Margot Langstaff, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A.
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 MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, and received a BSN 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.
Elisa Hamill, R.N., B.S, M.S., M.S.N.
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.
Howard S. Hankerson
Executive Vice President
Business Development and Operations
Howard Hankerson provides executive-level, strategy driven leadership to the company. With 20-plus years of successful business experience, Howard brings a comprehensive background in contracts administration, operations, revenue generation and client relations. As Executive Vice President, Howard executes LifeHealth’s business vision to maximize the company’s revenue and market share growth in the Federal, Civilian, State & Local Governments and commercial market segments.
Howard serves as the corporate point of contact for marketing & business development. He is also responsible for establishing strategic partnerships, teaming arrangements, Joint Ventures, and Mentor-Protégé agreements with Large, Small, Veteran-owned, and Large Business Partners that share the LifeHealth synergy, corporate culture, integrity, and business ethics. Howard is based in LifeHealth’s Washington, DC location, enabling him to have direct access with a variety of federal government and strategic business partner contacts.
Howard has a B.S. in Biology and Business from Tennessee State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.
Judy Paley, M.D.
Dr. Judith (Judy) Paley is licensed physician, Board Certified in Internal Medicine who has practiced In Colorado for over 30 years. Her passion is patient education and prevention. Dr. Paley is a well-regarded author, health writer and columnist with an extensive bibliography on health care and patient care topics. She is the author of two online medical columns including regular email health newsletter and an advice column of advice for menopausal women. She excels at making medical topics interesting and understandable.
She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Medicine and has a BA in Biology and Chemistry from University of Colorado, Boulder. Recently retired, she is pursuing her passion for health education, writing, and being a grandmother to her first grandchild.
As the LifeHealth Medical Director, Dr. Paley brings her years of experience in primary care and internal medicine with an emphasis on patient education.
Tracy D. Williams
Tracy Williams, Director of Human Capital, leads our human resources, recruiting and credentialing assuring that LifeHealth delivers the best people for our government and commercial clients. Tracy’s progressive experience includes recruitment and retention, credentialing, planning, scheduling, training development, budgeting, project management, conflict resolution, change management, benefits administration and employee and labor relations. Coupled with her deep industry knowledge, and experience in federal government contracting, Tracy is uniquely qualified to manage the high-energy world of human capital at LifeHealth.
Tracy has more than 20 years’ experience in human capital with 14 of those specific to federal government contracting. She brings wide-ranging knowledge of day-to-day operational activities and functions for healthcare services government contracts and task orders with the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Veteran’s Administration and many other federal and state government agencies. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland University College.
Prior to joining LifeHealth, Tracy served as a member of the executive management team for several small and large federal government contractors managing all aspects of its human capital functions.
Sarah Jones Farmar
Sarah Jones Farmar provides financial leadership related to business decisions to achieve strategic, financial and operational objectives. She serves as the Controller for LifeHealth and in her role, Sarah is responsible for producing financial statements and ensuring compliance with financial and government requirements and preparing the business plan, budget and forecast.
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.
Brook D. Boehler
Brook Boehler, Director of Information Technology, has been working with LifeHealth in various capacities since 2004. His diverse technical background includes application development, technical support, database management, business analysis, software testing, data integration and analysis, and spans over 20 years of experience. Brook oversees all technology functions and initiatives at LifeHealth. His team effectively manages all network infrastructures, computer platforms, mobile devices, enterprise applications and services, development initiatives and technical training; while exploring innovative and efficient processes and solutions in support of LifeHealth’s strategic initiatives.
A second generation IT professional, his early interest in computer systems and programming formed the initial core of his undergraduate education. However, his focus on the human elements in business and the underlying connections with technology led him to broaden the scope of his studies, culminating in an undergraduate degree in Economics from Colorado State University. As a lifelong learner, he maintains a vital interest in new technologies, and is active in the technology community.
Brook's career history includes many world class organizations: Levi Strauss and Company, Williams-Sonoma, Gymboree, Eddie Bauer, and Sears and Roebuck. Brook brings a rich business and IT skill set to LifeHealth.
Kristian A. Atkins
Provider Relations Manager
As Provider Relations Manager, 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 Colorado Springs with her husband and their Jack Russel Terrier.
As Program Manager, 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.