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Lee Barrett, Executive Director, EHNAC

In addition to his position as Executive Director for EHNAC, Mr. Barrett is President, CEO of IGI Global Health, a provider of services to HIE's, EMR, Portals and EDI Transactional platforming. He also currently serves as a board trustee on the NJ HITEC Regional Extension Center.

Mr. Barrett has 10 years leading healthcare professional services organizations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAIC, Covansys and Virtusa. He has 20 years in senior management roles in payer organizations including: MassMutual, Connecticut Mutual, Travelers and Aetna. He has also lead and grown healthcare and other software/solutions companies including: MultiMate, Barrett Consulting Group, Medical banking Exchange (MBEXX) and Claredi Corp. He has also been in senior leadership for the American Dental Association Business Enterprises Inc. (ADABEI), the for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of the ADA, a provider organization. He has served as chairman of WEDI, and ASCX12N Insurance Subcommittee and has been on a number of other industry board roles.

He speaks nationally on a variety of e-Health/e-Commerce and industry topics and is involved in a number of industry coalitions promoting the use and implementation of both administrative and clinical transactions, including the development and proliferation of electronic health records (EHR) and "Meaningful Use" including the National Health Information Network (NIHN) and Health Information Exchanges (HIE's).Mr. Barrett continues to work on key e-Health industry initiatives that lay the foundation for health information technology - including support and implementation of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA),the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Act (HITECH and Accountable Care Act (ACA).

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Rae Anne Beaudry, Executive Vice President, The Horton Group

As Executive Vice President and a shareholder of The Horton Group, Rae Anne is dedicated to providing best in class services and solutions to her new and existing clients, utilizing her experienced team of Account Executives, vendor contacts and other internal resources.

Prior to joining The Horton Group, Rae Anne was Vice President and part-owner of Health Care System Consultants (HCSC), Inc., one of the strongest employee benefit consulting firms in Wisconsin. “We made the decision to combine our efforts with The Horton Group due to the strong ‘client comes first’ vision of both organizations. Horton is constantly looking to hire industry leaders and those with niche market experience, always remaining best in class in the insurance industry.”

Ms. Beaudry was a principal and vice president of Health Care System Consultants, Inc. (HCSC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until they were acquired by The Horton Group in 2008. She has over 26 years’ experience as an employee benefits consultant.

Her consulting experience includes funding and risk analysis, active and retiree employee benefits feasibility studies, benefit plan design costing and analysis, and multiple- year budget and benefit projections. Rae Anne’s publications include articles on retiree health benefit plans, HIPAA compliance, and COBRA compliance.

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Kurt Brenkus, Founder, Aver

As company founder, Kurt carries the spirit and vision for Aver. With a career spent innovating in the healthcare space—and a particular focus on Value-Based Care —Kurt's unique perspective helps drive Aver's business strategy, product innovation, market development, and customer growth. Kurt also sits on the Aver Board of Directors.

Kurt served as CEO of Aver Inc. from its origins in 2010 until 2015—a period of unprecedented growth for the company. His accomplishments during this time include: leading the conception, design and development of the AverCloud suite of products—Informatics, Currents, Formulary and Converge; raising multiple rounds—totalling more than $25M—of venture capital funding; and growing the team at Aver to 50+ employees.

Prior to founding Aver, Kurt was Chief Information Officer for a boutique claims auditing organization, and Chief of Staff for Global and Domestic Provider Service Operations at United Health Group. Kurt attended De Paul University and St. Norbert College and studied for a degree in Continental and Analytic Philosophy. In addition to Aver, Kurt's passion extends to influencing healthcare policy and working with industry thought leaders to help transform health care.

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Ann Brisk, Business Development, CAQH

Ann has over 20 years of experience in Financial Services, Payments and Healthcare. She has led the development and expansion of many businesses including commercial cards, small business credit cards, B2B payments and healthcare payments. She is adept at innovating and executing in large organizations as well as start ups and has significant experience in launching new products and businesses. Ann utilizes her experience to help organizations improve results for existing products and services and can be a catalyst for the launch of new solutions to drive growth and expand businesses.


  • Over the course of her career Ann has been instrumental in the launch of several new businesses including: developing and implementing a corporate card solution for GE Capital, helping to drive triple digit expansion of small business cards at Visa USA, introducing a new B2B payment model for Visa Commercial Solutions and creating a global commercial card alliance program for Bank One.
  • Ann has also guided significant growth while managing products and relationships at various organizations such as Works, Inc. where she managed the distribution partnership with Bank of America who later acquired Works. At Optum she managed 30% growth in electronic claims payments and led a team that successfully established the first external distribution partners.
  • Ann brings a wide array of experience at the intersection of payments and healthcare. She has managed numerous card and payment products, led product and business development teams, and organized call centers and operations groups. She has worked at some of the leading and largest organizations in the financial services industry including GE Capital, Visa, Bank of America, Bank One and Household Credit Services. In addition she has played a key role in the development of three start-up organizations and knows how to drive results in organizations both large and small.

Currently Ann is leading the sales team at CAQH focused on offering innovative solutions to the healthcare industry focused on reducing administrative costs

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George J. Cerminara, Project Manager, Finance, University of Pittsburgh

George directs the University of Pittsburgh’s participation in the WePay™ system, a prepaid card software project jointly developed with UPMC to pay research subjects. In addition, George also manages the University’s review and implementation of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards as established by the major card associations. He is also the chair for the University’s E-Business Resource Group. Before coming to the University, George was employed by Uni-Marts, LLC both as its Treasurer and as an independent financial consultant. Prior to his activities with Uni-Marts, George worked at Lloyds Bank and its successor organizations in the United States, Daiwa Bank and Sumitomo Bank as Vice President, providing a middle market and Fortune 500 client base with all aspects of corporate finance and international banking services.

George’s career also includes fifteen years’ experience with US Steel Corporation managing various corporate treasury, international finance and accounting functions. George received a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University with a major in Accounting. He has a Master of Business Administration degree with a dual concentration in Finance and International Business from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, George completed post-graduate executive financial management training at the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH as well as post-graduate professional training at the Wharton Institute of Secured Lending, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

He also taught courses in Investments and International Finance as an adjunct professor at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA; served as a Board member for Schlesinger Engineering, an environmental engineering company in Pittsburgh, PA; served as Treasurer for the Commercial Finance Association in Pittsburgh, PA; and served as Treasurer for the Penn State Alumni Blue Band Association.

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Jim Daley, Director, IT, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; Past Chair, WEDI

Jim is Chairman of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Board of Directors and co-chairs the WEDI ICD-10 workgroup. He is a past recipient of WEDI's Chairman's Award, Distinguished Service Award and the Andrew H. Melczer Excellence in Volunteerism Award.

Jim has co-chaired WEDI national events on topics such as HIPAA implementation concerns, use of transaction acknowledgements, and issues associated with migration to ICD-10 coding. He is frequently quoted in industry publications and is asked to speak nationally regarding ICD-10 and other industry issues related to health IT. Jim has testified before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics on behalf of WEDI and on behalf of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association on topics including ICD-10, Health Plan Identifier, and health plan compliance certification.

Jim is the Director of IS Risk & Compliance for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, one of the largest Medicare and TRICARE claims processors in the nation. Jim represents BlueCross nationally on health IT and founded the BlueCross corporate information security council. He also serves on the Health IT Plan Advisory Group for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and served as a commissioner with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission. Jim is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

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Tom Everett, Senior Director of Claims Audit, WellCare Health Plans

Thomas Everett is the Sr. Director Claims Audit for WellCare responsible for corporate audit of provider operations and assessment of claims accuracy results for Medicaid and Medicare lines of business. Previously held the position of Vice President, Data Mining for OmniClaim, Inc. responsible for analytics and capture of medical claims expense for health plans. Other positions held include Senior Director Configuration, Claims Coding, Compliance, Credentialing, Provider Operations and Testing at Well Care. Project Director of Corporate Finance at Albany Medical Center. Mr. Everett led a corporate team with Deloitte Consulting and Siemens in a business transformation project to a new system called Soarian Financials. Mr. Everett has 20+ years' experience managing payer and provider organizations with expertise in performance management, process improvement leadership, claims, data capture, code editing applications and projects.

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Beth Griffin, Chief Marketing Officer, Health Payment Systems

Prior to joining Health Payment Systems in June 2015, Beth was the Business Leader for Healthcare and Insurance at MasterCard where she was responsible growing this vertical, enhancing their market position through thought-leadership, product innovation and development of their solution set. The Institute of Healthcare Consumerism recognized Beth as a 2013 Healthcare Consumerism Superstar for Innovation for her wellness focus in the move from healthcare to health.

Beth has over 30 years of experience in the financial services and healthcare payments industries. Prior to joining MasterCard, Beth was the Business Leader for Card Strategy at OptumHealth Financial Services, where she spent several years in strategic development and management of several new payment and card solutions. Previous to OptumHealth, she spent almost 13 years at Metavante (now FSI Global) in a variety of product management and emerging business development roles, culminating in the development and launch of holding company's commercial Health Savings Account solution. She spent the prior 12 years with Firstar (now US bank), holding a variety of management and emerging product roles.

Beth has been actively engaged in numerous industry organizations and Boards throughout her career to include the American Bankers Association Health Savings Account Council Board, Special Interest Group for IIAS Standards (SIGIS) Board, Employers Council on Flexible Compensation Board, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and National Business Group on Health (NBGH).

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Kevin M. James, CTP, Vice President & Senior Product Manager , Corporate & Institutional Banking, PNC Bank

Kevin James is a Vice President and Senior Product Manager in Treasury Management at PNC. With responsibility for the Remittance Advantage product, he manages the strategic product development, positioning and profitability for this fast-growing healthcare solution. Previously, he had similar responsibilities for the bank's ACH, EDI and remote deposit capture solutions.

Kevin is a Certified Treasury Professional with 22 years of experience in banking and treasury management. Prior to joining the bank in 2005, he worked as a corporate treasury practitioner and consultant for organizations on both the insurance and provider sides of the healthcare industry. He has taken leadership roles in industry groups such as NACHA and the Association for Financial Professionals and has spoken on various treasury topics to local, regional and national audiences.

Kevin is a graduate of Indiana University and is currently based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Pam Jodock, Senior Director, HIMSS

Pam has more than 30 years of health care experience. She was responsible for the successful establishment and growth of two Midwestern hospice operations; has been involved in everything from product development to regulatory implementation to healthcare policy for two of the nation's largest health insurance companies and was directly involved in crafting language for the Patient Protection and Affordability Act. As the Senior Director of Health Business Solutions for HIMSS, Pam oversees the overall management and strategy development for HIMSS Health Business Solutions initiatives, which include Revenue Cycle Improvement, ICD- 10 Implementation/Operationalizing, Administrative Simplification, Fraud and Abuse, and Coding Integrity. Pam is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a BS in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

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Charyl Kavner, Vice President, Senior Healthcare, Solutions Product Manager, Fifth Third Bank

Charyl Kavner is a Vice President and Senior Healthcare Product Strategy Manager for Fifth Third Bank. She is responsible for developing, executing and launching Treasury Management healthcare products that help providers better manage their revenue cycle. Charyl has over 20 years experience working in the healthcare industry that includes developing products for: health plans, bank card payment networks and financial institutions. Charyl earned a Master of Arts and Education degree from Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts and Education from Arizona State University. She currently resides in Chicago, IL.

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Jason Koch, Director of Product Strategy, Revenue Management Solutions, LLC.

Jason began his career within the healthcare information technology sector in 2001 while working for a health plan to develop complex EDI integrations and other aspects of the claim adjudication process. He later worked as a technology consultant assisting financial institutions in creating treasury solution sets dedicated to the healthcare marketplace. In 2007, he joined Revenue Management Solutions, LLC utilizing his experience integrating technical solutions focused on healthcare EDI transactions. He is a graduate of the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and currently serves as the Director of Product Strategy for Revenue Management Solutions, LLC.

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Michael Manna, First Vice President, SunTrust

Mr. Manna serves as the healthcare domain subject matter expert for SunTrust's Treasury and Payment Solutions group. He is responsible for assisting T&PS sales in managing opportunities that involve solutions of multiple and technically complex treasury products to meet the highly customized and unique needs of clients engaged in healthcare financial operations.

With over two and a half decades experience in the financial transaction processing industry, Mike has spent the past eight years focused on providing technologies which optimize the settlement process of healthcare payables and receivables; working with major financial institutions, large national billers, payers and healthcare delivery organizations . He has substantial experience in a variety of organizational settings having held senior positions in sales, sales management, product and general management and M & A assignments at both private and public companies.

A Dallas native, Mike continues to reside in North Texas. He is an honors graduate of Boston College.

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Vincent Marzula, Sr. Vice President, Health Care Market, Huntington Bank

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Ron Moser, Sr. Auditor, EHNAC

Mr. Moser is currently senior auditor/reviewer for EHNAC and he has held this position since 2007. Specializing in the areas of healthcare IT and accreditation through EHNAC, he has led multiple companies through the EHNAC accreditation process.

Prior to working with EHNAC, Mr. Moser was Director of Clearinghouse Operations for NDCHealth (now part of RelayHealth), which he joined in 1987 as a chief architect of one of the nation’s first healthcare transaction networks. He led the IT team to ensure its healthcare network commanded a leadership position throughout its history. He has over 25 years in healthcare in both Health Information Technology (HIT) and senior business positions. Mr. Moser is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is also Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Taylor University.

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Mike Olson, Vice President, Senior Product Manager, Fifth Third Bank

Mike Olson, is the Senior Product Manager for Fifth Third Banks Healthcare Services in addition to their Wholesale and Retail Lockboxes. His current responsibilities include establishing and managing the strategic direction, product development, and oversight for these services. He has been with Fifth Third since 2002 and has spent his career there working with and helping to shape the banks receivables solutions including their RevLink payment platform. Mr. Olson also chairs the Remittance Mail Advisory Committee's work group on Operational Performance.

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Michael Rawdan, PhD., Director of Revenue Cycle & Patient Experience, St. Luke's Health System

Michael is responsible for Account Management & charter for a structure that redefines the Patient Financial Experience for the largest Provider in Idaho. He has over 20 years' experience in customer management and patient experience working for firms such as Capital One and Hewlett-Packard.

Michael has held various roles across diverse organizations including customer management and insights for Capital One. At Hewlett-Packard, Michael was the Executive responsible for a $2B e-Commerce organization. Within HP, Michael managed Data & Analytics to drive user interface changes that drove significant improvements in performance.

These experiences have led Michael to St. Luke's Health System where he has been tasked with identifying and developing solutions that improve Patient Financial Experience from end to end. This is defined as pre-patient experience through each step of the clinical and non-clinical touch points.

Michael holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Tampa, MBA from Northwest Nazarene University and a dual PhD. in International Business & Decision Sciences from NOVA Southeastern University.

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Rocky Shook, Market Research & Insights Manager, Digital & Consumer Analytics, Digital Experience, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

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Christian Solomine, SVP, Enterprise & Government, PayNearMe

Christian Solomine is a member of the senior leadership team at PayNearMe and is the SVP, Enterprise & Government, overseeing the company's merchant processing business unit, which includes the sales, account management and sales engineering teams that work with merchants in industries such as Property Management, Lending, eCommerce, Gaming, Utilities and Government. He is a dynamic and highly sought after speaker on topics such as how alternative payments can enable businesses and government entities to increase operating efficiency while offering a seamless payment experience to cash preferred and underserved consumers.

Most recently, Christian directed the North America Global Partner Program at Telefonica, focusing on Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions such as wireless Point of Sale (POS) and helped lead global business development initiatives. Prior to Telefonica, Christian ran worldwide M2M sales for Rogers Communications in Canada, and directed sales at Jasper Wireless for their fleet management and consumer electronics practice. Christian has also directed the channel development activities of Earth Networks/WeatherBug.

Christian is a magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University's College of Integrated Science & Technology and also received a Master of Science in Information Technology and MBA from the Daniels College at the University of Denver.

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June St. John, CTP, Senior Vice President, Healthcare Product Manager, Wells Fargo

June has 28 years of Treasury Services product management and customer service experience. Since 2005, she has helped lead Wells Fargo's solutions development for the healthcare industry. Currently she is responsible for Wells Fargo's Revenue Cycle Management - Claims Payment Solution for Commercial/Government Insurance Payments product strategy and Supplier Payment Solution, a healthcare provider supply chain management payables strategy.

June is a frequent presenter and author on the convergence of healthcare and banking.

Currently she serves as the co-chair of HIMSS/Medical Banking and Financial Systems, Business Edge Task Force committee. She served as Chair of the HIMSS/Medical Banking and Finance Systems Steering Committee from July 2011 through June 2012. She was awarded the Evelyn Casillas Award in February 2012 by HIMSS as recognition of her industry leadership in healthcare financial services.

June holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.

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Eva Wasserman, MSN, RN, Manager Partner Relations – Episodes of Care, Horizon Healthcare Innovations

Eva Wasserman is a Registered Nurse and Manager of Provider Relationships for the Episodes of Care Program at Horizon Healthcare Innovations division of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Eva is responsible for the on-going assessment, support and transformation of practices in their participation in the Episodes of Care Program by utilizing analytics platforms to drive value based care and improved outcomes. Previously, Eva worked as a Transformation Coach for the Value-Based Programs. In this capacity, Eva worked with Patient-Centered Medical Homes; Accountable Care Organizations and Episodes of Care practices to help them succeed in the transformation from a fee-for- service to a fee-for-quality patient-centered practice.

Eva holds a BA in Economics and a MSN in Clinical Leadership.

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Rose Wojciechowski, VP, Senior Product Manager, Huntington Bank

Rose is a Vice President and the Senior Healthcare Market Product Manager for Huntington Bank where she is currently responsible for supporting the strategic development and execution of the Huntington's healthcare industry solutions. Rose has over 20 years of Treasury Management product management experience, with her knowledge spanning both payables and receivables. She has spent the last 10 years focused on delivering innovative financial tools and services to the healthcare market.

Rose is widely known in the industry through her many conference presentations and participation on the HIMSS' Health Business Solutions Committee from 2013-2015. She has a Certified Treasury Professional designation and holds a Master of Business Administration degree and BS in Accounting. Rose currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Gregory G. Wojtal, VP/CFO, Banner Health Network

Greg joined Banner Health in 2006 as CFO at Banner Estrella Medical Center. With the acquisition of Sun Health, he was named CFO of Banner Boswell Medical Center in 2008. In 2009, Greg was promoted to his current role of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Arizona West Region.

Prior to joining Banner Health, Greg was CFO at St. Luke's Medical Center, a for profit acute care facility in Phoenix from 2003 to 2006 and Vice President of Finance for Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, a non-profit acute care hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin from 1987 to 2003. He was controller at Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin from 1983 to 1987 and an auditor for a regional CPA firm in Madison, Wisconsin from 1979 to 1983.

Greg received his BBA in accounting and his MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1979 and 1989 respectively. He is a CPA, American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow (FACHE), a Muncie Gold Merit Award recipient from Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).

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Linda Zang, CCM, Assistant Treasurer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Linda Zang, CCM, is the assistant treasurer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where her responsibilities include cash forecasting, payment posting, cash accounting, and banking operations for UPMC's 140 subsidiaries. She has 30 years of experience in the treasury field, involving retailing, banking and healthcare. She has been past president of the Pittsburgh Association for Financial Professionals.

She received her B.S. from Georgetown University and M.B.A. from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. Ms. Zang has won several national awards for treasury technology, including the Pinacle Award from the Association of Financial Professionals, and the Alexander Hamilton Award from Treasury & Risk magazine.

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