Health Choice Network's

24th Annual Board of Directors Educational Conference

John C. Comisi, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.

Connie Podesta

Dr. Comisi has been in private practice in Ithaca, NY since 1983, is President and CEO Sleep Focused Solutions, Inc. was the Founder of Dental Care with a Difference®, PC, and is an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina.


A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fordham University. He is a respected Key Opinion Leader, author, speaker and consultant who contributes regularly to the dental literature.


He is an Editorial Board Member for several dental publications and is a member of the National Dental Practice Based Research Network (NDPBRN), the Academy of Dental Materials, the American Academy of Cariology, the American Association for Oral Systemic Health, and the International and American Association of Dental Research.


Dr. Comisi is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, and holds Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists



Connie is a game-changing, revenue-building, sales-generating ball of fire whose rare blend of laugh-out-loud comedy, killer take-away strategies, and interactive, no-power-point delivery style have made her one of the most unique and memorable speakers on the stage today. 25 years. Two million people. 1,000 organizations. Hall of Fame speaker. Award-winning author.  Seven books. Former Radio/TV personality. Therapist. Expert on the psychology of sales, leadership, change, accountability, and engagement.  Amazing ROI.  Plus (what we all could probably use in today’s crazy world )… a Comedienne.



Colleen Meiman


Colleen Meiman joined the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as the Director of Regulatory Affairs in January 2015.  She is currently NACHC’s Senior Policy Advisor, and is responsible for working with HRSA and other Federal agencies on policy issues that affect Health Centers and their patients.  Previously, Colleen spent over two decades in the Federal government, including in the Office of the HHS Secretary, in the US Senate, and in numerous positions within HRSA, including in the Bureau of Primary Health Care, which oversees the Community Health Center program.  Colleen’s expertise is in the regulatory, administrative, and financing aspects of Section 330, Medicaid, Medicare, 340B, and the Affordable Care Act, and how they relate to health centers



Jacki Leifer, a senior partner with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, has served as general counsel to NACHC for over 35 years.  She leads the firm’s health law practice group and, in addition to her work with NACHC, Jacki works with primary care associations, health-center controlled networks and hundreds of federally qualified health centers across the country.  She is one of the founders of the Boardmember Bootcamp training effort and is proud to have trained tens of thousands of health center boardmembers over the course of her career.  Prior to joining the law firm in 1980, Jacki was an Attorney Advisor in the Office of General Counsel, DHHS, where she served as principal counsel to the Bureau of Community Health Services (now the Bureau of Primary Health Care)



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