Meet Our Leadership

Known for Our Competence; Admired for Our Compassion

The Equality Health team represents industry leaders aligned in the shared mission of advancing health equity and driving change in healthcare. With a relentless commitment to making healthcare better, we’ve created a world-class leadership team as dynamic as the communities we serve. Our combined decades of experience in healthcare, particularly Medicaid and value-based care, serve as our solid foundation for continuous growth.

Equality’s Healthcare Rebels

Relentlessly Committed to Improving Lives

Our leaders work tirelessly to disrupt the status quo in order to drive improved healthcare for all.

Hugh Lytle

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Equality Health

Hugh Lytle is a serial entrepreneur and self-described healthcare rebel. The common thread throughout his 25 years of healthcare leadership is a focus on disruptive health service innovations with a strong social mission and a desire to bring systemic change to the U.S. health care system.

Garrett Black

Executive Vice President, Market and Operations

Garrett brings an exceptional track record of developing high-performing, diverse leadership teams and managing large-scale clinical and business operations within both provider and health plan organizations to Equality Health.

Brandon Clark

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Growth

An accomplished community health executive, Brandon brings more than a decade of experience in healthcare strategy, finance, and operations to Equality Health. He was drawn to Equality Health because of its disruptive vision, diverse team, and passion to transform the healthcare experience for underserved populations.

Mark Besh

Chief Commercial Officer

Mark focuses on thoughtful and profitable “quality growth” strategies at Equality Health with a particular focus on value creation. His impressive track record in the healthcare sector has led to the formation of publicly traded companies, and his stewardship in the institutional investment business helped skyrocket the growth of assets under management.

Mark Stephan, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mark Stephan serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Equality Health. Prior to joining Equality Health, Dr. Stephan served as the Vice President of Clinical Integration for Physician Integration at Dignity Health where he was responsible for the development and expansion of clinically integrated networks across the enterprise. Previously he was the Chief Medical Officer for Arizona Care Network (ACN), the Dignity Health-Tenet ACO.

Michael Poku, MD, MBA, FACP

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Michael Poku is an accomplished healthcare executive with extensive experience in clinical leadership, medical informatics, and value-based care. Prior to serving as the Chief Clinical Officer for Equality Health, he was Senior Medical Director at Oak Street Health overseeing multiple clinical teams and driving innovative models of value-based care delivery, resulting in improved patient outcomes and increased operational efficiency.

Ruth Gutierrez Hafoka

Chief Human Resource Officer

Ruth is a business leader who advocates for talent and takes pride in her ability to translate business strategies into innovative yet pragmatic talent strategies. Throughout her career, she has successfully led significant cultural transformations that enable growth, while ensuring that personnel decisions advance an inclusive and innovative environment.

Todd Galloway

Chief Actuarial Officer

With a penchant for turning complex challenges into intuitive understanding and opportunities, Todd has inherent expertise in optimizing health plan performance. His accumulated knowledge from managing physical, behavioral and long-term care products in the Medicaid, Medicare and commercial markets and experience in operational, financial, medical and marketing departments has shaped his firm belief that healthcare entities cannot run optimally without integrated business intelligence solutions among departments.

Brian Fischer

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Fischer, a certified public accountant and expert in managed-care finances, has thrived during his 25 years in healthcare management. He has extensive insight into developing, evaluating and operating Medicaid, Medicare and commercial managed care organizations and contributed to the award and start-up of numerous health plan ventures and the evaluation and acquisition/sale of multiple health plans.

Alice Raia

Chief Information Officer

Alice Raia is an accomplished leader who thrives on pushing the boundaries of technology to create an outstanding experience for people at some of their most vulnerable times. Built on family and personal experience, she has an innate sense of empathy, a fascination with technology, and a collaborative style.

Romey Murphy

Chief Legal Officer

Romey Murphy, Esq. is the Chief Legal Officer of Equality Health. Purpose-driven with a passion for building diverse and engaged teams to help drive growth, Romey has an extensive background in healthcare, litigation, regulatory strategy, mergers and acquisitions, product innovation, risk management, corporate governance, and compliance.

Jennifer Russo

Chief Marketing Officer

Jen is an expert brand builder and marketing innovator with a track record of driving business results that deliver significant value for healthcare organizations, including those with large Medicare and Medicaid populations.

Lisa Stevens Anderson

Regional Market President

For over three decades Lisa has dedicated her career to supporting providers navigating the complex healthcare landscape. In her current role as Regional Market President of Equality Health, she oversees the Virginia and Tennessee markets, leading teams focused on delivering solutions that enhance care management and member experience for providers and payers.

Benjy Green

Regional Market President

Benjy brings nearly two decades of managed care experience across several states to his role as Regional Market President at Equality Health, overseeing the Texas and Louisiana markets. He is decisive health plan leader with a proven track record navigating complexities spanning payers, providers, and health systems to improve financial performance.

Christian Leon

President, Arizona Market

With over a decade of experience in the healthcare and medical practice industry, Christian Leon is a seasoned professional. His expertise lies in operations management, media management, strategic planning, value-based agreements, contract negotiations, and scaling.

Tomás León

President, Equality Health Foundation

With over two decades of collective experience in diversity and inclusion, community mobilization, business development, health equity, policy advocacy, philanthropy and marketing communications, Tomás brings an innovative, purpose-driven approach to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in healthcare to underserved communities.

Sharla Fisher RT (R)(M)

Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO

With over 25 years of healthcare experience and a passion for making a difference, Sharla brings an accomplished record of building large-scale strategic partnerships, developing and leading executive level teams, creating innovative value-based solutions, and a relentless pursuit to delivering an elevated and unique brand experience to her role as Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO for Equality Health.

Claire Zimmerman Nichols

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Product

Claire Zimmerman joined the Equality Health team in 2018 and serves as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Product. She works closely with Equality Health’s partners to drive product strategy and ensure successful delivery and adoption of Equality Health’s technology solutions throughout the U.S.