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 and policies, or would like a copy of our bylaws, please contact us.

Mark McKinney headshot in black and white

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 headshot in black and white

David Shippee

Chief Executive Officer, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services
Physician Practice Representative
Vice Chair
Brian O'Grady headshot in black and white

Brian O'Grady

President, Health Plan Markets CDPHP
Health Plan Representative
Joan Regan Hayner headshot in black and white

Joan Regan Hayner, CPA, CMPE

Julie Bazzell headshot in black and white

Julie Bazzell

Chief Operating Officer, Hometown Health Centers
Physician Practice Representative
Jeremiah Benoit headshot in black and white

Jeremiah Benoit, MD

Medical Director, BlueShield of Northeastern NY
Health Plan Representative

Scott Cohen, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer, Bassett Healthcare Network
Hospital Representative
William Duax headshot in black and white

William Duax

Vice President of Information Services, Albany Medical Center
Hospital Representative
Chuck Fennell headshot in black and white

Chuck Fennell

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

Patty Fusco

President & CEO of Fusco Personnel, Inc.
Employer Representative
Kevin Gallagher headshot in black and white

Kevin Gallagher, MD

Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Hudson Headwaters
Physician Practice Representative
Eric Linzer headshot in black and white

Eric Linzer

President & CEO, New York Health Plan Association
Health Plan Representative
Tracy Pitcher headshot in black and white

Tracy J. Pitcher, MSW

Executive Director, St. Paul’s Center, Inc.
Consumer Representative
Charles Welge headshot in black and white

Charles Welge

Director, Public Health Planning and Education, Albany County Department of Health
Public Health Representative
Paul F. Macielak headshot in black and white

Paul F. Macielak, Esq.

Trustee Emeritus

Click here to view the Board of Directors meeting schedule and minutes.

Hixny will be performing extended maintenance beginning Thursday, December 31 through Friday, January 1. During this time, all services
will be impacted and unavailable—including access to the provider portal.