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EXECUTIVE TEAM


SUZANNE BRIXEY, MD
Executive Director

Suzanne is excited to lead this partnership focusing on the needs of children across the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a pediatrician for the past two decades, she has worked in both academic and community-based settings, including an urban central city clinic, a suburban practice and a rural Federally Qualified Health Center. These diverse experiences make her uniquely qualified to bring care teams together across the state in a process that leads with the needs of the children they serve. She is a passionate advocate for the transformations that take place within a patient-centered medical home. As the CHKD Medical Director of Accountable Care and the previous co-Chief Medical Officer of Fortify Children’s Health, she identifies unique opportunities to help those who care for children to define ways to increase the value and quality for children’s health care. She believes great physicians working in collaboration are the key to improving the health of our communities and meeting the needs of children and their families.

WINDY MASON-LESLIE, MD
Senior Medical Director

Windy has been a primary care clinician for over 20 years in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. She is a partner with Pediatric Associates, a private practice which serves children from urban and suburban communities throughout the Tidewater region of Virginia and Northern North Carolina. Throughout her career, Windy has served as an advocate for Quality Healthcare for children in Board and Committee roles throughout the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Children's Medical Group system. She has a passion for working to eliminate health disparities and to provide equitable resources for all children.

SERWA ERTL, MD
Regional Medical Director, Western Region

Serwa is an adolescent medicine specialist and pediatrician at the University of Virginia Teen and Young Adult Health Center. She is passionate about providing care for vulnerable youth in the community and ensuring they have access to quality healthcare. Serwa attended undergraduate and medical school at Georgetown University and completed her adolescent medicine fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center.

THERESA BRODERICK, MD
Regional Medical Director, Peninsula Region

Theresa has been a pediatrician at CHKD Hampton Roads Pediatrics since 2010. Hampton Roads Pediatrics serves families of Hampton, Virginia and throughout the peninsula region. She is originally from a small rural town in Southern Illinois with limited access to healthcare which drove her passion for providing quality and equitable care to all patients and their families. Theresa has served as an advocate for peninsula families by serving on various CHKD committees and the Board of Directors for Children’s Medical Group. Theresa received her BS degree from Southeast Missouri State University and her MD from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

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JOHN BECKER
Director of Strategic Transformation

John joins Fortify with deep experience in health care business operations. Previously, he served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Children's Hospital of The King’s Daughters Health System after more than a decade in physician practice management. John has a Joint Juris Doctorate and Masters of Science, Administrative Studies-Healthcare from the University of South Dakota.

DAVID BRUTON
Director of Finance and Operations

David is a health care business leader with ten years of experience driving strategic growth and business development initiatives. His background in business, accounting and finance support Fortify’s business operations where he is responsible for participant integration. David earned his BA in Economics & Business from Virginia Military Institute and his MBA from East Carolina University.

BRYAN THORNE, MD, PHD
Director of Clinical Informatics

Bryan is a general pediatrician and clinical informatician specializing in clinical decision support and population health informatics. His recent projects include the creation of a vaccine decision support system, launch of a pediatric electronic consult program, and clinical decision support to reduce opioid prescriptions. Bryan received his BS in Biology from Virginia Tech, and his MD and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, where he also completed his pediatrics residency and informatics fellowship.

DOUGLAS WILSON, FHFMA
Contracting Advisor

Douglas is an experienced leader who brings clinicians and health systems together to create clinically integrated and accountable care organizations to pursue value-based care arrangements with payers. He most recently worked with Evolent Health developing pediatric and adult clinically integrated networks and leading value-based strategic planning. He is the former CEO of University Health Link in Augusta, Georgia, and has held senior roles in health systems in Iowa, Michigan and Missouri. Mr. Wilson is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and received his BA degree in Accounting from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and his MBA from the University of Iowa.

BRITTANY MONKS, MPH
Director of Clinical Operations

Brittany joins Fortify with diverse experience in strategic planning, program implementation and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the global non-profit sector with Operation Smile and Save the Children. Her experience working on critical issues facing children and their families advances Fortify’s work to reduce health disparities across the Commonwealth. Brittany received her BA in International Studies from American University and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from George Washington University.

FARAH SILVA, BSN, RN, CCM
Manager of Care Management Services

Farah is a Registered Nurse and Certified Case Manager with experience leading Case Management teams within the insurance and home care realms. She has vast experience providing person-centered care to patients of all ages with chronic conditions. Prior to joining Fortify, she was an instrumental leader in the implementation of the CCC Plus program for Medicaid recipients at United Healthcare. Farah believes in the value of interdisciplinary teams directly communicating and collaborating to promote optimal wellness for patients, which supports the Fortify vision. She is passionate about educating and empowering patients to advocate for themselves, thus improving their health and well-being. Farah received her BS in Nursing from Norfolk State University, and earned her CCM with the Commission for Case Manager Certification.

BOARD OF MANAGERS


BOARD CHAIRS
JASON LINEEN
Chief Strategy Officer
UVA Health
DOUGLAS MITCHELL, MD
General Pediatrician
Norfolk Pediatrics
Medical Director, Children's Medical Group
BOARD MEMBERS
KATHRYN ABSHIRE
Senior Vice President of Finance & CFO
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
CARLOS ARMENGOL, MD
General Pediatrician
Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville
DAVID DORBAD, MD
General Pediatrician
Renaissance Pediatrics
JAMIL KHAN, MD
Neonatologist
Children’s Specialty Group, PLLC
COLLEEN KRAFT, MD
Immediate Past President
American Academy of Pediatrics
JAMES NATARO, MD
Pediatric Infectious Disease
University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
AMY SAMPSON
SVP, Chief Engagement & Innovation Officer
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
KARIN SKEEN, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Administrator of Children's Services
UVA Health
SUSAN WERNER, MD
General Pediatrician
UVA Pediatrics Culpeper

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