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Carol Lewis

Carol Lewis

Vice President, UNC Health Enterprises

As Vice President of UNC Health Enterprises, Carol leads the exploration of new transformation opportunities for UNC Health Care including the pursuit of new ideas and businesses. Carol also created and oversees the UNC Center for Health Innovation where she directs innovation across the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care. She develops programs to cultivate an innovative culture while also building and managing a diverse portfolio of innovative initiatives in areas such as digital health, population health, value-based care and payment models, healthcare data and analytics, clinical research, and more. She also engages external partners to pilot and implement novel ideas.

Prior to joining UNC, Carol was a Director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina where she gained a strong understanding of health care payment models. There she developed corporate strategic plans, managed pharmacy benefits, and built health care provider networks. She also worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, creating strategies for Fortune 500 clients around growth, profitability improvement, new product development, market expansion and exit, customer segmentation, organizational structure redesign and business portfolio management.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Lafayette College and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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Lesley Hall

Manager

Lesley is a change leader with a proven track record for building, deploying, and leading large, complex, strategic initiatives in healthcare settings with a specific interest in patient experience and physician practice management. She comes to the Center with over 13 years of healthcare operations and top-tier consulting firm experience. Before joining UNC Health Care, Lesley spent several years in various leadership positions at the corporate office of Trinity Health, the nation’s second-largest non-profit healthcare provider. Prior to Trinity Health, she worked for Deloitte Consulting’s healthcare strategy and operations team and the Veterans Health Administration. Lesley provides leadership and support for the Center’s programs and project portfolio.

Lesley is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Duke University and a Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Peter Leese

Sr Programmer, Data Scientist

Peter’s joint Innovation Center and UNCH-ISD role is to provide technical/analytic development and oversight to Innovation Center and Health Care System projects. His primary areas of focus are development within the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health for innovative operational and translational research projects, and technical oversight and facilitation for projects with external analytic partners. Additionally Peter works to develop and implement innovative analytic strategies for the CDW-H and UNCH System, such as implementation of predictive analytics.

Peter holds a BS in Biology and Neuroscience from Davidson College, and has completed both an MSPH in Health Economics/Quantitative Methods and Doctoral coursework in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Rachelle Alpern

Senior Innovation Consultant

Rachelle understands current trends in healthcare and how to maximize the effectiveness of evidence-based strategic solutions. Her prior role as a Senior Healthcare Consultant with Cognizant Technology Solutions allowed her to develop expertise in the area of care management and value-based care. She also previously worked for several years in international healthcare strategy and policy development through the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, primarily focusing on initiatives in Liberia and Ethiopia.

Rachelle graduated from the MBA program with a concentration in Healthcare at UNC Kenan Flagler School for Business, and from the MHA program at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from Yale University.

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Jonathan Zimmerman

Jonathan Zimmerman

Senior Innovation Consultant

Jonathan is passionate about creating a sustainable future for the healthcare industry through strategic innovation and market transparency. His prior experience as a senior consultant and administrator at leading healthcare firms provides competencies in value-based payment reform, retail care delivery strategies, and efficient operational compliance. He prioritizes clear communication and universal accountability to support the healthcare industry’s ongoing evolution towards achieving the quadruple aim.

Jonathan holds an MBA/MHA from UNC’s Kenan Flagler Business School and Gillings School of Global Public Health, respectively, along with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia.