Our Leadership

James A. Laughman

James A. Laughman, M.S.W., L.S.W.

President, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Solutions, AmeriHealth Caritas; President, PerformCare

James A. Laughman, M.S.W., L.S.W., is President of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Solutions for AmeriHealth Caritas. Additionally, he is President of PerformCare, the organization’s full-service behavioral health managed care organization. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Executive Director of PerformCare in Pennsylvania. As President of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Solutions, Mr. Laughman leads the team that coordinates care and social services for members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Mr. Laughman joined AmeriHealth Caritas in 2014. He has devoted the majority of his career to improving the quality of life for people with behavioral, intellectual, or developmental challenges. His experience includes serving as Administrator of Behavioral Health and Developmental Service in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, for nearly 10 years.

Other notable achievements include his leadership with the Lancaster County Public Health Partnership and his state appointment as Trustee on the Board for Norristown State Hospital. He has also dedicated many years of service to breaking the cycle of homelessness. As Lead Administrator for the Coalition to End Homelessness in Lancaster County, Mr. Laughman oversaw the successful application for $2.2 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding, and the implementation of that award to provide permanent housing for families most in need.

Through Mr. Laughman’s leadership as County Human Services Administrator, Lancaster County implemented an efficiency program featuring innovative software for human services programs administration that reduced service duplications and increased access to information that helped the county save more than $600,000 and improve response time.

Mr. Laughman continues to work to lower costs and improve care. He encourages state and federal lawmakers to fund efforts to help revitalize neighborhoods and improve social determinants that impact health and wellness, such as housing, neighborhood safety, and health care. He is also a passionate advocate in helping to combat the opioid epidemic.

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Mimi Agnew

Lisa A. Hanzel, M.B.A.

Executive Director, PerformCare in Pennsylvania

Lisa Hanzel is Executive Director for PerformCare in Pennsylvania, a national full-service behavioral health managed care organization.

Mrs. Hanzel is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, and leadership of PerformCare in Pennsylvania and directs quality assurance activities. A national behavioral health managed care organization, PerformCare currently operates programs in five states offering specialized behavioral health and human services programs in both the public and private sectors. PerformCare is a full-service managed behavioral health care organization ensuring access to treatment for more than 1 million members in Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial plans. PerformCare supports evidence-based approaches to treatment and intervention to achieve clinical outcomes.

With more than 30 years' experience in health care, Mrs. Hanzel gained extensive expertise working with commercial health insurance and the Medicare program in past roles with Highmark/Pennsylvania Blue Shield. Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas, Mrs. Hanzel held several leadership positions with Highmark. She served as Compliance Auditor and was promoted to Senior Compliance and Integrity Analyst within the Integrity Office of Highmark/Pennsylvania Blue Shield. Most recently, she was the Compliance Director for PerformCare in Pennsylvania accountable for compliance with county, federal, and state Medicaid and Medicare regulatory requirements.

Mrs. Hanzel earned a Master of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary's College and is a certified compliance and ethics professional (CCEP).

She served as a key volunteer for over 10 years at the Highmark Caring Place, a center for children, adolescents, and their families committed to helping grieving children get the support they need. Mrs. Hanzel has also volunteered for various United Way events during her career.

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Dan Eisenhauer

Dan Eisenhauer

Director of Operations

Dan Eisenhauer has served as Director of Operations for PerformCare in Pennsylvania since 2020. In this role, he works to improve the behavioral health service delivery system and improve consumer and provider experience through his oversight of the Contact Center, provider network management, reports and data analysis, claims and information technology cross-coordination, and innovative cross-departmental projects.

Eisenhauer is a seasoned director with more than 35 years of experience in behavioral health and direct care and over 20 years of experience in administration and management in publicly funded human services fields.

Before joining PerformCare, he served as Administrator for the Dauphin County Mental Health/Autism/Developmental Program. In this role, he oversaw program planning, fiscal operations, and all publicly funded county mental health, autism, intellectual disabilities, and early intervention services in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, with responsibility for a $165 million programmatic budget. He also previously held the role of Dauphin County Deputy Mental Health Administrator for the program and Director of Mental Health Services for Lebanon County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Services.

Eisenhauer has been a Chair and Vice Chair for the Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative, Inc. Board of Directors and a Chair for its Clinical Committee. He is a past President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and a past Co-Chair for its Intellectual Disabilities Committee and its Developmental Disabilities Strategic Thinking Work Group. He is also a past Coordinating Committee Treasurer for the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, Inc. He has been a member of the Act 44 Human Services Transportation Study Project work group for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Eisenhauer earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lebanon Valley College.

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Tony L. Byler

Tony L. Byler, M.D.

Medical Director

Tony L. Byler is a Medical Director for PerformCare, a full-service managed behavioral health care organization that supports members and providers. For more than two decades, PerformCare has offered care management strategies and partners with the provider network to meet the needs of Pennsylvania adults, children, and families through specialized behavioral health and human services programs. Dr. Byler participates in the development and implementation of utilization management functions and quality improvement functions of PerformCare.

Dr. Byler is a board-certified psychiatrist who began serving with PerformCare in 2019. Before joining PerformCare, he had served as the Medical Director of outpatient and inpatient programs and a multispecialty physician corporation. Dr. Byler has also served as a psychiatrist for the mental health/intellectual disabilities (MH/ID) population at Merakey and as a staff psychiatrist for Wellspan Philhaven Behavioral Healthcare. He addressed the unique behavioral health care needs of the Amish and Mennonite population, and wrote a book that adapted mental health topics to their culture.

Dr. Byler earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical honor society. Following his residency in general psychiatry, he developed a special interest in teaching and mentoring and has served as clinical faculty for a number of medical schools. He has lectured for two family practice residencies, two medical schools, and primary care providers, and at various public meetings. He has also been a full-time faculty member at the Penn State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Byler’s international medical experience includes lecturing to medical students, residents, and other health care workers in Zambia as well as medical students in Burkina Faso. He served as a team leader for the Medical Education International branch of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and co-coordinated a medical conference in Managua, Nicaragua, for MDs and EMTs. He also helped establish ongoing collaboration with U.S. teams to deliver recurrent medical services in Nicaragua. 

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Joe Buttacci

Joe Buttacci

Director of Quality Management

Joe Buttacci has served as Director of Quality Management for PerformCare in Pennsylvania since 2015. He oversees Quality Improvement Program (QIP) efforts, including monitoring, evaluation, and improvement of clinical and non-clinical processes; strategic planning; complaint and grievance management; QIP and audit process and procedure development and revision; and compliance with state and federal regulations.

Buttacci is an accomplished director with more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health care management in both direct clinical service and commercial and HealthChoices insurance. He was previously Director of Clinical Services for PerformCare, with responsibility for all areas of clinical operation, including program development, implementation, and monitoring; budget development; performance evaluation; and 24/7 triage, referral, and medical management services.

Before joining PerformCare, he served as Behavioral Healthcare Manager for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He has also held the roles of Program Director and, previously, Drug and Alcohol Therapist for the Choices drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at Nesbitt Hospital.

Buttacci earned a Master of Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts from Marywood University. He is a licensed professional counselor and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor.

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Jack Pizzoli

Jack Pizzoli, M.S.W., LCSW, QCSW, BCD

Director of Clinical Services

Jack Pizzoli has been Director of Clinical Services for PerformCare in Pennsylvania since 2014. In this role, he directs PerformCare implementations of Pennsylvania HealthChoices clinical programs. His oversight includes leadership of the Clinical Services team and all care management programs; establishment of clinical operations policies and procedures; budget management; performance oversight; regulatory compliance; and reporting on utilization, service delivery, and member experience. Pizzoli has had a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout his career. He is currently Co-Chair of the PerformCare Pennsylvania DEI Committee and active in the AmeriHealth Caritas PRIDE Alliance.

Pizzoli has been with PerformCare Pennsylvania since 2001. His previous roles for PerformCare include Clinical Manager, Clinical Care Manager Supervisor, and Clinical Care Manager, with expanding responsibilities that culminated in daily operational and clinical management of all aspects of the Care Management department and Care Managers for HealthChoices and (under previous contracts) Gateway Medicare BH-MCO and Highmark commercial behavioral health services.

Before joining PerformCare, Pizzoli served as a Psychotherapist for mental health and substance use treatment in a private agency, Therapist in a mental health/intellectual and developmental disabilities partial hospitalization program for adolescents and adults, and Therapist for a substance use services and employee assistance program provider. He also worked as Program Director for residential programs serving youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.

Pizzoli has mentored and provided clinical supervision for Penn State, Temple University, Marywood University, and Shippensburg University internship programs. He earned a Master of Social Work from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Shippensburg University. He is a licensed clinical social worker and a qualified clinical social worker through the National Association of Social Workers. He holds a board certification in clinical social work from the American Board of Clinical Social Work.

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Leslie P. Marshall

Leslie P. Marshall, Esq.

Director, Compliance

Leslie P. Marshall is the Director of Compliance for PerformCare. PerformCare is a full-service managed behavioral health care organization that supports members and providers in targeted counties in Pennsylvania. For more than two decades, PerformCare has offered care management strategies and partnered with its provider network to provide quality, specialized behavioral health care and human services programs to meet the needs of Pennsylvania adults, children, and families.

Ms. Marshall is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the development and implementation of compliance policy, process, and control activities and provides oversight of all operating division and subsidiary compliance, privacy, and regulatory functions.

As the PerformCare Compliance Director, Ms. Marshall is responsible for the oversight and development of all local plan compliance measures. Specifically, Ms. Marshall proactively monitors departmental activities for compliance gaps or weaknesses and then assists in identifying opportunities for improvement. She actively partners with local and corporate stakeholders to support the plan's compliance needs through the creation and coordination of training initiatives. Ms. Marshall is also responsible for assisting with the review of member and provider complaints.

Prior to joining PerformCare, Ms. Marshall served as Director of Compliance at PA Health & Wellness. There she was responsible for coordination of health plan compliance and monitoring activities with state regulatory entities to ensure timely responses to requests to manage risk. As the primary point of contact for state regulatory agencies, she was responsible for maintaining a good working relationship with the state monitoring team. Her responsibilities also included documenting and inventorying risks, sanctions, and corrective action plans received by the plan and ensuring adequate reporting and mitigation strategies were in place and monitored.

Ms. Marshall currently serves on the East Pennsboro School District board of directors. She also volunteers with Junior Achievement, an organization dedicated to helping students learn about business principles and economics to help them become future leaders. In recent years, Ms. Marshall has helped raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central Pennsylvania by participating in the Hershey Half Marathon.

Ms. Marshall graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh and earned a law degree from the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Francis Pandolfino, Director of Finance

Francis Pandolfino

Director of Finance

Francis Pandolfino is Director of Finance for PerformCare in Pennsylvania, a national full-service behavioral health managed care organization that supports members and providers. PerformCare ensures access to treatment and offers specialized behavioral health and human services programs in both the public and private sectors.

He is responsible for the oversight of all financial activities for PerformCare of Pennsylvania. As Director of Finance, he is a critical member of the management team and provides financial oversight to ensure fiduciary and contract compliance with PerformCare's clients. Mr. Pandolfino manages both the financial and analytic teams within the company. Through his management, both teams provide accurate and timely reporting of financial and member-driven medical cost trends to executive management and PerformCare partners. The departments also provide key financial data from operational activities, which drive company decisions.

Mr. Pandolfino is responsible for leading the annual operating budget plans and monitors performance of ongoing costs driven by the operational staff. He maintains and reviews operating revenue models for new business and strategic planning needs and manages the daily activities of the finance administration staff.

Prior to joining PerformCare, Mr. Pandolfino served as controller and operations manager of Liberty Financial Group Inc. in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. There he was responsible for providing oversight, leverage testing, and forecasting of short- and long-term performance of a $16 million in-house portfolio. He had oversight of daily cash operations for the company and portfolio account results.

Acting as the liaison between the company and five lending institutions, Mr. Pandolfino was tasked with the responsibility to either broker contracts or maintain customers in portfolio in order to meet financial targets and mitigate risk. While serving as controller, he accomplished many achievements, including ending the fiscal year in 2015 1.5% above target margin while surpassing target portfolio balances.

Mr. Pandolfino also has previous finance experience in health care, at Keystone Peer Review Organization Inc. (KePRO Inc.) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. KePRO Inc. is a Pennsylvania medical utilization peer review company with locations in six states and Puerto Rico. As Controller for KePRO, he drafted financial policy, conducted legal contract review, produced analytic and financial forecasting reports, and created product pricing models for new health services. His achievements included successfully restructuring and streamlining the Finance department and redesigning the company-wide financial reporting format that resulted in an improved analytic focus.

Mr. Pandolfino earned a Bachelor of Science degree from York College of Pennsylvania, where he majored in business, accounting, and finance.

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