Kevin S. Lauterjung
Chair, Board of Directors

Kevin Lauterjung is Principal of Community Energy Advisors, LLC, and has served as a member of Better Health Partnership's Leadership Team since 2008. Mr. Lauterjung worked at Medical Medical Mutual of Ohio from 1998 to 2013, most recently as Executive Vice President for Managed Care with responsibility for the company's provider network management, care & pharmacy management and managed care operations. His previous professional experiences include managed care consulting with Medimetrix Group, a national consulting firm, and practice management as Director of Operations for a large multi-specialty physician group practice. In addition to his activities with Better Health, Mr. Lauterjung volunteers on the board of Business Volunteers Unlimited, as a Junior Achievement (JA) instructor, and as a former member of the board for the USO of Northern Ohio and March of Dimes. He received his bachelor's degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his MBA with concentrations in Finance and Health Services Management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

David Bronson, MD, FACP
Vice Chair, Board of Directors

David Bronson is Emeritus Staff at the Cleveland Clinic, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission, and President Emeritus of the American College of Physicians. He has served on Better Health Partnership’s Leadership Team since 2007 and as chair of its Clinical Advisory Committee from 2007-2010. Dr. Bronson is a Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. At Cleveland Clinic, he served on the Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and as a member of the Executive Management Team. Dr. Bronson also is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association.

Patty Starr
Secretary/Treasurer

Patty Starr is Executive Director of Health Action Council, a nonprofit corporation. HAC serves as the voice of many of Ohio’s most prominent employers on healthcare issues and facilitates common projects to improve the quality and moderate the cost of the health care benefits they purchase for almost 2 million healthcare lives. Prior to joining HAC, Patty was the Senior Director Health Insurance and Benefits of the Council of Small Enterprises, a regional organization that offers benefit programs to over 9,000 small business members and covered approximately 150,000 lives. Patty has over a decade of experience in health insurance product development and sales that focused on individual consumers and small business owners. She was President and Founder of The Ark Individual Insurance Brokerage a brokerage. Patty earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.

Anita Cook
Chair, Finance Committee of the Board

Anita Cook is Executive Director of the West Side Catholic Center, a nonprofit organization founded 35 years ago on Cleveland’s near west side. The Center provides hot meals at no charge, hospitality, clothing and household goods, emergency services, advocacy, a shelter for women and children, and a program to find housing solutions for those in need, regardless of religious affiliation. Ms. Cook, a Certified Public Accountant, previously served as Chief Financial Officer at the center, a position that followed many years in the financial industry, as well as serving as Finance Director at University Settlement. A resident of Cleveland, she also has served on numerous non-profit social service and community boards. She received her B.S. in Accounting from Miami University and a Master’s in Accounting from Cleveland State University.

Jean Polster, RN, MS
Chair, Governance Committee of the Board

Jean Polster is President and CEO of Neighborhood Family Practice, a Federally Qualified Health Center. She has served as a member of Better Health Partnership's Leadership Team since 2007. Neighborhood Family Practice provides primary health care to over 17,000 residents of the West Side of Cleveland. Ms. Polster is active in a number of regional and national organizations promoting health care quality, especially primary care. She has over 30 years of senior management experience in health and human services in both Ohio and California. She has worked as a hospital administrator, in ambulatory care and as an executive in local social services organizations, including Catholic Charities. Ms. Polster received her BSN from the University of North Carolina and her MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Rita Horwitz, RN
President & CEO

A native Clevelander, Horwitz was elected President & CEO in 2017. Horwitz joined Better Health Partnership in 2011 and most recently served as its Chief Operating Officer. A graduate of Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead Health Care Executive Management certification program, she has held executive leadership positions in health care, consulting and strategic human resources. Her experience includes new venture start-ups, ambulatory care operations, corporate-based health and wellness, business development, quality improvement, and organizational change management in both private and public sectors. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, a national organization of which Better Health is a member.

Steve Eisenberg, JD

Steve Eisenberg is General Counsel of US Acute Care Solutions, established in 2015 by Emergency Medicine Physicians and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. The firm provides emergency care to nearly 4 million patients a year at more than 90 hospitals in 20 states and is aligned with leading hospital systems across the country. Prior to joining US Acute Care Solutions, Steve was Vice President and General Counsel of Cardinal Health at Home. He previously was a partner at Baker & Hostetler, where he practiced corporate and health care law.

Vanessa J. Evans

Vanessa is a former executive for Johnson & Johnson, where she assumed successively greater responsibility over more than 30 years, most recently as Vice President of Global Customer Development. She recently returned from New Jersey to her roots in northeast Ohio, where she operates a consulting firm, Shaker Sales & Process Group, LLC, whose clients include Fortune 100 global companies, universities and nonprofits.

James F. Gutierrez, MD

Dr. Gutierrez has been a member of the Cleveland Clinic Staff since 1996 and practices Internal Medicine at the Richard E. Jacobs Health Center in Avon. He is Chair of the Department of Community Internal Medicine in the Medicine Institute, where he is responsible for the general internal medicine physicians practicing primary care at the Clinic’s Family Health Centers and other community sites. He is a member of Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors / Medical Executive Committee and President and Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Medicare Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Gutierrez received his BA and MD degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and completed his residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a Chief Residency year, at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Dr. Gutierrez chaired the Regional Medical Practice Quality Council from 1996 – 2007 and was President of the Cleveland Clinic Medical Staff from June 2003 to June 2004. His interests include quality improvement, clinical practice redesign, the patient-centered medical home, population health, and accountable care.

Geoffrey A Himes MBA, FHFMA

Geoff Himes is Vice President of Finance for The MetroHealth System and has been a member of its leadership team since 2011. His responsibilities include all accounting and financial reporting for the health system as well as budget and treasury functions. Mr. Himes has 20 years of experience with health care systems that include prior positions at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He volunteers as a member of the Board of Trustees of The City Mission, which provides essential community services to those in crisis, and serves on the Finance Committee of Circle Health. He received his Master’s in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Roderick L. Ingram Sr.

Roderick L. Ingram Sr. is executive director for the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Ingram develops and implements programs for the University to enhance its reputation and strengthen internal and external communications with important constituents. Rod’s responsibilities include public relations and marketing planning, speech writing, support, counsel, creative direction and strategy implementation. He also teaches reflective essay writing to medicine students and serves on several committees, including NEOMED’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the statewide Inter-University Council of Ohio. Rod is a former executive at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, the Ohio Lottery and NewsChannel 5. He earned Bachelor of Business (Finance) and MBA (Marketing and Innovations) degrees from Cleveland State University. He brings 30 years of experience that includes business development, marketing, media, operations management, and sales. Rod also serves on boards for the United Way of Portage County and the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland.

Shawn Lyden

Shawn Lyden is Executive Vice President of Akron Children’s Hospital, where he has served in leadership roles for 10 years and is active in the growth and development of the hospital’s expansive regional network, including its health system/hospital partnerships and Akron Children’s primary care network. He previously was a partner at the law firm of Brouse McDowell, where he chaired the health care practice group and served for eight years on the firm’s executive committee after 10 years practicing health care law at a Chicago firm. Shawn serves on the boards of directors of the Hudson Community Foundation, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula, and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association. He also is a member of Team NEO Business Development Council and the Child Health Committee of the Children’s Hospital Association. He earned his B.A. in economics from Denison University and law degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Lisa M. Schaffner, PhD

Lisa Schaffner is Vice President of Healthcare Analytics at Medical Mutual of Ohio. She leads an expanding team of consultative biostatisticians, epidemiologists, health services researchers and clinical data analysts who identify actionable opportunities to improve quality and outcomes of care, and to reduce total costs of care. Their work informs employer clients, health care providers and regulatory agencies about the performance of Medical Mutual’s clinical, population health, and value-based care initiatives. Prior to joining Medical Mutual in 2015, Lisa spent nine years in Portland, OR, where she held positions of increasing responsibility at Oregon Health & Sciences University and at Cambia Health Solutions/Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield. She previously spent over a decade in academic research at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine, and as a Health Policy Research Fellow in residence at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Her academic research was focused on health economics, primary care, the health of women and children, and mental health services access and delivery. Lisa earned her doctorate in Health Policy and Management with a concentration in Health Services Research and Policy at Johns Hopkins, and a B.S. in Health Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire. She also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical and health services research at Oregon Health & Sciences University. In 2017, Lisa was honored as a Woman of Professional Excellence by the YWCA of Greater Cleveland.

JB Silvers, PhD

J.B. Silvers, Ph.D., is the John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance and Professor of Banking and Finance at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University. He also has served on the Better Health Partnership Leadership Team since 2007. Professor Silvers is faculty Director of the Health Systems Management Center at Weatherhead and for several years served as Senior Associate Dean of Weatherhead. His research in the areas of financial management and health services has been widely published. From 1997 to 2000, while on leave from Weatherhead, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of QualChoice – a health plan and insurance company in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Silvers currently serves on the board of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and for seven years was a Commissioner on the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, which advises Congress on Medicare payment.

Jim Weisman

Jim Weisman is CEO-in-Residence of BioEnterprise in Cleveland. BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment, and acceleration initiative designed to grow health care companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. Mr. Weisman leads BioEnterprise's efforts to serve and develop start-up health care software and service opportunities. He brings 20 years of experience in general management, having worked in senior management at PepsiCo and Macy's, as well as consulting to major financial institutions while with the First Manhattan Consulting Group. Weisman also served on the management team of HealthSync, a start-up company developing marketplaces for corporate sponsored health insurance and with Glengary Ventures, a fund focused on technology based companies in the biotech industries. Weisman received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his Executive MBA from Case Weatherhead School of Management.

Theodore "Ted" E. Wymyslo, MD

Dr. Wymyslo is Chief Medical Officer of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC), immediate past Director of the Ohio Department of Health and Senior Advisor to Better Health Partnership. Dr. Wymyslo has worked over 30 years as a practicing family physician, educator, practice organizer and healthcare leader and is active statewide and nationally in efforts to integrate public health and primary care to improve population health. In his role at OACHC, Dr. Wymyslo works with leadership and member practice sites across Ohio to improve quality of care, control costs, enhance health centers’ workforce, and expand the Patient-Centered Medical Home care model. He has been recognized for his contributions to healthcare and the community by The American Medical Association, Ohio State Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.