Adela Flores-Brennan is the executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI), a statewide, non-partisan, nonprofit membership organization working so all Coloradans can get affordable, high quality, and equitable health care. As the executive director for CCHI, she is responsible for advancing public policy, guiding strategic and operational planning, and providing leadership and management support. Adela joined CCHI after serving as the director of community-based assistance programs for Connect for Health Colorado where she implemented and managed two statewide networks of organizations to provide outreach, education and assistance with application and enrollment. Before that, Adela served in various advocacy and policy roles at the Colorado Center on Law and policy.
Adela graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies. She then went on to graduate from the University of Colorado earning her Juris Doctor degree.
Robin D. Wittenstein, Ed.D., FACHE joined Denver Health in 2017. She has more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry, serving communities through a variety of leadership roles in various settings, including an academic medical center and safety net hospital.
Before leading Denver Health, Wittenstein was chief population health officer (CPHO) at Penn State Health, where she oversaw the health care system’s network of clinics and academic affiliate hospitals across central Pennsylvania. She was Penn State Health’s chief operating officer (COO) for five years prior to the CPHO appointment. Before that, Wittenstein was the president and CEO of University Hospital and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J.
She held various roles within the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS), including vice president for continuing care, vice president and COO of the NSLIJHS Research Institute and COO of Staten Island University Hospital. Wittenstein also spent five years working with Tenet South Florida Health Systems.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration from Penn State, her MBA in health administration from the University of Miami and a doctorate of education from George Washington University. Wittenstein has served on numerous hospital alliances, health care, and research foundation coalition boards, and chairs a biomedical research interest committee in New York.
Carl Clark, MD, is the president & CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver. Dr. Clark inspires a culture of innovation and well-being by delivering strengths-based, person-centered, culturally-proficient services as well as employing trauma-informed, evidence-based practices. Under his leadership, the Mental Health Center of Denver has recently been named a finalist for a 2018 World Changing Idea Award from Fast Company Magazine, and recently won the 2018 Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management Award from National Council for Behavioral Health. The Mental Health Center of Denver is proud to be a Denver Post Top Work Place for six years running.
Ben L. Bynum, MD, MBA, MPH is the portfolio director for program related investments at the Colorado Health Foundation. Dr. Bynum develops the Colorado Health Foundation’s impact investing strategy and manages the Foundation’s $30 million impact investment portfolio, including its nonprofit and for-profit program-related investments. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Bynum helped launch a $100 million nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) to help support health care services and good jobs in communities of need.
Dr. Bynum is a member of the national School-Based Health Alliance’s board of directors. Dr. Bynum is a former adjunct professor and a published author in the Journal of Health Care Finance analyzing the intersection of school-based health centers and Medicaid alternative payment models. Since making Denver his home, Dr. Bynum has delivered several graduate level lectures at the University of Colorado focusing on the Foundation’s partnership with the National Institute of Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA).
Dr. Bynum received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and completed a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health at Columbia University in the City of New York as a W.E.B. Du Bois Scholar.
Brian T. Smith, MHA is currently the senior associate dean for finance and administration for the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the executive director of CU Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.
Prior to joining CU Anschutz, Mr. Smith was at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City where he served as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice and senior associate dean for clinical affairs for the Icahn School of Medicine. Prior to joining Mount Sinai in January 2017, Mr. Smith was the founding executive director of Rush University Medical Group and vice president of clinical affairs at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago for more than 11 years. Mr. Smith is also an assistant professor in the department of health systems management at Rush University where he is highly recognized as an outstanding teacher and mentor. Prior to joining Rush in August 2005, Mr. Smith spent 12 years in Tampa at the University of South Florida as executive director of the USF Physicians Group and was director of clinical planning for the USF Health Sciences Center. Prior to moving to Tampa, he spent five years in consulting in New York-based firms.
Mr. Smith has been active in physician faculty practice issues nationally and is the past president of the Academic Practice Plan Directors and past chair of the University HealthSystem Consortium Group Practice Council. Mr. Smith will be serving a two-year term on the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Faculty Practice. Mr. Smith is currently on the University HealthSystem Consortium (Vizient) Performance Improvement and Comparative Data Operations Committee. Mr. Smith is the lay delegate on the American Orthopaedic Association Executive Committee.
Mr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan College School of Engineering in New York and received his master’s degree in health administration from the University Of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa.
Simon Smith is the president and chief executive officer of Clinica Family Health.
Simon joined Clinica’s staff in 2011 as a project manager and, in less than three years, was named as president and CEO of the organization. Before coming to Clinica, Simon worked for Abt Associates, Inc., a research and consulting firm that assists companies and governmental agencies in implementing health, social and environmental programs. Simon spent his first three years with Abt in Kazakhstan helping restructure the country’s public health system. He spent another five years at Abt’s Bethesda, Md., office managing government-funded international activities to improve care in areas such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and community health. Before becoming Clinica’s president and CEO, Simon served as the clinic director of Clinica’s Boulder facility, the People’s Medical Clinic. In that capacity, he managed 64 staff members who provided care to almost 9,500 people annually. As Clinica’s CEO, Simon wants to work closely with other social service agencies and officials within Clinica’s service area to improve the health care safety net for low-income and uninsured individuals.
Simon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.
Kathleen McCreary is vice president of payer relations & network development at the University of Colorado Health System. She was previously with one of the system’s founding members, the University of Colorado Hospital Authority, starting in 2006. Before moving to Colorado, Kathleen was the executive director of a 650-member independent physicians association (IPA) in San Francisco, Calif.
Kathleen serves on the board of directors for TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and Kathleen has also served as the chair of the national managed care & business development council of Vizient (formerly the University HealthSystem Consortium).
Kathleen holds a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in healthcare administration from the University of San Francisco and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Jeffrey L. Harrington serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Before that, he served as the vice president of finance at Children’s Hospital Colorado from 2005 to 2013. He previously served as corporate director of finance for the Atlantic Health System in Florham Park, N.J. from 1999 to 2005. From 1996 to 1999, he was partner and site chief financial officer for CurranCare, LLC, a start-up healthcare consulting company in Chicago, Ill. Prior to that, from 1990 to 1996, Harrington held various finance and administrative positions at ScrippsHealth, culminating in the director of finance and operations for Scripps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista, Calif. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Colorado and a Master of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from San Diego State University.
Ben Wiederholt is the president and CEO of STRIDE Community Health Center.
Ben joined the staff of STRIDE in 2017 and is responsible for leading the organization to fulfill its mission and deliver on its promises to consumers and the community. With twelve years of executive health care experience, he has witnessed numerous examples of effective and ineffective approaches to health care delivery. His approach to optimal health outcomes is through ensuring the consumer is at the center of every decision an organization makes and maximizing their activation and engagement.
Ben fosters innovation and actively seeks new solutions in care delivery that honors the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of consumers by leveraging local assets and community partnerships. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In his previous roles, Ben served as the vice president of mission integration in the Kentucky and Colorado markets and as the director of ambulatory operations at Centura Health.
Ben is a graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, WI with a degree in religious studies and a minor in philosophy. He also earned a master’s degree in theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.