The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provides strategic oversight and sets program priorities. Every three years, the Steering Committee will assess what, if any, changes need to be made to Steering Committee membership. In addition, the Steering Committee will also review the structure and composition of the WHI overall. The Steering Committee consists of no more than 20 members divided into two groups.  The Steering Committee Roles tables below show the proposed arrangement.

Permanent Members.  One group consists of permanent members representing, at present, six specific organizations that remain essential to WHI’s mission.  For this group, the organization will designate its Steering Committee representative, who will serve until the organization chooses to select another representative.  Because we anticipate a reasonable amount of individual turnover, we do not recommend staggered terms at this point.

This process allows the Steering Committee to adjust for changes in which organizations are designated as permanent members.  As WHI’s initiatives change over time, new organizations may become increasingly integral to Steering Committee activities.  When that occurs, the Steering Committee may add the organization as a permanent member or replace an organization whose emphasis may have shifted away from WHI’s mission.

Rotating Members.  The second group consists of community-based members who will represent sectors with many organizations that could contribute to the Steering Committee, such as the business and philanthropic sectors.  Thus, these members will serve rotating, three-year terms, renewable up to three times.  Currently, there are five community-based representatives— three members unaffiliated with a specific organization, one academic member, and one member representing a local philanthropy.

In this category, we anticipate having at least five members from the community, including local businesses.  The Steering Committee will select two of those members as WHI Co-Chairs.  To recruit community-based members, the Steering Committee will consult with the Stakeholders Group to ensure a collaborative process in identifying WHI’s leadership.

Permanent Role

Current Member

Current Member Title & Organization

1.     Community Mental Health Director Trish Cortes Interim Executive Director, Washtenaw Community Mental Health
2.     Public Health Department Director Ellen Rabinowitz Public Health Officer, Washtenaw County Public Health; Executive Director, Washtenaw Health Plan
3.     SJMHS-Ann Arbor Executive David Brooks President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph Mercy Health System
4.     SJMHS-Ann Arbor Clinical Rosalie Tocco-Bradley Chief Medical Officer, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
5.     SJMHS-Chelsea Executive Nancy Graebner President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
6.     UMHS Executive Tony Denton  Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for University of Michigan Hospitals, Health Centers, and  Medical Group
7.     UMHS Clinical Brent Williams Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Health System
8.     VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Executive Robert McDivitt Medical Center Director, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
9.     VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Clinical Leo Greenstone Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

 

Rotating Role

Current Member

Current Member Title & Organization

WHI Steering Committee Term

10.  Community Representative* Tom Biggs Retired Administrator, University of Michigan Health System

3-year

11.  Community Representative* Jack Billi Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan

3-year

12.  Community Representative* Ann Davis Retired Administrator, Chelsea Community Hospital

3-year

13.  Community Representative* Bob Guenzel Interim Director, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

3-year

14.  Community Representative* Norman Herbert n/a

3-year

15.  Community Representative Bob Laverty n/a

3-year

16.  Community Representative Verna McDaniel County Administrator, Washtenaw County

3-year

17.  Community Representative Doug Strong Retired, Chief Executive Officer, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

3-year

18.  Community Representative David Sarns 360 Advisors, L.L.C.

3-year

19.  Academic Peter Jacobson Professor of Health Law and Policy;  Director of the U-M Center for Law, Ethics, and Health, University of Michigan School of Public Health

3-year

20.  Rep. of a Philanthropic Organization Pam Smith President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Washtenaw County

3-year

* Denotes WHI co-chair

Up to five additional Steering Committee members may be added at the discretion of the Steering Committee.

Ex Officio (Non-Voting) Position

Current Member

Current Member Title & Organization

1.     Steering Committee Facilitator Marianne Udow-Phillips Director, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation
2.     Community Coordination Work Group Chair Ruth Kraut Program Administrator, Washtenaw Health Plan
3.     Communications Work Group Chair Liz Conlin Account Director, re:group
4.     Medicaid & Marketplace Outreach & Enrollment Work Group Chair Krista Nordberg Director of Enrollment and Advocacy Services, Washtenaw Health Plan
5.     Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Work Group Co-Chair Gregory Dalack Psychiatry Department Chair, University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems
6.     Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Work Group Co-Chair Marcia Valenstein Professor, University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems; Senior Research Scientist, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
7.     Primary Care Work Group Co-Chair Brandie Hagaman Program Administrator of Health Services Innovations, Community Support & Treatment Services
8.     Primary Care Work Group Co-Chair Mark Jacoby Practice Administrator, Packard Health