Speakers - San Jose

Conference Chairs
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, 
University of California Health
Drexio Digital Health
Jake Dorst
Chief Information and Innovation Officer
Tahoe Forest Hospital District
David Akinsanya, ACHE
Alameda Hospital
Board of Directors, California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL)

Featured Speakers

Denise Anderson
National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC)
Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship
Professor of Clinical Radiology and Medicine
University of California - San Francisco
Senior Health Advisor
Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Rich Campagna
Senior Vice President of Products and Marketing
Senior Director of Strategy and Operations, Center for Digital Health, Assistant Medical Director, ClickWell Care
Stanford Medicine
Chief Information Officer
Natividad Medical Center
George A. Gellert
Associate System Chief Medical Information Officer
President and CEO
Clinical Director of Adult Medicine
North County Health Services
Mark Hagland
Healthcare Informatics
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Information Officer
Phoenix Children's Hospital
2016 CHIME Innovator of the Year
Professor - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UC Davis Medical Center
Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
UC Davis Health System
Rao Mikkilineni, Ph.D.
Professor, IT Security
Golden Gate University
Kathleen Myers, MD, FACEP
Emergency Physician 
Northwest Acute Care Specialists
CMIO - AristaMD
M.K. Palmore
Assistant Agent in Charge
FBI - San Francisco Field Office
Chuck Podesta
Chief Information Officer
UC Irvine
Michael Rothman, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer
National Vice President, Customer Analytics and Reporting
Kaiser Permanente
IT Business Relationship Manager
Stanford Health Care
Chief Medical Officer
North County Health Services
Chris Tsilipounidakis
Enterprise Sales Engineer
Ashley Walsh
Sr. Financial Analyst and Former Perioperative Business Manager
Chief Information Officer
Dignity Health
Denise Anderson,  President, National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC)
Denise Anderson has over 25 years of management level experience in the private sector. Denise is President of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC), a non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting the health sector from physical and cyber attacks and incidents through dissemination of trusted and timely information.
Denise currently serves as Chair of the National Council of ISACs and participates in a number of industry groups such the Cross-Sector Cyber Security Working Group (CSCSWG). She was instrumental in implementing a CI/KR industry initiative to establish a private sector liaison seat at the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) to enhance information sharing between the private sector, CI/KR community and the federal government and serves as one of the liaisons. She is a financial and health sector representative to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) — a Department of Homeland Security-led coordinated watch and warning center that improves national efforts to address threats and incidents affecting the nation's critical information technology and cyber infrastructure. She sits on the Cyber Unified Coordination Group, (UCG) - a public/private advisory group that comes together to provide guidance during a significant cyber event – where she also represents the financial and health sectors.
Denise is certified as an EMT (B), Firefighter I/II and Instructor I/II in the state of Virginia, and is an Adjunct Instructor at the Fire and Rescue Academy in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is also certified under the National Incident Management System (NIMS). In addition, she has served on the Board and as Officer and President of an international credit association, and has spoken at events all over the globe.
Denise holds a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA in International Business from American University. She is a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Tom Andriola,  Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of California Health

The University of California System (UC) is the premier public research institution with its 10 campuses, five health systems and three national laboratories. Each year it serves more than 240,000 students, conducts billions of dollars of sponsored research, and cares for more than 14 million patients across the state of California.

Tom Andriola joined the University as its Vice President and System Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2013. He provides leadership across the University working closely with campus and healthcare leaders to explore opportunities for technology and innovation to enhance the UC missions of teaching, research, patient care and public service.

Mr. Andriola brings over 25 years of experience as a global business and technology executive. Those years have been spent in a variety of roles ranging from a business transformation leader for a multi-billion dollar enterprise to a global CIO with staff around the world to being employee #1 of a new business.  He brings a wealth of management and leadership experience having lived abroad and run organizations on four continents.  Throughout his career he has been a champion of change inside organizations as well as a leader for innovation in the marketplace, having brought first-of-kind solutions to market and led the creation of several new businesses.

Mr. Andriola is active in Higher Education and Healthcare associations and serves on several boards.  He is the Managing Chair for the California Tele-health Network, a non-profit serving the State’s medically underserved and safety-net clinics, the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Pacific Research Platform, a consortium of 20 research universities advancing the platform for science funded by the National Science Foundation, and Chair of the External Advisory Board for a collaboration between Cisco Corporation and UCSF on an interoperability platform for healthcare data.  He is also a board member for the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) and the Risk Services Software Company. 

With his background in technology and innovation, Mr. Andriola maintains relationships with UCSD’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, UCSF’s Institute for Computational Health Sciences, UCSF’s Center for Digital Health Innovation, Berkeley’s Haas Business School Executive Education, and the UC Health Center for Health Quality and Innovation. He is a sought-after speaker on a variety of technology topics in Healthcare, Higher Education and the changing role of the CIO.

Mr. Andriola holds a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University, a master's degree from the University of South Florida, and completed the Stanford Executive program.

David Akinsanya, Alameda Hospital, Board of Directors, California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL)

David Oludare Olufemi Akinsanya is the Network Administrator at Alameda Hospital where he facilitates the site’s IT activities and reports directly to the Chief Technology Officer. 

His volunteer activities are however, not limited to church or local community alone. David is a member and co-chair of the Bay Area Local Programming Committee at California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL) where he’s been very active since joining the organization in June of 2015, following a direct recommendation from Richard Cordova (2015 ACHE President) and encouragement from Bonnie Panlasigui who introduced him into American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in February 2015. He was awarded The 2016 Volunteer Award of The Year at the Annual CAHL meeting in August and was nominated in September to serve on the Board of Directors for the organization. 

David firmly believes in “Purpose” and that no one succeeds alone. He is eternally grateful for everyone who has functioned as role models and mentors that have helped him through life and career navigations. His dad, Otunba J.A.O Akinsanya, a retired General Manager at Co-Operative Bank PLC, now Skye Bank International, is a major role model who instilled principles of human relations in him even at a young age; his pastor and spiritual father, Pastor Isaac Segun-Abugan, the Senior Pastor and President of Dominion Life Christian Center in San Ramon and Stockton, California helped build up and continues to nurture his faith, leadership integrity and work with God; his first career mentor, Bonnie Panlasigui (FACHE), Chief Administrative Office and President at Alameda Hospital, a member of Alameda Health System is a God-sent mentor who has been very instrumental to his continued success; Dave Gravender, the Chief Information Office at Alameda Health System who mentors him in Information Technology Management and General leadership strategies. 

David has a long list of IT and Management Certifications/degrees and has written 4 IT articles for an Expert Exchange site. He will soon complete his Advanced MBA degree with concentration in IT, in the spring of 2017 from Golden State University in San Francisco, California in his pursuit to becoming a Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the near future. He also has 2 main projects he is nurturing where he plans to become an employer of labor, one in the IT consulting world and the other in Gospel music collaboration software. 

David loves music and he’s a member of his church choir where he plays multiple instruments including keyboard, guitar, drums and other percussion instruments. He also plays a little Saxophone and Trumpet just for fun. 

David, fondly referred to as Daré, has over 16 years of System Engineering and Network Administration, and over 20 years of combined administrative experience which he leverages to delivering efficiency and effectiveness that help drive successful business development strategies everywhere he’s privileged to serve in. He lives in San Ramon with his lovely wife, Modupeola, 2 daughters, Victoria and Esther, and a lastborn son, Isaac.

David Avrin, MD, Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Professor of Clinical Radiology and Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. David Avrin is a clinical member of the Body Interventional Radiology and Abdominal Imaging Sections. As past vice-chair of informatics, Dr. Avrin oversaw the integration of medical imaging and patient-care information systems that enables radiologists to deliver more relevant clinical care, as well as contribute significantly to the educational, and research missions. Before completing his medical degree, Dr. Avrin received a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Avrin’s research is focused on creating the infrastructure and applications for seamless clinical system integration, and support for education and research. Dr. Avrin is a member of the Medical Center informatics team that seeks to improve quality of care, safety and efficiency through IT. To date, he has written fifty-five papers on these topics, and five book chapters on the clinical applications of digital medical imaging, and the investment and role of these various systems in the academic missions of education and research.

He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Imaging in Medicine. He has served in several university and national leadership positions, most recently as the program director of the UCSF Clinical Informatics Fellowship, and the chairman of the RSNA Steering Committee for Digital Roadmap Content.
Elizabeth Baca, MD, MPA, Senior Health Advisor, Governor's Office of Research and Planning
Dr. Elizabeth Baca is passionate about building healthy, resilient communities. She is currently serving as the senior health advisor in the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research. She is working across sectors to foster collaboration, elevate the connection between health and the built environment, and leading the effort to incorporate health considerations into the planning process. She is also engaged with several data initiatives to improve access to data to foster innovation in planning healthy, resilient communities. She also serves on the Building Health Initiative for the USGBC of Northern California, a multi-sector initiative to bring together industry partners to recognize that health and wellness are vital components of sustainability and green building.  Previously, she served on the General Pediatric Faculty at Stanford Medical School and directed the Community Pediatric and Child Advocacy Rotation. In addition to teaching medical students and residents about the social, economic, and environmental factors that affect health,
Dr. Baca was the lead faculty mentor on several projects to increase access to healthy foods, reduce environmental triggers of asthma, increase physical activity opportunities, and improve the built environment.  Dr. Baca studied health policy at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. She completed her Masters in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and her Doctorate of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baca completed her pediatric residency in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program at University of California, San Francisco.
Rich Campagna, Senior Vice President - Products and Marketing, Bitglass
Rich is SVP Products and Marketing at Bitglass, the leading Cloud Access Security Broker. Rich is a veteran in the enterprise security space, having driven product management and strategy for SSL VPN, NAC, and Mobile Security at Juniper Networks and at F5 Networks for nearly a decade. Early in his career, Rich consulted with enterprises to help design and deploy security and network infrastructure solutions. Rich received an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Lauren Cheung, MD, MBA, Senior Director of Strategy and Operations, Center for Digital health, Assistant Medical Director, ClickWell Care, Stanford Medicine
Dr. Lauren Cheung attended medical school at the University of California Irvine where she received her MD-MBA followed by an internal medicine residency at Stanford Medicine. She now serves as the Senior Director of Strategy and Operations at Stanford’s Center for Digital Health as well as the Assistant Medical Director of ClickWell Care at Stanford Medicine. In her various roles at Stanford, she has helped with the design and implementation of Stanford’s telemedicine strategy including the design and implementation of ClickWell Care, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive virtual primary care clinic. In addition to her work on telemedicine, she assists with the evaluation and integration of new technologies into the health system and is highly interested in the design of new care models and intersection of healthcare and IT.
Drex DeFord, President, Drexio Digital Health
Drex is an independent consultant with a long career as a healthcare executive, including his experience as Co-Founder and CEO of Next Wave Connect; EVP and CIO at Steward Healthcare in Boston; SVP and CIO at Seattle Children’s Health System and Research Institute; and Corporate VP and CIO at Scripps Health in San Diego. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in the US Air Force, where he served as a regional CIO, a medical center CIO, and Chief Technology Officer for the USAF Health System’s World-Wide Operations.  
Besides his work as a healthcare executive, he’s spent significant time leading some of healthcare’s top provider associations – he’s served on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National Board of Directors, and is the Past-Chair of both College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the CHIME Foundation. He’s also held state HIMSS leadership positions in both Virginia and Washington.   Drex has a couple of masters degrees (Master of Science, Health Informatics from University of Alabama-Birmingham; Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma), he’s a Fellow in all the right organizations (HIMSS, CHIME, and ACHE), and he’s also a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO).   Drex now spends his time bringing together trusted health systems, payers, associations, vendors, and investors to solve healthcare’s toughest problems.
Jake Dorst, Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Tahoe Forest Hospital District
Mr. Dorst began his role as CIO of Tahoe Forest Health District, which includes Tahoe Forest Hospital, in August 2014. In May 2015, he also began serving as the district's interim CEO, a position he held until December 2015. Previously, Mr. Dorst served as vice president and CIO of Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Health and CIO of Petersburg, Va.-based Southside Regional Medical Center. He has also held IT leadership positions at Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems and Madison, Ind.-based The Kings Daughters' Hospital.
Ari Entin, Chief Information Officer, Natividad Medical Center
Ari Entin is the hospital's Chief Information Officer. He comes to NMC with 20 years of healthcare IT leadership experience in areas of public health and disease management. Prior to joining NMC, Mr. Entin led the IT efforts of the Miami-Dade County Health Department as well as Quality Oncology in Sunrise, Florida. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Florida International University's College of Business Administration- Master of Health Informatics Management program and Barry University's Master of Health Services Administration program. Mr. Entin has earned both his Bachelor and Master degree in Health Service Administration from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
George A. Gellert, Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, CHRISTUS Health
George Gellert is a physician executive and epidemiologist focused on health information technologies with a track record of formulating and executing innovative, transformative organizational strategy. Currently Dr. Gellert is the Associate CMIO for CHRISTUS Health, an integrated delivery network with 28 hospitals and long-term care facilities and 175 clinics and outpatient centers in 6 states, Mexico, Colombia and Chile. He is responsible for ensuring superior performance and optimization of clinical information technology and effective health informatics operational support of over 9000 CHRISTUS physicians. Dr. Gellert has served in Fortune 100 and start up industry, NGOs and the non-profit sector, as well as in government, and at the United Nations IAEA.
Mohan Giridharadas, President and CEO, LeanTaaS
Mohan Giridharadas is an accomplished expert in lean methodologies. During his 18-year career at McKinsey & Company (where he was a senior partner/director for six years), he co-created the lean service operations practice and ran the North American lean manufacturing and service operations practices and the Asia-Pacific operations practice. He has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies drive operational efficiency with lean practices. As Founder and CEO of LeanTaaS  - a Silicon Valley-based innovator of cloud-based solutions to healthcare's biggest challenges -  Mohan has worked closely with dozens of leading healthcare institutions including Stanford Health Care, UCHealth, UCSF, Wake Forest and more. Mohan holds a B.Tech from IIT Bombay, MS in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford GSB. He is on the faculty of Continuing Education at Stanford University and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top entrepreneurs innovating in Healthcare.
Denise Gomez, MD, Clinical Director of Adult Medicine, North County Health Services

Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Informatics

Mark Hagland has been Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Informatics (www.healthcare-informatics.com) since January 2010. Prior to that, he was Contributing Editor and then Senior Contributing Editor to the magazine, for over ten years. He has spent a quarter century in the health care publishing field, as a writer, editor, public speaker, and author. He has won numerous national and regional journalism awards, and is the author of two books on healthcare quality and efficiency: Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care (2008, with Jeffrey C. Bauer, Ph.D.) and Transformative Quality: The Emerging Revolution in Health Care Performance (2009). He holds a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
David Higginson, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Phoenix Children's Hospital
2016 CHIME Innovator of the Year
David Higginson joined Phoenix Children's in 2011 as the Chief Information Officer. As CIO, he oversaw all aspects of information and technology strategy, execution and design of systems implementation and growth and maintenance of the technology infrastructure. As Chief Administrative Officer, David is responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Process Optimization, and Materials Management. In addition, he is responsible for executive oversight of the Chan Soon-Shiong Children’s Precision Medicine Institute at Phoenix Children’s.  Higginson is also an innovator and entrepreneur. He successfully launched and developed his own healthcare software company, commercialized numerous innovations into patents and successful products, and is passionate about process improvement and operational efficiency. He speaks regularly at children’s hospital and healthcare IT conferences on the evolving role of technology as the efficiency platform that underpins care delivery, and the importance of the IT team as leaders of operational change.  Prior to taking his position at Phoenix Children’s, Higginson was Chief Information Technology Officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock, Arkansas. During his tenure at ACH, he implemented more than 500 systems and was instrumental in building the IT department as the hospital doubled in size. In 2003, Higginson was named one of the top 40 executives under 40 in Arkansas by the Business Journal.  After obtaining his degree in accounting/finance from University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1994 while working as an investment analyst in London. Since the age of ten, he began developing computer systems and combined his keen interest in computing with his financial expertise when he developed systems for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and the UK’s Royal Mail.
Michael Hogarth, MD, Professor - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center
Michael Hogarth received a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1985 from Texas A&M University. In 1991, he received a Doctor of Medicine from University of Texas, Southwestern (Dallas, TX). After completing residency training in Internal Medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center in 1995, he entered a Medical Informatics fellowship in the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He completed the fellowship in 1997 and joined the faculty of the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine where he currently serves as an Associate Professor.  Currently, Michael Hogarth is a member of the Masters of Public Health faculty, the Medical Informatics graduate program faculty, and the UC Davis Computer Science graduate group. He also attends on the Internal Medicine wards and serves in the Department of Pathology as a member of the Pathology Informatics faculty. He is the principal investigator for the California Electronic Death Registration System (CA-EDRS; http://www.edrs.us), the largest and most active electronic death certificate system in the U.S.  Michael Hogarth is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Health Level 7 (HL-7), the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS), and the California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO).

James P. Marcin, MD, MPH, Chair, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, UC Davis

Dr. James Marcin practices in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Marcin is in charge of the Pediatric Telemedicine Program, which provides telemedicine consultations to seriously ill pediatric patients in remote hospitals, emergency departments and inpatient wards.

Dr. Marcin completed his pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.  He also completed a masters degree in public health at the George Washington University.

Dr. Marcin conducts research on a variety of public health issues in pediatric emergency and critical care medicine, including quality of care, severity of illness measures and telemedicine.

Rao Mikkilineni, Ph.D, Professor of IT Security, Golden Gate University

Dr. Rao Mikkilineni received his PhD from University of California, San Diego in 1972 working under the guidance of prof. Walter Kohn (Nobel Laureate 1998). He later worked as a research associate at the University of Paris, Orsay, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York, Yeshiva University, New York, Cornell University, Ithaca and Columbia University, New York.
He is currently the Founder and Chief Scientist at C3 DNA Inc., California, a Silicon Valley startup developing next generation cloud computing infrastructure. His past experience includes working at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, U S West, several startups and more recently at Hitachi Data Systems. He currently chairs IEEE conference track on “Convergence of Distributed Clouds, Grids, and their Management” in WETICE2015. He has published several papers on POTS (Plain Old 
Telephone Service, PANS (Pretty Amazing New Services using the Internet and SANs (Storage Area Networks. He has extensively taught information security courses at Golden Gate University. 
His book “Designing a New Class of Distributed Systems” was published by Springer, New York in 2011. He presented his work on cognitive distributed computing architecture in the Turing Centenary Conference in Manchester in 2012.

Kathleen Myers, MD, FACEP, Emergency Physician, Northwest Acute Care Specialists, CMIO - AristaMD

Dr. Myers is a board-certified, actively practicing emergency physician with 20+ years of clinical experience. An accomplished entrepreneur, she is passionate about improving healthcare through digital innovation. Dr. Myers earned her BA in Biochemistry from UCSD, her MD from Oregon Health Sciences University and completed a residency in emergency medicine at UCLA.

M.K. Palmore, Assistant Agent in Charge, FBI - San Francisco Cyber Division

Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI San Francisco Cyber Division Palmore serves as the assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco Cyber Division branch. Previously, he served as a supervisory special agent in the Sacramento division. Palmore entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1997. Upon completing new agents training, he was assigned to the Los Angeles division. Palmore subsequently served in the Sacramento division and in the inspection division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Palmore earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Prior to joining the FBI, he served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.

David Schweppe, National Vice President, Customer Analytics and Reporting

David Schweppe is national vice president, Customer Analytics and Reporting, for Kaiser Permanente. He is responsible for leading the building of and maintaining industry leading customer reporting and analytic capability across the Kaiser Permanente organization.  In this capacity, Schweppe leads the assessment of Kaiser Permanente’s position in Customer Reporting and Value Demonstration to determine the current and future information needs of Kaiser Permanente customers. He also is responsible for developing the strategy and building the infrastructure to ensure Kaiser Permanente is the industry leader in analytics and reporting.  Schweppe joined Kaiser Permanente in 1993 previously; he was Director of Analytics in Quality Operations with The Permanente Medical Group, and with Kaiser Permanente IT as the Director, Clinical Data Solutions.

In the last six years, Schweppe has led the release of a number of new information products, such as Kaiser Permanente’s Partnership in Health Reports, Information Consulting Services, and research & development services to enhance the organization’s reporting capabilities.  Schweppe has a master’s degree in public health from California State University at San Jose and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in genetics from UC Davis.

Angel Shew, IT Business Relationship ManagerStanford Health Care

Angel Shew is a technology leader and innovator, boasting years of experience focused on the transformation of healthcare organizations from the inside out.   As the IT Business Relationship Manager at Stanford Health Care, Shew serves as liaison between Information Technology Services (ITS) and Space Planning and Transition Strategies (SPTS) for new construction, renovation, repurposing, and hospital/MOBs activation. Angel is also responsible for the alignment and integration of customer's strategies with the overall SHC IT strategy.

Prior to Stanford Health Care, Shew spent over 15 years with Kaiser Permanente in various IT leadership positions in the San Mateo and South Bay regions as an IT Leader and eventually an Area Information Officer.
Shew's specialties and interests include: Facilitative leadership, business planning, IT program management, Agile/Scrum project management, LEAN process improvement, modernization of healthcare IT, and new building design and construction.

Patrick Tellez, MD, Chief Medical Officer, North County Health Services

With over 30 years of healthcare industry experience, Dr. Patrick Tellez serves as the Chief Medical Officer at North County Health Services and holds a wealth of experience as a practicing physician, but also brings a robust background in Health Care Administration. Dr. Tellez graduated from the University of Minnesota School Of Medicine and is boarded in Pediatrics and Immunology & Allergy. He holds a Masters in Public Health from UCLA and Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Colorado.

In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Tellez received the 2012 Award for Clinical Quality Improvement, Colorado Primary Care Association and the American Medical Association. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Medical Society, and Delegate to the California Medical Association. In his free time he enjoys hiking, fitness, music and bonsai.

Chris Tsilipounidakis, Sales Engineer, Global Enterprise Accounts, Zerto

Chris has been instrumental in the success of some of the industry’s most key companies over the past 15 years in IT. Chris’ background includes Sun Microsystems, EMC, Dell/Compellent and Tegile. He’s held various roles in technical marketing, sales engineering, product marketing and evangelism. At Zerto, Chris’ primary focus is to provide technical pre-sales services to global enterprise accounts.

Chris received his BS in Management Information Systems (MIS) at San Jose State University.


Ashley Walsh, MHA, Sr. Financial Analyst and Former Perioperative Business Manager, UCHealth

Ashley E. Walsh, MHA, is a Sr. Financial Analyst and former Perioperative Business Manager at UCHealth Metro Denver campus.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Truman State University in Kirksville Missouri (2002) and her Masters in Health Administration from Maryville State University in St. Louis Missouri (2007).  Ashley has been with UCHealth since February of 2009 where responsibilities include capital and operational budget maintenance, patient billing, utilization reporting, expansion planning, and perioperative supply chain management.  Ashley is LEAN trained and participates in regular process improvement initiatives across UCHealth.

Deanna Wise, PMP, Chief Information Officer, Dignity Health

Ms. Wise has served as CIO of Dignity Health since 2011, and she previously served in the role of CIO at four other health systems. At Dignity Health, Ms. Wise is responsible for all IT functions with particular focus on implementing the health system's EHR software. Before joining Dignity Health, Ms. Wise served as senior vice president and CIO of Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanguard Health Systems, which merged with Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare in 2013.