Board of Directors

Thomas J. Betlach

Tom Betlach joined Speire as a partner to advise government and private sector clients on complex health policy and strategic initiatives. He is a nationally-recognized thought leader on Medicaid and health care policy, known for his expertise in serving complex populations, delivery system transformation, value-based purchasing, managed care and cost containment. Prior to joining Speire, Tom spent 27 years serving in a variety of leadership roles for the state of Arizona. He served five different governors in three different cabinet positions.

Most recently, Tom served as director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s state Medicaid agency, where he reported directly to the governor. AHCCCS provided health care coverage to 1.9 million Arizonans at an annual cost of $13 billion.

Mr. Betlach is former President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. He is also a board member for Circle the City and Equality Health.
Mr. Betlach earned his BA degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and his MPA from the University of Arizona

David C. K. Chin

Dr. Chin is a Distinguished Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine, where he focuses on preparing health systems for value-based health care. Before joining Hopkins, he was a senior national partner and leader of the Academic Medical Center Practice in PwC’s US Healthcare Industries Advisory Practice and leader of PwC’s Global Healthcare Research Institute.

Prior to PwC he served as President of the Novalis Corporation and President and Medical Director of the Health Centers Division of the Harvard Community Health Plan.

Dr. Chin holds a BA from Harvard College, an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MBA from Stanford Business School, as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

Benjamin Chu, MD

A leader in creating patient-centered, integrated healthcare reforms, Dr. Chu advises clients on building collaborative partnerships. In 2015, Dr. Chu was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University, an MD from New York University School of Medicine and an MPH from Columbia University.


John Glaser, PhD

John is a former senior vice president of Population Health, at Cerner Corporation. Previously he was chief executive officer of Siemens Heath Services. Prior to Siemens, John was chief information officer at Partners HealthCare.

John was the founding chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the past-president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. He is the former Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Digital Health, World Economic Forum. He is former Senior Advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

He has authored many articles and books on the strategic application of IT in health care. He is on the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and the Harvard School of Public Health.

George C. Halvorson

George Halvorson is Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding. He is also Chair of the First Five Commission for Children and Families for the State of California. Halvorson served for more than 30 years as CEO of six health care delivery and financing organizations. He was Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente from 2002–2014. Prior to that position, he was CEO of the HealthPartners health plan and care system in Minnesota for 17 years. Halvorson has been a member of more than 30 boards and commissions and has served as chair for more than a dozen boards, task forces and commissions. He currently serves on several child development-related task forces and commissions, including the Right Start Commission for the State of California, the long range planning advisory committee for the Superintendent of Schools for California.

Halvorson is the author of 17 infant books. His book Health Care Will Not Reform Itself was used as part of the health care reform legislation development. His most recent book, The Art Of InterGroup Peace, deals with instinctive inter group behavior and explains why we need to help all children have the right support for brain development in the first years of life to reduce the number of people we put in prison in America and increase the likelihood of inter group Peace.

Jeffrey Kang, MD, MPH

Throughout his career, Dr. Jeffrey Kang has been on a mission to change the way care is delivered to older patients with chronic, complex conditions. He is currently the founding CEO of WellBe Senior Medical, a geriatric home care group providing care to the frail, polychronic, elderly patient.

Dr. Kang has worked in medical groups, commercial health insurance, the federal government and retail health care to improve care for senior patients. As the first chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Dr. Kang was responsible for national coverage decisions, regulation of the health care industry and health plan and provider quality measurement and improvement. As chief medical officer at Cigna, he led the development of initiatives designed to improve patient care while managing costs. And as senior vice president of Walgreens health and wellness services and solutions, Dr. Kang ran the company’s emerging health care businesses, including all retail and worksite health care clinics. Most recently, he was president of ChenMed, a primary care medical group for disadvantaged seniors.

Dr. Kang holds a BA from Harvard, an MD from UC San Francisco and an MPH from UC Berkeley. He completed his clinical training at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and remained on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kang also currently serves on the board of directors of ChenMed and Blue Cross/BlueShield of Minnesota and on the Advisory Board of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics.

David Kendrick, MD, Chair

David C. Kendrick, MD, MPH, FACP is Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics at OU, and founder and CEO of Oklahoma’s MyHealth Access Network, which serves more than 3M patients statewide, and provides advanced health information exchange, community-wide care coordination, and a robust decision support platform. MyHealth provides region-wide quality measurement for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiatives as well as ACOs and value-based payment models in Oklahoma. Dr. Kendrick is a Board member of the (SHIEC) Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative. David proposed the Patient Centered Data Home™ model of nationwide interoperability, which enables secure patient record exchange among states and regions where individuals receive care.

Julie V. Murchinson

Julie V. Murchinson is an Executive-in-Residence with AVIA and serves as an Advisor to Health Velocity Capital and Trustee of The Commons Project, a non-profit that fills the void between the public and private sectors to build and operate digital services for public good. She built and led Health Evolution, the industry’s premier convening company that connects the health care industry’s most influential leaders to inspire forward-thinking strategies and scalable solutions that drive health. Ms. Murchinson was also Managing Director at Manatt Health Solutions, the policy and strategy advisory division of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. She holds a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Adrienne Mims, MD, MPH

Dr. Mims has more than 30 years of clinical practice experience, including caring for Medicare beneficiaries in the hospital, office, nursing home, hospice and home care. She is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics, with fellowship status in both specialties. As a clinical epidemiologist, she has more than 20 years of administrative experience in using quality performance metrics to guide changes in clinical processes, clinician and patient education and organizational delivery system redesign in small clinical practices, large disease management, Medicare Advantage and managed care organizations.

Dr. Mims has returned to practicing primary care and geriatrics at the JenCare Senior Medical Center, a healthcare system that focuses on affordable quality care for vulnerable patients. Dr. Mims was previously vice president and chief medical officer for Alliant Health Solutions, the Quality Innovation Network—Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO). She is a Trustee for the Retirement Research Foundation, a national endowment that funds projects to improve the quality of care for seniors. She is former president of the American Health Quality Association, the trade association for QIN-QIOs. She was also on the boards of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians; Georgia Alzheimer’s Association; Georgia POLST Collaborative; the PCPI, a national organization that develops quality measures for all specialties; and the American Geriatric Society, where she chaired the audit committee.

Dr. Mims was appointed by the governor to the Georgia Older Adults Cabinet and the Georgia Council on Aging. She was medical director of Georgia Medicaid Management Program and a geriatrician and director of prevention health promotion and research with The Southeast Permanente Medical Group in Atlanta. She is a former member of the NCQA Geriatric Measurement Advisory Panel and the NCQA Committee for Performance Measures.

Ralph Muller

Mr. Muller is a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and the former CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (2003 – 2019). He was previously President of The University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System (1985 – 2001),  a Visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund in London, UK (2001-2), and was Deputy Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago(1985-86) and Budget Director of the University of Chicago(1980-84)

Mr. Muller held senior positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving as Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare.

He is an elected Member of the National Academies of Medicine (NAM), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Mr. Muller received his BA in economics from Syracuse University and his MA in government from Harvard University.

Debra L. Ness, MS

Ms. Ness is President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. She previously worked at the Service Employees International Union, directing and organizational development programs. She also headed field operations for NARAL.

Ms. Ness was one of the first public members of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors and the American College of Cardiology Board of Trustees. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (HCPLAN).  She also serves on the boards of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Economic Policy Institute.

She has a BA in psychology and sociology from Drew University and an MS from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Joseph P. Newhouse, PhD

Dr. Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University, Director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education, and Director of the Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy. He spent the first 20 years of his career at RAND, where he designed and directed the RAND Health Insurance Experiment and was Head of the RAND Economics Department.

In 1981, Dr. Newhouse became founding editor of the Journal of Health Economics. He has won the Victor R. Fuchs Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Health Economists and was the first recipient of the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize of the Association for Public Policy and Management.

He received his BA and PhD in economics from Harvard University and has received an honorary doctoral degree from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He received his BA and PhD in economics from Harvard University and has received an honorary doctoral degree from the Pardee RAND Graduate Schoo

Len Nichols, PhD

Dr. Nichols, a health economist and policy analyst, is Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University.

Formerly he was the Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute, Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton reform efforts of 1993–94, and Associate Professor of Economics at Wellesley College.

He is a GAO-appointed member of the Physician Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, which advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on Medicare payment models. He earned his PhD in economics from the University of Illinois.

Margaret E. O’Kane, President

Margaret E. O’Kane is the founder and president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and has received the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, as well as the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

Modern Healthcare magazine has named O’Kane one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” 12 times, most recently in 2017, and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” 3 times.

She is a board member of the Milbank Memorial Fund and is Chairman of the Board of Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that helps people make better health decisions.

O’Kane holds a master’s degree in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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Brent Pawlecki, MD, MMM

Dr. Pawlecki is CHO for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and is responsible for developing the company’s global health strategy.

He received the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the National Business Group on Health®.

Dr. Pawlecki was Corporate Medical Director for Pitney Bowes Inc., and served as Corporate Medical Consultant and as Chief HIPAA Privacy Officer.

Dr. Pawlecki holds degrees from St. Louis University and completed his MMM at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Craig Samitt

Dr. Samitt is President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. He was previously Chief Clinical Officer and President of the Diversified Business Group at Anthem, Inc.

He has held a number of senior executive positions, including President and CEO of HealthCare Partners, and president and CEO of Dean Health System Inc. Dr. Samitt was recognized as one of “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” by Modern Healthcare in 2018.

Dr. Samitt holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, a medical degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He completed a medical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Susan Stuard

Ms. Stuard is an independent consultant who advises clients on issues related health policy. She serves as the New York region’s payer convener for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and is project director for the State Medicaid Alternative Reimbursement and Purchasing Test for High-cost Drugs (SMART-D) initiative at the Center for Evidenced-based Policy at OHSU. She co-chairs the Primary Care Steering Committee for the New York State Health Innovation Plan and serves on the New York State Health Innovation Council.

She led THINC, a nonprofit convening organization that established research-based criteria to enhance health care quality and value. She was also Director for Technology Policy Development at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Ms. Stuard holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Glenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP, FAPA

Dr. Wrenn is the Chief Medical Officer of 180 Health Partners, where she provides executive clinical leadership for its programs that address substance use disorders and the Social Determinants of Health. She is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA where she served as founding Director of the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute until 2018. Dr. Wrenn’s passion is to help create environments where individuals adversely impacted by trauma will face a path forward that makes it easier for them to recover and build a good life. She is a sought-after speaker and mental health policy advisor, nationally recognized for her behavioral health leadership.

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