Learn About Our Exceptional Team

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.

Senior Leadership

Ellen Gagnon
Executive Director, Healthcare Affordability​

Ellen Gagnon joined NRHI in November of 2013 and serves as the Executive Director, Member Services. She brings over twenty-five years’ experience in the healthcare industry and currently provides leadership for key organizational projects ensuring the highest level of member engagement and satisfaction while achieving strategic priorities. Notable initiatives include NRHI’s Affordable Care Together, Getting to Affordability and Health Delivery Systems Analysis to advance healthcare affordability including cost transparency. 

Under her leadership, Getting to Affordability has successfully published national total cost of care benchmarks supported by underlying community and practice level actionable cost reporting essential to identifying and addressing cost drivers. During her tenure at NRHI, she has served in many roles including Interim CEO. Prior to joining NRHI, she held the position of Senior Program Manager at Martin’s Point Health Care, developing and leading various cross-functional teams and supporting efforts that included behavioral health integration, medical expense management and clinical quality reporting and assisted the organization toward achievement of NCQA Patient Center Medical Home designation. 

As Senior Project Manager for Martin’s Point Health Plans, she led teams in the development and launch of an employer co-designed commercial insurance product and implementation of an innovative primary care payment model with supporting web-based provider reporting and medical expense analysis tool. She has extensive experience negotiating and implementing risk-based contracts from both the payer and healthcare provider perspectives. Ellen achieved her certification as a Nonprofit Executive Director in July 2018.

Ellen can be reached at .

 

Geanette Treadway
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 .

Stacy Donohue
Senior Director of Federal Programs

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 .

 

Jim Chase
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.

Jessica Little
Director, HealthDoers Network

Jessica comes to NRHI most recently from Martin’s Point Healthcare where she spent four and a half years leading program development and project management within the health management department. Programs were focused on identification, stratification, intervention and success measurement for patients with chronic conditions, high risk medical conditions and behavioral health conditions. Program goals focused on patient experience, improved health outcomes and medical expense management. In this role she was also responsible for management of a team of health coaches and operations staff, development of effectiveness reporting and presentation to key stakeholders, vendor implementation and management, and contract management. 

In addition to her experience at Martin’s Point, Jessica has direct healthcare experience as a registered dietitian and sales professional for clinical nutrition products. Jessica is also the co-owner of Magnolia Fitness, a barre and yoga studio where she is responsible for operations, budget, marketing and class instruction.

Jessica can be reached at .

The Team

Janelle LoSciuto
Director, Development

Janelle brings nearly 10 years of fundraising experience in and out of the healthcare industry. Prior to joining NRHI, she was with the March of Dimes as their Senior Development Manager overseeing corporate philanthropy, sponsorship, individual fundraising, major events, and volunteer activities. Large projects included coordinating 5 March for Babies events per year, an annual Signature Chefs Auction, and the much loved Touch-A-Truck event.  In addition to planning and executing fundraising events, Janelle works with companies to elevate their brand and community culture through philanthropy.

Janelle holds a Bachelor degrees in Music and Theatre from the University of Southern Maine and a Masters’ in Business from Full Sail University.

Janelle can be reached at .

Jolie Ritzo
Associate Director, Platform and Partnerships

Jolie Ritzo joined the NRHI team in 2015. As Senior Manager, she oversees partner relationships and sales for the HealthDoers platform as well as virtual and in-person programming. In her time at NRHI, Jolie has partnered with IHI on their Pathways to Population Health initiative, led the NRHI member Opioid Affinity Group, staffed the Public Policy Committee, developed curriculum, and planned virtual and in-person events (topics include: healthcare affordability, health equity, quality improvement, practice transformation, population health, price transparency, reducing unnecessary services, and stakeholder engagement). She supports the bi-directional exchange of national and regional content across the member network and provides oversight of the HealthDoers Hub and Community Management Program.

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 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, doing yoga, and working on home projects.

Jolie can be reached at .

Mary-Isabel Aromando
Project Manager, HealthDoers Network

Mary-Isabel Aromando is the Project Manager for the HealthDoers Network. Mary-Isabel joined NRHI in September 2014 as the project coordinator for the Center for Healthcare Transparency. Most recently she has served as the project manager for the Getting to Affordability initiative.  Prior to joining NRHI, Mary-Isabel worked as the Executive Administrator for the Massachusetts Health Officers Association, a professional organization for state and local public health department staff. She also spent several years as the outreach health educator at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute where she had the opportunity to support clinical staff in their outreach efforts and engage area service providers.

Mary-Isabel has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Environmental Health from Clark University.

Mary-Isabel can be reached at 

Savannah Sauter
Finance and Operations Manager

Savannah Sauter joined NRHI in March of 2017 as Finance & Operations Manager. Her experience includes more than eight years in the Finance field, including three and a half years in a healthcare setting. Most recently she was the Senior Financial Analyst at Southern Maine Health Care. There Savannah 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 Analysts. 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.

Savannah can be reached at 

Emily Levi
Project Manager, Federal Programs

Emily Levi serves as the Project Manager for several federal programs, including the NRHI High-Value Care Support and Alignment Network through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Healthcare Delivery Systems Analysis Project through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In these roles she is responsible for convening NRHI members and other external partners to ensure grant deliverables are met. Additionally, she manages and executes project work plans and timelines, oversees grant evaluation and reporting, and provides overall project oversight.  Emily brings experience of grant management, coordination, evaluation, and relationship building to the NRHI team. Previously Emily managed a suicide prevention federal grant through the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Emily has her Masters degree in Public Health from the Muskie School, University of Southern Maine. She has also recently taken Project Management and leadership courses through the University of Southern Maine.

Outside of work Emily enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Emily can be reached at .

Michelle McNickle
Senior Communications Coordinator

Michelle comes to NRHI with nearly 10 years’ experience in the communications field, acting as a writer, editor, product manager and digital marketing professional. Prior to NRHI, Michelle worked in an agency environment, creating and executing on campaigns for local and national clients. In addition, Michelle worked at Diversified Communications in Portland, Maine, managing the editorial, sales and marketing strategy for a number of digital entities in the healthcare and seafood industries. She has written and edited for a number of healthcare and health IT publications earlier on in her career and has a varied background in content development, social media marketing, digital strategy and business development.

Outside of work, Michelle enjoys yoga and the occasional craft beer.

Michelle can be reached at mmcnickle@nrhi.org

Jon Damon
Technical Product Owner, HealthDoers Network

Jon Damon is responsible for improving and maintaining the technology of the Healthdoers communities and platforms. Jon has over 10 years experience building web-based systems that process sensitive records and ecommerce sales. He studied Computer Science at Trinity College, CT, where he contributed to humanitarian software projects to help aid efforts after natural disasters. He is passionate about building tools that help people and creating media that inspires. Outside of the office, Jon enjoys skiing, hiking and capturing experiences through video and photography.

Jon can be reached at.

Casey Lancaster
Operations and Sales Coordinator, HealthDoers Network

Casey Lancaster joined the NRHI team in November of 2017 – he current serves as the Operations & Sales Coordinator for the HealthDoers Platform. Most recently, he was the District Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for York County at Southern Maine Health Care. There Casey worked through all levels of state and federal grant management, from initial proposals to direct fieldwork. Casey graduated from the University of Maine where he studied Political Science and Pre-Law. From there, he went on the receive a Master’s in Public Health from The Muskie School, University of Southern Maine.  Outside of work, Casey enjoys traveling, and spending time with his friends and family.

Casey can be reached at clancaster@nrhi.org.

Bistra Nikiforova
Community Manager, Online Communities

Bistra Nikiforova joined NRHI as the Community Manager, Online Communities for the HealthDoers Network (HDN) in 2019. In her role as a Community Manager, Bistra works with the 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. The courses focused on business, media, and online communication. She conducted extensive research on online trust, online self-presentations, and representations of immigrants in traditional media.

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.

In her free time, Bistra enjoys spending time with her husband and their 5-year daughter exploring Maine beaches, music festivals, and craft fairs.

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Trevor Mitchell
Technical Developer, HealthDoers Network

Trevor Mitchell is a WordPress Developer specializing in Microdata & JSON Schema, WordPress Developer’s Codex, Google Developer’s Documentation, Facebook Developer’s Documentation, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery, and PHP.

Trevor has proficient knowledge and experience in areas of software and systems training. Trevor joins NRHI with strong experience in SEO, Schema.org Markup, and maintains as a search engine mechanics guru.

He is enthusiastic about delivering a scalable approach for the HealthDoers Network Community Sites which meets best practices and provides rich, engaging experiences for the end user conforming to customer requirements and specifications that produce elegant quality code for long-term product stability.

Prior to joining NRHI, Trevor has worked on more than 500 Business Websites with the depth of his experience in Computer Science and Information Technology spanning a lifetime of study and dedication.

Trevor earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida.

Outside the Office, Trevor enjoys working on Audio Engineering Projects, and developing a new Patented Search Engine Library Application as a Research Tool for students to be utilized in Undergraduate and Post Graduate Studies.

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