The Equality Health Board of Strategic Advisors consists of experienced, national leaders across a broad range of health policy, health equity, population health, and community-based organizations.

Tony M. Astorga

Chairman, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Mr. Astorga retired in 2011 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona where he served for over 22 years as the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. He also held the position of President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mexico from 1994-1999 and Chief Business Development Officer from 2009-2011 during his tenure at BCBSAZ.

Prior to joining BCBSAZ, he was a Partner with Astorga & Maurseth, a local CPA firm from 1975-1987, and a Senior Supervisor with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (KPMG), a national CPA firm from 1970-1975. He has served as the chairman of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation since 2011 and is an advisor to several organizations, including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Consular Corps of Arizona and GlobalMed. He is also a member of the board of directors of AZHCC, BBVA Compass Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, and Western International University. He has previously served on various community and business boards, and has been involved in community leadership roles as co-chair of the Governor’s Citizens Finance Review Commission, Maricopa Community Colleges’ ACE Campaign Cabinet, and Governor’s Film and Television Commission.

Mr. Astorga received a B.S. Degree in accounting with high honors from Arizona State University and has attended executive education programs at Fuqua School of Business – Duke University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management – Northwestern University, and Graduate Center for Health Professions – University of California San Francisco.

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Ben Leedle

Ben R. Leedle, Jr., is a transformative business leader who envisions and creates world-class companies. He has spent his career building and delivering value-based businesses established and grown on the fundamental proposition that healthier people cost less and perform better.

Ben is broadly recognized as the visionary and driving force behind transforming Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWAY) from a small company focused on diabetes treatment to the number one independent population health management company in the world. He joined Healthways in 1985 initially supporting early models for advancing population health for people with diabetes. Over his 30-year career with the company, he rose in the organization as a leader and manager of business development, product management, and operations – serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer – before being elected President & Chief Executive Officer, and Board Director of Healthways in 2003, leading the company through mid 2015. Among his collaborative accomplishments during his tenure as CEO, Mr. Leedle co-founded both, the Blue Zones Project and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index innovations.

In addition to his role as Board Director for Equality Health, he is actively engaged as strategic advisor/board director/investor for several companies includingBlue Zones, a community health and longevity company, BeHealth Solutions, a digital therapeutics company, Narus Health, a palliative care company, and compassware, a life data, analytics and digital platform company. He is a frequent speaker at industry and educational events. Mr. Leedle is a graduate of the Executive Education Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School and holds a Master of Science degree from Emporia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Education from Central College, Pella, Iowa. He is passionate about community and professional leadership and has served as the Chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council and the American Heart Association Executive Leadership Team.

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L. Ben Lytle

Ben Lytle is a health care entrepreneur and executive best known as the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anthem, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health plans. He also founded Acordia, Inc., which became the world’s 7th largest insurance broker and today is part of Wells Fargo Insurance.

After retiring from Anthem, Mr. Lytle co-founded and later sold Axia, a successful prevention and wellness company, with his son Hugh.

Mr. Lytle’s entrepreneurial leadership and innovative strategies have been cited in numerous articles and books. He has been active throughout his career as a speaker on entrepreneurship, health care policy and strategic planning. He has authored numerous articles and provided testimony to Congress and state legislatures, chaired Indiana’s Health Care Commission and served on President Clinton’s Commission on Consumer Protection and Healthcare Quality.

Mr. Lytle has served on numerous not-for-profit and eleven investor-owned Boards of Directors, frequently as Chairman or Lead Director. He is the recipient of numerous awards for civic and entrepreneurial leadership.

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Dr. Norma Martínez Rogers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Dr. Martínez Rogers has served the needs of the San Antonio population as a nurse, an educator, and a healthcare advocate for the underserved and the health policies that benefit them. Before embarking on a career in nursing education, she spent her early years serving the community as a teacher in the Edgewood Independent School District, and later as a caseworker for the San Antonio’s Catholic Family & Children Services.

Dr. Martínez Rogers has a Ph.D. in cultural foundations from the University of Texas at Austin and subsequently earned two postdoctoral fellowships from the Indiana University School of Nursing. She is a graduate faculty member at UT Health Science Center’s School of Nursing, where she serves as a tenured professor.

Dr. Martínez Rogers is the co-founder of Martínez Street Women’s Center, a nonprofit that provides support and educational services to women. At the University of Texas Health Science Center, she founded “Juntos Podemos,” a mentorship program for academically at-risk students. She has also partnered with the U.S. Western District Court Probation Office to implement a female-specific program that works to prevent relapse and recidivism in women felons.

In November of 2006, Dr. Martínez Rogers was awarded nursing’s highest honor: a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She’s a past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and recently founded the International Association Latino Nurse Faculty.

More recently, Dr. Martínez Rodgers was appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office as a member of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which examines how reimbursements affect access to care for Medicaid patients and those in the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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Steve Matteucci

Senior Advisor at BMO Private Bank

After serving as President of BMO Private Bank in the Western U.S. for six years, Steve has assumed the role of Senior Advisor to the CEO of BMO Private Bank. For over 20 years, Steve has been an active leader in the Arizona business and civic communities.

An attorney by background, Steve has headed an investment banking operation, a commercial insurance firm and served in a senior leadership role at DMB Associates.

Steve graduated from Denison University where he serves on the Board of Trustees and has a law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he serves on the National Law Board.
Steve is a long-standing member of the Arizona community serving many philanthropic and civic organizations. He is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Board Member and Treasurer of Paradise Valley Country Club, Trustee of the Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA), and is the past chair of the Board of Trustees for the Arizona Science Center. He is a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, having served as Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman and President of the group in 2001. In 2006, Steve was given the Community Champion Award by the Greater Phoenix Boys & Girls Club.

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Jean-Pierre Millon

Director, CVS Health, Inc.

Jean-Pierre Millon is a director at CVS Health, Inc. [NYSE:CVS], and co-founder of BLS LLC, a consulting and investing entity based in Indianapolis. Other board appointments include Portable Genomics, a private Healthcare IT company; TAV Health, a medical service company; and United Claims Solutions. He also sits on the CEO advisory board of Great Point Partners, a private equity group.

Jean-Pierre was a special limited partner at Care Capital LLC, a HealthCare Venture Fund, from 2001 to 2003. He also was director of Equian. a medical service company, from 2008 to 2016; Proove Biosciences from 2015 to 2017; Cypress Biosciences from 2003 to 2010 (NYSE: “CYPB”); Prometheus Labs from 2003 to 2011; Infusystems Inc. (NYSE: INFU), from 2005 to 2012; and MPV Inc from 2002 to 2009. He continues to advise start-ups in a variety of fields.

Jean-Pierre’s board position at CVS Health evolved as a result of CVS’ merger with Caremark in April 2007 and Caremark’s purchase of AdvancePCS, a pharmacy benefit-management company. Before his post with Caremark, he was named to the board of AdvancePCS upon the merger of Advance Paradigm and PCS Health Systems. He was president and chief executive officer of PCS from 1996 to 2000.

Previously, Jean-Pierre was an executive with Eli Lilly and Company, PCS’ former parent company. His career with Lilly and its subsidiaries spanned two decades and was highlighted by leadership positions in the United States and executive posts in the Orient, Europe and the Caribbean Basin. Jean-Pierre served as president and general manager of Lilly Japan K.K. and vice president of the Lilly pharmaceutical division in Kobe, Japan.

Jean-Pierre earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France, and a degree in economics from the University of Lyon, France. He also was awarded an MBA in finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Frank M. Placenti

Chair, Corporate Finance and Governance Practice at Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Frank M. Placenti serves as the leader of the US corporate finance and governance practice for Squire Patton Boggs. He has substantial experience with mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities law, private equity financings, antitakeover and shareholder engagement and activism issues. Frank is nationally recognized for his work in both corporate governance and M&A.

Frank serves as the Founding President and CEO of the American College of Corporate Governance Counsel and as a Vice-Chair of the ABA Committee on Corporate Governance. He represents public and private companies, private equity firms and brokers/dealers.

Frank was honored as the Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year for Arizona in 2013. He is listed in the 2006 to 2016 editions of Best Lawyers in America, the 2003 to 2016 editions of Chambers USA, and is listed in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is a multi-year member of the Lawdragon 500, an acknowledgment given to the top 500 lawyers in America. He is listed in has been selected by his peers since 2007 as a Southwest Super Lawyer, a distinction awarded to the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region.

Frank has served as lead director for several public and private companies in industries including healthcare and has served as Chair of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and as a member of that hospital’s Board of Directors.

Frank is the Editor of The Directors Handbook, A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom.

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Jacque J. Sokolov, M.D.

Chairman and CEO of SSB Solutions, Inc.

Jacque J. Sokolov, M.D. is chairman and chief executive officer of SSB Solutions, Inc., a diversified healthcare management, development and financial services company.

Following his formal training as an academic cardiologist, Dr. Sokolov has had the opportunity to serve as board director, corporate officer and advisor in multiple healthcare sectors including: Health Plans/Large Employers; Hospitals/Hospital Systems; Physician Practice Management Organizations/Group Practices; Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs/ACOs); Pharmaceutical Companies; Device Companies; Biotechnology Companies; and Private Equity/Venture Entities. He started his career as Vice President for Healthcare and Chief Medical Officer for Southern California Edison Corporation (NYSE:EIX). Dr. Sokolov currently serves or has served in multiple board capacities for Public Companies including Hospira (NYSE:HSP), MedCath (NASDAQ:MDTH), and PhyAmerica (NYSE:ERDR); Private Companies including Veterans Accountable Care Group (VACG), GlobalMed, Zoonie (SMG), MyHealthDirect, NeuLife Neurological Services, (NeuLife), IntelaTrak, Calviri and SSB Solutions/HCDG; and Non Profit Organizations including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Health Futures Council at ASU, the National Health Foundation, the American College of Medical Quality, the National Fund for Medical Education, the National Business Group on Health and the White House Health Project.

Dr. Sokolov received his BA and MD Degree from the University of Southern California. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School. He previously held and currently holds academic appointments and advisory board responsibilities in the Schools of Medicine, Business and Public Health at Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California.

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Jeffrey A. Weiss, Ph.D.

Founder and Managing Director CCI, Inc.

Jeff Weiss founded CCI, Inc. in 1986. CCI runs exclusive ongoing forums where CEOs and senior executives from Global 1000 firms and large healthcare systems can explore strategies and growth. CCI is partnered with major global consulting firms. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA.

In 1983, Jeff co-founded the Southern California Technology Executives Network (SO/CAL/TEN), a CEO development organization composed of 210 technology chief executives and sponsored by leading venture capital, investment banking, major law and search firms. SO/CAL/TEN was recognized by Inc. and Fortune as one of the first and most successful high- tech networking organizations.

Previously, he was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Bio-Behavioral Sciences at the UCLA Medical School and served as Director of the Department of Behavior Medicine at the UCLA/San Bernardino County Medical Center, where he taught Family Medicine and Introduction to Psychiatry to UCLA/UCR Medical Students. He is a licensed Psychologist specializing in behavioral medicine, achievement motivation and career strategy.

Previously, Jeff was a Director at City of Hope Medical Center, High Technology Group, Lorien Systems (a systems integrator), Chrysalis (a homeless employment organization) and Homeboy Industries. He was also a Trustee of the California School of Professional Psychology and on the Board of SO/CAL/TEN and was a Trustee of the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.
Currently, he is a Director of the South-Central Scholars Foundation, which provides mentoring and scholarships to gifted minorities in Los Angeles. Jeff is also on the Board of C-TAC (Coalition to Transform Advanced Care), a coalition of leading delivery systems, managed care and academic not-for-profits developing a new model and reimbursement for advanced illness and end of life, which he co-founded with Bill Novelli and Tom Koutsoumpas. He is also on the Board of MindCare Solutions, a venture capital funded telemedicine provider spun out from Vanderbilt.
He received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an MS in Organizational Development from the California School of Professional Psychology and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical School.

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