William Murray, PhD | 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.
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.
Chas Roades | Secretary
Chas Roades is chief research officer of The Advisory Board Company. A leading expert on health care market forces and transformation, he has served as a trusted strategy advisor to health sector leaders for nearly two decades. In his current role, he directs the work of dozens of best-practice researchers studying the future of health care, hospital-physician alignment, emerging reimbursement and incentive models, and the intersection of national health policy and delivery system strategy.
He is a nationally-recognized speaker on health care market trends and insights, focusing on the financing and delivery of care. He frequently presents at policy, industry and investor conferences, and is cited by national media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Modern Healthcare, Health Affairs and National Public Radio.
Chas is a member of The Advisory Board Company’s senior leadership team and the principal author of numerous studies related to population health and hospital and health system strategy. Before joining the firm, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, a management consultancy. In this role, he was responsible for leading engagements on strategy, organization, and operations for Fortune 500 clients. Previously, he served for five years as an officer in the United States Air Force. He is also active on hospital, nonprofit and governmental advisory boards, and serves as an adjunct faculty member in health care administration at Brown University.
Chas earned his MBA from Stanford University. He also holds a master’s degree from Stanford, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia. He resides in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., with his wife and their four children.
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 received her BSN from Boston College School of Nursing. After practicing as a medical/surgical and psychiatric nurse in the Boston area, Liz began an extensive career in the pharmaceutical industry. During her 13-year tenure, she held various positions in sales, marketing, management and government affairs for Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert and Pfizer. She earned her MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University College of Business Administration.
Liz received her JD in Health Law and Economics from George Mason University and joined the firm of Wiley, Rein and Fielding LLP, where she practiced in the firm’s Food & Drug, Fraud & Abuse, Insurance and Privacy practices. While at Wiley, she provided counsel to consumer product, pharmaceutical, biotech and device firms on a wide range of federal and state regulatory issues.
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 with primary responsibility for ensuring compliance and creating competitive advantage for the company’s patient medication adherence products and services.
Since 2013, in addition to her VP role at WestRock, Liz has been supporting healthcare innovation efforts undertaken by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among others. She currently has primary responsibility for complex international legal, ethics and regulatory oversight of data-driven, differential disease management strategies for TB and HIV populations in under served global regions and is counsel for multi-center international large scale-up clinical trials.
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.
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.
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 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.
Deborah D. Oswalt
Deborah D. Oswalt is the Executive Director of the Virginia Health Care Foundation, a position she has held since the organization’s founding in 1992. Created as a public-private partnership by the Virginia General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care, VHCF’s mission is to increase access to primary and preventive health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians via innovative programming and service delivery models. Under Ms. Oswalt’s leadership, VHCF has developed several cutting edge products and initiatives, which have been instrumental in significantly expanding the health services and access to treatment for uninsured Virginians.
Prior to founding the VHCF, Ms. Oswalt spent seven years serving as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources in the Cabinets of Governors Baliles and Wilder. In this position, she worked closely with state agencies that regulate, deliver and monitor health services, including the Departments of Health, Health Professions, Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid), and Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; as well as the Health Services Cost Review Council.
Ms. Oswalt received her J.D. from Rutgers University. She is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and the Virginia Executive Institute. She received the Outstanding Woman in Health and Science Award from the Richmond YWCA in 2002, and the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics – Virginia Chapter in 1992.
Ms. Oswalt has received recognition as an Influential Woman of Virginia from Lawyers Weekly (2014); a Social Justice Maker Award from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (2012); the Outstanding Woman in Health and Science Award from the Richmond YWCA (2002); and the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics – Virginia Chapter (1992).
In addition, she and VHCF received the Excellence in Virginia Government Award for Innovation in Government from the L.D. Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. Ms. Oswalt is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond (1983) and the Virginia Executive Institute (1989).
Suniti Ponkshe is the Senior Vice President, Risk Enablement Solutions for Optum. In this role, Ms. Ponkshe leads 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.”
Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH
Pamela Sutton-Wallace is the Chief Executive Officer for University of Virginia Medical Center, a position she has held since 2014.
Prior to joining UVA, Pam served as Senior Vice President for Hospital Operations of Duke University Hospital. 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.
In 2016, Pam was one of Modern Healthcare’s “10 Minority Executives to Watch”, recognizing her efforts to advance diversity in healthcare. She was recently recognized by the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health on the Winslow Centennial Honor Roll for Excellence and Service and by BlackDoctor.org as an award recipient of Top Blacks in Healthcare. Previously, Pam was a recipient of Modern Healthcare’s “Up & Comer” award in 2007, a national recognition of health care executives under the age of 40.
Pam currently serves on several professional and community boards including the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, Vizient-AMC Network, American Hospital Association Region 3 Policy Board, Virginia Center for Health Innovation and the United Way-Thomas Jefferson area. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and National Association for Health Services Executives where she enjoys speaking, mentoring and encouraging the next generation of leadership, especially women.
Pam received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and African-American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and holds a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University, completing her thesis with distinction.
Pam lives with her husband, Maurice, in Charlottesville, VA. Together, they are proudly raising two brilliant and beautiful daughters.
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.