Dr. Adams was appointed by Governor Mike Pence as the Indiana State Health Commissioner on October 22, 2014. Dr. Adams currently serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and as a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he is Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He has served in the leadership of several professional organizations, including the Indiana State Medical Association, Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Medical Association, and currently serves as Chair of the Professional Diversity Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He earned a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Biopsychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has been a researcher at medical schools in both the Netherlands and Zimbabwe, and has worked under Nobel Prize winner Dr. Tom Cech. He earned his Medical Doctorate at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and his Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Adams is married and has three children, and resides in Fishers, Indiana.
As Director of the Division of Program Development and Management, Greg is responsible for Medicaid services planning and policy in addition to development of new and emerging program areas. Greg is responsible for managing policy and payment support for all NYS Medicaid’s inpatient, clinic, practitioner and pharmacy services as well as payment policy for mental health, chemical dependence and developmental disabilities services. Greg and his team have recently been engaged in the NYS Medicaid Redesign process including the statewide roll out of the health home care management program for high need, high cost populations. Greg also has lead responsibility for managing the state’s recently approved $8B Medicaid Waiver including its centerpiece the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.Beginning his career as a front line service professional in the chemical dependence field, Greg has over 20 years of government operations and management experience. Working at both the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and more recently at the State Department of Health, most of Greg’s work has focused on the nexus between program development and payment with a particular focus on incubating new programs and policy.
Catherine is the National Vice President, State Programs for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role, she is responsible for working with state and federal policy makers to shape programs to serve Medicaid and Medicare. Catherine has extensive expertise working with policy makers to address the complex needs of individuals served by government health care programs and leverages the UnitedHealthcare’s experience with the most complex individuals served by government-funded health care programs and delivery systems. She works closely with a broad spectrum of providers, advocates, and stakeholders to assist policy makers in creating enrollee-centered approaches that thoughtfully include comprehensive healthcare and social services solutions. Catherine has been with UnitedHealth Group for more than 18 year in roles focusing on both Medicare and Medicaid programs and developing solutions for states for complex populations.
Lowell Arye has worked in state and federal government, academia, philanthropy and the non-profit sector for more than 30 years. Lowell’s nationally recognized work focuses on the nexus between income security, health and long term services and supports for seniors and people with disabilities.Lowell is currently Deputy Commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS). In this capacity, Lowell is responsible for three divisions-Family Development, Disability Services and Aging Services. Prior to his current appointment in February 2012, Lowell served as Policy Advisor on Human Services, Children and Families for Governor Christie.Before joining state government, he served as the Executive Director of a New Jersey trade and advocacy organization for people with complex physical and neurological developmental disabilities. Prior to this, Lowell was employed with the US House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging , in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services, at the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.Lowell is nationally recognized for his work in aging and disability, including his election to the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has spoken at national and regional conferences on aging and disabilities and served as faculty at several universities and as a consultant to state and city departments of health and human services and to health care providers.Lowell holds a Masters in Science of Social Administration with a specialization in gerontology from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in Cleveland, Ohio and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio.
Christopher G. Atchison is the Director of the State Hygienic Laboratory, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Clinical Professor in Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.Prior to joining the University in 1999, Mr. Atchison served for eight years as Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.At the national level, Mr. Atchison served as President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and was chair of the Joint Council of Official Health Agencies. In 1998 he received ASTHO’s Arthur T. McCormack Award for his contributions to public health practice.
Deborah Bachrach has more than 25 years of experience in health policy and financing in both the public and private sectors and an extensive background in Medicaid policy and healthcare reform. She works with states, providers, plans and foundations in implementing federal health reform and Medicaid payment and delivery system reforms. Ms. Bachrach was a partner at Manatt from 1992 to 2006, serving as co-chair of the Healthcare Practice Group. She provided legislative, regulatory and strategic counsel to academic medical centers, safety net hospitals, community health centers, health plans and other healthcare companies. Prior to this, Ms. Bachrach served as Vice President, External Affairs, at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. She also worked for four years as New York State Chief Assistant Attorney General and for three years as Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the Office of the New York State Attorney General.
Carrie Banahan is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of the Health Benefit and Information exchange and is responsible for the implementation and operations of the Exchange. Carrie is a graduate from the University of Louisville and has over 30 years experience in State Government. From 2008-2012, she was the Executive Director of the Office of Health Policy and was responsible for the administration of the Certificate of Need program and Health Planning and development for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. During that time, Carrie also served as the implementation Director for Medicaid Managed Care in which 540,000 individuals was transitioned from a fee-for-service delivery system to managed care. From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Banahan served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department for Medicaid Services. While at Medicaid, Carrie was instrumental in overseeing the implementation of Kentucky Health Choices and the new MMIS, as well as assisting with the development of new waiver programs.From 1998 until 2006, she was employed by the Department of Insurance and worked in the Health Division as a Branch Manager, Division Director and also served as Deputy Commissioner. While at Insurance, Ms. Banahan was responsible for overseeing and implementing HIPAA insurance requirements, prompt pay laws for insurers, an internal and external review process for consumers, and a state high risk pool for individuals who were unable or had difficulty obtaining health insurance.From 1986 to 1998, Carrie was employed by the Department for Medicaid Services and served in various capacities including policy development, drafting of Medicaid regulations and State Plan amendments and assisted with implementation of a new MMIS, and the Medicaid Partnership Program.
Anne M. Barry serves as assistant commissioner for Community and Partner Relations at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), a post she has held since July 2015. She oversees Community Relations, County Relations, the Office of Indian Policy, and the Office for Equity, Performance and Development, and serves as a member of the department’s Senior Management Team.Prior to her current position, Barry served as deputy commissioner for Direct Care and Treatment. In addition to several operational and stakeholder relations areas, she oversaw the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, which provides inpatient services and treatment to people who are committed by the court as a sexual psychopathic personality or a sexually dangerous person; and State Operated Services, which provides residential and treatment programs serving people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency and traumatic brain injury as well as people who pose a risk to public safety. She was appointed deputy commissioner by Commissioner Lucinda Jesson in January 2011.She also served DHS as chief compliance officer (CCO) from October 2005 to January 2011. As CCO, she had responsibility for legal and compliance activities throughout the agency.Barry served as deputy commissioner of Finance (now Minnesota Management & Budget) in Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s administration after four years in the same position for Gov. Jesse Ventura’s administration. As deputy commissioner of Finance, Barry was responsible for overall agency leadership and management in the areas of accounting, budget, cash and debt management, economic forecasting and financial information systems.Prior to her appointment at Finance, Barry was appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in June 1995. At MDH, Barry was responsible for leading efforts in the development and implementation of health policy for the state as well as preventing and controlling disease, promoting healthier behavior choices, controlling environmental health hazards, protecting the health of mothers and children and regulating health care providers. Barry also served as deputy commissioner of Health from 1992 until her appointment as commissioner of Health.Barry also serves as adjunct faculty at the School of Public Health in the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota. She provides advice, guidance, health-related research, and teaches two courses: Public Health Law and Planning and Budgeting for Public Health.Barry earned her juris doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law and her master’s of public health administration degree from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a bachelor of arts degree in occupational therapy from the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University).
As a heath advocate, Eileen Barsi has dedicated her professional career with specific focus on the underserved and vulnerable populations. During her tenure at Dignity Health, as senior director of Community Benefit, Ms. Barsi led initiatives for the 39-hospital system overseeing community benefit and ensuring compliance with federal and state mandates. She also successfully established and led metric goals for all of leadership that resulted in improvements to health program planning, implementation and achievement of measurable objectives through strategic investments in hospital service areas with a specific focus on reducing admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions among vulnerable populations.
Sue Bergeson is a person with the lived experience of behavioral health. Many of her family members live with behavioral health issues. Her beloved sister died by suicide. She is the national Vice President of Consumer and Family Affairs for Optum Consumer Solutions, the behavioral health arm of United Health Care, a large managed care company. Bergeson is responsible for developing behavioral health programs that help people living with mental illness and substance use disorders achieve long-term recovery and resiliency. She has brought peer support as a reimbursable service into Optum including facilitating the creation of Level of care guidelines, reimbursement guidelines, Statement of work, contracting guidelines, and credential guidelines. She has developed training programs to teach consumer run programs how to contract with managed care organizations to create sustainable funding. She has built a suite of activation and health literacy tools for consumer to use to support their wellness as well as tools to help peer coaches assess and provide the right self-care tools and resources at the right time. Before joining OptumHealth, Bergeson lead the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Under her tenure DBSA grew to serve over five million members per year, offering over 30 self-care and health literacy products and over 1,000 support groups in all fifty states. Sue has been on The View, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS news, NBS news, CNN, and public television; She has been quoted in Newsweek, the LA Times, the Washington Post, among other national print media and has been a regular on WGN radio. She has served on many national workgroups, research studies and national consumer initiatives. She is a frequent speaker on consumer centered issues and concerns. She was honored as the recipient of the 2015 Clifford Beers Award, MHA’s highest honor, considered by many to be the nation’s highest award for an advocate with the lived experience of mental health.
Since 2009, Mr. Betlach has served as Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s single state Medicaid agency. Mr. Betlach reports to the Governor on the AHCCCS program, which currently provides health care coverage to 1.6 million Arizonans at an annual cost of $12 billion. Mr. Betlach is widely recognized as a national leader in Medicaid managed care and health care policy. Through his leadership, Arizona: launched the first integrated health plan for persons with serious mental illness by including physical health services into the Regional Behavioral Health Authority; leads the nation in duals alignment; is streamlining justice system transitions to health care; remains one of the lowest cost long term care programs nationally; has maintained high levels of home and community based placement for persons with long term care needs; created an integrated specialty plan for children with special health care needs; and modernized operational processes and systems, including enhancing data analytics in Medicaid. In recognition of his expertise, Mr. Betlach was selected by his peers to serve as President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office named Mr. Betlach to its prestigious Panel of Health Advisers. Prior to becoming AHCCCS Director, Mr. Betlach served as the AHCCCS Deputy Director for nearly eight years. Mr. Betlach served as the state Budget Director for five years before coming to AHCCCS. Mr. Betlach earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.
Deputy Associate Director for Policy for CDC’s Injury Center since 2011. Lead congressional engagement, partnership development, and other health policy activities for the Center. Provides key strategic direction on NCIPC’s programmatic and policy direction, including prescription drug overdoses, motor vehicle injury prevention, older adult falls, youth sports concussions, sexual violence, and child abuse and neglect.
Nearly 30 years of nursing care and progressive health care administration primarily in rural and frontier regions of Colorado. Extensive community, regional and national involvement with health care program development in community health services including public health, primary care, community health, home health, hospice care and aging services and facilities. Expertise in leadership, management, strategic collaboratives, and resource development related to health care. Extensive knowledge of program design and implementation, staff allocation/development, assessment of community and state-wide health needs, human services resource allocation and legislative affairs. Active in and leads health policy development and implementation of national health care reform at the state level.
Erin C. Fuse Brown, JD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Law at Georgia State University’s College of Law and a faculty member of GSU’s Center for Law, Health & Society. Her research focuses on the regulation of health care markets. She has published articles in legal and medical journals about hospital prices, medical billing and collection, as well as health care competition and market failures. She is currently working with her co-author, Jaime S. King, JD, PhD, on a project to evaluate legal and policy solutions to address the anticompetitive potential of vertical integration in health care.
Timothy Brown is a health economist and the Associate Director for Research at the Berkeley Center for Health Technology in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also on faculty in the Department of Health Policy & Management, also in the School of Public Health. Dr. Brown’s current research areas are reference-based benefits and the valuation of chronic pain.
Brian Burwell is Vice President and Director of the Community Living Systems group at Truven Health Analytics in Cambridge, MA. He is a recognized national expert on Medicaid financing of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). Mr. Burwell has done extensive research and policy development work in managed care models for LTSS populations. Mr. Burwell holds a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College.
Dr. Bechara Choucair, a Family Physician, has served as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health since November, 2009. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Choucair earned both his bachelors and medical degrees from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Choucair completed his Family Practice Residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. From 2001-2005, he served as Medical Director of Crusader Community Health in Rockford, Illinois. In 2005, he moved to Chicago serving as Executive Director of Heartland Health Centers until his appointment as CDPH Commissioner. In 2011, Dr. Choucair launched Healthy Chicago, the first comprehensive public health agenda for the City of Chicago, providing 200 action items for the City to improve the overall health and well-being of residents. Since its launch, CDPH has reported historic lows in childhood obesity rates and both teen and adult smoking rates, as well as significant increases in overall life expectancy. Under his leadership, CDPH became the first big city public health agency to be awarded national accreditation, in 2013. And in 2014, CDPH was honored as the Local Health Department of the Year by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Dr. Choucair serves on numerous boards and has a faculty appointment at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. In addition to a number of local and national awards, he was named one of Chicago’s 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2012.
Terry L. Cline, Ph.D., began his tenure as Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Health effective June 30, 2009. Dr. Cline was appointed to this position by the Oklahoma State Board of Health and he is the 20th State Health Commissioner to serve since the position was first created in 1907. In February 2011, Gov. Mary Fallin appointed him to serve concurrently as Oklahoma’s Cabinet Secretary of Health and Human Services. A native of Ardmore, OK, Dr. Cline attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1980. He then received both a master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Cline has involved himself in community service, including membership on a number of local, state and national committees and boards with a focus on improving the overall health of the community and the nation.
Dr. Cogan is the Director of the Bureau of Quality Measurement and Evaluation, which oversees the collection of quality performance data from 26 managed care organizations, representing the quality of care for approximately 12 million people in New York State (NYS). Dr. Cogan has extensive knowledge and background on quality measurement. Dr. Cogan’s research interests include health care services and outcomes research, and the evaluation of initiatives designed to reform and transform primary care, such as the patient-centered medical home. Dr. Cogan has her PhD in Epidemiology from the University at Albany School of Public Health.
Denise Chuckovich has been the Deputy Director at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare since 2012. In her role as deputy she oversees the Divisions of Behavioral Health, Medicaid, and Public Health.Denise has over 30 years of experience in healthcare service delivery, and health policy development in both the public and private sectors. She is presently focused on developing policy to improve healthcare access, services and quality in Idaho. Denise completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She has a Masters degree from Idaho State University, Pocatello, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Chris has a MSW from Southern Illinois University and serves as the Director for the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care (ORHCC). The mission of ORHCC is to assist underserved communities and populations to develop innovative strategies for improving access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care. ORHCC serves as North Carolina’s State Office of Rural Health and the Primary Care Office which administer the following programs: designation of health professional shortage areas, provider recruitment and loan repayment, safety net primary care infrastructure development, integration of behavioral, oral and physical health, migrant health programs, telepsychiatry, prescription assistance, and community network development.Chris oversees a budget of approximately $29 million in federal, state, and philanthropic resources, and provides funding and in-depth technical assistance to North Carolina’s safety net system. ORHCC administers over 300 contracts designed to expand access to high quality health care for rural and underserved populations allowing ORHCC to return over 90% of its budget directly to NC communities.Chris previously served a joint appointment within DHHS as an Assistant Director for the Division of Medical Assistance, overseeing the managed care program. Prior to working for the Department of Health and Human Services, she was the founding Executive Director of the Community Care Network serving Western North Carolina. She serves on state and federal task forces pertaining to primary care, safety net, rural health and models of integrated care.
Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, is the Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). SAMHSA is the lead Federal agency designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.In this role, Mr. del Vecchio provides executive leadership for Federal efforts to improve the nation’s mental health service systems. This includes management of the federal/state mental health block grant program and directing a range of programs and activities that address topics such as suicide prevention, children’s mental health, homelessness, disaster mental health, HIV/AIDS, and others. Previously, Mr. del Vecchio was the CMHS Associate Director for Consumer Affairs where he directed SAMHSA’s precedent-setting programs and activities that advanced consumer participation and education, a recovery orientation for the mental health system, peer support and the adoption of certified peer specialists, wellness and primary care integration, understanding of trauma histories and the social determinants of health and mental health, and led programs to reduce discrimination and prejudice associated with mental illnesses. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Paolo worked for the Philadelphia Office of Mental Health in the areas of policy formulation and the planning of a comprehensive system of community-based mental health services addressing homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and many other issues. A self-identified mental health consumer, trauma survivor, and person in recovery from addictions, Paolo has been involved for over 40 years in behavioral health as a consumer, family member, provider, advocate, and policy maker. He graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University, has published widely, and is a highly sought after national leader and speaker. Paolo has been a leader in many Federal efforts including the Federal Advisory Planning Board for the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health, the HHS Multiple Chronic Conditions Initiative, the HHS Living Community Initiative and numerous others.
Chris DeMars is the Director of Systems Innovation at the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center—the hub for health system innovation in Oregon—where she manages a team that supports innovation within Oregon’s coordinated care organizations while also working to spread the coordinated care model to other payers. Before joining the Transformation Center, Ms. DeMars spent eight years as a Senior Program Officer at the Northwest Health Foundation, where she managed the Foundation’s health care reform work, including support for Oregon’s delivery system reform and health reform advocacy organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. DeMars was a Senior Health Policy Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she authored numerous reports for Congress on Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance payment policy. Ms. DeMars has also held positions at health-policy consulting firms where she focused on public health, health system design, and reimbursement, and she began her career as a Policy Analyst at Indiana’s Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She lives in Portland with her husband and two sons.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, to serve as Minnesota Commissioner of Health in Jan. 2011. Ehlinger [el-in-gur] is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health. MDH is the state’s lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. The department has approximately 1,400 employees in the Twin Cities area and seven offices in Greater Minnesota. Prior to being appointed commissioner, Ehlinger served as director and chief health officer for Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, from 1995 – 2011. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the U of M School of Public Health. From 1980 to 1995, Ehlinger served as director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Department.
Samantha Ferencik is a Program Analyst at Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Division of Health Care Finance. She received her BA and MA from Washburn University and completed her doctoral coursework at Binghamton University in New York State. After teaching at the collegiate level, Samantha relocated to Topeka to be near to family, where she began her career with KDHE. Samantha’s notable projects and initiatives at KDHE include the Health Homes initiative and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP).
Dr. Fleischfresser is the Medical Director of the Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program in the Division of Public Health, Department of Health Services. She is responsible for the development of program services for children and youth with special health care needs including the development of Regional Centers for CYSHCN. Her past experiences include serving as medical director of a large urban community health center that serves predominately a Hispanic population and maternal child health director of an urban city health department.
Joe became Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Governor Terence R. McAuliffe in November 2014 where he provides counsel to the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources on policy and budget issues.
Joe was an analyst for the Senate Finance Committee in Virginia from 2002 through 2014, where he was responsible for the breadth of fiscal policy issues in health and human resources. As a non-partisan analyst, he was a resource to senators, agency officials, advocacy groups and the public on issues related to health care, social services, public health, behavioral health, children and adult services.Before coming to Virginia, he worked as a fiscal analyst for the Minnesota House of Representatives as well as the Texas Legislature. Joe began his career with the American Public Human Services Association.At present, Joe serves on the Executive Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and is the Chair of NASHP’s Health Care Access and Financing Committee.
Susan Fox, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Institute on Disability and Director of the Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH. She recently completed her doctorate work in Sociology, focusing on the experience of family caregivers of older adults. A key aspect of her work is the development of person-centered home and community based services for older adults and adults with disabilities to prevent unnecessary institutionalization and to support all citizens to live within their home communities. Prior to joining UNH, she served for five years as the State Director of the Division of Developmental Services where she led the state in expanding family support; implementing continuous quality improvement initiatives; enhancing services to persons with dual diagnoses, forensic issues, and acquired brain disorders; providing family support services to children with chronic health conditions statewide; developing in home support services for families; reducing the waiting list for services; developing and implementing a Medicaid Buy In Program and promoting self-determination. She also managed services in a community agency serving persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities for over ten years. Including her years working in special education, she has been active in regional and statewide initiatives involving older adults and persons with disabilities for over 35 years. She was recently appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Medicaid Care Management and serves on several community boards including the Office of Public Guardian where she serves as Board President. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Easter Seals NH Service Award, the Granite State Independent Living Community Partner Award, and the Community Resources for Justice Community Hero award.
Ann Garfinkle earned a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education (University of Washington, 1999). Before arriving at The University of Montana (Missoula) where she serves as Associate Professor, she worked at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and as an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University. Since arriving in Montana, she has worked on projects focusing on young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities. Most recently, she has worked to develop, implement, evaluate, provide technical assistance and professional development for Montana’s Children’s Autism Waiver (CAW); The CAW is a Medicaid waiver program that provides intensive services to young children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Recent outcome data suggest that approximately half of participants reach a best outcome. She has received recognition for this work by being named Montana’s Council for Exceptional Children’s Researcher of the Year as well as recognition from Governors Schweitzer and Bullock. Additionally, because of her knowledge of early childhood services in Montana and her experience as a reviewer, she assisted the Governor’s office in Montana’s Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge application. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker at state and national events.
Dr. Rebekah Gee is the Medicaid Medical Director for the state of Louisiana. She is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Gee has served as chair or co-chair of several national committees on maternity quality and prematurity reduction for CMS, HRSA and ACOG. Dr. Gee is the health policy resident expert for the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Board of Health Care Services. She is the recipient of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs 2012 State Leadership in Maternal and Child Health award for her work on improving birth outcomes. In 2014, Dr. Gee received the Woman of the Year award from New Orleans City Business, was recognized as a “40 under 40” leader for New Orleans, a Louisiana “Healthcare Hero”, and received the American Medical Student Association “Women in Leadership” award. Dr. Gee is clinically active and is caring for patients at LSU. She lives in New Orleans and is the mother of five energetic children.
Ghahremani, who holds a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has worked in the Medicaid and CHIP policy area for most of her 17 years at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She has led numerous initiatives for Medicaid and CHIP, including implementation of the Nurse-Family Partnership Program in Texas, management of the Medicaid Buy-In programs for adults and children with disabilities, development of a model for health care services for children in foster care. Ghahremani also has served in various capacities in health and human services at the federal and local levels.
Dr. Paul Glassman is Professor of Dental Practice, Director of Community Oral Health, and Director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni, School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He is also Director of the California Statewide Task Force on Oral Health for People with Disabilities and Aging Californians. He has served on many national panels including the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Oral Health Access to Services which produced the IOM .report on Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations and the Board of Directors of the DentaQuest Institute.
As Chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, Al Gobeille is tasked with directing the board’s charge of curbing health care cost growth and reforming the way health care is provided to Vermonters. In addition, he owns and operates Gobeille Hospitality, a Burlington based restaurant and hospitality business that includes four popular restaurants and catering businesses: Shanty on the Shore, Burlington Bay Market and Café, Breakwater Café and Grill, and Northern Lights Cruises. Gobeille Hospitality employs 230 people.Mr. Gobeille served on the Town of Shelburne Select Board and has negotiated with the Town’s union employees on health insurance benefits. He was a board member of the Visiting Nurses Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, and served on the State of Vermont’s Payment Reform Advisory Committee. Mr. Gobeille is a graduate of Norwich University and has served as an officer in the United States Army. He lives in Shelburne.
Christina Lechner Goe joined the Montana Department of Insurance as an attorney in August 1999 and is currently the General Counsel for the department. Her job duties focus primarily on state and federal health insurance law and related health reform issues, privacy law, the regulation of insurance companies, and drafting legislation and administrative rules. Previously, Ms. Goe worked at the Montana Attorney General’s Office and at the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office in San Jose, California. She is a member of the California State Bar (1980) and the Montana State Bar (1995). Ms. Goe received a B.A. in history from Stanford University in California and a J.D. from Santa Clara University in California. She is currently the chair of the NAIC ERISA working group and was formerly the chair of the NAIC Market Analysis Procedures working group.
Jim Graham is the Executive Director for Northwest Community Care Network which is one of the 14 Community Care of North Carolina networks providing managed care services to the Medicaid population in a 7 county region in and around Winston-Salem, NC. The Network serves over 130,000 Medicaid patients through its physician network of over 200 primary care practices and pregnancy medical homes.
Jim has served as the Network Director for the past 10 years. Before coming to this position he has over 30 years of management experience in health care with most of that experience in hospital and physician practice management with most of that experience as the Chief Executive Officer. Other experience includes serving on various community agencies Board of Directors and many times as an officer. He has an honorable discharge from the US Army at the rank of Captain and served 7 years in the Medical Service Corp with Ranger and Airborne Schools to his credit. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from Georgia State University, Atlanta Georgia, and is an undergraduate of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Gretchen Hammer is the Department’s Medicaid Director and oversees the Health Programs Office which administers Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) health program benefits, delivery systems and provider relations. Before joining the Department, Hammer was Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU). She served as past Chair and Member of the Connect for Health Colorado Board of Directors, served on the Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP) Board and HealthONE Board of Trustees. Prior to her work at CCMU Ms. Hammer was a private consultant focused on leadership development, complex systems change initiatives, strategic planning, program management and constituent engagement for numerous public serving organizations. Ms. Hammer received a B.A. from Colorado College and a holds a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County, has over 25 years of experience in public health, policy development and advocacy. In 2015, Patty received the Cynthia F. Shurtleff Award, a statewide honor that recognizes extraordinary leadership and dedication to the health and well-being of women, children and families in Washington. In 2014, Patty received the Heroine of Health Care award from the Center of Women and Democracy. Patty has her nursing and master degrees from the University of Washington School of Nursing and was inducted into the Washington Nursing Hall of Fame in 2002.
William a. Hazel Jr. MD practiced orthopedic surgery in Northern Virginia until becoming Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia in January of 2010. As a founding member of Commonwealth Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hazel gained extensive experience working in our health care system while helping to lead a large group practice. Dr. Hazel has served as a Trustee of the American Medical Association, Speaker and President of the Medical Society of Virginia, President of the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Medical Staff, and Chair of the Medical Affairs council of the INOVA Health System. Dr. Hazel grew up in Fauquier County on the family farm. Dr. Hazel received his BS in Civil Engineering at Princeton University in 1978. He earned his Medical Degree at Duke University School of Medicine in 1983 and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1988 before returning home to Virginia. his professional experience includes working as a team physician for the Chantilly High School Chargers, serving as an Assistant Orthopedic for the Washington Redskins football team, and serving as team physician for DC United. As Secretary, Dr. Hazel oversees 11 state agencies with over 16,000 employees including such diverse programs as Medicaid, Behavioral Health, Social Services, as well as Aging and Rehabilitation. These combined agencies spend approximately one-third of Virginia’s budget. During his first term as Secretary, he led the Virginia Health Reform Initiative and helped establish the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. He served as the Founding Chair of ConnectVirginia, Virginia’s health information exchange. he negotiated an agreement with the Department of Justice to improve services to individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has become nationally recognized for leading an enterprise Information technology transformation in Health and Human Resources. He has devoted significant energy towards improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the HHR agencies. Dr. Hazel lives with his wife, Cindy, in Oakton, Va. They have two grown children and one very cute granddaughter.
Mrs. Heater, originally from northeastern Oklahoma, received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern State University before receiving her Master’s degree in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Mrs. Heater joined the Health Care Authority in August 2002, after leading numerous community-based projects for the Community Action Resource & Development Agency in Bartlesville. In her role as Chief Strategy Officer, Mrs. Heater is responsible for overseeing the planning and development of projects complementing the agency’s vision and strategic plan. She oversees the OHCA’s Central Portfolio and Project Management Office ensuring visibility, coordination, and measurement of project outcomes, as well as appropriate resource allocation and validation of portfolio alignment with agency and statewide goals. Mrs. Heater leads the creation of the Service Efforts and Accomplishments report wherein OHCA provides year by year data on a variety of performance measures. Additionally, annual reporting of the OHCA’s strategic planning activities as well as core functional efforts are completed under her direction.
Dr. Hepburn is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). He started in that position on July 1, 2015. He previously was the Director of the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA) from 2002 to 2014 and that position became the Director of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) on July, 2014. He was the Clinical Director for MHA from 1996 to 2004. He was also the Director of Psychiatric Education and Training for MHA from 1987 to 1997. Dr. Hepburn received his M.D. degree in 1979 from the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He received Residency Training in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland from 1979 to 1983. He was a Full-Time Faculty Member at the University of Maryland from 1983 to 1988 and has been on the Volunteer faculty at the University of Maryland since 1988. He maintained a private practice from 1983 until 2004.
Dr. Hussey is the Behavioral Health Medical Director for Louisiana Medicaid, and is Board- Certified in General Psychiatry. He is the Director for Louisiana Medicaid’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program, a member of the Department of Health and Hospital’s ADHD Task Force, the former Director of Charity Hospital’s Crisis Intervention Unit, and former Medical Director for Southeast Louisiana Hospital and the Bogalusa Acute Unit. As the former Associate Medical Director for the Office of Behavioral Health, and its Statewide Mental Health Rehabilitation Program, he was also the Chief Liaison to Managed Care for the Office of Behavioral Health, and helped develop CMS authorities, state plan, Louisiana Medicaid rules and contracts for the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership, as well as the soon-to-be-implemented Behavioral Health Integration.
Beth Jackson is the Director of HCBS Quality within Truven Health Analytic’s Federal Group. Currently she is the Project Director for the CMS-funded TEFT (Testing Experience and Functional Tools) contract which includes the development and testing of a cross-disability survey deigned to solicit feedback from beneficiaries about the support they receive under Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs. Prior to the TEFT contract, Beth led multiple projects to support CMS’ HCBS quality agenda for HCBS, most notably the National Quality Contract and the National HCBS Quality Enterprise, both contracts providing technical assistance to all 50 states and the District of Columbia in HCBS quality. In addition, in recent years she led an ASPE-funded study on quality oversight in Medicaid managed long-term services and supports programs. Beth has over 35 years research and policy experience in disability and long-term services and supports. She has been with Truven Health Analytics since 1989 and holds a doctorate in medical sociology from the University of Massachusetts.
Gary Jessee was named Chief Deputy Director for Program Operations in the Medicaid/CHIP Division at the Health and Human Services Commission on December 3, 2012. In this role he is responsible for overseeing acute, dental and long-term services and supports delivered across the state through Managed Care Organizations. He previously served as an Assistant Commissioner for the Access and Intake Division at the Department of Aging and Disability Services where he was responsible for overseeing the functions of Area Agencies on Aging, Local Authorities, Community Living Assistance and Support Services, Community Services and Program Operations, Community Services Contracts, Guardianship Program and other specialized programs. Mr. Jessee has held other state positions during his nearly 20 years of service to the state of Texas and its citizens. Mr. Jessee’s areas of expertise include program development, service delivery design and implementation, contract accountability and oversight, policy development, quantitative and qualitative research, and stakeholder coordination. Mr. Jessee has a bachelor’s degree in applied sociology with a special emphasis in gerontology and has completed graduate coursework in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in sociology, psychology, and occupational education at Texas State University.
Jimael Johnson is a Public Health Specialist with the State of Alaska’s Division of Public Health in the state’s maternal child health (Title V) program. She has worked in this role since 2009 to improve systems of care for Alaskan children with special health care needs. Prior to this, Jimael spent eight years as a care coordinator and case manager for individuals with developmental disabilities and complex behavioral health needs. The families she worked with in her care coordination role offered a unique perspective of the fragmented system of care for children and youth with special healthcare needs.
Sabrina has over 13 years in Medical services experience, both as a provider and a payer. Her background includes complete knowledge of the revenue cycle of a hospital from to financial counseling and emergency department registration, through insurance billing and claims follow up. Sabrina then moved to Iowa Medicaid Enterprise two years ago as an Education and Outreach Coordinator with provider services contractor, where her background as a provider was invaluable in assisting others to navigate payment policy infrastructure and escalate problems. Sabrina now works as a Policy Specialist directly with the Department of Human Services and looks forward to achieving measurable improvements in her program areas that includes dental.
Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH is Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places Network, a newly formed national organization that catalyzes and supports collaboration across the community development and health sectors. Dr. Jutte has been a leader in the Federal Reserve Bank and RWJ Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative, which has convened nearly two dozen meetings around the country bringing together professionals from across sectors to enhance community health impact, encourage improved outcomes measurement, and increase public and private investment in community development efforts. Dr. Jutte is also a pediatrician, professor and population health researcher at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health where he teaches in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical program. His research focuses on the impact of the social determinants of health on children’s wellbeing through the lifespan and the policy levers and financial tools that can intervene to protect families and communities. Dr. Jutte graduated from Cornell University and received an MD from Harvard Medical School and a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley. He completed his pediatric residency at Stanford University and a post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF through the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program. His clinical work has been in low-income community clinics and as a hospitalist caring for newborn infants.
Jessica Kasten, M.A., Truven Health Analytics, has led research and technical assistance projects related to publicly-funded long-term services and supports, Medicaid managed long- term services and supports (MLTSS) programs, integrated Medicare-Medicaid programs and Medicare-Medicaid data integration. Over the past eighteen years, she has worked on these issues in a variety of policy research and government settings, including: the State of Wisconsin; the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and several private sector organizations. Ms. Kasten is lead author of a report How Have Long-Term Services and Supports Providers Fared in the Transition to Medicaid Managed Care? This is one of several reports on MLTSS developed under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Ms. Kasten has a B.A. in American Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.A. in Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. David Kelley is the Chief Medical Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Medical Assistance Programs. He oversees the clinical and quality aspects of the Medical Assistance Programs that provide health benefits to over 2.5 million recipients. The Office includes oversight of eight managed care organizations and the Access fee-for-service program. In the past ten years the Office has participated in a multi-payer medical home collaborative, initiated three pay for performance programs, developed a multi-state application for the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program, established nonpayment policies for readmissions and preventable serious adverse events in hospitals, developed telemedicine payment policies, implemented a pharmacy preferred drug management program, and expanded the HealthChoices mandatory physical health managed care program statewide.Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Kelley worked for Aetna Health Inc. as the medical director responsible for utilization and quality management in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to Aetna, he served as Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Quality Improvement at Penn State University’s College of Medicine. As the Director for Clinical Quality Improvement, he oversaw the quality and utilization management at Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Kelley received his BS degree at Elizabethtown College, attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, completed his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, obtained his MPA at Penn State University, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He has clinically practiced at a FQHC, private practice, an academic practice at Penn State University, and a community-based team approach to diabetes care in a Medicaid hospital clinic.
Donna Kinzer the Executive Director of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC). Ms. Kinzer took a leave from her position as a Director at Berkley Research Group, where she was a Director leading the Care Improvement and Payment Reform practice, to help lead the HSCRC staff through development and implementation of payment reforms. In that role, she has assisted leadership in developing the new All-Payer Model for Maryland and a obtaining a new Medicare Waiver. She has also led the staff in implementation of the new Model, including transitioning hospitals to global budgets, adapting Maryland’s quality improvement programs to the new Model, developing new payment policies, analyzing potentially avoidable utilization for each hospital, and implementing broad stakeholder input approaches that include consumers, physicians, nurses, other providers, payers, hospitals, and purchasers. Ms. Kinzer has focused her career on helping payers, providers, and other health care entities develop and implement new analytics, delivery approaches, payment models, and supporting infrastructure in response to transformational market shifts, changing customer demands, and health care reform. Ms. Kinzer’s 30+ years in the health care field has included extensive experience with provider payment development (hospital, physician, other sites of care) and large health care data sets including medical and pharmaceutical claims data, encounter data, cost reports, public and private benchmarks, market data, regulatory data sets, and other data sets.
Lisa Kirsch is the Chief Deputy Medicaid/CHIP Director for Policy and the Healthcare Transformation Waiver at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and also coordinates Medicaid cost containment initiatives. Lisa has performed Medicaid and CHIP policy work for HHSC since 2003.Prior to joining HHSC, Lisa worked for a Texas home and community care services provider and the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
Barry Kling, MSPH, is Administrator at Chelan-Douglas Health District, a rural public health department serving about 110,000 people. In addition to his local duties he has provided statewide leadership on the development and implementation of Foundational Public Health Services and on Washington State’s Public Health Activities and Services Inventory. He has served as coordinator of efforts in a four-county region to develop an Accountable Community of Health as part of the Healthier Washington health care reform initiative.
Carol Kress, LICSW, is the Vice President of Client Partnerships and chief executive of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), a Beacon Health Options Company. Carol was Chief Operating Officer of MBHP for 10 years before assuming her senior leadership role of the company in May 2015. She joined MBHP in 1998 as the Clinical Director of the Intensive Clinical Management Program and in 2000 became the Vice President of Clinical Operations. Carol was part of the leadership team that helped to develop, implement, and expand the Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness (CSPECH), a clinical support program for individuals in Housing First programs that was first launched in 2005. Prior to MBHP, Carol worked in various clinical and administrative roles in both community-based and inpatient settings. She received her Master of Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work and her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College.
Mr. Kris L. Kummerfeld is originally from Southern California where he attended public schools and graduated with a BA in Public Administration from Cal -State Long Beach. He earned his Master of Health Administration from the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri –Columbia. His professional experience includes: ten years of health services management experience in a variety of settings, including an acute care public hospital and private ambulatory care organizations; and more than twenty years of public health experience in a number of professional capacities, most of which have focused on community/health systems development issues and quality improvement initiatives. Last year, in conjunction with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, he planned and implemented the 2014 Million Hearts Stakeholder Conference, the inaugural public event of the Missouri Million Hearts Partnership, highlighting the ABCs of heart disease and stroke prevention and the utilization of team-based care in systems of care. He is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys acoustical piano and spending time with his family, especially grandchildren.
David L. Lakey, M.D serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health for the University of Texas System, and the Senior Vice President for Population Health and Isadore Roosth Distinguished Professor at University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler (UTHCT). He is the Center Director for the UT Northeast Center for Rural Community Health and Dean of the School of Community Health and Health Professions at UTHCT. Dr. Lakey serves on a federal public health advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Defense Health Board. Dr. Lakey served as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from January 2007 to February 2015. As Commissioner, Dr. Lakey leaded one of the state’s largest agencies with a staff of 12,000 and an annual budget of $3.3 billion and oversaw programs such as disease prevention and disaster preparedness, family and community health services, environmental and consumer safety, regulatory programs and mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.
Kevin Lembo was elected to a second four-year tern1 as Connecticut’s State Comptroller in 2014 following 20 years of public service and advocacy. A native of Paterson, NJ, Lembo first can1e to public service as an independent advocate. Working with the private, public and non-profit sectors, Lembo helped design and implement an innovative long-term home care program in New York that successfully prevented premature and permanent admissions to nursing facilities. He was also program director for an AIDS education, prevention and primary care program before serving as Assistant Comptroller in Connecticut. In 2004, Lembo was appointed Connecticut’s first state Healthcare Advocate where he spent years helping thousands of residents navigate the complexities of the health care system; advocated for patients denied coverage or treatment; and returned millions of dollars to consumers. As State Comptroller, Lembo continues to lead the charge for affordable and quality health care with an emphasis on access to preventive care and wellness programs. Lembo – focused on consensus building across party lines -continues to lead ongoing initiatives to establish government transparency and acconntability, fiscal stability through an improved Budget Reserve Fnnd formula, better retirement savings options for all residents and more affordable ultra-high-speed Internet service for every business and household in the state. Comptroller Lembo serves as the chief fiscal guardian — reporting on the state’s financial status every month to ensure that Connecticut proceeds on a secure financial track, coordinating health care and payroll for hundreds of thousands of public employees and retirees, and administering the statewide electronic accounting system. He has been hailed by advocacy groups and the media as a “champion of transparency” for his efforts to promote public access to vital state financial information. The Connecticut Council on Freedom ofinformation recognized Lembo’s efforts toward open government with its Bice Clemow Award in 2013. Comptroller Lembo has also been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Fonndation for Open Government, Inc. (CFOG), a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting open and accountable government.
Alice Lind is Manager, Grants and Program Development, in Washington’s Health Care Authority, responsible for the design and implementation of innovative Medicaid programs. At the Center for Health Care Strategies, she provided technical assistance to states in designing systems for complex populations, including dual eligibles and authored papers on performance measurement, integrated care, and long-term care. Ms. Lind has served as the chair of NQF’s Dual Eligibles Workgroup and serves on NCQA’s Standards Committee. Ms. Lind received a MPH from the University of North Carolina, and a BSN from Texas Christian University. Her clinical background includes hospice and intensive care.
MaryAnne Lindeblad brings a broad health care and administrative background to the top position in the Washington State Medicaid program. Lindeblad, a Registered Nurse, has been an active health care professional as well as a leader in many kinds of health care — long-term care, behavioral health care, eldercare and services for people with disabilities. Prior to her appointment as State Medicaid Director, she served for two years as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services Administration in the Department of Social and Health Services. Previously, she was Director of the Health Care Services Division of the Medicaid program. Lindeblad held a variety of leadership positions over the years, including assistant administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board. During the 1990s, Lindeblad also worked in the private sector, serving as director of operations for Unified Physicians of Washington. In 2010, she was selected for the inaugural class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute. She is a member of the executive committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy, and chairs its Long Term and Chronic Care subcommittee.
Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH, is Deputy Director at the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), located at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Lukanen has over 10 years of experience in the health policy arena where she has analyzed issues related to cost, access and quality with a focus on using sound data to make informed policy decisions. Currently, she manages SHADAC’s technical assistance to states in the areas of data use, analysis and evaluation, which is targeted at helping states plan for and implement health reform. Prior to joining SHADAC, Ms. Lukanen worked as a Senior Research Economist in the Health Economics Program (HEP) at the Minnesota Department of Health where she did extensive analysis of primary and secondary data, conducted economic analyses, wrote and presented technical reports to a variety of audiences, and managed stakeholder interactions for the Governor’s statewide Blue Ribbon Panel.
Cindy Mann has more than 30 years of experience in federal and state health policy, focused on health coverage, financing, access and operational issues. She guides states, providers, plans, consumer organizations and foundations on creating and implementing strategies around federal and state health reform, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and delivery and payment system transformation. Ms. Mann joined Manatt from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where she served as deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. At CMS, she led the administration of Medicaid, CHIP and the Basic Health Program at the federal level for more than five years during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Her role included setting federal policy, supporting state program operations and coordinating policy and program operations with the Marketplace. She also was responsible for developing and executing national policies and initiatives regarding long-term services and supports and broader delivery system and payment system reform. In addition, she provided leadership in federal and state efforts to align financing and delivery systems across Medicaid and Medicare.Prior to CMS, Ms. Mann was a research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, where she was founder and director of the Center for Children and Families. Her work at Georgetown focused on health coverage, financing and access issues affecting low-income populations. Before coming to Georgetown, Ms. Mann served as a senior advisor at the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. She also was director of the Family and Children’s Health Program Group at the Healthcare Financing Administration (HCFA), now CMS. In that role, she developed the initial CHIP program rules, as well as led policy development related to Medicaid for children, families and pregnant women. Ms. Mann came to HCFA from the Center on Budget and Public Policy, where she directed federal and state health policy work. She has extensive experience in state-level matters, having worked on healthcare, welfare and public finance issues in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.
Jeanne W. McAllister, BSN, MS, MHA, is a Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Ms. McAllister’s background is in clinical health care, health care administration, health professions education, quality improvement and innovation. She blends these distinct areas to improve systems of care with/ for children with special health care needs and their families while effectively partnering with family leaders to implement improvements designed to support families. Care coordination has the potential to bring cohesion to a fragmented system and Ms. McAllister works to ensure that all children and families experience better coordination of care and better health from a system designed to achieve better care value. Current work at Indiana University School of Medicine includes the development and evaluation of an evidence-based care coordination program for children with special health care needs.
State Medicaid Director John McCarthy oversees the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), Ohio’s first cabinet-level state Medicaid agency. Through its network of more than 83,000 active providers, Ohio Medicaid makes coordinated, person-centered care available to residents across Ohio. The department has become a cornerstone of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation (OHT), which Governor John R. Kasich created in 2011. In conjunction with the Office of Health Transformation Director Greg Moody, Director McCarthy and his team have implemented a series of innovative policy initiatives that have modernized the Medicaid program by improving the quality of health services at a substantial value to Ohio’s taxpayers.
Mary G. McIntyre, M.D., M.P.H., SSBB is Assistant State Health Officer for Disease Control and Prevention and State Epidemiologist for the Alabama Department of Public Health. Dr. McIntyre received her B.S. in biology from Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, NC graduating magna cum laude in 1979. She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN in 1983 and served as resident physician in Internal Medicine at the George Hubbard Hospital in Nashville, TN. She obtained a master’s of public health in Health Care Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995. She is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. McIntyre previously served as Medical Director and Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Standards and Quality for the Alabama Medicaid Agency in addition to several other roles during her fourteen years with the Medicaid Agency.She is a member of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Alabama Public Health Association (Alpha), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA).She is a nationally known expert, currently serving on several national advisory groups and committees including the National Association for State Health Policy (NASHP)’s Steering Committee for System Performance & Public Health, State Health Refor(U)m’s Public and Population Health Advisory group, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA’s) Child Health Measurement Advisory Panel. In addition, she is also active on a number of CSTE committees and subcommittees.
Governor John R. Kasich appointed Greg Moody in January 2011 to lead the Office of Health Transformation. OHT is responsible for advancing Governor Kasich’s Medicaid modernization and cost-containment priorities, engaging private sector partners to improve overall health system performance, and recommending a permanent health and human services structure for Ohio.
Greg began his public service career as a budget associate for the U.S. House Budget Committee in Washington D.C. The Budget Chairman at the time, Rep. John Kasich, asked Greg to study the impact of Medicaid on federal spending – an assignment that set the course for his public policy career.Prior to joining the Kasich Administration, Greg was a senior consultant at Health Management Associates, a national research and consulting firm that specializes in complex health care program and policy issues. He worked with clients to improve Medicaid system performance, and wrote extensively about state health system innovations for the Commonwealth Fund, National Governor’s Association, and other foundations.
Laura Nasuti, MPH, PhD is the Director of the Office of Statistics & Evaluation within the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Her specific interests include expanding the role of public health in the delivery of health services systems change and health information technology. As part of the Massachusetts CMS State Innovation Model Award, she has led the team that has developed and implemented an open-source, bi-directional software system to enable clinical organizations to refer patients from their electronic health records to community-based organizations for community-based services.Dr. Nasuti completed her undergraduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds MPH and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Marty is Co-Director of the Connecticut Dental Health Partnership (CTDHP), the State’s dental program for the HUSKY Health (Medicaid/CHIP) programs. The program serves more than 700,000 people including nearly one third of Connecticut’s children. An Administrative Service Organization (ASO), the program has had great success, doubling child, perinatal women and adult dental utilization while lowering costs. It was one of three states to receive a Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement (PIOHQI) Grant from HRSA in 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and a twenty-year veteran of the United Way system in Connecticut.
René has been with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) since 1995, working primarily with Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid. She is currently serving as the Deputy Director for Health Care Benefits and Eligibility (HCBE). She is responsible for the formulation and administration of policy development and implementation; provides leadership for policy planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health care services and delivery systems under Medi-Cal and for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). HCBE is comprised of five divisions and one office: Benefits, Eligibility, Pharmacy Benefits, Primary and Rural Health, Medi-Cal Dental Services and the Office of Family Planning. René directs and coordinates programs and activities in HCBE to ensure uniform program direction and maximum efficiency throughout the statewide health care delivery system. In addition, she assists the Directorate and State Legislatures in determining program direction consistent with legislative intent and consults with the Director on issues of significant policy impact involving both Medi-Cal and CHIP. Rene is currently serving a three-year term as a member of the National Association of State Health Policy, Health Care Access and Financing Steering Committee, which provides the organization with direction on issues related to providing health insurance coverage as well as financing, organization, and regulation for the health care system. René earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education and Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from California State University at Bakersfield, and is a certified Public Health Nurse.
John O’Shea, MD, is currently a practicing surgeon and Senior Fellow in the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Prior to taking his current position, he was a Visiting Scholar in Health Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 2011 to 2013, he served as a senior health policy advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he helped draft the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for reimbursing physician services in the Medicare program. He completed his surgical training in New York City and holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kevin Patterson is interim Chief Executive Officer for Connect for Health Colorado, he also served on the Connect for Health Colorado Board as an ex-officio member from May 2013 to December 2014. Previously Mr. Patterson served as chief administrative officer to Gov. John Hickenlooper and has an extensive history of public service. He has served as the interim executive director of three state agencies during leadership transitions, the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Governor’s Energy Office. Additionally, he has held leadership roles for the city and county of Denver.
Heather Petermann is the Manager of the Care Delivery and Payment Reform unit of the Health Care Administration at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She joined MN DHS in 2012 as a Planning Director and Informatics Lead. Prior to joining the State of MN, she worked as a Senior Analyst in the government programs division of United HealthCare. She has over 15 years of experience in health care and data analytics; a MS in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Ethics and Public Policy from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
Judy Mohr Peterson is the Medicaid director for Hawai’i, a position she has held since July 2015. From 2009 to 2015, she served as the Medicaid director for Oregon, where she helped lead Oregon’s health system transformation efforts and their Medicaid expansion that helped ad additional 350,000 people get health coverage through Medicaid. In 2010/11, she was one of six Medicaid Director Fellows for the second class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During her 18 years with the state in Oregon, she was the served Assistant Budget Director for the Department of Human Services, and managed the Quality Improvement, and the Research and Data Analysis sections for Medicaid programs. She earned her PhD from University of Texas in cultural anthropology.
Gail Propsom has a Master’s Degree in history. She has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in a policy capacity for more than 25 years, developing and implementing policy on such varied issues as welfare reform, child support, employment and training, juvenile justice and child welfare. Since 2001, she has worked on long term support policy, including Olmstead implementation, Real Choice Systems Change Grants and Money Follows the Person. She currently manages a Section that oversees program quality, including data analytics, for managed long-term services and supports and several special projects including Money Follows the Person and efforts to support tribal involvement in long-term care.
Dr. Susan C. Reinhard is a Senior Vice President at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the state, federal and international levels. She also serves as the Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a national resource center created to ensure America has the nurses it needs to provide care in the future. Dr. Reinhard is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, with extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. Previously, she served as Professor and Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, directing several national initiatives with states to help people with disabilities of all ages live in their communities. As Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, she led the development of policies and nationally recognized programs for family caregiving, consumer choice and community-based care options. She is a former faculty member at the Rutgers College of Nursing, an American Academy of Nursing fellow and a National Academy of Social Insurance member. She holds many governance positions, including Chair of the Center for Health Policy Development/National Academy for State Health Policy. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University.
Trish Riley is Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy and president of its corporate Board. She helped build NASHP as CEO from 1988-2003. Previously she was a Senior Fellow in State Health Policy at George Washington University. And at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. From 2003-2011 she served as Director of the Governor’s Office of Health Policy and Finance, leading Maine’s effort to develop a comprehensive, coordinated health system in Maine including access to affordable health insurance. She was the principal architect of Dirigo Health Reform and served as the state’s liaison to the federal government and Congress, particularly during deliberations around national health reform. She chaired the Governor’s Steering Committee to develop a plan to implement the Affordable Care Act in Maine. Riley has also held appointive positions under five Maine governors – directing the aging office, Medicaid and state health agencies, and health planning and licensing programs. Riley has published and presented widely about state health reform. She serves as a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), The Health Services Committee of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy for Social Insurance and the Board of Directors of Maine’s Co-Op insurance plan. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Subcommittee on Creating an External Environment for Quality. She also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on Quality Assurance. Riley holds a B.S. & M.S. from the University of Maine.
Cheryl J. Roberts is Deputy Director of Programs for the Department of Medical Assistance Services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Department provides Medicaid and SCHIP services for over 1,000,000 clients in the Commonwealth expending $9 billion a year. In her current position, she is responsible for the program development and management for managed care, health care services, quality management and program integrity operations for the agency. Prior to working with the Department, Ms. Roberts served as the Chief Operations Officer of a Virginia based Medicaid health plan and was the Assistant Vice President of Operations for a large health insurance company in New York City. Ms. Roberts received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers’s State University of New Jersey Law School. She serves as an executive committee vice chair for NASHP and also works on various national health care projects, committees, conferences and learning networks.
Ms. Rodgers has wide-ranging experience as a Family Leader at the local, state and national level related to policy, systems, and services for children and youth who have special health care needs. Over the past 17 years she has built on her role as mom to two (now teenagers) who have special health care needs to compile a robust professional portfolio. Ms. Rodgers served as a regional facilitator for Family to Family, a special projects consultant and trainer for the former Indiana Parent Information Network, a mentor for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Services Family Scholar Program, and as an independent consultant supporting families as they navigate health care financing and special education issues. Rylin currently serves as the Training Director and Family Leadership Coordinator for the Riley Child Development Center and is a founding leader of Family Voices Indiana. She is sought after as a presenter, trainer, consultant and author on topics including special education regulations, public and private health care financing, and family/professional partnerships.
Alan Rosenblatt, M.D. is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician in private practice in Skokie, Illinois. He has combined patient care, advocacy and teaching throughout his career in a variety of clinical settings in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Rosenblatt is co-editor of the award winning parent book, Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know. Among his various leadership positions he served on the Autism Expert Panel of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He continues to teach general pediatrics at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Rosenblatt lives in Skokie with his wife and two daughters.
Tamara Sale is the Director of the EASA Center for Excellence at Portland State University Regional Research Institute. Ms. Sale has been responsible for the overall development and implementation of early psychosis services in Oregon starting with a five-county regional program in 2001 and statewide dissemination beginning in 2007, including program design, financing and sustainability efforts, marketing and community education, data system development, training and consultation. Ms. Sale was Deputy Director for the Oregon arm of the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis (EDIPPP) study sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Ms. Sale has almost thirty years of planning and program development experience within the mental health system and over a decade as a leader in family advocacy. She received a M.A. in Public Affairs with concentrations in fiscal policy and management of public and nonprofit organizations in 1992 from the University of Minnesota.
Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention for the American Heart Association (AHA). He brings an interest and experience in prevention and population health to AHA. He served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the AHA from April 2013 through 2014. Prior to joining AHA, he served as Vice President and CMO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). Dr. Sanchez led the Institute for Health Policy at the University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health as director from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Texas’ state health officer, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004 to 2006 and the Texas Department of Health from 2001 to 2004. And he served as the local public health officer in Austin-Travis County from 1994 to 1998.Dr. Sanchez currently serves as Chair of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities and the Texas Public Health Coalition. From 2008 to 2012, he served as chair of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and on the Board of Directors of Trust for America’s Health, AcademyHealth, the Public Health Institute, and the CATCH Global Foundation.Dr. Sanchez obtained his M.D. from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, an M.P.H. from the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and an M.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University. He holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a B.A. in chemistry from Boston University. Dr. Sanchez is board certified in family medicine.
Appointed Chief Privacy Officer at Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health & Human Services in October 2014, Lucia Savage has been working on health privacy, transparency, and interoperable health information exchange since HIPAA was enacted. She previously served as General Counsel at Pacific Business Group on Health. And, as Senior Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealthcare she advised regarding large data transactions, health information exchange, and APCDs. Lucia has a BA with Honor from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and received her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from New York University School of Law.
Linette Scott, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Information Officer and the Deputy Director of the Information Management Division in the California Department of Health Care Services. In this role she works across the Department and with stakeholders to ensure that reliable data and information are available, and used to drive improvements in population health and clinical outcomes through the Department’s programs and policies. Dr. Scott is a Board Certified Physician in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She has a Doctor of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School, a Masters in Public Health from University of California, Davis, and a Bachelors of Arts in Physics from University of California, Santa Cruz. Highlights from her career include serving as a General Medical Officer with the United States Navy, first as squadron physician with the Regional Support Group and later as the military physician for an Active Duty clinic; as a Public Health Medical Officer with the California Department of Health Services; as the California State Registrar and Deputy Director of Health Information and Strategic Planning in the California Department of Public Health, and as the Interim Deputy Secretary for Health Information Technology at the California Health and Human Services Agency.
Dr. Laura Seeff is Director of the Office of Health Systems Collaboration in the Office of the Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this position, she is supporting CDC’s focus on maximizing collaboration between public health and the health care sector, including efforts to broaden coverage of prevention and population health and advance strategic priorities emerging from the transforming U.S. health system. In this and her previous position as the Deputy Medical Director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, she helped shape CDC’s support of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation population health programs. Dr. Seeff has authored over 50 publications – her research interests include colorectal cancer screening, economics of cancer screening, outcomes of prevention programs and financing and delivery reform. She has held multiple leadership positions at CDC, and focused much of her clinical and public health career on colorectal cancer control, helping to develop CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program and representing CDC on the National Commission on Digestive Diseases.
David Seltz is the first Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, which aims to modernize health care payment and delivery models to establish a more accountable, affordable system. Prior to this role, Mr. Seltz was the chief health care advisor for Senate President Therese Murray and then served as the Special Advisor on health care for Governor Deval Patrick (MA). Through these positions, Mr. Seltz helped shepherd passage of Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006 and Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. Mr. Seltz is a 2003 graduate of Boston College and originally from Minnesota.
Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD is the chairperson for the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy, the Co-Director of the University of Florida, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and the Co-Director of the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium. Her research focuses on: 1) determining which combinations of health care delivery, community, and patient factors influence quality and outcomes of care; and 2) developing corresponding evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes. Dr. Shenkman has led state Medicaid evaluations in Florida and Texas for over 15 years. She also is the Co-Principal Investigator and lead for the PCORI-funded OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium. The PCORI funding award designates the consortium as one of 13 clinical data research networks nationwide, which are working to accelerate the translation of promising research findings into improved patient care. The clinical data research networks are part of a larger collaborative initiative called the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, or PCORnet.
Additionally, Dr. Shenkman is the Principal Investigator the Evaluation for a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-funded randomized clinical trial ($9M, 2011-2016) designed to examine the effectiveness of the combined use of health navigators, motivational interviewing and a flexible wellness account on health promotion among individuals with co-occurring physical and mental health conditions. This project leverages large linked electronic health record, health claims, and laboratory data to examine patient outcomes. Dr. Shenkman’s work is published in numerous journals including Medical Care, Health Services Research, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and others. She is an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society.
Erin Leavitt-Smith, MA, LPC, is the Transition Services Manager for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Division of Forensic Services. She has worked for the department 27 years in a variety of direct care and managerial positions all aimed at treating and advocating for people with severe and persistent mental illness.
Donna Spencer, PhD, MA, is a Senior Research Associate at the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Deputy Director of State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE), a National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which administers grants to support research on health reform issues at a state level. Her current research focuses on Medicaid payment and care delivery reform, Medicaid and other health policy changes in Minnesota, and the use of federal and state survey data to monitor the impacts of Medicaid expansions and other components of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Spencer holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and a MA in Applied Social Research from West Virginia University.
Kathy has over 30 years of experience in Michigan’s public health and Medicaid programs, beginning as a health educator with a staff-model HMO and the Michigan Hospital Association. Kathy joined state government in 1987 in Adolescent Health, then Prenatal and Infant Care and directed the Children’s Special Health Care Services. In 2011, Kathy became the Medicaid Managed Care Plan Division Director and then Bureau Director of Medicaid Care Management and Quality Assurance. She has also served as the acting Medicaid Director. Kathy received a BS in Public Health Education and an MA in Health Education from Central Michigan University.
Dena Stoner is currently Senior Policy Advisor for the Texas Department of State Health Services. She also serves as Chair of the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors Medicaid and Finance Division and as an appointed member the National Academy of State Health Policy. Ms. Stoner has over 35 years of experience in public policy, management, strategic planning, program design and implementation. She has developed and implemented a number of major programs and initiatives in Medicaid-funded long term services, acute care, managed care and behavioral health. In her current position, Ms. Stoner is responsible for developing initiatives to improve services for people with mental health and substance abuse conditions. Examples of recent initiatives include the nationally recognized Texas Money Follows the Person Behavioral Health Pilot, Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment and Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Disease Study. She also led development of behavioral health delivery system reform project options for the Texas Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver and created home and community-based waiver and state plan amendments for persons with mental illness.Her innovations have been featured in various national periodicals, including the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Policy and Practice: The Magazine of the American Public Human Services Association, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, and Generations: The Journal of the American Society on Aging.
Melinda Thomason is the assistant chief of federal and state policy at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA.) In this capacity she continues more than 25 years of experience in facilitating innovative service delivery systems in health care. Melinda assists with negotiating and reporting to federal agencies and other oversight entities. Her particular expertise lies in linking program requirements and legal authorities to ensure ongoing compliance. She has an extensive background in communications, health care quality improvement, provider relations and member services. Melinda joined the Health Care Authority in September 1998. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s degree in adult education.
Norman Thurston, Ph.D. is the Director of the Office of Health Care Statistics (OHCS) for the State of Utah. OHCS is responsible for collecting data from the health care system on cost and quality, including the APCD, facilities databases, CAHPS, and HEDIS. Before taking this position in September 2013, Dr. Thurston was the Health Reform Implementation Coordinator for the Governor’s Office and has been a policy adviser on health reform since 2005. He has a Ph.D. in economics and was on the economics faculty at Brigham Young University from 1995-2003. Dr. Thurston was recently elected to the Utah House of Representatives and serves on the Health and Human Services committee.
Dr. Terri Timberlake is Director of The Office of Adult Mental Health, for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). In this position with the state mental health authority, she has programmatic oversight responsibility, including fiscal, policy, program development, planning and evaluation of statewide community adult mental health programs and services. Prior to her relocation to Atlanta and joining DBHDD, Dr. Timberlake was Director of Mental Health Services for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Dr. Timberlake holds a Master of Arts degree from The George Washington University and a Doctoral Degree from Temple University. She is a licensed psychologist with years of distinguished administrative, programmatic and clinical experience. She has been a programmatic innovator in developing, expanding and improving clinical services for mental health treatment. She is also an experienced clinical practitioner, supervisor and trainer and her work has led to multiple publications and articles in journals, lectures and presentations at local and national meetings.
Seema Verma is the President of SVC, Inc., a national health consulting company. For over 20 years, Ms. Verma has worked extensively on a variety of policy and strategic projects involving Medicaid, insurance, and public health working with Governor’s offices, State Medicaid agencies, Health Departments, Departments of Insurance and private companies. Ms. Verma worked under four Governors in the State of Indiana. She served as a health policy advisor to former Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana and is the architect of his Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the nation’s first consumer directed Medicaid program. Ms. Verma led efforts to implement the program, including developing the operational design, negotiating managed care contracts, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid waivers. Ms. Verma is also the architect of Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 waiver proposal and supported Indiana through the implementation of the program and CMS negotiation. Ms. Verma has also served as the Indiana Health Care Reform lead and with the SVC team worked with states as they prepared for implementation of the Affordable Care Act including, Exchanges, Medicaid preparedness, and waiver development for Medicaid expansions. Ms. Verma has developed the Iowa 1115 waiver, the Indiana 1115 waiver, helped design Tennessee’s expansion proposal, provided technical assistance to Michigan as they implement their 1115 waiver and is working with the State of Ohio as they develop their Medicaid 1115 waiver for consumer directed health care program. Prior to consulting, Ms. Verma served as Vice President of Planning for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, a public hospital and as a Director with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington D.C. Seema Verma received her Master’s degree in Public Health, with concentration in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and her Bachelors in Life Sciences, from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Verma participated on the Republican Governor’s public policy committee on Medicaid reform, and provided testimony to the Congressional House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health.
Jennifer Vermeer is the Assistant Vice President for Health Policy and Population Health for University of Iowa (UI) Health Care and Chief Operating Officer for the University of Iowa Health Alliance. In this role, she is leading efforts to implement population health management strategies, value-based contracting, and clinical integration to improve quality outcomes and lower costs for the UIHA Accountable Care Organization, which includes 20 hospitals and over 2,000 physicians for over 100,000 covered lives. In addition, she is responsible for state and federal health policy for UI Health Care. Prior to this role, she was Director of the Iowa Medicaid Program for six years, where she led health delivery system reform initiatives such as implementing Iowa’s new approach to Medicaid, the Iowa Health and Wellness plan, multipayer Accountable Care Organizations, and Health Homes, including a Health Home targeted for persons with Serious Mental Illness.
Harriet Warshaw is the Executive Director of The Conversation Project. Harriet has over forty years of experience in the health care sector including senior positions at The Boston Hospital for Women, New England Baptist Hospital, Genzyme Corporation and the New England Healthcare Institute. In addition, she has served as an elected official, serving on the Board of Health, the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen in the Town of Wellesley, MA for over 20 years. She has served on various Boards and Commissions including Jewish Family and Children Services, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Wellesley Council on Aging. She holds a B.A. from Goucher College, in Towson, MD and a Masters in Community Organizing from Boston College.
Fernando A. Wilson is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director with the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Wilson earned his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and BA in economics from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include economic evaluation, telehealth, and immigration disparities. Currently, he is principal investigator on a project funded by the Health Care Cost Institute to monitor the impact of state telehealth policies on healthcare utilization and costs.
Christopher Whaley is a Research Economist at the School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley. He received his PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis with a concentration in Health Economics from UC Berkeley in 2015. His research interests include price transparency and consumer information, health insurance plan design, and provider competition.
Marie Zimmerman currently serves as the State Medicaid Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Marie oversees program wide Medicaid policy development and implementation across the administrations at DHS including Health Care, Chemical and Mental Health, and Continuing Care. Marie directly oversees the Department’s policy and operations of
federal relations, managed care contracting, rate-setting, benefits policy, new delivery and purchasing strategies including the state’s ACO demonstration, behavioral health homes, and the implementation of the state’s State Innovation Model (SIM) grant activities. Prior to her role as Medicaid director, Marie served in several positions at DHS including policy director where she lead the development and launch of the Department’s new purchasing reform initiatives including direct provider contracting under a new ACO demonstration, integrated managed care products for seniors and people with disabilities including Minnesota’s duals demonstration, and served as Minnesota’s project director for its SIM grant. Prior to her role as policy director, Marie served as the deputy director of DHS’ Medicaid managed care purchasing division and as the budget and legislative director for the Health Care Administration. Marie also worked in Minnesota’s state legislature for six years as a fiscal analyst on health and human services and tax issues. Marie has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and master’s in public policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.