Meet Our Speakers
Donna DeBlois, RN, BSW, MSB, MBA, AHCA, Executive Director for Kno-Wal-Lin
Donna has over 36 years of experience in the homecare and hospice industry. Donna's credentials include under graduate degrees in Nursing and Social Work, and graduate degrees in Business Management. Donna began her homecare career in rural Missouri as a field nurse for Ozark Foothills Home Health Services. She returned to her home state of Maine and began a progressive leadership track for several homecare and hospice agencies. She most recently was the Executive Director for Kno-Wal-Lin Homecare and Hospice for 14 years and is currently the President/CEO of MaineHealth Care at Home.
Mike Flair, Vice President of Franchise Business Solutions, Right at Home
Mike is Vice President of Franchise Business Solutions and has been with Right at Home since January 2011. In his current role, he is responsible for leading strategic initiatives supporting the client and employee experience and managing relationships with business partners. Mike has 18 years of home care experience, including eight years with the world’s largest in-home care provider. Mike’s home care experience includes managing a large home care agency, serving as regional support manager and leading the training and onboarding of franchisees. Prior to working in the home care industry, he worked for a national staffing company as an account manager, and dedicated over 20 years to food service operations.
Elizabeth E. Hogue, Attorney
Ms. Hogue is an attorney in private practice with extensive experience in health care. She studied at the University of Maryland School of Law, concentrating in health law, and gained considerable clinical experience, course work and employment experience in this area. Following her admission to the Bar, she developed an active practice in health law. She represents clients all over the country. Her clients are professional associations, physicians, managed care providers, and institutional health care providers, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, durable medical equipment companies, private duty agencies and hospices. She has also represented a number of individual providers and case managers concerning health-related issues. Ms. Hogue is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Adina Kolatch, Special Consultant, Visiting Nurse Association of New York
Adina has worked with the Visiting Nurse Association of New York for over thirty years. Adina led a unique hospice collaborative between the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Allure Network of skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities and received recognition for the success of the partnership. Adina earned an MBA in Health Care Management from a joint program sponsored by Baruch College Business School- Mount Sinai Medical School and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. She has authored several articles on health care marketing and a chapter in a nursing management book. Adina is also a certified yoga instructor and mother of four.
Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group, and Publisher, The Remington Report
As President of the Remington Health Strategy Group, and Publisher of the Remington Report magazine since 1990, Lisa has worked with over 6,000 home health, hospice, palliative care, private pay and community-based organizations in both a consultancy role and educator. Her expertise drives organizational “value” planning to increase revenues, identify new and existing growth opportunities, and leverage strategic partnerships across the continuum. Nationwide leaders and their teams attend Remington Think Tank summits, executive leadership programs, and peer-networking groups to improve performance, hardwire their organization’s future, and lead with vision. Lisa monitors the complex key trends and forces of change to develop a correct strategic approach to de-risk decision-making and create sustainable futures.
Gavin Ward, Regional Director of Strategy and Partnerships, 24Hr Homecare
Gavin Ward is the Regional Director of Strategy and Partnerships for 24Hr Homecare, an award winning California based privately held, licensed homecare organization with 13 locations throughout California, Arizona, and Texas that has been recognized by Inc 500 and Forbes as One of America’s Most Promising Companies due to innovative programs and a workforce of over 4,000 employed caregivers. He brings his 13 years of healthcare experience to PopHealth Podcast, a bi-weekly show he hosts focused on best practices of leading healthcare organizations. While non-medical care is historically privately paid, Gavin’s data-driven efforts to improve throughput (via a first-to-market innovative partnership with Uber), reduce length of stay, prevent readmissions, and transition patients to a lower cost of care have helped yield over 25 system funded partnerships in California, Arizona and Texas with hospitals, managed care groups, payers, and bundled payment participants.