Stephanie Boynton is the CEO of Erlanger Bledsoe and Sequatchie Valley Emergency Department. Erlanger Bledsoe is a 25-bed critical access hospital in Pikeville, TN. Boynton is a Fellow of the American College Healthcare Executives and is serving as vice chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association Small and Rural Constituency.
Shenandoah Chefalo was one of the nearly 400,000 children who are in the foster care system each day in the United States. A foster child most of her pre-adult life, Chefalo learned to deal with disappointment, discomfort and adversity. Chefalo wrote Garbage Bag Suitcase to share the grim realities of a traumatic childhood and, through her training organization, offers grassroots solutions that can change the lives of children and the landscape of vulnerable populations.
Sarah Gaskell is as an associate director on Navigant's Healthcare Strategy team, where she advises payer and provider clients in the United States and abroad on market entry and growth strategy.
Marita Hattem-Schiffman is president of MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot and MidMichigan Medical Center - Mt. Pleasant. Previously, she was with Aspirus Inc. in Wausau, WI, where she was senior vice president of provider relations and service lines.
Bill Jolley has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, public administration and community development. He is senior vice president for rural health issues at the Tennessee Hospital Association and executive director of the Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development, a subsidiary of the association. He previously served as director of Tennessee’s Office of Rural Health and Health Access.
Terry Lerash has worked in the healthcare industry since 1981, holding positions ranging from director of nursing to CEO. Lerash is currently CEO of Scheurer Network, which operates a hospital, multiple physician clinics, pharmacies, a wellness center, and senior living facilities in Michigan’s Thumb region.
Logan McCoy serves as special projects director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. He oversees many rural initiatives, including a federal grant program focused on rural economic development in the Appalachian Region and the statewide Rural Hospital Transformation Program.
Beth Oberhaus is clinical operations director for the Wexford Physician Hospital Organization in Cadillac and is a collaborative partner in population health strategies. Her focus is on improved coordination across the health continuum, social determinants of health and using technology to improve the health of rural communities.
Greg Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work-life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. Schwem is an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist and award-winning greeting card writer, and has shared the concert stage with Celine Dion, Jay Leno and Keith Urban.
James Whelan, MD, is a primary care physician, partner and medical director at Cadillac Family Physicians. Whelan leads the population health initiatives for Munson Healthcare in Traverse City.