Lee Ann Liska

Lee Ann Liska, MBA, FACHE, is Chief Operating Officer of the Adult Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She has over 37 years of health systems management experience with a background in hospital operations, physician practice management and ambulatory services.  Prior to starting at VUMC, Liska served as an Operations Consultant at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center; Executive Vice President of Health Affairs & CEO of Augusta University Medical Center; President & CEO of University of Cincinnati Medical Center; Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Health System in Cincinnati, Ohio; Executive Director & Senior Vice President of University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio; Chief Operating Officer of The Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospitals & Clinics; Vice President of Operations for The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio; and Administrator at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Liska has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and served as Chair of the ACHE CEO Committee. She served as a board member on the Georgia Association of Community Hospitals and a delegate to the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board.  Liska is involved in community and civic activities, currently with the American Heart Association in Nashville, Tennessee, and formerly with board membership on the Augusta Metro Chamber, American Heart Association and the United Way of the CSRA, the YWCA of Cincinnati, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, including its Tocqueville Society, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, American Heart Association, Hoxworth Blood Center, LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, and Xavier University’s Williams College of Business. She was appointed Adjunct Professor at Augusta University, College of Allied Health, and previously taught at Xavier University and University of Cincinnati. Liska was named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2011, a Woman of Influence by Venue Magazine in 2013, a Glass Ceiling Award Winner by the Ohio Diversity Council, a United Way Leaders & Legends Neil H. McElroy Award for United Way Resource Development Leadership in 2014, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Woman of Distinction Award in 2015, and featured in NBC 26 Women Today in 2018. 

Osei Mevs

Osei Mevs joined Acadia Healthcare in 2021 as Vice President of Government Relations. He oversees Acadia’s government relations and public policy functions and strategies at all levels of government. In addition, Mr. Mevs is responsible for identifying and engaging on legislative, regulatory, and industry risks and opportunities. In this role, Mr. Mevs represents Acadia with industry trade association groups to advance the Company’s positions on critical issues and provides updates to the Acadia Board and senior management on critical governmental developments and their impact on Acadia Healthcare. 

Before joining Acadia, Mr. Mevs served as Regional Executive for the American Hospital Association. In this role he worked with the executive teams of healthcare systems and stand-alone healthcare providers in the complex New England region to advocate for and develop healthcare policy that directly impacted New England providers. During the early days of the COVID pandemic, he worked with AHA members to ensure access to newly formed federal COVID programs that provided access to certified personal protection equipment, funding to maintain and support clinical staffing and the equitable distribution of the COVID vaccine. 

Prior to joining the American Hospital Association, Mr. Mevs served in multiple leadership positions at LifePoint Health, including Chief of Staff to the CEO and Director of Government Relations. As the Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO, he led a cross-functional accountability team to promote unified project plan integration and achievement for newly acquired hospitals. In addition, he led the creation of an enterprise-wide diversity, inclusion and equity program, which formed one of the Fortune 500’s most diverse boards of Directors. 

Earlier in this career, Mr. Mevs served as the Vice President of External Affairs and Business Development at Meharry Medical College, where he was the principal strategist for securing federal and state funding initiatives. 

Mr. Mevs earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University and a master’s degree in public health/health policy and management from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York. He is a member of the inaugural class of the Nashville Healthcare Fellows and a member of the Trinity-Pawling School board of trustees. 

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is the Deputy Commissioner and Director of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. In his current role, Mr. Smith manages a $14 billion health care enterprise that provides services to 1.7 million Tennesseans. Prior to being appointed director by Governor Bill Lee, Smith served as chief of staff to Governor Bill Haslam. He previously served as deputy commissioner for policy and external affairs at the Tennessee Department of Education. Smith, a licensed attorney, lives in Nashville, with his wife, Christina and three daughters.  

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Leif Murphy

Leif M. Murphy joined TeamHealth as president and chief executive officer in September 2016. He is also a member of the TeamHealth Board of Directors.

Throughout his career, Mr. Murphy has held numerous executive-level positions in healthcare operations, business development and finance, including executive vice president and chief financial officer of LifePoint Health, Inc. since September 2013 and as their chief development officer starting in 2011, president and chief executive officer of DSI Renal, Inc. from 2008 until 2011, and senior vice president and treasurer of CVS/Caremark, Inc. from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Murphy also previously held leadership positions at Renal Care Group, Inc., National Nephrology Associates, Inc., and HealthSouth Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Furman University and a master’s degree in business administration from The College of William and Mary.