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
Task Force Chair

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier Healthcare Alliance

Blair Childs

Task Force 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.

Jim Sinkoff
Acting Treasurer

Deputy Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Hudson River Health Care

Jim Sinkoff

Acting Treasurer

Deputy Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Hudson River Health Care

As Deputy Executive Officer and CFO of Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare), 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 HRHCare, 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 HRHCare’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.

Emily Brower
Committee Member

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

Emily Brower

Committee Member

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.

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.

Shelly Schlenker
Committee Member

Vice President of Public Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations, Dignity Health 

Shelly Schlenker

Committee Member

Vice President of Public Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations, Dignity Health

Shelly Schlenker serves as Vice President of Public Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations for Dignity Health. In her capacity, Ms. Schlenker leads Dignity Health's Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, which in addition to the Dignity Health care centers includes an extensive strategic contact network of community based organizations and several thousand individual advocates.

The role of the Office of Public Policy and Advocacy is to support Dignity Health in achieving its mission, vision and strategic goals through the development and implementation of an effective legislative advocacy program. In her role, Ms. Schlenker serves as the chief advocate for Dignity Health providing leadership, direction and guidance to Dignity Health’s public policy activities in Arizona, California, and Nevada and at the Federal level.

Ms. Schlenker holds her Master's Degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Public Relations.

Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a 22-state network of more than 9,600 physicians, 63,000 employees, and over 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY17, Dignity Health provided $2.6 billion in charitable care and services

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.

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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