ABOUT FUTURE LEADERS
The Home Health Care News (HHCN) Future Leaders Awards (“the Awards”) program recognizes the next generation of leaders in the home care, home health, private duty and hospice industries. In a competitive environment for talent, companies are facing an unprecedented challenge to attract, retain and grow their leaders at all levels. As a means to highlight some of these exciting individuals, HHCN has created the awards program to shine a spotlight on their leadership and the companies they represent.
The awards program provides opportunities for companies and organizations to showcase their talent and provide an independently judged program to provide recognition for the contributions their key employees are making. These high performing employees are the ones shaping the future of the delivery of care. Individuals may enter themselves or a colleague for this awards program. If you or someone you work with is making a difference, learn more about nominating him or her for the Future Leaders Awards.
- Showcase your organization as a supporter of innovation and industry leadership and stewardship.
- Leverage the entry to highlight an individual’s performance across your organization.
- Provide a means to recognize and reward an employee’s efforts with exposure to the industry and the world.
- Winners and finalists will be recognized on HHCN.
- Winners will be recognized at the HHCN Summit in September 2019.
Alex KoshevatskyCOO and PresidentHealthflex Home Health ServicesXAlex KoshevatskyCOO and PresidentHealthflex Home Health Services
Alex has always had a connection to caregiving and a passion for helping people age with signity in place. Before founding HealthFlex in 2012, he was a caregiver for senior members of his family, including his late great grandmother, who lived to 103. The experience really changed his life and his perception of the importance of caring for seniors. Since then, he has built a remarkable company with a tremendous culture and employee experience, finding a way to balance strong business performance with a strongly ethical, transparent way of doing things the right way. His passion for people and tremendous business acumen come across quickly and yet never obscure his empathy and skillful leadership. Before Healthflex, Alex started and/or grew several businesses quickly in other industries, which gave him the experience and skills he’s used to turn the Home Health industry in the Bay Area on its head.
Andrew GentileDivision Director, Strategy and InnovationBAYADA Home Health CareXAndrew GentileDivision Director, Strategy and InnovationBAYADA Home Health Care
My entry into the industry was as the apprentice of Mark Baiada – founder of BAYADA Home Health Care – in 2005. My job was to help organize a yearlong bus trip where Mark would travel around the country to meet with every single employee and talk about The BAYADA Way – our mission, vision, and values. Being right out of college, at the time I was just happy to have a job, but soon realized how fortunate I was to have stumbled upon a truly special place in an industry with unlimited opportunities. I was beyond blessed to have a front row seat to watch Mark live out the values that continue to drive the culture at BAYADA. Mark has a special ability to make everyone he interacts with feel like family. He showed me that a great company does not need to chase stock price, but rather it can chase mission, and it can still achieve great business results in the process. After that first year of learning from Mark Baiada, I was hooked on BAYADA Home Health Care and knew that I could use my passion for problem solving to address the growing need of helping people to heal at home. Mark – and now his son, David, BAYADA’s current CEO – continue to be incredible examples of what I consider to be the right kind of leadership. They put clients and employees ahead of short-term gains, all while fostering a competitive, entrepreneurial spirit that produces remarkable business results. Some people incorrectly assume that as a missioncentric non-profit, we operate on cruise control and lean towards the status quo. If that were the case, there is no way I would continue to wake up excited to go to work every day. What I love most about my job is that no two days are the same; but what remains constant is that I get to work with a group of smart, compassionate people, who are focused on helping people in their time of need.
Ashley HillSenior Director, Home Care and Support ServicesInstitute on AgingXAshley HillSenior Director, Home Care and Support ServicesInstitute on Aging
Ashley knew from a young age that she enjoyed spending time with older adults. She loved spending time with her grandparents and learning more about their life experiences and life stories. While her friends chose to do community service at the local SPCA or volunteering with children, Ashley spent her time volunteering at skilled nursing facilities. She developed a passion for advocating for the elderly and added Gerontology to her degree while attending college. She considers it the best decision she ever made. During that time, she learned a vast array of aging service options and focused on Assisted Living and In Home Care. She has had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the seniors she serves but also their families, care partners and all who make up the team. Ashley has over ten years of work experience in Aging Services. Before her role as Senior Director of Home Care Services at the Institute on Aging, Ashley was the Memory Care Director at a large retirement center in Oakland, CA. She has had roles as Resident Care Director, Retirement Counselor, Memory Care Manager and Memory Care Supervisor. She has lead successful union negotiations, successfully implemented a reorganization that improved financial and quality outcomes. She has participated in implementation of “I’m Still Here” Memory Care program in various memory care facilities, was elected nationwide for a fellowship opportunity with Leading Age, collaborated with community leaders and families to ensure quality care and compliance with clients and residents, supervised multi-disciplines across regions to ensure compliance and consistency of quality and delivery of care.
Darcie PeacockCEOSolace Pediatric Home HealthcareXDarcie PeacockCEOSolace Pediatric Home Healthcare
Darcie Peacock received her under graduate degree in Social work and worked in Child protection services. She enjoyed going into homes and working hard to support families. Once she graduated with her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy (OT), she knew she wanted to continue to work with children and families in the home setting. She loved the ability to get to know the family, understand their needs, learn what was important to them and give them tools and resources to thrive as a family. She started her career and spent several years as an OT in pediatric home healthcare. As her passion to positively impact families continued to grow, she made the decision to move into pediatric home healthcare management to help make changes to make quality therapy available to more children by streamlining processes, incorporating new technology and processes to provide better service and improve regulations.
Emily Wiechmann RN, BSN COS-CClinical Program ManagerComForCare Franchise Systems, LLCXEmily Wiechmann RN, BSN COS-CClinical Program ManagerComForCare Franchise Systems, LLC
In 2018, ComForCare began a search for someone to take the lead on the brand’s clinical programs. Emily has spent the past 11 years in home health. From Director of Clinical Services at Maxim Healthcare to Quality & Education Coordinator at McLaren Homecare Group, Emily has the expertise needed to drive the brand forward in home health. Her knowledge of the industry has played a crucial part in growing the brand over the past year, as the formation of Best Life Brands took place in January with more acquisitions to come. In a little over a year on the job, Emily has quickly built relationships with leadership and her team. And, equally important, she has spent a lot of her time building relationships with franchisees and caregivers on the front lines. With years of experience in the industry, Emily truly understands the needs of the business, and can easily relate to the caregivers.
Ernesto MorenoExecutive Director - Home Care and HospiceOverlook Visiting Nurse AssociationXErnesto MorenoExecutive Director - Home Care and HospiceOverlook Visiting Nurse Association
Ernesto Moreno has led the Overlook Visiting Nurse Association since 2017, achieving one of the most impressive turnarounds in the industry. He has played a crucial role leading a failing organization that raised from its ashes and is currently positioned as one of the industry leaders. Mr. Moreno is a Sr. Healthcare Executive with more than 18 years of experience generating positive impact in Home Care and Hospice organizations. He is a visionary and business strategist with knowledge and experience to best position organizations for the demographic, cultural and regulatory changes ahead. As Strategic Planner and Process improvement expert, he Provided Home Care Consulting services to Palmetto GBA (MCR Fiscal Intermediary) to develop Claim Audit Tools and led the task force to create strategies to guarantee compliance and decrease Medicare fraud. He is a Motivator, Team Builder, Coach and Mentor with outstanding management skills, bringing teams together into creating a culture of clinical and operational excellence and accountability.
Jason SasserVice President of Clinical StrategiesHealthPRO HeritageXJason SasserVice President of Clinical StrategiesHealthPRO Heritage
Jason worked as the Vice President of Operations and PTA for a private contract therapy company, Wiregrass Therapy Solutions, LLC from 2004 until 2017. He assisted with strategic marketing and established staffing at all south Alabama branch locations they contracted with. He helped open and establish the first official Care South Homecare branch offices that are located in Dothan, Enterprise, Eufaula, and Andalusia, Alabama. Care South was acquired by Encompass Health in 2015 and Jason continued as a home health PTA for Encompass Health during the final two years of the acquisition and was then promoted to Division Manager of the south Alabama branches. During this time he also became a “peer trainer” for new PTA’s. He then helped lead his Enterprise Branch Office to receive the Encompass Health’s “2017 Agency of the Year” award. Along with that honor, he also helped lead both of his branches to CMS 5-Star agencies within one year through collaborative QAPI, planning, and communication. As Division Manager he strategically implemented and managed the Community Care Program, Specialty Program, and the Care Transitions Program for Encompass Health. Jason also initiated and maintained ACO and BPCIA relationships with acute care facilities and area orthopedic physicians. He then was sought out by HealthPRO Heritage and became the Vice President of Clinical Strategies in March of 2019 and is helping lead the way for PDGM groundwork in the company and its strategic partners. He is currently involved in developing clinical utilization pathways, consulting with home health agencies for PDGM, and providing educational webinars and speaking engagements nationwide.
Kris NovakVice President of Mergers and AcquisitionsAmedisysXKris NovakVice President of Mergers and AcquisitionsAmedisys
Kris has spent the vast majority of his professional career at Amedisys. After graduating from Louisiana State University, he moved to Houston in January 2008 and started as a Credit Analyst for J.P. Morgan. After two years, Kris moved back to his hometown of Baton Rouge and started as a Corporate Development Analyst in November 2009. In the ten years since starting with the company, Kris has risen through the ranks, being promoted in quick succession to Manager, Director, Senior Director and now Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions.
Michael RambaudArea Director, Home Care/Assistive CareBAYADA Home Health CareXMichael RambaudArea Director, Home Care/Assistive CareBAYADA Home Health Care
Michael has a diverse working history for a young man. In High School he worked as a landscaper, a server in an Adult Living Facility and a referee for various sports. He started in restaurant management while putting himself through college and continued to grow to a General Manager with 80 employees. He started his own business: a driving school, which he continues to own. He also became a Real Estate Agent. He began his health care career with BAYADA in 2013, as a Client Service Manager in Assistive Care. In 2015 he was promoted to Director of the Tucson West office. He grew the office from Revenue per week of $45,000 to $100,000 over his first 2 years of leadership. In 2017 he became an Area Director over 3 successful offices. Michael will become the Division Director of the AZ and CO markets in 2020, upon the retirement of the current Division Director. We have complete confidence that Michael will continue to excel with these 7 growing offices.
Nick MuscatoVice President of Strategic FinanceAmedisysXNick MuscatoVice President of Strategic FinanceAmedisys
Nick began his career as an Investment Banking Intern at J.P. Morgan before going on to start his healthcare career at Humana in 2007, shortly after he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University. He started as a Financial Operations Analyst, serving as a member of the infusion development program designed for the accelerated advancement of future company leaders. In a year, Nick then transitioned to a new role he would keep until 2015 as a Corporate Development Leader and Investment Partner at HumanaVentures, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and venture capital. He focused on accountable care, primary care, Medicare Advantage health plans, healthcare IT/data analytics, healthcare services and consumer engagement. Nick moved to Amedisys in early 2015 to join newly instated CEO Paul Kusserow, a fellow alumnus of Humana. He joined the company in March 2015 as the Senior Director of Strategy and Corporate Development, delivering corporate and business unit strategy engagements. In 2017, he was promoted to Chief of Staff, supporting the senior management team and Board of Directors and ensuring streamlined execution of the CEO’s priorities. Since then, Nick has also acquired the titles of Vice President of Strategic Finance and Assistant Treasurer.
Adrian SchauerFounder & CEOAlayaCareXAdrian SchauerFounder & CEOAlayaCare
Adrian Schauer is the founder of AlayaCare, a home healthcare software company that has grown to 150+ employees since the SaaS company was founded in 2014. By combining virtual care tools with in-person home care software solutions, AlayaCare is helping home and community care organizations operate more efficiently and grow their business while delivering better quality of care. AlayaCare is where Adrian’s vision for technology and commitment to care converge. Its mission is rooted in his personal belief that innovation and technology can solve health challenges. Through AlayaCare, home and community care agencies replace outdated methods and solutions with tools that leverage predictive analytics, machine learning and AI. The result of this is more-timely, informed and data-driven decisions that contribute to improved clinical outcomes. Adrian’s passion for technology has been evident for almost 20 years. In 2005, Adrian co-founded the market leading mobile marketing company Vortex Mobile where he was in charge of product strategy. Vortex Mobile was recognized for two consecutive years as one of Canada’s 50 Fastest growing companies by Profit Magazine and was acquired by Transcontinental in 2010. In 2012, Adrian sold his mobile enterprise software start-up, Vortex Connect. He spent two years at Vortex Connect’s acquirer, JDA Software in a variety of roles including VP of Innovation. Adrian is an active Angel Investor and is a member of Maple Leaf Angels and Anges Quebec. Through Schauer Ventures, which Adrian established in 2012 (and is still active today), he supports early stage innovative companies where he can add value. Through funding, mentorship and management counsel, Schauer Ventures includes TrackTik, ChipCare, Public Goods, Resolver, ElementAI, Hacking Health Accelerator, and Roselawn Corp, and Podium Developments in its portfolio. In 2013, he became involved with Chipcare and is now Chairman of its Board. Chipcare is a University of Toronto start-up company that is revolutionizing diagnostics for infectious and non-communicable diseases in remote health settings through its mobile, simple-to-use, lab quality, blood-testing platform. He is also the co-founder of the Madiro Fund, an organization created to support innovative solutions to the health problems of women and children. It is the first initiative of The Gillian and Adrian Schauer Foundation, which seeks to invest in sustainable local projects promoting the health of communities in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, Adrian joined the Council of Canadian Innovators, which helps high-growth technology firms scale-up globally. It is through his venture activities, charitable work and because of his business and tech expertise that Adrian will continue to make meaningful contributions to Canada’s tech and healthcare industries.
Bailey PaxtonFounderAgilecareXBailey PaxtonFounderAgilecare
Bailey Paxton – is a dual finance and psychology graduate from Michigan State University. Bailey has worked at Right at Home Home care since 2013. He has interned at GE Aviation and Rystad Energy. He also has prior start up experience from founding Paxton Medical, a medical device company that identifies, redesigns, and markets medical devices with expired patents. Through his experience Bailey has completed and participated in the Ann Arbor Spark Startup Boot Camp program, DTX Launch Detroit, and the Bearcat Launchpad. He chose the home health industry after both his great grandmothers suffered from Alzheimer’s and Dementia and needed in-home care.
Emina PoricaninPartnerHodgson Russ LLPXEmina PoricaninPartnerHodgson Russ LLP
Emina has proven herself to be an invaluable asset to the home health care industry in NY. Currently a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, a prestigious law first in NYC, she is much more than just her title. The industry is plagued by ongoing issues that require specific attention, the attention that Emina has gracefully volunteered to provide. Emina specializes in all apects of labor and employment law. She has also emerged as the legal authority with regards to wage parity, a law that many lawyers willfully admit ignorance to.
Michael LloydClient Success Manager/Product SpecialistPlaymaker HealthXMichael LloydClient Success Manager/Product SpecialistPlaymaker Health
I entered the Home Health industry as a Patient Care Representative for LHC Group in 2013. During my three years at LHC, I learned a lot about the industry and the profound difference it can make in peoples’ lives. The passion I witnessed for serving our geriatric population was inspiring – every Nurse, Physician, and Case Manager I worked with was making a massive impact on their patients and their families. That inspiration was a catalyst to spend my young career focused on supporting the often-misrepresented Home Health industry. In 2017, I was able to bring knowledge from my sales role at LHC Group to a new and exciting start-up company in the Home Health, Hospice, and SNF world. I was honored to be the first full-time employee at viaDirect, a market intelligence company that analyzed Medicare Final Claims data. This new endeavor allowed me to dive into a whole new aspect of the industry and learn how claims data can be manipulated to help all the different parts of an agency. I had the chance to do many different things at the early stages of this company. I networked with different industry leaders through social media, conferences, as well as connecting with folks who were just getting started in the industry who were searching for a boost. I gained knowledge of the clinical and operational side of the Home Health and Hospice industry through claims data interpretation which allowed me to be more well-rounded with my prior experience in business development and sales. We had some very fast and quick success at viaDirect attributed to our refreshing take on the user interface and our data capabilities. Because we won the business of some major players in the industry, we garnered attention from larger companies looking to purchase our platform. Just under one year from our initial launch into the market, we entered into a partnership with Playmaker Health. For the past year, I have been working with the Playmaker team to integrate viaDirect’s client base and platforms into the organization. The transition to Playmaker has allowed me to further my talents of contracting, data consulting, and product development. I have worked tirelessly to transition existing viaDirect clients into the full suite of Playmaker products as well as solidifying contracts and relationships through the integration of the two companies. I am thankful to the leadership team at Playmaker for putting me in a position where I can continue to grow and be successful during this integration.
Steven C. Fox D.O.Medical DirectorWellspring Personal CareXSteven C. Fox D.O.Medical DirectorWellspring Personal Care
Dr. Steven Fox has devoted his entire professional career to seeing and treating people in their homes. As a physician whose practice is focused on Geriatric and Disability Medicine he has continuously made housecalls and managed patients in home care for 37 years. His interest in geriatrics began prior to medical school in 1977 with his Master’s Degree research on Alzheimer’s Disease at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In 1985 he formed Wellspring Gerontological Services, the first in-home comprehensive geriatric assessment program in the United States. In 1993, the private duty homecare company Wellspring Personal Care was incorporated in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Fox has served as the company’s Medical Director for the past 28 years. Wellspring Personal Care was instrumental in the formation, development and growth of the National Private Duty Association NPDA, now the Homecare Association of America HCAOA.
Wes LittleVice President, Applied InsightsWellSkyXWes LittleVice President, Applied InsightsWellSky
As vice president of analytics, Wes Little leads WellSky’s unified analytics strategy to deliver data-driven insights and innovative solutions. He previously served as director of product management for Kinnser Software, where he oversaw rapid product innovation for the company’s home health electronic medical record software. Wes holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington and Lee University. For Wes’s full professional history and biography, visit www.linkedin.com/in/wesleylittle.
Allen SerfasPresident and Co-FounderAssistance Home CareXAllen SerfasPresident and Co-FounderAssistance Home Care
Assistance Home Care was founded in 2011 in honor of Sally Serfas’ mother. The most important thing to her mother was her family and having good quality time together. She recalls that was usually done right around the kitchen table. It is the commitment to helping bring familes family back around the table that has led their hearts to open their company. The mission of Assistance Home Care is simple: When Moving Isn’t An Option… We are committed to honoring one’s wishes to remain at home and enrich the journey of aging with compassion, dignity and respect. Allen leveraged his 20+ year career with Enterprise Rent A Car as Corporate Vice President to help create a strong foundation for his company based on a commitment to great customer service and commitment to his employees. Assistance Home Care was opened to provide assistance for those wishing to age in the comfort of their own home. Assistance Home Care provides non-medical in-home care services and homemaker services to adults and seniors who want to remain at home with help, instead of struggling to meet their own needs. The company has assisted thousands of families over the years and has four offices serving the greater St. Louis area. The foundation that Allen and Sally have built at Assistance Home Care on is a model based on solid core values that they developed into the acronym “I RESPECT”, whch simply means the team is committed to respecting themselves, their clients and their team mates each and every day!
Bear MahonPresident and COOCaraVita Home Care, LLCXBear MahonPresident and COOCaraVita Home Care, LLC
My interest in service comes naturally, growing up in a military family. My parents worked in the medical field in hospitals and clinics. As a child, you would find me engaging the patients and encouraging them to get out of their rooms as a way to lift their spirits. I began my career in the senior housing industry as an Activities Director and Rehabilitation Coordinator. Beginning in 2000, I served as Executive Director and Area Operations Manager for assisted living communities in the Atlanta, GA area. Generating a progressive work history, I spent the next 20 years with two of the largest senior living providers serving in multiple roles to include; District Director of Operations, Regional Vice President, Divisional Vice President, and Vice President of Community and Field Operations. My time spent learning and growing through the ranks of the senior housing industry allowed me the opportunity to see and measure the overwhelming positive impact private-duty home care services had on both the ones in need and their loved ones. I was exposed to an amazing workforce of caregivers in the private-duty home care industry that had a true desire in their hearts to seek out and serve those in need. These traits are so rare today. I routinely found myself inspired and encouraged by them. In 2018; I was blessed by my mentor – Beth Cayce – to become the President and COO of CaraVita Home Care. I knew this opportunity would allow me an entry point into the private duty home care industry. I now had the opportunity to not only create value for those in need of care services and their family members, but I could actively recruit caregivers and connect them with those in need of their caring gifts and uplifting spirits. Becoming the COO of CaraVita has provided me with the opportunity to take a leadership role in (1) positioning privateduty home care as a viable care partner in the healthcare continuum of care, (2) showcasing how our personal care services ensure better health outcomes , and (3) ultimately revealing how our services are part of the economic solution for rising healthcare cost. The senior housing industry delivers a high quality of life and care services for seniors and will remain in my heart as a viable option for those in need. However; today’s seniors have a strong desire to reside in their own homes as long as possible. Technology is being developed and employed every day to make this a reality. It’s my mission to connect a senior’s desire to reside in their own home with a platform of services that keeps them safe and well. Private-duty homecare manages and monitors their well-being so they can safely live out their desires as long as possible.
Bob RothManaging PartnerCypress HomeCare SolutionsXBob RothManaging PartnerCypress HomeCare Solutions
Bob Roth is the Managing Partner of Cypress HomeCare Solutions. Bob assisted in creating Cypress HomeCare Solutions with his family in 1994. With 35 years of consumer products, health care and technology experience, Bob is considered an innovator of technologies used to enhance communication and effectively support customers and peers. Cypress HomeCare Solutions has been honored to receive a number of awards over the years, including Bob being chosen as the January 2014 CEO of the Month and was a finalist for the 2015 Phoenix Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes award. Cypress won the Better Business Bureau’s Business Ethics award in 2013. After taking the mandatory 5 years off from being eligible for this prestigious award, Cypress once again was a finalist, and secured their second victory on May 15, 2018. Bob’s background in consumer products marketing and his creative approach to marketing in home care has afforded him invitations to join the faculty and be an advisor to a number of national home care associations. Bob hosts a radio show called “Health Futures, Taking Stock in You.” This program airs every Friday from Noon to 1:00 pm on Money Radio 1510 AM, 105.3 FM. The talk show is about how to live a healthier happier life with a focus on our aging adult community and is in its 5th year. He writes a monthly column called “Aging Today” for the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, and Lovin Life after 50 newspapers. In March 2017 Bob was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. First time in the Council’s 38 years that a home care/home health care agency owner/manager has served on the Council. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobrothchs/ – LinkedIn
Christina CanitanoSenior Sales ExecutiveSeniorbridge by HumanaXChristina CanitanoSenior Sales ExecutiveSeniorbridge by Humana
Christina began her career as a social worker in a skilled nursing facility before joining Comforcare in 2012. She left there to work as the Director of Community Outreach for an Elderlaw Attorney and did very well but missed the client interactions and came back into homecare joining Seniorbridge in 2014. She has excelled in several markets and has been promoted to Senior Sales Executive. In this capacity she serves as a mentor and trainer for other sales executives throughout NJ. As her expertise as a mentor has become apparent she has received requests form other Regional Sales Managers asking if she would assist in training mentoring their new or struggling Sales Executives. She has done so with team members across the country. Christina has a unique attitude and is able to maintain both a positive and pragmatic approach. She is never afraid to try new approaches and is well regarded by team members from various disciplines within the organization. While her results are outstanding, despite transferring territories, it is her attitude and willingness to support her peers that will make her a future leader within our industry.
Gavin WardRegional Director of Strategy & Partnerships24 Hour Home CareXGavin WardRegional Director of Strategy & Partnerships24 Hour Home Care
Gavin’s an innovative industry leader that spearheaded various initiatives and “first to market” programs that have scaled to become models in the home care industry. Gavin was instrumental in growing 24 Hour Home Care from $9.8 million in 2011 to a projected $93 million in 2019 (over 849% growth). Gavin’s career began at Maxim Healthcare Services. Gavin excelled inas a nurse recruiter and management trainee. Later, Maxim was seeking an energetic leader to run its first ever non-medical home care division and as a result of his success, he was promoted from nurse recruiter to General Manager in just over 1 year. Gavin has found ways to incorporate non-medical home care in the medical field. He helped create and execute two innovative industry firsts: -1st home care company to create a formal partnership with Uber as a beta-tester for a new platform, and 24’s program was called RideWith24. RideWith24 is now used at over 50 hospitals, including prestigious groups like UCLA, USC, UCI, UCSD, Texas Health Resources, Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. -Some of the nation’s first Medicare Advantage funded home care partnerships with groups like Anthem/Care More and SCAN Health Plan. Gavin helped create new, “white label/private label” home care divisions for various organizations, which provides an additional revenue stream and helps to better manage patient populations. Gavin established partnerships with community-based organizations like Partners in Care Foundation in Los Angeles and prestgious home health and hospice organization, VNA Health Care,Inc. Many of these organizations stuggled s to build their own home care division, but with Gavin’s support in implementation, they created successful white label home care partnerships with 24 Hour. This gave the organizations opportunities to provide home care services to their community, while saving on operational costs to build out their own home care workforce, structure, and department. Gavin co-created/hosts PopHealth Podcast. PopHealth Podcast is the first podcast to focus on population health and care transitions within the health care industry. It reaches 20,000+ healthcare professionals and has been downloaded over 30,000 times. Leveraging the podcast, Gavin’s connected with prestigious healthcare leaders and has been able to shine light as to how home care’s a solution in healtchare. The show is nearing 100 episodes & guests have included California Insurance Commission Dave Jones, CMS’s Region IX Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ashby Wolfe, Dr. David Feinberg (now VP of Google Health), Dr. Sachin Jain (CEO of CareMore), Tom Jackiewicz (CEO-USC Keck Health), Chris Van Gorder (CEO-Scripps Health), and leaders from Health Plans/healthcare organizations. Gavin also helped develop 24 Hour’s continuing education program, allowing his colleagues to formally educate case managers and social workers on the value of home care. Over 100 courses have been presented across California, Arizona, and Texas that position home care as a solution in the care continuum. Gavin has presented for American Case Management Association, Case Management Society of America, and Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare.
Jennifer OsmanajDivision Director, Skilled Nursing UnitBAYADA Home Health CareXJennifer OsmanajDivision Director, Skilled Nursing UnitBAYADA Home Health Care
Jennifer will always say she “grew up” in the home care industry. BAYADA Home Health Care was her first job right out of college and 10 years later it has become her 2nd family. Jennifer started as an Associate in our Willow Grove, PA office where her talent for building relationships, having a growth mindset and a charismatic personality were quickly recognized. She worked her way up to a Client Services Manager (CSM) where she managed and grew a challenging caseload of both Assistive Care and Adult Nursing clients, totaling over 1500 hours billed/week and $60,000/week in revenue. Jennifer was the “go-to” in the office for daily office operations- she was a jack of all trades. She juggled many different client schedules, managed all insurance authorizations, played a crucial role in recruiting field staff and was the office Directors right hand. She excelled in many ways and exemplified every aspect of the BAYADA Way: Compassion, Excellence, and Reliability. Jennifer made a name for herself in the Willow Grove office so much that clients would call in specifically requesting her as their CSM. They trusted her and depended on her and she consistently delivered. She was nominated and was a finalist for the ‘Linda Siessel Client Services Award of Excellence’ for CSM of the year. Her entire office team as well as field staff and many of her clients wrote letters of recommendation that outlined her strengths and the positive impact she had on each of their lives. She is everyone’s cheerleader and genuinely wants everyone to succeed, both individually and as a team. Jennifer was promoted to the Director role in 2014 and was tasked with splitting the Willow Grove office. She went on to open a specialized Adult Nursing office that would later become Jamison Adult Nursing. Jennifer built her new team and was soon managing 8 office employees and overseeing the management of 100 field nurses (LPN, RN). Jennifer has an unbelievable talent of creating a team-focused, driven, ambitious environment that makes you want to succeed. She radiates enthusiasm and plays into everyone strengths to create a powerhouse dynamic team. The following year, Jamison Adult Nursing was recognized as BAYADA’s ‘Office of the Year’ in the Adult Nursing practice. Jennifer grew her office- again achieving success in our mission of hiring more people and taking care of more clients. With the success of her new office, Jennifer was promoted in 2017 as Area Director overseeing two additional offices in her region. She was then promoted again in 2018 to her existing position of Division Director where she currently oversees five offices in the Philadelphia, PA region.
Kerri PendleyDirector of Healthcare StrategyFirstLight Home CareXKerri PendleyDirector of Healthcare StrategyFirstLight Home Care
Kerri began her career in long term care as a marketing & social service director for a nursing home company. She was promoted to Administrator in Training program and obtained her Nursing Home Administrators license. She was recruited by a National Adult Day Service company as a Director, then was promoted to a larger center and relocated. After one year in that position, Kerri received another promotion as a regional director and relocated to another state. This was a new state for the company, which involved an acquisition of three centers; two new start up centers opened in the first year. Kerri was then recruited by a national home care and adult day services company based in Chicago and assumed the role of regional director of the adult day centers. During employment, she was promoted to regional director of 12 home care agencies in Illinois, as well as the adult day centers. Over the next year 3 more states were added, totaling responsibility for 17 home care offices in addition to the adult day centers. After 7 years, she was recruited by another national home care company as a regional director of home care and relocated to Tennessee. Kerri’s current position is Director of Healthcare Strategy for a national home care company. She is responsible for building relationships, partnerships and payer contracts for 34 states. She also is managing a new program within the company to expand services offerings and implement a telehealth component. You could say that Kerri was meant to be in this business. Her mother was a charge nurse for a long term care unit in a hospital system. In middle school, the bus would drop Kerri off at the hospital each afternoon so she could visit her ‘friends’. She would make her rounds to check on her friends and tell them about the school day, read to them, paint their nails…Kerri also became an excellent bingo caller. In college, she volunteered at an Adult Day Center where she continued to understand that we can learn so much about life, history and the world by engaging in conversation and truly listening to seniors and their stories. Nothing has changed in that regard – anytime Kerri has the opportunity to be around seniors, she wants to help make their day brighter. Although she does not directly see our clients daily
Kristen BealsDirector, Towanda PediatricsBAYADA Home Health CareXKristen BealsDirector, Towanda PediatricsBAYADA Home Health Care
Kristen joined BAYADA in 2006 from the retail industry. Kristen was hired as a Personnel Coordinator, conducting interviews and maintaining personnel files. Kristen’s personality is infectious and matched only by her determination and hard work. Kristen was quickly promoted to Client Services Manager where she shinned in her role. She easily connected with families and field staff and made everyone she worked with feel like a priority. When the Williamsport, PA office opened in 2010 Kristen helped open the office and was promoted to Director of the office in 2012. Kristen is known in the organization as a culture steward. She brings employees and clients into “the fold” and makes them feel cared about and seen. Caring about people is at the core of who she is as an individual.
Kristie VoydaDirector, Indiana County PediatricsBAYADA Home Health CareXKristie VoydaDirector, Indiana County PediatricsBAYADA Home Health Care
Kristie joined BAYADA in 2012 as an associate director of a small pediatric office. She was quickly promoted to director and never looked back. Kristie came to BAYADA with experience as an occupational therapist in a facility and home care settings. She also had experience as a director of a LIFE program. Kristie chose BAYADA and to pursue home care management because she had a strong desire to be involved with community based leadership. She also embraced the idea of utilizing her entrepreneurial spirit to grow a business where she was born and raised.
Mary Jo DietrichPresident / OwnerAt Home Senior ServicesXMary Jo DietrichPresident / OwnerAt Home Senior Services
Mary Jo’s passion for caring and assisting the elderly began with her experience caring for her grandfather. Her grandfather’s struggle inspired her to become a nurse to care for people like him. After graduating from St. Margaret’s Nursing School, she served as a cardiac nurse for 8 years. During that time she also went on to complete her bachelor’s degree and received her BSN-RN at Waynesburg University. During her time as a cardiac nurse, she realized there was a great need in Pittsburgh for senior care, and she decided to open a senior home care agency, At Home Senior Services, with her husband, David Dietrich. Since 2007, they have helped over 1000 families in achieving the goal of having their senior loved one remain in their home as they age. At At Home Senior Services, she goes above and beyond to meet with seniors and their families in order to match them with the best caregiver for their needs and wants. Using this expertise, she has further decided to bring this passion and her now wealth of knowledge of the senior care industry to a startup called Caregogi. This new venture was inspired by the families she has helped over the past 14 years who need a more affordable care option to remain in their homes. Rather than accept the industry’s trend for higher costs for home care, she chose to eliminate the agency altogether and allow families to connect with independent, quality caregivers who are connected to the families them via our propriatory, customized alogrithm on the site. At the same time, she is empowering the caregiver to be their own entrepreneur and also earn a higher wage than the industry norm by setting their own rate, allowing it all to go directly to the caregiver. She has worked with the incredible software engineers at a local software engineering company, Savvior, to infuse her knowledge of senior care into the algorithm of Caregogi. She knows that there are many seniors out there who need affordable care, and she wants to do all that she can to serve them.
Michael FerrainaCEOJEVS Care at HomeXMichael FerrainaCEOJEVS Care at Home
I have known Michael for the better part of 7 years during my tenure with BAYADA Home Health Care. I had the honor of working with Michael at BAYADA Home Health Care and was first introduced to him when he took over as Director of the Delaware office. My first impression of Michael was one that was unforgettable- He was very confident in his ability and made sure that anyone he interacted with felt important and has his undivided attention. Michael quickly made substantial contributions and was proactive in changing the culture of an office that had challenges and a micromanaged mentality. Although the change wasn’t easy and sometimes met with push back, the team rallied around Michael leadership and began breaking records. Within 1 year, the Delaware office doubled their growth and Michael was promoted to a Division Director of the Adult Home Care and Development office. In this role, Michaels key responsibility was helping to expand BAYADA’s footprint into new markets while overseeing existing offices out west. Michael tirelessly traveled out west and into new markets to help accomplish BAYADA’s mission of helping millions of people worldwide. Michael was a tremendous asset to BAYADA Home Health care and as I look back on my career, there has been no other leader that has impacted my life more than Michael Ferraina.
Pamela ReynoldsPresidentAllegiance Aging Care ServicesXPamela ReynoldsPresidentAllegiance Aging Care Services
Pam was drawn to working in the senior care industry because of a personal experience helping her father care for her Grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Her father had difficulty managing her at home for multi-faceted reasons and she ended up being placed in assisted living/memory care. This experience stuck with her and, after graduating from Shepherd University in the field of Psychology/Sociology in 2005, she her first job was a social worker in a skilled nursing facility. One of her favorite things to do was spend time with the long term care residents and identify “simple pleasures” that could brighten their day. She would work those simple pleasures into their care plans and work with the staff to ensure they were included on a routine basis. She earned her administrator’s license in the later part of the 6 years she spent working there, and then went on to work as an Assisted Living Administrator for several more years. What she found while working in long term care facilities was that by and large, seniors desired to stay in their homes. Since then she went through a career shift into home health care working for a corporation for several years before starting her own company, Allegiance Aging Care Services in 2013.
Shelia DavisExecutive Senior Vice President of Area OperationsAlways Best Care Senior Services, LLCXShelia DavisExecutive Senior Vice President of Area OperationsAlways Best Care Senior Services, LLC
May 15Nominations open
July 31Nominations close
September 3Finalists announced
September 18Winners announced
Rich TinsleyPresident & CEOStoneridge Partners
Ashish ShahPresident & CEOPreparedHealth
Program Director of Revenue Cycle OutsourcingBlackTree Healthcare Consulting
William J. Simione, IIIManaging PrincipalSimione Healthcare Consultants
Who is eligible for the Future Leaders award?We are seeking submissions from leaders with no less than 5 years of industry experience who are innovating and providing leadership within organizations who demonstrate a passion and commitment to the business. I’m not an operator, agency, provider or health system. Can I still enter? Yes, we will accept vendor nominations for the awards program in the various categories outlined. If you have further questions on what category, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org I’m working for a large organization or a franchise. Will you accept more than one entry for our organization? Yes, we will accept a maximum of 10 nominations for individuals for any organization. Once the limit is achieved, any nominations received will be notified that the maximum number of submissions has already been reached for the annual program. What qualities do you seek for those applying for the Emerging Leaders award? See the criteria here. What kind of information should I submit? All the requirements for the submitted can be found in the submission requirements. All information provided may be published or used as part of the Awards program. Do not submit anything that should be withheld as private information or any information that you do not have permission to share publicly. Are these awards for individuals working in the ‘for-profit’ sector only? No, we encourage those working in non-profit, for profit as well as public / governmental agencies as well. Can a group of individuals be nominated together? No. We are looking to highlight individual contributions. Can I enter if I’ve received other industry recognition and honors for work in my field? Yes entries will be made based upon submission criteria outlined for the HHCN Future Leaders program. The program is designed to spotlight individuals that may not have received industry recognition previously but these individuals may have received other awards or accolades. Do I need to be a company founder or “entrepreneurial“ to apply? No, that is not required. We encourage everyone to participate that has demonstrable leadership experience that meets the overall criteria HERE to apply for the awards. Can I be working at an organization outside the United States to be eligible? Yes, we accept awards submissions from those working at organizations that are outside of the United States.
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What are the Future Leaders Awards meant to showcase? The Future Leaders Awards nominees should meet the criteria outlined in the program, and each nominee should be a leader within your organization who has the potential to rise within your ranks and take on a greater role as an industry thought leader or influencer. The nominees should be those who have not previously received many, if any, industry accolades. We are a startup/small business. Can we nominate someone from our C-suite? Yes, as long as the minimum of five years of industry experience is met. The criteria shows a minimum of five years in the industry. Is there a maximum? No, there is not a maximum number of years in the industry. Executives who have been in the industry for a longer time can be nominated as long as they demonstrate the leadership qualifications and have shown a commitment to the industry. We are a medium to large home health provider. Can we nominated any of our C-suite executives? We encourage you to submit individuals who are not in the C-suite, as those are typically proven leaders in medium to large organizations. Where are the official rules? See the terms and conditions Who do I contact with additional questions? firstname.lastname@example.org