Our Team

Lisa Bari

Lisa Bari, MBA, MPH


Lisa Bari is Civitas Networks for Health’s Chief Executive Officer. Lisa previously served as the CEO of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative and as the Health IT and Interoperability lead at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Center, where she led health IT policy for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model and helped author the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access rule. She is a member of the Board of HealthCare Access Maryland.

Jolie Ritzo

Jolie Ritzo, MPH


Jolie Ritzo is Senior Director, Network Engagement at Civitas Networks for Health. Jolie previously served as the Director of Partnerships and Programs at the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) where she led partner relations, membership growth, member programming, and communications.

Jessica Little

Jessica Little, MS, RD


Jessica Little is Senior Director, Business Development and Programs at Civitas Networks for Health. Jessica previously served as the Director of Grants and Programs at the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) where she led business development and oversight of multi-region initiatives.

Cora Bauman

Cora Bauman


Cora Bauman is Civitas Networks for Health’s Project Coordinator. Cora has almost five years of experience supporting nonprofits and higher education departments in a variety of roles including administration, operational support, and membership liaison. She has worked with The Provision Team for two years supporting three of the country’s leading health IT industry associations.

Heidi Penix

Heidi Penix


Heidi Penix has joined Civitas Networks for Health as Grants and Program Manager. Heidi will support multiple programs and projects within Civitas with a focus on grants and contract management.Heidi works closely with Civitas’ funders, members and partners nationwide. She has more than 20 years of experience designing and managing programs, projects and grants for universities and nonprofit organizations. Her experience base includes federal grants facilitation, funding proposal development, implementation design, grants and contract management, research, reporting and project management. Heidi is currently pursuing her MPH at Johns Hopkins University.

Ginna Yost

Ginna Yost


Ginna Yost is Civitas Networks for Health’s Director, Membership Operations. Ginna has more than 20 years’ experience in the health care information technology industry in both large-corporate and startup environments in both government and commercial sectors. She has comprehensive skills in project management and organizational operations. As Founder and CEO of The Provision Team, Ginna has a track record of successfully fostering firms and collaborations in multiple industries.

Shannon Peacock

Shannon Peacock


Shannon Peacock recently joined Civitas Networks for Health as Project Manager. In her role, Shannon focuses on membership outreach and operational support. Prior to joining Civitas, Shannon worked in the health IT industry as a Senior Project Manager with the Provision Team, supporting two of the country’s leading Health IT industry alliances. Shannon also served as an educational administrator for over seventeen years. Most recently, the At-Risk Virtual Liaison with a mission to launch a virtual school and to support remote learning for over 10,000 students in Tennessee.

Jordan Rowe

Jordan Rowe


Jordan Rowe is an independent communications strategist who serves as social media and content consultant for Civitas Networks for Health. Jordan is responsible for content strategy and amplification across Civitas-owned channels, as well as visual production and voice ownership. Most recently, she consulted with Networks for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) to elevate their pandemic response work across social and digital channels. Jordan’s decade of communications experience includes business-to-consumer public relations, nonprofit social media strategy, and health care communications project management.

Our Board

Melissa Kotrys

Melissa Kotrys


Melissa Kotrys is the Chief Executive Officer of Contexture, the umbrella organization of CORHIO and Health Current. Through her vision and leadership as CEO of Health Current, the Arizona health information exchange is recognized as a model for aligning the health care community with the possibilities of connected electronic health information to advance individual and community health and well-being.

Marc H. Bennett

Marc H. Bennett


Marc H. Bennett is president and chief executive officer at Comagine Health, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the hard problems in health and health care in communities across the country. As CEO, Marc is responsible for all Comagine Health contracts and activities. Comagine Health’s services include health care quality consulting, data and analytics, health information technology support, research, and care management services for a broad range of public and private sector clients across the U.S.

Ana English

Ana English


Ana English has served as the CEO and President of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) since August of 2014 and joined the organization with more than 25 years of health care experience in finance and business operations. Prior to CIVHC, Ana was on the executive management team for the American Medical Association (AMA) and served as the head of the AMA’s for-profit subsidiary, AMAGINE.

Todd Rogow

Todd Rogow


Leading Healthix as its President and CEO since 2019, Todd Rogow has grown Healthix to be one of the largest and highly regarded publicly funded HIEs in the nation, managing records of more than 20 million individuals, with data coming from 8,000-plus participating health care facilities across New York State.

Nancy Giunto

Nancy Giunto


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.

John Kansky

John Kansky


John Kansky, MSE, MBA, is the President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange. During his 12 years at IHIE, John has held roles in Strategy and Planning, Product Management, and Business Development. Prior to joining IHIE, John’s career included experience as a Healthcare IT Consultant with Health Evolutions, CIO of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (Indiana), Director of Clinical Engineering at the Indiana University Medical Center, and biomedical engineering researcher at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Wade Norwood

Wade Norwood


Rochester native Wade Norwood has held leadership positions in the community for more than three decades, including roles in public service, education, and health care. In management at Common Ground Health since 2006, Wade has been central to the nonprofit’s strategic planning process, pushing the organization to become a more effective change agent for all Finger Lakes region residents, especially those most at risk.

Cindy Munn

Cindy Munn


As Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, Cindy Munn oversees the organization’s strategic direction that supports an integrated approach to transforming health care in Louisiana. She has oversight responsibility for initiatives that include health information technology (IT), practice transformation, analytics support, clinical quality improvement, advance care planning, and education/outreach. Cindy directed the state’s regional extension center and the Louisiana Health Information Exchange’s development and implementation. In addition to serving on the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) board, Cindy is the Chair-Elect of the National POLST Plenary Assembly and a member of the National POLST Leadership Council. She is also an Advanced Care Transformation Index Coach for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care national program.

Dan Paoletti

Dan Paoletti


Dan Paoletti is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership. Because of his previous work serving as a Vice President with the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and Chief Operating Officer of OHA Solutions, a strong partnership with the hospitals and health systems has been at the core of the Partnerships’ success. As one of the founding Executive Board members of the Partnership, Dan has helped shape the vision, mission, and policies of the Partnership since its inception.

Angie Bass

Angie Bass


As the Executive Vice President of Velatura Health Information Exchange Corporation (VHIEC) and the President and CEO of Midwest Health Connection (MHC), Angie Bass leads the successful development and execution of health information exchanges where she oversees all aspects of strategic initiatives, business development, government relations, and service delivery. Under Angie’s leadership, VHIEC works on consolidation of health information exchanges, community-based organizations, and health information networks that have formally affiliated to achieve national economies of scale yet maintain localized stakeholder alignment.

Our Coming Together

The COVID-19 crisis has shown us more than ever before just how critical local health care is in America. Nearly every community in the U.S. developed its own approach to the pandemic, from public health messaging, to mask policies, testing sites, field clinics, and vaccine distribution. Incredible learnings emerged along with new health care leaders and new ways of building community health.

As we emerge from the pandemic, there is renewed energy for the role of community health leaders to advance local transformation in line with national goals for health care quality, cost, and equity. It will take collaboration with these local organizations to truly transform health in this country in the decade ahead. Together, NRHI and SHIEC believe that by joining forces to create Civitas Networks for Health, we will have a greater impact and bring about much needed change.

Today, trusted community health data networks are building relationships for a national interoperability infrastructure. Health improvement collaboratives are bringing together providers, purchasers, payers, and patients to advance data-driven progress. New community nonprofits have rallied to address the unique health care needs of their neighbors. Civitas stands with these local health care innovators — amplifying their voices at the national level and supporting the exchange of resources and ideas among their programs.

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)

HIEs provide technology for the secure digital exchange of data by medical, behavioral, and social service providers to improve the health of the communities they serve. HIEs can be statewide, regional, and community; government-run, for-profit, and nonprofit; large and small; and hybrids that involve collaborations among diverse organizations. What they all have in common is that they help disparate health care systems share vital health information to advance better care, better outcomes, and lower costs. HIEs also support patient care in many important ways, including:

  • Serving as an unbiased community data trustee for health information.
  • Connecting public health, health care systems, private HIEs, and independent providers.
  • Filling gaps in patient health information for more comprehensive patient records.
  • Providing real-time access to patient information for better clinical coordination and decisions.

Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs)

A RHIC provides a neutral, trusted mechanism through which the community can plan, facilitate, and coordinate the many different activities required for successful transformation of its health care system. A RHIC does not deliver health care services directly or pay for such services.

RHICs have four key characteristics:

  • They are nonprofit organizations based in a specific geographic region of the country.
  • They are trusted, neutral conveners governed by a multi-stakeholder board.
  • They help the stakeholders in their community identify opportunities for improving the health and health care of the community, and facilitate planning and implementation of scalable strategies and innovations for addressing those opportunities.
  • They facilitate accelerated change through collaborative applications of expertise (i.e., data use/impact and consumer/community engagement).