Chad Spiers, Director of Info Security, Deputy CISO at Sentara Healthcare

Chad Spiers

Chad Spiers is Director of Information Security and deputy CISO at Sentara Healthcare, the largest health system in Virginia. Chad has been at Sentara since May 2002. He has held numerous roles at Sentara including Director of Voice and data systems before moving over into Information Security. Chad has been an organizational leader in cybersecurity and technology for healthcare and banking 28 years.

Chad’s professional and academic interests include identity and device based network segmentation, security compliance, machine learning, and software defined networking.

Chad works actively with Old Dominion University and other universities in Virginia supporting several programs developing the cybersecurity workforce of the future. His cyber security team at Sentara is employing over 12 university students as continuous part-time staff. These students perform crucial security assurance and risk management roles for Sentara, while building strong skills and referable experience for themselves.


Updated March 2019
      Scott Patterson, VP & CTO at BayCare Health System

      Scott Patterson

      Scott currently serves as vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for BayCare Health Services. His responsibilities include leadership for the people, processes and technology within BayCare’s IT infrastructure.  His team includes all Operations & Support teams across the BayCare enterprise, including medical device engineering & services, IS Service Center, collaboration services, connectivity/network services, data center operations and IS security operations.  His team provides technical and service leadership and bring a detailed understanding on current IT trends and technologies that can be applied to the business, creating overall value for BayCare.

      Scott has more than 35 years of experience in pharmaceuticals & health care information technology. Prior to joining BayCare in 2016, he was the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Allergan Pharmaceuticals in Parsippany, NJ.   Prior to Allergan, Scott held several executive roles within GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) Corporate Information Technology organization.  During his tenure he served as Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering, VP of Network Services, VP of Application Provisioning and Performance Management, VP  Core Infrastructure and Application Services, and finally as VP, Security, Access and Network Services (SANS).  Each position allowed Scott to build and/or integrate teams that were agents of change allowing for new solutions and services within GSK IT.  Most recently, Scott built and led a strategy team that defined and built solutions that dramatically improved the way GSK and its business partners are able to work together.  This strategy called Externalization, defined/created/implemented many new solutions and changed the way we now provide services in support of GSK Growth and Simplification strategies.   Externalization solutions now allow for the rapid provisioning of appropriate access to GSK applications and data, flexible connectivity to partner applications/data, and secure data flow between GSK systems and partner systems.  This strategy, and solutions implemented, included the ability for IT infrastructure services to rapidly respond to business needs regarding mergers, acquisitions and divestiture’ in order to integrate quickly.

      Scott worked in several director roles within SmithKline Beecham R&D where he focused on empowerment, continuous improvement, transformation change and efficiencies through Lean Sigma technique, and client/user productivity.   He developed the infrastructure that hosted all of the Bioinformatics applications and data, including the company’s first Internet presence, in support of the mapping of the human genome initiative and microbial research programs.  Scott provided technical leadership as part of a team that established external business partnership’s for the development of Genomic data; including The Institute of Genomic Research (TIGR), Human Genome Sciences (HGS), E-Merck, Takeda, Syntheloba and GlaxoWellcome,

      Scott places a high priority on family, and over the last year has settled in Florida.  He is the proud father of four with three boys and a daughter, who is married and lives in the Philadelphia area.  Scott and his wife Sheila are avid golfers and tennis players and enjoy spending time, and hosting visits, with family that want to enjoy Florida’s good weather and beautiful outdoors.


      Updated March 2019
          Nidhi Luthra, CISO at AMITA Health

          Nidhi Luthra

          Nidhi Luthra is AMITA Health’s AVP and CISO. In this role, Nidhi oversees the Chicago based health systems enterprise and clinical information security program, as well as IT regulatory, governance and risk management functions. AMITA Health is currently a system of 19 hospitals, 27 long term care facilities and approximately 400 physician practices.

          Prior to joining AMITA, Nidhi held a similar roles in other healthcare organizations such as Presence Health and Stericycle.  Through her progressive career, she has implemented security, risk programs in heavily regulated organizations seeking stability, strategic roadmaps and turnaround leadership.

          Nidhi most recently completed an Executive Leadership Program for Health Care professionals from Cornell. Her prior education includes a Masters in Labor Relations from Ahuja School of Business at Cleveland State;  Masters of Technology &  Policy, from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics engineering from Pune University, India.

          Originally from India, she currently lives with her husband in Chicago city.


          Updated March 2019


              Leonard (Lenny) L. Levy, MBA, CISSP, CISA

              Mr. Levy brings over 20 years of experience helping organizations address cybersecurity challenges. Prior to making the transition from consultant to Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for healthcare organizations, he consulted on cybersecurity topics for organizations around the world with PwC based in the United States and Singapore. At PwC, Mr. Levy established a track record of successfully managing large-scale complex projects, developing risk-driven security programs, helping clients understand their risk landscape, and delivering solutions that supported critical business initiatives.  As an executive at leading healthcare systems, he was responsible for aligning risk-based strategic security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives to ensure information assets and technology platforms were appropriately protected.  Now Mr. Levy focuses on providing virtual / interim CISO services to the healthcare ecosystem.


              He holds a Bachelor of Science in decision and information sciences from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He holds Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certifications.


              Lenny is an active contributor to the cybersecurity industry and relevant industry groups. He has been actively involved in a number of groups including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 405(d) Cybersecurity Task Group, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class, InfraGard, American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He previously served as co-chair for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Singapore KnowledgeNet and president of the Metro Atlanta Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

               Updated November 2020
                  Sean Henkel

                  Sean Henkel

                  Director of Infrastructure & Architecture,
                  Spectrum Health Corporate

                  Sean Henkel serves as Director of Infrastructure & IS Architecture for Spectrum Health.  His teams are responsible for the architecture, planning, design, implementation and day-to-day support for all aspects of Spectrum Health’s core infrastructure systems.  Sean has over 20 years of IT experience in the Manufacturing, Retail, Software Development, and Healthcare industries.

                  Areas of expertise

                  • Enterprise Technology Architecture (Servers, Storage, Databases, Network, Telephony)
                  • Planning and Design of:
                    – (Secure) Servers, Storage, and Networks  – (Secure) Virtualized Server Environments – Highly Available and Disaster Tolerant Systems


                  BA, Graphic Design | Madonna University | Livonia, Michigan

                  About Spectrum Health

                  Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 14 hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a state of the art children’s hospital that opened in January 2011, and 220 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart, physician groups totaling more than 4200 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with 900,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with more than 31,000 employees. The organization provided $459 million in community benefit during its 2018 fiscal year.


                  Updated March 2019

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                      Todd Greene

                      Todd is the Vice President & Enterprise CISO for Atrium Health, which now includes Wake Forest Baptist Health.  Todd has been with Atrium Health for more than 21 years and started his career as a member of the server team in 1998. In January 2000, Todd became a founding member of the newly created Information Security department where he has served in a variety of roles. Todd has also led several other major initiatives during his tenure, including the Health Information Exchange, Disaster Recovery and the first customer relationship manager for the Medical Group.

                      In September 2017, Todd took on the role of AVP & CISO for Atrium Health and was able to lead the division he once founded. In September 2019, Todd assumed responsibility for the CISO role at Navicent Health in addition to his normal duties. Becker’s Hospital Review recently recognized Todd as one of 61 “CISOs To Know in 2020.”

                      Todd has a degree from UNC Charlotte in Computer Science concentrating in Electrical Engineering and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Payment Card Industry Internal Security Assessor (PCI ISA) certifications. Todd has also completed certificates in cybersecurity from Wake Forest University and business essentials from UNC-Chapel Hill.

                      Updated November 2020
                          Thien Lam, VP and CISO, BayCare Health System

                          Thien Lam

                          Thien Lam currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for BayCare Health System (BayCare) in Clearwater, Florida. His responsibilities include: Information Security and IS Compliance

                          Thien has over 25 years of experience in information technology. Prior to joining BayCare in 2011, he served as Director of IT Security Systems and Data Security Officer for the Methodist Hospital System in Houston, Texas. Prior to working at Methodist, Thien was the Associate Director of Information Security at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He held security management positions at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and eBaseOne.  In addition, he has experience in Oil and Gas as well as the Software as a Service industry.

                          Thien earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.  He is a member of the College of Healthcare Management Executives (CHIME) and eHealth Initiative (eHI) Washington DC.


                          Updated October 2017


                              Bryan Kissinger, VP and CISO, Banner Health

                              Bryan C. Kissinger, PhD

                              Bryan is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona. He leads a department focused on 6 key capabilities: Data Protection, Threat and Vulnerability Management, Incident Management and Response, Identity and Access Management, Security Architecture, and Security Governance. Bryan and his team are focusing on accelerating maturity and reducing risk across all 6 of these functional areas.

                              Prior to joining Banner Health, Bryan was Vice President, IT Risk Management and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California. He was a key member of Sharp’s IT Leadership Team focusing on managing IT risks and the protection of critical information and computing infrastructure. He was responsible for leading the enterprise-wide IT risk management function and the information security operations team for Sharp HealthCare. Within 18 months of assuming this leadership role, Bryan and his team were able to rapidly mature their program’s capabilities and significantly reduce IT risk across the organization.

                              Previously, Bryan held leadership roles with Kaiser Permanente, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and the Mayo Clinic.  He is a Navy veteran, having served as a Surface Warfare Officer for seven years on active duty with tours in the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf theaters.

                              Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in Business Administration, and a PhD in Information Technology Management. His certifications include CISSP, CISA, CCNA, CWNA, and MCP for Microsoft Windows 2000.

                                  Preston Jennings, VP, Information Security and CISO for Trinity Health

                                  Preston Jennings

                                  Preston Jennings is the EVP, Information Security and Chief Information Security Officer for Trinity Health, a $16.3 B healthcare provider with 120,000 employees, operating in 22 states.

                                  Preston joined Trinity Health in 2016 from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was the CISO of the US firm for 8 years, building their Information Security Program – including ownership of their Information Security Policy, Incident Response, and build out/implementation of their first Security Operations Center.  Prior to his role as CISO at PwC, Preston was a Director in PwC’s consulting practice for 10 years, where he worked with over 40 Fortune 500 clients, addressing a broad range of security topics from Ethical Hacking to design and deployment of security solutions.

                                      Jim Hanson

                                      James L. Hanson

                                      Regional Information Security Officer | Avera

                                      James L. Hanson (Jim) has over 30 years of senior management experience in the healthcare, insurance and financial services sectors.  His career has spanned organizations from Fortune 500 companies to information security start-ups.  In his current role at Avera Health he has overall responsibility for information security as well as being the regional information officer for a subset of Avera’s facilities.

                                      Jim has participated in and served on several industry, technology and community groups over the years.  He and his wife Deb reside in Sioux Falls, SD and have two grown daughters.


                                      Updated December 2016