2020 Speakers

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Kate Barrow

Community Engagement Specialist, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
AmeriHealth Caritas

Tracey Davis, PharmD

Director of Pharmacy
Trusted Health Plan, District of Columbia

Jose Diaz-Luna, PharmD, RPh

Vice President of Pharmacy
DynamiCare Health

David R. Gastfriend, M.D., DFASAM

Chief Medical Officer
Gateway Health

Cheryl L. Holtzman

Manager, Perinatal Case Management, Clinical Operations
CareSource

Kieran D. Hurley, Esq.

Director of Behavioral Health Programs
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
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Roanna Newton

Program Manager Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
Virginia Premier

Lee Peebles, LCSW, CSAC

Manager of Behavioral Health and ARTS Services
CareSource

Gregg Pieples, MSW, LSW

Substance Use Disorder Program Lead, BH Enterprise
Gateway Health

Lakshmi K. Reddy, MD

Medical Director
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
Utah Department of Health

Jennifer Strohecker, PharmD, BCPS

Director, Bureau of Healthcare Policy and Authorization, Division of Medicaid and Health Financing
Affinity Health Plan

Michelle Squire, MSN, RN, CCM

Manager, Case Management
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Albert E. Wall

Deputy Commissioner
Speakers Biographies


Kate Barrow

Community Engagement Specialist, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Tracey Davis, PharmD

Director of Pharmacy
AmeriHealth Caritas

Dr. Tracey Davis is the Director of Pharmacy at AmeriHealth Caritas DC, which is a managed care organization in the DC market. AmeriHealth Caritas DC works to innovatively service their members through integrated health care and member driven services. As Director of Pharmacy, Dr. Davis holds responsibilities as the Pharmacy Liaison to the state, collaborator with the Medical Director, Case Management, and the Executive team to reach the health plans quality goals, community outreach, and oversight of the PBM. Dr. Davis specializes in policy development and change management. She is a passionate pharmacist with an extremely diverse background. Over the last 17 years, she has worked in hospital, retail and managed care pharmacies, and also for a government health plan. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from Howard University and has also earned certification in MTM (medication therapy management) and completed a general practice residency in 2004. She believes that evolution requires us to aspire to be more. Dr. Davis lives in Maryland, where you'll find her playing golf or teaching yoga. She also delights in taking her children to the park.

Jose Diaz-Luna, PharmD, RPh

Vice President of Pharmacy
Trusted Health Plan, District of Columbia

Jose Diaz-Luna is the Corporate Director of Pharmacy at Trusted Health Plan in Washington, DC. He received his pharmacy degree from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. Jose is a proud veteran of the US Army Medical Corps. During his career Jose has worked in both clinical and managerial positions as Pharmacist in Charge, Pharmacy District Manager, and Director of Pharmacy. Jose has practice pharmacy in a varied setting including hospital, retail, long term care, compounding and managed care. Jose is also Adjunct Faculty at Howard University College of Pharmacy. Jose was selected as the Howard University Administrative APPE Preceptor of the year in 2015 and received the Washington DC Pharmacy Association Excellence in Innovation award in October 2015. Jose is an active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacies.

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.

Cheryl L. Holtzman

Manager, Perinatal Case Management, Clinical Operations
Gateway Health

Cheryl L. Holtzman, MSW, LSW, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh-School of Social Work. She is the manager of the Perinatal Case Management Team with Gateway Health’s Special Needs Unit. She manages a team of both clinical and non-clinical staff who work directly with Gateway’s maternity population, in addressing the Behavioral, Economic, Environmental, Medical, Social and Spiritual needs of individual members and connecting them to appropriate medical or community supports. She also assists with program implementation of new programming, and interventions. Additionally, she is an adjunct member/manager of the Pediatric Shift Care Team at Gateway Health. Cheryl has over 15 years’ experience working in hospital settings (OB/NICU), behavioral health and substance use disorder, early intervention and in the child welfare system.

Kieran D. Hurley, Esq.

Director of Behavioral Health Programs
CareSource

Kieran Hurley is the Director of Behavioral Health Programs at CareSource, a leading non-profit public sector managed-care company. He has focused on improving care for justice involved populations with mental health and substance use disorder, including administering a state-wide program for Ohio prisoners with substance use disorder returning to the community. Previously, he was the Director of Treatment Services at Central Clinic in Cincinnati, OH where he ran specialized dockets and oversaw diversion programs. He worked as a Legal Aid attorney in Cincinnati after graduating from the University of Cincinnati Law School as a Weaver Fellow of Law and Psychiatry in 2006. Prior to law school, a career in community mental health provided the opportunity to work in emergency homeless shelters, state hospitals and with the first Forensic ACT team in Ohio.

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.

Roanna Newton

Program Manager, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Lee Peebles, LCSW, CSAC

Manager of Behavioral Health and ARTS Services
Virginia Premier

Lee Peebles LCSW, CSAC has been the Manager of Behavioral Health and ARTS services with Virginia Premier for 6 years. He has over 30 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with over 25 years of extensive managerial experience working in multiple Managed Care Organizations or in nationally known behavioral health hospitals. He has previously been a behavioral health advisor for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) and currently serves on the Virginia DBHDS Advisory Council for their Board. He is currently writing a book regarding his experience in the field of Medicaid

Gregg Pieples, MSW, LSW

Substance Use Disorder Program Lead, BH Enterprise
CareSource

Gregg has his BA from the University of Cincinnati and his Masters of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. June will mark his 30th year in the social services field. Gregg began his career in Community Behavioral Health working mental health programs in both the community and residential settings with an emphasis on permanent supportive housing. He was a Program Manager for about 10 years covering homeless programming, admissions and crisis care. Gregg also served as the Director of Addiction Services overseeing Outpatient, IOP, Criminal Justice and Jail-based programs, Care Management and Medication Assisted Treatment Services. At CareSource, he serves as the Substance Use Disorder Program Lead for the Behavioral Health Enterprise team

Lakshmi K. Reddy, MD

Medical Director
Gateway Health

Dr. Lakshmi Reddy is a board-certified family physician dedicated to the care of women and their families. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, a county prison, and a Federally Qualified Health Center. During her time in practice, she developed an activity and nutrition program for high-risk patients and provided maternity care. Dr. Reddy is a graduate of the University of Miami and the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed her training in Family Medicine at UPMC Shadyside. Now as a medical director at Gateway Health, she serves as the medical liaison for the maternity case management team and is the primary lead for Gateway’s Perinatal Addiction Treatment Health-home (PATHway) project. Dr. Reddy is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh nonprofit Serenity Living Transitional Home.

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.

Jennifer Strohecker, PharmD, BCPS

Director, Bureau of Healthcare Policy and Authorization, Division of Medicaid and Health Financing
Utah Department of Health

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.

Albert E. Wall

Deputy Commissioner
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Albert Wall is deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, overseeing Family, Community and Integrated Services. Before beginning in that role for DHSS on Dec. 3, 2018, Wall was chief executive officer for Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska and also previously served at DHSS as director of the Division of Behavioral Health, the department’s budget manager and a Medicaid manager. Wall has 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field, in positions ranging from direct service provider to chief executive.

He has overseen multimillion dollar budgets and the provision of a broad range of services in behavioral health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and suicide prevention and alcohol safety programs. Wall also worked as a military chaplain and finance officer and was called back into military service after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Wall counseled families and advocated for their non-physical needs through the chain of command. Wall holds master’s degrees in counseling psychology and divinity. He has been deployed overseas and awarded the Bronze Star. He remains an active member of the Alaska Army National Guard.