Plenary Speakers

Opening Plenary Speaker
Saturday, September 23
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Nancy Howell Agee, AHA Board Chair-Elect DesignatePresident and CEO, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia

Nancy Howell Agee is the president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, a not-for-profit health care organization with a comprehensive network of hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices, and other services serving nearly 1 million Virginians.

Ms. Agee was born at Roanoke Memorial Hospital (now a Carilion hospital) and began her career in nursing there in the early 1970s. In 1996, she was appointed vice president and gradually assumed increasing executive leadership responsibilities. From 2001 to 2011, Ms. Agee served as executive vice president and chief operating officer, co-leading Carilion’s reorganization into a patient-centered, physician-led clinic and developing a joint-ventured medical school and research institute with Virginia Tech.

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Opening Plenary Speaker
Saturday, September 23
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Sara Laskey, MD, Vice President, Chief Patient Experience Officer, Director of Emergency The MetroHealth System, Cleveland, Ohio
 
Dr. Laskey took on the role of Chief Patient Experience Officer in August 2013.

As Chief Patient Experience Officer, Dr. Laskey leads the System’s customer service efforts, ensuring all hospital employees support an environment that puts patients at the forefront, and she develops programs that are customized to meet our patients’ needs.

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General Session I Plenary Speaker sponsored by Collective Goods
Sunday, September 24
8:45 – 9:45 a.m

Keith Schenkel, Protective Security Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Arizona

Keith Schenkel started his law enforcement career as a police officer at a small town in the State of Washington in 1983 after serving three years as a MP/ German interpreter in the Army. He transferred to a larger police department in Washington and served as a bomb technician, SWAT member, K-9 handler and training officer.

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General Session II Plenary Speaker
Sunday, September 24
10:00 – 11:00 a.m

Amy Levine, Executive Director and Director of Education & Training of the Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort, Inc.

Ms. Levine creates all Doula Program training curriculum and is the lead trainer for the Doula Volunteer training.

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General Session Plenary Speaker
Monday, September 25
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Award-winning keynote speaker and bestselling author of seven books, Laura Stack is a noted expert in employee and team productivity. She is best known by her moniker, “The Productivity Pro®.” Her engaging personality, combined with nearly 25 years of experience helping organizations achieve RESULTS, have made her one of the most sought-after experts and keynote speakers in her field.

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AHAPAC Speaker sponsored by AHAPAC
Monday, September 25
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.



David Wasserman is House Editor for The Cook Political Report, where he is responsible for handicapping and analyzing U.S. House Races. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of Presidential, U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. The New York Times has called The Cook Political Report "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative."

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General Session Plenary Speaker sponsored by the Veterans Administration
Tuesday, September 26
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.



The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) helps veterans, service members, and military families reintegrate into their communities through the arts. ASAP promotes expression, skill-building, and camaraderie through seven- to ten-week classes in stand-up comedy, improv, storytelling, and creative writing.

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Closing Plenary Speaker sponsored by the Veterans Administration
Tuesday, September 26
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.



Dr. Shereef Elnahal, MD, MBA, is the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety, and Value at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He was initially appointed to the VA as a White House Fellow in 2015. In this capacity he founded the Diffusion of Excellence Initiative to establish consistency in clinical and administrative best practices, which was a major priority for then Under Secretary and now Secretary for Veterans Affairs, David J. Shulkin, MD.

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