Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director of Strategic Partnerships, CAPABLE Program
Alice Bonner has been a geriatric nurse practitioner caring for older adults and their care partners for over 30 years. She is currently Adjunct Faculty and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the CAPABLE Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Senior Advisor for Aging at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
From 2015-2019, Bonner served as Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Bonner served as Director of the Division of Nursing Homes in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Baltimore, MD.
Digital Innovation Leader, Johnson & Johnson
Varun is a Digital Innovation leader for J&J’s external innovation organization responsible for partnerships in digital health for J&J Innovation. He also owns Digital responsibilities for the Lung Cancer Initiative and World Without Disease at J&J, shaping their digital strategy and technology portfolio efforts globally.
Varun has an MBA from Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business and has gained rich experiences in areas including digital health, Medical Device R&D M&A and economic research. Previous to his current role, Varun guided strategy and data-driven approaches for J&J’s Medical Devices R&D investment decisions. He also has helped bootstrap digital health initiatives related to post-orthopedic surgical care.
Varun supports a Boston startup ecosystem, nurturing as a mentor and investor in the energy tech and food tech space. He is on the board at MedSchoolCoach, a Boston based organization supporting students aspiring to enter medicine, and a founding member of OneAmazingThing.org.
Associate Director Product Strategy, Fusion
Sarah is an experienced design-driven strategist with a demonstrated history of working in health care technology and services. She is passionate about using empathy and industry-proven frameworks to solve big problems & drive meaningful innovation within the healthcare industry. She has helped new businesses cross the chasm of execution and launch in as little as 7-9 months.
She currently works as an Associate Director of Product Strategy on the Fusion Team within Optum Technology, where she helps internal teams create and launch products centered around those UHG is committed to serve, patients and providers.
She loves gluten-free cooking and living an active lifestyle. In her free time, you can find her traveling across the globe exploring new cities and cultures.
President, Marjos Business Consulting, LLC
Rina Vertes, FSA, MAAA has over 30 years of experience working with health insurance companies, providers, and other health care vendors.
Until 2011, Rina was the Chief Actuary of BCBSMA, where she worked extensively on the implementation of and risk management response to MA health care reform. She was appointed to serve on the 2006 Special Commission to Study the Impact of the Merged Individual and Small Group Markets. She co-led the development and implementation of the Alternative Quality Contract, a provider payment model incorporating risk adjusted global payment and performance based incentives, considered a prototype for recent ACO models. Rina was the CFO of Minuteman Health, the only member-governed health plan in MA, where she was part of the leadership team that successfully developed and launched the plans in MA and NH. Rina was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, the state based health insurance exchange, and was appointed in 2020 to serve on the Merged Market Advisory Council.
She is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, teaching MBA classes on Healthcare Finance. Currently, Rina is the President of Marjos Business Consulting, LLC. As a consultant, Rina provides actuarial and strategic expertise to clients so that they can manage risk and strategically respond to CMS and private sector payment reform initiatives including Bundled Payments, ACOs, and other value based relationships.
Pharmacist, Designer, Investor
Danny is a PharmD student at Northeastern University, where he founded ViTAL, Northeastern's healthcare innovation hub. Outside school, Danny's currently working as the Head of Corporate Development at WELT.
In the past, Danny served as the Director of Business Development at Soundable Health, VP at Contrary Capital, Corporate Development Analyst with Pear Therapeutics as an operator at PillPack (PillPack's biggest fanboy—Danny's unofficial title at the company); the company was acquired by Amazon for $1B during his stay.
He's an advisor to several early-stage startups and family offices pertaining to their healthcare tech investments and regularly writes on The Digital Apothecary and kimdanny.com. Danny's a Forbes 30 Under 30 Fellow, Underscore VC’s Top Rising Star in Tech, a mentor at MIT Hacking Medicine, and a novice barista.