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EMI has expertise that spans across the healthcare continuum. We love what we do and who we do it for. Our team is passionate about optimizing the way care is delivered and how health information is used. We have a team of experts dedicated to providing guidance and strategic counsel on various health policy and health information technology initiatives. We act as integrators, translators, and guides in helping our clients solve their most complex health IT challenges.



Evelyn Gallego, MBA, MPH, CPHIMS

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Evelyn Gallego is a nationally recognized leader in management and consulting across the health, high-tech, and government sectors. She is a trusted advisor in helping organizations bridge the gap between business requirements, technology and policy. She has a strong ability to work across and build consensus with diverse stakeholder groups to include multidisciplinary providers, policy makers, federal and state government agencies, healthcare payers, researchers, system vendors and implementers, and standard development organizations. Ms. Gallego provides specialized expertise in health information management and health policy with a focus on alignment of regulatory, technical and process improvement requirements to enable the effective adoption and use of technology. She is a thought leader in the areas of care coordination, person-centered care, value-based care, social determinants of health, quality reporting, health IT policy analysis and development, health information exchange, interoperability and health IT standards development and testing.

Ms. Gallego earned her International MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada and her MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University. In addition to her leadership at EMI, Ms. Gallego also lends her expertise as Adjunct Professor for the George Washington University Masters of Public Health Master’s Degree Program and serves as the HIMSS Chair for the Interoperability & HIE Committee.

Kristopher Haag, M.Eng.

Director of New Business Development & Emerging Technologies

Kristopher Haag is a distinguished international executive with 20 years of experience structuring, growing and optimizing businesses by applying innovative approaches to technology development, infrastructure deployment, and information security.

Mr. Haag’s experience has been predominantly focused in the areas of the design, structuring and management of complex international transactions to address global challenges in public and private sectors to include wireless communication networks, financial services, and energy infrastructure.

He recently served at the Pentagon as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Office of Secretary for Defense for Policy where he focused on financial and energy infrastructure and security. Before joining the U.S Department of Defense, he spent 10 years with Nortel Networks where he held several executive level technology, operations, and advanced analytics positions. His most recent role was Director of New Product Introduction for Nortel’s 3G wireless business based in Paris, France.

Mr. Haag has led operations worldwide – USA, Canada, France, Asia & Middle East – achieving stellar financial results through efficiency improvements and growing businesses into emerging markets. He has managed staffs of 300+ and budgets of $250M+ generating billions in revenue. He has a proven ability to build enduring customer relationships and to recruit, motivate and develop diverse world-class talent.

He is a frequent lecturer on technology and economic/business development in emerging markets, and has sat on numerous advisory boards. Mr. Haag is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a two time recipient of the U.S Secretary of Defense’s Outstanding Public Service Award.

Dr. Jamie Skipper, RN, PhD

Chief Scientist

Dr. Jamie Skipper is responsible for leading and creating the strategic vision for EMI’s efforts around leveraging health data to build a health data infrastructure for health and human services research. She is a nationally recognized health data infrastructure expert who is actively engaged in various efforts within and across the U.S. Federal Government to implement health data infrastructure components in support of a Learning Health System (LHS).

Dr. Skipper has also played an active role within the health regulatory and legislative areas. While at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Dr. Skipper designed and implemented several industry-leading initiatives to include the Ancillary Studies Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Program at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). As ONC’s PCOR Coordinator, Dr. Skipper provided essential coordination across research-based initiatives led by ONC, NIH, FDA, CMS, PCORI and other public and private organizations. Prior to joining ONC, Dr. Skipper spearheaded several legislative efforts on Capitol Hill centered around health information technology. These efforts led to the development of language which informed the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

Dr. Skipper began her career as a bedside nurse in cardiology and pediatrics following receipt of her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marquette University. She earned her PhD in cardiac physiology from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Dr. Skipper continues to build on her passion for using data to achieve better health outcomes while keeping the person at the center.

Lynette Elliott

Chief Stakeholder Manager

Lynette Elliott is the Chief Stakeholder Manager at EMI Advisors, LLC. She is passionate about meeting client expectations and delivering results on time and budget. She is responsible for scoping and managing EMI projects and oversees stakeholder engagement with public and private clients across the military, healthcare, law enforcement, municipalities, higher education, and commercial sectors.

Ms. Elliott has over 25 years of education, training, and administration experience and has served as a client liaison and task leader to effectively deliver education and technical documentation materials for software, web-based applications, and mobile applications. She has successfully led multiple community-based public and private workgroups to gain consensus, educate stakeholders, define milestones, formulate recommendations, deliver documentation, mitigate risks, and manage expectations.

Ms. Elliott is an expert Project Manager, overseeing several Federal Health Policy and Technology Projects for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

Her firm grasp of the project management lifecycle and agile software development has enabled her success in spearheading policy and standards-based Federal and private sector initiatives. She has extensive experience in developing processes and documentation for content management, versioning, standards compliance (including 508 compliance) and standard operating procedures.

Ms. Elliott graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the Central Methodist University in Communications and Vocal Music.

Mazen Yacoub

Consultant

Mr. Mazen Yacoub is an executive consultant with 25 years of experience in client service and delivery supporting senior healthcare, business and technology decision makers. Mr. Yacoub has worked in payor, provider and health IT organizations, implementing new public and private sector programs, and transforming business operations. Mr. Yacoub served the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a consultant to implement the Medicare Modernization Act, and as a Federal Employee implementing the Affordable Care Act of 2011.

He has also supported clients such as the Military Health System, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and other provider and private sector health IT firms. In doing so he has successfully built innovative, new programs in highly visible and rapidly changing environments. Mr. Yacoub’s current portfolio ranges from non-profit social service providers to hospital systems to federal and state healthcare agencies which offers a well-rounded perspective in helping clients solve healthcare and business problems.

As a Graduate Professor of Management and Policy at The George Washington University Milken School of Public Health, Mr. Yacoub teaches about the public health landscape, leadership, management, governance, policy development and program implementation.

Mr. Yacoub earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Boston College and a Master of Business Administration at Babson College. He recently completed a term of service as the Chair of the Board of Directors of My Sister’s Place, Washington, DC’s leading shelter for victim of domestic violence.

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