Faculty – Medicare Conference 2019


Laurence Blosser, M.D.
Corporate Medical Director, CENTRAL OHIO PRIMARY CARE

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Larry Blosser M.D. serves as the outpatient Medical Director for Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians. Prior to this position he was practiced as a family physician for over 25 years. His current responsibilities include overseeing the clinical quality program, clinical programs in diabetes education and respiratory services, care coordination, the home visit program, Same Day Care Centers, the Centralized Referral Center and the After Hours Call Center.


Paul Cain
Assistant Vice President, Product, CIGNA

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Paul is a career product management professional, having worked in many industries including consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, healthcare information and Medicare Advantage. Currently he is AVP for Medicare Advantage products at Cigna-HealthSpring where he oversees product management across all markets.

Paul has experience in new product development, product strategy and planning, competitive analysis and data and analytics. He has an MBA from St. Joseph’s University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his family.


Joyce Chan, Vice President of Population Health Strategy, HEALTHFIRST CORPORATION

Joyce Chan
Vice President of Medicare, HEALTHFIRST

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Joyce Chan is the Vice President of Medicare at Healthfirst, a not-for-profit provider-sponsored health insurance company serving more than 1.3 million members in downstate New York. She leads product strategy, management, and sales for Medicare products, driving performance and ensuring that members receive the highest quality and experience of care. Prior to joining Healthfirst, Ms. Chan was a consultant in the Global Health Practice at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she advised providers, payers, and pharmaceutical companies on strategy and operations. With a deep interest in reducing health disparities, she is an active contributor to industry workgroups and speaks regularly with policymakers and regulatory agencies on this topic. Ms. Chan received a B.S. in chemical engineering and B.A. in Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin, and she holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.


Norm Chenven, M.D.
Founder and CEO, AUSTIN REGIONAL CLINIC

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Norman H. Chenven, M.D., is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of Austin Regional Clinic (ARC), a 325 physician multi-specialty medical group that serves the greater Austin metropolitan area with 25 clinical locations. ARC provides care to approximately 471,000 Central Texans in ten cities and three counties. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Management Systems (CMS), an Austin-based practice management company, third party administrator and medical management organization that provides technical support and services to medical groups, provider networks and governmental and employer based health plans.

He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Brown University, medical degree from the State University of New York Medical Science Center in Brooklyn and post graduate training at Bexar County Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He spent 2 years on a Navajo Reservation as General Medical Officer in Indian Health Service. He started his career in Austin as an Emergency Room Physician at Brackenridge, Austin, and subsequently founded Austin Regional Clinic.


John Gorman
Founder and Executive Chairman, GORMAN HEALTH GROUP

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John Gorman is Founder and Executive Chairman at Gorman Health Group (GHG). In this role, he has led the development of the industry’s leading consulting practice and several entrepreneurial ventures in government health programs. John’s work focuses on Medicare, Medicaid, and Affordable Care Act strategy, governance, and turnaround of distressed health plans. John brings GHG clients more than 25 years of experience in government-sponsored health program strategy, compliance, and operations.

GHG provides leadership and expert strategic, operational, and technology-based solutions in 21 years of continuous operations and growth. GHG has redefined solutions in risk adjustment, enrollment/eligibility/membership reconciliation, beneficiary marketing, sales agent compliance and management, and online training. The company also sources acquisitions and investments and assists due diligence teams for its clients and the investment community.

John speaks at dozens of industry and investment community conferences each year, reaching thousands of senior healthcare executives with his predictions about the evolving managed care market. He is regularly quoted in the trade press and national media, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of several industry publications.

Prior to founding the firm in 1996, John served as Assistant to the Director of Health Care Financing Administration’s Office of Managed Care, where he provided day-to-day management and served as the external liaison for the Medicare and Medicaid managed care programs. During the 1993 debate on national healthcare reform, John was chief lobbyist on healthcare financing issues for the National Association of Community Health Centers, an organization of federally-funded primary care clinics for the medically underserved. John’s career in Washington began as Press Secretary and Staff Director for U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), then-Chairman of the Government Operations Committee.


Leonard Kirschner
Former President, AARP ARIZONA

Former Director, ARIZONA MEDICAID

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Dr. Kirschner is Past President of AARP Arizona. He is a member of the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Council and was a member of the 2011 AHA Committee on Research and the 2010 AHA Long Range Policy Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of Wickenburg Community Hospital. He is a member of the National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities. He is a Trustee of the Arizona Perinatal Trust, a member of the Arizona State Medicaid Advisory Committee, the Arizona Health Improvement Plan, and Fighter Country Partnership. He was a member of the AHRQ Regional Expert Panel and the 2003 Citizens’ Task Force on the Maricopa County Health Care System. He is a past President of the Veterans Medical Leadership Council of the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, and he served on the Board of the AzHHA from 1998 to 2005. He was a member of the AHA Regional Policy Board from 2000-2003 and 2007-2009; and was on the Board of the PMH Health Systems Strategy Group, 1994-2001; Del E. Webb Hospital, 2002-2008; and Sun Health, 2004-2008.

He retired as a Principal with William M. Mercer Inc., a global consulting firm, in 2001. During his tenure with the company, he provided consulting services to such diverse Medicaid programs as TennCare, MediCal and AHCCCS. Dr. Kirschner was Vice President, Health Care Initiatives, State Health Care, EDS, 1993 to 1999. During his six years with EDS, he provided consulting services to Medicaid programs, including business trips to all 50 states.

Dr. Kirschner was Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) from February 1987 until July 1993. This program provides healthcare to more than one million residents of the state. The prepaid model pioneered by Arizona is considered to be the most cost-effective means of providing quality health care to Medicaid beneficiaries. During his six years as AHCCCS Director, he represented the western states and Pacific territories on the Executive Committee of the State Medicaid Directors Association and chaired the Medicaid Managed Care Technical Advisory Group.

During the past 40 years, he has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences across the country speaking on the subjects of Medicaid, Medicare, managed care, behavioral health and health care reform. He was on the Advisory Committee of the National Managed Health Care Congress, a featured speaker of the Medical Leadership Forum, and co-author of “Medicaid Managed Care” in the Managed Health Care Handbook. He was the recipient of the 1994 Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Salisbury Award and the 1997 Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona Medical Association’s Public Health Service Award. In 2006, he was awarded the Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award by the Phoenix Business Journal and the Individual Leadership Award by WESTMARC.

Dr. Kirschner is a graduate of Williams College, Albany Medical College and the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Association.

Dr. Kirschner served on active duty in the United States Air Force for 22 years commanding five Air Force hospitals before retiring in 1985 as Commanding Officer of the USAF Hospital, Luke Air Force Base with the rank of Colonel. He spent 10 years at military medical facilities outside the United States, including assignments in Turkey, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Spain, and served four years as Director, Cadet Health Services at the USAF Academy. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal and Vietnam Service.


Dr. Sarah Kramer
Chief Medical Information Officer, YUMA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

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Dr. Sarah Kramer is a former family physician with over 30 years of clinical experience. She is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer of Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC). Prior to her career in Informatics, she acted in the role of Clinical Medical Director, and has had experience in the fields of Ambulatory Clinical Quality, worked for a well-known electronic health records vendor, and had a brief stint on the payor side. She has worked in a variety of different practice settings, including private practice, and an academic health center. She has acted as a physician leader for ICD-10 transition, as well as patient engagement through web-portals. Dr. Kramer is passionate about facilitating an ideal technology experience for busy physicians, and helping them get paid for what they do.


Stuart Levine
Asst Clinical Professor, IM/Psychiatry, UCLA & STANFORD SCHOOLS OF MEDICINE

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Dr. Stuart Levine is currently the Chief Medical and Innovation Officer for Agilon Health, a physician group and IPA platform providing integrated and coordinated care in multiple geographies powered by advanced technology supported by Clayton, Dubilier and Rice. Dr Levine is also the CEO and President of Medical Innovations Inc., a health consulting firm for which he is the founder. Dr. Levine is the Chief Physician Advisor to Google Health Research. He is an operating advisor to some of the largest and most successful private equity firms in health care including Clayton, Dubilier and Rice.

Prior to leading his consulting firm, Dr. Levine served as the Chief Innovation and Clinical Care Officer at Blue Shield at California where he was responsible for the ACO initiative state-wide, clinical optimization across all partner provider groups/ systems and business lines, strategic planning, medical management infrastructure development and government programs and clinical innovations for the enterprise. He had previously served as the Vice President of Quality, and Vendor Management of External Clinical Programs at Blue Shield of California in San Francisco. There, he was responsible for developing and executing the quality programs which focused on improved health care processes and delivery.

Prior to rejoining Blue Shield, Dr. Levine served as the Executive Vice President and Executive Medical Director for Clinical Integration and Transformation Officer at Heritage Medical Systems where he was responsible for clinical optimization and innovation across the enterprise. In addition, Dr. Levine was responsible for putting together the joint venture between Trinity Health and Heritage Provider Group to form one of the largest integrated delivery system in the United States. Prior to this role at Heritage, he served as the Executive Vice President and Executive Medical Director of Arizona Priority Plus where he oversaw the clinical and administrative services including quality of care, outcomes and clinical services for Heritage Medical Services outside of California.

Prior to working at Arizona Priority Plus, Dr. Stuart Levine was the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of Accretive Health and was the leader of the company’s enhancement of physician engagement strategies, clinical quality capability, and future market development of Accretive Health’s Quality and Total Cost of Care and Population Health program.

Dr. Levine was the Corporate Medical Director and Regional Medical Director of HealthCare Partners Medical Group of California where he was responsible for the company’s clinical-focused initiatives for 6 years, prior to and through the transition to DaVita, including company-wide clinical optimization and innovation, mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate and regional operations.

Prior to joining HealthCare Partners Medical Group, Dr. Levine was the Medical Director for SCAN Health Plan for 10 years. Here he was responsible for all clinical operations for the HMO as well as all clinical operations for network management, provider services and contracting. He also oversaw the CME program and participated in all other aspects of HMO operations where clinical participation was essential.

Dr. Levine initially started out his physician leadership career as the CEO of PsychCare Alliance and Topaz Health, where grew this to become the largest behavioral health medical group in the United States doing full risk and collaborative behavioral health care.

Dr. Levine is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine since 1992 as well as resident expert on Population Health. Dr Levine was also recently appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and has been active in their teaching programs around population health and future of medicine since 2014. He has published three dozen articles, book chapters and other abstracts in a variety of referred journals in addition to multiple national presentations and other works. This has included a wide array of subjects including population health, palliative care, the future of medicine, risk stratification and collaborative care in behavioral health as a principal investigator of IMPACT depression care.

Prior to his career in medicine, he has served as an administrator at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Dr. Levine completed his Psychiatry Residency at UCLA NPI and internship in Medicine and Pediatrics at LAC-USC and is board certified in psychiatry. He later taught and ran the consultation liaison psychiatry service at USC-LAC and the HIV services for LA County -USC Hospital.

Dr. Levine graduated from the University of Illinois College Of Medicine at Chicago as a James Scholar. He also holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Levine is also a graduate of fellowships at University of California, San Francisco/ CHCF in health care leadership and health care policy as well as a fellowship at Stanford University in Biodesign and Medical innovation. He currently serves on a number of boards for health care companies including as the President of the Board of California Health Care Foundation Leadership Alumni program and the Partners of Care Foundation.


Eric Maaske
Senior Vice President Marketing and Client Relations, FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE

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Mr. Maaske is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Client Relations for Fresenius Health Partners (FHP), Inc. In this capacity, Mr. Maaske has responsibility for the marketing, sales and client relations functions for the various service lines of FHP, including the ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCO). Previously, Mr. Maaske was Vice President of CKD, Account Management and Provider Services at Fresenius Medical Care, and has held a number of other operational leadership roles within the healthcare industry. Mr. Maaske earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University and he is a CPA.


Paul Malley
President, AGING WITH DIGNITY

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Paul Malley is President of Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization based in Tallahassee, Florida, with a mission to help individuals and their families receive the care they want in case of a serious illness. Aging with Dignity, is the creator and distributor of America’s most popular advance directive, Five Wishes, an easy-to-use legal document – used by more 30 million people – that addresses important medical issues as well as personal, emotional and spiritual matters at the end of life.

Malley and the work of Aging with Dignity have been featured in national media including the CBS, NBC, and ABC evening news, CNN, MSNBC, NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and Consumer Reports.

Malley has also guided the efforts of several aging advocacy groups to improve state policy on advance care planning. He was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida delegation of the White House Conference on Aging, an event held once every decade to shape public policy on issues related to aging.


George N. Miller, Jr., MSHA, FACHE
President/Chief Executive Officer, THE LORETTO HOSPITAL

Former Commissioner, MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION

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George N. Miller, Jr. has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare related administrative and financial management.  Mr. Miller is very passionate about his profession and has served as the President/Chief Executive Officer of THE LORETTO HOSPITAL (TLH) in Chicago, IL since November 2017.  The Loretto Hospital is an acute care community hospital that serves over 33,000 patients each year from Chicago’s Austin and surrounding communities.  As a not-for-profit, community-focused health care provider, we offer a unique, patient-centered healthcare delivery system that promotes general wellness and education in the communities we serve. Through our partnerships with physicians, research institutions, area residents and local businesses, we strive daily to be your health care provider of choice.

Before coming to The Loretto Hospital Mr. Miller was President/CEO of CommUnityCare Health Center is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) healthcare provider in Texas and the 10th largest in America, has 24 locations, with over 321,000 patient visits annually, we have over 850 Team Members, including over 150 providers and a budget of over $105 Million.  CUC is a fully Integrated Delivery System (IDS), delivering care from the womb to the tomb or from birth to the hearse.

Before coming to CUC, Mr.  Miller was the Chief Executive Officer of the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital (OMH) in Okmulgee, OK, a full-service rural hospital.  Before coming to OMH, Mr. Miller served as the President/CEO of First Diversity Healthcare Group (FDHG), Springfield, OH, full-service firm that is committed to bringing quality healthcare professionals to Healthcare.  Before coming to Springfield, Mr. Miller served as the President /CEO of Provena St. Mary’s Hospital (PSMH) in Kankakee, IL.   CEO of CHRISTUS Jasper Memorial Hospital (CJMH) in Jasper, TX; President/CEO of Pecos County Memorial Hospital and Pecos County General Hospital in Fort Stockton and Iraan, TX; President/CEO of Twin Oaks Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX and Administrator/CEO of Newport News General Hospital.

Mr. Miller has won several awards, he led CMHP to the 2007 Premier One Source National Quality Award, where only 49 hospitals out of 4700 nationally earned this distinction.  Mr. Miller also led PSMH in and CJMH  to be selected as one of Solucient’s Top 100 Hospitals in America. In addition, PSMH also won the J.D. Powers Hospital of Distinction Award.

In 2008 he was appointed by President Bush to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and reappointed in 2011 by President Obama. Mr. Miller was the National President of the National Rural Health Association for 2007, the largest rural trade association in America and the voice of rural healthcare.  Served on the Board of Directors of the American Hospital Association (AHA) for 2004-2006 the Board of Commissioners for the Joint Commission (TJC) from 2002-2004, served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Hospital Association (THA), and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals. (TORCH).

In Austin, TX, Mr. Miller currently served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Hospital Association/Health Share.   He is on the Board of Directors and the Chair-Elect of the Texas Health Institute (THI) for 2018-2020.

Mr. Miller received a BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and an MSHA in Health Services Administration, from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  He is currently an Adjutant Professor of Health Services Administration for the Masters Program for CMU.  He is FACHE of the America Colleges of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Miller has given more than 200 speeches nationwide on healthcare including speaking at the White House and both Houses of Congress.  He also has been selected to give the commencement address for University and High School Graduations.

Mr. Miller has two beautiful girls, Brianna and Grace along with a son, George III (Trey).  The family is active members of their church.  He enjoys a host of activities along with most sports including being an avid golfer.


John O’Shea
Surgeon and Senior Fellow, Center for Health Policy Studies, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION

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John O’Shea is currently a practicing surgeon and Senior Fellow in the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Prior to taking his current position, he was a Visiting Scholar in Health Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 2011 to 2013, he served as a senior health policy advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he helped draft the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). He has a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a master’s in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.


Gregg Pane
Senior Director, Health Care Affairs, ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES

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Dr. Pane currently serves as Senior Director, Health Care Affairs at AAMC, focusing on health innovation and quality. He previously was Medical Director for Aetna National Medical Policy and Operations.

He has a broad background in academia, public health, government and the private sector including service as Chief Policy and Planning Officer for the Veterans Health Administration; VP for Quality at Henry Ford Health System; Director of the DC Department of Health; Director of Hospital Preparedness for HHS/ASPR; and as Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In addition, he was the founding Emergency Medicine residency director at the University of California, Irvine, and was VP/CMO at Unisys Health Information Management where he served as Louisiana Medicaid Medical Director.

Dr. Pane serves on the Admissions Committee at the University of Michigan Medical School and on the Public Health Advisory Committee at UM-Flint. He has also served on various national committees and task forces including with NAPA, NQF, NAM, NHPF, ASTHO, ACPE, NAMD and NACCHO.


Steve Parker
Executive Director, ASERACARE

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Steve Parker is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA). He is an accomplished healthcare leader/administrator, specializing in leadership/sales/marketing for end-of-life care with emphasis on intentional leadership, sales team collaboration, comprehensive branding, digital/social messaging and narrative/storytelling as a business development tool. Currently serving as the Executive Director for Aseracare in Austin, Texas, Steve is also a sought-after keynote speaker, seminar leader and storyteller.


Susan Polan
Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy, AMERICAN PUBIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION

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Susan L. Polan, Ph.D., is associate executive director for public affairs and advocacy with the American Public Health Association. She oversees the Association’s departments of government relations, online marketing, affiliate affairs, communications and membership. She is responsible for planning and directing APHA’s legislative, regulatory and legal activities, communicating those initiatives and Association news to members and the public, and overseeing membership recruitment and retention and Affiliate, Caucus and Section relations.

Prior to joining APHA, Polan worked as the director of government relations at the Trust for America’s Health, a public health advocacy organization. There, she served as lead staff lobbyist to Congress, federal agencies and the administration on priority issues, including public health infrastructure development and chronic disease prevention, where she advocated for new funding for a nationwide health tracking network.

Polan has more than two decades of experience in public health, government relations and associations. She has drafted legislation for Senate consideration on tobacco control and Safe and Drug Free Schools as an American Association for Advancement of Science Congressional science and technology fellow for the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She served as director of federal government relations at the American Cancer Society and as president and senior advisor of Partnership for Prevention, where she represented the nonprofit to government officials, congressional offices, the Congressional Prevention Coalition and other partners. She has also worked as a health policy consultant whose projects included encouraging an increase in funding for environmental health concerns and grant writing for several health clients.

Polan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She later earned a Master of Science degree in health psychology from San Diego State University and a doctorate in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.


Melissa Smith
Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Strategy and Stars, GORMAN HEALTH GROUP, LLC (GHG)

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Melissa Smith is Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Strategy and Stars at Gorman Health Group, LLC (GHG). In this role, she is responsible for leading a team of Star Ratings, strategy, sales, and marketing experts to support the needs of health plans, providers, pharmacy benefit managers, and industry vendors. Melissa’s team helps clients improve performance within quality ratings systems such as Star Ratings, improve health outcomes and the member experience, evaluate market dynamics and opportunities, optimize distribution channels, and supports our clients’ strategic planning needs.

Melissa brings 25 years of healthcare experience to GHG, including more than five years serving in a leadership capacity at Cigna-HealthSpring. Melissa has extensive experience developing strategic and tactical solutions to meet client needs and a strong background of building productive partnerships across internal teams and with external vendors to improve performance on clinical, medication, patient survey, and administrative quality measures.

Before working in Medicare Advantage and quality ratings systems, Melissa was an Associate Director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Melissa received her degree from Purdue University and began her career at KPMG, LLP. Melissa’s unique background of business process, regulatory compliance, and healthcare quality offers our clients unique access to healthcare strategy, quality performance, and revenue optimization.


Deann Tate
Director, Coding Effectiveness, BON SECOURS HEALTH SYSTEMS

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Ms. Tate is the Director of Coding Effectiveness for Bon Secours Health System, where her team provides education for 900 physicians and she is co-leader of the enterprise HCC initiative and ambulatory CDI pilot. She has 22 years of experience in healthcare leadership, coding and compliance, specializing in auditing and physician coding education. She earned her Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Ms. Tate is a Certified Professional Coder and a Certified Professional Medical Auditor, with additional specialty credentials in Evaluation and Management and Cardiology coding. She is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders, the American Health Information Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists, and the Health Care Compliance Association.


Jim Towey
Founder, AGING WITH DIGNITY

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Mr. Towey founded Aging with Dignity based largely on his experience working with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He served as Mother Teresa’s legal counsel for 12 years, and also volunteered in many of her missions around the world, including her homes for the dying in Calcutta and Washington DC. Mr. Towey is a former head of Florida’s health and social services agency under Gov. Lawton Chiles (D-FL). He also served as Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush. Mr. Towey has since served as President of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and is currently the President of Ave Maria University in Florida.

Jim Towey, an attorney, founded Aging with Dignity in 1996 after his experiences at Mother Teresa’s homes for the dying inspired him to promote better care for people facing the end of life. Towey was legal counsel to Mother Teresa of Calcutta for 12 years, and he lived for one year as a full-time volunteer in her home for people with AIDS in Washington, D.C. Before meeting Mother Teresa in 1985, Towey worked in Washington as legislative director and legal counsel for U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon, and later, directed Florida’s Social Services Agency, the nation’s largest.
After founding Aging with Dignity and leading the organization for six years, Towey was appointed by President George W. Bush in February 2002 to serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He was named Assistant to the President in January 2005.

In April 2006, Towey served as President of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and in 2010, was named President of Ave Maria University near Naples, Florida. He and his wife Mary have five children. He remains active in Aging with Dignity as a member of the Board of Directors.


Ari Tulla
Co-founder, BETTERDOCTOR

and Chief Executive Officer, QUEST ANALYTICS

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Ari is a pioneer in healthcare technology, consumer experience and innovation. As co-founder of BetterDoctor, he built the leading primary source verified provider data management solution, which is now a part of Quest Analytics. Prior to BetterDoctor, Ari led Nokia’s game and application studios. He brings two decades of experience developing thousands of mobile apps and software products for consumers, providers and health plans. After years of personal family medical struggles, Ari has a passion to develop new technologies that improve the healthcare consumer experience and access to care.


Teresa Wagner
Senior Fellow for Health Literacy, SAFERCARE TEXAS

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Dr. Teresa Wagner graduated with a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center where she is an Adjunct Professor. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Texas Academy. Teresa also holds the position of Director of Health Literacy at the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. There she makes recommendations on health communication for at risk populations focused on injury and illness prevention. Last April, she received the Distinguished Scientist award from the Texas Academy for her research in health literacy.