Board of Directors

Institute for Health Innovation Board Leadership

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Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH

President of Renown Institute for Health Innovation, LLC

Dr. Slonim brings over 15 years of executive healthcare leadership experience, in addition to being a physician, professor, author and fellow. Most recently, Dr. Slonim served as the executive vice president and chief medical officer for Barnabas Health in West Orange, N.J., overseeing all initiatives supporting the delivery of exceptional patient care including clinical care areas, accountable care initiatives and information technologies.

Dr. Slonim is on the forefront of healthcare innovation and has shaped the future of medicine for more than a decade. He is a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and the College of Critical Care Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine Critical Care and Pediatric Critical Care and holds faculty appointments at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the Jefferson College of Nursing and Health, and is a tenured professor of Basic Sciences, Medicine and Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Administrative Medicine and Health Policy from George Washington University School of Public Health.

Dr. Slonim, who goes by Tony, has volunteered for the New Jersey Special Olympics Committee since 1992 and has been active in his community. He is board chair of the not-for-profit CMR Institute which offers expert healthcare training programs to more than 12,000 professionals annually and 75 healthcare companies nationwide. Outside of work, Dr. Slonim enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He avidly enjoys bicycling, eating healthy and cooking.

“When you combine a great organization like Renown and a great community like Reno, it was really an easy decision. The people I met and the ownership they feel for the health and well-being of this community stands out. These are people I want to work with and a place where I feel like I can make a difference for patients.”

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Christos A. Galanopoulos, MD, MBA, MS, FACS

Co-Director of Renown Institute for Health Innovation, LLC

Dr. Galanopoulos is a  Renown Health Vice President, Co-Director of The Institute for Health Innovation, Chief Clinical Officer for the Renown Institute for Cancer, an Oncologic Surgeon, and founder of the startup software platform “myHalo.” As Co-Director of the Renown Institute for Health Innovation, he leads a team of physicians and scientists in developing a “first of it’s kind” research platform of phenotypic, genomic, socio-economic, behavioral, and environmental data focused on population health challenges.

As a Health Economist educated at the London School of Economics, he has a deep understanding of global healthcare needs and challenges, Health-Tech Assessment , behavioral and pharmaceutical economics, insurance markets, and macro/micro-economic impact of healthcare policy on population health. To complement the above skillset, He has completed his MBA at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

In 2012, he was awarded the Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management scholarship from the ACS at Brandeis Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and have worked as a Health Policy Scholar for the American College of Surgeons.

“I’m honored to represent the senior management team to our physician leaders as well as to our patients. Understanding the community needs within the region is key to our success as an organization, and I feel Dr. Slonim has put together the right team at the right time during the most dynamic time in Renown’s recent history.”

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Joe J. Grzymski, PHD

Co-Director of Renown Institute for Health Innovation, LLC

As Senior Director of DRI’s Applied Innovation Center, Dr. Joe Grzymski has been a driving force in helping northern Nevada expand access to leading-edge clinical trials and fostering new connections with the biotechnology industry and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Grzymski is the principal investigator (lead scientist) of northern Nevada’s ground-breaking population health and genetics project that is garnering international attention. Together with Renown Health and 23andMe, his research team at the Desert Research Institute is working to integrate environmental data, population health outcomes, genetic information, and socio-economic determinants to help Nevada address some of its most complex environmental health problems.

He is co-founder of Evozym Biologics, a company created to bridge the gap between research and innovation and commercial value related to synthetic biology and drug target development. Dr. Grzymski and a team of leading Nevada doctors and engineers also formed EMS Genomics, LLC in 2013. The company uses proprietary emitter technology to alter plant biology. He has over 20 peer-reviewed publications ranging from microbiology, evolution, physical chemistry and modeling. Dr. Grzymski holds adjunct positions in molecular biosciences and hydrology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Dr. Grzymski hopes to create an impact and make sustainable changes in improving the health of people in Nevada. He is asking questions such as, “How can we improve health and better understand disease in northern Nevada, with our large rural areas and changing climate?”

Not only is he asking these questions, he’s taking steps to address these issues. Dr. Grzymski’s idea to give 5,000 northern Nevadans the rare opportunity to volunteer for health research and gain access to their individual genetic information at no cost has helped attract global attention to Nevada’s new model and new vision for healthcare. At the launch of the pilot study, Governor Brian Sandoval called it an “unprecedented opportunity for residents of the Silver State,” and it is championed by numerous community leaders and elected officials. It is one of Nevada’s boldest health research initiatives – where residents exceed the age-adjusted deaths rates for heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease.

Northern Nevadans were so excited by this idea that more than 5,000 people signed up in less than 24 hours, so the pilot phase was expanded to 10,000 participants, which was filled in less than 48 hours.

As a professor of microbiology at DRI and senior director of the Institute’s Applied Innovation Center, Dr. Grzymski serves as a leader and mentor to a highly skilled team of healthcare and environmental researchers, data scientists, and graduate students. His drive to improve the health of Nevadans comes from a family history of cancer and a selfless passion to improve our community and leave a lasting impact. His research is helping doctors understand how environmental factors such as air quality can help identify associations between populations who may be at risk, and potentially allow for quicker diagnoses and improvements to the way we care for our community.

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Leonard Lafrance

Co-Founder, Century Analysis, Inc.

Leonard Lafrance is the former Executive Vice President of Century Analysis, Inc. He is an executive member of Sierra Angels and a member of The Batchery (Berkeley, CA). Leonard is on a number of boards including DRI (Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV), Jopari Solutions (healthcare company), and Firebird Sensors (laser sensor manufacturer). He has a background in software manufacturing, having cofounded Century Analysis, Inc. together with his wife Sara. They are both leaders in their community and are involved in numerous investment and business advisory groups. Mr. Lafrance and his wife Sara also founded Educational Pathways International as a means of supporting gifted young people in developing countries through scholarships and educational programs.

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Roger A. Wittenberg

Founder, Boulder Bay

Roger Wittenberg’s background as a scientist, entrepreneur, and inventor has led him to found several companies that focus on recycling materials into reusable products. His most successful venture, the Trex Company, has turned billions of pounds of recycled and reclaimed plastic, including 1.3 billion grocery retail bags and waste wood each year, into alternative wood products. After retiring from Trex, Wittenberg founded International Supply Consortium LLC, which takes on projects that use innovative building technologies and real estate projects that utilize these same sustainable materials.

Wittenberg’s passions for recycling, green technology, and innovation are now being applied to projects in his own backyard, North Lake Tahoe. As a Foundation board member of Sierra Nevada College, Wittenberg helped move the campus’s Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences to a Platinum LEED status through the use of Trex products and other innovative green strategies. And, his passion for sustainability now drives the mission of a local Crystal Bay project: Boulder Bay Resort, through which he aims to create a new model for the resort/community experience that embraces innovative green technologies and provides a sense of place for visitors and locals. Roger lives with his wife Beatrice in Incline Village, with his extended family nearby.

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Kenneth G. Ladd

Former Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking, US Bank

Mr. Kenneth G. Ladd serves the Desert Research Institute as Special Assistant to the President for Government and Community Affairs. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Waterstart, Nevada’s water technology and innovation incubator.

From 1983 through 2013 Mr. Ladd was the Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking for U.S. Bank, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He managed a staff of over 600 professionals with assets in excess of 11 figures and revenues topping nine figures.

Mr. Ladd was also the President of Western Region at U.S. Bank National Association.

A Nevada resident since 1982, Mr. Ladd has more than 35 years banking experience, with more than 27 years at U.S. Bank. He has built an extensive background in commercial lending, credit administration, gaming finance, branch management and bank operations. Mr. Ladd is an active participant in the Las Vegas community. He is a board member of the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, and has held director’s positions with agencies such as United Way Services, Inc., Sunrise Children’s Foundation and the former Nevada Development Authority. He is past Chairman of the Desert Research Institute Foundation, the Nevada Development Authority and the United Way.

A 1983 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, Mr. Ladd earned his MBA from the University of Utah and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Weber State University. He has also participated in several specialized programs in financial management.

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Adam Kramer

Executive Vice President of Strategy at Switch

Adam Kramer is the Executive Vice President of Strategy for Switch, the technology infrastructure company that is powering the future of the connected world. In this capacity, Adam develops and executes the company’s global public policy initiatives that drive its business and is part of the core leadership team that develops new campus locations. He leads a multi-faceted government and public affairs team that focuses on policy development surrounding environment and sustainability, energy policy, improving education, economic development, and technology.

Adam is responsible for all corporate communications and public relations that support the company. He also promotes thought leadership around transformative policy and is a globally recognized presenter on issues of sustainability, technology innovation, and the future of the internet of absolutely everything.

Prior to joining Switch, Adam was the Director of Entrepreneurship for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and before that an award-winning journalist in California and Florida. In 2013, he was recognized by Vegas, Inc., as one of the top 40 professionals in Vegas under 40. Adam has a B.A. from Menlo College and M.S. from the University of Cincinnati.

Adam is very involved in the communities where Switch operates, serving on the boards of the University of Nevada Reno Foundation Board of Trustees and EDAWN (Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada) in Nevada, as well as leading the company’s memberships with The Right Place, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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Blake Smith

A 3rd generation native Nevadan with family living in Nevada for the past 92 years, Blake takes pride in all of his endeavors in the State.  A family man at his core, Blake’s measurement of success is hearing his kids tell their friends their father built “that” property. In fact, the S3 Development brand was derived from the Smith (“S”) family name and his three (“3”) children. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

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Mike Peterson

Former COO of Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, Calif.
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