Dr. Ginny A. Baro #1 Bestselling Author “Fearless Women at Work” Executive Coaching Career Strategy
Executive Coaching Career Strategy
Dr. Ginny A. Baro is an award-winning international motivational speaker and leadership coach, career strategist, and #1 bestselling author of Fearless Women at Work. She leverages over 20 years' leadership experience in highly competitive environments in financial services and technology to support strategic corporate partners and develop inclusive, impactful leaders at all levels. She has successfully facilitated leadership training and coaching programs for individuals and Fortune 500 companies with more than 140,000 employees and delivered keynotes impacting international audiences larger than 7,000.
In 2009, Ginny earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems, holds an MS in Computer Science, an MBA in Management, and a BA in Computer Science and Economics. She's a Mastermind Professional and Certified Professional Coach (CPC), accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic until the age of 14, Ginny is fluent in Spanish. Through her programs, she helps feed those in need through Feeding America and the Unstoppable Foundation. To learn more, please visit www.ExecutiveBound.com.
Dana Beckton, joined Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk Virginia as their first Chief Diversity Officer in 2019. At Sentara, Dana is responsible for engaging across the organization to set the vision and strategy to cultivate an inclusive work environment where diversity is embraced and developed and where all employees feel valued and have equal opportunities to succeed. Dana drives the alignment between the Diversity & Inclusion roadmap and Sentara's business strategy.
Cassi Birnbaum System-wide Director of HIM/Revenue Integrity
UC San Diego Health
Ms. Birnbaum provides enterprise-wide leadership and strategic direction for all activities related to HIM, coding, clinical documentation, charge capture, risk adjustment, and revenue integrity for the UC San Diego Healthcare system, which provides outstanding care and breakthroughs in medical research as one of “America’s Best Hospitals”. She is also a faculty member for both UCSD Extension and San Diego Mesa College Health Information Management academic programs. She is an officer of SDHC Board (San Diego Connect – Regional Health Information Exchange), a position she has held since 2010. As a Past Board Chair/President of AHIMA (2014 – 2016), Cassi was able to successfully lead the industry, profession and its members to realizing its vision with a successful transition to ICD-10, Information Governance, and adoption of its Global Curriculum. Cassi was previously an AHIMA Director from 2009 – 2012. Cassi was honored to receive the 2019 AHIMA Distinguished Member Award, the 2017 Distinguished Health Professions Alumna recipient for the University of Kansas Medical Center, and she received 3M Healthcare’s, 2018 Innovator of the Year for accomplishments associated with Professional Fee and Single Path Coding. Cassi was the Past President for California Health Information Association from 2006 -2008, and received its prestigious Distinguished Member Award in 2009. She was the Senior Vice President of HIM and Consulting for Peak Health Solutions from 2011 - 2015, the Director of Health Information, CDI and Chief Privacy Officer for Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego for fifteen years, and the Director of Quality Resource Management at Scripps Health.
“Enterprise Director of HIM and Coding, University of California San Diego Health”
Jim Bouchard International speaker, trainer, and author
Jim Bouchard is an internationally recognized speaker, Leadership Activist, and founder of The SENSEI LEADER Movement ™. He provides interactive keynotes and leadership programs for corporate and conference audiences around the world. Jim is a seasoned media guest, and appears regularly on TV and radio, including such programs as BBC Worldview and FOX News. He hosts Walking The Walk, a leadership podcast highlighting compassionate, engaged leaders from all areas of business, diverse cultures and experiences.
Media/On-Camera and Communication Coach Former award-winning television news anchor and reporter
Angela Chee Media/On-Camera and Communication Coach Former award-winning television news anchor and reporter
Angela Chee is a media/communication coach, keynote speaker, creator of YOU, Amplified!®, and host of the upcoming “Power Of The Only” podcast.
An award-winning former TV news anchor and reporter with more than 20 years of media experience, she now works with visionary leaders who are ready to be YOU, Amplified!®-to own their voice and power and amplify their message and mission through speaking, video and media. Her mission is to help people break through their barriers, step into the spotlight and live their legacy.
Angela has worked in top TV markets from KCBS/KCAL-TV and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles to Fox 6 and KNSD-TV in San Diego. She has hosted shows for E! Entertainment, HGTV (Home and Garden Television) and helped launch Entertainment Tonight China. She was the featured media mentor/expert on Lifetime’s “The Pop Game” and has appeared as an expert on a variety of local and national shows including The Today Show. Angela has also made appearances in film and TV from Blades Of Glory to No Ordinary Family, Heroes and more.
Her speaking career started at 15, when she was the first Asian American woman to win the title of “Miss California National Teen-Ager.” Now Angela presents inspirational and transformative keynotes and corporate trainings for Fortune 500 companies, universities, and professional associations. She has been a guest lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, serves on the Media Advisory Board of the Asian Culture and Media Alliance, and was the founder of The Zen Mom®, an inspirational and informative website for moms.
Born on the East Coast and raised in Southern California by Chinese immigrant parents she also speaks Mandarin Chinese. She is a mother of two and a healthy foodie, who loves yoga, quotes and all things inspirational.
You can find her @AngelaCheeTV on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and at www.AngelaChee.com
Ms. Chitou currently serves as the Director of Medicare Compliance for Amida Care, a not for profit health plan in New York founded by several community based organizations.
Ms. Chitou is well versed in the industry having served as Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs for CarePoint Health Plans, a startup Medicare Advantage plan in Hudson County NJ, as well as served as compliance officer for Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, a 669‐bed regional care teaching hospital. Additionally, Ms. Chitou also served as a legal specialist charged with overseeing Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) New Jersey market entry and exit including MCO applications, close‐out activities, and procurement cycles at the NJ Department of Human Services. Ms. Chitou was also an associate in the Healthcare & Healthcare Privacy practice groups at Moses & Singer LLP. While there, her areas of concentration included state and federal health privacy issues and regulatory compliance with HIPAA and HITECH.
Osato was a freelance writer for The National Jurist and appeared as a featured guest on the award winning talk show Good Evening Ghana. She is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration and has taught the following courses: Law and Public Health, Leadership and Diversity, and Healthcare Management. Additionally, she serves as President‐Elect on the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association for Rutgers School of Law‐Newark, as well as on the Executive Board of Directors for the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and is Co‐Diversity Officer. Ms. Chitou is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Misty de Lamare is Director of Communications at L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, serving more than two million members in Los Angeles County. In this role, she is responsible for the organization's internal and external communications, corporate messaging, community relations, digital properties, social media, media relations, sponsorships program, video production and issues management. She is an inaugural member of the health plan’s Women in Leadership Employee Resource Group and its Mentorship program. Ms. de Lamare joined L.A. Care in 2006 and has held a variety of communications positions. She holds a master’s degree in public relations from Syracuse University.
Colleen Gianatasio CPC, CPC-P, CPMA, CPC-I, CRC, CCS, CCDS-O has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of the business of healthcare. As Director of Ambulatory CDQI for Mount Sinai Health Care Partners she is responsible for provider engagement and clinical documentation improvement for accurate coding. Colleen specializes in developing innovative coding curriculum and instruction to support compliance with federal guidelines and appropriate reimbursement processes. She is a certified AAPC instructor and enjoys teaching a variety of coding, documentation and auditing classes. Colleen is President - elect of the AAPC National Advisory Board.
Ana Handshuh, Principal at CAT5 Strategies, is a government programs executive with expertise in creating and implementing corporate programs for the healthcare industry. Her background includes Quality, Core Measures, Care Management, Benefit Design and Bid Submission, Accreditation, Regulatory Compliance, Revenue Management, Communications, Community-based Care Management Programs and Technology Integration. Ms. Handshuh currently serves on the Board of the Resource Initiative and Society for Education (RISE), the preeminent national professional association dedicated to managed and accountable care financing and delivery. She is a sought after speaker on the national healthcare circuit in the areas of Quality, Star Ratings, Care Management, Member and Provider Engagement, and Revenue Management. Her recent consultancy roles have included assisting organizations create programs to address the unmet care management needs in the highest risk strata of membership, document their processes and procedures, achieve accreditation status, design and submit government program bids, institute corporate-wide programs and create communications strategies and materials. She possesses sophisticated business acumen with the ability to build consensus with cross-functional groups to accomplish corporate goals. Ms. Handshuh served as the Vice President of Managed Care Services at Central Florida Inpatient Medicine (CFIM). In this role, she provided leadership and strategy on CFIM projects and collaborations with physicians, risk entities, hospital health care systems, and health plans. CFIM is the largest Hospitalist group in Central Florida, with 70 providers discharging over 50,000 patients annually from multiple hospitals across two health care delivery systems and 24 skilled nursing facilities. At CFIM Ms. Handshuh previously served as the Vice President of Operations. Prior to those assignments, she worked with Precision Healthcare Systems as their Vice President of Quality Improvement. In that capacity, she led the IPA’s Quality efforts and collaborated with payers on implementing programs to move the needle on Quality and Star Rating initiatives. Ms. Handshuh also served as the Director of Corporate Program Development at Physicians United Plan. In this role, she led the Quality Management and Corporate Communications departments and spearheaded the development of innovative integrated technology solutions to drive business excellence and Star Rating achievement initiatives. For the past fifteen years Ms. Handshuh has taken an active role in redefining and implementing changes that have led to improvements and greater efficiency within Government programs and healthcare delivery. Prior to joining Physicians United Plan Ms. Handshuh was the founder of I-Six Creative. Under Ms. Handshuh’s vision and leadership, I-Six Creative provided expertise in the areas of managed Medicare benefit design, MSO/IPA operations, provider network strategy, new market launches, technology integration, corporate communications and quality improvement.
Allison Holzeris the co-CEO and Chief Innovation Officer at InspireCorps, an inspiration strategy firm that partners with organizations to drive business growth and innovation. She is the co-author of “Dare to Inspire: Sustain the Fire of Inspiration in Work and Life” (Hachette, November 2019), a book that redefines inspiration as a critical resource in modern work and organizational culture. She passionately speaks and writes on this topic, grounded in her original thought-leadership in executive coaching, emotional intelligence, and applied positive psychology. Allison holds a B.A. in psychological brain sciences, with an emphasis on learning and cognition, from Dartmouth College and dual master’s degrees in education and Fine Art from American University.
Angela Huskey, PharmD, CPE Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
Skilled in providing strategic, operational and medical/clinical guidance for the development of new products and overall life cycle management, Dr. Huskey currently leads teams of clinical, regulatory, quality and translational genetics professionals uniquely dedicated to the development of better approaches to patient care through clinical excellence, research and education.
A dynamic, cross-functional leader with over 15 years of direct patient care, pharmaceutical and biotech experience, she is accomplished in building and leading medical and clinical affairs teams through change and growth. As Chief Clinical Officer of Millennium Health, Dr. Huskey is responsible for developing Millennium’s evidence-based clinical strategy, implementing programs to help ensure medical necessity and supporting teams through collaborative partnerships with our clinician and health plan partners. She recently co-authored a study entitled, “Rate of Fentanyl Positivity Among Urine Drug Test Results Positive for Cocaine or Methamphetamine” that was published in JAMA Network Open and picked up by several national news outlets, including U.S. News and World Report.
Before joining Millennium, Dr. Huskey held various medical affairs positions in the pharmaceutical industry; responsible for developing and managing key opinion leader relationships, clinical education, and collaborative research. As a clinician and after residency, she practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, specializing in the care of patients with substance use disorders and complex pain syndromes.
Dr. Huskey is a Certified Pain Educator (CPE) and was the 2012 recipient of the American Society of Pain Educators’ ‘Pain Educator of the Year’ Award.
Therapeutic area specialties and expertise include:
· Emerging Illicit and Prescription Drug Use Trends
Candace Nafissi, M.P.A. Senior Communications and Relations Specialist
LA Care Health Plan
Candace Allen Nafissi earned a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She serves in a senior capacity for the largest publicly-funded healthcare plan in California, LA Care.
For over a decade Candace advocated for investments in early care and education for the second largest Chamber of Commerce in the United States, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Nafissi led and coordinated a statewide effort with the elected leadership of Los Angeles County and its business community to secure investments in early care and education, resulting in a stronger, thriving workforce in the Los Angeles region.
Prior to the L.A. Area Chamber, Candace was the Community Partnership Manager at Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN), assisting vulnerable families with accessing community and healthcare services as part of PTN’s federal Early Head Start program. Nafissi established key Memorandums of Understanding with vital community partners, organizations and county agencies, ensuring maximum services attainment for less vulnerable families.
Nafissi currently serves on several appointed commissions: the Redondo Beach Library Commission, the Redondo Beach General Planning Action Committee, and was appointed by Supervisor Janice Hahn as a L.A. County Beaches and Harbors Commissioner. She has previously served on the Historical Commission for the City of Redondo Beach and the Los Angeles County Children and Families Commission.
Candace’s vast government experience includes representing then-Assembly Member Ted Lieu (now s U.S. Congressman) where she was a key liaison for issue areas such as children, health and education.
And, fulfilling involvement in what she views as her most important role, Candace serves on the executive board of her son’s PTA as the Legislative Liaison, is the neighborhood watch block captain for her street and is living happily ever after with her husband Joe, their sons Kian (8), Kamran (5) and their sheepadoodle, Chloe.
Joyce Nuesca, MD, MBA, MS, CPE
Regional Medical Director, Provider Partnership, Health Care Quality and Affordability (HCQA)
Joyce Nuesca, MD, MBA, MS, CPE Regional Medical Director, Provider Partnership, Health Care Quality and Affordability (HCQA)
Blue Shield of California
Dr. Joyce Nuesca is a board certified and licensed physician executive for 15 years who is passionate about value based health care delivery and payer-provider partnerships. She is currently a Regional Medical Director at BlueShield of California where she is accountable for the regional provider network population health strategy and performance. She leads teams in engaging providers ensuring collaborative partnerships and alignment on clinical and quality programs to support transformation and innovation and improve total cost of care. Part of her role is to ensure access of care and improve patient satisfaction. She is also involved in the development and implementation of new care models and new payments models. Dr. Nuesca is a Primary Care Physician who subspecialized in Obstetrics and Women’s Health. She worked closely with providers in the clinics and hospitals as a Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer. As a physician leader in the clinics, she executed clinical and operational improvement and transformation like behavioral health -primary care integration, expansion of clinical services, redesigned care management and quality programs and implementation of electronic healthcare record and quality management data platform. She was also the Chief Medical Officer of Oregon Health COOP and oversaw the functions of medical management, was involved in network management and provider relations and development of quality management strategy.Dr. Nuesca finished her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and fellowship in Obstetrics and Women’s’ Health at USC Keck School of Medicine. She also completed a Masters in Business Administration in Healthcare at UCI Paul Mirage Business School and currently completing her Masters in Applied Science in Population Health Management at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
Rajshri Ravi is currently Head of Product at ConsejoSano. Her unique talent lies in her breadth of experience. She has envisioned simple and creative solutions for translating user problems into a great product while managing complex product decisions and trade-offs in a fast-paced environment. She has led a number of products to market with end-to-end execution of full product lifecycle. Her strength is in understanding the customer's business needs and designing products with breakthrough technologies to enrich user experience. She has successfully applied Lean Six Sigma techniques to product development and processes. She is a highly motivated team builder and excels in binding cross-team connections. She likes to think of herself as a bridge between the market and engineering. She believes quality, commitment and innovation are the cornerstones to excellence. She has been multitasking on a number of healthcare and data analytics projects in her prior experience at Omnicell and Illumina. She has a proven record in improving product sales, customer reference, and end-user adoption goals through collaboration with sales, marketing. Rajshri holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master's in Marketing from Indiana University, Bloomington. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Electronics Engineering from India. She holds professional certifications on Software Quality, Six Sigma, Agile, and Genomics.
Managing Director, Healthcare Intelligent Automation, Healthcare Strategic Solutions and Innovation
Over the past 10 years, Heather has become nationally recognized as one of the foremost and cutting-edge legal experts in Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance. An avid blogger and national speaker, Heather is a regularly published author and national speaker on MSP compliance. Her articles have been featured in publications such Risk & Insurance, Workerscompensation.com, Defense Research Institute (DRI), and Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance Magazine.
Currently serving as Franco Signor’s Chief Legal Officer, Heather leads corporate Medicare and Medicaid Secondary Payer compliance initiatives for the organization and remains directly engaged with Franco Signor’s TPA and carrier-based clients. Heather is charged with the drafting and negotiating of corporate contracts, the definition and development of corporate policies and provides continuing counsel on all corporate legal matters. Heather also oversees and directs Franco Signor’s Legal and Human Resources Departments.
Prior to joining Franco Signor, Heather previously served as lead counsel for Optum (formerly Helios)’s MSP division as well as Corporate Counsel for Gould & Lamb (now known as ExamWorks Clinical Solutions). Heather has a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Thomas University School of Law and also an undergraduate degree in Political Science from The University of Central Florida.
Heather is a recipient of a 2018 Business Insurance Break Out Award. She was also awarded a Best Medicare Set-Aside/Settlements Blog for the years 2016-2019 by WorkersCompensation.com.
Heather has been an active member of the Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) since 2011 and also serves as an Ambassador for the Women to Watch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) for humanitarian initiatives.
Heather is a member of the Florida Bar and holds the following certifications: Medicare Set-Aside Consultant Certified (MSCC), Certified HIPAA Privacy Expert (CHPE), Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP), and Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional (CMSP).
Bahar Sedarati, MD, FCUCM National Medical Director
Dr. Bahar Sedarati is a physician executive with diverse experience across the continuum of care, including private medical practice, medical group management, integrated delivery system, and the payers.
She is a national expert and a physician trainer in both inpatient and outpatient clinical documentation (CDI), Medicare risk adjustment (MRA) coding as well as utilization management (UM) with an MCG Utilization and Case Management Certification. Her niche is in training clinicians on harvesting data to achieve precision in chronic disease management, cost savings, excellence in quality measures and pay per performance.
Dr. Sedarati provides guidance on administrative and clinical excellence, work-flow efficacy and electronic health records proficiency. She has created intelligent and innovative tools assisting clinicians to succeed in the value-based care as well as the on-demand care spaces.
Dr. Sedarati has over two-decade of experience in education, and academic medicine. She is the author of multiple nationally and internationally recognized medical review books and is a faculty at university of California, Irvine, UCI.
Dr. Sedarati is Board Certified in Internal Medicine (ABIM), and the Fellow of Collage of Urgent Care Medicine. She is a Certified Physician Executive and holds Six Sigma black belt and green belt certificates.
She is currently the lead medical director of clinical performance & operation for the Desert Pacific Region in Humana. She oversees the market acute and post-acute authorizations requests, conducts peer quality audits and education for the market medical directors on coding, clinical documentation, benchmarking and quality measures such as inpatient admissions and hospital length of stay.
Amy C. Waninger, CEO of Lead at Any Level, works with organizations that want to build diverse leadership bench strength for a sustainable competitive advantage. She is the author of multiple books including Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career.
Amy is a Professional Member of National Speakers Association and a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner. Her other credentials include two degrees from Indiana University and a World’s Best Mom coffee mug.