Strategic Advisory Board

Charles Gordon, MD
Co-Founder, Texas Spine and Joint Hospital

After attending the Baylor College of Medicine and completing his residency at the General Surgery Medical College of Virginia in 1988, Dr. Gordon embarked on a career that was keen on putting the patient first and foremost above the particular medical issue they brought with them.

Dr. Gordon is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon known as a leading advocate in research for the spine. He is an expert in the implementation of the latest in laser technique and stem cell (from the patient’s own body), as well as other biologic advances. He’s also on the front line of utilizing early genetic detection of potential spine and neurological problems.

Dr. Gordon is the founder of the Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, a highly respected hospital with a growing national reputation.

Patrick J. Kennedy

Founder, The Kennedy Forum

The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008–and his brave openness about his own health challenges.

The son of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he decided to leave Congress not long after his father’s death to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases and to create a new, healthier life and start a family. He has since founded the Kennedy Forum, which unites the community of mental health, and co-founded One Mind for Research, a global leader in open science collaboration in brain research. Kennedy is also the co-author of “A Common Struggle,” which outlines both his personal story and a bold plan for the future of mental health in America.

Patrick lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amy, and their four children.

Hank Milius
President and CEO, Meridian Health Services

Hank A. Milius is the President/CEO of Meridian Health Services a regional private, not-for-profit health care system specializing in “whole person” health, integrating physical, mental and social well-being. Meridian has over $100 million in revenue, over 1,000 employees and services provided to over 32,000 patients. Today, Meridian has 41 locations and serves over 39 counties throughout Indiana, including facilities for primary medical care (family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN), behavioral services, children and family programs, psychiatric hospital, residential living, and a child advocacy center. Meridian Health Services is a regional healthcare system focusing on physical, mental and social well-being.

Mr. Milius has been in the health industry since 1978 and served in executive management positions for over 30 years. His career has brought him to four different states.

He received his Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University and received his Master of Science from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on numerous boards and committees including the National Association of Psychiatric Healthcare Systems, the Indiana Hospital and Healthcare Association, Missouri Hospital Association, the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers, and the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers. In addition, he is a member of Rotary and serves in local civic leadership positions.

Mr. Milius and his wife, Terri, have four children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys snow-skiing, fly fishing, and hiking.

John Schmitz, MD
Medical Director, CentraCare Health

John M. Schmitz, MD is the Section Medical Director for Behavioral Health Services at CentraCare Health. Dr. Schmitz received his medical degree from The University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Avera McKennan Hospital and the University of South Dakota. Dr. Schmitz is board-certified in Psychiatry and has been practicing medicine since 1995 and with CentraCare since 1999; with his main service lines being Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Schmitz advocates for lifestyle medicine to positively affect his patients health outcomes as well as championing tobacco efforts within his practice and the entire CentraCare system.

Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Linda Rosenberg
President and CEO, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Linda Rosenberg is a national expert in the financing and delivery of mental health and substance services. Under her leadership, the National Council for Behavioral Health has become our nation’s most effective advocate for behavioral health prevention, early intervention, science-based treatment, and recovery. Harnessing the voices of the 10 million adults, children, and families served by the National Council’s 2,900 member organizations, Rosenberg helped secure passage of the federal parity law, expanded integrated behavioral and primary care services, introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S., and built an array of organizational, clinical and workforce improvement initiatives. The National Council’s strong support of the Mental Health Excellence Act will result in the first comprehensive effort to establish community accountability for the health of people with serious mental illnesses and addictions, the consistent utilization of evidence-based practices, and the standardized measurement of outcomes. Rosenberg was Senior Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health prior to joining the National Council. She has over 30 years experience in designing and operating hospitals, community and housing programs, and implemented New York’s first Mental Health Court. Rosenberg serves on an array of boards of directors and is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Pamela Greenberg, ABHW

Pamela Greenberg, M.P.P.
President and CEO, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Pamela Greenberg is the President and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness; she joined the organization in 1998 as the Executive Director for the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association (AMBHA). ABHW is the national voice for specialty behavioral health and wellness companies. ABHW member companies provide services to over 170 million people in both the public and private sectors to treat mental health, substance use and other behaviors that impact health and wellness.

Pamela serves on the Editorial Board of the Bloomberg BNA Health Insurance Report. She is a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance MBHO Advisory Committee and a liaison to the Standards Committee. In 2015 Ms. Greenberg joined the Advisory Board of Landmark Health a company that provides home-based medical care to individuals with multiple chronic conditions.

She also was the Chair of the Coalition for Fairness in Mental Illness Coverage, one of the leading Coalitions that helped develop, advocate for, and get the Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 signed in to law. She also served as President of ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership.

Prior to joining ABHW Pamela was the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Before joining AHIP Ms. Greenberg was a Legislative Assistant at Capitol Associates, a healthcare consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

Pamela has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. She is also a Board member of the Lupus Foundation of DC/MDNA.

Sal DeTrane, Empactful Capital

Sal DeTrane
Managing Director, Empactful Capital

Sal’s professional background spans over 23 years with a unique blend of operational, strategic growth planning and venture capital experience. In 2016, he founded Empactful Capital after successfully completing a “private IPO” transaction between MedeAnalytics and Thoma Bravo. Empactful Capital is a unique early and growth stage private equity firm employing an operationally hands-on advisory and investment model to build valuable businesses with entrepreneurs.

Over the prior 12 years, Sal played a significant role in driving MedeAnalytics revenue growth from $3 million to over $100 million. MedeAnalytics or “Mede” offers a suite of performance management and analytics solutions that enable enterprise financial health for hospital, health plan, employers and state Medicaid organizations in the U.S. and U.K. Initially, he served as an investor and then predominantly as the “right hand” senior executive to the CEO/Chairman. Sal played a variety of operational roles including CFO, CAO and COO.

Prior to joining Mede, Sal was a founding managing director of Nucleus Partners LLC, a venture capital and catalyst business.  Prior to Nucleus Partners, Sal was a Principal in managing The Halo Fund & Angels Forum, a $45 million venture fund portfolio.  Prior to that, Sal was a Director in Andersen’s Technology Corporate Finance Practice, where he advised on acquisition, divestiture, joint venture and private equity transactions.

Sal has a passion for developing and working with entrepreneurs in growth stage technology enabled businesses and serves on the Boards of several digital health software businesses.  His healthcare IT Boards have included Avantas (a leading labor optimization analytics company), Kermit (an emerging healthcare supply chain analytics business), Owl Outcomes (leading behavioral health outcomes software solution), HBI Solutions (emerging HC predictive analytics company) and Innovatel (leader in tele-psychiatry services).

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University, serves on the Advisory Board to Temple’s Entrepreneurship program and the Fox Business School Dean’s Advisory Council, and is a Certified Public Accountant.