2021FedHealth Conference + ACF Industry Day

FedHealth Speakers

Brian K. Goodger
Acting Director, NITAAC
Brian K. Goodger is the Acting Director of NITAAC. He also serves as the Associate Director for the Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations (OLAO) in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health. From 2005–2012, Mr. Goodger was the Deputy Director for the office of Acquisitions Management, Contracts & Grants (AMCG) in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the Office of the Secretary. In his capacity as Deputy Director he was responsible for contracting and acquisition management for all ASPR acquisitions; including a portfolio of over 325 contracts totaling $9 Billion.
  Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith
Chair, COVID-19 Equity Task Force, Department of Health and Human Services 
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Associate Dean for Health Equity Research; Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management; and Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale. Her research focuses on health and healthcare equity for marginalized populations with an emphasis on the social and structural determinants of health, the influence of healthcare systems on health disparities, and the advancement of community-academic partnered scholarship. Dr. Nunez-Smith currently serves as Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team and Chair of the DHHS COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Previously, she served as co-chair of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and chair of the governor’s ReOpen CT Advisory Group Community Committee. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and fellowship at the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.
RADM Denise Hinton
Chief Scientist, FDA
RADM Denise Hinton is FDA’s Chief Scientist.  In this capacity, she is responsible for leading and coordinating FDA's cross-cutting scientific and public health efforts. The Office of the Chief Scientist works closely with FDA’s product centers, providing strategic leadership and support for FDA’s regulatory science and innovation initiatives, including the Advancing Regulatory Science Initiative, the Critical Path Initiative, health informatics, scientific professional development, scientific integrity, and the Medical Countermeasures Initiative (MCMi).
Jim Berns
Acting HCA, DHA
James D. Berns is the Chief of the Managed Care Contracting Division for the Defense Health Agency in Aurora Colorado. Mr. Berns is responsible for organizational personnel management and all aspects of the contracting & acquisitions process in support of the Managed Care Support Contracts and TRICARE mission support portfolio. 
  Dr. Jesus Caban, PhD
Chief, Clinical Research Informatics at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed Bethesda
Dr. Caban manages a team of scientists, engineers, researchers, and developers providing enterprise applications, business intelligence, metrics, data, and analytical support to a network of traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment centers across twelve military treatment facilities and to partners throughout the Military Health System and Defense Health Agency (DHA). Dr. Caban oversees the development and management of the TBI Portal, the Department of Defense’s largest database of longitudinal clinical data of patients diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2018, DHA adopted the TBI Portal as the enterprise application for TBI patient data and analytics, and in 2019, the TBI Portal received a Federal HealthIT Innovation Award. 
Cindy D'Annunzio
Managing Director, MAXIMUS | Attain

Cindy D’Annunzio, currently leads the Federal Health practice at MAXIMUS | Attain. She is responsible for managing and ensuring service excellence in current contract operations at multiple Federal Agencies, including CMS, CDC, NIH, HHS, and DHA. Cindy has devoted her entire career to supporting the Department of Health and Human Services. She spent 13 years working for CMS in the Office of Financial Management, Center for Program Integrity, and Center for Medicare, and the past 10 years leading business development and delivery efforts supporting HHS agencies. She has an MBA concentrating in healthcare administration.

  Michael Greenwell
Vice President and CDC Account Executive, ICF

Michael Greenwell is an expert in communication and public health who has experience across multiple sectors such as health care, public health, and environmental science. His extensive involvement with health and risk communications across the U.S. Federal Government and the health care industry spans over 25 years. Mr. Greenwell is responsible for offering a wide range of services to health-related contracts, especially with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, Mr. Greenwell serves as Vice President and CDC Account Executive for ICF, an international consulting agency.  He was previously a partner within Fleishman Hillard Public Relations.
  Dr. Susan Gregurick
Associate Director for Data Science, National Institutes of Health
Susan K. Gregurick, Ph.D., was appointed Associate Director for Data Science and Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on September 16, 2019. Under Dr. Gregurick’s leadership, the ODSS leads the implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science through scientific, technical, and operational collaboration with the institutes, centers, and offices that comprise NIH. Dr. Gregurick received the 2020 Leadership in Biological Sciences Award from the Washington Academy of Sciences for her work in this role. She was instrumental in the creation of the ODSS in 2018 and served as a senior advisor to the office until being named to her current position.
  Dr. Francine Hemphill
Director of Acquisitions and Head of Contracting Activity (HCA), ACF
Dr. Hemphill has primarily supported HHS since 2009, beginning her HHS career at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) where she served as Branch Chief for Advanced Research and Development Contracts until 2018. At the end of 2018, Dr. Hemphill transitioned from ASPR to the General Services Administration when she was promoted to Director of Contracts. She returned to HHS, ACF in 2020.
  Andrew Jernell
Division Director for IT Acquisition, FDA
Andrew Jernell has over 35-years of Federal procurement, acquisition management, consultant experience.  Over his career he has acquired jet fuel, intelligence satellites & systems; and information technology systems. He has spent time at the US Defense Logistics Agency, US National Reconnaissance Office, US Postal Service, US Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid, US Coast Guard, and current working for the US Food and Drug Administration.  Led the effort in establishing the U.S. Coast Guard’s new Command, Control, Communication, and Information Technology Service Center contracting organization and was the Contracting Officer and Deputy Program Manager for Postal Service Retail Modernization Program.  Was a University of Virginia Adjunct Professor for 20-years in their Procurement Management Certificate Program and assisted in establishing their Project Management Certificate Program.
Dr. Jane Kim
Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine, VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Jane Kim is the Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine. She joined the VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention as the Deputy Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine in 2013, arriving from the Durham (NC) VAMC, where she had been a primary care provider since 2005 and Women's Health Medical Director. She became the Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine in August 2016. Jane continues to be a part-time primary care provider at the Durham VAMC, as well as an Associate Professor in Duke's Department of Medicine. Dr. Kim is the lead for the VA national COVID-19 vaccine planning team. She has expertise in the current COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA and VA’s distribution approach. She has expertise in COVID-19 vaccines, in particular and VA’s communication, allocation and distribution efforts. 
James Macrae
Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA
As head of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), Macrae manages a $5.6 billion budget that supports nearly 1,400 health centers which operate approximately 13,000 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. Serving nearly 30 million people nationwide, these centers provide cost-effective, comprehensive, and patient-centered care, coordinating a wide range of medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder, vision, and patient support services.
Dr. Eliot Siegel
Chief of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at VA Maryland and Vice Chair at the University of Maryland
Dr. Eliot Siegel is Professor and Vice Chair of Imaging Research Informatics in the department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Siegel also has adjunct appointments at the undergraduate level at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), in the department of computer science and at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) in the department of biomedical engineering.  He teaches at the fellow, resident, medical student, undergraduate and high school levels.  Dr. Siegel has been mentor/advisor and Ph.D. and Masters’ thesis faculty for hundreds of students at all these levels during his career.  
  Kathy Taylor
Senior Vice President, DRT Strategies
Raymond Wedgeworth
Director, Data Analytics and Systems Group, Center for Program Integrity, CMS
He has more than 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors in health care research, finance, and health information systems.  As a result, he has had the opportunity to lead many ambitious efforts to advance the performance of health care programs and systems. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Wedgeworth has developed several comprehensive research techniques, tracking systems, and databases to ensure the integrity of health care systems.  In recent years, he has overseen the continued development and implementation of systems and predictive analytics techniques related to the detection and prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse.  His group serves as the focal point for analytics and systems associated with combating fraud, waste, and abuse.  In January 2017, Mr. Wedgeworth was appointed as a Senior Executive Service member.

ACF Industry Day Speakers

  Ben Goldhaber
Deputy Assistant Secretary (Acting), ACF
In this role, he advises the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on all operational matters and administrative services including grants management, facilities, procurement,  staff development and training activities. Goldhaber also oversees the ACF Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights program and all administrative special initiative activities for ACF. Mr. Goldhaber has been with HHS since 1999, beginning as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR). In 2006, Mr. Goldhaber transitioned from ASFR to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) where he was the Deputy Director for Budget and Finance until 2010, when he was promoted to the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff.
  Jallyn Sualong
Director (Acting), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), ACF
Jallyn Sualog has been at ORR since 2007, serving proudly along with the staff of the Unaccompanied Children’s program. Prior to ORR, Jallyn worked as a program director of several child welfare and immigrant and refugee programs. She grew up in Hawaii, after emigrating with her family from the Philippines at the age of 8 years old. 
  Ann Linehan
Director (Acting), Office of Head Start (OHS), ACF
Ann Linehan was recently designated to serve as Acting Director of the Office of Head Start (OHS). Prior to this interim position, Ann served as the Deputy Director of OHS since 2011. She has held senior management positions in OHS for 25 years overseeing the Divisions of Program Development, Quality Assurance and Program Operations. Ann’s leadership has been instrumental in the roll out of improvements to the monitoring systems and in OHS’ efforts to implement risk mitigation strategies to improve program performance and increase accountability. Ann began her federal career in 1992 in Region I as the Head Start Regional Program Manager responsible for Head Start programs in New England. Before joining the federal government she was the Executive Director of a non-profit agency for nearly a decade that provided Head Start and Child Care services in eight communities in Massachusetts. Ann began her career as a special needs teacher for medically fragile children.
  Naomi Goldstein
Director, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), ACF
Goldstein joined ACF as Director of the OPRE Division of Child and Family Development in 2001. She became Director of OPRE in 2004 and Deputy Assistant Secretary in 2015. Previously, she directed the United States Postal Service Commission on a Safe and Secure Workplace, an independent commission that examined workplace violence affecting the postal service and the nation. She served as project manager for the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project and as Executive Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS. Earlier in her career, she worked in the Massachusetts state government and developed infant mortality prevention programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
  Dr. Michelle Street
Deputy Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), HHS
Dr. Street joined the Department’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) April 2016.  Prior to joining the OSDBU Dr. Street was Lead Procurement Analyst at the National Institutes of Health Information Technology and Acquisition and Assessment Center.  Dr. Street is currently responsible for compliance with SBA reporting requirements, ensuring the proper execution of the small business programs and overall program and project management.
  Michael Wochomurka
Partner, Lynch Consultants, LLC

Mr. Michael Wochomurka is a Partner with Lynch Consultants, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). He has been partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for ten years, focusing on Information Technology (IT) strategy, business process improvement, financial management, and implementing impactful communication approaches, most recently supporting the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Mr. Wochomurka has an M.B.A. from Mississippi State University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
  Sandra Hamilton
Director, IT Policy, Strategy & Planning Division, ACF
Sandra Hamilton is the Director of Policy, Strategy, and Planning (PSP) in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Ms. Hamilton joined ACF in May 2019 taking on the customer engagement function through the collaboration with the OCIO and ACF Program Offices to plan and strategize Information Technology (IT) solutions to meet mission needs. Ms. Hamilton’s division includes Business Relations, Future-State Architecture, Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) and Financial Management, Contract Pre-Award, Data Call Management and IT Policy.      
  Dr. Sandra Webb
Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grants, ACF
Dr. Webb oversees approximately 200 federal and contract staff who perform the grant management and financial administration functions of a $60 billion grant portfolio, which supports the needs of vulnerable children and families.  Prior to joining ACF, Dr. Webb was the Acting Principal Deputy Director and the Director of the Grant Operations Directorate for the Department of Justice, Office of Community Policing Services.  She also was the Deputy Director for the Community Policing Advancement Directorate, where she managed the training, technical assistance, research and outreach functions.  In addition, she worked as the department head at the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Director, Division of Grants and Training, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 
  Dr. Francine Hemphill
Director of Acquisitions and Head of Contracting Activity (HCA), ACF
Dr. Hemphill has primarily supported HHS since 2009, beginning her HHS career at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) where she served as Branch Chief for Advanced Research and Development Contracts until 2018. At the end of 2018, Dr. Hemphill transitioned from ASPR to the General Services Administration when she was promoted to Director of Contracts. She returned to HHS, ACF in 2020.
Julius Bradshaw
Chief Contracting Officer (CCO), ACF
Mr. Bradshaw began his career 2010 providing acquisition and project management support at General Services Administration (GSA), and served as Branch Chief for Assisted Acquisition Services at GSA National Capital Region through 2018. He also has worked in various capacities at the Department of Defense, and served as a Senior Business Operations Specialist with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) prior to joining ACF in 2020. 

Linda Waters
Deputy Director for Administration and Programs, HHS
Ms. Waters is responsible for executing strategy, sustaining high internal and external partners, strengthening relationships between HHS, SBA, small business community and its small business resource partners. She manages the development and implementation of appropriate outreach programs aimed at heightening the awareness of the small business community to contracting opportunities available at HHS throughout the nation. She is married with 3 sons and 8 grandchildren.
  Cameron Hernandez
Director, Business Operations, ACF
Mr. Hernandez serves as the Director of Business Operations (BusOps) for the Office of Government Contracting Services (GCS) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The BusOps has three (3) performance areas: 1) serves as the GCS Budget Office managing all planning, executing, reporting, and closeout of GCS’s annual budget 2) administers the Program Management Office (PMO), which leads all GCS internal procurements and provides program and project management guidance and expertise to other ACF Program Offices on current and planned procurements and 3) leads Customer Support and Outreach (CSO) managing GCS branding and communications, planning and executing industry engagement events, and Mr. Hernandez manages ACF’s FAC-COR and FAC-P/PM programs as its appointed Bureau Acquisition Career Managers (BACM), providing real-time support to ACF Acquisition Workforce Professionals (AWP’s).  Prior to joining ACF, Mr. Hernandez dedicated >15 years to HHS serving in various program and project management SME and leadership roles at the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Throughout Cameron’s career he has championed new initiatives and efforts paving the way for innovation to take root and fosters the importance of change management and a strong operational foundation focused on continuous customer support and engagement. 
  Evelyn Tyndell
Branch Chief, Property and Facility Management, ACF
As the Branch Chief, Ms. Tyndell serves as the lead contracting advisor and technical contracting expert to the Office of Refugee Resettlement as well as the GCS Chief of Contracting and Acquisition Director for acquisition and procurement related strategy programs and operations related to the ORR portfolio.  Prior to her position at ACF, Ms. Tyndell served as the Executive Advisor to the Head of the Contracting Activity at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  Ms. Tyndell is a career acquisition professional having also served as a Contracting Officer and Team Lead within TSA and a Contract Specialist at the National Science Foundation.    
  Amber Jones
Branch Chief, Information Technology, ACF
Mrs. Jones began her career as a federal acquisition professional in 2012 as an executive business advisor providing acquisition support at the U.S. Department of Education. She continued her journey within acquisitions as a Branch Chief for the General Services Administration (GSA) for Assisted Acquisition Services at GSA National Capital Region through 2020. She has also worked in various capacities at the U.S. State Department, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and served as a Senior Contract Specialist with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) prior to joining ACF in 2020. 
Dr. Jonathan Gonzalez
Branch Chief, Research and Knowledgebase Services, ACF
Dr. Gonzalez has been a Contracting Officer (CO) for over a decade. He started his career as an intern with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), later he spent 13 months in Afghanistan working for DCMA as a CO. He later transferred to ASPR/BARDA and worked on that mission for 3 years. Recently he spent 2 years with the Army at the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. He has now returned to HHS, to serve in ACF.