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Mark Bernheimer

Mark Bernheimer is a nationally renowned communications expert who specializes in helping health care communicators deal effectively with the media. Prior to launching his consulting firm, MediaWorks Resource Group, Bernheimer spent 16 years as an award-winning broadcast journalist. During five years as a correspondent for CNN, Bernheimer covered some of most iconic stories of our time, including Columbine, the Unabomber case, and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He was one of a handful of reporters inside the courtroom when O.J. Simpson took the stand in his wrongful death civil trial, and during the late 90s, he weathered five hurricanes on live national television. Today Bernheimer's media training clients include major medical centers, pharmaceutical and life science companies, research institutes, and private physicians who want to "level the playing field" with the reporters who cover them. 

Daniel E. Dawes, JD

Daniel Dawes is a health care attorney and the executive director of government affairs and health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine and senior advisor and general counsel to the Satcher Health Leadership Institute in Atlanta, GA. Daniel has been recognized for leading numerous efforts to address health issues impacting vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations. He was an instrumental figure in shaping the Mental Health Parity Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, and the Affordable Care Act. He also founded and chaired the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform, the largest advocacy group in the United States focused on reforming the health care system and addressing the disparities in health care and health status among vulnerable groups. 

He now adds to his repertoire a critically acclaimed book, 150 Years of Obamacare, which has received endorsements from leaders in policy and health care, including Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Louis Sullivan, and Surgeons General David Satcher and Regina Benjamin. 

Daniel lectures on health law and policy while serving simultaneously on several boards, commissions, and councils focused on health equity and health reform. He is an advisor to international, regional, state, and municipal policymakers, as well as think tanks, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. He is the co-founder of the national Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network (HELEN) with Dr. Brian Smedley, which focuses on bolstering leadership and the exchange of ideas related to advancing evidence-based, health care legislation, regulations, policies, and programs.

Paul F. DeChant, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Dr. Paul DeChant is a senior advisor with Simpler Healthcare and is focused on preventing burnout and returning joy to patient care. There he provides thought leadership and executive coaching to transform health care delivery. He frequently presents at international meetings, and his book, Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine, was published in December 2016. 

Dr. DeChant practiced family medicine for 25 years in rural and suburban settings. He has 30 years of management experience, culminating with five years as CEO of the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, a group with more then 300 providers. During his tenure he led a lean transformation that drove performance to the top rankings in Sutter Health across all domains. He has also had clinical and leadership roles at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Geisinger Health System.  

Bradford Fitch

Bradford Fitch has spent 30 years in Washington as a journalist, congressional aide, consultant, college instructor, Internet entrepreneur, and writer/researcher.  Fitch is a former radio and television reporter, and worked on Capitol Hill for 13 years as press secretary, legislative director, and chief of staff.  From 2001-2005 he served as Deputy Director of CMF, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advises congressional offices about how to improve operations.  He left CMF in 2006 to form a new company, Knowlegis, which is now a part of CQ-Roll Call Group. He served as a vice president there until 2010 when he returned to CMF as CEO. Fitch is also the author of Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials, and the Media Relations Handbook for Agencies, Associations, Nonprofits and Congress. He has also taught journalism and communications at American University in Washington, D.C. 

Pamela J. Green, MBA, SPHR, ACC

Pamela J. Green is a business executive, leadership consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, and published author with more than 25 years of business leadership experience. As the former VP/chief membership officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), she was responsible for membership revenue and strategies to engage and retain more than 260,000 business professionals. Since leaving SHRM and launching her consultancy in 2012, she has been serving as a leadership consultant to global corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. As President and CEO of The HR Coaching Institute she leads teams in developing strategies that increase productivity, employee satisfaction, commitment, and business results. Clients, including Walmart, Pepsico, WilmerHale, The Ohio State University, AARP, ICMEC, and the American Society of Association Executives, call Pamela to help achieve breakthrough performance with HR strategies, leadership initiatives, and professional careers.

Steve Gutzler

Steve Gutzler is one of the nation’s premier thought leaders and speakers on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. Steve’s clients include many Fortune 500 firms, and he is a sought-after executive coach to CEO’s, business executives and leading entrepreneurs. Steve was recently voted No. 1 in a Huffington Post poll for “Social Media and Inspirational Leadership.” Steve has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his messages of extraordinary leadership, achievement, success, and significance for more than 25 years in more than 2,500 presentations.

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

Dr. Jones is immediate past president of the American Public Health Association, and a senior fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute’s Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high-quality health care, but also bring attention to the social determinants of health (e.g., poverty) and the social determinants of equity (e.g., racism).

She is a methodologist, a social epidemiologist, and a teacher whose allegories on race and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss. As president of the American Public Health Association, she launched a national campaign against racism, which she invites all within hearing to join.

Dr. Jones was an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000, and a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2014. She earned her bachelor’s in molecular biology from Wellesley College, her medical doctorate from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her master’s in public health and doctorate in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She also completed residency training in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins and family practice at Montefiore Hospital.

Clif Knight, MD, FAAFP

Clif Knight is the senior vice president for education at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He oversees all organizational activities related to medical education and continuing medical education. These areas include education and training of medical students and residents; student interest in the specialty of family medicine, including federal policies that affect it; and CME curriculum development, production, accreditation, and regulations. Previously, Knight was a family physician in Indiana for nearly 25 years. He served as chief medical and academic officer for Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for patient safety, medical education, research, and medical staff support.

Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP

A graduate in human biology from Stanford University, Dr. Lee completed medical school at the University of Southern California and family medicine residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He then worked at community health centers in southern California and Boston, where he earned his master’s in public health at Harvard University with an emphasis in health policy and management. Before joining the leadership team at Venice Family Clinic, Dr. Lee was director of health policy and assistant program director at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, as well as associate medical director of Practice Transformation at MemorialCare Medical Group. There he led implementation of the patient-centered medical home model in practice sites from Long Beach to San Clemente. He is active in physician leadership having served as the 2015–2016 president of the California Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Lee is board certified in family medicine and is an assistant clinical professor at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Lee served as Convener of the National Conference of Special Constituencies in 2012.

Sarah C. Nosal, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Sarah Nosal serves as chief medical information officer at the Institute for Family Health, a network of federally qualified health centers throughout New York's Mid-Hudson, Bronx, and Manhattan regions. She is a medical director in direct patient care as a family physician and HIV specialist at Urban Horizons Family Health Center. In addition, she oversees two student-run free clinics: New York City Free Clinic and Einstein Community Health Outreach Free Clinic. 

In June of 2017, Dr. Nosal will be installed as president of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP). She will be only the seventh woman in 70 years to serve in this position and the youngest president in NYSAFP history. Dr. Nosal began her service with the NYSAFP as a fourth-year resident delegate to the state's Congress of Delegates. Shortly after, she was chosen to serve as NYSAFP's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) delegate to what is now the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), formerly the National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC). When she returned to her state—inspired by her experience—she ran for a director position on the NYSAFP board and subsequently served in many leadership roles and ultimately became vice president and president-elect of the NYSAFP. During this time, Dr. Nosal was chosen to serve on the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS). Now, in her seventh year of participation, Dr. Nosal is serving as chair of this national commission. She was thrilled to return in 2014 as Convener of the National Conference of Special Constituencies.

Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP

Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah, Convener of the 2017 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is a family physician in Tucson, AZ. He currently serves as interim vice chair of clinical affairs for the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine, where he is committed to practice transformation and moving the system towards patient-centered, quality-focused population health. Dr. Grivois-Shah teaches residents and students in ambulatory and hospital services.

Dr. Grivois-Shah is originally from Chicago, and served as medical director for Near North Health Services Corporation, a network of nine federally qualified community health centers serving uninsured and underinsured patients throughout Chicago. In this role, Dr. Grivois-Shah oversaw medical operations for more than 100,000 patient visits provided by nearly 50 providers and more than 250 total staff.

Carson Tate 

Carson Tate is a productivity consultant and the founder of Working Simply, Inc. She is the author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style. She serves as a coach, trainer and consultant to executives at Fortune 500 companies, including Deloitte, FedEx, Wells Fargo, and UTCS. She is a nationally renowned expert on workplace productivity whose views have been included in top-tier business media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, CBS Money Watch, Fast Company, Forbes, Harvard Business Review’s blog, The New York Times, USA Today, Working Mother, and more. Prior to starting Working Simply, she worked in human resources and sales functions within Fortune 200 firms. Carson holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Washington and Lee University, a master’s in organization development, and a coaching certificate from the McColl School of Business at Queen’s University.


Dr. Yu is the current chair for the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. Born in England, she graduated from Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, and completed her residency in family medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. That is where she got involved with the American Academy of Family Physicians and began her love of advocacy and interest in minority health and health equity. She has served two terms as minority delegate for the AAFP at the Congress of Delegates and has served on multiple commissions, including membership and member services, the committee on scientific program, and the AAFP subcommittee on health equity. Dr. Yu has also served on the AMA’s committee to end health care disparities, its workforce diversity and leadership development committee, and the Family Medicine for America’s Health’s workforce team and engagement team. She serves on WONCA's organizational equity committee and is the North American representative to the special interest group in emergency medicine. Her particular interests include promoting workforce diversity, health equity, social media, advocacy, and missions. She enjoys teaching and lecturing at the AAFP’s emergency medicine and urgent care courses, inspiring young leaders in family medicine in the AAFP and WONCA, and sharing her love of family medicine. Dr. Yu was also in solo private practice for more than 10 years prior to joining Covenant Hospital, where she currently works. She lives to #inspirecreatelead and is an avid social media enthusiast. In fact, she is the creator for the Facebook group: Physician Moms in Family Medicine, which has more than 2,400 members. Dr. Yu served as the Convener of the 2013 National Conference of Special Constituencies.