2018 Judges

We are grateful to our independent panel of experts who bring specialized knowledge and experience in innovation, healthcare and advocacy to our awards process.

Innovation Impact Judge

Regina Greer-Smith MPH, LFACHE,
President, Healthcare Research Associates LLC/ The S.T.A.R Initiative

Regina Greer-Smith is president and owner of Healthcare Research Associates, LLC. Her work involves creating innovative methods of engaging patients and stakeholders in patient-centered outcomes research.

Regina became involved with The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in July 2012 when she was invited to provide the voice of patients at their National Workshop to Advance the Use of Electronic Data in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. Since that time, Regina has served on numerous PCORI committees and projects along with completing service as a member of the PCORI Inaugural Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement, (2013-2017).

In June 2013, Regina was one of several winners in the Health 2.0 PCORI Challenge, a national app development challenge where she received an honorable mention in the concept category for designing a program to match patients and researchers for PCOR. The program is entitled The S.T.A.R. Initiative – Strategically Targeting Appropriate Researchers. The S.T.A.R. Initiative continues to share the promise of PCORI to patients and stakeholders who have traditionally not participated in clinical trials.

Regina is a PCORI Ambassador, a member of the Steering Committee of the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Clinical Data Research Network (CAPriCORN), one of eleven clinical data research networks of PCORnet. She was recently named as a Patient Governor for Arthritis Power Patient-Powered Research Network (PPRN), co-chair PCORI’s Patient Partner Affinity Group Asthma E2Network, and member of Institute for Translational Medicine Patient Advisory Board at the University of Chicago Medicine. She is co-founder of Pastors4PCOR, Engaging Faith Communities in CER.

Regina is active in many organizations such as a member of The South Chicago Institutional Review Board – Franciscan Alliance. Regina is Patient Safety Champion of the Americas for The World Health Organization, and an affiliate member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Greater Midwest Region. She serves on two K-12 Boards (investigator training) boards for the University of Chicago and Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is a board member of Project Patient Care in Chicago.

Regina holds a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) from Benedictine University, Lisle, IL and is a Life Fellow with The American College of Healthcare Executives (board certified). She holds a certification in healthcare project management from Loyola University in Chicago.

Innovation Impact Judge 2018Greg Chesmore
Vice President, Celgene US Government Relations & Policy

Greg Chesmore leads Celgene’s U.S. Government Relations & Policy team, overseeing our company’s efforts to work collaboratively with stakeholders to advance Celgene’s policy priorities at the state and federal levels. Prior to this role, Greg led the Celgene State Government Relations team for several years. Before joining Celgene in 2007, Greg served in various leadership roles with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS).

Greg is a previous winner of Celgene’s John W. Jackson Leadership Award.

His passion for ensuring patients have access to innovative medicines extends to his personal life, where he serves in various leadership roles with Parkinson’s Disease organizations.

A graduate of both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Indiana University, Greg is an avid Wisconsin Badgers fan who enjoys spending time with his family (partner Chad, 10-year-old Jordan and Great Dane Penelope Sue) in Wine Country and their home in Madison, Wisconsin.

Impact Innovation Judge 2018

Rachel McGuire, MPAff
Research Director, Institute for the Future

Since 2006, Rachel has studied the intersecting and interacting forces shaping the future of how we learn, work, play and take care of one another. While her research efforts stem from her deep understanding of health care policy, her foresight work situates the future of health and health care within the context of external forces that are shaping the next decade. Rachel combines the linear trends affecting health and healthcare with larger technological, demographic and economic influences to better anticipate directional change in the future of self-care and clinical care.

Rachel has led numerous public engagements with organizations, including Capital One, Dell Technologies, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Philips Healthcare, examining the future of cities, emerging technologies, caregiving, and connected care. In addition, she has worked with dozens of clients to develop strategic foresight to help guide their organizations’ long-term planning. She is skilled in expert aggregation techniques, routinely facilitating workshops and panels of people with diverse backgrounds to discuss and debate future scenarios. To gather firsthand views of changing practices and beliefs, Rachel has designed and conducted ethnographic research on lead users and early adopters in the United States and Latin America.

Rachel has shared her perspective on the future of health and health care at IFTF and client events, as well as at numerous conferences including the Mayo Clinic Transform and Techonomy Health. In 2017, Rachel served as a judge for Celgene Innovation Impact Awards. She holds a BA in politics from Oberlin College and an MPAff (Master of Public affairs) from the University of Texas at Austin.

Impact Innovation Awards JudgeDavid Silk
Senior Partner Lead, Google Healthcare Vertical

In his current role, David partners with some of the world’s largest healthcare companies to help them improve their digital marketing efforts. In this role, David works with companies on a wide variety of digital engagements including helping with organizational design, brand team strategy, and digital innovation efforts.

David has over 15 years’ experience working with the world’s largest healthcare organizations to understand the implications of health policy changes on commercial strategy. Immediately prior to Google, David spent 5 years at Pfizer, where he held a number of strategy and marketing roles, including leading a team charged with digitizing Pfizer’s US marketing efforts. Prior to Pfizer, David worked for Avalere Health and the Lewin Group.

In 2017, David served as a judge for Celgene Innovation Impact Awards.

Impact Innovation Awards Judge 2018Sheila L. Thorne
President and CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in multicultural healthcare marketing and cultural competency in healthcare delivery, Sheila Thorne has spent more than two decades designing marketing, media and health education programs and clinical trial recruitment and retention campaigns of racially diverse populations for the pharmaceutical industry.

Born in the South Bronx and a former high school teacher of foreign languages, Sheila has worked for the for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare industry throughout North America, Western Europe and Latin America. From 2011-2014, Sheila was a member of Region II Health Equity Council part of the HHS/OMH National Partnership to End Health Disparities and served as co-chair of the Cultural & Linguistics Competency Committee representing New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sheila Thorne was named ‘Citizen of the Year’ by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, received the 2014 Health Advocacy Award from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, received “Unsung Heroes Award” from the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer and the Freedom Fund Award from the NAACP for her efforts to secure quality healthcare for all, especially the underserved and underrepresented.

Former Health Editor of The Harlem Times and a much sought-after keynote speaker, moderator and workshop leader, she has numerous articles published in medical trade and consumer health publications.

In 2016, Sheila served as a judge for Celgene Innovation Impact Awards.