Speakers & Faculty

David K. White, Ph.D

Cheif Executive Officer, Baymark Health Services

With more than two decades of health care administration experience in psychiatric care and substance abuse, physical rehabilitation, long term care and acute hospital services, Dr. David White joined MedMark as President and CEO in January of 2008. He grew the company from 3 clinics in California to 22 clinics in 5 states, and from operating losses to over $10M in EBITDA. In December 2015, he assumed the role of CEO for BayMark Health Services, the newly formed parent company of MedMark Treatment Centers and BAART Programs.

Prior to joining the company, he served as President, Hospital Management Services for Nashville-based Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Horizon Health Corporation, managing over 180 hospital locations and overseeing rapid expansion and acquisition strategies, resulting in the acquisition of 15 hospitals until the company merged with Psychiatric Solutions in 2007. Prior to Horizon, Dr. White was the CEO of Charles River Health Management, a psychiatric contract management company in Boston and at Charles River Hospital, a specialty psychiatric and substance abuse hospital also in Massachusetts. He received a bachelor’s degree in science from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and obtained master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.


Devan J. Cross

President, MHN

Devan Cross is the President of MHN, a managed behavioral health organization and a part of the Envolve family of specialty companies of the Centene Corporation. MHN provides comprehensive behavioral health and employee assistance services to over 6M members. Devan brings a wealth of diverse experience to optimize the solutions that deliver great healthcare, driving cost efficiencies, improved care coordination, and customer and member satisfaction.

While with MHN, Devan has served in a variety of operational and leadership roles, including direct oversight of clinical operations and administrative support of federal contracts. Before joining MHN, Devan served as a Naval Officer following his graduation with merit from the United States Naval Academy and holds an MBA from the University of California. ×

Ken Carr

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Bio coming soon


Kristi Hamilton, MBA, CPPM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Kristi Hamilton, MBA, CPPM, brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as a Senior Associate where she supports OPEN MINDS clients with marketing assessment, brand development, and strategic planning. Her areas of expertise include organizational strategy, integrated marketing communications, change management communications and planning for launch or sunsetting of program and services.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hamilton served as Director of Marketing Communications for Guild Incorporated, a community-based provider of mental health services in St. Paul, Minnesota. In this role, she served on the organization’s leadership team contributing to strategic planning and business development initiatives while leading internal communications and strategic marketing to payers and consumers.

Previously, Ms. Hamilton was a freelance consultant working with social entrepreneurs and health and human services nonprofits to plan, implement and measure marketing communication initiatives.

She also brings many years of consumer marketing experience holding roles in sales and market planning, consumer relationship marketing and public relations within retail, publishing and financial services.

Ms. Hamilton earned her MBA from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas and her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University.  She also obtained a Certified Professional Project Manager (CPPM) certification from University of St. Thomas.


Annie Medina, MBA, ACNP-BC

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Annie Medina, MBA, ACNP-BC, brings over ten years of experience in the health and human services industry to the OPEN MINDS team. Her expertise spans both clinical and operational functions and is focused in business operations, strategic planning, project management, training and curriculum development, and policy and procedure design. Ms. Medina currently serves as OPEN MINDS Executive Vice President of the Consulting Practice. In addition to her work with OPEN MINDS, Ms. Medina is a Hospice Nurse Practitioner for Crater Community Hospice.

Prior to joining the OPEN MINDS team, Ms. Medina was the Chief Operating Officer for Poplar Springs Hospital, a member of Universal Health Services, based in Petersburg, Virginia. In this role, she was responsible for performance improvement, policy and procedure creation, and strategy development and implementation for the hospital’s Joint Commission and CMS regulatory surveys. Prior to this role, Ms. Medina was a MBA intern for the Popular Springs CEO where she focused on business development, process improvement, training tool development and evaluation of newly offered programs.

Previously, Ms. Medina served as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) for both Hospitalist Consultants, Inc. and for VCU Health System. At Hospitalist Consultants, she was an Internal Medicine NP. As a hospitalist, she provided medical care to patients in Tucker’s Psychiatric Hospital and educated psychiatric nurses regarding the patients’ diagnoses and medical needs. At VCU, Ms. Medina was an Emergency Department NP, where she provided care to patients at a Level I Trauma Center. Additionally, she was a provider in the observation unit, a 10-bed patient unit attached to the Emergency Department, and coordinated clinical care for patients who would otherwise be medical inpatients.

Complementing her past experience, Ms. Medina remains highly involved in professional organizations and is currently a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society of Nursing, and American College of Healthcare Executives. She was recognized in the 2011 cohort of “40 under 40” by the Virginia Nurses Foundation for activities that support her profession and community.

Ms. Medina earned her Master of Business Administration focused in Health Sector Management and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from College of William & Mary. She also earned a Master of Science in Nursing (Acute Care Advanced Practice) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and later went on to teach both nursing students and medical students at the school. Ms. Medina is a registered nurse (RN) in Virginia with multistate authority and is a registered acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP-BC) in Virginia.


Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

Monica E. Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past two decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.


Richard Louis, III

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Richard Louis, III, brings extensive experience in public and for-profit behavioral healthcare administration and business development to the OPEN MINDS team. Mr. Louis was formerly the Executive Director of Strategic Development and Planning, Pacific Region, for Providence Service Corporation.

Prior to OPEN MINDS, Mr. Louis served as the Assistant Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, the 4th largest county behavioral health system in California, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of a system serving over 50,000 unduplicated consumers annually through 31 county-operated facilities and 60 contract provider organizations.

Prior to his work with San Bernardino County, Mr. Louis was the Vice President of Government Operations for College Health Enterprises. In this role, he pioneered the development of public sector partnerships, contracts, and community mental health system joint ventures in California by creating some of the first inpatient psychiatric hospital-based, outpatient, day treatment, and institutional specialty treatment programs for county, state, and federal government agencies including L.A. County Department of Mental Health, L.A. County Probation Department, California Youth Authority, California Department of Developmental Disabilities, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security.

Mr. Louis has served in a number of leadership roles with several organizations in the community including: the California Hospital Association – Center for Behavioral Health, Advisory Board, and SCAN Health Plan – Advisory Board; the Board of Directors of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California, College Hospitals, and the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center of Whittier; and testified on behalf of the National Association of Psychiatric Healthcare Systems before President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Mr. Louis is currently a volunteer police officer with the City of Monterey Park Police Department in East Los Angeles serving since 1987 and currently holds the rank of Captain. Mr. Louis was recently appointed to the City of Claremont Police Commission in Los Angeles County.

He is a graduate of Whittier College and of the Police Academy of Rio Hondo College.


Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM, Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. ×

Steve Ramsland, Ed.D.

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Steven Ramsland, Ed.D., Senior Associate, has more than 25 years of experience in the development and delivery of health and human service programs. He has held senior leadership positions in the development of several innovative service systems including Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs, a primary care provider network, several national managed behavioral health initiatives, and innovative community programming.

Dr. Ramsland recently served as chief executive officer at Redwood Community Health, a network of 17 community health centers, with over 40 sites in northern California.     The organization provides primary care, behavioral health and oral health to over 240,000 patients each year. While at Redwood he managed the implementation of an ACO, a capitated Medicaid managed care contract, and a pay-for-performance quality improvement program.

Prior to this, he was the executive director of Buckelew Programs, a leading provider of community-based, recovery-oriented behavioral health programs in Northern California. The organization provides supported housing and employment, and recovery supports, as well as two social enterprise businesses.

Dr. Ramsland was previously vice president and practice leader for United Behavioral Health’s Public Sector Practice (now Optum).   In that role, he analyzed opportunities and implemented strategies to expand public sector business – and collaborated with executive leadership at United to design and build organizational capabilities in public sector behavioral health, disease management, and consumer-directed care to support revenue growth.

In addition to his work with Optum, Dr. Ramsland also served as the chief development officer and Public Sector President for Comprehensive Behavioral Care, and as vice president, Government Programs, for ValueOptions. He has worked with government policy leaders throughout the nation to develop new, recovery-oriented approaches to delivering behavioral health and integrated medical services. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of a community mental health center, SERV Behavioral Health in New Jersey.

Dr. Ramsland earned a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Duquesne University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English from Trinity College.

  • Areas of Expertise
  • Managed care program design, development, and operations
  • Management of accountable care organizations
  • Integrated primary care/behavioral health service systems
  • Business development – program design, payer contracting, and proposal and grant writing
  • Professional Highlights
  • Chief executive officer, Redwood Community Health
  • Executive director, Buckelew Programs
  • Chief development officer and president, Public Sector
  • Vice president & public sector practice leader, United Behavioral Health

Howard Shiffman

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Mr. Shiffman has over 30 years of successful organizational and business experience in human service fields including expertise in executive management, strategic planning, business development, finance, marketing, market intelligence research, fundraising, and board development. He has hands-on expertise that comes from successful management and consulting with a number of programs. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS Mr. Shiffman served as Chief Executive Officer of Griffith Centers for Children, a COA-accredited, full-service treatment program for severely troubled youth and their families. He also developed one of the first offense-specific sex offender program in the United States. ×