Health Choice Network's

24th Annual Board of Directors Educational Conference

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.



Lloyd I. Sederer


LLOYD I. SEDERER, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Office  of Mental Health (OMH), the nation's largest state mental health system. He provides medical leadership for a mental health system which annually serves over 750,000 people and operates 22 hospitals, 90 clinics, two research institutes, and oversees community services throughout a state of ~ 19 million people.


He is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the City University of New York, and an honor graduate from the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center.


Dr. Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. Sederer served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in NYC, the City’s “chief psychiatrist”. He also has been Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Harvard teaching hospital, and Director of The Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association.


In 2013, Dr. Sederer was given the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by The American Psychiatric Association, which in 2009 recognized him as the Psychiatric Administrator of the Year. He also has been awarded a Scholar-in-Residence grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He has published seven books for professional audiences and five books for lay and student audiences, as well as 500 articles in medical journals and non-medical publications including The New York Times/The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington, Commonweal Magazine, and Psychology Today. He has been Medical Editor for Mental Health for The HuffPost where over 250 of his posts, reviews and videos have appeared. He is also a contributing writer on mental health and the addictions for US News & World Report and a monthly regular on Sirius-XM Insight Radio. Recently, he became a documentary film producer for the Oscar winning company


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


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 Podesta


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.


Scott J, Mariani, JD


A nationally-recognized presenter on topics related to healthcare and not-forprofits with over 25 years of tax consulting and compliance service experience to the healthcare and not-for-profit sectors specializing in providing tax advice to integrated healthcare delivery systems, hospitals, physicians, colleges and universities, foundations, associations, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Practice Leader of the Firm’s Healthcare Services Group.

Licensed attorney; State of New Jersey. Admitted to practice Federal tax court. JD, Seton Hall Law School BS degree in accounting, Villanova University

Jeffry Adest


Jeffry Adest, a Partner/Director at Garfunkel Wild, P.C., has been providing legal and consulting services to Federally Qualified Health Centers, Look-Alikes and sub-recipients for more than 20 years.  He advises FQHC clients on all aspects of their establishment, operation and compliance with myriad rules that apply to them.  Mr. Adest also regularly assists FQHC entities with regard to preparation for HRSA site visits, Federal Tort Claims Act coverage issues, relationships with hospitals and other providers, human resource issues and other day-to-day matters.

William McClusky


William McClusky is the Senior Manager of WithumSmith+Brown with over Over 20 years of professional experience in the accounting industry. His responsibilities include managing multiple engagements in not-for-profit (including Single Audits), construction, employee benefit plans and wholesale industry practice areas. He is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in Florida.  Graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors degree in accounting and in finance.

Penny Noyes


President, CEO and Founder of Health Business Navigators (HBN)

She spent 18 years on the payer side of the industry and 20 years on the provider side...

  • Founded HBN in 1999 - a firm that focuses solely on payer contracting and credentialing nationwide. HBN earned the distinction of being an MGMA national AdminiServe Partner for 9 years.
  • Prior to HBN she was Sr VP of Business Development for US HealthWorks, heading up the acquisition process for 23 deals involving nearly 100 clinics in 7 states that included approximately $100 million in revenue.  She renegotiated the payer contracts nationwide and achieved delegated credentialing with all payers.
  • Earlier in her career she spent 6 years at Allmerica Financial where she was assigned to the project of starting Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS). She oversaw the contracting and credentialing of over 180,000 providers nationwide and headed up Allmerica’s product development for health plans in all 50 states.
  • She spent 6 years at BCBS Massachusetts where she piloted a number of HMO products and was heavily involved in self-funded arrangements for employer health plans.
  • Penny speaks regularly at MGMA national and state conferences, MGMA Financial Management and Payer Contracting specialty conferences, and for DecisionHealth and other local and national orgnizations. She has presented at numerous specialty board meetings for physicians, does webinars, and is called upon by industry news writers for articles and opinions on health plan and credentialing issues and trends.  She is known for her practical, candid, methodical, “can do” attitude in tackling the challenges of contracting and credentialing.
  • But mostly….Penny rolls up her sleeves, negotiating payer agreements and tackling credentialing challenges  on a daily basis on behalf of practices nationwide, giving her insight and keeping her up to date on the trends and health care practices’ business issues that need to be understood, renegotiated and/or managed.

Rebekah S. Wallace Pardeck, CMPE, CPC, CPC


Rebekah, President and Owner of Achieve Revenue Management, LLC has more than 20 years of coding, revenue cycle management, operations and training experience.  She provides training and revenue cycle management services to federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics and medical practices and community health centers.


Previously, Rebekah worked for over a decade as a consultant with a national accounting firm and as the director of operations for management service organizations and hospital-owned multispecialty physician practices.  She is experienced in consulting on professional revenue cycle analysis and enhancement, medical practice operations, patient flow redesign, business process improvement and development, staffing analysis and redesign, practice efficiency and productivity and educational sessions and training.


An avid speaker, Rebekah has frequently given lectures about operational improvements, revenue enhancements and billing topics at events hosted by state primary care associations and state chapters of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Health Information Management Association and the National Association of Community Health Centers.


She is a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) and Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™) through the American Academy of Professional Coders, a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) through the American College of Medical Practice Executives and certified in occupational health practice management through the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals.

Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H


Dr. Erin Kobetz is a Tenured Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Biochemistry, as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine. She is the School’s inaugural Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparity and the Associate Director for Population Science and Health Disparity at UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Additionally, Dr. Kobetz serves as the Program Director for the Community Engagement and Multidisciplinary Team Science Components of UM’s Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSA).


She earned a Master's in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (1999), and joined UM in September 2004 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health. Soon after, Dr. Kobetz established Patnè en Aksyon (Partners in Action), the first campus-community partnership between the University of Miami and community-based organizations in Little Haiti, the largest enclave of Haitian settlement.  She currently serves as the Principal Investigator of multiple grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparity (NIHMD) to support collaborative science with numerous South Florida communities. Collectively, they have garnered over 30 million dollars in extramural funding and serve as the University’s model for stakeholder engagement. Dr. Erin Kobetz has also partnered with South Florida Firefighters - similarly characterized by excess cancer risk - and leads the Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI), a University-wide interdisciplinary strategy to address disparity from “bench” to “bedside” to “community.” Such efforts have been locally and nationally recognized and serve as an important approach to develop new community-based models for cancer prevention and achieve sustainable health and social change in underserved communities.


Dr. Mike Rakotz


Dr. Rakotz has been a practicing family physician for more than 20 years. He recently served as director of population health and virtual medicine at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group in Chicago,  and is also an ONC Health Information Technology Vanguard Fellow.  In 2014, Dr. Rakotz’ office was recognized as one of 30 sites in the United States to win the designation of Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion. He has a love for teaching and a passion for educating medical students and residents about the importance of blood pressure control. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.


At the American Medical Association Dr. Rakotz serves as the VP of Health Outcomes at AMA, focusing his efforts on creating and implementing quality improvement initiatives to improve blood pressure control in diverse practice settings nationally.


He is also excited to be on the project team that is creating Target: BP®, a nationwide, multi-year initiative based on the collaboration of the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. The program will empower hospitals, physicians, care teams, and patients to improve blood pressure control in an effort to improve health outcomes.


Dr. Jeffrey Beal


Dr. Beal is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and did his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma.  He has over 34 years of experience in the care and treatment of persons living with HIV and currently serves as the Medical Director of the HIV/AIDS Section in the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection within the Bureau of Communicable Diseases of the Florida Department of Health.

Dr. Timothy Long


Timothy Long, M.D. is the Chief Clinical Officer for Health Choice Network, a health center controlled network of FQHCs across the multiple states.  In this role, Dr. Long coordinates and promotes clinical leadership, advancing quality health outcomes through guidance and leadership on the optimal implementation and use of Health Information Technology.  He employs a collaborative leadership approach that empowers clinicians and health centers to address challenges, promote best practices, and create clinical initiatives that result in practice transformation, quality improvement and clinical collaboration.

Since 1997, Dr. Long has practiced as a primary care Internist at Near North Health Service in Chicago, specializing in preventive and community-based health care, chronic disease management, and HIV/AIDS care for the underserved. He served as CMO and other senior leadership roles during his time at Near North.

Dr. Long is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago (B.S.), Rush Medical College (M.D.), and completed his Primary Care-Internal Medicine training at John Stroger/Cook County Hospital.

Dr. Matthew Bouchonville


Dr. Bouchonville has been a faculty member of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism since 2011. He joined the Division as an initiative to improve access to care for patients with diabetes given the increasing demand in New Mexico and relative scarcity of endocrinologists. Dr. Bouchonville remains committed to building capacity for management of this increasingly prevalent condition through his role as Medical Director of the Endocrinology teleECHO clinic.

Dr. Jose Peralta


Bio not available. coming soon.





Andrew L. Brickman, PhD


During Dr. Brickman’s career he has been a neuroscientist, NIH fellow, professor, clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, consulting psychologist and population health researcher.  He will tell you that this extensive list is not an accomplishment, but rather evidence of a short attention span that pushes him to new areas of inquiry.  Evidence of the breadth of his interests can be seen in the more than 40 clinical and scientific journals in which he has published.  For example, American J of Psychiatry, American J of Physiology, Brain Research, Dialysis and Transplantation, J of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, and Chronic fatigue and related immune deficiency syndromes.  As a faculty member of the University of Miami School of Medicine for 22 years, Dr. Brickman was the first non-physician chair of a medical sciences intuitional review board.  Before coming to Health Choice Network, Dr. Brickman ran the fourth larges school health program in the US in his role as Directory of Health Policy for The Children’s Trust in Miami.

Dr. Brickman’s recent focus has been to use data to establish the effectiveness of community programs and improvements in quality of care.  He has served as Director of Research at Health Choice Network for six years.  Under his leadership, member patient data is confidentially linked with world-class research investigators at academic intuitions across the country.  For too long, patients from populations with health disparities have not been included in research studies, impairing the applicability of findings to their treatment.


Dr. Torres

Bio not available. coming soon.





Susan Johnson


Susan Johnson is the Vice President of Quality and Population Health at Choptank Community Health, on Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore.  She has been a registered nurse for 36 years and holds a BSN from Syracuse University and a MPH from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a specialization in Occupational Health Nursing.  She has extensive experience directing programs in Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement, Case Management/Care Coordination, Joint Commission and regulatory requirement readiness, Physician Peer Review, Risk Management and Infection Control for large hospital systems across the country.

Her passion for public health led her to her current work with Federally Qualified Health Centers, developing care coordination and population health initiatives along with traditional quality assurance/improvement activities such as risk management and compliance.  Susan works collaboratively and tirelessly with other community partners to improve the overall health of the communities she serves.

Melinda Visser, Psy. D.


Dr. Visser completed her undergraduate training in psychology at Boston University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Denver.  She completed her internship and postdoctoral residency at Citrus Health Network.  She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, community mental health centers, medical hospitals, psychiatric centers, and university settings across different states and internationally at varying levels of care (outpatient, emergency, crisis stabilization, inpatient, and residential).  She most recently practiced as a licensed psychologist in the primary care psychology program at Citrus Health Network, a federally qualified health center, as a placement supervisor and seminar leader for the psychology pre-doctoral internship program.  She worked primarily in the pediatric and women’s health clinics providing behavioral medicine and behavioral health services as part of team-based approach to patient care.  Dr. Visser specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families and has a special interest in working with diverse and under-served populations in an integrated, multi-disciplinary team.  Dr. Visser has recently transitioned to working in quality improvement at Citrus Health Network where she continues to focus on quality integrated care implementation.  She is also involved in research in the areas of health psychology, integrated care, pedagogy, and professional development among others.

Caroline Day, M.D., M.P.H.


Caroline Day, M.D., M.P.H. has served as a family medicine physician at Family Care Health Center St. Louis since 2007, with 6 years as the associate medical director and more recently as the chief medical officer.  She trained at University of Colorado Boulder as a chemical engineer but her passion shifted to people and improving our health care systems.  She completed her training at Washington University School of Medicine and family practice residency at University of Wisconsin, Madison.  For 10 years, she worked for first UCSF then UCSD, as an associate clinical professor of family medicine.  While in California, she completed the Northern California Faculty Development studying leadership skills for the physician in promoting positive change in healthcare and skills for providers to avoid burnout.  Caroline also completed a fellowship in underserved care at UCSD as well as a Masters in Public Health at San Diego State University focused on the meaning and means for quality in healthcare and shared decision making between patients and their providers.


She is honored to take part in the community health center mission focused on the uninsured and under-insured patients in the context of families.  Dr. Caroline Day helped in the team work necessary for Family Care Health Center St. Louis to achieve the NCQA’s level three patient centered home recognition since 2013.  She has served for five years as a primary care consultant for Places for People (a community behavioral health agency in St. Louis) helping them achieve CMS funded healthcare home recognition and taking more active approach of the medical care of their clients beyond supporting them in their serious mental health concerns.  Dr. Day has lead Family Care in their trauma-informed care transformation as a part of The St. Louis Regional Health Commission’s collaborative.  At FCHC in the last year, we have launched a community health worker initiative and have established a population health team including community health workers, nurse care managers, nutritionists, behavioral health and medical providers, and the quality team who meet monthly to tackle the logistics of keeping the care of our patients centered but broaden the innovations at the population level.

Amanda Brooks, LCSW


Amanda Brooks, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, is the Chief Population Health Officer at PCC Community Wellness Center and is responsible for the following programs: Behavioral Healthcare, Care Coordination, Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer, and Community Outreach and Health Education.  Since 2011, Amanda has developed and implemented the Chemical Dependency Program for the treatment of substance use disorders, predominantly opioid dependence, resulting in PCC’s first integrated direct access Medication Assisted Treatment clinic, and the first integrated outpatient prenatal and substance abuse treatment program for women with an opioid use disorder.  Additionally, as an awardee of both the HRSA Behavioral Health Service Expansion Grant and Substance Abuse Expansion Grant, Amanda facilitated the implementation of telehealth and SBIRT.  Amanda is a collaborator and content contributor to the Chicago Department of Public Health Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Learning Collaborative.  Additionally, Amanda also continues to provide direct practice.  Amanda is a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Julissa Artiles, Psy. D.


Julissa Artiles, Psy.D. is a Nova Southeastern University graduate, obtaining a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.  She received training at Jackson Memorial Hospital in the Medical Psychology Consultation and Liaison track.  During that time, Dr. Artiles had the opportunity of providing psychological services to surgical, emergency room, trauma, and medical units within the hospital. She acquired experience in conducting evaluations and providing interventions for pre-existing psychiatric issues, coping, chronic illness management issues, poor adherence to treatment, and establishing capacity to provide informed consent within a culturally-diverse population.  She is licensed in the state of Florida and is currently a full-time employee at Citrus Health Network’s primary care clinic, a federally qualified health center.  Dr. Artiles is the primary care psychology services coordinator and consultant. She is part of a team of specialists providing integrated care to the adult and older adult population.  She provides assessment, consultation, and brief interventions for psychological disorders and collaborates with medical staff to help patients improve self-management of chronic disease.  Dr. Artiles was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She thoroughly enjoys working in the South Florida area and interacting with diverse populations in both social and professional settings.

Jerome A. Osheroff, MD, FACP, FACMI


Dr. Osheroff is a general internist by training and is founder and principal of TMIT Consulting, LLC. He is a leader in improving health and care delivery through strategies and tools for care process re-engineering and clinical decision support. He articulated the “CDS 5 Rights” framework, now recommended by CMS as a best practice for improving patient care.  He has led development of many influential quality improvement resources and is a leading author on the HRSA HITEQ “Guide to Improving Care Processes and Outcomes in Health Centers.” He supports application of this approach in a growing portfolio of successful QI initiatives and multi-stakeholder collaboratives that include care delivery and quality organizations, federal agencies, IT vendors and many others.

Cindy Leonard RN,BSN


Cindy is a dedicated and accomplished Registered Nurse with areas of expertise in Pediatric Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Leadership.  A graduate of St. Petersburg College with a BSN degree, she has been an active participant in Quality Assurance and Improvement promoting excellence in quality patient care.   Since joining Community Health Centers of Pinellas (CHCP) in 2004, she’s held numerous nursing positions within the organization.  Currently she holds she role of Director of Nursing and serves on the Executive Team at CHCP.

Catherine Ratcliffe


Partner and COO of Sullivan, Catherine was the first employee and has worked hard with President and CEO Joe Sullivan, to develop the company into what it is today.  Catherine oversees all aspects of the operations, manages business development as well as account services and sets the tone for her team’s “can do” attitude. Her responsibilities include organizational oversight, business development, carrier negotiations, cost-benefit analysis, underwriting, actuarial assessments, and granular analytics.  Sullivan proudly named Catherine as a partner in 2017.

She graduated from the University of Ottawa with her Bachelor of Arts and holds her Life, Health and Variable Annuity license from the state of Florida. She is an approved CE instructor for the Florida Department of Financial Services. Catherine participates in several Broker Executive Councils, Top Honors programs and is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters, Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Leading Age Florida, Florida Health Care Association, and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.


Erin Sologaistoa


Erin Sologaistoa is the Director of Community Development and Special Populations at the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, where she’s worked since 2004. She provides training and technical assistance to federally qualified health centers and medically underserved communities in the areas of needs assessment, health center program compliance, strategic planning, governance, leadership development and workforce issues, patient experience, and increasing access to care for vulnerable populations. Prior to working at FACHC, Erin developed workforce education and training programs in Florida and overseas. For over a decade she built the capacity of women’s organizations in Oaxaca, Mexico and Guatemala, and in the early nineties, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer/Secondary school teacher and librarian in Papua New Guinea. Erin holds a master’s degree in adult education and undergraduate degree in international affairs, both from Florida State University.

Mike Malfitano


Mike Malfitano is a senior labor attorney at the national labor and employment law boutique, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete. He assists employers in problem prevention and legal analysis of complex employment issues. He has represented employers in cases involving every aspect of the employment relationship. He also represents employers in collective bargaining, arbitration, and union avoidance. He counsels employers with respect to employee benefits issues, affirmative action, and in structuring payroll and compensation programs to avoid wage hour, as well as equal pay and discrimination issues.


Mike received a B.S. Degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.  He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Florida Super Lawyers.  He is the office head of Constangy’s Tampa, Miami and Port St. Lucie Offices.

Jacqueline C. Leifer


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).


Steve Pardue


Steve Pardue is a graduate of the University of Florida with 18+ years of experience in preventive dentistry.  He has experience developing, launching and managing some of the largest preventive products in professional dental use from OMNII Oral Pharmaceuticals, 3M Dental and Elevate Oral Care.  As one of the owners of Elevate Oral Care and manufacturers of Advantage Arrest Silver Diamine Fluoride 38%, he will provide a detailed overview of the products development, method of action, clinical use, current insurance reimbursement, research and future applications of the chemistry.

Carla Bates


Carla Bates is an Instructional Technology Professional Development Consultant for United Data Technologies (UDT) in Doral, Florida. She graduated Florida International University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science.  Before joining UDT, she worked for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) as an educator for 10 yrs.  While working for MDCPS, Carla was part for the districts Digital Convergence initiative and was dedicated to creating relevant and engaging content using a variety of technology.


Upon joining UDT, she actively implements and supports professional development and technology integration for Miami-Dade County Public Schools as well as other surrounding organizations.  As an ITPD consultant, Carla enjoys demonstrating the effective use of technology learning in a multitude of environments. In her role, she has grown to be passionate about the power of the Cloud and the use of Office 365.  As a result, Carla has become a Microsoft Educator Expert and a Microsoft Certified Educator Master Trainer.  She plays a key role in UDT’s movement into the STEM and makerspace arena by creating unique, customized makerspaces and building high-quality STEAM solutions for hands-on exploration and discovery.

Fred D. Rachman, MD


Dr. Rachman has been with AllianceChicago since its inception in 1997, assuming the role of CEO in 2003. In his role as CEO, Dr. Rachman has overall responsibility for AllianceChicago programs, including strategic direction, assurance of appropriate resources, and external relationships. He also serves as co-director of the Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC). Dr. Rachman is an attending physician in pediatrics at Lurie Children’s and Northwestern Memorial Hospitals and sees patients at Erie Family Health Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Health Information Management Systems Society, and serves on the Illinois Health Information Exchange Advisory Committee. Dr. Rachman is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine (MD) and Johns Hopkins University (BA), and completed post-graduate courses in Ethics, Economics, and Healthcare Management at Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board-certified in Pediatrics.

Nivedita Mohanty, MD


Dr. Mohanty is a pediatrician with experience in community health, federal policy, clinical research, academic medicine, and international volunteerism. Dr. Mohanty joined AllianceChicago in 2015 after spending a year in Washington, DC as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in a program supported by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. As a fellow within a federal agency, she gained firsthand exposure to synergies between policy, health research, and clinical practice as well as the role of HIT in advancing national health priorities. At AllianceChicago, she works closely with the Research, Practice Transformation, and Informatics Teams. Her role is to lead efforts that leverage our HIT infrastructure and partnerships to enhance high quality, evidence-based practices in community health and generate new evidence through patient outcomes and health services research. Dr. Mohanty has provided clinical care to patients at Erie Family Health Center since 2007 and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine with clinical responsibilities at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Prentice Women’s Hospital. She has been a volunteer with multiple organizations for children with HIV, disabilities, burns, congenital heart disease, and cranio-facial defects on medical service trips to Africa, Asia, South America, and Central America.

Jason Patnosh


Jason Patnosh is the Associate Vice President for Partnership and Resource Development at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). He works with NACHC’s divisions and partners to align goals and projects that mutually benefit all parties. Jason has helped to navigate successful proposals to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, several federal agencies, and has introduced new partnerships with innovators and start-ups from the health technology sector.


Jason began at NACHC in 1999 with Community HealthCorps, eventually growing to the role of Deputy Director by 2006. Jason served as NACHC’s Director of Partnership Development from 2006-2007 and helped to raise nearly $3 million dollars for health centers and NACHC, including the launch of partnerships with Kaiser Permanente, the Kellogg Foundation, and Covidien (now Medtronic).  In November 2007, Jason returned to the Community HealthCorps project as the National Director and coordinated the receipt of over $60 million dollars in federal support from AmeriCorps over the next seven years. Jason served as co-chair of Voices for National Service, a coalition of national service programs that successfully advocated for additional appropriations to support national service and represented the sector in meetings with the White House and Congressional Leaders.


Over the last year, Jason has served as NACHC’s lead liaison for the field and partners responding to natural disasters across the country. Jason has helped to strengthen partnerships for NACHC and health centers with national relief organizations like Americares and Direct Relief, along with connecting new partners with health centers to support disaster relief.

Jason received his Bachelors of Science in Emergency Health Services at The George Washington University. He enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with his wife, son, and dog.

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