OUR TEAM

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Craig Brammer,
President & CEO

Craig Brammer serves as President & CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) & The Health Collaborative, a regional health improvement collaborative in Cincinnati. In these concurrent roles, he is responsible for helping leaders set a shared strategic direction and execute on a broad agenda of improving health and healthcare across the country.

 

At NRHI, Craig oversees a membership base of over 30 members/state partner regional health improvement collaboratives that are working to improve health, reduce price, and eliminate waste in their communities. At The Health Collaborative, Craig manages a $15 million annual budget and leads a team of 65 health professionals focused on the organization’s three work streams: Healthcare Improvement, Population Health, and Clinical Informatics.

He previously served on the leadership team at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in Washington, DC, where he focused on the intersection of technology and payment policy and led a $260 million Federal technology innovation program.

A Cincinnati native, Craig earned his master’s degree in Organizational Behavior at the University of Cincinnati. He looks forward to splitting his time between Ohio, Maine, and Washington, D.C., and working with NRHI members across the country to achieve a higher quality, affordable healthcare system for all.

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Geanette Treadway, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Geanette Treadway serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement and is responsible for corporate finance, human resources and administration.

 

Prior to joining NRHI, Geanette was the Director of Financial Planning at Southern Maine Health Care where she led the finance team in all aspects of budgeting, reimbursement, decision support, and long-range financial planning. She guided the finance team through the successful merger of two healthcare systems, which included hospitals, physician practices, and long term care facilities. Geanette previously served as the Treasurer for the Maine Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Geanette holds a BA in Economics and an MBA in Healthcare Management.

Geanette can be reached at .

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Stacy Donohue, MS
Senior Director

Stacy Donohue joined the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement October 2015 to provide program management to NRHI’s High–Value Care Support and Alignment Network under CMS’ Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.

Stacy brings more than twenty years of experience in the healthcare industry in the areas of network management, operations management, process and quality improvement, product management, and accreditation and compliance management. Stacy holds a Masters’ in Business with a concentration in healthcare management, several project management certifications, is a Six Sigma Blackbelt and a certified process master.

Stacy can be reached at .

 

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Jim Chase, MHA
Senior Advisor

Jim Chase, MHA, joined NRHI as a Senior Advisor in the spring of 2017. He served as President of Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM) from 2004 until 2017 where he led the development of one of the first statewide healthcare quality measurement and public reporting organizations.

He pioneered the use of clinical data in measurement and the public reporting of patient experience of care, patient reported outcomes, total cost of care, and equity of care.

Prior to joining MNCM, he served as Director of Health Purchasing at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. He has held roles at multiple health plans and provider organizations throughout Minnesota. He has also taught courses at the University of Minnesota in the School of Public Health’s Health Administration program for many years. He is the Vice Chair of the National Quality Forum and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for the County Health Rankings project. He has served as the past chair of NRHI’s board of Directors, and as a board member of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and Apple Tree Dental. Jim completed his undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis and earned a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Minnesota.

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Jessica Little, MS, RD
Director, Grants & Programs

Jessica serves as the Director of Grants and Programs at NRHI and has led a number of multi-region initiatives engaging NRHI members and other national and regional partners.

Through these initiatives, Jessica has provided guidance and expertise assisting NRHI members and other organizations to connect, collaborate and share best practices and lessons learned across regions. She has also led a number of in person and virtual events focused on population health and community health.

Jessica has twenty years of experience in health and healthcare settings and came to NRHI with program development and management experience leading population management efforts at a local healthcare organization for patients with chronic conditions, high risk medical conditions, and behavioral health conditions. Jessica also has experience providing direct care as a Registered Dietitian in inpatient, outpatient, and private settings.

Jessica can be reached at .

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Jolie Ritzo, MPH
Director, Partnerships & Programs

Jolie Ritzo joined the NRHI team in 2015. As Associate Director of Partnerships & Programs, she oversees partner relationships and member programming.

In her time at NRHI, Jolie has partnered with IHI on their Pathways to Population Health initiative, led the NRHI member Opioid Response Affinity Group, staffed the Public Policy Committee, managed the strategic relationship with Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, developed curriculum, and planned virtual and in-person events (topics include: healthcare affordability, health equity, patient engagement, quality improvement, practice transformation, population health, price transparency, reducing unnecessary services, and collaborative leadership). She supports the bi-directional exchange of national and regional content across the member network and creates opportunities to increase member connections.
Jolie came to NRHI with four years of experience in managed care where she worked as a certified health coach, participated in program development, oversaw the improvement of clinically approved patient education materials, and lead day-to-day operations for a team of outpatient case managers. She attained her Master of Public Health with a focus on community nutrition from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. Her undergraduate studies focused on Community Health Education. She has also worked on building her leadership skills through numerous trainings and most recently was certified to lead non-profit organizations through the Nonprofit Executive Director Certification Program. Outside of work, Jolie enjoys visiting with family and friends, running, hiking, skiing, doing yoga, and working on home projects.

Jolie can be reached at .

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Savannah Sauter, MBA
Finance and Operations Manager

Savannah Sauter serves as the Finance & Operations Manager for NRHI where she performs many functions including monthly financial processing, human resources, payroll, budget preparation and grant reporting. 

Her experience includes more than eleven years in the Finance field, including three+ in a healthcare system, and many years in hospitality. Savannah’s unique combination of financial and customer service skills enable her to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders. In previous roles she worked with all levels of leadership to develop and adhere to organizational operating budgets, implemented benchmarking software, developed and delivered training programs and served as a mentor to junior staff. She earned both her BS and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine and has an interest in organizational behavior and motivation. Outside of work Savannah is passionate about traveling, movies, music and, most of all, going on adventures with her son.

Contact Savannah at  

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Bistra Nikiforova, PhD
Content & Dissemination Specialist

Bistra Nikiforova joined NRHI in 2019. As a Content and Dissemination Specialist, Bistra is responsible for developing and disseminating digital content through NRHI’s website. 

She assumed this role in November 2019 and since then she has redesigned the website and currently, creates content that spotlights members work and discusses timely issues.

In her previous position as the Community Manager of the HealthDoers Network (HDN), Bistra worked with community managers of the private communities within the HDN to help them grow their communities, increase participation, and over-all member satisfaction.

Previously, Bistra taught college-level Communication courses for more than 10 years. Outside academia, Bistra has applied her expertise in communications in designing user-friendly websites and mobile applications and developing marketing and branding plans with clear ROI.

Bistra has a MA in Cultural/Visual Anthropology from Sofia University, Bulgaria, and a Ph.D. in Communications from University of Memphis, TN.Connect with Bistra at

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Lizette Rivera, MPA
Project Manager

Lizette M. Rivera has more than 13 years of public health and project management experience with subject expertise in health equity, community programs, and public administration.

She has worked with impactful organizations and government programs including the OCS/Community Services Block Grant, National Hispanic Medical Association, Families USA and the Office of Minority Health. Lizette earned her BA in Sociology at George Mason University and her MPA in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. She has dedicated her career to advocating for social justice and health equity. Outside of work Lizette enjoys traveling, knitting, yoga, music and, most of all, spending quality time with family and friends.

Lizette can be reached at

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