Robin A. Preston

Robin A. Preston

Dedicated to improving access to healthcare for low-income populations, Robin Preston has been working in the policy and operations spaces of healthcare for more than 30 years. During her career, she has worked in the private sector and in managed care organizations, including comprehensive and behavioral health, in addition to working as a public servant with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Before joining HMA, she served as associate partner for the Policy and Program Management practice within the IBM Watson Health’s Federal Consulting practice. While there, she served as subject matter expert on contracts covering value-based payment; Medicaid; managed care, including encounter data; home and community-based services (HCBS); and substance use disorder treatment and access.

As a civil servant, Robin spent more than eight years in increasingly more senior roles with CMS where she was instrumental in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the federal level. She led implementation in 21 states that used managed care as a delivery system and led teams that oversaw Medicaid expansion in several states as well.

In addition, her work with CMS included coordinating federal Medicaid response to crises including natural disasters, Zika healthcare emergency and the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. She managed regional offices and stakeholder relations and served as liaison to several associations and boards.

Prior to her career with CMS, Robin worked for a Medicaid managed care plan and had the opportunity to implement the DC Healthcare Alliance program for uninsured adults in the District of Columbia. She also coordinated the opening of The Bridge Homeless Shelter in Dallas, Texas, with onsite behavioral health services, implemented pay for performance provider incentives for better patient outcomes, and helped plan enrollees navigate the healthcare system.

Robin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. She is the proud mother of twin boys Kendall and Kai. Robin enjoys travel, and you can often find her at a sporting event.

Vince Ventimiglia

Vince Ventimiglia leads the Leavitt Partners D.C. office, including the firm’s alliances and federal advocacy work.

With over three decades of congressional and health policy experience, Vince plays an integral role in facilitating relationships with congressional and executive branch offices and providing in-depth analysis of federal government action. He also leads complex, multi-disciplinary collaborations among multi-sector health care organizations seeking to implement significant health care policy initiatives.

In previous roles, Vince was the assistant secretary for legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this capacity he served as the department’s liaison to Congress and as the Secretary’s chief advisor on all legislative matters affecting the department. Prior to his time at HHS, Vince served on the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee as Health Policy Director of the Chairman´s Health Policy Team. In 2005, he moved with Chairman Gregg to serve as Policy Director for the Senate Budget Committee, where he also worked on entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and welfare.

From 1998 to 2001, Vince served as director of the Government Affairs Office for Medtronic, Inc., one of the world´s leading medical technology companies Before joining Medtronic, Vince a held a variety of health policy positions on Capitol Hill, serving as counsel to the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana. He previously worked with the committee on health issues from 1985 to 1988.

Vince graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Andrew Croshaw

Andrew Croshaw is CEO of Leavitt Partners. Andrew joined Leavitt Partners at its inception in 2009 and was appointed to his current role in April 2017. He has played an instrumental role in positioning Leavitt Partners as one of the nation’s leading health care intelligence firms. In his current role, he oversees the operational and strategic activities of all Leavitt Partners enterprises.

Previously, Andrew served as the President of Leavitt Partners Consulting where he oversaw the delivery of consulting services to clients across the country. Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Andrew was a senior executive advisor to Secretary Mike Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he managed the overall implementation of a signature department initiative to improve the connectivity, transparency, and value of America’s health care system. Prior to serving in the federal government, Andrew worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Eli Lilly and Company where he provided leadership for the corporate Medicare and Medicaid business segments.

Andrew earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University, where he pursued interests in health care innovation and leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Utah State University.

Lisa Higgins

Lisa N. Higgins is a seasoned and accomplished attorney practicing at the intersection of corporate law and strategy, with extensive experience in risk management, ethics and compliance, and litigation. Her focus is helping people find answers to their problems, and she has concentrated her career as corporate counsel to engage in the strategy and challenges that come with finding ways to improve business processes.

In addition to serving as general counsel for HMA, she serves in a dual role with Leavitt Partners, an HMA Company, where she continues to serve in various legal, strategy, and compliance roles. She is responsible for all corporate legal functions and provides guidance and recommendations to corporate leadership on legal, compliance, business risk, and strategic matters. She has also managed the legal department and provided additional healthcare-specific compliance advice on conflicts, privacy, HIPAA, contracts, and lobbying.

Before joining Leavitt Partners, she held various positions with private law firms in Georgia. She provided legal advice and counseling in a broad array of areas including risk management, general liability, commercial risk, and contractual limitations. In addition, she negotiated commercial agreements for both small and large enterprises and facilitated and managed multiple legal teams consisting of internal and external partners.

During her career, Lisa has also handled the defense of clients in state, federal and class action lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions, governance and other business and healthcare-related functions. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, a Juris Doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in social science and business from Eureka College.

Michael O. Leavitt

Michael O. Leavitt is the founder of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In previous roles, Mike served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush (as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah.

Mike grew up in Cedar City, Utah, where his upbringing was rooted in the values of the American West, with its emphasis on hard work and common sense. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business while working in the insurance industry. In 1984, he became chief executive of The Leavitt Group, a family business that is now the nation’s second-largest, privately-held insurance brokerage.

In 1993, Mike was elected governor of Utah. He served three terms (1993-2003). In 2003, he joined the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, serving in two positions: first as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and then as secretary of Health and Human Services (2005-2009). At HHS, he administered a $750 billion budget — nearly 25 percent of the entire federal budget — and 67,000 employees.

He led the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The task required the design, systematization, and implementation of a plan to provide 43 million seniors with a new prescription drug benefit. By the end of the first year, enrollments exceeded projections, prices were lower than projected, and seniors expressed high levels of satisfaction.

Mike’s strategic ability can be seen in his redesign of the nation’s system of quality and safety standards for imported goods. In the spring of 2006, President Bush assigned him to lead a government-wide response. Within months, he commended a major strategic shift in U.S. policy on import regulation and trade.

A pattern of innovation runs throughout Mike’s career. When he was elected governor, Utah’s major freeway system was dangerously inadequate. Taking what some thought was a significant political and financial risk, Mike instigated a design-build system, creating cost and quality incentives between the state and its contractors. The project was finished in half the originally projected time and well under budget.

Mike is, at heart, an entrepreneur. As governor, he organized a group of his colleagues to form Western Governors University. At WGU, degrees are earned based on competency rather than credit hours. WGU now has more than 60,000 students who reside in each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Enrollment is growing at 35 percent a year. In November 2008, TIME magazine named WGU “the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”

Collaborator is a word that comes up repeatedly when one examines Mike’s background. His skill led his colleague governors to elect him as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. His book—Finding Allies, Building Alliances—was released in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass Publishers and chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration.

Mike is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries. He has conducted negotiations on matters related to health, the environment, and trade. At the conclusion of his service, the Chinese government awarded him the China Public Health Award – the first time this award has ever been given to a foreign government official.

Chuck Milligan

Chuck Milligan

Chuck Milligan is a respected healthcare leader who has made significant contributions in both the public and private sectors.

He has served as the Medicaid director in two states, New Mexico and Maryland. In Maryland, he was responsible for implementation of the Medicaid components of the Affordable Care Act including the Medicaid expansion, and for initial work in the creation of Maryland’s health insurance exchange.  While leading the New Mexico Medicaid program in the late 1990s, Chuck spearheaded its conversion from fee-for-service to managed care, and he launched New Mexico’s Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) program.

As a consultant, Chuck has provided services to more than 20 states, testifying before the state legislatures in eight states and Congressional committees, as well as working with states on Medicaid redesign, coverage initiatives, rebalancing efforts, dual eligible strategies, waivers, and other issues.

Most recently, he served as chief executive officer (CEO) for UnitedHealthcare’s Community Plan in New Mexico, with accountability for the Medicaid and DSNP lines of business in the state. He also served as interim CEO for UnitedHealthcare’s Community Plan in Maryland, and as national vice president for UnitedHealthcare’s Dual Special Needs Plans.

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) appointed Chuck a commissioner to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) in January 2015 and appointed him vice chairman in May 2019.

Chuck earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkley, and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Doug Elwell

A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare delivery organizations, Douglas (Doug) L. Elwell is a skilled collaborator with extensive operational and financial expertise.

Doug previously served as Illinois Medicaid director in the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. In this position he played a key role leading the Medical Division’s work on an ambitious agenda within a new administration. Under his leadership, the division continued to look at opportunities to improve services, particularly ways to keep people in less restrictive environments. Programs like PACE, HCBS services, and health homes started a review process for enhancement.

Prior to serving the state of Illinois, Doug was deputy chief executive officer (CEO) for finance and strategy for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. He was responsible for strategic planning, all aspects of finance and accounting, information technology, human resources, project management, and the system’s managed care plan. During this time he assisted in growing the Medicaid managed care entity and creating and/or enhancing relationships with outpatient mental health providers and FQHCs.

Doug previously supported HMA clients as a managing principal and principal in the firm’s Indianapolis office. He devoted his efforts to a multi-year, wide-ranging engagement with the State of Indiana, as well as serving in interim roles as chief financial officer (CFO) and working with large, public providers, especially in the areas of operations, finance, and Medicaid special financing.

Prior to joining HMA in 2003, he led hospital systems in an array of roles including CEO, chief operating officer, and CFO. He served as the president and executive director of Health and Hospital Corporation in Indianapolis, a municipal corporation consisting of a public hospital, public health department, community mental health center, and specialty and primary care physician offices.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science degree in administration from the University of Notre Dame. He has been licensed as both a certified public accountant and nursing home administrator.

Kevin Pitts

Kevin Pitts is a strategic finance executive with more than 20 years of progressive experience in financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, investments, and restructuring.

Kevin joins HMA as the vice president of finance and will provide analytical leadership for business growth, strategic planning, profitability, and corporate development initiatives.

Before joining HMA, Kevin served as finance director at Fresenius Medical Care, an industry-leading renal care provider, where he led capital sourcing, investment, acquisition due diligence, and financing activities.

Prior to entering the healthcare industry, Kevin worked as a senior finance manager at Competitive Power Ventures, a leading developer of thermal and renewable power generation.  He served as finance lead or key collaborator on executing more than $8 billion in project finance, mergers and acquisitions, refinancing, and restructuring transactions across major U.S. power markets.

Kevin started his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen and obtained a certified public accountant license in New York state. He is a graduate of Brandeis University with a master’s degree in finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Iona College.

Kevin and his wife, Jenny, have four children and reside on Boston’s south shore. He enjoys coaching and attending his children’s sporting events, going to the beach, and grilling dinner for friends and family.

Tim Spillane

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Tim Spillane is an experienced strategic advisor who has seamlessly managed merger and acquisition transactions for companies and private equity firms for more than 30 years. His work has been focused on healthcare services businesses with particular emphasis on government funded, managed care payers and providers.

Since joining HMA, he has developed the firm’s professional mergers and acquisitions program which has led to identification of nearly 100 target companies for monitoring as well as sourcing, negotiating and completing strategic transactions, and growing HMA revenue, employee base, and share price approximately two- to three-fold.

As vice president of corporate development, Tim leads HMA’s continued growth across the publicly funded healthcare and human services consulting landscape including strengthening the breadth and depth of the firm’s capabilities. He also advises a select group of HMA clients on their strategic transaction needs including corporate development, capital raising, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other initiatives.

Prior to joining HMA, he served as head of corporate development for Amerigroup, handling more than 15 transactions and culminating with the sale of Amerigroup to Anthem in 2012. Since then, Tim has provided similar services, as a strategic advisor, to numerous companies and private equity firms.

A former chief financial officer, he has led the finance department for a managed services organization and independent practice association serving more than 1 million members in California. He is also well versed in integration, due diligence, fund raising and leading teams to successful outcomes.

Tim earned a bachelor’s degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles.

He enjoys outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, boating and golf. He and his wife, Anne, have three children and reside in Virginia Beach.

 

 

 

Meggan Christman Schilkie

Meggan Christman Schilkie has a track record of success in healthcare innovation, program development, financing, policy and strategy with an emphasis on behavioral and public health.

Prior to joining HMA, Meggan served as Chief Program Officer for Mental Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she oversaw a $200 million portfolio of services including care coordination, crisis services, vocational and rehabilitative programs, housing, and peer support. During her tenure she increased efficiency, tapped into new revenue streams and secured millions of dollars in federal, state, city and private funding to drive innovation, pilot new ideas and expand effective programs including a Healthcare Innovations Grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to develop a revolutionary new continuum of services for people experiencing psychiatric crisis.

Meggan played a leadership role in Medicaid reform implementation in New York City, including overseeing the conversion of targeted case management services for people with serious mental illness into Health Home Care Coordination services. She also provided education and training for managed care companies planning the integration of behavioral health services into newly developed integrated health and behavioral health managed care products.

During her tenure, Meggan managed the quality improvement of contracted behavioral health and social services as well as an expansion of thousands of units of supportive housing for individuals and families with mental health and substance use issues. She represented mental health system interests in a range of city and state task forces charged with improving criminal justice, law enforcement, and homeless services.

Meggan previously served in a variety of roles managing intergovernmental and legislative affairs around mental hygiene for New York City. She served as senior advisor to the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene responsible for the oversight of the NYC service systems for individuals with developmental disabilities, substance use and mental illness as well as early intervention for children. She served as a policy advocate for the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies a non-profit trade organization representing over 100 community behavioral health providers, where she worked to increase funding for individuals suffering the psychological effects of 9/11 as well as to advocate for system improvements for mental health providers.

Meggan has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University.

In her spare time, Meggan considers herself an amateur chef and foodie – two hobbies she shares with her husband in Astoria, New York.