2020 Speakers

DynamiCare Health

David R. Gastfriend, M.D., DFASAM

Chief Medical Officer
AARP Arizona

Leonard Kirschner

Immediate Past President
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Angela Lynn, RN, MSN, BSN,CCM

Director of Care Management
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Cynthia Mulder

Administrative Director of Pain Management & Palliative Medicine
Community Health Plan of Washington

Stephanie Shushan

Senior Analyst, Integrated Programs and Strategic Initiatives
Geisinger Health Plan

Stacey Staudenmeier, LSW, MHA

AVP, Behavioral Health and Health Choices
Affinity Health Plan

Michelle Squire, MSN, RN, CCM

Manager, Case Management
Speakers Biographies


David R. Gastfriend, M.D., DFASAM

Chief Medical Officer
DynamiCare Health

An addiction psychiatrist, Dr. Gastfriend is a Senior Research Scientist at Public Health Management Corp. At Harvard Medical School, he directed addiction research at Massachusetts General Hospital and was an investigator in the NIDA Cocaine Collaborative Study, NIAAA’s COMBINE Study and NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network. As Vice President at Alkermes, Inc., he directed publications on Vivitrol in clinical, criminal justice and health economics research.

His research on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria contributed to endorsement by most U.S. states, and the VA/DOD. His 150 scientific publications include The ASAM Criteria and Addiction Treatment Matching. His ASAM CONTINUUM – The ASAM Criteria Decision Engine® and ASAM’s CO-Triage® tools are being adopted nationwide. He co-founded DynamiCare Health, a nationally-scalable technology for Contingency Management and predictive analytics, winning Harvard Business School’s new venture global grand prize. He has consulted to the governments of Belgium, China, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Russia and the U.S.

Leonard Kirschner

Immediate Past President
AARP Arizona

Dr. Kirschner is Immediate Past President of AARP Arizona. He is a member of the AHA Committee on Research and was a member of the 2010 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 State Trauma Advisory Board, and Fighter Country Partnership. He was a member of the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Council, 2003 to 2006, 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 6 years with EDS, he provided consulting services to Medicaid programs across the United States, 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 health care to over 1 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 6 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 ten 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.

Angela Lynn, RN, MSN, BSN,CCM

Director of Care Management
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Angela Lynn serves as Director of Care Management for Blue Cross NC where she oversees the development and execution of the medical management programs. Angela’s team of clinical staff include Certified Case Managers, Social Workers, Dietitians, Registered Nurses, and Episodic Care Managers who provide targeted support and focused intervention for members. Angela has been with Blue Cross NC for 14 years serving in a number of roles. Angela also has a diversified clinical background. Her nursing experience includes acute care settings, community health, home health and behavioral health. Angela is a Certified Case Manager and is a strong advocate for increasing awareness and improving access so that people with behavioral health conditions receive appropriate care.

Angela received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at University North Carolina Chapel Hill and Master’s Degree in Nursing with a focus on Leadership & Management at Western Governor’s University.

Cynthia Mulder

Administrative Director of Pain Management & Palliative Medicine
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Cynthia is the Administrative Director of Pain Management & Palliative Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center where she has successfully implemented pain management initiatives that have enhanced the quality of care, improved patient satisfaction while reducing cost of care and length of stay for Medicare patients. Cynthia is recognized nationally for her contributions to pain management and the development of multi-modal integrative medicine programs, she opened one of the first private nurse practitioner pain management practices in New Jersey, which focused on the therapeutic relationship, self-care, stress management and health promotion for patients with acute and chronic pain.

As lecturer and keynote speaker, she has given many national presentations on pain management and integrative medicine including the annual PAINWeek Conferences. She believes that healthcare providers must first recognize that the therapeutic relationship they provide for the patient is the primary foundation for optimal health and healing. Educating and engaging patients to become active participants in healthcare helps to reduce the overall cost of healthcare, improve patient’s function and overall quality of life.
Affiliated with various colleges and universities, she received the annual excellence award given by New York University for her contributions as a faculty member, and the first National Nurse Practitioner Award for Clinical Excellence given by the National Conference in Chicago. Cynthia’s goal is to continue to implement innovative initiatives in pain management that meet the needs of the Medicare, Medicaid and underserved population by providing high quality care in a cost-effective environment. She believes that the success of healthcare in the future will be achieved by integrating research-based medicine within a caring humanistic therapeutic model that engages patients and promote self-care.
As a healthcare provider and lecturer her philosophy and style is humanistic and supportive. She believes that at any given moment we are all teachers, learners and doers. At any given moment we all have the ability to influence the health and healing of another soul.

Stephanie Shushan

Senior Analyst, Integrated Programs and Strategic Initiatives
Community Health Plan of Washington

Stephanie Shushan is a healthcare administrator with experience in program and operations management in academic, hospital and healthcare systems settings. In her role current role, she manages the Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP).  This program integrates behavioral health in Federally Qualified Health Centers across Washington State through the evidence-based Collaborative Care Model.  This program and her work intersects with broader efforts of behavioral health and physical health integration, telehealth and provider education and training.

Stacey Staudenmeier, LSW, MHA

AVP, Behavioral Health and Health Choices
Geisinger Health Plan

As the Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health and Health Choices for Geisinger Health Plan, Stacey Staudenmeier is responsible for the oversight of the Behavioral Health Care Management, Special Needs Unit and Community Health Assistant program within Population Health. Stacey’s team focuses on high risk women’s and pediatrics, coordination of physical health and behavioral health, and addressing Social Determinants of Health to improve access and quality of health care. Stacey joined Geisinger Health Plan in 2013 as the Behavioral Health Coordinator and in 2015 joined the Population Health team. Prior to joining Geisinger, Stacey worked for a Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization as a Senior Care Manager for 4+ years and has an additional 8 years’ experience working in Behavioral Health with over half of that time providing direct patient care as well as management and oversight in an Outpatient setting. Stacey is a graduate of the Temple University School of Social Work Master’s Program and currently holds a Pennsylvania Social Work License. Additionally, Stacey holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.

Michelle Squire, MSN, RN, CCM

Manager, Case Management
Affinity Health Plan

Michelle Squire currently oversees Case Management at Affinity Health Plan. She has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, starting with caring for critically ill pediatric and neonatal patients. Her current area of expertise lies in the insurance sector, working with private health insurance and managed-care companies on care management and population health.

Michelle is a published author about Integrated Case Management with her most recent publication focusing on an evidence-based and holistic approach to population health and the necessity for an integrated method in care coordination. She is excited to have the incredible opportunity to bring her clinical and teaching expertise to organizations nationwide, engaging providers and assisting them with integrating care in hospital and insurance-based settings.

Michelle earned her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree in 1998. In 2016, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Walden University. In 2018, Michelle completed her graduate studies, earning her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University.