Meet Our Leadership Team

The Hixny Board of Directors includes seats for members of stakeholder groups, including healthcare consumers, providers, payers and additional organizations. In addition, Hixny identifies opportunities for improvement through member and user input. If you have a specific question about our decision-making procedures or policies, please contact us.

Mark McKinney, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Hixny

Wouter Rietsema, MD

Vice President of Population Health & Information Services, The University of Vermont Health Network—Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
Hospital Representative

David Shippee

Chief Executive Officer, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services
Physician Practice Representative
Vice Chair

Brian O'Grady

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer CDPHP
Health Plan Representative

David M. Kile, RPh, MS

Executive Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Government & Education Representative

Julie Bazzell

Chief Operating Officer, Hometown Health Centers
Physician Practice Representative

Jeremiah Benoit, MD

Medical Director, BlueShield of Northeastern NY
Health Plan Representative

Dominick Bizzarro

Senior Leader, Corporate Development, MVP Health Care
Health Plan Representative

Scott Cohen, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer, Bassett Healthcare Network
Hospital Representative

William Duax

Vice President of Information Services, Albany Medical Center
Hospital Representative

Chuck Fennell

Regional Chief Information Officer, St. Peter’s Health Partners
Hospital Representative

Kevin Gallagher, MD

Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Hudson Headwaters
Physician Practice Representative

Joan Regan Hayner, CPA, CMPE

Chief Operating Officer, Community Care Physicians
Physician Practice Representative

Barbara Hess

Chief Administrative Officer, SEFCU
Employer Representative

Eric Linzer

President & CEO, New York Health Plan Association
Health Plan Representative

Paul F. Macielak, Esq.

President Emeritus, The New York Health Plan Association
Trustee Emeritus

Tracy J. Pitcher, MSW

Executive Director, St. Paul’s Center, Inc.
Consumer Representative

Louis S. Snitkoff, MD, FACP

Chief Medical Officer, Community Care Physicians
Trustee Emeritus

Charles Welge

Director, Public Health Planning and Education, Albany County Department of Health
Public Health Representative
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