Rhonda is a consultant and change leader with over 20 years of health industry experience across the business, government and nonprofit sectors. Her passion is transforming ideas, new initiatives and stalled ventures into focused, cost-efficient and well-managed business strategies that improve health and health care, and deliver strong returns on investment.
She is a systems thinker and “big picture” person, having worked across several areas of the sector — finance and insurance, HIT and HIE, data and analytics related to evidence based outcomes and quality improvement initiatives, care delivery, coordination and population health management, as well as health policy, health systems management, public and community health. Her particularly fine honed skills in building cross-sector collaborations and non-traditional partnerships to meet the competitive challenges of today’s health care marketplace are just one advantage of her broad industry background.
Rhonda is the Managing Partner of Trega Partners International, a strategy, management and finance consultancy to government agencies, private businesses and nonprofit organizations in the health and technology sectors. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security at George Mason University.
Rhonda served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to the Deputy National Coordinator for Policy and Programs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She was the founding President and Chief Executive officer of JaxCare, a Florida nonprofit private-public partnership providing health insurance and population health management for the uninsured low-wage workforce, as well as a regional health information exchange for Medicaid and uninsured patient data. She was a Director in Managed Care at the University of Florida/Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, and earlier in her career the National Program Director for the National Society to Prevent Blindness in New York City (now Prevent Blindness – America).
Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to spearhead, before HITECH and the Accountable Care Act, Florida’s first fully operational regional health information exchange (HIE), an accountable care organization for the uninsured, an employment-based health insurance product for the uninsured low-wage workforce, a strategic plan for a regional primary care medical homes program, and a multi-provider care coordination and health navigator program. She had also guided the development of software as a service(SaaS) to support multi-agency case management teams and one-stop shopping and eligibility screening for community service programs, as well as a SaaS product to integrate county-level administrative functions for several federal health and social service programs.
Rhonda received her doctorate degree in health policy and management from Columbia University, and was a post-doctoral assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researching hospital finance of uncompensated care. She holds a certificate in organizational consulting and change leadership from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.