2022 Healthcare Forum - Speaker Biographies
Finger Lakes Region
Carol Tegas, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS)
Carol Tegas leads the strategic direction of FLPPS and wholly owned subsidiary Greater Rochester Health Home Network (GRHHN). Carol collaborates across providers and networks in the 13-county region to design and implement Medicaid delivery system transformation initiatives for improved health outcomes. She led the implementation of the NYS Department of Health Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and strategically positioned FLPPS to continue healthcare redesign efforts for community and clinical integration, addressing social determinants of health, health equity, and workforce initiatives. Carol has over 30 years' experience in healthcare and non-profit strategic planning, provider network/IPA management, financial management, pay‐for‐performance incentive models and contracting, operations, and new business modeling. Before joining FLPPS, Carol served as Executive Director of Rochester Community IPA (RCIPA), a network of over 3,000 physicians and providers, contracting with managed care organizations in value-based payment contracts.
Carol provides her expertise and guidance on various regional collaborative committees, including the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative Steering Committee, FLPPS/Common Ground Health Workforce Consortium, Council of Agency Executives Board, Rochester Institute of Technology Health System Administration Board, and Northstar Network’s Healthcare Business Academy Board of Advisors.
Mary Zelazny, FLIPA
Mary Zelazny began her career in 1989 at Finger Lakes Community Health as a Community Health Worker, expanding into several roles within the organization, including work in program development, finance and administration. Appointed as CEO in 2006, Ms. Zelazny continued to seek opportunities to build on the successes of this growing FQHC. Her focus has always been to ensure the provision and access to culturally appropriate, quality healthcare services to underserved communities of Upstate NY. As CEO, Ms. Zelazny has led a major expansion effort to provide access to healthcare services throughout the Finger Lakes region, including the development of enhanced programs and services designed to reach out to the many culturally diverse communities it serves. In addition, Ms. Zelazny has focused much of FLCH’s work on the integration of health information technology within the organization, including the development and operation of the Finger Lakes Telehealth Network. FLCH is now a nationally recognized leader in the implementation and use of telehealth, using technology to bridge geographical divides, create a more nimble workforce and most importantly, to provide more access to care for patients.
Rochester Regional Health & GRIPA
Cori Wyman, PharmD, BCGP, CDCES, Vice President of Care Management and Pharmacy Services (GRIPA)
Dr. Wyman joined the Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association (GRIPA) in 2007. She became Manager of Pharmacy and Population Health Services in 2018 and the Vice President of Care Management and Pharmacy Services in 2022. She is responsible for leading a Care Management team consisting of nurses, social workers, ambulatory care clinical pharmacists, clinical navigators and intake specialists to improve the quality of care of patients while reducing costs and improving provider and patient satisfaction. Dr. Wyman participates in multidisciplinary teams and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) activities to enhance and grow GRIPA.
Dr. Wyman earned her Bachelors and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees at the University at Buffalo in 1995 and 2003, respectively. She became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2001. Prior to starting at GRIPA, she was the Coordinator of Ambulatory Care Services at Metcare Rx Pharmaceutical Services Group where she facilitated the development, enhancement, implementation and maintenance of integrated clinical programs throughout Western and Central New York. She has clinical appointments at numerous pharmacy schools including the University of Buffalo, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Wyman has completed certificate programs in diabetes (National Certification Board of Diabetic Educators), asthma (National Association of the Boards of Pharmacy), and smoking cessation (University of Pittsburgh). She became certified in geriatrics by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in May 2016. In 2010, she was presented the New York State Clinical Practitioner of the Year for being a practitioner who promotes optimal pharmaceutical care to patients and health care systems. In addition, in May 2013 and May 2022, she was presented the Preceptor of the Year award from the St. John Fisher’s College Wegmans School of Pharmacy.
Katie Sienk, LMSW
Katie Sienk is the Director of Maternal & Child Programs at Rochester Regional Health, providing oversight to programs such as Healthy Moms, Roc Family TeleConnects, Healthy Steps and Healthy Moms/Specialty Children’s Health Home Care Management. She is a graduate of Brockport and Nazareth College’s Collaborative Social Work program and holds a NYS License as a Master’s Social Worker. She is an active member of the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) and has a passion for community and health equity initiatives.
UR Medicine & AHP
Heather Busick – HEART program
Dr. Heather Busick is an internal medicine and pediatrics physician at URMC’s Complex Care Center, where she cares for adults with significant childhood-onset medical conditions. She’s also URMC’s Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, a role that, coupled with her Complex Care Center hat, has strengthened her interest in how health disparities can be driven by social determinants of health. Most recently, Dr. Busick has leveraged her passion for health equity as the program owner for the Health Equity & Anti-Racism Technology (HEART) Program, which seeks to provide clinicians and staff with tools to screen, view and address social determinants of health using our electronic health record.
Emilie Liddle, MS, RDN, CDN
Emilie completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Management at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2015, where she also received a minor in Exercise Science. After graduation, she completed her Dietetic Internship at University of Buffalo, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Nutrition Science. Emilie began her career as a Registered Dietitian working at a managed long term care program affiliated with Rochester Regional Health. She then transitioned to URMC in 2019 as an outpatient Clinical Dietitian with Strong Internal Medicine, where she has played an active role in creating an emergency food pantry within clinic. Emilie is passionate about food security and reducing barriers for accessing healthy options among her patients.
Stephanie Taylor, LMSW – Addressing housing needs
Stephanie is a licensed social worker who is responsible for coordinating the Transitional Supportive Housing Program at URMC Strong and Highland Hospitals. URMC and Stephanie have teamed up with DePaul Community Services and Catholic Charities. Stephanie earned her Bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport, followed by a Master's degree from Roberts Wesleyan College. She began her career in medical social work after graduating and being licensed by the New York State. Since 2009, Stephanie has worked for URMC in the Emergency Department at FFTH. In the course of her career, she has worked at Highland Hospital, Strong Memorial Hospital, the emergency department, and CPEP. Her previous experience includes care management and shelter programs. Stephanie believes that housing plays a significant role in an individual's health outcomes, and she is committed to helping individuals overcome barriers to success.