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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, past Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission, President Emeritus of the American College of Physicians and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association. 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.

Anita Cook
Treasurer

Anita Cook is former 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.

Rita Horwitz, RN
President & CEO

Rita Horwitz was elected President & CEO in 2017. She joined Better Health Partnership in 2011 and most recently served as its Chief Operating Officer. Rita is a native Clevelander and 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, which was formed in 2015 by Emergency Medicine Physicians and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. The firm provides emergency care to nearly 4 million patients yearly at more than 90 hospitals in 20 states and is aligned with leading hospital systems across the country. Prior to this position, Steve served as Vice President and General Counsel of Cardinal Health at Home. He previously practiced corporate and health care law at Baker & Hostetler.

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.

Lisa M. Gangi, PhD, JD

Lisa is an Attorney Advisor for the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. She provides Administrative Law Judges with authoritative advice and substantive assistance in highly complex Medicare appeals cases. Prior to moving to Ohio, Lisa was Acting Director of the Judicial Institute of Maryland. Lisa has been involved in the National Courts and Science Institute, which provides scientific training to judges nationwide. She is a patent attorney, specializing in intellectual property law for the life sciences. Prior to becoming an attorney, Lisa was a cancer researcher for the National Cancer Institute. She has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles in national journals and was invited to lecture across the United States, Europe and South America. As an attorney and research scientist, she incorporates her knowledge of the law, teaching background and scientific expertise into her role on the Better Health Partnership board.

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.

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee, MD, is founder and CEO of Signature Health, Inc., and by all accounts, motivated by his life experiences. Lee was raised in Lyndhurst by his grandparents after his mother’s death and subsequent imprisonment of his father when Lee was four years old. He had substance abuse issues as a teen but found recovery at age 17. Lee is licensed and independent chemical dependency officer. In 1993, he opened North Coast Center -- now Signature Health -- an agency focused on treating adolescents for substance abuse. Signature Health has grown into a comprehensive healthcare center, with both outpatient and residential treatment facilities, pharmacy, and lab. It offers primary medicine, infectious disease care and psychiatry, including counseling services for children, and adolescents and adults who have been affected by mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

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.

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.

Rick Westfall

Rick is Director of Education at Health Action Council, where he leads Health Action Council's education program. He oversees a webinar series and monthly newsletter and does primary and secondary research to create insight, news articles and tools to help members make informed decisions. He is a 2016 Summa Cum Laude graduate from Cleveland State University and a Master of Public Health candidate at Kent State University. His education background has focused on pre-medicine, health sciences, psychology, and population health and 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.

Donald Ford, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer

Donald is a family medicine physician who has co-chaired Better Health Partnership's Clinical Advisory Committee since 2013. In January 2018, he assumed the position of Chief Medical Officer in addition to his roles at Cleveland Clinic, where he has practiced since 1999. Donald previously served in executive roles at Cleveland Clinic, including Interim President of Hillcrest Hospital and Acting Chief Executive Officer at Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., which Cleveland Clinic manages. He is a former professional actor who worked in New York City for 14 years before attending medical school. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from State University of New York, his M.D. at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a Baldwin Wallace University Health Care MBA.

Carol Kaschube
Secretary to the Board | Member Relationship and Business Manager

Carol leads member relations and manages logistics for Better Health Partnership's marquis programs, including Learning Collaborative Summits and other community-wide events and meetings. As a member of the executive team since the organization's launch in 2007, she plays integral roles in member relations, community outreach and planning, operations, and execution of Better Health initiatives. Carol serves in the elected position of Board Secretary for Better Health Partnership's Board of Directors. Her experience in office management and finance ensures excellence in all facets of day-to-day operations.