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About Civitas Networks for Health

Our Story

We bring together organizations that focus on improving health in communities throughout the country through data-led multistakeholder collaboration. Together we utilize shared knowledge, resources, and tools to best reach and serve everyone.

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.

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.

Team

Lisa Bari,
MBA, MPH
CEO
Lisa Bari
MBA, MPH
CEO

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, the Zorya Foundation, and eHealth Exchange.

Jessica Little,
MS, RD
Vice President, Business Development and Programs
Jessica Little
MS, RD
Vice President, Business Development and Programs

Jessica Little is Vice President, 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.

Jolie Ritzo,
MPH
Vice President, Strategy and Network Engagement
Jolie Ritzo
MPH
Vice President, Strategy and Network Engagement

Jolie Ritzo is Vice President of Strategy and Network Engagement at Civitas Networks for Health. She leads communications and marketing, government relations and advocacy, event strategy, and strategic planning. Jolie previously served as the Senior Director of Network Engagement with Civitas and was the Director of Partnerships and Programs at the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). Jolie also serves as President of the Crossroads Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization serving patients and families in Maine with addiction and behavioral health treatment.

Malik Chambers
Communications Specialist
Malik Chambers
Communications Specialist

Malik Chambers is the Communications Specialist for Civitas Networks for Health. With a background in historical research, Malik has four years of experience in the business development sector, and three years of experience in community storytelling. He will support the communications and marketing strategy initiatives for Civitas by curating, writing, and editing content through various channels.

Diane Chogo
Program Coordinator
Diane Chogo
Program Coordinator

Diane Chogo is Civitas Networks for Health’s Program Coordinator. Diane comes to Civitas after six years of diverse experience in community development, the non-profit sector, and higher education. She has familiarity working in the cross-sectors of public health, immigration, and community organizing. Diane graduated from Temple University with her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Biology.

Michaela Cohoon
Executive Assistant and Board Liaison
Michaela Cohoon
Executive Assistant and Board Liaison

Michaela Cohoon is Civitas Networks for Health’s Executive Assistant and Board Liaison. She brings to this role her extensive background in operations and logistics and a keen awareness of event management and business development. Michaela has previously held roles in project/program management, board management as well as roles in business development for Health IT. She is very excited to be able to support the Civitas team and Board of Directors.

Demri Henderson,
MHA
Associate Program Manager
Demri Henderson
MHA
Associate Program Manager

Demri Henderson is Civitas Networks for Health’s Associate Program Manager. Prior to joining Civitas, Demri spent the last 3 years in health IT consulting where she led various federal health information exchange projects. Demri has also served various roles in the Gravity Project, facilitating the technical and Pilots team’s project management activities. Demri holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Human Development from Washington State University and a Master in Healthcare Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Niurka Lluveras-Hernandez
Associate Director of Finance and Operations
Niurka Lluveras-Hernandez
Associate Director of Finance and Operations

Niurka (Nikki) Lluveras-Hernandez is the Associate Director of Finance and Operations at Civitas Networks for Health. With a Bachelor's degree in Supervision and Management with a concentration in Healthcare (B.A.S) from Palm Beach State College, Nikki brings a wealth of experience in Operations Management gained through her work in retail, medical labs, debt consolidation, local government, and non-profit organizations. Her passion for organization, structure, and policy makes her a valuable asset to the Civitas team as she helps maintain the organization's efficiency and structure.

Radhika Hira
Senior Communications and Marketing Manager
Radhika Hira
Senior Communications and Marketing Manager

Radhika Hira is the Senior Communications and Marketing Manager at Civitas Networks for Health, where she develops and implements communications strategies designed to elevate events, resources, members, and programs. Previously, she served as a Communications Officer at the National Academy of Medicine, supporting programs in promoting more equal health outcomes for all. Radhika completed a BA in Public Relations and Strategic Communications and a BA in Psychology at American University.

Alan Katz
Associate Director of Advocacy & Public Policy
Alan Katz
Associate Director of Advocacy & Public Policy

Alan Katz is Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Civitas Networks for Health, working to continue shaping the future of health improvement and information exchange through government relations in Washington DC and beyond. Alan brings over a decade of experience representing public and private entities before policymakers, including acute and specialty health care providers ranging from Fortune 500 systems to Critical Access Hospitals that have successfully leveraged data partnerships to improve access and efficiency in some of the nation’s most underserved communities.

Kate Kroell,
MPH
Development Manager
Kate Kroell
MPH
Development Manager

Kate Kroell is the Development Manager for Civitas Networks for Health. With a background in public health and food access, she has over seven years of experience in nonprofit development and supports fundraising and membership activities. She completed a Master of Public Health program at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduation, Kate worked for a little while in the healthcare world, but when she had the opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she jumped at the chance. Her service year was spent at the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, which is an urban farm and educational nonprofit.

Lenora Ross
Program Manager, Events
Lenora Ross
Program Manager, Events

Lenora Ross serves as the Program Manager of Events at Civitas Networks for Health. In her role, she excels in the intricate art of planning, coordination, and comprehensive reporting for a wide array of network, member, and partner events. With a keen eye for detail and over two decades of experience in administration and management, Lenora is a seasoned professional in her field.

Madelynn Valu,
MPH, RD
Program Director
Madelynn Valu
MPH, RD
Program Director

Madelynn Valu is a Program Director at Civitas Networks for Health where she plays a vital part in leading program planning and management of strategic initiatives and grant funded programs. Prior to joining the Civitas team, Madelynn held several roles in health IT, public policy, and program/partnership management. Previously, Madelynn worked as a policy consultant for health IT clients at a DC-based lobbying firm, Sirona Strategies, as well as a manager on the informatics team at HIMSS where she focused on efforts to advance health care interoperability and health information exchange. Madelynn started her career in health care as a registered dietitian before receiving her MPH from the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL and moving into the health IT space.

Board Members

Marc Bennett,
MA
Board Member, Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Comagine Health
Marc Bennett
MA
Chief Executive Officer, Comagine Health

Marc H. Bennett is Chief Executive Officer of Comagine Health, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the hard problems in health and health care in communities across the country. Marc is responsible for all contracts and activities, including health care quality consulting, data and analytics, health information technology support, research, and care management services for clients across the U.S.

Jenelle Hoseus,
DNP, RN
Board Member, Vice Chair
Chief of Policy and Partnerships, Health Impact Ohio
Jenelle Hoseus
DNP, RN
Chief of Policy and Partnerships, Health Impact Ohio

Jenelle Hoseus is Chief of Policy and Partnerships for Health Impact Ohio and Chief Executive Officer of Central Ohio Pathways HUB, a care coordination program, managed through Health Impact Ohio, which provides connections to care for the region's most at-risk populations.

Beth Anderson,
MBA
Board Member, Treasurer
President and Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
Beth Anderson
MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)

Beth Anderson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL). Her work focuses on data interoperability, population health and medicaid operations support. She is committed to collaborating with peers across the Civitas membership to support health information exchange and data-driven health improvement.

Melissa Kotrys,
MPH
Board Member, Immediate Past Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Contexture
Melissa Kotrys
MPH
Chief Executive Officer, Contexture

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.

John Kansky,
MSE, MBA, CPHIMS
Board Member, At Large Member
President and Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Health Information Exchange
John Kansky
MSE, MBA, CPHIMS
President and Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Health Information Exchange

John Kansky, MSE, MBA, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE). 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 in health IT and information operations in various healthcare organizations across the state of Indiana.

Angie Bass,
MHA
Board Member
Chief Strategy Officer, Velatura Health Information Exchange Corporation
Angie Bass
MHA
Chief Strategy Officer, Velatura Health Information Exchange Corporation

As the Chief Strategy Officer of Velatura Health Information Exchange Corporation (VHIEC) and the President and CEO of Midwest Health Connection (MHC), Angie leads the successful development of health information exchanges where she oversees all aspects of strategic initiatives, business development, government relations, and service delivery.

Jaime Bland,
DNP, RN
Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, CyncHealth
Jaime Bland
DNP, RN
Chief Executive Officer, CyncHealth

Jaime Bland is the Chief Executive Officer of Cynchealth, an organization that uses the power of data to empower care teams to work together for better health outcomes, lower costs, and healthier communities. She oversees the efforts in the Midwest region of the United States, specifically Iowa and Nebraska.

Craig Behm,
MBA
Board Member
President and CEO, Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP)
Craig Behm
MBA
President and CEO, Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP)

Craig Behm is the President and CEO of CRISP, the State-Designated Health Information Exchange (HIE) for Maryland, and CRISP Shared Services (CSS), a nonprofit support organization that provides technology infrastructure and other core services to HIEs across the nation.

Sarah Brinkman
Board Member
Program Director, Superior Health Quality Alliance, Stratis Health
Sarah Brinkman
Program Director, Superior Health Quality Alliance, Stratis Health

Sarah Brinkman has been the Program Director of Superior Health Quality Alliance for Stratis Health since 2021 and has been with the company for over seven years. She is a dedicated quality improvement specialist and cultural change agent, with extensive experience in health care and social justice.

David Kendrick,
MD, MPH, FACP
Board Member, At-Large
Principal Investigator and Chief Executive Officer, MyHealth Access Network
David Kendrick
MD, MPH, FACP
Principal Investigator and Chief Executive Officer, MyHealth Access Network

David Kendrick is the principal investigator and Chief Executive Officer at MyHealth Access Network, Oklahoma’s non-profit health information network. In his leadership role, David oversees the organization’s work to ensure that every Oklahoman’s complete health record is securely available where and when they need it for care and health decision-making.

Wade Norwood
Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, Common Ground Health
Wade Norwood
Chief Executive Officer, Common Ground Health

Wade Norwood has held leadership positions in the Rochester community for more than three decades, including roles in public service, education, and health care. Currently Chief Executive Officer at Common Ground Health, 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.

Kristin Paulson,
J.D., MPH
Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, Center for Improving Value in Health Care
Kristin Paulson
J.D., MPH
Chief Executive Officer, Center for Improving Value in Health Care

Kristin Paulson is the Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Improving Value in Health Care, the designated administrator of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD). Her work encompasses everything from establishing a reliable, high-quality dataset, to engaging our local providers and communities in evidence-driven improvements to the health and healthcare of Coloradans, to working with researchers, government, and other partners to identify new ways to use the data from the CO APCD to inform health care delivery and payment reform.

Dan Porreca
Board Member
Executive Director, HEALTHeLINK
Dan Porreca
Executive Director, HEALTHeLINK

Daniel Porreca has been Executive Director at HEALTHeLINK, since 2007, growing it into one of the leading clinical exchange networks in the United States. With more than 30 years of experience in the health care and technology industry, he has a wealth of knowledge and a strategic understanding of health care technology and its application in the clinical setting.