Meet the Speakers

2017 Keynote Speakers

Additional speaker details coming soon.


MEGA Session: Tuesday Kick-Off Membership Meeting
(CE Session #15)

Leigh Anne Tuohy

Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community—and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless. She shares her personal “Blind Side” observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the first time to how the experience changed her as a person—and the Tuohys as a family. “He had a much greater impact on our lives than we did on his life,” says Leigh Anne. The chronicle of the Tuohy family’s life, Michael Lewis’ New York Times number one best-seller The Blind Side, went on to become a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $500 million and has become the number one sports film in history. The film boldly depicts both the struggles and triumphs of building a blended family; Sandra Bullock won her first Academy Award for her portrayal of Leigh Anne in the film.


MEGA Session: Wednesday Membership Meeting
(CE Session #18)

Governor Mark Parkinson, American Health Care Association

Mark Parkinson is the President and CEO of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), which represents over 13,400 skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers. Parkinson served as the 45th Governor of the State of Kansas. Prior to that, he was the owner and operator of long term care facilities in Kansas and Missouri. Under Parkinson’s leadership, AHCA focuses on delivering policy solutions to the Hill and CMS, with a special emphasis on quality care.

AHCA is now the largest Association in long term care and is at record membership. His vision has brought Parkinson recognition. He has been named a Top Association CEO by CEO Update and a top lobbyist for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 by The Hill, a leading Capitol Hill newspaper. Parkinson also has the distinction of being selected as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare in 2015.


MEGA Session: Update with the Agency
(CE Session #30)

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.