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2023 FedHealth Conference Speakers
Dr. Carolyn Clancy
Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks, VHA
Dr. Clancy serves as the Assistant Under Secretary for Health (AUSH) for Discovery, Education & Affiliate Networks (DEAN), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), effective July 22, 2018. The Office of the DEAN fosters collaboration and knowledge transfer with facility-based educators, researchers and clinicians within VA, and between VA and its affiliates. Prior to her current position, she served as the Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the second-largest Cabinet department, with a $246 billion budget and over 424,000 employees serving in VA medical centers, clinics, benefits offices, and national cemeteries, overseeing the development and implementation of enterprise-wide policies, programs, activities and special interests.
Dr. Karl S. Mathias
Chief Information Officer, HHS
Dr. Karl Mathias was appointed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on March 13, 2022. Dr. Mathias provides leadership and oversight of the information technology (IT) systems and cybersecurity activities for a workforce of over 83,000. As the head of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), he leads the Department’s efforts in developing and implementing IT policies, managing high priority projects, and planning strategic IT investments. As the CIO, Dr. Mathias also provides leadership and oversight of the Department’s $7B IT portfolio in support of its expansive mission to enhance the health and well-being of Americans.
Michael D. Parrish
Chief Acquisition Officer & Principal Executive Director, Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction, VA
Michael D. Parrish was appointed Chief Acquisition Officer and Principal Executive Director for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction (OALC) on March 1, 2021. He serves as senior most advisor to the Secretary, providing policy and oversight for all of the Department’s acquisition activities. He leads VA’s 17,000 acquisition professionals and is responsible for the procurement budget of $40 billion as well as the administration and oversight of approximately $100 billion in major programs. Additionally, he manages VA’s $22 billion major construction and leasing program to support the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA.
Dr. Ravi Basavappa, PhD
Senior Advisor, ARPA-H
Dr. Ravi Basavappa received his Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Chicago for studies on the structure of tRNA. He then was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in virus crystallography. Prior to joining NIH, he was associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he studied the structural aspects of mitotic control by targeted protein degradation. He joined NIH in 2004 as a program director in the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). He joined the Office of Strategic Coordination in 2010, where he led the NIH-wide High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program. He joined ARPA-H in October of 2022, where he is serving as Senior Advisor.
Client Engagement Director for Civil Health Solutions, Leidos Health Group
Eric Cole is an experienced health and IT professional with more than 20 years of federal government experience at the National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, and the United States Air Force. He currently serves as Client Engagement Director for the Civil Health Solutions operation within the Leidos Health Group. Prior to joining Leidos Eric served as Deputy Executive Officer for the National Cancer Institute, Deputy Executive Officer for the NIH Clinical Center, Chief Administrative Officer for the NIH Clinical Center and CIO for the NIH Office of Research Services and NIH Office of Research Facilities.
Vice President, AI/Machine Learning, Technology & Consulting Services
Kathleen is a leader focused on large scale responsible technology transformation for our client’s most critical and sensitive mission areas. She is leading the development and expansion of Maximus’ AI and Advanced Analytics portfolio within Federal Technology Consulting Services. An expert in AI, data science, strategy, and change management, Kathleen has more than 20 years of experience working with clients across the Federal Government. She focuses on the convergence of mission and AI with a special emphasis on the human elements of adoption. This includes working with organizations on responsibly thinking about data as an asset, the evolution of the technical architecture to eliminate continual redesign, the evolution of human roles to allow more time for critical thinking and building ethical AI controls and measures into the fabric of an organization.
IT Specialist for Enterprise Architecture, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA
Eric Fears is an IT Specialist for Enterprise Architecture within the Federal Acquisition Service. He is responsible for interacting with the Federal Civilian Agencies, Military Components and the Intelligence Community to understand their emerging technology requirements and incorporating those requirements into the new contract vehicle. Prior to this position, he served as an Industrial Operations Analyst within the Federal Acquisition Service. Before joining Federal Service, Mr. Fears had extensive private sector experience including being the USA country manager for training engineers at Teradyne, Inc. He owned a consulting business primarily focused on teaching western business practices to small to medium enterprises in Southeast Asia. And he was manager of the executive transport failure analysis program at Sikorsky Aircraft. Mr. Fears served in the United States Navy as a Reactor Operator aboard a nuclear submarine.
Supervisory Contract Specialist, FDA
Dr. Jose Galvez
Deputy Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Strategic Programs, FDA
COL Sarah Goldman, PhD
Director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, US Army Medical Research & Development Command
COL Sarah Goldman currently serves as the Director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command in Fort Detrick, MD. Her previous assignments include Commander of Public Health Activity – Italy; Director of Congressional Affairs at the Office of The Surgeon General in Falls Church, VA; Congressional Liaison for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (FM&C) where she supported Army Medicine activities involving the House and Senate Appropriations Committees; Deputy Director, Neurotrauma Research Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command; Traumatic Brain Injury Program Director at the Office of the Surgeon General where she was appointed as a member of a NATO Technical Team; and Chief of Rehabilitation Research at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.
Engagement Specialist, All of Us Research Program, NIH
President, Federal Insights, LLC
Kathy Lentz founded Federal Insights in 2007 as a sales and market consulting firm focused on the federal government and health care industries. Ms. Lentz provides tactical federal health IT sales consulting and executive health IT sales recruiting to a diverse group of clients including large privately-held companies, small businesses and health care companies. Her goal is to increase your opportunity win probability through better capture strategies. For over 38 years, Ms. Lentz has advised federal government and commercial systems integrators on strategies for successful entry to new markets, business growth and revenue generation. Prior to her current consulting role, Ms. Lentz held senior business development positions at major IT firms: Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation, SAIC, Federal Sources, HCL James Martin, and Pearson.
Director, Office of Acquisition Services, Office of Financial Resources, CDC
Ms. Nancy Norton is an acquisition professional with over 24 years of experience. She began her federal career in the Army Acquisition intern program at Fort Monmouth New Jersey where she supported weapon system contracts and multibillion-dollar services contracts. In 2006. Mrs. Norton moved to the Centers and Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta GA where she worked across all CDC programs as a Team Leader, Branch Chief, and eventually the Deputy Director in the CDC Office of Acquisition Services (OAS). During this period, she received the GSA Ida Ustad Award for Acquisition Excellence for tackling complex acquisition challenges in support of the H1N1 vaccine distribution effort. In 2018, Ms. Norton moved to the National Institutes of Health in North Bethesda Maryland where she initially served as the Director of the Division Of Acquisition Policy and Evaluation (DAPE) and then as the Associate Director, Office of Acquisition Management and Policy (OAMP). In these roles, Ms. Norton provided leadership, advice, and oversight in acquisition policy, the NIH Purchase Card and BPA Programs at NIH and oversaw financial advisory services to all Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating and staff divisions. Ms. Norton recently returned to CDC in February 2023 as the OAS Director where she continues to champion acquisition innovation and workforce advocacy. Ms. Norton holds a BA from Troy State University and MSA from Central Michigan University.
Chief Strategy Officer, CVP
Todd Pantezzi is CVP’s Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). He is responsible for accelerating CVP’s growth strategies across its accounts and enhancing CVP’s client delivery in federal health. Todd has 30 years of experience supporting major federal health agencies in sales, capture, delivery, and market strategy. He has expertise in health topics that include electronic health records, survey research, bioinformatics, Medicare and Medicaid, and disease surveillance systems.
Dr. Danilo Tagle
Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Office of Special Initiatives, NIH
Dan Tagle is the director of NCATS' Office of Special Initiatives. He also recently served as the Center's acting deputy director, as well as the acting director of NCATS' Office of Grants Management and Scientific Review, now the Division of Extramural Activities, and as executive secretary to the NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board. Prior to joining NCATS, Tagle was a program director for neurogenetics at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), where he was involved in developing programs concerning genomics-based approaches for basic and translational research in inherited brain disorders.