All of Us – Together Driving
Health and Economic Success

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 | 2pm – 4pm Virtual Webcast

Join us as we work to improve health and economic success in the Great Lakes Bay Region through highly effective and coordinated stakeholder collaboration. This powerful webcast will feature a keynote speech by VADM (Vice Admiral) Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., U.S. Surgeon General and a multi-sector regional panel discussing his national platform, Community Health and Economic Prosperity and the community wide THRIVE effort in the Great Lakes Bay region.

“The Surgeon General’s keynote address will build upon the momentum in the region and bring focus as we address both our economy and community well-being for now and the long-term future,” states Dr. Cathy Baase, senior fellow of THRIVE and board chair of MiHIA.


Welcome Jim Fitterling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Dow

Keynote VADM (Vice Admiral) Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., U.S. Surgeon General
Community Health and Economic Prosperity

Q&A Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; On detail to the Office of the Surgeon General

THRIVE Reporting Progress, Celebrating Partners, Important Regional Commitment Announcement, Launch of Phase 2 Implementation

THRIVE Panel Session All of Us Together: Advancing Health and the Economy


Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.

20th Surgeon General of the United States

VADM Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, is the 20th Surgeon General of the United States.  Dr. Adams has bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a master of public health degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, and is a board-certified anesthesiologist.  Prior to being selected for his current position, he served as the Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017 where he presided over Indiana’s efforts to deal with the state’s unprecedented HIV outbreak, caused by the sharing of needles among people who inject drugs.

Dr. Adams’ motto as Surgeon General is “better health through better partnerships.” As Surgeon General, he is committed to maintaining strong relationships with the public health community and forging new partnerships with non-traditional partners.

As Surgeon General, VADM Adams oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which has approximately 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of our nation.


Waheed Akbar, MD

Waheed Akbar, MD

Orthopedic/Spine Surgeon Ascension St. Mary’s

JoAnn Crary

JoAnn Crary

President Saginaw Future

JoAnn Crary is the President of Saginaw Future, a non-profit economic development organization. She has held that position since 1993. Crary has a Bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University and a graduate degree from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional. In 2015, Crary received the Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member designations by the International Economic Development Council.

Crary was the 2015 Board Chair of the 5000-member International Economic Development Council and in that role, she focused on Inclusive Economic Development. It was a top priority of the IEDC Board, the Economic Development Research Partners and work of an Equity Committee, which identified policy issues, solutions and tools around economic opportunity. Widening the circle for economic inclusiveness continues to play an important role in IEDC’s strategic plan today. JoAnn remains involved in IEDC as is a member of the Committee for Professional Conduct and the Economic Development Research Partners.

She is also a member of the MEDC’s Collaborative Development Council, an advisory group to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation leadership. In 2016, Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder appointed JoAnn to serve on the 21st Century Economy Commission to help recommend a vision for Michigan’s economic future and in 2017, the Governor appointed Crary to serve on the Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control.

Ms. Crary also serves on the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, DOW Community Advisory Panel, Huntington Bank Market Area Board, the City of Saginaw Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Mobile Medical Response Finance Committee, The Hospital Bond Development Authority, Saginaw County Career & Technical Education Consortium Committee and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Board of Directors.

Dave Kepler

Dave Kepler

Patricia and David Kepler Foundation

D E (Dave) Kepler via his company, TCP Investments, focuses on regional economic development through local business investment and real estate development.  He is President of the Midland Brewing Company.

Kepler is a member of the board of directors of three public companies: TD Bank Group (TD), headquartered in Toronto, Teradata Corporation (TDC), an analytical data solutions company and Autoliv (ALV), a manufacturer, and supplier of automotive safety systems.

Kepler is a former Executive Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company for Business Services and was its Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). Kepler’s 39 year career spanned roles in information technology, supply chain, operations, marketing and business management. He joined Dow in Pittsburg, California in 1975 and had geographic assignments in the United States, Canada and the Pacific.

He was appointed, and served for seven years, to the U.S. National Infrastructure Advisory Council that advises the U.S. President on issues related to the security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure sectors.  He was on e-Michigan Advisory Council that advised on the transformation of the state’s use of Information Technology.  Kepler also has served on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The American Chemistry Council and The National Safety Council. He is a board member of the Michigan Baseball Foundation

Kepler graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Today, he now serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation.

Dave resides in Sanford, Michigan, with his wife Patti. They have founded the Patricia and David Kepler Foundation that focuses on improving the quality of life and economic development of Michigan’s Great Lakes Region.  He and his family engage in multiple social and economic investments within Midland County, Michigan including the Midland Brewing Company, Cottage Creamery, the Lazy Turtle Ranch and Pathways Common apartments.

Pamela L. Pugh, DrPH, MS

Pamela L. Pugh, DrPH, MS

Regeneration LLC

Pamela is a consultant with Regeneration LLC, a business which serves as a catalyst for economically sustainable and healthy urban communities. She previously served as Chief Public Health Advisor for the City of Flint, MI, implementing a “Health in All Policy” approach to decision-making during the Flint Water Crisis. She served for 14 years within local public health and has been appointed to numerous boards and policy development workgroups aimed at improving quality of life for children and families. She serves as Michigan State Conference NAACP Health and Education Chairs. She is a two-time recipient of the NAACP Dr. Montague Cobb national Award for special achievement in social justice, health justice, and research. Dr. Pugh serves as Vice President of the Michigan State Board of Education. She received a Doctor of Public Health and Master of Science from University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University.

Beth Roszatycki

Beth Roszatycki

Chief Executive Officer Michigan Health Information Alliance Inc.

Beth Roszatycki is Chief Executive Officer of Michigan Health Information Alliance Inc. (MiHIA). She joined MiHIA from Bay Arenac Behavioral Health where she served as the Administrative Services Supervisor. During her tenure at Bay Arenac Behavioral Health, she lead a variety of performance improvement projects, provided management and oversight of all agency accreditations, developed and implemented policy and procedures, completed compliance reviews, worked extensively with providers through the contract development process, and most recently was the agency project manager for an electronic health record implementation.

Prior to her role with Bay Arenac Behavioral Health Roszatycki was the Director of Clinic Services for a behavioral health care provider in central and southeast Michigan. While there she took an active role in program development, budget management, as well as the on going oversight of 6 clinical programs serving over 2,000 individuals throughout Genesee and Oakland County. In addition, for the past 5 years Roszatycki has been an adjunct faculty member at Delta College, instructing a variety of courses within the Business and Information Technology division.

Ms. Roszatycki earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandise Management/Retailing from Michigan State University and Masters of Business Administration degree from Saginaw Valley State University. In addition, during her graduate program she completed a study aboard program in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Dr. Samuel Shaheen, MD, FACS

Dr. Samuel Shaheen, MD, FACS

CMU Medical Education Partners

Dr. Samuel Shaheen, MD, FACS, became executive director of Central Michigan University (CMU) Medical Education Partners (Partners) in October 2016. Dr. Shaheen is passionately committed to improving health through education and uses his leadership roles to create dynamic communities in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

As the executive director for CMU Partners, he oversees graduate medical education and leads the partnership between CMU and Saginaw’s two major hospital systems – Covenant HealthCare and Ascension St. Mary’s. CMU Partners has more than 50 years of experience delivering medical education to students and residents and provides high-quality, evidence-based, and patient-centered care.

Ursula E Bauer, PhD, MPH

Ursula E Bauer, PhD, MPH

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; On detail to the Office of the Surgeon General

Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH, is a senior advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General for community health and economic prosperity (CHEP). In that role, she implements partnership strategies to advance multi-sectoral investment in community health to improve individual, community, business and economic prosperity. Prior to joining the Surgeon General’s Office in 2018, she directed the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In that role, she set the strategic direction for the Center’s coordinated approach to preventing chronic diseases and promoting health across the life span and in key settings, with a focus on the behaviors that put our health most at risk. Prior to joining CDC in 2010, Dr. Bauer held various leadership positions in state health departments in Louisiana, Florida and New York. Dr. Bauer holds a PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University, an MPH in Family Health from Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. 

Brenda Coughlin MD, MPH

Brenda Coughlin MD, MPH

President/CEO Great Lakes Bay Health Centers

Brenda Coughlin grew up on a farm in Frankenmuth, Michigan. She earned a B.S. in Physiology and a B. A. in German from Michigan State University. She then completed medical school at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine. After completing a family medicine residency at Genesys in Grand Blanc, Michigan, Dr. Coughlin began a career with Health Delivery, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that operates several year-round medical and dental centers, seasonal migrant clinics and mobile medical and dental services throughout Lower Michigan as a Staff Physician. She was soon promoted to Medical Director, a position which she held for thirteen years before being named President and Chief Executive Officer in April of 2012.

Dr. Coughlin is a Board Certified Family Physician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2008 while serving as Medical Director of Health Delivery, she completed a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Her passion is to provide excellent care for the underserved, uninsured and underinsured. She is striving to provide excellent care for anyone who chooses to seek care at Health Delivery and to build a company that is an excellent employer.

Brenda is married to her husband of over twenty years, Tom. They reside in Frankenmuth with their three children and two dogs. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

George E. Kikano, MD

George E. Kikano, MD

Vice President for Health Affairs Dean, College of Medicine Central Michigan University

George E. Kikano, MD, became dean of the Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine in July 2015, and Vice President for Health Affairs in August 2018. He also serves as chairman of the board of CMU Medical Education Partners.

Dr. Kikano is passionately committed to teaching, community partnerships, access to care and the College’s mission – to prepare diverse, culturally competent physicians focused on improving access to high-quality health care in Michigan with an emphasis on serving medically underserved people and regions. His unique vision and approach to community-based medical education have led to the advancement of CMU’s innovative and integrated model.

As vice president for Health Affairs, Dr. Kikano is responsible for the unification of all CMU health-related programs, functions and clinical services. His role also includes aspects of regulatory compliance, reporting, quality, information security, and privacy.

Before joining CMU, Dr. Kikano was the Dorothy Jones Weatherhead professor at Case Western Reserve University. He served as the chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) for over 12 years. Under his leadership, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health was recognized as one of the best departments of Family Medicine nationally. Dr. Kikano also served as the Vice Dean for Community Health at CWRU and is the founding director of the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health. Dr. Kikano’s extensive background includes several other leadership positions and executive experience with managed care, hospital management, and ambulatory operations.

Dr. Kikano received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is Board-certified in Family Medicine and earned Certified Physician Executive credentials at the American Association for Physician Leaders, formerly the American College of Physician Executives.

As a committed leader for Michigan and the region, Dr. Kikano works to drive progress on health issues and collaborative efforts across educational institutions, area corporations, community organizations, and state agencies. This includes board-level leadership roles for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBR), the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA), Regional Health Economic development and THRIVE initiatives, and CMU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health and Wellness.

As a practicing family physician and passionate advocate for care for the underserved, Dr. Kikano has led in the development of many innovative community initiatives. Dr. Kikano is currently a family physician for CMU Health in Mt. Pleasant Michigan and continues to care for patients at the Cleveland Clinic. Since 2002, he is recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America including more than 13 years as an Area’s Top Docs in Northern Ohio Live Magazine and Cleveland Magazine.

Among his many honors, Dr. Kikano received the Charles L. Hudson, MD, Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio. He is a Fellow of The American College of Physician Executives. He received the Kenneth Reeb, MD, Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Directors Award for Outstanding Achievement by University Hospitals of Cleveland Ohio. He was recognized as a Health Care Hero by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Dr. Kikano served as a board member, president or chair for numerous areas, regional and national organizations. He has published more than 50 medical articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been an investigator on several federal grants focusing on education and research. Dr. Kikano also has been involved in international projects related to primary care sponsoring educational conferences in Lebanon, coordinating exchange programs in Ukraine, and most recently teaching and establishing major research initiatives in China.

Matthew J. Samocki, Ed.D.

Matthew J. Samocki, Ed.D.

Portfolio Director THRIVE

Matt was formerly an administrator with the Central Michigan Science, Mathematics, Technology Center (SMTC) at Central Michigan University. Prior to that, he served as an assistant principal at H.H. Dow High School and was a teacher at Freeland High School. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in interdisciplinary social sciences and a minor in psychology, plus a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from Michigan State University. He earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership from Central Michigan University. With a strong commitment to improve health and sustain economic growth, he embraces highly effective and coordinated stakeholder collaboration to positively impact health, healthcare and economic success in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Joel Strasz

Joel Strasz

Health Officer Bay County Health Department

Joel Strasz is the Health Officer with the Bay County Health Department. He has served in this capacity since 2013 and prior to being appointed was the Public Health Services Manager since 2005. He has over twenty years’ experience in public health, including extensive work in community organization, data analysis and evaluation, environmental health issues and public health operations. He previously served as a Board member for the Bay County American Red Cross, the Crossroads Center for Recovery and is a current Board member of the Bay County Habitat for Humanity. He holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MPA from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Howard Ungerleider

Howard Ungerleider

President and Chief Financial Officer, Dow

Howard Ungerleider is President and Chief Financial Officer for Dow, a global materials science company with 2019 sales of $43 billion. In this role, he serves as a member of Dow’s most senior executive committee that sets the strategic direction, defines priorities, establishes corporate policy, and manages governance and enterprise-level decisions for the company. He has executive oversight for Dow Finance, Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Information Technology & Business Services, Purchasing, and Integrated Supply Chain.

From September 2017 until April 2019, Ungerleider also served as Chief Financial Officer of DowDuPont, an $86 billion holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, created with the intent to subsequently form three independent, publicly traded companies in materials science, agriculture and specialty products sectors. On April 1, 2019, Dow separated from DowDuPont.

Ungerleider joined Dow in 1990 and his career has spanned a wide variety of commercial, business, financial, geographic, functional and enterprise-level leadership roles. In 1997, he relocated to Dow’s European headquarters in Switzerland, where he had management responsibilities for several of Dow’s specialty polyolefin brands. Ungerleider was named Business Director for Dow’s global Wire and Cable Compounds business in 2000, and in 2004, he became the Global Director of Integrated Supply Chain for Plastics, Performance Chemicals and Thermosets. In 2006, he was appointed North American Commercial Vice President for Dow’s $6 billion Basic Plastics business portfolio.

From 2008 to 2011, Ungerleider served as Vice President of Investor Relations, where he was responsible for creating and driving an investor outreach program about Dow’s strategic transformation and performance in the midst of the worst global economic crisis in decades. In this role, he was also a member of the Finance leadership team, providing counsel and support to Dow’s Chief Financial Officer.

Catherine Baase, MD

Catherine Baase, MD

Board Chair, MiHIA; Senior Fellow THRIVE

Dr. Baase serves as the Board Chairperson of the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MIHIA), a multi-stakeholder collaborative dedicated to improving the health of people in 14 counties of central Michigan. In a related role, she is the Senior Fellow serving MiHIA and the transformational initiative THRIVE (Transforming Health Regionally in a Vibrant Economy). She is a member of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and served as the initial chair of the Business Collaborative. Additionally, she is a member of the National Alliance to impact Social Determinants of Health, NASDOH and serves as a senior advisor to HealthBegins focused on upstream efforts in healthcare. Dr. Baase is a member of the Advisory Council for the RWJF Culture of Health for Business Project with the Global Reporting Index, GRI. She is also on the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences Advisory Board at UC Irvine.

Catherine Baase retired from her role as Chief Health Officer and Global Director of Health Services for The Dow Chemical Company, a position she held for 20 years of her 32 years with Dow. Under her leadership, their health programs were extensively recognized for their innovation and achievement around the world. Dr. Baase is a distinguished communicator on the topics of health strategy, prevention, occupational health and public health. She has co-authored more than 30 publications and received many awards for leadership in the health field. Throughout her career, Dr. Baase has been involved across the landscape of health including: public health, healthcare, health policy, health promotion and occupational health.

She is a Fellow in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Baase is married with four children and eight grandchildren.

Matt Felan

Matt Felan

President/CEO Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

Matthew Felan is the President & CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. Prior to joining the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, Matt served as the Director of the McLaren Bay Medical Foundation from 2012-2014. Upon moving back to the Great Lakes Bay Region, Matt was the Chief Development Officer at Special Olympics Michigan based on the campus of Central Michigan University.

Matt worked as a political fundraiser for over a decade, spending extensive time in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. Matt was the National Deputy Finance Director for Jean Carnahan (2001-2002), Mid-Atlantic Finance Director for Joseph Lieberman (2003), Finance Director/Inaugural Director and PAC Director for Governor Timothy Kaine (2004-2009), and the National Deputy Finance Director for Senator Hillary Clinton (2006-2008). From 2008-2012, Matt operated his own consulting firm, Felan Strategies, working on a wide array of local, state, and national political campaigns.

Matt is a native of the Great Lakes Bay Region, first graduating from Bay City All Saints High School and then Michigan State University. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from James Madison College at MSU.

Felan is a Dow Bay Area Family Y Board Member, a member of Bay City’s Noon Rotary Club, coaches youth football/basketball/soccer, announces varsity boys basketball at All Saints, and broadcasts the high school football game of the week on Great Lakes Sports Network.

Janet Olszewski

Janet Olszewski

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Janet Olszewski joined the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in May, 2016 as a Senior Fellow where she developed the Health Fund’s evaluation strategy and now directs the Health Fund’s policy and research activities. Prior to joining MHEF Janet spent 27 years working for the State of Michigan in a variety of positions covering aging, maternal and child health, Medicaid, public health, and regulatory programs. Her career in state government culminated with her appointment as the Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health where she directed all publicly funded public health, mental health, Medicaid and other health coverage programs for the state of Michigan with an annual budget of $14 billion and a staff of 4000. Ms. Olszewski served in this position from 2003-2010.

Upon leaving state government, Ms. Olszewski joined Health Management Associates as a Principal, where she assisted clients with strategic planning and positioning related to the Affordable Care Act, health reform and state health care developments. More recently, Janet was the Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives and Public Policy for Consumers Mutual Insurance of Michigan. Ms. Olszewski has served on several state and national committees. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University.

Gene Pickelman

Gene Pickelman

President and CEO of Tri-Star

Gene Pickelman, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Tri-Star is driven by passion and a higher purpose of creating caring, genuine relationships to strengthen families to transform community.  Tri-Star Trust Bank, founded in 2000, is a trusted, valued wealth management partner that helps clients confidently achieve their financial goals.

He supports the Great Lakes Bay Region with service to Covenant Healthcare System Board as Board Chair, GLBR Conscious Capitalism Chapter as Board Chair and a member of the Saginaw Valley State University College of Business Management Advisory Board.  Additionally, he was Founder and Co-Chair of Saginaw’s 1000 Leaders Initiative.  Gene and his wife Lori reside in Freeland and have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Sasha Savage, M.D.

Sasha Savage, M.D.

Chief Health Officer THRIVE

Sasha Savage, M.D. is the Chief Health Officer for THRIVE. Dr. Savage’s role is focused on the health and well-being aspects of the THRIVE Portfolio, including key messages, achieving intended outcomes and informing the actions and progress during the multi-phased implementation. Dr. Savage’s compassion for people is a result of his childhood. A native of Michigan, Dr. Savage was raised in Kalamazoo. Serving the public and helping others was deeply ingrained in his upbringing. His father was a teacher of the deaf and blind and actively demonstrated the compassion and hard work involved in helping others. His parents invested in a more economically challenged area and worked as a family to repair homes in order to make them available to rent. For Dr. Savage, working on properties in the summers and being aware of the financial struggles of tenants brought him, from a young age, a deep understanding of the issues facing families.

Currently, Dr. Savage works at MidMichigan Medical Center, where he serves as the Medical Director of the Family Practice Center. He is involved in leadership and ethics at his employer. He serves as Vice Chair of Privileging and Credentialing Committee, provides peer leadership support as a Physician Dyad, and is active in the system redesign incorporating the Quadruple Aim with a specific focus on provider wellness. More recent contributions have included pioneering leadership concerning the issue of provider burnout, system wellness reform, and enhancing provider resiliency. Prior to his current position, he served as Chief of Staff within the hospital and was instrumental in graduate medical education in a variety of roles: he was the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and from 2013-2018 served as the inaugural Chair of the Ethics Committee. In 2002, he joined the faculty in Midland and was honored by the residents with the Teacher of the Year Award in 2007. Rounding out his recognition within the MidMichigan Health System, he was the first physician ever to receive the Bernard E. Lorimer Award for outstanding lifetime achievement. Early in his career, Dr. Savage served as the primary architect of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, the model of care that is now the standard across the MidMichigan Health System.

He completed his medical doctorate training with High Honors from Wayne State University in 1999 and continued his training with a postdoctoral fellowship in faculty development from the University of Michigan in 2002. Dr. Savage’s higher education began at Brigham Young University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Dr. Savage and his wife Heather have lived in the Great Lakes Bay region since 1999 and are the proud parents to eight children. A man of deep faith and a former Bishop of the Midland Second Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dr. Savage has also been a long-time volunteer with