Health Care Summit
Event Date: August 15
The CPBJ 2022 Health Care Summit will feature industry experts discussing a wide range of health care related topics affecting the midstate and beyond.
Central Penn Business Journal is COVID conscious and will be making educated decisions on whether events are online or in-person per CDC recommendations and state and county guidance.
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Mark Kandrysawtz, VP and Chief Innovation Officer, WellSpan Health
Mark serves as WellSpan Health’s vice president and chief innovation officer where he provides oversight of research and development, marketing, brand and creative. Prior to joining WellSpan, Mark was founder and CEO, partner and a principal consultant at Benjamin & Bond, a healthcare innovation consultancy, based in York, Pa. He has a proven track record of creating and improving businesses through innovation. His areas of expertise include human-centered design; user experience/user interface design; service and product design; strategic planning and business development. Prior to starting Benjamin & Bond, he served as CEO of an award-winning strategy-led design firm and technology lab. He managed and lead a company of strategists, designers and developers in delivering research, design and development projects for healthcare organizations, global enterprises, government entities and Silicon Valley startups. Mark holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Carleen T. Warner, MD, MBA, FAAFP is medical director for UPMC Primary Care, Lancaster Region. In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Warner sees patients at UPMC Columbia Regional Health Center at St. Anne’s Retirement Community. Dr. Warner is board-certified in family medicine. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Dakota State University, a medical degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and an MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. She completed her family medicine residency at WellSpan York Hospital. Her interests include a focus on preventive medicine to promote optimal health and wellness in patients of all ages.
Jennifer Chambers, MD, MBA, FACP Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Capital BlueCross
Dr. Jennifer Chambers is Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at Capital Blue Cross in Harrisburg, Pa. She joined the Capital Blue Cross medical staff in 2007, and at that time provided leadership in the company’s Quality Management and Care Management departments, as well as the Medical Policy team. Dr. Chambers is currently responsible for clinical strategy and leadership across the organization and for Capital Blue Cross’s Medical Affairs department. She is accountable for Clinical programming, including Utilization Management and Care Management programs, as well as, Medical Policy and Coding, accreditation, and Population Health Management, and Population Analytics. Her clinical interests include population health, hospital medicine, patient safety and quality, and hospice and palliative medicine.
Dr. Chambers earned both her medical degree and an MBA from Penn State University. She completed her internship and residency at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and served as chief resident and instructor in the Department of Medicine. She earned her B.S. in Medical Technology from Millersville University. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Chambers is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She also holds a faculty position as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.
Prior to joining Capital Blue Cross, Dr. Chambers was Director of the Palliative Medicine Program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She also served as attending physician on the academic hospitalist service, providing resident education in internal medicine and palliative medicine. Dr. Chambers provides community leadership in the areas of intellectual disability and autism, serving as board member for Keystone Human Services and Keystone Autism Services, located in Harrisburg, Pa.
Dr. Chambers is a member of the Penn State Harrisburg Board of Advisors, and the School of Business Administration Advisory board. In addition, she is a member of the Millersville University Foundation Board.
Dr. Chambers was honored with the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Fellowship Award in 2016, and is a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Excellence, and the CPBJ Woman of Influence awards. She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Harrisburg area.
She and her husband, Mike, live near Hershey Pa.
Timothy Law, DO is Senior Medical Director for Clinical Services at Highmark.
Dr. Law leads efforts on Living Health Solutions Collaborations, the Clinical Quality Governance Committee, the Utilization Management Prior Authorization team, and VBR – True Performance.
He is a member of the Medical Policy Team, where he drove completion of HM CED policy to allow better access to new technology for our strategic partners and our members. He also serves as chairman of the Care Management and Quality Committee.
Dr. Law is telehealth lead on Highmark’s Covid-19 Command Center team, and led the team in the organization of adding over 1000 codes for inclusion in the coverage policy during the pandemic, helping to bring virtual care to patients in the midst of a pandemic.
A board certified physician with two decades of clinical experience, Dr. Law served as the Medical Director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) at Ohio University.
Dr. Law earned his medical degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an MBA in Health Care Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He completed family medicine residency at Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY.
Current Board Affiliations:
Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors
Society of Alumni and Friends: OU Heritage College of Medicine: Immediate past President
Thought Leadership Topics
Peer to Peer
Federal Employee Program
AOA Mentor of the Year 1994:
About Highmark Inc. (Updated 10-03-19)
One of America’s leading health insurance organizations and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Highmark Inc. (the Health Plan) and its affiliated health plans (collectively, the Health Plans) work passionately to deliver high-quality, accessible, understandable, and affordable experiences, outcomes, and solutions to customers. As the fourth-largest overall Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated organization, Highmark Inc. and its Blue-branded affiliates proudly cover the insurance needs of more than 4.4 million members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance and other related businesses. For more information, visit www.highmark.com
Jill Welch, Partner and Chair Barley Snyder Employment Practice Group
Jill is a partner in and chair of Barley Snyder’s Employment Practice Group, where she counsels companies in
handling workplace challenges and helps clients resolve disputes, claims, cases, and litigation in all aspects of
labor and employment law.
As an employment law counselor, Jill assists in developing employment policies, employee handbook
provisions, non-compete and restrictive covenants and severance agreements, and has assisted companies
through difficult layoffs and reductions in force. Jill serves as her clients’ counselor-on-call, advising clients daily
on a myriad of employment issues such as Internet and drug and alcohol abuse, evaluating requests for Family
Medical Leave Act and military leaves of absence, questions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, using criminal
background checks in hiring, conducting terminations, and other workplace challenges.
In her employment litigation practice, Jill represents employers and companies of all types – large and small,
public, private, family-owned, emerging companies, entrepreneurs and others – on matters ranging from
employment discrimination, benefits, contracts, collective action wage and hour claims, non-compete cases and
unemployment compensation appeals to Sarbanes-Oxley and OSHA whistleblower cases, and labor
management relations before administrative tribunals and state and federal courts.
Jill works with companies across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, products, retail, banking
and other finance-related companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care entities, food
processing, hospitality, construction and property management, communication, technology, transportation,
agri-business, professional services and non-profit organizations. Examples of select matters which Jill has
helped resolve for clients include:
- Served as trial counsel and successfully resolved a number of collective action wage and hour claims.
- Secured a complete defense verdict on claims of overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and breach of contract in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.
- Successfully secured a preliminary injunction in the York County Court of Common Pleas for a company against its former national sales director who began working for a competitor.
- Represented a client in a temporary restraining order/preliminary injunction involving claims of tortious interference with the company’s contracts and misappropriation of confidential client information, involving over 20 pre-trial motions and hearings, resolving the matter favorably for the client.
- Served as co-trial counsel in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on an ERISA claim for benefits in excess of a million dollars resulting in a complete defense victory for the company.
- Successfully defended a manufacturing client in a breach of employment contract claim in AAA arbitration.
- Successfully represented clients before the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review and the National Labor Relations Board in upholding the independent contractor status of their third-party contractors.
- Successfully defended a manufacturer before the American Arbitration Association, where the union alleged that the company violated the collective bargaining agreement, affirming the company’s management rights in response to changing market needs.
- Represented a client in a jury trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on an employment discrimination claim resulting in a defense verdict on five of six counts and a favorable resolution of the final count.
- Represented County Commissioners in interest arbitration regarding full-time and part-time Adult Probation Officers, Juvenile Probation Officers, BARJ Coordinator and Domestic Relations Hearing and Enforcement Officers under the auspices of the PLRB.
- Secured dismissal of OSHA whistleblower claims alleging retaliation for lodging internal safety complaints.
Jill also defends Barley Snyder’s food and agribusiness clients in matters ranging from class and collective
action wage and hour litigation, whistleblower complaints, restrictive covenants and employment discrimination
claims, and provided counsel to companies on a wide range of employment practices and policies.
Jill was selected to the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Super Lawyers list. The Super
Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection can be found at
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approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
A frequent speaker, Jill has trained companies, human resources professionals, managers and supervisors on
best practices in such areas as: conducting sexual harassment investigations, planning reductions in force,
handling mental disabilities under the ADA, understanding wage and hour laws, effective hiring and discharge
strategies, EEOC compliance, managing Sarbanes-Oxley and whistleblower claims, and navigating the ADA –
FMLA – Worker’s Compensation maze and other subjects.
John Buffone, Senior Media Relations Manager, Gavin
With over a decade of diverse media experience, Senior Media Relations Manager John Buffone brings a unique perspective to help organizations tell their stories.
His past experiences include multiple years of radio, newspaper and television reporting, where he covered topics ranging from news, sports, politics, animal rights and outdoor living. His most recent work prior to Gavin was with the United States Census Bureau as Media Specialist, where he promoted community-based media campaigns and acted as a Bureau Spokesperson.
Using his knowledge of the industry, John now advises companies and organizations on developing effective media strategies based on their specific needs and audiences.