2019 AzHHA Leadership Conference Speakers


Keep up with the latest developments in healthcare by joining us at the 2019 AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference Oct. 23-25. This year’s industry expert speakers will ensure you are up to date on the most recent trends, best practices, policy developments and advocacy efforts—all of which lead to your organization’s success.

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U.S. Senator Martha McSally

U.S. Senator for Arizona and Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel

Senator Martha McSally proudly represents the people of Arizona in the U.S. Senate. She previously represented Arizona’s second congressional district for four years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to serving in Congress, Senator McSally served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2010 as a full Colonel. She is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in U.S. history.

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Doug Stevenson

Master Storyteller for Businesses

Doug Stevenson, CSP, is the CEO of Story Theater International, based in Tucson. He is a master storyteller and the creator of The Story Theater Method, which teaches a breakthrough method to make dynamic business presentations in front of any audience, anytime, anywhere. A powerful story - well told - is the secret to connecting with clients, colleagues and customers.

Doug is a storytelling-in-business speaker, trainer and coach, and has taught storytelling for business success to clients as diverse as Coca-Cola, Verizon, Deloitte, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Abbott Labs, US Bank, NBC, Oracle, HCA Healthcare and Red Bull. His proven storytelling methodology has been polished and perfected by working on real-world challenges with leaders, marketers, fundraisers, engineers, salespeople and executives.

Doug specializes in the strategic use of storytelling to engage, influence, and sell a product or service. Using storytelling as a strategy, Doug has helped tens of thousands of business professionals and hundreds of companies and associations identify their Unique Storytelling Proposition (USP).

For more than 20 years, Doug was a professional actor in Chicago, Hollywood and Denver. He has acted on stage in everything from Snoopy to Shakespeare and GREASE. In his first movie, he was karate-chopped by Chuck Norris, and in his last, he portrayed a “bad guy” on a Perry Mason Movie of the Week.


Paul Keckley

Managing Editor, The Keckley Report

Dr. Keckley is Managing Editor of The Keckley Report, advisor to several national healthcare organizations and an active investor in several early-stage healthcare companies.

In 2009, he served as the facilitator between the White House and major trade associations during deliberations about the Affordable Care Act.

He is a prolific writer, media commentator and frequent facilitator in strategic planning for hospitals, health systems, health insurers and investment banks. His publications include three books, 15 peer-reviewed monographs, the weekly Keckley Report and 200 guest columns.

Dr. Keckley holds a B.S. from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and a graduate fellowship at Oxford University in the UK.

Susan Dentzer

Health and Health Policy Author and Commentator

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Susan Dentzer is one of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders, a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio, and an author of commentaries and analyses in publications such as Modern Healthcare, the Annals of Internal Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine and NEJM Catalyst. She is also the editor and lead author of the book Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care, available on Amazon.com.

Susan is a Visiting Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, which focuses on health system transformation, biopharmaceutical policy, and other key health policy issues. At the Center, she focuses on research and thought leadership for modernizing the healthcare system through virtual care and a reconfigured healthcare work force; improving health and healthcare in rural areas; and anticipating a future of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

She previously served as President and CEO of the nonprofit Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, and as senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy-focused on health and healthcare in the United States. Before that, Susan was the editor-in-chief of the policy journal Health Affairs and the on-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour where she wrote and hosted the PBS documentary Reinventing American Healthcare, focusing on innovations pioneered by Geisinger Health System.

Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth, and holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Muskingum University. She and her husband have three grown children.

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Dr. Christian Dameff

Physician, hacker and security researcher interested in the intersection of healthcare, patient safety and cybersecurity

Dr. Christian Dameff is an emergency physician, clinical informatics professional, researcher and medical director of Cyber Security at the University of California San Diego.

His published clinical works include post cardiac arrest care, including therapeutic hypothermia; novel drug targets for acute myocardial infarction patients; ventricular fibrillation waveform analysis; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) quality and optimization; dispatch-assisted CPR; teletoxicology; clinical applications of wearables; and electronic health records.

Dr. Dameff is also a hacker and security researcher interested in the intersection of healthcare, patient safety and cybersecurity. He has spoken at some of the world’s most prominent hacker forums, including DEFCON, RSA, Blackhat, Derbycon, BSides.

He also co-founded the CyberMed Summit, a novel multidisciplinary conference with emphasis on medical device and infrastructure cybersecurity. Published cybersecurity topics include hacking 911 systems, HL7 messaging vulnerabilities, and malware.

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Jami Snyder

Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

Jami Snyder serves as the Director for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), providing comprehensive healthcare coverage to 1.9 million Arizonans at a cost of $14 billion annually.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Snyder served as deputy director of AHCCCS and the Medicaid director for the State of Texas, a program offering coverage to 4.7 million enrollees at an annual cost of $29 billion.

She has more than 20 years of public and private sector experience in health and human services industries. Ms. Snyder’s areas of expertise include regulatory oversight, policy making and leadership development, stemming from her tenure in Texas, as well as her service at AHCCCS, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the University of Arizona Health Plans, where she managed care organization’s Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Snyder holds a master’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Dr. Teri Pipe

Chief Well-Being Officer, Arizona State University

Dr. Teri Pipe is Arizona State University's (ASU) Chief Well-Being Officer. Formerly she served as the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU and is also is the founding director of ASU's Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience.

Before coming to ASU in 2011, Dr. Pipe served as director of Nursing Research and Innovation at Mayo Clinic Arizona, and was an associate professor of nursing at the Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine. In 2014 she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

Dr. Pipe is an expert on mindfulness, which is a skill set to increase the ability to experience being fully present, focused and alive. Mindfulness has important implications for resilience within and beyond the healthcare and higher education sectors. Dr. Pipe is an expert on nursing leadership with a focus on interprofessionalism, bringing nurses together with physicians and other health professionals, business people, and policy makers, to help redesign and improve health in the United States.

Her research interests include mindfulness, resilience in professional and clinical populations, health promotion and wellness, positive coping and stress management, oncology, and gerontology. She is a sought after speaker on the topics of mindfulness, workforce resilience and self-compassion.

Dr. Pipe earned her Ph.D. in health policy and administration with a minor in gerontology from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in gerontology from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa.

Jim Hammond

Publisher and CEO, The Hertel Report

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Jim Hammond has 35 years’ experience in the payor-provider field of healthcare administration in Arizona. He has employment experience with payors and providers of all types, including medical management companies, Medicaid health plans, commercial health plans, physicians, large group practices, IPA’s, hospitals and integrated delivery systems.  Jim currently operates his own consulting firm, Professional Healthcare Solutions, LLC.   PHS offers consulting services in the fields of strategic planning, payor-provider contracting, network development, value-based care and up-to-date public speaking. Jim also publishes The Hertel Report, (formerly known as the Arizona Managed Care Newsletter), a news and data organization that is the source that connects the Arizona healthcare community.

He has consulted with individual physician practices, start-up networks, hospitals, large group practices, urgent care centers and alternative care providers. Jim is an expert in the insurance industry, Medicaid and Medicare. A respected member of the healthcare industry, Jim is sought out for his insights and has been a frequent guest on various TV and radio shows and has been quoted in publications including: Money Radio, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Modern Healthcare, Phoenix Business Journal, Arizona Daily Star, Vitalyst Health Foundation, Arizona Channel 3 and 5, and more.

Lisa Mead

Founder, Arizona Women in Healthcare

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Starting her career as a registered nurse in 1984, Lisa Mead has been a long-time healthcare provider and business executive, helping individuals and companies develop, execute and succeed in manifesting change.

Lisa is the President for Inspiring Transitions and Crowne Healthcare Advisors, providing consulting and coaching services to clients across the country. She has more than 30 years’ experience as a leader within a variety of settings, including large medical practices, large hospital systems, post-acute care and clinically integrated organizations.

Lisa is also the founder of Arizona Women in Healthcare, an association designed to promote, recognize, inspire, develop and empower its members. As part of her commitment to women, she is a Leadership Ambassador for Take The Lead. As a certified high-performance coach™ she supports women in reaching new levels of performance through enhanced clarity, energy, productivity, courage and purpose.