Speakers

Amber Ellis
Amber Ellis
Holland & Hart, LLP
Attorney
Amber advises healthcare boards, committees, medical staff bodies, and their employees regarding HIPAA, Stark, Anti-Kickback, HCQIA, and other federal laws as well as state-specific healthcare laws and regulations. She assists physicians and other licensed healthcare providers through Idaho Board of Medicine and Idaho Board of Licensing proceedings. In addition, Amber drafts and negotiates a variety of provider contracts, and has experience working with third party valuation firms to assess fair market value and establish physician compensation strategies. Amber understands and anticipates the challenges faced by healthcare providers in implementing ever-changing healthcare regulations in a compliant and effective way. Her legal career has included both transactional work and litigation, enhancing her ability to identify and mitigate risk for organizations and individuals. Additionally, she advises on compliance with federal regulations in clinical trial and research settings. Before joining Holland & Hart, Amber served as in-house counsel at a major health system in Idaho and as a civil division Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office. She also clerked for the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Fourth Judicial District.
She, Her, Hers
Ethics and Law in Mental Health


Irene Gonzalez
Irene Gonzalez
U.S. Small Business Administration
Economic Development Specialist
Irene Gonzalez is an Economic Development Specialist within the Boise District to provide support to communities and businesses. She collaborates with city, state and federal departments to outreach to the community to expand economic development, and bridge connection with businesses and the general public. Her role within the SBA also allows her to conduct training and counseling for start-up and existing businesses. Irene’s community involvement is vast; she serves as the Boise District Office Native American Representative, she is active in the Faith Based Community, and participates in various Hispanic and community organizations. Irene has worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration for 29 years and, in 2012, she received the Idaho Aspen Award for helping women sustain healthy small business development in Eastern Idaho. In 2014, Irene was recognized with the Women’s and Children’s Alliance “Tribute to Women and Industry Award,” which honors women who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions to industry in executive, professional and managerial roles.
Analyze the Health of Your Business: Small Business Growth Strategies AND Cybersecurity Basics for Your Business


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Ann Gordon
Student
Ann Gordon was born and raised in Boise Idaho, the youngest of a family of 5. She is a student at Boise High. It was her sister who first came out to the family and she taught Ann that it's okay to be who she is. Ann’s hobbies include drawing and painting, especially on her walls. She also plays a little bit of ukulele and hopes to one day pursue a profession in tattooing or painting.
She, Her, Hers
LGBTQIA+ Panel


Dr David Hadlock
Dr David Hadlock
SAME
Physician
Dr. Hadlock is in private practice in Twin Falls, Idaho doing addiction medicine, primary medical care, gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Hadlock has been involved in treating addiction patients for over 22 years. He is very involved in medical assisted recovery, outpatient office detoxification, and has done clinical supervision and served as medical director for mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities. He has also been certified as a Substance Abuse Professional, a Master of Addiction Counseling, a Certified Medical Review Officer, and a Certified Corrections Health Professional.
Medication Assisted Treatment


Marie Hattaway
Marie Hattaway
Boise City Parks and Recreation
Community Partnerships & Recreation Manager
Marie Hattaway is the Community Partnership and Recreation Manager for Boise City Parks and Recreation. In this role she oversees the City’s recreational programming that serves, youth, teens, and seniors. Marie also represents the City in community partnerships that serve Idaho youth. Prior to the City, Marie worked for 14 years in the non-profit and political/public policy arena.
Marie is passionate about providing youth with out-of-school programming beyond traditional school time. Not only does she do this in her role at the City, but she also sits on the Idaho Governor’s Workforce Development Council, representing the Idaho Out-of-School Network, a non-profit program that advocates for access for all youth to high-quality out-of-school programs. Marie is a proud alum of Boise State University, graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science.
She, Her, Hers
Out-of-School Time Matters


Kersondra Hood
Kersondra Hood
Recovery 4 Live
Clinical Director
Cloeie was born in Washington and earned her Master of Social Work from NNU in December of 2016 and started at Recovery 4 Life in June 2016 as a contract employee. She quickly worked her way into the position of Associate Director in 2018 and became the Clinical Director in Early 2019. She obtained her clinical in October 2019. Cloeie specializes in working with the Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill population and her Adlerian approach helps identify their strengths. She coordinates Mental Health Court with R4L and Ada County Courts along with doing supervision for all staff. Her supervisory approach also helps staff with finding and building their strengths. In her free time, she enjoys board games, walks, exploring new places, and playing billiards.
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as an Evidence-Based Tool


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Shadi Ismail
N/A
"My name is Shadi. I was a Syrian refugee. Born in the small village of Quordaha to a mixed family. My mother was Christian and my father and step mother who raised me were both a different type of Muslim. I grew up in a culture that didn’t except my homosexuality, I run away from my small town to bigger City Damascus. After the military I escaped to Jordan in the hopes of living my truth and my freedom. There I started the 3 year process to be accepted as a refugee to the USA.  After being brutally beat up by three men because of my sexuality I spoke with my case workers and within a month I made it to Boise. Here my heart has opened a new. I found my family here and have been able to be myself I learn English from the people with out school and I was able to share my story on bigger screens Apple TV. My dream to become inspirational speaker to sure the people when you be your self you can make it too. Coming here has opened so many doors. And that is what I want for everyone."
LGBTQIA+ Panel


David Jeppesen
David Jeppesen
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
David Jeppesen was appointed in January 2019 by Governor Little to be the Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, a cabinet position in the Governor's administration.

A native of Burley and Ammon, Idaho, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from ISU. He also holds a Masters of Applied Statistics degree from Ohio State University.

After graduation, he worked at Capital One in Richmond Virginia where he eventually became the Deputy Chief Risk Officer. He then moved to Barclays Bank’s United Kingdom Retail Bank in London as the Chief Marketing Officer. In 2009, the Jeppesens moved back to Eagle, Idaho, and David started a successful international bank consulting business. Starting in 2012, he worked at Blue Cross of Idaho where he was the Chief Marketing Officer.

David is married with 4 children and two grandchildren.
Future of Idaho's Behavioral Health Care System


Katherine Knutson
Katherine Knutson
Optum Behavioral Care
CEO
Katherine Hobbs Knutson, MD MPH is a Senior Vice President at United Health Group and CEO of Optum Behavioral Care. She is an Adult and Child Psychiatrist and adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke University School of Medicine. Through Optum Behavioral Care, Katherine is redesigning behavioral health care delivery, creating a scalable model to improve efficiency, quality, and access. Prior to Optum, Katherine was the Chief of Behavioral Health and Blue Cross North Carolina, and drove value transformation through integrated care, quality improvement, and development of alternative payment models for behavioral health. At Duke Health, she practices in integrated care settings treating individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Katherine was the Chief Medical Officer at Alliance Behavioral Healthcare (2017-18), Director of Community Psychiatry at the Children’s National Health System (2014-15), and Associate Medical Director for Psychiatry for the Massachusetts Medicaid program (2013-14). She has conducted health services research on psychiatry telephone consultation programs, behavioral health predictive modeling, and care management interventions that incorporate peer and family support.
What Comes Next?


Carrie Leeling
Carrie Leeling
Heritage Health
Therapist
Carrie Leeling is a Licensed Master Social Worker from Kellogg, Idaho. Carrie works for Heritage Health, Family Support Services. Carrie is passionate about facilitating healing and providing trauma informed care. Carrie focuses on helping parents understand how trauma can influence attachment, brain development, and behaviors. With this knowledge, Carrie aims to support the families in creating lasting change that supports the “whole child.”
She, Her, Hers
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)