Brian Courtney, RPLU, AAI, The Safegard Group's Vice President, is a fierce advocate for workplace safety and prevention for healthcare professionals. Brian boasts a 20+ year career as an insurance professional consulting with hundreds of business leaders to better manage their risk and protect their assets. Regarded as a top broker and subject matter expert by industry peers, Brian helps privately-held business owners/CEOs, CFOs, Controllers, Finance Directors, Human Resource Directors, Safety Directors, and Board Directors.
Dr. Marcelle Davis is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at VCU Health System and has approximately 26 years of experience as a DEI strategist assisting organizational leaders in building DEI programs and advancing their culture using the collection and analysis of workforce metrics to ensure all aspects of the workforce have equity at its core. She is skilled in evaluating business landscapes and implementing projects and policies that enable organizations to integrate inclusion in business practices. Additionally, Marcelle is experienced in providing leaders with the tools and strategies that equip them to move from the ideation of inclusion to integration.
Marcelle’s experience extends to academia, which includes the design and facilitation of both MBA and PhD courses. These courses include strategic leadership, diversity in organizations, cross-cultural management and human resource management. Marcelle has published a book titled Measuring Inclusive Leadership with G.R.A.C.E., articles in several academic journals and has also authored micro-learnings for a global learning organization. She has been a keynote speaker and presenter at a variety of conferences, both nationally and internationally, for more than 15 years.
Marcelle received awards in 2022 for Top 100 Diversity Officer and Top 50 Woman Leader in VA. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, an MBA and a Doctor of Strategic Leadership.
Joanne Harris-Duff is the Program Manager for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at VCU Health. She has served as a diversity, equity, and inclusion professional for over 20 years in both higher education and mental health. Joanne has a long history of supporting communities in creating cultural programs and initiatives aimed at educating, embracing, and celebrating diversity and inclusive excellence.
Joanne received her bachelor's degree in English and Communication Studies from Bridgewater College and master's degree in Social Sciences from Hollins University. Before working at VCU Health, Joanne served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and English professor at Stetson University. She also served as the Director of Corporate Compliance and Quality Improvement at Rockbridge Area Community Services in Lexington, VA for several years.
She is a published poet and is currently working on her next publication, “Black Magic Healers.” In 2013, she and her spouse, Jessica (who also works at VCU Health), were named plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit challenging Virginia's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Her publication entitled “Just Like Other Couples — But Without Rights” details her family's journey toward winning the right to marry in Virginia. They are the proud parents of two active children, Jabari and Jazzmyn. Joanne sites her mother as being the inspiration for her work in social justice and change, stating, “I am who I am because of her.”
Trisha is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, ballroom dancing, and crafting in her spare time.
Alison Conners has worked in a consultative role to privately held medical practices of all sizes and specialties for over a decade. She started out in a diagnostic lab, where in addition to all types of testing, she advised on EMR donation exceptions and meaningful use qualifications. She then began helping practices wanting to bring pathology in-house, from the CLIA license to the pathologists contract and all the practice workflows and logistical considerations in between. More recently, she served as a liaison between practices wanting to source PCR testing equipment in-house, first due to Covid testing and later to be able to run next day UTI testing onsite.
She has assisted in putting an in-house pharmacy into a large POL, finding short-term staffing solutions, and exploring revenue cycle management options for a variety of practices. She has a network of like-minded experts to call on so that when she is not familiar with something herself, she knows where to find someone who is.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Sumrell completed a clerkship with the Circuit Court of Henrico County, Virginia. While in law school, Mr. Sumrell was Manuscripts Editor for the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest, was elected as a Justice of the Honor Council, and was a member of the Client Counseling and Negotiation Board. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Sumrell served as a deputy press secretary for a U.S. Senator.
Benjamin Traynham, JD is a partner with Hancock, Daniel & Johnson. Whether representing health care providers in administrative hearings or lobbying the General Assembly, Ben Traynham draws upon his unique experience to provide tailored service to clients. Understanding the intersection of government and industry, he is able to apply that knowledge to solve complex issues facing clients.
Ben joins Hancock Daniel after serving as Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where he drafted legislation and advised the Committee on matters related to public health, energy technology, and the environment. Prior to working in Congress, Ben lobbied on a wide range of issues, including homeland security, transportation, and the environment.
“Communication is everything,” says Ben. “Listening to your clients, knowing your audience, and strategically engaging stakeholders is the path to success. Having worked in the legislature as well as lobbied from the outside, I know what it takes to move legislation.”
Erin Dickenson, VA Network Development Lead for Aledade. I help educate independent primary care practices and community health centers on the work that Aledade is doing to drive better patient outcomes and increase their Value Based Care revenue potential. I joined Aledade in the spring of 2021 after spending 15 years in the EHR industry. I am passionate about helping practices and CHCs make the transition from traditional Fee for Service to Value Based Care.