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 is currently chair of the board for the Virginia Center for Health Innovation and has served on the board of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Kingsport Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.
Daniel Carey, MD
Daniel Carey, MD, MHCM, was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Resources by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2018. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Carey worked as a cardiologist and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra, where his responsibilities included information technology services, patient quality and safety efforts, performance improvement initiatives, and functions of the medical staff at Centra’s 3 acute care facilities.
Dr. Carey held numerous leadership positions after joining Cardiology Associates of Central Virginia in 1997, which Centra later acquired in 2006. In 1998,, 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 the Stroobants Heart Center. Dr. Carey then went on to become the President/Chief Physician Executive of the Centra Medical Group.
Dr. Carey 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.
In his current role, Dr. Carey is passionate about expanding access to affordable health care for Virginians; improving the Commonwealth’s behavioral health and developmental services programs; and making meaningful progress on issues such as substance use and addiction, women’s health, and children’s issues.
A long-time Virginia resident, Dr. Carey graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Medical School. He received his Master of Health Care Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He served for 15 year in the U.S. Air Force in both active duty an reserve status, earning the rank of Major. He currently resides in Richmond with his wife Kim, who is a registered nurse. In his spare time, Dr. Carey is a regular at Richmond’s Downtown YMCA.
Ibe Mbanu, MD, MBA, MPH
Dr. Mbanu has several years of experience as a physician executive working across the inpatient and outpatient continuum of large healthcare systems. Dr. Mbanu serves as a Senior Medical Director with Advocate Aurora Health (AAH) . His expertise includes care delivery modeling, physician engagement, clinical operations, and analytics. Prior to joining AAH in 2016, he served in various leadership positions with Bon Secours Health System. Dr. Mbanu has served on numerous committees and task forces during his career. He is Past President of Virginia Health Information. He also serves as a Board Director and Treasure for The Virginia Center for Health Innovation. He was a Trustee for the Richmond Academy of Medicine, and Board Director for the Medical Society of Virginia where he also served as President of their foundation.
Dr. Mbanu is dual-board certified in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He completed his fellowship training at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. 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 financial functions, strategy and shared services for the health system. Melinda has helped lead the launch of the formal shared services infrastructure and the Health Innovation Consortium for the health system. 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. Before joining DHG, Melinda was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Virginia market of the Bon Secours Health System. Melinda’s career prior to Bon Secours included eight years at Culpeper Regional Hospital and experience as a healthcare consultant and auditor with Ernst &Young and Deloitte.
Melinda has been active in her community and in her professional organizations. With the Healthcare Financial Management Association, she first served at the state level 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. She has co-authored several articles on payment reform and related transformations. Melinda serves on several boards including the Virginia Health Information, Virginia Center for Health Innovation, VCU Health Innovation Consortium and the Virginia Commonwealth Investment Management Company. She has been the community chair for the AHA Heart Walk and the LLS Light the Night in recent years.
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 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 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.
Michael Elliott, PharmD is Senior Vice President & Chief Transformation Officer for Centra Health and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia. He lives in Forest, Virginia with his wife, Lashelle, and three kids, Christian, Donovan, and Evan. Michael earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Master’s of Science in Health Administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia. Michael and his family attend The Hope Company Church of Lynchburg, Virginia where Pastor P.J. Preston presides. Michael loves serving in the community and can be found volunteering at the Salvation Army or serving on numerous non-profit boards at the local, state and national level.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.