Board of Directors

Partnership for a Connected Illinois

 

 

 

 

Lisa Mazur, Chair & Interim Secretary

 

Lisa Schmitz Mazur is a partner of the Chicago office of McDermott Will and Emery. She advises health care providers and technology companies on a variety of legal, regulatory and compliance matters with a particular focus on digital health topics, including telehealth, telemedicine, mobile health and consumer wellness. In addition to extensive writing on matters related to her digital health practice, Lisa has spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of digital health topics. She is a co-editor of McDermott’s Of Digital Interest blog, co-chairs the Interstate Collaboration in Healthcare Stakeholder Group and chairs the Illinois Telehealth Law Forum Program Planning Committee. Lisa also co-leads the Firm’s Digital Health affinity group, bringing together McDermott Health lawyers to develop thought leadership, share information and collaborate on best practices.    

 

 

Fatima Zanzi, Vice Chair

 

Fatima Zanzi is the Chief Legal Officer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, leading the legal services department. She provides strategic counseling on the corporate, transactional and regulatory matters that make it possible for the hospital and its affiliates to meet their business and service objectives. She also provides counsel on compliance with federal and state fraud and abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid provider enrollment and reimbursement laws, HIPAA privacy and security laws, and healthcare provider licensure and scope of practice requirements. Further, she provides counsel on legal issues arising in regard to medical staff governance. She serves as the Corporate Secretary of the Board of Directors of Lurie Children’s and its affiliates and as Chair of the Children’s Health Affinity Group of the American Health Lawyers Association.

 

 

Carla Robinson, Treasurer

 

Carla Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Canary Telehealth, a telehealth services company working with payers and providers to increase access to care and detect issues early for high-risk patients. Her firm works extensively in the home setting—providing services such as in-home diabetic retinopathy screening, remote monitoring, health risk screening, and other digital health solutions. Previously,as a McKinsey & Company consultant, Carla worked in management consulting, serving some of the world’s largest organizations. She worked extensively with healthcare clients in areas such as medical devices, wellness, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and nanobiotechnology. Her work included markets in the United States, China, Japan, Australia and France. Robinson holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was named an Austin Scholar. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University with honors. 

 
 

Dr. Richard Bernstein

 

As Professor of Neurology, Northwestern Medicine, Richard Bernstein focuses on neurovascular critical care, stroke, stroke of unknown cause, stroke in young people, acute stroke therapy, atrial fibrillation, and stem cell therapy for stroke. He received his doctorate from Cornell Weill Medical College in 1996 and interned at Mount Sinai Hospital, Illinois. He was a resident at New York Presbyterian Hospital as a neurologist Neurology and a fellow at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Neurology and in Vascular Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

 
 

Jennifer Breuer

 

Jennifer Breuer is a Partner & Vice-Chair of Healthcare Group, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. She provides strategic counsel to hospitals, health systems, physician practices, other providers and health technology companies on the transactional, regulatory and compliance matters they must address in the rapidly evolving health care landscape. She also develops data-sharing and privacy compliance strategies related to the use of electronic health records, health information exchanges and other technology platforms.

 
 

Heather Fear

 

Heather Fear is the System Director of Telehealth & Virtual Care at Southern Illinois Healthcare. Heather has over 25 years of clinical and healthcare management experience, with her last 5 years specifically dedicated to advancing telehealth at SIH. In her current role as director, Heather serves as a subject matter expert and leads her team in developing, scaling and optimizing models of care while leveraging technology and process.   Heather is registered nurse (RN) and holds bachelor’s and master’s level degrees in management practice with an emphasis on project management. Heather is driven by an aspiration to continuously improve and redesign healthcare delivery through innovation and technologies that enable remote, impactful, and expeditious care.

 

 

 
 

Ann Ford

 

Ann Ford is a partner at Hall Prangle & Schoonveld. She provides strategic, business and legal advice to clients in the highly regulated healthcare industry in compliance, regulatory and transactional matters. Her experience includes over 15 years of executive leadership in healthcare organizations. Prior to joining Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, as the chief compliance officer and deputy general counsel of an international medical device, supply and distribution company, Ann developed global and US-based programs in healthcare compliance and worked on strategic acquisitions. She has also served as general counsel of two Chicago hospitals and as a partner in a professional liability litigation firm in Chicago. Before the law, Ann practiced high-risk clinical nursing in obstetrics, pediatrics and neonatology, while serving as a member of the Executive Leadership Committee of the Medical Affairs Professional Society, an international organization that promotes medical affairs professionals in the life sciences industry. 

 
 

LaDale George

 

Pregulatory compliance practice on advising healthcare clients and his transactional counsel on healthcare and non-healthcare corporate matters. He guides clients engaged in traditional and innovative healthcare businesses through complicated regulatory frameworks, including FDA, OHRP, NIH, and ORI regulated clinical research, clinical development, and post-approval marketing compliance; telehealth/telemedicine and multi-state provider licensing compliance; Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute compliance; FTC and CMS regulated clinical integration, and federal research grant management compliance. His corporate practice focuses on representing healthcare and non-healthcare businesses in corporate formations and governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, licensing arrangements, and joint ventures, including strategic affiliations and clinical integrations.

 
 

Angie Grover

 

Angie Grover is a co-founder of Metopio.  Metopio was created by data scientists, healthcare executives and public health champions who needed a tool that could deliver and communicate actionable insights about places and populations to drive better policy and business decisions.  The platform is a start-to-finish, analytics as a service tool that brings together data, analytics and insights into one place so you can ask a question, get an answer, and accelerate your impact. Prior to launching Metopio, she served as the Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy at AMITA Health, the largest health system based in Illinois which includes 19 hospitals, 230 sites of care powered by more than 26,000 dedicated employees serving over 6 million patients in the Chicagoland area.  Angie identified opportunities for the health system to make a difference, and won awards for her work to advance telehealth in the state.

 

 

 
 

Leon Huddleston

 

Principal, Gritstone Professional Services

 
 

Laura Hepp Kessel

 

Laura Hepp Kessel, MSW, is the Director of Telehealth Services for the SIU School of Medicine.  In her role with SIU, Laura is responsible for managing SIU’s telehealth activities. Laura represents SIU as a member of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC), as the West Central District Chair with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois Chapter, and as the Chair of Rural Partners (the state’s rural development council).  She previously worked at the Illinois State Board of Education, for Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, and as a community organizer in southern Illinois. Laura earned a Master Degree in Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis as well as a Bachelor Degree of Science in Social Work from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Laura grew up in southern Illinois but currently lives in Canton.

 

 
 

Thomas Kiesau

 

Thomas Kiesau is a Director with The Chartis Group and the Leader of Chartis Digital, the firm’s business unit dedicated to digital transformation planning and execution across the healthcare arena. Prior to assuming leadership of Chartis Digital, he led the firm’s Strategy Practice Area. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Kiesau has served as an advisor to many of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals, academic health centers, faculty practice groups, integrated health systems and community hospitals. He directs consulting engagements in the areas of: digital transformation, enterprise strategic planning, clinical partnership development, next-generation service line growth strategy and economic alignment. Mr. Kiesau has also participated in the development of corporate strategy and product development strategy for multiple integrated business process and technology firms that serve the healthcare industry.

 

 
 

J.P. Korelc

 

Regional Vice President Sales, SOC Telemed

 

 

Gurpreet S. Mander, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP 

 

Dr. Gurpreet Mander is Division Chief Physician Executive, Hospiral Sisters Health System in Springfield, IL, and Executive Director of the Illinois Telehealth Network ITN). With his leadership, ITN has secured $3.2M in grant funding to support $4.2M in projects including network planning and development, launching pilots, supporting reimbursement and sustainability, securing rural telemedicine equipment, and opioid response planning for rural communities. This past year, Gurpreet provided testimony two times before Illinois legislative committees to expand Medicaid reimbursement for tele-behavioral health. He was appointed to the Illinois Lt. Governor’s telehealth task force study committee.  Previously, Gurpreet was with SIU School of Medicine as Division chief of Pediatric critical care and has served as Medical Director of St John’s Regional referral center, where he helped develop a high-functioning regional transfer center and launched telemedicine programs. 

 
 

Laura Messineo

 

Laura Messineo, Vice President for Telehealth, AMITA Health, is a dynamic nursing leader in the healthcare industry.   Her innovative nursing leadership skills enable her to successfully align corporate strategic goals to operationalize clinical and financial targets. With over a decade of experience within the telemedicine industry, Laura has proven successes implementing telehealth solutions to drive performance and financial metrics. Laura speaks nationally on a variety of topics and sits on various professional boards. 

 
 

Bruce Montgomery

 

Bruce Montgomery is the CEO of Technology Access Television (TATV.org) and hosts the longest running local technology-based television show in Chicago. He is Director and Co-Founder of the Chicago New Media Summit (CNMS08), and a member of the Board of the Illinois Technology Association. Bruce has also been a regular participant and contributor to the Governor’s Broadband Deployment Council since its inception in 2005. He is producer and host of “Critics in Black,” a weekly entertainment review TV talk show that covers film video, music and nightlife in Chicago and around the world.

 
 

David P. Mortimer, MDiv, GPC

 

David Mortimer currently oversees more than $9.6 million in active federal, state and foundation grant projects supporting rural telemedicine and network development for HSHS, a 15-hospital system with nearly 2,300 physician partners and more than 14,600 colleagues in Illinois and Wisconsin. He serves as the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) Sustainability & Development Director. David has 28 years of administrative non-profit and health care sector leadership that has included developing grant programs. David’s hospital home office is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

 

 

Prentiss Taylor, M.D.

 

Dr. Prentiss Taylor is the Vice President for Medical Affairs at Doctor On Demand. Prior to becoming Vice President, he served as a clinician at Doctor On Demand for over four years. Prentiss is focusing on driving clinical innovation through new products and partnerships.  He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Kellogg Business School. Prentiss is a Fellow in the America College of Physicians.

 

Clay Wortham

 

Clay Wortham is a member of Dentons' Life Sciences and Health Care law practices. He focuses on health care transactional and regulatory matters, including structuring and negotiating purchase and supply agreements, telehealth and telemedicine professional services agreements and joint venture arrangements in compliance with federal health care program requirements. He also counsels clients with respect to structuring graduate medical education affiliation agreements and contracting for residency program didactic, administration and resident preceptor services. Clay is very active in the health care technology area, with experience in structuring and negotiating telehealth and telemedicine services agreements between providers, hospital systems and other institutional providers, including both the professional services and technology components of those arrangements. 

 

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