We are thrilled to introduce to you our new 2013 keynote and breakout session speakers! Scroll down and get to know your local experts who will be providing engaging content at this year’s Worksite Wellness Summit!
[header_title title=”Brian Passon” header_size=”h2″]
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Founder / President,
Arch Health & Productivity
You Don’t Want a Wellness “Program”
[two_third]Brian Passon is the President of Arch Health & Productivity, a consulting organization focused on helping organizations create impactful health & productivity initiatives tied to business culture & metrics. Brian works closely with his clients to develop programs based on VOI, Value of Investment. He believes that to change the culture of a workplace, programs must be focused on long-term objectives and be supported with the right infusion of strategy, science, creativity, accountability & “Edutainment”.
He travels often, speaking throughout the U.S. and internationally. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, and a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. [/two_third]
[header_title title=”Tanya Barham” header_size=”h2″]
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Multnomah County Wellness Manager
Founder / CEO,
My Brother’s Keeper: Systematic Use of Social Contagion, Human Relationships and Influence as the Key to Effective Health Promotion.
[two_third]Tanya Barham began her career as a management and environmental consultant. She cultivated a reputation as an organized, tenacious and fiscally conservative manager of pilot and start-up programs in the information systems, energy conservation and renewable energy fields. Eventually the role that wellness played in her own quest toward work-life balance, as well as its potential for improving employee productivity and morale, led her to found Recess.[/two_third]
[header_title title=”Renae Coombs” header_size=”h2″]
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Enhancing Physical Activity in the Workplace
[two_third]Renae works closely with SAIF leadership to develop and implement safety and wellness initiatives that ensure safe working conditions, and sustain a healthy workforce. She has implemented a strong wellness program that has been recognized as the #1 Healthiest Employer in Oregon for its size.
The program gets a lot of attention because its sustained 99% participation for all employees and covered spouses or domestic partners to get an annual biometric screening and take a health assessment. 94% of the employees wear an activity tracker that tracks daily steps and plugs into the computer for points. Other keys to the program are offering a free onsite health clinic for employees and family members to get access to health care.[/two_third]
[header_title title=”Kim Whitley” header_size=”h2″]
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Samaritan Health Plan Operations
Building the Business Case for Wellness
[two_third]Kim R. Whitley, Chief Operating Officer, Samaritan Health Plan Operations: Ms. Whitley holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University. She is a graduate of the University of Idaho, School of Public Administration and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration. Ms. Whitley is the Chief Operating Officer for Samaritan Health Plan Operations, a division of Samaritan Health Services, consisting of 52,000 + members.
Ms. Whitley currently serves as a commissioner and Chair of the Albany Human Relations Commission, Chair of the CCO Advisory Committee for the Oregon CCOs, Board Member of CCO Oregon, and is on the Executive Committee for the Oregon Health Leadership Council. Ms. Whitley has managed a variety of healthcare functions and has developed and implemented several programs for people in various healthcare related fields. Ms. Whitley has advanced in the Insurance field and has given numerous presentations on topics of cost of healthcare, quality improvement , EDI and other general healthcare issues and is a member of Health Plan Alliance.[/two_third]
[header_title title=”Sara Friend” header_size=”h2″]
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The Partners Group
Are You Ready to “Pay or Play”?
[two_third] Before joining The Partners Group in 2007, Sarah worked for 11 years with one of Oregon’s leading health plans in a variety of sales, operation and management positions. Sarah has a wealth of healthcare experience working with large, complex employers. She enjoys building long-term relationships with her clients and partnering with them to create sustainable and valued employee benefit programs, custom incentives to promote employee health and wellness, and strategies to ensure compliance in a dynamic regulatory environment.
She has a strong reputation for her commitment to service and a unique ability to communicate complex messages effectively to a broad audience. Sarah graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in Communication and Business. Sarah is an active board member of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation and volunteers frequently in the community. Sarah is married with three young children and loves to spend time with family at the southern Oregon coast, water skiing and enjoying time together.
[header_title title=”Benjamin Prinzing” header_size=”h2″]
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Kadalyst Health Partners, LLC
Successful Programs Start with a Plan
[two_third]Benjamin Prinzing is co-founder and Managing Partner at Kadalyst Health Partners, a workforce health management company in Portland, Oregon. He is also the 2013 AHA Worksite Wellness Summit chair, and co-founder of the Worksite Wellness Network (WWN).
Benjamin’s passion for the wellness industry sparked after a colleague in 2005, passed away due to heart failure at age 38. Since then, Benjamin has been on a mission to drive meaningful engagement and outcomes for employers through his organization, while volunteering time to community-based initiatives like the summit and the WWN, to help promote the need for enhanced programming and local collaboration.[/two_third]
[header_title title=”Linda Cohen” header_size=”h2″]
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5 Ways to Retain Your Employees through Volunteerism
[two_third]Linda Cohen is an author, speaker and consultant. Founder of 1000 Mitzvahs she works with non-profits and companies to create, develop and improve their volunteer programs. She is the author of 1000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life. Her book has been featured in multiple national newspapers and magazines, on National Public Radio, NBC and ABC and Fox television.
Cohen received her BA from Lee College in Los Angeles and her MA from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts in Communal Service. She and her husband relocated to Portland in the mid 90’s when they fell in love with the northwest. She volunteers throughout the community through many non profits and serves on the Board of Willowbrook Summer Arts Camp. She has two teenage children and in her free time loves reading, practicing yoga and drinking Earl Grey tea.[/two_third]
[header_title title=”Tom Kauss” header_size=”h2″]
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Health Care Data Partners, LLC
Return on Investment (ROI)
Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome: following the data trail of a catastrophic epidemic
[two_third]Tom Kauss, Principal and Founder, Health Care Data Partners LLC. Tom Kauss has been active in the Healthcare Performance Management since 2004. He founded Health Care Data Partners in 2010 to provide the analysis employers need to confidently make decisions about investing in their workforce.
Health Care Data Partners serves employers, consultants, TPA’s, and Health and Productivity Management vendors to deliver data driven solutions to inform and validate investments in health and productivity. Mr. Kauss has extensive experience architecting data analytics platforms, performance measurement methodologies, and population health management solutions. Tom earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Sciences from the University of Illinois, Urbana.[/two_third]