A clinician and a leader, Margot Langstaff is also a Harvard-educated, successful entrepreneur and an Army veteran. Margot is a managing partner and co-founder at LifeHealth. She utilizes her clinical and business acumen, along with a measure of corporate vision, to lead the organization into the future. Margot formalized the organization’s business model and successfully implemented certifications as a woman-owned small business, veteran-owned, and an 8(a) business.
She has spent her 35-year career in multiple areas of the health care system including serving in the military health care system as a medic in the U.S. Army and as the clinical manager of Yale New Haven’s Hospital Surgical Trauma Unit. She went on to manage and staff the first modern operating room/outpatient clinic in Haiti. Building on her business experience, she transitioned into sales and marketing of pharmaceuticals at Schering Plough and then went on to the clinical and business management of implantable medical devices at GoreTex® and Medtronic.
Margot is an M.B.A. graduate of Harvard Business School, and received a B.S.N. from the University of Connecticut. As a US Army veteran, she earned the distinction as the youngest enlistee to manage the organization’s largest outpatient clinic on the East Coast.
As managing partner and co-founder of LifeHealth, Elisa Hamill utilizes her expertise to manage operations at the organization. She ensures the quality and integrity of LifeHealth’s commercial and government programs.
Her career includes executive positions for national and regional companies throughout the health care industry. At CNA Corporation, she served as an industry expert in the Military Health System’s procurement for $6.4 billion in administrative services and $19.5 billion in health care for more than 8 million military beneficiaries and their families. She received a commendation from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for this work.
During her tenure as CEO of the Colorado Healthcare Purchasing Alliance, Elisa increased membership tenfold—from 120 to 1,200 employers—and catapulted the company into a profitable status. She went on to join WellPoint Health Networks/UNICARE as vice president, where she oversaw the operations for self-insured national associations. Elisa served BlueCross BlueShield Colorado/Nevada/New Mexico as senior vice president of operations and vice president of government programs, overseeing leadership and operations for the regional company and its subsidiaries. She also served BlueCross BlueShield New Mexico as vice president, leading the growth of governmental programs from one state to 20 states.
Elisa’s 35-plus-year record of extraordinary service in health and wellness is punctuated by recognition for service and innovation, including a national award for creating a new insurance program for small employers. Elisa is co-founder of the CMEH Foundation, which provides primary care for patients in rural Cambodia and as well as financial support for Cambodian students studying in the medical field.
She holds a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire, an M.S. in Environmental Medicine from New York University, and an M.S.N. from Pace University.
Margaret Lindsay is a business-focused strategy, finance, and operations executive and General Counsel with extensive experience leading companies through transformation while building best practices in fiscal strategy and planning, guiding due diligence of key business transactions, and reducing liability and legal risk.
Most recently she served as Chief Financial Officer for Aurotech, LLC, where she was recruited to help the Founder and new Private Equity investor to build finance, human resources, and administration departments from the ground up, including operating infrastructure and disciplined processes.
Prior, Margaret was the Chief Administrative Officer for Haystack ID, where she was selected to transition into this role to develop strategic direction and drive successful integration following the acquisition of Etera Consulting LLC, her previous employer. Margaret served as a critical advisor to executive management through merger challenges related to staffing, operations, and efficiency.
Margaret’s earlier career includes roles as VP/Director of Finance for Cable & Wireless USA, Senior Manager of Business Markets for MCI Communications, and Staff Supervisor for U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Margaret holds her JD degree from Georgia State University College of law and is a Licensed Attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Finance from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
David Ferry is responsible for providing leadership related to financial and operational objectives. In his role as LifeHealth’s Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for producing financial statements and ensuring compliance with financial and government requirements and preparing the business plan, budget and forecast.
David brings a wealth of experience in general accounting, financial reporting and analysis to his position. Prior to joining LifeHealth, David held several senior level financial reporting positions. His experience includes accounting and reporting positions at MCI Communications Corporation, Senior Director of Financial Planning at e.spire Corporation, Financial Controller at Teleglobe USA, Chief Financial Officer and later Chief Executive Officer at VCG Inc. He has worked in cost control and reporting positions at Shell Canada, Microsoft, Nike, Vale Canada Mining and others. David has also consulted on projects at federal agencies including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Defense and The U.S. Department of the Treasury.
David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami (FL) and a Master of Business Administration (Accounting) from Northeastern University. He was previously a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia.
Sarah Jones Farmar provides support related to business decisions to achieve strategic, financial and operational objectives. In her role as LifeHealth’s Controller, Sarah is responsible for processing financial information in compliance with financial and government requirements.
Sarah brings a wealth of experience in general accounting, financial analysis and reporting to her position. Prior to joining LifeHealth, Sarah held several accounting related roles in the Denver area, including Controller at Getchell Gold, Manager of Financial Reporting at Newmont Mining and various roles at Phillips Petroleum.
Sarah holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting/Business Administration from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Public Accountant. She lives in Littleton with her husband and two children.
Gina C. Pervall, MD serves as LifeHealth’s National Medical Director. Dr. Pervall received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pervall’s vast clinical experience comprises Medical Director for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Department of Occupational Health and Wellness and Medical Director of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Her exceptional leadership in these positions has proven to be instrumental in developing guidelines and regulations adopted by both local and federal governments promoting safety in the workplace and medical fitness-to-drive.
Dr. Pervall is affiliated with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, NAADAC, Association for Addiction Professionals, and National Sleep Foundation. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, certified as a Substance Abuse Professional by NAADAC, Association for Addiction Professionals and a Medical Review Officer by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council.
Alan H. Dinesman, MD serves as a Medical Director for LifeHealth. Dr. Dinesman received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas where he also completed his residence in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. As a board-certified Otolaryngologist, he was in private practice for approximately twenty years, establishing the first Ear, Nose and Throat single specialty group in New Mexico, as well as an active partner of South Texas ENT Consultants, P.A., in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2011, Dr. Dinesman took on a national leadership role as the Medical Officer for the Office of Disability and Medical Assessment for the Veterans Health Administration, Central Office, in Washington, DC. In that capacity, he served in roles of improving and developing national examination policies and processes, information technology development, as well as working with other governmental agencies, including the Veterans Benefits Administration, Board of Veterans Appeals, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, National Institutes of Health and the Social Security Administration.
Kristian “Kris” A. Atkins
Director, Provider Relations and Professional Services
Director, Provider Relations and Professional Services
As Director of Provider Relations and Professional Services, Kris Atkins is responsible for building and servicing the nation-wide LifeHealth Provider Network. Kris is a proven healthcare and health insurance professional with over 20 years of experience and brings a broad range of skills to the organization. Kris’s experience includes negotiation and contracting, program development and project management, credentialing, medical staff management, and call center management for sales and customer service.
Kris’s recent experience includes five years with Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA, a BC/BS Licensee), where she was a project manager in charge of special projects before moving to the Provider Services Department initially as a Strategic Relationship Manager, then later promoted to Manager, Provider Engagement. In these roles, she worked closely with provider organizations to implement a new payment model while managing pilot programs and special contracts, improving quality and effectively managing total cost of care. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Kris was a project manager at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Washington where she gained experience in Medicare Advantage, regulatory compliance and managed Community Relations programs.
Kris’s well-rounded background also includes the design, development and management of a customer service call center for a national Medicare product, she then went on to also manage the internal sales call center team. Prior to that, she owned and operated a centralized verification organization, contracting with several health plans and health systems for provider credentialing services as well as NCQA/JCAHO accreditation preparation consulting services.
Kris finds innovative solutions and is committed to developing and nurturing collaborative relationships with providers to build and support a high performing, high quality provider network.
Kris earned a B.A. from DePaul University and has a Certificate in Project Management from Everett Community College. A Washington State native, she currently lives in Aberdeen, Maryland with her husband and two rescue pups.
As Director of Work-Site Health Services, Erin Shipton leads the commercial customer from sales cycle through planning, implementation, and evaluation and skillfully manages the day-to-day operations and numerous logistical challenges at LifeHealth. To date, Erin has managed more than 600 events in 42 states, with a total of more than 15,000 successful health screenings and immunizations.
She brings program assistant and customer service experience to her program manager role. In that position, she takes part in proposal pricing and response, along with coordinating the efforts of team members, employees and consultants. She manages a variety of complex operations on a daily basis, scheduling and assigning staff, monitoring event logistics and troubleshooting onsite at events. Erin plays an important role in helping customers bring highly-customized solutions to wellness.
Carolyn Alexander joined LifeHealth in August 2021. She has provided a total of 23 years of service as a registered nurse. As Program Manager of Corporate Nursing Services, Carolyn supports the mission and goals of the Global Nurse Advice Line. Carolyn comes to LifeHealth after serving as a Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer for over 6 years in the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Systems.
A graduate of William Carey University in Gulfport, Mississippi, with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, Carolyn completed her master’s degree in executive nursing at Chamberlain University. She also holds a second master’s degree in business focused on healthcare administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
She has worked in a variety of healthcare roles in direct patient care such as Cardiovascular, SICU, Orthopedics, Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant, Abdominal Transplant, Cardiothoracic Transplant, LVAD Coordinator, Clinical Research Nurse. Then moving into leadership roles, such as Magnet Committee member, Interventional Radiology Nurse Supervisor, Hospital Nurse Manager, and Nurse Leadership Executive Fellow prior to becoming a Chief Clinical Officer.
Carolyn has expertise in recruiting and quality management of all clinical departments, advanced critical care training, preceptorships and served as interim educator and infection control preventionalist. As clinical administrator, she maintained employee retention with less than 5% turnover, and exceeded national benchmarks in compliance to standards of care, working directly with medical directors, physicians, and surgeons, in short term acute organizations, long term acute care, and risk management teams.
Carolyn has led clinical operations through successfully obtaining multiple Joint Commission (JCAHO) recertifications, DNV re-certification, Magnet certification, disease specific certifications, laboratory re-certification and state surveys by following standards of care and utilization of evidenced based practices. Carolyn served as lead investigator in all building deviations, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, including surgical procedures, peer review and comprehensive review of root cause analysis in any sentinel or adverse events.
Carolyn recently relocated to her home state of Mississippi where she resides with her children and reunited with her large family.
As the LifeHealth Business Development Manager, Sarah identifies, locates, and secures contracts with Federal and other Government Agencies nationwide.
Sarah identifies upcoming business opportunities and leverages her strong understanding of the Federal healthcare market to continuously monitor and evaluate industry trends. She manages RFP requirements and organizes and prepares Federal proposals. In addition, Sarah facilitates and maintains strategic partnership relationships for LifeHealth.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology from Colorado Mesa University and is a Level 4 certified hockey coach. She lives outside of Colorado Springs with her husband Shane, daughter Palmer and their dog, Larry.
Keri Kopchik, Wellness Operations Manager at LifeHealth, supports the development, implementation, execution, and monitoring of contracts for a broad range of customers around the country. A graduate of Colorado Mesa University (CMU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Keri began her career as a personal trainer and assistant to Manager of Wellness and Fitness at CMU, assisting with new and existing programs. She was rapidly promoted to a Building Manager and assistant to the Director of Recreation and was responsible for hiring employees, training, and scheduling. Today, she manages over 200 employees, ranging from administrative staff to providers as well as overseeing clinical contracts. Keri is often sent out as event lead and LifeHealth corporate office representative for larger and complex events.
With over 9 years’ experience in healthcare-related fields, she has over 7 years management experience and has successfully staffed and directed more than 900 events. Keri works effectively with our staff, listens to their ideas, and helps to implement the changes necessary for successful completion of the project.
Keri brings a long history of experience and success in account and customer relationship management. She worked to cultivate, nurture, and maintain long-term customer relationships to boost sales and grow brand visibility.
I’m Chrissy Holcomb, and I am the Project Manager. I am passionate about helping others and succeeding at everything I do. I graduated with my Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a minor in Project Management and Healthcare Administration from Colorado University. I look forward to using my skills to contribute to many different areas of work and my knowledge to grow.
Dominique Benedict, Project Supervisor at LifeHealth, establishes interpersonal relationships with the individuals that provide support to our events, and helps develop talent to adhere to the quality of service we provide. A graduate of Metro State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, Dominique started her career as a client manager for large construction companies across Northern Colorado, and quickly found a passion in that as a fulfilling vocation. After holding positions in the field of human resources, she has found her way back to the passion of putting the right people at the right opportunities. Dominque is the point of contact for our onsite employees, provides clerical support and helps prepare employees for the job at hand.
With close to 5 years of experience, she has successfully staffed and maintained onsite schedules for countless clients and managed hundreds of employees that executed various tasks at many different skill levels.
Dominique has a history of providing professional support in clerical and administrative tasks and is always a friendly conversation to help in any situation. She is driven by team success and values responsiveness, dedication and integrity to all things that support a successful event.
Stephen “Micah” Craven is the Senior Administrative Assistant for LifeHealth’s Global Nurse Advice Line. He brings 15 years of experience in administration and management to assist in providing documentation and administrative support to the team.
Having worked in a variety of settings, he brings to the team his abilities and experience in administrative workflows along with experience in the world of nursing excellence. As an active member of the advisory board council, Stephen assists in developing administrative course programs for his local higher-educational institution, and provides feedback on the development of online healthcare administration programs across the country.
A Kentucky native, Stephen now resides in Denver, Colorado. You may catch him playing piano around the city or regularly hiking “14’rs” with his two dachshunds.
Miranda Alley, Accounts Payable Specialist, manages payment and financial documentation of several groups employed by LifeHealth including independent contractors, provider network physicians, and corporate employees. Miranda’s 4 years of banking experience provide her with insight on what documentation is required of vendors before completing payments, ensuring a seamless settlement process.
Miranda also assists where needed in the employee payroll processes and executes all employee verifications for past and present employees. Working closely with the LifeHealth CFO, Miranda reconciles employee credit card transactions on a monthly basis and helps resolve customer or employee financial inquiries.
Ome Naebzadeh is our Billing Process Manager and brings many years of billing and process management experience to Life Health. She works across all of Life Health’s channels and assists in Revenue Assurance and Financial Analysis. Ome is a multi-tasker and supports several departments in their day to day functions. Having a caring and empathetic nature, Ome enjoys Humanitarian work and assisting those in need. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Ome currently lives in Virginia with her family. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.
Aimee Dixon is a Provider Network Recruiter working with various physicians and office staff across the country to help veterans and soldiers obtain exams to determine disability benefits. She is a graduate of William Peace University and has been working to support veteran and soldiers for over 20 years.
Throughout her career she has received accolades for top achiever’s awards and been recognized for outstanding customer service and dedication to client relationships.
A California native, Aimee has relocated to several states across the country and is a current a resident of Virginia. She has three grown children and two French Bulldogs and one Labrador Retriever. She is an avid reader and always looking to learn new things.
Cynthia Cespedes is our Program Coordinator for LifeHealth. Cynthia has over 11 years of customer service experience. She is an experienced administrative professional who utilizes multi-tasking and detailed organizational abilities to support the day-to-day functions of the Provider Network Department.