The Affirmant Staff is here to support our local chapters and their efforts in Clinical Integration. We do this by bringing together subject matter experts from across our network to share the best practices; negotiating with health plan partners to bend the cost curve and share in the rewards; and using data from tools such as Epic, to help us make higher value decisions at the point of care.

Dr. Karin Proos, interim coo and clinical executive 

Karin Proos, Pharm.D., is Affirmant’s interim coo and clinical executive.  As a clinical leader with 20 years’ experience, Karin facilitates collaboration among other health care leaders across Michigan focusing on post-acute care, care management, pharmacy, chronic disease management, quality and utilization outcomes. These programs have resulted in ACO shared savings across multiple health systems.  Prior to working at Affirmant Health Partners, Dr. Proos spent much of her career at Spectrum Health working with over 3000 providers in more than 200 ambulatory offices.  She developed sustainable pharmacy and medication-use services for these offices and led teams involved in direct patient care activities with MTM, PCMH and multidisciplinary care models. Karin developed programs for safety culture and ISMP/TJC/NPSG best practices as well as drove value through MACRA, MIPS and payer incentives. She also served as a clinical informatics resource for meaningful use, electronic prescribing and clinical decision support and alerts.  Outside of work, Karin enjoys spending time with her husband, walking the dog, oil painting, cooking and reading.

Katy Velten, interim coo and communications executive 

As the interim coo and communications executive, Katy has been instrumental in the successful launch of the Affirmant brand and messaging around our vision to achieve a healthy Michigan at an affordable cost. Katy is responsible for the engagement of education and communication with our six member systems, seven local Chapters, and over 6,000 participating physicians. Outside of Katy’s professional responsibilities, she serves on the board of directors for the Michigan Society for Healthcare Planning and Marketing, mentors with Southwest Michigan First and received her Master’s in Communications from Western Michigan University. In her free time, you can find her with her husband and two daughters enjoying a musical, reading, traveling or golfing.

Andrea Charmley, LMSW, MPH, comes to us from Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine where she was the program manager for a behavioral health and primary care integration project. She has experience working in a variety of health care settings and is passionate about making health care affordable and accessible for all people.

Andrea completed her master of public health and master of social work from the University of Michigan holds Advanced Generalist social work licensure. At Affirmant she is responsible for supporting the coordination, integration and analysis of clinical priorities across Affirmant Chapters. In her free time she enjoys reading, knitting, sewing, running, being outdoors and camping with her partner.

Marla Beyer joined the Affirmant Health Partners team in June of 2019. Marla comes from Bronson Healthcare Group and brings over eight years of experience in Information Technology, mainly focused on implementing and supporting Epic, Bronson’s electronic health record.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son. They can be found attending sporting events at Western Michigan University (GO BRONCOS!), or one of the kid’s soccer, baseball, basketball, cross country or track events.

Angela Johnson joined the Affirmant Team in January of 2018 as the Communications Specialist. Angela comes to us from Western Michigan University after finishing her BA in Public Relations in December of 2017. Prior to her current position with Affirmant she worked as our communications intern. Outside of work, Angela enjoys spending time with her daughter traveling Michigan to see family, attending special events and sporting events in their free time.

After joining the Affirmant team in May of 2018, Meghan prepares data extraction and visualization expertise to provide actionable information to health care professionals. She is no stranger to data analytics, having spent time at Bronson Healthcare and Metro Health where she was responsible for fulfilling complex data needs using Epic and supporting business intelligence tools.

A passionate believer in youth empowerment, Meghan supports the YWCA of Kalamazoo in teaching TechGYRLS, a program designed to promote STEM knowledge and gender equality. When she isn’t glued to a computer screen, she loves to spend time with her daughter, Maya. They savor their time by riding bikes, camping, traveling and playing softball.

Jeromy believes that improving quality and reducing cost in healthcare is one of the most important challenges facing the United States, which is why he left manufacturing to work in healthcare eleven years ago. Jeromy spent the past eight years as a Continuous Improvement Consultant at Bronson Healthcare, helping develop problem solving capabilities and assisting in building the Bronson Management System. He has a Bachelor of Science in physics from Western Michigan University; when asked how that applies to the challenges facing healthcare, he says it is all about solving complex problems using basic principles. Outside of work Jeromy enjoys spending time with his family, biking and playing music.

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