Nancy Giunto - 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, 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, 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 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Network of Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). NRHI is a national organization representing Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives and affiliate partners, with the goal to transform the health care delivery system and improve the health of populations. Nancy also serves on the Board of Governors of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, an organization with members representing more than 12,000 employers/purchasers and 45 million Americans, spending $300B annually on healthcare.
Nancy is very active in the local business community. She was a member of Seattle Rotary 4, one of the largest Rotary clubs in the world, for fifteen years, including serving as the Chairperson of the Rotary Business Mentor Committee. Nancy also served six years as a Board member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and she now serves on the Business Health Trust Board of Trustees overseen by the Chamber. She currently is a member of the Advisory Panel for Cambia Grove.
Nancy is often sought out for speaking engagements regarding quality performance, value in health care and how to facilitate collaborative processes. In 2018, Nancy was invited to testify, on behalf of the Alliance, in the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on “Reducing Health Care Costs: Examining How Transparency Can Lower Spending and Empower Patients.”
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.
Karen Johnson - Director, Performance Improvement & Innovation
Director, Performance Improvement and Innovation
Karen Johnson is an accomplished healthcare leader with experience that spans traditional healthcare boundaries having worked with employers, health plans, providers, and health systems over her 30+ year career. Understanding the unique perspective of these key healthcare stakeholders allows Karen to serve as a bridge-builder and change agent. You can often find Karen coloring outside the lines and forging unexpected alliances with a singular mission in mind – to make healthcare work better for more people at a cost they can afford.
Karen’s leadership has contributed to Kansas City’s movement toward more of a value-based healthcare orientation in a number of meaningful ways. She was integral to the development and launch of the first Patient-Centered Medical Home program and the establishment of Kansas City’s first risk-based commercial ACO contract. She co-wrote the successful Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) application for Kansas City to be selected as a Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) region. This innovation program is estimated to bring as much as $50 million in new primary care payments to the Kansas City region over the course of its five-year duration.
In the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare data interoperability, Karen is a bold champion for ensuring that everyone’s healthcare information is where it needs to be when it needs to be there to support informed healthcare decision-making between patients and providers. She brings healthcare stakeholders together to build understanding and challenge traditional organizational boundaries that serve as obstacles to realizing this vision. She is an industry leader who understands the importance of bringing claims and clinical data together from the business, policy, and technical perspectives.
Karen has fueled collaboration at the local level through her leadership in the formation of the KC Health Collaborative. This multi-stakeholder group has come together on behalf of the region based on the belief that “by working together on common priorities, our collective impact is greater than when we work alone.”
Karen holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy & Management. She possesses a broad understanding of the complex healthcare ecosystem with specific expertise in value-based strategies, advanced provider payment models, primary care transformation, clinical data interoperability, healthcare systems, health policy, and international comparative studies.
Mark Pregler - Director, Data Management and Analytics
Director, Data Management and Analytics
Mark Pregler has more than 30 years experience in Information Technology with an emphasis in health care 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 25 years focused on health care data and information. With this experience, Mr. Pregler brings a strong foundation of business, technology, and analytics 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. He also held similar roles at Pacific Health Systems in the Actuarial, Finance and Health Care Economics division.
Theresa Lampkin Tamura - Director, Membership and Business Engagement
Director, Membership and Business Engagement
Theresa Lampkin Tamura has spent the majority of her life in Washington state and has lived and worked on both sides of the Cascades. She joins the alliance as Director of Membership and Business Engagement. Most recently Theresa was development director at the global health organization, PATH. Prior to that role she spent 28 years in a variety of positions at either Group Health Cooperative, now Kaiser Permanente, or Group Health Foundation. Her first professional role was as an elementary school teacher in the Spokane Valley. She also serves as a board member for WithinReach. Theresa has a bachelors degree in special education from Gonzaga and a Masters in health administration from university of Washington. When not working, Theresa enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Leslie Bennett - Senior Communications Manager
Senior Communications Manager
Leslie Bennett has more than twenty years working in health communications. She began her journalism career as a news reporter for NPR stations in Concord, New Hampshire, San Diego, California, and at KUOW in Seattle. As a result of her reporting, she was inspired to shift her focus to health and public policy.
After graduating from law school, she represented community interests in nonprofit hospital conversions at Consumers Union in San Francisco. As an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, she regulated and investigated nonprofit organizations. Ms. Bennett also worked on the commercial insurance side of the Health Connector, the Massachusetts health care reform agency, and provided pro bono representation for clients appealing medical treatment denials at Health Law Advocates, a nonprofit law firm in Boston.
Leslie has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Emerson College and a JD from Northeastern University Law School.
Ellen Chatel - Business Intelligence Developer
Business Intelligence Developer
Ellen Chatel has a background in data analytics and website development. Before joining the Alliance in 2015 she worked at Cambia Health Solutions for ten years, and prior to that at Physician’s Micro Systems, Incorporated, which was later purchased by McKesson.
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.
Adria Moskowitz - Office Coordinator
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. As part of her position as Office Coordinator for the Alliance, Adria is also the SalesForce Administrator.
Ms Moskowitz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a Computer Learning Center diploma in both command-line and object-oriented Programming. She is also a professional juggler and can be found performing at community events and Renaissance Faires throughout Washington and Oregon.
Yuriy Stasyuk - Senior Health Data Analyst
Senior Health Data Analyst
Yuriy Stasyuk has a decade of diverse experiences in the healthcare industry, which include direct delivery of care, case management, and data analytics. He has always been excited by information technology, moral philosophy, and the biological sciences. The fortuitous intersection of this triad of passions is what ushered him into healthcare analytics.
Prior to joining the Alliance Yuriy spent nearly seven years at Molina Healthcare of Washington in multiple data oriented roles. Most recently he was a Senior Data Analyst responsible for the development of an automated HEDIS reporting portal. Prior to that he engineered the infrastructure of multiple data marts to aggregate data from different sources. He also spearheaded the implementation of a modernized reporting environment, transitioning dozens of manual spreadsheets into fully automated tasks, alerts, and reports.
Yuriy graduated with a Bachelors in Communication from Thomas Edison State College and has a certification in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
His past experience also includes five years of serving the local community as a youth minister, where he was engaged in writing, public speaking, group leadership, and organizing community events.