Helen Arteaga is the CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, where she will help lead the hospitals’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the ongoing public health challenges some of the City’s hardest hit communities in Queens still face. In addition to addressing the pandemic, Helen will also continue to grow innovative programs and re-engineer processes to increase access to affordable and comprehensive health care for all patients. In her most recent position, she served as Assistant Vice President, Queens Network and Executive Initiatives at Urban Health Plan, a network of community health centers located in three boroughs in New York City. Helen is Ecuadorian and a long-time resident of Corona, Queens. Helen grew up understanding the role that health care had on a community. She dreamed of establishing a community health center that would provide quality health care to local residents. Following the death of her community activist father, she set out to build that health center in her beloved Corona. Working with Our Lady of Sorrows Church and other community leaders, she sought out Paloma Hernandez, the President and CEO of Urban Health Plan, Inc., to make her dream a reality. Together, they opened Plaza del Sol Family Health Center in June, 2009. Last year, Plaza Del Sol provided care to more than 27,000 patients regardless of their ability to pay. The health center was dedicated in her father’s memory in 2014.
Helen has a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She was a White House Intern in 1998 during the Clinton Administration and completed a fellowship with the National Hispana Leadership Institute in September 2010. In March 2016, she was appointed to the NYC Health + Hospitals Board of Directors and to the NYU Alumni Board of Directors. She was one of 31 women selected by the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues to be featured in “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen,” a series highlighting women who made a difference in their communities. She also received the Community Impact Award, Humanitarian Award and City of New York American Dreamer Award. Recently nominated by Governor Cuomo and confirmed by the NYS Senate to the New York State Minority Health Council.
She is married to Victor Landaverde and is the proud mother of 3 amazing children: VictorLuis, Moses, and Victoria. She continues to reside in her beloved Corona, Queens.
Dr. Cyrus Batheja is the National Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Health Equity and Enterprise Transformation within UnitedHealthcare. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealthcare serves approximately 45 million members including 20 million Medicaid and Medicare members.
As part of the leadership team, Dr. Batheja has a direct focus on building strategies and programs aimed at supporting people with physical, behavioral, social, and safety complexities. His work is focused on achieving system improvement and equity through the design, execution, and measurement of person-centered wellness strategies at scale. He supports the development, execution, and measurement of programs aimed at helping individuals and families access essential social services that are the gateway to better health. His work has demonstrated that relationship-based health care results in cost reduction, population health improvement, and meaningful system-based experiences. Dr. Batheja has 20+ years of experience in managed care and Medicaid/Medicare Home and Community Based Services. The application of his research and experience has been particularly focused on developing fully integrated, biopsychosocial models to support historically marginalized populations.
Dr. Batheja earned his ADN from Normandale College, his BSN and MBA from Augsburg University, and his Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas. As a community leader, in 2016, he was inducted into the University of Minnesota’s, Sigma, Zeta Chapter. He currently serves on several academic and healthcare boards, including: the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing, Dean’s Board of Visitors; Normandale College’s Foundation Board; the Augsburg University’s Board of Regents; Hennepin Healthcare’s Public Research Advisory Board (PRAB); and the board of the Creative Nursing Journal, an international peer-reviewed publication. He has received the 2019 UnitedHealth Group Sage of Clinical Service Award, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine 2013 award in Administrative Nursing Leadership, and he is a 2012 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year. In addition, Dr. Batheja is a 2021 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Dudley Benoit is Alliant’s Executive Vice President. Mr. Benoit is responsible for the LIHTC production teams of Originations and Investor Relations, and setting and implementing company strategy as a member of Alliant’s Executive Committee. He has over 20 years of experience in the community development and real estate finance fields.
Prior to joining Alliant, Mr. Benoit worked at Santander Bank as a Senior Vice President and Director of Community Development Finance. He also held senior management positions at JPMorgan Chase in the commercial real estate multifamily lending, community development banking and the New Markets Tax Credit units. He serves on the Board of Reinvestment Fund.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Mr. Benoit also holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Alan has helped lead HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) since its founding in 1994, including overseeing all lending during his 20+ years as COO. Since 2019, Alan has served as CFO and is responsible for the management of HOPE’s balance sheet (investments, asset liability management, interest rate risk management, etc.), compliance, and other supporting infrastructure like Information Technology and Data Analytics. Prior to joining HOPE in 1994, Alan worked as a commercial banker at Signet Bank, serving small and medium-sized businesses; a consultant to the micro-lending program at the North Carolina Rural Center; and a research associate at Harvard Business School. Alan earned his BA from Oral Roberts University, MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, and PhD from Jackson State University. Alan serves on the Rural Advisory Committee for LISC, the NMTC Community Advisory Committee for Primary Care Development Corporation and for Mid-Cities CDE, the Loan Committee for Appalachian Capital Corporation, and the Expanding Black Business Capital Design Team. He has served as Board Treasurer of the Opportunity Finance Network, and Committee member for projects like the U.S. Financial Diaries and Joint Center on Housing Studies Research Symposium.
Pablo Bravo is the System Vice President for Community Health at CommonSpirit Health™ located in San Francisco.
He is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the community health department, which includes prevention programs, community benefit reporting, community health needs assessments, community and social innovation partnership grants, community investments, international community health, partnerships with community organizations, foundations, local, state, and federal agencies in support of Dignity Health’s mission, values and strategic goals. The Vice President of Community Health is also responsible for developing policy and providing strategic alignment and facilitation of CommonSpirit Health’s community health. Pablo Bravo has been with CommonSpirit Health for 16 years. During this time he has grown the community investment program from $35 million to $140 million, expanded the grants program to include a new social innovation partnership grants program, aligned and integrate community health with operations, innovations, philanthropy, care coordination, case management, emergency department, and Population Health Management. He has also taken over the leadership of the Global Mission Program.
Pablo serves on Boards including Dignity Health Medical Foundation, Tehama ACH Investment Program, Religious Community Investment Fund, San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund, Healthcare Anchor Network, and the Dominican San Rafael’s Socially Responsible Committee.
Prior to Dignity Health, Pablo held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Baker Places, Inc., a large non-profit, community-based organization. Before this, he was the Fiscal and Operations Director for the City and County of San Francisco Department of Mental Health Children Services and Managed Care. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of San Francisco. Pablo is well-regarded in the local non-profit community and has a good understanding of community-building. His vision for Community Health includes expanding Dignity Health community partnerships as a way to address the health needs of low-income communities.
Henry Chung, M.D. retired in 2022 after serving as Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health Integration Strategy at Montefiore Care Management Organization (CMO) and Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Chung led the implementation of behavioral health integration initiatives in the Montefiore Health System and its affiliated partners. He is also Chair of the Committee of Integrated Care of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Chung has a national track record of progressive achievement and leadership in multiple sectors of healthcare including community health, pharmaceutical, global university health, and academic medical centers. He has contributed notable scholarly work and led regional and national initiatives in the integration of behavioral health and primary care. In 2012, he received the Lewis and Jack Rudin Prize for Medicine and Health awarded by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Greater New York Hospital Foundation for his contributions to the NYC health care delivery system. From 2014-2018, he was a member of the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 2015-2018, Dr Chung led a 4 year grant by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations to integrate and sustain behavioral healthcare in primary care using the collaborative care model. More recently, he led the development of a new continuum based framework for behavioral health integration in primary care that is being widely used in NYS health reform initiatives. In 2020, he received a new 7 year award from CMS working with the NYS Department of Health to lead a Bronx based initiative called Integrating Care for Kids (InCK) which will improve children and family outcomes through: coalition building; care management across medical, behavioral, school and social service sectors; quality improvement and data sharing; and the development of an alternative payment model.
John Holdsclaw IV serves as Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the National Cooperative Bank (NCB). John is charged with establishing NCB as a thought leader in community development finance and cooperative expansion that leads to business development and solutions. NCB’s mission is to support and be an advocate for America’s cooperatives and their members, especially in low-income communities, by providing innovative financial and related services.
In a dual role, John serves as President and CEO of Rochdale Capital, a newly formed, national non-profit community development loan fund that will provide financing and technical assistance to cooperative enterprises and other community-based organizations. Rochdale Capital will focus on making financial services accessible to under-resourced communities, specifically to women and/or minority-owned small and growing businesses. NCB is the founding and strategic partner of Rochdale Capital.
Mr. Holdsclaw currently serves on the boards of the Global Communities, Groundswell, Partner for Common Good, Primary Care Development Corporation, and American Bankers Association (ABA) Stonier Graduate School of Banking. In addition, John is the immediate past president Coalition of Community Development Financial Institution Coalition (CDFI Coalition), and immediate past chair of ABA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group.
He holds a BA degree in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University, a MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, Diploma from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Wharton Leadership Certificate from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at The Wharton School and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
In 2019, John received NCB’s Stanley W. Dreyer Spirit of Cooperation Award, bestowed annually to those who live and work with the spirit of the cooperative principles. In addition, John is an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
Christopher F. Koller is President of the Milbank Memorial Fund and Publisher of the Milbank Quarterly. Before joining the Fund, he served the state of Rhode Island as the country’s first health insurance commissioner, an appointment he held from March of 2005 through June of 2013. Prior to that, he was CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. He is a member of the IOM Health Care Services Board and serves in numerous national and state health policy advisory capacities. Mr. Koller is also adjunct professor of community health in the School of Public Health at Brown University.
Diana J. Mason is the Senior Policy Service Professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing; and Professor Emerita, Co-founder and Co-director of the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. Dr. Mason is also a journalist who has produced and moderated a weekly New York City radio program on health and health policy for over 30 years. Since its inception, she has served on the National Advisory Committee for Kaiser Health News. She served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing for over a decade. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Lillian Wald Service Award from the American Public Health Association and George Doval Award for Excellence in Nursing Education from New York University; and the Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Dr. Jorge R. Petit is a community psychiatrist and President & CEO of Services for the UnderServed. Previously, he was CEO of Coordinated Behavioral Care, Inc, and the Regional Senior Vice President for New York State for Beacon Health Options, one of the country’s most prominent behavioral health companies providing best-in-class behavioral health solutions for regional and specialty health plans; employers and labor organizations; and federal, state and local governments. Dr. Petit is the Coordinator for the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Program: at Touro College School of Health Sciences/Physicians Assistant Program conducting basic training as well as an advanced Behavioral Health Seminar and preceptoring the PA students BH Clinical Rotations. Dr. Petit is an expert advisor to the North East Business Group on Health (NEBGH), Mental Health Task Force – Depression Screening and Management in Primary Care/One Voice Initiative and the MH Workplace Summit, sponsored by NYC NAMI, NEBGH and the Kennedy Forum. He is the Chairman of the Board for Mental Health News Education, Inc. and serves on the board of the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation. He is a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership; the Committee on Psychiatric Administration & Leadership in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP); of the Mental Health Association of New York City’s (MHA-NYC) Professional Advisory Committee (PAC); a member of American Association of Community Psychiatrist (AACP); American Association of Emergency Psychiatrists (AAEP) and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
Lori Scott is the Managing Director, Impact Credit at Lafayette Square, responsible for making credit available for entrepreneurs of color and women nationally. For 25 years, Lori has developed and executed impact investment strategies globally, with a focus on increasing capital for underserved people and places.
Prior to joining Lafayette Square, she was the Chief Credit Officer, Impact Investments, at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where she led over $100 million in new investments and developed domestic and emerging market investment strategies across multiple social issue areas, including the Catalytic Capital Consortium and Benefit Chicago. She led the underwriting, policy development and risk management for the diverse portfolio of intermediated and direct debt, equity, guarantees, blended and other experimental, structured investments.
She helped to launch Skopos, a European family office’s first EUR 100 million impact investment fund and provided strategic advice, developed deal analysis and risk management protocols and led and structured emerging market equity fund investments. Lori has connected impact investors with investment opportunities that meet their social and financial goals and has experience developing and implementing a wide range of portfolio impact strategies. She was also an analyst for Aeris, the Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) rating agency, and the Department of Treasury CDFI Fund Bond Guaranty program.
As part of the senior management team Calvert Impact Capital, Lori contributed to its growth from $8 million to $500 million, including growing Community Investment Partners, an asset management and advisory subsidiary, to over $250 million in investments under management and provided impact investment advice and services to over 20 leading foundations and corporations. She started in impact investing as a real estate lender at IFF, a regional CDFI, and started her career in working on community arts grants programs for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
Matthew Siegler is Senior Vice President for Managed Care at NYC Health + Hospitals. Mr. Siegler develops and implements NYC Health + Hospitals’ patient and revenue growth strategies, with a principal focus on managed care market share and external payer and provider relationships. Mr. Siegler comes from Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., the national health plan arm of Kaiser Permanente, where he led key strategic and advocacy efforts across Kaiser Permanente ‘s commercial and government business, with a focus on public exchanges, large national employer groups, and leading planning for and response to federal efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Earlier, Mr. Siegler served in the Obama Administration as an operational, policy, and communications leader on the staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council. He has also served on the staff of Congressman Henry Waxman, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard College.
As CEO & President of NYJTL, Udai leads the largest youth tennis and education non-profit in the nation, reaching more than 85,000 K-12 New York City youth.
He most recently served as Northwell Health’s Vice President of Community Health.
His prior roles in public service include chief of staff to the NYC deputy mayor for health and human services who had oversight of nine city agencies with a combined budget of more than $20 billion; executive director of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), a youth development community based organization dedicated to helping low income South Asian youth in NYC; and manager of policy and operations at the 9/11 United Service Group.
A fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, Udai has taught courses at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Princeton University. He received his MPA from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University.
Marlene Zurack retired in 2015 after serving as Chief Financial Officer of NYC’s public hospital system. Post retirement she created a firm, White Hare Solutions LLC offering management and financial consulting services. Marlene currently serves on the Boards of several non-profit organizations that specialize in housing and healthcare. Also, she teaches a course in advanced healthcare finance at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. When she isn’t babysitting her grandsons you can sometimes find her volunteering in the horticulture department of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. She calls Columbia University, Cornell University, and Hunter College High School her alma maters.