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denise leard, ESQ
Attorney at Brown & Fortunato
Denise M. Leard joined Amarillo, Texas, law firm Brown & Fortunato, P.C., in 1997 and serves as a contributing member to the firm’s Health Care Group. Ms. Leard represents numerous home/durable medical equipment companies, pharmacies, and other healthcare providers nationwide. She has authored numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer throughout the country. She is licensed in Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington, and is board-certified in health law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Ms. Leard earned a BA from the University of Washington and received her law degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Law.
leonard s. holman, jr., BS PHARM, RPH
Executive and Consultant, Seasoned Health Care
Len Holman is a Registered Pharmacist with 46 years of experience in health care, including 41 years working for, managing, owning, advising, and/or operating companies that prepare sterile pharmaceutical products and 35 years in the home infusion arena. His pharmacy career includes experience in retail, hospital, home infusion, and specialty pharmacy.
Additionally, Mr. Holman held an executive business development position with Allina Hospital System in Minneapolis. He founded, owned, and operated Option Care of Northeast Ohio, where he served as President and CEO for 23 years. He also served as Vice President of Governmental & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer for CarePoint Partners.
Mr. Holman has been a member of the National Home Infusion Association since 1991, and served as both a board member and chairman. He is a graduate of the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University.
Gregory Bentley, Esq
Principal, The Bentley Washington Law Firm
Gregory Bentley is Principal of The Bentley Washington Law Firm in Washington, DC. The firm concentrates on various matters of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, intellectual property licensing, and commercial contracts.
Mr. Bentley also has an extensive background in medical device and pharmaceutical industries. He served as General Counsel of two pharmaceutical companies from 1999 to 2011 and was Vice President, Regulatory and Quality, for Siemens Medical Systems Inc from 1994 to 1999. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bentley practiced corporate and antitrust law at Shearman & Sterling, a major Wall Street law firm, and was Associate General Counsel for Siemens Corporation.
Mr. Bentley earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School, a master’s in economics from Tufts University, and a bachelor’s in applied physics from Tufts University.
William R. Letendre, Sr., MS, MBA
Vice President of Pharmacy Management Services, Professional Compounding Centers of America, Inc.
William Letendre has more than 40 years of experience in the compounding pharmacy industry. He is Vice President of Pharmacy Management Services for Professional Compounding Centers of America, Inc., where he has served for 30 years. He also served as President and a Board Member of the Texas Pharmacy Association and the New Hampshire Pharmacists Association. Additionally, he worked as Pharmacist-in-Charge in the retail and hospital pharmacy sectors and served academic appointments at numerous schools of pharmacy.
Mr. Letendre’s affiliations during his 50-year career included adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Houston and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He also was a Board Member and Treasurer of the Academy for Compounding Pharmacy. He is the recipient of numerous awards.
Mr. Letendre earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
john barrett, BSEE, MBA
Senior Consultant, Quality Systems Engineering
johnson city, tn
John Barrett has more than 40 years of experience that includes a broad background in different industries. He worked in telecommunications, factory automation, and appliance manufacturing. He spent over 25 years in the medical device industry, and has experience in quality assurance, quality systems, and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Barrett is currently a Senior Consultant for Quality Systems Engineering, where he helps clients improve business and quality system processes.
He has multiple certifications from the American Society for Quality and has been an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from East Tennessee State University.
roy g. chew, phd
Past President, Kettering Health Network
Roy Chew recently retired as President of Kettering Health Network in southwest Ohio, where he served for 43 years in various positions of administrative responsibility. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Kettering Health Network, as well as the boards for several of its hospitals and foundations.
Mr. Chew also has served on several other boards, including those of the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems (AAHHS), the parent company of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP); Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce; Ohio University Center for Osteopathic Research and Education; American Hospital Association Region 5; Wilmington College; and Kettering College.
He is the recipient of various awards for community service, including the Dayton Area Citizen Legion of Honor Award, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Leader of the Year Award, United Way Community Services Award, and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Phillips Medal of Public Service.
Mr. Chew earned a BS from the University of Missouri, an MS from the University of Dayton, and his PhD from Stanford University.
mark s. defrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG
MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Women’s Health Connecticut/Physicians for Women’s Health
Dr. Mark S. DeFrancesco is a Past President and former National Secretary of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and has been in private practice for many years. He is a founder of Women’s Health Connecticut/Physicians for Women’s Health and served as its Chief Medical Officer from 1997 to 2014.
Dr. DeFrancesco served as a Board Member and President of the Board of Directors of Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). He also served as a Board Member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems (AAHHS), the parent company of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).
Dr. DeFrancesco also is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Prior to becoming a physician, he had a brief career in banking and served as a Representative in the Connecticut state legislature.
A graduate of Yale University, Dr. DeFrancesco received his medical education at the University of Connecticut. He earned an MBA from the University of New Haven.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Health Care
José Domingos is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) in Cary, North Carolina. His over 25 years of experience in health care include numerous director level, sales, marketing, and strategy roles in the medical device industry.
Mr. Domingos joined ACHC in 2011 as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and assumed the role of CEO of ACHC in 2012. Mr. Domingos also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy.
Prior to joining ACHC, Mr. Domingos served as the Market Segment Director for Becton Dickinson Diagnostics, where he led the Global Marketing team. He also previously served as the Director of Marketing for the Surgical Division of Teleflex Medical, where he led the development, branding, promotion, and product and marketing management strategy for minimally invasive and open surgery products. He has over 20 years of international medical marketing and product management experience, as well as sales and sales management.
He holds an Associate of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Pennsylvania State University.
RICHARD A. FEIFER, MD, MPH, FACP
Chief Medical Officer, Genesis HealthCare
Kennett Square, PA
Dr. Rich Feifer is Chief Medical Officer at Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and long-term care providers. He leads medical directors across the organization and manages a team of more than 550 providers who care for Genesis patients.
His primary focus is the active transition from volume-based fee-for-service to value-based care and reimbursement. In that capacity, he also serves as Chief Medical Officer of the Genesis HealthCare Accountable Care Organization (ACO), which is the only national ACO focused on nursing home patients.
Prior to joining Genesis, Dr. Feifer served at Aetna as Chief Medical Officer of National Accounts. Before Aetna, Dr. Feifer served as Vice President of Clinical Program Innovation and Evaluation at Medco.
Barbara Stover Gingerich, RN, MS, FACHE (R)
President, Advantage Consultants, Inc.
Barbara Stover Gingerich, an internationally and nationally recognized consultant, author, editor, and presenter, is president of Advantage Consultants, Inc. She has taught at the collegiate level and served as the Editor of Home Health Care Management and Practice, a national peer-reviewed professional journal, for over 20 years. She continues her involvement in publishing as Editor Emeritus for the journal.
Ms. Gingerich’s firm, based in York, Pennsylvania, provides services in many different areas related to health care. As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, she is knowledgeable in management and operations of diverse healthcare settings and well-versed in accreditation, licensing, and corporate compliance activities. Additionally, she attained home care and hospice certification, i.e., Certified Home/Hospice Executive, through the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.
She has published extensively for over 25 years, with 17 published books and 250 published periodical manuscripts. Ms. Gingerich received her RN from the York Hospital School of Nursing, her BA from New England College, and her MS from West Virginia University.
maria (sallie) poepsel, phd, MSN, CRNA, APRN
Owner and Ceo, MSMP Anesthesia Services, LLC
Sallie Poepsel is the owner and CEO of MSMP Anesthesia Services, LLC, in Columbia, Missouri. Her practice focuses on rural critical access hospitals and she is an advocate for access to healthcare services in rural and medically underserved areas.
Ms. Poepsel has over 46 years of experience in health care, including clinical, education, research, leadership, and management.
Following completion of a Rural Health Fellowship in 2015, she was appointed in 2016 to serve on the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS).
She is a former Director for Region IV of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and previously served as a board member of the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems (AAHHS), the parent company of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). She has been a volunteer anesthesia provider overseas since 2001 through the Medical Missions Foundation Inc.
Ms. Poepsel received her Master of Science in Cardiovascular Nursing from St. Louis University and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, specializing in Healthcare Services, from Walden University.
brock slabach, MPH, FACHE
Senior Vice President for Member Services, National Rural Health Association
Brock Slabach is Senior Vice President for Member Services of the National Rural Health Association. He previously was a rural hospital administrator for more than 21 years and served on the board of the National Rural Health Association and the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association.
Mr. Slabach serves on the Star Rating Technical Expert Panel (TEP) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is a member of the National Quality Forum’s Measures Application Partnership (MAP) Hospital and Rural Health Workgroup, and previously served as a board member of the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems (AAHHS), the parent company of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).
Mr. Slabach is the 2015 recipient of the Calico Quality Leadership Award of the National Rural Health Resource Center and the 2018 recipient of the Award of Honor of the American Society of Healthcare Pharmacists Board of Directors.
He earned a Master of Public Health degree in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Marshelle Thobaben, RN, MS, PHN, APNP, FNP
Professor, Humboldt State University
Marshelle Thobaben is a Professor Emeritus at Humboldt State University (HSU) in Arcata, California, and also is a Nursing Consultant. For over 30 years, Professor Thobaben taught community and public health nursing and chaired the HSU Department of Nursing as well as the HSU and CSU academic senates. She has been honored as an HSU Scholar of the Year for her extensive research and publications and received the inaugural HSU Service Award for her outstanding service.
Professor Thobaben has published more than 150 articles in leading nursing journals, written chapters and co-authored textbooks, and presented at numerous national conferences on nursing and social issues. She has been nationally recognized for her work in elder abuse prevention and home health psychiatric nursing.
Professor Thobaben received a BS from the University of Portland and an MSN from California State University, Fresno. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow at the University of Rochester and attended the Institute for Research on Higher Education Executive Program on Managing Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
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