THA Keynote Speakers

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Matt Anderson
Senior Vice President of Policy
Chief Strategy Officer
Minnesota Hospital Association
St. Paul, MN

Matt Anderson is senior vice president of policy and chief strategy officer at the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Before joining the hospital association in 2006, he handled litigation and public policy issues for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He also served as intellectual capital leader and principal for Mercer’s Government and Human Services sector.

Anderson has provided strategic planning, board governance and meeting facilitation services to a broad range of organizations, especially in the healthcare sector.

He received a bachelor’s degree at St. John’s University and a law degree at the University of Minnesota.



Aimee Copeland
Necrotizing Fasciitis Survivor, Quadruple Amputee
Board of Directors, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children and Tools for Life
Atlanta, GA

 Aimee Copeland serves on the board of directors of Friends of Disabled Adults and Children and advisory council for Tools for Life, which are nonprofit organizations devoted to helping individuals with disabilities.

Copeland’s life turned when equipment malfunctioned on a homemade zip line in 2012. She contracted a flesh-eating bacteria called necrotizing fasciitis from an open cut in her leg after the zip line fall. All of her limbs were amputated and she experienced failure of five major organs, but she is now healthy.

She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in psychology at the University of West Georgia and a master’s degree in social work at Valdosta State University.



Robert Earley, FACHE
President and CEO
JPS Health Network
Fort Worth, TX

Robert Earley is president and CEO at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Tex., which is headquartered in the John Peter Smith Hospital and part of the Tarrant County Hospital District.

Earley served in the Texas House of Representatives for 10 years, taught at Texas A&M University, was president and CEO of a public affairs firm and a political analyst at  the Austin, Tex., NBC affiliate.

He received a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in healthcare administration at the University of Texas at Arlington.



Gloria Goins
Former Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Bon Secours Mercy Health System
Marriottsville, MD

Gloria Goins is the former chief diversity and inclusion officer at Bon Secours Mercy Health System in Marriottsville, Maryland.

Under her leadership, Bon Secours was recognized as one of the ten best healthcare systems for diversity and inclusion, for three consecutive years.

She is responsible for creating two diversity and inclusion organizations from their inception. She served as the first vice president of diversity at Cingular Wireless and the first chief diversity officer at Home Depot.

Goins is a former faculty member at Georgetown University, where she served as the founder and chair of the Georgetown Chief Diversity Officers’ Roundtable.

She received a master’s degree in business administration at Mercer University, a law degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Stanford University.



Lucy Kalanithi, M.D.
Internal Medicine and Faculty Member
Stanford School of Medicine
Palo Alto, CA

Lucy Kalanithi, M.D., is the widow of the late Paul Kalanithi, M.D., author of the number one New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue.

As a medical professional and in her personal experience with her husband during his life, diagnosis, treatment and death, Kalanithi has special interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care and end-of-life care.

An internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA, she received her medical degree at Yale University.



Ryan Leaf
Program Ambassador at Transcend Recovery Community
Former NFL Quarterback
Behavioral Health Advocate
Los Angeles, CA

Ryan Leaf, working with Transcend Recovery Community, is an advocate for individuals struggling with mental and behavioral health issues.

He was one of the most promising collegiate football players of his time and the number two pick in the NFL draft behind Peyton Manning.

The pressure to perform on such an elite level was more than Leaf could handle, ultimately leading to the demise of his professional football career. While coaching for a college team, he still struggled with his mental health and began to abuse prescription opiates due to a previous football injury.

Leaf relapsed on many occasions over the next several years, breaking into people’s homes to feed his addiction once again. Prison soon followed, with his cellmate urging him to use his prison time as an opportunity to accomplish something of greater importance.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in humanities from Washington State University.



Chris McChesney
Global Practice Leader of Execution
Franklin Covey Co.
Atlanta, GA

Chris McChesney, global practice leader of execution, with more than 25 years of experience at Franklin Covey Co. and one of the primary developers of The 4 Disciplines of Execution, is the co-author of a best-selling book on strategy execution.

His practical experience has enabled him to test and refine the principles contained in The 4 Disciplines of Execution from the boardroom to the front lines of many  organizations.

McChesney received a bachelor’s degree in communications at Brigham Young University.



Heather Rohan, FACHE
Division President
TriStar Health, Hospital Corporation of America
Nashville, TN

Heather J. Rohan, FACHE, has over 30 years of extensive healthcare experience, serving in a variety of leadership roles in both administration and patient care within HCA Healthcare.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ms. Rohan has served as President of HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division, since 2016, where she oversees a network of 19 hospitals and multiple access points including free standing ERs, oncology centers, behavioral health centers, physician practices, urgent care centers, imaging centers and telemedicine across Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northwest Georgia.

Board-certified in healthcare management as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Rohan serves on the Board of Governors of ACHE as its Chairman. She served as the ACHE Regent for Florida-Eastern from 2011 to 2012 and has served on numerous ACHE committees.