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Nevada Board of Directors

State board members are generally appointed to serve for up to two three-year terms. However, board service may be extended if (a) the board member is appointed to serve as an officer, and/or (b) the board member is appointed to serve on the corporate (governing) board. If a state board member is appointed to serve on the corporate governing board, he or she may continue to serve on the state board while serving on the governing board up to the maximum term limits prescribed by the governing board's bylaws (i.e., up to three three-year terms).

Marc Bennett Marc Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, HealthInsight
Ex officio

Marc H. Bennett is president and CEO of HealthInsight Management Corporation (HMC), based in Salt Lake City, Utah. HMC serves as a holding company overseeing three separate 501(c)(3) organizations in Utah, Nevada and New Mexico, legally interlocked and with each state separately governed by its own board of directors and each with equal representation on the HMC Board of Trustees. Mr. Bennett has been CEO of HealthInsight for more than a decade and is past president of the American Health Quality Association, the trade association of state-based Quality Improvement Organizations while currently serving on the Quality Alliance Steering Committee at the national level and on the board of the Network for Regional Health Improvement. In Nevada, he is vice chair of the Governor's Health Information Technology Blue Ribbon Task Force and initiated Chartered Value Exchanges in both Utah and Nevada.


Chris BosseChris Bosse, Vice President of Government Relations, Renown Health
Board chair, term expires: 2018

Chris Bosse is the vice president of government relations for Renown Health. She provides strategic input and direction for developing and leading government relations and related community relations for Renown. She is responsible for educating federal and state legislators, government and community leaders about health care and what issues put Renown's safety net services at risk. Prior to her role in government relations, her roles focused primarily in finance and ranged in scope from financial projects to vice president of finance for Renown Regional Medical Center, at that time, a 538-bed level II trauma center, and vice president of financial operations for Renown's Integrated Health Network. Ms. Bosse is a certified public accountant and prior to joining Renown, she worked for Ernst and Young.


John Dougherty John Dougherty, DO, Dean, Touro University Nevada, Las Vegas
Term expires: 2019

Dr. Dougherty received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Health Science - College of Osteopathic Medicine, NKA Kansas City University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM), in 1992. He graduated from Culver Stockton College in Canton, Mo., in 1988 with a B.S. in biology and education. He completed a one-year rotating internship and first year of family medicine residency at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas, UNT/HSC-TCOM in Fort Worth, completing residency and serving as founding chief resident in the new family medicine residency at Oak Hill Hospital in Joplin, Mo., where he practiced and had a home for 14 years. Dr. Dougherty is board-certified in family medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.


Dr. Andrew Eisen Dr. Andrew Eisen, Chief Academic Officer/DIO, Valley Health System
Term expires: 2020

Dr. Eisen is the chief academic officer for the Valley Health System, responsible for the development and expansion of graduate medical education across the system’s eight acute care facilities in Nevada. He is a native of Southern Nevada, graduating from Chaparral High School before attending Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education. He later completed a pediatric residency and chief residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center, and became board-certified in pediatrics. Dr. Eisen has served as program director and dean of various programs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) and Touro University. He also represented Assembly District 21 in the Nevada Legislature from 2012 to 2014.


Carole FisherCarole Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Adelson Hospice
Term expires: 2018

Carole Fisher is the president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice, bringing to the position a vast knowledge of the health care industry, a strong belief in the hospice philosophy and a passion for the organization's mission. Prior to her role at the hospice, Ms. Fisher served as the executive director for Southwest Medical Associates, where she was responsible for overseeing eight medical clinics and charged with improving quality, access and coordination of care for seniors. Ms. Fisher currently serves as a board member/member of the Nevada Hospital Association, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, MountainView Hospital, Women Business Leaders in Healthcare and Nevada Executive Women in Healthcare.


Allyson HooverAllyson Hoover, MSN, RN, AVP of Provider Solutions, Amerigroup
Term expires: 2018

Allyson Hoover has been a health care professional in both Northern and Southern Nevada for more than 20 years. She began her career as a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, where she was involved in direct care, patient education and clinical care review. After obtaining her master's degree in nursing, she moved into administrative and management roles within the health care industry, including working for and with the HPN, Culinary, Public Employee Benefit Plan, State of Nevada FFS Medicaid and the Valley Health System. Ms. Hoover currently works for Amerigroup as the AVP of provider solutions. Her responsibilities include provider network management and development of enhanced access and availability for the managed Medicaid population in Clark and Washoe counties.


Don Kowitz Don Kowitz, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Mary's Health Plans
Term expires: 2020

Don Kowitz is the former president and chief executive officer of Saint Mary's Health Plans, which serves more than 65,000 Nevadans with a full range of health insurance, administrative and health enhancement services. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Mr. Kowitz worked for almost 15 years as a senior executive in various insurance, financial and operations positions, including senior area vice president of John Alden Financial Corporation. Mr. Kowitz currently serves on the Board of KNPB, the local PBS affiliate and is a member of the City of Reno Financial Advisory Board, Health Plan Alliance and Community Health Alliance Foundation.


 

Catherine O'MaraCatherine O'Mara, Executive Director, Nevada State Medical Association
Ex officio

Catherine O'Mara has been the executive director of the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) since October 2015. Prior to joining NSMA, Ms. O'Mara spent four years as an associate attorney at Snell & Wilmer law firm, specializing in government relations and business litigation. In that capacity, she represented business and nonprofit clients in front of administrative and regulatory bodies at the Legislature and in various judicial tribunals. Ms. O'Mara attended Loyola Marymount University and George Washington University. While in Washington, D.C., she worked in the congressional offices of Rep. Jim Gibbons and Sen. John Ensign handling a variety of legislation affecting Nevadans.


Ginger Paulsen Ginger Paulsen, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Nevada Office
Term expires: 2020

Ms. Paulsen is the executive director for the state office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Nevada). NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Ms. Paulsen has worked in public health, health care, marketing and employer education for more than 30 years. Previous to her work with NAMI, she served as the director of education and programs for the Nevada Business Group on Health. Ms. Paulsen is a graduate of Truckee Meadows Community College with degrees in management and marketing, and the University of Nevada, Reno advanced management program, social media and digital marketing.


Peter RussoPeter Russo, Member, HealthInsight Nevada Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC)
Term expires: 2018

Peter Russo has been serving as a member of the HealthInsight Nevada Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) since June 2015. He has extensive executive managerial experience in finance, administration and operations, mostly with startup organizations. He has worked with various industries, including telecommunications, banking, health care and online recruiting organizations in both the public and private sector.


NAME Stacie Sasso, Executive Director, Health Services Coalition
Term expires: 2020

Since 2016, Stacie Sasso has served as the executive director of the Health Services Coalition (HSC), which represents more than 275,000 lives in Southern Nevada, including firefighters, police officers, construction workers and hotel staff. Under her leadership, the coalition focuses on achieving affordable hospital rates and introducing accountability for the quality of care into the process. In addition to her work with the HSC, Ms. Sasso also serves as executive director of the Laborers Health Fund. In this role, she has created innovative pharmacy savings programs, overseen the creation and implementation of an EPO network, and assisted in the creation of the Laborers Health and Wellness Center, a full-service primary care facility for participants.


Adam Segal Adam Segal, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Vice chair, term expires: 2018

Based in the firm's Las Vegas office, Mr. Segal is a Shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's Employee Benefits Group. He represents numerous trust funds and plans with respect to all aspects of benefit plan representation. Mr. Segal carries significant experience in employee benefits plan design, drafting and qualification; IRS determination letter applications; fiduciary duties; trustee meetings and advice; IRS and Department of Labor audit defense; regulatory compliance under ERISA, HIPAA, WHCRA, PHSA and other applicable laws; litigation; including ERISA collections and claim defense, withdrawal liability and Ninth Circuit appeals; and preparing various benefit plan operation documents.


Denise SelleckDenise Selleck, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Nevada Health Care Association
Ex officio

Denise Selleck, CAE, is president and CEO of the Nevada Health Care Association. She is responsible for the strategic direction and legislative agenda for the skilled nursing facilities in the state. Ms. Selleck comes from over twenty years in medical association management, representing physicians and their patients, as well as providing over 9000 hours of CME each year. She has served as a lobbyist for 8 sessions in the Nevada Legislature. She is a certified association executive since 2007 and has served as president of the Nevada Society of Association Executives and the American Osteopathic State Executive Directors, where she developed mentor programs for both groups. Ms. Selleck is a life-long Nevadan, and has a background in hotel management, manufacturing and horticulture.


Chris Syverson Chris Syverson, Chief Executive Officer, Nevada Business Group on Health, Reno
Term expires: 2019

Ms. Syverson began working in the human resources and benefits field while in college, and considers herself lucky for finding her true calling at such a young age. She has held senior leadership in various organizations, from health care (Washoe Medical Center, now Renown), to automotive (Porsche Enterprises Inc.), to high tech (Intuit), to municipal government (City of Sparks). As the chief executive officer of Nevada Business Group on Health/Nevada Health Partners, Ms. Syverson leads a group of public and private employers in direct contracting for health care services, as well as employee and community health.


Bill Welch Bill Welch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nevada Hospital Association 
Ex officio

Bill M. Welch has been the president and CEO of the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA), a not-for-profit statewide professional association representing the vast majority of Nevada's hospitals, since January 1999. Prior to that he served as president of the Nevada Rural Hospital Project (now Nevada Rural Hospital Partners), a voluntary consortium of Nevada's rural hospitals. Mr. Welch has been an active advocate for health care since he served as CEO/administrator of Elko General Hospital (now Northeastern Nevada General Hospital) from 1977 to 1989. He is a member of many local, state and national boards and committees, including the Nevada Homeland Security Commission, the Nevada Health Care Sector Council Board and the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board 9.