Melinda Hancock, CPA, FHFMA | Chair
Melinda Hancock is a Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Sentara Healthcare. Appointed to the position in August 2021, Ms. Hancock is responsible for the Internal Audit, Compliance, Legal Services, Risk Management and Privacy teams, as well as Supply Chain, Enterprise Analytics, Strategy. and Mergers and Affiliations. Before joining Sentara, Ms. Hancock served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer at VCU Health System. During her 5 years at VCU Health System, she made significant contributions to advance the infrastructure of the health system, including programs and models that improve the patient experience and the health of vulnerable populations. Prior to that, she spent 2 years as a partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman focused on the implementation of payment models and value-based reimbursement. Previously, Ms. Hancock was the Chief Financial Officer with the Virginia market of Bon Secours Health System and assisted with the leadership of the system wide clinical transformation work. Ms. Hancock’s current professional affiliations include Healthcare Financial Management Association (Fellow and Past National Chairman), Virginia Health Information (Board Member), American Hospital Association (Regional Policy Board Member), and Virginia Center for Health Innovation (Board Member and Chair). Ms. Hancock has been a frequent speaker on value based payment models and leadership and has co-authored several articles on related topics.
Jeff Ricketts | Vice Chair
Jeff Ricketts is the Virginia Plan President for Anthem. He joined Anthem in 1984 and has since held progressive leadership positions in Sales and Account Management covering all market segments from Individual to Large Group. He was most recently a regional vice president in Virginia Sales and has been the Virginia Plan President since 2017. Jeff is involved in many professional, community and charitable activities including the March of Dimes where he serves as past chair of the Virginia state board and was chair for the 2015 March for Babies. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Virginia Association of Health Plans and is Co-Chair of the Virginia Task Force for Primary Care. He also serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates, the Board of Directors for ChamberRVA, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Venture Richmond,, Virginia Business Council, Virginia Learns, Virginia Chamber Blueprint VA 2030 Committee, and the Management Roundtable. Jeff is a native of Richmond and graduate of James Madison University.
Suniti Ponkshe | Treasurer
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.
Christina Stasiuk, DO | Secretary
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. Cigna's Physician Leadership Development Program has become nationally recognized for outcomes in building clinical leadership pipelines and retention. 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”, member of the Great Washington Board of Trade Task Force for the COVID-19, and is the Secretary of 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.
Anthony Keck | Immediate Past Chair
Anthony Keck is the Executive Vice President for System Innovation and Chief Population Health Officer at Ballad Health. In his current role, he is responsible for strategy, analytics, and value-based services; marketing and communications; government affairs; the Ballad Health Innovation Center; the Ballad Health Foundation; and the system's new department of community health programs. Before joining Ballad Health, Keck served as the director of Health and Human Services for South Carolina during the first term of Governor Nikki R. Haley. He also served three years in the administration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal where he had responsibility for the public health and behavioral health response to two hurricanes, the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Prior to his government service, he worked for diverse organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Ochsner Clinic New Orleans, and St. Thomas Health Services, a community clinic. 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, 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 has served on the board of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Kingsport Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.
Mike Bucci | Director
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 Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. This includes responsibility for all of Aetna’s Individual, Commercial, and Medicare business in the market. 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.
Mindy Carlin | Director
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.
Aneesh Chopra | Director
Aneesh Chopra is the President of CareJourney, an open data and analytics platform building a trusted, transparent rating system for physicians, networks, facilities and markets on the move to value. He served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama (’09-’12) and in 2014, authored, "Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government.” He serves on the Boards of the Health Care Cost Institute, International Digital Accountability Council, IntegraConnect, and Chairs the George Mason Innovation Advisory Council. He earned his MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and BA from The Johns Hopkins University.
Sheryl Garland | Director
Sheryl Garland is the Chief of Health Impact for VCU Health, Sheryl is responsible for building programs and partnerships to improve the health of populations and communities served by VCU Health System. In this position, she provides leadership for the health system’s Division of Community Health that focuses on advancing health equity and addressing health disparities for patients. Projects to date have included initiatives to identify and address social determinants of health such as housing instability, food insecurity, employment, and transportation needs. In addition to her health system responsibilities, Sheryl serves as the Executive Director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Office of Health Equity. This office is responsible for integrating the principles of health equity into VCU’s core missions (education/training, research, and service). Previous positions within the University include Director of Community Outreach for the VCU Institute for Women's Health, Administrative Director of the VCU Center on Health Disparities, and Director of the VCU Office of Health Innovation. Sheryl is a native of Richmond, Virginia and received an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University
Aryana Khalid | Director
As a Partner on FGS Global’s Health team, Aryana Khalid brings nearly two decades of health care legislative, regulatory, and political experience to support her clients. She works with clients across all sectors of the health care industry helping them to better engage with the Hill, regulatory agencies, and third-party stakeholders, sharpen their policy positions, prepare for hearings, manage Congressional oversight, and refine their government affairs strategies and practices. Throughout her work, Aryana provides clients with strategic and political counsel on a broad range of health care issues. Prior to joining the firm, Aryana was an Executive Vice President at America’s Health Insurance Plans. In this role, she was responsible for the internal operations of the association and providing counsel and strategic advice to the President & CEO. She was the Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during the Obama Administration. At CMS, she focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, day to day operations of CMS, and coordinating with the Secretary’s Office and the White House. Previously, Aryana served as Senator Mark Warner’s Health and Education Legislative Assistant. She also served as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources (HHR) for the Commonwealth of Virginia during the Kaine Administration. Prior to her appointment in State Government, Aryana worked for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Aryana received her BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and her Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jane Norwood Kusiak | Director
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.
Sec. John Littel | Director
John Littel is the Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He brings 30 years of public policy experience to the Administration, developing private sector solutions for Medicaid, advocating for independent living for seniors and people with disabilities, and leading mental health and substance use disorder programs. Twenty-six years ago, John was the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Since then, John has held senior roles at Magellan Health, Anthem, and Amerigroup, as well as at both the federal and state government levels. He has taught government, politics and communications at the graduate level, and has also served as a member of the William & Mary Public Policy Board of Advisors. Mr. Littel earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Scranton and J.D. from The Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. In 2012, John was appointed to the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary and has served as Rector since 2018. He also serves on the board of The Gloucester Institute, a leadership initiative for young African-Americans based at Robert Russa Moton's historic home. He previously served as the chair of the Virginia Health Care Foundation and on the boards of the Family and Children's Trust Fund, Virginia's family violence prevention agency, and ForKids, a program for homeless families in Hampton Roads.
Mary Mannix | Director
Mary N. Mannix, FACHE, is president and chief executive officer of Augusta Health, a 255-bed, independent, community owned health system which opened in 1994 in Fishersville, VA. Since joining the Augusta Health team in 2008, Mannix has partnered with a community-based board of directors and medical staff to cultivate a team of providers, management, and employee workforce to elevate the health system’s commitment to promote health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care. Along with her senior executive team, Mannix has repositioned Augusta Health from a hospital-centric model to a regional community health system that provides patient care across a seven-county area of western and central Virginia. Under her leadership, Mannix has helped Augusta Health earn recognition as the Leapfrog Group’s Top General Hospital 2020; Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals; an Everest Award; and winner of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award. Augusta Health has also been a finalist for the American Hospital Association’s Foster McGaw Prize for its excellence in community service. Mannix got her start in community healthcare through earning her B.S. and M.S. in nursing at The State University of New York at Binghamton, and working as a critical care staff nurse. She then earned her Master’s in Business Administration and completed a two-year post graduate fellowship in healthcare administration with the Guthrie Clinic. With a goal of combining her love of clinical practice with leadership innovation, Mannix has led healthcare system design and community care and partnerships to improve the health and wellness of an entire region.
L. Gordon Moore, MD | Director
Gordon is the Chief Medical Officer at Goodside Health. He is driven by the opportunity to enable clinicians to efficiently deliver excellent care by bridging the intersection of quality, technology, policy, payment, and data in his role as Chief Medical Officer. A board-certified physician in Family Medicine, he is responsible for driving the transition to value-based care to enhance and measure clinical infrastructure and programmatic development. Gordon brings more than 30 years of experience in radically redesigning ideal primary care and population health practices as well as EMR and telemedicine innovation to his leadership role. Previously, he was the Senior Medical Director of Clinical Strategy and Value Based Care for 3M Health Information Systems, served as a core faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and co-lead for quality improvement initiatives for the New York City Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, among other roles for state health departments and managed care organizations. Gordon earned his Doctor of Medicine and from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry and completed his residency in family medicine at Highland Hospital after earning a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and is a father to three grown children.
Michele Nedelka, MD | Director
Dr. Michelle Nedelka is a radiation oncologist in Suffolk and Norfolk, VA. She is associated with Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. Dr. Nedelka graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2008, and completed her residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. She is American Board of Radiology (Radiation Oncology) certified and currently practices at two Bon Secours Oncology Specialists locations. Before becoming an MD, Dr. Nedelka served as a physician’s assistant. She is a member of the board of directors for the Medical Society of Virginia, serving as the current Vice Speaker.
Beth Rhinehart | Director
Ms. Rhinehart is the President and CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as the Government Relations Director for Wellmont Health System, as the Executive Director of Bristol Faith in Action, as the Director of the GI Research Labs at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and as a Research Biologist for NIH. She has served as the chair of the Bristol Virginia School Board, as a Board member and Secretary of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, and is the chair for Go Virginia region one council. She received her BS in Biology from the University of Mary Washington, her MBA from King College, and her MAT/MS from Johns Hopkins University. She has completed the Sorensen Institute Political Leaders program and the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management.
Meredith Touchstone | Director
Meredith Touchstone has more than 20 years of experience leading employee benefits for jumbo national employers. Meredith currently leads CarMax’s Benefits, Leaves and Accommodations teams with overall accountability for those programs supporting more than 26,000 associates across the country. She has deep expertise in innovation, strategy and design, compliance, benchmarking, communications, associate engagement strategies, vendor management, and administration. Her personal passion is in health innovation spending time understanding the market, consulting startups to established vendors, and leaning in to think about how healthcare is changing and how employer mindset and the market more broadly need to change to anticipate it. She is also deeply passionate about managing and supporting population health be it in ensuring that employees have the resources that they need when health problems arise or offering/designing resources to positively influence the health journey of employees and their loved ones. Meredith currently serves on Anthem’s Client Advisory Group as well as their Client Innovation Council and Castlight’s Client Advisory Board. Further she serves on the SmarterCare Virginia Task Force as well as the Governor’s Task Force on Primary Care. Meredith has also had the privilege of speaking nationally on various employee benefits topics in many different forums. Meredith is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA with a degree in Psychology.