philadelphia Physicians and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Tine Hansen-Turton has a Bachelor in Arts from Slippery Rock University, Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government and a Juris Doctor from Temple University Law School.


Trent Haywood headshotTrent T. Haywood, M.D., J.D.

Chief Medical Officer and SVP, Office of Clinical Affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Trent T. Haywood, M.D., J.D., is Chief Medical Officer and SVP, Office of Clinical Affairs for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.  The Blue System is the nation's largest health insurer covering over 105 million people – one-in-three of all Americans.  

Dr. Haywood is responsible for the Office of Clinical Affairs, which strives to improve health outcomes through identified opportunities between providers and BCBS companies to improve the choices of quality healthcare provided to members.


William Hazel headshotThe Honorable William A. Hazel, Jr., M.D.

Secretary of Health & Human Resources, Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe, Commonwealth of Virginia

William A. Hazel Jr. MD practiced orthopedic surgery in Northern Virginia until becoming Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia in January of 2010. As a founding member of Commonwealth Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hazel gained extensive experience working in our health care system while helping to lead a large group practice. Dr. Hazel has served as a Trustee of the American Medical Association, Speaker and President of the Medical Society of Virginia, President of the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Medical Staff, and Chair of the Medical Affairs council of the INOVA Health System.
Dr. Hazel grew up on the family farm in Fauquier County. Dr. Hazel received his BS in Civil Engineering at Princeton University in 1978. He earned his Medical Degree at Duke University School of Medicine in 1983 and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1988 before returning home to Virginia. His professional experience includes working as a team physician for the Chantilly High School Chargers, serving as an Assistant Orthopedist for the Washington Redskins football team, and serving as team physician for DC United soccer team.


Emilia Istrate headshotEmilia Istrate, Ph.D.

Research Director, NACo

Dr. Emilia Istrate is NACo’s research director, being responsible for developing the research priorities in support of NACo’s strategic plan and mission.  Emilia joined NACo in February 2013 from the Brookings Institution, where she was a senior research associate and associate fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program.  Her research has been widely cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNN, the Atlantic, the Economist and other media outlets.
Ms. Istrate has a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University with specialization in regional economic development and transportation, and holds graduate degrees in international studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


Nilesh Kalyanaraman headshotNilesh Kalyanaraman, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Baltimore Health Care for the Homeless Council

Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman is the Chief Medical Officer at Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore, Maryland where he oversees all clinical services delivered to over 7,000 people experiencing homelessness each year. His focus has been on increasing access to services and improving quality and during his tenure HCH has launched a mobile health clinic and achieved Joint Commission certification as a Patient Centered Medical Home. He also serves on the physician advisory committees for Evergreen Health Co-op and Amerigroup, Maryland. His honors include being appointed as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and completing a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the NIH from 2010-2011, where he worked at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


Matt Klein headshotMatthew Klein

Mayor's Office of Operations, New York City; Senior Advisor for Service Innovation &
Executive Director, Center for Economic Opportunity

Matthew Klein is Executive Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity, and the Senior Advisor for Service Innovation in the Mayor's Office of Operations.  Matt oversees a portfolio of cross-agency initiatives focused on developing and bringing effective anti-poverty approaches to scale and using technology and data to enhance the delivery of social services.  Matt previously served as the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Foundation New York, one of the country's first incubators of nonprofit organizations. While at Blue Ridge, Matt helped create and build 30 new social ventures that collectively grew to provide services to several hundred thousand clients each year with a combined budget of over $250 million.  Matt, a graduate of Yale Law School, Yale College, and the Boston Public Schools, also serves as an adjunct professor at NYU's Stern School of Business where he has taught courses on social venture investing and nonprofit management.


Nick Macchione headshotNick Macchione, F.A.C.H.E.

Director and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego, California

With over 26 years experience in the delivery, management and policy of health and human services, Nick Macchione serves as San Diego County’s Director of the Health and Human Services Agency. Macchione directs a professional workforce of 6,000 employees with a $2 Billion annual operating budget, including 1,000 contracted service providers. The Agency has earned local, state and national recognition for its innovative, cost effective solutions in improving the health, safety and well-being for its one million clients. As the key founder of the county’s ten year plan, “Live Well San Diego”, the County is implementing a broad-based data-driven strategy to improve health and safety outcomes, reduce costs and improve the customer experience. Since 2010, the Agency and other County departments along with its many community partners have been implementing the ambitious wellness initiative throughout the region to build better health, encourage safer living, and promote economic vitality for all San Diego County residents.

Macchione holds dual masters’ degrees from Columbia University and New York University where he specialized in health services management and policy.


Peter McDonald

Director of Business Development, Experian Public Sector

Peter McDonald is Director of Business Development for Experian Public Sector, working with Federal agencies and State & Local governments to solve key e-government enablement, identity, and fraud challenges with unique data sources and insight.  Using innovative and unique data sources, Peter enables customers to offer new services, support smart data decisions, meet regulatory compliance, lower fraud, and develop secure mobile applications.  

Prior to Experian Peter was with Symantec for six years with a security focus on authentication, encryption, and data protection technologies.  Prior to Symantec Mr. McDonald held various sales and marketing roles at several firms including Hewlett-Packard, BroadWare Technologies (now Cisco Systems), and Saba Software.

Peter holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. 


Alisoun Moore headshotAlisoun Moore

Director, Healthcare Strategy and Development, LexisNexis

Alisoun Moore has held executive positions in both government and business.  Most recently she ran profit and loss portfolios for Computer Sciences Corporation and Northrop Grumman Corporation.  In this capacity she worked on delivering systems that support the Hitech and Affordable Care Acts for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.  She has also worked with HHS, VA, and the DOD to deliver health care systems and numerous States to deliver human services systems.    Before joining the private sector Ms. Moore held CIO positions for the State of Maryland, Montgomery County and the Maryland Department of Transportation.    As a public sector CIO Ms. Moore won several awards including Best of the Web, the Monticello Award, and Top Digital State and County awards.   
Ms. Moore holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Biology from the University at Albany.


Jacob Reider headshotJacob Reider, M.D.

Deputy National Coordinator, Health Information Technology, Department of Health & Human Services

Jacob Reider, M.D., is a family physician with 20 years of experience in health information technology and special interest in clinical innovation, user experience, and clinical decision support. His background includes leadership roles in nearly all facets of the health IT domain – from small start-up companies to academic facilities, primary care medical groups, and large health IT development organizations. Dr. Reider has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Students Association, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and has served in directorial positions on boards of several innovative health IT companies.


Patricia Rideout headshotPatricia Rideout, J.D.

Director, Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services, State of Ohio

Patricia Rideout, JD has served as the director of Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services in Cleveland, Ohio since August 2011. She has over 30 years of experience in the child welfare field, as a lawyer, national consultant, and agency administrator. Rideout previously served for over 10 years as a senior consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family initiative and as Project Executive with Case Commons, Inc. She is a former Deputy Director at Cuyahoga County Department of Children & Family Services, and former director of Foster Care and Adoption at Bellefaire JCB in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She held a number of positions, including Program Director, during eight years at Lucas County Children Services. She has also been a Juvenile Court Magistrate in Toledo, and Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Clinic at the University of Toledo College of Law.  Rideout is a graduate of Northwestern University and Stanford University Law School.



Josh Sharfstein headshotJoshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.

Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Previously Dr. Sharfstein served as principal deputy commissioner of the U.S Food and Drug Administration 2009-2011 and as the Commissioner of Health in Baltimore, Maryland from December 2005 to March 2009. From July 2001 to December 2005, Dr. Sharfstein served on the Minority Staff of the Committee on Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives, working for Congressman Henry A. Waxman. He serves on Health Information Technology Policy Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine, and the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  He is a 1991 graduate of Harvard College, a 1996 graduate of Harvard Medical School, a 1999 graduate of the combined residency program in pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital, and a 2001 graduate of the fellowship program in general pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Sharfstein lives with his family in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tracey Wareing headshotTracy L. Wareing

Executive Director, American Public Human Services Association

Tracy L. Wareing is the Executive Director of American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), a bipartisan, nonprofit membership organization representing human service agencies through their top-level leadership. Building on the expertise and experience of the APHSA membership, Wareing is leading the Association’s efforts to drive transformation of the health and human services system in the United States to a more sustainable path that is both effective and cost efficient. She is a strong advocate for strengthening public-private partnerships in order to advance the collective impact of both sectors on the human services field.

Wareing has a long history in high-level policy development and public administration. Prior to joining APHSA, Wareing served as a senior adviser to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Before moving to Washington D.C. in 2009, Wareing lived in Arizona and served as Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, an integrated human service agency. Prior to her cabinet appointment, she served in multiple senior policy and legal advisor roles in the state of Arizona.