2013 Leadership Summit

Austin, Texas
10/01/13 07:00 AM
10/02/13 12:00 PM

The Different Hats of Network Leadership

The 2013 NCHN Leadership Summit is a one and a half day meeting designed to build health network leadership capacity by bringing network leaders together to discuss leadership challenges and share leadership best practice models. Through connections with their peers, network leaders will explore skills needed
to support sound actions and outcomes within and outside the network.

October 1 - 2, 2013
Austin, TX

Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott
300 East 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Ph: (512) 236-8008

NCHN Reservation Rate: $179 + tax (single or double)
Room rate is available for three days prior to and following the Leadership Summit, pending availability.

» Reserve online (deadline: September 17, 2013)

Check-in is at 4:00 PM and check-out is at 11:00 AM

Fee Payment: Check or Paypal

Checks should be addressed to NCHN, include the registrant's name, and be mailed to:

624 South 1st Street
Montrose, CO 81401

Pay by Paypal (using a card or Paypal account)

Registration Fee (please select)
Name of Attendee


NCHN Member: $275
Non-Member: $375
Registration Deadline: September 23, 2013
» Register online

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and networking breaks on Tuesday; and breakfast and networking break on Wednesday morning.

In addition, the fee includes:

  • Leadership Summit materials
  • 2013 Leadership Learning Community membership, which includes six additional modules devoted to leadership between the Summit and June 2014;
  • Participation in NCHN & LoneStartNow Maintain, Not Gain Stealth Challenge, a popular and effective strategy to create and meet realistic goals during the treacherous 10-week gauntlet of excess between Halloween and New Year’s.



» Download the Agenda (pdf)


Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D.
Faculty, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Session: Network Leadership: High Performance Collaboration in High Pressure Chaos 

Mary Kay served as a network leader and consults with networks on leading through change, developing viable board strategies in the midst of chaos and identifying strategic planning initiatives that include each step of the customer experience. She believes and supports the challenging work of collaboration through network leadership as a leading model of sustainable success for healthcare efforts. Dr. Chess teaches Leadership & Personal Development in MBA programs at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She lives on an island outside of Seattle and enjoys the fact that the abundance of trees often interrupts technology.


Darcy A. Czarnik Laurin
Executive Director, Thumb Rural Health Network, MI


Deena Dodd
Director, Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network

Deena Dodd is with the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) as the Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network (InSRHN) Director. Deena has been in this position for three years. During this time, the network’s membership has grown to 25 hospitals, member’s savings has increased through various contract negotiations, and affordable Community Health Needs Assessments have been instituted for the Network. She was recently selected to serve as the Director of Business Development for the Indiana Rural Health Association Business Partners Network. She also serves as a Director on the National Cooperative of Health Care Networks (NCHN) Board. Deena is spearheading a process of sharing healthcare information and developments with local economic development organizations statewide.


Maggie Elehwany, J.D.
National Rural Health Association

Maggie Elehwany joined the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) staff in 2007 and is the head lobbyist responsible for the government affairs and policy department. She has nearly 20 years of federal legislative experience. She previously served as health counsel to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and to U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, where she worked on comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid legislation. Elehwany also served as counsel to former U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bob Packwood. From 1999 to 2005, she served as assistant director of congressional affairs for the American Medical Association where she advocated on patient and physician issues. Elehwany earned a J.D. from the University of Oregon and a B.A. from Oregon State University.

Thomas F. Klobucar, PhD
Deputy Director, Veterans Health Administration - Office of Rural Health

Thomas F. Klobucar, a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, is published in the fields of rural health, home telehealth, chronic disease management, political science, sociology, and research methods.  His current work is focused on providing opportunities for the delivery of virtual health care services into rural Veterans’ homes, the expansion of health care provider virtual consultation services in underserved rural areas, and enhancing care coordination for rural Veterans through electronic health information exchange. 


Stacie Pace
Director, Rural Health Network of Oklahoma


David Pearson
President/CEO, TORCH

David Pearson is currently the President/CEO if the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals. TORCH is a professional association whose members consist of general acute hospitals of less than 150 beds, as well as the companies and organizations which provide products and services to rural hospitals. David is an experienced advocate who has been involved with legislative and regulatory activities involving rural hospitals at both the state and federal level since 1997. David is also a registered lobbyist in the state of Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Master in Public Administration Degree from Texas State University in San Marcos. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been Board Certified in Healthcare Management by ACHE since 2003.


Jay Seifert, M.A.
Co-founder, WellStartNow (TX)

Jay Seifert is a pioneer in applying established principles of social neuroscience and behavioral economics to individual and organizational “wellness.” His strategy is specifically designed to improve health and well-being of those individuals most at risk for preventable chronic illness, but least likely to participate in traditional “diet and exercise” programs. In 2005, Jay co-founded LoneStart Wellness and began implementing the LoneStart Team Esteem Challenge, a hands-on behavioral initiative designed to instill the essential sense of self-belief necessary for enduring behavior change. Jay earned his Bachelor’s degree (psychology) at Miami University; and his Master’s degree (social psychology) at Tulane University. Jay has presented LoneStart’s Achieve and Believe behavioral strategy at numerous government, health care and corporate conferences.  



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