Speakers

This year's conference includes many expert speakers with a wide variety of backgrounds.

 

KATY KEENE

MANAGER OF EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELL BEING, CROWLEY MARITIME

How Doing Good For Others Is Good For Your Health

Katy is the Manager of Employee Health and Well Being at Crowley where she drives the strategy and direction for corporate benefits and employee programs. She also leads the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts and incorporates this initiative into the existing employee programs and benefits to add value to employees, the organization and the community.

 

Katy has double major bachelor degrees in Management and Marketing with an emphasis in sales and customer relationship management from Florida State University.

GARY M. COHEN

VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, BLUE SHIELD OF CA

Post-Election Healthcare Challenges for Public Agencies

Gary Cohen has held a variety of senior positions in the public and private sectors. Before joining Blue Shield, Gary was Vice President, Enterprise Regulatory Strategy & Policy at Kaiser Permanente.  Prior to that he had his own consulting practice and served on the Blue Shield Board of Directors.

Gary served in the Obama Administration from 2010-2014, most recently as Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCII0), where he worked with senior Obama Administration officials, state insurance regulators, health plans and other stakeholder groups to put into place the market-wide reforms required by the ACA and to stand up the federal and state Marketplaces.
 

VLAD GYSTER

CEO & FOUNDER, AIRBO

How to Capture Attention & Drive Behavior in Benefits Communication

Vlad loves helping HR leaders explore new ways to capture employee attention and drive behavior. After cofounding Willis Towers Watson’s social media practice in 2007, Vlad went on to become the Founder and CEO of Airbo, an Employee Engagement & Communications Platform.

His last twelve years have been spent helping organizations like Fujifilm use mobile, gamification and other technologies to drive employee engagement. In 2016, Vlad was named a Top 50 Benefits Technology Innovator by Employee Benefit News. He’s a frequent speaker and contributes to publications like Fortune, Employee Benefit News, IHRIM, and SHRM. Today, he resides in Venice, CA where he occasionally sneaks out to surf.

 

SOHRAB GOLLOGLY, M.D.,

MICROSCOPIC SPINE SURGEON, PHYSICIAN/OWNER, MONTEREY PENINSULA SURGERY CENTERS

Meaningful Strategies to Reduce Opiate Use After Surgury

Sohrab Gollogly, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and Fellowship-trained spine surgeon who also performs scientific research and participates in several volunteer surgical organizations.

Dr. Gollogly completed his undergraduate education in biology at Reed College in Portland, Ore. He earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Utah.

In 2004, Dr. Gollogly completed a Fellowship in pediatric spine surgery at San Diego Children’s Hospital after a Fellowship in spine surgery at Centre Des Massues in Lyon, France.

 

Dr. Gollogly has appointments at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula and the Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers. He enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities on California’s Central Coast.

THOMAS D. WILSON

CEO, MONTEREY PENINSULA SURGERY CENTERS

Reducing or Eliminating Opioid Consumption After Surgery

A westerner by birth, Tom Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University and a Masters at the U.C. Berkeley Hospital Administration program.  His early career centered in hospital management and he rose to become the CEO of a teaching hospital.  Mr. Wilson’s emphasis shifted to outpatient facility management when he became the Group-Vice President for a large hospital management company directing their ambulatory surgery centers national division.  In 1990 he purchased three ASCs and subsequently expanded the company to 18 facilities and took the company public.  In 1995, the firm was purchased.

STEPHEN B. MILLER, MD, MBA

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, EXPRESS SCRIPTS INC.

What’s Trending in Prescription Drugs?

Dr. Steve Miller joined Express Scripts in 2005. An international speaker and author of more than 80 scientific articles, Dr. Miller is recognized for his research in the areas of acute renal failure, transplantation, hypertension and healthcare economics. Dr. Miller has been actively involved in the development of Express Scripts clinical programs supporting the use of generic pharmaceuticals and specialty medications. He serves as a leader in the promotion of legislation to create a pathway at the FDA for regulation of biosimilars.


Dr. Miller earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received additional training in the Pathology and Research Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and in cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1988 he joined Washington University School of Medicine as a fellow in Nephrology/Hypertension and Transplantation. He remained on the faculty, becoming the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the institution. In addition to his medical education, Dr. Miller earned his MBA at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.

LEANNA LILLY

HEALTH MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST, KEENAN

Wellness Feud

Leanna is a Health Management Specialist with Keenan & Associates.  She has over 11 years of experience in worksite wellness in developing, implementing, marketing, and evaluating wellness and condition management programs and initiatives for public agencies and healthcare systems. Her areas of expertise include program development, data analysis, and program evaluation.

 

Prior to joining Keenan, Leanna worked at MemorialCare Health Systems as a Wellness Coordinator.

 

Leanna holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and M.S. degrees in both Industrial/Organization Psychology and Exercise and Sports Science from Eastern Kentucky University. She also holds certifications as Professional in Human Resources, Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist, and Certified Personal Trainer.

 

In her free time, Leanna loves to cook and spend time outside with her husband and their adorable dog.

MELISSA GARRETT

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, ANTHEM BLUE CROSS

HealthCare and the California Hill: What is on the Political Horizon?

As Government Relations Business Development Director for Anthem, Inc., Melissa is responsible for planning and developing new business and product growth opportunities across Anthem’s product and specialty lines. Melissa came to Anthem in April, 2016 after having spent seven years as Associate Vice President of Government Affairs for Bridgepoint Education. There she managed Bridgepoint’s higher education-focused advocacy efforts across the 50 states and locally in their cities of operation.  Prior to Bridgepiont, Melissa served in a variety of positions in her 10 year tenure at American Specialty Health in San Diego ending as Manager of Legislative Affairs focused on ASH’s state and federal legislative priorities.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Chris Miles

Principal at Leavitt Partners

Change Your Day, Not Your Life

Chris Miles is a principal at Leavitt Partners, where she is responsible for overseeing business development activities and client projects, specifically related to the commercial insurance industry. She leads the Leavitt Partners employer value-based care team. Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Chris was a senior vice president at Aon focusing on health care delivery system transformation. In her 20+ years with the firm, Chris held several positions, delivering valuable insight and practical solutions to meet clients' health care issues.

 

Chris received a bachelor’s in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an M.B.A. in human resource management from DePaul University in Chicago.

JEFFREY DURMER, M.D., PH.D.

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, FUSION HEALTH

The Why's, How's and Outcomes of Population Sleep Health Programs

Jeffrey Durmer, MD, PhD., is a systems neuroscientist, neurologist and sleep medicine physician. He is an adjunct professor at Georgia State University Department of Health Professions and former director of the Emory University Sleep Laboratory program. Dr. Durmer is a three-term member of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Board for the Restless Legs Foundation and an appointed Sleep Medicine advisor to the Federal Aviation Administration.
 
Dr. Durmer has co-founded FusionHealth, a complete sleep management solution for employers and serves as the company’s Chief Medical Officer. In his capacity at FusionHealth, Dr. Durmer is responsible for the medical design of population sleep health programming and the development of key outcome metrics.
 

MIKE GULKER

FINANCIAL WELLNESS SPECIALIST, FORESTERS FINANCIAL

Wellness Includes the Wallet

Mike Gulker is a Financial Wellness Specialist, and he’s based in Foresters Financial’s San Diego office. Mike was instrumental in developing Forester’s Financial Wellness Program that has been adopted by hundreds of public employers across California. His professional focus is the intersection of behavioral health and personal finances. He has been with Foresters Financial for over three years and graduated with a B.A. from Yale University.

 

ELLEN ALCALA

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS MANAGER, CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ASSOCIATION (CSEBA) & CPHCC BOARD CHAIR

Welcome & What is CPHCC?

Ellen Alcala is the Employee Benefits Manager for the California Schools Employee Benefits Association (“CSEBA”), a consortium of public educational agencies that pool together to purchase employee benefits.  In her role, Ellen oversees the day to day operations of the benefits department and has oversight for 48 school districts that participate in the CSEBA JPA for benefits.  Ellen is the outgoing chair of the California Purchasers Health Care Coalition, a position she has held since 2014.   Ellen is the past President of her local Toastmasters Organization.  With over 20 years of experience in the Employee Benefits field specifically as it relates to School Districts, Ellen is passionate about providing the right benefits at the right price for her clients .   Ellen’s prior experience includes Senior Account Manager at Kaiser Permanente, and a Consultant for a Large National Brokerage Firm.    
 

NELL MCCARTHY

SENIOR COUNSEL, KAISER PERMANENTE

Post-Election Health Care Challenges for Public Agencies!

Nell McCarthy is a Senior Counsel with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's Government Relations office where she is responsible for health care policy development.

 

Nell has more than 10 years of public policy and advocacy experience. She held multiple roles in the Obama White House, including as a Senior Policy Advisor with the White House Domestic Policy Council and as White House Deputy Director of Cabinet Affairs, a role in which she was the liaison between the White House and federal agencies responsible for domestic policy, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Justice, and Education.

CHEF HERMANN SCHÄFER

HILTON SAN DIEGO RESORT & SPA

Wellness Feud

Over his 30 years in the industry, Schäfer has been influenced by some of the leaders in culinary history including Alain Ducasse, Paul Bocuse, Joël Robuchon, Eckart Witzigmann, and Heinz Reitbauer. He has honed his own classic contemporary cooking style with a modern twist, which is reflected throughout the menus in his current establishment, Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, where he serves as Corporate West Coast Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage. He was named Noble House Hotels and Resorts Corporate F&B Leader of the Year 2015.

 

Schäfer stays active through continuous professional activities including attending seminars at The Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, conducting monthly classes at “Sur La Table,” administering, teaching and guest speaking at the annual Produce Show and being featured in magazines such as Riviera, Restaurant News, 714, Orange County Business Journal, Orange Coast Magazine and Culinary Trends. He is also a member of the Les Toques Blanches International Club.

JEFFREY MIZOKAWA

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, KEENAN

Wellness Includes the Wallet

Jeffrey Mizokawa is an Assistant Vice President who is based out of Keenan’s San Clemente office.  As part of the Employee Benefits and Keenan Financial Services teams, Jeffrey consults public agencies across the state to provide and implement cost effective benefit programs and budget solutions.  His professional focus is on helping public agencies improve and adjust their employee benefit programs with emphasis on budget implications.  He has been assisting California public agencies with budget and financial solutions for 12 years since graduating with a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

KIMBLE T. CATER, D.C.

CATER CHIROPRACTIC

Is Chiropractic Care Good For Your Membership?

Dr. Kimble graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology in 1979. He then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and was licensed in 1983. Dr. Kimble opened up Cater Chiropractic in Salinas, California in 1984.

 

Dr. Kimble has more than 35 years of diverse experience, with a demonstrated history of working in the health, wellness and fitness industry.

PATRICK PREZIOSO

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER, CPHCC, RETIRED

What is CPHCC?

Patrick Prezioso began his career in 1970 as a Classified employee at Alhambra City School District.  In 1975 Patrick became a Labor Relations Representative, working in the San Gabriel Valley area recruiting members, improving and expanding the rights of classified school employees, securing benefits, pensions, protections and funding for the service they provide.  Patrick also worked on organizing and mobilizing for political action and advocates on the CSEA members behalf.  After 10 years of working as a Labor Relations Representative, Patrick became the CSEA Field Director in the Orange County Field Office remained there until he retires in 2012. 

 

Patrick was a Founding Board Member for many Employee Benefits organizations, such as California Purchasers Health Care Coalition (CPHCC), Southern California Employer-Employee Trust (SCEET) and Southern California Voluntary Employee Benefits Association (SCVEBA).  He was also a very involved Board Member for Controlling Insurance Costs in California Schools (CICCS) and Metropolitan Employee Benefits Association, MEBA (CSBT).

LAURA JOSH

GENERAL MANAGER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS, MCGREGOR & ASSOCIATES

How What You Negotiate Impacts Your Employee Benefits Program

Laura Josh works with public clients, including school districts, cities and counties, to identify cost-savings solutions for their health care needs. She joined McGregor & Associates in 2008 to support California Schools VEBA in their expansion efforts. Prior to that, she worked as a communications consultant with a major consulting firm, where she focused on developing and executing large-scale organizational change and communication campaigns. Her work has been awarded a Gold Quill by the International Association of Business Communicators.

Laura has her MBA from the University of California and her BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in San Diego with her husband, new baby girl and black lab.