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Chase Spenst, MBA

Consultant


Chase Spenst has worked in healthcare for over a decade with experience in hospital administration, strategy consulting and product development. He has led departments overseeing business development, process improvement, decision support and physician alignment. Most recently Chase comes from Evolent Health where he served as Director of Clinical Transformation and later as Director of Product Development.

Jessica  L.A. Jackson, MA, MPH

Consultant


Jessica’s expertise is in translating healthcare data into actionable products for strategic planning and empowering communities. She oversees the development of community health needs assessments, community health plans, and program evaluation—from template development, to data collection and analysis, and final production of the document. Jessica also provides technical assistance to our clients on all data and evaluation-related issues. Her areas of expertise include: program and outcome evaluation, health behavior research, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, project management, and public health surveillance.  

Ed Goodman

Experience and Design Consultant


An inventive thinker, visionary and creatively-oriented technical and management professional, Ed’s career has spanned the fields of experience design, marketing, strategic planning, engineering, land planning, education, television/media production, entertainment and non-profit think tank management. He has over 30 years of interdisciplinary problem-solving experience, with consistent effectiveness in ideation and implementation of optimal solutions. Ed crafted new thinking models known as the Challenge-Solution Model, the Visioneering Process, Creative Dreamscaping and is a co-creator with Dave Goodman of the Spiral Thinking Theory and author of the new  ebook, “Creating The New American Dream – The Spiral Renaissance Theory.”

Marysa Mehanna, MHA, MBA

Principal


Marysa brings 15 years of leading & empowering others to drive meaningful improvement and transformation.
Her valuable insights are shaped by her time as CFO, CEO and Strategic Consultant in non-profit and for-profit organizations spanning  healthcare and social service sectors.  She has benefited from international experiences in Lebanon, France and the USA.
Marysa has particular expertise and talent in improving organizational performance and building relationships with different stakeholders, by developing strategic frameworks, capacities and processes where innovative programs can change organizations and communities.  She develops effective solutions through her unique ability to assess complex issues and implement effective strategies to address them. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration with a focus on innovating the continuum of care strategies.

Waheed Baqai, MPH, CPH

Consultant

 

Waheed Baqai, MPH, CPH, CSSBB has worked in healthcare for over a decade. Most recently he served as Director of Clinical Quality & Accreditation at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville with additional responsibilities including Magnet status designation, special projects, care coordination and infection control. Previous to that, he served as Director of Clinical Decision Support at Loma Linda University Medical Center where he was responsible for quality and patient safety data, clinical outcomes research and the clinical documentation improvement program. He is certified a Six Sigma Black Belt, a charter member of the Certification in Public Health and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jaynie Boren, MBA

Principal


Jaynie is a strategy and business development executive with more than 25 years of progressive leadership responsibility in planning, growing market share, creating new revenue opportunities, and facilitating relationships and joint ventures for independent hospitals, major integrated healthcare delivery systems and tertiary medical centers.

She has the ability to bring individuals with diverse interests together to achieve corporate and business objectives. Jaynie is an executive that can bring together her outstanding market research, planning, marketing, strategy, project development, implementation, and relationship building skills. She has documented success in building strategic plans and working with teams to assure implementation of goals.

Angel Coaston, RN,MSN

Clinical Consultant


Angela Coaston has been a Registered Nurse for over 24 years with an expertise in in-patient, community-based and faith-based care. She has served in several capacities including leadership development, strategic partnerships, operations, management, training, grant writing and grant management. She is active in the community and is highly motivated and passionate to improve and foster change within health care systems, faith communities and communities at large. She has numerous affiliations and established connections with the health industry and utilizes effective communication to cultivate relationships and partnerships.

Rishi Manchanda, MD

Strategic Partner


Dr. Rishi Manchanda is a physician leader, health system innovator, and author. He is President of HealthBegins, a social enterprise that provides healthcare professionals with tools and support to improve care and the social factors that make people sick in the first place. He has been a Chief Medical Officer for a large self-insured employer; a lead physician for homeless primary care at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; and the first director of social medicine for a network of community health centers in south central Los Angeles. In his 2013 TEDbook, The Upstream Doctors, he introduced a new model of the healthcare workforce that includes “upstreamists” who improve social determinants of health. Dr. Manchanda earned his bachelor’s, medical, and master’s of public health degrees from Tufts University and was the first graduate of UCLA’s combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency.

Huma Shah, DrPH, MPH

Consultant

 

Huma Shah, DrPH, MPH has nearly 20 years of health care administration experience spanning behavioral health, community development and marketing. She is passionate about health care innovations, strategic management, leadership development, and advancing health policy. Dr. Shah has used her expertise in helping to reduce the stigma of mental illness and addiction in her community receiving industry related recognition from ADDY and the Health Care Public Relations and Marketing Association.  She most recently worked on strategic initiatives creating a strong organizational culture using a values based approach, that lead to over 90% patient satisfaction rates and high employee engagement scores.

James Martinez, EdD, MPH

Consultant


James earned a Master’s in Epidemiology and a Doctoral degree from the Department of Health and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University, NY. His life experience and cultural heritage has motivated the challenges to studying population health-related issues, particularly involving the development of preventive programs and health disparity reduction efforts. He was an epidemiologist with the County of Los Angeles. There, he helped build on the geographical dimensions of health and disease, emphasizing public health issues and spatial analysis to identify the relationships among demographic change, economic development, and population health. He also assisted with the enhancement of the emergency response system by formulating and implementing automated reporting processes, analyzing policy and applications for emergency preparedness and performance based matters.

Rev. Fred Douglas Smith Jr. PhD

Faith and Health Strategist 


As Faith and Health Consultant and Senior Scholar for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System, Reverend Smith participated in the development of the Memphis Model. Served as an Educational Consultant to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center FaithHealth Division and was a strategic advisor for the development of FaithHealthNC and FaithHealth Fellows program for the state North Carolina. Formerly served as Associate Director of the Interfaith Health Program where he participated in the development of such programs as Not Even ONE-Kids and Guns; Whole Communities Collaborative; Faith and Health Consortium and the Institute for Faith and Public Health Collaboration.  

Laura Acosta, MPH

Experience and Operations Director


Laura brings experience in healthcare administration, community based activities, faith communities, and healthy communities initiatives. She provides leadership to various community-based activities focused on improving the quality of life for Inland Empire residents. She has extensive knowledge and experience with community benefits, community health needs assessments, and community health plans. Ms. Acosta earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s in public health from Loma Linda University with a focus in policy and leadership. She has been involved in leadership programs with the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and Healthcare Executives of Southern California, and has been actively involved in experience design. 

Dora Barilla, DrPH

President and Co-Founder


Dora has served as the Associate Vice President for Strategy and Innovation and Associate Director for the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at Loma Linda University Health. She has spent 28 years in the healthcare industry implementing innovative models of care.  She has years of experience in leading community based health strategies to improve the health and well being of entire communities and has been a strong advocate for a health in all policies approach at the national, state, and local levels. Dr. Barilla has also served on not-for-hospital boards for over 8 years and been instrumental in developing a regional healthy communities model.

Rick Rawson, MBA

Chief Strategist and Co-Founder


Rick Rawson has spent 32 years in the healthcare industry and has been a Hospital CEO for 16 years. He has effectively used strategy a number of times to transform the performance of the organizations he has led and their position in the communities they serve.  In addition, he spent three years as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning at Loma Linda University Health- an academic medical center and university in Southern California.

Meet our Team