Michaela Methner

Michaela Methner

With experience in the policy, theory and practice of health communication, Michaela Methner has performed research, monitoring, and evaluation to help teams develop materials and relationships to advance projects.

Before joining HMA, she was an intern for several organizations including the Spina Bifida Association of America, the Sparrow Hospital Foundation, and Premier HealthCare in New York. During these experiences she built relationships on behalf of the organization, planned events, coordinated and updated marketing materials and channels, and drafted policies and communication plans.

Her work has included tracking projects and monitoring schedules, budgets, and resources as well as conducting research, editing publications, and interviewing experts and presenters.

She earned a Master of Arts in health and risk communication and a Bachelor of Arts in political theory and constitutional democracy, both from Michigan State University.

Linda Follenweider

With more than two decades of clinical expertise and system transformation experience, Linda Follenweider is an accomplished consultant and practitioner.

An advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and board-certified family nurse practitioner, Linda has worked directly with patients and populations including in team-based and corrections settings. Her experience includes design and implementation work with health systems and health plans across the country particularly in the areas of innovative models of care and care delivery including Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), Health Homes, and specialty practices.

Linda has extensive experience in correctional healthcare delivery, from leadership to boots-on-the-ground delivery of care. Most recently as chief operating officer (COO) of Correctional Health and as a direct result of systems established under her leadership, Cook County Jail was able to contain and mitigate spread of COVID-19 in a complicated congregate setting while providing access to care. This included creating new efficiencies and processes as well as expanding telehealth services for patients.

Linda utilizes a data-driven approach and quality science to measure and move systems and groups to improve patient outcomes and create efficiencies in processes. She has been recognized for her work using robust data gathering and quality improvement science to elevate care for detainees, engage and elevate staff, and sustain these changes.

Linda has led and expanded care for patients with opioid use disorder which included a fully licensed medication-assisted treatment program for detainees as well as a naloxone on release education and provision program. She has assisted in diversion and intercept modeling for communities seeking solutions for complex issues surrounding the justice involved population.

In community and ambulatory settings, she has created and operationalized curriculum and training, including nurse competencies, for all members of practice staff to increase confident functioning at their highest level of licensure and skill set as part of a larger team. She also created and implemented a train-the-trainer protocol for nurse care managers for multiple large health systems including LA County, San Francisco, and Cook County with a special focus on chronic disease, multimorbidity, and behavior change.

As interim clinic director for a large mental health service provider in Detroit, she opened its physical health clinic to provide clinical services for patients with serious and persistent mental illness, and/or substance abuse that included linkages with recently released detainees. Linda has also done extensive work in the area of workforce development and training, including curriculum and competency development to support right staffing and system redesign as models of care and expectations for staff change.

Linda re-joined HMA in 2020 after serving as COO for Correctional Health at Cook County Health (CCH), which provided healthcare services to patients at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and the Cook County Jail. As COO she led the creation of a national model for correctional health that has resulted in better outcomes for patients and the dissolution of 10 years of U.S. Department of Justice oversight at the jail. In addition, under her leadership, the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center was recertified by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and she created robust reporting for data-driven care using electronic health records and jail management systems. Her system contributions in leadership also led to her recognition with the Pinnacle Nurse Leader at Cook County Health awarded by UIC Power of Nursing Leadership, having been nominated by CCH leadership.

She has served on the Board of Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN) as the founding member and three-term regional chair and the co-chair of the Reimbursement Committee. In these roles she served as an advisor to employers, practices, and APNs in Illinois around practice and licensure as well as the practice act, rules and regulations that guide APN and physician assistant practice in Illinois. She is an expert in billing and practice for Advanced Practice Providers.

Linda was named the Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year in 2009 by the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing and has served as graduate school adjunct faculty for Loyola University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Rush University and the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Linda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and Master of Science degree at St. Xavier University.

Marc Richman

A licensed and practicing psychologist for more than 30 years, Marc Richman is a strong clinical, systems and policy leader who believes merging his clinical and policy knowledge have made him stronger in both areas.

Prior to joining HMA, Marc held executive leadership positions throughout the State of Delaware before retiring after 27 years of state service. He began his career in the child mental health division, spending his last five years as the division deputy director. While there, his primary focus was incorporating mental health and substance use into an integrated and holistic system. Marc also served as the chief liaison between the health division and Delaware’s Family Court.

Marc served on the adult side of the behavioral health system as an assistant director of community mental health and substance abuse services. Among other initiatives, he co-led expansion of the Substance Use Disorder Continuum to address the rising opioid epidemic ravaging the community, public, and private behavioral health systems. He also oversaw the statewide case management and assessment system for individuals with behavioral health challenges who were involved in the adult judicial system.

Marc was appointed bureau chief of healthcare services for the Delaware Department of Correction and administered all the medical, behavioral health, and pharmacy contracts for the statewide prison system. In that role and until his retirement from the state, he was proud to lead his team on several key strategic initiatives throughout the system.

Marc led the bureau and department through several class action lawsuits to improve healthcare, resulting in a reduction in restrictive housing for the seriously mentally ill, as well as significantly increasing services for this vulnerable population.

His bureau also successfully tackled the management and expansion of clinical services for the transgender population. In addition, Marc and his team oversaw the increase in assessment and treatment of offenders with Hepatitis C, while managing the significant fiscal impact on the system.

Dr. Richman’s proudest and most notable contribution was leading the design and implementation of a full continuum of medications for addiction treatment (MAT) throughout the entire Delaware prison system.

He earned a doctorate in clinical and school psychology and a master’s degree in psychology, both from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.

Marc and his wife, Amy, love to travel, garden, hang with their dogs and cats and enjoy being involved in the lives of their three adult children. Born in New York, he is a life-long and die-hard Yankees fan who frequently has one of his guitars in hand pretending…he sounds good!

Muriel Kramer

A skilled policy and data analyst and communicator, Muriel Kramer is an empathic and adept healthcare professional with experience in behavioral health, substance use disorder (SUD), healthcare management and social determinants of health.

Before joining HMA, Muriel earned her Master of Social Work following time spent working with non-profit organizations, pharmacies, and in communications positions. She focused her study on mental health, criminal and social justice, and advocates for social change and improved healthcare outcomes for marginalized constituent groups.

To that goal, Muriel has served as site coordinator, triage and diversion coordinator, social worker and program director for Bay Cove Human Services where she, in these varied roles, managed day-to-day center operations, designed and promoted triage programs for those with homelessness, SUD and complex mental illness and directed an overnight, emergency shelter for adults with SUD during the winter months in Cambridge, MA.

Her dedication to helping those in need also includes serving as a social worker where she developed a program to enhance case management and better serve those homeless adults with SUD in the Bay Cove Emergency Shelter. She worked to address client needs from identifying and providing immediate supports to obtaining long-term treatment and housing for clients.

Muriel is dedicated to improving healthcare and health outcomes for those living in poverty, living with trauma history, past incarceration and other social determinants of health.

In addition to earning a Master of Social Work from Boston College School of Social Work, she has earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Syracuse University and served the United States Air Force earning the rank of Captain.

She is a proud and happy mom of six adult children, with the youngest two in college, and enjoys playing with her grandchildren, family camping, board games, reading and stitching.

Shannon Robinson

Shannon Robinson, MD is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She has spent decades working in behavioral health, primary care, and behavioral health specialty care integration.

Before joining HMA, she served as director of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at the San Diego Veterans Administration (VA). She oversaw screening, brief intervention, referral, assessment, level of care determination, initiated medications for addiction treatment (MAT), and expanded access to evidenced-based psychotherapies. In addition, she worked on developing the VA’s national educational materials for alcohol use disorders, opioid use disorders, pain management and treatment of insomnia.

Dr. Robinson served as the chief of addiction service for California Correctional Healthcare Services where she was the champion change management agent for administration and line staff while initiating MAT within primary care. She also helped develop enhanced evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and person-centered care throughout the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Robinson provided and supervised telehealth in the VA and California Correctional Healthcare Services, where she was part of a team that greatly expanded telepsychiatry, and she started the teleaddiction service.

Her research, clinical, training experience and publications cover psychopharmacology, cognitive behavior therapies, Hepatitis C, addictions, telehealth, correctional healthcare, primary and behavioral health integration and related topics.

She also has two decades of teaching experience with mental health, primary and speciality care, pharmacy and nursing staff, which includes curriculum development, in-person presentations and interactive webinars, and virtual trainings for all healthcare disciplines, non-healthcare staff, patients, family and lay persons.

As part of her prior work, she has experience with design, implementation, and oversight of operations for substance use disorder treatment programs and staff including alcohol drug counselors, psychologists, social workers, nursing, prescribers and pharmacy staff. This work included creation of workflows, policies, procedures, standardized practices/protocols, data reporting, and quality and performance improvement.

Dr. Robinson earned her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in psychology. She completed her residency and psychosomatic psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, where she remained a faculty member for over 15 years.

Shelly Virva

With a passion for social justice and caring for vulnerable patients and more than 20 years working as a licensed clinical social worker, Shelly Virva is a thoughtful and experienced healthcare leader. Her work has focused on helping those who suffer from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, chronic medical and early life trauma.

Before joining HMA, she served as the associate clinical director and subject matter expert for the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, an initiative of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. As the expert on addiction and co-occurring disorders, she was part of an interprofessional group working with patients with complex health and social needs. She regularly provided coaching, training, and model co-design for vulnerable populations in health systems and Federally Qualified Health Centers around the country.

Additionally, she was part of an interprofessional team that started an ambulatory intensive care unit for high frequency emergency department users and pregnant women with substance use disorders.

Shelly’s experience also includes working for a regional payer of both commercial and government plans as well as leading clinical case management, behavioral health departments, community access programs and providing technical assistance for a variety of projects in the area of addiction, behavioral health, and strategic communication and program development. She recently co-authored a best practice toolkit for starting and expanding medications for addiction treatment in primary care settings.

She earned a Master of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Shelly lives in Grand Rapids with her spouse, three sons and two dogs. She enjoys playing soccer, walking her dogs and snowboarding. Her hobbies include puzzles, reading, and slot car racing.

Moira Muir

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Moira Muir is a health policy leader with more than 30 years of experience in public, private and non-profit behavioral healthcare organizations. Her work has included program administration, managed care, direct patient care and population health management. As a licensed mental health counselor, she brings a perspective of clinical, operational, and strategic expertise that comes from having worked in a variety of settings. She is an experienced collaborator with state agencies and stakeholders and has deep subject matter expertise in crisis intervention service delivery, best practices, program design, management and implementation.

Moira’s work at HMA includes supporting states in the design and implementation of community-based mobile crisis intervention services including the development of quality metrics to advance operational and clinical outcomes. She has supported states with 988 implementation planning and has collaborated with providers and health systems to advance behavioral health integration, redesign delivery models, and improve health outcomes including behavioral health HEDIS measures for individuals with complex health and social needs.

Before joining HMA, Moira served as the vice president of network management at Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, an organization that manages behavioral healthcare for more than 500,000 Medicaid members. She directed the development and implementation of network quality, access, rate and provider performance standards including performance-based incentives as well as policies and procedures. In that role, she directed strategic planning for the statewide crisis services and oversaw delivery to ensure high quality, culturally competent, clinically, and cost-effective, integrated community-based behavioral health crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization services offering viable service alternatives to hospital emergency departments.

She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University and her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles.



Deb Peartree

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During her career, Deb Peartree has partnered with Medicaid Managed Care organizations, Independent Practice Associations, primary care practices, long-term care facilities and public health entities. Her experience and expertise include training and teaching in a variety of settings, overseeing performance and quality improvement, leading practice transformations, and establishing collaborations to better serve safety net populations.

She is an experienced provider and teacher who has developed and trained care managers and facilitated primary care practice improvement by working directly with physicians, providers, and practice staff to improve workflow, care team effectiveness and community collaboration. She also established and continues to support a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Collaborative as a shared learning environment for practices pursuing National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH recognition and practice improvement.

Deb served as executive director of the Rochester Integrated Health Network, Inc. where she worked to pursue collaborative strategies to improve healthcare for safety net populations among hospital systems and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

As executive director of the Greater Rochester Health Home Network, LLC,  she established and led a Health Home organization which provided care management services for 25,000 of the highest risk and highest need Medicaid recipients in a 13 county service area of upstate New York. She directed clinical strategy and improvement at Monroe Plan for Medical Care where she supported clinical staff in the development and implementation of improvement strategies, care enhancement initiatives, practice and community-based organization improvement activities. She also directed clinical strategy at the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency working with community partners to establish the clinical platform for a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Challenge Award grant including the training and deployment of care managers and planning of practice support strategy.

Deb has shared her knowledge as a clinical instructor at the University of Rochester where she taught quality improvement application in practice. She also developed and taught health systems planning in the Health Systems Administration graduate program for Rochester Institute of Technology.

She was selected by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to serve as one of 72 Innovation Advisors and is also an Institute for Healthcare Improvement certified Improvement Advisor.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and nursing from State University of New York and a Master of Science Degree in health systems administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Deb lives in Rochester, NY with her husband, Mark. She is the proud mother of four children and has three adorable grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves to cook, garden, ski, and enjoy her family.

Caitlin Thomas-Henkel

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Caitlin Thomas-Henkel is a health policy leader with extensive experience working in clinical, government, and non-profit settings. She has collaborated with states, providers, law enforcement and health systems to advance behavioral health integration, prepare for value-based payment, redesign delivery models, and implement alternative workforce strategies for people with complex health and social needs.

Prior to joining HMA, Caitlin was a senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) where she spearheaded several national initiatives supporting providers, pharmacies and health systems to create effective care models and develop sustainable financing. At CHCS, she collaborated with New Jersey state agencies to design and implement an Office-Based Addiction Treatment Model for Medicaid members with substance use disorders. Caitlin also provided technical assistance to states participating in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation State Innovation Models initiative and led a learning collaborative for Rhode Island’s Medicaid Accountable Entities.

She previously served as deputy director of policy at the Rhode Island Senate, staffing the Health and Human Services Committee. During her tenure, Caitlin helped strengthen mental health parity law, oversaw a study which advanced legislation for emergency department diversion and oversaw hearings focused on reforming the child welfare system.

As director of the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Council in Providence, Rhode Island, Caitlin led a nationally recognized community substance abuse prevention coalition. She worked closely with the Providence Police Department to provide crisis intervention training to officers and partnered with Lifespan Health System and Brown University to adopt policies that increased awareness of addiction as a chronic disease.

Caitlin earned her master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston University, with a macro (policy) certificate and a bachelor’s degree in child development and education from the University of New Hampshire.

In her free time, you can find Caitlin swimming laps, on the sidelines cheering her two kids, or cruising the Jersey coast alongside her husband on their sailboat.

Dave Schneider

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Dave Schneider is an experienced public administrator with more than 30 years’ experience dedicated to improving specialty healthcare. Through cross-county and cross-organizational collaborations, he helped develop innovative solutions built upon a foundation of public administration education and experience, community service and servant-leadership excellence.

Prior to joining HMA, Dave served as a behavioral health specialist for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where he led development of metrics projects, implemented federal regulations and facilitated coordination of programs to improve health and well-being of those with co-morbid physical and behavioral health conditions.

He is a proven strategic planner and leader with a passion for behavioral and integrated healthcare. He has guided the development and operations of information systems, quality management, regulatory compliance, client access and eligibility and contract management as the lead administrator of a Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP).

Dave previously served as chief executive officer of a start-up regional health entity serving a PIHP and clients in 21 counties. He worked with national consultants to implement a behavioral health home pilot, forging relationships with Medicaid health plans and assuming responsibility for management of public funding for substance use disorder services in the region.

A facilitator of synergistic partnerships, Dave also served as director of affiliation services and developed a statewide plan for implementing an integrated care learning community and regional information systems to meet organizational, state and federal requirements.

He earned a Master of Public Administration and bachelor’s degrees from Western Michigan University.

A dedicated community service volunteer, Dave has served as a health plan board member, a Boy Scout scoutmaster, and supporter of local sports, band and school advisory councils.