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

Michael O. Leavitt

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

Expertise

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

Expertise

Rich McKeown is the 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
  • Former Senior Executive Advisor to HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt
  • Held multiple leadership positions at Eli Lilly and Novartis
  • Harvard Business School, MBA

Expertise

Andrew Croshaw is 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.

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

Expertise

Vince Ventimiglia is Chairman of the Leavitt Partners Board of Managers and Vice Chairman of Leavitt Partners Board of Directors. In this role, he provides leadership, governance, and oversight for the firm. Vince also leads the Leavitt Partners D.C. office and oversees all East client engagements.

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 diverse 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., the world´s leading medical technology company. Before joining Medtronic, Vince a held a variety of health policy positions on Capitol Hill, serving as counsel to the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana. He previously worked with the committee on health issues from 1985 to 1988.

Vince graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Brett Graham
Chief Strategy Officer; President, LP Affiliated Entities

Brett Graham

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

Expertise

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.

David Muhlestein
Chief Research Officer

David Muhlestein

Chief Research Officer
  • Ohio State University, PhD
  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, JD

Expertise

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.

Charlene Frizzera
Senior Advisor and FuturePanel

Charlene Frizzera

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

Expertise

Charlene Frizzera serves as a Senior Advisor at Leavitt Partners and is also a member of the firm’s FuturePanel. Ms. Frizzera is an outstanding thought leader with exceptional operational knowledge surrounding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Ms. Frizzera was acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services where she was responsible for leading the policy and operational aspects of CMS while executing the design and implementation plan for the recently implemented Affordable Care Act.

Ms. Frizzera’s CMS career includes positions as chief operating officer, deputy chief operating officer, deputy director for the center of medicaid and state operations. Through the years Ms. Frizzera led the integration of the agency’s programs and policies across components and leading all operational aspects of CMS including budget, information technology and systems, human resources, contracting, administration, and program integrity. She was also able to modernize the information technology infrastructure in CMS, and design and implement an aggressive program for reducing fraud, waste and abuse.

As a well-deserved mark of respect, Ms. Frizzera received the Presidential Rank Award in 2000 and 2008. This award is received by the top 1% of the Senior Executive Service in the country for outstanding leadership.

Douglas Hervey
Director

Douglas Hervey

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

Expertise

Douglas Hervey is a director based in Salt Lake City. As a director, Douglas conducts leading-edge intelligence on the accountable care movement related to the Market Analytics, ACO Readiness, and Vendor Mapping product lines and services. Douglas regularly assists clients with customer and market analysis, value proposition refinement, and market positioning strategies. Douglas also serves as the firm’s liaison to Leavitt Equity Partners, whom he assists in due diligence efforts.

Douglas began his career practicing law in Washington, D.C., defending a number of large medical device, pharma, and hospital organizations. During 2010 and 2011 he worked for innovation expert Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen on ACO expansion and collaborated with a number of health care and technology startups. He has also worked as a director at The Beacon Group where he specialized in market entry strategy, competitive analysis, and the commercialization of new technologies. Douglas has assisted a number of leading Fortune 500 medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Douglas earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations at Brigham Young University, after which he earned his juris doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Douglas also holds an MBA from Brigham Young University, where he was a Hawes Scholar.

Kristina Lunner
Principal

Kristina Lunner

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

Expertise

Kristina Lunner is a 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.

Ryan Howells
Principal

Ryan Howells

Principal

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

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

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

Eric Marshall
Senior Director

Eric Marshall

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

Eric Marshall is a senior director based in Washington, D.C. Eric advises complex health care coalitions on health policy and provides consulting services to drug and device companies. Eric is an industry specialist in the areas of domestic and international supply chain security; drug, device, and diagnostics regulation; and health care compliance.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Eric was an associate with the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, counseling health care and life science clients on regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters. Eric also has experience as counsel to self-funded Taft-Hartley health and welfare funds, particularly with regard to requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Eric graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Minnesota Law School and has a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Northern Iowa.

Bo Nemelka
Director

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.

Anne Marie Polak
Senior Director

Anne Marie Polak

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

Expertise

Anne Marie Polak is a senior director based in Washington, D.C. In her role, Anne Marie provides policy counsel and analysis to clients with matters involving regulations, legislation, and business implications.

Anne Marie’s experience includes developing strategic messages and policy positions for Capitol Hill, administration, trade associations, and corporate audiences.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Anne Marie was a vice president for Faegre BD Consulting in the firm’s health and biosciences group. She also spent five years with the Podesta Group in Washington, D.C., while completing her law degree in the evenings at the George Mason University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2010. Anne Marie also worked in the government and legal affairs office of Novo Nordisk in Washington, D.C., and as a congressional aide to Rep. Michael Ferguson of New Jersey.

In 2004, Anne Marie served as a policy research assistant on the Bush-Cheney campaign after graduating, with distinction, from the University of Virginia. Anne Marie also was an assistant to the chief of staff for House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX-26).

Anne Marie received her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia.

David Smith
Chief Development Officer

David Smith

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

Expertise

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.

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

Susan Winckler

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

Expertise

Susan Winckler is the 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.

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