Meet our Board

Telligen Community Initiative is governed by a Board of Directors that sets and approves strategy for the organization, provides governance and approves all grant awards.

David Thomas, M.D.

David Thomas is a family physician/geriatrician in Marshalltown, Iowa. He has been affiliated with TCI parent, Telligen and its predecessor (IFMC) for most of the past 30 years; on the Board of Directors, many committees and as interim Medical Director. Dr. Thomas was on the Board of Directors of the American Health Quality Association and president of the association. He is also a long time member of the McFarland Clinic and its treasurer. He is married to the former Sheryl L. Miller, a retired University of Iowa nursing professor.  David is the current Board President of Telligen Community Initiative.

Pam Ballou-Nelson, RN, MSPH, PHD

In February 2016, Pam Ballou-Nelson joined the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) in its Health Care Consulting Group as a senior consultant. Ballou-Nelson is responsible for delivering client services in improving the patient experience and strengthening the group’s population health management services, which takes a holistic approach to preventive care and reducing the cost of care for an entire population, not just individual patients. Ballou-Nelson came to MGMA from her last role as a process improvement consultant for both physician practices and hospital systems at Encore, A Quintiles Company, where she served as an expert advisor around many aspects of accountable care organizations and population health practices. Prior to her consulting experience, Ballou-Nelson served in multiple hospital leadership roles, including as the clinical quality director for the Physician Hospital Organization of Adventist Health Network in Chicago and director of operations for the Avanti Health System. Ballou-Nelson earned her doctorate and masters of science in public health from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. She holds an MA in communications from Wheaton College and is a registered nurse, with a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Utah. Pam is an NCQA PCMH CCE. She is an industry speaker and author, who has shared her insights on the many facets of patient care and experience in a variety of forums and publications.

Gerard Clancy, MD

Dr. Gerard Clancy has been selected by the University of Tulsa Board of Trustees as the president designate to assume overall leadership in late 2016.  Prior to this appointment, Clancy served as the University of Tulsa Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean of the College of Health Sciences and currently holds the Oxley Foundation Chair in Community Medicine, all at the University of Tulsa. He serves on numerous boards across Oklahoma and is the 2015 Chairman of the Board of the Tulsa Area United Way. He continues to work at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and continues to see psychiatric patients. Dr. Clancy’s areas of expertise include health disparities, health care delivery system and health professions education transformation, severe mental illness and creative talent development, retention and recruitment for regional economic development.

Peg Mason

Peg Mason provides oversight of health management and quality improvement programs across state Medicaid, Medicare and commercial contracts as Vice President, Health Management of Telligen. With over 40 years of experience, she is recognized nationally for her leadership in healthcare quality, including her involvement with the federal Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) and the QIN National Coordinating Center programs; Medicaid contracts in five states; multiple federal and commercial contracts related to measure development, validation and reporting programs. Peg holds designations of Registered Health Information Technician from the American Health Information Management Association and Certified Professional in Health Care Quality from the Health care Quality Certification Board. Peg has served on the American Health Information Management Association’s Practice Council on Quality Initiatives and Secondary Data and was a member of the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission’s Health Standards Committee.

Victoria Sharp, M.D., M.B.A.

Victoria Sharp, M.D. is currently Market Chief Medical Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa.  Sharp is a past Clinical Professor in Urology and Family Medicine. With degrees from University of Arizona College of Medicine (MD) and University of Iowa (MBA), Sharp is a gifted clinician, as well as medical and administration professional. Dr. Sharp presently serves as Chief of Staff at University of Iowa Healthcare and has since her appointment in 2012. Sharp is also a recognized leader in service to her field as evidence by 2014 awards as part of the Local Board of Health of the Year (Iowa Rural Health Association), as well as the Michael J. Brody Award recipient for Faculty Excellence in Service to the University of Iowa and State of Iowa. In addition to her leadership work at the University of Iowa and with Telligen Community Initiative, Victoria is a member of the Johnson County Board of Health and past chair/president of the Iowa Medical Society Board of Directors.

James Stavneak

James Stavneak has undergraduate degrees in Economics/Math and a Master’s of Business Administration.  Stavneak has worked in progressive roles in planning, financial, or Chief Financial Officer roles for Union Pacific Railroad, Schneider Transportation, Ruan Transportation, National Pork Producers Council (trade association for pork industry), International Simulation and Training Systems LLC, and Telligen.  Stavneak work for Telligen, Inc. for over a decade prior to retiring in 2016.

Michael Zia, M.D.

Dr. Michael Zia, M.D. is an Illinois native with specialization in Internal and Pulmonary Medicine. Zia is currently a Physician Surveyor for The Joint Commission.  In 2015, Mike began as Chief Medical Officer for Illinois Partnership for Health, an emerging accountable care entity. For the previous decade he has been the Vice-President of Medical Affairs and Quality at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Illinois. He has held leadership positions in organized medicine, including the Illinois State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and the local Macon County Medical Society. He obtained a Master’s degree in Administrative Medicine in 2000. To support his quality role, he completed training as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has participated in various roles in both the Illinois and Iowa Quality Improvement Organization (now known as Telligen). He is the Corporate Compliance Officer at Decatur Memorial. He has been a member of several State of Illinois and Illinois Hospital Association work groups and committees. He has also served on the Board of the Macon County Medical and Dental Credit Union and the DMH plan advisory committee for pension and benefits.