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Better Health Greater Cleveland
Board of Directors


Randall D. Cebul, MD, FACP
President

A native Clevelander, Randy Cebul has been Director of Better Health Greater Cleveland since its founding and President since 2008. In addition to his roles in Better Health, Dr. Cebul is Director of the CWRU-MetroHealth System Center for Health Care Research and Policy and professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at CWRU School of Medicine, MetroHealth campus. Cebul serves on the Board of Directors of the Network for Regional Health Improvement, Care Alliance Health Center, and the MetroHealth Foundation. He also serves on the National Quality Forum's Community Health Committee and National Priorities Partnership's Population Health Task Force. Dr. Cebul received his MD from Yale, training in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and training in epidemiology and decision sciences at Penn's Wharton School.

Patty Starr
Secretary-Treasurer

Patty Starr recently joined Health Action Council, a nonprofit corporation. HAC serves as the voice of many of Ohio’s most prominent employers on healthcare issues and facilitates common projects to improve the quality and moderate the cost of the health care benefits they purchase for almost 2 million healthcare lives. Prior to joining HAC, Patty was the Senior Director Health Insurance and Benefits of the Council of Small Enterprises, a regional organization that offers benefit programs to over 9,000 small business members and covered approximately 150,000 lives. Patty has over a decade of experience in health insurance product development and sales that focused on individual consumers and small business owners. She was President and Founder of The Ark Individual Insurance Brokerage a brokerage. Patty earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.

David Bronson, MD, FACP

David Bronson is Senior Public Policy and External Affairs Advisor at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Bronson has served on Better Health Greater Cleveland's Leadership Team since 2007 and as chair of its Clinical Advisory Committee from 2007-2010. At Cleveland Clinic, he has served on the Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and as a member of the Executive Management Team. In addition to his responsibilities at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Bronson is Immediate Past President of the American College of Physicians and Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. A member of the Joint Commission Board of Commissioners, he is Vice Chair of the Accreditation Committee, Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association, and serves on the American Hospital Association Health Systems Governing Council.

Anita Cook

Anita Cook is Executive Director of the West Side Catholic Center, a nonprofit organization founded 35 years ago on Cleveland’s near west side. The Center provides hot meals at no charge, hospitality, clothing and household goods, emergency services, advocacy, a shelter for women and children, and a program to find housing solutions for those in need, regardless of religious affiliation. Ms. Cook, a Certified Public Accountant, previously served as Chief Financial Officer at the center, a position that followed many years in the financial industry, as well as serving as Finance Director at University Settlement. A resident of Cleveland, she also has served on numerous non-profit social service and community boards. She received her B.S. in Accounting from Miami University and a Master’s in Accounting from Cleveland State University.

Steve Eisenberg, JD

Steve Eisenberg is Vice President and General Counsel of RGH Enterprises Inc., a durable medical equipment company in Twinsburg that he joined in March 2012. Mr. Eisenberg, a health care lawyer, spent the previous 11 years at Baker Hostetler LLP, where he was a partner, advising hospitals, academic medical centers, insurers and other health care companies. Prior to joining Baker, he practiced health care law at McDonald Hopkins, LLC. Steve holds a LL.M. in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law, a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor’s in Business from Miami University. He is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of Bellefaire JCB. He and his family live in Solon.

Vanessa J. Evans

Vanessa is a former executive for Johnson & Johnson, where she assumed successively greater responsibility over more than 30 years, most recently as Vice President of Global Customer Development. She recently returned from New Jersey to her roots in northeast Ohio, where she operates a consulting firm, Shaker Sales & Process Group, LLC, whose clients include Fortune 100 global companies, universities and nonprofits.

Christopher J. Hebert, MD, MS

Christopher Hebert is Medical Director for Quality, Patient Safety, Informatics and Research at HealthSpan. Dr. Hebert currently serves as co-Director of Better Health Greater Cleveland's Learning Collaborative, as a member of the Leadership Team and Clinical Advisory Committee, chairing the CAC subcommittee responsible for setting standards for Hypertension. Dr. Hebert is a graduate of the VA National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program through the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University.

Kevin S. Lauterjung

Kevin Lauterjung is Principal of Community Energy Advisors, LLC, and has served as a member of Better Health Greater Cleveland's Leadership Team since 2008. Mr. Lauterjung worked at Medical Medical Mutual of Ohio from 1998 to 2013, most recently as Executive Vice President for Managed Care with responsibility for the company's provider network management, care & pharmacy management and managed care operations. His previous professional experiences include managed care consulting with Medimetrix Group, a national consulting firm, and practice management as Director of Operations for a large multi-specialty physician group practice. In addition to his activities with Better Health, Mr. Lauterjung volunteers on the board of Business Volunteers Unlimited, as a Junior Achievement (JA) instructor, and as a former member of the board for the USO of Northern Ohio and March of Dimes. He received his bachelor's degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his MBA with concentrations in Finance and Health Services Management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Jean Polster, RN, MS

Jean Polster has served as Executive Director of Neighborhood Family Practice, a Federally Qualified Health Center, since 2003. She has served as a member of Better Health Greater Cleveland's Leadership Team since 2007. Neighborhood Family Practice provides primary health care to over 12,000 residents of the West Side of Cleveland. Ms. Polster is a past President of the Board of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, a network of Ohio community health centers, and has over 25 years of senior management experience in health and human services in both Ohio and California. She has worked as a hospital administrator, in ambulatory care and as an executive in local social services organizations, including Catholic Charities. Ms. Polster received her BSN from the University of North Carolina and her MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

JB Silvers, PhD

J.B. Silvers, Ph.D., is the John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance and Professor of Banking and Finance at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University. He also has served on the Better Health Greater Cleveland Leadership Team since 2007. Professor Silvers is faculty Director of the Health Systems Management Center at Weatherhead and for several years served as Senior Associate Dean of Weatherhead. His research in the areas of financial management and health services has been widely published. From 1997 to 2000, while on leave from Weatherhead, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of QualChoice – a health plan and insurance company in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Silvers currently serves on the board of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and for seven years was a Commissioner on the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, which advises Congress on Medicare payment.

Jim Weisman

Jim Weisman is Vice President of Bioenterprise in Cleveland. BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment, and acceleration initiative designed to grow health care companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. Mr. Weisman leads BioEnterprise's efforts to serve and develop start-up health care software and service opportunities. He brings 20 years of experience in general management, having worked in senior management at PepsiCo and Macy's, as well as consulting to major financial institutions while with the First Manhattan Consulting Group. Weisman also served on the management team of HealthSync, a start-up company developing marketplaces for corporate sponsored health insurance and with Glengary Ventures, a fund focused on technology based companies in the biotech industries. Weisman received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his Executive MBA from Case Weatherhead School of Management.

Theodore "Ted" E. Wymyslo, MD

Dr. Ted Wymyslo is Chief Medical Officer of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and immediate past Director of the Ohio Department of Health, where he served from January 2011 through February 2014 as an appointee of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Dr. Wymyslo previously spent more than 30 years in primary health care as a family physician, administrator and educator. Prior to his appointment at ODH, Dr. Wymyslo served as the director of Family Medicine Dayton, a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) initiative. As ODH director, Dr. Wymyslo established the Ohio Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative to effect statewide implementation of the delivery model, which is ongoing. A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Wymyslo completed the Family Practice Residency Program at Mount Carmel Medical Center, he served as director of the Miami Valley Hospital Family Practice Residency Program and medical director of the hospital’s Berry Family Health Center from 1986 to 2008. He is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.