Jennifer Bright is Executive Director for the Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI). Mrs. Bright brings over two decades of health care policy, issue management, patient advocacy and executive leadership to the position. Jennifer is also the founder and President of Momentum Health Strategies, where she works with clients to promote integrated behavioral health care, patient engagement, quality improvement in hospitals and prevention of healthcare-associated infections. She most recently served as Executive Director for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), a non-profit medical society representing physicians, advanced practice nurses, and researchers with expertise in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention. Jennifer’s prior executive leadership at the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America) focused on advancing policy initiatives at the state and local level. Her career has also included issue analysis and strategic issue management for corporate clients at state-focused lobbying firms. Jennifer earned her degree in political science from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. and her master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University, concentrating on policy analysis and program management.
Todd Bentsen is a communications leader specializing in health and science. He’s held positions in research-oriented national organizations, including the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Society of Neuroscience, and American Society for Clinical Oncology. His experience runs the communications gamut, and he is passionate about conveying complex health and science information to public audiences. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Maryland.
Mr. Linthicum is Director of Scientific Communications for the Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI), where he brings both scientific training as a researcher and expertise in communications and strategic planning to bear on the scope of IVI’s activities. Mr. Linthicum has over 10 years of experience in health policy and public health, with experience in policy-facing research in diverse therapeutic areas, including oncology, hepatology, infectious disease, and nutrition. His work has been published in leading journals of economics, medicine, and health policy including JAMA Oncology, Health Affairs, Chest, and Health Services Research. He earned his Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California and his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lisa Malecha is the CFO and COO for the Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI). She brings over 20 years of experience in leadership, team management, and operations strategy. Lisa is also the founder and owner of Malecha Business Solutions, where she works with clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to small Non-Profit entities to develop and implement strategic change focused on optimizing the top and bottom lines. Prior to that, Lisa served as the Director of Global Supply Chain for the Structural Heart division of Medtronic. Early in her career, was an Engineer Officer in the US Army. Lisa earned her degree in Comparative Politics from the United States Military Academy and her MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Erica deFur Malik is a seasoned leader with over eighteen years of public policy, writing, and member relations experience. Ms. Malik worked as a state policy director for Mental Health America, with a strong focus on member relations, and also served as the membership director for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists of America. Most recently, she has worked as a consultant for Momentum Health Strategies, offering policy and strategic support for a range of healthcare organizations. Through this work Ms. Malik has contributed to numerous resources including toolkits, policy briefs, convenings, and other projects that aim to spread strategies to engage patients, providers, and other partners in improving health systems and health outcomes. Ms. Malik is committed to empowering patient organizations and has a strong customer service approach in developing membership and policy research initiatives.
Melanie is an experienced fund development professional with a strong background in writing and communications, fund development, research and health needs assessment, and project management. Melanie has 20 years of experience in the health care field with a focus on community-based health care, public health, quality improvement, value-based care, and building capacity of health care safety net delivery systems. Melanie is an Institute for Healthcare Improvement certified Improvement Coach.
Melanie served as Director of Fund Development for Essential Access Health, a statewide association dedicated to advancing sexual and reproductive health through policy, programs and clinical research. During her more than ten years at the organization, Melanie managed full lifecycle of federal and state grants and funder relationship management. Prior to this, Melanie worked with Mental Health America, a national advocacy organization, leading training and technical assistance projects to support state mental health planning councils and state policy and advocacy initiatives.
Judy Thomas comes from a background of ten years of small business development in multiple fields, from retail to manufacturing to property management. She specializes in organizational systems and procedures, and implementing policies that align workflows and foster real-time collaboration. Ms. Thomas believes in innovation in all aspects of the workplace, and that efficiency improvement is an ongoing evolutionary process.
Richard Xie, PhD is a health economist with a track record in leading and conducting health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) studies to inform the design of public health policy and valuation of innovative pharmaceutical therapies. Dr. Xie is the HEOR Research Manager at the Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI). Prior to joining IVI, he was an HEOR consultant at the Analysis Group, managing a portfolio of studies to demonstrate the value for novel therapies for clients in the pharmaceutical industry. His experiences also included working as a Health Policy Researcher at the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, where he examined policy questions in medication nonadherence, health disparities and the evaluating innovation in healthcare. Dr. Xie’s work were published in leading peer-reviewed medical journals including JACC, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and PLOS One. Dr. Xie received his PhD in Economics from the University of Southern California.