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450+ Executives Expected to Invade New Orleans For OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute; Last Chance Registration Deadline Approaches

GETTYSBURG, PA--(Marketwired - May 17, 2016) -  OPEN MINDS announced that only a limited number of registrations are still available for the upcoming 2016 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute. The institute will be held on June 8-9, 2016 at The Sheraton (French Quarter), New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 2016 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute is a two-day event focused on helping executives leverage emerging innovations to gain the strategic advantage and build adaptable organizations. The institute will feature three dynamic keynote speakers: Kristofer L. Smith, M.D., MPP, Vice President & Medical Director, Northwell Health Solutions; Philip Oravetz, M.D., Medical Director, Accountable Care, Ochsner Health System; and Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the institute will be led by a prestigious team of faculty, including:

  • Paul R. Beatrice, President & CEO,
  • Ellen Beckjord, Ph.D., MPH, Director, Population Health Program Design & Engagement Optimization, UPMC Health Plan
  • Alyssa Brown, Health Policy Analyst, Office of Health Services, Behavioral Health Division, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Debbie Cagle, Chief Marketing Officer, Centerstone of America
  • Katie Clay, Health Home Director, Hudson River Healthcare, Inc.
  • David E. Cook, MSW, LICSW, Chief Executive Officer, Zumbro Valley Health Center
  • Jennifer L. Craig, MA, MS, LCPC, SPHR, Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone of Illinois
  • Maks Danilin, Strategic Account Executive, Aware Recovery Care, Inc.
  • Peggy DeCarlis, MSSA, LCSW-C, Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, New Directions Behavioral Health
  • Grace Dempster, Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania IDD Division, Resources for Human Development
  • Jean Drees, Executive Director, Marketing & Community Affairs, Harbor Behavioral Health
  • Paul Duck, Vice President, Strategy & Development, Beacon Health Options
  • Jonathan Evans, MS, CEO, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health & InnovaTel Telepsychiatry
  • Amy Gallagher, Psy.D., Vice President, Whole Health, LLC, a subsidiary of Mind Springs Health, Inc.
  • Marco Giordano, Chief Financial Officer, Resources for Human Development
  • Linda Grove-Paul, LCSW, Vice President of Recovery and Innovation, Centerstone of Indiana
  • Deborah L. Heggie, Ph.D., Corporate Chief Clinical Officer, Magellan Health Services
  • Robert Q. Kreider, President & CEO, Devereux
  • Rev. Ben Marsh, Board Member, Monarch & Friends of Club Horizon
  • Bruce C. Nisbet, LMSW, DFNAP, President & CEO, Spectrum Human Services & Health Home Partners of WNY, LLC
  • Deceil Moore, LCSW, NADD-CC, Director of Connxxions, Meridian Health Services
  • Melissa Odorzynski, PharmD, MPH, Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company
  • Peter O'Neill, Associate Director of Reimbursement and Health Policy, Neuronetics, Inc.
  • Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS
  • Jessie J. Peters, MSN, FNP-BC, Director of Medical Integration, Spectrum Healthcare Group, Inc.
  • Alan Rice, LCSW, Population Health Specialist, VNSNY CHOICE - Select Health HIV SNP
  • Danny Rickert, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Coast Regional Care Organization
  • Dyann Roth, MS, Chief Executive Officer, Resources for Human Development
  • Nancy Ruddy, Ph.D., Vice President, Patient Engagement, McCann Health, & Principal, Nancy Ruddy, Ph.D., LLC
  • Kevin Scalia, Executive Vice President, Netsmart
  • Nicole Schechter, Psy.D., Rehabilitation Psychologist, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Tom Sebastian, MS, MPA, President & CEO, Compass Health
  • James Stewart, Chief Administrative Officer, Grafton Integrated Health Network, & Advisory Board Member, OPEN MINDS
  • Carole Taylor, RN, MSN, Chief Clinical Officer, Community Care
  • Peggy Terhune, Ph.D., President & CEO, Monarch
  • Andrew F. Vitullo, Executive Director, BioCare Recovery
  • Kenneth R. Weingardt, Ph.D., Scientific Director, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies & Professor, Northwestern University

The Premier Sponsor of The 2016 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute is Askesis Development Group. Askesis Development Group provides state-of-the-art software solutions for service delivery and business management excellence in health and human service organizations.

Industry leaders that will be making Knowledge Partner presentations as part of the institute program agenda include:

  • Core Solutions, Inc.
  • The Echo Group
  • Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company
  • Netsmart Technologies
  • U Squared Interactive

The event exhibit hall will be the location for multiple sponsored activities and will host over twenty of the industry's leading vendors, including:

  • DATIS HR Cloud
  • CapGrow Partners, LLC
  • Care Management Technologies
  • Credible Behavioral Health Software
  • First Nonprofit Group
  • Guardian Solutions
  • iCentrix
  • InnovaTel Telepsychiatry
  • Mediware - Alpha Solutions
  • NeuroStar
  • OnceLogix, LLC
  • PharmBlue LLC
  • Relias Learning
  • ThinkQuality
  • Unemployment Services Trust
  • Valant Medical Solutions
  • Welligent

More information on The 2016 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute, including speaker biographies, a complete institute agenda, and information about sponsors, exhibitors, and attending organizations can be found online at:

Online registration for the 2016 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute is now available to executives of health and human service organizations at

OPEN MINDS is a national strategic advisory firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service industry serving individuals with complex support needs: mental health; addiction treatment; children and family services; intellectual and developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care, reentry and diversion; and juvenile justice.

Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates believe by providing the latest market intelligence and management best practices to organizations serving the health and social support needs of the most vulnerable consumers, those organizations will be better able to provide efficient and effective services. Learn more at

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