Keynote Speakers

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Opening Keynote Speakers


Carol Shrader

The W Word – A Parent’s Perspective

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 09:00 AM

Carol Shrader

The Blessing Counter

Carol is a mother to young adult triplets, two of whom have Cerebral Palsy, plus a 13-year-old daughter. In 2008, her then 11-year-old son created a blog, The Blessing Counter, and encouraged her to write. His willingness to have his story told so that even just one family could find hope in the journey of raising children with Cerebral Palsy inspires her still.
Carol is passionate about helping others find the joy in raising their own children with CP; about helping our children reach their full potential; and knocking down roadblocks that get in the way of just that. Her husband Wade is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon committed to the medical care of children with Cerebral Palsy. It is their family’s goal to remove helplessness and hopelessness from the diagnosis.


John Lovelace

Opportunities to Serve People with Disabilities in an Increasingly Managed Insurance Market

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 09:25 AM

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President, UPMC for You
President of Government Programs and UPMC Individual Advantage
Chief Program Office, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

John Lovelace holds several positions within the UPMC Insurance Services Division, through which he oversees the government health program lines of business with UPMC. This includes the managed Medicaid programs, managed long-term services and supports, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare, and Medicare Special Needs Programs, individual medically underwritten coverage and the operations of federally facilitated marketplace operations.  He has been associated with UPMC insurance services for more than twenty years. John serves on a variety of local, regional and national boards, including the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, which he serves as Board Chair; Medicaid Health Plans of America; and the National Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Health Plan Association.  

He speaks nationally on key issues affecting publicly financed health care programs, with emphasis on people with disabilities and social determinants of health. More locally, his advocacy efforts are focused on disabilities, services for women and children and behavioral health. Mr. Lovelace holds graduate degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as in Information Services from the University of Pittsburgh.


Closing Keynote Speaker

Michael L. Boninger, MD

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Professor and UPMC Endowed Vice Chair for Research, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh 

Dr. Michael Boninger is a Professor and UPMC Endowed Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. He has joint appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Science and Technology and the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He is Senior Medical Director for Post-Acute Care for the Health Services Division of UPMC. He is also a physician-researcher for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Boninger has an extensive publication record of over 250 papers.  His central research focus is on enabling increased function and participation for individuals with disabilities through the development and application of assistive, rehabilitative and regenerative technologies.  

Dr. Boninger also has extensive experience and publications related to training researchers. His students have won over 50 national awards. Dr. Boninger holds 4 United States patents and has received numerous honors, including being inducted into the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Science.


Last Updated: 11.07.2018

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