Conference Speakers


Scott Afzal, Program Director, CRISP, Principal, Audacious Inquiry

Scott is a principal of Audacious Inquiry and directs the firm's Health Information Systems practice.  Scott has served as the program director of Maryland's statewide health information exchange planning effort since the inception of CRISP, Maryland's state-designated entity for HIE.  As Program Director for CRISP, Scott has overseen the deployment of an infrastructure for health data sharing between healthcare providers throughout Maryland. His responsibilities also include establishing strategies for AI's growth in the health information technology industry.  Prior to joining Audacious Inquiry, Scott served as a Business and Systems Integration Consultant with Accenture, Inc out of their New York City office.

Tony Amaddio, Senior Healthcare Strategist, VMWare

Tony Amaddio is a Senior Healthcare Strategist at VMWare. He is responsible for working with clients to address healthcare transformation by leveraging VMware’s vision for the healthcare industry Prior to that, he was the Healthcare Industry Sales Leader for IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences bringing IBM’s capabilities focused on Healthcare Reform such as ICD-10, Analytics for Accountable Care, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Electronic Medical Records (EMR) infrastructure and integration, medical image archive and PACS infrastructure, wireless, mobility and RFID. He has over 35 years of industry experience in Healthcare IT, field maintenance and operations, manufacturing; distribution and automotive. Tony has worked in IBM field service, manufacturing, consulting and industry consulting. Tony develops and ma! nages complex sales engagements focusing on bridging business and clinical needs with information technology capabilities. Tony has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Technology from Southern Illinois University. He is a United States Air Force veteran.

Brian D. Athey, PhD, Professor & Chair, Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (DCM&B), Professor, Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Associate Director, Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research (MICHR)

Brian Athey, Ph.D. is Collegiate Professor and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry and of Internal Medicine. He is the founding Principal Investigator of the NIH National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics (NCIBI), one of eight NIH National Biomedical Computing Centers.  He also serves as US Academic lead and Co-PI of tranSMART, an emerging US and EU consortium to create and support an open data and analytic software “Apps Store” to accelerate clinical and translational research.  Brian also serves as the Biomedical Informatics Core Director of Michigan’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and is Associate Director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR). Brian has served as Director of Academic Informatics for the Medical School.  Brian is an active teacher and mentor, being the Principal Investigator of the U-M NIH/NIGMS Bioinformatics Training Grant; he has trained more than 15 Ph.D. students and Post-Doctoral Fellows.

Brian led the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Next-Generation Internet (NGI) Visible Human Project and the DARPA Virtual Soldier Project.  He has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and proceedings, ranging from bioinformatics, metabolomics, computational biology, optical imaging, and grid computing.  Brian is a highly sought after speaker and has been honored with several awards for his work.  He has served as a special advisor to the CIO of the NIH and to the DARPA Defense Science Office (DSO).

Brian is the Chairmen of the Technical Advisory Board Chairman of the 1Mind4Research, an emerging neuroscience Public Private Partnership. He is also a founding member and former Board Chairman of the non-profit Scientists & Engineers of America (SEA), based in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biophysics concentration) from the University of Michigan, where he and collaborators were the first to propose the double helical ‘crossed-linker’ for chromatin structure.  His is still a very active researcher in this field.

Turner Billingsley, MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, InterSystems

Dr. Turner Billingsley brings a unique combination of medical and technology expertise as well as thought leadership to the position of Chief Medical officer (CMO). In this role, he will be working with healthcare customers, assisting with ongoing development of healthcare technology offerings, and representing InterSystems in the healthcare IT sector. Before joining InterSystems in 2011, Billingsley led the Physician Executives Group at McKesson Provider Technologies, a division of McKesson Corporation.

Billingsley practiced clinically for nearly 30 years including work as a flight surgeon with the U.S. Air Force and as an emergency Department (ED) physician at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL., where he held leadership positions in quality assurance and risk management. He also is the co-founder of Xpress Technologies, where he served as CMO and participated in development of an ED documentation system.

He received his MD from University of Mississippi School of Medicine and performed his residency in emergency medicine at University Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.


Bruce Brandes, EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, AirStrip

After more than two decades as a leader in the healthcare information technology and services marketplace, Bruce Brandes is focused on identifying and leading the strategic initiatives that will drive the growth and expansion of AirStrip. Prior to joining AirStrip, Bruce built an extensive record of success in developing and growing sales and marketing organizations that listen to and understand clients' needs while collaboratively solving challenges and improving outcomes.Bruce's teams consistently overachieved objectives at healthcare information technology companies, including HealthStream, Inc., Eclipsys Corporation, McKesson/HBOC and IBM.

Rodney Cain, Vice President of Product Strategy, Health Information Exchange, Optum

Rodney Cain is Vice President of Product Strategy, for Health Information Exchange solutions within the provider group at Optum. With over a decade of experience in implementing interoperability technologies within Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Cain is responsible for leading the development of tools that further facilitate meaningful exchange activities, care coordination, transitions of care, and promote consumer engagement.  He was been an active participant in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) initiatives related the State HIE and Beacon Community Programs and exchange standards development.

Prior to joining Optum, Cain was the former chief information officer and vice president of HealthBridge, one of the largest, most advanced and financially successful health information exchange organizations in the United States.  He brings extensive experience in the area of HIE implementation, operations and financial sustainability.  Furthermore, he is a leader in the development of interoperable HIT standards, has testified to the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Standards Committee, and has served as a member of the HHS Office of the National Coordinator’s Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) Coordinating and Technical Committees.  He has also served on the CCHIT Privacy Committee and participated in the development of technical services for a number of ARRA funded State HIE efforts.

Cain holds a BS degree in Education from Miami University.  He has received additional training in Systems Analysis, carrier-level telecommunications services, and Federal Information Security Management.


John Christly, CISSP, MBA, Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Innovation & Information Technology at Nova Southeastern University

John Christly is the Executive Director and Chief Information Security Officer for Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He is an experienced IT and security expert who has worked with many organizations to implement innovative solutions and strategies.

He has over 20 years of industry experience which has included computer security and forensics, internal investigations, design, management, and auditing of corporate networks, project management, and custom software development. He has a broad business knowledge having worked in Education, County Government, Software Development, Telecommunications, and Health Care industries.

He is a true 'out of the box' thinker who finds unique ways to solve complex IT and business problems. He has a proven history of building teams, creating relationships, increasing revenue, and being a trusted resource that can be relied upon.

Most recently, John was the Director of Corporate Analysis and Chief Security Officer for eTERA Consulting, a firm based in Washington DC that offered innovative solutions to help Fortune 1000 and Am Law 100 clients. John was responsible for the national forensic program as well as the healthcare and forensic accounting verticals.

Brian Eastwood, Senior Editor,

Brian Eastwood is a senior editor for with 10 years of experience writing, editing and producing content for newspapers and the Web. He is primarily responsible for working with's contributors and columnists, who cover topics such as cloud computing, big data, development and architecture, personal tech, the IT channel, business applications, BYOD, consumerization and business / project management. Brian's specific area of interest and expertise is healthcare IT. Prior to, Brian was an editor at TechTarget and a newspaper reporter in the Boston suburbs. Outside the office, Brian is a history buff with a particular interest in postwar Europe and a runner who recently finished his eighth marathon.


Jill Finkelstein MBA, RHIA, Regional Manager, Health Information Management, Broward Health Coral Springs

Jill Finkelstein is currently the Regional Manager, Health Information Management at Broward Health Coral Springs. She received her B.S. degree in Health Information Management from Florida International University and obtained a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification. She completed her MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Finkelstein provides leadership and direction for the management of health information, which includes coding compliance, maintenance of state and federal regulations including HIPAA & Joint Commission standards. Ms. Finkelstein was instrumental in implementing an electronic medical record within the health system. She is currently the project sponsor for the establishment of a Patient Portal at Broward Health and maintains an active role in the implementatio! n of CPOE.

Jill is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Florida Health Information Management Association (FHIMA). She is currently the Past-President for the FHIMA and a member of the AHIMA Nominating Committee. Ms. Finkelstein is committed to advancing the HIM profession through advocacy and mentorship.


Naomi Fried, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children's Hospital

Naomi Fried, Ph.D. is Boston Children’s Hospital’s first Chief Innovation Officer. She is building the Innovation Acceleration Program, aimed at improving care quality and assisting the hospital in shaping the future of health care. The Innovation Acceleration program focuses on enhancing the innovation culture by supporting strategic innovation initiatives such as Telehealth, resourcing grass roots innovation, and identifying unmet innovation opportunities. Previously, she was the Vice President of Innovation and Advanced Technology at Kaiser Permanente (KP) where she led an effort to identify and assess new and emerging health care technology; chaired the board of its internal Innovation Fund for Technology; formed KP’s Telehealth Working Group; and was involved in the start-up and governance of KP’s Inn! ovation laboratory, the Sidney R. Garfield Center for Health Care Innovation. Prior to this position, she was Managing Director of KP’s Archimedes Project. Before KP, Naomi advised two venture capital firms on life science and health care information technology investments; served as the General Manager and Vice President for Business Development of 1747, Inc., which conducts online clinical trials for new drugs; and was instrumental in the formation of themedical informatics internet start-up company (e-SKOLAR, formerly SHINE) spun out of Stanford School of Medicine, serving as interim President for its first year. Naomi has a BS in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from MIT.



Neal Ganguly, VP & CIO, CentraState Healthcare System

Indranil Ganguly joined CentraState in 1999, assuming responsibility for information systems, telecommunication, and health information at the 282-bed facility. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that information technology supports of the health system's strategic objectives. CentraState Healthcare System was identified as a "Most Wired" hospital in 2010 & 2011 and was the recipient of an InfoWorld Top 100 award in 2007 for the implementation of a barcode-based medication safety system and an Information Week 500 award in 2010 for the development of a bed management and patient throughput solution.

Prior to his tenure at CentraState, Mr. Ganguly served at Elizabeth General Medical Center, leading the implementation of numerous information technology projects including the deployment of an early version of a healthcare intranet environment. Before joining Elizabeth General, he managed the development of integrated managed care delivery system applications for corporate entities and state governments for Medifinancial Solutions, in Iselin, NJ. Prior to that, Mr. Ganguly was a management consultant for WFS Services and a national underwriter & senior product analyst for Empire Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

Mr. Ganguly is a member of several industry-related professional associations where he participates actively including, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) where he is active in committee work having served on the Fall and Spring Event Planning committees for the last three years including participating in the track session review process. He also served on the Certification Steering Committee that created the CHCIO designation, and currently serves on the Membership Committee, the Advocacy Leadership Team, and as chair of the HIE Workgroup.

In addition to CHIME, he is active in the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) where he is a Fellow and a past-chair of the Public Policy Committee. Mr. Ganguly is a current board member and past-president of the New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS and past chair of the Advocacy Committee. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives where he is working towards attaining Fellow status.

Mr. Ganguly has also authored numerous articles in industry trade publications, speaks at industry events, and maintains a blog on the challenges facing community hospital CIOs.

Waco Hoover, CEO, Institute for Health Technology Transformation

Mr. Hoover is the co-founder and CEO of the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, one of the nation’s leading organizations committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the health care industry. Mr. Hoover is responsible for leading the growth strategy and direction of the Institute in addition to managing the organization’s content & education programs and marketing efforts.        

Mr. Hoover brings over a decade of experience formulating collaborative initiatives and conducting research in health care information technology. As the co-founder of the Institute he has collaborated and lead initiatives focused on patient engagement, accountable care, population health, decision support, analytics and other timely topics in an effort to drive the effective use of technology across the U.S. health system. Prior to starting his career in health care Mr. Hoover served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a demolitions and anti-armor squad leader, infantry scout and assistant chief instructor, managing combat water survival training for Marine and Naval Forces stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii and forward deployed forces in South East Asia.

Mr. Hoover graduated cum laude from New York University, holds a MBA from The Florida State University and completed the Harvard School of Public Health’s certificate program in Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care. He is a member of the Health Information and Management Systems Society and the American College of Healthcare Executives.       


Frank Irving, Editor, PhysBizTech

Frank is responsible for all editorial content on PhysBizTech, a digital publication covering business, technology and compliance issues for physicians and office managers in small medical practices. He has been reporting on the application of IT in healthcare for more than 15 years in print and online media. He was a member of editorial teams honored by the Computer Press Association and the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Excellence Awards.


Deborah Kobza, CGEIT, Executive Director/CEO, National Health ISAC

Deborah Kobza is the founder and CEO of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC).  NH-ISAC is the nationally recognized ISAC by the DHS, HHS and the National Council of ISACs.  NH-ISAC performs cybersecurity threat and vulnerability monitoring, assists in the development of countermeasure solutions, best practice and education for the nation’s healthcare and public health sector.

She is also the founder and CEO of the Global Institute for Cybersecurity and Research (GICSR) a non-profit international organization headquartered in Cape Canaveral, Florida that is dedicated to forming collaborative partnerships with NASA, NIST, DHS, NSA, NSF, security certification organizations, technology leaders, private industry, academia, and technology associations.

Deborah has more than 35 years of experience in applied research, development and implementation of enterprise best practice principles and practices to meet organizational and workforce development strategic goals and objectives.


Jenny Laurello, Senior Community Manager, Health IT Exchange

Jenny serves as senior community manager for the Health IT Exchange, SearchHealthIT’s dedicated community and networking portal, working with some of today’s most influential health care leaders and stakeholder groups, collaborating with industry associations and diving head first into the robust world of health care social media strategy. Prior to joining SearchHealthIT, Jenny spent her days producing strategic, executive-level conferences for health care decision makers, from idea conception and market positioning to content development and event execution. Jenny graduated from Boston University’s School of Management and is a member of the American Society for Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), honored as one of the organization's four Young Scholar recipients for 2012, representing up-and-coming editors under the age of 30. Follow her on Twitter at @HITExchange.

John McDaniel, National Practice Leader - US Healthcare Provider Market, NetApp

John McDaniel has more than 35 years of experience as a healthcare CIO, consulting services executive and as an executive with large healthcare companies. John currently works with NetApp and is responsible for managing partnerships with large healthcare GSI’s. As a CIO, John worked with St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center, McLaren Health Care Corporation and The Emory Clinic where he also served as Director Medical Informatics. John was also a member of the Board of Directors for NYC-based HIE: NYCLIX. As a consulting services executive he worked with Dell Services, Deloitte Consulting and EMR Transitions. John worked with Siemens as Project Director and SVP at, McKesson. Additionally John worked closely with Cerner where he led the partnership to develop the first multi-hospital CDR. John is very familiar with Big Data applications and infrastructure requirements. While at McLaren his team was the first healthcare organization to take medical records paperless in a multi-hospital system. He is frequent speaker and National and Regional healthcare conferences.

Ronaldo Montmann, Director of Technical Services, Broward Health

Ronaldo Montmann, director of Technical Services for Broward Health, an active ordained minister, is the recipient of 'Up and Comers' Award in the Technology category from the South Florida Business Journal. The award recognizes the next generation of leaders in South Florida for their professional achievements and community involvement.

At Broward Health, Montmann is responsible for a team of 85+ staff members who provide direction and support to more than 10,000 computer users in the metropolitan area network.

Montmann joined Broward Health thirteen years ago as a systems analyst after holding several software development and network engineering positions with various Fortune 500 companies. He started his career at age 16 in Brazil as a technical support analyst for Microsoft's exclusive distributor in South America.

Montmann is a MBA graduate from Nova Southeastern University-FL, and received his BA from Trinity International University-IL. Montmann is a PMP (project management professional), Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma (LSS), ITIL, and ISACA-CISM certified.

He most recently attended a CIO boot camp sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management and is seeking two additional certifications: ISACA’s certified in the governance of enterprise IT, and CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO certifications.


Doris Peek, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Broward Health

Ms. Peek joined Broward Health in 2006 where her main responsibilities include development of strategic direction and visioning for enterprise information management. Since her tenure, Doris has directed the implementation and adoption of the enterprise EMR.  As a result of these efforts, Broward Health claimed Stage 1 Meaningful Use in 2012 and expects to attest to Stage 2 in 2013.

With more than 25 years experience in healthcare operations and consulting, Ms. Peek was formerly the regional vice president of information technology for Catholic Health East – serving both Holy Cross Health Ministries, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Mercy Hospital, Miami, Florida. Doris also served as the Vice President of Information Technology for IntraCoastal Health System, which included St. Mary’s and Good Samaritan Hospitals in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Prior to moving to Florida, Ms. Peek was the Vice President of Enterprise Project Management and Consulting Services for HBOC (now McKesson) and served as a Senior Manager with the healthcare information technology consulting division of Ernst & Young, LLP.

Ms. Peek holds a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Western Carolina University, a master’s degree in medical science from Emory University, and a doctorate of management from University of Phoenix.


Derek Plansky, Senior Director, Client Solutions, Sandlot Solutions

Derek Plansky brings more than 15 years of technology and business experience to Sandlot Solutions, including extensive know-how in Information exchange, Data Analytics, as well as SaaS technologies and business models. Prior to joining Sandlot Derek worked at MedPlus, a Quest Diagnostics company where he was responsible for architecting all customer-facing Interoperability solutions including the Health Information Exchange (HIE) offering and connectivity solutions for Care360 EHR. Derek has served on a number of State HIE technology boards including New York, Michigan, Texas and California. Prior to that, he was with LexisNexis, where he was the lead architect for the federal solutions group. He also has worked for IBM, Space Systems/Loral and a number of startups including Seisint and iBeam Broadcasting.

Mr. Plansky is an alumnus of M.I.T., where he received an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and he earned his B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto in Engineering Science.


David Reis, PhD, CGEIT, CISSP, CRISC, ScrumMaster, VP, IT Governance & Security, Chief Information Security Officer, Lahey Clinic

David Reis, Ph.D. is a recognized IT strategist, advisor and patient focused technology executive. Dr. Reis serves as the Vice President of IT Governance and Security and Chief Security Officer at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington Massachusetts

Dr. Reis has over 15 years of IT operations, IT governance and IT security leadership experience excelling in diverse industries such as banking, distribution, public accounting, and academic healthcare.

Prior to Lahey, Dr. Reis executed integration of banking systems, created IT governance building collaborative alliances, simplified deployment of complex business software and led the development of IT security capabilities at three different companies in three different industries.

His recent endeavors focus on leading the development and deploy! ment of high-value, pragmatic and effective IT governance and security programs at Lahey. The governance program includes establishment of a Program Management Office; an IT lifecycle planning function; bridging activities between IT and key business areas; and the implementation of organization-wide IT governance groups. The security program includes implementation of IT security best practices across the enterprise; formulation of appropriate IT policies; and development of mechanisms to address regulatory compliance issues.

Dr. Reis earned his Bachelors degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, Master of Business Administration from Rosemont College and Ph.D. in Information Systems at Nova Southeastern University. His dissertation focused on the intersection of IT Project Management and information security framework implementations. He holds a verity of IT security certifications including: CGEIT, CISSP, CRISC, and Certified ScrumMaster.
Dr. Reis is an active member in a number of associations inclu ding the American Legion, ACM, ISACA, (ISC)2 and InfraGard. He is a frequent speaker on information security related topics and teaches information security courses at Drexel University in Philadelphia PA.

Avi Rushinek, PhD, Professor, University of Miami

Avi Rushinek obtained his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Professor at the University of Miami. His research, teaching and consulting interests include e-commerce video surveillance security and controls, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley and Basel II Compliance Automation Software, forensic auditing and accounting, brand name audits, e-learning, pod-casting, and internet domain copyright, trademarks and patents ROI, expert witness testimony and computer litigation support, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) conversions.


Sara Rushinek, PhD, Professor of Computer Information Systems, University of Miami

Dr. Sara Rushinek is a Professor of Computer Information Systems at the University of Miami. She earned her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. Sara Rushinek's research, teaching and consulting interests include health information technology and informatics, computer and network security, computer forensics and litigation support, business intelligence and data mining for decision-making; e-learning and digital multi-media video webcast streaming, e-commerce security, and Mobile(m) Medical Trials. Dr. Rushinek is a frequent speaker at academic, business, health, and technology conferences. Her current research is with medical practices and vendors to investigate ways to increase "ROI and Search Engine Domination by Repurposing Surveillance Systems for Telehealth".

Josue Rodas, MBA, MT (ASCP), Executive Director, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Josue F. Rodas is a nationally recognized healthcare executive with over 25 years of administrative, clinical, and performance optimization involving Clinical Laboratories, Physician Group practices, and Hospitals.  

Mr. Rodas spend eight (8) years as a Director with Navigant Consulting - a national consultancy helping physician practices, hospitals and health systems design, develop and implement solutions that create high-performing physician organizations and healthcare systems.    

Mr. Rodas spent several years as the Group Administrator for large Physician Practices where he led day to day Group operations.  Mr. Rodas then became the Director of Operations at the Florida Health Coalition – a collaborative of large employers and healthcare purchasers where he led quality improvement and cost containment initiatives in collaboration with physician practices, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and other (healthcare stakeholders).   

Presently, Mr. Rodas serves as the Executive Director of the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Regional Extension Center (“UCF REC”).  Under his leadership, the UCF REC Team is assisting hundreds of providers in Central Florida with the adoption and implementation of Electronic Health Record systems and Meaningful Use, as well as Health Information Exchange (HIE) initiatives. 

Jay Savaiano, Director of Healthcare Business Development, CommVault

As director of healthcare business development for CommVault, Jay Savaiano is focused on expanding CommVault's OEM and reseller relationships within the healthcare market.  In addition, he works with independent software vendors of PACS and clinical applications to integrate CommVault technologies for protection, retention and access of data across clinical and operational environments.  Jay has been in the information technology space for over 20 years.  For the past 10 years, he worked at Cerner Corporation and EMC where he established solutions that address the needs of healthcare organizations.

Jeanette Schreiber, JD, MSW, AVP, Medical Affairs, Chief Legal Officer, UCF College of Medicine

Jeanette C. Schreiber is the UCF College of Medicine's Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Legal Officer. She leads the College's Department of Legal Affairs and Special Projects, which supports Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean Deborah C. German, M.D., in planning, development and implementation of the College's business and clinical initiatives, including the emerging Clinical Enterprise, UCF Pegasus Health; the College's Regional Extension Center Health IT Initiative; and other affiliations and partnerships. She coordinates government relations and oversees legal and regulatory matters.

Before joining the College of Medicine in 2008, Ms. Schreiber served for over 25 years in health care law and consulting as a partner in Connecticut-based, Wiggin and Dana, LLP. She chaired the firm's Health Information Technology group and assisted health care providers, payors and businesses with all phases of HIPAA implementation and other Health IT initiatives. Ms. Schreiber was the primary outside health care attorney for the Yale-New Haven Health System, the primary teaching facilities for the Yale University School of Medicine, and worked with the Yale system in planning, development and implementation of clinical programs, services, facilities and affiliations, government relations, and HIPAA implementation.

Ms. Schreiber has extensive experience in health care planning and regulation; reimbursement and payment; health care affiliations, joint ventures, and networks; implementing new programs and services; government relations and legislative counsel; medical staff and peer review; compliance; patient care issues; and other health care corporate and operational issues. Ms. Schreiber has served in community leadership roles for a variety of organizations, boards and committees.

Ms. Schreiber is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., 1982), Florida State University School of Social Work (M.S.W., 1978), and Emory University (B.A. 1976). She is board-certified in health law by the Florida Bar.

Ms. Schreiber is an Orlando, Florida native. After returning home in 2007, she was a shareholder in Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A., before joining the College of Medicine.

Ms. Schreiber serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Regional Health Information Organization and was named Chair in 2011.

JD Sherry, Global Director of Technology and Solutions, Trend Micro

JD Sherry is Global Director of Technology and Solutions for Trend Micro.  He is responsible for providing guidance and awareness regarding Trend Micro’s entire security portfolio aimed at protecting both commercial and government cloud ecosystems.  Well-versed in enterprise and data center architecture, Mr. Sherry has successfully implemented large-scale public, private and hybrid clouds leveraging the latest in virtualization technologies.  Over the last eight years, he has established himself as a trusted senior advisor and cloud security specialist for the protection of Payment Card Industry (PCI), Health Information Privacy Act (HIPAA) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data. Mr. Sherry also has an extensive background in developing and bringing to market mobility platforms and applications. JD has spent the last 12 years in senior IT leadership roles.
Prior to Trend Micro, Mr. Sherry spent nearly 7 years with publicly traded NIC as Vice President of Technology where he was responsible for NIC’s centralized technology and security strategy.  While at NIC, he managed the technology platforms that processed over $18B in payments on behalf of citizens, businesses and governments. Mr. Sherry also has held various leadership positions within Honeywell FM&T which manufactures and assembles 85% of the non-nuclear components in nuclear weapons for the US Department of Energy. JD has held Top Secret clearance and has an M.B.A/IT degree from Jones University and a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska.


Larry Sitka, Founder, Lead Software Engineer, Acuo Technologies

Larry Sitka is a co-architect and lead software engineer for UCP, AcuoMed, ADAM and ARPS products. He designed software for two software startup companies, NetShadow, Inc., and StoreItOnline, Inc., immediately prior to starting Acuo as a founder. Mr. Sitka has been a software development specialist for Imation Corporation/3M Medical Imaging Division and a network administrator and senior software engineer for AT&T Global Information Systems (NCR Networks Products Division) from 1985-1992. Mr. Sitka holds two U.S. patents: US 6,349,373 (Digital image management system having method for managing images according to groups) and US 6,330,572 (Hierarchical data storage management). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the National Technological University School of Engineering and Applied Science.


Mark Sprada, MBA, BSN, RN, CNO, Broward Health Medical Center/Chris Evert Children's Hospital

Mr. Sprada’s 20 plus years in nursing, operations and leadership has included performance improvement, logistics, communications, staff development, regulatory compliance, operating policies and procedures, strategic planning and clinical process transformation with the ability to initiate measured change.

Additionally, Mr. Sprada has served in various clinical roles in critical care and interventional cardiology. He began his career with Broward Health as a nurse manager of Medical Intensive Care and Trauma Step-down. He has since served in system-wide Director roles and as the Executive Director of Nursing for Broward General Medical Center. Further, he has served in multiple Board of Director roles for the South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives including President in 2008.

Since 2004 he has served as the Chief Nursing Officer for Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center and was promoted to Chief Operating and Nursing Officer in 2007. He also served as the Interim CEO of Imperial Point and is currently serving as the Chief Nursing Officer for Broward General Medical Center and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital.

Mr. Sprada has been a resident of Wilton Manors, Florida since 1998.


Eloy Villasuso III, MD, Otolaryngologist, Cleveland Clinic Florida

Eloy Villasuso III, MD, is an Otolaryngologist at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston. His clinical interests include hearing loss, dizziness/balance disorders, chronic ear infections, pediatric ear disease, acoustic neuromas, lateral skull base tumors, facial nerve disorders and otosclerosis.

Dr. Villasuso is Vice Chairman of the Medical Informatics Committee at the Cleveland Clinic Florida and a member of the Physicans Advisory Group for the Cleveland Clinic Health Systems. He is also involved with several subcommittees including Imaging and MyChart. He also serves at the national level on the Medical Informatics Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Interests include making technology work for patients and physicians to increase personal and professional satisfa! ction and outcomes by increasing patient and physician engagement.

Dr. Villasuso received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Fla. He completed an otolaryngology residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and he completed an otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery fellowship at the Michigan Ear Institute in Farmington Hills, Mich. He is licensed to practice medicine in Michigan and Florida.

Dr. Villasuso has written a number of articles and abstracts that have appeared in peer-reviewed publications. He is a member of the American Academyof Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, the North American Skull Base Society, the American Neurotology Society and the Otosclerosis Study Group.


Christopher Young, Vice President, Special Project Implementation, Ascension Health

Mr. Young serves as Vice President, Special Project Implementation.  In this role, he coordinates multiple business efforts that fuse emerging and existing technologies to solve operational and strategic business problems in the healthcare ecosystem.

Prior to this, Mr. Young served as Vice President for Ascension Health Information Services (AHIS).  In this capacity, he was responsible for IT Strategic Planning, Strategic Partnerships, Service Provider Administration, acted as the AHIS liaison to Ascension Health Ventures, and acted as the lead for IT assessments for acquisition work.  Additionally in his role, he served as a member of advisory bodies with AT&T, Microsoft, Cerner, Cisco and Dell.

Prior to this, Mr. Young served as the Regional CIO for the Southern Region of Ascension Health, as well as the Senior Vice President and CIO for Saint Thomas Health Services.  In this dual role, he was a catalyst for a number of fast tracked technology implementations and proved himself an innovator within the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining Ascension Health, Mr. Young worked as a management consultant with several companies focusing in strategy, operations improvement, and technology implementation.

Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Masters of Sciences in Threat and Response Management, both from the University of Chicago.