godlee davis, partner
I believe that a leader’s most powerful trait and asset is influence. When you are able to garner sufficient respect, admiration, value, and trust from those you lead to cause them to want to do something simply because you want it done; when those you lead believe in you enough to follow your direction even when they can’t see the vision; when a decision is judged to be wise based on your agreement and acceptance – then you have the power to change the world.
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- How long have you worked in eligibility services?
- I have been advocating for eligibility benefits for consumers and patients for over 20 years. My experience began as an employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA) where I learned the inner workings of the system and mastered SSA policy. I then put that knowledge to work helping those in need to access the benefits they were due. I leveraged the relationships made within the agency to advocate for those who could not advocate for themselves.
- Where did you go to school?
- I’m from Baltimore so my first answer to that question is the high school I attended, which is McDonogh School. I was privileged to attend McDonogh on an academic scholarship and continued my education at The Johns Hopkins University. I am a McDonogh Eagle, Hopkins Blue Jay, and avid Baltimore Ravens fan. I guess you can call me a “smart bird”.
- What other industry experience has prepared you to lead this organization.
- I have more than 12 years of experience with DECO Recovery Management, LLC a premier Medical Assistance Eligibility and Revenue Cycle Consulting organization. As the top executive for the company, I lead the corporate vision and growth strategy, overseeing all operations including fiscal and administrative departments for all business lines. I also serve on the board of Destined for Success, a community-based, non-profit family services organization that provides transitional living services, life skills training, safe housing, educational, emotional, and fiscal support for at-risk youth, foster youth, homeless young adults, young adults and their families. I’ve participated on several collaboratives with CMS, DHHS, DHR, SSA, and other social advocacy stake holders to evaluate and improve the Eligibility Determination Processes for Medical Assistance and even served on transition teams for state government officials assessing and providing feedback and recommendations for state agencies. I hold the distinction of Accredited Disability Representative (ADR), a designation reserved for consummate Disability Advocacy professionals and I’ve successfully represented clients across the country. I’m an active member of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) as well as the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and have been a speaker/presenter at many local and national AAHAM and HFMA conferences.
- What’s more important to you, being respected or being right?
- As much as I believe a big part of the respect I’ve gained has come from often being right, true character is shown in how one learns from mistakes, rebounds from failure, and perseveres through difficulty. Good character earns respect and what good is being right, if no one respects your opinion.
- What sets GreenScreen apart from other technology companies?
- I wouldn’t actually call us a technology company. We are a consulting company that turns potential into results and operationalizes ideas by leveraging intelligence through our platform. When you partner with GreenScreen, we are committed to helping propel your organization forward. Our service is customized to each client and our platform is built to support our unique approach. The technology is a tool but the true service we provide is unlocking your potential and changing the way you approach your business.
- What life lesson has motivated you to get to where you are?
- I learned at a very young age that I didn’t have to be limited by what other people thought. I am only limited by how big I can dream. My biological mother is paranoid schizophrenic and I was introduced to child protective services and the foster care system at the age of four. Being raised by a mother who suffered from mental illness and in Baltimore City foster care, my siblings and I were subject to the unthinkable. The prevailing consensus of clinicians was that I too would suffer from schizophrenia by age 13. I am truly blessed that, that was not the plan God had for me. I excelled at everything I put my mind to and God turned what the world thought would be another statistic into a sermon.
- What do you want to be known for?
- I hope that my work is respected but more importantly that my work touches lives. I don’t only want to do good work but I want my work to do some good. When people see me I want them to see the power of prayer, a witness of unshakable faith, and the manifestation of God’s love.