Innovative Healthcare Leadership Certificate Program
Faculty Brief Bios
Mari Anne Snow, BA, CSS
Mari Anne Snow is the founder of Sophaya, which provides innovative business training and strategic management consulting for companies with virtual teams and a dispersed workforce. She has extensive experience in corporate training and the digital business environment and is an adjunct faculty at Bentley and Suffolk Universities. She has partnered with the EDC and School of Health Sciences at Bryant to deliver the highly successful University Medicine Leadership Academy, where physicians and medical professionals learn leadership and strategic management skills.
Lori Coakley, PhD
Dr. Coakley is a Professor in the Department of Management at Bryant University, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She received her Ph. D in Organizational Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dr. Coakley is Senior Research Fellow for the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, conducting workshops on leadership, team building, power and influence, negotiation and communication. Dr. Coakley is a certified facilitator in Innovation and Design Thinking. Her consulting work and research center on design thinking and business pedagogy, customer service and communication, personal branding, negotiation, and strategic management. In addition, she has been a speaker at national academic and professional conferences, as well as international universities.
Ansis Helmanis, JD
Mr. Helmanis specializes in corporate policy development, regulatory guidance, and advocacy before administrative and legislative branches of government in the US and overseas, and online publishing of global drug and medical device updates. He has worked in the Office of Legislative Services at the FDA, as Legal Advisor to the UN International Narcotics Control Board in Vienna, Austria, Director at Lederle Int’l Division of American Cyanamid, and Special Counsel to Barnes, Richardson & Coburn in Washington, DC. He is currently co-founder and partner at Reglink Associates, LLC, which provides clients with global regulatory information about drugs, biologics, and medical devices.
Dr. Boggio is a Professor in the Department of History and Social Sciences at Bryant University. He specializes in science and health policy and has authored numerous publications on legal and ethical issues in reproductive medicine, genomics, research with human subjects, and the management of communicable diseases. He has been a visiting scholar at universities in Austria, Canada, and Vietnam, and has advised international bodies (the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, WHO, UNDP, and OECD) and national governments (Canada and Italy) on issues of science and health policy. He received his JSD from Stanford Law School and completed his post-doc at the Institute for Ethics, History, and the Humanities at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). Before joining Bryant University in 2006, he was a lecturer at the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University (United Kingdom).
Mike Hudson, MBA
Mike is a results-driven Healthcare Executive with experience in Fortune 100 insurance companies, management consulting and Big 4 accounting. He is the former CFO of BCBSRI. At BCBSRI, Mike was responsible for efficient and effectives operations, eliminating waste and controlling costs without sacrificing operational quality. Responsibilities included financial management and planning, strategic planning, accounting, actuarial, vendor management, information technology and operations areas of the company. He is now the Chief Financial Officer of Independent Health in Buffalo NY. IH is a health plan serving commercial, Medicare and Medicaid members in Western New York.
Judith Bentkover, PhD
Judith Bentkover is on Health Care 500’s list of the most influential health policy makers in the U.S. and is recognized as a developer of pharmacoeconomics, translating cost-benefit methodology into innovative strategic management tools. Dr. Bentkover has authored over 100 research articles, chapters, monographs, books and reports focusing on applied economic and decision analysis associated with the use of pharmaceuticals, devices, biotechnology products, procedures, and diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive regimens. She instituted Brown’s Executive Master in Healthcare Leadership Program and has been on the faculty at Brown, Harvard, and Tufts.
Meryl Moss, MBA, EMHL
Meryl Moss serves as Chief Operating Officer of Coastal Medical. In her role, Ms. Moss is orchestrating a complete practice transformation at Coastal Medical. With 25-years of healthcare experience, Moss provides the insight and leadership necessary to continually explore new ways to deliver high quality, cost effective, patient centered care to Coastal’s population of patients. Over a 5-year period, Coastal has transitioned from being a traditional group practice, to an NCQA Level 3 recognized PCMH practice and, most recently, one of a handful of successful Primary Care Driven ACO’s in the country.
Stephen C. Schoenbaum, MD, MPH
Dr. Schoenbaum is Special Advisor to the President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, a grant-making organization that fosters innovations in medical and other health professions education. He is Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Leadership at Brown University, and the author of over 175 professional publications. He has been a longtime member and then chair of the International Advisory Committee to the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, and in 2014, he chaired an ad hoc external committee for the Israeli Council on Higher Education that formally reviewed the four older medical schools in Israel. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
Robert “Jay” Amrien
Robert “Jay” Amrien is the Founding Program Director of the PA Program at Bryant University. He works clinically as a PA at the MGH Chelsea Health Center where he provides care to the wonderfully diverse community of Chelsea. He also lectures nationally and internationally on topics in cardiac medicine, offers consultation services for PA related matters, and serves as an expert witness in PA related legal cases. Prior to assuming his role at Bryant, Jay served as a PA and Military Officer in the US Coast Guard where he served for over 22 years. Jay is currently the Treasurer of the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants where he remains actively involved in legislative matters related to PA Practice in Rhode Island, is a member of the AHA Council on Hypertension, is a Cardiovascular Team Member of the American College of Cardiology, and a lifetime member of the Veteran’s Caucus of the AAPA. Jay received both his BS and his MPAS from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, where he graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate.