MSIT, DHA, President & CEO
Dennis White, DHA, MSIT, is the president and chief executive officer of Alliant Health Solutions, which in 2020, the company received the honor of being named a “Best Place to Work” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for the ninth time. Under his strategic leadership, Alliant has expanded its operations to 17 states, with offices in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Dr. White’s experience in health care and information technology spans more than 25 years. He has dedicated his career to executing state and federal government contracts that center on improving healthcare quality and efficiency for patients. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University (GSU) for more than six years. Heavily involved in the community, Dr. White is the immediate past-chair of the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), and serves as an advisory board member for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Health Administration, and the Center for Health Information Technology at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. He has participated in charity events such as the 2017 Atlanta Alzheimer’s Association Real Men Wear Pink event, the 2019 Dancing with the Stars event, and was the recipient of the 2018 Public Service Award from the National Medical Fellowship (NMF). Dr. White holds a BBA in accounting from Christian Brothers University, an MS in information technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in healthcare administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Carol Allen, A.S. CSSBB
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Carol Allen is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Alliant Health Solutions. Allen participates in the development and execution of corporate strategies designed to enhance current market share, generate new business opportunities and forge strategic partnerships. Allen is responsible for Alliant’s primary business units of operations. She directs a professional, multi-disciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of national and local healthcare quality improvement initiatives focused on improved health outcomes, utilization management, and medical review for state and federal programs. Her experience and expertise in project management, quality improvement and contract implementation in the health care industry spans 30 years. Allen has a degree in Liberal Arts and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Chief Information Officer
John Slaughter is the chief information officer at Alliant Health Solutions. He is responsible for Alliant’s information technology (IT) systems provided to its employees and customers, including data analysis and reporting. Slaughter works with internal users and external clients to determine all IT requirements, including ongoing and ad hoc reporting, system enhancements, data migration and system interfaces. His background in information technology spans over 20 years in system development and project implementations for financial services, telecommunications and health care. Slaughter has participated as a mentor in Year Up and is currently a Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) member. In 2020, Slaughter was a finalist for the Georgia Chief Information Officer of the Year Healthcare ORBIE Award which recognizes CIOs who have shown excellence in technology leadership. He received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University and is proficient in several database formats, operating systems, languages and software applications.
Executive Director, Alliant QIN-QIO
Linda Kluge is the executive director of the quality improvement services group of Alliant Health Solutions. With more than 40 years of experience in dietetics and quality management, she has held supervisory, management and clinical roles for a variety of health care providers. She has extensive experience working with nursing homes, hospitals, and communities on several initiatives for patient safety, care transitions and beneficiary protection. After earning a bachelor of science degree from Hood College in Frederick, MD, Kluge completed the coordinated undergraduate program in dietetics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and has completed a professional development in gerontology certificate from Emory. She has received the Distinguished Service Award from Aging Services of Georgia, was the recipient of the President’s Mentor Award from the Florida Dietetic Association and the 2018 American Health Care Association Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality award.
Kimberly J. Rask
MD PhD, Chief Data Officer
Kimberly J. Rask, MD PhD is the chief data officer providing analytic support to Medicare, Medicaid, End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and private health care program partners. She directs an analytic team that leverages insurance claims, as well as publicly available and self-reported health data to monitor quality improvement initiatives across health care settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician practices. A primary care physician and health economist, Dr. Rask held joint appointments in Medicine and Health Policy at Emory University and has served on national expert panels for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Quality Forum. A magna cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed the doctoral program in Health Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania along with a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Task Order Director
JoVonn Givens is the task order director for the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO). She facilitates quality improvement through implementation and monitoring of CMS contract tasks including developing quality improvement projects, maintaining deliverable schedules, evaluating interim and outcome goals, and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders. Givens has over 15 years of quality improvement experience and six years of health education and public health research experience. During her tenure at Alliant, she has served in various roles including evaluation specialist, chronic kidney disease theme manager, internal quality control & evaluation lead, and Georgia state program director. Givens holds a bachelor of science in biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2017, she obtained her Six Sigma Green Belt.
Program Director for Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee
Leighann Sauls is the Program Director for Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee where she develops implements, and evaluates quality improvement initiatives to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. She is a registered nurse and a certified dialysis nurse with more than 27 years of nursing experience and 20 years of quality improvement experience. Sauls is currently a member of the American Nurses Association and American Nephrology Nurses Association.
Program Director Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana
Julie Kueker has been with Alliant Health Solutions since February 2020 and has served as the Senior Quality Advisor for Louisiana, working with both nursing homes, community coalitions, and stakeholders across the state. She has also worked with nursing homes on Targeted Response Quality Improvement Initiatives (TR-QIIs) and vaccination QIIs. Prior to joining the Alliant team, Julie led five states in nursing home quality improvement with her previous QIN-QIO. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and successfully completed the LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt certification in 2019.
Donna Cohen, RN, BSN, CCM
Director of Quality Programs
Donna Cohen serves as the director of quality programs. She is responsible for the Hospital Quality Improvement work which provides technical assistance to improve opioid misuse, reduce patient harm and readmission rates as well as provide support for the current pandemic. She is also responsible for Alliant’s QPP-SURS contract which drives the recruitment and engagement of more than 16,000 clinicians. Cohen has over 35 years of health care experience in both inpatient/outpatient and physician practice settings, including managed care. She has experience in hospital and practice management, as well as managing multiple-state contracts with subcontractors who recruit and engage large numbers of healthcare providers in quality improvement initiatives. Certified in Epic-Ambulatory software as a clinical informatics lead, Cohen also has extensive experience using information technology tools such as Salesforce to support and manage large-scale quality improvement reporting efforts across various healthcare environments.