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Leadership, Labor Relations & Human Resources

Learn about the latest trends and best practices in human resources, labor relations and leadership from our experts who are among the region's most experienced and knowledgeable professionals.

  • Talent management and recruiting
  • Labor/union negotiations
  • Leadership development

Speakers:

Vernal Brand, PhD, MSA, BSN, RN, CHCQM - Associate Vice President, Quality and Disease Management

Areas of Expertise:

  • Health care quality
  • Weight management
  • Living with chronic disease
  • Taking charge of your health
  • Achieving your health goals
  • Leadership development


Bio:
Dr. Vernal Brand leads HAP's quality and disease management programs. She previously held leadership positions in utilization and medical management, quality and case management at Molina Healthcare Plan of Michigan, OmniCare Health Plan and Detroit Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Walden University, a master's in Health Service Administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor's in nursing from Oakland University. She is certified in managed care, quality, utilization and case management by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. The Michigan Chronicle honored Dr. Brand as a 2013 "Woman of Excellence."

Fun Facts:
Vernal is active in her church and enjoys reading James Patterson novels, exercising and journaling. She is proud to be named after her grandmother.


Jolene Jacobs PHR - Human Resources Manager

Areas of Expertise:

  • Human resources
  • Talent management and recruiting
  • Labor/union negotiations
  • Leadership development
  • Generational diversity in the workplace


Bio:
Jolene Jacobs, PHR, is human resources manager. Prior to joining HAP in 2012, Jolene held leadership positions in human resources at Sparrow Health System and Lowe's Companies. She received a bachelor's degree in Community Development – Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Jolene is a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP) from the Michigan State University School of Labor Relations and a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute. She is a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and serves on the HR Committee for Alternatives for Girls.

Fun Facts:
Jolene enjoys golfing and home remodeling. She also loves hot weather (100 degrees or warmer) and can do trim carpentry.


Donald Kiefiuk - Vice President, Enrollment & Claims

Areas of Expertise:

  • Health plan operations
  • Health insurance claims, billing and enrollment
  • Health insurance literacy
  • Leadership development


Bio:
Donald Kiefiuk, Vice President, Enrollment & Claims has been with HAP for 23 years, where he has served as director, Provider Finance and manager, Disbursements. Prior to joining HAP, Don served as controller for Pro Therapy of America and Glasrock Home Health Care, and senior financial analyst at Mercy Hospital. He received a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University. His board service and leadership includes the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, Fraser Lions Club and East Lake Association boards of directors.

Fun Facts:
Don enjoys golfing, fishing, traveling and playing darts. He wears out a new pair of shoes every three months from walking four to six miles a day. He is also a food and wine enthusiast.


DeAndre Lipscomb, MSA - Vice President, Community Outreach

Areas of Expertise:

  • Community stewardship
  • Employee volunteerism
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Building healthy habits as a family
  • Fostering a culture of wellness in the workplace
  • Brand
  • Health insurance literacy
  • Leadership development


Bio:
As vice president, Community Outreach, DeAndre Lipscomb leads HAP's business development, community relations, member engagement and public relations strategies and programs. He previously served as director, Market Communications, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. DeAndre earned a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and a master's of administration in leadership from Central Michigan University. He is vice president of the board of directors for Spaulding for Children and a board member for Winning Futures and the Michigan Wellness Council. In this brief video, DeAndre describes HAP's community outreach efforts.

Fun Facts:
DeAndre enjoys mentoring young adults. He also writes plays, short stories and poetry. In high school, one of his plays was performed on Broadway - 1515 Broadway in Detroit! At age 11, he got his first job as a Detroit News carrier, and after high school, he was hired as a Detroit News editorial assistant.


Annette Marcath - Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Areas of Expertise:

  • Project Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Healthcare IT trends


Bio:
Annette Marcath, vice president Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, has been with HAP for 10 years. She previously served as associate vice president, Business Integration . Prior to joining HAP, she was manager, Business Applications at SelectCare. She received a bachelor's degree in Finance from Walsh College, and she is a certified Project Management Professional. She is a recent graduate of the Leadership Macomb XIV program.

Fun Facts:
Annette enjoys assisting with Macomb Charitable Foundation fundraisers, gardening and biking.


Timothy Sullivan - Associate Vice President, Health and Network Management, Data Analytics

Areas of Expertise:

  • Health care costs
  • Utilization management
  • Leadership development
  • Analytics
  • Statistics
  • Predictive modeling

Bio:
As associate vice president, Health and Network Management, Data Analytics, Timothy Sullivan validates the impact of medical trend management interventions, tracks progress and develops strategies and methodologies of data analytics for risk-based model contracts for Physician Organizations. He previously served as director, Fraud and Abuse and director, Medical Informatics at Priority Health and as consulting manager, Health Plans at Thomson-Reuters (Medstat). He received bachelors and master's degrees in statistics from Cleveland State University.

Fun Facts:
Timothy is a former United States Marine. He enjoys photography and is a college football fan.


Derick Adams J.D. Vice President, Human Resources

Areas of Expertise:

  • Chronic Disease/ Risk Factors (asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer)
  • Customer Service/ Experience
  • Health Care Costs
  • Health Insurance Literacy/ Making Insurance Decisions
  • Human Resources/ Recruiting/Talent Management
  • Labor/Union Negotiations
  • Leadership/Management


Bio:
Derick Adams is HAP's vice president of human resources. Prior to joining HAP, Mr. Adams served as vice president of human resources at Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company. He received his B.S. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. Additionally, he holds specializations as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and Human Capital Strategist.

Fun Facts:
In Derick's leisure time he enjoys golfing, walking and reading. He was a college fencer and enjoys shopping.


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