Chas Roades | Chair
Chas Roades is Co-Founder and CEO of Gist Healthcare, a strategic advisory service that provides insight and guidance to leaders across the healthcare industry. A nationally-recognized authority on healthcare transformation, he has served as a trusted advisor to health sector leaders for 20 years.
Chas is one of the nation’s leading experts on health system strategy. He frequently presents at policy, industry, and investor conferences, and is often cited by national media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,The Washington Post, Modern Healthcare, Health Affairs, and National Public Radio. Known for his ability to bring clarity and insight to complex topics, he is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, and has presented at hundreds of health system board meetings, executive retreats, and leadership conferences.
Previously, Chas served for over 15 years as Chief Research Officer of the Advisory Board Company, where he led the research enterprise and was the principal author of numerous studies on hospital and health system strategy and operations. His areas of expertise include system transformation, population health strategy, healthcare consumerism, and reimbursement policy. CEOs and senior executives at health systems across the country and around the world rely on Chas as a thought partner and strategic counselor.
Chas serves on numerous health system, nonprofit, and health policy boards and advisory councils, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Brown University. Involved in statewide healthcare reform for more than a decade, Chas is currently Board Chair of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. Prior to his role at Advisory Board, Chas was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, where he led engagements on strategy, organization and operations for Fortune 500 clients. Earlier, he served for five years as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force.
Chas earned his MBA from Stanford University. He also holds a master’s degree from Stanford, and a bachelor’s degrees in economics and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.
Anthony Keck | Vice Chair
Anthony Keck is the Sr. Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Mountain States Health, a thirteen hospital integrated health system operating in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In this role, he is responsible for marketing & sales, strategic planning, government affairs, the Mountain States Foundation, and the system's health plan and ACO. Mr. Keck most recently served as the Director of Health and Human Services for South Carolina during the first term of Governor Nikki R. Haley and also served three years in the administration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Prior to his government service, Mr. Keck worked for organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Ochsner Clinic New Orleans, and St. Thomas Health Services, a community clinic also located in New Orleans. Mr. Keck was active in establishing the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum after Hurricane Katrina, served on the Board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, as well as the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education and the Executive Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy. He lives in Bristol, TN with his wife Shannon.
Richard M. Hamrick III MD, MBA | Treasurer
Richard M. Hamrick, III, MD is the Chief Medical Officer for HCA’s Capital Division. In this position, he spearheads the division’s activities relating to quality improvement, patient safety and clinical effectiveness, and working closely with division and hospital personnel and affiliated physicians.
Prior to joining HCA, Dr. Hamrick practiced pulmonary medicine in Richmond for more than 22 years as a member of Pulmonary Associates of Richmond, Inc. A graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, he received a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, completed his internship at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, a residency at West Virginia University Medical Center, and a fellowship in pulmonary diseases from Georgetown University Medical Center. He subsequently obtained an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Hamrick has held leadership positions in numerous organizations, including serving as president of the Medical Society of Virginia; Co-Chair of Governor McDonnell’s Insurance Reform Taskforce of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council; former chair of the Practice Management Committee and current member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Chest Physicians; president of the Richmond Academy of Medicine; Chief of Staff of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital; and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Westminster Canterbury Richmond and the Board of the Medical Society of Virginia Insurance Agency.
Suniti Ponkshe | Secretary
Suniti Ponkshe is the Staff Vice President, Product Innovations for Anthem. Prior to joining Anthem, Ms. Ponkshe was the Senior Vice President, Risk Enablement Solutions for Optum where she led work to advance solutions that help health care providers assume higher risk while delivering higher quality care. With degrees in statistics, law, and management information systems, Ms. Ponkshe has extensive experience in private and public healthcare sectors including small hospitals, ambulatory settings, academic medical centers, long-term care facilities and government organizations. She offers a unique blend of operations and health information technology leadership.
Prior to joining Optum in 2014, she served as both a Managing Director for Accenture and as a consultant for CMS and ONC, where she was responsible for the development of a dashboard to monitor performance on the Affordable Care Act, the development of business requirements for the Center for Innovation, developing EHR certification criteria, and supporting the HIT Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee. She has also served an associate partner with IBM Global Business Services, Healthcare Practice and as the Chief Information Officer for Georgetown University and Medical Center.
She is an active member of HIMSS and CHIME and holds degrees from the University of Bombay and Texas Tech University. She is the co-author of “Medical Informatics 2020: Quality and Electronic Health Records through Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation.”
William Murray, PhD | Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Murray is the managing director of Public Policy and senior advisor for Regulatory and State and Local Affairs for Dominion Resources Services, Inc., where he has served since 2007. Prior to joining Dominion, he served as legislative director for Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, as deputy director of policy for Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, and as a vice president with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA). Prior to his role with the VHHA he was a senior health policy analyst for the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care and a management analyst at the VA Medical Center Salem, Virginia.
Most recently, Dr. Murray served as the Transition Policy Director for governor-elect Terry McAuliffe. He also assisted the Virginia Chamber of Commerce with Blueprint Virginia and VCHI as a member of the “Improving the Availability and Transparency of Data” workgroup for the Virginia Health Innovation Plan. Dr. Murray is also a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Murray received his Bachelors degree from the University of Virginia and a masters and doctorate degree in public administration from Virginia Tech, where he has taught as an adjunct professor since 1997. Dr. Murray also teaches as an adjunct professor at the VCU School of Medicine.
Mike Bucci is the Vice President and Market Executive Director for Aetna's Capitol Market. In this role, Mike oversees Aetna’s sales, account management, and network operations in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia markets. He is responsible for several business segments, including: Individual; Small Group; Select Accounts (51 – 300 lives); Key Accounts (301 – 3,000 lives); Public Sector & Labor; and Medicare.
Before this role, Mike spent four years leading Aetna’s Public Sector & Labor sales and account management team in the Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia markets. He was also responsible for Aetna’s National Accounts business in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia markets for six years. Before joining Aetna, Mike was a partner at Mercer. While there, Mike helped large employers develop strategies for health and welfare plans. His focus was on improving population health, managing benefit program costs, and improving the performance of employers’ vendor partners. Mike received Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science from Bucknell University and earned his MBA from the University of Maryland.
Elizabeth Whalley Buono, BSN, RN, MBA, JD
Liz Whalley Buono provides Life Sciences, Fraud & Abuse, Healthcare Innovation & New Product Development legal and regulatory support to a broad array of healthcare clients as a Director at HDJN, LLC. Liz began her legal career in 2001 at Wiley, Rein and Fielding LLP in Washington, DC, where she supported consumer product, pharmaceutical, biotech and device firms on a wide range of federal and state regulatory issues. Prior to practicing law, she had careers as a medical/surgical and psychiatric nurse in the Boston area and had an extensive 13-year tenure in the pharmaceutical industry with Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert and Pfizer. In 2003, Liz joined Altria Client Services as Regulatory and Senior Counsel, managing the legal and health ethics considerations associated with clinical research and new product development activities undertaken in pursuit of tobacco harm reduction. In 2009, Liz moved to WestRock / MWV Healthcare as V.P., Global Quality, Regulatory and External Affairs and General Counsel for the company’s Healthcare division with primary responsibility for ensuring compliance and creating competitive advantage for the company’s patient medication adherence products and services. More recently, through her private consultancy, Liz supported healthcare innovation efforts undertaken by, among others, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She currently serves on the FDA Working Group to Enhance Opioid Safety and the CDC PROTECT Initiative.
Liz received her BSN from Boston College School of Nursing and earned her MBA in Executive Management from St. Jo
Ursula N. Butts, RN, BSN, MSHA
Ursula N. Butts, RN, BSN, MSHA, has been the Vice President of Patient Care Services at Community Memorial Healthcenter since July 2001. Prior to this role, Ms. Butts held various clinical and administrative positions at the Healthcenter, including Infection Control Practitioner, Director of Home Health and Hospice, and Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services.
Ms. Butts is a past president of the Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, a member of the Virginia Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. Ms. Butts served as President of Virginians Improving Patient Care and Safety from 2010-11. Ms. Butts is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is Board Certified in Nursing Administration, Advanced by the ANCC. Ms. Butts serves on the Virginia Patient Safety Summit planning committee.
Ms. Butts studied nursing at both Forsyth Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and the Medical College of Virginia. She received her Master of Science in Health Administration and completed an Executive Fellowship in Patient Safety at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Michael Dudley is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Optima Health and Senior Vice President of Sentara Healthcare. Under his leadership, Optima has more than doubled its membership to 460,000 members by expanding to new markets, introducing new products and securing new customers in large and small employer groups and individual markets. Michael began his career with Kaiser Permanente Health Care in California and served in a wide-range of leadership roles from Medical Center Administrator to Health Plan President. He has served on numerous boards, including America’s Health Insurance Plans (Executive Committee), The Health Plan Alliance, and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.
William A. Hazel Jr., MD
William A. Hazel Jr. MD practiced orthopedic surgery in Northern Virginia until becoming Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia in January of 2010. As a founding member of Commonwealth Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hazel gained extensive experience working in our health care system while helping to lead a large group practice. Dr. Hazel has served as a Trustee of the American Medical Association, Speaker and President of the Medical Society of Virginia, President of the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Medical Staff, and Chair of the Medical Affairs council of the INOVA Health System.
Dr. Hazel grew up on the family farm in Fauquier County. Dr. Hazel received his BS in Civil Engineering at Princeton University in 1978. He earned his Medical Degree at Duke University School of Medicine in 1983 and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1988 before returning home to Virginia. His professional experience includes working as a team physician for the Chantilly High School Chargers, serving as an Assistant Orthopedist for the Washington Redskins football team, and serving as team physician for DC United soccer team.
As Secretary, Dr. Hazel oversees 11 state agencies with over 16,000 employees including such diverse programs as Medicaid, Behavioral Health, Social Services, as well as Aging and Rehabilitation. These combined agencies spend approximately one-third of Virginia’s budget.
During his first term as Secretary, he led the Virgina Health Reform Initiative and helped establish the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. He served as the Founding Chair of ConnectVirginia, Virginia’s health information exchange. he negotiated an agreement with the Department of Justice to improve services to individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has become nationally recognized for leading an enterprise Information technology transformation in Health and Human Resources. He has devoted significant energy towards improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the HHR agencies.
Dr. Hazel lives with his wife, Cindy, in Oakton, Va. They have two grown children and one very cute granddaughter.
Jane Norwood Kusiak
Jane Norwood Kusiak most recently served as the Executive Director of the Council on Virginia’s Future, which was established in 2004 as an advisory council, within the meaning of § 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Council was to advise the Governor and the General Assembly on the implementation of the Roadmap for Virginia’s Future process. A signature initiative of the Council was Virginia Performs, a performance leadership and accountability system for state government. The Council sunset in June of 2017.
Ms. Kusiak has served the Commonwealth of Virginia in senior leadership and policy positions in the legislative and executive branches for more than twenty-five years, including positions with the House Appropriations Committee, the Governor’s Office, and the Joint Commission on Health Care as its first Executive Director.
Ms. Kusiak has also served on a number of boards, including Retreat Hospital, Virginia Health Information, and Women’s Health Virginia. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Virginia School of Nursing.
In 1992, Ms. Kusiak received the Outstanding Woman in Government Award from the Richmond Metropolitan Area YWCA; and in 2009, she and the Council received an Excellence in Virginia Government Award from the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Ms. Kusiak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hospital administration from Ithaca College and a Master of Arts degree from St. Louis University.
Mary N. Mannix
Mary N. Mannix, FACHE, is president and chief executive officer of Augusta Health, a 255-bed, independent, community-owned health system that opened in 1994 in Fishersville, Virginia. CEO since 2008, Ms. Mannix has partnered with the community-based board of directors, management, medical staff and employee workforce to enhance the commitment of the hospital’s not-for-profit mission to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care.
Nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Augusta Health, the largest employer in the region, has approximately 2,300 employees and 225 physicians. More than 500,000 visits are served by outpatient and physician practice groups with 12,000 admissions annually. Under Ms. Mannix’s stewardship, Augusta Health has pursued its vision is to be the best community health system in Virginia. Among many accolades, the hospital has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®, an Everest Award winner and a Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ winner. It has also been a finalist for the American Hospital Association’s Foster McGaw Prize for its excellence in community service.
Ms. Mannix and the senior executive team have successfully rebranded and repositioned Augusta Health from a hospital-centric model of care to a regional community health system that provides care across a seven-county area of western and central Virginia that includes a population base of 200,000.
Ms. Mannix earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, as well as graduate degrees in nursing and business administration, from Binghamton University-the State University of New York. She is past Chair of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s board of directors and is Chair of the board of directors for both Virginia Solution, SPC, and Solution Services Corporation. Ms. Mannix is a member of Staunton Rotary. She previously served on the AHA Regional Policy Board Region Three, the board of directors of the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce and the board of Blue Ridge Community College Foundation, where she chaired the Planning Committee. She is a member of the Influential Women of Virginia, Class of 2012. Ms. Mannix is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is committed to both undergraduate and graduate education of fellow healthcare executives.
Ibe Mbanu, MD, MBA, MPH
Dr. Ibe Mbanu has crafted a successful career as a physician executive serving in various leadership positions with a focus on the delivery of services along the care continuum. He has also maintained clinical practice for over a decade in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Dr. Mbanu currently serves in the dual capacity as Chief of the Adult Hospitalist Department and Director of Medical Affairs for St. Mary’s Hospital, the flagship facility for Bon Secours Health Systems (BSHSI). During his tenure with BSHSI, he also served as Medical Director of Clinical Integration for the system. His responsibilities range from leveraging clinical experiences of physicians and advance practitioners to drive quality and safety performance, to optimization of their Epic-based electronic medical record, and operations of his Hospitalist service line. Dr. Mbanu obtained his Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and subsequently served as Project Manager (PM) of a multi-million dollar budget for the creation of a Hospitalist led Intermediate Medical Critical Care Unit (IMCU) and PM Advisor for the Hospitalist led Clinical Observation Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.
Prior to his appointment with Bon Secours, Dr. Mbanu was a Lead Physician and Laboratory Director for NextCare Urgent Cares in their Virginia market. Before assuming this position, he served as head of the Hospitalist Medicine Department at HCA’s Reston Hospital Center where he functioned as both Medical Director and Operations Manager. Earlier in his career, Dr. Mbanu was Chairman of Ambulatory Medicine and Medical Director for Mary Immaculate Hospital’s Occupational Medicine Department. He oversaw employee clinical services for a client portfolio of nearly 200 companies in Virginia including PepsiCo, Federal Express, and Northrop Grumman. During this period, he also had the privilege of serving the community as City Medical Officer for Newport News, VA where he was responsible for health issues related to municipal departments including Fire, Police, and Deputy Sheriff.
Dr. Mbanu has served on numerous committees and task forces in health systems he has worked within. He is currently President of Virginia Health Information (VHI), and an appointed Trustee for the Richmond Academy of Medicine. Dr. Mbanu serves on the Board of Directors for the Medical Society of Virginia, and was past President of their foundation.
He completed his fellowship training at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Mbanu is dual-board certified in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He received an MBA from Yale University, an MPH from the University of Michigan, his MD from Wayne State University, and two BS degrees in Chemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.
Anna McKean is President and co-founder of Aviant Health, which provides innovative population health solutions aimed at the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. The company’s customized programs and services include cardio-metabolic prevention, population health improvement, personalized medicine, and employer health and wellness.
Anna’s career has encompassed strategic consulting and executive leadership for early-stage growth companies, leading a management consulting practice within a big-four accounting firm, and serving in economic development leadership roles at the local, regional, and state levels. Over the last ten years, she has driven growth and innovation for two groundbreaking healthcare companies in the Richmond market, by operationalizing and scaling innovative business models.
Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH
Pamela Sutton-Wallace was appointed the Chief Executive Officer for for the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia in July 2014. The UVA Medical Center is a nationally-recognized academic medical center which includes 612 inpatient beds, Level 1 trauma center, the UVA Children’s Hospital and more than 100 primary and specialty care clinics throughout the Commonwealth with greater than 1 million visits annually. Ranked as the #1 hospital in Virginia by US News & World Report, the medical center has received several national designations and recognitions for adult and pediatric specialties.
Prior to joining UVA, Pam served as Senior Vice President for Hospital Operations of Duke University Hospital, a 1,100 bed hospital, in Durham North Carolina. During her 17 year tenure at Duke, she served in several leadership positions including: Chief Operating Officer for Ambulatory Services, Vice President for Perioperative Services and Chief of Staff for the Chancellor for Health Affairs. In addition to her tenure with Duke University Health System, Pam has a diverse health care background with experience in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries with Pfizer and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina, respectively.
Pam serves on several professional and community boards including the American Essential Hospitals, Vizient’s Academic Medical Center Board of Managers, American Hospital Association Region 3 Policy Board, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, Virginia Center for Health Innovation, United Way-Thomas Jefferson area and Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Pam hails from Randallstown, MD and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and African-American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She later graduated from Yale University with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, completing her thesis with distinction.
Pam has received several recent accolades including:
- Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health on the Winslow Centennial Honor Roll for Excellence and Service
- Modern Healthcare’s “Top 10 Minorities to Watch”
- org as an award recipient of Top Blacks in Healthcare
- Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top 10 Women in Healthcare
In 2007, she was named by Modern Healthcare as a “2007 Up & Comer,” a national recognition of health care executives under the age of 40.
Pam is married to Maurice O. Wallace PhD, associate professor of English and associate director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia. Together, they are proudly raising two brilliant and beautiful daughters, Sage (18), a first year student at UVA, and Amaya (17), a senior at Monticello High School. Pam enjoys speaking, mentoring and encouraging the next generation of leadership, especially women.
Nicole Palya Wood
Nicole Palya Wood began her role as PhRMA’s newest Regional Director of State Advocacy for the Mid-Atlantic in November 2015. Nicole is responsible for developing and implementing state legislative strategies in support of PhRMA’s priorities in Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
A native of Virginia, Nicole graduated from James Madison University and caught the bug for legislative affairs while working as a legislative aide for Senator Frank Ruff in the Virginia State Legislature. She would later represent the National Rifle Association as the State Lobbyist in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Region as well as serving as Manager of Government Affairs for TAP Pharmaceuticals.
In D.C. Nicole served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta lobbying the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees. She continued with her work on rural housing and community banking issues as the Senior Lobbyist for America’s Community Bankers, where she also served as a resource on farm credit issues. At the National Grange, Nicole served as the Legislative Director, leading the National legislative agenda and partnered with PhRMA to advocate for rural healthcare and tele-health issues before Congress.
Nicole also enjoys serving as a volunteer for The Campagna Center mentoring programs, where she was appointed as a board member in 2007.