BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are governed by an elected 10 person Board of Directors consisting of NRHI’s Regional Health Improvement Collaborative leaders
President and CEO, CIVHC
Ana English has served as the CEO and President of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) since August of 2014 and joined the organization with more than 25 years of health care experience in finance and business operations.
Prior to CIVHC, Ana was on the executive management team for the American Medical Association (AMA) and served as the head of the AMA’s for profit subsidiary, AMAGINE. Previously she served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Electronic Network Systems and Optum Health. Ana’s health care career started with insurers Lincoln National and Foundation Health Systems where she held various leadership positions including Vice President of Analysis and Planning, Senior Vice President of Administration, and divisional Senior Vice President of Operations. She holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in the fields of Economics and Political Science.
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President and CEO, Qualidigm
Tim Elwell serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Qualidigm, responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the company while spearheading the development, communication, and implementation of effective growth strategies to secure the organization’s sustainability and business development potential.
He works directly with Qualidigm’s Board of Directors and staff to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of the company’s mission of improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of health care through transformational change.
Prior to Qualidigm, Tim served in executive roles at Misys Corporation, IBM, Columbia University, Raytel Medical, Medtronic, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is presently on the boards of Qualidigm, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), eHealthConnecticut (Connecticut’s Regional Extension Center), the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative and is a corporator at CT Community Care, Inc. He serves as an advisor and mentor to students at UCONN and Quinnipiac and was an adjunct professor at UCONN, where he taught leadership and business modeling in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Quinnipiac and the UCONN Business Programs. Tim is a recognized expert on leadership and leadership theory.
Tim’s wife, Joy Elwell, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP is on the Nursing Faculty at UCONN. Tim and Joy live in Glastonbury. They have three adult children.
Tim graduated from the City University of New York at Baruch College with an M.B.A. in General Management and an undergraduate degree from Siena College in Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. His chosen dissertation topic examined the relationship between emotional intelligence and the creation of trust in accountable care organization (ACO) leaders’ teams.
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President and CEO, GDAHC
Kate Kohn-Parrott assumed the role of President and CEO of Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) in 2012. She has been instrumental in shaping health care reform at the local and state levels; prior to her appointment at GDAHC, she served as a health care policy advisor to the Michigan House of Representatives and as a health and labor consultant to Eastern Michigan University.
Kate spent more than twenty-five years at Chrysler, LLC as a leader in finance, internal audit, and employee benefits management. As Director of Integrated Health Care and Disability, she designed and implemented programs that saved over $400 million annually (on a benefits spend of $2.5 million) and led health and benefits national negotiations with the UAW in 2007—a collaboration that reduced costs and saved thousands of autoworker jobs. During her career at Chrysler, Kate was responsible for the company’s activities to control the cost of approximately $40 billion of purchased materials, where her efforts saved almost $1.5 billion.
Kate holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Detroit Mercy and a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting) from Eastern Michigan University. She holds Certificates from the Stanford University Executive Program and the Managing Business Program at Insead (France). Kate is both a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.
Kate serves on a number of public and private boards and is a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photograph Auxiliary at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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Past Board Chair
President and CEO, Comagine Health
Marc H. Bennett is President and Chief Executive Officer of Comagine Health, which was formed following the merger of Qualis Health and HealthInsight in 2018.
Mr. Bennett was NRHI BOD chair for 2018-2019. He is a past president and board chair of the American Health Quality Association, has served on the Quality Alliance Steering Committee at the Brookings Institution, has been a member of the national advisory board of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, and is a National Quality Forum representative on the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Awards Committee.
Mr. Bennett is a frequent contributor to national policy forums in health information technology, health information exchange and improvement, and is invited regularly to serve on advisory and planning committees or task forces associated with a broad range of state, regional, federal and private national policy groups.
Mr. Bennett is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a master’s degree in English and technical writing.
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Cindy Munn has more than 25 years of experience in health care leadership and operations management. As Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum (LHCQF), Munn oversees development of the strategic roadmap for the organization that supports an integrated approach to transforming health care in Louisiana.
She has oversight responsibility for initiatives that include health information technology (IT), practice transformation/medical home development, analytics support, clinical quality improvement, end-of-life care planning and education/outreach. With regard to health IT, she directs the state’s regional extension center and health information exchange. Munn serves on the board of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center. In addition, she is a member of NRHI’s Executive, Governance and Public Policy Committees as well as the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s Health Care Council. Munn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.
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Chris Wall has a background in finance with much of her career spent at Mountain-Pacific Quality Health (MPQHF). As a CPA, Wall has many years of federal contracting experiences.
She had worked with multiple contracting and grant vehicles – both from a “prime contractor” and subcontractor perspective and a variety of contracting officers and federal, regional and state financial auditors.
Chris Wall has passion for positive change in the healthcare arena.
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Director of Practice Transformation, WCHQ
Dr. Gabrielle Rude is the Director of Practice Transformation for the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ).
Dr. Rude has a PhD in population health sciences from the University of Wisconsin and is a certified professional in healthcare quality. Prior to joining WCHQ, Dr. Rude worked for an integrated healthcare system, directing the quality and decision support divisions. She has conducted healthcare research in disparities and immigrant health outcomes related to acculturation. Dr. Rude is passionate about assisting healthcare providers in transforming their practices to provide high quality, high value healthcare. She lives in New Glarus, Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters.
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Nancy Giunto serves as Executive Director of Washington Health Alliance. Since joining the Alliance in September 2014, Nancy has overseen the organization’s strategic direction, including its legislative agenda, continued statewide expansion, and the publication of new reports.
Nancy is also responsible for the Alliance’s partnership with the Washington State Health Care Authority, which includes the development and publication of results for the Washington Common Measure Set on Health Care Quality and Cost.
Previously Nancy served 14 years as executive director of Foster Pepper law firm in Seattle, where she purchased health care for close to 300 attorneys and staff.
Nancy has had a long career in health care, first at National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. as a program analyst, and then at the American Hospital Association. She spent seven years as an administrative leader at Intermountain Health Care, a large health care system in Salt Lake City. In her last position with Intermountain Health Care, Nancy served as the chief operating officer of the system’s second largest hospital. For ten years she was employed by Providence Health & Services in a variety of positions including chief operating officer and operations administrator for a hospital and special assistant to the CEO working on significant system initiatives.
Nancy is a Board Member of the Network of Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and serves as chair of the organization’s Strategic Planning Committee as well as on its Executive Committee.
Nancy is very active in the local business community. She was a member of Seattle Rotary 4, one of the largest Rotary clubs in the world, for fifteen years, including serving as the Chairperson of the Rotary Business Mentor Committee. Nancy is also currently a Board member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Advisory Panel for Cambia Grove.
In 2018, Nancy was invited to testify, on behalf of the Alliance, in the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on “Reducing Health Care Costs: Examining How Transparency Can Lower Spending and Empower Patients.”
Nancy graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in biomedical communications. She also earned a Master of Health Administration degree from The Ohio State University.
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VP of External Affairs,
Tyla Housman is the Vice President of External Affairs at New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI). She engages with Quality Institute members to advance our work on safety, quality, and affordability. Members come from every corner of health care and Tyla galvanizes their expertise to drive important statewide initiatives. She also creates regular membership engagement opportunities.
In addition, Tyla oversees our external communications to inform the public and policymakers about our critical work to improve health care for every person in New Jersey. She oversees social media strategy, our bi-weekly member newsletter — and most recently led a rebranding of the organization that included the creation of a new website with improved visual storytelling.
Tyla joined the Quality Institute in 2016 after advocating for health care providers as Director of Government Relations and Policy for the New Jersey Hospital Association. She began her career in state government, working in the Governor’s Office and, later, as Chief of Staff to then-Assemblyman Troy Singleton. Tyla successfully convened people with differing views to move policies forward. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Political Science and History.
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Common Ground Health
Rochester native Wade Norwood has held leadership positions in the community for more than three decades, including roles in public service, education and health care. In management at Common Ground Health since 2006, Norwood has been central to the nonprofit’s strategic planning process, pushing the organization to become a more effective change agent for all Finger Lakes region residents, especially those most at risk.
He also spearheaded the organization’s efforts to engage underserved populations in health improvement, championing the creation of the African American Health Coalition, the Latino Health Coalition and the Partnership for Access to Healthcare, and providing ongoing support for these and other engagement initiatives.
His leadership roles at the state and local level include co-chairing the New York State Health Department’s workgroup on health care workforce and co-chairing with Congressman Joseph Morelle the region’s Systems Integration initiative, a cross-sector effort to integrate services and data for families affected by poverty. As a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Commission, Norwood helps to guide funding for economic-development, job-development and anti-poverty efforts across the region.
From 1990 to 2005, Norwood served as a Rochester City Council member and chair of the council’s Committee on Housing and Community Development. During his tenure, he proposed and developed several new programs in housing, neighborhood development and police oversight.
Currently, Norwood serves on the board of the national Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, which works to transform healthcare delivery, payment and information systems. Since 2009, he has served as an at-large member of the New York State Board of Regents. Responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the state, the Regents preside over the University and the New York State Education Department.
A leader in Rochester’s faith community, Norwood is also president and senior pastor at the Holy Jerusalem Spiritual Church.
Wade Norwood is a graduate of the University of Rochester, where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. He and his wife, Lisa Hardy Norwood, reside in Rochester’s 19th Ward neighborhood. They have two adult children.
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