2019 FedHealth Conference Speakers

  Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN
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.
  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.

  Pat Flanders
Chief Information Officer, DHA
“Pat” Flanders is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and a Deputy Assistant Director for the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Mr. Flanders provides leadership for the continued development of an affordable, innovative, robust, and secure health information technology environment in support of the Combatant Commands, service members, veterans, and their families. Read more.
  Surafeal Asgedom
Chief Modernization Officer, VA
Surafeal Asgedom was appointed Chief Officer for Modernization in April 2017.  In this role, he is leading efforts to modernize the Department’s capabilities to deliver timely care and quality services to America’s Veterans by helping to transform VA into a modern, high performing organization. The Modernization Office is charged with simplifying operations and improving customer experience by: creating efficiencies, optimizing VA organizational structures, enhancing corporate services to enable mission delivery, streamlining and integrating disparate initiatives, enabling cross-government agency collaboration, and rapidly executing leadership strategic priorities with the end goal of improving the value of services provided to Veterans. Read more.
  Alan Chvotkin
EVP & Counsel, PSC
Alan L. Chvotkin is the executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government technology and professional services industry, where he is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy activity. He has been at PSC since 2001. Read more.
  Meagan T. Khau, MHA 
Director, Data and Policy Analytics Group, Office of Minority Health, CMS
Meagan Khau is the Director of the Data and Policy Analytics Group (DPAG) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH). DPAG conducts research, data collection, and analyses to identify targets to reduce health disparities and improve quality of care, care transitions, access to care, and beneficiary satisfaction for the vulnerable populations. Read more. 
  Gina Kiang
IT Strategy, HHS Vendor Management Office
  Dr. Ernest Moy, MD, MPH
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.

  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.

  Dr. Wakina Scott, PhD, MPH
Director of Policy Analysis, HRSA
Dr. Wakina Scott is the Director of the Office of Policy Analysis (OPA) at the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation (OPAE) and has over 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors as a public health analyst and researcher.  Located within HRSA’s Office of the Administrator, OPAE works proactively and collaboratively across all of HRSA, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with other Federal and external stakeholders to foster communication, promote innovation, coordinate efforts, and build partnerships. As the Director of OPA, Dr. Scott oversees HRSA’s analyses and responses to policy issues, especially the impact of Medicare and Medicaid regulations on safety-net providers and beneficiaries.  Prior to this, Dr. Scott held positions at HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services where she served as a subject matter expert on Marketplace finance and Medicaid issues.  Dr. Scott received her M.P.H. with a focus on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Family Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
   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.

  Jason Vollmer
Director, Acquisition and Grants Group, CMS
Jason Vollmer is the Director for the Acquisition and Grants Group (AGG) in the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management (OAGM) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  As the Director of AGG, he is responsible for working collaboratively with the Director and Deputy Director of OAGM to award and administer CMS contracts and discretionary grants subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Code of Federal Regulations. Mr. Vollmer has nearly 20 years of experience in Federal procurement and private industry operations and business development.  Prior to his current role, he served as the Director of the Division of Quality Assurance and Technology where he oversaw CMS acquisition policy and procurement IT systems. He also gained extensive procurement experience as a Contracting Officer for various Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) contracts.  Before joining CMS in 2010, he held various roles with a nationally recognized healthcare staffing firm with oversight  of hospitals, government, and military treatment facilities across the country. Mr. Vollmer holds an undergraduate degree in Health Care Management from Towson University.  In addition to holding Federal Acquisition Certifications for Contracting, Contracting Officer’s Representatives, and Program/Project Management, he holds a certification as a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) from the National Contract Management Association.  

  Loretta Schlachta-Fairchild, PhD, RN, FACHE, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) 
Health Information Technology/Informatics (Defense Health Agency) and Medical Assist Support Technologies (US Army) Research Program Manager 
Dr. Loretta Schlachta-Fairchild is the Health Information Technology/Informatics (Defense Health Agency) and Medical Assist Support Technologies (US Army) Research Program Manager at Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) Joint Program Committee-1 at Fort Detrick, MD.  Dr Schlachta-Fairchild coordinates with strategic Health Information Technology (HIT) and Informatics leaders in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and NATO partners, as well as research experts in DoD and all Federal Agencies to develop, select and monitor a research portfolio of studies aimed to improve quality, efficiency, and patient outcomes for military healthcare in theater/wartime and in peacetime. She insures military HIT/Informatics research meets the strategic current and future needs of the military healthcare system and the US Army and monitors technology trends for future studies; insures dissemination of research knowledge, products and services from the research investments.  Dr Schlachta-Fairchild is a retired US Army Nurse Corps Lieutenant Colonel, a researcher, healthcare administrator and an international expert in telehealth, telemedicine and telenursing.  Dr. Schlachta-Fairchild has over 70 US and international publications and presentations, and has served as a Principal or Associate Investigator in over a dozen HIT/Informatics/Telehealth research studies in academia and DoD. 
  Deborah Parham Hopson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Vice President for Public Health Systems Innovation and Senior Public Health Scientist, The MayaTech Corporation
Deborah Parham Hopson, PhD, RN, FAAN is Senior Vice President for Public Health Systems Innovation and Senior Public Health Scientist at The MayaTech Corporation.  The MayaTech Corporation is an applied social science, small business research firm with more than three decades of experience providing public health research and evaluation, policy and legislative analysis, and program and technical support to Federal health agencies, state and local government agencies, academic institutions and community-based organizations. She provides strategic leadership and scientific guidance to MayaTech’s portfolio of  projects in the areas of infectious disease prevention and treatment, family planning, health workforce training and development. Prior to joining The MayaTech Corporation, Dr. Parham Hopson held several senior management positions at the federal Department of Health and Human Services in the Health Resources and Services Administration. She is a retired Rear Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.