While studying philosophy at Penn State University, he also immersed himself in leadership (and hardship) via the U.S. Marines. Ed has held a variety of positions with non-profit, private and publicly-traded companies ranging from a dozen to 30,000 employees, holding title such as vice president of strategy and development, vice president of performance improvement, senior director of corporate marketing and strategic development, director of spend management and support services and director of education.
Since founding PerSynergy Consulting, he has worked with companies such as Apple, Southern California Edison, Skilled Healthcare, Allergan and Activision Blizzard on projects ranging from team alignment to executive coaching, strategy development and organizational restructuring.
Ed is an expert in organizational leadership, business strategy, change and team development. He received his Bachelor's in Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and his Master's in Adult Organizational Development from Temple University.
Ed's Keynote session: Cultivating Communities of Effort
Danna L. Kauffman, Esq. joined Schwartz, Metz, Wise & Kauffman, P.A. in 2013 and became a partner in 2017. Throughout her career Danna has worked in various levels of State government and in the private sector. She has established a reputation as a problem solver and consensus builder who can handle complicated issues in a trusted and professional manner.
Beginning in 1997, Danna served as Counsel to the then House Environmental Matters Committee, working on complex health care issues, and then spent three years as a senior legislative advisor to Governor Glendening, where she worked on a wide range of issues in the areas of health, environment, civil rights and homeland security. Immediately prior to joining the Firm, Danna served as the Senior Vice President of Public Policy for LifeSpan Network, the leading senior care provider association in Maryland.
Raised in Howard County, Maryland, Danna holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Towson University, where she graduated cum laude. In 1996, she graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was an editor on the Maryland Law Review. Prior to entering State government service, Danna began her career as a litigation attorney at Smith, Somerville and Case, P.A. Danna resides in Annapolis with her husband and two children.
Danna's session: State Legislative Updates
Tricia Tomsko Nay, MD, CHCQM, FAAFP, FAIHQ, FAAHPM is certified in Family Practice, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Quality Management. Dr. Nay has held medical directorships at multiple nursing homes, hospices, a home health agency, and a hospital-based palliative care service. She joined the Office of Health Care Quality in 2008 as the Medical Director and became the Executive Director in 2013.
Dr. Tricia's session: Revised Residential Service Agencies Application Process
Michelle KrausMichelle F. Kraus is the Deputy Director of Federal Programs for the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) and has over 27 years of experience in healthcare and aging services. She has held an active nursing home administrator license (LNHA) since 1997. Michelle earned her Master of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University and undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Throughout her career, Michelle achieved operational excellence in areas of quality assurance and improvement; CARF and Joint Commission accreditation; regulatory compliance surveys; fiscal activity; and customer satisfaction. Michelle believes in valuing the integrity and dignity of others while triumphing in the respectful delivery of person-centered care.
Michelle's session: Revised Residential Service Agencies Application Process
With 35 years in the Home Health and Homecare fields, Catherine has been successful in all aspects of business development. Her achievements include making the prestigious Chairman’s club 5 years in a row and landing in the top 5 in sales in one of the largest home health companies in the country.
After 26 years, she left Home Health and entered Home Care where she served on the leadership team and board. In that market she grew a company 25% year over year. She has served on several leadership teams, worked as an Area Vice President and Director of operations and Business Development. With a strong background in corporate sales, leadership, innovation, and public speaking she is excited to bring her successful strategies to the MNCHA conference.
Catherine is certified and trained in the John Maxwell training program for public speaking and leadership. Her passion is for all people and to change the outcomes in HealthCare by looking at every person as an individual. She often says “the butterfly effect is real” and can change the way you leave the world.
Catherine's session: Strive to Make a Difference
Michael's session: How to Set Up Power BI in a Day: Practical Tips for Semi-Automated Reporting
Tony W. Torain, II
Troy's session: Latest Legal Developments Impacting the Maryland Home Care Industry
With two decades of legal experience, Angelo Spinola’s practice focuses on employment litigation with a special interest in the home health, home care and hospice industry. Bringing a wide breadth of knowledge across the health care spectrum, he works with an array of home-based care clients, including Fortune 500 organizations and franchisors, small-owned businesses and franchisees across multiple industries. Additionally, Angelo works closely with private equity firms and investment groups with respect to labor and employment issues that may arise during acquisitions and activities in these sectors.
Angelo partners with attorneys in Polsinelli’s Health Care, Corporate and Transactional and Franchise practices to build coalitions that bring a deep bench of experience and industry knowledge to his clients in the home health, home care and hospice industry.
Leveraging technology to better serve clients, Angelo utilizes innovative legal technology platforms designed specifically for franchise systems and home health, home care and hospice clients. The platform serves as a source for industry information and substantive legal resources where employers have direct access to the tools, documents and knowledge needed to reduce their legal spend as their business needs grow throughout the corporate lifecycle and franchise process. Angelo also utilizes client portals to share confidential, proprietary client documents to allow clients and Angelo to seamlessly manage matters or case-specific documents.Angelo has litigated various types of discrimination cases on behalf of employers in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals throughout the United States, including age, disability, race, national origin, sex, harassment and retaliation. Additionally, Angelo assists employers to promote an issue-free work environment through counseling, training and other preventive strategies. He conducts training on employment-related matters for management personnel, lawyers and human resources professionals and is a regular speaker before business organizations and human resource groups on a wide variety of employment law topics.
Angelo's session: Latest Legal Developments Impacting the Maryland Home Care Industry
Heather Fitzhugh-Boehm is a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree in Nursing Education from Western Governors University. She obtained her associate degree in nursing from Howard Community College in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland University College in 2018. She is a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development and enjoys teaching and mentoring. Heather is the current Director of Inter-professional Education and Development for MedStar Health Home Care and has been with MedStar Health since 2006. She is passionate about promoting the skilled home care workforce and has worked with her organization to promote academic practice partnerships with local universities and schools of nursing. Heather serves as the Student Nurse Extern and RN Residency Program Coordinator and oversees a team of RN Clinical Training Specialists and RN Clinical Mentors covering the MedStar Health Home Care territory of MD, DC, and N. VA.
Heather's session: Advancing the Skilled Home Care Nursing Workforce through Student Nurse Externships and RN Residencies
Lynette's session: Advancing the Skilled Home Care Nursing Workforce through Student Nurse Externships and RN Residencies
Phil is a CPA with over twenty years of experience in operational and financial management for national home healthcare agencies.
As National Director of Revenue Cycle Management at Sandata Technologies, Phil’s role is to provide thought leadership, education, and support to Sandata and the Home Care and I/DD industries in the area of Revenue Cycle Management, and to educate the provider community on effectively improving their revenue and cash flow.
Prior to Sandata, Phil worked with a very large multi-state adult and pediatric home care agency as Vice President, Operations and then as Vice President of Payer Contracting and Legislative Affairs.
Phil began his healthcare career with a large national home healthcare agency, where he held Corporate financial operations and operational support positions.
Phil has served on the Executive Board of the Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey, as well as Chair of the Medicaid Work Group, and on the Finance Committee.
Phil's session: The Wrap-Around Impact of RCM on the Home Care Agency Mission
Daniel Roth is a Healthcare Executive with a flair for the entrepreneurial spirit. Never satisfied with the status quo, constantly seeking to maximize efficiency and promote growth. His meticulous attention to detail and his steadfast perseverance to stay on track are exemplary. Daniel is personable, ethical and a strong team player. He is a paragon of patience, has a calm demeanor and is a wonderful role model for his staff and his beautiful family.
Daniel's session: Aging In Place: The New Collaborative Approach to Home-Based Care
Dr. Jennifer Kennedy is the Vice President for Quality and Standards at CHAP and a nationally recognized hospice expert. She has more than 35 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for the last 20+ years. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a dual master’s degree in health education and case management, and a doctoral degree in health care education and policy and is a certified healthcare compliance professional. Jennifer is the lead for the CHAP quality team and interacts with CMS and their contractors related to hospice regulatory and quality issues for hospice, home health, home infusion, pharmacy, and durable medical equipment. She collaborates with the CHAP Center for Excellence an education content developer and also serves as faculty. Jennifer is a member of the ANA’s national palliative nursing task group and has been honored by the UK’s St. Christopher’s Hospice as a Nursing Pioneer for their Palliative Care Nursing Project. She speaks at national and state events and teaches Graduate Health Care Administration courses at the university level.
Dr. Jennifer's session: Implementing Age-Friendly Care: Leveling Up of Patient-Centered-Care
Noson Weisbord is an enthusiastic healthcare management guru who believes that every patient should have the right to age in place with the best care possible. As Executive Director of Ennoble Care Maryland, a mobile primary care practice serving patients in the home and/or Assisted Living setting, Noson leads the day-to-day operations and builds strategic partnerships within the Maryland healthcare community. With 15 years in the Medicare-certified home health and DME arenas, at LHC Group, VNA of Maryland, and Advanced Medical Concepts, Mr. Weisbord brings passion, experience and creative thinking to every situation he encounters.
Noson has served on MNCHA’s Board of Directors and Executive Board for several years and in many capacities, including President, Secretary, and Board Member at large. He chaired, co-chaired, and volunteered on many meaningful MNCHA committees over the last decade +, and has learned and grown from each experience.
Noson volunteers for and is involved with several community organizations in and around the Baltimore area, while also trying to spend a bit of time with his wonderful wife Aviva, and their three children, Daniel, Samuel, and Ilana. He enjoys traveling, hiking, spelunking, and competitive eating. Noson has been rejected by several prestigious law schools and institutions as a noted guest lecturer and all-around positive influence, and has been physically removed from at least one synagogue.
Noson's session: Aging In Place: The New Collaborative Approach to Home-Based Care