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Dr. Michael Ash

EVP and Chief Transformation Officer, Nebraska Medicine
Dr. Michael Ash is the Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at Nebraska Medicine, and serves as Vice Chancellor of Information and Technology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He oversees information technology, information security, quality, safety and clinical effectiveness. He is also responsible for marketing, patient experience, process improvement, and telehealth.

With more than 20 years of experience in health information technology, Dr. Ash has led the development of IT infrastructure and implementation of electronic health records in academic medical centers and health systems, across the globe. His experience includes several positions with Cerner including Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for physician strategy and innovation. Dr. Ash has been granted a dozen technology patents ranging from health forecasting to management of complex order sets.

Earlier, Dr. Ash worked as an internal medicine physician. Dr. Ash graduated with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

David Bernd

CEO Emeritus, Sentara Healthcare
David L. Bernd served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare, a $5.2 billion integrated health system headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia for more than 20 Years. Under his leadership, Sentara has become an innovative, integrated health system that is recognized nationally for quality and patient safety.

Mr. Bernd also served as chairman of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, making him the top elected official of the largest hospital and health system association in the United States. He has been on the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University and served as Rector from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Bernd was a member of the VHA, Inc. Board of Directors and was appointed by the Secretary of the Army as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army in October 2014. He is ex-Chairman of the United Way of South Hampton Roads Board of Directors and the Metropolitan Board of YMCA of South Hampton Roads. Currently Mr. Bernd serves on the Regent University and Virginia Tech Advisory Board Committees.

Clark Golestani

Managing Director at C Sensei Group | Retired President and Global CIO at Merck
Clark Golestani has over 30 years of experience in health, life sciences and technology. He is an active investor, advisor and board member with a focus on healthcare, technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Golestani retired from Merck in 2018 as the President, Emerging Businesses and Global CIO.

At Merck, he was responsible for Merck’s portfolio of digital health services and solutions companies including its venture and equity funds – each of which extensively leverages opportunities across the digital health ecosystem. He also led the company's global Information Technology organization, strategy, and execution worldwide, spanning all lines of business including Human Health and Animal Health BioPharma.

Mr. Golestani currently serves as the Managing Director of C Sensei Group, LLC, an advisory services firm and is a Senior Advisor to New Mountain Capital, a New York-based private equity company. He is a Special Advisor to the Dean at the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School.

Mr. Golestani serves as Chairman of the board for Sparta Systems and is also an Independent Director on the Board of Directors for Seal Software, TruU, Inc, and UMUC / Ventures. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for Liaison Technologies and NPower. Mr. Golestani is a co-founder of Cross Road Technologies, Inc. He has a degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Frank Ingari

CEO, Growth Ally | Ex-CEO, Navinet
Frank Ingari has over 35 years of experience in mainstream IT and healthcare services. His industry focus is information technology and its application to payer, provider, pharma, and consumer markets in the US healthcare system. He has been a serial entrepreneur, CEO or board member in Nasdaq and private companies including Lotus, MicroStrategy, Shiva, and Lumeris.

Mr. Ingari was an accountable care pioneer as CEO of Essence Healthcare, the first Medicare Advantage plan to achieve 5 Stars without owning a provider network. He also founded Lumeris, now the #1 KLAS-rated Population Health Services company. He then led the turnaround of payer-provider portal vendor NaviNet and its successful sale to NantHealth.

Mr. Ingari is a current member of the Board of Trustees for Boston Medical Center’s HealthNet Managed Medicaid health plan. He has deep governance experience across multiple organizations such as Sybase, MicroStrategy, Essence Group Holdings, Lumeris, NaviNet, Shiva, and PowerSoft. He has participated in many funding and liquidity events, including 5 IPOs, several secondaries, both sides of corporate M&A and every stage of venture capital. Mr. Ingari holds an undergraduate degree in American History and American Literature from Cornell University.

Kenneth Letkeman

SVP and CIO, Houston Methodist
Kenneth Letkeman is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Houston Methodist – a leading academic medical center in the Texas Medical Center and six community hospitals serving the Greater Houston area. Previously, he served as the Chief Information Officer at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mr. Letkeman is a result-oriented leader with a unique combination of leadership, management and technical skills developed over 20 years of healthcare experience as an entrepreneur, information systems professional and consultant, including various executive leadership roles. Prior to Vanderbilt, he was the CEO for Marshfield Clinic Information Services (MCIS) where he was responsible for all aspects of company operation including strategy, sales and marketing, operations and customer satisfaction. He also served as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer at Marshfield Clinic.

Mr. Letkeman completed his Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from the University of Manitoba.

Patty Morrison

Ex- EVP, Customer Support Services, and CIO, Cardinal Health
Patty Morrison served as Executive Vice President of Customer Support Services and Chief Information Officer of Cardinal Health and was responsible for the company's enterprise-wide information technology. She was also responsible for Customer Contact Centers and Customer Administration. Ms. Morrison's reach within the IT and business community has spanned 30 years across five different industries.

Previously, she was EVP and CIO for Motorola, where she oversaw all strategic, operational and financial aspects of the company's information technology architecture, systems, tools, processes and infrastructure. Her prior experience also includes senior-level information technology positions at Procter and Gamble, General Electric, Quaker Oats, PepsiCo and Office Depot.

Ms. Morrison is also on the Board of Directors at Splunk and Aramark. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and statistics and Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, graduating summa cum laude. She received the Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership and was also inducted to the CIO Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008.

Brad Wilson

CEO Emeritus, BCBS of North Carolina
Brad Wilson served as President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina for almost 8 years, capping a 22 year career with North Carolina’s largest health insurer. Under his leadership, BCBSNC grew to a $9 billion company serving over 3.8 million customers. His experience as CEO reflected his passion for healthcare, a deep commitment to community involvement and strong expertise in business and public policy at the state and national level.

Mr. Wilson joined BCBSNC in 1995 as General Counsel and held a variety of senior-level positions before being named CEO in 2010. During his tenure, BCBSNC successfully implemented the Affordable Care Act and remains the only health insurer in North Carolina providing ACA products in all 100 counties in the state. He has served as Director of the BCBS Association, AHIP and numerous other national and state healthcare organizations. He is also the past Chair of the UNC Board of Governors and has led several state commissions.

Prior to joining BCBSNC, Mr. Wilson practiced law in NC. He also served as General Counsel to Governor James B. Hunt where he directed the governor’s legislative strategy, led the legal office and served as a cabinet secretary. He holds a B.A. degree from Appalachian State University, an M.A. degree from Duke University and a law degree from Wake Forest University. Currently, he serves as Executive in Residence at Wake Forest University.