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Anita Cook
Chair, Board of Directors

Anita Cook is the former Executive Director of the West Side Catholic Center, a nonprofit organization founded over 40 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 family shelter, employment programs and programs to transition families to stable housing. Ms. Cook, a retired Certified Public Accountant also worked many years in the financial services industry. A resident of Cleveland, she also serves on the boards of Neighborhood Family Practice, Community of Hope, and the finance committee of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. She received a B.S. in Accounting from Miami University and a Master’s in Accounting from Cleveland State University.

Jim Weisman
Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Jim is CEO of Ingine, an early-stage healthcare analytics company bringing novel artificial intelligence-based clinical decision support tools supporting Personalized Medicine to providers and payers. He brings over 30 years of experience in healthcare and general management. He was the VP and CEO-in-Residence for BioEnterprise for the groups healthcare IT sector. He also was on the management team of HealthSync, a start-up company developing corporate sponsored health insurance marketplaces, Glengary Ventures, as well as consulting to major financial institutions while with the First Manhattan Consulting Group. He 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.

Geoffrey A Himes MBA, FHFMA
Treasurer

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 currently serves at the Ohio Hospital Association as the Chairman of the Finance Committee. He received his Master's in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Carol Kaschube
Secretary to the Board

Carol Kaschube plays an integral role in member relations, community outreach and planning, business operations, and execution of Better Health initiatives. She manages both large and small events including Learning Collaboratives, webinars and other community-wide events and meetings. She has been a member of the executive team since the organizations launch in 2007. Carol serves in the elected position of Board Secretary for Better Health Partnership's Board of Directors and is the Business and Member Relations Manager for Better Health. Her vast experience in office management and finance ensures excellence in all facets of day-to-day operations.

Rita Horwitz, RN
President & CEO

Rita Horwitz is the President and CEO of Better Health Partnership (BHP), a multi-stakeholder, regional health improvement collaborative located in Northeast Ohio that accelerates data-informed improvements in equitable population and community health. Ms. Horwitz, together with the Board of Directors and the Better Health Team, leads the strategic direction, programmatic activities, and financial sustainability strategies of the organization. She joined BHP in 2011 as its Director of Business Development and later became the Chief Operating Officer – expanding the collaborative's community partners to include health care, social services, public health, business, payers, education, and other sectors across multiple counties. A graduate of The Ohio State University's School of Nursing, and Case Western Reserve University's Health Care Executive Management program, Ms. Horwitz has held leadership positions in ambulatory healthcare, corporate-based health and wellness, business development, quality improvement, non-profit, and entrepreneurial start-up ventures. She serves as executive representation for the national network of regional health improvement collaboratives, Ohio Pathways HUB network, Carmella Rose Health Foundation Board of Directors, United Way’s Community Advisory Board, Cuyahoga County’s Health Improvement Partnership(hip-Cuyahoga), First Year Cleveland, Say Yes to Education Integrated Health and Policy Task Forces, and the City of Cleveland's Lead Screening and Testing Committee. In 2018, she received recognition in Crain’s Cleveland Business, as one of Northeast Ohio’s most note-able women in health care and is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland’s class of 2019.

Donald Ford, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer

Donald is a family physician who has been an active part of Better Health Partnership since 2013. In January 2018, he assumed the position of Chief Medical Officer for Better Health Partnership and he serves in a non-voting member of the Board of Directors. He currently practices at Cleveland Clinic where he serves on the Board of Governors and provides leadership in Community Health and Physician Wellness. 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.

David Bronson, MD, MACP, FRCP

David Bronson is Emeritus Staff at the Cleveland Clinic and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is past Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission and President Emeritus of the American College of Physicians. He has served as Better Health Partnerships Vice Chair of Board of Directors and Leadership Team. At Cleveland Clinic, he served as Chairman of the Medicine Institute, President of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers and was a member of the Board of Governors and Board of Directors.

Karen Butler

Karen is the Chief Operating Officer of Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc (NEON), a nonprofit community health center network. Established in 1967, NEON is one of the oldest Federally Qualified Health Center systems in the country. Under Karen’s leadership, NEON developed and implemented its organizational Strategic Plan and Operations Plan; completed a $1million renovation project at the Hough Health Center; increased revenues by more than 35%; expanded NEON’s Food Pantry Program to over six locations, established new community partnerships resulting in increased patient services; and initiated numerous charitable events to serve the community.

Lydia Cook, MD

Lydia Cook is the President of Summa Health Medical Group where she is responsible for their Medical Group’s strategic management, operations and recruitment. Dr. Cook joined Summa Health System from HealthSpan Physicians Inc., where she was a practicing pediatrician and associate medical director of Sales, Marketing and Government Affairs. Prior to joining the HealthSpan team, she had been with the Ohio Permanente Medical Group in Cleveland as a physician specializing in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and African-American Studies at Brandeis University and her medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical Center. She completed her residency training at the Children’s Hospital at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and at UH Rainbow Babies and Children Hospitals. Dr. Cook also completed an Executive Leadership training program at University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School and received The Healthcare Excellence Certificate from CWRU Weatherhead School of Management.

Steve Eisenberg, JD

Steve Eisenberg is General Counsel and Chief Administrative officer of US Acute Care Solutions, a leading physician-owned acute care services provider. The firm provides emergency care to nearly 6 million patients yearly at more than 130 hospitals in 21 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 Supervisory 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.

Roderick L. Ingram Sr.

Roderick L. Ingram Sr. is Vice President for Communications and Chief Marketing Officer at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Rod serves as the principal strategic marketing and communications adviser to the president, university board, and members of the leadership team. He develops and implements programs for the University to enhance its reputation and strengthen internal and external communications with important constituents.

Rod's responsibilities include media relations, crisis communications and speech writing; marketing strategy, branding and creative direction; oversight of all media channels, signage and publications; support, counsel 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 and communications, media, operations management and sales.

A graduate of Leadership Cleveland's Class of 2021, Rod is an award-winning writer and marketer who serves on several boards including the Better Health Partnership, Team NEO Marketing Advisory Council, The Press Club of Cleveland, the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland and the United Way of Portage County, which he chairs.

Kevin S. Lauterjung

Kevin Lauterjung is co-founder and President of Viridi, LLC, a sustainability and energy management firm, and has served as a member of Better Health Partnership's Leadership Team since 2008. He was Chair of Better Health Partnership's Board of Directors from 2016-2020. Mr. Lauterjung worked at Medical Medical Mutual of Ohio from 1998 to 2013 serving in various executive capacities including Executive Vice President, Managed Care. Mr. Lauterjung is a former officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to volunteer activities with Better Health, Mr. Lauterjung has served on the boards of Business Volunteers Unlimited, the USO of Northern Ohio and the local chapter of the March of Dimes. He currently is a board member of Medina County Economic Development Corporation. He received his bachelor's degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, earned an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Health Services Management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and has attained multiple professional certifications within the Association of Energy Engineers.

Shawn Lyden

Shawn Lyden is Chief Strategy Officer of Akron Children’s Hospital, where he has served in executive leadership roles for over 10 years. Shawn is active in the growth and development of the hospital’s expansive regional network, including its health system/hospital partnerships and primary care network, and other strategic initiatives. He previously was a partner at the law firm of Brouse McDowell, where he chaired the health care practice group and served on the firm’s executive committee, after practicing health care law for 10 years at a national law firm based in Chicago. 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. He earned his B.A. in economics from Denison University and law degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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 Senior Medical Advisor of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) and past Director of the Ohio Department of Health. Dr. Wymyslo has worked over 35 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.

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 has served on the Better Health Board from 2012-2019. He also served on the Better Health Leadership Team from 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.