2023 ACHE of SOCAL Annual Conference

November 10, 2023, Long Beach Hilton Hotel

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This annual conference delivers in-depth perspectives from across healthcare and beyond. Through four interactive, moderated executive panels, you’ll adopt and incorporate innovative solutions to…

  • Real-world healthcare issues affecting trends in supply chain, changing cybersecurity landscape, building, and retaining a workforce in a competitive marketplace.
  • Effective transformational leadership concepts to influence positive change in support of the evolving healthcare landscape to replicate in your organization.

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2022 Innovative Panels


Anthony A. Armada

Anthony A. Armada


Panel 1

Supply Chain

Enabling a More Resilient Supply Chain Ecosystem

Supply chain management is an important part of your business. But even more important are your patients. During this panel, participants will hear from leading supply chain leaders on the current and emerging threats to healthcare supply chains while providing innovative solutions for supply chain transformation.

  • Summarize current and emerging threats to healthcare supply chain management
  • Discuss the pandemic’s role in the current supply chain challenges
  • Learn innovative solutions for supply chain transformation and how supply chain strategies can be leveraged to improve organizational financial performance, physician, nurse, and staff satisfaction, and patient safety
  • Choose solutions to replicate in their organizations.
Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh, MS

Founder and Executive Coach
Supply Chain Sherpas

Lara Latham

Lara Latham, MPH

Senior Vice President
General Manager
West Zone

Motz Feinberg

Motz Feinberg, MBA

VP, Supply Chain


Elizabeth Rebo

Elizabeth Rebo, Pharm D, MBA, CPPS

Executive Director, Pharmacy Quality and Med Safety, National Pharmacy Services
Kaiser Permanente

Panel 2


The Changing Cybersecurity Landscape

There has been exponential growth in the types of medical devices, often connected to smart devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers, and wearable devices, which also run medical applications/software. During this panel, participants will hear from leading cyber security leaders on the current and emerging threats to information security while providing innovative solutions to mitigate cyber-attacks and secure data.

  • Understand what healthcare organizations are doing to mitigate cyber-attacks and secure data. How quickly is data secured? What is being done on the backend?
  • Evaluate a plan for long-term information security
  • Create an organizational culture that values information privacy and security
Christian Dameff

Christian Dameff, MD

Medical Director of Cybersecurity
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Biomedical Informatics, and Computer Science
UC San Diego Health

Jeff Tully

Jeff Tully, MD

Associate Physician
Department of Anesthesiology
Division of Perioperative Informatics
UC San Diego Health

Jessica Wilkerson

Jessica Wilkerson, J.D.

Senior Cyber Policy Advisor
Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation (OST)
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Rushton James

Rushton James, MSC

Liberty Dental Plan


Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas, MBA

Senior Information Tech/Business Executive
City of Hope

Panel 3


Building and Retaining a Skilled Workforce

Retaining healthcare staff and medical staffing is more important than ever. The lifeblood of a healthy healthcare organization is a happy and well-engaged staff, from foodservice and facility maintenance employees to clinical professionals like physicians and nurses. During this panel, participants will learn the importance of sustaining well-being for their healthcare workforce, retention strategies for long-lasting impact, and leadership solutions to foster resilience and professional well-being in today’s healthcare environment.

  • Discover innovative solutions to existing workforce challenges
  • Describe strategies for promoting and sustaining personal and professional adaptability
  • Discuss practical and evidence-based practices to improving wellness, employee engagement, and organizational productivity
April Hansen

April Hansen, MSN, RN

Group President
Workforce Solutions
Aya Healthcare

Huma Shah

Huma Shah, DRPH, FACHE

Program Director
Masters in Healthcare Administration Program
Loma Linda University

Timothy Seay

Timothy Seay-Morrison, EDD, LCSW

Interim Vice-President
Ambulatory Care and
Service Lines
Stanford Health Care


Kimberly Long

Kimberly Long, DHA, MSN, FNP, RN, FACHE

Association of California
Nurse Leaders

Panel 4

Transformational Leadership

The Path Forward: Transformational Leadership

It’s no secret that an effective leadership strategy can be the difference between an organization that flourishes and one that fails. During this panel, participants will hear real-world solutions from transformational C-suite leaders who have led major organizational changes that have inspired people to achieve unexpected or remarkable results.

  • Identify successful transformational change strategies to use in their organization
  • Examine practical solutions to real-world problems focused on a more resilient supply chain ecosystem, the changing cybersecurity landscape, and building and retaining a skilled workforce
  • Assess commonalities of successful change and the culture required that motivates people to achieve
Carmela Coyle

Carmela Coyle

President & CEO
California Hospital Association

John Baackes

John Baackes

Chief Executive Officer
L.A. Care Health Plan

C. Richard Panico

C. Richard Panico

Founder, President & CEO
Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM)


Dan Nielsen

Dan Nielsen, LFACHE

America’s Healthcare Leaders

2022 Speakers

Anthony A. Armada, FACHE

Anthony A. Armada, FACHE

Chair, ACHE

Anthony A. “Tony” Armada, FACHE, is executive vice president and chief transformation officer, Generations Healthcare Network, Lincolnwood, Ill.

He also serves as Chair of the of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. With comprehensive programs in credentialing, education, career counseling, publications and research, ACHE works toward its goal of being the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to advancing health.

Board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, Mr. Armada served as an ACHE Governor from 2017 to 2020, as an ACHE Regent-at-Large for District 3 in 2013, and on many ACHE committees.

Before joining Generations Healthcare Network in 2021, he worked for AHMC Health System, Alhambra, Calif., as president/CEO, Seton Medical Center, Daly City, Calif., and Seton Medical Center Coastside, Moss Beach, Calif., from 2020 to 2021; as well as system COO, Verity Health System, Los Angeles, from 2018 to 2020; and X-CO expert partner, Strategy Advantage, Los Angeles, and managing partner/CEO, AA Armada Associates, Seattle, from 2017 to 2018. Between 2013 and 2017, he held the following leadership positions with Providence Saint Joseph Health, Renton, Wash.: executive vice president/CEO, PSJH—Western Washington Market (2015 to 2017), and senior vice president/system CEO, Swedish Health Services (2013 to 2015).

Previously, he was president, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Advocate Health Care, Park Ridge, Ill., from 2009 to 2013; president/CEO, Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, from 2004 to 2009; senior vice president/area manager, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, from 2000 to 2004; and senior vice president/COO, Northridge (Calif.) Hospital Medical Centers, Catholic Healthcare West, Northridge, Calif., from 1998 to 2000.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Armada was president/CEO, Columbia Chino (Calif.) Valley Medical Center from 1995 to 1998; vice president, Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center from 1991 to 1995; COO, Coastal Communities Hospital, Republic Health Care, Santa Ana, Calif., from 1990 to 1991; assistant administrator, Charter Suburban Hospital, Paramount, Calif., and Charter Oak Hospital, West Covina, Calif., from 1988 to 1990; an administrative resident, Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin, Ill., from 1987 to 1988; and a medical technologist, Saint Lawrence Hospital, Lansing, Mich., from 1982 to 1985.

In addition to his service to ACHE, Mr. Armada is a member of the Healthcare Executive Study Society; the Standards Council for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education; the Beaumont Society at Michigan State University; and the Alumni Association, Xavier University.

He has received numerous awards including the Technology and Innovation Visionary Leader from Asian Weekly Pacific Northwest; the Business Leaders of Color Award from Chicago United; and the Chicago Filipino-American Hall of Fame Leadership Award from Via Timesand CPR-TV. Modern Healthcarerecognized him as one of its “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare” three times, and in 2011, he received the Dean Conley Award from ACHE for his article “Diversity in Healthcare: Time to Get REAL!” published in Frontiers of Health Services Management. Mr. Armada also received the Service Award (2008), the Distinguished Service Award (2010) and the Exemplary Service Award (2012) through ACHE’s Recognition Program.

He received dual master’s degrees in hospital and health administration and in business administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in human medicine from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

Keynote Panel

Joe Walsh, MS

Joe Walsh, MS

Founder and Executive Coach, Supply Chain Sherpas

Joe is inspired to minimize preventable suffering by improving patient access, affordability, clinical outcomes and reliability throughout the U.S. healthcare system.  As a values-driven executive, Joe brings a unique 20-year track record of leading supply chain transformations across three industries.

Joe served in progressive supply chain leadership roles and business development roles for Corporate Express and Foodbuy before choosing healthcare after the tragic loss of both parents in 2005.   Joe served as Intermountain Healthcare’s Chief Supply Chain Officer until late 2016, building an extraordinary talent bench and ultimately helping the team become Gartner’s #1 ranked Healthcare Supply Chain.  Joe also served as Pensiamo’s EVP of Operations as he helped commercialize UPMC’s Supply Chain.

In January 2018, Joe courageously left the “safety net” of corporate leadership roles to honor his healthcare purpose and entrepreneurial spirit more specifically.  Joe founded Supply Chain Sherpas with a clear mission:  unlock the potential of our bottlenecked supply chain to increase impact for suppliers and providers.  Sherpas provides executive coaching, mentoring, education programs, and performance improvement solutions to wide range of provider and supplier organizations.  Sherpas also curates actionable insights from its ongoing interactions with over 500 provider and supplier organizations.

Joe is passionately committed to helping aspiring and incumbent leaders lean into their extraordinary potential.  As a frequent keynote speaker and panel moderator, Joe invites us to challenge long-standing assumptions and limiting beliefs about what’s possible.

Supply Chain Panel



Senior Vice President General Manager, West Zone, Vizient

Lara is the Senior Vice President and General Manager for the West Zone for Vizient.  Lara will be member-facing and holds primary accountability for total profit and loss, relationship management, and overall Vizient member satisfaction within Vizient’s West region.

Prior to joining Vizient, she spent 12 years at Stryker, most recently as the Vice President of Healthcare Systems for Stryker’s MedSurg & Neurotechnology Group, with responsibility for strategic account management within the group purchasing (GPO), health system, and Government segments, representing over $3B in sales.  With an objective to build long-term sustainable relationships, her team was focused on exploring innovative partnerships to deliver clinical, operational, and financial value to some of the largest healthcare systems in the US.

Lara’s 20+ years in healthcare include a variety of management and leadership roles at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, including as the Director of Materials Management, and as a member of the Healthcare Consulting practice at Ernst & Young, where she was part of teams focused on IDN strategy and hospital operational improvement.

With her unique perspective on both the provider and supplier, Lara has consistently worked to bring industry partners together to make healthcare better.  Some of her notable skill sets include:

Creating and nurturing connections to foster collaboration and cooperation.
Building industry relationships and market knowledge to influence broader customer and business strategies.

Providing thought leadership specific to industry trends and customer expectations.

Lara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University and her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University.

She has served on various Boards, including the YWCA of Kalamazoo, The Figure Skating Club of Park City, and the Strategic Marketplace Initiatives (SMI).

Outside of work, she spends most of her free time watching her kids do what they love and enjoying the great outdoors.  Lara lives in Park City, Utah with her husband Keith, son, Will (17), and daughter, Sam (14).

Supply Chain Panel



VP, Supply Chain, Cedars-Sinai

Motz Feinberg is a supply chain executive with over 25 years of experience in industries ranging from manufacturing and consumer goods to military logistics, decision support, and more recently, healthcare.   As Vice President of Supply Chain, Motz is leading a supply chain transformation at Cedars Sinai Health System – a community healthcare organization based in Los Angeles.

Prior to Cedars, he spent seven years with Kaiser Permanente leading a transformation across the USA. Motz spearheaded PPE sourcing activities since January 2019 – first at KP and now at Cedars. He also led supply chain activities for the Los Angeles Surge Hospital.

As organizations learned and pivoted over the last 2+ years, learning from the pandemic has shaped a paradigm shift in how supply chains are managed. Motz is leading a number of industry-leading initiatives embedded within the supply chain transformation that is helping ensure supply at levels above industry benchmarks.

Motz has published multiple articles in healthcare publications, and several strategic supply chain analyses in support of the US Air Force, and holds three patents. He received a BSME from UCLA and an MBA from Cornell University.

Motz is passionate about continuous improvement and people development. Living in Santa Monica, California, Motz enjoys time with his family as well as building and riding motorcycles.

Supply Chain Panel



Executive Director, Pharmacy Quality and Med Safety, National Pharmacy Services, Kaiser Permanente

I joined the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives in 2018, at the prompting of my mentor. I had the opportunity to join the programs committee in 2019 and served in that role until moving to Southern California in December 2019.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the educational programs and would like to contribute to the continued success by serving as chair of the programs committee of Orange County.

My background in pharmacy will allow me to provide an under-represented perspective to the chapter, and I hope to engage more pharmacy colleagues into membership in the chapter.

Burnout and staffing challenges continue to plague healthcare. Often, this leads to the necessary utilization of expensive contractors, increasing the erosion of narrow operating margins.

As an industry, we must work to combat the staffing crisis, including revisions to contractor pricing. Strategies to address burnout must also be provided and utilized to retain seasoned staff.

Supply Chain Panel



Group President, Workforce Solutions, Aya Healthcare

April Hansen is a nurse and senior executive at Aya Healthcare, the nation’s largest healthcare staffing company. She has led Aya through hypergrowth, overseeing the contingent workforce strategy and quality outcomes for the company’s 40,000+ clinical workers on assignment across the United States.

April currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Leaders and in the past served as an elected member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association Public Policy Committee.

April was awarded the 2019 Wisconsin Nurse Leader of the Year, was named to Becker’s List of Rising Healthcare Stars in 2018 and Staffing Industry Analysts’ Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing in 2021 and 2020.

April is passionate about improving the clinician experience and solving workforce challenges. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences nationwide, and has been featured in The New York Times, CBS, Forbes, Washington Post, and more.

Workforce Panel



President, CEO Health Impact

Dr. Garrett Chan is President and CEO of HealthImpact, the California-designated nursing workforce and policy center, and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Chan’s scholarship and policy work has focused on palliative care and emergency nursing, advanced practice registered nursing scope of practice and education, and nursing workforce strategy and development.  Dr. Chan has been working with academic institutions, healthcare systems, policy organizations, and governments in Norway, Japan, and Switzerland to create the role and educational standards for advanced practice nursing in those countries.

His current scholarship focuses on bridging the academic-practice gap through innovative teaching and learning methodologies and curriculum redesign.  An additional focus is on health policy and workforce strategy as it relates to interprofessional education, workforce development and upskilling, and understanding the social determinants of health and employment of newly licensed nurses.  He teaches classes and has graduate students in Health Policy and Advanced Practice Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Chan serves on the California Board of Registered Nursing Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Advisory Committee and the Nursing Education and Workforce Advisory Committee.  He also serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Health Policy Advisory Committee.  He was appointed to the California Future Health Workforce Commission, Primary Care, and Population Health Subcommittee as the Nurse Practitioner representative.  He was a member and then Chair of the American Academy of Nursing Diversity & Inclusivity Committee.  Dr. Chan is a member of the National Forum of Nursing State Workforce Centers Executive Directors Council.

Dr. Chan earned his BSN from San Jose State University, his Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of California, San Francisco, did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute, and completed the Senior Executive Program of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He is an elected Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing, Palliative Care Nursing, National Academies of Practice, Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Academy of Nursing.

Workforce Panel



Program Director, Masters in Healthcare Administration Program, Loma Linda University

Huma Shah, DrPH, FACHE has 25 years of practice and academic experience in healthcare and public health. She has worked with several healthcare organizations and educational institutions and collaborates nationally and globally serving as a thought leader, consultant and educator on strategy, leadership development, community investment, and public health policy. Dr. Shah is passionate about leadership and innovations in healthcare delivery rooted in strategic thinking and values-based leadership principles.

Since 2018, Dr. Shah serves as the Program Director for the Masters in Healthcare Administration Program at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. She obtained the prestigious FACHE credential in 2021, demonstrating her competency in all areas of healthcare management and signifying her lifelong commitment to professional development and continuous education.

Dr. Shah is active in the national and local chapters of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) where she serves as a mentor in the ACHE mentor/mentee program, is on the Asian Healthcare Leaders Committee, and has prepared several senior healthcare executives on obtaining their FACHE credential. In addition, Dr. Shah has contributed to the Board of Governor (BOG) Exam’s writer’s workshop and is an instructor for the BOG exam preparation series facilitated by the American College of Health Care Executives of Southern California, where she currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Inland Empire Program Council.

A former recipient of the Dysinger Excellence in Teaching Award, Dr. Shah loves the art of teaching and connecting with her students to help them achieve their purpose in life.  Her research interests include organizational strategy/culture, health policy, leadership and innovations, community health, and compassion in the workplace. In addition to teaching, Dr. Shah has served as an advisor for healthcare business case competitions and recently coached a team who won 1st place in the 2021 Health Care Executives Western Region College Bowl. Dr. Shah is passionate about connecting students to opportunities where they will gain real-life skills that will help them as they go on to be leaders in healthcare.

Workforce Panel



Executive Director, Ambulatory Care and Service Lines, Stanford Health Care

Dr. Timothy Seay-Morrison serves as the Interim Chief Administrative Officer of Ambulatory Care and Vice-President of the Service Lines. He leads the strategic, business, clinical and operational functions for the Stanford Medicine – Health Care ambulatory enterprise and is the executive leader for several service lines. As part of this portfolio, Timothy leads the patient-facing and workforce COVID response, Workforce Health & Wellness (occupational health) for the health system, and partnerships with local county public health and community agencies. Timothy previously led the Clinical Support Services and Patient Care Services teams in the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer.

Prior to joining Stanford Medicine, Timothy was the Care Coordination Manager for Surgery and Transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He also held clinical instructor faculty appointments in the UCLA School of Public Affairs and the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

Timothy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Accredited Case Manager-SW, and Board Certified Music Therapist. He has a Doctorate in Education (Organizational Change & Leadership) from the University of Southern California where his dissertation, Retention Rates & Burnout Among Medical Assistants, was awarded distinction by the Rossier School of Education.  He also has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami and a Master of Social Welfare degree from UCLA.  Timothy lives in San Francisco with his husband, Ben, and their two children, Arthur & Henry.

Workforce Panel



CEO, Association of California Nurse Leaders

Dr. Kimberly Long is a highly accomplished Senior Healthcare Executive and Consultant with more than 30 years of success in education, healthcare, community services, and executive mentoring and coaching. Leveraging extensive experience in healthcare facility turnaround and change management, Dr. Long is an asset for healthcare and financial institutions seeking expert assistance with a substandard performance from a strategic, financial, and operations perspective, and aligning all aspects – cultural, operations, financial, and customer satisfaction. Her key areas of expertise include healthcare consulting, executive leadership and coaching, organizational leadership, business development, strategy, growth, strategic planning for organizational culture transformation, and business process improvement.

Dr. Long is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of California Nurse Leaders. She is a retired Chief Executive Officer for Vibra Hospital of Sacramento.

In addition to being CEO, during her career as an administrator, she has held positions of Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President for Clinical Services, and Director of Cardiovascular Operations. In addition, Dr. Long has worked as a Cardiac Surgery Recovery Nurse, a Pediatric and Adult ICU nurse, and a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Genetic Disorders of the Blood and Chronic Disease Management.

Dr. Long holds a Doctor of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Science, in Nursing from California State University, Fresno, and a Bachelor of Science, in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

As CEO of Vibra, she was awarded the highest revenue per patient bed for Vibra Healthcare 2017; reduced employee turnover from 5% to 1.7%; and exceeded financial goals by more than $26M.  In other executive leadership roles, her programs have received recognitions including Best Hospital, Top 100 Hospital award for CABG and MI care, Joint Commission Quality Award, Excellence in Sepsis Care, and Beta Health Care Maternal Child Health Quality. She has served on numerous community boards including the California Hospital Association, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California CEO Board, Nursing Advisory Boards for Holy Names University, University of San Francisco, and the University of Phoenix. In addition, she served as an Alameda County Public Health Commissioner representing District 1. She has also served on the Healthcare Advisory Committee for California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-District 6). Dr. Long also served as President of the Association of California Nurse Leaders for 2019.

Workforce Panel



Medical Director of Cybersecurity, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Biomedical Informatics and Computer Science, UC San Diego Health

Dr. Christian Dameff is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Biomedical Informatics, and Computer Science (affiliate) at the University of California San Diego. At UCSD Health he was hired as the nation’s first Medical Director of Cyber Security. Dr. Dameff is also a hacker and security researcher interested in the intersection of healthcare, patient safety, and cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Panel



Associate Physician Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Perioperative Informatics, UC San Diego Health

Dr. Jeffrey Tully is an Associate Physician in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California San Diego. He is a practicing board-eligible anesthesiologist as well as a board-certified pediatrician. Prior to his recruitment to UCSD to help establish a Division of Perioperative Informatics, he was an Assistant Professor at UC Davis Medical Center. Working alongside research partner Dr. Christian Dameff, he has acquired an international reputation for his work in healthcare cybersecurity, particularly the patient safety considerations that arise from the use of connected medical devices and technologies. He has spoken at the most prominent security conferences in the world, including RSA-C, DEF CON, and Black Hat, as well as an invited contributor to cybersecurity events run by the US and Netherlands governments. His research on novel clinical simulations and tabletop exercises for healthcare cyber-disaster preparedness has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Academic Medicine and he is the co-founder of CyberMed Summit, the world’s first clinically oriented healthcare cybersecurity conference.

Cybersecurity Panel



Senior Cyber Policy Advisor Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation (OST), Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Jessica Wilkerson is a Senior Cyber Policy Advisor with the All Hazards Readiness, Response, and Cybersecurity (ARC) team in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As part of ARC, she examines issues and develops policy related to the safety and effectiveness of connected medical devices. Previously, she worked as the Cybersecurity Research Director for the Linux Foundation and spent over five years as a congressional staffer with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, covering cybersecurity issues in the telecommunications, commercial, energy, and health sectors. As part of that work, she examined issues related to coordinated vulnerability disclosure, software supply-chain transparency, legacy technology risks, and cybersecurity governance models, among others. She received a B.A. in Policy Studies and minors in Computer Science and Mathematics from Syracuse University, and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

Cybersecurity Panel



VP – CISO, Liberty Dental Plan

Rushton is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Liberty Dental Plan, leading the enterprise security team in a Healthcare Payers system focused on the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of its data.  Prior to joining Liberty, Rushton lead the Cyber Security Department at City of Hope National Medical Center where he leveraged best-in-class architecture to redesign and modernize the enterprise security stack.  In addition to overseeing Cybersecurity Architecture & Engineering, Rushton assembled a next generation Security Operation Center to tackle the increasing threat landscape confronting the Healthcare sector post pandemic.

An Executive leader with 25 years of experience developing and leading multi-disciplined teams with the delivery of next generation Information Security and Infrastructure Engineering solutions and services.  “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Cybersecurity Panel



Senior Information, Tech/Business Executive, City of Hope

Jim Thomas is an executive leader with over 25 years of experience leading teams in the delivery of valued solutions and services. There’s no greater sense of drive, accountability, and satisfaction than building high-performance teams and leading organizations to achieve their greatest potential.

Jim is leading City of Hope (COH) Enterprise Technology teams in Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) focused on digital innovation, infrastructure strategy, planning, and delivery. Prior to COH, Jim led Service Management Strategy and Operations for Kaiser Permanente and Optum Health Services/United Health Group.

Cybersecurity Panel



President & CEO, California Hospital Association

Carmela Coyle serves as the President & CEO of the California Hospital Association,
a position she has held since 2017. Representing more than 400 hospitals and health systems throughout California, CHA is the lead advocate for California hospitals with the state and federal government. In addition to her role with the association, Carmela serves on the National Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care board, as chair of the board of Californians Allied for Patient Protection, and as co-chair of Behavioral Health Action, a coalition of more than 50 statewide organizations creating change to improve behavioral health. She also serves on state advisory boards on behavioral health and health information exchange, the Partners in Care Foundation Board of Councilors, and the USC Leonard Schaeffer Center for Health Policy Advisory Board.

Previously, Carmela led the Maryland Hospital Association for nine years, where she played a leading role in shaping a statewide, value-driven health care delivery system. Prior to that, she spent 20 years with the American Hospital Association (AHA), including 11 years on AHA’s Executive Management Team, where she served as the senior vice president of policy. Earlier in her career, she worked for the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C., advising members of Congress and their staff on the economic and budgetary implications of legislative policy.

Transformational Leadership Panel



Chief Executive Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan

John Baackes is the Chief Executive Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan serving almost 2.5 million members in Los Angeles County.

L.A. Care is dedicated to providing access to quality and affordable health care for Los Angeles County residents through a variety of health coverage programs, including Medicaid, L.A. Care Covered™ (California Health Benefit Exchange), L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan, and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan.

Mr. Baackes works collaboratively with the Board of Governors to set the organization’s strategic vision and ensure its successful implementation. He also oversees the day-to-day operations, while guiding L.A. Care through the ever-evolving health care landscape. Additionally, he is responsible for maintaining the integrity, quality, and accountability of the health services L.A. Care provides to its members.

Mr. Baackes brings more than 40 years of health care experience. Before joining L.A. Care, he served as President of Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Caritas VIP Plans where he oversaw the Medicare Advantage business unit. Prior to that position, Mr. Baackes was CEO of Senior Whole Health in Cambridge, MA, a voluntary health care plan for more than 10,000 low-income seniors in Massachusetts and New York.

He currently serves on the boards of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), California Association of Health Plans (CAHP), Local Health Plans of California (LHPC), Project Angel Food, Urban Voices Project, and Charles Drew University.

Throughout his career, Mr. Baackes has served in a number of executive leadership roles across the health care industry, including Senior Vice President for Group Health Incorporated in Albany, NY; President of Kaiser Permanente’s Northeast Division in Latham, NY; and CEO of Community Health Plan, also in Latham.

Mr. Baackes holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and is a native of Evanston, IL.

Transformational Leadership Panel



Founder, President & CEO, Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM)

C. Richard Panico is the founder, president, and CEO of Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM), a leading business consulting firm that advises on and executes complex initiatives across multiple industries, including healthcare. Since Panicoestablished IPM in 1988, the company has served more than 500 clients, led more than 5,000 projects, and expanded to seven locations. IPM’s strategic planning and execution competency help clients ensure strategy realization and transformation and was recognized as a “role model practice” when the company received a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2018. Today, Panico’s focus is primarily on strategy development to address complex client needs and to drive IPM toward becoming a 100-year company. Prior to IPM, Panico spent 15 years with Johnson & Johnson in various operations and engineering management roles. He has been recognized for business acumen and values-based leadership by organizations including DePaul University’s Institute for Business and Professional Ethics.

Transformational Leadership Panel



Founder/CEO/Publisher, America’s Healthcare Leaders

A Lifetime Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE), over the course of my career I have served as a hospital CEO, founder, and CEO of America’s Healthcare Leaders website (featuring exclusive interviews) and America’s Healthcare Leaders National Book Club, a senior leader and innovator of national healthcare education and networking programs, and a faculty member at four universities. I have launched several successful businesses. I am the author of two books on leadership—“Be An Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower” (2017), and “Presidential Leadership: Learning from United States Presidential Libraries & Museums” (2013). I offer keynotes, national learning networks, workshops, and team leadership development across America and am frequently consulted as a leadership mentor and coach.

I am passionate about helping others develop leadership excellence and achieve greater success—personally, professionally, and organizationally. My current businesses, America’s Healthcare Leaders and the Dan Nielsen Company were both created to do just that. By leveraging my unique life experiences and my gift for engaging, inspiring, and empowering people, it is my mission to provide healthcare leaders and people from all industries and walks of life the resources they need to leverage their strengths and achieve greater success.

Transformational Leadership Panel


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