Work & Life Conference 2017 Speaker Bios
Dr. Jane (Jenny) Driver, research physician, Boston VA Medical Center
Jane (Jenny) A. Driver is a research physician at the Boston VA Medical Center, a member of the Division of Aging, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Trained as both a geriatrician and an oncologist, her research focuses on the epidemiology, prediction, and prevention of cancer and neurodegenerative disease.
She is currently investigating the link between cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as new methods of early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Driver has received research grants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Hartford Foundation, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and Harvard Medical School.
In addition to her research work, Dr. Driver cares for vulnerable elderly Veterans with memory disorders and runs a special clinic for older patients with leukemia and other blood diseases at the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute. She teaches medical students, medical residents, geriatric fellows, and provides research mentorship for trainees and young faculty in both geriatrics and oncology. Dr. Driver currently sees patients at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
She will share her personal journey and the experiences that led her to discover the deeper meaning of work.
Kim Herman, CEO, KMH Financial Services
Kimberly has been in the corporate financial and financial services industry for over 30 years. She began her career in the late 70s in mortgage banking, and then went to work with the Bank of Tokyo’s division of California First Bank in lending, countertrade, and management. While in Washington, Kimberly worked with the FSLIC as a Financial Analyst in Mergers and Acquisitions, she was later promoted to the Director of Marketing in Mergers and Acquisitions for the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) where she and her team were responsible for the sale of defunct savings and loans to investors during the first banking crisis in the 1980s. Kimberly then made a transition from corporate finance into personal finance and was recruited by Smith Barney, where her primary focus was working with families, corporate executives, and business owners until 2003. Kimberly recognized the need for objective, unbiased comprehensive advice and planning and started her own practice as an Independent Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) with LPL Financial where she has worked for the past thirteen years.
Kimberly received a B.S. in Business Administration and holds Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations with LPL Financial, as well as life, health, and annuity insurance licenses. She is hoping to earn a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) designation by March 2017.
Outside the office, Kimberly has also found great success in many pursuits, including currently serving on the board of The Heights School in Potomac, MD, Yuma Center, and is a mentor for the Wounded Warrior program. She has been the keynote speaker at various educational events with topics ranging from marriage and money to women and finance to living the life you want. Kimberly is currently working on a book on the impact finance has on marriages in the 21st century.
She and her husband, Scott, have four children and live in Bethesda, Maryland.
Anne Gray, Co-owner and Founder, Andria Consulting
Ann Gray is the co-owner and founder of Anadria Consulting, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 2012, the company has served clients in a variety of industries, including aviation/transportation, healthcare, and not-for- profits in places around the globe such as New Zealand and Cameroon.
Ann assists organizations and their employees with improving operations, reducing costs, and implementing major change efforts. For example, in 2015 Ann facilitated negotiations between Kaiser Permanente’s unions and management to create the largest labor-management partnership in United States history. She has developed and implemented an organizational redesign for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) regional operations, and she has worked with clients to resolve and close numerous audit findings.
Ann earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified Six Sigma Greenbelt. She is also a Certified Professional Ski Instructor, and her favorite place to be when not working with clients is on her skis or mountain bike in her childhood home, Lake Tahoe.
Diane Major, CEO, The D. Major Group
Diane Major serves as the CEO of The D. Major Group. A leading health policy specialist and Republican strategist in Washington, Diane is well known for helping businesses engage with policymakers, increase their consumer brand and set themselves apart from their competitors. She advises trade associations, corporate and nonprofit clients on issues before Congress and the Administration. Her working relationships with House and Senate Leadership, committee chairmen and senior staff provide indispensable insight when trying to advance a legislative
solution or navigate a regulatory matter. Politically active and engaged, Diane has 14 years of House and Senate experience as well as years of private sector lobbying experience.
Her successes range from changes in Medicare payment policy to coverage determination issues under the Affordable Care Act. She also helps clients develop new industry partnerships and launch issue-based campaigns. Diane's health policy work varies widely. She works closely with health plans, pharmaceutical manufacturing, hospital systems, cancer care, medical supply chain organizations, health IT vendors and retail pharmacies. As these sectors evolve, Diane follows the emerging trends helping clients showcase their innovation in the broadest light.
Prior to establishing her own firm, Diane led two thriving health care practices that were part of larger consulting groups. In 2003, she joined Senator Jon Kyl’s (R-AZ) leadership team as health policy analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee (RPC). During this time, she was
responsible for coordinating all health legislation considered on the Senate floor with the Bush administration and the GOP leadership team. She also worked on the Medicare Modernization Act conference, which established the prescription drug benefit for beneficiaries.
From 1998 to 2002, Diane served as Senior Associate Director of Federal Relations for the American Hospital Association (AHA). While at the AHA, she developed advocacy campaigns successfully reversing billions of Medicare and Medicaid payment cuts passed earlier as part of the Balanced Budget Act. Prior to the AHA, Diane handled health policy issues for the late Senator and Congressman Craig Thomas (R-WY). In addition, she was a professional staff member for the House Government Reform & Oversight Committee.
Diane holds B.S. degrees in Economics and Political Science as well as a Certificate in International Relations from the University of Utah.
Mary Presberg, Principal at PwC
Mary Presberg is a Principal at PwC and is responsible for leading cross channel engagements and advising the firm's largest global financial services clients on a wide range of governance, risk and compliance matters. She completed her Bachelor’s with a degree in Political Science and Marketing from Marquette University.
Mary is a Chicago native and currently resides in Lake Forest where she frequently hosts family and friends for dinner parties and lake adventures. Outside of work, Mary enjoys volunteering in her local community and as a Board member of Chicago’s Midtown Educational Foundation, where she has mentored and tutored inner-city youth since high school. Mary also enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with her family and sipping excellent wine.
Mary Jaconetti, Strategic Account Manager, Aon Risk Solutions
Mary Jaconetti is currently focused on consulting with our large, complex global clients. Prior to her current role, Mary was the regional manager for Aon’s central region global business department. Mary’s expertise includes Mergers and Acquisitions, Global Clinical Trials Liability, and global program design and claim advocacy. She is a graduate from Loyola University in Chicago.
Beth Griffin, Chief Marketing and Product Officer, Health Payment Systems, Inc.
Beth Griffin serves as Chief Marketing and Product Officer for Health Payment Systems, Inc. Beth is responsible for the strategic positioning of HPS and leads the company’s marketing, consumer engagement and product development efforts. Beth was recently recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 110 Women in MedTech to Know in 2017.
Beth has over 30 years of experience in the financial services and healthcare payments industries with companies like MasterCard, Metavante and Optum Financial. She’s now Chief Marketing and Product Officer for Health Payment Systems, Inc. and is responsible for the strategic positioning of HPS and leads the company’s marketing, consumer engagement and product development efforts.
Anne Kustner Haser, President & Design Principal, Anne Kustner Lighting Design (AKLD)
Anne Kustner Haser is the President and Design Principal of Anne Kustner Lighting Design (AKLD). She founded AKLD in 1994 and has since completed more than 1,000 architectural lighting and control system designs throughout the United States and beyond. Anne is originally from Wisconsin and attended Mount St. Mary's College and she holds degrees in Fine Arts and Interior Design. Through her professional work and love for lighting she strives to bring out the beauty in residential and commercial architecture.
In addition to work challenges, Anne has survived many difficult life challenges including a cancer diagnosis, near bankruptcy, brain injuries resulting in short-term memory loss and infertility. She has met each challenge with optimism and a sense of humor.
She lives just outside of Chicago, Il with her husband and daughter.