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Sarah Ohanesian

Sarah is the textbook Type-A-corporate-ladder-climber who realized it's nearly impossible to exist in the professional world unscathed by the brushes of burnout.

After 15 years working for the same company, starting as an intern and rising to Chief Marketing Officer, she saw burnout, disengagement, and lack of purpose as huge problems affecting not only herself but her colleagues as well. Just like being blonde and 5’1”, her identity was rooted in being busy. It was everything.

She started to realize that high-performing individuals were hitting all the marks on paper, but in reality, they were stressed out, unfulfilled, and so stinkin’ busy. She knew she had to do something about it. And if there's anything a high achiever is good at, it's creating more work for themselves. So she started a business, SO Productive… then co-founded another, Super Productive.

Using her COAT productivity system, she helps reduce turnover and disengagement by empowering teams to think about a neuro-inclusive approach to productivity. Meaning, businesses don’t just need productivity, they need productivity fit for every brain type and everyone on the team.

Danna Kauffman, esq.

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 two children.

Regan Vaughan, J.D.

Regan Vaughan is the Director of Policy for the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Division within the Maryland Department of Labor.  In this role, she is responsible for leading the team developing the regulatory framework for the program, stakeholder guidance and internal policy guides for the new FAMLI program.  

Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Regan worked for more than a decade as the Director of Advocacy for Maryland’s largest private human service provider where she served on the agency’s leadership team.  During her tenure, her advocacy efforts focused on legislation and budget items related to public benefits, housing, low wage workers, immigration, child welfare, behavioral health, and senior citizens. In this role, Regan played a leadership role in numerous statewide coalitions and legislative campaigns which resulted in tangible and long-lasting results for Marylanders.

She holds a Bachelor’s from Loyola University Maryland and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Stacey Jefferson, MBA

Stacey Jefferson is a Baltimore, MD native with over 12 years’ experience in government relations and community affairs.  Stacey has recently joined the Maryland Department of Labor- Family and Medical Leave (FAMLI) Insurance Division as the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Lead. In this role she is responsible for leading the team developing the Division’s engagement strategy with critical community members and stakeholders. Before joining FAMLI she served as the Director of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement at Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB). There she worked with a variety of stakeholders to expand access to behavioral health resources through the advancement of policies that support prevention, early intervention and treatment. In addition, she developed the organization’s community engagement strategy building trusted relationships with community partners throughout the Baltimore region.

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science from Randolph-Macon College and a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University.

Michael Brown, MS, RN

Michael received his Nursing Degree from Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA.  He continued his education, earning a B.A. in Psychology from DeSales University in Center Valley, PA and a M.S. in Health Care Administration. Since graduation, he has been working as a Registered Nurse in many areas of healthcare delivery, progressing in responsibility to his most recent role as Founder and President of MB Healthcare Consultants.  

Mike’s passion is truly in home care, where he has managed Home Health, Hospice and Home Care services in many states as a Division and Regional Director, Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Quality and Standards.  Mike announced the launch of his consulting firm in November 2019, with the mission of creating relationships, not simply transactions.  The firm focuses on home health and home care agency operational issues.  

In his spare time, Mike is active in animal welfare causes and has volunteered as a board member for local rescue organizations. 

Mike "Ike" Isaacson, MPP

Mike “Ike” Isaacson is the Senior Vice President of Government Relations for VGM & Associates.  In his role he focuses on advocating for and elevating the DMEPOS industry.  Ike is a consummate coach who excels at mentoring others to serve as grass root champions for a better climate to serve customers. Working with the Government & Regulatory Team, healthcare providers, and other industry advocates, Ike is dedicated to advancing the life changing work that our members do in their communities.

Prior to joining The VGM Group, Inc in 2017, Ike spent 23 years as a state and national leader in not-for-profit community-based healthcare settings.  His work advocating alongside individuals, families, communities, and healthcare partners at the state and federal levels centered on providing access to high quality healthcare and consumer choice.

Staying true to his service roots, Mike sits on the Board of Directors for several non-profit agencies in his local area, assisting them in fund development, legislative initiatives, and community outreach.  Over the years, Ike has become a sought-out speaker on leadership and employee development.  Utilizing his “student of the game” approach, he has helped to guide and develop leaders across the country.  His real-world delivery, using his personal and professional life experiences, provides entertaining and thought-provoking presentations.

Mike and his wife Teresa spend their time raising and following their four children in all the activities and directions they take in life.

He has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa.

Jeryn Laengrich, MS

Watching her parents make a difference in people’s lives was the example Jeryn Laengrich saw from an early age.  Her own personal drive and desire to make a difference in the world led her into healthcare.

After graduating with a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Jeryn began as a therapist and moved in to multiple leadership and executive positions throughout healthcare.

Jeryn is a healthcare operations leader with extensive experience in strategic planning, healthcare technology solutions and patient/family experiences.

Currently Jeryn is honored to be a Regional VP of Sales for Axxess.

Dr. Monika Virk

Dr. Monika Virk, an accomplished home healthcare expert, brings over 13 years of experience to her role as the Founder and CEO of HOP into Homecare! Her career is highlighted by pioneering work in developing home-based clinical programs, including Enhanced Ortho Care at Home, MD House Call, and hospital at home. At Inova Health Systems, she was instrumental in enhancing clinician onboarding and training program as the Director of Quality, Education, and Program Development.

Currently, Dr. Virk is committed to increasing the pool of trained home health care clinicians through her focus on comprehensive orientation and continuous education in the sector. She lives in Northern Virginia with her family and a dog named Rex.

Sarah Hanna

Sarah Hanna is the former CEO and founder of ECS North and has 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry.  ECS North was acquired by ACU-Serve Corp August 2022. She is now the VP of Consulting Services for ACU-Serve. She is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant on revenue cycle management, business operations and strategy as well as corporate culture and leadership.

She is a member of HomeCare Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board and is a VGM Consultant. Sarah is a contributing writer for HME News and HomeCare Magazine on reimbursement and operational efficiencies. Her experience gives her the opportunity to conduct webinars and present live for various state and regional healthcare associations and conferences including VGM’s Heartland Conference and Medtrade.

LaToya Staten

LaToya C. Staten (la-toy-a stay-ten) is a dynamic strategist collaborating with organizations to identify and implement impactful initiatives. Through her work as a Talent Pipeline Management Consultant, she spearheads numerous initiatives aimed at advancing public-private workforce development opportunities within key technology and innovation sectors. 

LaToya is a skilled connector who strategically helps others navigate the complexities of building inclusive ecosystems. This is echoed in her work with Health Tech Alley as the lead for Community Health Ecosystem Talent Pipeline Programs. She leads key initiatives such as Maryland Health Care Operations EARN grants, Direct Care Workforce Innovation, Working with Vulnerable Populations and Community Health Apprenticeship Connector (Rural Populations). 

Greg Miller, MBA

Greg is the Executive Director of Health Tech Alley (HTA), a 501(c)(3) organization he co-founded to bring solutions and services to medically underserved communities and the organizations and workforce that serves them. Health Tech Alley is also a co-founding partner and healthcare lead for the Maryland Apprenticeship Connector (MAC), an initiative to advance apprenticeship programming.

HTA operates as an intermediary with programming that includes workforce development, technology-based economic development and social impact programming. HTA has been awarded numerous government grant contracts at the federal, state and county levels and is currently operating under workforce development grants with the Maryland Department of Labor and Department of Education. Health Tech Alley has built economic development and workforce development collaboratives across the State of Maryland to deliver contracted outcomes. This includes health care employers such as the University of Maryland Medical Center, federally qualified health centers such as Whitman Walker Health, Grassroots Crisis Intervention and Volunteers of America Chesapeake as well as numerous small businesses and government agencies.

Beyond his work at HTA, Greg’s varied background includes large Fortune 100 commercial employers, consulting organizations, government agencies, non-profits, and entrepreneurial settings. Much of his career was spent with large employers such as American Express, Deloitte Consulting and CareFirst BCBS in various cities across the US. Through these roles, he was responsible for team building and creating employer pathways for talent pipeline management to meet and exceed business customer expectations for projects and services. His most recent executive position was with BCBS where, amongst other responsibilities, he was responsible for implementing recruiting, training, and career path development programs for entry-level and technical staff.

Greg is the recent past board chair of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland-Delaware and was selected for The Leadership Program at The Greater Baltimore Committee. He has advised numerous social enterprise organizations focused on community impact and equity through the Maryland Innovation Center, Maryland Tech Council, Loyola University’s Baltiprenuers Program, UMBs Social Enterprise Alliance, J&J’s Health Equity Innovation Lab. He is further connected to the tech innovation community through a micro-venture fund he manages. He has a BS in Finance and Economics from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of North Carolina, and CFA and ITIL designations.  

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