The online community, Integrated Care Online by Topaz Information Solutions, is the industry leader for integrated health clinical content, best practices, and strategic insights. The online community provides:
- An online resource for information and case studies demonstrating successful interoperability among clinicians, hospitals, and labs.
- Executive Insights on models and best practices to enhanced integrated care.
- Integrated, fast, and intuitive mobile results.
By providing clear direction, Integrated Care Online powered by Topaz Information Solutions is driving informed evidence-based practice(s) in the field of behavioral health.
Chief Strategy Officer, EVP Strategy & Business Development
Stacy DiStefano brings over 25 years of business development, strategy, and executive leadership experience in the health and human services industry to Integrated Care Online. She currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Inperium, Inc., where she utilizes her clinical acumen with a deep understanding of SPMI and IDD population, Medicaid waivers, homelessness and systemic effects of SUD and the opioid crisis, as well as her proven ability to understand conflicting interests and build consensus.
Before joining Inperium Inc., Ms. DiStefano served as the OPEN MINDS Chief Operating Officer where she was responsible for operations management, business development, and innovation for all of OPEN MINDS Strategic Advisory Services.
Previously, Ms DiStefano served as Vice President of Innovation for Resources for Human Development (RHD) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this role, she led the innovation, strategy, and national development efforts to broaden the scope of services, diversify funding sources, engage and maintain political relationships, and design programs based on regional needs to enhance systems of care. In addition, she built and maintained relationships through individual meetings, public speaking, conferences, providing expert testimony and research, making her a trusted leader of remote, mission driven teams with matrix reporting.
Prior to her service at RHD, Ms. DiStefano served as the Director of National Business Development and Social Innovation, as well as the New Jersey Supportive Housing Director. Ms. DiStefano also was a lead therapist at the Center For Behavioral Health in New Jersey, practicing individual, child, family, and couples-solution focused counseling in a managed care setting, while also mentoring and clinically training Master’s interns. Starting her career in Arizona, Ms. DiStefano gained valuable experience in community behavioral health at EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center, now La Frontera, where she managed the Service Utilization Department while regularly filing shifts on the crisis response team.
Throughout her extensive career, Ms. DiStefano has demonstrated success in high level contract negotiations, strategy, government relations and creating collaborative partnerships. While she is skilled at public policy analysis, marketing, identifying and managing trends, mergers and acquisitions, and all phases of business development, she also brings a thorough understanding of corporate fiscal oversight and alternative payment arrangements.
Recognized for her clinical acumen with a deep understanding of SPMI and IDD population, Medicaid waivers, homelessness and systemic effects of SUD and the opioid crisis, Ms. DiStefano has a proven ability to understand conflicting interests and build consensus.
She is considered to be a subject matter expert in Supportive Housing, Housing First, Harm Reduction, Trauma Informed Care, Olmstead, HCBS, Value Based Payment Arrangements, Managed Care Organizations, MLTSS, and population health management. In addition, Ms. DiStefano has been featured at numerous international speaking engagements discussing topics such as strategic planning and housing advocacy, national trends and innovation, and is an engaging public speaker with confidence speaking to settings of all sizes.
Ms. DiStefano earned her Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Arizona State University.
Partners In Recovery, LLC
An Affiliate of Marc Community Resources, Inc.
Christy Dye, MPH
Partners In Recovery, LLC
An Affiliate of Marc Community Resources, Inc.
Christy’s background spans 30 years as a state administrator, provider and system leader in managed behavioral health, healthcare integration and recovery-focused provider networks in Arizona and other states. She was early innovator in implementing an integrated service system for adults with co-occurring mental health/substance use disorders, including strategies for network development, financing, licensure and consensus building. She also oversaw the expansion of Arizona’s contracted behavioral health managed care system to a more recovery focused model, including expansion of peer-delivered mental health, addiction and peer-delivered services. Today she directs strategy and operations of Partners In Recovery, a integrated behavioral/medical health home system serving 8,000 adults with serious mental illness in Arizona. Christy has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Visiting Scientist award from Harvard University and the prestigious Behavioral Health Leadership in Services Award from the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. She is a contributing author to multiple articles and books on peer support and recovery services. More recently, Christy’s interests have turned to health IT and using technology to improve behavioral healthcare practice and outcomes. She is a member of the governing board of Health Current, Arizona’s health information exchange, and serves as a co-principal investigator for a National Institute of Mental Health research project focused on health information sharing preferences among persons with serious mental illness. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and her master’s from the University of Arizona.
Ben Johnson, DHSc
Ben Johnson, DHSc, brings over five years of corporate and clinical behavioral healthcare leadership experience to the OPEN MINDS team. A strong analytic and problem-solving leader, Dr. Johnson serves as a Senior Associate, where he leads key projects in the areas of leadership and team development, community and school-based services, health policy planning and management, and new program design.
Before joining OPEN MINDS, Dr. Johnson served as the Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services for Pressley Ridge, a large multi-state not-for-profit human services organization in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson was responsible for 51 office-based and school-based outpatient psychiatric clinics throughout Central Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson and his team implemented telepsychiatry services and developed a new service curriculum, Trauma-Informed School Services. Prior becoming the Director, Dr. Johnson served as a Program Supervisor of School-Based Services. In this role, he provided clinical consultation and administrative supervision for the school-based team.
Dr. Johnson has also served individuals and families in southern Louisiana as a Clinic Director and Community-Based Therapist for a regional non-profit mental health organization. Dr. Johnson and his team launched multiple outpatient hubs throughout the Greater New Orleans area. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and Alder Health Services.
One of the products from his doctoral program was the creation of a leadership development curriculum and strategy for specifically designed for behavioral health clinicians. Dr. Johnson’s research concluded that the delivery of leadership development programs in the behavioral health field could pay dividends for organizations by advancing internal innovation, improving employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and improving their organization’s ability to recruit and retain a multigenerational and diverse workforce.
Dr. Johnson is a trained systemic therapist, which informs his consulting projects. By combining his experience in systemic conceptualization with the OPEN MINDS market intelligence team, consulting clients can receive customized solutions that address their needs rather than the symptoms of their needs.
Dr. Johnson earned his Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling from the University of Louisiana in Monroe, Louisiana.
Christi J. Lundeen
Chief Innotavion Officer
As Chief Innovation Officer, Christi Lundeen oversees strategy and business development efforts. In collaboration with Health Current, she co-founded the Practice Innovation Institute, a CMS-funded Transforming Clinical Practice
Christi has spent more than 25 years working in private and public health care companies. Prior to her current position, she served in senior strategy and business development roles for both Mercy Care and its administrator Aetna Medicaid. Before joining Mercy Care, she was an independent health care consultant, assisting companies such as HTMS, Surgical Specialty Hospital of Arizona, the Arizona Optometric Association, and Feeding Matters.
She also served as Operations Director for Maricopa Health Plans, coordinating and managing all administrative and operational functions for its Medicaid and Medicare Advantage program. In addition, Christi was the director of managed care and physician organizations and relations at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, as well as the business and program development director for Mercy Services Corporation. Christi is also an experienced practice administrator, having served as administrator for both the Arizona Cardiology Group and for the Mercy Family Health Centers (aka Dignity Medical Group).
Early in her career, she worked as a network administrator for Partners National Health Plans, a joint venture among Aetna, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, St. Luke’s, Phoenix Memorial and John C. Lincoln Hospitals.
Christi serves on the board of directors for Special Olympics of Arizona and as the vice chair of the board of directors for Feeding Matters. Christi has also served as chair of the March of Dimes Walk for Babies, Special Olympics Breakfast of Champions and has co-chaired the American Heart Association Go Red for Women events.
Rebecca Plonsky, LICSW
Rebecca Plonsky, LICSW, brings over 14 years of strategic operations experience to the OPEN MINDS team. Ms. Plonsky currently serves as a senior associate, leading projects related to strategic planning and implementation, operations and staff management, marketing, and business development.
Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Plonsky served as the National Vice President of Development, Prospect Integrated Behavioral Health for Prospect Alta Hospital Systems, LLC, based in the Northeast Region. Ms. Plonsky’s role was responsible for national growth and development of the Integrated Behavioral Health Service lines. Ms. Plonsky was assigned to lead multiple projects to improve the quality of care. She successfully improved patient health outcomes and added $10 million of savings and revenue to the bottom line.
Before this promotion within Prospect Alta Hospital Systems, LLC, Ms. Plonsky served as the Vice President of Integrated Behavioral Health, Prospect CharterCARE, LLC. In this position, Ms. Plonsky provided leadership and program development expertise across the Integrated Behavioral Health Service lines. Ms. Plonsky also oversaw the opening of Rhode Island’s first Long Term Behavioral Health Unit and CharterCARE’s first Addiction Services Center.
Ms. Plonsky also served as the Senior Behavioral Health Program Manager, for the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services, in Cranston, Rhode Island. She was the primary leader for the division and responsible for behavioral health Medicaid strategy, program innovation and implementation, policy and contracting.
Previously, Ms. Plonsky served as the Behavioral Health Program Manager, for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, in Providence, Rhode Island. In this role, Ms. Plonsky developed innovative behavioral health programming to improve patient outcomes and address network gaps in care, provided clinical, quality and strategic oversight and analysis for behavioral health programming and was responsible for negotiating behavioral health case rates and program implementation.
Ms. Plonsky earned her Master of Social Work from Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Ako Quammie has over 15 years of experience working with many segments of the health care industry, including health systems, physician organizations, insurance providers, regional provider alliances, and clinically-integrated networks. His work has been concentrated in enterprise and service line strategic planning, partnership/transaction planning, and the design and execution of a wide range of Healthcare Information Technology products and services. In addition, he has extensive experience implementing clinical integration programs, electronic health record systems, and quality reporting systems focused on population-level health improvement and development of the capabilities required to succeed under value-based payment arrangements.
Center for Life
Victor Topo, MSW
Center for Life
Vic has thirty years of experience in the community mental health field – as clinician, manager, and executive. Mr. Topo currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Center for Life Management in New Hampshire. In that role, he leads a comprehensive community mental health center that is the largest provider of mental health and addiction treatment services in the area.
While serving as CEO, Mr. Topo restructured the senior management team, implemented an electronic health recordkeeping system, and increased both revenue and number of persons served annually. He also created and implemented a strategy to integrate behavioral health care with primary care and introduced innovative treatment programs using reiki and transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Before joining Center for Life Management, Mr. Topo served as the CEO for Pathways, Inc. based in Mentor, Ohio. In that role, he successfully expanded the organization’s service offerings for chronically mentally ill consumers. To do that, he reorganized the senior management team; brought a shared visioning approach to the board; and, in collaboration with the mental health board, designed one of Ohio’s first 24/7 in-home crisis stabilization programs called Community-Based Stabilization. He was also responsible for implementing the organization’s first long range strategic plan.
Mr. Topo started his career as a Case Management Supervisor/Case Manager for Community Counseling Center in Ohio. In that role, he provided direct services and supervision of services for severely mentally disabled persons in the community.
Mr. Topo has the proven ability to lead both board and staff members with a persistent focus on organizational mission and achieving results. He prides himself on his ability to adopt new and innovative approaches to delivering traditional and non-traditional behavioral health treatment services. His wide range of knowledge and experience includes all service populations including children, adults, and seniors, especially vulnerable persons at high risk.
Mr. Topo holds a Master of Social Work degree from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College.
About Our Sponsor – Topaz Information Solutions®
Topaz Information Solutions® (TopazIS) was founded in 2000 by two large, community-based behavioral health organizations. TopazIS develops custom healthcare technology solutions tailored to the specific needs of behavioral health and social services organizations in partnership with NextGen Healthcare®. The idea for TopazIS was born from a need for electronic clinical components and documentation geared toward behavioral health and integrated healthcare providers. TopazIS was developed as a solution to that need.
The Topaz Information Solutions Difference
TopazIS offers an extensive suite of solutions built on our core EHR and EPM applications to include Mobile, Tele-health, Analytics, Population Health Management, Care Coordination and extensive integration expertise along with experience building highly focused custom content, reporting, billing and reimbursement solutions. Founded by two prominent social service agencies our mandate is to provide cost effective, highly functional solutions to behavioral health organizations.