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
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
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Roanna Newton

Program Manager Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse 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.

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.

Roanna Newton

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

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.