Speakers & Faculty


Elena Fernandez

Director of Behavioral Health, St John's Well Child and Family Center

Elena Fernandez

Director of Behavioral Health, St John's Well Child and Family Center

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Richard Knecht, M.S.

Principal Consultant, California State University-Sacramento

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Chris Daher

Manager of Provider Partnerships, Beacon Health Options

Chris Daher

Manager of Provider Partnerships, Beacon Health Options

Chris Daher is the Manager of Provider Partnerships for Beacon Health Options, Beacon manages over 50 million covered lives across the US and the United Kingdom. Beacon provides behavioral health solutions for regional and specialty health plans; employers and labor organizations; as well as federal, state and local governments.

Chris leads a Southern California team of Provider Partners that interfaces with network providers using data to target interventions with the goal of shaping provider performance, identifying strategic goals and improving the member experience in services. Chris also works to partner with high performing network providers in order to build innovative models of care that meet specific market needs and improve the care delivery system.

Chris has 25 years’ experience in behavioral health both from the provider and payer perspective. He was previously the General Manager for 10 years at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, helping them grow in size and scope across the US. ×

Annie Medina, MBA, ACNP-BC

Executive Vice President, Consulting, OPEN MINDS

Annie Medina, MBA, ACNP-BC, brings over ten years of experience in the health and human services industry to the OPEN MINDS team. Her expertise spans both clinical and operational functions and is focused in business operations, strategic planning, project management, training and curriculum development, and policy and procedure design. Ms. Medina currently serves as OPEN MINDS Executive Vice President of the Consulting Practice. In addition to her work with OPEN MINDS, Ms. Medina is a Hospice Nurse Practitioner for Crater Community Hospice.

Prior to joining the OPEN MINDS team, Ms. Medina was the Chief Operating Officer for Poplar Springs Hospital, a member of Universal Health Services, based in Petersburg, Virginia. In this role, she was responsible for performance improvement, policy and procedure creation, and strategy development and implementation for the hospital’s Joint Commission and CMS regulatory surveys. Prior to this role, Ms. Medina was a MBA intern for the Popular Springs CEO where she focused on business development, process improvement, training tool development and evaluation of newly offered programs.

Previously, Ms. Medina served as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) for both Hospitalist Consultants, Inc. and for VCU Health System. At Hospitalist Consultants, she was an Internal Medicine NP. As a hospitalist, she provided medical care to patients in Tucker’s Psychiatric Hospital and educated psychiatric nurses regarding the patients’ diagnoses and medical needs. At VCU, Ms. Medina was an Emergency Department NP, where she provided care to patients at a Level I Trauma Center. Additionally, she was a provider in the observation unit, a 10-bed patient unit attached to the Emergency Department, and coordinated clinical care for patients who would otherwise be medical inpatients.

Complementing her past experience, Ms. Medina remains highly involved in professional organizations and is currently a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society of Nursing, and American College of Healthcare Executives. She was recognized in the 2011 cohort of “40 under 40” by the Virginia Nurses Foundation for activities that support her profession and community.

Ms. Medina earned her Master of Business Administration focused in Health Sector Management and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from College of William & Mary. She also earned a Master of Science in Nursing (Acute Care Advanced Practice) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and later went on to teach both nursing students and medical students at the school. Ms. Medina is a registered nurse (RN) in Virginia with multistate authority and is a registered acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP-BC) in Virginia.

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Laurie Nelson

Group Product Manager for Analytics, Relias Learning

Laurie Nelson

Group Product Manager for Analytics, Relias Learning

As the Group Product Manager for Analytics, Laurie Nelson is charged with leading the effort to add Healthcare Analytics into Relias Learning's suite of products, which also includes learning and assessments. She joined Relias in September 2016 and is excited to be working with an incredible team of people to make Analytics a key component of Relias' overall solution suite which will enable Healthcare organizations to reduce costs, improve care and identify areas for key workforce development. Laurie has 20+ years of software experience in multiple industries, but has spent the last 14 years focused on Analytics, Data Warehousing, and Reporting for both government agencies and technology companies such as Peoplefluent and Teradata. Laurie is particularly passionate about working with software development organizations to build products that give software users the right information at the right time in the right format to enable them to do their jobs with greater success. ×

Chris Reist, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine

Chris Reist, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine

Dr. Reist is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He has served as Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine, Director of Medical Research for the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and Chief of Mental Health, overseeing full service mental healthcare delivery to over 40,000 enrollees in the Long Beach VA Healthcare System. His experience also includes serving as Director of the Southern California VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) improving long term outcomes in chronic psychotic disorders through clinical research and dissemination of evidence-based practices. ×

Jegan Anandasakaran

Chief Information Officer, HealthRIGHT 360

Mr. Anandasakaran directs and manages all Information Technology systems, including the design, implementation and administration of electronic health records, land line and cell phone systems, client tracking and reporting, fiscal billing and allocation reports. Known as a problem solver, Mr. Anandasakaran has been recognized by Microsoft as an Early Achiever MCSE and holds a B.A. from U.C. Davis. He has been with HealthRIGHT 360 since 2004 and also holds CNE status with Novell.

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Grayson Kelso

Data Architect, Hillsides

Grayson Kelso, Data Architect, RCI

Currently serving as the data architect at Hillsides, Grayson is an expert in the community mental health and behavioral health sector specializing in billing, quality assurance, and health record solutions. He co-managed the successful implementation of Welligent EHRS at Hillsides, and continues to utilize his skill set in software training, workflow analysis, solutions implementation, and software enhancement and development, to create lasting change in his organization through the analysis and integration of data driven practices. He is well versed in all things business intelligence and strives for automated excellence in all things data.

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Heather Rudolph

President, RCI

Healthcare and technology consultant with more than 20 years of software solution experience, spending 10 years working with EHR solutions for community mental health agencies, and the past three years primarily focused on using business intelligence tools to get more value out of EHRs and the valuable data they provide. Heather is equipped with an in-depth understanding of the unique needs of each agency, and is dedicated to helping customers reach their goals of compliance, growth, and improved client care. She specializes in strategy development, implementations, reporting, and business intelligence.

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Shauna Reitmeiter, MSW

Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Mental Health Center

Ms. Reitmeier serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, Inc. for a 6 rural and frontier county Community Mental Health Center in NW Minnesota. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. After completion of her graduate work, she was employed in a variety of administrative and leadership capacities with Washtenaw County and the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan focused on mental health service delivery. She also worked with the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare in Washington D.C., providing technical assistance through SAMHSA and HRSAs Center for Integrated Health Solutions demonstrating the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare across the nation. Under Ms. Reitmeier’s leadership, Northwestern Mental Health Center has successfully been awarded State Innovation funding for the development of a Health Information Exchange across 7 counties and 17 entities. Most recently through the Excellence in Mental Health Act the NWMHC became a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic that includes the “linchpin” of care coordination in its service delivery model. With over 20 years of experience between the Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health field she comes with a broad and detailed view of coordinating care among and between individuals, agencies and systems. ×

Carole Matyas

Vice President of Behavioral Health Operations, Wellcare

Carole Matyas

Vice President of Behavioral Health Operations, Wellcare

Carole Matyas is the Vice President of WellCare’s Behavioral Health Operations. She oversees enterprise wide behavioral health activities and a key focus for Carole is to provide support for new business development and new business implementation as well as to assure that WellCare develops a fully integrated medical/behavioral program that is centered in whole person attention and care. She also participates in new product and program development that supports our integrated model.

Carole has more than 30 years of behavioral health-related experience, with 15 of those years of experience in health plan operations. She joined WellCare in 2011 and previously worked for Magellan Health Services, first as a general manager for call center operations, and then as Chief of Clinic Operations, where she led practice management and operations of 23 mental health clinics and a psychiatric urgent care center in Arizona. Her additional experience includes serving as Vice President of Public Sector Operations for Schaller Anderson, a Medicaid managed care organization and helped to develop their integrated model; and as Vice President for Value Options, a managed behavioral health care company whose contracts included carve out managed care for state and government agencies, where Carole was executive lead on a large carve out program in Texas. Carole spent her early career as a licensed social worker providing direct clinical services in a group practice, community mental health and a residential treatment center.

In February 2013, Carole was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Inc. (DACCO) in Tampa, Fl. Carole has been the recipient of awards from Mental Health America and NAMI for her dedication to mental health advocacy Carole earned both her undergraduate and Master of Social Work degrees from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. ×

Dr. Clayton Chau

Regional Executive Medical Director for the Mental Health Network, St Joseph Hoag Health Providence St Joseph Health Southern CA Region, Orange County/High Desert

Dr. Clayton Chau

Regional Executive Medical Director for the Mental Health Network, St Joseph Hoag Health Providence St Joseph Health Southern CA Region, Orange County/High Desert

Clayton Chau is currently the Regional Executive Medical Director for the Mental Health Network, St Joseph Hoag Health/Providence St Joseph Health System, Southern California Orange County/High Desert Region, where he joined in January 2017.  Previously, he was the Senior Medical Director for Health Services at LA Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan, responsible for behavioral health, care management, utilization management, disease management, health integration quality improvement, behavioral health long-term care, health education & cultural linguistics, physician concurrent review, strategic initiatives and provider continuing education.  He was also the Co-Principal Investigator for a multi-year Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation grant in Transforming Clinical Practice.  He is a Lecturer for the UCLA School of Public Health and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UC Irvine School of Medicine.  Prior to joining health plan, he worked for the Orange County Health Care Agency Behavioral Health Services for 13 years providing care to people living with severe persistent mental illness and integrated care for the county’s Public Health HIV clinic.  He was also the Director of the Center of Excellence in Education, Training, Research and Advocacy for Reducing Health Disparities.

Dr. Chau obtained his MD degree from the University of Minnesota and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Chelsea University.  He completed his psychiatry residency at UCLA/San Fernando Valley followed by a fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in psychoneuroimmunology focusing on substance abuse and HIV.  During his residency he was also selected for the American Psychiatric Association Mead Johnson Fellowship in Community Leadership.

Dr. Chau has conducted international trainings in the areas of health care integration, health care system reform, cultural competency, veteran’s health, trauma, homelessness and mental health policy.  He is featured in the 2013 documentary “A New State of Mind:  Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness” narrated by Glenn Close, produced by PBS, the 2013 Emmy Awards winner 60 Seconds PSA and the 2012 Emmy Awards winner Informational/Public Affairs Series “Profiles of Hope” produced by the LA Department of Mental Health.    Dr Chau was named the 2012 Visionary Leader by the National Council for Behavioral Health.  In that same year he was also awarded the prestigious Warren Williams, MD Award from the American Psychiatric Association “for his extraordinary contributions to the profession of psychiatry and the care of those with mental illness.” ×

Peggy Chase

President & CEO, Terros Health

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Rene Hurtado

Chief of Staff, Emergence

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Kristi Daugherty

Chief Executive Officer, Emergence

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Larry Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc.

Larry Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc.

Larry Smith, from Claremore, Oklahoma is the Chief Operations Officer (COO), Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc. He began with the agency in 1995 and went to work implementing new and innovative programs and solutions to provide the best possible care to each individual served.  Specializing in finance, Larry worked tirelessly to increase the annual budget by 600%.  Employee growth exploded from 75 to now over 320 employees, enabling GLMHC to provide needed services to those individuals with a mental illness living in 7 counties in NE Oklahoma.

Larry's passion and desire to serve people with mental illnesses started many years before he joined Grand Lake Mental Health Center.  His Mother struggled with a severe mental illness for years and passed away when she was 44 years old;  Larry was only 8 yrs. old. His Father became terminally ill from cancer and at age 12 he was an orphan, prompting the state to place Larry and his siblings into a Children Home.

Larry began his professional career as a director at the children's home where he had lived until graduating high school. He was an excellent choice since he had run away about fourteen times, and already knew how to break all the rules!  In a matter of years Larry was the Executive Director of that facility.  From there his career took off and he found his forte in trouble-shooting and providing creative solutions for large agencies in trouble.

Larry's personal and professional experiences have given him the ability, the passion to utilize his talents at Grand Lake Mental Health Center for over 22 years, striving to ensure individuals living with a mental illness can receive the services needed to assure a quantity and quality of life. ×

Joel Friedman, PhD

Director of Outpatient Services, Center for Family Guidance, PC

Joel Friedman, PhD is the Director of Outpatient Services for Center for Family Guidance, PC. He also provides clinical leadership for two organizations within the CFG Health Network, InSight Telepsychiatry and Inpathy. Dr. Friedman is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience. He has provided direct clinical care, supervision, managerial services, policy development and consulting services in a wide variety of settings including private outpatient offices, several different correctional systems, hospitals, schools, and corporate offices. ×

Mario San Bartolomé, M.D., M.B.A., M.R.O., FASAM

National Medical Director, Substance Use Disorders, Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Dr. Mario San Bartolomé is an Addiction Medicine specialist who is board certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. San Bartolomé received his undergraduate degree from UC Davis, his MD from the UC Irvine School of Medicine and received a Master’s in Business Administration from the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.

Dr. San Bartolomé has leadership and health delivery experience in multiple levels of care related to substance use disorders including inpatient medical withdrawal management, residential treatment and outpatient treatment both in programs and in medical offices. Dr. San Bartolomé has served as founding Director for the Memorial Care Addiction Medicine Unit and has held directorships for several residential and outpatient treatment organizations.

Dr. San Bartolomé has been an active and passionate advocate for improving access to care for people with substance use disorders through leadership at the local, state and national level. As the Medical Director for Substance Use Disorders at Molina Healthcare, Inc., Dr. San Bartolomé´s focus is on aligning Molina’s strategy and to improve the organization’s ability to address member needs with all things related to substance use while moving forward initiatives to integrate behavioral health and physical medicine across the multiple vulnerable groups that Molina serves. ×

Peggy DeCarlis, MSSA, LCSW-C

Senior VP, Chief Operating & Innovation Officer, New Directions Behavioral Health

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Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

Monica E. Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past two decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.

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Adam Bauer

Senior Manager, Life Sciences and Health Care, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Adam Bauer

Senior Manager, Life Sciences and Health Care, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Adam is an engaging project leader with over fourteen years of consulting experience in the healthcare industry. He has broad exposure delivering strategic business and technology solutions to human and social services agencies, behavioral health providers, integrated delivery networks, community hospitals, long term care organizations, and payers. Adam holds a strong grasp of end-to-end project management and implementation methodologies across a range of business and clinical software solutions. His recent experience has focused on helping clients who serve the Intellectually / Developmentally Disabled population develop and execute Electronic Health Record selection, implementation, analytics, and optimization strategies. ×

Ravi Ganesan

President & CEO, Core Solutions, Inc.

When Ravi Ganesan started Core Solutions nearly a decade ago, he began the venture as a developer of custom solutions for select organizations in behavioral health and human services. Since then, he has used his passion for entrepreneurship and a rich background in consulting and software development to grow the company into a premier provider for clients of all types and sizes across the country.

Prior to founding the company, Ravi was a systems architect and software developer with Management Concepts, Inc., an IT consulting firm. Before this, Ravi launched his career in the Greater Philadelphia region at New York Life, the nation’s oldest and largest mutual life insurance company. While there, he established a technical assistance program initially developed to help insurance agents integrate technology into their businesses, which evolved to include business consulting, marketing and related support activities. Ravi received his M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. ×

Dawn S. Kingsley, MSHA

Vice President, Payer Contracting & Strategy, Centerstone America

Dawn Kingsley serves as Vice President of Payer contracting & Strategy for Centerstone, the nation’s largest community based behavioral healthcare provider. The non-profit organization, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, serves over 172,000 individuals and families annually throughout their five state footprint of Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Florida.

In her role with Centerstone she directs all payer contracting and strategy for the Centerstone’s five affiliate states. Dawn has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and has held leadership positions with large national payers as well as national provider organizations. She has extensive experience building networks, contracting with payers, applying marketing principals to payer discussions and developing value based care strategies for her organization.

Additionally she worked for a national consulting firm providing expert guidance in Medicare Advantage network expansion, payer strategy, organizational management and reporting oversight. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Political Science from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. ×

Athena Mandros

Market Intelligence Manager, OPEN MINDS

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Heidi Waters

Director of Outcomes Management, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies, U.S.

Heidi Waters

Director of Outcomes Management, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies, U.S.

Heidi Waters currently serves as Director of Outcomes Management/Health Outcomes at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.  In that role, she partners with payers and providers to develop unbranded health services research to improve the process of care and optimize outcomes for consumers with serious mental illness and other conditions that Otsuka products help treat.  Prior to joining Otsuka, Heidi worked for Ethicon as Global Franchise Director, Health Economics and Director, Health Economics for Centicor Ortho Biotech, both Johnson & Johnson companies.  Heidi also has experience working in drug safety, both at J&J and Wyeth. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Heidi served as Quality Improvement Director for Magellan Behavioral Health, where she was responsible for conducting quality improvement initiatives, developing preventive health programs, and trending utilization data for both Medicaid and commercial lines of business.

Heidi has a PhD in Health Services from Walden University, a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from LaSalle.  Heidi’s dissertation research focused on integrated care for consumers with serious mental illness. ×

Richard Louis, III

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Richard Louis, III, brings extensive experience in public and for-profit behavioral healthcare administration and business development to the OPEN MINDS team. Mr. Louis was formerly the Executive Director of Strategic Development and Planning, Pacific Region, for Providence Service Corporation.

Prior to OPEN MINDS, Mr. Louis served as the Assistant Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, the 4th largest county behavioral health system in California, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of a system serving over 50,000 unduplicated consumers annually through 31 county-operated facilities and 60 contract provider organizations.

Prior to his work with San Bernardino County, Mr. Louis was the Vice President of Government Operations for College Health Enterprises. In this role, he pioneered the development of public sector partnerships, contracts, and community mental health system joint ventures in California by creating some of the first inpatient psychiatric hospital-based, outpatient, day treatment, and institutional specialty treatment programs for county, state, and federal government agencies including L.A. County Department of Mental Health, L.A. County Probation Department, California Youth Authority, California Department of Developmental Disabilities, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security.

Mr. Louis has served in a number of leadership roles with several organizations in the community including: the California Hospital Association – Center for Behavioral Health, Advisory Board, and SCAN Health Plan – Advisory Board; the Board of Directors of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California, College Hospitals, and the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center of Whittier; and testified on behalf of the National Association of Psychiatric Healthcare Systems before President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Mr. Louis is currently a volunteer police officer with the City of Monterey Park Police Department in East Los Angeles serving since 1987 and currently holds the rank of Captain. Mr. Louis was recently appointed to the City of Claremont Police Commission in Los Angeles County.

He is a graduate of Whittier College and of the Police Academy of Rio Hondo College.

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Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM, Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. ×

Steve Ramsland, Ed.D.

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Steven Ramsland, Ed.D., Senior Associate, has more than 25 years of experience in the development and delivery of health and human service programs. He has held senior leadership positions in the development of several innovative service systems including Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs, a primary care provider network, several national managed behavioral health initiatives, and innovative community programming.

Dr. Ramsland recently served as chief executive officer at Redwood Community Health, a network of 17 community health centers, with over 40 sites in northern California.     The organization provides primary care, behavioral health and oral health to over 240,000 patients each year. While at Redwood he managed the implementation of an ACO, a capitated Medicaid managed care contract, and a pay-for-performance quality improvement program.

Prior to this, he was the executive director of Buckelew Programs, a leading provider of community-based, recovery-oriented behavioral health programs in Northern California. The organization provides supported housing and employment, and recovery supports, as well as two social enterprise businesses.

Dr. Ramsland was previously vice president and practice leader for United Behavioral Health’s Public Sector Practice (now Optum).   In that role, he analyzed opportunities and implemented strategies to expand public sector business – and collaborated with executive leadership at United to design and build organizational capabilities in public sector behavioral health, disease management, and consumer-directed care to support revenue growth.

In addition to his work with Optum, Dr. Ramsland also served as the chief development officer and Public Sector President for Comprehensive Behavioral Care, and as vice president, Government Programs, for ValueOptions. He has worked with government policy leaders throughout the nation to develop new, recovery-oriented approaches to delivering behavioral health and integrated medical services. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of a community mental health center, SERV Behavioral Health in New Jersey.

Dr. Ramsland earned a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Duquesne University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English from Trinity College.

  • Areas of Expertise
  • Managed care program design, development, and operations
  • Management of accountable care organizations
  • Integrated primary care/behavioral health service systems
  • Business development – program design, payer contracting, and proposal and grant writing
  • Professional Highlights
  • Chief executive officer, Redwood Community Health
  • Executive director, Buckelew Programs
  • Chief development officer and president, Public Sector
  • Vice president & public sector practice leader, United Behavioral Health
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