Administrative Team

Thomas Sharon 

Sharon Thomas, MHSA

Manager of Network Develoment

Sharon brings an arsenal of tools and experience to the HFPN that complement the work already underway. Prior to joining the HFPN team in June 2021, Sharon was an Administrative Fellow at HFHS, serving in the Office of the CEO. Before that, she worked as a Clinical Research Analyst with the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) team at Michigan Medicine. Additionally, she worked for the University of Michigan in multiple areas, including the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design and Center for Health Research & Transformation. Sharon holds a Masters’ degree in Health Services Administration and a Bachelors’ in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience – both from the University of Michigan.

Theresa Porada

Theresa Porada

Practice Transformation Specialist

With more than 25 years of experience at HFHS, Theresa’s positions have focused on physician recruitment, retention and credentialing, and improving physician satisfaction and engagement, all of which translate nicely to her role within the HFPN. Theresa has been the driving force in the development of educational forums for office managers within the HFPN and is instrumental in the planning of the annual HFPN Summit. She is currently pursuing a Masters’ degree in public administration from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Rachel Micklus

Rachel Micklus, MSN, RN

Practice Transformation Specialist

Rachel brings to the HFPN her extremely valuable perspective as a nurse who also has a keen understanding of analytics. She received her Bachelors’ degree in nursing from Oakland University, then her Masters’ degree in nursing (with a focus on health informatics) from Duke University. A practicing nurse for five years, Rachel has worked in orthopedics, trauma and medical-surgical and now turns her attention to physician relationships and also to the finer points of Health Planet Link, a tool used to improve quality-based care.

Kathy Atkins 

Kathy Atkins

Practice Transformation Specialist

Kathy has been entrenched in Practice Management for since the early 2000s, working in several specialty areas including orthopedics, ambulatory surgery, emergency department, primary and urgent care and interventional radiology. This wide range of experience helps her connect with our Network specialists, as she has a unique understanding of their challenges. Kathy received both her Bachelors’ degree and Masters’ degree in Health Administration (with a focus on population health) from Central Michigan University and has extensive knowledge of value-based programs along with the Patient Centered Medical Home model.

 

Abby Elowsky

Manager, Physician Relationship Management Technology
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With a wide array of experience within Henry Ford Health System and beyond – including Salesforce CRM experience – Abby offers the Network a rich reservoir of skills and qualifications. Prior to joining the HFPN team, Abby supported several System Redesign and Transformation projects within the Pharmacy and Security teams to deliver systemwide cost savings. She brings with her a certificate in Business Process Model and Notation, along with Master Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma from Lawrence Technological University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Kalamazoo College.

Peterson Abbie

Abbie Peterson

Application Specialist, Physician Relationship Management Technology
(313) 874-6736 or [email protected]

Abbie serves as the system administrator of the PRM online tool being utilized by outreach liaisons across HFHS. She brings an abundance of healthcare experience to the HFPN, including insurance enrollment and eligibility, medical billing and claims payment, medical office operations, and data analytics. Over her 20-year career in healthcare, she has worked for United Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

Jodie Elsberg

Jodie Elsberg

Consultant, Physician Relationship Management Technology
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As an expert consultant for Physician Relationship Management (PRM) technology, Jodie helps to drive adoption of the PRM tool. She works with the team to develop standards, processes and workflows around use of the technology to support and enhance the development of meaningful physician partnerships. Jodie has a Master’s degree in Health Systems Management from Rush University Medical Center and an MBA from DePaul University (both in Chicago), along with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from University of Michigan.

Aaron Sohaski

Aaron Sohaski

Director of Contracting and Compliance
(313) 876-4431 or [email protected]

Aaron is a licensed attorney focusing on organizational compliance and regulatory affairs for the HFPN. He brings over six years of contracting experience, three of which are in Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial payor contracts. A graduate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Aaron has held multiple leadership appointments from American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. Aaron has a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Science from the Johns Hopkins University. Aaron serves on HFHS’s Ethics Board, and is a past winner of the Davidson Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation.

Brian Kempa

Manager of Finance
[email protected]

Brian joins the HFPN team, bringing many years of experience working in professional services, accounting operations and finance. Most recently before his move to the HFPN he worked with the Henry Ford Health System’s Corporate Finance group on the Financial, Planning and Analysis team. Brian is a certified public accountant, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Talbott Janet

Janet Talbott

Executive Assistant
(313) 874-7189 or [email protected]

Prior to her Executive Assistant role within the HFPN, Janet worked at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, where she supported the Medical Director and Director of the Wyandotte Employed Medical Practices and Director of Physician and Business Development. Before joining Henry Ford, Janet worked at the Associated Press, providing support to the Central Region Editor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing from the University of Akron.

Nehr Cynthia

Cyndy Lambert

Communications Specialist
(313) 874-7190 or [email protected]

Cyndy Lambert serves as the Senior PR Specialist for the HFPN. In her role, she is responsible for ongoing communications to all members of the HFPN and any material related to the Network. Cyndy has more than three decades of experience in writing and communication, with a background in newspapers (The Detroit News) and employee communications at Compuware Corporation. She also helped develop and manage a community-engagement health program for the Karmanos Cancer Institute, focusing on cancer prevention. Cyndy received her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University.

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