Board of Directors

Daniel R. Liljenquist

SVP and Chief Strategy Officer,
Intermountain Healthcare & Chairman of the Board, Civica Rx

Daniel R. Liljenquist

Dan Liljenquist is the lead architect and Board Chair of Civica Rx, a new nonprofit generic drug company established to reduce chronic generic drug shortages and price gouging, which have negatively impacted patient care for over a decade. Dan’s commentary on generic drug market issues was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Addressing Generic Drug Market Failures—The Case for Establishing a Nonprofit Manufacturer) and informed Civica Rx’s mission to ensure that essential generic medications are available and affordable to everyone.

John Arnold

Founder and Co-Chair of Arnold Ventures

 

John Arnold

John Arnold is Founder and Co-Chair of Arnold Ventures. The philanthropy’s core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. Mr. Arnold is also Founder of Centaurus Capital LP, a family office investment fund with a specific focus on the energy industry. Previously, Mr. Arnold founded and was CEO of Centaurus Energy, a multi-billion dollar energy commodity hedge fund. Prior to founding Centaurus Energy, he held various positions within Enron’s Wholesale Division, including Head of Natural Gas Derivatives. In May 2012, John announced his retirement from Centaurus Energy to concentrate on philanthropic activities.

Erin Asprec

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer,
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

 

Erin Asprec

Erin began her career in healthcare at the Methodist Health Care System in 1998.  She joined the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in 2002, working as the Director of Business Development and then as the Executive Liaison to the President and CEO of the System, Dan Wolterman.  Erin then served at the TMC Campus as the Chief Executive Officer of the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute for six years.  She planned and managed the construction of the Institute, comprised of 265,000 square feet and 147 beds.  Her numerous achievements resulted in a range of prestigious honors from several leading organization, including Thomson Reuters, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the American Heart Association.

Dennis E. Dahlen

Chief Financial Officer,
Mayo Clinic

 

Dennis E. Dahlen

Dennis E. Dahlen, CPA, MBA serves as Chief Financial Officer of Mayo Clinic, a $12 billion enterprise that includes clinical practice, research, and medical education operations. Prior to Mayo Clinic, he held the same position at Banner Health, an $8 billion integrated health care delivery system in Phoenix, after serving in several other executive positions from its inception in 1999. Dennis earned an MBA in finance from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Carter Dredge

Senior Vice President & Lead Futurist,
SSM Health

Carter Dredge
As Senior Vice President & Lead Futurist at SSM Health, Carter Dredge provides strategic leadership for SSM Health’s continued transformation from a traditional, fee-for-service system to one focused on creating value and managing the health of populations. Mr. Dredge oversees the areas of enterprise strategy and planning, business development, advanced analytics, virtual medicine, population health, and value-based care across the organization’s four-state system. Before joining SSM Health, Mr. Dredge served as Assistant Vice President and Administrator for Home Care Services at Intermountain Healthcare. Prior to that, he was the Director of Healthcare Transformation/Population Health at Intermountain, where he led the innovative strategy development for multiple major enterprise clinical and insurance-related functions.    
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Jo Ann Escasa-Haigh

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer-
Operations and Business Development,
Providence St. Joseph Health

 

Jo Ann Escasa-Haigh

Jo Ann Escasa-Haigh is the executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer - Operations and Business Development for Providence St. Joseph Health overseeing financial operations in the regions, continuum services, ambulatory care network, and the medical foundations/physician services. She joined St. Joseph Health in 2007, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In previous roles, Jo Ann was vice president of finance at PacifiCare (now United Healthcare) and a manager at Ernst & Young. She has served as a member of the board of trustees for St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., American Unity, Active Wellness, and Community Partnership Fund.

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Lou Fierens

Executive Vice President, Administrative Services,
Trinity Health

Lou Fierens

Lou joined Trinity Health in February 2001 and is currently responsible for the development and implementation of strategic plans for all areas of Administrative Services for Trinity Health. At Trinity Health this includes responsibility for multiple system shared services including Supply Chain Management - from strategic sourcing to procure-to-pay operations and through the national distribution center; Clinical Engineering, Real Estate, major Capital Project Management, Food and Environmental services, Laboratory services including Warde Lab, Performance Excellence, and Philanthropy activities across the health system. At Trinity Health, this amounts to managing a total annual expense base of over $8 billion.

Drew Hobby

Chief Innovation Officer,
Blue Cross of Idaho

Drew Hobby

Drew Hobby is focused on ensuring Blue Cross of Idaho is a leading innovator across the industry. This includes responsibility for our Healthcare Economics, IT and Strategy teams, as well as supporting our provider partners.

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Shelley Lyford

President and Chief Executive Officer,
West Health, the Gary and Mary West Foundation
and the West Health Institute

Shelley Lyford

Shelley Lyford is president and chief executive officer of West Health, the Gary and Mary West Foundation and the West Health Institute. Solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, West Health is a family of nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations including the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and Gary and Mary West Foundation in San Diego, and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C. West Health is dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. The organizations use a combination of applied medical research, policy, advocacy, and outcomes-based philanthropy to improve healthcare for seniors and lower costs.

Ned McCoy

President & Chief Executive Officer,
Civica, Inc.
Ned.McCoy@civicarx.org

Ned McCoy

Ned McCoy is Civica’s President and CEO. He has been with the company since its 2018 launch and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for commercial operations, research and development, manufacturing/supply chain and business development.

Prior to assuming the role of Civica's President and CEO, Ned served as its Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for commercial operations, research and development, manufacturing/supply chain and business development.  Prior to this role, Ned was the Chief Business Development Officer, responsible for developing and signing long term supply partnerships to prevent drug shortages and establish fair pricing.

 

Michael D. Rowe

Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development and Strategic Relationships Executive, 
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Michael D. Rowe

Michael D. Rowe is the Senior Vice President/Chief Business Development and Strategic Relationships Executive for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Hospitals (KFHP/H). Mike leads growth efforts and manages strategic relationships to support the organization’s long-term, sustainable performance. He works with Kaiser Permanente’s health plan, hospital and physician leadership on new growth opportunities with the goal of making high-quality, affordable health care available to more of the country through strong connections with like-minded organizations. He is accountable for driving the identification, assessment, and negotiation of new and expanded relationships to extend the reach of Kaiser Permanente’s model of integrated care and coverage.

 

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William B. Rutherford

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President,
HCA

William B. Rutherford

William B. Rutherford is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. As CFO, Rutherford has management responsibility for the company’s Treasury Department, Office of the Controller, Information Technology, Government Programs, Development, Investor Relations, Parallon and HealthTrust Purchasing Group. A 30-year veteran of HCA, Rutherford joined the company as a Staff Auditor in 1986. He served the company in a variety of roles, including Director of Operations Support and Chief Financial Officer for the Georgia Division. From 1996 to 2005, Rutherford was Chief Financial Officer for the Eastern Group. During this time, the Eastern Group comprised approximately 90 hospitals with $12 billion of net revenue.

 

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Kathleen Sanford

Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, CommonSpirit Health

Kathleen Sanford

Kathleen Sanford, DBA, RN, FACHE, FAAN, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for CommonSpirit Health. Her prior position was CNO for Catholic Health Initiatives where she served as the executive leader for several clinical groups, including the national Pharmacy enterprise. Dr. Sanford has over 40 years of experience in health care, including staff nursing, middle management, chief nurse executive, hospital administrator, and strategy executive roles. In addition to acute care leadership, she has worked in long term care; founded, initiated and managed a Medicare-certified home health agency; built and managed urgent care services; and managed employed physician office practices.

Martin VanTrieste

Civica, Inc. President Emeritus
Sept. 2018 - June 2022

Martin VanTrieste

Martin VanTrieste served as Civica’s first President and CEO.  He is also a former chief quality officer at Amgen who was recently named one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and a leader on The Medicine Maker’s Power List of Industry Influencers. He has over 35 years in the biopharma industry, with comprehensive experience in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, quality systems and related government regulations in the U.S. and around the world.

 

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Jay Want, MD

Executive Director of the Peterson Center on Healthcare,
Peterson Center on Healthcare

Jay Want

Jay Want MD, is Executive Director of the Peterson Center on Healthcare. He leads the Center’s expanding portfolio of initiatives and grants to identify high-performance models of healthcare, validate their impact on quality and cost, and facilitate their adoption on a national scale. Dr. Want brings decades of experience in healthcare delivery, improvement science, data transparency and executive leadership. His background as a primary care physician further grounds the Center in its work to enable physicians, partnering with patients and care teams, to transform healthcare delivery from within the system.

Blake Wilkerson

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Development
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Blake Wilkerson

Blake Wilkerson is vice president of strategic partnerships and development for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 35 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. Today, one in three Americans is covered by the Blue System.