2017 Speakers


Celebrity Emcee – Jocelyn Maminta

Over her distinguished 20-year broadcast career, Emmy Award nominated News 8 Medical reporter Jocelyn Maminta has anchored and reported for television stations in North Carolina, Milwaukee, Texas and at News 8 in Connecticut.

A political science graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Jocelyn works tirelessly for many nonprofits across Connecticut. She has been honored countless times for her efforts.

Jocelyn is co-founder of Caroline’s Room, a safe haven for families coping with the challenges and uncertainties surrounding the birth of a premature baby.  She is also the CEO of Frangi Pangi, fine hosiery for that bare legged look for women of all color.  Made in the USA with profits supporting Caroline’s Room.

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Morning Keynote – Dale Bratzler, DO, MPH

Dale Bratzler is a Professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy, and Associate Dean in the College of Public Health, and a Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He serves in the role of Chief Quality Officer for the OU Physicians Group and serves as the Medical Director of the Clinical Skills Education and Testing Center. He was recently named the 2016 Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor at the Health Sciences Center. Dr. Bratzler has worked in the field of healthcare quality measurement and improvement for many years.

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Lunch Keynote – Don Crane

Don Crane is the President and CEO of CAPG, a national professional association composed of physician groups dedicated to coordinated, accountable care. It is the nation’s largest trade association that explicitly promotes capitation as the payment model for its members, all of whom accept various forms of risk-based capitation or other population-based payment.
Mr. Crane joined CAPG in 2001 and has served as President and CEO since that time. During his tenure CAPG has expanded from being a division of a regional hospital trade association consisting of 40 member groups to a national professional association consisting of more than 250 physician organizations.

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Thomas Agresta, MD, MBI

Dr. Agresta is a seasoned family physician, educator, administrator, researcher and innovator with a history of bringing together multidisciplinary teams to focus on developing novel methods for creating, using and evaluating technology in both clinical and teaching settings. He has a bachelors in biomedical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, a medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and a masters in biomedical informatics from Oregon Health Sciences University. He oversees the Electronic Medical Record for the Family Medicine residency clinic and has held state level leadership roles in adoption and implementation for Health Information Exchange and Electronic Health Records.

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Darren Anderson, MD

Dr. Anderson is a general internist and has worked in safety net practices for his entire career. He is VP/Chief Quality Officer of Community Health Center, Inc., a large, multisite community health center caring for over 140,000 medically underserved patients across Connecticut. Dr. Anderson is also the Director of CHCI’s Weitzman Institute, a research and innovations center dedicated to improving primary care for underserved populations.

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Richard Averbuch

Richard Averbuch is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, an organization consisting of more than seventy Massachusetts-based organizations. The mission of the Coalition is to ensure that health care for everyone in Massachusetts is in accordance with their goals, values and preferences at all stages of life and in all steps of their care.

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Eric Barbanel, MD

Eric W. Barbanel, M.D. is a practicing internist at Crystal Run Healthcare, a large physician owned multi-specialty medical practice outside of New York City who is their “Choosing Wisely Champion.”  Crystal Run Healthcare is a progressive group that has been at the forefront of value based care by being one of the initial ACOs, initial Medicare Shared Savings participants, has multiple risk based contracts and has their own health insurance company.

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Meghan Blanchette

Meghan Blanchette serves on the Board of Directors at both InterCommunity and InterCommunity Recovery Centers. She has been a hairstylist for 15 years, and manages a busy hair salon in Enfield CT.

Meghan is also a person in long term recovery who was a client of Intercommunity Recovery Centers. The experiences she had in ICRC and ever since have motivated her to do everything she can to raise awareness and be of service in her community.

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Thomas E. Broffman, PhD, LICSW, CAADAC, CCS, CEAP

Thomas E. Broffman has been a social worker and addictions counselor for many years.  He is a regionally known motivational interviewing trainer and consultant for over 25 years. He recently retired from academia after 14 years and was an assistant professor in the MSW program at Univ. of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT.  He previously was an assistant professor and field coordinator for the BSW Program at Eastern CT State University.  He returned to clinical practice Oct. 2106 for The Connection, Inc.

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Scott Cleary

After receiving his AB and BE degrees from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Scott spent 25 years with Andersen Consulting.  In 2000 Scott left Andersen Consulting to be the Executive Vice President of eExchange, a dotcom startup in London.  Now Scott is realizing his dream as the founder and Chief Servant of SMC Partners LLC, an information technology, business process, and human performance consulting and solution delivery company.  SMC is focused on helping health care and social services clients.

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Carol Dietz, MBA, BSN, CPHQ

Carol Dietz is a Senior Quality Improvement Consultant at Qualidigm and has 35 years of experience as an acute care registered nurse with emphasis on patient safety, quality improvement, and system development. She is a leader, community organizer, educator, and frequent presenter in support of the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) work to reduce all-cause readmissions by 20% through promotion of strategic care coordination and patient safety programs. Carol also leads the regional New Engalnd QIN-QIO effort to increase patient safety by implementing interventions to reduce antibiotic misuse and overuse in the outpatient setting.


Tiffany Donelson

The Connecticut Health Foundation is an organization committed to creating more access to better quality health care for populations of color and underserved communities across Connecticut by fundamentally changing the health care system to make quantifiable, sustainable change with tangible impact.  As vice president of program, Tiffany sets the foundation’s programmatic strategy, which includes grantmaking, the health leadership fellows program and evaluation. She works to continuously ensure that CT Health’s grantmaking practices are equitable, transparent, and advancing the organization’s strategic objectives.

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Allan Hackney

Allan is an outcome-driven, people-oriented leader recognized for developing and executing pragmatic strategies that drive growth, improve efficiency and control risk.  He serves as Connecticut’s Health Information Technology Officer, a role appointed by Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman to develop and coordinate the implementation of a state-wide health information technology (HIT) strategy, and to build and implement health information interoperability services.

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Allison Kernan

Allison Kernan is employed by Southwest Regional Mental Health Board as the Communication Specialist for TurningPointCT.org. TurningPointCT.org is an online peer support community which provides resources and guidance for youth and young adults in their search for mental wellness and recovery. She is also the Program Coordinator at Shana’s House, a sober living home for women located in Westport, CT. Allison has built community relations and advocacy by presenting her story of recovery as a panelist and public speaker for CT’s legislators, law enforcement, medical providers, consumers, families, residents, and educators.

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Meshie Knight

Program Associate
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Meshie Knight, MA, is an RWJF program associate working to build a culture of health for all in America. Her work focuses on ensuring that families and communities have access to high value, affordable, integrated care that help them stay healthy and address their full range of needs. Meshie is especially involved with programs related to strengthening collaboration within and across sectors to enhance population health, efforts to engage consumers, and advance innovative care models designed to improve complex medical and social needs of high-need patients.

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Christopher Kolker, MD

Dr. Kolker serves as the Medical Director for United Community and Family Services in Norwich, CT.  Board certified in Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, as well as Holistic and Complementary Medicine, Dr. Kolker also holds faculty positions at Quinnipiac’s Netter School of Medicine and UCONN’s School of Medicine.  Dr. Kolker’s specialty niche includes treating refractory pain patients comprehensively both medically and holistically.


Karen Possidente-Leibiger

Vice President, Program Director, ConnectiCare

Karen Possidente-Leibiger is a hands-on leader who helps organizations thrive by empowering their employees to take charge of their health. With more than 30 years of experience in the health care space, she is recognized as a strategic, results-oriented expert in the industry.

As vice president of Care Management Solutions, Karen oversees the team executing on the company’s strategic vision, new business development, operations and growth. She and her team work with focus to provide clients with customized health and wellness solutions that exceed expectations.

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Beatrice Mathis

Beatrice Mathis, LCSW has worked at Community Health Resources for 14 years. She is a the clinical program director for the Young Adult Team in Manchester.

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Gina Muslim

Gina manages Community Solutions’ Hartford properties, and leads partner development for Community Solutions’ work in North Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Gina served as the Development Director for John Dempsey Hospital and the UConn School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Foundation. Gina has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit field and has held leadership posts at The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Boston Children’s Museum and Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a Director at Large at for the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls and on the Board of Corporators for Connecticut Community Care Inc. Gina has a BA from Smith College and has completed graduate study in non-profit management at Harvard University.

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Danillo Pangilinan, MD, FACP, FASAM


MD Degree: Virgen Milagrosa University, Philippines

Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Connecticut

Board Certification:
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Addiction Medicine

Faculty Appointment: Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Current Position: Chief Medical Officer, InterCommunity, Inc.


Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA

Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA serves as the Vice President of Operations and Compliance Officer at Community Health Resources (CHR). She has extensive experience improving healthcare access and services in the public sector. As VP of Operations, she is responsible for overseeing CHR’s integrated care strategy, acts as the Compliance Officer and provides leadership to CHR’s quality improvement activities.

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Steve Ruth

Steve has more than 40 years of direct care, management and consulting experience in the healthcare industry.  He began his career as a behavioral health professional delivering mental health services in public health settings and subsequently administering programs in a variety of settings.

Steve also has many years of integrating technology solutions with clinical service delivery.    Steve also has lent his technical, clinical and leadership experience to non-profit entities serving on various non-profit Boards and Advisory Committees.

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Scott Sussman, MD, FHM, FACP

Scott Sussman, MD, FHM, FACP is a practicing hospitalist, Director of Quality of the Yale-New Haven Hospitalist Service and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine.  He spends half of his time working on the Yale New Haven Health Clinical Redesign, which improves the value of care that we deliver to patients by decreasing waste, leveraging the power of the EHR and engaging front line staff.  He is chair of the Transfusion and Tissue Banking committee and Co-chair of the Yale New Haven Health Laboratory Formulary and Decision Support Committees.

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Deputy Chief Beau Thurnauer

Deputy Chief Beau Thurnauer is a 42 year veteran of law enforcement. He spent 24 years in Manchester CT retiring at the rank of Capt. He then spent 9 years as Chief of Police in Coventry CT followed by 9 years in East Hartford as Deputy Chief now serving as Chief of Detectives.

He is the past president of the Capital Region Chiefs of Police, and is active in many Local, State and National law enforcement initiatives. He is a current member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police [IACP] Violence Against Police Task Force


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Tracy Weber Tierney, MSN, RN

Tracy Weber Tierney is the Director of Patient Experience at ProHealth Physicians. Tracy’s early experiences as a critical care nurse ignited her passion for caring for patients and families how they want to be cared for and re-imagining  health care delivery where improving patient experiences are integral in improving health and clinical outcomes.

In her current role, Tracy is focused on improving Patient experience through patient advocacy and staff training and support. She oversees all aspects of patient feedback, including but not limited to patient satisfaction surveying, complaints management, service recovery, communication and empathy training, Patient and Family Advisory Council.

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Terrence Wain, BS, NRP

Operations Supervisor at AETNA Ambulance

Terrence Wain is a graduate of the University of New Haven with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice (2010). He has been an active EMS provider since 2011, and obtained his National Registry Paramedic Certification in 2014. He currently serves as an Operations Supervisor at AETNA Ambulance, where he assists in precepting new paramedics, educating new hires, and other educational rollouts required for road crews. He also serves as a Lab Instructor and Ride-Time Advisor for Capital Community College.

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Thomas C. Woodruff, PhD

Thomas Woodruff is Director of the Healthcare Policy & Benefit Services Division of the Office of the Connecticut State Comptroller. The Division is responsible for investment policy and administration of the state’s $4.7 billion dollar defined contribution retirement plans as well as the employee and retiree medical, dental, and pharmacy benefit programs for 215,000 employees, retirees, and family members throughout the state. Dr. Woodruff has been a member of the State’s Steering Committee for the SIM initiative and Chairs the Value Based Insurance Design Consortium for the SIM. Dr. Woodruff’s focus is on the application of behavioral economics to payment reform models and value based insurance design. He has adjunct faculty appointments at the UCONN School of Business and the Center for Quantitative Medicine at UCONN Health.

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William Young, MPA, LPC, NCC

William Young, MPA, LPC, NCC serves as Chief Strategy Officer of InterCommunity, Inc.  In addition to his administrative roles, Bill is a Connecticut licensed professional counselor. He also serves as the Co-Chairperson of the Adult Behavioral Health Division of the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance.  Bill is a person in long term recovery, is involved in a number of community-based recovery initiatives, and lives in Hartford.

Aligning Healthcare Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Initiatives