2019 FedHealth Conference Speakers

  Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (PDASH), HHS Office of the Secretary
RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. became the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (PDASH) in January 2019. As the PDASH, she shares responsibility with Assistant Secretary for Health, for planning, coordinating, and directing substantive program matters; policy and program development; and determining and setting legislative and program priorities covering the full range of public health activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Read more.
  Gina Kiang
IT Strategy, HHS Vendor Management Office
  Wakina Scott
Director of Policy Analysis, HRSA

  Dr. Cara James 
Director, Office of Minority Health, CMS
Cara James is the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Prior to joining the Office of Minority Health at CMS, Dr. James was the Director of the Disparities Policy Project and the Director of the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where she was responsible for addressing a broad array of health and access to care issues for racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations, including the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act, analyses of state-level disparities in health and access to care, and disparities in access to care among individuals living in health professional shortage areas.  Prior to joining the staff at Kaiser, she worked at Harvard University and The Picker Institute.  
  Dr. Ernest Moy
Executive Director, Office of Health Equity, VHA

Ernest Moy, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Office of Health Equity of the VHA. This office supports and coordinates efforts to understand and reduce disparities in health and health care affecting veterans. Prior to joining VHA, he was a Medical Officer in the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At CDC, he studied rural health disparities, analyzed linked hospital-vital statistics data to identify care patterns that placed patients at high risk for opioid poisoning death, and developed new data visualizations and partnerships for disseminating health statistics.

  Dr. Dushanka Kleinman
Associate Dean for Research at Univ. of Maryland/ Co-Chair of Healthy People 2030
Dr. Dushanka V. Kleinman is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She is a senior science leader at the University of Maryland College Park and in these roles works closely with faculty at the School, University and across the University System campuses to contribute to identifying and supporting proposals for emerging research and research training opportunities. Her recent research interests include prevention of oral health disparities, health literacy, and strategies to integrate oral and general health as well as primary care with public health and social services. In 2011-12, Dr. Kleinman led a comprehensive public health impact study of Prince George’s County, Maryland, with a multidisciplinary faculty study team representing four of the School’s six departments, that applied both quantitative and qualitative methods and worked closely with a diverse group of stakeholders from all sectors.
  Juan Quinones
Contracting Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Technology Acquisition Center (TAC)

Juan Quinones focuses primarily on procurements for information technology products and services, and specializes in innovatively procuring digital services.  He has experience supporting procurements for mobile application and platform development, and Application Programming Interface development.  Prior to the TAC Juan was a Contract Specialist at the Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command located at Fort Monmouth. Read more.

   Mary Ann Slack
Global Standards, FDA

Mary Ann Slack serves as Director of CDER’s Office of Strategic Programs (OSP). OSP plays a lead role in many of the center’s strategic initiatives and modernization efforts, including development of benefit-risk and other decision support tools, data standardization, lean process management, program analysis, informatics, capacity planning, and major user fee negotiations. OSP leads implementation of CDER’s business informatics governance function in support of business modernization objectives.Since joining CDER in 2003, Ms. Slack has led numerous large, complex initiatives with broad stakeholder impact. She established and leads CDER’s data standards program, co-chairs FDA’s Data Standards Advisory Board, and represents FDA’s needs on HL7’s Board of Directors. She successfully led the cross-organizational Pharmaceutical Program Alignment implementation working group , leads a cross-organizational expert team in defining FDA’s capability assessments of inspectorates and operational implementation of the FDA-EU mutual recognition agreement, and represents FDA as a topic expert on ICH’s MedDRA Management Committee and M2 multidisciplinary working group.

  Pat Flanders
Chief Information Officer, DHA
  Karen Brazell
Chief Acquisition Officer, VA

Karen L. Brazell was appointed Principal Executive Director for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction (OALC) on August 6, 2018. As the advisor to the Deputy Secretary on acquisition, logistics, and construction issues she directs the development of policies, determines priorities, and establishes organizational goals and objectives for OALC. She also serves as Chief Acquisition Officer, overseeing acquisition, contract administration and supply-chain processes for the Department. Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mrs. Brazell served as Chief of Staff for the White House Military Office where she oversaw strategic planning, engagement planning, communication product development, staff coordination and integration, special projects, policy development, and resource management. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Director of the Acquisition and Resource Integration, Naval Facilities Command, responsible for enterprise-wide acquisition and resource integration for the White House Military Office, Policy, Plans and Requirements directorate. Mrs. Brazell is a United States Army Veteran.

  Melissa Starinsky
Director, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, CMS
Melissa Starinsky is the Director and Head of the Contracting Activity for the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She is responsible for overseeing the execution of more than $9 billion annually in discretionary contract, grant, and interagency spend. She began her career as an acquisition intern in 1989 with the U.S. Department of the Navy and has since held various acquisition, policy, and programmatic leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. General Services Administration, and the private sector. Ms. Starinsky has an extensive background in contracting operations, having previously served as a Contracting Officer on billion dollar programs—including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Strategic Information Systems Technology Integration Resources, which was the agency’s then largest and first multiple award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity type contract, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicare Administrative Contractor contracts.
  Karen Jackson
Deputy Chief Operating Officer, CMS

Karen Jackson is Deputy Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity she provides executive leadership for all aspects of program operations support for a $6 billion annual budget, including information technology, human capital, security, contracting and acquisition, risk management and regional operations for an agency responsible for over 100 million beneficiaries in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Karen most recently served as Deputy Director of the CMS Innovation Center, established in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act to test new health care payment and service delivery models that improve quality and lower costs, with $10 billion for the initial 10 year period.