2022 FedHealth Conference Speakers

  John Balbus, MD, MPH
Interim Director, Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, OASH
A physician and public health professional with over 25 years of experience working on the health implications of climate change, Dr. Balbus has served as HHS Principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program and co-chair of the working group on Climate Change and Human Health for the U.S. Global Change Research Program since he joined the federal government in 2009. Before coming over to the new Office, Dr. Balbus served as Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Prior to joining NIEHS, Dr. Balbus was the Chief Health Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services. He received his MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University.
  Vid Desai
Chief Information Officer, FDA
As the FDA’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the newly-established Office of Digital Transformation (ODT), Mr. Desai sets and leads the agency’s IT strategy, as well as the agency’s enterprise IT, data management, and cybersecurity. The ODT team oversees the overall FDA IT spend of more than $750M and a staff of around 2,500 employees and contractors. Prior to being named CIO, Mr. Desai served as the FDA’s Chief Technology Officer, overseeing day-to-day technology operations as the leader of the Office of Information Management and Information Technology.
Gil Alterovitz, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA
Director, National Artificial Intelligence Institute, VA 
Dr. Gil Alterovitz is the inaugural Director of the National Artificial Intelligence Institute at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is focusing on leveraging health information for AI as well as building AI research and development capacity to help our nations Veterans through the Office of Research and Development.  He is also a faculty member with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alterovitz was one of the core authors of White House Office of Science Technology and Policy’s The National AI R&D Strategic Plan from 2019.  He has also spearheaded the “AI-able Data Ecosystem” pilot, creating a new approach for public-private collaborations with personnel/resources across a dozen agencies and working with companies internationally.
  Anne Lord Bailey, PharmD, BCPS
Director for Clinical Tech Innovation and lead for Immersive Technology for VHA’s Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL)
Anne Lord Bailey, PharmD, BCPS, is the Director for Clinical Tech Innovation and lead for Immersive Technology for VHA’s Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL). After completing her residency at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC, Dr. Bailey focused on treating and curing Veterans with Hepatitis C. During that time she led a team of clinicians and piloted a mobile Hepatitis C Clinic for rural Veterans, an experience that greatly expanded Dr. Bailey’s passion for healthcare innovation. In 2021, she became Director for Clinical Tech Innovation to focus on embedding emerging health technology into the core fabric of VA. Dr. Bailey continues to grow her knowledge and experience through mentoring, collaborating, and networking in both healthcare innovation and direct patient care. Since joining the OHIL, Dr. Bailey has worked diligently to expand the use of emerging technology across VHA, in part by co-creating and co-leading VHA’s Extended Reality (XR) network. VHA’s XR Network has grown from one VA facility to almost 140, with nearly 850 VA employees engaged. In addition, she is also a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and recent G2Xchange Change Agent award winner.
  Melinda Baldwin, PhD, LCSW
Director of the Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress & Special Programs, SAMHSA
Dr. Baldwin is a subject matter expert in behavioral health, trauma, program evaluation (grounded in implementation science), and its intersection with child welfare/maltreatment and mental health practice and policy.  She has had extensive field experience, beginning on the front lines as a social worker with families in the child welfare system. Dr. Baldwin has a PhD in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MSW from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is licensed as a clinical social worker in Illinois.  
  Karen Base
Vice President of Solutions, Capgemini Government Solutions
Ms. Karen Base has over 25 years of experience delivering innovative technology solutions to public and private sector clients, building systems and advising executives on digital transformation strategies. In her role as Vice President of Solutions, she leads CGS’s innovation agenda and delivery capabilities to meet client missions across our growing portfolio. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University, as well as PMP, CSM, SPOC, Six Sigma and ITIL certifications. She is a member of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) and received their 2021 Advocate Award.
  Diane Frasier
Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management and the Head of the Contracting Activity, NIH
Ms. Frasier oversees all of the NIH’s acquisition, property, supply and transportation programs. During her tenure at the NIH, Ms. Frasier initiated the design, development and implementation of the NIH Contractor Performance System – one of the first systems to collect and retrieve contractor past performance information. Ms. Frasier also chaired the joint agency committee which established the Federal Past Performance Retrieval System, PPIRs. Working closely with the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers (ICs), Ms. Frasier oversaw the restructuring of the NIH’s 18 contracting offices to 10 offices while ensuring continued acquisition service to the ICs. Ms. Frasier also played a critical role in the transition from a legacy management system to the NIH’s New Business System and its reporting system, nVision. Ms. Frasier continues to be an avid supporter of acquisition streamlining as evidenced by the management of the NIH’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), a Government-wide Acquisition Contract. Prior to joining NIH, Ms. Frasier had a long career with the Department of Defense.
  Giovannina DiPietro
Senior Director, Federal Lead for Health Science and Human Services Division, ICF
Giovannina DiPietro leads growth activities for HS2 lines of business supporting public sector clients across U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)  She brings over 30 years of professional experience and progressive leadership history providing business management and consulting to clients in federal services, healthcare, health IT, and Finance markets.  Ms. DiPietro is a leader in the federal health community having served for many years on PSC Vision, PSC CIO Survey, AFCEA Health IT, and NITAAC CIO-SP3 Committees.  She is an ACT-IAC Fellow who is also active in organizations such as HIMSS NCA, MD HIMSS, NCMA, and the Tech Council of Maryland.  Giovannina is engaged in community activities supporting development of future leaders and philanthropy serving on the board of the Penn State Alumni Association, and as a member of the Women’s Giving Circle.
Andrew Jernell
Division Director, Division of Information Technology 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.
  Kathy Lentz
President, Federal Insights, LLC
  Matthew McMahon
Director, SEED, National Institutes of Health 
Matthew leads the SEED Office (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development) in helping to transform cutting-edge technologies into products that improve health and save lives. The SEED team educates and assists NIH-funded innovators as they transition from discovery science to product development. SEED helps academic innovators validate the potential health impacts of their discoveries and provides a host of professional advisory services to small business innovators funded by NIH’s $1.2 billion/year SBIR and STTR programs. He previously served as the first director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination, and he created and led the National Eye Institute’s Office of Translational Research. His previous experience also includes service as the principal scientist for the bionic eye company Second Sight Medical Products and as a staff member on the Congressional committees responsible for science, technology, and innovation policy.
Matt Miller
National Director, Executive Director, Suicide Prevention Program, VA
Dr. Matthew Miller is the Executive Director for VA Suicide Prevention as well as the Acting Executive Director of PREVENTS within VA Suicide Prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he leads a team dedicated to the implementation and reinforcement of evidence-based community and clinical interventions addressing suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. Dr. Miller previously served as the Director of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). Under his leadership, VCL became the world’s largest and most efficient suicide crisis call center. He began his VA career as the Chief of Mental Health at Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, MI, where he later became the Deputy Chief of Staff. 

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