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Mike Leavitt
Founder

Mike Leavitt is the founder of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In previous roles, Mike 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 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, Mike 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, he 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.

Mike’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, he commended a major strategic shift in U.S. policy on import regulation and trade.

A pattern of innovation runs throughout Mike’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, Mike 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.

Mike 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 Mike’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.

Mike 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
Co-founder; Chairman, Leavitt Partners Board of Directors

Rich McKeown

Co-founder; Chairman, Leavitt Partners Board of Directors

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Rich McKeown is the Chairman of the Leavitt Partners Board of Directors. He co-founded Leavitt Partners and served as the firm’s first CEO from 2009 – April 2017.

In previous roles he served as chief of staff for Mike 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 $840 billion. He also led the negotiations between China and the FDA regarding Drug, Device and Food issues which led to landmark agreements in 2008 and paved the way for the placement of US-FDA offices around the world. 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 Mike 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.

Andrew Croshaw
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Croshaw

Chief Executive Officer

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Andrew Croshaw is CEO of Leavitt Partners. Andrew joined Leavitt Partners at its inception in 2009 and was appointed to his current role in April 2017. He has played an instrumental role in positioning Leavitt Partners as one of the nation’s leading health care intelligence firms. In his current role, he oversees the operational and strategic activities of all Leavitt Partners enterprises.

Previously, Andrew served as the President of Leavitt Partners Consulting where he oversaw the delivery of consulting services to clients across the country. Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Andrew was a senior executive advisor to Secretary Mike 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.

Brett Graham
Chief Strategy Officer; President, LP Affiliated Entities

Brett Graham

Chief Strategy Officer; President, LP Affiliated Entities

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Brett Graham is Chief Strategy Officer of Leavitt Partners and President of Leavitt Partners Affiliated Entities. Brett is responsible for forging new relationships and developing the firm’s key external alliances. As the President of Leavitt Partners Affiliated Entities, Brett also leads direct investments and new platforms, and oversees Torch Insight –  a Leavitt Partners data warehouse and analytics suite.

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. Following the transaction, he led the post-merger integration and was a member of acquiring companies’ strategy team.

Earlier in his career, 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.

Taylor Leavitt
CEO and President, Leavitt Equity Partners

Taylor Leavitt

CEO and President, Leavitt Equity Partners

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Taylor Leavitt is CEO and President of Leavitt Equity Partners, an affiliated value-add private equity fund that seeks to invest capital into growth and lower mid-market opportunities that align with the firm’s core beliefs about the future of health care. Taylor also leads the Leavitt Partners Equity Practice which directs the management of the firm’s portfolio holdings, due diligence processes, and relationships with other private equity funds and financial institutions.

Taylor has led the firm’s equity and investment activities since inception, which include equity positions in more than a dozen companies, including HealthEquity, Independent Living Systems, Health Integrated, Cogent Healthcare, RSA Medical, and others.

In 2014, Taylor led the effort of launching Leavitt Equity Partners and successfully raised its first $100 million fund. LEP has made investments into growing health care companies in health information technology, value-based care, pharmacy services, population analytics, health diagnostics and rural medicine.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Taylor worked for ZARS Pharma, a venture capital-funded pharmaceutical company engaged in corporate licensing and business development operations. While at ZARS, Taylor identified, negotiated, and executed strategic corporate transactions on a global basis, including merger and acquisitions, national and international product licenses, IP and technology licenses, and R&D alliances. Prior to ZARS Pharma, Taylor was a founding employee for the Park City Center for Public Policy. In other capacities, Taylor has worked with Epic Venture Capital, SAIC, and Keystone Global Investment LLC.

Taylor received a master’s degree in business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Business with an emphasis in private equity and entrepreneurship. He graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University studying finance, economics, and international business.

Craig Omer
Chief Financial Officer

Craig Omer

Chief Financial Officer

Craig Omer is chief financial officer at Leavitt Partners. He brings decades of financial experience to the firm and its clients.

Craig worked for 36 years as an auditing and accounting services professional, primarily at KPMG where he served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Salt Lake City office from 1997 to 2009. He has provided services to a variety of publicly traded and privately held companies, performing auditing, financial reporting, and Securities and Exchange Commission compliance services. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for Savage Companies and CRS Engineering.

His professional and civic activities include having served as Board Chairman of Junior Achievement of Utah, Board Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity, Board Treasurer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Brigham Young University and Weber State University National School of Accountancy Advisory Boards, member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Governing Council.

Craig graduated from University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Susan Winckler
Chief Risk Management Officer; President, Leavitt Partners Consulting

Susan Winckler

Chief Risk Management Officer; President, Leavitt Partners Consulting

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Susan Winckler is the President of Leavitt Partners Consulting and Chief Risk Management Officer of Leavitt Partners. Susan manages a robust portfolio of client engagements, individually advises clients on how to succeed in the evolving value-driven health care economy, and leads new product development to ensure clients have the latest intelligence and tools needed for strategic planning and positioning of organizational assets.  She also oversees the corporate compliance program, conflict of interest procedures, and legal record management.

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.

David Smith
Chief Development Officer

David Smith

Chief Development Officer

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David is the Chief Development Officer 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.

Vince Ventimiglia
Chairman, Leavitt Partners Board of Managers; Vice Chairman, Leavitt Partners Board of Directors

Vince Ventimiglia

Chairman, Leavitt Partners Board of Managers; Vice Chairman, Leavitt Partners Board of Directors

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Vince Ventimiglia is Chairman of the Leavitt Partners Board of Managers and Vice Chairman of Leavitt Partners Board of Directors. Vince also leads the Leavitt Partners D.C. office, including the firm’s alliances and federal advocacy work.

With over three decades of congressional and health policy experience, Vince plays an integral role in facilitating relationships with congressional and executive branch offices and providing in-depth analysis of federal government action. He also leads complex, multi-disciplinary collaborations among multi-sector health care organizations seeking to implement significant health care policy initiatives.

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., one of the world´s leading medical technology companies 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.

Adam Toronto
Chief Operating Officer

Adam Toronto

Chief Operating Officer

Adam Toronto is chief operating officer for Leavitt Partners and its affiliated businesses. He is based in Salt Lake City, where he leads enterprise-wide operations including general management, human resources, information systems, and operational expansion initiatives.

Adam joined Leavitt Partners after serving as Deputy Director of Advance for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that role, he managed domestic and international Secretarial travel campaigns for departmental initiatives such as Value Driven Health Care, Import Safety, Electronic Health Records and Health Diplomacy. He was also part of a cabinet-wide team that organized two rounds of the Strategic Economic Dialogue between the U.S. and China, involving 10 U.S. Cabinet members and Chinese counterparts.

Adam also served in the Office of the Chief of Staff at HHS, under Rich McKeown. He supported Rich in overseeing public policy and operational aspects of the largest civilian department of the federal government with a staff of 67,000 and a budget of $750 billion.

Adam received his master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from University of Utah.

David Muhlestein
Chief Research Officer

David Muhlestein, PhD, JD, is Chief Research Officer based in Washington, DC.  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, is a Visiting Policy Fellow at the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative.  In 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.

Lauren Driscoll
Principal

Lauren Driscoll

Principal

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Lauren is a principal at Leavitt Partners and works in association with the Washington, D.C. office. She also serves as a senior leader in the Payment and Delivery System Transformation practice.

Prior to Leavitt Partners, Lauren served as Corporate Director of Oxford Health Plans, where she led Oxford’s Medicare business over a period of time when membership grew from 80,000 to 150,000.  She oversaw the management of the Medicare product group, interfacing with marketing, operations, and medical management, and was responsible for regulatory compliance. Prior to Oxford, Lauren served at Beth Israel Hospital as the administrator for its cardiology unit. She also served as policy staff for the Task Force on National Health Reform, as proposed by the administration of President Bill Clinton. She supported the “Long Term Care” and “Transition to the New System” working groups.

Lauren is a board member at Village Health Works, a health care organization that addresses the root causes of illness, poverty, and neglect in Burundi, Africa. She is also a member of the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences Foundation Board and the Family Centers board. She has served as the acting executive director of Village Health Works, as well as the Chair of the Kigutu Hospital Development Committee.  She was faculty at Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine 2016 conference – addressing the potential of technology to democratize health care in the developing world.

Lauren grew up in Baltimore, MD, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her master’s in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Ralph Hall
Principal

Ralph Hall

Principal

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Ralph Hall is a principal and works in association with the Washington, D.C., office. In this role, Ralph provides consulting services to clients in the areas of FDA statutes and regulations, regulatory compliance, as well as health care policy and legislation, and particularly the application of those regulatory systems to the medical device industry.

Ralph’s rich background with drug and medical device regulation and corporate compliance matters makes him one of the nation’s foremost experts. Ralph previously served as counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels where he provided legal services, including FDA-related matters, corporate compliance, the design and implementation of multiple cross-disciplinary, corporate legal strategies, corporate law department organization and management, and general corporate counseling. Ralph has also served as General Counsel for Guidant CRM and Chief Compliance Officer for Guidant.

Ralph furthermore serves as a Professor of Practice at the University of Minnesota Law School. He received his B.A. from Indiana University and his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan where he was a Weymouth Kirkland Scholar.

Clay Alspach
Principal

Clay Alspach

Principal

Clay Alspach is a principal based in Washington, D.C.  Clay specializes in health care policy and advocacy related to the Food and Drug Administration, health information technology, Medicare Parts B, C, and D, Medicaid, private health insurance, and the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Clay served as Chief Health Counsel for Chairman Fred Upton of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.  During seven years with the committee, he managed, provided strategic direction, and served as the principal representative for the committee on all of its health care-related work. Clay spearheaded legislative initiatives that successfully reformed the SGR (MACRA), reauthorized FDA user fees (FDASIA), and established a national system for drug supply chain security (Drug Quality and Security Act). Clay also led the committee’s legislative accomplishments on biopreparedness and security, public and private medical research, controlled substance and DEA matters, and several other public health initiatives. Most recently, Clay led the committee’s work on the 21st Century Cures Act.

Prior to this service for the committee, Clay clerked for the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and worked as a litigator in private law practice. He also worked as a legislative clerk at the committee from 1999 to 2000 under Chairman Thomas J. Bliley (R-VA).

Clay received his bachelors of arts cum laude from the University of Richmond and holds a juris doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrew Clark
Principal of Leavitt Equity Partners

Andrew Clark

Principal of Leavitt Equity Partners

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Andrew Clark is a founding principal of Leavitt Equity Partners and is based in Salt Lake City. Andrew is also senior director of the Equity Practice at Leavitt Partners, a position he has held since 2010 where he has spent his time working with private equity and other financial clients on due diligence, deal sourcing, and deal research in health care and related markets.

Additionally, Andrew has been instrumental in establishing and managing a portfolio of close to a dozen strategic partnerships in health care where Leavitt Partners has an equity position (including Health Equity, Independent Living Systems, Health Integrated, Curza Global, ReposiTrak, ProLung, and others).  In 2014 he co-led the effort to establish Leavitt Equity Partners and successfully raised its first fund.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Andrew was a consultant for Investor Group Services LLC in Boston, Massachusetts, a former subsidiary of Ernst & Young in the Transaction Advisory Services group. There he provided M&A, transaction advisory, and due diligence services for a variety of investors, including corporate M&A teams, private equity funds, and their portfolio companies. Before his time at Investor Group Services, Andrew was a financial analyst at Zions Bancorporation, working directly under CEO Harris Simmons. In this role he provided analytical support to several areas of the bank, including corporate finance, human resources, consumer banking, and real estate.

Andrew earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College, where he was a member of the winning 2001 Ivy League Championship football team.

Cristal Thomas Gary
Principal

Cristal Thomas Gary

Principal

Cristal Thomas Gary is a principal based in Chicago.  As a principal, Cristal is an expert in state and Medicaid policy, helping clients navigate complex issues and innovate to maximize value.  She also oversees the State Insight practice area.

Cristal is a public policy expert and strategist with 15 years’ experience as a trusted advisor to governors, cabinet secretaries, and health care executives. She has led complex health and human service agencies as well as several bold Medicaid and health care delivery system transformation initiatives.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Cristal founded Elusive Policy Solutions, a consulting & advisory firm specializing in health care policy, strategy and engagement. In this role she applied her health care policy, administration, and reform expertise to help clients better understand policy-related opportunities and risks, refine business strategy, and improve stakeholder engagement and strategic partnerships.

She is a former Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois, where she led the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, two major initiatives to reform the state’s Medicaid program, and development of a 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver. She is also a former state Medicaid Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region V Director, and a White House Office of Management and Budget Policy Analyst.

Cristal received her bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

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).

Kristina Lunner
Principal

Kristina Lunner

Principal

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Kristina Lunner is a principal based in Chicago, IL where she manages the Chicago office and oversees all Midwest client engagements. 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.

 

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Tanner Anderson
Business Operations Specialist

Tanner Anderson

Business Operations Specialist

Tanner Anderson is a business operations specialist based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Tanner supports the operations team with IT support, vendor management, procurement, and system implementation.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Tanner was a network supply performance analyst where he customized and deployed tools to enable root cause analysis and optimized procurement strategy by developing business processes for material planners. He also previously provided business operations support for dōTERRA International, LLC, specifically working on initiatives to maintain inventory accuracy, reduce logistics costs, and develop and implement process improvements.

Tanner received a bachelor’s in business management from Brigham Young University.

Cindy Araujo
Administrative Assistant

Cindy Araujo

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Araujo is an administrative assistant based in D.C. She assists clients and internal staff with planning, scheduling, and information management.

Cindy graduated from Fairmont State University, where she studied communications.

Julia Bennion
Coordinator

Julia Bennion

Coordinator

Julia Bennion is a travel coordinator based in Salt Lake City. As a travel coordinator, Julia is responsible for arranging business-related travel and expenses for the Salt Lake City, Chicago and D.C. offices. She also assists internal staff with planning, scheduling, and information management.

Julia studied communications at Brigham Young University.

Brooks Benson
Vice President, Leavitt Equity Partners

Brooks Benson

Vice President, Leavitt Equity Partners

Brooks Benson is a vice president of Leavitt Equity Partners and is based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Brooks directly supports Leavitt Equity Partners, the firm’s private equity fund, by managing due diligence processes for prospective transactions, providing analysis for portfolio companies, and conducting deal research in health care and related markets.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Brooks spent almost three years in the investment banking industry with Keystone Capital Markets (FMV Capital Markets). As the assistant vice president for mergers and acquisitions, he executed sophisticated M&A transactions and capital raises for middle-market enterprises and managed investor relations and go-to-market strategy and execution.

Brooks received a MBA from Brigham Young University, a juris doctorate degree with honors from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Utah State University.

Stacee Bird
Accountant

Stacee Bird

Accountant

Stacee Bird is an accountant based in Salt Lake City. As an accountant, Stacee supports accounts receivable and accounts payable and assists in the day-to-day finance and accounting needs of the firm, including the review, analysis, and preparation of monthly and annual financial statements.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Stacee held an accountant position where she managed the monthly and quarterly commission cycle, audited sales contracts, and co-led a commission automation project focusing on data management, testing, and quality assurance.

Stacee has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah.

Jonathan Blackham
Business Information Systems Specialist

Jonathan Blackham

Business Information Systems Specialist

Jonathan Blackham is a business information systems specialist based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Jonathan supports the infrastructure of the Leavitt Partners and manages the operation and integration of internal systems.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Jonathan was a process specialist. As a process specialist, he created a robust data system to track and correct process deficiencies and developed metrics, workflows, and permission sets.

Jonathan has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University.

Austin Bordelon
Manager

Austin Bordelon

Manager

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Austin Bordelon is a manager based in Salt Lake City, where he conducts research and provides strategic advisement to a variety of insurance exchange clients.

Austin coordinates a team of researchers that monitor the changing landscape of insurance distribution and consumer-driven market principles. Austin assists clients with consumer and market trend analysis, value proposition refinement, and market positioning strategies. Austin has sub-specialty training in a variety of settings, with prior work experience in hospital operations, clinical research, and managed care. Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Austin was engaged in an administrative internship with Health First, Inc., an integrated care organization in Florida, and was involved in the policy analysis of a Medicaid managed care bill and creating the project charter for a new Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) policy.

Austin received his master’s degree in health care administration and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from University of Florida.

Angela Bowen
Senior Associate

Angela Bowen

Senior Associate

Angela Bowen is a senior associate based in Salt Lake City. As a senior associate, Angela analyzes research and technical findings for clients, makes strategic recommendations in consultation with regional managers and directors, and supports client engagements and project deliverables.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Angela was a project management specialist for the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing where she composed policy analyses of licensing changes, conducted research for Utah legislators, and designed, administered, and analyzed a survey.

Angela has a bachelor’s degree in humanities, a master’s degree in public administration, and a juris doctorate from Brigham Young University.  She graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Natalie Burton
Director

Natalie Burton

Director

Natalie Burton is a Director based in Salt Lake City. As a Director, Natalie conducts quantitative research evaluating various components of the American health care system for government agencies, policymakers, and industry participants. She also manages long-term research projects and works closely with client managers to design, implement, and deliver research projects to clients.

 

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Natalie was the owner of Elder Allies, a company that provided non-medical personal in-home care for aging seniors. She also worked for UnitedHealth Group for nearly 10 years where she gained valuable in-depth experience in public sector markets, with a focus on Medicare and Medicaid.

 

Natalie earned both a master’s of business administration and a master’s of health sector management from Arizona State University and has a bachelor’s of science from Brigham Young University.

William Caughey
Senior Analyst

William Caughey

Senior Analyst

William Caughey is a senior analyst based in Salt Lake City. In this role, William performs a variety of data management-related tasks for clients and provides data support for the firm’s study of accountable care growth.

Previously, William was a study coordinator/research assistant with the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, where he provided data analysis using various statistical methods ranging from simple descriptive analysis to complex distribution analysis in various research settings, and managed the day-to-day operations of studies being conducted. As a research assistant at Arizona State University’s Center for Health Information Research, he developed various data sets for clients from claims data using informatics and data-matching procedures, and analyzed and reported factors that affected physician use and adoption of EHRs.

William earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and a master of statistics from the University of Utah where he focused on categorical data analysis and survey statistics.

Daniel Chipping
Manager

Daniel Chipping

Manager

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Daniel Chipping is a manager based in Salt Lake City. As a manager, Daniel supports the activities and output of workgroups from representatives of various companies for the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC), which brings ACO leaders together to advance the transition to value-based care. He also provides intelligence to ACLC members and Leavitt Partners clients by gathering data on the accountable care movement and the changing health care landscape through secondary research, surveys, and interviews with health care professionals.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners Daniel was a manager at HealthInsight, where he oversaw the strategy and implementation of recruitment and technical assistance efforts across all projects and initiatives for physician offices. He also built physician office capacity for continuous quality improvement and transformation, and developed a new fee-for-service business line in HIPAA security.

Daniel received a master’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in healthcare administration, and a bachelor’s degree in business management all from the University of Utah.

Jordana Choucair
Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Planning

Jordana Choucair

Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Planning

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Jordana Choucair is the senior director of communications and strategic planning. In this role, Jordana oversees firm-wide initiatives, negotiates and manages contracts and proposals for speeches among Leavitt Partners executives, directs corporate communications, and serves as the primary contact/liaison on media requests.

Before joining Leavitt Partners, Jordana served as staff assistant for the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, she advised and guided officials reporting to the Secretary in the development of briefing materials. She also developed internal communication strategies to facilitate the briefing process and managed the Secretary’s daily schedule. Jordana also served as an analyst in the Office of Budget at HHS, where she prepared and tracked congressional action on all Office of the Secretary Staff Division submissions for the President’s Budget. She later served as the lead program analyst for Division B Medicaid Provisions, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, and Administration on Aging Nutrition Programs. Prior to her government service, Jordana was an analyst at the National Business Group on Health.

Jordana received her master’s in public health with an emphasis in management and policy from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in community health from Brigham Young University.

Aaron Christensen
IT Director

Aaron Christensen

IT Director

Aaron Christensen is the IT director and is based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Aaron is responsible for firm-wide information technology, enterprise resource planning, cyber security, and information systems.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Aaron gained 20+ years of information technology and management experience in the health care, engineering, and academic/research sectors. Most recently, he was the IT manager for a global equipment and services supplier where he led the transformation of IT operations and provided regional support for company sites.

Aaron has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Utah.

Jamie Christensen
Travel Coordinator

Jamie Christensen

Travel Coordinator

Jamie Christensen is a travel coordinator based in Salt Lake City.  As a travel coordinator, Jamie arranges all business-related travel for Leavitt Partners employees and contractors. She also provides administrative support and assists with various finance and operations projects.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Jamie provided administrative support at the Intermountain Heart Institute for over 11 years. She also has over six years of experience in reservations and sales for Delta Air Lines.

Jamie studied international business at The University of Utah.

Amber Cissna
Administrative Assistant

Amber Cissna

Administrative Assistant

Amber Cissna is an administrative assistant based in Salt Lake City. She assists clients and internal staff with planning, scheduling, and information management.

Amber graduated from Utah Valley University, where she studied community health.

Jennifer Colamonico
Senior Director

Jennifer Colamonico

Senior Director

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Jennifer spent nearly 12 years at Nielsen Healthcare (formerly Harris Interactive) as a senior business consultant, team manager, and subject matter expert providing market research and insights to health care businesses. Jennifer Jen specifically chaired a research and consulting service forecasting U.S. health care trends and guided research design and analysis for clients across the health care spectrum. She also previously was a senior research at Fairbank, Maslin, Metz & Associates where she wrote and analyzed surveys to inform strategy for political and public affairs campaigns.

Jennifer Colamonico is a senior director at Leavitt Partners and specifically oversees Health Intelligence Partners, an executive collaboration convened by Leavitt Partners that helps organizations stay on the forefront of the emerging value economy of health care. Health Intelligence Partners provides access to value thought leaders, timely dialogue and focused, actionable health intelligence on issues such as Medicaid transformation, insurance exchanges, and accountable care.

 

Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in international relations and Italian from the University of California, Davis and her master’s in public policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Jacqueline Critchlow
Program Coordinator

Jacqueline Critchlow

Program Coordinator

Jacqueline Critchlow is a program coordinator based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Jacqueline supports the operations and communications of Health Intelligence Partners (HIP) and the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC), which brings ACO leaders together to advance the transition to value-based care.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners Jacqueline gained health care experience as an intern with various health care organizations, including the American Cancer Society Cancer  Action Network, Baptist Hospital, and Williamson Medical Center.

Jacqueline received a bachelor’s degree in public health from Brigham Young University.

Kate de Lisle
Senior Analyst

Kate de Lisle

Senior Analyst

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Kate de Lisle is a senior analyst based in Salt Lake City. As an analyst, Kate contributes intelligence on the accountable care movement through primary and secondary research, nationally tracking and monitoring ACOs and the transition to value-based care more broadly. Building and managing relationships with ACO leadership across the U.S., Kate combines qualitative insights from frontline leaders with market and state level analysis to better understand the evolution of health care.

Before joining Leavitt Partners, Kate worked in the health care industry both clinically and administratively.

Kate graduated from Brigham Young University where she studied public health.

Michael Deily
Senior Advisor

Michael Deily

Senior Advisor

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Michael Deily is a senior advisor based in Salt Lake City. Michael has over 35 years of experience in state assistance programs.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Michael was a health care consultant working with the Utah Department of Health. He was engaged on a variety of special projects, including the redesign of the Medicaid Management Information System, various projects relating to seniors and people with disabilities, and a state/local government initiative to redesign Utah’s approach to delivering public mental health services.

Michael was the director of the Division of Health Care Financing, Utah’s State Medicaid Agency, from April 1995 to December 2005. In that capacity, Michael was responsible for administering most aspects of the state’s Medicaid program, including budget, eligibility policy and operations, coverage and reimbursement policies, managed care programs, and information systems. In the last two years of his tenure, he was also charged with administrating the Utah’s Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Primary Care Network 1115 Waiver.

Michael was a member of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors’ (NASMD) Executive Committee from 1997 until December 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of New Orleans.

Chris Denson
Manager

Chris Denson

Manager

Chris Denson is a manager based in Washington, D.C. where he contributes to health care consulting projects by conducting policy research, analyzing findings, and preparing client deliverables. He also assists with client management and support alliances through convening clients and researching objectives. Chris has expertise in a range of health policy areas, including rural health care delivery, health systems, state health policy, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement models.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Chris was the Director of Advisory Services for HomeTown Health (HTH).  In this role, he was responsible for HTH member hospital services in addition to coordinating “best practice” health care products and solutions. Chris also previously managed constituent services and Veterans Affairs policy as a staff member for Senator Saxby Chambliss.

Chris received a master’s degree in health policy and management from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in American politics from Princeton University.

Karen DeSalvo, MD
Senior Advisor

Karen DeSalvo, MD

Senior Advisor

Karen DeSalvo is a senior advisor at Leavitt Partners.

Dr. DeSalvo has dedicated her career to improving the health of all people, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, through direct patient care, medical education, policy and administrative roles, research, and public service. Her commitment to improving the public’s health includes ensuring access to quality, affordable health care, strengthening the public health infrastructure, and leveraging public-private partnerships to address the social determinants of health through environmental, policy, and systems-level change.

Dr. DeSalvo most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a position President Barack Obama nominated her for in May of 2015. In that role, she oversaw 12 core public health offices and 10 regional health offices across the nation, and the development of public health policy recommendations, most notably Public Health 3.0 – a blue print for the future of public health that calls for building local public-private partnerships, strengthening of local governmental public health infrastructure, and drawing more attention to the social determinants of health

During her tenure at HHS, Dr. DeSalvo concurrently served as both the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for nearly two years. As the National Coordinator (January 2014-August 2016), she set high-level policy and the strategic direction for federal health information technology policy.  She focused national attention on the need to move beyond adoption and focus on interoperability. She marshaled public and private stakeholders to create and execute on a national strategy to health IT that shifts focus from electronic health records to standardized data, freed through requiring published APIs (application programmable interfaces) and effectuating a culture and business case for information flow to support better health for individuals and communities.

Under Dr. DeSalvo’s leadership as Delivery System Reform strategy co-lead, HHS set and met historic goals in payment reform, supported transformed models of care delivery including in primary care, and changed the approach to information distribution in the health system. Dr. DeSalvo specifically leveraged the Department’s resources, states, and the private sector to build a more person-centered health system that encourages more coordinated care.

Before joining HHS, Dr. DeSalvo was Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans, and Senior Health Policy Advisor to the New Orleans Mayor from 2011-2014. While there, she transformed the outmoded health department to one that has since achieved national accreditation and recognition, restored health care to devastated areas of the city, and led the establishment of a public hospital. Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. DeSalvo was a community leader in building an innovative and award-winning model of neighborhood-based primary care and mental health services for low-income, uninsured and other vulnerable individuals in New Orleans.

Dr. DeSalvo was also a professor of medicine and vice dean for community affairs and health policy at Tulane University School of Medicine. She served as president of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, the state’s lead for the health information exchange and patient centered medical home policy, and the National Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine. She has also served on the boards of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Society of General Internal Medicine. Dr. DeSalvo has received numerous honors, including recognition as one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician executives and leaders and 100 most influential people in health care in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Dr. DeSalvo earned her Medical Doctorate and Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University, and Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. She has an honorary doctorate from her alumnus institution, Suffolk University.

Patricia Doxey
Senior Analyst

Patricia Doxey

Senior Analyst

Patricia Doxey is a senior analyst based in Salt Lake City. As a senior analyst, Patricia conducts health care research and analysis, and writes briefs, reports, and white papers summarizing research.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Patricia was a managing editor and project manager for Diplomatic Language Services. In this role, Patricia provided quality control and pedagogical review of target language material. She also managed production/editing work flow and designed curriculum and project templates. While she was obtaining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Patricia was a writing instructor and writer.

 

Patricia has a bachelor’s in English literature from Brigham Young University and a master’s in English literature from the University of Florida.

Kerstin Edwards
Survey Specialist

Kerstin Edwards

Survey Specialist

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Kerstin Edwards is a survey specialist based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Kerstin supports client relationships and multiple team members, interprets research and data findings for a variety of clients, and manages client projects.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Kerstin worked for the LDS Church analyzing and evaluating existing business policies and procedures related to statistical records in order to identify opportunities for improvement, recommend solutions, and coordinate implementation efforts with key stakeholders. Kerstin also spent nine years at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she oversaw data review and analysis for a component of a large-scale national economic survey and supported executive-level staff in all facets of administration including strategic planning, personnel management, performance monitoring and reporting, and budget formulation and execution.

Kerstin has a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University in June 2017.

Mallory Ekstrom
Senior Analyst

Mallory Ekstrom

Senior Analyst

Mallory Ekstrom is a senior analyst. In this role, Mallory performs a variety of data management-related tasks and participates in the firm’s study of geographic variation in health care markets.

Mallory has a rich background in academic data research. She has received a master’s degree in public policy and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University.

Terry Ely
Associate

Terry Ely

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Terry Ely is an associate based in Washington, D.C. As an associate, Terry performs a range of research-related functions and supports clients in a wide range of initiatives regarding health care strategy, market research, and data analysis.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Terry was a management fellow with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) where she completed a series of rotations with various CTCA medical centers. During her time at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, she managed the application process for CMS CMMI Oncology Care Model grant and combined field intelligence and conducted research on reimbursement rates as a percentage of Medicare. She later collected data on oncology-specific ACOs and authored recommendations on three CMMI initiatives as a fellow at Leavitt Partners.

Terry received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

Kevin Evans
Associate

Kevin Evans

Associate

Kevin Evans is an associate based in Chicago. As an associate, Kevin supports clients in a wide range of initiatives regarding health care strategy, market research, and data analysis.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Kevin was a research assistant at Northwestern Social Cognition Laboratory. In this role Kevin performed preliminary data tests and used software to provide initial reports for lab managers. He also designed and executed procedures, recorded promising findings, and summarized findings in a cohesive research report for the lab to build upon.

Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Kevin developed strong organizational and leadership skills as an executive board member for the Evans Scholars Foundation.

Rick Foster
Senior Advisor

Rick Foster

Senior Advisor

Rick Foster is a senior advisor with Leavitt Partners. Rick served as the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for over 18 years. In this role, he was responsible for all actuarial and other financial analyses for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This work involved both the evaluation of the financial status of the programs under current law and the estimation of the financial effects of legislative proposals.

Rick also oversaw the preparation of the widely-used national health expenditure account data and projections, the estimation of the financial effects of national health reform proposals, the determination of the hospital input price index, Medicare Economic Index, and other price indexes used to update Medicare payments to providers, the calculation of the Medicare Advantage payment benchmarks for private health plans that contract with Medicare, and the review of the actuarial bid submissions for all Medicare Advantage and Part D plans.

Prior to 1995, Rick served as Deputy Chief Actuary for the Social Security Administration for 13 years. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1980) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, American Statistical Association, American Economic Association, and National Academy of Social Insurance. He has written numerous articles and reports on Medicare and Social Security issues, including “Level of OASDI Trust Fund Assets Needed to Compensate for Adverse Contingencies” in Transactions of the Society of Actuaries (1993); “A Stochastic Evaluation of the Short Range Economic Assumptions in the 1994 OASDI Trustees Report;” “Trends in Medicare Expenditures and Financial Status, 1966-2000;” and “Medicare Financial Status, Budget Impact, and Sustainability: Which Concept is Which?” in the Health Care Financing Review. Rick has testified before Congress on numerous occasions and has made more than 200 other presentations on Medicare, Medicaid, national health insurance, and Social Security issues.

Rick received an M.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a B.A. in mathematics from the College of Wooster. He has received a number of awards, including the UMBC Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1997, the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award in 1998 from President Clinton, CMS Administrator’s Achievement Awards in 1999, 2003, and 2010, the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award in 2001 from President Bush, the College of Wooster Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006, the Robert J. Myers Public Service Award from the American Academy of Actuaries in 2006, the Wynn Kent Public Communication Award in 2011, and the Society of Actuaries’ President’s Award in 2011.  In 2007 through 2012, the readers of Modern Healthcare voted Rick as one of the 100 most influential persons in health care in the U.S.

Andrew French
Associate

Andrew French

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Andrew is an associate based in Salt Lake City. As an associate, Andrew conducts health policy analysis and research, provides strategic advisory services, and supports client deliverables.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Andrew interned as an analyst for an options trading group at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he ran market reports, verified trades, and relayed market information between traders and clients. He also worked as an Assistant Sales Manager for Vivint Smart Home Solutions during his time in school.

Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in economics from Utah State University.

Charlene Frizzera
Senior Advisor

Charlene Frizzera

Senior Advisor

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Charlene Frizzera serves as a Senior Advisor at Leavitt Partners. Charlene is an outstanding thought leader with exceptional operational knowledge surrounding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Charlene 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.

Charlene’s CMS career includes positions as chief operating officer, deputy chief operating officer, deputy director for the center of medicaid & state operations. Through the years Charlene 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, Charlene received the Presidential Rank Award in 2000 and 2008. This award is received by the top 1 percent of the Senior Executive Service in the country for outstanding leadership.

Heidi Furness
Executive Assistant

Heidi Furness

Executive Assistant

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Heidi Furness is executive assistant to Leavitt Partners Founder Governor Mike Leavitt and is based in Salt Lake City. In addition, Heidi oversees the administrative responsibilities for the firm.

Heidi earned a master’s of public administration at Brigham Young University where she was also a Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Finalist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation leadership at BYU-Idaho.

Paul Gardner
Project Manager

Paul Gardner

Project Manager

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Paul Gardner is a project manager based in Salt Lake City. As a project manager, Paul leads a team of analysts in primary and secondary research efforts focused on the accountable care movement and other innovative payment delivery models. He also manages and provides subject matter expertise on projects that provide clients with strategic guidance on how to respond to the changing health care landscape.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Paul worked in a variety of diverse health care settings. At the Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, Paul developed reporting tools and processes to effectively measure patient satisfaction, provider performance, and resource allocation. As a project manager for the HIT vendor Epic, Paul managed the implementation process of the inpatient pharmacy application. Paul also has experience leading multiple public health and clinical quality improvement efforts as part of a small nonprofit organization.

Paul earned both a master’s of health care administration and a master’s of business administration from the University of Utah and has a bachelor’s of public health from Brigham Young University.

Benjamin Gong
Product Manager

Benjamin Gong

Product Manager

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Ben Gong is a product manager based in Salt Lake City. As an associate, Ben helps clients address challenges related to private exchanges, value-based payments, market-specific research, and macro-economic effects on health reform efforts.

Previously, Ben interned at MicroBenefits China, a startup microfinance company based out of SuZhou, China. In this role, Mr. Gong provided financial modeling and analysis on the two major revenue streams. He worked in a full-immersion Chinese environment and developed his experience in social innovation.

Ben received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University (BYU). While at BYU, Ben was heavily involved in the Social Innovation Leadership Council, and spoke at TEDxBYU his senior year on poverty alleviation.

Matt Graham
Senior Director

Matt Graham

Senior Director

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Matt Graham is a senior director based in Salt Lake City. He is responsible for evaluating the Salt Lake office staff’s capacity and deployment across client engagements. Matt oversees a team of managers and analysts, and assists in the development of project plans and management processes. He has over a decade of project and client management experience, in both the public and private sectors. He has a background in tracking and evaluating the evolving capabilities and business models of exchange technology vendors and the platforms they support. Matt has led primary research efforts exploring and writing about various health insurance topics, including payer and broker employer engagement strategies in an ACA context; payer sales cycles and compliance documentation processes; and health plan, employer, and broker sentiment regarding health insurance exchange adoption.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Matt served as vice president of business development for Gaiacor Management, a privately held international agricultural management company. In this capacity, he identified, developed and presented new business opportunities to management, investors, and foreign government officials. Before Gaiacor Management, he was chief financial officer for Sweetwater International, and was responsible for all financial aspects of the establishment and operation of a $34 million farming operation overseas. Prior to Sweetwater, Graham served as a regional manager for the Microfinance Information eXchange (MIX), the global clearinghouse for microfinance data, analytics and performance information.

Matt holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s in Spanish from the University of Utah.

Grace Harding
Administrative Assistant

Grace Harding

Administrative Assistant

Grace Harding is an administrative assistant based in Salt Lake City. She assists clients and internal staff with planning, scheduling, and information management.

Grace graduated with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, English, and new media studies from Auckland University of Technology.

Douglas Hervey
Director

Douglas Hervey

Director

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Douglas Hervey is a director based in Salt Lake City and leads the Investor Services practice. As a director, Douglas provides data-driven strategic guidance that enables clients to understand the evolving health care sector, make sound investments, and ultimately increase fund and firm performance. Douglas also serves as the firm’s liaison to Leavitt Equity Partners, whom he assists in investment screening and strategy and 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.

Lydia Hillstead
Legal Specialist

Lydia Hillstead

Legal Specialist

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Lydia Hillstead is a legal specialist at Leavitt Partners. She is based in Washington, D.C., where she assists with daily operations and client relationships, specifically through managing the preparation, processing, and tracking of contracts across the firm.

Lydia graduated from Brigham Young University, where she studied communication disorders.

Robert Horne
Senior Director

Robert Horne

Senior Director

Robert Horne is a senior director based in Washington, D.C. Robert advises complex health care alliances on health policy and provides federal advocacy and strategic consulting services to provider organizations, pharmaceutical and device companies, health IT vendors, consumer and patient organizations, and payers. Robert has extensive expertise in a range of health policy areas, including FDA regulatory policy, health care reform, health technology, and CMS and payment and delivery transformation.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Robert was Senior Vice President for Horizon Governor Affairs where he managed individual client policy and strategic services and directed the Health IT Now Coalition, a broad-based, multi-sector group that supports incentives to deploy health information technology to improve quality, outcomes, and patient safety and to lower costs.

Robert also spent almost 10 years working on Capitol Hill as professional staff on the House Energy and Commerce Committee under Chairman Fred Upton and as senior health policy adviser to Congressman Phil Gingrey. During his tenure he helped author numerous laws affecting the Medicare program, FDA, and NIH, including the 2015 law that modernized the Physician Payment system under the Medicare program (known as MACRA), the 21st Century Cures Act, and the 2012 law creating incentives to spur antibiotic drug development.

Robert has a bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University.

Michael Howard
Senior Associate

Michael Howard

Senior Associate

Michael Howard is a senior associate based in Salt Lake City. As a senior associate, Michael analyzes research and technical findings for clients, makes strategic recommendations in consultation with regional managers and directors, and supports client engagements and project deliverables.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Michael assisted physicians with the implantation of cardiac devices (pacemakers, ICDs, heart failure) and performed follow-up/troubleshooting interrogations of chronic implants to ensure appropriate therapy delivery as a Senior Field Clinical Specialist with Boston Scientific. He also spent six years with Intermountain Healthcare as a Device Clinical Coordinator and an EKG Technician.

Michael has a bachelor’s in behavior science and health, a master’s in public health, and a master’s in health care administration from the University of Utah.

Richard Hunter
Assistant Controller

Richard Hunter

Assistant Controller
Jenna Jackson
Analyst

Jenna Jackson

Analyst

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Jenna Jackson is a policy research analyst based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Jenna conducts thorough research on healthcare legislation, and regulatory issues, prepares briefs and reports, and supports overall team goals.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Jenna was a legislative intern with the U.S. Agency for International Development. As an intern, Jenna conducted extensive legislative research, briefed staff members on findings, and produced weekly reports detailing agency activities.

Jenna has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University.

Brent James
Senior Advisor

Brent James

Senior Advisor

Brent James, MD, is a senior advisor with Leavitt Partners. Brent 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.

Brent is currently the Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Through the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in Clinical Practice Improvement (ATP), Brent 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 eight countries).

For six of the seven years it has been in existence, Brent 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 five years, and Modern Healthcare’s “25 Top Clinical Informaticists” for the two years it has been in existence.

Before coming to Intermountain, Brent 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.

Brent Jenson
HR Manager

Brent Jenson

HR Manager

Brent Jenson is a HR manager based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Brent manages all human resource functions, including hiring, onboarding, benefits, and supporting and implementing new company procedures.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Brent served as the director of administration for a small nonprofit where he oversaw all human resource duties, managed accounting, and ensured the mission and strategic goals of the foundation were executed.

Brent has a bachelor of arts in human resource management and a bachelor of science in economics from Utah State University.

Alison Johnson
Senior Associate

Alison Johnson

Senior Associate

Alison is a senior associate based in Washington, D.C. As a senior associate, Alison supports regional principals and senior directors with client engagement and helps manage client deliverables.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Alison conducted research and drafted memoranda on a variety of health care related matters as a legal extern at the Cooper Health System. She also was a summer legal intern with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission where she researched and drafted memoranda for cases involving the Commodity Exchange Act, as well as cases involving Ponzi schemes, Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues, and commodity pool fraud.

Alison received a bachelor’s degree from The College of Saint Rose and a juris doctorate from Rutgers Law School.

Charlie Johnson
Senior Advisor

Charlie Johnson

Senior Advisor

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Charlie Johnson is senior advisor 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.

Eric Johnson
Associate Project Manager

Eric Johnson

Associate Project Manager

Eric Johnson is an associate project manager based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Eric assists the management of client projects to ensure clients receive quality health care intelligence. He also contributes to health care consulting projects by conducting market and policy research, analyzing findings, and preparing client deliverables.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Eric gained over five years of experience with Intermountain Healthcare. Most recently, he was the Clinical Research Projects Team Lead at the Intermountain Healthcare Research Biorepository. In this role, he served as a subject matter expert for research initiatives and managed projects from intake through completion, including working with the clients throughout the process and reporting results.

Eric received both a master’s of public health and a master’s of public policy from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree in exercise & sport science from the University of Utah.

Tyesia Johnson
Administrative Assistant

Tyesia Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Tyesia Johnson is an administrative assistant based in Chicago.  She assists clients and internal staff with planning, scheduling, and information management.

Tyesia studied integrated marketing communications at Columbia College Chicago.

Jane-Marie Kane
Executive Assistant

Jane-Marie Kane

Executive Assistant
Alex Knight
Data Research Assistant

Alex Knight

Data Research Assistant

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Alex Knight is a data research assistant based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Alex assists in the development and organization of leading-edge intelligence on health insurance markets and corresponding reform provisions.

Alex’s advanced background in data analytics and information technologies empowers decisive trend analysis regarding market and government actions.

Alex is currently studying computer science at the University of Utah.

Erik Krisle
Director

Erik Krisle

Director

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Erik Krisle is a director based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Erik manages Leavitt Partners’ data and analytics team. Mr. Krisle also manages primary data collection efforts and data asset management efforts. He also participates in the firm’s study of geographic variation in health care markets.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Erik founded and operated a boutique data analytics consulting firm specializing in survey research and sophisticated statistical and economic modeling for private and public sector clients. There he organized a team of experienced analysts and academics to consult on a variety of data collection and interpretation projects including a state-based economic impact model and evaluation tool for health care reform initiatives.

Erik received his master’s degree in public policy and bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University.

 

David Lee
Manager

David Lee

Manager

David Lee is a manager based in Washington, D.C. David provides policy counsel and analysis to clients on issues related to regulations, legislation, and business implications. His work is focused on issues related to government payers, including Medicare and Medicaid, health care reform and other provider issues.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, David served as director of Regulatory Affairs and Policy for the National Rural Health Association where he directed advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with administrative agencies on issues related to rural hospitals, clinics, health centers, and other providers. Before working at NRHA, David served on the staff of Senator Robert F. Bennett.

David received his B.A. at Utah State University in law and constitutional studies while minoring in Spanish. He received his juris doctorate from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Loumeau
Manager

Christopher Loumeau

Manager

Christopher Loumeau is a manager based in Salt Lake City. As a manager, Christopher provides intelligence to Leavitt Partners clients by gathering data and information on the accountable care movement and the changing health care landscape through secondary research, surveys, and interviews with health care professionals. He also manages long-term research projects and works closely with client managers to design, implement, and execute research projects to meet client objectives.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners Christopher was Director of Business Process Improvement and Cancer Programs at Nacogdoches Medical Center. In this position, he led all process improvement initiatives across the facility and integrated disparate parts of cancer program under one roof; allowing for coordinating efforts to maintain CoC accreditation, improve operations, and grow business. He was also responsible for the medical staff office including physician credentialing, privileges, committees, issues, and recruitment.

Christopher received a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University and a bachelor’s degree in community health from Utah Valley University.

Kenneth Manning
Tech Lead

Kenneth Manning

Tech Lead

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Kenneth Manning is a tech lead for Torch InsightTM based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Kenneth manages the Torch InsightTM technical platform, including leading the design, architecture, and development of the data warehouse.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Kenneth was software engineer in the public sector, where he helped develop and maintain a variety of mission critical public safety software. He also previously engineered, coded, deployed, and supported company management systems at a health care consulting and reimbursement company, and associated law firm.

Eric Marshall
Senior Director

Eric Marshall

Senior Director

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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.

 

Alissa McCaffrey
Senior Associate

Alissa McCaffrey

Senior Associate

Alissa McCaffrey is a senior associate based in Washington, D.C., where she provides primary and secondary policy research and analysis to individual clients and health care coalitions. Alissa’s work is focused on issues related to health care reform, the transition to value-based payments, and supply chain security.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Alissa was a summer associate at Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates where she provided strategic health policy analysis and regulatory support to life science industry clients. She also worked at the Connecticut State Senate where she conducted public health research for state policy makers.

Alissa received her B.S. in biology and history from St. Lawrence University and her master of public health, with a concentration in health policy, from Yale School of Public Health.

Mark McClellan
Senior Advisor and Counselor for Health Policy

Mark McClellan

Senior Advisor and Counselor for Health Policy

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is Counselor for Health Policy at Leavitt Partners where he contributes expert insights and analysis on public and private health care trends.  As part of this role he also serves as co-chair of the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative. Mark is the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, and Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University with offices at Duke and in Washington DC.

Mark is a doctor and an economist, and his work has addressed a wide range of strategies and policy reforms to improve health care, including such areas as payment reform to promote better outcomes and lower costs, methods for development and use of real-world evidence, and more effective drug and device innovation. Before coming to Duke, he served as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he was Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives and led the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership. He is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy.

Mark is the founding chair and a current board member of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and chairs the Academy’s Leadership Council for Value and Science-Driven Health care, co-chairs the guiding committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has also previously served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and senior director for health care policy at the White House, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury.  He was previously an associate professor of economics and medicine with tenure at Stanford University, and has twice received the Kenneth Arrow Award for Outstanding Research in Health Economics.

Staci Meacham
Associate Manager

Staci Meacham

Associate Manager

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Staci Meacham is an associate manager based in Salt Lake City. As an associate, Staci supports Health Intelligence Partners (HIP), specifically coordinating virtual and in-person events and maximizing client experiences through member engagement, coordination, and networking opportunities.

Staci graduated from Utah State University, where she studied communications.

 

Tom Merrill
ACO Research Manager

Tom Merrill

ACO Research Manager

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Tom Merrill is the ACO research manager and is based in Salt Lake City. He serves as the lead primary researcher on the firm’s team dedicated to understanding all trends and developments relative to the accountable care movement. His responsibilities include managing research relationships with ACO leadership from across the U.S. and combining the qualitative insights from frontline leaders with market and state level analysis to better understand the evolution of health care in the U.S. Tom also serves as the research manager for the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC) which brings ACO leaders together to advance the transition to value-based care.

Tom received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah Valley University.

Karen Milgate
Senior Advisor

Karen Milgate

Senior Advisor

Karen Milgate, a senior advisor with Leavitt Partners, is a seasoned health care policy executive with a deep knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid policies, programs, operations, and data. Most recently, she was the deputy director of the Center for Strategic Planning within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and has directed agency analysis and strategic planning efforts to improve these programs.

In both Republican and Democrat administrations, Karen has led strategic planning efforts, helped build analytical tools, coordinated inter-agency initiatives, directed and written numerous analyses, and helped build the data infrastructure to help CMS manage and direct the future of its programs.

Her specialties include a deep understanding of the quality and utilization patterns in the Medicare program and of Medicare and Medicaid data sources. Karen was a key player in 2010 health reform legislation and has provided policymakers with counsel regarding ACOs, medical homes, Innovation Center models, dual eligibles, quality efficiency measurement, and electronic health records, among others.

Karen is the former research director for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and Senior Associate Director for Policy Development for the American Hospital Association. She has bachelor’s degrees in economics and international studies from American University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland.

Joshua Monson
Software Engineer

Joshua Monson

Software Engineer

Joshua Monson is a software engineer based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Joshua designs, builds, and manages specific web applications. He is also responsible for designing a seamless user experience that ties together multiple platforms, languages, and varied user privileges into a user-friendly, secure, and scalable enterprise web platform.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Joshua was a software engineer, where he created new microservices for the product platform while maintaining legacy code bases and managed projects through planning, implementation, and user acceptance testing. He also previously assisted the development of the business plan and architected and built the infrastructure consisting of a social network with geospatial data for a start-up.

Joshua has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University and a master’s in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Elisa Montgomery
Analyst

Elisa Montgomery

Analyst

Elisa Montgomery is an analyst based in Salt Lake City. As an analyst, Elisa works with our research and development team to track public and private health care exchanges and provides state profiling intelligence to clients.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Elisa analyzed and compiled evidence-based research into written reports as an intern with the Utah Department of Health Cancer Control Program. She also developed a survey to determine the top health issues regarding mothers and children for the Utah Department of Health Maternal and Child Health.

Elisa has a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Utah.

Brittany Moreland
Senior Associate

Brittany Moreland

Senior Associate

Brittany Moreland is a senior associate based in Salt Lake City. As a senior associate, Brittany analyzes research and technical findings for clients, makes strategic recommendations in consultation with regional managers and directors, and supports client engagements and project deliverables.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Brittany was an implementation specialist for Qualtrics where she educated clients on the Qualtrics Experience Management (XM) platform created and implemented functional programs to train team members and clients on XM products. Brittany also previously participated in a focused coding effort of over $5.5 trillion in international development projects and supported team logistics as a project assistant at AidData.

Brittany has a MBA from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University.

Bill Morey
IT Specialist

Bill Morey

IT Specialist

Bill Morey is an IT specialist based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Bill is responsible for the oversight and operations of Leavitt Partners’ IT projects and works with management to achieve strategic IT objectives and projects. He also serves as the systems integrator across the firms IT infrastructure.

 

Bill has a background in business systems and integration. Most recently he was a senior integration consultant and helped clients to analyze, design, and integrate key systems using multiple data formats across various platforms. He also estimated resources and schedules for development, and performing development activities, coding, testing, user acceptance, implementation, documentation and training. In 2007, Bill was the Financial EDI Subject Matter Expert for the Utah Health Information Network while employed at Intermountain Healthcare.

 

Bill studied accounting and finance at the University of Utah.

Spencer Morrison
Senior Analyst

Spencer Morrison

Senior Analyst

Spencer Morrison is an analyst based in Salt Lake City. As an analyst, Spencer works with the research and development team to provide strategic intelligence on the accountable care movement for clients as well as contributing to internal research and managing data resources.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Spencer gained experience with data management as part of the statistical team for a University of Utah think tank and as a member of the Utah Community Research Group, where he provided market research and data analytics to local nonprofit organizations in Utah.

Spencer is currently finishing his master’s degree in statistics at the University of Utah. He graduated cum laude with his HBA in economics from the University of Utah.

Sean Mullin
Senior Director

Sean Mullin

Senior Director

Sean Mullin is a senior director based in Chicago. He assists clients with target customer and market analysis, value proposition refinement, and market positioning strategies. He also develops long-term projections for shifts in commercial lines of business based on pending regulatory changes and competitor market dynamics, with deep experience in the small and large group business.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Sean spent nearly 11 years at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). Most recently, Sean was a managing director of strategic consulting services and policy strategy at BCBSA. In this role, Sean oversaw the strategic consulting services practice and also led several BCBSA system-level strategy projects focused on emerging trends post the advent of the Affordable Care Act in the health insurance industry and is the primary liaison between the office of policy in Washington, D.C., and the Strategy Group in Chicago. He has over 10 years of experience in the areas of brand strategy, competitive intelligence, and emerging markets at BCBSA and gained additional strategic growth experience as an analyst for ChapterHouse.

Sean received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan.

Preston Naegle
Analyst

Preston Naegle

Analyst

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Preston is an analyst based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Preston works directly with the company’s private equity fund and other equity holdings. Preston supports the private equity fund by performing diligence on prospective transactions and providing analysis for portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Preston was an intern with the Berkeley Research Group where he developed a financial model to assist in the calculation of intellectual property damages. As a market research analyst with Innovation & Commercialization Services at Utah State University, he researched potential commercial opportunities for university technologies and created a financial model for a university-sponsored venture.

Preston received his bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, and finance from Utah State University.

Bo Nemelka
Director

Bo Nemelka

Director

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Bo Nemelka is a director based in Salt Lake City. 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.

Rebecca Nielsen
Senior Advisor

Rebecca Nielsen

Senior Advisor

Rebecca Nielsen is a senior advisor at Leavitt Partners, and leads the firm’s public health practice area with a focus on evidence-based behavior modification programs and connecting the public and private sectors to promote investments in health. She aids both public and commercial clients in strategic planning, assessing new markets, and identifying opportunities for service expansion.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Rebecca held a variety of positions within UnitedHealth Group, including senior director of Specialty Analytics and Management Products at Ingenix, program officer at Optum, and director of business development at Ingenix.

Rebecca holds a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jessica Palfreyman
Executive Assistant

Jessica Palfreyman

Executive Assistant

Jessica Palfreyman is an executive assistant based in Salt Lake City. She assists clients and internal staff with planning, scheduling, and information management.

Jessica graduated from University of Utah, where she studied political science.

 

John Poelman
Senior Director

John Poelman

Senior Director

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John Poelman is a senior director based in Salt Lake City. As a senior director, John informs clients on the shifting health care landscape with expertise in accountable care and in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act with the corresponding political dynamics.

John also serves as the executive director of the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative, an organization housed at Western Governors University with a mission to accelerate the accountable care movement and provide members with actionable intelligence on delivery system reform.

Previously to joining the firm, John served as a health policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). John earned a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in health policy from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

 

Anne Marie Polak
Senior Director

Anne Marie Polak

Senior Director

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.

Melissa Porter
Senior Associate

Melissa Porter

Senior Associate

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Melissa Porter is a senior associate based in Washington, D.C. In her role, Melissa supports clients with health care strategy, market research, and data analysis.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Melissa worked for the Association of American Medical Colleges supporting member hospitals in their implementation of CMS’ Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. Melissa also worked with the senior management team at Malcolm Baldrige Award-Winning Poudre Valley System (now part of University of Colorado Health), as their Administrative Fellow. After her fellowship, she continued on with University of Colorado Health working to build their rapidly growing multi-specialty medical group.

Melissa earned a master’s of public administration with an emphasis in health care from Brigham Young University.

Michael Putz
Associate

Michael Putz

Associate

Michael Putz is an associate based in Chicago. As an associate, Michael supports client engagements and analyzes insurance market trends, specifically pertaining to the changing landscape of health insurance product development and distribution.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Michael was an analyst at Ducker Worldwide where he was responsible for gathering and analyzing large sets of data, interviewing targets, identifying key market trends, and clearly communicating findings to clients.

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in history from Miami University.

Robert Richards
Senior Data Analyst

Robert Richards

Senior Data Analyst

Robert Richards is a senior analyst based in Salt Lake City. As a senior analyst, Robert analyzes, interprets, and presents data to provide clients with health care intelligence. He also executes research plans to meet client deliverables.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Robert worked as a research assistant at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, where he helped assess the state of evaluations of value-based payment programs. He was also a student fellow for the Duke Initiative on Survey Methods and a teaching assistant for a masters-level microeconomics course. Previously, Robert was a research assistant at Brigham Young University where he designed data retrieval and reporting systems and determined and executed appropriate quantitative analytical strategies for various projects.

Robert has a bachelor’s in political science from Brigham Young University and a PhD in public policy from Duke University.

Mark Roberts
Executive Assistant

Mark Roberts

Executive Assistant

Mark Roberts is the executive assistant to Vince Ventimiglia and supports overall office management functions in Washington, D.C. Mark is an experienced administrative professional with relevant Capitol Hill and law firm experience. Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, he was a scheduler and executive assistant for a congresswoman in Washington, D.C., and also served as an office manager and a legal assistant in a California-based law firm.

Mark received his B.A. in political science from Boston University and his master’s of political science from American University.

Ray Scheppach
Senior Advisor

Ray Scheppach

Senior Advisor

Ray Scheppach, a senior advisor with Leavitt Partners, is the former executive director of the National Governors Association where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of one of the most influential public policy and lobbying groups in Washington, D.C. An expert on federal-state relations, Ray served the nation’s governors for 29 years.

Currently a Professor of Practice at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and a Visiting Fellow for Economic Policy at the Miller Center for Public Affairs, both at the University of Virginia, Ray is a public policy expert with extensive background in state policies related to health and social services.

Earlier in his career, Ray was the deputy director of the Congressional Budget Office and an economist with the Standard Oil Company.

He has written numerous professional articles on various public policy issues and has authored and co-authored four books on economics. Ray received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine and his master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of Connecticut.

Suzanne Severe
Business Operations Coordinator

Suzanne Severe

Business Operations Coordinator

Suzanne Severe is an business operations coordinator based in Salt Lake City. She is responsible for arranging business-related travel and expenses.

With a background in office management and customer service, Suzanne brings both professionalism and organization to Leavitt Partners. Ms. Severe also has a strong commitment to community service and has chaired fundraising events for several years. In 2009, she received the Jon M. Huntsman Sr. Award for Excellence in Education (HAEE) for the state of Utah as volunteer of the year.

Suzanne received an associate of arts and sciences in music and communications from Ricks College.

Sarah Signore
HR Coordinator

Sarah Signore

HR Coordinator

Sarah Signore is the Leavitt Partners HR Coordinator and works in our Salt Lake City office. In this role, Sarah assists the HR manager with talent acquisition, onboarding new employees, benefits administration, HRIS management, compliance, and other HR related responsibilities and projects.

 

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners Sarah was a recruiter at Search Group Partners and a HR assistant for the Office of Information Technology at Brigham Young University.

Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University.

Kambria Smith
Program Coordinator

Kambria Smith

Program Coordinator

Kambria Smith is a program coordinator based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Kambria supports the operations and communications of the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC), which brings ACO leaders together to advance the transition to value-based care.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners Kambria gained health care experience when working at various healthcare organizations including Primary Children’s Hospital, Cache Valley Hospital and Sportsmed Physical Therapy.

Kambria graduated from the University of Utah, where she studied health society and policy with an emphasis in health care administration.

Nathan Smith
Specialist

Nathan Smith

Specialist

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Nathan Smith is a specialist based in Salt Lake City. As a specialist, Nathan coordinates the data research team and serves as an in-house Medicare claims data expert.

Nathan has a strong background in data management and statistical analysis and is an expert in general research, complex statistical methods and data management and resources. While completing his Ph.D. at BYU, Nathan worked as a statistical consultant for students and faculty providing methodological guidance, data management, and statistical support for original research. Simultaneously, he was also a data analyst at Imagine Learning where he prepared and analyzed customer data for senior management to assist customers and sales associates understanding students’ learning trends.

Nathan received a B.S. from Utah State University, a master’s degree in human development from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in human development from BYU.

Sierra Smith
Business Development Manager

Sierra Smith

Business Development Manager

Sierra Smith is a business development manager and is based out of the Chicago office. In this role, Sierra supports and cultivates new and existing client relationships, including managing and overseeing the proposal development process.

Sierra started her career as a management fellow with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). After the two-year program, she was hired as a manager and worked extensively with the CEO to monitor impact of U.S. health policy changes and network with key politicians. She most recently served as chief of staff to the president and CEO before attending Harvard Business School. As chief of staff she directed key enterprise-wide strategic initiatives, ensured business performance, and led and implemented a redesign of the CTCA board and committee structure in collaboration with an ad hoc board committee. 

 

Sierra has a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Harvard Business School

Julie Sommer
Senior Director of Marketing

Julie Sommer

Senior Director of Marketing

Julie Sommer is the senior director of marketing and is based out of the Salt Lake City office. In this role, Julie oversees and executes marketing efforts across the company and affiliated entities. She is specifically responsible for the company’s overall marketing strategy, including brand and website management, social media, and supporting business development activities.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Julie was the vice president of marketing at QualMetrix, where she was responsible for leading marketing and brand strategy, driving growth through multiple channels and increasing awareness to create the desired brand experience, position the company as a leader, and generate C-level engagement. Julie also previously served as the associate vice president for product marketing at TriZetto Corp, a Cognizant Company and was responsible for launching new digital health care solutions to drive revenue opportunities and engage C-level decision-makers and industry influencers.

Julie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western State Colorado University and a master’s degree in technology management from the University of Denver.

Josh Sterner
Controller

Josh Sterner

Controller

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Josh Sterner is the Controller based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Josh directly supports the CFO and COO in overseeing the financial and administrative operations of the company, including financial and accounting policies and procedures, systems implementation and administration, operational expense monitoring, facilities management, and general project management.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Josh was the assistant controller with Park City Group, Inc. where he managed all day-to-day accounting process and external relationships with various accounting consultants, auditors and bankers. Josh also led third-party implementation projects while working with consultants and other departments from project inception to successful completion.

Josh received his MBA from Westminster College and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah.

Laura Summers
Senior Director of State Intelligence

Laura Summers

Senior Director of State Intelligence

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Laura Summers is the senior director of state intelligence based in Salt Lake City. Laura has expertise in economics, health care, and public policy. Her professional experience includes research for the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

 

In health care, Laura’s research focus has been state-level health reform, with a particular focus in Medicaid and health insurance exchanges. At Leavitt Partners, Laura prepares detailed analyses of state-by-state comparative data, researches state public health programs, policies, and trends, and works on state health care reform initiatives. Specifically, Laura has provided project management and research support for the Leavitt Partners teams responsible for assisting states design and develop state-based health insurance exchanges, 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers and amendments, and other state health reforms.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Laura worked as research director for Utah Foundation – a well respected research firm that publishes reports on issues affecting state and local government policies.

Laura received her master of public policy with an emphasis in public economics from Brigham Young University and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Westminster College.

 

Christian Taylor
Business Analyst

Christian Taylor

Business Analyst

Christian is a business analyst based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Christian supports the business development strategy and growth team by generating operating and forecast models and performing diligence on current and potential business plans, projects, and proposals. He also assists the company’s private equity fund by performing due diligence on deal flow.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Christian interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he analyzed and assisted in team investment projects spanning equities, fixed income, and market analyses projects. As an intern with Sorenson Capital Partners, he led research and analysis of the company’s strategic sourcing initiative to increase proprietary deal flow.

Christian received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University.

Brian Thompson
Data Warehouse Specialist

Brian Thompson

Data Warehouse Specialist

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Brian Thompson is a data warehouse specialist based in Salt Lake City. In this role, Brian manages the Leavitt Partners master database, architecting data models and engineering processes to extract, transform, and load data, and keep it up to date.

 

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Brian engineered processes for an enterprise data warehouse, modeling and maintaining the data warehouse by utilizing numerous methodologies. He also previously managed the development and delivery of all enterprise analytics, and extracted insights from large data sets to provide ad-hoc analysis while setting best practices to accurately analyze data.

Brian has a bachelor’s degree in analytical philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from the University of Utah, and is an alumni of the Kimball University data modeling program from the Kimball Group.

Kathryn Toone
Specialist

Kathryn Toone

Specialist

Expertise

Kathryn Toone is a specialist based in Salt Lake City. Kathryn has spent the past several years supporting clients through understanding and resolving tough economic challenges for providers and monitoring trends in health care reform initiatives.

 

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Kathryn served as a senior analyst for Equation Consulting. As an analyst, Kathryn helped facilitate client needs by providing analytic support using data-driven methodologies. Her analyses focused on practice loss and opportunity assessments, hospital market share, physician alignment strategies, and compensation modeling.

Kathryn received her master’s degree in public policy and bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University.

 

Hillary Tucker
Administrative Assistant

Hillary Tucker

Administrative Assistant

Hillary Tucker is an administrative assistant based in Salt Lake City. She assists clients and internal staff with planning, scheduling, and information management.

Shirley Weis
Senior Advisor

Shirley Weis

Senior Advisor

Shirley A. Weis is President of Weis Associates, LLC, a national management and leadership consulting firm.   Ms. Weis retired from her role as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. in 2013.   Her work involved coordinating overall institutional strategy and operations of Mayo Clinic’s $9 billion, 60,000 employee healthcare system that treats more than a million patients a year from around the world through its sites in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Shirley has earned the reputation of a world-class leader adept in combining leadership, communications and financial expertise to execute and provide oversight on enterprise-wide initiatives that enhance quality, safety and service while assuring bottom line results.

Shirley has held a number of clinical and administrative leadership positions in her 40-year career including chair of Administrative Services for Mayo Clinic in Arizona, chair of the Mayo Clinic Managed Care Department, executive director (CEO) for Mayo Management Services, Inc., chief operating officer (COO) for Blue Care Network-Mid-Michigan and emergency services manager for a Lansing Mich., healthcare system.

Shirley is an experienced corporate board member currently serving on the boards of RTI Surgical, Inc. and Sentry Insurance.  She is also a member of the American World Clinics and Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Advisory Boards.  She was previously a member of the Mayo Foundation Board of Trustees.

Shirley has a broad academic and teaching background.  She is Emeritus Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She has also taught healthcare leadership at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Lansing Community College and for the Michigan Hospital Association.

A magna cum laude graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Nursing, Shirley also earned a Master’s in Management degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.  She has been named a Michigan State University Distinguished Alumna and has received the Diana Award for Outstanding Business Women.   She was named one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine for 2007 and 2013.  Shirley was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Michigan State University in 2014.

In 2015, Shirley published her first book called Playing to Win in Business. In this Amazon bestseller, she shares her principles for success in the business world.

Chrisanne Wilks
Specialist

Chrisanne Wilks

Specialist

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Chrisanne (Chris) Wilks is a health services research specialist based out of the Salt Lake City office. In this role, Chris assists the research department by conducting quantitative research evaluating various components of the American health care system for government agencies, policymakers and industry participants.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners Chris conducted five original quantitative and qualitative research projects and service evaluations to inform state agency policies as a graduate research specialist and associate. She also has over seven years of program management and policy experience in the public and private sector.

Chris received a Ph.D. in health services management and policy from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in health policy and management from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Yale University.

Lia Winfield
Senior Analyst

Lia Winfield

Senior Analyst

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Lia Winfield is a senior analyst based in Salt Lake City. As a senior analyst, Lia performs detailed research in the health care space, prepares briefs and reports, and supports overall team goals.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Lia gained eight years of research experience with the University of California Institutions. As a doctoral fellow, Lia conducted historical research, analyzed primary and secondary source documents, conducted and transcribed interviews, and synthesized her findings into a multi-chapter dissertation. She was also the recipient of the Bilinski Educational Foundation Fellowship, a competitive $50,000 two-year dissertation award. Most recently, Lia was an evaluator for Western Governors University where she provided timely and robust feedback on student submissions and helped write evaluator notes for the team.

Lia earned a PhD in history from the University of California-Davis and a BA in history from the University of California-Santa Cruz.

Brooke Zollinger
Analyst

Brooke Zollinger

Analyst

Brooke Zollinger is an analyst based in Salt Lake City. As an analyst, Brooke conducts research and analyzes results to provide clients with health care intelligence.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Brooke conducted research on health policy issues with a focus on transparency in cost, quality, and access as a health policy research intern with the Utah Foundation. Brooke also previously spent one year with the Mali Rising Foundation, where she created communications materials and managed a long-term storage system to house data for on-going analysis.

Brooke has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in global health and public policy from the University of Edinburgh.

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