Gettysburg, PA, Oct. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPEN MINDS recently announced the faculty list for this year’s 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute taking place on November 7-8, 2017 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

Along with the previously announced keynoters, Andrew Wright, Vice President, Digital Medicine, OTSUKA America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and James Schuster, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer & Vice President, Behavioral Integration, Behavioral Health and Medicaid Services, UPMC, the final faculty list included over 30 additional executives from the fields most influential organizations and universities, including:

  • Arel Meister, Founder & President, Sprout Health Group
  • Brandon W. Danz MHA, MPA, Director, Government Risk Contract Programs, WellSpan Health
  • Brian Gann, Enterprise Account Executive, Valant
  • Candace Clevenger, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Behavioral Health Center
  • Carol Clayton, Ph.D., Translational Neuroscientist, Relias Learning
  • Chris Reist, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine
  • Chris Tjoa, M.D., Physician Adviser, Community Behavioral Health
  • David Spiecher, CTO, Aspire-Indiana
  • Dyann Roth, CEO & President, Inglis
  • Heather Green, Director of Business Development, Valant
  • Javed Husain, Co-CEO, Streamline Healthcare Solutions, LLC
  • John Falsetti, Director of IT, Maryville Academy
  • Jonathan G. Morphett, Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking, Avondale Partners, LLC
  • Jonathan Morphett, Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking, Avondale Partners, LLC
  • Kate Sanders, Quality Outcomes & Data Manager, Porter Starke
  • Kevin Sullivan, Director, Client, Streamline Healthcare Solutions, LLC
  • Laurie Nelson, Group Product Manager for Analytics, Relias Learning
  • Lea Frontino, VP, Information & Adapted Technology, Inglis
  • Lori M. Schmidt, Director of Behavioral Health Services, HealthPartners
  • Lori Schmidt, Director of Behavioral Health, Health Partners
  • Luke Crabtree, JD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Project Transition
  • Mary McClimon, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Heritage Behavioral Health Center
  • Matt Hall, VP, IT of Business Systems Technology, Magellan Healthcare
  • Mattew M. Dorman, Co-Founder & CEO, Credible Behavioral Health Software
  • Megan Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Carter’s Circle of Care, Inc.
  • Michele Kelly-Thompson, Director of Clinical Services, Human Services
  • Minky (Nishtarini) Kernacs, Data Architect, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services
  • Paul Duck, Vice President, Strategy Development, Beacon Health Options
  • Robert Oldham, Public Health Officer & Director, Placer County
  • Rose Julius M.Dd., Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Community Behavioral Health
  • Scott Green, Sr. Vice President, CareGuidance, Netsmart
  • Suki Norris, Senior Knowledge Engineer, The Echo Group
  • Tim Macken, Chief Operating Officer, Heritage Behavioral Health Center
  • Tom Friedman, Senior Product Manager, Payer and Community Health, Relias Learning
  • Virginia Matthews, RN, BSN, Project Manager, MAXIMUS

The 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute is focused on the technology tools and strategies organizations need to maximize performance in a competitive, value-based market. This year, we’re exploring all the tech tools and competencies successful executives must master to build successful and sustainable organizations. For two days, 400+ executives and 30+ innovative technology exhibitors will gather in Philadelphia, PA to discuss the emerging technology tools executives need to improve outcomes, streamline decisionmaking, and add value to the management and delivery of care for consumers with complex needs. Early registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Register today at

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Sarah Threnhauser, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or


OPEN MINDS is a national strategic advisory firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service industry serving individuals with complex support needs: mental health; addiction treatment; children and family services; intellectual and developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care; and juvenile justice.

Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates believe by providing the latest market intelligence and management best practices to organizations serving the health and social support needs of the most vulnerable consumers, those organizations will be better able to provide efficient and effective services. Learn more at

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