Speaker Bios

Carol Plock, Executive Director, Health District of Northern Larimer County
Carol Plock, MSW, has been the Executive Director of the Health District of Northern Larimer County located in Fort Collins, Colorado for 23 years. In pursuing its mission to enhance the community’s health, the Health District provides a variety of dental, mental health, and health promotion services. The organization also helps residents find affordable health insurance, and works with partners to create long-term improvements in broader healthcare issues.

 

Carol is regularly involved in efforts working to improve health and health care at the state and local levels, including serving on boards and committees over the years including the Caring for Colorado Foundation, the Colorado Health Institute, the Program Improvement Advisory Committee for the state Medicaid Accountable Care conversion, the United Way of Larimer County, the local Mental Health and Substance Use Alliance of Larimer County, and many more.

 

The Health District has been doing a comprehensive community health needs assessment every three years since 1995; the last one was compiled in 2017 and provides important insight into the health of our community.

 

 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Moon

 

 

Dr. Marilyn Moon is an Institute Fellow at American Institute for Research (AIR). Her work has focused on the role of informing consumers, providers and policy makers about aging and health care issues, issues in delivery system innovations, and approaches to Medicare and Social Security reform.

 

A nationally-known economist and expert on Medicare, aging, consumer health issues, and health care financing, Dr. Moon has also served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and as a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. She has written extensively on health policy, reform issues in Medicare health financing, and other social insurance issues. In the 1990’s, she wrote a column for the Washington Post on health reform. Between 2003 and 2013 she directed AIR’s Health Program. She has been an associate professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, and the founding director of the Public Policy Institute of the American Association of Retired Persons.

 

Dr. Moon’s earlier work focused on health care financing and public policy issues with a particular emphasis on Medicare costs and its impact on access to care. From 2008 through 2012, she chaired the Maryland Health Care Commission. She has served on a number of boards for non-profit organizations, including the Medicare Rights Center and the National Academy of Social Insurance. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Source: https://www.air.org/person/marilyn-moon

 

 

 

 Jonas McKinley, Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership Co-Chair

Jonas McKinley is a Senior Sales Executive with UCHealth Plan Administrators.  In this role, he works with consultants and self-funded employers throughout Colorado to develop unique health benefit solutions.  Jonas has over 15 years of experience in health insurance with roles in operations, marketing and sales.  He holds a BA in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara and serves as the Co-Chair of the Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership Convener Team.  

 

Kelsey Conlon, Larimer County Health Planning and Evaluation Specialist

 

Kelsey Conlon is the Health Planning and Evaluation Specialist for Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.  In this role, Kelsey supervises the five-year community-driven Community Health Improvement Plan, develops and disseminates a Community Health Assessment, and develops and monitors all performance measurement and quality improvement efforts across the department.

 

Before her role at LCDHE, Kelsey worked in EMR aggregation and population health management in Altanta, Congestive Heart Failure disease management in West Baltimore, Latinx disease and injury prevention in California, Florida, and Vermont, and community health education in Oidor, Peru through the Peace Corps.  Kelsey received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MPH from Emory University.

 

Amy Pezzani, CEO, Food Bank for Larimer County

 

Since 2004, Amy Pezzani has led the Food Bank for Larimer County as its CEO.  Amy is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization including human resources, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, public relations and strategic planning.  Formerly, Amy spent seven years with a similar food bank in Springfield, Missouri, four of those years as Executive Director. Within the Feeding America network, she is a past member of the National Council (NAC), an elected representative body of the Feeding America members. The NAC represents and gives a voice to over 200 member food banks while helping Feeding America’s National Office set goals and policies that affect the entire network.

Under Amy’s leadership the Food Bank for Larimer County has increased its operating budget by over 400%, raised $2.1 million for the Larimer Shares capital campaign to support a fresh food pantry in Loveland, started a Community Kitchen serving children and seniors, and a mobile pantry program.  Food Bank for Larimer County is recognized for leadership in providing fresh and nutritious foods to those facing hunger.

Locally, Amy is Vice President of Feeding Colorado and a founding board member of the board of Hunger Free Colorado.  She serves on the board of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce and was formerly on the Coloradoan Editorial Board.  In 2010, she was named as an outstanding leader in the Northern Colorado Business Report 40 under 40.  And in 2017 Amy was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Northern Colorado Business Report.

Amy moved to Colorado in 2002 from Missouri where she was a graduate of Missouri State University.

 

Margo Karstan, Banner Health Northern Colorado CEO

 

Margo Karsten is the Chief Executive officer for Banner Health in Northern Colorado. In January 2018, she assumed the role of President of the Western Region. In this expanded role, she oversees Wyoming, Nebraska, California, Nevada and Colorado facilities.

 

She provides overall leadership for North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Banner Fort Collins Medical Center in Fort Collins, as well as area off-site facilities operated by the hospitals.

 

She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing administration, and a doctorate in organizational development.

 

She has been in Northern Colorado for over 23 years. Her greatest accomplishments are her two adult sons and her 15-year-old daughter.

 

Margo places a high priority on relationships.  Through listening to community members, patients, physicians and staff, she creates cultures that reflect caring, innovative practices that lead to effective results.  Recently, McKee Medical Center and North Colorado Medical Center received an A rating from Leapfrog. Leapfrog is an independent group measuring safety and quality.  She feels very fortunate to be leading healthcare for the Northern Colorado communities.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Kraft, MD MHS FAAFP, RVP, Anthem Senior Clinical Officer

 

 

 

 

 

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