2018 CA State HIT Day - Speaker Bios

Lisa Catanzaro

Adjunct Faculty
University of San Francisco

Lisa Catanzaro is a Public Health Researcher and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco with expertise in the planning of innovative initiatives supported with technology. Her focus is in the areas of health policy, prevention and population health informatics. With dual Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Architecture, she has expanded knowledge in environmental, lifestyle and psychosocial health determinants that influence the rising levels of non-communicable disease. In 2012, Lisa was the recipient of grant funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services for training under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology where she was able to evaluate various EHR systems implemented at Kaiser, Department of Defense, Veteran’s Administration and Geisinger Health. She subsequently went on to work in Italy under the European Union 7th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020 - the largest EU Research and Innovation program to date promoting emerging technologies, the advancement of standards and information sharing. 

Lisa is an adaptive leader with a passion for working on community access to health, sharing knowledge that can lead to optimal health, and building partnerships. She is an innovative thinker with a strong background of working toward integrative health enabled through emerging technologies. Her interest in teaching is to share the digital health research, community educational initiatives and to support student ideas that come from a model of collaboration across multiple disciplines. She believes the students can transform health and develop innovative solutions to current real world problems that provide personalized targeted interventions for the individual, communities and at risk populations.

Lisa received a Master of Public health degree from the University of San Francisco; a Certificate in Public Health Informatics from Johns Hopkins University; a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Tulane University. Lisa currently holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of San Francisco where she teaches Population Health Informatics and builds partnerships locally in the Bay Area and globally as a citizen of USA and Italy.

Jeff Coughlin

Senior Director, Federal & State Affairs
HIMSS North America

Jeff is the Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs at HIMSS.  In this position, he leads HIMSS’ efforts to build stronger relationships with federal agencies and facilitates the building of a nationwide network of advocates for state-based initiatives that impact all aspects of health IT. 

Before joining HIMSS, Jeff was the team leader for corporate accounts at the Marwood Group, where he worked with non-profit health systems, health IT vendors, professional societies, and trade associations, analyzing where they could most effectively influence legislative and regulatory processes and focus their advocacy efforts. 

His career also included several years in the health care non-profit advocacy world, where he led efforts in policy development, directed outreach to Congress and Executive Branch agencies, built advocacy coalitions with like-minded organizations, and created robust grassroots networks.  He also worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was part of the team responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Government Performance and Results Act within the Department. 

His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the College of William & Mary and a BA in Political Science from Providence College.

Valerie Rogers, MPH

Director, State Government Affairs
HIMSS North America

Valerie Rogers is the Director of State Government Affairs for the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) where she works to engage state officials and HIMSS Chapter Advocacy volunteers in state-level health IT policy development, and facilitate a nationwide network of advocates for legislation/regulations that positively impact all aspects of health IT. 

Valerie comes to HIMSS with great experience in public policy and informatics, with a particular focus on local and national public health programs.  Valerie was the Senior Director of Integration at the Association of State & Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) where she worked on health system transformation and integration issues.  She also spent two years as the Chief of Staff for the Baltimore City Health Department where she was involved in all facets of the Department, including policy and planning activities.  Prior to her time in Baltimore, Valerie also worked for the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) as the Director of Public Health Informatics where she helped expand and maintain partnerships among clinical care and public health stakeholders to support capacity development, adoption of EHRs, and information exchange among NACCHO members.  

Valerie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hampton University and a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University.

Eli Fleet, MBA,

Director of Federal Affairs
HIMSS North America

Eli Fleet is the Director of Federal Affairs at HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

In this position, he is a key member of the Government Relations team in helping to build the strongest possible relationship between HIMSS and the various Federal agencies.  This role includes leading the effort in various HIMSS responses to those federal agencies on how IT can assists in the transformation of the healthcare system.  Additionally, he also serves as the Government Relations Liaison to the EHRA.

Prior to joining HIMSS, Eli served four and half years at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During his my time at HHS, he served as a Special Assistant to Secretary Burwell and Secretary Sebelius before her, where his duties at included briefing the Secretary, and participating in meetings and events in Washington and all across the globe.  He gained firsthand knowledge of the healthcare system as well as the inner workings of HHS.  Before his time at HHS, Eli worked for the White House, as well as on a number of national and statewide political campaigns.  He came to Washington in 2007 and spent a year and half working in the office of a Member of Congress from his native Florida.

Eli obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from the American Military University.