Our Speakers

Read the biographies of our featured 2019 Symposium speakers below.

Scott  Gottlieb

Keynote Speaker – Scott Gottlieb, MD is a physician and served as the 23rd Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Gottlieb’s work focuses on advancing public health through developing and implementing innovative approaches to improving medical outcomes, reshaping healthcare delivery, and expanding consumer choice and safety. Dr. Gottlieb is an aggressive advocate for advancing the health of patients, promoting healthcare access, and driving innovation. The agency’s historic and prolific advances in new policy distinguished his tenure as the FDA’s commissioner, in addition to a record-setting number of approvals of novel drugs, medical devices, and generic medicines. Under his leadership, the FDA advanced new frameworks for the modern and safe and effective oversight of gene therapies, cell based regenerative medicines, targeted drugs, and digital health devices. The agency implemented new reforms to standardize drug reviews and make historic improvements of post market data collection and the use of real world evidence. They promoted policies to reduce death and disease from tobacco, improve food innovation and safety, and aggressively confront addiction crises.

Previously, Dr. Gottlieb served as the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs and before that, as a Senior Adviser to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he helped advance policies to improve healthcare quality and promote the effective use of new medical technologies. A healthcare futurist, he has worked as a venture capitalist and founder and board member to companies that have developed new medicines and advance the delivery of healthcare. Dr. Gottlieb is widely published in leading medical journals and periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has held editorial positions on the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association and appears regularly as a guest commentator on CNBC. Fortune Magazine recognized him as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” in 2018 and again in 2019. Modern Healthcare named Dr. Gottlieb as one of the “Most Influential Physician Executive and Leaders” in its annual survey of 50 physician executives, and Time magazine named Gottlieb one of its “50 People Transforming Healthcare in 2018.” Dr. Gottlieb was a practicing hospitalist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.

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Marilyn Bartlett

Keynote Speaker – Marilyn earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nevada and taught high school for one year, an experience that sent her promptly back to school to complete the Accounting/Finance program at Montana State University. She then became a CPA, followed by CMA, CGMA, and CFM designations.

Marilyn turned immediately to the business world, holding financial management positions in public accounting, gold mining and utility companies. Her focus narrowed to health care financial management, serving as controller for BCBSMT and CFO for a regional TPA. Marilyn took the helm of the State of Montana Employee benefit plan in late 2014, moving the Plan from projected reserves of-$9 million to $112 million in less than 3 years. She disrupted the status quo by implementing reference-based contracting with all Montana hospitals, enhancing primary care through near-sight health centers, moving to a mid-sized PBM for transparent, pass-through pharmacy benefits, and improving data access and analytics.

In 2019, Fortune Magazine selected Marilyn as #13 of the top 50 leaders of the world for her work in disrupting healthcare delivery and payment systems. Marilyn also received a 2019 Health Value AwardandThe Alliance 2019 Health Transformation Award. She has worked with employer groups and legislative bodies to address healthcare cost reforms, with more to come.

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Jessica Brooks

Jessica Brooks is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, where she is leading the effort to redefine the discussion around healthcare value, access and quality for nearly two million people impacted by the tidal wave of government, regulatory and private market shifts in the way employers help their employees maintain healthy and productive lives.

Jessica was recognized in the 2015 Smart 50 class, presented by Chase, where the top executives of the smartest 50 companies in the region for their ability to effectively build and lead savvy organizations. Jessica is responsible for the vision of the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, structuring unique partnerships with data analysis organizations, prescription drug services, and price variation specialists to ensure the organization’s 80+ employer-members, as well as providers and health plans, seek continuous improvement in healthcare value and delivery.

Her number one priority is to ignite empowerment and activation through a collective voice of employers to drive optimal healthcare performance. Her leadership in the development of a Group Lens data platform is being recognized across the country as a bellwether for how employers can better understand the total value of employee health care–aggregating data across a spectrum of companies, which can then be leveraged to further drive cost down and quality up for families. An authority on healthcare quality and access, Jessica has contributed to numerous news stories, opinion-editorial pieces, and has appeared on National Public Radio, interviewed by the Kaiser Family Foundation Fellows, and in national healthcare and benefits publications. In 2015 Jessica was recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a top Fast Tracker under 40. Jessica is an adjunct lecturer at her alma mater, The Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches business students in management, human resources, and negotiations. She is also a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she received her Masters in Public Management. Jessica currently serves on the board of governors for the Pittsburgh Health Regional Initiative, Lending Hearts, and the National Business Coalition on Health.

Visit www.pbghpa.org for more information about Group Lens, the Prescription Drug Services, and Price Variation tools available for employers.

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Robert Corrigan

Senior Director, Advisory Services HDMS. Rob has over 30 years working with health plans, benefits administrators, self-funded employers and healthcare providers as a senior executive and strategy consultant to successfully execute new product launches, financial management and strategic growth initiatives.

Rob’s experience spans the continuum of healthcare stakeholders working with Advocate Health, large and mid-size self-funded employers’ to design benefit plan strategies at CoreSource, Coventry, CHAMPUS Tricare and Federal Employee HealthBenefit plans, as well as, strategy consultant for BlueCross Blue Shield, Oliver Wyman Health & LifeSciences and regional health systems to launch coordinated care pilots.

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Chris Crawford

Over the course of his career, Chris has advised some of the world’s leading employers on their employee benefits programs and strategy.

As Health Strategy’s Chief Growth Officer, Chris is responsible for expanding the firm’s pharmacy benefit solutions and enabling more employers to access Health Strategy’s expertise in driving down costs in all areas of the pharmacy benefit supply chain.

Prior to joining Health Strategy, Chris was the Founder of CMC Advisory Group, a boutique employee benefits consulting firm. CMC was later acquired by Cottingham & Butler, one of the largest, privately-held employee benefits brokers in the country, where Chris served as a Vice President and Managing Director. Prior to founding CMC, Chris was the United States Market Development Leader, and a Senior Consultant, with Mercer.

Chris also serves on the Executive Board for Make-A-Wish Illinois and is a Co-Founder of City Santa. Chris earned his Accounting degree from the University of Illinois and also passed the CPA exam.

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Chris Dancy

Health and wellness pioneer, healthcare technology leader and entrepreneur, Christopher Dancy is frequently referred to as “the world’s most connected human.”

Since the 1990’s, when he was responsible for platform and technical development for the internet startup of WebMD, he has helped launch a number of successful startup companies in the technology and healthcare industries while serving in digital product development, senior management and leadership roles.

He has been featured on the cover of Businessweek and as“patient zero in the digital health revolution” for the Showtime documentary series Dark Net, and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, Fox News and Wired. As a personal health visionary and innovator, utilizing up to 700 sensors, self-diagnostic devices, applications and services to track, analyze and optimize personal health management – from caloric intake to spiritual well-being, he is able to demonstrate the connections of otherwise invisible data and forecast a transformation that will soon take place in consumer health and nutrition, healthcare business and beyond.

His credits  include “author” with the release of a manifesto and autobiography via St. Martin’s Press entitled “Don’t Unplug – How Technology Saved My Life and Can Save Yours Too.”

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Janis Davis-Street

Dr. Janis Davis-Street manages the Health and Productivity group of Chevron’s Global Health and Medical department.

The group’s job functions include providing targeted interventions for identified health risks and designing health education and health promotion programming for employee groups. Serving as global health and wellness consultants across the enterprise, the Health and Productivity group focuses on prevention and the role of personal health as an enabler of safety and productivity.

Janis’ qualifications include a doctorate in health education and master’s degrees in nutrition and organizational leadership. She is credentialed as a certified health education specialist and holds a certificate in public health informatics. Prior to joining Chevron in 2006, Janis spent 15+ years as a nutritionist at NASA. Her interests include human performance, organizational learning, health disparities, education outreach, and the roles of physical and psychological wellbeing in preventing chronic diseases. Janis has co-authored several publications on corporate wellness and more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers in the areas of nutrition and spaceflight. She is co-author of “Space Nutrition” – a middle school text book. Outside of Chevron, Janis has led workshops on nutrition, healthy lifestyles and spiritual wellbeing.

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Peter Hayes

Over 15 years of health benefits and health policy experience in corporate, consulting and public policy creating arenas.

Peter has proven leadership capability and relationship building skills within a corporate environment and external organizations. Co-founder and President of the Maine Health Management Coalition, President of Care Focused Purchasing, Leapfrog Board Member, Executive Advisory Board forExpress Scripts, Aetna, Definity Health and JNJ. Secretary of the Center for Health Value Innovation.

Demonstrated innovation in developing strategies to improve the quality of care while achieving flat, multiple year medical cost trends. National presence in health care strategy and innovation.Frequent national keynote speaker. Recipient of national awards such as the NBGH Platinum Award for Health Promotion.

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Darin Hinderman

Darin Hinderman, MT (ASCP), MHA, MBA has 25 years of experience working in health care and health management.

Darin worked 11 years in a clinical laboratory for the OSF Healthcare System in central Illinois. He earned his Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St.Francis in Joliet IL, and his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Western Illinois. He also worked for Merck & Co.and joined Caterpillar’s healthcare management team in the fall of 2004. Darin has been involved in the development of PBM transparency standards certified through the Human ResourcePolicyAssociation (HRPA) and lead the launch of the direct employer contact relationship with Walmart and Walgreens. Darin now leads Caterpillar’s Global Benefits and Wellness teams. In 2017, Darin serves on the Board of Directors at the Midwest Business Group on Health.

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Tim Isenhower

Tim Isenhower, Director of Benefits has worked with HSM and their self-insured health insurance for the past 25 years.

Managing a self-insured health plan through the 90’s to today has provided him the opportunity to think out of the box for reduced healthcare cost programs including direct contracting, on-site clinics, chronic disease management, and medical tourism. With IndUShealth, Tim and HSM were pioneers in self-insured companies offering medical tourism, as was presented on ABC News and Nightline.

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Jan Klein

Jan Klein was the director of business at Mt. Lebanon School District for over 37 years before she retired in December 2018.

During the last 20 years of her career, she was a trustee with ACSHIC, Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium, holding a leadership position with the consortium for most of that time.

The consortium provides healthcare to 23,000 school employees and 57,000 belly buttons in seven counties in the region working at 71 different school entities. She consults with the consortium as they transition leadership beyond her retirement.

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Ted Kyle

Ted Kyle is a pharmacist and healthcare innovation professional who serves on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition and advises The Obesity Society on advocacy.

His widely-read daily commentary, published at conscienhealth.org/news, reaches an audience of more than 15,000 thought leaders in health and obesity.

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Kathy Lanier

Kathy Lanier, who was raised in Batesville and earned her accounting degree from Arkansas State University, has been CFO of Vital Link EMS Inc since 2000.

Her greatest professional accomplishment is her role in developing Vital Link “into one of the premier ambulance services in the state of Arkansas.”

The “sense of service” is what’s different about being CFO of a nonprofit, Lanier said. “Every dollar earned by our organization is reinvested into our company, whether it be equipment, facilities or our most important asset, which is our employees. We are able to just focus on delivering high-quality emergency medical service.”She is also proud that Vital Link, which employs 110, is accredited by the Commission of accreditation of Ambulance Services. Lanier said that because the cost of providing ambulance service in rural Arkansas is higher than the reimbursement Vital Link receives, the company has had to develop other revenue streams. To that end, it has diversified into vehicle repair, providing repairs for both emergency and nonemergency vehicles, a business that has grown “exponentially over the last 10 years.”

Vital Link has seen average annual revenue growth of 6.1 percent in the last three years. Lanier also oversees human resource functions at the company, and providing health insurance to employees can be challenging. About six years ago, Vital Link joined a group of other EMSprofessionals to become partially self-insured. Through an aggressive wellness program and careful claims management, Lanier said, after six years in the program, Vital Link experienced a decrease in premiums. “There’s nothing better than seeing a dream become a reality,” she said

Her management philosophy is simple: “Treat my employees with kindness and respect.’

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Dan Leonard

Dan Leonard is the president and chief executive officer of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), which sponsors and conducts research on a number of critical health policy issues.

NPC’s research and thought leader convenings contribute to the scientific foundation for informed discussions about health care evidence, access, value and innovation. Under Mr. Leonard’s leadership, NPC has generated critical research and created tools to assist decision-makers in their use and application of real-world evidence; undertaken a critical role in the evolving areas of value assessment, value-based contracting, and the importance of maintaining a robust innovation ecosystem; and launched a multi-year effort on the critical topic of health care spending in America.

Prior to NPC, Leonard was executive vice president of advocacy and professional services for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). He is a veteran communications and media strategist with more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, legislative management, politics and broadcast journalism. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He also received his master’s in government from Johns Hopkins University.

Fun Fact: In his spare time, Dan enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Al Lewis

Al wears multiple hats, both professionally and also to cover his bald spot.

Hat #1: Employee Health Literacy. He is the founder and “Quizmeister-in-Chief” of Quizzify, whose mission is to help companies teach their employees to utilize healthcare services appropriately, using a format best described as Jeopardy®-meets-health benefit education-meets-Comedy Central. Quizzify is the only vendor authorized to display the Harvard Medical School “Veritas” shield, and has received excellent reviews from users. His quiz-specific background includes authorship of the best-selling Newsweek Presents the Ultimate Trivia Game which Games Magazine lauded has having the best questions of any trivia game, hosting two quiz shows on Boston network affiliates, and appearing on Jeopardy.

Hat #2: Outcomes Measurement. As an author, his critically acclaimed category-bestselling book on outcomes measurement, Why Nobody Believes the Numbers, chronicling and exposing the innumeracy of the health management field, was named healthcare book of the year in Forbes.  Cracking Health Costs:  How to Cut Your Company’s Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care, released was also a trade bestseller. Surviving Workplace Wellness has also received great accolades and excerpts appeared in Harvard Business Review. He was the co-founder of the World Health Care Congress’s Validation Institute.

His expertise in outcomes measurement got him named one of the unsung heroes changing health care forever. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Harvard, where he taught economics as well. He also graduated from Harvard Law School, albeit with no honors that time — other than winning their annual trivia contest, of course.

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Josh Luke

Dr. Josh Luke is a healthcare futurist and former hospital CEO well known for his humorous and entertaining personal stories that engage audiences. His expertise includes sharing simple tactics onhow to make health care more affordable for your family andemployees, as well as how to get access tothe best doctors and hospitals. He leaves as lasting impression as a high-energy and humorous keynote speaker.

Dr. Luke started his career as a jet-setting sports marketer working with some of the most famous athletes in the world. Then, after a career change to healthcare brought on by his grandmother’s disease process, he ascended to become a hospital CEO by age 32. After ten years as a hospital CEO, a new owner arrived and Luke was out of a job, had no health insurance for his family, and his mother was subsequently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Soon after he penned his first book and became a best-selling author. He now finds solace in sharing his experiences as a caretaker for his mom and being without health insurance for his family has given him adeeply emotional understanding of the other side of care delivery.

He shares the well-kept secrets of the industry with the mainstream to ensure that individuals are fullyinformed to protect and ensure thehealth of family members and employees. Luke shares his faith and how it impacted his journey, and his presentations are always entertaining, humorous, and leave the audience feeling enthusiastic and informed. Luke, shares some of his early career stories in sports marketing as well as experiences as a young hospital CEO as they help shape the leader he became as a hospital CEO.

Now, he exposes the long-kept secrets of the healthcare trade to help businesses and families keep healthcare from bankrupting their American Dream. Dr. Luke is a podcast host and social media influencer with more than 100,000 followers, and has threeAmazon #1 Best Selling books, including:

  • Health-Wealth For You:11 Steps to Save Big & Live Healthy
  • Health-Wealth: is healthcare bankrupting your business? 9 Steps to Financial Recovery
  • Ex-Acute:A former hospital CEO tells all on what’s wrong with American healthcare

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Keith Weigand

Keith spent the first of his career in manufacturing, initial as a Chemical Engineer then moved on to the Operations Manager, where he focused on lean operating methods resulting in schedules and budgets being met, profit optimization, and vastly improved customer quality feedback. With a high focus on productivity and lowering bottom-line costs, Keith continuously looks for ways to increase productivity while reducing absenteeism. To this day, he strongly advocates that a company cannot operate effectively or efficiently without their best resources – the Employees.

Taking this into account, along with the rising influx of healthcare costs, Keith put operations and lean experiences to work. He became the Director of Operations for a Physical Therapy company and went on to develop Pulse Health Solutions. In addition to his work at Pulse, he is currently the Managing Director for the Employers’ Advanced Cooperative on Healthcare, a coalition based out of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Every dollar counts and Keith strives to reduce health insurance costs, especially since it is a direct way to put money back into a company’s bottom line. As a cancer survivor, he knows first-hand the direct impact of healthcare expenditures and is dedicated to helping companies and their employees maintain financial stability when it comes to healthcare-related costs.

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Walter Michalski

Walter M. Michalski is an AFT Pennsylvania staff representative. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers College and a master’s degree in special education from William Paterson University. He worked as a special education aide and special education teacher in New Jersey before moving to the Pittsburgh area. He taught special education in the Upper St. Clair School District until he went on leave in 1998 to work for AFT Pennsylvania. As a staff representative, Mr. Michalski negotiates contracts, provides services to local unions and serves as an advisor and trainer to AFTPA and AFT on negotiations, retirement, Social Security and healthcare. Since 1994, he has served on the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium and served as consortium chairman from 2002 through 2005. The ACSHIC provides health insurance coverage to more than 20,500 employees and retirees in 61 educational entities in the Allegheny County area and serves as a model of labor/management cooperation. He has been a speaker for the Rand Corporation, the National Business Group on Health, Highmark Inc. and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation. Mr. Michalski resides in McMurray, Pennsylvania with his wife, Andrea. They have four college-age children.

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Ryan Murry

Ryan Murry is the Director, Compensation and Benefits of Essilor America. Essilor International is the worlds largest supplier of Ophthalmic lenses generating $9 Billion in annual revenue, with 65,000 employees worldwide. Essilor’s mission is “improving lives by improving sight”, with a specific focus on providing vision correction to 2.5 Billion people in the world with uncorrected vision.

Ryan has been with Essilor for over 14 years serving in various HR leadership positions within the organization.In his most recent role as Director of Compensation and Benefits he has been instrumental in reducing year over year benefits spend, and leading many programs and initiative that have improved the overall benefits offered to Essilor employees and their families.

Prior to his current role in Comp and Benefits, Ryan served as an HR Director supporting multiple business units within the organization. Ryan holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from University of Utah, and an MBA from Utah State University. Ryan and his wife and 3 children have lived in the Fort Worth area for 15 years. Their favorite family activities include boating, wake boarding, and water skiing.

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Brent Nicholson

Brent Nicholson is the Chief Operating Officer at Carrum Health, the industry’s first Centers of Excellence Cloud platform.

This platform directly connects employers to top-quality providers with predictable bundled rates. This presents a unique opportunity for employers to lower healthcare costs while improving employee benefits.

Prior to Carrum, Brent was a management and technology consultant and helped some of the nations leading payers and providers undertake large-scale business transformation initiatives, including the transition to value-based care. He is passionate about transforming the payment model in healthcare to ultimately achieve dramatic improvements in the patient experience.

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Hugh O’Toole

Hugh O’Toole is the Chief Executive Officer of Innovu.

Hugh understands that the world of retirement services and benefits can be complicated. He has dedicated his career to aligning the financial wellness of American employees with the positive impact their wellness has onthe financial statement of their employers. His first mission was to bring non-profit employers and their employees institutional investment product, versus the legacy insurance products historically sold to them.

As a partner of Professional Pensions, Inc. (PPI), we accomplished this mission and the firm grew rapidly. Principal Financial Group purchased PPI in 1999.In 2014, he founded Viability AG LLC, to address the relationship between financially well employees and the impact on the employer’s financial statement, through mitigating the future liability from healthcare, risk protection/management, productivity and engagement of theiremployees. In 2015, Viability was purchased by Mass Mutual, and he once again joined theMassMutual team as a Senior Vice President. His current focus is on how to change the advisor/consultant practice models from their siloedfocus on Health & Welfare, Retirement and Property & Casualty, to a practice model focused on holistic Human Capital Risk Management. Through leading capabilities in data aggregation, data science/analytics and behavioral finance, the industry can have a much greater impact with the convergence of data and benefit disciplines versus a myopic view.

Outside of work he enjoys kayaking, hiking, playing golf, and traveling with his family. He is very involved in his church and community.

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Jennifer Pennock

Jennifer (Holst) Pennock, MD, is an Allegheny Health Network endocrinologist specializing in diabetes and medical weight management. She is a  is a leader in patient-care transformation. Board certified in obesity medicine, Dr. Pennock is the medical director of the AHN Diabetes Support Initiative for Primary Care, and is the network’s interim medical director of Obesity Medicine.

She is also the author of an e-book, “The Obesity Solution: A Compassionate, Step-by-Step Guide To Losing Weight and Keeping it Off,” released in 2019. Dr. Pennock received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine.

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Dan Poch

Dan Poch is the Director of Business Development at Naturally Slim.

Naturally Slim is a common-sense, digital counseling program for building healthy habits to help participants lose weight, improve their health and boost their overall quality of life. By learning simple skills to change when and how to eat, instead of what to eat, participants don’t have togive up the foods they love. Plus, Naturally Slim creates other healthy habits leading to increased physical activity, better sleep, less stress and participants feeling more in control over their health long-term.

Dan Poch is Director of Business Development at Naturally Slim. In this role, he collaborates with companies to identify health related issues among their workforce and implement strategies to combatthem. He brings over 25 years of experience in designing and executing innovative solutions to improve employee health and well-being.

Dan is a graduate of Gettysburg College. A native of Maryland, he and his wife have 6 children and have lived in Cincinnati, OH for the past 14 years. He has spent most of that time following his children’s various academic and sports activities.

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Carrie Rust

Carrie Rust is the Vice President Human Resources at the Ellwood Group, Inc (EGI) in Newcastle, PA.

In this role, she is responsible for administering EGI’s health and welfare benefit programs and also supports the company’s employee engagement efforts. These programs cover over 2,000 active employees, across multiple business units and states. Ellwood Group, Inc. is a family-owned, privately-held company that has been operating for over 100 years. Through growth and acquisition, EGI has become major supplier of high-quality, engineered, heavy metal components to customers all over the world.

Carrie previously held the role of director-Health & Welfare Benefits for United States Steel Corporation (USS). For over seven years she managed and administered health & welfare benefit programs for nearly 17,000 represented employees and 5,000 non-represented employees disbursed across various North American locations, as well as a retiree population of over 80,000 individuals. Carrie was also the Director-Organization Development for USS where she collaborated with HR colleagues to design, develop and facilitate various HR change initiatives.

United States Steel Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh is an integrated steel producer that manufactures a wide range of value-added steel sheet and tubular products for the automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction, and oil and gas industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Grove City College, a Master of Education in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University, and an Executive Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University.

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Sheryl Simmons

Sheryl Simmons is the Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Maestro Health.

With nearly 20 years of experience in human resources, Sheryl leads Maestro Health’sHR and talent management efforts across the U.S, focusing on Maestro Health’s biggest assets:its people. Sheryl is also a leading resource for fellow HR leaders on how to invest in people and effectively communicate the value of HR to the C-suite, regularly speaking at top industry conferences including SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition, HR Technology Conference and Exposition, HR Southwest, Illinois SHRM and North Carolina SHRM. She also serves asAdvocacyCaptain on theSHRM National Governmental Affairs board. Sheryl joined Maestro Health as part of an acquisition of Group Associates, where she served as Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to that position, Sheryl led HR services at a fast-growing property management company with nearly 1,000 full-time employees.

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Nikki Tibbs

Nikki Tibbs is a Registered Nurse, Certified Cardiac Device Specialist, and Clinical Supervisor in the Butler Health System.

She lives in Collier, WV with her husband and two children. She brings a personal perspective on obesity from her own experiences and those of her loved ones.

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Shane Wolverton

Shane Wolverton is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Quantros, Inc.based in Greenville, SC.

Shane is responsible for establishing business partnerships and distribution channels for the company and is a sought-after speaker on topics relating to value-based healthcare. He has been a featured speaker at the CMS National Medicare-MedicaidPayment Incentives and Penalties Summit, the American Hospital Association’s National SHSMD Conference, the National Association for Healthcare Quality’s Annual Conference, and the International Health Travel Insurance Conference of the Americas.

Prior to joining Quantros, Shane served as senior vice president of corporate development at Comparion Medical Analytics. He also served as a management consultant with Health Care Investment Analysts (now Truven Health Analytics) and the McGraw-Hill Healthcare Management Group. Shane received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University.

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David Wyatt

David Wyatt is a Trustee with Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium.

David was a teacher and counselor for the Alternative Education Program at the AlleghenyIntermediate Unit. For thirty-eight years, he worked with dependent-neglected and court-adjudicated children. He has been a trustee with the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium (ACSHIC) for eighteen years. Serving as a labor representative as a trustee, secretary, and chair, he has witnessed ACSHIC grow from the original consortium of Allegheny County school districts to a Taft-Hartley-like entity that now serves school districts, several community colleges, and two intermediate units in seven counties. He is the current secretary for the board of trustees.

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George M. Eid, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Bariatric and Metabolic Institute System Division Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgery Allegheny Health Network

Dr. Eid, specializes in minimally invasive general surgical techniques and is renowned for introducing and evaluating new techniques and modalities for minimally invasive and robotic surgery, with particular expertise in bariatric (weight-loss) surgery and dedication to patient care.

Dr. Eid is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is experienced in the newer bariatric surgery technique of vertical sleeve gastrectomy, as well as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

In addition to bariatric surgery, he also specializes in laparoscopic hernia repair including sports hernias, the surgical treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, including laparoscopic colon and gastric resection, adrenalectomy, pancreatectomy, splenectomy and laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery.

Dr. Eid received his medical training at the American University of Beirut and completed a general surgery internship and residency at the University of Iowa. He also completed a minimally invasive surgical fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Eid has been appointed to numerous faculty positions at hospitals throughout the Pittsburgh area. He is on staff at Canonsburg and Saint Vincent hospitals and is accepting new patients 15 years and older.

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Chet Rhoads

Chet Rhoads is the Chief Sales Officer of HUB International, located in Pittsburgh, PA.

Chet is passionate about protecting employer’s current and emerging risks. His experience includes procuring difficult insurance placements, enterprise risk management, data integrity, and consulting mid to large market employer group segments, with expertise in consolidating risk pools nationally, school consortium/trusts, alternative funding strategies, and workforce management strategies. Risk reduction strategies include: loss control, transforming information into actionable knowledge that empowers the continuum of patient care, population health management, multi-generational engagement, keeping employees at work, and captives.

Chet has held various positions in our HUB since 1993. Prior to that, Chet was on the carrier side for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western Pennsylvania.

Chet earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Human Resources and Marketing from Duquesne University. He maintains his Pennsylvania Life/Accident/Health and Property/Casualty licenses.

Chet is a current board member of The Caring Foundation, Marcus Ruscito Foundation and The Mountain Club.  He also serves as a mentor for inner city children through The Bridges Program.

In his free time, Chet enjoys spending time with his family, working out, and traveling.

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