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Michael O. Leavitt is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In previous roles, Mr. Leavitt served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush (as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah.
Mike Leavitt grew up in Cedar City, Utah, where his upbringing was rooted in the values of the American West, with its emphasis on hard work and common sense. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business while working in the insurance industry. In 1984, he became chief executive of The Leavitt Group, a family business that is now the nation’s second largest, privately held insurance brokerage.
In 1993, Mr. Leavitt was elected governor of Utah. He served three terms (1993-2003). In 2003, he joined the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, serving in two positions: first as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and then as secretary of Health and Human Services (2005-2009). At HHS, Mr. Leavitt administered a $750 billion budget — nearly 25 percent of the entire federal budget — and 67,000 employees.
He led the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The task required the design, systematization, and implementation of a plan to provide 43 million seniors with a new prescription drug benefit. By the end of the first year, enrollments exceeded projections, prices were lower than projected, and seniors expressed high levels of satisfaction.
Mr. Leavitt’s strategic ability can be seen in his redesign of the nation’s system of quality and safety standards for imported goods. In the spring of 2006, President Bush assigned him to lead a government-wide response. Within months, Mr. Leavitt recommended a major strategic shift in U.S. policy on import regulation and trade.
A pattern of innovation runs throughout Leavitt’s career. When he was elected governor, Utah’s major freeway system was dangerously inadequate. Taking what some thought was a significant political and financial risk, Mr. Leavitt instigated a design-build system, creating cost and quality incentives between the state and its contractors. The project was finished in half the originally projected time and well under budget.
Mr. Leavitt is, at heart, an entrepreneur. As governor, he organized a group of his colleagues to form Western Governors University. At WGU, degrees are earned based on competency rather than credit hours. WGU now has more than 60,000 students who reside in each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Enrollment is growing at 35 percent a year. In November 2008, TIME magazine named WGU “the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”
Collaborator is a word that comes up repeatedly when one examines Mr. Leavitt’s background. His skill led his colleague governors to elect him as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. His book—Finding Allies, Building Alliances—was released in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass Publishers and chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration.
Mr. Leavitt is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries. He has conducted negotiations on matters related to health, the environment, and trade. At the conclusion of his service, the Chinese government awarded him the China Public Health Award – the first time this award has ever been given to a foreign government official.
Rich McKeown is the CEO of Leavitt Partners. He co-founded Leavitt Partners with former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, EPA Administrator, and Governor, Michael O. Leavitt. Rich leads a group of experienced professionals who help their clients understand and navigate value-driven health care.
In previous roles he served as chief of staff for Michael O. Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, he directed and coordinated the activities of the largest department in the federal government, serving as the Secretary’s day-to-day manager for a department that employed 67,000 people and had an annual budget in excess of $750 billion. From November 2003 until January 2005, Rich served as senior counselor and chief of staff to Administrator Leavitt at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Rich co-authored with Governor Leavitt the highly acclaimed book titled Finding Allies, Building Alliances.
Prior to his public service in Washington, D.C., Rich served as chief of staff to Governor Mike Leavitt and as commissioner of the Utah State Tax Commission. His background is as a private practice lawyer and educator. Rich received his juris doctorate from the University of Utah and bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.
Robin Arnold-Williams is a partner at Leavitt Partners Salt Lake City office and Western Region and directs Leavitt Partners’ Medicaid practice. With knowledge gained over a 32-year career in public service, Robin helps clients navigate complex regulatory issues and refine their business practices to maximize value.
Robin has over a decade of experience leading large state-level health and human service agencies. In her most recent role, Robin served, for the second time, as Secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (2012-2013). She also held this post from 2005 to 2008. She was responsible for administering a wide range of programs including Medicaid, aging and disability services, behavioral health, finance, technology, and regulatory functions.
Robin has also served as executive policy director for Gov. Chris Gregoire in the state of Washington. In this role she led the governor’s government reform initiatives resulting in reducing the size of state government, enhancing customer service, and streamlining service delivery. She also led efforts to position the state to implement national health reform, including creating a health care cabinet and consolidating state health care purchasing. Robin also served in Gov. Mike Leavitt’s Cabinet as director of the Utah State Department of Human Services from 1997 through 2004. Robin holds a master’s and doctoral degree in social work and a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Utah.
Andrew Croshaw is president of Leavitt Partners Consulting where he oversees the delivery of consulting services to clients across the country. In this role, Andrew also advises clients as they enter new markets, enhance the value of their products, and navigate dynamic regulatory and reimbursement systems.
Previously, Andrew served as a senior executive advisor to Secretary Michael O. Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he managed the overall implementation of a signature department initiative to improve the connectivity, transparency, and value of America’s health care system. Prior to serving in the federal government, Andrew worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Eli Lilly and Company where he provided leadership for the corporate Medicare and Medicaid business segments.
Andrew earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University, where he pursued interests in health care innovation and leadership.
Vince Ventimiglia is vice chair of Leavitt Partners. In this role, Vince leads complex, multi-disciplinary collaborations among diverse health care organizations seeking to implement significant health care policy initiatives. He also facilitates relationships with congressional and executive branch offices and provides in-depth analysis of federal government action.
Vince brings with him more than two decades of congressional and health policy experience.
In previous roles, Vince was the assistant secretary for legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this capacity he served as the department’s liaison to Congress and as the Secretary’s chief advisor on all legislative matters affecting the department. Prior to his time at HHS, Vince served on the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee as Health Policy Director of the Chairman´s Health Policy Team. In 2005, he moved with Chairman Gregg to serve as policy director for the Senate Budget Committee, where he also worked on entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and welfare.
From 1998 to 2001, Vince served as director of the Government Affairs Office for Medtronic, Inc., the world´s leading medical technology company. Before joining Medtronic, Vince a held a variety of health policy positions on Capitol Hill, serving as counsel to the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana. He previously worked with the committee on health issues from 1985 to 1988.
Vince graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Brett Graham is chief strategy officer where he is responsible for forging new relationships and developing the firm’s key external alliances.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Brett led the operations and played a key role in the sale of a regional administrator of self-funded benefit plans to Meritain Health.
Following the transaction, he led the post-merger integration and was a member of Meritain’s strategy team. Before his time at Meritain Health, he worked as a vice president at UnitedHealth Group within the Ingenix business unit. Brett joined the business development and strategic planning team and was responsible for conducting analysis on acquisitions and strategic partnerships during a period of hyper-growth. Mr. Graham moved to operations and was the business leader for Ingenix’s pricing databases where he was responsible for working with large payers to aggregate and analyze claims data. In a previous role, Brett served as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he worked with senior business leaders to develop growth strategies for Fortune 100 clients.
Brett holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School and a master’s of public administration and a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Utah.
Dan Schuyler is the senior director of exchange technology based in Salt Lake City. In his role, he helps guide the firm’s public and private health insurance exchange practice. He brings to the firm applied experience in the development and implementation of health insurance exchanges.
Prior to his work with Leavitt Partners, Dan was the director of technology for Utah’s small group health insurance exchange (Avenue H), where he was responsible for defining the technical goals and business processes associated with the exchange. Utah’s exchange was only the second of its kind in the United States when created in 2009. The exchange allows residents and business owners to shop, compare, and buy health insurance plans online.
Prior to his post with the Utah Health Insurance Exchange, Dan was the manager for the Department of Environmental Quality, National Environmental Information Exchange Network. While serving in this role, Dan helped bring the state of Utah from the bottom third in environmental exchanges to the top 10 percent in less than one year.
Dan holds numerous IT certifications as well as a degree from Lewis University.
David Muhlestein is the senior director of research and development based in Salt Lake City. He directs the study of accountable care organizations through the LP Center for Accountable Care Intelligence and leads the firm’s quantitative evaluation of health care markets. He is an expert in using policy analysis, predictive modeling and applied analytics to understand the evolving health care landscape.
David earned his doctorate in health services management and policy, JD, MHA and MS from The Ohio State University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Charlene Frizzera serves as a Senior Advisor at Leavitt Partners and is also a member of the firm’s FuturePanel. Ms. Frizzera is an outstanding thought leader with exceptional operational knowledge surrounding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Ms. Frizzera was acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services where she was responsible for leading the policy and operational aspects of CMS while executing the design and implementation plan for the recently implemented Affordable Care Act.
Ms. Frizzera’s CMS career includes positions as chief operating officer, deputy chief operating officer, deputy director for the center of medicaid and state operations. Through the years Ms. Frizzera led the integration of the agency’s programs and policies across components and leading all operational aspects of CMS including budget, information technology and systems, human resources, contracting, administration, and program integrity. She was also able to modernize the information technology infrastructure in CMS, and design and implement an aggressive program for reducing fraud, waste and abuse.
As a well-deserved mark of respect, Ms. Frizzera received the Presidential Rank Award in 2000 and 2008. This award is received by the top 1% of the Senior Executive Service in the country for outstanding leadership.
Douglas Hervey is a director based in Salt Lake City. As a director, Douglas conducts leading-edge intelligence on the accountable care movement related to the Market Analytics, ACO Readiness, and Vendor Mapping product lines and services. Douglas regularly assists clients with customer and market analysis, value proposition refinement, and market positioning strategies. Douglas also serves as the firm’s liaison to Leavitt Equity Partners, whom he assists in due diligence efforts.
Douglas began his career practicing law in Washington, D.C., defending a number of large medical device, pharma, and hospital organizations. During 2010 and 2011 he worked for innovation expert Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen on ACO expansion and collaborated with a number of health care and technology startups. He has also worked as a director at The Beacon Group where he specialized in market entry strategy, competitive analysis, and the commercialization of new technologies. Douglas has assisted a number of leading Fortune 500 medical device and pharmaceutical companies.
Douglas earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations at Brigham Young University, after which he earned his juris doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Douglas also holds an MBA from Brigham Young University, where he was a Hawes Scholar.
Charlie Johnson is chief financial officer at Leavitt Partners. He brings decades of financial and government experience to the firm and its clients.
Charlie left the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he served as acting secretary of the department. This followed his five years of service under the Bush Administration at HHS where he served as Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology/Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2005. He served as acting secretary until June 2009 during the transition from the Bush to the Obama Administration. He previously served in an appointed position as chief financial officer of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Prior to his time in the federal government, Charlie was president of Huntsman Cancer Foundation and vice president of Huntsman LLC. He also served as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents, which oversees all public institutions of higher education in the state of Utah. He served as chair of the Board of Regents for more than four years. Mr. Johnson was vice chairman of the Board for Strategic Direction with the Garff-Warner Organization and was the chief of staff to the governor of the state of Utah from 1992 to 1997. Charlie also served as director of the 2000 re-election campaign for Governor Mike Leavitt.
Charlie graduated with honors from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He spent 31 years in the practice of public accounting, including service on the board of directors of KPMG and as chairman of its Merger Transition Committee.
Kristina Lunner is a senior director based in Washington, D.C. Kristina specializes in medical products and services and she has over 20 years of experience at the state and federal level in government relations and coalition work.
Kristina’s health policy expertise includes pharmacy policy (e.g., the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, medication therapy management, and approaches to medication use in a value-based environment), and health care reform. She has served as vice president of government affairs for the American Pharmacists Association, director of state legislative and regulatory affairs for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, director of public affairs for the Maine Medical Association, and executive director of the Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Kristina holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maine.
Joel Ario is a member of Leavitt Partners’ FuturePanel. He brings to the firm 30 years of experience in a professional career dedicated to shaping and implementing public policy, primarily in the areas of health reform and consumer rights.
Mr. Ario recently joined Manatt Health Solutions as a Managing Director after serving 13 months as Director of the Office of Insurance Exchanges at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Prior to his federal service, Mr. Ario was Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner, with responsibility for overseeing the state’s $85 billion insurance industry. Mr. Ario also served as Oregon Insurance Administrator for seven years and was elected three times by his fellow commissioners to serve as an officer in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). He served on the NAIC executive committee from 2001 to 2010.
Mr. Ario came to state insurance regulation in 1994 with a 13-year history of championing consumer rights with the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), a network of state-based research and advocacy organizations. Mr. Ario was Executive Director of the Oregon PIRG from 1987 to 1994, and founded the Wisconsin PIRG in 1986.
Mr. Ario received his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Dr. Brent James is a member of Leavitt Partners’ FuturePanel. Dr. James is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles.
Dr. James is currently the Chief Quality Officer, and Executive Director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Intermountain is an integrated system of 23 hospitals, almost 200 clinics, a 900+ member physician group, and an HMO/PPO insurance plan jointly responsible for more than 550,000 covered lives serving patients in Utah, Idaho, and, at a tertiary level, seven surrounding States).
Through the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in Clinical Practice Improvement (ATP), Dr. James has trained almost 5,000 senior physician, nursing, and administrative executives, drawn from around the world, in clinical management methods, with proven improvement results (and nearly 50 “daughter” training programs in 8 countries)
For 6 of the 7 years it has been in existence, Dr. James has been named among Modern Physician’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.” He has been named among the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” (Modern Healthcare) for 5 years, and Modern Healthcare’s “25 Top Clinical Informaticists” for the 2 years it has been in existence.
Before coming to Intermountain, Dr. James was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, providing statistical support for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG); and staffed the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
Eric Marshall is a senior director based in Washington, D.C. Eric advises complex health care coalitions on health policy and provides consulting services to drug and device companies. Eric is an industry specialist in the areas of domestic and international supply chain security; drug, device, and diagnostics regulation; and health care compliance.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Eric was an associate with the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, counseling health care and life science clients on regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters. Eric also has experience as counsel to self-funded Taft-Hartley health and welfare funds, particularly with regard to requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Eric graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Minnesota Law School and has a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Northern Iowa.
Annie O’Neill is a senior director at Leavitt Partners. Annie provides consulting services to health care coalitions on a variety of regulatory, legislative and policy matters.
As an attorney and public health professional, Annie has experience advising health care providers and other entities on numerous regulatory, compliance and transactional issues. She also provides legislative and policy guidance to clients regarding disease outbreaks, drug and device regulation, and public health matters.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Annie was an associate in the health care and FDA law group of the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels.
Annie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Notre Dame. She also earned a master of public health degree from Yale University.
Anne Marie Polak is a senior director based in Washington, D.C. In her role, Anne Marie provides policy counsel and analysis to clients with matters involving regulations, legislation, and business implications.
Anne Marie’s experience includes developing strategic messages and policy positions for Capitol Hill, administration, trade associations, and corporate audiences.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Anne Marie was a vice president for Faegre BD Consulting in the firm’s health and biosciences group. She also spent five years with the Podesta Group in Washington, D.C., while completing her law degree in the evenings at the George Mason University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2010. Anne Marie also worked in the government and legal affairs office of Novo Nordisk in Washington, D.C., and as a congressional aide to Rep. Michael Ferguson of New Jersey.
In 2004, Anne Marie served as a policy research assistant on the Bush-Cheney campaign after graduating, with distinction, from the University of Virginia. Anne Marie also was an assistant to the chief of staff for House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX-26).
Anne Marie received her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia.
David Smith is a partner, leading the firm’s operations and client activities in Chicago. His work with clients is focused on health insurance market reforms, disruptive distribution channels through the emergence of public and private exchanges, and the diffusion of risk through payment and delivery system reforms that aspire to create value in the health system.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, David worked in the consumer electronics industry where he was charged with sales development responsibilities. This worked allowed him to study consumer-engagement strategies and implement processes that connect high consumer acumen with results.
David has a graduate degree in statistics from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Utah Valley University. He has taught as an adjunct professor of economics and recently concluded a gubernatorial appointment on Utah’s Board of Regents.
Susan Winckler is the chief risk management officer for Leavitt Partners as well as a lead contributor in the firm’s alliance management and regulatory consulting activities. A pharmacist and attorney by training, Susan is the former chief of the staff for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and former president and CEO of the Food and Drug Law Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., which provides a marketplace for discussing food and drug law issues through conferences, publications, and member interaction.
At the FDA, Susan provided integrated policy analysis and strategic consultation to the Commissioner and senior FDA officials on significant agency issues and programs, serving as the agency’s principal liaison with HHS. Ms. Winckler led the operations of the Office of Legislation (until April 2009), the Office of External Relations, Office of Public Affairs, and Office of the Executive Secretariat. She joined the FDA in September 2006 as the Director, Policy Communications, in the Office of Policy and Planning within the Office of the Commissioner, where she served as a point person for constituent communications and policy development on key issues. Immediately prior to joining the FDA, Susan served as the vice president for policy and communications and staff counsel for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the national professional society of pharmacists, serving as the senior lobbyist for the Association on Capitol Hill. Previous positions with the Association include group director of policy and advocacy, director of policy and legislation, director of practice affairs, and manager of special projects.
Susan is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and the Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude. She is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association, a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, delivered the William A. Zellmer Lecture for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and named as Distinguished Young Alumna of the University of Iowa Foundation. She was elected a Trustee of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) for the 2015-2020 term, elected a Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy to the National Academies of Practice, Pharmacy Academy, and named a Woman of Distinction by Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity.