Board of Advisors


Michael M. Barch, MHSA

Over the prior 40 years, Mr. Michael Barch had held senior management positions in various medical corporations representing nearly every facet of healthcare.

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He held the post of CEO of The George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC) for more than 20 years. During his tenure at GWUMC, he helped the Medical Center develop a 300-physician group practice and a 100,000-member HMO. He later served as Assistant VP at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following his appointment at Johns Hopkins, Mr. Barch was named President and CEO of Managed Care Assistance Corporation (MCAC) which was responsible for the development of six different statewide managed care networks and the formation of HMOs in two additional states. He has chaired numerous Boards and has fostered the development of many programs including a Robert Wood Johnson grant in 1984 that resulted in the Health Care for the Homeless Project. This Project has since evolved into Unity Health Care, which runs

32 primary care clinics in the District of Columbia and is the owner of
a Medicaid HMO. During his 40 years in healthcare, Mr. Barch has also served as the President and CEO of Columbia Hospital for Women and for the District of Columbia Health and Hospitals Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). The PBC was the public health delivery system for the District of Columbia and consisted of D.C. General Hospital, a 175-physician specialty practice, 23 public health clinics and 183 school based nurse programs as well as a number of specialty clinics. In December of 2012, Mr. Barch joined MedTech as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Barch is currently Chairman of
the Board of the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area as well as Chair of National Capital Shared Services, the 13th largest group purchase organization in the nation. He is also a founder of Metastatin Pharmaceutical, a biopharmaceutical company developing anti-metastatic therapies. Mr. Barch graduated summa cum laude with a joint degree in economics and finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Masters of Health Science Administration from The George Washington University.

Debra Furr-Holden, Ph.D.

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden is an epidemiologist with expertise in drug and alcohol dependence epidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology and prevention science.

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Her research areas include methodological issues surrounding the design and evaluation of substance abuse interventions including sampling, program modeling, and innovative statistical and evaluation approaches; measurement of drug and alcohol use disorders; and innovative methods to prevent and reduce health inequalities, with a focus on behavioral health inequalities. Dr. Furr-Holden is also an expert
in environmental approaches to violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention. In 2006, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (under President George W. Bush) for her early career accomplishments in environmental strategies. She has worked with local and national policy makers to improve data driven decision-making and include ‘health in all policies’. She developed novel methods to determine geographic unmet need for behavioral health treatment services. She currently maintains a portfolio of research focused on ameliorating health inequalities in substance abuse treatment and environmental strategies
to prevent and reduce community violence. She is an Associate Professor
at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Mental Health; Director of the Drug Investigations, Violence and Environmental Studies Laboratory; co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence; faculty at the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions; and former Consulting Director of Prevention for the Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems (now Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore). She received her Ph.D. in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1999.

Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas McLellan is the premiere addiction expert in the United States and the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Treatment Research Institute, a not-for-pro t research and development institute in Philadelphia.

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He served as the Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under the first Obama administration and is considered to be the top expert on the chronic addiction treatment model. Indeed, it is Dr. McLellan’s 2000 article that is most often cited when anyone refers to addiction as a chronic condition. Dr. McLellan was the developer of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), one of the most widely used substance abuse assessment instruments in the field. He has served as an adviser to many government and nonprofit scientific organizations, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Practice Laboratory of the American Psychiatric Association, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Greek government and Public Health England. Dr. McLellan, along with Drs. Kane, Whitefield, and Jaffe, will help oversee the ET3 clinical trials assuring that our approach is the most complete and effective in the nation. Additionally, Dr. McLellan will help us produce a white paper on our groundbreaking program as well as in the publication of manuscripts and conference presentations related to outcomes from our ongoing assessments.

Ryan Rouse

Ryan Rouse is the Chief Operating Officer of Redwood Investment Management, LLC, playing a central role in the cultivation of Redwood’s successful investment platforms and business development.

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He is responsible for Redwood’s legal, business, and compliance operations. Ryan is a licensed attorney in the State of California. He received his J.D. at Pepperdine University School of Law and his B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Southern California from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Michael Smith Liss, B.S.

Michael Smith Liss is an investment advisor at Alex Brown asset & wealth Management. Michael is located in the Washington, D.C. office and has been there since 2010.

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He is in the Private Wealth division of the bank, working with a team that has $2B+ assets under management. He manages assets for high net worth individuals, corporations, endowments, and foundations. In addition to his involvement on the asset management side, he works intimately with the investment bank and has a meaningful focus on real estate lending, real estate advisory solutions, structured lending, and key client unique opportunities. Michael has held previous positions at the largest privately held cell tower company, Global tower partners, where he was responsible for diligence and valuation analysis on single assets and portfolios that were being considered for acquisition, as well
as intimately involved in the closing and integration process following the acquisition; Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, a division of Archstone- Smith; and Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty, a division of Vornado Realty Trust. Michael is currently a Board Member of the Upperville Colt and
Horse Show, the oldest horse show in the United States, as well as on the Chairman’s Council of the National Sporting Library & Museum. He sits on the Investment Committee of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School as well as the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. In addition, he is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association. Michael graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S. in International Finance and Marketing and a minor in Economics.

Gary Stephani

Gary Stephani has been a financial services executive for over 25 years.

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As a partner with major accounting firms, Gary has a broad range of experience
in providing audit and advisory service to insurance, investment, banking, real estate and other industries. From 1973 until 1984, he served as a senior manager for KPMG. In 1984, Gary moved to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, shortly thereafter becoming a partner. Gary served as lead partner on financial service companies such as AIG, SunAmerica, ULLICO and M&I Bancorp. He also served as lead partner with major insurance companies such as GEICO, Farmers, Nationwide, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. From 1990 until 2004, Gary was the leader of the insurance regulatory practice for the Cisatlantic and Southwest region. He led insurance consulting projects involving forensic accounting and asset dispositions on behalf of regulators and the National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Associations. Gary has vast experience in advising companies on internal controls, Sarbanes Oxley, risk management, initial and secondary public offering and reporting. In
his spare time, Gary served as Chairman of Board of Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley and USO of Metropolitan Washington. Gary graduated from the University of Wisconsin, is a licensed CPA, and is a member of AICPA.

Adi Jaffe, PH.D., CSAT-V

Dr. Adi Jaffe is an inspirational, mission driven leader who relies on research, data and communication to create real and lasting change in organizations.

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Dr. Jaffe is a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction and stigma and the president of Alternatives Behavioral Health, one of the most progressive mental health treatment facilities in the country. Dr. Jaffe has led Alternatives to four consecutive years of growth and an industry leading 83% alcohol use reduction outcomes. While the creation of the program Dr. Jaffe runs in Beverly Hills is likely his biggest achievement, he is well known for his teaching in the psychology department at UCLA and his passionate TED talk performance at TEDxUCLA. Dr. Jaffe’s years of clinical and executive experience follow his University of California, Los Angeles Ph.D., (Summa Cum Laude) and Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. Additionally, Dr. Jaffe is certified as a level five drug counselor (CADDE).and his research focuses on changing the way Americans think about, and deal with mental health and addiction issues. He is passionate about the role of shame in destroying lives and aims to greatly reduce the stigma of mental health in this country. His research background and deep knowledge of evidence-based outcomes and the advantages of integrated care for addictions make him a natural choice to lead the program development and team formation for Harwood Labs. His natural ability to speak on these topics allow him to represent the outcomes of clinical trials in media appearances and to speak on behalf of the organization at national, and international, conferences.

Mark Kimmel, Ph.D.

Mark started his career studying religion and education, which lead him to healthcare via medical missionary work, taking his love for helping other across the world. Mark worked as an ICU and ER nurse that aided him in his missionary work.

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Over time Mark began to move up in the healthcare world working form the bedside into administration. After receiving a PhD in Theology and Education, Mark received a full scholarship to nursing school where found his passion helping others. Mark served on the TACT commission working on the Transitions of Accountable Care Taskforce and worked with a Case Management group receiving the Franklin Award. Working with physicians he found that physicians had never been fully trained to document correctly, Mark began to develop ways to teach physicians to document to meet federal standards thus improving patient outcomes and decrease the error rates. He found that providers wanted to do the right thing but really did not know how, using his research from working with physicians for years to build a system that allows physicians document quickly and easily.

As a leading expert with over 20 years of experience in healthcare and research, Mark has a proven record of forecasting the trends in the healthcare industry. In his book, Ultimate Guide to Win (published July 21,2013), Mark predicted critical changes in Medicare and health care that are happening today. In addition to helping hospitals drive revenue growth, he led a CMS pilot program to its successful completion in less than a year. It was in this program where the implementation of Codeable Language TM and its processes were proven. Mark is now utilizing his abilities to find simple solutions to complicated problems by solving one of the country’s most important problems today.


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