Nancy Giunto - Executive Director

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Executive Director

Nancy Giunto serves as executive director of Washington Health Alliance, a multi-stakeholder nonprofit that offers objective reporting of progress on measures of health care quality and value, as well as a trusted forum for critical conversations about health care system improvement. Since joining the Alliance in September 2014, Nancy has overseen the organization’s strategic direction as it enters its second decade, including its legislative agenda, continued statewide expansion, and the publication of new reports. Nancy is also responsible for the Alliance’s partnership with the Washington State Health Care Authority’s Healthier Washington initiative, which includes the development and publication of results for the Washington Common Measure Set on Health Care Quality and Cost.

 

Previously Nancy served 14 years as executive director of Foster Pepper law firm in Seattle, where she purchased health care for close to 300 attorneys and staff.

 

Nancy has had a long career in health care, first at National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. as a program analyst, and then at the American Hospital Association. She spent seven years as an administrative leader at Intermountain Health Care, a large health care system in Salt Lake City. In her last position with Intermountain Health Care, Nancy served as the chief operating officer of the system’s second largest hospital.  For ten years she was employed by Providence Health & Services in a variety of positions including chief operating officer and operations administrator for a hospital and special assistant to the CEO working on significant system initiatives.

 

Nancy is a Board Member of the Network of Regional Health care Improvement (NRHI) and serves on the organization’s Strategic Planning and Executive Committees.  NRHI is a national membership organization representing 35 Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs).

 

Nancy is very active in the local business community.  She has been a member of Seattle Rotary 4, one of the largest Rotary clubs in the world, since 2000.  She has been a long-time member of Rotary’s Business Mentor Committee, which connects minority business owners, business students from the University of Washington and Rotary members to address real business issues experienced in the minority business.  From 2007-2009, Nancy served as the Chairperson of the Rotary Business Mentor Committee.  Nancy is also currently a Board member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Advisory Panel for Cambia Grove.

 

Nancy graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in biomedical communications. She also earned a Master of Health Administration degree from The Ohio State University.

Susie Dade - Deputy Director

Deputy Director

Susie Dade has worked in health care in Washington state for 34 years. Currently, as Deputy Director of the Washington Health Alliance, Ms. Dade is involved in virtually all aspects of the Alliance’s work but has a particular focus on strategic planning, performance measurement and reporting, purchaser engagement in value-based purchasing, and provider performance improvement. Ms. Dade also served as the Project Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality program in the Puget Sound area until it concluded in April 2015.  From 1980 to 2005, Ms. Dade held several delivery system leadership and planning positions, including 16 years with Group Health Cooperative.  Ms. Dade has a Bachelors Degree in Health Administration and a Masters in Public Administration.

John Gallagher - Director, Communication and Development

Director, Communication and Development

John Gallagher has 20 years experience in public relations and journalism and a background in biotechnology, physician membership organizations, and evidence-based medicine. Before joining the Alliance in January 2010, Mr. Gallagher served as the Director of Public Relations for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a membership organization of more than 26,000 doctors. While with the Academy, he led all media relations and public awareness campaigns, resulting in extensive coverage in national and major mainstream outlets such as the CBS Evening News, USA Today, Good Morning America and Wall Street Journal.

 

Prior to the Academy, he served as the Director of Corporate Communications and as the Media Relations Manager for Chiron Corporation, a biotechnology company. John was awarded with a PRSA Compass Award while at Chiron for his role in crisis communications. His strong understanding of media relations stems from 18 years in journalism, working with prominent publications such as The Advocate and Time Magazine. His many other awards and accreditations include being a Duke University Journalism Fellow and a published book author. Mr. Gallagher has a Master’s Degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University.

Mark Pregler - Director, Data Management and Analytics

Director, Data Management and Analytics

Mark Pregler has more than 20 years experience in Information Technology with an emphasis in data warehousing and business intelligence environments. Having developed a passion for data early in his career as a software developer, He has spent the past 15 years focused on health care data and information. With this experience, Mr. Pregler brings a strong foundation of both business and technology knowledge to the Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance, he served as Director of Knowledge Services at Premera Blue Cross where he was responsible for the Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence program. In this capacity, he set the strategic direction of the program and led efforts in the design, development and implementation of reporting and analytic solutions for a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.

 

While at Premera, Mr. Pregler also served two years as the company’s representative on the Alliance’s Heath Information & Technology Committee as well as the Data Stewardship Sub-Committee. Before working at Premera, Mr. Pregler held similar roles at PacifiCare Health Systems in the Actuarial, Finance and Health Care Economics division, and also led efforts in the design and development of a claims adjudication system at Carl Warren & Company, a third party administrator for Property & Casualty claims and adjusting services. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems from California State University Fullerton.

Casey Calamusa - Marketing Communications Manager

Marketing Communications Manager

Casey Calamusa has more than a decade of experience working in communications, public relations, and digital media for healthcare and global health organizations. Before joining the Alliance, he served as Marketing and Communications Manager for a maternal and child health program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. While there, he oversaw communications for a $20 million grant program from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and spearheaded the development and management of the initiative’s websites.

 

Prior to Children’s, Mr. Calamusa spent five years as a Communications Officer at the international relief and development organization World Vision, where he elevated the role of natural disasters and humanitarian crises around the world, including deploying to the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the Japan tsunami in 2011. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism from Seattle Pacific University.

Ellen Chatel - Business Intelligence Developer

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Business Intelligence Developer

Ellen Chatel has a background in website design and development with expertise in Software Development Life Cycle, Agile Methodology and data analytics. Before joining the Alliance in 2015 she worked as a web developer at Cambia Health Solutions for ten years, and prior to that at Physician’s Micro Systems, Incorporated, which was later purchased by McKesson. Other work experience includes working as a software developer for contracting firms such as Planning Research Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation and for various branches of the military for eight years while living in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

 

Ellen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Natural Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has also completed several certificate programs at the University of Washington Continuing Education and attended classes at The School of Visual Concepts in Seattle.

 

Ellen is committed to producing high-quality data analytics and visualization and a responsive and optimized web site experience.

Girma Demissie - Senior Health Data Analyst

Senior Health Data Analyst

Girma Demissie has more than 25 years’ experience in Information Technology with a focus in data warehousing and business intelligence environments. Girma is an accomplished contributor in his career as a software developer, having developed multiple solutions and applications for industry leaders like Microsoft; T-Mobile, Premera, the Department Of Transportation and many others. He spent the past 10 years focused on health care data and information. Mr. Demissie brings a strong foundation of both business and technology knowledge to the Washington Health Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance, he served as Data Warehouse developer at Premera Blue Cross, where he was responsible for implementing Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence solutions. At Premera he led efforts in the design, development and implementation of reporting and analytical solutions for a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.

 

Before working at Premera, Mr. Demissie held multiple roles as a business intelligence developer for Microsoft, the State of Texas and the State of Iowa, implementing a data warehouse for Medicare in the design and development of a claims adjudication system at Avanade, a subsidiary of Accenture. Girma received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Haile Sellassie First University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has multiple certifications in information technology.

Justin Hart - Health Information Analyst

Health Information Analyst

Justin Hart has over 6 years of experience as a project manager and data analyst. Before joining the Washington Health Alliance, he was a project manager and business analyst for Healthentic, a healthcare analytics start-up in Seattle. At Healthentic, Justin managed the synchronization of internal development teams, external insurance industry and customer stakeholders in complex software development projects, and performed all CRM database related development and data analysis.

 

Prior to Healthentic, Justin worked as a program administrator and project manager at Bellevue College, and as a professor of English at Asia University in Tokyo, Japan, Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, and Spokane Falls Community College. He graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Washington University with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He also has a bachelor’s degree in English and education from The Evergreen State College and, most recently, a certificate in applications development from Bellevue College.

Sakshi Jain - Health Information Analyst

Health Information Analyst

Sakshi Jain has more than three years of experience as a health analyst and a software test engineer. Before joining the Alliance, Ms. Jain worked as software test engineer at a software consulting firm. She completed her Health Information and Health Informatics Management Certification (HIHIM) from University of Washington in 2015.

 

Ms. Jain is experienced in various aspects of health care information management including release of information, care management administration and provider data management. She has experience with electronic health record (EHR) software (CERNER and EPIC), manual and automation testing for online applications as well as experience with SQL programming for relational database management systems such as SQL Server.

 

Ms. Jain holds a master’s in business administration from Dr. H S Gaur University and a bachelor’s in biology from Ch. C Singh University in India.

Laurie Kavanagh - Manager, Performance Improvement

Manager, Performance Improvement

Laurie Kavanagh joins the Alliance with strong desire to improve the health and well-being of her community. Passionate about addressing social and political inequities, Ms. Kavanagh brings tremendous enthusiasm and energy to her work. Prior to her work with the Alliance, Laurie was with the University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center, focused on efforts to improve workplace health. Ms. Kavanagh’s background includes managing the U.S. Army’s first study to attempt to objectively measure the effects of deployment on laparoscopic surgical skills. Ms. Kavanagh has a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University at Albany, NY.

Pamela McKiernan - Finance & Administrative Manager

Finance & Administrative Manager

Pamela McKiernan joins the Alliance with over 30 years of finance and administration experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Ms. McKiernan has always had a strong belief and commitment to giving back to the community she lives in and has held several volunteer positions with nonprofits while working in the corporate sector.

 

Prior to coming to the Alliance, she served as Director of Finance and Operations at Washington Business Week, a nonprofit that helps people realize their potential by creating an experience in which students, business leaders and educators partner to teach and inspire one another to be responsible employees, employers and citizens. While there, Ms. McKiernan developed and implemented financial forecasting, tracking and reporting tools as well as the financial and human resources policies and procedures for the organization.

 

Ms. McKiernan has a degree in Business Administration, Certification in Estimating & Forecasting as well as her HR Generalist Credentials.

Adria Moskowitz - Senior Administrative Specialist

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Senior Administrative Specialist

Adria Moskowitz has a public health background with a focus on physical activity and nutrition, tobacco prevention and control, chronic disease prevention, oral health care and asthma control. Before joining the Alliance, she spent 14 years at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department where she championed internal diversity and inclusion with a focus on cultural competency and health equity. She spent many of those years working on teams with community coalitions and under-represented populations.

 

Ms. Moskowitz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a Computer Learning Center diploma in Programming. She is also a professional juggler and can be found performing at community events and Renaissance Faires throughout Washington and Oregon.