Meet the Speakers

2018 Keynote Speakers

MEGA Session: COE Luncheon & Installation of Officers

Alison Levine

Alison Levine served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the Seven Summits and skied to the North and South Poles. A history-making adventurer who also spent time in the business world, she has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds and sudden avalanches – and that was while climbing the corporate ladder! In her New York Times best-selling book, “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments,” Alison asserts that the principles that apply to the world of extreme adventure also apply to demanding business environments. A former part-time faculty member at West Point, Alison understands what it takes to lead teams through challenging situations.

MEGA Session: Update with the Agency

Kim Smoak, Bureau Chief of Field Operations, Agency for Health Care Administration

Kimberly Smoak has been with the Agency for Health Care Administration since August 1995. She is the Bureau Chief of Field Operations located in the Division of Health Quality Assurance. She is responsible for ensuring both federal and state survey work is completed timely, monitors quality improvement/quality assurance indicators for the Division, training of survey staff and other Division staff, data management and support functions and oversees the field operations within the division. She develops and implements strategies to improve consistency among the field offices and the program units as those functions relate to the Survey and Certification functions of the Agency under contract with the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in addition to monitoring state requirements and timeframes. She provides technical assistance regarding programmatic issues and assists in interpreting rules, policies and standards. She previously worked for eight years as a surveyor surveying Nursing Homes, ICF/IIDs, Crisis Stabilization Units, Residential Treatment Facilities, and Rehabilitation Centers. Ms. Smoak holds a Masters of Science in Health with the program emphasis in Aging Studies. In 2009 to 2010 Ms. Smoak also was part of a group of surveyors in Florida to work on the development of the QIS Federal Basic Long Term Care which has been in place since August 2010 and continues to this date.



MEGA Session:

Steve Taubman