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Jose Acevedo, MD, MBA

Jose Acevedo, MD, MBA

President and CEO, Finger Lakes Health

Dr. Jose Acevedo is the President and CEO of Finger Lakes Health, a 696-bed integrated health system serving four counties in New York State (Ontario, Seneca, Yates, and Wayne). Dr. Acevedo is Finger Lakes Health’s first physician chief executive. He has led the health system in this capacity since 2010, after serving as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer from 2004 to 2009 and Executive Vice President from 2009 to 2010. Previously, he was at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn from 1997 to 2004 as Director of Clinical Integration, Director of Hospitalist Services, and Lead Hospitalist. He is fellowship trained in pulmonary/critical care and completed his fellowship and residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Acevedo completed medical school at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from New York Institute of Technology. He is Chair of Pandion National Board and serves as Pandion Regional Board President. He has been a member of the HANYS board since 2016.

Eric R. Allyn

Eric R. Allyn

Chair, Healthcare Trustees of New York State Board of Governors, and Trustee, Auburn Community Hospital

Eric R. Allyn serves on the Board of Trustees of Auburn Community Hospital, where he was Board Chairman for five years. He worked at Welch Allyn, Inc. in a variety of roles beginning in 1982, before moving to the company’s board of directors in 2010, eventually becoming Chairman of the Board. After 100 years of family ownership, Welch Allyn was sold in 2015 to Hill-Rom. Today, Mr. Allyn serves on the boards of a variety of companies, including GOJO (makers of Purell), Pharma Tech Industries, The Allyn Foundation (chair of the investment committee), The Gifford Foundation (chair of the investment/finance committee), and is a limited partnership advisor at Armory Square Ventures. In addition, Mr. Allyn is founder and manager/partner of two investment funds and serves on the investment committee of 50 State LLC. He is a past board member of Eagle Dream Health, Family Firm Institute, Hand Held Product Inc., and Everest-VIT.

Mr. Allyn is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his Master of Business Administration degree at the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He lives in Skaneateles, New York, with his wife Meg O’Connell.

Vincent Richard Back

Vincent Richard Back, MD

Board Chair, Columbia Memorial Health

Dr. Vincent Richard “Rick” Back has served in numerous capacities at Columbia Memorial Health for nearly five decades, including as Chief of Surgery, President of the Medical Staff, and two terms as Chief Medical Officer. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and a board certified surgeon, Dr. Back served his nation for several years on active duty with the U.S. Army’s 45th Field Hospital. Dr. Back has also been a teacher and a mentor for countless colleagues, from all disciplines, ranging from clinical to administrative and governance. He is perhaps best defined by his passionate advocacy for providing the very best healthcare possible to the community he has served faithfully since 1971.

Sujata N. Chaudhry

Sujata N. Chaudhry

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tangible Development

Sujata Chaudhry leads Tangible Development, the only diversity and inclusion training and consultancy firm in New York’s Capital Region and Tech Valley. Her personal understanding of diversity and her American corporate sensibility make her a unique trainer. She possesses a keen awareness of the business-driven benefits of diversity and inclusion as well as the challenges that can arise when others don’t understand someone’s cultural motivators. Acting as Chief Diversity Officer, Sujata works alongside clients to embed diversity and inclusion throughout organizations’ strategic plans to support sustainability and viability.

Irina Gelman

Irina Gelman, DPM, MPH

Director, Fulton County Public Health

With her preliminary medical background in surgery and clinical care, Dr. Irina Gelman completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was appointed the Director of Public Health for Fulton County, New York in January 2014. Her focus on improving access to care, thereby directly impacting population health, culminated in a pilot project geared toward a larger county-wide telehealth initiative in Fulton County. Currently a PhD candidate, Dr. Gelman is working on her dissertation, titled “Telehealth Initiatives in Rural Areas.”

M. Beatrice Grause

M. Beatrice Grause, RN, JD, FACHE

President, Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

Bea Grause began her tenure as President of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) on July 1, 2016 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems for 14 years. In that position, she successfully led Vermont hospitals through a variety of reform initiatives, including the state’s single-payer debate, continuously and intentionally building the hospitals’ brand as trusted, competent leaders.

Bea completed a three-year term (2012 to 2015) as an at-large member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, including a 2015 term on the AHA Executive and AHA CEO Search Committees. As part of her AHA Board responsibilities, she also served as chairman of the AHA Allied Advisory Committee on Medicaid.

Before moving to Vermont, Bea worked for ten years in Washington D.C. in a variety of positions. She began her D.C. tenure as a Legislative Assistant; first in the Office of U.S. Representative Norman Y. Mineta and then for U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II. After she left Capitol Hill, Bea simultaneously held senior governmental affairs positions with the Tennessee Hospital Association and Massachusetts Hospital Association. She spent the last three years working as counsel with the law firm of Foley, Hoag. In this role, she developed tailored legislative and regulatory strategies for many healthcare clients.

Before coming to Washington D.C., Bea spent ten years in California. She worked as a registered nurse, primarily in the emergency room and intensive care areas at Santa Clara Valley of California. During this time, she earned her Juris Doctorate in 1991 from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Bea earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College in 1979 and is currently a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a 2003 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute.

Sabina Lim

Sabina Lim, MD, MPH

Vice President and Chief of Strategy, Behavioral Health and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System

Dr. Sabina Lim oversees the clinical, financial, and administrative performance of behavioral health services across Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), which includes more than 360 inpatient behavioral health beds and 60 outpatient clinics/specialty programs, with over one million ambulatory visits. She is also the primary lead in population health/risk-based pilots and initiatives for behavioral health populations within MSHS. Dr. Lim graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She received her Medical Doctor degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, and her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Yale University Department of Psychiatry, and held various clinical and administrative positions at Yale, including Executive Director of Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. She joined Mount Sinai Hospital in 2013 as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry, became Chief of Clinical Operations of MSHS Behavioral Health services in 2014, and was appointed to her current roles in 2015.

Martin Makary

Martin Makary, MD

Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Martin Makary is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Unaccountable and a leading voice for physicians as a writer for The Wall Street Journal and TIME Magazine, and television commentator for NBC News and Fox News. Dr. Makary is the creator of “The Surgery Checklist” popularized in the book, The Checklist Manifesto, and partnered with the World Health Organization to create the WHO Surgery Checklist. Dr. Makary practices surgical oncology and serves as chief of Pancreas Islet Transplantation Surgery at Johns Hopkins. Last year, Dr. Makary was named to America’s 20 Most Influential People in Health Care by Health Leaders Magazine.

Kimberly McNally

Kimberly McNally, MN, RN, BCC

President, McNally & Associates

Kimberly McNally is an executive coach, retreat facilitator, published author, nursing leader, and health system trustee based in Seattle, Washington. She works with boards, leaders, and teams in healthcare, nonprofit, and education organizations. As President of McNally & Associates, she has served more than 100 organizations nationally and internationally since 1998. She has worked with leaders in hospitals, health systems, community health centers, ambulatory surgery centers, home care agencies, residential/long-term care facilities, physician practices, medical technology companies, and health plans. In addition, she has served leaders in higher education, public school districts, trade associations, housing authorities, and public utilities. Before forming McNally & Associates, Kimberly managed organization-wide training and development at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington. For Health Incentives, Inc., she held executive positions in service delivery and account management, working with employers, benefits professionals, and healthcare organizations throughout the country. In addition, she held leadership and clinical positions in two academic medical centers, a community hospital, and a for-profit psychiatric facility. Kimberly is a certified executive coach with a Master’s degree in Nursing/minor in Business from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Saint Anselm College.

Ben Nemtin

Ben Nemtin

The New York Times Bestselling Author and Co-founder, The Buried Life Movement

Ben Nemtin’s story begins ten years ago. Fed up with the monotony of day-to-day life in college, Ben and his friends set out on a two-week road trip with a camera and a borrowed RV to complete a list of “100 things to do before you die.” For each item they accomplished on their list, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their own list. Since then, Ben and his friends have crossed off nearly all 100 list items and they have encouraged millions to believe that anyone can do anything. Ben’s bucket list quest has brought him from the White House to play basketball with President Obama, to Oprah’s couch, to having a beer with Prince Harry in London. Currently, Ben is crossing off #91: Make a Movie, with The Buried Life feature documentary film set to release in 2018.

William F. Pelgrin, Esq.

William F. Pelgrin, Esq.

Co-Founder and Partner; Global Strategic Advisor, and Chair, CyberWA; Global Cyber Alliance

William Pelgrin chairs the Global Cyber Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving cybersecurity for the greater good by collaborating to identify top cyber risks, collect data on the risks, identify solutions, build teams to execute the solutions, and then measure success. Mr. Pelgrin is also Co-Founder and Partner CyberWA, Inc., which helps protect corporate executives, celebrities, politicians, and other high-value individuals from successful cyber attacks.

He served as Director and Chief Cyber Security Officer for the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination from 2002 to 2010, where Mr. Pelgrin was responsible for directing New York State’s efforts regarding cyber readiness and resilience, and geographic information technologies, especially in emergencies. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Pelgrin served as Director, New York State Office for Technology.

He served as Executive Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, New York State Office for Technology from 1996 to 1997. Before that, he served for two years as Executive Deputy Director, New York State Division for Youth. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he held positions as General Counsel for state agencies including General and Internal Audit and Control, New York State Division for Youth, and New York State Commission of Correction.

From 2010 to 2015, he was President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Internet Security, an international nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities. In 2015, Mr. Pelgrin was appointed to serve as a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cyber Security to brief the President of the United States on critical cybersecurity issues. Mr. Pelgrin established the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center in 2003 to enhance collaboration across states to better prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from cyber incidents. He currently serves as Co-Chair and Advisory Board Member of Governor Cuomo’s Cyber Security Advisory Board.

He received his law degree from Albany Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Political Science from Union College.

Thomas J. Quatroche, Jr., PhD

Thomas J. Quatroche, Jr., PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC)

Thomas J. Quatroche, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC), in Buffalo, New York. For more than two decades, he has held executive positions in higher education and healthcare. He has been with ECMCC for 13 years and has served as President and CEO since January 2016. He provides leadership for 3,100 staff members at ECMC, Terrace View Long-Term Care facility, and additional outpatient locations. His responsibilities also include all strategic initiatives of the corporation, including affiliations with Great Lakes Health, Kaleida Health, University at Buffalo, and many other community organizations. Tom currently serves on the HANYS Statewide Executive Committee as Board Secretary and is the Board Chair for Western New York Healthcare Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of America’s Essential Hospitals, the Washington, DC-based organization representing the nation’s public hospitals. During his career, Tom has served on statewide committees in education for the State University of New York and has represented ECMC on HANYS’ Task Force on Improving New York State’s Medicaid Program. He also served as a board member on the Seneca Nation Health Commission. Tom received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and his Doctorate in Higher Education―Educational Leadership and Policy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Michael Saccocio

Michael Saccocio

Executive Director, Schenectady City Mission

Michael Saccocio’s work in helping people move from poverty to self-sufficiency and community leadership is featured in the books Vision to Action: Best Practices to Reduce the Impact of Poverty, and was included in an issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He speaks extensively throughout the region and nation on topics of leadership, faith, and overcoming poverty. Mike previously served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Schenectady, and has played professional baseball with the Montreal Expos. In 2010 he coached the Rotterdam Rangers baseball team to the National Amateur Baseball Federation National Championship. Mike is the founder of the Schenectady Bridges Transformation Project, which was awarded a $1 million grant from a local, private foundation. He has received numerous awards for community service, including the 2016 Distinguished Community Partner Award (Schenectady County Community College) Schenectady Patroon Award (2015), 2015 Golden Apple Award (Schenectady City School District), 2014 Community Heroes Award (The Schenectady Foundation), 2013 Proctors Supporter of the Arts Honoree, and 2011 Executive Leadership Award (Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council). Mike is a graduate of Union College and has a Masters Degree from Regent University in Virginia. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Union Graduate College.

Manish Sapra

Manish Sapra, MD, MMM

Medical Director, Practice-Based Care Management and Director, Strategic Initiatives, Northwell Health

Dr. Manish Sapra is Medical Director of Practice-Based Care Management and Director of Strategic Initiatives for behavioral health service line at Northwell Health. In this role he oversees development and management of ambulatory programs, including the behavioral health care management program in primary care practices. Before joining Northwell Health, Dr. Sapra served as Associate Chief of Clinical Services at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. He has extensive experience working in community and academic settings. Dr. Sapra graduated from Seth G. S. Medical College, University of Mumbai. He did his residency in psychiatry at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston at Tufts University and has a Master’s degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Sapra is the current President of American Association of Psychiatric Administrators and a fellow of American Psychiatric Association.

Maureen M. Swan

Maureen M. Swan

President and Owner, MedTrend, Inc.

In 1998, Maureen Swan founded MedTrend, Inc., a consulting group that specializes in governance performance and strategy development for the healthcare field. Maureen has 25 years of management experience in healthcare. Before forming MedTrend, she was Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Allina Health System in Minneapolis. While at Allina, she led efforts to understand strategic and market opportunities for Allina’s one-million member health plan, 18 hospitals, and 60 physician clinics. Prior to Allina, Maureen held positions with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, IBM, and Eastman Kodak. Maureen has worked with large health systems, academic medical centers, physician clinics, and community hospitals across the country to improve the performance of their boards and to develop strategies that improve organizational performance. Maureen graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Quantitative Business Analysis and from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Healthcare Administration.

Jack Uldrich

Jack Uldrich

Healthcare Futurist and Author

Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of 11 books, including award-winning best sellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management, and leadership, and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations, and not-for-profit organizations on five continents. He regularly makes media appearances on CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio, and is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine, and BusinessWeek.

Sue Ellen Wagner

Sue Ellen Wagner

Executive Director, Healthcare Trustees of New York State and Vice President, Community Health, HANYS

Sue Ellen Wagner leads Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS), an organization dedicated to strengthening the governance of New York State’s voluntary and municipal healthcare facilities. Ms. Wagner oversees the organization’s advocacy, communications, and educational programming, while serving as HTNYS’ spokesperson to state and national constituencies. Ms. Wagner also serves as Vice President, Community Health, at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). HANYS represents the interests of New York’s nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other healthcare organizations. Ms. Wagner has been a member of HANYS’ policy staff for more than 20 years, serving in many leadership roles. She holds a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the Sage Colleges and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management from the State University of New York Institute of Technology. Ms. Wagner also attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program.

Alan J. Wilmarth

Alan J. Wilmarth

Administrative Director, Behavioral Health, United Health Services

In his career with United Health Services (UHS), Alan has held a variety of clinical and administrative roles across the behavioral health continuum of care, working in both inpatient and outpatient services for addiction and psychiatric treatment programs. He has done consulting work with addiction and mental health treatment providers, hospital systems, and insurance companies in New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.

Alan has served on several public and private not-for profit boards throughout his community and on the federal planning teams for criminal and family drug treatment courts in Broome County. In his current role, Alan has operational responsibility for 56 inpatient psychiatric beds, 30 inpatient substance use disorder rehabilitation beds, a methadone treatment program, an outpatient substance use disorder treatment program, an outpatient mental health clinic, and a comprehensive psychiatric emergency program (CPEP crisis center).