Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAANDr. Melnyk is the Dean, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Wellness Officer at Ohio State University. Prior to this role, she served as Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Before her appointment at ASU, she was the Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Research and Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Dr. Melnyk has actively practiced for nearly 25 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner/psychiatric nurse practitioner in primary care as well as in-patient psychiatric and school-based day treatment programs. In 2002, Dr. Melnyk was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing where she is recognized as an edge-runner. She is a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice, and is the recipient of numerous distinguished and outstanding awards from professional organizations. Dr. Melnyk is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice as well as in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked and consulted with numerous healthcare systems throughout the nation and globe to advance and sustain evidence-based practice. Dr. Melnyk also is founder and chair of a national mental health promotion campaign for children and teens called KySS (Keep your children/yourself Safe and Secure) that is sponsored by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. In addition, Dr. Melnyk is currently a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force and is a developmental expert for national ABC news. She also served as an invited member of the Institute of Medicine’s healthcare professions working group for the roundtable on evidence-based medicine.
Christine Gray, PhDAnthropologist Christine Gray, PhD became a healthcare activist when her daughter Sophia was diagnosed with a sarcoma in 2003. Dr. Gray used to teach gender studies as well as anthropology. “I'm trying to find a way to get women active in breast cancer advocacy to examine the early detection/referral issues very seriously in the same way that gender bias has been dealt with in diagnosis and treatment of women's heart disease.” Dr. Gray has written several posts on http://e-patients.net/.
Concetta Tomaino, PhDDr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, where she has worked since 1980. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She lectures on music therapy throughout the world. Her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including PBS and the BBC; and in books on health and healing. Dr. Sacks book Musicophilia is dedicated to her. Dr. Tomaino is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the ATTP II team of the National Parkinson’s Foundation and the New York State Geriatric Education Consortium.
Constance Garner, PhD, EdS, MSN, RNConstance Garner is the Policy Director in the Government Strategies Practice Group, and Executive Director for Advance CLASS, Inc at Foley Hoag, LLP. Her areas of expertise include health care, disability, long term care, and education. Before joining Foley Hoag, Connie was Policy Director, Disability and Special Populations, to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) for 17 years , where she has served Chairman Harkin, Senator Dodd, and the late Senator Kennedy. Connie also served in the U.S. Department of Education, as Director of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council for Children with Disabilities and the Secretary of Education’s principal liaison on all interagency health care matters, including health care reform. Prior to her work with the Federal government, Garner provided clinical nurse specialist services in both urban and rural public health settings as well as inpatient hospital settings, and managed several large maternal-child health inpatient hospital units in both Philadelphia and the Washington-DC area
Cyndy NayerCyndy Nayer is President of CyndyNayer.com and the Founder of the Center of Health Engagement. She was founder and former CEO of the Center for Health Value Innovation, a community of employers and payers who built evidence in value-based decision-making for improved health quality and financial outcomes. Nayer is the author of Outcomes-Based Contracting, a suite of white papers focused on contracting and purchasing decisions that drive improved quality. Ms. Nayer also leads River City Partnership on Health, Inc., a national health strategy company and certified woman-business enterprise. As the former chair of the Missouri Governor’s Council on Health and Fitness, Ms. Nayer led the call to action and strategy for the Office of Women’s Health. A gerontologist, futurist and health improvement expert, Ms. Nayer speaks and writes for national media on the concepts of consumer and employer health engagement, blogs on MANAGED CARE ONLINE, CYNDYNAYER.COM and on Twitter, and she has developed worksite health strategies for Fortune 100 companies. She is the author of Leveraging Health, a handbook on value-based design, and a consumer handbook for value-based health decisions entitled, 101 Lifetips for Personal Health Management. Her latest book is undergoing review and scheduled for publication in early fall, 2013.
Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBADana Alexander serves as VP of Integrated Care Delivery & CNO at Caradigm. Ms. Alexander is passionate about raising the voice and stature of nursing in the marketplace and industry groups, as nurses are primary stakeholders to achieving quality and patient safety goals. Prior to this role, Ms. Alexander served as Chief Nursing Officer at GE Healthcare IT Solutions. Within this role she guided nursing strategy across all GE Healthcare businesses to achieve the company's vision of Transforming Healthcare and creating High Performance Healthcare Organizations. As an advocate for re-tooling U.S healthcare to achieve High Performance Healthcare, Ms Alexander is engaged with break-through initiatives to support new models of care across care settings to include engaging patients as partners in their care. She holds a master’s degree in business from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in nursing in the Nurse Practitioner Program from the University of Texas, and bachelor’s of science in Nursing from Indiana University. She is an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Executive Committee Member for TIGER, HIMSS Nursing Committee, Corporate Advisory Board member for Sigma Theta Tau in addition to other healthcare affiliations.
Diana PetrosyanDiana Petrosyan serves as the Coordinator for Global Fund Projects Coordinating Team at Ministry of Health. Prior to this, she served as a Global Urban Women's Health Fellow. From Yerevan, Armenia, Diana graduated from Yerevan State Medical University in 2006. While completing her residency in psychiatry, Diana enrolled at the American University of Armenia (AUA), where she received her MPH this year with a thesis on postpartum depression. Now a psychiatrist at Yerevan’s neuropsychiatric hospital, Diana also works on tobacco control projects as a research associate at the Center for Health Services Research and Development at AUA. She has published a number of abstracts on such topics as ‘Large Intestinal Bacterial Flora in Girls in Yerevan’, and she has made several presentations on smoke-free environments. Diana is fluent in Armenian, Russian and English.
Estee Solomon GrayEstee Solomon Gray is the Founder and CEO of, Mmindd Labs. An inveterate boundary straddler and broker, Ms. Gray has spent her career of 25+ years at the intersection of technology, practice, marketing and social architecture. During that time, she has answered to titles ranging from biomechanic analysis to systems engineer, technology market strategist, management consultant, ‘new economy’ thought leader, startup executive, community leader, social entrepreneur, President and CEO. She is often referred to as “the midwife” who help bring “communities of practice” out of the womb of anthropology, into the maelstrom of a business world hungry for new organizational ideas and practices to fit a new internet-based reality. It was during her tenure in 2005-6 as Visiting Scholar and Fellow in Stanford’s Digital Vision Program in social entrepreneurship that Estee began to focus on the disruptions underway in healthcare. From 2006-2008, she was CEO and co-founder of B!, the first Health2.0 company to focus on the daily physical, social and decision-making needs of the real consumer drivers of this era of user-generated health – women 40 and over. There she and a team that spanned the fitness, wellness, and technology industries developed the blueprint for transforming the 20th century health club into a 21st century networked “healthy lifestyle utility” integrating physical spaces, mobile technologies and a relationship-based service model. Since January 2009 she has been focused on the provider side of healthcare, working with Within3 to help healthcare and life science companies reshape how physicians and others they access colleagues, serve their patients and express their professionalism in a world where connectivity and collaboration are universal. She is also part of an emerging network of Bay Area professional women seeking to change the conversations around aging, vitality and health in their own lives and the networks they live in. Earlier in her career, Estee was VP Marketing and Chief eLearning Officer at one of the first “live” online collaboration companies (InterWise), founder and managing partner of boutique consulting firm (Congruity) and a pioneer member of the technology marketing group at the legendary Regis McKenna Inc. Her professional publications include two pieces co-authored with John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist of Xerox: “The People are the Company”, in the premier issue of Fast Company Magazine (1995), and the introduction to “Creating a Learning Culture”, Cambridge University Press (2004). She is a graduate of Yale University (BSc, Combined Sciences) and Stanford University (MBA and MSEE degrees). An active social entrepreneur, Estee is also a Wexner Heritage Fellow, has received several leadership and service awards from the Jewish community for work with independent schools and JCC’s. She currently serves on the boards of the groupery, a web-service for parent-powered educational groups such as school PTAs, Kehillah High School in Palo Alto and Hillel at Stanford.
mymedmanager™, a personal healthcare and medication organizer. This comprehensive, easy-to-use system helps the patient, pharmacist and physician become a healthcare team to review, and manage medications and other health issues as well as ensure that routine screenings and tests are done on time.
Kaiser Permanente. An experienced health communications strategist, she has held a variety of leadership positions directing a broad range of communications and advocacy campaigns. She brought to Kaiser Permanente a proven 15-year track record of award-winning public relations programs that influence stakeholders and shift public opinion. In her career, she has advised and partnered with senior executives in the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors to advance policy and promote brand identity. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she ran HTPotter Communications, LLC which served a variety of nonprofit and government clients in California and Washington, D.C. Her former clients include National Campaign Against Youth Violence, California State PTA, Public Health Institute, Drug Policy Alliance, San Francisco Wellness Initiative, Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the White House Council on Youth Violence.