Executive Committee

Barbara Bowers, Chair
Professor Emerita
University of Wisconsin-Madison
https://nursing.wisc.edu

Penny Cook, Vice Chair
President
Pioneer Network
pioneernetwork.net

Lisa Thomson, Treasurer
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer
Pathway Health Services
www.pathwayhealth.com

Theresa Schmidt, Secretary
Vice President
Discern Health, part of Real Chemistry
www.discernhealth.com

Chris Laxton, Immediate Past Chair
Executive Director
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
https://paltc.org

Jay Sackman, Board Member Emeritus
Jay M Sackman Consulting Services LLC

Members at Large

Barbara Bowers
Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin Madison
www.nursing.wisc.edu

Penny Cook
President
Pioneer Network
pioneernetwork.net

Jodi Eyigor
Director, Nursing Home Quality & Policy
LeadingAge
www.leadingage.org

Diane Flynn
VP Strategy And Institutional Products
Optum Complex Care Management
www.optum.com

David Gifford, MD
Senior Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs
AHCA – American Health Care Association
www.ahcancal.org

Gregory Johnson
Chief Medical Officer
The Evangelical Good Samaritan Society
www.good-sam.com

Bill McGinley
President/CEO
The American College of Health Care Administrators
www.achca.org

Lisa Thomson
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer
Pathway Health Services
www.pathwayhealth.com

Legacy of Leaders

In addition to its diverse membership, Advancing Excellence has a legacy of active and engaged leadership. Board chairs have included:

2006 – 2009
Larry Minnix, former President & CEO, LeadingAge

2009 – 2012
Mary Jane Koren, MD, MPH, former Vice President of Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund

2012 – 2014
David Gifford, Senior Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, American Health Care Association
Cheryl Phillips, Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy, LeadingAge

2014 – 2016
Beverley Laubert, Ohio State LTC Ombudsman; past-president, National Association of State LTC Ombudsman Programs

2016 – 2018
Jay Sackman, Representative, The New Jewish Home

2018 – 2021
Chris Laxton, Representative, AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

2021 – present
Barbara Bowers, 
Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing