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.
Kimberly J. Rask
MD PhD, Chief Data Officer
Kimberly J. Rask, MD PhD is Chief Data Officer at Alliant Health Solutions. With more than 20 years of experience in quality measurement research and practice, she has served as a Medical Director for the CMS funded Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the state of Georgia since 2008. She provides direction for patient safety initiatives and quality data reporting; including health care-associated infections, value-based purchasing and community-based readmission reduction programs. She helps monitor quality improvement initiatives across health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician practices using evidence-based practices and robust performance monitoring measures. A magna cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar 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 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Information Officer
John Slaughter’s background in Information Technology spans over 15 years in system development and project implementations for financial services, telecommunications, and health care. John is responsible for all Information Technology systems to its employees and customers, including data analysis and reporting. Since joining Alliant Health Solutions, John has overseen the implementation of solutions that support Alliant’s broad customer needs and requirements. As Chief Information Officer, John oversees the adherence to all FISMA and 508 standards for technology solutions. John attended Tulane University where he studied Chemical Engineering.
Executive Director, Alliant Quality - QIN-QIO
Linda Kluge has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings and has managed large, multi-state programs for the nation’s largest nursing home company. She joined Alliant Health Solutions 10 years ago and has developed virtual teams deployed to reach providers and stakeholders in a cross-setting and cross-task approach. Her focus has been development oversight for strategic initiatives, advisory boards, LANs, and campaigns to improve the quality of healthcare for Medicare beneficiaries.
Task Order Director
JoVonn Givens has over ten years of quality improvement experience and six years of health education and public health research experience. In her role as State Program Director for Georgia, Givens has been involved in managing the Internal Quality Control Plan, overseeing quality advisors, maintaining deliverable schedules, and implementing a continuous quality improvement methodology. She also serves as a member of the Georgia Health Literacy Alliance. Givens also brings significant expertise in building stakeholder relationships, having developed state-wide and provider-specific programming for system-level change that led to improved chronic kidney disease (CKD) outcome.
Program Director for Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee
Leighann Sauls is a registered nurse with more than 23 years of nursing experience and 10 years of quality improvement experience. She began her nursing career as a dialysis nurse. Prior to her position as the North Carolina State Director for the QIN-QIO, she was the Director of Quality Improvement for the Southeastern Kidney Council, the End Stage Renal Disease Network of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. In this role, she developed, implemented and evaluated quality improvement initiatives with ESRD providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Program Director for Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana
Jeana Partington is a registered nurse with over 35 years of experience, including over 20 years working in quality improvement and patient safety. As a double board-certified in healthcare quality and patient safety, her quality improvement experience includes working with hospitals to reduce healthcare-acquired MRSA infections and working with long-term care facilities to reduce unnecessary anti-psychotic medication use and adverse drug events. She provides training for diabetes self-management education to members of the community, and reviews data with partners to help them assess where to prioritize their improvement efforts and to help inform them of the progress and outcomes of their work. Jeana attained a graduate degree in Patient Safety Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the North Carolina Association for Healthcare Quality and lives in Raleigh, NC.