2014 Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Vernon Brown

Chairman of the Board, Stewards of Change Institute

Biography: Vernon Brown is a co-founder of Stewards of Change and a member of the leadership team. He brings 30 years of experience as CEO of Aspiranet, a private child welfare agency with 44 service sites throughout California serving more than 2,500 clients weekly. As a child welfare innovator and leader, Vernon has developed nationally recognized programs that serve children, youth, families and communities. Vernon has served on a variety of national, state and local boards representing children and youth service agencies, advocacy groups and associations. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a Secondary Education Degree and BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Larry Green, M.D.

Professor of Family Medicine and Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care, University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Bryan Sivak

Biography: Dr. Green is Professor of Family Medicine and the Epperson-Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

He practiced medicine in Van Buren, Arkansas, in the National Health Service Corps, before joining the faculty at the University of Colorado. He has remained a faculty member there throughout his career, during which he has served in various roles, including practicing physician, residency program director, developer of practice-based research networks, and department chair. In 1999 he became the founding director of the Robert Graham Center, a research policy center sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians focused on family medicine and primary care, in Washington, DC. He directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Prescription for Health national program focused on incorporating health behavior change in redesigned primary care practices. He is chair of the Council overseeing the community engagement component of the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) funded by the National Institutes of Health and the University of Colorado and its partners. He is past president of the North American Primary Care Research Group, past president of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, and past Chair of the American Board of Family Medicine. He was Co-Chair of Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice residency innovation project exploring changes in content, sequence, location, and length of training. He is Chair of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, and a regular member of the Institute of Medicine. He is passionate about uniting all the sciences and practical experience to guide the redesign of clinical care, health professions education, and the way research is done. In addition to his focus on advancing the CCTSI, his current work includes pilot-testing a faculty development program for primary care medical residencies emphasizing skills necessary for the patient centered medical home, integrating primary care and mental/behavioral health care pragmatically in diverse localities, and establishing proper data models and standards to enable translational research to actually elevate individual and population health.

Monica Horvath, PhD

Team Lead, Health Intelligence and Research Services, Duke Medicine

Monica Horvath

Biography: Monica leads a multidisciplinary team at Duke Medicine committed to the evaluation of health information technology and its impact on financial endpoints, care design, and patient outcomes. Housed in Duke Health Technology Solutions, the IT entity of Duke University Health System, Monica’s group uniquely provides both academic research support as well as operational analytics to empower Duke Medicine as a learning health system. Duke Medicine serves nearly 80% of the population in Durham County, North Carolina, which when coupled with an enterprise EHR, has enabled access to a rich body of data. Given changing reimbursement paradigms which raise the need to target care towards populations, and not just patients that present to a care site, a principal project has been supporting a geospatially aware enterprise data warehouse so that Duke can better characterize patients within an environmental context. These data are currently made available in a self-service manner to Duke staff by way of a home-grown, web-based query tool that allows visualization of geospatial data for a chosen warehouse population using Esri tools. With the information-intense environment of health care driven by ‘Big Data’ from EHRs and genomics, health systems are prudent to leverage geospatial technologies for strategic planning, environmentally-aware decision making, and personalized medicine. Monica’s team thus has a mission to convince health system leaders that GIS capabilities should be central to all healthcare organizations’ strategic plans in a way that uses enterprise infrastructure to deliver information consistently and on-demand. Monica has a PhD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Randy Johnson

Hennepin County Commissioner

Randy Johnson

Biography: Randy Johnson was elected Hennepin County (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Commissioner in 1978 and reelected ten successive times. Commissioner Johnson was President of the National Association of Counties (NACo) in 1997–1998. As President of NACo, he worked to help counties become "global, digital, and sustainable." He accepted the first invitation ever offered to lead a delegation of elected county officials as guests of the People's Republic of China. He has chaired NACo committees on health care and information technology. Commissioner Johnson has been invited to testify before Congress more often and on more issues than any elected county official in history. Commissioner Johnson is a strong advocate of geographic information systems (GIS) and was one of the first people profiled as a "GIS Hero" in Esri's ArcNews. He was an original appointee of the Secretary of the Interior to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee; he served on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Place-Based Decision Making. In Washington, D.C., Commissioner Johnson has served on various advisory committees for EPA, HUD, FCC, OMB, and the Departments of Justice and the Interior. He is one of the few elected county officials to be named one of the 500 Fellows of the Congressionally Chartered National Academy for Public Administration in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Commissioner Johnson oversaw major changes in governance of the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), one of the nation's premier public teaching hospitals affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical School. He served on the new HCMC Board of Directors. Commissioner Johnson received a J.D. degree "cum laude" from the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a member of the Law Review; and a B.A. degree in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul.

Bryan Sivak

Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bryan Sivak

Biography: Bryan Sivak joined HHS as the Chief Technology Officer in July 2011. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation.

Previously, Bryan served as the Chief Innovation Officer to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, where he has led Maryland’s efforts to embed concepts of innovation into the DNA of state government. He has distinguished himself in this role as someone who can work creatively across a large government organization to identify and implement the best opportunities for improving the way the government works.

Prior to his time with Governor O’Malley, Bryan served as Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, where he created a technology infrastructure that enhanced communication between the District’s residents and their government, and implemented organizational reforms that improved efficiency, program controls, and customer service. Bryan previously worked in the private sector, co-founding InQuira, Inc., a multi-national software company, in 2002, and Electric Knowledge LLC, which provided one of the world's first Natural Language Search engines available on the web in 1998.

Mark Zirkelbach

Chief Information Officer, Loma Linda University Medical Center

Biography: Mark Zirkelbach is accountable for the automation services provided to Loma Linda University Health System which is comprised of 6 hospitals, an 800 faculty practice group, and partners of the Health System. Mark works closely with Loma Linda University IT Leadership to enable a collaborative environment for the entire campus. Mark also works with Loma Linda University Shared Services to leverage economies of scale for Loma Linda University Health.

Mark became the Chief Information Officer at Loma Linda University Health System in December of 2008. He began his career in healthcare at Daughters of Charity/Ascension Health where he worked for 15 years in various IT Leadership positions and then three years as the CIO at a large, independent multi-specialty group. Mark has also worked as a management consultant for several years in healthcare and as a CIO in a large banking system for a short period of time. Mark earned his master’s degree at the University of Evansville in public service administration. Mark really enjoys working towards a great place to work for his Team and connecting them to the business to support Loma Linda’s desire for the best patient experience possible.

Featured Speakers

Sohayla Pruitt

Senior Geospatial Scientist, Duke University Health System

Biography: Sohayla Pruitt is a Senior Geospatial Scientist in the Enterprise Information Management department within Duke Health Technology Solutions (DHTS), the IT group for Duke University Health System (DUHS). Sohayla is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of geospatial infrastructure within Duke’s Enterprise Data Warehouse. With 15 years of experience with Geospatial Analysis, Sohayla has managed and conducted Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and Geospatial Predictive Analytics across multiple disciplines and geographies for Duke, GeoEye, RTI, The Department of Homeland Security, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, and The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Sohayla received both her M.A. and B.A. in Geosciences, specializing in GIS and RS from the University of Arkansas.

Mark Reiner

Owner, Non Sequitur

Biography: Mark Reiner is currently owner of Non Sequitur, an engineering consultancy that promotes the understanding of the social and cultural aspects and resource constraints of engineering projects and is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Minnesota working on low-carbon infrastructure in Rajkot, India. Prior to starting Non Sequitur, Mark Reiner was a founding Principal and CEO of Symbiotic Engineering in Boulder, Colorado, a utility data tracking and life-cycle assessment based company that was acquired in September of 2012. Mark received his PhD in Civil Engineering at the Urban Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering Program (USIEP) at the University of Colorado Denver (2007). There he focused on the life-cycle energy and GHG emission impacts associated with many of the primary sectors in the urban environment. Prior to starting Symbiotic, Dr. Reiner served as an engineer with an international engineering firm where he had dual roles as co-lead for the infrastructure assessment for the Master Plan of Kigali, Rwanda, while also serving as the Projects Director for Engineers Without Borders USA. While in Rwanda, he was a team member for the development of low-cost housing design and workshops. He has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver where he taught “Urbanization of Developing Nations."

Anna Ricklin

Manager - Planning and Community Health Center, American Planning Association

Biography: Anna first became aware of the importance of the built environment for health when she worked to promote public transit, walking, and biking in Portland, Oregon. When she moved to Baltimore, MD for graduate school, Anna discovered that transportation choices and access to services were in fact critical to a high quality of life. She later worked on transit planning and bike projects with the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, and completed a health impact assessment of a future light rail line. In 2011, Anna joined APA as Manager of the Planning and Community Health Research Center with the aim to better integrate health into all aspects of planning practice. She now works with APA members and partners to research and disseminate best practices that benefit public health, including solutions to the obesity crisis, access to healthcare, and traditional environmental health concerns. Anna has a MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in Anthropology from American University. She lives in Washington, DC.


Breece Robertson

National Geographic Information Systems Director, The Trust for Public Land

“Using GIS to Create Healthy Parks for Healthy People and Climate-Smart Cities”

Description: The Trust for Public Land's Parks for People Initiative seeks to ensure that everyone-particularly every child- lives within a ten-minute walk to a park, playground, or protected natural area. We particularly focus our efforts on low-income, historically underserved neighborhoods working with a diverse group of partners to create livable, healthy, and resilient communities. A healthy, greener and more livable city brings economic development, new residents and businesses, recreation opportunities for a healthy and active population, a healthier living environment, and myriad other benefits. The Trust for Public Land is demonstrating how strategic green space planning using GIS tools and frameworks, contributes to resilient cities through better integration and connection of existing green investments. This presentation will introduce the Trust's national Parks for People tools like the ParkScore® Index and overview resiliency plans for communities that are aimed at the following outcomes: healthy parks for healthy people and sustainability and green infrastructure for climate-smart cities.

Biography: Breece Robertson is the National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Director for The Trust for Public Land. Ms. Robertson joined The Trust for Public Land in 2001 to create a comprehensive, coordinated GIS program for the national land conservation organization. Today she provides leadership for the trust’s Enterprise GIS program that is the leading provider of “Land for People” science in the country. Ms. Robertson manages a cutting-edge team of GIS staff and consultants nationwide. The team works on projects ranging from city and county open space plans to multi-jurisdictional modeling efforts that cover a wide range of “Land for People” issues like park system analyses, health disparities, storm water management, climate change issues, wildlife protection, protecting clean drinking water and connecting communities.

The Trust for Public Land’s ConservationVision and GIS service weds community engagement to cutting-edge data and mapping technologies to help cities and communities create informed, forward-looking park and conservation plans. Esri, the world’s leading manufacturer of geographic information system (GIS) technology, twice has honored our GIS service for innovation in helping communities meet park and conservation goals. In 2006, The Trust for Public Land was awarded the Esri Special Achievement in GIS award and in 2012, the “Making a Difference” award – a prestigious presidential award. Ms. Robertson presents at conferences annually around the country and is featured in and has authored many publications. Ms. Robertson graduated from Appalachian State University with a Masters degree in Geography and Planning.


Doug Walker

President and Principal, Placeways

“GIS Tools for Planning Healthy Communities”

Description: GIS-based software tools using principles of decision-support and scenario planning are an increasingly popular and effective aid for planning for the future of healthy communities. These tools help planners, experts, and residents work together to understand the many dimensions of their communities—physical design, economic structures, environmental systems, social fabric, and myriad other systems—that must work together to make healthy places to live. The goal is making well informed choices about long-term change and development in the community. This talk will introduce these concepts and offer short examples covering a wide array of topics such as community values, natural hazards, neighborhood design, and more.

Biography: Doug Walker, President and Principal of Placeways, is a nationally recognized leader in innovative planning and visualization software. He is best known for CommunityViz®, the widely used geodesign planning software his company creates. His work at Placeways also encompasses public engagement, planning services, and interactive web applications that support informed, collaborative planning for communities and regions. He is active in industry forums and frequently speaks, writes, and teaches about next generation planning technology and techniques.

Esri Presenters

Lauren Bennett

Product Engineer, Esri

Biography: Lauren Bennett is a Product Engineer on the Analysis and Geoprocessing Team at Esri, specializing in Spatial Statistics. She works on the design, testing, and documentation of the Spatial Statistics tools, as well as the education of the wide range of Spatial Statistics users. Other responsibilities include contributing vision for innovative analytical software development, teaching graduate level seminars in spatial statistics, and evangelizing the value of spatial analytics. She received her MS in Geographic and Cartographic Science from George Mason University, her BA in Geography from McGill University, and is currently working on her PhD from the Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University.



Bill Davenhall

Senior Health Advisor, Esri

Biography: Mr. Davenhall is presently the Senior Health Advisor for Esri (largest GIS software developer in the world) where he had served as their Global Health and Human Services Solutions Manager since 1997. His most recent work in Geomedicine, launched at TEDMED several years ago, continues to capture the imagination of those desiring to change the way physicians and patients discover and use health relevant information.

He has been a health data and mapping entrepreneur since the late 70’s creating some of the first use of mapping by health and human service organizations. Mr. Davenhall presently serves on the Data Access and Use working group of the US National Committee of Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) of the Department of Health and Human Services, focused on making recommendations concerning health data innovation.

Jeremiah Lindemann

Solution Engineer Manager for State and Local Government, Esri

Biography: Jeremiah Lindemann manages the Solution Engineer team in the Esri Denver Regional office. He works with an amazing team of Solution Engineers that helps State and Local Government agencies understand the value the ArcGIS Platform. Jeremiah joined Esri in 2001 as Instructor and Instructional Course Writer at Esri Headquarters in Redlands before moving to Colorado in 2004.







Shannon McElvaney

Community Development Manager, Esri

Biography: Shannon McElvaney is the Community Development Manager at Esri and a geodesign evangelist who helps create GIS software that enables people to design, build, and maintain livable, sustainable, and healthy communities. Mr. McElvaney has more than 20 years of experience applying a broad range of geospatial technologies across numerous industries. He has written many articles on the use of geospatial technology and is the author of a new book called Geodesign: Case Studies in Regional and Urban Planning. In addition to writing, Mr. McElvaney is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops around the world.




Jared Shoultz

Health Geographic Information Systems Technology Specialist, Esri

Biography: Jared Shoultz is the Health Geographic Information Systems Technology Specialist for Esri. At Esri Mr. Shoultz works with leading health and technology professionals to define the future of Health GIS through the creation of compelling demos, presentations and prototypes that highlight best practices. Prior to joining Esri, Mr. Shoultz was a Senior GIS Research Associate at the University of South Carolina, Division of Medicaid Policy Research where he assisted with the research, design and management of complex geographic studies while managing GIS operations. Mr. Shoultz also spent 12 years at the SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control as a Deputy Director, Informatics Director and GIS Manager. His professional focus has been on the design, development, implementation and maintenance of enterprise-wide environmental and public health information systems integrated with GIS. Mr. Shoultz has received numerous awards, written multiple book chapters and been featured in a number of trade publications.


Bernard Szukalski

Chief Technology Advocate and Product Strategist, Esri

Biography: As a senior Esri staff member, Bernard Szukalski is involved in many aspects of Geographic Information System (GIS) software development and implementation. With a background in research biology, his love of maps and mapping led him to join Esri in 1986, first working on the Peacekeeper Rail Garrison and World Database projects. Since then he has held a variety of positions and has been directly involved in the development and success of cutting-edge GIS software products, and during the past 29 years he has been an integral part of the evolution of GIS at Esri. He is currently Esri’s Chief Technology Advocate and a member of Esri’s product management team, focusing on online GIS and cloud-based application development.


Flora Vale

Solution Engineer, Esri

Biography: Flora Vale is a Solution Engineer at Esri’s DC Technology Center. Flora works primarily with Federal Health customers, with a focus on Spatial Statistics.








Karen Wigglesworth

Account Executive, Esri

Biography: Karen Wigglesworth is an Account Executive with the Esri Location Analytics team who is passionate about the importance of location to health and human services. Karen works closely with state and local government agencies in their pursuit of improved delivery of care, reduced costs, and better health for citizens. She has been involved with GIS for improved analysis and visualization of data for 20 years, and joined Esri in 2010. Karen currently resides in Colorado.





John Young

Practice Lead for Esri Real Property and Facility Management Solutions, Esri

“Mapping and Location Analytics for Improving Healthcare Facilities Management”

Biography:As practice lead, John is responsible for developing and growing the adoption of Esri’s solutions for real property and facility management. He has been building and supporting the practice for the past eight years working with organizations spanning all levels of government as well as higher education, commercial and healthcare organizations. This includes organizations responsible for a single building or campus to those with a global portfolio of building assets. His goal is to help organizations achieve improved cost efficiencies, risk mitigation, and overall cost of ownership via the addition of Esri’s powerful mapping and location analytics solutions.