The Power of Rural – Speaker Bios
Ann Hogan, M.Ed, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Ann has over 25 years’ experience in the Human Resources field, including: training, employee relations, benefits and compensation management, credentialing, conflict resolution, and employee development and strategic planning.
Ann is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and has a Master’s Degree in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University with a focus on Organizational Performance and Change. She is also a graduate of the 2011 University of Washington Community Health Leadership Institute Certificate Program and in 2012 she completed the Geiger Gibson Fellowship Program through The George Washington University.
Ann is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resource Certification Institute and is professional member of the Society of Human Resource Management, the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration, and the American Society of Training.
Don’t miss Ann’s Pre-Conference Workshop on Conflict Resolution on June 5 from 1 to 4:30 pm, her conference session on Termination on June 6 from 9:45 to 10:45 am or her discussion table at the networking lunch on developing an employee fund to address domestic violence.
Andrew C. Phillip, Ph. D
Dr. Philip is a Clinical Health Psychologist, the former Deputy Director for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions at the National Council for Behavioral Health and the current Senior Director for Clinical and Population Health at the Primary Care Development Corporation. Dr. Philip has a clinical background as a Psychologist in primary care, and has assisted with large-scale training and integration efforts in federal healthcare. Dr. Philip has experience integrating behavioral health within numerous medical settings including acute trauma and intensive care, burn, neurology, palliative care, psychiatry, infectious disease, and primary care. He emphasized improving care for diverse groups such as LGBTQ and veteran populations. Dr. Philip assists in driving initiatives aimed at improving patient care and promoting health innovation, as well as speaking nationally and conducting integrated care research.
Don’t miss Dr. Phillip’s Pre-Conference Workshop on SBIRT on June 5 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, or his Conference Session on Behavioral Health on June 6 from 9:45 to 10:45 am.
Mary Otto is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who began writing about oral health at The Washington Post, where she covered social issues, including health care and poverty. In 2007, she wrote about 12-year-old Deamonte Driver, a Maryland child covered by Medicaid who died after bacteria from a dental infection spread to his brain. The death of the boy spurred congressional hearings, a revamping of Maryland’s Medicaid dental system and increased attention to oral health access for Medicaid children nationwide. After leaving the Post in 2008, Otto spent an academic year studying oral health at Harvard as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She now works as an independent journalist and oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She is the author of the book “Teeth: the Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health In America” published in 2017 by The New Press
Don’t miss Mary’s Keynote on the Status of Oral Health in America on June 6 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Dr. Mary Milroy, M.D., FACS
Dr. Mary Milroy is a clinical professor at the University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. She is a champion and advocate for patient choices, specifically regarding women’s breast and cancer health. Dr. Milroy has served as chair of the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, past president of the South Dakota Medical Association, a member of the Commission on Cancer, as well as many other state and national boards in her career. Dr. Milroy is also an HPV champion in South Dakota and provides updates and presentations surrounding to topic in surrounding states.
Don’t miss Dr. Milroy’s Conference Session on HPV Vaccination on June 6 from 8 to 9:30 am.
Mayor Marian Orr
Don’t miss Mayor Orr’s Panel Discussion on the Importance of Non-Discrimination and Healthcare on June 6 from 1:45 to 3:15 pm. She will be co-presenting with Mayor Joe Shumway.
Mayor Joe Shumway
This is Mayor Joe Shumway’s second time around as Mayor of Laramie. He previously served as Mayor of Laramie as well as the President of the Laramie City Council from 2001 – 2003. He is a board member of the National Committee for Public Safety and Crime Prevention and serves as a board member of the Wyoming Legislative Services for WAM. Mayor Shumway has a long history of community engagement including acting as the Chairman of the Albany County Republican Party from 1993-95, city council liaison to the DDA, committee member of the Laramie Community Service Day and Linford PTA President.
Don’t miss Mayor Shumway’s Panel Discussion on the Importance of Non-Discrimination and Healthcare on June 6 from 1:45 to 3:15 pm. He will be co-presenting with Mayor Marian Orr.
Pam Beitlich, DNP, ARNP, RN, NEA-BC
Pam began in 2000 as one of the first coaches for Studer Group, making her a longtime staff member. Her achievements as a coach include the kind of results that make people sit up and listen, raising patient and staff satisfaction while reducing turnover and improving quality metrics. She has worked with single hospitals and large systems, enjoying the challenges of both. As a full-time nursing administrator at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Florida, Pam assisted in their Magnet designation. She thrives on leading a team day-to-day, as well as working with high-performing Studer Group partners, where she believes in using the power of humor and fun to create a positive learning experience. Known for her passionate commitment to nursing, Pam is driven by assisting the next generation of nurse leaders to reach their potential and push outcomes in staff engagement, accountability and patient safety.
Pam Beitlich has more than 30 years of experience in patient care, medical staff relations and nursing administration. Her comprehensive hospital background, from a former ED and critical care nurse to a nursing administrator serving in many different roles, gives Pam an immediate “in” with any healthcare group interested in creating positive change. Transformational leadership is an area of expertise she is especially passionate about. She strongly believes the healthcare leader of today must have expert communication skills to build inter-professional relationships and must be open to feedback aimed at helping them continually improve.
In 2017, Pam was awarded the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award by the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives (FONE).
Don’t miss Pam’s Conference Session on Characteristics of a Good Leader on June 6 from 8 to 9:30 am.
Nick Zucconi has been with the Denver Regional Office since 1989. He spent his first 8 years with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as the lead analyst for Medicaid managed care waivers and contracts. During the last twenty-one years with HRSA, Nick has served as a community health center project officer, coordinator of performance reviews, Operations Director, and Regional Administrator since 2015. Over the past eight years Nick has developed various strategic linkages between state, local, and tribal governments, private health care organizations, and HRSA grantees to strengthen the safety net for the underserved in Region VIII.
Don’t miss Nick’s Conference Session on Medicare Utilization on June 6 from 9:45 to 10:45 am. He will be co-presenting with Lucretia Knight.
Lucretia Knight, MPH
Lucretia Knight is the Rural Health Coordinator for the Denver Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She serves as a front-line resource for rural providers and partners who need information or assistance from CMS. In addition to her rural work, she also resolves issues and questions from the public surrounding various Medicare policy areas, and has previous experience with Medicare Parts C and D. Her presentation will provide updates on Medicare policy that impacts rural health, in order to help you be informed and effective advocates for the rural communities you serve.
Don’t miss Lucretia’s Conference Session on Medicare Utilization on June 6 from 9:45 to 10:45 am. She will be co-presenting with Nick Zucconi.
Jonathan Chapman, MBA
Jonathan Chapman rejoined Capital Link in November 2015 as Director of Community Health Center Advisory Services. In this role he supports the organization’s project consultants in capital development and operational analyses with community health centers.
He formerly served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Primary Care Association (LPCA) where he developed various technical assistance programs and helped member health centers and partner organizations navigate the complex health care, political, and financial environments. During his tenure, the LPCA established a legislative caucus, implemented a Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN), initiated an Independent Practice Association (IPA), completed a $110 million health center expansion initiative, and purchased a new LPCA facility.
Prior to joining the LPCA, Mr. Chapman worked for Capital Link as a Project Consultant and assisted Primary Care Associations and health centers around the country with market assessments, capital campaigns, and financial feasibility studies. Mr. Chapman also has experience with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and pharmacy management.
In addition to having earned both a BA degree in marketing and MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University, he has completed multiple health care executive programs and is currently enrolled in a predictive analytics program. He is located in Capital Link’s Colorado office.
Don’t miss Jonathan’s Conference Session on Operational Success on June 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. He will be co-presenting with Adrienne Cooksey.
Adrienne Cooksey, MBA
Adrienne Cooksey joined Capital Link in June 2018. She supports the Project Consultant Team in providing technical assistance and advisory services to health centers, PCAs, and consortia. Ms. Cooksey works closely with other consultants to develop New Markets Tax Credit and other financing programs, market assessments, forecasts, business plans, and finance and operations improvement programs.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Ms. Cooksey worked in personal banking at US Bank, and most recently served as Finance & Administration Manager at Pro Tech International, where she was responsible for tracking, analyzing, and projecting cash flow for US and international operations and for preparing and analyzing financial statements.
Don’t miss Adrienne’s Conference Session on Operational Success on June 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. She will be co-presenting with Jonathan Chapman.
Lillian Zuniga is the Program Manager, for the State’s Office of Health Equity, within the Public Health Division at the Wyoming Department of Health. She has headed up the Office of Health Equity for 9+ years. Her work aims at ensuring Wyoming’s racial and ethnic residents receive the same quality of healthcare as the general population. She advocates for policies, programs, and services that improve access while taking into consideration the social determinates of health, health disparities, and equity. The mission of Wyoming’s Office of Health Equity is to promote health equity via training, evaluation, and consultation with the Public Health Division (PHD) programs and partnerships across the state. The mission suggests a lot of work is yet to be done and Ms. Zuniga is passionate about taking steps towards the goals espoused. Ms. Zuniga serves on board of National Association of State Offices of Minority Health (NASOMH) and serves on several state and local advisory committees. She maintains a website and office hours so that anyone struggling with programmatic cultural competency training or with the understanding and application of health equity, among other issues, can reach out to her office for resources.
Don’t miss Lillian’s Conference Session on Native American Health Disparities on June 7 from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
Derek Koch is the VP of Product at PointCare based out of Walnut Creek, California. With experience growing technology companies in the insurance industry, Derek came to PointCare with a thirst to simplify the complex management of public coverage for health systems and their members. Derek leads PointCare’s product team with the goal to listen to the customers and deliver product that solves their problems. Derek resides in Berkeley, CA with his wife and 2 sons.
Don’t miss Derek’s Conference Session on Managing Coverage on June 7 from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
Amy Short is the Public Health Program Coordinator for the Dallas County, Iowa Health Department. Her professional career has allowed her to serve in both clinical and community health settings. She currently is a nutrition educator working in the USDA Pick a Better Snack™ Program, coordinates the agency’s Senior Produce Box program, and serves as the agency liaison on the Hunger Free Dallas County Coalition. The urban areas of Dallas County, Iowa make it one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. However, the rural areas of the county are faced with a lack of grocery stores and fresh food options. Hunger Free Dallas County was developed from a recognized need to assist both urban and rural residents. Ms. Short serves as a board member and officer on the coalition and helped spearhead the coordination of the Pop-Up Produce Stands that bring affordable fresh fruits and vegetables to small towns in Dallas County where they would otherwise not be available. Her other duties at the Health Department include Immunization Program Coordinator and team member with Communicable Disease Investigation and Tuberculosis Control.
Amy lives in the small community of Redfield with her husband, Michael, six year old son, Logan and dog, Stella. They enjoy camping, spending time with friends and family and cheering on her alma mater, The University of Iowa Hawkeyes.
Don’t miss Amy’s Conference Session on Healthy Food Strategies on June 7 from 8 to 9 am.