Meet the Judges
Gyasi C. Chisley, PMP, FACHE, currently serves as Senior Vice President, Care Transformation, Clinical Integration, and Strategic Initiatives for UnitedHealthcare. As healthcare transitions to a value-based industry, Gyasi’s platform consists of the creation of a new healthcare delivery model, fortification of physicians/payer relations, and collaboration/acquisition of companies to improve quality within the portfolio of services provided by UnitedHealthcare.
In his previous post, Gyasi was humbled to serve as CEO for Methodist Healthcare North and Senior Vice President for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN. Gyasi lead thousands of Associates, an aligned and contracted Medical Staff, and a thriving market within the northern communities of the greater Memphis region. Prior to his position at Methodist Healthcare, Gyasi was humbled to serve as President and Site Administrator for Mercy Health Anderson Hospital, after serving as Chief Operating Officer within the Mercy Health network (formerly Catholic Health Partners) headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. Under Gyasi’s leadership, Mercy Health Anderson Hospital was named to the Truven Top 100 Hospitals twice during his tenure.
Gyasi is an accomplished executive and has over 18 years of hospital/fiscal operations experience with a sound background in ambulatory services, academic medicine, consulting, and federally qualified healthcare centers. Prior to joining Mercy Health, Gyasi served as VP and COO, UC Health University Medical Center; Corporate Director, Business Development/Org Effectiveness, Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati; Executive Director, Business Development, ARAMARK Healthcare in Chicago, IL; and Budget Manager, Fiscal Operations for Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Gyasi’s extensive background has allowed him to experience many regions throughout the United States including Chicago, New York, Miami, Atlanta, and Detroit, but he maintains a strong affinity for his hometown, Milwaukee, WI.
Throughout his career, Gyasi has received numerous accolades for his achievements within the healthcare industry, which include, but are not limited to the Becker’s Top 25 Healthcare Executives, Modern Healthcare Up and Comers, Tenet Circle of Excellence Award, NAHSE Young Healthcare Executive of the Year, AHA Young Executive of the Year, Xavier University Preceptor of the Year, Cincinnati Business Courier’s 40 under 40, and Leadership Academy Alumni Award. He has also been featured in a number of publications such as Healthcare Executive, Modern Healthcare, Becker’s Review, Black Enterprise, and University of Michigan Alumni Magazine. Gyasi is privileged to facilitate several courses within the University of Michigan Health Management Program, Xavier University healthcare administration graduate program, University of Memphis graduate program, and is passionate about “telling his story” when serving as the keynote speaker in many events around the country.
Gyasi holds dual Bachelors’ degrees in Biology and Psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He also has Masters Degrees in Health/Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Gyasi is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and board certified in project and healthcare management. He is engaged in several professional organizations including the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), National Black MBA Association, and the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management. Gyasi also serves on Boards of many community and civic activities, such as the American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Club, the United Way, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, 100 Black Men of America, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital-Every Child Succeeds, and his respective alumni institutions. Gyasi enjoys traveling, sports, reading, music, and spending time with his Family and friends.
Kim Dempsey is deputy director of the Social Investment Practice at The Kresge Foundation. In that role, Kim works with Kresge program teams and external borrowers, financial intermediaries, banks and policy makers to identify areas where lack of capital is a barrier to helping vulnerable people improve their life circumstances.
She structures social investments using debt, equity and guarantees and helps monitor those commitments. Kim played a central role in Kresge’s first social venture capital initiative, a partnership with the California HealthCare Foundation to finance companies that have technology- or service-based solutions that help health centers better serve patients.
“I have long been concerned with how best to bring capital into low-income communities in an efficient and impactful way,” she says. “With a full spectrum of capital resources at its disposal, Kresge has the ability to affect powerful and positive change.”
Prior to joining Kresge in 2014, Kim worked at Capital Impact Partners (formerly NCB Capital Impact), a national non-profit community development financial institution. She held a number of positions in the organization including director of strategy and innovation. Most recently, Kim was senior director of lending and managed the team originating loans to organizations in underserved communities. She was also responsible for leading the strategic and tactical planning for multiple market sectors, and contributing to the development of new products and services.
Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa with bachelor of arts degrees in community studies and sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
Greg Erber is an accomplished healthcare executive with a record of success driving revenue growth and building efficient, cost-effective operations grounded in quality patient care and customer service. With a 20-year+ leadership career spanning health systems, hospitals, health plans and medical groups, Greg has deep knowledge of the US healthcare delivery system and provider-payer relationship dynamics, and the business expertise to organize teams for success, capitalize on market opportunities and lead a profitable operation. Greg earned his Master’s degree in Health Services Administration and undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Michigan.
As the current CEO of GEM Healthcare, an independently owned and operated strategic advisory firm, Greg partners with healthcare organizations to achieve operational and financial improvements and lead large-scale transformation efforts. Over the past several years, Greg developed the strategy for a new centralized, cost-effective call center operation, with best-in-class service delivery model, for a $7B US Catholic Healthcare System. Greg led ground-up efforts for a NYC health system, earning a $400M government award, growing a provider participation network from zero to 5,500, promoting patient engagement through community outreach programs and building a new, dedicated, 25-member organization to lead the 5-year program remit. Most recently, Greg contracted with KPMG for his deep expertise in this area to drive the same success among a group of 25 leading New York hospitals and healthcare organizations awarded $7.4B by the NYS Department of Health.
Prior to founding his firm, Greg served in multiple healthcare leadership roles: EVP of Business Development and Operational Services at MAOS Inc.; Deployment Partner at UnitedHealthcare; and Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Business Development at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York. In each capacity, Greg led efforts to achieve double-digit, topline growth, profitability improvements and operational excellence through leadership talent upgrades, service portfolio and operational restructuring, new market penetration, expanded service lines, enhanced processes and technology infrastructure investments.
Mr. Steve Escaravage is a Vice President in Booz Allen’s Strategic Innovation Group with over 16 years of strategy and technology consulting experience. Steve leads Booz Allen’s Health Data Science Practice, serving Federal and Commercial Health clients including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Steve also leads Booz Allen’s research and development in the areas of electronic health record analytics and precision medicine. Prior to his current role, Steve lead technical delivery and business development activities for US Civil Health Agencies, Oil and Gas Production Companies, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, Financial Services Institutions, and organizations within the US Department of Defense. Steve holds an M.S. Degree in Operations Research from George Mason University and a B.A. Degree in Mathematics from Rutgers University.
Edward Lanphier, the founder of Sangamo BioSciences, Inc., the leader in the discovery, research and development of technologies enabling gene-based therapeutic development through targeted genome editing, was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors in June 2016. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since Sangamo's inception in 1995 and, until June 2016, was also President and Chief Executive Officer of the company during that period. Mr. Lanphier has over thirty-five years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. From June 1992 to May 1997, he held various positions at Somatix Therapy Corporation, a gene therapy company, including Executive Vice President, Commercial Development and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Somatix, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of BioGrowth, Inc., a biotechnology company that merged with Celtrix Laboratories to form Celtrix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 1991. From 1986 to 1987, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Biotherapeutics, Inc. From 1984 to 1986 Mr. Lanphier served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Synergen Inc. Prior to Synergen, he was employed by Eli Lilly and Company, a pharmaceutical company, in the strategic business planning biotechnology group. He is the immediate past Chairman and currently on the board of directors of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, on the board of trustees for The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the Dean's Advisory Board for the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the board of trustees for Choate Rosemary Hall. Mr. Lanphier holds a B.A. in biochemistry from Knox College.
Ron Ozminkowski, Ph.D.
Ron Ozminkowski is Vice President, Cognitive & Analytics in the Value-Based Care unit at IBM Watson Health. He leads the development and execution of the analytic agenda in support of cognitive products and services offered by that unit. Before joining IBM in November, 2016, Dr. Ozminkowski was Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer in the Consumer Solutions Group, a multi-billion dollar business at Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company.
Dr. Ozminkowski is internationally recognized as an expert in the evaluation of health and productivity management programs and has published widely on these and related issues.
In previous roles Ron served as Vice President for Research and Development in the Advanced Analytics Group at Optum, where he built and led a research and reporting group serving employer and payer clients. He also served as Director of Health & Productivity Research at The Medstat Group and as Associate Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Cornell University. He was as a Senior Economist at Abt Associates Inc. and a Research Fellow at the National Center for Health Services Research and the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research. His teaching experience includes work as Visiting Instructor in Health Economics at Eastern Michigan University and at Mercy College of Detroit.
Ron holds a doctoral degree in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, with an emphasis in Health Economics. He also holds Masters degrees in Applied Economics and Health Services Administration, from Michigan. Ron did his undergraduate work at the State University of New York, College at Brockport, dual majoring in community and school health education.
Tim Petersen is a managing director at Arboretum Ventures, a healthcare focused venture capital firm managing over $450 million in capital. Tim’s investments primarily target capital-efficient medical device, health IT and services companies that redefine models for care delivery and improve access to care. Tim’s exited investments include Accuri, HealthMedia, Inogen and IntelliCyt, each generating between four and ten times Arboretum’s investment. Prior to joining Arboretum, Tim helped establish the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan, serving as its Managing Director. He also directed the activities of the Wolverine Venture Fund, the Institute’s venture fund focused on early-stage life science and technology investments. Tim is involved in a number of community efforts focused on venture capital and entrepreneurship and has served as Chairman of the Michigan Venture Capital Association. Tim holds a BA in Economics from Williams College, an MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Ebony is the Senior Manager of US Ventures at Village Capital. In her previous role
at the firm, she managed the Education: US 2016 venture development program. She graduated
with her MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 2015, focusing
on strategy and entrepreneurship. While at Ross, she traveled to Tanzania, where she
developed and taught a business curriculum for agriculture technology entrepreneurs
as an Enterprise Consultant for Land O'Lakes. Additionally, she was Education Circle
Director for the Social Venture Fund. Prior to Ross, Ebony worked at New Urban Learning,
a charter education management company focused on preparing Detroit students to successfully
graduate from four year colleges and universities. A non-profit organization, operated
like a start-up, New Urban Learning allowed her to oversee a range of responsibilities
including hiring, governance, marketing, student recruitment, and external relations.
Before her work in education, she lived in the Bay Area, where she was an Account
Strategist for Online Sales at Google. Ebony holds a B.B.A in Finance from Howard
JoAnn Chávez is vice president and chief tax officer for DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy- related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Chávez has over 25 years of tax experience in the areas of tax accounting, controversy, risk management, mergers and acquisition, tax planning strategies, and is currently responsible for overseeing all of DTE Energy’s tax strategy, policy and compliance, including federal, state and local income, sales, use, and property taxes.
Previously, Chávez served as an international tax partner for KPMG LLP with experience serving large multinational clients in their Tampa, Chicago, Mexico City, and Detroit business units. Chávez earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. Chávez has been with DTE Energy since 2007 and, in addition to her responsibilities as chief tax officer, currently serves on the DTE Energy Foundation Board and the DTE Energy Investment Committee. She is also the executive sponsor of the Women of DTE and DTE SER, DTE’s Hispanic employee resource network group. Chavez is also the architect and executive sponsor of DTE’s Summer Talent Exposure Program (STEP), a college internship program which provides under-represented college students with an opportunity to gain experiences that will enable them to be successful in corporate America. DTE’s STEP is celebrating its sixth summer and has assisted more than 200 students.
Chávez has also spent her career supporting women and Hispanic initiatives in the community and currently serves as follows: Inforum Center for Leadership Executive Board, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, The Michigan Hispanic Fund President, Leadership Council for Advancing Women in the Workplace, and Detroit Cristo Rey High School Finance Committee Member. Chávez has been recognized by the Latino Who’s Who for her achievements in advancing the culture of the Latino American business community, and is a frequent speaker in the Hispanic Community.
James A. Kelly
James A. Kelly has had a distinguished career in education policy, education finance, philanthropy, and teaching standards, assessments and certification. He is Senior Advisor to the President of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and chairs the Board of Advisors for TeachingWorks, a nationally important teaching quality initiative based at the University of Michigan. From 1987-1999 he was Founding President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, where he led efforts that established National Board Certification, the highest professional recognition in the teaching profession. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kelly taught at Columbia University and Harvard University, and was senior program officer at the Ford Foundation, where grant programs he directed significantly reduced inequities in how public education systems in the US are financed. He has served as a senior advisor to the World Bank, the National Academy of Sciences, the Carnegie, Ford and Atlantic foundations, Standard and Poors, and others. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, with concentrations in education, economics and political science. His B.A. is from Shimer College, then part of the University of Chicago, and his M.A. is from the University of Chicago. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education. Awards and honors include the Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy and the James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize at the University of Michigan.
Nichole Pinkard is an Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Design in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago. She is the founder of Digital Youth Network, co-founder of Inquirium LLC and Remix Learning LLC, home of iRemix, a social learning platform that connects youth's learning opportunities in school, home, and beyond. Dr. Pinkard is the recipient of a 2014 Northwestern Alumni Award, a 2010 Common Sense Media Award for Outstanding Commitment to Creativity and Youth, and the 2004 the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies, an NSF Early CAREER Fellowship. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.
Ebony is the Senior Manager of US Ventures at Village Capital. In her previous role at the firm, she managed the Education: US 2016 venture development program. She graduated with her MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 2015, focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. While at Ross, she traveled to Tanzania, where she developed and taught a business curriculum for agriculture technology entrepreneurs as an Enterprise Consultant for Land O'Lakes. Additionally, she was Education Circle Director for the Social Venture Fund. Prior to Ross, Ebony worked at New Urban Learning, a charter education management company focused on preparing Detroit students to successfully graduate from four year colleges and universities. A non-profit organization, operated like a start-up, New Urban Learning allowed her to oversee a range of responsibilities including hiring, governance, marketing, student recruitment, and external relations. Before her work in education, she lived in the Bay Area, where she was an Account Strategist for Online Sales at Google. Ebony holds a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University.
CEO and Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations
Rich knew at 13 years old what he was going to do the rest of his career when he typed in a two-line program into a Teletype and the computer came back and typed back “HI RICH”. He was hooked. A year later, after having typed the entire Baseball Register into the computer, he won an international gaming contest for what would now be termed Fantasy Baseball. The amazing thing is that this all happened by 1972.
In 1973, Rich landed his first job as a programmer, creating the first email system at the Macomb Intermediate School District, a decade before the term email would even be close to a household word. He couldn’t believe people would pay him to do something he just loved to do as a hobby.
The Slide from Joy to Fear
He went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and then followed that by earning his Master’s degree in computer engineering. After graduating, he worked his way through a number of Ann Arbor technology companies, ending up at Interface Systems. At the midpoint of his career rise, he wanted out. He no longer experienced the joy that had first drawn him to programming as a kid. His work life was filled with weekends away from family, disappointed colleagues and projects that were always in trouble.
After being promoted to VP of Software Development, Rich was inspired to pursue a lasting change in the organization and restore the joy he initially found in his job and industry. His investigation led him to different books, videos, and methodologies that opened his eyes to a new approach for running his team. He was delighted to see lasting change within his team. By early 2001, however, the Internet bubble burst and Interface System’s new Silicon Valley parent company shuttered every remote office it had. The beautiful, high-flying experiment that Rich and his team had run was over. For the first time in a thirty-year technical career, Rich was without a job.
Rich knew that he had been on to something at Interface Systems. He had learned how to build a great team with a joyful culture. So he decided to do it again by starting his own company with three partners. On June 12, 2001 Menlo Innovations LLC was born. He and his partners decided that the company’s purpose would be to bring joy to the world through software, and to teach this method to others. Rich was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in 2003, sharing his “hire yourself” story with the world.
Menlo has gone on to win the Alfred P. Sloan award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for eight straight years and has earned five revenue awards from Inc. magazine. Rich spends the majority of his time sharing the Menlo Way through teaching classes, leading tours, speaking at conferences and mentoring entrepreneurs in the community and sharing joy!
Impact Finance Fellow at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP