Nashville Health Care Council Announces Council Fellows 2022 Class

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Dec. 14, 2021 – The Nashville Health Care Council announced today the 2022 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. Program staff will welcome the class of 33 senior executives from health care companies of all sizes and sectors, who will convene to discuss and address the challenges facing the nation’s health care industry. The 2022 class is the ninth to be named for the annual initiative, the first in two years after the program’s hiatus during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Class members represent several health care industry sectors, including hospital system management, information technology, managed care, and capital investment, among others. Nearly half of this year’s class comprises women, and roughly one-third represents a diverse population. Seven fellows are also based outside of Tennessee, a reflection of the program’s national footprint and influence.

The members of the 2022 Fellows class are:

  • Kevin L Billups, M.D., Professor of Urology & Internal Medicine, Director of Men’s Health, Chief Medical Officer MMG Vaccine and Immunization Program, Meharry Medical College
  • Reuben Bueno Jr., M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Belmont University Frist College of Medicine
  • DeAnn Bullock, M.D., MMHC, Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Department Medical Director, Nashville General Hospital and TeamHealth
  • Christopher Chi, Chief Operating Officer, Monogram Health
  • Tonya Copeland, Vice President of I/DD, UnitedHealthcare Community & State (Tennessee)
  • Lisa Davis, Chief Financial Officer, Ascension Saint Thomas
  • Mike Edgeworth, M.D., Chief Population Health Officer, Octave Bioscience
  • Kim Elliott, Chief Nursing Officer, Brookdale Senior Living
  • Caleb Gallifant, Vice President of Product and Strategic Partnerships, Humana
  • Ting Gu, Principal, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
  • Jennifer Guckert Griffin, Senior Vice President of Legal, Deputy General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Amedisys, Inc.
  • Philip Harrison, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, SmileDirectClub
  • Michele Johnson, Executive Director, Tennessee Justice Center
  • Jason Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, Community Health Systems, Inc.
  • Evan Keyser, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, LifePoint Health
  • Serrah Linares, Vice President of Partnerships, Change Healthcare
  • Anisha Madan, Chief Financial Officer, emids
  • Beth Mason, Senior Vice President, Market Operations, Wayspring
  • Melissa Montague, Vice President General Manager of Privia Women’s Health & Pediatrics, Privia Health
  • Chris Morrison, Senior Vice President of Strategic Management, Tivity Health
  • Marjorie Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Psych Hub
  • Ryan Moseley, Principal, Cressey & Company
  • Nancy Jean Muldowney, Clinical Nurse Manager of Operations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Kristin Neal, Senior Vice President Optum Care Services Stars and Clinical Quality, Optum
  • Scott Noonan, Vice President – Operations Counsel, HCA Healthcare
  • Gail Peace, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ludi, Inc.
  • Darshan Prabhu, Partner, Whistler Capital Partners
  • Michael Schlosser, M.D., MBA, Senior Vice President of Care Transformation and Innovation, HCA Healthcare
  • Stephen Smith, Director, TennCare
  • Jeffrey Sturman, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Memorial Healthcare System
  • Amit Vashist, M.D., Senior Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer, Ballad Health
  • Paul Vernich, Chief Executive Officer, Winnow
  • Jeff Williams, M.D., Neuroradiologist/Partner, Premier Radiology /Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

“We are thrilled to reinstate this top initiative after pausing last year’s class due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to continue to create the space for the most inspiring conversations in health care,” said Hayley Hovious, Council president. “The health care ecosystem we have built over the past 60 years in Nashville makes the Fellows program uniquely suited to provide participants exposure to the leaders who created the biggest health care organizations in the world, as well as those disrupting the industry and introducing new models amidst a rapidly changing landscape.”

This year’s Fellows program reflects changes in leadership. Michael Burcham, Chief of Strategy & Talent Development at Shore Capital and Professor at Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, is the Council Fellows Chair, and will support and guide dialogue in the classroom. Burcham brings deep experience in health care innovation, entrepreneurship and executive coaching. Lydie Marc also joined the Council in mid-2021 as Senior Director of Council Fellows and Content Strategy.

Also new this year, the Council has established an Advisory Board to curate cutting-edge curriculum, extend the reach of recruitment and bolster facilitation of this unique program. The Board currently includes industry leaders Nancy-Ann DeParle, David Dill, Senator William Frist, M.D., James E.K. Hildreth, Ph. D, M.D., Tony Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Todd Park, and Reed Tuckson, M.D., FACP. Sen. Frist will also serve as Fellow Chair Emeritus in addition to his role on the Advisory Board.

“Council Fellows creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for health care’s brightest minds to come together and have the right conversations at what continues to be a pivotal moment in our industry,” said Frist. “We need these leaders’ collaboration and smart thinking more than ever to move simplify the complex, codify chaos and create meaningful change. I’m thrilled to welcome this new group of Fellows and see how they move both their careers and the industry forward as a result of the program.”


Launched in 2013, Council Fellows is a five-month intensive program that uses a customized curriculum to connect health care’s brightest minds, most influential leaders and top drivers of change.

The initiative kicks off with a two-day orientation retreat, followed by seven sessions where class members share industry experiences, explore new ideas and gain the connections and inspiration needed to make a lasting impact on the health care industry. The course experience also includes class dinners and reception and concludes with a two-day closing retreat.

Led by a faculty of internationally known experts and thought leaders, the program’s curriculum addresses various topics such as health care policy, consumerism, transparency, virtual care and rural care delivery solutions. The Fellows Class of 2022 will take this opportune moment in the industry to use the power of dialogue and address innovation from inside and outside health care, social determinants of health, transactions in the industry, digital health and the new normal post-pandemic. The class will also participate in select immersive experiences to gain a deeper appreciation for the issues that patients, providers and operators face.

The Council Fellows program is presented in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of TennesseeChange HealthcareCommunity Health SystemsHCA HealthcareLifePoint HealthTivity Health and Vanderbilt University.

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