With a decade of experience in worksite health promotion, Megan has a depth of knowledge in implementing strategic health promotion programs for large global institutions.
In her current role at Citi Megan is a key player in the development and implementation of Citi’s global wellness strategy. She is responsible for developing Citi’s global health promotion programs that are implemented acoss the organization. She acts as a consultant to countries and regions as they develop their wellness programs and spearheds collaborationg between various departments such as benefits, fitness, dining, corporate reality, and global public affairs to continue to expand awareness of Citi’s wellness priorities.
She has expertise in chronic condition prevention, employee engagment, strategic planning, health promotion program planning and implementation. Megan has a Masters of Science in Health Promotion Management from American University, Bacherlors Degree in Human Movement from Sacred Heart University, and is CHES Certified.
Brooke Brownlow is Group Vice President of Total Rewards at H-E-B. Brooke has been an HEB partner since 1991. In her current role, she is responsible for the pay and benefit programs that support 100,000 H-E-B Partners including Magenta Health – H-E-B’s clinics for Partners and family members.
Director of Human Resources, Department of Human Resources City of Gahanna
Abby Cochran has fifteen years of experience in the field of Human Resources. As Director of Human Resources for the City of Gahanna, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, Abby oversees recruitment/retention, employee/labor relations, administration of benefit programs, organizational training and development and compensation administration. Her work experience spans both private and public sector, with many years spent working within a medical management company, which gives her a unique insight on the many healthcare issues facing employers today. Looking for solutions to rising health care costs, balancing the requirements of multiple labor contracts while still providing quality healthcare options for employees and their families, Abby developed a first of its kind partnership between the City and two local healthcare providers giving City employees access to a near-site center beginning in 2018. This project from concept to delivery was achieved through her perseverance and ability to manage the many competing interests of labor, management, vendors, insurance providers, elected officials and other critical stakeholders.
Abby graduated with a Masters in Labor and Human Resources in 2008 from the Ohio State University and holds certifications as a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP), PHR and SHRM-CP.
Senior Director, Global Benefits Activision Blizzard
Milt Ezzard leads Global Benefits for Activision Blizzard. Throughout his 25 year career, Milt has held roles in many industries including Healthcare, Utility, Manufacturing, Software and Technology. Milt seeks out innovation in approaches to engaging employees and their families in wellbeing, transparency and health management and believes the key to improving the long-term sustainability of corporate healthcare is linked to targeting members with the offer of compelling resources that improve outcomes and/or lower costs at the time that resources will be the most personally relevant. He is passionate about breaking from conventional benefits plan management techniques preferring to redirect standard health plan resources that have failed to evolve to meet our current culture’s way of communicating and interacting to more contemporary set of resources aimed at adding value to employees’ lives and that support the employee value proposition that Activision Blizzard offers.
Shanthanu Gaur, MD
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Allurion Technologies
Dr. Shantanu Gaur is the co-founder and CEO of Allurion Technologies. Together with his partners, Shantanu has overseen Allurion’s research and development, fundraising, and clinical programs. Allurion’s mission is to help people realize their full potential with innovative, scalable, and trusted products. Specifically, the company has developed what Shantanu calls “Weight Loss 2.0” products that are more effective than diet and exercise but safer, cheaper, and more accessible than weight loss surgery. Allurion’s flagship product—the Elipse® Balloon—is the world’s first and only procedureless gastric balloon for weight loss and is now available for commercial sale internationally.
Shantanu is the lead inventor on several US and international patents and has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications. He has been invited to speak on the Elipse Balloon, obesity, and medical device innovation at several worldwide congresses and has also spoken widely on the use of crowdsourcing to make research more efficient and participant-centric. Shantanu is also a lecturer for Harvard Medical School’s Executive Education program where he has been invited to speak on new frontiers in medical device development.
Shantanu graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Harvard College and with an M.D. from Harvard Medical School where he was a Paul Revere Frothingham Scholar and Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife Neha and son Yuvraj.
Director, Employee Benefits Metro Nashville Public Schools
David’s career started at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee in claim’s management. He went on to serve as the Director of Operations for the State of Tennessee Employee Health Plans; Benefit Manager for Nissan Motor Manufacturing; benefits consultant; Insurance Director for Rutherford County, TN and now as Director of Benefits for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS).
While at MNPS he established a network of primary care clinics to serve their employees, retirees and their dependents. These clinics, staffed by Family Nurse Practitioners are Medical Homes and serve as the main conduit for medical interventions with our covered population. In 2017, he opened MNPS’ first integrated health and wellness facility, combining primary care, behavioral health, health coaching, fitness, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and pharmacy. This facility also includes a café and conference area and is designed to be a community center for educators, assisting them to develop professionally and personally. In addition, to help drive individual and group health improvements, he implemented a data warehouse that combines medical, pharmacy, dental and vision claims, medical records, payroll, health risk assessments and evaluation data.
He serves on the board of the State and Local Government Benefit Association and of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers.
Susan Hollister, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Resources Officer Pioneer Bank
Susan began her career in an executive training program with Jordan Marsh Department Stores in 1985, it was there that she held her first position in Human Resources, working as a regional trainer. Later, she moved her human resources career to banking, serving as the Director of Training and later, Chief Human Resources Officer at National Savings Bank of Albany, upon its acquisition by KeyBank, Susan moved to Hudson River Bank and Trust company, serving as its Chief Human Resources Officer, upon its acquisition by First Niagara Bank, Susan worked as the Senior Human Resources Manager for First Niagara Bank in the Eastern NY Region.
Most recently, Susan found her ideal position joining the Pioneer Bank family serving on our Executive team as Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role she is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the bank, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, talent acquisition, training and development, and compensation. As a Business Administration Major in college and currently holding the certification as a Senior Human Resources Professional through the Society of Human Resources Management, Susan enjoys her role of bringing the aspects of business and people to the table and sharing the significance that employee engagement plays in the success of an organization.
Susan is a lifelong Capital Region resident who is passionate about her work, her family and community. Among her proudest accomplishments in the community was an opportunity, where along with a team of dedicated volunteers, she was instrumental in founding a before and after school program in Kinderhook, NY. The program “O.K. Kids, Inc.” has now been operating for over 20 years. Another passion is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where Susan has served on the Board of Directors for many years and has been instrumental in raising funds for research and improving the lives of those with CF. This being said, Susan would say her greatest passion is her family, the picture above is from a very proud moment in her life, when she and her husband Jim celebrated the high school graduation of their son, Jimmy and their Daughter, Marie’s graduation from Notre Dame Law School in the same year. “Spending time with my family, at home, cooking, celebrating holidays and milestones are definitely my “happy place” outside of work”.
Risk Manager and Human Resource Director Aircraft Gear Corporation
Jim Knutson has been Risk Manager and Human Resources Director of Aircraft Gear Corporation in Rockford, Illinois, a manufacturer of components for the aviation and auto industries, since 1989. He is responsible for all corporate risk management, compensation and benefit programs. Jim is a member of Catalyst For Payment Reform, the Business Advisory Group to the Joint Commission For the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a member of The Midwest Business Group on Health and served on its Board, a member of the Winnebago County, Illinois Crime Commission and a board member and treasurer of The Healthcare Incentives Improvement Institute. Jim received his bachelors degree from Marquette University and his law degree from Northern Illinois University.
Jim has been a member of the Advisory Council of Emcap, Berkley’s rent-a-captive program domiciled in Bermuda. He has also been on the State of Illinois Insurance Commission Working Group to revise the standard application for medical insurance and a member of the steering committee of The Illinois State Chamber of Commerce Health Council. He has testified before the joint state legislative committee on exchanges and presented before diverse groups including The Institute of Medicine, Captive Live conferences, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored events.
Global Engagement and Wellness Manager World Fuel Services
Georgette Kores is currently the Manager for Global Wellness & Engagement at World Fuel Services. In this role she designs and executes the corporate wellness programming for all offices, spanning over150 locations in 30 countries. Mrs. Kores is an experienced and innovative wellness professional who has a proven record of creating, implementing and executing successful and sustainable wellness-oriented programming in corporate settings for a number of Fortune 500 companies as well as small and mid-sized employers. She graduated from Barry University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Liberty University and is a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Health & Fitness Specialist. Her efforts have contributed to higher national and multi-national recognition for the large corporations she has been affiliated with through: corporate awards, reduced health-care costs for employers and higher employee engagement rates. Mrs. Kores has also been published in Corporate Wellness Magazine, SoBe Fit Magazine, has appeared as a guest blog writer for the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, presented at several local and national corporate wellness industry conferences and was featured in American Healthcare Leader magazine.
Wellness & Medical Benefits Manager, Human Resources Certified Angus Beef LLC
In her role as assistant director of human resources at Certified Angus Beef LLC, Sherry Leggett is actively involved in nurturing the heart of the company’s business – its people, who assist customers in marketing beef from Angus cattle farms to restaurants and grocery stores around the world. Sherry joined the staff in 2013 as the wellness and medical benefits manager, providing nearly 150 employees with wellness coaching to build on the healthy, positive, balanced and productive workplace.
With more than 18 years of wellness experience, Sherry enjoys helping the employees through designing individual integrative programs and coordinating the company’s onsite physician, psychologist, lawyer, dietitian and financial wellness coach. Sherry has a true passion for helping people achieve a well-balanced life one interaction at a time, and in 2014, she was named a Top 100 Wellness Professionals in America by the Wellness Council of America.
During her wellness role, Certified Angus Beef LLC has received numerous awards, including the 2017 Top 100 Healthiest Employers in America, 2016 American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Worksite award that signifies a strong commitment to employee wellness balance, 2017 Ohio Department of Health “Healthy Workplace” Gold Winner and a 2015 Best Employer in Ohio for the Small/Medium Business.
Sherry has bachelor’s degrees in sport medicine and sport management from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management specialist and certified wellness program coordinator. Additionally, she has WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) faculty status and is on the Ohio Psychological Association Psychology in the Workplace Network (PWN) committee. She is a regular wellness speaker and educator at numerous local and state meetings, as well as national conferences.
When she’s not at work, Sherry enjoys biking and swimming with her husband, Chad, and their two children. She is often running or walking with friends around Orrville, training for another triathlon. She also leads wellness, bible study groups at Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoys waterskiing, gardening, reading, and being active with friends and family.
Under Sherry’s leadership, the wellness program at Certified Angus Beef LLC has been featured in:
Al Lewis is founder and President of the Disease Management Purchasing Consortium International, Inc. (DMPC--www.Dismgmt.com) DMPC is by far the leading consultant/procurement broker in the field of disease management. He has been designated #1 in Managed Healthcare Executive's overall list of the Most Influential People in disease management.
He was founder and first president of the DMAA: Care Continuum Alliance, and is the founder and president of the Disease Management Purchasing Consortium (DMPC). DMPC members utilize its resources for procurement and outcomes measurement. Its 100+ members, listed at www.Dismgmt.com, include most of the country’s largest health plans, many smaller ones, an increasing number of employers and unions, and the states of Washington, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wyoming, Alaska, Michigan, New Hampshire and Montana.
His disease management outcomes database is the largest in the field, with more than two dozen payors participating. His measurement methodology is also the most widely used in the field.
Al holds undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, phi beta kappa and holds a Visiting Scholar appointment at the Heller School for Social Policy, Brandeis University.
Sally has been employed at Hallmark’s corporate headquarters in Kansas City, MO for nearly 35 years. She assumed her current role in 2009 in an effort to strengthen the wellness program and promote a culture of wellness for Hallmark employees.
Hallmark’s wellness program, Hallmark Health, was recognized for its excellence in the corporate wellness industry with a Leadership Award by Corporate Wellness Magazine in 2012 and as a 2017Healthy KC Platinum Level Wellness Program by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Sally was recognized in 2016 by the Corporate Health and Wellness Association as an Outstanding Well Being Partner and Academic Advisor. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator at wellness conferences.
Sally holds a BS degree in Home Economics-Food Systems Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA in Management from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.
She has served on many industry advisory boards and currently serves as a board member for two non-profit organizations supporting causes that are very important to her:
Rose Brooks Center, the Midwest’s largest domestic violence program that seeks to break the cycle of domestic violence and keep women and children safe.
After the Harvest, a produce rescue program that prevents hunger by acquiring fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it to agencies serving hungry people in Kansas and Missouri.
Kay Mooney has over 20 years of corporate health care experience. Kay currently leads Employee Benefits and Well-being for Aetna, where she is responsible for the strategic design, delivery and administration of Health, Wellness, Retirement and Financial Benefit plans for domestic and international employees and retirees.
Kay most recently led Aetna's national Health Care Reform Exchange Program Management Office, where she was responsible for driving the development and implementation of Aetna's strategy for public exchanges, and she previously served as chief of staff for the Office of the Chairman and CEO. She has held a variety of senior leadership roles at Aetna, focused on pricing, underwriting, product management, mergers & acquisitions integration and medical cost analytics.
Kay developed and currently serves as Executive Sponsor for Aetna’s Enterprise Leadership Development Program (ELDP), which is focused on building a pipeline of future leaders with a broad range of knowledge and experience across Aetna’s enterprise through rotational assignments with accelerated learning and development.
Her passion for well-being extends beyond her position at Aetna and includes leadership roles with the American Heart Association. Most recently, she served as Chair of the 2017 Greater Hartford Heart Ball. In previous years, she co-chaired the organization’s Circle of Red and Tell 5 campaigns, where she helped drive awareness of the risks of heart disease among women and raise money for this life-saving movement. She also served as Co-chair for the 2010-2011 Go Red for Women campaign for North Central Connecticut and as Chair for the 2014-2015 campaign. In 2018, Kay joined the Board of Directors for Pet Partners, an organization committed to connecting people with the health benefits of animal-assisted intervention. This aligns with Kay’s strong belief in the healing power of pet therapy.
Kay graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Penn State. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Associate Director, Faculty and Staff Wellness Stanford University
Born and raised in North Dakota, Patty earned a full-athletic scholarship to attend Stanford University in 1985. She was a 9-time NCAA All-American (Shot Put and Discus) and competed at the 1988 Olympic Trials.
In the 90’s, as an entrepreneur, Patty grew her fitness & wellness company, to employ over 100 employees with annual revenues of over $5 million. In January 2009, Patty sold all corporate contracts, including those with Cisco, Yahoo! and Safeway to Plus One Holdings of New York which is now Optum. During that time, she helped launch the Stanford Health Promotion Network whose 65+ members include large corporations like Apple and Adobe, local counties, medical institutions and several non-profits.
From 2013-2016 she found her passion overseeing the HealthySteps to Wellness Program for all non-physician employees of Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Hospital. In early 2016 Patty accepted a role with the newly formed Stanford Medicine WellMD Center as a vocal advocate for all members of our care teams. Today, Patty is an Associate Director of Faculty and Staff Wellness for Stanford University and continues to oversee the Stanford Health Promotion Network.
Director, Health Strategy Vitality Institute
Mike Quiqq is the head of strategic marketing and director of health strategy at Vitality Group, where he works both internally and externally on strategy and program design related to improving people’s health and uses strategic communications and marketing to motivate participants in workplace wellness programs and spark behavioral change. His career has been focused on helping healthcare companies improve their business strategy. Mike holds a Masters of Science in Health Communication from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in organizational behavior and leadership, also from Northwestern University.
Director, Office of Value-based Purchasing, Policy Division WA Health Care Authority
Rachel Quinn oversees the Office of Value-based Purchasing in the Policy Division, at the Washington State Health Care Authority. In her role, Rachel assists with the development of value-based purchasing and payment strategies in Medicaid and the Public Employee Benefit Program. Prior to joining HCA in September 2013, she worked as project manager of the Robert Bree Collaborative, a multi-sector collaborative created to develop guidelines to decrease health care cost and quality variation in Washington State. Rachel also served for five years as health policy advisor to former King County Executive Ron Sims. She has a dual master’s in public health and public policy from the University of Michigan.
Founder Sharpen Innovation;
Instructor Harvard University
Susan helps companies facing change solve problems and capitalize on opportunities more effectively, through more creative thinking. Some of the world’s largest corporations call on Susan to consult with them on innovation initiatives, strategy, and culture. Clients include Novartis, Kellogg, Georgia Pacific, the American Hospital Association, Tufts Health Plan, Pfizer, Frito Lay, Starbucks, & HGTV.
She was a keynote speaker at the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center Innovation Expo, and is a frequent speaker in creativity and innovation across the U.S. and around the world. She has spoken at conferences and led innovation initiatives in places as diverse as South Africa, Italy, South Korea, Sweden, the U.K., China, France, Brazil, Mexico, and Greece.
She teaches executive education and graduate level courses in creative thinking at Harvard University, as well as being a senior faculty member at the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute, the largest and longest-running innovative thinking conference in the world.