Sandra Van Trease – Chair
Sandra Van Trease is group president for BJC HealthCare, provides strategic leadership and direction to the BJC Collaborative LLC, an association of Saint Luke’s Health System, CoxHealth, BJC HealthCare and Memorial Health System. She also is responsible for overall business and growth strategies for a select group of BJC’s community hospitals; and the BJC Medical Group, to ensure outstanding clinical quality, operating efficiencies and financial stability. In 2012, Ms. Van Trease was appointed president of BJC HealthCare’s Accountable Care Organization and leads BJC’s overall efforts in population health and virtual health.  She also serves as a member of the senior management team at BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States. Ms. Van Trease joined BJC in 2004, following a successful career as president and CEO of UNICARE, a managed health care company serving 1.7 million members as part of the WellPoint Health Networks Inc. family of companies. She also held a number of leadership positions with RightCHOICE Managed Care, including serving as president and COO. Prior to RightCHOICE, she spent 12 years with Price Waterhouse. Ms. Van Trease earned her master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant. In 2004, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Missouri–St. Louis for achieving distinction in her field and for contributing to the betterment of the university and the St. Louis community. 

Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin
Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin served as director of public payer programs and policy for Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO), a value-based physician and hospital network and ACO comprised of eight hospitals and more than 2,500 physicians. As a strategic advisor with extensive legal and government experience, she provided vital counsel to BIDCO’s executive leadership team to help navigate emerging public policy matters – both at the state and federal level. She also guided the organization through the rigorous requirements of various risk-based contracts with insurers and government. Prior to this role, Ms. Baldwin served in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration as deputy director of policy and cabinet affairs when the state’s health reform initiatives were being implemented. She was then promoted to deputy legal counsel and worked on complex issues impacting the Governor’s Office and the Commonwealth’s health and human services agencies. She currently serves on the NAACOS Policy Committee and sits on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance. Ms. Baldwin earned her bachelor of science from Boston University College of Communication and her juris doctor from New England Law | Boston. 

Michael Barrett
In addition to being a founding board member of NAACOS, Mr. Barrett served as the senior vice president for operations and development for the ACO efforts at Universal American/WellCare. In addition to his national responsibilities, his specific ACOs are accountable for over 150,000 assigned Medicare beneficiaries. Prior to joining Universal American, Mr. Barrett worked extensively in Medicare Advantage finance and operations at both health plans and provider groups. 

Emily Brower
Emily Brower serves as senior vice president of clinical integration and physician services for Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving more than 30 million people across 22 states. In this role, she provides leadership and strategic direction within the evolving accountable healthcare environment, with an emphasis on clinical integration and transformation under alternative payment models. Ms. Brower joined Trinity Health from Atrius Health, where she last served as vice president of population health, building and executing the essential capabilities required to achieve strong financial and clinical outcomes within integrated care models under value-based reimbursement, particularly for publicly insured populations. Her Medicare ACO team delivered year over year improvement in cost and quality, and the highest per-capita savings in an independent evaluation of the Pioneer model.  Prior to Atrius Health, Ms. Brower spent fifteen years in operational, financial, and contracting leadership roles at Urban Medical Group, a Massachusetts non-profit healthcare organization specializing in the care of medically complex, chronically ill populations across a community-based, long-term care continuum. During that time, she launched a PACE program and other innovative, capitated contracts for medically complex populations and served as Principal Investigator for a multi-year research project analyzing cost and quality outcomes to support payment reform.   Ms. Brower received her BA from Smith College and MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business. 

Monica Deadwiler 

Rob Fields a family medicine physician and the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Population Health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. As CMO, Dr. Fields leads a network of almost 4,000 physicians managing 400,000 lives across multiple risk contracts and all lines of business. 

Dr. Fields began his career by establishing Vista Family Health in 2003 providing primary care for all ages including a large number of underserved Latino patients in Western North Carolina. Dr. Fields was an early adopter of the patient-centered medical home model as well as new technologies for patient engagement and practice efficiency.  He was part of the community and system leadership team that designed the first ACO in that region and was asked to serve as its first medical director.  Under his guidance, the network grew from 200 primary care physicians to more than 1,100 providers of various specialties and three health systems.  The ACO was able to achieve over $11 million in savings in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in its second year as well savings under multiple Medicare Advantage contracts using a clinical model which incorporated social determinants of health along with clinical care management.  Dr. Fields came to Mount Sinai in March of 2018 as the Chief Medical Officer for Population Health and has overseen the redesign of the clinical model including care management, provider engagement, quality programs and other aspects of the system’s population health strategy. 

Dr. Fields serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of ACOs and America’s Physician Groups.  He earned a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and he completed a family medicine residency at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, N.C., where he was chief resident.  Dr. Fields earned a Master of Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Pam Halvorson
Pam Halvorson is the lead executive of operations for UnityPoint Accountable Care. In addition to this primary role, she serves as the executive sponsor for connecting to community resources in THE Care Model, UnityPoint Health’s population health initiative. She consults, advises and assists UnityPoint regions by providing leadership in strategy and operations for both patient and non-patient care activities for ACO aligned beneficiaries and participants. In the Next Generation ACO program, Ms. Halvorson is responsible for the development and monitoring of implementation strategies and progress, care coordination, culture change and team and community integration activities. Previously, she held positions as the COO at Trimark Physicians Group and regional vice president of clinic operations for UnityPoint Clinic. In these roles, she led the physician groups, critical access hospitals, regional referral center hospitals, community mental health centers, skilled nursing partners, public health and rehabilitation divisions through a transformation of single operating units into fully integrated organized systems of care. Simultaneously, she assumed the executive sponsorship of the successful implementation of the Trinity Pioneer ACO, L.L.C. advocating for CMMI strategies related to rural implementation. Ms. Halvorson graduated from the University of North Dakota in occupational therapy and has held leadership positions in the healthcare industry for over 30 years. She is a former member of the North Dakota State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice, past secretary of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association and past president of the Iowa Occupational Therapy Association. 

Elissa Langley
Elissa Langley is an accomplished health care professional with twenty-seven plus years of payor, provider, and consulting experience.  She is the chief operating officer for Triad HealthCare Network (“THN”) of the Cone Health System. Her responsibilities include assisting with the development, implementation, and operation of THN, an accountable care organization in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Ms. Langley is currently responsible for THN’s operations which include managing over 85,000 covered lives. She serves as a liaison to all payors for THN’s shared savings/risk arrangements, including the Next Generation ACO Program. Additionally, she has managed the implementation of a Medicare Advantage Risk Agreement with Humana and North Texas Specialty Physicians and was instrumental in the development of Cone’s new Medicare Advantage Plan called HealthTeam Advantage. Previously, Ms. Langley has worked for managed care plans such as Humana and Aetna as a network manager. She was part of the initial U.S. Healthcare expansion team into Atlanta, Georgia which grew to over 100,000 members in its first year of operation.   Ms. Langley holds a MHA from Duke University and a BS in zoology from Duke University. 

Farzad Mostashari
Farzad Mostashari MD, is co-founder and CEO of Aledade.  Dr. Mostashari has spent his career at the forefront of health care policy and health information technology. He is the former national coordinator for health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served as a distinguished expert at the Brookings Institute’s Engelberg Center for HealthCare Reform. Prior to his work at the office of the national coordinator, he founded the NYC Primary Care Information Project, which equipped 1,500 physicians in underserved communities with electronic health records. He has spoken and written extensively on issues affecting health IT, ACOs, and health care policy and delivery. He has been published in the New York Times, the Journal of American Medical Association, and Health Affairs, among others. Dr. Mostashari received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine and his MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Denise B. Prince
Denise B. Prince is senior vice president and chief operations officer for population health at Mount Sinai Health System. Most recently, she served as system vice president, value-based care and vice president, population health at Geisinger Health System. Ms. Prince co-led Geisinger’s participation in the CMS Innovation Center's Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative and was the chief executive officer for the Keystone ACO. In addition, she provided senior leadership to the Care Continuum Service Line with operational responsibility for walk-in clinics and post-acute services. Previously, she served as the founder and managing partner for Geisinger Ventures. She was awarded an MBA and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. Ms. Prince currently serves as an advisory board member for the Women Business Leaders of the US Health Care Industry and for the Central PA Food Bank. 

Zak Ramadan-Jradi
Dr. Zak Ramadan-Jradi is the executive director and vice president of accountable care for MultiCare Connected Care, LLC, a physician led accountable care organization. Dr. Ramadan-Jradi has a long and diverse health care background that includes extensive experience in healthcare analytics, clinical and contract performance management, and network development with payers. He entered this career shortly after his clinical practicum as an internist at London Hospital Medical College in London, England and earned his MBA from Seattle University. He currently sits on the governing board for Physicians of Southwest Washington, the Milliman Advisory Board, and has been an active participant in NAACOs since 2015. In his current role with MultiCare Connected Care (MCC), he is responsible for the general operations of the accountable care organization (ACO) and the Clinically Integrated Network (CIN). Dr. Ramadan-Jradi has worked extensively in interoperability, including Health Information Exchange – interconnecting disparate electronic health records, and overseeing the development of performance analytic platforms for provider and contract performance. Through this work he strives to further advance health care policy and improve access, quality and affordability of health care in Washington state and the greater Pacific Northwest. 

Patt Richesin
Patt Richesin currently leads Kootenai Care Network (KCN), a clinically integrated network including Kootenai Health and more than 500 physicians and advanced practice professionals. She also is responsible for the Medicare Shared Savings ACO, Kootenai Accountable Care. Before joining KCN, she served at the national level as vice president, physician strategies and services, Vizient, Inc. leading transformational integrated care model initiatives around the country. Ms. Richesin has held senior executive positions in private and public multi-specialty practices, academic centers, and management services organizations. Launching her career in public health administration at Johns Hopkins University uniquely positioned her for the current focus on population health initiatives. She is recognized nationally for her ability to operationalize complex strategies. She has created many “firsts” for her organizations including the first physician-hospital organization in Wyoming and the first regional accountable care council for Providence Health & Services in northwest western Washington. She also has served on the Medical Group Management Association Government Affairs Committee and Western Section Executive Committee. Ms. Richesin received her MBA with health care concentration from Excelsior College and is a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. 

Richard Salhany
Richard Salhany, M.B.A., is an experienced healthcare administrator with extensive experience in operations, medical staff leadership, service line development, project management and population health. He is Senior Vice President Medical Operations, Strategic Planning and Executive Director ACO at Richmond University Medical Center, a 471 bed acute care medical center on Staten Island. Mr. Salhany joined the Medical Center in 2005 after serving as Vice President of Operations at RWJ/Barnabas Health- Clara Maass Medical Center and Northwell- SIUH. As Chief Operating Officer and the on site Administrator, he was instrumental in transitioning the Medical Center from being part of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Health System into an independent organization. His current role at Richmond University is centered around creating and implementing the strategic plan for Richmond University Medical Center and Affiliates. In addition, he has oversight of the development of the Ambulatory Network expanding the Hospital’s footprint significantly throughout Staten Island and Brooklyn. The Physician enterprise under his direction has grown to become an over $22 million dollar Part B revenue stream. Mr. Salhany received his MBA for Wagner College with a focus on management and marketing. His BS in economics/business was from the College of Staten Island as well as his AAS in Medical Technology. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds Diplomate Status in the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and hold Cardiology Administrator Membership in the AAMA.  

Katherine Schneider
Katherine Schneider is president and CEO of the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization and as such, she provides leadership, strategic direction and ongoing administration and management for all aspects of the ACO. Previously, Dr. Schneider was executive vice president and chief medical officer of Medecision. She also served as the senior vice president for health engagement at AtlantiCare, where she led the system's strategic transformational work toward accountable care and engaging individuals in their own health. In her previous position at Middlesex Health System, she spearheaded projects embedding chronic disease management in the delivery system and value-based payment models, including Medicare's Physician Group Practice demonstration project. She is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University. She is a board-certified family physician with an additional degree in epidemiology and is also in the first cohort of U.S. physicians to achieve subspecialty certification in clinical informatics.  

Gary Wainer
Gary Wainer is a director with Northwestern Medicine and medical director of Northwestern Medicine Physician Partners.   Prior to this, he was chief medical officer and executive director with Chicago Health System.  He received his DO in medicine from Midwestern University and a BA from Emory University.