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Built on our leading edge health care value economy research and intelligence, Leavitt Partners maintains a team of experts at your disposal for keynote addresses, panels, board retreats, conferences, webinars, strategic discussions, and more. Check out our lineup below.
Michael O. Leavitt
Founder and Chairman

Michael O. Leavitt

Founder and Chairman
  • Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • 3-term Governor of Utah
  • Co-Chair of the Financial Review Panel for The Global Fund

Expertise

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
Chief Executive Officer

Rich Mckeown

Chief Executive Officer
  • Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Former Chief of Staff for Governor Leavitt, State of Utah

Expertise

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
Principal

Robin Arnold-Williams

Principal
  • Former Secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Former Executive Policy Director for the State of Washington
  • Former Director of the Utah State Department of Human Services

Expertise

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
President, Leavitt Partners Consulting

Andrew Croshaw

President, Leavitt Partners Consulting
  • Former Senior Executive Advisor to HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt
  • Held multiple leadership positions at Eli Lilly and Novartis
  • Harvard Business School, MBA

Expertise

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
Vice Chair

Vince Ventimiglia

Vice Chair
  • Former Principal, FaegreBD Consulting
  • Former Assistant Secretary for Legislation, HHS
  • Former Director of the Government Affairs Office, Medtronic

Expertise

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
Chief Strategy Officer

Brett Graham

Chief Strategy Officer
  • Held multiple leadership positions with Meritain Health
  • Former Vice President, UnitedHealth Group
  • Harvard Business School, MBA

Expertise

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
Senior Director, Exchange Technology

Dan Schuyler

Senior Director, Exchange Technology
  • Former Director of Technology for the Utah Health Insurance Exchange
  • Former Manager, Department of Environmental Quality, National Environmental Information Exchange Network
  • Numerous IT certifications

Expertise

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
Vice President of Research

David Muhlestein

Vice President of Research
  • Ohio State University, PhD
  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, JD

Expertise

David Muhlestein, PhD, JD, is vice president of research and is 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 also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and is a visiting fellow at the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative.  In both of these roles he conducts research to translate learnings of high-performing organizations for the benefit of the broader health care system.

David earned his doctorate in health services management and policy, JD, MHA, and MS from The Ohio State University, and a BA from Brigham Young University.

Charlene Frizzera
Senior Advisor and FuturePanel

Charlene Frizzera

Senior Advisor and FuturePanel
  • Former Acting Administrator for the CMS
  • Held leadership positions for the Center of Medicaid and State Operations
  • Presidential Rank Award in 2000 and 2008

Expertise

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
Director

Douglas Hervey

Director
  • Brigham Young University, MBA
  • University of Pittsburgh, JD
  • Director of Healthcare Practice, The Beacon Group

Expertise

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.

Kristina Lunner
Senior Director

Kristina Lunner

Senior Director
  • Former Vice President, Government Affairs for the American Pharmacists Association
  • Former Director of Public Affairs, Maine Medical Association
  • Over 20 years of government relations experience

Expertise

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.

Ryan Howells
Principal

Ryan Howells

Principal

Ryan Howells is a principal based out of the Chicago office. His work with clients is focused on health insurance market reforms, disruptive distribution channels that have occurred through the emergence of public and private exchanges, and how the implementation of technology can improve the triple aim of reducing costs, increasing quality, and improving outcomes. He is also currently the executive director of the Private Exchange Coalition (PEC).

Over his career, Ryan has worked in multiple consulting organizations helping national and regional health plans, state and federal government organizations, HIT companies, and delivery systems solve complex problems. Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Ryan was a vice president and general manager at Connecture, Inc., an industry leader in both public and private exchanges. During his tenure, he managed a multi-million dollar P&L, oversaw 400% growth in less than three years, and was involved in Connecture’s IPO in late 2014. He previously spent eight years at iHealth Technologies (now Cotiviti Healthcare) overseeing the implementation of payment integrity and fraud, waste, and abuse solutions for CMS and carriers.

Ryan received his master’s in health administration from the University of Southern California where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and has a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Eric Marshall
Senior Director

Eric Marshall

Senior Director
  • Former Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels
  • University of Minnesota, JD

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.

Shawn Matheson
Manager

Shawn Matheson

Manager

Expertise

Shawn Matheson is a manager based in Salt Lake City. Shawn brings to the firm applied experience since 1998 in post-acute care (PAC) and primary care medical group management. Shawn helps clients develop position strategies and value-based structures and positioning strategies for cross-continuum alignment.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Shawn developed Utah’s largest medical group for home and long-term care facility doctor visits. Shawn was instrumental in creating a post-acute care network of collaborations and contracts between hospitals, managed plans, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and hospices.

Previously, Shawn served as Associate Director at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he oversaw the Family Medicine and Physician Assistant Divisions and two primary care clinics. Shawn is a licensed nursing home administrator (LNHA), having practiced in California and Utah.

Shawn has an MBA and is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators (FACHCA).

Bo Nemelka
Director

Bo Nemelka is a director based in Chicago. In this role, Bo supports clients primarily with health care strategy, market research, and economic/business analysis.

Bo began his career at Intermountain Healthcare and later at the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics. At both health systems, he worked directly with senior management executing top administrative initiatives. Particularly at Intermountain Healthcare, Bo successfully led several innovative business and operations projects, leading to significant cost savings and improved administrative efficiency. Prior to health care, Bo worked for The Stephen R. Covey Group implementing Dr. Covey’s work at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Bo was the student body president at the Yale School of Public Health where he received a graduate degree in health care management.

Anne Marie Polak
Senior Director

Anne Marie Polak

Senior Director
  • Former Vice President, Faegre BD
  • George Mason University, JD
  • University of Virginia, B.A. in Government

Expertise

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
Chief Development Officer

David Smith

Chief Development Officer
  • University of Utah, Master's of Econometrics
  • Appointee to the Board of Regents for the Utah System of Higher Education

Expertise

David is the Chief Development Officer for Leavitt Partners Consulting where he is responsible for expanding the firm’s influence in the health care market. Since joining Leavitt Partners, David has advised clients in areas of government activity, insurance market reforms, economic changes to the health care payment system, and alliances. He specifically helped establish the Private Exchange Coalition and has led multiple other collaboratives that aggregate parties with common interests to achieve statutory, regulatory, or market objectives. David also established and expanded Leavitt Partners Chicago operation.

David has a masters of statistics with an emphasis in econometrics from the University of Utah. He also served on the Utah State Board of Regents, where he shared some collective stewardship over Utah’s publicly funded institutions of higher education.

Susan Winckler
Chief Risk Management Officer

Susan Winckler

Chief Risk Management Officer
  • Former President and CEO of the Food and Drug Law Institute
  • Former Chief of Staff for the FDA
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD

Expertise

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.

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