Below you will find this year’s list of knowledgeable and dynamic speakers. Click on the boxes below to learn more about each individual.
Mesfin Tegenu, MS, RPh
Mesfin Tegenu is the president of PerformRx, LLC, one of the nation’s leading URAC-accredited pharmacy benefit management organizations. PerformRx offers cost-reducing PBM services for all sectors in the health care industry. A clinical pharmacist and executive with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Tegenu’s vision has resulted in the development of leading-edge pharmacy benefit solutions that enable health plans to improve patient outcomes while reducing costs.
Mr. Tegenu spearheaded the creation of PerformRx after successfully developing a comprehensive in-house pharmacy benefit management program for a national provider of managed care services. Under his leadership, PerformRx has grown to offer next generation pharmacy benefits to millions of people nationwide.
Leveraging the clinical expertise that has driven PerformRx’s continued success; Mr. Tegenu has directed the development of PerformSpecialty LLC, a new specialty pharmaceutical care management and fulfillment company providing services for those with complex illnesses. The company is based in Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Tegenu is active in the community and currently serves on the board of multiple civic organizations.
In addition to his New York State Pharmacy license, Mr. Tegenu holds a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy degree from Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a Master’s of Science degree from St. John’s University, Queens, New York.
Marie Savard, MD
Marie Savard, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer at PerformRx, LLC. Dr. Savard is a trusted voice on women’s health, an internationally recognized internal medicine physician, health educator, and speaker on women’s health, patient empowerment, and collaborative doctor-patient partnerships. She is the author of four bestselling books on the subject of personal health management and wellness and was also an ABC News Medical Contributor.
Dr. Savard’s experience as a former medical director of a long-term care provider has provided her with a deep expertise in the design and development of post-acute care, medication management, and population-based care. Both a physician and a registered nurse, Dr. Savard has a personal interest in the emerging integrated models of care delivery and the need for more interdisciplinary team-based clinical leaders to support them. Furthermore, as an advocate for patient empowerment, Dr. Savard brings a crucial perspective to the need for evidenced-based decision-making and outcomes management, patient controlled health records, personal care management, and focus on patient safety.
Dr. Savard was previously the director of the Center for Women's Health and an associate professor at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Jefferson Medical College, and the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She was technical advisor to the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women, served on the American Board of Internal Medicine's Subcommittee on Clinical Competency in Women's Health, was director of quality management at Pennsylvania Hospital, and has been a health columnist for Woman's Day magazine.
Dr. Savard is currently a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing’s Board of Overseers. She also serves on WXPN’s Advisory Board, the Editorial Board of Family Circle, and the Women’s Health Leadership Council of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Savard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
In an extraordinary keynote that brought attendees at the sold-out 2016 ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) Meeting & Exposition to their feet, Derreck Kayongo energized thousands of association professionals with his compelling and courageous story of survival, discovery and humanitarianism. From a young Ugandan refugee to a successful entrepreneur, human rights activist and renowned global health expert, Kayongo galvanizes audiences to seize the power of observation to identify issues and effectively solve any challenge. With undeniable charm, palpable passion, and endearing wit, Kayongo brings his story and guiding principles, coined as S.E.L.F., standing for service, education, leadership and faith, to life in emotionally packed presentations that stay with you long after his closing remarks.
Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles partially used and discarded bars of soap from thousands of hotels and redistributes it to disadvantaged populations around the world. Since its founding in 2009, the Project has distributed soap to more than 90 countries where close to 2 million lives are claimed each year due to lack of proper hygiene.
Kayongo’s experience as a human rights activist, combined with his lifelong commitment to his work and notable rhetorical skills earned him his current role as the CEO at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Called a “living embodiment of the Center’s mission,” Kayongo is elevating the visibility of the Center and expanding its vision beyond its geography.
Recognized with a range of honors and awards for his activism, including as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes award in 2011, most recently Kayongo was selected by President Jimmy Carter to interview him as part of the National Archives’ Amending America Initiative.
Michael A. Smerconish is the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM Channel 124, the host of CNN’s Smerconish on Saturday mornings, newspaper columnist and author. Smerconish has often been recognized for his radio work. Talkers Magazine has consistently named him one of America’s most important talk show hosts. In 2009, prior to his syndication, Radio and Records named him the nation’s “Local Personality of the Year”. In 2011, the National Association of Broadcasters selected him as a “Marconi Award” finalist in the category of Best Network/Syndicated Host. He has often been the recipient of several (Philadelphia) Achievement in Radio awards, including “Best Talk Show Host” and “Best Evening Program”. Philadelphia Magazine has named him the city’s best talk show host, as well as one of the city’s most powerful citizens.
On August 20, 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House. The 35-minute interview was conducted in the Diplomatic Reception Room and televised live on MSNBC, CNN and FOX News. Smerconish has interviewed President Obama on seven different occasions. He has also interviewed Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as Vice Presidents Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden.
Smerconish hosts a weekly Saturday TV program on CNN fittingly called Smerconish and in the past has been an MSNBC contributor and frequent guest-host of Hardball for Chris Matthews. He has been a guest on virtually every television program where politics is discussed, including: the NBC Today show, Colbert Report, O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, The View, and Real Time With Bill Maher.
Smerconish is the author of six books, two of them New York Times’ best sellers. He donated all author proceeds from three of those manuscripts to charity. His published books are: Flying Blind: How Political Correctness Continues to Compromise Airline Safety Post 9/11 (for which he donated his proceeds to the Garden of Reflection, a 9/11 tribute garden in his native Bucks County, Pennsylvania); Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism, True Stories that Should Be Fiction (a New York Times best seller); Murdered By Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice (a New York Times best seller which he co-authored with Maureen Faulkner and for which he donated his proceeds to the Daniel Faulkner Educational Grant Fund); Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking; and Instinct: The Man Who Stopped the 20th Hijacker (the story of Jose Melendez-Perez, for which he donated his proceeds to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania). Additionally, through a promotional partnership with jeweler Steven Singer, Smerconish has raised in excess of $300,000.00 for the Flight 93 National Memorial. His sixth book is his first novel—TALK!
Smerconish also authors a Sunday column in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His columns have been re-printed in various newspapers across the country, including The Washington Post, Dallas Morning-News, Denver Post, Boston Herald, Charlotte Observer, Sacramento Bee, Kansas City Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Austin American-Statesman, Savannah Morning News, Tallahassee Democrat, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Providence Journal, Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Akron Beacon Journal, Wichita Eagle, Arizona Daily Star, Green Bay Press Gazette, Winnipeg Free Press, Tallahassee Democrat, and Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
Smerconish became a radio and television commentator after experiences he had at an early age in Republican politics. While still in college he was an advance-man for (then) Vice President George H.W. Bush. At age 29, he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to a sub-cabinet level position (Regional Administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he reported to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp).
Prior to turning to broadcasting as a full-time endeavor, Smerconish practiced law for 10 years with James E. Beasley, a legendary Philadelphia-based trial lawyer, who is the namesake of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Today, Smerconish is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and remains a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When actively practicing law, Smerconish was a trial lawyer specializing in complex tort litigation. His work spanned various subject areas, including contracts, medical malpractice, and products liability. His clients ranged from the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (in an action against a music group responsible for publishing an FOP photograph on an album cover that advocated the murder of police) to the City of Rome, Italy (in a contract dispute). He is a past member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.
Smerconish is a 1984 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lehigh University where he majored in Government and Journalism.
He lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their four children.
John Gorman is Founder and Executive Chairman at Gorman Health Group (GHG). In this role, he has led the development and launch of several entrepreneurial ventures in both software and business process outsourcing in government health programs. John’s work focuses on government health programs strategy, cultural transformation within health care companies, governance, and turnaround of distressed health plans. John brings GHG clients more than 25 years of experience in government-sponsored health program strategy, compliance and operations.
GHG has become the leading professional services and solutions firm for government-sponsored health care, providing leadership and expert strategic, operational, and technology-based solutions in nearly twenty years of continuous operations and growth. Under the mantra of “better to be new than improved,” GHG has redefined solutions in risk adjustment, enrollment/eligibility/membership reconciliation, beneficiary marketing, sales agent compliance and management, and online training. The company now pursues several ventures annually, and sources acquisitions and investments for multiple private equity firms.
John speaks at dozens of industry and investment community conferences each year, reaching thousands of senior health care executives with his predictions about the evolving government-sponsored managed care market. He is regularly quoted in the trade press and national media, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of several industry publications.
Prior to founding his own company in 1996, John served as Assistant to the Director of Health Care Financing Administration’s (HCFA) Office of Managed Care, where he provided day-to-day management, and served as the external liaison for the Medicare and Medicaid managed care programs. During the 1993 debate on national health care reform, John was chief lobbyist on health care financing issues for the National Association of Community Health Centers, an organization of Federally-funded primary care clinics for the medically underserved. Prior to that, John served as Press Secretary and Staff Director for U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), then-Chairman of the Government Operations Committee.
Dr. David Metcalf
David Metcalf has more than 20 years’ experience in the design and research of web-based and mobile technologies converging to enable learning and healthcare.
Dr. Metcalf is Director of Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. The team has built mHealth solutions, simulation games, eLearning, mobile and enterprise IT systems for Google, J&J, VA, US Military and UCF’s College of Medicine among others. Recent projects include Lake Nona’s Intelligent Home prototype and SignificantTechnology, a mobile-enabled online degree and eResource kit. Dr. Metcalf encourages spinoffs from the lab as part of the innovation process and has launched Moving Knowledge and several other for-profit and nonprofit ventures as examples. In addition to research and commercial investments, he supports social entrepreneurship in education and health. Dr. Metcalf continues to bridge the gap between corporate learning and simulation techniques and non-profit and social entrepreneurship. Simulation, mobilization, mobile patient records and medical decision support systems, visualization systems, scalability models, secure mobile data communications, gaming, innovation management and operational excellence are current research topics. Dr. Metcalf frequently presents at industry and research events shaping business strategy and use of technology to improve learning, health and human performance.
Laura Cranston, RPh
Laura Cranston is currently the Executive Director of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Inc. (PQA), a non-profit, membership-based organization that was formed in April 2006. PQA’s mission is to improve the quality of medication use across healthcare settings through a collaborative process to design and implement performance measures, demonstrate improvements in patient care, and recognize examples of exceptional pharmacy quality. Laura has built the PQA organization from the ground up with the leadership and engagement of a 17-member Board of Directors. Today, PQA is a 140-plus member organization that serves as a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based organization. PQA’s membership includes health plans, PBMs, government agencies including CMS and the FDA, retail pharmacy organizations, HIT and MTM vendors, standards setting organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers and the majority of pharmacy practitioner and trade associations.
Laura Cranston has been over two decades in healthcare association management. She worked initially as a resident at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, than progressed to a position at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and then established the Institute for the Advancement of Community Pharmacy.
A pharmacy graduate of St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions (1984) in New York, Laura currently serves as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and she also serves on the Board of Governors for the overall University. She is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame.
Laura is a frequent lecturer/presenter on the issues of appropriate and safe medication use, and quality measurement.
Michelle Juhanson has been working for the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies since 2007, and for PerformRx since 2009. As Director of Compliance and Quality, she is accountable for the audit, compliance, and quality functions in PerformRx and has proven expertise in Medicare Part D, FWA, auditing, and URAC and NCQA accreditations. She is a member of various industry coalitions and work groups. She is also a public speaker with a passion for regulatory compliance, beneficiary protections, and giving business owners a framework to develop compliant solutions in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.
Michelle has 10 years of Part D compliance experience in multiple settings: Part D IRE (MAXIMUS Federal services), plan sponsor (Select Health of South Carolina), and PBM (PerformRx). She has overseen PerformRx and PerformSpecialty’s accreditation and reaccreditation with URAC in Pharmacy Benefit Managemetn (PBM), Drug Therapy Management (DTM), and Specialty Pharmacy. In 2015, she led PerformRx taskforce as one of only four organizations selected to participate in the CMS Point of Sale Pilot.
Michelle is certified in Health Care Compliance (CHC) and Health Care Privacy Compliance (CHPC) by the Health Care Compliance Association
Andrew Maiorini, RPh
Andrew Maiorini has been with PerformRx since 2005, serving in various clinical roles supporting formulary management, Drug Utilization Review, and Drug Therapy Management. Andrew joined PerformRx as a clinical pharmacist. His scope of clinical expertise spans the growth and expansion of PerformRx’s award-winning Drug Therapy Management program, the implementation of Medicare Part D programs, as well as the specialty drug management, bleeding disorder and Hepatitis-C management programs. Additionally, he developed several advanced utilization management programs, including the opioid overutilization management program. In his current role, he oversees formulary development, drug therapy management, pharmacy informatics/analysis and PerformRx’s state-of-the-art prior authorization process.
Andrew graduated from La Salle University with a Bachelor’s in Biology. He then received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Temple University’s School of Pharmacy. Andrew and then completed a General Practice Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Prior to working at PerformRx, Andrew was the ICU Clinical Pharmacist for Delaware County Memorial Hospital in the Crozer-Keystone Health System. Andrew joined PerformRx in October of 2005.
Dino Martino, RPh
With more than 18 years in the specialty pharmacy arena, Dino Martino, RPh, has held senior leadership roles in various aspects of the industry ranging from pharmacy supervision and design during the growth of one of the first large scale specialty pharmacies in the 90s to ensuring regulatory pharmacy practice and operations responsibility acting as Pharmacist-In-Charge for one of the nation’s largest specialty pharmacies as recently as 2010. In 2014, Dino accepted the role of Executive Director for PerformSpecialty where he is responsible for overseeing all operations.
Other aspects of his experience include pharmacy design and implementation of technology solutions including inventory management, order fulfillment, and quality assurance in state-of-the-art high volume, multi-million dollar pharmacy dispensing systems. He has also led overall lean six sigma initiatives and continuous improvement efforts to support clinical and pharmacy operations efficiency and advancements in quality standards for patient services. He has obtained multiple accreditations for specialty pharmacies including URAC, ACHC, HQAA, and JCAHO and has served as a key information and operations systems consultant in major departments, including new corporate business development, clinical endeavors, third party/government payers and process improvement in all areas.
Dino holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has completed additional post graduate work in the areas of biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics. He holds pharmacist licensure in multiple states.
Areas of Expertise
- Pharmacy Regulations and Licensure
- Facility Design
- Pharmacy Operations
- Support Programs
Charles Bacchi is the President & CEO for the California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) representing 49 health plans providing coverage to over 25 million Californians. For the last ten years Mr. Bacchi served in leadership positions at CAHP, most recently as Executive Vice President, leading the Association’s advocacy before the California Legislature, the California Health Benefit Exchange, and the Department of Managed Health Care on behalf of CAHP’s health plan members.
A veteran of California’s political community, Mr. Bacchi has over 20 years of experience in California’s legislative, advocacy, and trade association arenas. Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans play a critical role in offering millions of Californians access to health care. As state policymakers crafted California’s approach to ACA implementation, Bacchi played a prominent role as the health plan voice on a range of issues, including translation of the ACA into state law, the start-up of Covered California, and the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal.
Audrey S. Brown
Audrey S. Brown is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Florida Association of Health Plans. Brown has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors and has over a decade of insurance legislative and regulatory experience.
Most recently, Brown served as chief of staff to Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty where she was chief policy advisor to the commissioner, chief lobbyist on agency fiscal matters and managed the operations of the Office of Insurance Regulation. Additionally, Brown served as deputy chief of staff to the commissioner and as director of government relations.
Prior to that, Brown was the manager of Contract Compliance & Administration for AvMed Health Plans. She began her professional career serving in the Executive Office of Governor Jeb Bush. Brown attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.
Sheena A. Cherian, PharmD
As Director of Clinical Outcomes and Therapeutic Optimization, Sheena leverages her certifications in medication therapy management, patient-centered diabetes care and motivational interviewing to develop programs that deliver superior patient care resulting in improved health outcomes. Sheena uses this role to mentor new pharmacists by serving as an advanced pharmacy practice resident preceptor. Sheena is also a member of PerformRx’s Clinical Services Advisory Team, which ensures quality in various areas including DTM, Prior Authorization, Formulary Management, Drug Utilization Review and Specialty.
Sheena earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, graduating summa cum laude. Sheena has received the Mortar & Pestle Professionalism Award based on her ideals of professionalism and excellence in patient care and demonstration of exceptional service and commitment to the profession of pharmacy through the development of the “Innovations in Pharmacy” Award. She is actively engaged in Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and American Pharmacists Association.
Phil Gerbino, PharmD
Dr. Gerbino currently a Strategic Consultant for Pharmaceutical Industry, Health Care and Higher Education, is the retired President of University of the Sciences serving in that capacity for over 16 years. Dr. Gerbino helped guide and facilitated the growth of the 190-year-old institution from its 1821 roots as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS) into the five colleges that now comprise the University.
Dr. Gerbino is a strategic problem solver and an accomplished professional chairman and facilitator, leading hundreds of internal and external and national and global meetings for pharmaceutical industry, pharmacy and health care. He has published and lectured extensively and globally. He served as President of the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1990. He served simultaneously as a civilian pharmacy consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General and consultant designee to the Army, Medical Service Corps, and also to DOD, Health Affairs.
He has served nationally on editorial and advisory boards of pharmacy, medical, and healthcare organizations and publications, and for over 35 years has been as a consultant on strategic planning, marketing, and new business development to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He has also executive coached and participated or led the integration or consolidation of departments, companies and divisions in the pharmaceutical and health care industries.
Dr. Gerbino has or continues to serve on boards of directors of private and public healthcare companies, and regional professional and civic organizations, including BioAdvance, Pennsylvania Bio, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the University City Science Center. He has chaired the University City Keystone Innovation Zone and has served as an advisor or consultant to Quaker BioVentures, Highland Capital, InVentivHealth, Star Life Sciences, HealthCarePays, SpectaMD, TherimuneX and others. He has been a board member at Genesis Health Care, NeighborCare, Family Meds, Health A-Z, Care Partners Plus, Cybear, Target Rx and others. Dr. Gerbino is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management; and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). He received the 2010 Frank Baldino Jr., CEO of the Year Award from Pennsylvania Bio was recognized in PharmaVoice, 2005, Top 100 as a “Change Agent”. He is the recipient of numerous national leadership awards.
Prior to being named President at University of the Sciences, Dr. Gerbino served as Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Vice President of Academic Affairs at USciences/PCP&S. In retirement he retains the title of President Emeritus, USciences and Linwood F. Tice Professor Emeritus at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Dr. Gerbino earned his B.S. in Pharmacy and his Pharm.D., from PCPS where he worked for more than 38 years as an educator, administrator and leader. He also is certified in Organizational Development.
Dominick Pallone is the Executive Director for the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP), a Lansing based organization that represents 13 health plans in Michigan.
Prior to joining MAHP, Dominick was a Partner at Midwest Strategy Group, a multi-client lobby firm where he specialized in health care, state appropriations, Medicaid, higher education, transportation, and state procurement. He has also served as staff within the state House and Senate, most notably as Committee Clerk for the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee.
Currently, Dominick volunteers his time by serving on the Board of the Michigan Transportation Connection and was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority Board.
Dominick earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Michigan State University, James Madison College. During his academic years, he served on the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Council representing Division 1 student-athletes.
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