2018 WBL Board Program Speakers

Monday Speakers

Teri Fontenot, Board Member, Amerisafe (NASDAQ: AMSF), American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Hospital Association Health Forum; Board Chair, Louisiana Hospital Association Professional and General Liability Insurance Funds; Former Board Member, The Baton Rouge Water Company
Panelist - What is your value proposition to boards as a healthcare executive?

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Teri Fontenot is the President and CEO of Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA, a Level III statewide referral health system for obstetrics, newborn, and women’s cancer care, and the seventeenth largest birthing hospital in the United States. Woman’s is a medical training and residency site for LSU and Tulane, a Magnet hospital and Baby Friendly designated.

She currently serves on the boards of Amerisafe, a NASDAQ company, American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Hospital Association Health Forum, and chairs the LHA Professional and General Liability Insurance Funds. Teri previously served on the board of The Baton Rouge Water Company.

Teri was the 2012 chair of the American Hospital Association; served two terms on the Sixth District Federal Reserve Bank board and chaired the Audit Committee; and served a six year term on the NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health. Teri has served on numerous public and private company boards, including Landauer (NYSE), Capital One Mutual Funds, and the Louisiana Hospital Association.

She speaks frequently at national conferences on women in leadership and women’s healthcare strategy. Her special interests are strategy and governance.

Teri has been named to Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and the Top 25 Women in Healthcare. She received the inaugural Becker’s Healthcare Leadership award in 2013 and again in 2016, and was selected as one of ’12 Female CEOs Making Their Mark in Healthcare’ by Becker’s in 2016.

Teri holds a MBA, is a CPA (inactive), and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Denise Gonick, CEO, MVP Health Care and Board Member, Chemung Canal Trust Company (NASDAQ: CHMG), Business Council of New York State, New York Health Plan Association
Panelist - What is your value proposition to boards as a healthcare executive?

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As CEO of MVP Health Care, Denise V. Gonick has successfully guided the organization through an increasingly complex health care environment and has led its transformation from a regional health plan to a diversified health care company serving a broad array of customers.  

Under her leadership, MVP has successfully expanded the markets it serves and deepened its presence within those markets. Denise credits creative thinking, analysis of data, innovative use of technology, and the willingness of her team to take risks as important to MVP’s success. She is wholly committed to creating and facilitating changes that bring value to people using the health care system. 

Denise began her tenure with MVP in 1995 as associate counsel and soon was named Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel. She then served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer until she was appointed President of Operations in 2012 and then President and CEO later that year. Before joining MVP, Denise practiced public sector labor law. 

She is the immediate past chair of the board of directors and a member of the executive and finance committees of the Capital Region Chamber. She also serves on several other boards, including the Chemung Canal Trust Company (Nasdaq: CHMG), the Business Council of New York State, the Center for Economic Growth, the New York Health Plan Association, and Proctors Theatre in Schenectady.  

Her community involvement includes serving as the Capital Region chair of the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Walk and as a past member of the board of trustees of Union Graduate College and Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium (now miSci). In 2012, she served as the co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Capital Region Go Red for Women event.  

A graduate of Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in creative studies, Denise earned her JD from Albany Law School. She has completed the America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Executive Leadership Program and is a Certified Managed Care Executive (CMCE).  

Denise has been recognized with several honors and awards, including the College of St. Rose Community of Excellence and the CASDA Friend of Education awards in 2018, the Capital Region Chamber’s Women of Excellence award in 2015, and the Albany Business Review’s Women Who Mean Business award in 2013. She was also a 2017 Tune In to Support Open Door Benefit honoree and was recognized as an Albany Business Review 40 Under Forty honoree in 2006. 

Mary Anne Mason, CEO, Mason Strategic Advisors
Speaker - Workshop: Developing your elevator pitch for board service
Speaker - Making the ask: keeping yourself front and center and top of mind
Moderator - Getting on the radar of growth equity boards: what do they look for in independent candidates and advisors?

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Mary Anne Mason is the Chief Executive Officer of Mason Strategic Advisors. She has had the privilege of leading merger and acquisition activity, holding general management roles, building business development teams, and leading sales and marketing executives for over 3 decades. Her experience includes both private equity backed and publicly traded companies.

Mary Anne helps healthcare companies tackle strategic challenges, enhance go-to-market strategy, connect with opportunities in the market and accelerate growth. Relevant to today’s program, she works with a number of private equity and growth equity firms, serving in both consultant and board observer roles.  She has worked with firms as they have built boards, selected new members, and identified and filled experience gaps on their boards of directors and senior management.  Her unparalleled network and unique ability to identify and foster strong relationships on behalf of her clients makes her an invaluable resource to these firms and their boards.

In addition to advising on board-related matters, through a combination of dynamic professional development programs, consulting services, and deep experience in the market, Mary Anne provides unique perspectives and powerful tools to help clients optimize strategy and drive growth. Mary Anne focuses on tech enabled/health services portfolio companies of venture capital and private equity firms.  

Mary Anne’s experience includes leading business development and client engage­ment for health plan/emerging markets at Healthways and Axia Health Management, a well-being improvement company best known for its SilverSneakers Fitness Pro­gram. Axia began as a startup and was later successfully sold to Healthways for $450 million. She also led business development for Caremark, a company that grew from a start-up physician practice management business to a billion dollars in revenue in four years. Prior to Caremark, Mary Anne was general manager for a $300 million division of Baxter International. She is also a former executive of American Hospital Supply and Univita Health.  She currently serves as a board observer for Linkwell Health.

Mary Anne is Chair of the Membership Committee of WBL, a non-profit organization for women leading executive teams crossing the silos of insurance, hospitals, life sciences and specialty healthcare organizations.

Leslie Norwalk, Board Member, NuVasive, Press Ganey, Endologix, Abode Healthcare, GWU Medical Faculty Associates, HealthPlan One, STARUS Medical Group
Speaker - How to strategically consider and accept board roles

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Leslie V. Norwalk is Strategic Counsel to Epstein Becker Green, EBG Advisors, and National Health Advisors. She serves as an advisor to three private equity firms: Warburg Pincus, Peloton Equity, and Enhanced Equity Fund. Ms. Norwalk currently sits on the boards of directors of NuVasive, Press Ganey, Endologix, Abode Healthcare, GWU Medical Faculty Associates, HealthPlan One, and the STARUS Medical Group. She is also a member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council.

Ms. Norwalk served the Bush Administration as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She managed the day-to-day operations of Medicare, Medicaid, State Child Health Insurance Programs, Survey and Certification of health care facilities, and other federal health care initiatives. For four years prior to that, she was the agency's Deputy Administrator, responsible for the implementation of the hundreds of changes made under the Medicare Modernization Act, including the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.

CMS has the second-largest budget outlay of the federal government, directly responsible for $1 out of every $3 spent on health care in the United States. The organization insures approximately a third of the population of the United States (more than 100 million beneficiaries), including the elderly, disabled, and some of the lowest income individuals in the country. CMS processes over one billion claims each year and contracts with approximately one million providers.

Prior to serving the Bush Administration, she practiced law in the Washington, D.C., office of Epstein Becker Green, where she advised clients on a variety of health policy matters. She also served in the first Bush administration in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and the Office of the U.S.Trade Representative.

Ms. Norwalk, a native of Dayton, OH, earned a juris doctor degree from the George Mason University School of Law, where she was a Dean's Scholar and an editor of the George Mason Law Review. She earned a bachelor's degree, cum laude, in economics and international relations from Wellesley College.

Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Founder & President, WBL Foundation, and National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Epstein Becker Green
Moderator - What is your value proposition to boards as a healthcare executive?
Speaker - Cracking private equity boards: how to build win-win relationships with PE firms

Lynn Shapiro Snyder is a Board Member and Senior Member of Epstein Becker Green in Washington, D.C., a law firm with one of the largest health care and life sciences practices in the country.  There, she advises all types of health care companies and companies such as private equity firms that work with health care.  She is well- known for her expertise in FDA, Medicare, Medicaid and managed care issues whether it is in connection with the launch of a new product or defending a company under a fraud investigation. She has been at Epstein Becker Green for over 35 years. 

Additionally, Lynn is the Founder, Chairperson and President of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation ("WBL"), a non-profit that connects and convenes senior executive women from all across the health care industry.  WBL’s focus is on helping these women expand their leadership, such as by serving on a board of directors, and the organization has helped to propel hundreds of women to board directorships.  Named a “Director to Watch,” Lynn is a leader in the governance arena and is the co-author of Answering the Call: Understanding the Duties, Risks & Rewards of Corporate Governance – a book to educate busy executives about board service. She also is the author of Advancing Women in Business – 10 Best Practices. 

Her current board memberships include Trustmark Companies, Epstein Becker Green, Savor Health and the Maryland/Israel Development Center. 

Laca Wong-Hammond, Managing Director, Healthcare M&A, Duff & Phelps, LLC
Moderator - How to strategically consider and accept board roles

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Laca Wong-Hammond is a Managing Director in Duff & Phelps' Healthcare M&A Practice, specializing in real estate transactions. Laca has more than 15 years of real estate transactions advisory experience including acquisition and divestiture of assets, sale/leasebacks, developer selection, strategic planning and capital placement of debt and equity across property types. Her clients include owner-operators, developers, not-for-profit organizations, private equity funds and publicly-traded companies. A frequent speaker at industry symposiums, Laca has published thought leadership articles in Becker's Hospital Review, Healthcare Financial Management (HFMA) and Real Estate Forum.

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Laca was the leader of the healthcare real estate practice at Raymond James and joined through its predecessor companies Shattuck Hammond Partners and Morgan Keegan. She has also held positions at JP Morgan's real estate and lodging investment banking group, iStar Financial REIT, and at Merrill Lynch. Laca is a FINRA series 7 and 63 representative.

Laca graduated with honors from Cornell University and studied at the London School of Economics and Harvard Law School. She served as Co-Chair (2013-2014), and Co-Vice Chair (2012-2013) of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA International) Medical Office and Healthcare Facilities Committee. She was selected by Real Estate Forum as a 2012 Woman of Influence for her work as the leader of real estate in the healthcare investment banking group, and named one of NAAAP's most influential APIA New Yorkers in 2013. Laca is a member of Women Leading Healthcare (WBL) and on the Board of Trustees at Chen Dance Center, a not-for-profit performing arts school, theatre and dance company in New York.


Tuesday Speakers

Jan Berger, MD, MJ, President & CEO, Health Intelligence Partners; Board Vice Chair, GNS Healthcare; Board Chair, AccentCare; Board Member, Cambia Health Solutions, Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRHC)
Panelist - Is the public or private company experience better for you?

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Jan is a tri-sector healthcare executive that has proven results as a senior executive in the three sectors of private, public and government services over the last 30 years. In 2009 Jan founded Health Intelligence Partners as a health care consultancy that blends more than thirty years of business and clinical experience. Health Intelligence Partners has a global focus (engagements in 14 countries with both Health Organizations and National Ministries of Health), working with clients on areas of growth including short -term and long-term healthcare business strategies and solutions. Jan and Health Intelligence Partners help clients navigate the healthcare environment to identify and articulate value opportunities with a focus on consumer attitudes, engagement, quality and behavior change.

Prior to founding Health Intelligence Partners, Jan served as Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer and Innovation Officer for CVS Health/Caremark. During that time, she was a corporate officer and on the executive team with P & L (500 million- dollar business unit), operations and strategic experience. Jan also lead Caremark’s Medicare Part D development and was the clinical lead for CVS Caremark’s M & A activity. During this time, Jan developed an expertise in both healthcare and retail consumer behavior.  Before going to CVS Caremark, Jan had 15 years’ experience in healthcare administration within the health plan and academic arenas and lead operations for two population health companies.

As a veteran healthcare executive, Jan’s leadership has delivered results in a variety of settings. Jan offers her experiences and insights through her consulting agency as well as through her participation on healthcare and consumer product boards. She presently sits on healthcare focused boards including AccentCare (Chair; Compliance Committee, Compensation Committee), GNS Healthcare (Vice Chair of the Board, Compensation Committee) and Cambia Health Solutions (Direct Health Solutions Committee, Health Services Committee). Jan’s consumer focused boards have included Savor Health, Care Heroes and Whiskerdocs. Jan previous board experience includes; Care Core National (Committees: Audit and Finance Committee, Compensation, Search, M&A and Strategic Directions) and Rx-Ante. She also sits on numerous business and healthcare advisory boards.

As the author of the books “Leveraging Health”, “Thirteen Common Pitfalls in Consumer Engagement”, “We Don’t Talk Anymore: A Consumer’s Guide to Connecting with their Doctor” and “Medical Liability for Pediatricians”, the Editor in Chief of American Journal of Pharmacy Benefit and on the editorial boards of a number of healthcare journals, Jan is considered a national health care thought leader. Jan speaks and writes on a broad range of health care and pharmaceutical services issues.

Jan holds both a Doctor of Medicine degree and a Master’s degree in Jurisprudence from Loyola University in Chicago, and a Certificate in Healthcare Business Administration from University of South Florida. She also holds a black belt in Six Sigma. Jan is an assistant professor at Northwestern University School of Medicine and School of Communication in Chicago, Illinois where she teaches the Engaging the Consumer in Health course.

Nancy Falls, CEO, The Concinnity Company; Board Member, Agrin Health, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Former Board Member, Avenue Bank (NASDAQ: AVNV)
Moderator - Is the public or private company experience better for you?

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Nancy is a founder and CEO of The Concinnity Company, which provides boards of directors with the technology and best practices they need to do their jobs right. Combining the talent of boardroom and C-suite veterans with proven startup technology talent, this SaaS company has built Cloud Concinnity™ , the world’s first integrated board management platform that fuses a virtual boardroom with an embedded best-practices framework and allows boards to score their own efficiency.

A Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Nancy has offered her expertise to various boards. From 2015 until its acquisition by Pinnacle Bank, she served Avenue Bank, a publicly traded community bank, as Board, Audit
Committee and Governance Committee member. Since 2014, she has served on the board of Agrin Health, an early stage healthcare technology company committed to helping people connect to the resources they need to grow healthy habits and thrive each day. Since 2013, she has served on the Board of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, one of the ten Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) graduate schools of theology.

At Tatum, a national specialty human capital firm providing advisory, interim management and executive search services, Nancy was National Managing Partner, Healthcare, and a member of the Executive Operating Committee. In this capacity, Nancy launched and grew a regional practice, led and restructured a national healthcare practice into an integrated delivery system, provided leadership through two mergers, and exceeded P&L targets. In particular, Nancy excelled at building people and process solutions well matched to client needs. In addition to providing on-demand access to talent, Nancy’s consulting projects included C-Suite restructurings, CFO augmentations, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, enterprise risk management, M&A transactions, and leadership succession and planning.

At Vanderbilt University, Nancy was Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. In this role, she was CFO of a $500M academic enterprise and a member of the 3-person Financial Advisory Committee of a $2B+ combined healthcare and academic enterprise. Nancy was responsible for all financial and administrative activities of several diverse, independent schools, academic centers and ventures operating in complex and regulated environments. She worked with the Board Audit Committee, led board communication activities, re-engineered finance functions, and developed a comprehensive, long-range financial planning process to manage risk, drive performance, and allocate necessary resources. Nancy also established funding for a $100 million new strategic investment program and a $500 million capital project.

At Ucar International and MagneTek, Inc., both billion-dollar NYSE listed conglomerate companies, Nancy ran multiple global finance functions as Treasurer and Vice
President- Investor Relations & Risk Management, respectively. She completed multi-million dollar debt and equity financings, re-engineered global cash management and
global risk management, and built investor relations functions. In addition, Nancy served on senior leadership councils responsible for strategic planning and pension/profit sharing management, and acquired expertise in a number of business lines, including manufacturing, electrical products, information technology and alternative energy.

Nancy started out in the banking industry with a career that spanned 15 years and culminated in Senior Vice President roles in the 11th largest bank in the US. She managed lines of business including International, Fortune 500, Middle Market, Credit, Loan Syndications and Loan Sales & Trading. Over years of assessing the performance of companies in numerous industries, Nancy developed a broad and deep understanding of complex financial statements, financial reporting, internal controls, and generally accepted accounting principles and their application.

Nancy is a thought leader in leadership and corporate governance. Her well-received book, Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom-10 Imperatives to Drive High Performing Companies , offers comprehensive strategies for improving performance through 10 key imperatives. Nancy is passionate about the power of good leadership, good governance and smart technology to drive positive change.

Mary Flipse, SVP, Chief Legal & Administrative Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Tivity Health
Moderator - Locating and securing public board opportunities

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As Chief Legal & Administrative Officer, Mary S. Flipse has responsibility for the legal and contracting functions, as well as human resources, government relations and corporate communications. Flipse joined Tivity Health, Inc in 2011 and assumed the role of General Counsel and Assistant Secretary in 2012. She became Chief Legal Officer in 2015.

Mary's legal career spans more than twenty years. Before joining Tivity Health, Inc, Mary served as a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to that, she was with the American law firm, White & Case, in Bangkok Thailand. Mary began her legal career as the founding partner of Dirksen Flipse Doran & Le, the first international law offices in Laos and Cambodia.

Mary earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Archelle Georgiou, MD, Board Member, Tivity Health
Speaker - Putting the right foot forward: Politics of the first meeting

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Dr. Archelle Georgiou is a physician, "recovering" healthcare industry executive, professor, health reporter, and author. But colleagues think of her as a lightning rod for change. Between 1995 and 2007, she was a senior executive and Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare where she dismantled many of the company's bureaucratic policies that hassled patients and physicians. Since 2008, Archelle has served as a senior advisor to untraditional healthcare companies that range from education and analytics to financial services, real estate and mining - because she believes that healthcare innovation will come from cross-industry collaboration.

Archelle is adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota's School of Management, Industry Advisor for Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI), and Chair of MILI's Executives in Residence. She has covered over 1,000 medical topics as the on-air health expert for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul with a weekly segment and regular health specials that encourage viewers to overcome the power imbalance with their doctors and advocate for themselves. In February 2017, she published her first book, "Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need" (Rowman & Littlefield). Archelle has served on the Board of Directors of Tivity Health since 2016.

Dr. Georgiou earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was board-certified in Internal Medicine before pivoting her career to managed care in order to have a broader impact on the healthcare system. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mary Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council and Former Board Member, TEAMHealth, Duquesne University
Speaker - Putting the right foot forward: Politics of the first meeting

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Mary Grealy is president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives of the nation’s leading health care companies and organizations.  The HLC advocates consumer-centered health care reform, emphasizing the value of private sector innovation.  It is the only health policy advocacy group that represents all sectors of the health care industry.  She was appointed to the position in August 1999.

Ms. Grealy has an extensive background in health care policy.  She has led important initiatives on the uninsured, Medicare reform, improving patient safety and quality, protecting the privacy of patient medical information and reforming the medical liability laws.  She testifies frequently before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

From 1995 until she began her tenure at HLC, she served as Chief Washington Counsel for the American Hospital Association, a national organization representing all types of hospitals, health systems and health care networks.  In her position, she was responsible for the organization’s legal advocacy before Congress, as well as executive and judicial branches of government.

From 1979 to 1995, Ms. Grealy was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Counsel for the Federation of American Hospitals, a trade association representing 1,700 investor-owned and managed hospitals and health systems.  She coordinated legislative and regulatory policies as well as lobbying activities for the Federation.

Ms. Grealy has a bachelor degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Duquesne University.  She served on the Board of Directors of TEAMHealth, one of the largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in the United States, and the Board of Directors of Duquesne University.  She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.  She also serves on the advisory boards of the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, Women Business Leaders in Health and the March of Dimes Public Policy Council.  She is a frequent public speaker on health issues and has been ranked many times by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.

Peter Grua, Partner, HLM Ventures; Board Member, Ampersand Health, Linkwell Health, MedOptions, Oceans Healthcare, OnShift; Former Board Member, The Advisory Board Company
Panelist - Is the public or private company experience better for you?

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Peter’s venture investment activity has been focused on healthcare services and healthcare information technologies. Peter is currently a director of Ampersand Health, Linkwell Health, MedOptions, Oceans Healthcare and OnShift. He previously served as a director of several companies including: The Advisory Board (NASDAQ acquired by Optum), Actamed (acquired by WebMD), Casenet (acquired by Centene), MedVentive (acquired by McKesson), Imagine Health (acquired by ELAP), Medicalis (acquired by Siemens Healthineers); Nordic Consulting (recapitalized by Silversmith), Sanovia (acquired by Health Information Designs), Silverlink Communications (acquired by Welltok), Atria Communities (NASDAQ), Renal Care Group (NYSE) and WellTower (aka Health Care REIT| NYSE).

Prior to joining HLM in 1992, Peter was a Managing Director of Alex. Brown & Sons, where he directed research in healthcare services and managed care. Previously, he was a research analyst at William Blair & Company and a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Peter received an AB from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Columbia University.

Adele Gulfo, Chief of Commercial Development, Roivant Sciences, Inc. and Board Member, Bemis, Inc. (NYSE: BMS)
Panelist - Locating and securing public board opportunities

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Adele Gulfo has served as Chief of Commercial Development at Roivant Sciences since May 2018. Ms. Gulfo previously served as President and General Manager of Pfizer’s $12B+ US primary care business unit, comprised of over 5,000 employees across multiple therapeutic areas. She also ran Pfizer’s Commercial Operations, and as US Country Chair led the Managed Care organization across all biopharmaceutical businesses, including Specialty, Oncology, and Vaccines. Ms. Gulfo was Pfizer’s President of Latin America, where she led a team of over 4,000 colleagues across 24 countries. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, and Head of Global Commercial Development at Mylan. Prior to joining Pfizer, she spent 9 years at AstraZeneca where she held senior leadership roles in Business Development, Strategy and Healthcare Innovation, and ran the company’s Cardiovascular business unit where she oversaw the successful launch of CRESTOR®.

Before joining AstraZeneca, Ms. Gulfo planned and executed the launch and commercial strategy for LIPITOR®, the world’s most successful branded medicine which achieved market leadership within two years of launch. Trained as a scientist, she has been awarded six U.S. patents for novel medication packaging adherence tools and an allergy treatment. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Seton Hall University and an MBA with highest honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She studied post-graduate Molecular Biology and began her career at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She serves on the Board of Directors of Bemis Company (NYSE: BMS), an adhesive manufacturing company.

Denise Jackson, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, AMN Healthcare and Board Member, Tractor Supply Company
Panelist - Locating and securing public board opportunities

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Denise Jackson joined AMN Healthcare (AMN: NYSE) in 2000, and is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. AMN Healthcare is the nation's largest healthcare workforce management solutions and staffing company with $2B in annual revenue and was recently named the 11th fastest growing company by Forbes.

Ms. Jackson serves on the Board of Tractor Supply Company, the country's largest rural lifestyle retailer and a Fortune 500 company. Ms. Jackson is a member of the Audit and Nominating/Governance Committees. Previously Ms. Jackson served as a director of PipelineRx, a telepharmacy technology and services company, and as Chairperson of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Jackson also serves as a Director for AMN Healthcare's 25 subsidiaries, and as a Director of the Corporate Directors Forum.

Ms. Jackson is an integral member of the AMN Healthcare Executive Management team that shapes and executes the company's strategy, including serving a primary role in the company's acquisitions and development of the Enterprise Risk Management program that underlies its strategic plan. Ms. Jackson is the Executive Sponsor of AMN Healthcare's Innovation Program, its Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and is a member of the company's Information Security Committee.

Ms. Jackson leads the corporate governance and social responsibility, legal, compliance, equity compensation, risk management and government affairs functions for AMN Healthcare. Her expertise reflects the topics that are top of mind in the boardroom today: strategy, corporate governance, innovation, corporate social responsibility, enterprise risk management, information security and executive compensation.

Before joining AMN Healthcare, from 1995 to September 2000, Ms. Jackson worked for The Mills Corporation, a NYSE-traded REIT, serving as Vice President and Senior Counsel from 1998 to 2000.

In 2016, Ms. Jackson was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the country and by the NYSE as a Distinguished General Counsel finalist. She has been named by the San Diego Business Journal as General Counsel of the Year and Top Corporate Counsel and the Association of Corporate Counsel as In-House Counsel of the Year. AMN Healthcare has received the NYSE Leadership Award for Best Governance, Compliance and Risk Program and for Best Proxy Statement Compensation Discussion Analysis. Corporate Secretary has also recognized AMN Healthcare for Corporate Governance Team of the Year, Best Compliance and Ethics Program and most recently, for its Outstanding Shareholder Outreach Program.

Ms. Jackson holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona, a Masters of Public Health from The George Washington University, and a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies from the University of Arizona. Ms. Jackson is licensed as an attorney in California, the District of Columbia, Arizona, and New York.

Dusty Lieb, Board Director, lifeIMAGE, FastMed, and Phreesia
Panelist - Getting on the radar of growth equity boards: what do they look for in independent candidates and avisors?

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Dusty identifies, invests in, and supports the growth of healthcare IT and services companies, with a focus on efforts enabling providers and consumers to participate in the evolving retail-centric and shared-risk healthcare environment.

Dusty serves as a director on the boards of lifeIMAGE, which facilitates medical image exchange; FastMed, a leading urgent care provider with clinics in Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina; and Phreesia, which provides a modern, tailored intake experience designed to gather the right information, engage patients in their care, and expand practice capacity. He is also a board observer for PokitDok, MDsave and Abacus ‒ all Echo Health Ventures portfolio companies. Dusty served on the Cambia Health Solutions strategic investing team for three years before joining Echo Health Ventures. Prior to this, he spent the majority of his career in financial services, with a focus on healthcare mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, he worked at Harris Williams & Co., an investment bank, where he executed a range of healthcare IT and services transactions on behalf of both corporate and private equity clients.

Dusty earned a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and currently serves in the Penn Alumni Interview Program where he acts as a Portland-area ambassador, helping the admissions office select the next incoming freshmen class. He also serves on the board of Northwest Outward Bound School, which operates wilderness educational courses that change lives through challenge and discovery.

Dusty lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, daughter, and dog. As a family, they enjoy running, fly fishing, and taking advantage of the myriad of other recreational opportunities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Anne McGeorge, Operating Partner, Havencrest Healthcare Partners and Board Chair, Be The Match
Panelist - Non-profit boards: stepping stone or final destination?

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Anne M. McGeorge is the former Global Managing Partner of Grant Thornton's Health Care and Life Sciences Practices.

Anne created the health care/life sciences practice for Grant Thornton, and she grew it to a $250 million global business in 10 years. She has also personally advised health care clients for 35 years in all aspects of finance and transformational change, including strategy, M&A, joint ventures, financial statement audits, corporate restructuring, governance, talent acquisition, executive compensation, IRS matters and risk management.

Prior to Grant Thornton, Anne served as a Partner at Deloitte as well as Arthur Andersen LLP.

Anne serves on the faculty of the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health, and she is a past instructor for Duke University's various post-graduate Certificate Programs. She is also a member of the Women Business Leaders in Healthcare.

Anne currently serves on the board of directors of Be The Match, a non-profit that maintains the national database for bone marrow and stem cell transplants, where she serves on the Audit/Finance Committee and the New Technologies Committee. The New Technologies Committee identifies and invests in innovative start-up companies consistent with the mission of saving lives through cellular therapies, and Anne is involved in the sourcing and due diligence of these potential investments.

Anne also serves on the board of directors of Dioko Health Ventures, a healthcare venture capital firm targeting early-stage investment opportunities with a focus on healthcare and technology.

Anne received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Accounting/Taxation from the University of Virginia. She has participated in numerous leadership development courses at the Harvard Business School.

Andre Moura, Managing Director, New Mountain Capital
Speaker - Cracking private equity boards: how to build win-win relationships with PE firms 

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Andre Moura, Managing Director, joined New Mountain in 2005. He previously worked at McKinsey from 2003 to 2005, where he helped to advise companies across various industries.

He received his A.B., magna cum laude, in Computer Science from Harvard College and his M.B.A., with high distinction, from Harvard Business School in 2009, where he was a Baker Scholar. He currently serves as a director of Avantor, Bellerophon, Gelest, Alteon Health, Medical Specialties Distributors, Sparta Systems and Topix Pharmaceuticals. He previously served as a director of NuSil and ACA Compliance Group.

Joyce A. Murphy, Executive Vice Chancellor, Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School and Board Chair, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Panelist - Non-profit boards: stepping stone or final destination?

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Ms. Murphy serves as the executive vice chancellor, UMass Medical School and chief executive of the health care operations and consulting division.

Prior to joining UMMS in 2006, Ms. Murphy served for nine years as President and CEO of Carney Hospital, a community teaching hospital. 

She served as Vice President of St. Margaret's Hospital for Women and subsequently as the founding president of a new entity she envisioned, St. Mary's Center for Women and Children, which provides services to high risk women and children.

Ms. Murphy began her professional career at the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC), where she held various roles and ultimately became Superintendent of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham, the sole women's prison in the Commonwealth.  Following her eleven-year tenure at the DOC, Ms. Murphy served as First Deputy Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for four years.

A graduate of University of Massachusetts Boston, Ms. Murphy was the 2010 recipient of her alma mater’s Education for Service Award.  She holds an MPA from Harvard University.  Ms. Murphy received an honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from Curry College in 1999.  In 2015, she received both the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award and the Worcester Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award.  In 2017, she was the recipient of UMass Medical School’s Trailblazing Women Award, which recognizes women who have played a major role in supporting aspiring women leaders at the medical school.  In 2018, the Chancellor’s Award for Diversity was presented to the Executive Council Ad Hoc Working Group on Underrepresented Minorities in Academic Medicine, of which Ms. Murphy served as a member.

Ms. Murphy serves as Chair of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Board of Directors, as well as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.  She also serves as a director of the Meridian Bancorp Inc., East Boston Savings Bank, Curry College, and the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare boards.  Further, she is a member of the Health Policy Commission Advisory Council and the Treasurer’s Advisory Committee on Wage Equality. 

Linda Rebrovick, CEO & President, Integrated Healing Technologies, LLC and Board Member, HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTM)
Panelist - Locating and securing public board opportunities

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Linda Rebrovick is leveraging her leadership experience as CEO and global CMO, her success building technology companies and her expertise in strategy and innovation in her full-time portfolio career. Her 40-year career has included leadership roles at IBM, KPMG, Dell and Consensus Point. She currently serves on the board of HealthStream, a publicly traded healthcare tech company, and has been Nominating and Governance Committee Chair for 15 years. She began serving on Boards in 1997 as Director and Nominating and Process Committee Chair at KPMG.

Linda has held executive and board-level roles in the areas of digital transformation, technology, prediction markets and product commercialization. She has excelled in sales, consulting, marketing and operations leadership roles for a wide range of clients in the healthcare, technology, retail, consumer products, financial, and business services sectors. She has a diverse combination of leadership roles – including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and IPOs in global corporate and high-growth private companies - generating value on a wide range of strategic and commercial considerations through her practical experience as a member of Board Committees, such as Audit, Technology, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance.

In April 2018, Linda became the CEO of Integrated Healing Technologies (IHT), a pre-revenue medical technology company, knowing she had the responsibility to provide business leadership to the organization and guide the Board Chair and Directors in evaluating the potential strategies for the company. Working quickly – within 60 days – Linda and her team had completed and presented the Board with both a comprehensive internal due diligence assessment as well as strategic options.

Linda is serving on the Board and Compensation Committee at HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTM). She has been on the Board of HealthStream for 16 years and has served as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee for 15 years. As one of the largest healthcare workforce development companies HealthStream has experienced significant growth under the board and management’s direction. Today, the company provides digital training to over 4.5 million healthcare subscribers. During Linda’s board tenure, HealthSteam has been very acquisitive and recently sold the company’s market research division to Press Ganey. Linda also currently serves on the Advisory Board of Western Express, Inc., privately held national transportation company headquartered in Middle Tennessee.

She is the founder and co-chair of the Tennessee Chapter of Women Corporate Directors.

Kerry Rupp, General Partner, True Wealth Ventures and Board Member, Texas 4000 for Cancer
Speaker - How startups and early stage companies can help advance your governance goals

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Kerry Rupp is a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, a new early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in the sustainable consumer and consumer health sectors. In addition, Kerry provides innovation & strategy consulting through her DisRuppt practice, leveraging over 20 years' experience launching and growing startups and new lines of business. Her core service areas are Corporate Innovation, Strategy & Business Development, Venture & Corporate Development and Economic Development.

Kerry is also a nationally-certified instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, helping university-based teams to commercialize their science and technology research. She is an active startup coach who is asked to judge at startup competitions nationwide and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation and early-stage investing. She serves as a mentor at Capital Factory, Galvanize, and International Accelerator and is on the Advisory Panel of the Texas Health Catalyst program at Dell Medical School.

Previously, Kerry was CEO at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund, where she was directly involved with the launch of over 150 companies. During her 5-year tenure with DreamIt, she grew its programs to five cities, raised a $20M follow-on fund, and initiated the DreamIt Access (minority entrepreneur), DreamIt Athena (female entrepreneur), and DreamIt Health programs. These specialty programs were conducted in partnership with Comcast Ventures, Penn Medicine, Independence Blue Cross, Johns Hopkins University, Northrup Grumman, Kaiser Permanente, the state of Pennsylvania and the SBA.

As a General Partner at DreamIt, Kerry reviewed thousands of startup applications, led the DreamIt Fund II LP fund design, raised funds, performed due diligence and made investment decisions. Today, DreamIt companies have an aggregate enterprise value of more than $1B.

Before DreamIt, Kerry was herself the founder of an online travel service, Holiday Golightly, which organized unique group travel excursions for women. She has also advised senior executives at Allrecipes.com, ReadersDigest, LexisNexis, Payscale, and Taleo on stategy, business development and marketing. She has held Vice President level positions at AllRecipes.com, Jobster, Classmates.com and LexisNexis. Kerry began her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Kerry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology from Duke University.  She serves on the board of the Texas 4000 for Cancer, the advisory board for the Austin Tech Alliance, and on the leadership teams of Women@Austin and the Austin chapter of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club. She is an avid adventurer that has visited over 50 countries and 49 US states. 

Jill Schwieters, Founder & President, Cielo Healthcare
Moderator - Non-profit boards: stepping stone or final destination?

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Jill Schwieters is an entrepreneur, strategic executive and inspiring leader. Jill has served in provider healthcare for 25 years and currently serves as founder and President of Cielo Healthcare, an organization she founded and grew for Cielo Inc.  Jill created a market and established an innovative organization which has achieved global leadership. Her experience includes building strong teams, scaling an organization and developing a business model which provides ROI for clients and profitability for shareholders. Jill’s experience includes multiple rounds of fundraising, acquisitions, integrations as well as global expansion. 

 As founder and President, Cielo Healthcare, Jill led the growth of the healthcare business for Cielo, Inc to over $100M in annual revenue with industry leading margins and achieving early stage profitability. Under Jill’s leadership, Cielo sold, implemented and scaled the organization to secure and operate the largest healthcare recruitment outsourcing client globally and delivered profitability and bespoke operational results by the end of the first year. 

Prior to Cielo, Jill served as a senior executive in a large, complex health system and provider organization, leading strategy, integration, reorganization, process improvement and change initiatives.  

Her board roles include serving as Board Chair of Intelligere, and as a Board Member of the AHA Coalition to Protect America's Healthcare, the Young President's Organization (YPO) Healthcare Network, and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.   

Jill was recognized by Chicago’s Business Magazine in 2018 as a Notable Woman in Healthcare and will Chair the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s annual meeting. She has a BS in Industrial Psychology from the University fo Wisconsin- Stevens Point, a MSM from Cardinal Stretch University, and participated in the Harvard Business School President's Program. She is based in Chicago. 

Steve Sellers, Growth Partner, Frontier Capital
Panelist - Getting on the radar of growth equity boards: what do they look for in independent candidates and advisors?

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Steve is the Managing Director at Sockwell Partners, providing executive search consulting and industry leadership to a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, technology, financial services, private equity and the non-profit sector.  His 25 years of industry experience includes senior management roles at a private equity-backed healthcare provider and three private-equity backed technology companies.

Steve plays a significant role in helping Frontier successfully identify and recruit top talent, for a variety of professional roles including senior management, finance, operations, engineering, human resources, consulting, sales & marketing. 

Maureen Spivack, Senior Industry Advisor, New State Capital Partners and Board Chair, Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP)
Panelist - Non-profit boards: stepping stone or final destination?

Maureen Spivack's 30 year investment banking career has focused on advising corporate executives and boards on the execution of strategic and financial transactions for publicly traded, privately held and not-for-profit healthcare companies, globally. The combination of her in-depth industry knowledge with expertise in finance, strategy, negotiation, and deal structuring has served to create significant value for stakeholders.

Ms. Spivack recently joined New State Capital Partners, after working at KPMG Corporate Finance. Prior to that Ms. Spivack was a Managing Director in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group of Morgan Keegan.  Previously, she was a Managing Director in the Global Healthcare Investment Banking Group of UBS.  Prior to UBS, Ms. Spivack spent eight years as Managing Director and Head of the Strategic Advisory Group within the Merrill Lynch Health Care Group.  Prior to Merrill Lynch, Ms. Spivack was a Partner at Ernst & Young, where she ran the National Health Care Corporate Finance practice for 10 years.

Terry Woodward, President, Healthcare Private Equity Association and Director, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Panelist - Getting on the radar of growth equity boards: what do they look for in independent candidates and advisors?

Terry Woodward is a Director with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP). He manages the fund's private equity transactions in the Healthcare Section and oversees the Global Venture Capital & Growth Equity portfolio for OTPP.  He joined Teachers' in 2001 with more than 10 years experience in healthcare, including leading R&D and corporate development at biotechnology and medical diagnostics companies respectively.

Terry has worked on a number of investments and funds in venture capital, growth equity and priviate equity, including Heartland Dental Care, INC Research, Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Ista Pharmaceuticals, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Intarcia Therapeutics, Tethys Bioscience, Cempra Pharmaceuticals and others. Additionally, Terry represents Teachers' Private Capital on numerous fund advisory boards.

Terry holds a Ph.D. from McGill University and an MBA from Michigan State University. He was an adjunct professor in the Department of Physiology at Michigan State University.