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 | Co-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.
Meredith Touchstone | Co-Vice Chair
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.
L. Gordon Moore, MD | Treasurer
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.
Aneesh Chopra | Secretary
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.
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.
Amy F. Carrier | Director
Amy Carrier is President and CEO of Centra, a $1.3 billion not-for-profit integrated health system in Central Virginia. Before joining Centra in September 2021, she served as the market President of Bon Secours Hampton Roads and previously as Chief Operating Officer of Bon Secours Virginia. Amy has proven expertise in performance improvement, strategy, operations, service line development, and strong community relations. As a regional collaborator, Amy serves on numerous boards including the Virginia Center for Health Innovation, the Central Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, and The Daily Bread.
Amy currently serves as co-chair of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association Workforce Steering Committee. She is an advocate for caregivers and encourages a “People First” approach leading with humility and compassion. Amy is passionate about the connection between an organization’s culture and its effect on quality and safety. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in labor and industrial relations from The Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has served in adjunct faculty roles in the Health System Administration Masters’ programs at Georgetown University and The University of Maryland.
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.
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.
Andrey Ostrovsky, MD | Director
Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky was the former Chief Medical Officer of the US Medicaid program. He is the Managing Partner at Social Innovation Ventures where he invests in and advises companies, non-profits, and artists dedicated to eliminating disparities. He also advises federal and state regulators on how to incorporate human centered design into policy making. He previously operated a series of methadone clinics in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to working on the front line of the opioid use disorder crisis, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, the nation's largest health insurer, where he advocated to protect the program against several legislative efforts to significantly dismantle the program. He also led efforts to streamline Medicaid and make it more customer-centric. Before leading the Medicaid program, he co-founded the software company, Care at Hand, an evidence-based predictive analytics platform that used insights of non-medical staff to prevent aging people from being hospitalized. Care at Hand was acquired in 2016 by Mindoula Health. Before Care at Hand, Dr. Ostrovsky led teams at the World Health Organization, United States Senate, and San Francisco Health Department toward health system strengthening. Dr. Ostrovsky has served on several boards and committees dedicated to behavioral health, interoperability standards, quality measurement, and home and community based services including the National Academies of Medicine, National Quality Forum, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Commonwealth Fund.
Andrey holds a Medical Doctorate and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Psychology Magna cum Laude from Boston University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Andrey completed his pediatrics residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital where he was a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is an attending physician at Mary's Center, a federally-qualified health center.
Jason Richmond, LMHC, CEAP | Director
Jason serves as the Vice President of Sales Solutions at Headspace Health, a comprehensive digital mental health solution providing engaging self directed resources, on-demand behavioral health coaching and virtual therapy and psychiatry services. His responsibilities include managing Consultant Relations, Proposal Development and Commercial Enablement teams and supporting the overall development of go-to-market strategies.
Jason’s 25-year career has included practicing clinically as a licensed mental health counselor in a variety of roles at Indiana University Health where he treated patients along the full continuum of clinical issues. Following this clinical work, he held leadership roles at two major insurance carriers, Anthem Inc. (RVP, BH-EAP Sales) and Beacon Health Options (SVP, General Manager, Commercial Business). In these roles, he directed teams of clinical sales and account management professionals, and designed behavioral health and employee assistance program strategies to address challenges in both local and national markets for standalone and integrated behavioral health business. Jason has been a leading voice in the commercial behavioral health arena and is passionate about evolving the delivery of behavioral health services.
Jason earned a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Saint Francis. He also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Taylor University. Additionally, he holds both a license as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Indiana as well as Certification in Employee Assistance Programs (CEAP).
Amit Vashist, MD, FACHE
Amit Vashist, MD, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer focusing on clinical quality and safety, value-based initiatives to improve quality while reducing costs of care, clinical innovation, performance improvement, clinical transformation and oversight of the enterprise-wide clinical delivery of care, and medical staff affairs. Additionally, he provides executive oversight of the Ballad Health Center for Clinical Transformation & Outcomes Optimization. He also bears administrative oversight of the Ballad Health Clinical Council - a leading model of physician partnership for clinical transformation and outcomes improvement. He serves as the Chief Clinical Advisor to Ballad Ventures and Ballad Health Innovation Center.
Dr. Vashist, who has been featured on the coveted Becker’s Healthcare 2023 and 2022 “Chief Medical Officers of Hospitals and Health Systems to Know”, Becker’s Healthcare 2018 and 2019 editions of “105 Top Physician Leaders to Know” is a dual board-certified internist and psychiatrist and an avid proponent of initiatives aimed at promoting quality, improving safety, reducing cost and minimizing variation in the delivery of patient care across diverse settings. His work has been instrumental in improving outcomes and reducing mortality in patients with sepsis, earning him several local, regional and national awards. His other work has included improving outcomes in patients with chronic disease burden like heart failure and lung disease, reducing unnecessary clinical testing including imaging studies and improving overall patient experience. His work in promoting a zero harm culture at Ballad Health has been instrumental in significantly reducing hospital-acquired infections and other harm measures system wide. His pioneering work at Ballad Health has resulted in multiple quality measures being in the top decile in the nation.
He is an alumnus of the coveted Nashville Healthcare Council Fellowship program, and also serves on the prestigious Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee(MEDCAC). He has been recognized as a regional Healthcare Hero and Forty under 40 honoree, a senior fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and a fellow of The American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Vashist previously served as the Chair of the Ballad Health Clinical Council and the System Chair for Ballad Health’s Hospitalist Division leading a group of over 140 hospitalists.