Anthony Keck is the Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer for the newly formed Ballad Health. Previously Mr. Keck was 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.
Daniel Carey, MD
Daniel Carey, M.D. is Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Dr. Carey was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra, and has been at the forefront of professional healthcare in Lynchburg, Virginia since 1997. Dan has held numerous leadership positions since joining Cardiology Associates of Central Virginia in 1997, which Centra later acquired in 2006.
Within a year, he became Medical Director of the Acute MI Program and went on to serve as Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Medical Director of Stroobants Heart Center, which performs 5,000+ heart procedures and contributes $10M annually to the system. Dan became the President/Chief Physician Executive of Centra Medical Group (CMG), an $80M organization with 650 employees in 2013. In this capacity, he directed the acquisition of multiple physician practices, growing the medical group from 200 to 300+ providers.
He also championed a new compensation model that integrated productivity, quality, service and group culture across specialties. In 2014, Dan was selected to become Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra. At Centra, his current responsibilities include information technology services, patient quality and safety efforts, performance improvement initiatives, and functions of the medical staff at Centra’s 3 acute care facilities.
In addition, Dan has been the system lead for Centra’s implementation of its new electronic health record. Dan has special interest in medical leadership, and in addition to his roles at Centra, has also served as President of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, the Medical Society of Virginia and the MSV Foundation. Dan, a long-term resident of Virginia, graduated from the University of Virginia and attended Harvard Medical School.
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.
Melinda S. Hancock, CPA, FHFMA
Melinda Hancock is the Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of VCU Health System in Richmond, Va. In this role, Melinda is responsible for finance, revenue cycle, strategy, project management office and shared services governance. Prior to joining the Health System in June of 2016, Melinda was a partner with Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP where she helped to lead the payment model team in the development of products related to the transformation from volume-based reimbursement to value based reimbursement. Prior to the partner role, Melinda was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Virginia market of the Bon Secours Health System, responsible for the financial health of the 7 hospital market as well as financial components of the system wide clinical transformation and health care reform efforts.
Melinda has been active in the leadership of Healthcare Financial Management Association, first at the state level serving in a variety of capacities on committees and through the board and officer roles, including president of the chapter. Then at the national level, Melinda served on advisory committees, the national board and then in 2015-2016 was the National Chair of the professional organization. She has co-authored several articles on payment reform and related transformations. Melinda serves on several boards including the Virginia Health Information Board of Directors, Connect Virginia Board of Directors and the William & Mary Accounting Programs Board.
Christina Stasiuk, DO
Dr. Christina Stasiuk joined Cigna full time in 2003 after 14 years of solo practice in internal medicine. She is a recognized leader, team builder, and innovator who brings to life initiatives that improve the quality and value of health care.
Dr. Christina’s leadership of Cigna’s Health Equity Council resulted in receiving the Surgeon General’s Medallion in recognition of its exceptional achievements in increasing awareness about and closing gaps in health disparities. She partners closely with the Center of Health Equity at the University of Maryland on HAIR, a black barbershop initiative focused on improving health in the minority community. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Minority Health Committee of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the Medical Society of Virginia, The Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Philadelphia County Medical Society, the editorial board of “American Health & Drug Benefits”, and the Executive Board of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.
Dr. Stasiuk graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and was named a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in natural sciences from Roswell Park Memorial Institute.
An avid hiker and charity-sponsored 5K participant, Dr. Christina also volunteers for organizations such as Lyric Fest, Philadelphia Academies, and the City of Philadelphia – Medical Reserve Corps. She is eagerly sought out as a speaker, mentor for professional development, and for restaurant recommendations in Philadelphia.
Mike Bucci is the Market President 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 Hancock Daniel. 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, her MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University Graduate School of Business, and her JD in Health Law and Economics from George Mason University School of Law
Mindy Carlin has been providing expert public affairs services in support of a wide range of businesses and organizations in Virginia for more than 30 years. In 2003, she co-founded Access Point Public Affairs, which offers results-focused public affairs support to clients with interests throughout Virginia. In working with Access Point, clients are assured they will receive individualized, high-level services from the firm’s owners, a distinction not commonly found in Virginia. Mindy’s unique ability to understand client challenges quickly and create innovative strategic approaches to address them make her a valuable resource to Access Point’s clients.
Mindy has extensive public affairs experience at the state and local levels in Virginia on a wide variety of issues, including healthcare, transportation, education, development and land use, general business issues and regulations, energy and environmental issues. Among her most active current public affairs clients are the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership, which includes five chambers of commerce in northern Virginia, the City of Norfolk (focus on casino gaming), TransCanada/Columbia Pipeline Group, Verizon, the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, Tysons Corner Center/Macerich and Northern Virginia Family Service. She also serves as the staff lead for the Virginia Business Council, as association of the senior executives of Virginia’s largest employers.
Mindy also serves as an active leader in the community, which has enabled her to develop strong relationships and visibility as an engaged thought leader and consensus builder. This also has positioned her well to leverage her credibility to support Access Point clients.
At the state level, she serves as a member of the Virginia Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), was recently appointed to serve on the Evaluation Committee for Virginia FREE and is an active member of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Mindy currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, Mike, with her son, Danny, close by at Christopher Newport University where he is studying electrical engineering. She is also the proud of step-mom to Megan, Matt and her daughter-in-law, Rita, and “Mimi” to her sweet grand-baby, June Ryan, who all give her lots of excuses to spend time in Northern Virginia. Mindy is a certified power yoga instructor, avid runner and spends as much time at the beach as she can.
Suniti Ponkshe is a Partner at Newport, LLC. She’s a senior healthcare executive known for her excellent client service, business acumen and extensive experience in healthcare operations and technology. She has a long successful career in private and public sector working with many diverse organizations: payers, providers (all models), federal agencies and product companies, delivering desired results.
She has been a consulting leader, an operations leader, chief information officer, federal agency advisor, policy analyst and a business advisor. She led many diverse teams in strategic planning and execution, program/project implementations, business transformation, product development, and operations management.
Currently, she is serving a client as interim chief information officer and advising innovative companies in healthcare in their growth and operational strategies.
In addition to her role with VCHI, she also serves on Advisory Boards of few start-ups. She co-authored a book on Medical Informatics, presented to many groups and has been a guest lecturer to several graduate programs.
Suniti has been a consulting leader, an operations leader, chief information officer, federal agency advisor, policy analyst and a business advisor. She led many diverse teams in strategic planning and execution, program/project implementations, business transformation, product development, and operations management.
Suniti has built and led advisory services, incubated consulting products, helped companies grow business and market footprint; and meet market/client needs. She worked for CMS and ONC as a staff advisor on implementation of various HITECH and ACA programs which transformed our healthcare industry. As a CIO, she transformed IT organizations from back office support to true information services groups while transforming the systems environment. She continues to work with start-ups serving on their Boards, helping them “productize” their systems and packaging them for sale.
She co-authored a book on Medical Informatics and has been a guest lecturer to several graduate programs.
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, 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.
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.
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.