CEO & Co-Founder
Kelsey Mellard, M.P.A., is the CEO and Co-founder of Sitka. Prior to founding Sitka, Kelsey led the Health System Integration for Honor. Prior to joining the Honor team in 2013, she led the development of the Post-Acute Care Center for Research (PACCR) and served as its Executive Director and was the Vice President of Partnership Marketing and Policy at naviHealth. Before that, she was the Vice President of Policy for Health Services at UnitedHealth Group and worked closely with Optum. She also served as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), where she helped to establish the organization. Before working with the Federal Government, Kelsey worked directly within the healthcare delivery system as a consultant to a variety of hospital systems. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Board Company, and as an Administrative Fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinic. She attended Winona State University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Community Health, and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Currently, she also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Winona State University in the College of Nursing and Health Services.