BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We are governed by an elected 9 person Board of Directors consisting of NRHI’s Regional Health Improvement Collaborative leaders

Chair

Ana English

President and CEO,
Center for Improving Value in Health Care (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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Vice-Chair

Cindy Munn

CEO,
Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum
(LHCQF)

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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Treasurer

Gabrielle Rude

President and CEO,
Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
(WCHQ)

Dr. Gabrielle Rude is the President and CEO 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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Past Board Chair

Marc Bennett

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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Board Members

Lisa Braddix

Director for Population Health
and Health Equity,
Greater Detroit Area Health Council
(GDAHC)

As the Director for Population Health and Health Equity at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Lisa BraddixMPH oversees projects that seek to eliminate health disparities in marginalized populations and fosters organizational collaboration to improve the health of communities throughout southeast Michigan. 

She serves as the Chair of the Health Equity Committee for the Michigan Cancer Consortium, one of the country’s premier statewide partnerships to reduce the cancer burden. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Best and Brightest in Wellness, an organization that recognizes companies, schools, and churches in southeast Michigan for offering quality health and wellness programming. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and has a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Michigan. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from Eastern Michigan University.

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Nancy Guinto

Executive Director,
Washington Health Alliance
(WHA)

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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Wade Norwood

CEO,
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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Tanikka Price

Director of Data and Finance,
Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus
(HCGC)

Despite growing up in Linden, a neighborhood that has the highest infant mortality and highest rate of homicide in Columbus, Ohio, Tanikka Price earned a scholarship to Vassar College where she earned a BA in American Culture. 

She then went on to earn a JD from Capital University Law School. Tanikka Price, JD, Director of Data and Finance for the Central Ohio Pathways Hub program at the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus is also currently finishing her Doctoral Studies in Education focusing on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Educational Attainment in African American women.

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Chris Wall

CFO,
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health
(MPQH)

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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