Ralph Johnson, FHIMSS, CHCIO
Ralph Johnson currently serves as the Regional Chief Information Officer for MaineHealth. Ralph previously served as the CIO and Vice President of Quality at Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington Maine. Ralph has worked in the healthcare information technology field for 34 years, most of that time in leadership positions at Maine hospitals. Ralph has led major patient safety initiatives to improve patient safety. Franklin Memorial Hospital was named to the Most Wired Hospital List for the past 7 years, recognizing the organizations adoption of advanced information technology. Ralph is recognized as a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and recognized as a Fellow of the Health Information Management Systems Society. Ralph has been appointed by the Governor to serve on the board of the ConnectME Authority, advancing the adoption of broadband technology in rural areas of the State of Maine. Ralph has a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Masters in Leadership from Northeastern University.
Dr. R. Bruce Williamson
Commissioner, Maine Public Utilities Commission
Dr. Williamson is Commissioner, Maine Public Utilities Commission. Dr. Williamson previously was senior economist at the University of Tennessee’s National Defense Business Institute and the UT Institute for Nuclear Security while working on national defense and public policy economics. He began his career in utility economics and telecommunications and energy utilities while completing a doctorate in industrial organization and resource economics, followed by a decade with SBC Communications/Southwestern Bell Telephone in their demand analysis and strategic planning headquarters unit. Following that, Dr. Williamson was an economics and market modeling consultant for the international telecommunications industry for wireless, wireline, voice, data, and internet services, as well as first responder/public safety radio systems with projects and studies in many countries on and five continents. He has also been very active in developing and writing international humanitarian grants for projects in Turkey and Kenya, and most recently, for a project to be awarded in eastern Kentucky.
Dr. Williamson holds a PhD in Economics from the University of New Mexico, an MA degree from the Korbel School of International Studies in Denver, and a BA from Cornell University.
Susan Woods, MD, MPH, is an internist, researcher and innovator. She currently serves as Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Mercy Hospital in Portland. She was formerly the Director of Patient Experience at the Veteran Health Administration’s Connected Care Office, where she focused on the national development and deployment of web and mobile apps, and led efforts in Blue Button (patient portal access to clinical notes) and patient generated data. Sue founded the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence and Maine Tobacco HelpLine, and was Associate Director, Maine Medical Center Medicine Residency. She is passionate about digital strategy and therapeutics, and driving virtual services into routine care. Her research and work focuses on design and usage of patient technology, digital inclusion, and patient-clinician collaboration for participatory care. She is the current President of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and board member of the Maine Medical Association.
Deputy Commissioner, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Denise has 25 years of experience in Maine State Government and has extensive knowledge of Government agencies and services. In her current position, she has oversight of the Business and Economic Development programs as well as the Maine Office of Tourism. The primary focus of DECD is to help businesses prosper and grow by working to remove restrictive regulatory barriers. Her knowledge and experience with many community and statewide initiatives, and various tax incentive programs makes her highly qualified in her role in guiding and promoting business development and job creation in the State of Maine.
Fred Brittain is the Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine. He was appointed CIO for the State in April 2019 after 25 years with the University of Maine System. His most recent position with the University System was as Associate CIO, with prior roles at the University of Maine at Farmington including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Information Technology. Throughout his career, Fred has developed a focus on aligning organizational technology strategies and service delivery, development and execution of strategic plans, and maturing organizational cultures through a focus on partnerships.
Fred has long been engaged in developing future leaders through providing opportunities for growth, as well as engaging in formal and informal mentorship. He has served as president on multiple non-profit boards providing support and programming for children and under-served populations.