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Leading the Conversation: New Models for Addressing Mental Health

  • The Hutton House 10715 South Shore Drive Medicine Lake, MN, 55441 United States (map)

Medical Alley: Leading the Conversation toward New Models for Addressing Mental Health gathers leaders from healthcare delivery, payment, and technology to discuss and debate one of the most critical and underrepresented healthcare issues: mental health.

The status quo isn’t meeting current needs, this is well-established, and the barriers to change have been discussed, debated, and dissected for years. The fundamental problem remains the unchanged: In the US alone, 44 million people experience mental illness every year and 10 million of them will experience a serious mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, yet 60 percent of those individuals will not receive treatment. The burdens of social stigma, access to treatment, and even lack of good treatment options for certain illnesses makes mental health one of the largest crises facing the US and the world.

That debate will not be rehashed; there is too much at stake to continue with business as usual. Instead there will be in-depth discussion of ideas that have shown efficacy in the real world and innovators making a real difference, so you can learn from their successes and struggles. Technology, care models, payment, and policy will be examined for a rich discussion on this complex, multi-faceted healthcare challenge.

Set in Medical Alley, the global epicenter for health innovation and care, Leading the Conversation toward New Models for Addressing Mental Health will consist of a curated set of discussions with thought leaders from across healthcare. Attendees will see a spirited and challenging discussion with senior leaders from across healthcare. By the end of the day, you will be more informed, more connected, and more prepared to make an impact.

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Adam Moen, Founder and Principal at Real EmPowerment Solutions

Adam Moen is Founder and Principal at Real EmPowerment Solutions, a healthcare startup and strategy consulting firm. He also is founder of Marbles Analytics which offers free, 24/7 mental and emotional health support, download at Marbles Analytics crowd-sources peer support for individuals to anonymously find non-judgmental support, track mood to build self-awareness, and easily find additional high-quality mental health resources. After struggling with depression in college, he is committed to eliminating young adult suicide. His goal is to help colleges, universities, and organizations prevent people from slipping through the cracks in the mental health system by making finding support and resources more accessible.


Jack Cosentino, CEO / Managing Director, Medibio

Jack Cosentino, B.S.S., has been the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Director at Medibio Limited since February 2017. Cosentino’s experience includes more than two decades of senior leadership and executive roles in medical device and medical technology companies. Prior to joining Medibio, Cosentino served as the Chief Strategy Officer of ImpediMed Limited. His other notable roles include: eight years as Chief Executive Officer of Class IIA medical device company Diversified Medical Corp during which he built the organization from 17 to 320 full-time employees; over 10 years as co-founder designing and developing population health platforms that deliver health informatics solutions used globally today.


Jeremy Schroetter, Chief Technology Officer at Medibio, Ltd

Jeremy joined Medibio in November 2017 as Vice President of Technology, becoming Chief Technology Officer in April of 2018. Prior to joining Medibio, Schroetter was the Senior Director of Engineering for two years at Qualcomm Life where he led teams in building IoT platforms for medical devices and technical leadership for acquisitions. His career in technology has also included the roles of CTO for the Medical Device and Healthcare business unit at GlobalLogic, program management for Park Nicollet and Prime Therapeutics and various leadership roles at Medtronic where he developed software for implantable medical devices. Schroetter graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and has an MBA in Healthcare Information Technology from the University of St. Thomas.


Jill Wiedemann-West, Chief Executive Officer at People Incorporated Mental Health Services

Jill joined People Incorporated, Minnesota’s largest community-based provider of mental health services, as its first Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and became its Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Ms. Wiedemann-West’s professional background and experience is in healthcare operations, management and service development.

At People Incorporated, Ms. Wiedemann-West has spearheaded an ambitious plan: reshape the organization to execute on a continuum-of-care model to drive improved client outcomes.

Now, that foresight is proving to be a valuable investment as People Incorporated was named one of a small number of participants in a new nationwide initiative. In the fall of 2016, it was certified as a pilot site for a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative called the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).

People Incorporated believes that addressing community mental health needs improves lives and livelihoods throughout the Twin Cities; mental health iscommunity health. With upwards of 700 employees, 40 locations and 60 programs from homeless services to clinical services, People Incorporated acts on innovative ideas incredibly quickly and efficiently.

Ms. Wiedemann-West holds a Master of Arts in Psychology and Human Behavior from National University in San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Before joining People Incorporated, she was COO at Hazelden Foundation for 11 years.


Dr. Gary Christenson, Chief Medical Officer, Boynton Health Service


Russ Morfitt, Chief Psychology Officer & Co-Founder at Learn to Live, Inc.

Dr. Russ Morfitt is a co-Founder and Chief Psychology Officer at Learn to Live.  He has over 20 years of experience as a psychologist using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

He has a practice focused on treating Anxiety Disorders for an underserved population. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota department of psychology. 

He has been involved in the development of Internet–delivered CBT for social anxiety, depression, stress, anxiety and insomnia since 2006.  He is also a founding member of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII).    

Jaclyn Wainwright, Chief Executive Officer, AiR Healthcare

Jaclyn Wainwright is a national behavioral healthcare expert, and CEO for AiR Healthcare, a global provider of data driven disease management solutions for behavioral health populations. Wainwright developed AiR’s advanced claims data analytics software, which identifies health plan members with unmet behavioral health needs and provides targeted clinical interventions, an innovation that enables AiR to successfully implement large-scale solutions that produce measurable, accountable outcomes for both payers and employers. She is a featured speaker on the use of AI and machine learning to improve outcomes for behavioral health and the co-author of several groundbreaking studies on long-term substance use disorder treatment outcomes including, “AiRCare: A naturalistic evaluation of the effectiveness of a protracted telephone-based recovery assistance program on continuing care outcomes,” and “The importance of short-term continuing care plan adherence on long-term outcomes among patients discharged from residential substance use treatment.” Over the past several years she has built and delivered clinical programming to large self-funded employer groups and payers that have resulted in lower overall medical costs and improved health. Wainwright previously delivered clinical programming for some of the nation’s leading behavioral health provider organizations including, CRC Health Group and Acadia Healthcare.


Brendan Shane, MSW, LICSW, MBA | Director of Behavioral Health

Brendan Shane is the Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.  Brendan assumed this role in November 2016 and is responsible for the direction and management of all behavioral health services.

Prior to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Brendan was the Director of Clinical Care Services for Magellan of Virginia.  While there, he participated in and led a number of behavioral health initiatives across the Commonwealth.  Before that role, Brendan held a leadership position with Carver County where he participated in and led key initiatives within the agency, in partnership with the State of Minnesota, and with colleagues from around the world related to children’s mental health targeted case management, child protection/welfare and adoption. Before that role, Brendan spent 10 years at Cigna where he held roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to his managed care experience, he served as a therapeutic day treatment therapist and a crisis clinician in various Twin Cities metro area emergency departments.

Brendan holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University. Additionally, he is a licensed clinical social worker in both Virginia and Minnesota. During his time away from work, he enjoys biking, playing tennis and spending time with his four children.


Eric Lucas, Founder & CEO, The Oxygen Plan Corporation

Successful entrepreneur with amazing track record of breakthrough innovation and explosive sales growth.