WIllamette Valley Association of Health Underwriters

Summer Party Speaker Topics

Speaker: Jeff Griggs

Credit: 1 health

Presentation Title: "Maximizing Prescription Value"

Purpose: Jeff will provide education regarding pharmacy costs and PBM approaches to deliver value to pharmacy patients.

Bio: Jeff Griggs has been working for Regence for 12 years in the pharmacy cost management and stewardship program. His background in the community pharmacy setting lends a real-life point of view to the topic of pharmacy cost management on the health plan and PBM side of the industry. Jeff studied general sciences and chemistry with an emphasis on pharmacy at Oregon State University, earning his degree in 2004. A native of Oregon, Jeff and his family currently reside in West Linn.


Speaker: Sean Kolmer

Credit: 1 health

Topic: Health Care Trends

Bio: As Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Sean Kolmer leads in developing and deploying policies regarding hospital and health care transformation in Oregon. He leads the OAHHS policy team to guide the Association's advocacy efforts in Salem and Washington, D.C. 


Speaker: Martin Carr

Credit: 1 health

Presentation Title: "Selling with Social Media"

Overview: During this presentation, participants will learn ways to use various social media platforms to prospect, sell, and enhance their company's image. 

Bio: Martin Carr is NAHU’s vice president of communications. He compiles, edits and lays out America’s Benefit Specialist Magazine. He produces NAHU’s electronic communications, edits testimonies, press releases and other NAHU publications, and handles his department’s budget.

Martin has been a guest on talk radio programs, has presented at various NAHU and chapter meetings across the country and has written articles for other insurance publications. During the 2012 election, he chaired the Advisory Committee for the Dan Bongino for U.S. Senate Campaign.

Martin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. He lives in Walkersville, Maryland, with his wife, Jenn, and their two great kids, Ella and Jackson.


Speaker: Laurie Grenya

Credit: 1 law

Presentation Title: Pay Equity Update and Legislative Changes

Bio: Laurie Grenya, SPHR, Co-President with over 15 years of human resources experience in the public sector. Laurie has extensive knowledge and understanding of compensation work and Human Resource management for all sizes of government agencies. Laurie’s skills include salary surveys, classification and position description development, Human Resource system management, project planning, training, staffing and recruitment, organizational design, labor contract negotiations, interest arbitration and mediation. Laurie has extensive experience working with executive, management and staff in group settings and one-on-one meetings to explain and exchange information or facilitate discussions. Laurie has served as an expert witness in arbitration hearings and supported Attorneys in case development and settlement discussions.  Laurie is truly an expert in public sector organization compensation and has literally worked on more than one hundred compensation projects.  Laurie has a passion for effective management and has a keen eye for alternative solutions within best practice and acceptable risk.

Speaker: Janet Meyer

Credit: 1 health

Presentation Title: Upstream and Outside--A New Paradigm for Health

Bio: A leader in not-for-profit healthcare, Janet L. Meyer is a seasoned and results-oriented professional experienced in integrated delivery systems, community-driven transformation and publicly funded healthcare.

During her career, she has served Medicaid enrollees at the highest level as a health plan chief executive (CEO) and chief operating officer (COO).

Before joining HMA, Janet was CEO of Health Share of Oregon where she led certification, development and implementation of the state’s largest coordinated care organization (CCO) serving Medicaid enrollees. She successfully developed and implemented strategic plans and tactical initiatives to address health disparities, upstream prevention initiatives, and targeted programs for vulnerable and high-risk populations.

With a focus on data and analytics, she worked to elevate equity and the elimination of disparities in the CCO by prioritizing staff education and development programs, appointment of a chief engagement and equity officer, funding a fully staffed equity team, and prioritizing disparities and equity metrics.

A leader in developing community based, cross-sector collaboratives, Janet also worked to develop and implement strategies to build and maintain strong, cross-functional teams, mutually-beneficial partnerships, and products and services to reach a diverse audience. She has significant experience with alternate payment methodologies and Medicaid rate setting. Her previous work also included clinic management, leading product diversification initiatives and assisting with Medicare Advantage rollout.

Janet earned a Master of Health Administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. She is a devotee of the amazing food and drink in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys golf when it is not raining.

Speaker: Wally Miller

Credit: 1 law

Presentation Title: Section 125 Cafeteria Do's and Don'ts

Bio: Wally Miller is a shareholder in the regional law firm of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where he chairs the firm’s employee benefits law group. 

Wally’s practice focuses on a broad array of employee benefits matters, including qualified Section 401(k), 403(b) and 457 retirement plans; non‑qualified deferred compensation plans; welfare benefit plans, including Section 125 cafeteria plans, self-insured medical plans, Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs); and VEBAs); Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs); ERISA compliance; HIPAA privacy; and plan‑related issues in connection with acquisitions, dispositions and mergers.

Wally received his law degree from DePaul University in 1982. He has an Masters in Taxation from DePaul University, and a B.BA in Accounting from Loyola University of Chicago.

Mr. Miller is listed both in The Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers as being among the top attorneys in the field of employee benefits. He has also been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

Mr. Miller is a nationally recognized author and speaker and has served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Taxation of Employee Benefits. Mr. Miller is an active member of the Western Pension & Benefits Council (formerly the President of the National Board) and other professional organizations.

Speaker: Emma Passe

Credit: 1 Ethics Credit

Presentation Title: "Knowing Your Ethics"

Bio: Emma is the Chief Operating Officer at E-Powered Benefits; a benefits consulting firm designed to deliver high performance health plans while staying committed to industry-wide transparency.

Emma has been an outspoken advocate for cost and healthcare quality transparency using analytics, referenced based pricing, and a consultative approach with clients and colleagues alike but most of all, she is dedicated giving a voice to healthcare consumers.   

She serves as the Region 8 Chair for the Chapter Leadership Development committee for the National Association of Health Underwriters and is the founder of Empowered Leadership; an organization dedicated to growing the confidence of leaders in minority groups.

While residing in Portland, Oregon, she stays busy with her two children, enjoys cooking, writing, and traveling.

Willamette Valley Association of Health Underwriters is a chapter of the Oregon Association of Health Underwriters and a division of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

PO Box 493, Salem, Oregon 97308

Phone: 503-763-3552

Email: office@wvahu.org

Willamette Valley Association of Health Underwriters is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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