Our Executive Committee Members

The Task Force Executive Committee provides guidance on the strategic direction of the Task Force, and serves as the “north star” for organizational priorities. The Executive Committee is comprised of senior executives who represent the 4Ps: patients, payers, providers, and purchasers. The Committee is chaired by Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Premier.

Blair Childs
Chair

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier Healthcare Alliance

Blair Childs

Chair

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier Healthcare Alliance

Blair Childs is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Premier, leading the Advocacy, Communications, Safety and thought leadership units and serving on the company’s executive team. He works with the Congress, White House, and other policymakers involved in health policy.
Childs has been at the center of policy issues for more than two decades, playing a leading role on issues impacting medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurers, and hospitals. Childs has held senior management positions in professional, trade, and advocacy associations and a Fortune 25 company.

Emily Brower
Vice Chair

Senior Vice President, Clinical Integration and Physician Services, Trinity Health

Emily Brower

Vice Chair

Senior Vice President of Clinical Integration and Physician Services

Trinity Health

Emily DuHamel Brower serves as Senior Vice President of Clinical Integration and Physician Services for Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving more than 30 million people across 22 states. In this role, Emily provides leadership and strategic direction within the evolving accountable healthcare environment, with an emphasis on clinical integration and transformation under alternative payment models.
Emily joins Trinity Health from Atrius Health in Massachusetts, where she last served as Vice President of Population Health, building and executing the essential capabilities required to achieve strong financial and clinical outcomes within integrated care models under value-based reimbursement, particularly for publicly insured populations. Emily’s Medicare ACO team delivered year over year improvement in cost and quality, and the highest per-capita savings in an independent evaluation of the Pioneer model.
Prior to Atrius Health, Emily spent fifteen years in operational, financial, and contracting leadership roles at Urban Medical Group, a Massachusetts non-profit healthcare organization specializing in the care of medically complex, chronically ill populations across a community-based, long-term care continuum. During that time, Emily launched a PACE program and other innovative, capitated contracts for medically complex populations and served as Principal Investigator for a multi-year research project analyzing cost and quality outcomes to support payment reform.
Emily received her BA from Smith College and MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business. She and her family recently moved to Ann Arbor and are thoroughly enjoying their new status as Michiganders.

Jim Sinkoff
Secretary and Treasurer

Deputy Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Sun River Health

Jim Sinkoff

Secretary and Treasurer

Deputy Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Sun River Health

As Deputy Executive Officer and CFO of Sun River Health, one of New York’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers, James Sinkoff advances system-wide perspectives to develop and execute critical strategies that support the strength, growth, and sustainability of Sun River Health, while pursuing opportunities to create greater alignment within the organization and in the larger health care market. He also oversees organizational performance across multiple clinical, operational, and financial dimensions, and Sun River Health’s capital portfolio.

Mr. Sinkoff began his career in health care with Ernst & Young in New York. He served as the Director of Managed Care Financing for a large integrated health care system comprising three hospitals, two outpatient mental health agencies, and 13 nursing homes in western Massachusetts, the CFO for one of the larger Medicaid Managed Health Care plans in New York State, and later the Chief Executive Officer of a community health center in Albany.

In 2014, Mr. Sinkoff was appointed to the Transparency, Evaluation, and HIT Workgroup by New York State’s Acting Commissioner of Health, Howard A. Zucker. This workgroup delivered a report to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo detailing recommendations for New York State to move towards a comprehensive health claims and clinical database to improve quality and cost of health care, efficiency, and patient satisfaction. Mr. Sinkoff has held positions as Chair of the Board of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) and the Finance Committee of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), serves as a member of the Legislative Committee of NACHC, and is a member of the HealthCare Financial Management Association.

Mr. Sinkoff is also the CEO of Solutions 4 Community Health. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography.

Jordan Asher
Committee Member

Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive, Sentara Healthcare

Jordan Asher

Committee Member

Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive

Sentara Healthcare

Dr. Jordan Asher is Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive at Sentara Healthcare. His role concentrates on creating innovative models of care delivery as well as providing national thought leadership directed towards the future of health care.

Dr. Asher is dedicated to championing quality, fostering clinical effectiveness and further cultivating a culture of excellence in the delivery of clinical services across the continuum of care. He oversees system-wide Clinical Quality and Safety, Clinical Effectiveness, the Sentara Quality Care Network (SQCN), the High Performance Design process, Health Equity, Telehealth and Clinical Performance Improvement initiatives.

Before joining Sentara Healthcare, Jordan served as Chief Clinical Officer for Ascension Care Management (ACM), a subsidiary of Ascension. Prior to ACM, Jordan was Physician Network Executive for Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, where he led the implementation and design of physician alignment strategies. In addition, Dr. Asher served as the Assistant Dean and Interim Clinical Chair of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. In this role, he forged a partnership between Saint Thomas Health and the university to establish graduate medical residency programs in several areas including internal medicine, general surgery and emergency medicine. He also served as Medical Director for a large private practice, incorporating multiple specialties while practicing internal medicine specializing in hypertension.

Sean Cavanaugh
Committee Member

Chief Commerical Officer and Chief Policy Officer, Aledade

Sean Cavanaugh

Committee Member

Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Policy Officer

Aledade

Sean Cavanaugh is the Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Policy Officer at Aledade. Founded in 2014, Aledade partners with independent practices, health centers, and clinics to build and lead Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) anchored in primary care. Through these practice networks, Aledade empowers physicians to stay independent, focus on their patients, and thrive financially by keeping people healthy.

Sean has previously served as the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He was responsible for overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for-service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans, and the Medicare prescription drug program. Previously Sean was the Deputy Director for Programs and Policy in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where he was responsible for overseeing the development and testing of new payment and service delivery models, including ACOs and medical homes. Prior to that, Sean was Director of Health Care Finance at the United Hospital Fund. He has also served in senior positions at Lutheran Healthcare, the New York City Mayor's Office of Health Insurance Access, and the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Angela R. Meoli
Committee Member

Senior Vice President, Network Strategy and Provider Experience, Aetna, A CVS Health Company

Angela R. Meoli

Committee Member

Senior Vice President of Network Strategy and Provider Experience

Aetna

Angela (Angie) Meoli is Senior Vice President, Head of Network Strategy and Provider Experience at Aetna, a CVS Health company. She leads strategy and network operations, including strategic initiatives for achieving growth, affordability, product and local market objectives. Ms. Meoli is responsible for the coordination of Aetna’s more than $65 billion provider medical spend and oversees Aetna’s commercial and government provider services organization with a focus on continuously improving the provider experience.

Previously, Ms. Meoli was Aetna’s local market president for the Mid-Atlantic Territory, where she was responsible for approximately 2 million members and more than $8.6 billion in revenue. She led local market strategy and oversaw sales, network development and P&L operations for commercial, specialty and government businesses.

Ms. Meoli joined Aetna in 2013, through its acquisition of Coventry Health Care, as the local market president of Georgia and the Gulf States. As market president, she led a combined team in the Georgia market through integration and migration, resulting in a combined book of business of more than 400,000 lives.

While at Coventry, Ms. Meoli served as Chief Operating Officer of Coventry Health Care of Georgia, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of Coventry Health Care of LA, Inc. Prior to joining Coventry in 2004, she worked in employee benefits for The Home Depot and finance for PROMINA Health System, a provider-led HMO.

Ms. Meoli serves on the Aetna Enterprise Leadership Development Advisory Board and the Women’s Leadership Advisory Board. In addition, she is an executive sponsor of CVS Health’s military colleague resource group, BRAVE. Ms. Meoli is a member of the Advisory Board for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Philadelphia and a member of the POWER of Professional Women in Philadelphia.

Ms. Meoli holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from Pennsylvania State University. In 2018, she received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction Award, which recognizes dynamic women in the Philadelphia area who inspire growth and development. She enjoys spending personal time running, swimming, gardening and cooking with her husband and daughter.

Debbie Rittenour
Committee Member

Chief Executive Officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Debbie Rittenour

Committee Member

Chief Executive Officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Debbie Rittenour is chief executive officer of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust.

Prior to joining the Trust, Rittenour was senior vice president of government programs at Capital BlueCross, an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association serving 21 counties in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, and president of Vibra Health Plan, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based health insurance company. In this capacity, she led all government program product lines including Medicare, individual and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

With more than 30 years of experience—mostly leading Medicare and Medicaid programs—Rittenour has also held leadership positions at Florida Blue, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee.

Rittenour holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in business from Robert Morris University. She has participated in executive leadership and negotiation programs at Harvard University, and completed the BlueCross BlueShield Association Executive Training Leadership Program at Duke University.

Shelly Schlenker
Committee Member

Executive Vice President, Chief Advocacy Officer, CommonSpirit Health

Shelly Schlenker

Committee Member

Executive Vice President, Chief Advocacy Officer

CommonSpirit Health

Shelly Schlenker, MHA, serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Advocacy Officer for CommonSpirit Health. She is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive, multi-faceted advocacy program within the largest Catholic health care system in the United States encompassing legislative and regulatory policy matters at the state and federal levels, environmental sustainability, violence prevention and socially responsible investing.

Shelly had been the senior advocacy leader at Dignity Health for nearly 20 years before the formation of the new ministry. Previously she had served as a Regional Vice President for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. Shelly serves on several boards and is involved in a variety of industry associations. She served on the board of the Center for Healthcare Decision (2000-2017) fostering public deliberation on contemporary health care problems. She presently serves on the Executive Committees
of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a Washington DC based consortium that brings together patients, payers, providers and purchasers to advance transformation of the U.S. health care system, and Private Essential Access Community Hospitals, representing safety net hospitals that care for a disproportionate share of low-income, medically vulnerable patients. She also serves as the Chair of the Policy and Reimbursement committee for the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Shelly received a Master's Degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California.

Meena Seshamani
Committee Member

Vice President of Clinical Care Transformation, MedStar Health

Meena Seshamani

Committee Member

Vice President of Clinical Care Transformation

MedStar Health

Meena Seshamani is Vice President of Clinical Care Transformation at MedStar Health, where she serves on the system-wide senior leadership team and leads integrated care delivery models and value-based care initiatives across the 10 hospital, 300+ outpatient care site health system. The care models and service lines under her leadership have been nationally recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others. Before coming to MedStar Health, she served as Director of the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she drove strategy and managed the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She received her B.A. with honors, magna cum laude, in business economics from Brown University, her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and her DPhil (PhD) in Health Economics from the University of Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She completed her residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and practiced as a head and neck surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.

Susan Sherry
Committee Member

Deputy Director, Community Catalyst 

Susan Sherry

Committee Member

Deputy Director, Community Catalyst

With more than 35 years of experience working in health policy and consumer advocacy, Susan Sherry provides strategic direction to nationally recognized federal, state, and local initiatives to expand health access, improve quality, and build community participation in health policy and health care systems. She has a strong track record of entrepreneurial program development and is responsible for overseeing a broad range of Community Catalyst projects including state-based technical assistance programs and issue campaigns.

Susan represents Community Catalyst on the Health Care Transformation Task Force Board of Directors, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN) Guiding Committee and the Massachusetts Attorney General Advisory Task Force on Community Benefits.

Prior to joining Community Catalyst, Susan was the founding Executive Director of Health Care For All where she represented consumer interests in negotiations around the 1986 Massachusetts universal health care law, hospital free care, and insurance market reforms. She also directed the state technical assistance program at Families USA. Susan has been an instructor at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health since 2000 teaching community organizing. She has 10 years human service agency experience prior to her health advocacy work.

In 2004 and 2005, she was named one of Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a master's degree from Goddard College. She completed her doctoral coursework at Brandeis University.

Community Catalyst works to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill.

Troy Smith
Committee Member

Vice President, Healthcare Strategy and Payment Transformation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Troy Smith

Committee Member

Vice President, Healthcare Strategy and Payment Transformation

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Troy Smith is Vice President of Healthcare Strategy and Payment Transformation at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), one of the Southeast’s largest Blue plans with over 3.8 million members. Troy joined BCBSNC in 2008, and has been part of the Healthcare Division since 2011. Reporting directly to BCBSNC’s Chief Medical Officer, Troy and his team are advancing value-based care through the design, implementation and operation of new reimbursement models and provider partnership opportunities. Since launching the primary care-centric Blue Premier
model in 2018, over 50% our BCBSNC’s medical expense is aligned with value-based care, and savings to date have accrued over $200M. Troy and his team are now expanding into specialty-based value models (risk, bundles, etc.), while also continuing to refine Blue Premier through new offerings, like primary care capitation. In addition to value-based care, Troy is also responsible for enterprise-wide medical expense management, as well as contributing to the plan’s product/network strategy. During his tenure, Troy has also helped lead the implementation of BCBSNC’s tiered and narrow-network products.

Prior to joining BCBSNC, Troy held various roles in Information Technology and Finance, with extensive experience leading transformative projects. A Minnesota native, Troy received both his Bachelor of Science in Business and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Troy lives in Cary, North Carolina with his wife and two children, and enjoys spending time with his family on trips to North Carolina’s mountains and beaches

Dave Terry
Committee Member

Chief Executive Officer, & Co-Founder, Archway Health

Dave Terry

Committee Member

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Archway Health

As the CEO and co-founder of Archway Health Mr. Terry is a leading expert on care and risk management strategies and underwriting models within value-based care programs of all types. Throughout his 20-year-career in healthcare, Mr. Terry has been a senior executive for providers all along the care continuum and within all types of reimbursement models.  In these roles, he has led a wide variety of care and risk management initiatives focused on improving outcomes, reducing costs, structuring risk arrangements, and building networks.  Mr. holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Columbia University. 

Todd Van Tol
Committee Member

Senior Vice President, Health Care Value, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Todd Van Tol

Committee Member

Senior Vice President, Health Care Value
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Todd Van Tol is the Senior Vice President of Health Care Value for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). In that role, he has responsibility for provider contracting and network management, medical and pharmacy management, as well as wellness programs and product development across all lines of business for BCBSM. Previously, he led the plan’s Commercial Group business with responsibility for the Autos, Key & Large, Middle & Small Group, and Private Exchange lines of business.
Prior to joining BCBSM in July of 2017, Todd served as a Partner and North American practice leader for the Health & Life Sciences business of Oliver Wyman where he led the firm’s efforts across Payer and Provider clients. Prior to Oliver Wyman, Todd held senior roles at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association as well as Bain & Company.
Todd’s experience spans a broad range of strategic issues facing health plans and providers including market reform planning, customer strategy, building new value-based payer/provider partnership models, and the development of next generation product offerings. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS from Michigan State University.

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