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Chair – Dr. Robert “Bob” Donnell – Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

Robert F. Donnell, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Associate Professor, Urology, The Medical College of Wisconsin

Robert F. Donnell, MD, FACSRobert F. Donnell, MD, FACS, is the vice president and chief medical informatics officer for the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. He joined the clinical informatics team in 2003 and was appointed to CMIO in July 2016. He leads efforts to enhance care models and the network’s population health infrastructure through the electronic medical record. He is recognized nationally for his leadership and expertise in real-time clinical decision support.

Dr. Donnell is a practicing urologist at Froedtert Hospital and Pleasant Valley Health Center and an associate professor of Urology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

He is a nationally renowned and received five National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute research grants in the area of benign prostate disease and prostate cancer prevention earning him a position as one of the principal authors on the national guidelines committee for Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH). He is an academic leader in the management of BPH and the utility of cryosurgery for prostate cancer.

Dr. Donnell received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Marquette University before earning his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s affiliated hospitals and a Research Fellowship in Prostate Disease and Ultrasound from Riverside Research Institute - New York, UC Irvine - Calif., and the Medical College of Wisconsin. He received his board certification in Clinical Informatics in 2015 and is board certified in Urology.

Vice Chair – Melissa Henderson – Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative

Melissa Henderson
Chief Operating Officer - Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative

Melissa HendersonMelissa Henderson was named as the Chief Operating Officer of Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative in 2019 after a successful nine-year stretch building, rebuilding and improving several operational areas at another health plan. She brings her talent for strategic execution plus a working knowledge of nearly every aspect of individual health insurance coverage to her role at CGHC, where she will oversee innovation and continual improvement in all CGHC operations. She puts operations at the heart of member satisfaction and financial performance for the cooperative, a continuation of her previous professional roles with Molina Healthcare and the State of Wisconsin where she helped improve health care access, health plan performance and accountability. Melissa serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Health Information Network (WISHIN) and earned her MBA from Lakeland College.

Secretary & Founding Director – Matt Gigot – Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality

Matt Gigot, MPH
Director of Performance Measurement and Analytics, Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)

Matt Gigot, MPHMatt is currently the Director of Performance Measurement and Analytics at the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) and has been with WCHQ since 2010. He is responsible for and oversees many of WCHQ’s analytic and reporting projects, and is leading a three-year initiative to begin measuring disparities in healthcare quality in Wisconsin using data submitted to WCHQ by its health system members. In 2019, this initiative will include a statewide report highlighting disparities in healthcare quality, and will culminate in the public reporting of health system-level disparities in 2021.

Prior to joining WCHQ, Matt received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in graduate school, he worked with Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services Diabetes Prevention and Control Program on the Wisconsin HMO Collaborative Diabetes Quality Improvement Project. This initial foray into working with quality data provided Matt with excellent experience and preparation for his position at WCHQ.

Treasurer & Founding Director – Jennifer Mueller – Wisconsin Hospital Association

Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA
Vice President and Privacy Officer, Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center

Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMAJennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA is the vice president and privacy officer at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center, located in Madison Wisconsin. Prior to starting in this role, Ms. Mueller was the vice president and chief information officer at Watertown Regional Medical Center in Watertown Wisconsin.

She is an active participant in a number of professional organizations on both the national and Wisconsin levels. Nationally, she is a member of, and holds Fellow certifications from both the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In Wisconsin, she is the Past-President (twice) of the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA), is active in the Wisconsin Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the HIPAA Collaborative of WI (HIPAACOW). She was most recently appointed to the AHIMA board of directors where she will serve a three-year term. She has also received numerous awards during her career including WHIMA’s Rising Star Award, Motivator Award and the Distinguished member award.

Ms. Mueller is a registered health information administrator and earned both her BS in Health Information Management and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Founding Director – Dana Richardson – Wisconsin Health Information Organization, Inc. (WHIO)

Dana Richardson, RN, BSN, MHA
Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO)

Dana Richardson, RN, BSN, MHADana Richardson is the Chief Executive Officer for the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO). In this capacity, she oversees Wisconsin’s largest information system to improve the performance and value of Wisconsin’s health care delivery system and the health of its citizens.

Prior to joining the WHIO, Ms. Richardson was the Director of PCPI Operations for the American Medical Association. In this role, she staffed the PCPI Board of Directors and oversaw planning, operations and member services for the program. Ms. Richardson lead the development of the National Quality Registry Network, a learning system for organizations that support national clinical registries.

From 2002-2010, Ms. Richardson was the Vice President of Quality Initiatives for the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). While at the WHA, she developed CheckPoint®, a voluntary public reporting program of hospital quality and led several multi-hospital collaborations to improve the quality of care provided by Wisconsin hospitals. Ms. Richardson has also worked for Dean Health Plan as the Manager of Corporate Reporting and Dean Medical Center where she developed a physician-led quality improvement program. Her clinical experience includes 13 years of hospital critical care nursing.

Ms. Richardson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master of Arts degree in business with a major in health service administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Founding Director – Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA – Wisconsin Medical Society

Clyde “Bud” Chumbley, MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO)

Bud Chumbley, MD, MBADoctor Chumbley was named chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Medical Society in November 2017 by the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors. In addition to caring for patients as a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist throughout his 36-year medical career, Dr. Chumbley held numerous leadership and management positions, including serving nearly 20 years as president and CEO of a large, independent multi-specialty medical group practice. He also served as chief medical adviser for Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings and as chief medical officer for the Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings Association Health Plan. Past leadership roles in Wisconsin include serving as chief medical officer/chief clinical integration officer for Aspirus Health and president of Aspirus Clinics, and as president and CEO of ProHealth Care Medical Associates. He served on the board of directors and as past chair and treasurer for the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. In Texas, he served as chief medical officer for Scott & White Healthcare in the Austin region. Doctor Chumbley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds medical licenses in Wisconsin and Texas.

Elected Director – Pete Farrow – Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire

Pete Farrow
CEO and General Manager, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire

Pete FarrowMr. Farrow is CEO and General Manager of Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire. In the 14 years since his arrival, Group Health Cooperative has more than tripled its enrollment while consistently achieving high levels of member satisfaction and quality among regional health plans and nationally.

Prior to joining Group Health Cooperative, Mr. Farrow served as Assistant Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the state of Wisconsin. In addition to directing the operation of the state’s four insurance funds, he oversaw the policy development and implementation for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and took a lead role in several health insurance reform initiatives, including Wisconsin’s managed care reforms. Mr. Farrow is a former small-business owner and served as press secretary for Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin.

Mr. Farrow currently serves on the Board for the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans, Wisconsin Insurance Security Fund, United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, and Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Farrow was the past Chairman of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and past President of the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Board of Directors. Mr. Farrow earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Marquette University.

Elected Director – Tim Bartholow, MD – WEA Trust Insurance

Dr. Tim Bartholow
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, WEA Trust Insurance

Tim Bartholow, MDAs Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tim Bartholow is tasked with leading all clinical functions to achieve safer more affordable care, focusing on proper access, appropriateness, harm avoidance, and engaging members to action. He encourages community health with board service to Wisconsin Literacy, United Way of Dane County, and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality. He advises Venture Investors, KIIO, the University of Wisconsin Master of Public Health Program, Wisconsin Community Health Fund, and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (publishes County Health Rankings). Before joining the Trust, Dr. Bartholow served as the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Chief Medical Officer for five years, working on appropriateness of care and unintended variation of episode costs, advance care planning, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation grant SMARTCare, and payment reform. Prior to joining the Society, in November 2008, Dr. Bartholow spent 16 years caring for patients at the Prairie Clinic in Sauk City, Wisconsin, where he was one of 12 clinical owners. In the late 1990s, he served as medical director for a risk bearing independent physician association with more than 400 primary care providers. He completed family medicine residency at The University of Missouri – Columbia, medical school at Washington University – St. Louis, and chemistry and biology degrees at Drake University. He has adult identical twin sons, one daughter-in-law caring for a grandchild on the way.

WEA knows that health care can be safer, more effective, more approachable and more affordable. We support partners who reduce unintended variation in care that is costly and too often harmful. We seek partners who deploy key information to families and physicians so they choose safety and affordability, and receive timely feedback if they choose differently. Increasingly, families cannot access care because of cost, making cost a measure of quality – it’s past time that we treated it as such. We partner with technology solutions that intuitively link those that need to know with decision changing content. Health risks of the patient as well as the social determinants of health which they endure must equally be addressed if we are to achieve vibrant community health.

Elected Director – Christopher Elfner – Bellin Health

Christopher Elfner
Vice President Clinically Integrated Network, Bellin Health

Christopher ElfnerChristopher is the Vice President of Bellin Health’s Clinically Integrated Network. In this role, he is driving Bellin into a new payment model where Bellin is paid for achieving patient health and well-being outcomes rather than payments for services performed. This involves contracting in a different way with payers and employers and redesigning our delivery system to delivery with higher quality care with a better experience at a lower to cost to the patient. Christopher has been at Bellin for over six years.

Christopher is a founding member of the Brown County Population Health Collaborative Steering Committee and has been the lead on data analysis and support. He worked with DHS staff the other partners on pulling together data on the population commonly served. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of ASPIRO and has been on its Board since 2013.

Bellin Health Partners is an ACO taking financial risk for Medicare “assigned beneficiaries” which likely include individuals enrolled in Family Care and IRIS in Brown County.

Christopher is also a founding member of the Brown County Community Information System Advisory Board and Bellin is a data contributor to the CIS.

Prior to Bellin, Christopher spent 20 partnering with organizations in distilling data for information for creating knowledge and driving smarter actions. He has industry experience in Business Services, Distribution, Finance, Healthcare, Insurance and Manufacturing.

Elected Director – Doug Shew – Ascension Information Services

Douglas Shew
Senior IT Director, Ascension Information Services

Douglas ShewMr. Shew is currently the Senior IT Director with Ascension Information Services with responsibilities to strategically align IT Services and delivery for the north region of Ascension WI. Mr. Shew has over 24 years of healthcare experience, with the last 10 being at the executive and senior leadership levels.

Prior to our health ministry joining Ascension, he was the IT Vice President serving in executive leadership capacity for Affinity Health System. Mr. Shew’s career growth has come as an evolution with his first healthcare role at St. Joseph Hospital, Marshfield, WI as a network administrator before moving on to Affinity Health System and into leadership roles.

Accomplishments include the implementation of two large ambulatory EHR implementations, with the most recent being Athena Practice Management & Clinicals. Led Ministry Health Care’s implementation to share clinical data with WISHIN, the health information exchange of Wisconsin. Successful completion of the Leadership Oshkosh program sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Mr. Shew has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

Elected Director – Paul Meyer – The Alliance

Paul Meyer
Chief Operating Officer, The Alliance

Paul MeyerPaul Meyer joined The Alliance in 1996 and served as the director of finance and operations until he became chief operating officer in 2007. As COO he is responsible for planning, coordinating, directing and controlling the financial, operational and human resource needs of the company. He oversees the claims and customer service, finance, MIS, and HR departments and serves as the treasurer on The Alliance Board.

Paul serves as board chair for WisconsinRx/National CooperativeRx, providing direction for this not-for-profit prescription drug purchasing cooperative. He is a board member of Catholic Charities, Madison, which provides charitable services to an 11-county area of southern Wisconsin. Paul also serves on the board of directors of All Saints Neighborhood and the pastoral council for Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish.

He is also a founding member of the HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin, a joint effort of a number of Wisconsin health care organizations working to facilitate understanding and collaboration related to HIPAA.

Prior to joining The Alliance, Paul was the Assistant Director of Finance at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. In this role he had oversight of managed care contracting and the decision support system that was used to monitor organizational performance and model improvements. Prior to UW, Paul was a health care consultant providing guidance for hospital operational improvement.

Paul received both his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and his master's degree in health care administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Elected Director – Dr. Julie Mitchell – Wisconsin Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Julie Mitchell, MD, MS, FACP
Senior Medical Director, Commercial Plan, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin
Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Julie Mitchell, MD, MS, FACPDr. Mitchell improves the health of Wisconsinites by managing populations in a large local health plan. She provides clinical expertise, leadership and oversight of care management in the Anthem Wisconsin health plan and partners with providers and the State of Wisconsin in collaborative initiatives addressing health equity, quality of care, prevention, and high-value care delivery.

Dr. Mitchell has 20 years of experience in internal medicine and population health. She has served as the Chief Population Health Management Officer for the Medical College of Physicians (MCP), a multi-specialty practice comprising 1500 physicians and advanced practice providers in an academic medical center. Notable achievements in leadership and medical management include leading NCQA patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition, developing an Enhanced Care Program for complex patients at high risk for hospitalization, and overseeing redesign of a hospitalist program. At Anthem, Dr. Mitchell has continued population health work advocating for plan members and increasing affordability in the areas of inpatient care, subacute rehab stays, and high-need patients. She is currently leading an effort to eliminate disparities in flu vaccination rates.

Dr. Mitchell is an accomplished educator, practices part-time in primary care, and enjoys volunteering at the Salvation Army clinic. Her Wisconsin roots run deep, being a native Wisconsinite and training at the University of Wisconsin for undergraduate, medical school and master’s degree work. She completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh in internal medicine and is fellowship-trained in women’s health.

Wisconsin State Health Officer (interim) - Chuck Warzecha

Chuck Warzecha

Wisconsin Medicaid Director Designee – Krista Willing

Krista Willing
Assistant Administrator of System, Fiscal, and Operations, Division of Medicaid Services

Krista WillingKrista Willing is the Assistant Administrator of System, Fiscal, and Operations for the Division of Medicaid Services within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS.) She joined DHS in 2010 and previously served as the Section Chief of Hospital and HMO Rate Setting as well as the Deputy Director and Director of the Bureau of Fiscal Management. She oversees both the Wisconsin Medicaid benefit and administrative budgets and contracts. Additionally, she oversees rate setting for hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care organizations; the Estate Recovery Program, the Wisconsin Funeral and Cemetery Aids Program, and the operations of the Medicaid Management Information System. Prior to joining DHS, Krista was the Executive Budget and Policy Analyst for Medicaid in the Wisconsin State Budget Office. She also served as a legislative aide to the Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader from 2006-2008. She has a Master’s Degree from the La Follette School of Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Statutory Director – Leon Lipp – Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Leon Lipp
DHS DCTS Office of Electronic Health Records Systems Management Director, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Leon LippLeon Lipp is the Department of Health Services Division of Care and Treatment Services Office of Electronic Health Records Systems Management Director. Prior to this appointment, Leon served in the role of quality improvement director at the Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC). In this role, he has trained others in continuous quality improvement, developed measurement tools to ensure effectiveness of programming, and worked to facilitate utilization of data to maximize efficiency at the WRC.

Leon joined the WRC staff in 1992 as a psychiatric care technician. Over the next 24 years, he promoted to supervisory and management roles at the institution. He’s also served as the WRC information technology liaison and database manager. In these roles, he managed software applications; developing process solutions, and providing training to users of new technology. As project manager for electronic health record implementation and management at the WRC, he administered contracts to ensure vendor responsiveness, coordinated training, and developed management strategies to ensure optimum utilization of the electronic health records system at the WRC.

A graduate of UW-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, Leon served as a Russian linguist, analyst, and non-commissioned officer in the Army before entering state service. In supporting the Army, he programmed computers for his infantry division to analyze battlefield intelligence. Leon also has experience in the fields of business, computer science, and electronics. He is trained in Lean Six Sigma and project management.