2017 Conference Speakers

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Aaseby
Adam Aaseby, Chief Information Officer and State HIT Coordinator, Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA)

Sessions:
Hi-Tech or Big-Wreck: Troubles on the Technology Trail

Adam Aaseby serves as Chief Information Officer and State HIT Coordinator at the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA). HCA purchases health care for 2.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries and state employees. Adam oversees core technology, Health Information Technology, and security infrastructure, as well as leading the agency modernization and innovation projects. These projects are focused on analytics and data infrastructure aimed at better health outcomes, improved value, and lower costs. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University.

Jean Accius, AARP
Jean Accius, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute & Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America, AARP
Sessions:
Keeping Score: Using Scorecards as Instruments of Policy Change

Jean Accius is Vice President for Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports. Previously, he was the policy integration director for health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) issues in AARP’s Office of Policy Integration.

Jean helps coordinate AARP’s deliberative policy development process, focusing on (a) developing federal, state, and local policy related to health and LTSS care delivery, quality, and safety; (b) overseeing financing and coverage; (c) assisting with workforce and education issues; and (d) paying special attention to specific needs, such as prescription drugs, medical devices, and end-of-life care. He also ensures that AARP health initiatives and practices are consistent with AARP’s policies.

Jean previously served as a senior policy advisor within the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and was recently selected for the Leadership Maryland (class of 2014) program.

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US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M Adams

Gregory Allen
Gregory Allen, Director, Division of Program Development & Management, Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Department of Health

Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices
Timberrrrrrrr! Chopping the Cost of Prescription Drugs

As Policy Director for the NYS Medicaid program, Greg is responsible for planning, policy and development of new and emerging program areas. This portfolio includes policy and operations responsibility for inpatient, clinic, practitioner, transportation, pharmacy, care management, mental health, substance use disorder and developmental disabilities services.

Greg has lead responsibility for managing the state’s $8B Medicaid Waiver including its centerpieces the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and the associated Value Based Payment (VBP) transformation. Recently under Greg’s leadership the pharmacy team is implementing an initiative designed to curb escalating pharmacy expenses through a cost to value review.

Beginning his career as a front-line service professional in the chemical dependence field, Greg has 30 years of government operations and management experience. Most of Greg’s work has focused on the nexus between program development and payment with a focus on incubating new programs and policy.

Jessica Altman
Jessica Altman, Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania Insurance Department
Sessions:
End of the Trail, or New Path? Health Insurance in the 21st Century – Coverage Track

Jessica Altman was appointed Acting Insurance Commissioner on August 19, 2017. Prior to this, Ms. Altman served as Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department alongside former Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller beginning in June 2015. In this position, Ms. Altman served as the top aide to former Commissioner Miller, oversaw policy initiatives for the agency, and coordinated policy with other state government agencies and external groups.

Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Ms. Altman worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, where she developed policy and facilitated implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  In addition, she analyzed policy for the health division of the White House Office of Management and Budget while completing her master’s degree.

Ms. Altman has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management, with a concentration in Health Care Policy, from Cornell University.

Bryan Amick
Bryan Amick, Acting Deputy Director for Health Programs, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Sessions:
Where the Trails Meet: Blending and Braiding Funds for Improved Population Health

Bryan Amick, PharmD, MS, MBA
Acting Deputy Director for Health Programs
South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Bryan Amick serves a dual role as both the pharmacy director and acting deputy director for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS).  SCDHHS provides health benefits for over one million South Carolinians.  Before joining SC’s Medicaid program, Mr. Amick worked for several other healthcare payer organizations, including pharmacy benefit managers and commercial health insurance carriers.  He has served in leadership roles for several state and national level pharmacy organizations.  He is a peer reviewer for several pharmacy and benefit design publications, and serves as a grant reviewer for a number of state and national organizations.

Melody Anthony
Melody Anthony, Deputy State Medicaid Director, Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Sessions:
Reaching the Summit: Trekking Towards Value-Based Payment

Melody Anthony is the Deputy State Medicaid Director for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.  Her leadership at the agency encompasses multiple functions that touch more than one million lives each year as qualifying Oklahomans receive services in Fee-for-Service, managed care and a demonstration program that offers premium assistance.  She is a direct report to the agency CEO and member of the executive team, ensuring that the strategic plan is implemented successfully in all aspects of operations. Melody ensures that improving the health of Oklahomans remains a primary focus in her areas of responsibility, including Member Services, Provider/Medical Home Services, Population Care Management, Behavioral Health and Pharmacy. Along with her leadership of these departments, she is the point of contact for the agency’s participation in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiatives, both CPC Classic and CPC+. Her team focuses on value-based purchasing and return on investment,  innovating care coordination models and addressing head-on public health challenges such as the opioid crisis and infant mortality. She has more than 20 years’ experience in health care, both in the private and public sector.

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Richard Armstrong, Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, State of Idaho

Sessions:
Circling the Wagons: Medicaid, Exchanges, and Insurance Working Together – Coverage Track

Richard “Dick” Armstrong was appointed Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in June 2006 by Governor Jim Risch. He was reappointed to the position in January 2007 by Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter. Director Armstrong serves as executive and administrative head of the Department, which employs more than 2,800 people, with an annual budget of $2.5 billion. Prior to his appointment, Dick Armstrong was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Blue Cross of Idaho, where he was employed 36 years.

Joshua Auerbach, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland

Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices

Joshua Auerbach is a lawyer in the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland.  He is currently a special assistant to Attorney General Brian Frosh, and his previous responsibilities in the Office include serving as principal counsel to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  He has lived and practiced law in Baltimore since 2000.

Sam Austin
Sam Austin, Health Policy Analyst, Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin

Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Sam Austin leads the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project (EBHPP) at the at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Population Health Institute. The EBHPP works to connect research and expertise from the University and other sources into Wisconsin’s health policymaking process, and encourage an evidence-informed approach to policy in the state legislature. Prior to joining the Institute in 2016, Sam served for eight years as a budget analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a non-partisan service agency of the state legislature. In this role, Sam was the lead analyst for state and federal health programs, including Medicaid and multiple public health programs, and staffed the state legislature’s budget-writing committee. Sam received a master’s degree in international public policy at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison.

Kenneth Bausell

Kenneth Bausell, IDD Manager, North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance

Sessions:
Smart Homes, Smart Health: Technologies that Empower Independence

Kenneth Bausell–Division of Medical Assistance. Kenneth has over 10 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in variety of settings which include direct service, non-profit management, case management, and utilization review. Currently, he is an IDD Manager with the Division of Medical Assistance’s Behavioral Health Section.

Kim Belshe
Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 Los Angeles

Sessions:
Lunch Plenary: NASHP 30th – Looking Back: Looking Forward

Kim Belshé was named Executive Director of First 5 Los Angeles in November 2012. Prior to joining First 5 LA, she served as senior policy advisor of Public Policy Institute of California and, from 2003-2011, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency in the Administration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kim previously held a number of leadership positions in state government, including director of the Department of Health Services and deputy secretary of the Health and Welfare Agency under Governor Pete Wilson. Kim also has served in leadership positions in California philanthropy, including the James Irvine Foundation. Kim was a founding member of the board of the state’s Health Benefit Exchange, Covered California, in 2011, and of the State First 5 Commission in 1999. She currently serves on a number of boards, including the Blue Shield of California Foundation, Blue Shield of California, Beacon Health Options and Southern California Grantmakers. She is a native of San Francisco and holds a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College.

Tom Betlach
Thomas Betlach, Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
Sessions:
End of the Trail, or New Path? Health Insurance in the 21st Century – Coverage Track
Breaking New Ground: Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions

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 1.9 million Arizonans at an annual cost of $12 billion.  Through his leadership, Arizona: launched the first integrated health plan for persons with serious mental illness; 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. Mr. Betlach is the former President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, a member of the CBO Panel of Health Advisers, a member of the Guiding Committee for the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a member of the Steering Committee for the Reforming States Group, is a Board member of the NASMHP.

 Jane Beyer
Jane Beyer, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making
Trail Blazers: States Operationalizing Federal Coverage Changes – Coverage Track

Jane began her career as a legal services attorney in Tacoma Washington.  She served as legal counsel to the Washington State House of Representatives for twenty years, as Washington State’s Medicaid director and, more recently, as Washington State’s Behavioral Health Commissioner.  She is currently the Senior Health Policy Advisor to Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

Lynn Blewett
Lynn Blewett, Professor, State Health Access Data Assistance Center, University of Minnesota
Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Lynn A. Blewett, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Policy at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management. She directs the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), a multidisciplinary research center that provides data analytics and policy analysis to better understand how policy impacts health insurance coverage, access to need care and population health. She works with state policy analysts and decision makers to better understand data and trends in health care to better inform health policy. She most recently served on the Board of AcademyHealth  and Board of Scientific Advisors for the National Center for Health Statistics. She currently serves on the board of Portico HealthNet, a coverage program for the uninsured, and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Dr. Blewett received her MA in public affairs from the Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and her PhD in health services research and policy from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Donna Bradbury
Donna Bradbury, Associate Commissioner, Division of Integrated Community Services for Children & Families, New York State Office of Mental Health

Sessions:
Advancing Children’s Behavioral Health Through Systems Integration

Donna Bradbury, MA, LMHC, serves as Associate Commissioner and directs the Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families at the New York State Office of Mental Health.  She oversees all community-based children’s mental health programs in New York State, as well as several innovative initiatives which integrate prevention, primary care, and mental health services for children and their families.  She is currently providing leadership for the effort to transition children’s behavioral health services into Medicaid managed care as part of the larger Medicaid Redesign project.   

Prior to state service, Donna worked for twelve years for the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health.  She delivered clinical services to children and their families, served as a consultant to Family Court as well as county-operated human service departments and schools, ran a specialized treatment program which successfully prevented institutional placement for many youth, and assisted in the creation and implementation of several interagency initiatives.

Cathy Caldwell
Cathy Caldwell, Director of the Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance (Alabama’s CHIP), Alabama Department of Public Health
Sessions:
Chipping Away at Children’s Coverage?
Breaking New Ground: Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions

Ms. Cathy Caldwell received a Masters of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000 and a BS in Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1998.  Ms. Caldwell is currently the Director of the Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance (Alabama’s CHIP) with the Alabama Department of Public Health.  She has over eighteen years of state government service with the Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance, directing the separate CHIP program known as ALL Kids, providing healthcare coverage to over 80,000 children. She is a current a member of the National Academy for State Health Policy and has served or is currently serving on numerous national committees related to children’s health insurance coverage as well as healthcare reform implementation, including the Agency for Health Research and Quality National Advisory Committee Subcommittee on Children’s Healthcare Quality Measures, the National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement Advisory Panel (NCINQ MAP) the Medicaid and CHIP Data Analytics Learning Collaborative and the Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center Advisory Committee.

Judith Cash
Judith Cash, Acting Director of the State Demonstrations, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Sessions:
No Phone, No Food, No Pets: Tackling Social Determinants

Judith Cash is the Acting Director of the State Demonstrations Group (SDG) in the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at CMS.  In this role, Judith leads the agency’s work on Medicaid demonstrations and waivers authorized under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

Prior to assuming her current role, Judith served as the Deputy Director for Policy in SDG and, before that, led CMCS’ work on Medicaid eligibility and enrollment.  Before arriving at CMS in 2012, Judith spent most of her career in Virginia, working to ensure access to health care for low income and other vulnerable children and families.  She was the Deputy Director at the Virginia Health Care Foundation, where, among other things, she led the Foundation’s grant making and strategic partnerships.  She also led the Foundation’s work on Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment, and served as Chair of the Virginia General Assembly’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee.  Judith also served as President and CEO of CHIP of Virginia, was Health Policy Analyst for the Virginia General Assembly’s Commission on Youth, and Executive Director of the Children’s AIDs Network.

Darren Coffman
Darren Coffman, Director, Health Evidence Review Commission, Oregon Health Authority
Sessions:Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Mr. Coffman is the Director of the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) for the state of Oregon. HERC provides evidence-based coverage guidance on health technologies to public and private payers and purchasers in the state. They also administer the Prioritized List of Health Services used to define the benefit package for the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program.  Prior to the creation of HERC in 2012, Mr. Coffman served for 15 years as the Director of the Health Services Commission, the predecessor to HERC, with his involvement in Oregon’s pioneering heath care prioritization efforts dating back to 1989.

Diane Cook
Diane Cook, Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University
Sessions:
Smart Homes, Smart Health: Technologies that Empower Independence

Dr. Diane Cook is a Huie-Rogers Chair Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University.  She received her B.S. from Wheaton College in 1985 and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Her areas of research interest are machine learning and smart environments, where her results are reported in over 400 papers.  For the last fifteen years Dr. Cook has focused on the design of smart environments to provide health assessment and intervention.  Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, DARPA, DOE, NASA, the Air Force, the Naval Research Lab, and the Department of Homeland Security.  Dr. Cook is an editor for eight international journals,  and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, IEEE, and FTRA.

Tywanda Cox
Tywanda Cox, Chief of Federal and State Health Policy, Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Sessions:
No Phone, No Food, No Pets: Tackling Social Determinants

Tywanda holds a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and currently serves as a direct report to the Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority in her role as the Chief of Federal and State Policy.  Tywanda joined the Oklahoma Health Care Authority staff in May of 1998.    During her tenure at OHCA, Mrs. Cox has worked in the Legal Division, Health Policy Division, Policy and Planning and Integrity Division and currently serving as the division director over Health Policy and Wavier Development & Reporting.  Her responsibilities include oversight of a staff of over 37 who obtain state and federal authorities and approvals for the operation of the Oklahoma Medicaid program.  She serves as the agency liaison to the Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) related to the Oklahoma State Plan and Operational Waivers, Governor’s Office related to the Oklahoma Administrative Code as well as to other Oklahoma sister agencies.  Additionally, she represents the agency on national forums, committees and workgroups related to Medicaid eligibility enrollment and retention.

Pam Curtis
Pam Curtis, Director, Center for Evidence-based Policy, Oregon Health & Science University
Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Pam Curtis, MS, is the Center’s co-founder and Director. Ms. Curtis is responsible for the overall effectiveness of the Center as well as maintaining a portfolio of direct state work. She currently serves as the Director of the MED project (the Center’s largest collaborative of states), leads the Center’s work in Colorado focused on transforming primary care delivery through payment reform, and leads work in Oregon to develop a longitudinal child data set, integrated across six state agencies. Prior to founding the Center, Ms. Curtis served as a policy advisor to Oregon’s Governor on health and human services issues, as well as elected officials at the state, county and national levels. Ms. Curtis has clinical experience in the fields of substance abuse, behavioral health, and child abuse. Her professional background also includes collaborative governance.

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Brooks Daverman, Director of Health Care Innovation, Tennessee Division of TennCare

Sessions:
Reaching the Summit: Trekking Towards Value-Based Payment

Brooks Daverman is the Director of Health Care Innovation at the Tennessee Division of TennCare.

He is directing the Tennessee Health Care Innovation Initiative—a project to change how health care is paid for in Tennessee—moving from volume-based to value-based payment. The initiative partners include TennCare, CoverKids, state employee benefits administration, Tennessee’s four largest insurance carriers, the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Tennessee Medical Association, and many others.

Mr. Daverman has a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University.

Chris DeMars
Chris DeMars, Transformation Center Administrator, Oregon Health Authority
Sessions:
Narrowing the Gap, Creating a Culture of Health
Getting Into the Weed(s): Emerging Issues in State Health Policy

Chris DeMars is the Administrator of the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center, which is the hub of innovation and quality improvement for Oregon’s health system reform efforts. Before joining the Transformation Center in 2013, Chris spent eight years as a Senior Program Officer at the Northwest Health Foundation, where she managed the Foundation’s health care reform portfolio. Prior to working for the foundation, Chris spent six years as 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. Chris has also held positions at health-policy consulting firms where she focused on public health, health systems, and payment, and she began her career as a Policy Analyst at Indiana’s Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning. Chris 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.

Denemark
Cynthia Denemark, Pharmacy Administrator/Partnership Coordinator, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, Delaware Health Care Commission, Department of Health and Social Services

Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices

Cynthia Denemark is the pharmacy director for the Delaware Division of Medicaid & Medical Assistance.  She has served as the Pharmacy Director since 1992.  She developed Delaware’s Point of Service Prospective DUR prescription system, state-wide Prior Authorization Program,  Delaware Prescription Assistance Program and Rebate Program,.  She has overseen the federal and state rebate programs, and has a wide range of experience doing quality assurance projects from HEDIS measure analysis, retrospective drug utilization review, and coordination with managed care organizations that are part of the Diamond State Health Plan.  She has worked in hospitals, health clinics, and in retail settings.

Icilda Dickerson
Icilda Dickerson, Acting Chief, Bureau of Long Term Services and Supports, Ohio Department of Medicaid

Sessions:
Breaking New Ground: Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions

Ms. Dickerson has over 27 years of experience in the field of public health and strategic policy development.  Currently, she serves as Acting Chief for the Bureau of Long Term Services and Supports.  She has worked at the Ohio Department of Medicaid since 2011.  Under her direction, Children’s Health Policy which includes EPSDT and Ohio’s waiver programs for individuals with a nursing or intermediate care facilities level of care are managed.  Her focus is in the development and implementation of state Medicaid policies for individuals with special healthcare needs.   Ms. Dickerson has extensive experience in administering health services programs through collaborative partnerships with state agencies, local health departments, managed care plans, hospitals, pharmacies, provider associations, family advocacy groups and community-based organizations.

Paige Duhamel
Paige Duhamel, Health Care Policy Manager, New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance

Sessions:
Trail Blazers: States Operationalizing Federal Coverage Changes – Coverage Track

Paige Duhamel is the Health Care Policy Manager for the State of New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. In this role, she oversees strategic policy research and development on health care reform implementation. Prior to joining the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance, Ms. Duhamel worked in non-profit legal advocacy on health care reform implementation in New Mexico.

Tim Engelhardt
Tim Engelhardt, Director, CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office

Sessions:
Come Together Right Now, Medicare and Medicaid 

Tim Engelhardt directs the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, dedicated to improving services for individuals dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Prior to joining CMS in 2010, Tim was a consultant with The Lewin Group, and he previously served as the Deputy Director for Long Term Care Financing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Tim received a BA in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and an MHS from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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Benjamin Finder, Senior Analyst, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)

Sessions:
Rapidly Transforming Delivery Systems

Benjamin Finder, M.P.H., is a senior analyst at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). His work focuses on benefits and payment policy. Prior to joining MACPAC, he served as an associate director in the Health Care Policy and Research Administration at the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance, and as a policy analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Mr. Finder holds a master of public health from The George Washington University, where he concentrated in health policy and health economics.

Joe Flores
Joe Flores, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Virginia Office of the Governor

Sessions:

State Levers for Protecting Health in Disasters

Joe became Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources in November 2014 where he provides counsel to the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources on state and federal policy issues as well as budgetary matters. He provides guidance to state agency officials on a range of executive policy matters that include legislation, fiscal policy, reports and regulations.

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.

Gary Franklin
Gary Franklin, Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Research Professor, Departments of Environmental Health, Neurology, and Health Services, University of Washington

Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Dr. Franklin has served as the Medical Director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) from 1988 to the present, and has more than a 25-year history of developing and administering workers’ compensation health care policy and conducting outcomes research. He is a Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, the Department of Medicine (Neurology), and the Department of Health Services, at the University of Washington (UW). He has served as Director or Co-Director of the NIOSH-funded ERC Occupational Health Services Research training program since its inception.

Dr. Franklin is also Director of the Occupational Epidemiology and Health Outcomes Program at the UW, which is the most productive program of its kind in the U.S. This program houses and facilitates primary research as well as the secondary use of workers’ compensation data in order to improve medical care and reduce the disability related to occupational injuries and illnesses.

Ellie Garrett
Ellie Garrett, Deputy Director, Office of the Medical Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Ellie Garrett, serves as deputy director of the Office of the Medical Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She also teaches a masters-level health policy course at St. Catherine University. Prior to joining DHS, she maintained a national and regional consulting practice focusing on public engagement on health policy issues and worked as the associate director for health policy and public health at the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics. There she co-directed the Minnesota Pandemic Ethics Project, the nation’s largest state-sponsored public engagement project about pandemic planning. She is a past-president of the Minnesota Public Health Association and in 2004 received the Albus Justus Chesley Award for distinguished service to public health in Minnesota.

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Audrey Morse Gasteier, Chief of Policy and Strategy, Massachusetts Health Connector

Sessions:
Trail Blazers: States Operationalizing Federal Coverage Changes – Coverage Track

Audrey Morse Gasteier serves as Chief of Policy and Strategy at the Massachusetts Health Connector. She leads policy development and strategy related to the Health Connector’s role as a state based health exchange, program and product design, policy research, government affairs, and outreach and communication efforts aimed at engagement with consumers and employers. Prior to joining the Health Connector in 2012, she served as Director of Health Systems Policy at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, a government agency responsible for analyzing the state’s health care delivery system and recommending policies. She also served as a Policy Analyst at the Association of Community Human Service Agencies in Los Angeles, California. Audrey holds a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Concord with her husband and two children.

Eric Gebbie
Eric Gebbie, Planning, Training and Grants Chief, Oregon Health Authority’s Health Security, Preparedness and Response Program

Sessions:

State Levers for Protecting Health in Disasters

Eric Gebbie, DrPH, MIA, MA is the Planning, Training and Grants Chief for the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Security, Preparedness and Response Program.  He is originally from Portland and has worked in public health and emergency preparedness since 1999 in New York, Chicago, the Philippines, and Arkansas.  Other experience includes fieldwork on human rights violation monitoring and oral history collection.  He earned a Doctorate in Public Health leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia, and a Master’s in social anthropology from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Julienne Giard
Julienne Giard, Director of Evidence-Based Practices, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

Julienne Giard, LCSW is Director of Evidence-Based Practices in the Office of the Commissioner at the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Ms. Giard leads or oversees several EBP initiatives (e.g., MAT, Trauma, ACT, CSP, Supported Employment) and consults to other staff across DMHAS who are implementing evidence-based and best practices. She is currently Project Director for a 5-year SAMHSA grant to expand Supported Employment and was previously the Project Director on two other SAMHSA grants on co-occurring disorders and trauma. Ms. Giard has authored several articles and national presentations, and is a clinician in private practice.

Richard Gottfried
Richard Gottfried, Assembly Member, New York State Assembly

Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices
Getting Into the Weed(s): Emerging Issues in State Health Policy

Richard N. Gottfried has chaired the NY State Assembly Health Committee since 1987 and represents a district in Manhattan. He works to expand publicly funded health coverage; protect patient autonomy, especially in reproductive and end-of-life care; and support safety-net health care providers. He sponsors the “New York Health” bill to create a state single-payer universal health plan. He’s a lawyer (Columbia, JD ’73) but does not have a private practice. Member of NY Academy of Medicine, National Academy for State Health Policy, Reforming States Group, NYC Bar Association, and NY Civil Liberties Union.

Grace
Aimee Grace, Health Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Brian Schatz

Sessions:
Medicaid Buy-In: Is it the Next Frontier?

Aimee Malia Grace, MD, MPH, FAAP is a pediatrician and health policy advisor for Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).  She manages the senator’s portfolios on issues pertaining to health, veterans’ health, children, families, adoption, women, disabilities, and seniors.  Dr. Grace has served as the lead congressional staffer for Senator Schatz’s Medicaid buy-in bill, which would allow states the option of creating a Medicaid public option for all state residents; the CONNECT for Health Act (S. 1016), a bill that would expand reimbursement of telehealth and remote patient monitoring in Medicare; and the Tobacco to 21 Act, which would raise the minimum legal age of tobacco sale to 21 nationwide.  She also co-led legislative efforts for the ECHO Act, which seeks to expand the use of teleconferencing models like Project ECHO throughout programs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the STOP Pain Act, which seeks to expand NIH research on chronic pain and non-opioid alternatives to chronic pain, both of which passed into law in 2016.

Dr. Grace is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii.  She attended Stanford University (B.A. Human Biology), University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Stanford Pediatrics residency, Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H. Health Policy and Management), and Children’s National Health System/Johns Hopkins/George Washington University (Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics, health policy focus).  She also serves as a commissioner in Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B in her neighborhood of Southeast Capitol Hill, Washington DC, where she lives with her husband Joe and cat Mango.

Bruce Greenstein
Bruce D. Greenstein, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Sessions:
Hi-Tech or Big-Wreck: Troubles on the Technology Trail

Bruce D. Greenstein is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the CTO at HHS, Bruce provides leadership and direction to ensure that HHS effectively uses data, technology and innovation to improve the lives of the American people and the performance of the operating divisions across the Department.

Greenstein joins HHS after serving as President-West at Quartet.  Quartet is a technology company improving the integration of behavioral health and physical healthcare for patients, providers, and payers.  Prior to that, Greenstein ran an advisory firm that focused on the health care, government and technology markets across North America and China.

In his last government role, Greenstein held a Cabinet post with Governor Bobby Jindal as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. As the chief of Louisiana’s largest agency, Greenstein led over 11,000 employees and a budget of over $9 billion. With a talented executive team, Greenstein led many reforms of the state’s health care system, including implementing managed care for over one million enrollees.

Dr.William A. Hazel Jr. Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources
William Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources, State of Virginia

Sessions:
Morning Plenary

William A. Hazel Jr. is serving his second term as Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a post he took in January 2010.

As Secretary, Dr. Hazel oversees 11 state agencies with more than 16,000 employees, covering such diverse programs as Medicaid, Behavioral Health, Social Services, and 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, helped establish the Virginia Center for Health Innovation, and served as the Founding Chair of ConnectVirginia, Virginia’s health information exchange.

Experience has demonstrated that the needs of Virginia and its citizens require both an inter-agency and inter-secretariat approach, and in his second term Dr. Hazel has focused on working across agency and secretariat lines.

Edward Hernandez
Ed Hernandez, Senator, California State Senate

Sessions:
Timberrrrrrrr! Chopping the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Dr. Ed Hernandez had only one goal as a young man – to serve the health care needs of the community he came from.  As an optometrist and local businessman, he never dreamed he would one day work in the California State Legislature.  As a health care provider in predominantly low-income communities though, the need to improve access to health care is what drove him to run for office.  Dr. Ed was first elected to the Assembly in November of 2006, and re-elected in November of 2008.  He won his seat in the California State Senate in November of 2010 and was re-elected once again in 2014.

Senator Hernandez serves as Chair for the Senate Committee on Health and also Chair for the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics.  He is also a member of the Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee and the Senate Insurance Committee.

Gail Hirsch
Gail Hirsch, Co-Director, Office of Community Health Workers, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Sessions:
Community Health Workers: Policy Opportunities to Improve Population Health and Patient-Centered Health Care

Gail Hirsch, M.Ed., is Co-Director of the Office of Community Health Workers at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she has coordinated state public health efforts to support CHWs for over 20 years. She is a leader in CHW policy and organizing efforts in Massachusetts and nationally, and has served as an adviser to other states, federal agencies and regional and national organizations on CHW workforce development, including certification.

Lori Horvath
Lori Horvath, Deputy Director, Medicaid Development & Administration, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Sessions:
Smart Homes, Smart Health: Technologies that Empower Independence

Lori has over 25 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities.  She began her career as a direct care worker in an intermediate care facility serving young children with significant physical and cognitive impairments.  She later worked for 10 years in an intermediate care facility for older adults.  She then joined a county board of developmental disabilities where she served as an SSA Director for approximately 10 years.  She began working for the Medicaid division of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in 2011 and became the Deputy Director of the division in October 2014.

George Jacobson
George Jacobson, Project Manager, Payment Modernization and Targeted Investments Program, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Sessions:
Value-Based Purchasing for Managed Long-Term Services and SupportsGeorge has worked at AHCCCS since April 2013 in the Office of the Director. He coordinates the Agency’s care delivery and payment reform activities with senior management, and the provider and payer communities. He also serves as the Targeted Investments Program project manager, a $300 million project that provides financial incentives to eligible AHCCCS providers who meet certain benchmarks for integrating and coordinating physical and Behavioral Health care.

Prior to joining AHCCCS, he served in several hospital executive positions in Arizona, and in various post-acute organization executive positions. Mr. Jacobson also served three terms as board president of the Arizona Health Care Association, leading the organization’s long term care facility advocacy activities.  He is a proud University of Arizona graduate, and holds MHA and MPA degrees from the University of Missouri.

Alani Jackson
Alani Jackson, Chief of the Medi-Cal Dental Services Division, Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

Sessions:
Brushing Up on Innovations in State Oral Health Policy

Alani Jackson is the Chief of the Medi-Cal Dental Services Division within the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). She has full management responsibility for administering the Medi-Cal Dental Services Program (Denti-Cal and Dental Managed Care), which provides dental services to nearly 14 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Prior to joining DHCS, Ms. Jackson had over eight years of administrative and managerial experience with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Correctional Health Care Services. She has extensive experience and knowledge working in health care policy planning, development, and implementation, as well as interacting with high-level executives amongst various state departments.  She has over 10-years of experience serving Californians as a public servant and additional years of experience working in the legislature and children’s advocacy.

Ms. Jackson has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and two Bachelor’s in Community and Regional Development and Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Allison Jackson
Allison Sampson-Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Integration Solutions

Sessions:
Advancing Children’s Behavioral Health Through Systems Integration

Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP and Certified Facilitator of Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ curriculums (CDWF) focuses on advancing effective trauma informed clinical and organizational practices. Specialties include using attachment, mindfulness, and neuroscience interventions to enhance clinical and organizational practices. She is a person of lived experience and a professional having provided services via Behavioral Health, Education, Child Welfare and Criminal Justice systems for over 20 years. For 13 years, she served within an international healthcare organization first as mentor and finally as their VP of Clinical Operations and National Trauma Informed Service Line Leader. Partnering with the National Council of Behavioral HealthCare, she co-led 17 National Teams through the Council’s Trauma Informed Learning Collaborative. Today, Dr. Jackson is the CEO of Integration Solutions, providing trauma informed care consultation to human service and healthcare organizations furthering their integration of resilience practices to consumers via TIC organizational culture principles.  http://integrationsolutions.org

Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson, Division Director, Florida Department of Health

Sessions:
Timberrrrrrrr! Chopping the Cost of Prescription Drugs
State Levers for Protecting Health in Disasters

Jennifer Johnson is the Director for the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management and is responsible for the Department’s performance management and continuous quality improvement efforts.  From January 2016 through May 2017, she served the Department of Health as the County Health Department Administrator for Jefferson and Madison counties, where she oversaw the provision of local public health services and initiatives. Prior to coming to the Department of Health, she served as the Health and Human Services Staff Director for the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability where she supervised policy research and analysis to assist legislative budget and policy deliberations. During her 16-year tenure at OPPAGA, areas of research and evaluation included state and local public health, Florida’s Medicaid program, developmental disabilities, health care regulation, long-term health care, substance abuse and mental health, and child welfare. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida and is in the final stages of earning a doctoral degree in Public Administration.

Kimberly Johnson
Kimberly Johnson, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

Kimberly A. Johnson, Ph. D., began her tenure as Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in February 2016 and leads the center’s activities to improve access to, and promote high quality, effective substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.

Prior to coming to CSAT, Dr. Johnson worked as a scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where her projects included studies on mobile apps for behavior change, quality improvement in care development and acting as the co-director of the national coordinating office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers, and as co-deputy director of NIATx. She has also served as the state of Maine single state authority for substance abuse, and as the executive director of a substance abuse treatment agency. In her early career, Dr. Johnson was a child and family therapist and managed treatment and prevention programs.

Dr. Johnson’s dedication and contributions to the behavioral health field earned her numerous awards and she is a highly-regarded thought leader.  She has authored a variety of publications on topics important to addiction and recovery.

Gabriel Kaplan
Gabriel Kaplan, Chief of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, Prevention Services Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Sessions:Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Gabriel Kaplan is the Chief of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch in the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He also oversees the work of the Division’s Health Access Branch. In this role, Dr Kaplan manages 8 public health work units that seek to improve policies around health promotion and prevention, to transform the delivery of care within health systems, and improve the linkages between community-based prevention and the clinical care system.  Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Epidemiology, Planning & Evaluation Branch in the same division at CDPHE, where he directed the data analysis and research units that support public health prevention services and interventions.  Before joining CDPHE, Dr. Kaplan served as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Colorado, Denver’s School of Public Affairs.  He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and is the President-Elect of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Dr. Kaplan has a PhD in public policy analysis and research from Harvard’s JFK School of Government.

Kim Kehl
Kim Kehl, Trauma-Informed Care Project Coordinator, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

Under the general direction of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) Medical Director, collaborates with partners to support training on trauma-informed practices throughout Ohio in a cost effective manner. He coordinates training efforts and implementation of trauma-informed practice within the behavioral health, developmental disabilities and human services systems. Kim works with OMHAS Regional Psychiatric Hospitals and DODD Developmental Centers to advance trauma-informed practice. He supports Ohio’s six  Regional Trauma-Informed Care Collaboratives to meet local regional-based needs and promotes statewide interdepartmental collaboration to advance trauma-informed care throughout the Ohio healthcare and human services systems.

David Kelley
David Kelley, Chief Medical Officer, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services' Office of Medical Assistance Programs

Sessions:
Reaching the Summit: Trekking Towards Value-Based Payment

Dr. David Kelley is the Chief Medical Officer for Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Office of Medical Assistance Programs. He oversees the clinical and quality aspects of the state’s Medical Assistance Program that provides health benefits to over 2.2 million recipients. Dr. Kelley also oversees nine physical health managed care organizations and a fee-for-service delivery system. 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. In this role, he oversaw quality and utilization management at Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Kelley attended University of Pittsburgh medical school, completed his residency training at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, and is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.

Patti KillingsworthPatti Killingsworth, Assistant Commissioner, TennCare

Sessions:
Body and Soul: Leading Change in Behavioral Health Integration
Lemons or Lemonade: Leveraging the Medicaid Managed Care Rule to Improve MLTSS

Patti Killingsworth is an Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of TennCare, and since February 2007, the Chief of Long Term Services & Supports. She has worked in Medicaid programs in Missouri and Tennessee for nearly two decades, leading system redesign initiatives in both states.  In Tennessee, this includes an MLTSS program in 2010 that has significantly expanded access to home and community based services, rapidly moving toward a rebalanced system; and in 2016, a new MLTSS model program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, aligning incentives to help individuals achieve employment and integrated community living.  Her commitment is to changing systems to better meet the needs of individuals and family members, promoting the development and expansion of home and community based service options, and ensuring that that the voice and perspective of people who need LTSS, their family members, and other key stakeholders is brought to bear in policy and program decision- making processes.

Mila Kofman
Mila Kofman, Executive Director, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority

Sessions:
Circling the Wagons: Medicaid, Exchanges, and Insurance Working Together – Coverage Track

Mila Kofman is the Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority.  Appointed to the position by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, Kofman is a nationally recognized expert on private health insurance markets and has worked with states and all stakeholders to implement health insurance reforms. Her approach is informed by her hands-on experience as the former Superintendent of Insurance in Maine implementing health insurance reforms, being a former federal regulator working with states to implement HIPAA reforms of the 1990s, studying state-based reform efforts and markets, and working with employer purchasing coalitions seeking to leverage purchasing power for sustainable financing of medical care. Ms. Kofman holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland (summa cum laude).

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Dawn Lambert, Community Options Strategy Group, Connecticut’s Department of Social Services

Sessions:
Smart Homes, Smart Health: Technologies that Empower Independence
Keeping Score: Using Scorecards as Instruments of Policy Change

Dawn Lambert manages the Community Options Strategy Group within Connecticut’s Department of Social Services. With over 25 years of experience in long-term services and supports, she currently serves as an appointed member of the National Academy for State Health Policy LTSS Committee, an advisor to the AARP LTSS Scorecard and a consultant to the Department of Justice regarding community options for older adults and people with disabilities.

Michelle Larson
Michelle Larson, Director of the Office of Medical Cannabis, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Sessions:
Getting Into the Weed(s): Emerging Issues in State Health Policy

Michelle Larson is the Director of the Office of Medical Cannabis at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). She has 20 years of public health experience at the state and local level that includes topics such as obesity, tobacco prevention, Strategic National Stockpile, emergency preparedness, environmental health, and policy development. She has a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Organization, Leadership, and Policy Development, a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Government, and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin. Michelle served in the Minnesota Air National Guard for 6 years. Her hobbies include being a mom, knitting, and anything outdoors.

Tom Leahey, Pharmacy Manager, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices

Tom Leahey is a Pharmacy Manager with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. He has been with the Department for 12 years and oversees the operations and non-clinical policy for the outpatient drug, physician-administered drug and durable medical equipment benefits.

Peter Lee
Peter Lee, Executive Director, Covered California

Sessions:
Morning Plenary
End of the Trail, or New Path? Health Insurance in the 21st Century 

Peter V. Lee is the executive director of Covered California, the first state-based exchange established under the Affordable Care Act. Since joining Covered California in 2011, Lee oversaw the creation and launch of the Covered California brand as well as an on-line platform that allows consumers to shop for and buy affordable health insurance.

With a $300 million budget and more than 1,000 employees, Lee oversees negotiations with health plans as well as outreach and marketing efforts to promote enrollment. Increasingly, Lee is working to advance the broader mission of Covered California: improving health care quality, lowering costs and reducing health disparities.

Prior to joining the exchange, Lee held leadership positions in the Obama Administration working on health care delivery reform and quality improvement.

Lee received a law degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Alice Lind, Manager, Grants and Program Development, Washington State Health Care Authority

Sessions:
Come Together Right Now, Medicare and Medicaid 

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, hospice and long-term care. Ms. Lind serves on NCQA’s Standards Committee and has served as the chair of NQF’s Dual Eligibles Workgroup.

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. She recently received certification as an Advanced Care Planning Facilitator.

MaryAnne Lindeblad
MaryAnne Lindeblad, Medicaid Director, Washington State Health Care Authority

Sessions:
Narrowing the Gap, Creating a Culture of Health

MaryAnne Lindeblad brings a broad health care and administrative background to the Washington Medicaid program. She has been an active health care professional and leader spanning most aspects of health care including acute care, long-term care, behavioral health care, eldercare and services for people with disabilities. MaryAnne served for two years as Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services Administration with the Department of Social and Health Services, and Director of the Health Care Services Division with the Health Care Authority. Lindeblad has held a variety of leadership positions, including Assistant Administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board, and Director of Operations for Unified Physicians of Washington. In 2010, she was selected for the inaugural class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute. MaryAnne currently chairs the executive committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy, serves on the boards of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and Olympia Free Clinic. Lindeblad holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Eastern Washington University, and master’s in public health from the University of Washington.

Pam MacEwan
Pam MacEwan, Chief Executive Officer, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Sessions:
End of the Trail, or New Path? Health Insurance in the 21st Century

Pam MacEwan is the Chief Executive Officer for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Prior to joining the leadership team at HBE, Pam served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Governance for Group Health Cooperative.  She directed Medicare and Medicaid program performance and strategy, government relations, public policy, communications, and consumer governance serving on Group Health’s leadership team for 16 years. Previously Pam served as a Commissioner with the Washington Health Services Commission implementing the Health Services Act.  She worked with a broad coalition to pass health reform legislation. Pam has served on several health policy initiatives in the public and private sector, chairing the Association of Washington Health Plans, serving on the Washington State Hospital policy committee, the King County Health Action Plan, and the Children’s Health Initiative.  She holds an MAT in history from Brown University and a BA in economics from The Evergreen State College.

Mann
Cindy Mann, Partner, Manatt Health

Sessions:
Medicaid Buy-In: Is it the Next Frontier?

Cindy Mann is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, guiding states, providers, plans, consumer organizations and foundations on creating and implementing effective strategies around federal and state health reform, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and delivery and payment system transformation.  She formerly served as the Deputy Administrator at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Director of the Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Services at CMS, where she led the administration of Medicaid, CHIP and the Basic Health Program for more than five years during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ms. Mann’s prior positions include research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, where she was founder and director of the Center for Children and Families, senior advisor at the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, director of the Family and Children’s Health Program Group at the Healthcare Financing Administration (HCFA), now CMS.  Ms. Mann earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law.

Mary Marinari
Mary E. Marinari, Senior Administrator, Information Systems Unit, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance

Sessions:
Hi-Tech or Big-Wreck: Troubles on the Technology Trail

Mary E. Marinari, MPA
Senior Administrator, Information Systems Unit, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance

Mary leads the EHR Incentive Payment Program and coordinates Medicaid HIT Initiatives with State agencies and the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN).  She received her B.A. from Boston University and an M.P.A from New York University.  Mary’s experience in Delaware State government began in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Health and Social Services. Her background includes system implementations including the recent Delaware Medicaid Enterprise System (DMES) replacement; value based payment pilots; health care policy and planning; development of quality strategies and performance metrics; managed care implementation; budgetary analysis; and of course, IAPD submissions.

Greg Martin
Greg Martin, Deputy Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Greg Martin is the Deputy, Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He assists the Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer in facilitating the integration of Communications, Engagement, Training, and Dissemination activities across the department and organization-wide among other cross department and PCORI activities. Martin was previously deputy director, Stakeholder Engagement, and responsible for leading PCORI’s state- and local-level engagement with clinicians, policy makers, professional audiences, and the broader healthcare community. An experienced state health policy and state government affairs professional, Martin previously served the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Rebecca Matthews
Rebecca Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, Florida Healthy Kids Corporation

Sessions:
Chipping Away at Children’s Coverage?

Rebecca Matthews is chief executive officer of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, a $350 million public-private partnership created by the Florida Legislature to expand access to health insurance for Florida children.

Matthews leads day-to-day operation of Florida Healthy Kids, an innovative program that is closing the uninsured gap by providing health insurance for 180,000 children age 5 through 18.  She also spearheads marketing, customer service, eligibility, enrollment and other core administrative services for Florida KidCare, the umbrella brand for the four government-sponsored health insurance programs currently serving 2.45 million children statewide from birth through 18.

Linda McCall
Linda McCall, Program Director, Long Term Care and Behavioral Health, Georgia Department of Community Health

Sessions:
Advancing Children’s Behavioral Health Through Systems Integration

Linda McCall is the current Chair of the Interagency Directors Team (IDT) in Georgia and is employed by the Department of Community Health as the Program Director for Medicaid Policy and Provider Services for Behavioral Health & Long Term Care. She has 23 years of experience in the field of behavioral health and has been in her current state-wide position for 3 1/2 years. She was recently re-elected to be Chair of the IDT for a second year. Under Linda’s leadership, in August, 2017, the IDT was given approval by the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (appointed by Governor Deal) for their System of Care State Plan for Children,Youth and Families.

Linda is in her ninth year as an Administrative Surveyor for CARF International. She is a mother of three children and several pets. She resides in Georgia.

Kate McEvoy
Kate McEvoy, Director of the Division of Health Services, Connecticut Department of Social Services

Sessions:
Body and Soul: Leading Change in Behavioral Health Integration

Kate McEvoy is the Director of the Division of Health Services at the Department of Social Services, and is responsible for administration of medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, dental and transportation benefits for over 785,000 Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries.  Related, she oversees health policy aspects of Connecticut Medicaid’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Administrative Services Organization contracts and associated special projects, including the Person-Centered Medical Home initiative, Rewards to Quit (incentive-based tobacco cessation program) and the State Innovation Model Test Grant PCMH+ Program.  She is also responsible for oversight of diverse aspects of the Connecticut Strategic Rebalancing Plan, including the Money Follows the Person Program, State Balancing Incentive Payments Program, nursing home diversification and workforce initiatives.  In this work, Kate is particularly interested in the intersection of law and medicine with respect to person-centeredness, autonomy in decision-making and dignity of risk. Kate is the Department’s lead liaison to the Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council and the State Innovation Model Steering Committee.  

Mary McIntyre
Mary G. McIntyre, Chief Medical Officer, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis
Rapidly Transforming Delivery Systems

Mary G. McIntyre, M.D., M.P.H., SSBB is Chief Medical Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Dr. McIntyre received her B.S. in Biology from Winston Salem University in Winston Salem, NC.  She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville 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.  She studied Lean and Six Sigma at Villanova University from 2010-2011.  She is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.  She joined ADPH in January 2011, and served as Assistant State Health Officer for Disease Control and Prevention and State Epidemiologist before taking her current position.  Prior to beginning her public health career she served in various roles at the Alabama Medicaid Agency for fourteen years.  She provided primary care for eleven years before joining the State.

She is a member of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the American Public Health Association

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeff Meyers, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Sessions:
Rapidly Transforming Delivery Systems

Jeff Meyers is the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.  Appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan in January 2016, he leads an organization of 2,800 employees with an annual budget of $2.4 billion that includes Medicaid, Human Services, Public Health, Behavioral Health, Long Term Care and Disability Services, Child Welfare and Juvenile Services.  As Commissioner, he has led a reorganization effort of the department to achieve integration of programs and funding streams to better serve New Hampshire citizens.  Jeff is a graduate of The George Washington University (B.A.) and of Georgetown University Law School (J.D.).

Shane Mofford
Shane Mofford, Director of Rates and Payment Reform, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Sessions:
Reaching the Summit: Trekking Towards Value-Based Payment

Shane has served as the Director of Rates and Payment Reform for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing in Colorado for just under two years, but has been with the Department for seven years in total.  While his education is in Economics, he has worked in health care for 12 years in a variety of roles. Shane has lead or been closely involved with many of Colorado’s reform efforts including several initiatives to expand integrated care, managed care reforms, behavioral health reforms, primary care reforms, and hospital reforms.

Abdiasis Mohamed
Abdiasis Mohamed, Program Coordinator, Traditional Health Worker Program, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Oregon Health Authority

Sessions:
Community Health Workers: Policy Opportunities to Improve Population Health and Patient-Centered Health Care

Abdiasis Mohamed is currently the Program Coordinator for the Traditional Health Worker (THW) Program with Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. With the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Mohamed is charged with developing and implementing strategic work plan to support a sustainable and effective THW program, THW workforce training programs, State-run website registry and its integration into Oregon’s health system transformation within OHA’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. He also oversees the THW Commission and its subcommittees and ensures that the Commission meets its goals, deliverables and timelines. Mohamed serves on numerous advisory boards, committees and councils that influence both social and policy change at a local level, regional and national level.

Rene Mollow
Rene Mollow, Deputy Director, Health Care Benefits and Eligibility, California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

Sessions:
Chipping Away at Children’s Coverage?

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 administration and direction of eligibility and benefit policies of procedures within the Medi-Cal delivery systems. In addition, she assists the Directorate and State Legislatures in determining program direction consistent with legislative intent and consults with the Director and State Medicaid Director on issues of significant policy impact involving both Medi-Cal & CHIP.

Greg Moody
Greg Moody, Director, Ohio Governors Office of Health Transformation

Sessions:
Morning Plenary

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. Greg’s Ohio experience includes serving as Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (2001).

Sue Moran
Sue Moran, Senior Deputy Director, Population Health Administration, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Sessions:
Narrowing the Gap, Creating a Culture of Health

Sue Moran currently serves as the Senior Deputy Director of the Population Health Administration for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Sue leads agency wide efforts to promote and protect the health of the all Michigan residents through surveillance and response to health issues, prevention of illness and injury, improvements in access to care, and promotion of health equity. Ms. Moran also oversees the Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) and state evaluation components of Michigan’s State Innovation Model. Ms. Moran graduated from the University of Illinois with Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health.

Melanie Moreno, Staff Director, California State Senate Committee on Health

Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices

Melanie Moreno is the Staff Director for the California State Senate Committee on Health where she is responsible for managing the operations of the Committee and analyzing and staffing legislation in the policy areas of public health, women’s and reproductive health, health care workforce, and prescription drugs.  She has also served as the Chief Consultant to the California Assembly Committee on Health in a similar capacity. She has 25 years of experience working on health and welfare policy for state and local government, and worked as a Medical Social Worker at San Francisco General Hospital in the Emergency Department.  Ms. Moreno received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Sacramento State University, and master of public health and master of social welfare degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jerimiah Morton
Jeremiah Morton, Director of Value-Based Purchasing, LTSS, Tennessee Division of TennCare
Sessions:
Value-Based Purchasing for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Jeremiah Morton has been with the State of Tennessee since 2013, where he has provided leadership in policy planning, development, and implementation of programs in multiple state agencies with an emphasis on data analysis. In his current role as Director of Value Based Purchasing in TennCare’s Division of Long-Term Services and Supports, Jeremiah spearheads nationally-recognized payment reform initiatives that create incentivized payment structures driven by quality improvement performance indicators and outcomes for both home and community-based and institutional providers. He is particularly excited to share the transformative results Tennessee has attained with its enhanced respiratory care providers.

Christina Mullins
Christina Mullins, Director, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

Christina Mullins is the Title V Director for West Virginia.  She is also the Director of the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.  In this role, she is responsible for the management and oversight of 26 programs and projects that help to improve the health and well-being of West Virginia’s women, children and families.  In her nearly 20-year tenure with the Bureau for Public Health, she has worked to establish West Virginia’s youth anti-tobacco campaign, facilitated the achievement of all data benchmarks for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and worked with a multitude of partners to launch a surveillance system for neonatal abstinence syndrome.  Christina was born in the small community of Lincoln County, West Virginia and graduated from Marshall University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1997.

David Nash
David Nash, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Sessions:
Brushing Up on Innovations in State Oral Health Policy

David A. Nash is the William R. Willard Professor of Dental Education and professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the College of Dentistry of the University of Kentucky. Nash has led in the initiation and development of adding the internationally acclaimed dental therapist to the American oral health workforce to help address the issue of access to card for children. He has been a prime advocate for  integrating dental education with medical education, and has called for the creation of an “oral physician” curriculum. Nash has been named by the American Student Dental Association as one of the visionaries in American Dentistry.

Len NicholsLen Nichols, Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University
Sessions:
Opening Plenary: Looking Back at the Long and Dusty Trail: The Evolution of American Health Policy

Len M. Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since March 2010.  He has been intimately involved in health reform debates, policy development, and communication with the media and policy makers for 20+ years, after he was Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton Administration.   Since that time he has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, published extensively and spoken to a wide range of hospital associations, physician groups, and health policy leadership forums around the country.   After OMB, Len was a Principle Research Associate at the Urban Institute, Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, and Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation.   In addition to his positions at GMU Len is on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and was recently appointed by the Comptroller General to serve on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), created by the MACRA legislation of 2015.  Len was an advisor to the Virginia Health Reform Initiative and is now the payment reform advisor to the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.  As he has come to focus his research more on payment and delivery reform, Len was an Innovation Advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS in 2012, and is now the Principal Investigator on PCMH evaluation studies as well as more general ways to use payment and delivery reform to achieve triple aim and health equity goals.   Len’s first job was teaching economics at Wellesley College from 1980-1991, where he became Associate Professor and Economics Department Chair, after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois in 1980.  Len got his B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Rob Nosse
Rob Nosse, Representative, Oregon House Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices

Rob Nosse has served as a state representative for inner SE and NE Portland since 2014.  In both his first and now his second term he has served as the Vice Chair of the House Health Care Committee.  He got his start in politics as a young man working for affordable public higher education for students and LGBTQ rights.  In 1996 Rob went to work for SEIU a public sector and private sector health care union here in Oregon and across the country. In 2004 he went to work as a union representative for nurses with the Oregon Nurses Association.  In the most recent legislative session Rob attempted to pass a bill to reduce the costs of prescription drugs.  It did not pass but he learned a lot and hope to try to pass a bill on this topic in 2018.

Ana Novais
Ana Novais, Executive Director of Health, Rhode Island Department of Health

Sessions:
Where the Trails Meet: Blending and Braiding Funds for Improved Population Health

Ana P. Novais, holds a master degree in Clinical Psychology, UCLN, Belgium, and is a graduate from the Northeastern Public Health Leadership Institute, University of Albany, NY and Leadership RI. Ana has worked in Public Health for 30 years including 5 years in Africa (Cape Verde), 5 years in Portugal and for the past 20 years in the USA. Ana has worked for the RI Department of Health since 1998, first as an Education and Outreach Coordinator and as the Chief for the Office of Minority Health assuring the Department addresses the health needs of the racial and ethnic minority communities of RI. Since March 2006 as the Executive Director of Health for the Division of Community, Family Health and Equity, Ana has lead the department efforts to achieve the goal of health equity by focusing in the areas of Health Disparities and Access to Care, Chronic Care and Disease Management, Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Health, Health Promotion and Wellness; and by developing and implementing the “Rhode Island Health Equity Framework” a plan of action for achieving health equity at the state and at local level through the “Health Equity Zones” initiative.

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Christine Nye, President, CHN-HC, LLC

Sessions:
Lunch Plenary: Pearls of Wisdom – NASHP 30th – Looking Back: Looking Forward

Christine Nye,  B.A., M.S.S.W., is a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago and president of her company, CHN-HC, LLC.  Currently, Ms. Nye works primarily on strategic planning, public policy analysis, program implementation, and project management with a focus on Medicaid managed care, Medicare and Medicaid service integration for dual eligibles, long-term services and supports, and MCO and MA operational readiness. She is under contract with NORC for several projects.

Ms. Nye was the first Director of Medicaid for HCFA (CMS) and was the Wisconsin State Medicaid Director during the development of its managed care and other significant program expansions. Other past responsibilities include: HIT Director for the State of Florida; Vice President for ACS (now Xerox) for government systems operations; Vice President for Advance PCS (CVS), a PBM; COO for Schaller Anderson (Aetna), a Medicaid managed care company; Regional Vice President of United Healthcare for Medicare managed care operations; Director for Special Health Care Initiatives for the Elderly at the Johns Hopkins Health System; and Deputy Director of Aging Programs for the State of Wisconsin.

Adam Obley
Adam Obley, Clinical Epidemiologist, Center for Evidence-based Policy

Sessions:Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Dr. Obley graduated from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Obley is a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy where he works on a wide variety projects applying clinical and health services research to policy development. He is an academic general internist at Oregon Health & Science University, as well as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He is also a staff physician at the Portland VA Medical Center.

Sherri Ohly
Sherri Ohly, Health Promotion Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Sessions:
Community Health Workers: Policy Opportunities to Improve Population Health and Patient-Centered Health Care

Sherri Ohly has been a contracted team member of the State of Wisconsin Health Department Chronic Disease Prevention Unit at the Division of Public Health since 2011. She provides leadership, technical assistance, and guidance for diabetes and chronic disease prevention/management programming and system change in Wisconsin. Collaborating with the CDC, APHA CHW section policy committee, the Community Guide and others, she has worked to create health strategies and technical assistance documents that guide Community Health Worker training and strategy development. Sherri is a certified trainer for Pathways Community HUB model and Stanford Self-Management programs, linking clinical work to communities. She serves as the lead public health staff in the state for Community Health Worker strategies and the Stanford-licensed self-management programs, engaging and mobilizing public-private partnerships to ensure success.

Andre Ourso
Andre Ourso, Administrator, Center for Health Protection, Oregon Health Authority

Sessions:
Getting Into the Weed(s): Emerging Issues in State Health Policy

Andre is the Administrator for the Center for Health Protection within the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority.  The Center oversees public health licensing and regulatory programs that include the state drinking water program, environmental health, radiation protection, health care facilities, health and related professional licensing, and medical marijuana. Before becoming the Center’s Administrator, Andre was the manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program assisting in the oversight of the implementation of Oregon’s medical and recreational marijuana regulations. Prior to relocating to Oregon in 2015, Andre served as executive director of the Florida Board of Medicine and served as an assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Health. He earned a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida and a law degree from the University of Florida.

Gary Parker
Gary Parker, CHIP & Hoosier Healthwise Director, Indiana Medicaid, Family and Social Services Administration

Sessions:
Alternative Models of Medicaid Expansion: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? – Coverage Track

Gary Parker has been the CHIP and Hoosier Healthwise Director for the State of Indiana since August 2015. CHIP and Hoosier Healthwise are Indiana’s managed care programs serving for children and pregnant women. He has nearly ten years of policy experience in the Medicaid program for Indiana dating back to the first iteration of the Healthy Indiana Plan in 2008 and also includes oversight of the state’s transition from a 209(b) state to a 1634 state. He completed his undergraduate studies at Butler University and received his J.D. with a Certificate in Health Law from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

Jennifer Patterson
Jennifer Patterson, Health Policy Legal Counsel, New Hampshire Insurance Department

Sessions:
Circling the Wagons: Medicaid, Exchanges, and Insurance Working Together – Coverage Track

Jennifer Patterson is the Health Policy Legal Counsel for the New Hampshire Insurance Department. Ms. Patterson is the lead attorney for the Insurance Department interacting with the New Hampshire legislature, Governor’s office, Congressional delegation and other state and federal executive branch agencies with respect to the insurance aspects of federal health reform and Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.

Ms. Patterson has worked closely with the state’s Joint Legislative Health Reform Oversight Committee and Health Exchange Advisory Board, and coordinates with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on health reform and Medicaid expansion issues.

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Meghan Peel, TPA Contract Supervisor, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Sessions:
Alternative Models of Medicaid Expansion: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? – Coverage Track

Meghan Peel is the Program Manager for Montana’s Medicaid Expansion and CHIP Programs within the Department of Public Health and Human Services. Meghan serves as liaison between the Department and its Third Party Administrator. Additionally, Meghan manages several 1115 demonstration waivers, including Montana’s Medicaid Expansion demonstration waiver. Before joining Montana Medicaid, Meghan worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young in the Bay Area of California. Meghan received a B.S. in Business and holds a Master’s of Professional Accountancy, both from Montana State University. She lives in Helena, Montana with her husband and two sons.

Nicholas Peiper
Nicholas Peiper, Behavioral Epidemiologist, Behavioral and Urban Health Program, RTISessions:Getting Into the Weed(s): Emerging Issues in State Health Policy

Dr. Nicholas C. Peiper is a behavioral epidemiologist with 10 years of experience in substance use and mental health. His current work through the CDC, SAMHSA, and NIH focuses on opioid overdose prevention. Dr. Peiper also concentrates on the application of emergent computational methods to understand the epidemiology of cannabis use, including the intersection between social policy. In addition, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville where he teaches online doctoral courses in behavioral epidemiology and applied research methodologies; directs MPH practicum programs; and mentors graduate students in public health and clinical psychology.

Chris Priest
Chris Priest, Deputy Director, Medical Services, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

Sessions:
Hi-Tech or Big-Wreck: Troubles on the Technology Trail
Alternative Models of Medicaid Expansion: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? – Coverage Track

Chris Priest is deputy director for Medical Services with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). In this role, Priest also serves as Michigan’s Medicaid director overseeing several health care programs, including MIChild and the Healthy Michigan Plan. Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University in Virginia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University.  Chris currently serves on the National Association of Medicaid Directors Board, as a representative for Region II – Midwest Medicaid Directors.

Gail Propsom
Gail Propsom, Chief, Quality Management and Special Initiatives Section, Wisconsin Department of Human Services

Sessions:
Keeping Score: Using Scorecards as Instruments of Policy Change

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, housing issues for people with long-term care needs and efforts to support tribal involvement in long-term care.

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Kristi Putnam, Program Manager, Kentucky HEALTH Team, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Commonwealth of Kentucky

Sessions:
Alternative Models of Medicaid Expansion: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? – Coverage Track

Kristi Putnam is a 21-year veteran in government change management and innovation, with leadership and front line experience in family/child welfare services, advocacy, education, communications, and policy. A native of Florida, Kristi moved to Kentucky in 2015, and joined the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in 2016.  Previously, she has worked in the Florida Departments of Education, Children & Families, the K-12 Public School system, Executive Office of the Governor, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as for child advocacy agencies and in private industry.  She is currently the Program Manager for the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid Waiver Project, the initiative that Kentucky has proposed to the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services as a means to transform Kentucky’s Medicaid system.  Kristi and her husband have three daughters, and they are happily resettled in Louisville from Tallahassee, Florida.

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David C. Radley, Senior Scientist,Commonwealth Fund
Senior Study Director, Westat

Sessions:
Keeping Score: Using Scorecards as Instruments of Policy Change

David C. Radley, PhD, is Senior Scientist at the Commonwealth Fund and a Senior Study Director at Westat. He is a health services researcher with expertise in policy evaluation, performance measurement, and data visualization. Dr. Radley is the scientific director for the Commonwealth Fund’s Performance Tracking initiative, and is responsible for the project’s overall measurement strategy; procuring and analyzing performance data; and curating performance information for public reporting. Dr. Radley previously worked as Senior Scientist at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and as an associate in domestic health policy at Abt Associates.

Lisa Ramirez
Lisa Ramirez, Project Director, Texas Targeted Opioid Response, Substance Use Disorder Unit, IDD and Behavioral Health Services Section, Texas Health and Human Services

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

Lisa Ramirez currently serves as the Texas Targeted Opioid Response Interim Project Director while performing duties as the Lead Program Specialist in the Substance Use Disorders Program Services Unit for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  She leads a team of subject matter experts committed to providing timely access to a full continuum of high-quality integrated substance use and co-occurring psychiatric disorders services for low-income Texas residents.  Lisa identifies, plans, develops and implements substance use disorder policy and initiatives. One accomplishment towards this endeavor includes the appropriation of funds during the 84th legislative session for a multi-million dollar project aimed at improving outcomes associated with prenatal opioid exposure and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

She a graduate of the Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute and served as the Women’s Services Network representative for Texas, a component of National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors. In addition, she served as primary subject matter expert on treatment and intervention services for pregnant and parenting women.

Cheryl Roberts
Cheryl J. Roberts, Deputy Director of Programs, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis
Advancing Children’s Behavioral Health Through Systems Integration

Cheryl J. Roberts is Deputy Director of Programs for the Department of Medical Assistance Services in the Commonwealth of Virginia which 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 executive oversight of non LTSS Medicaid managed care delivery system which covers 700,000 members, dental services, quality management, service, claims and provider operations, and program integrity operations for the agency. Previous responsibilities included oversight long term care, pharmacy services and behavioral health. 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 chair for NASHP and also works on various national health care projects, collaborative and committees.

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Tracy Rodgers, Executive Officer, Iowa Department of Public Health

Sessions:
Brushing Up on Innovations in State Oral Health Policy

Ms. Rodgers is an Executive Officer with the Iowa Department of Public Health. She spent 13 years working as a dental hygienist in general, pediatric, and periodontal dental practices in Texas and Iowa prior to working in public health.

Her current role with the department includes program and policy development for oral health programs. She manages the I-Smile and I-Smile Silver programs, the dental component of Iowa’s Title V block grant, and Iowa’s oral health workforce grant from HRSA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and Certificate of Public Health from the University of Iowa.

Carl Rush
Carl Rush, Project on Community Health Worker Policy & Practice, University of Texas Institute of Health Policy

Sessions:
Community Health Workers: Policy Opportunities to Improve Population Health and Patient-Centered Health Care

Carl Rush has worked full time for and with CHWs for over 20 years. He has supported studies on CHW employment policy for the states of Arizona, Texas and Indiana, and for Public Health Seattle/King County. He was a lead author on HRSA’s 2007 CHW National Workforce Study.  He is currently working on a national policy study for CDC on CHW certification. He has advised CHW policy initiatives in more than 20 individual states, and groups of state officials for the National Academy for State Health Policy, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the National Governors Association.

 Bob Russell
Bob Russell, Bureau Chief, Oral & Health Delivery Systems Bureau, Iowa Department of Public Health

Sessions:
Brushing Up on Innovations in State Oral Health Policy

Dr. Russell serves as Public Health Dental Director; and Bureau Chief of the Oral & Health Delivery Systems Bureau of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Dr. Russell received his dental training at Loyola University of Chicago School of Dentistry and public health training at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He served as a past member of the National Quality Forum’s Oral Health Expert Advisors, and on several state and national Board of Directors including the National Network for Oral Health Access, the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, Free Clinics of Iowa, and former board member of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Director. He was selected and received a federal HHS appointment to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care

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Jeremiah Samples, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Sessions:
Circling the Wagons: Medicaid, Exchanges, and Insurance Working Together – Coverage Track

Jeremiah Samples serves as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.   He oversees the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (Medicaid), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Bureau for Children and Families, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, Bureau for Child Support Enforcement, and the Bureau for Public Health.

Nationally, Mr. Samples was a founding member of the National Association of State Health Policy Exchangers Steering Committee, where he served on the board.  In addition, Mr. Samples was actively engaged in several committees of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.   Mr. Samples has been a frequent contributor to the National Governors Association, Academy Health, National Association of Medical Directors and other national organizations that focus on health care issues.

Mr. Samples graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University with degrees in history and political science.  He also received his Masters in Legal Studies at WVU.  He has worked in state government for twelve years, including service with the West Virginia Legislature, West Virginia Governor’s Office, West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commission, and several positions within the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, where he has served in his current role since June 2014.

Jenney Samuelson
Jenney Samuelson, Associate Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health

Sessions:
Where the Trails Meet: Blending and Braiding Funds for Improved Population Health

Jenney Samuelson, MS, MCHES

Currently she is an associate director with the Blueprint for Health at the Department of Vermont Health Access.  The Blueprint was established by the State of Vermont, under the leadership of its Governor, Legislature and the bi-partisan Health Care Reform Commission to spearhead transformation to a system where all Vermonters have access to a continuum of seamless, effective, and preventive health services.

Ms. Samuelson leads the Blueprint Expansion and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP) which consists of a team of practice facilitators who assist over one-hundred adult, family, and pediatric primary care practices to implement continuous quality improvement and patient centered medical home recognition.

Paul Saucier
Paul Saucier, Senior Director, Federal, IBM Watson Health
Sessions:
Lemons or Lemonade: Leveraging the Medicaid Managed Care Rule to Improve MLTSS

Paul Saucier is a Senior Director at Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Watson Health company.  He specializes in integrated care and MLTSS.  He consults on Medicaid program design and implementation, stakeholder engagement, qualitative research, and policy analysis. Recent projects include support to Pennsylvania DHS with design and implementation of Community HealthChoices, a national inventory of MLTSS program features for the CMS DEHPG, two national MLTSS studies for the AARP Public Policy Institute on care coordination and continuity of care, and a series of MLTSS issue briefs for the CMS 1115 evaluation.

Nina Schwartz
Nina Schwartz, Strategic Policy Manager, Health Information Office, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

Sessions:
Trail Blazers: States Operationalizing Federal Coverage Changes – Coverage Track

Nina Schwartz is the Strategic Policy Manager in the Health Information Office at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. Her responsibilities include developing and implementing policy and programmatic initiatives impacting Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) eligibility. Prior to joining the Department, Nina was an associate attorney practicing civil rights law. Before moving to Colorado, Nina worked on health policy in the Washington, D.C., office of the National Council of Jewish Women, and as the health care legislative assistant in the Office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Linette Scott
Linette Scott, Chief Medical Information Officer and the Deputy Director, Information Management Division, California Department of Health Care Services

Sessions:
Hi-Tech or Big-Wreck: Troubles on the Technology Trail

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.

Karen Smith
Karen Smith, Director, California Department of Public Health

Sessions:
Narrowing the Gap, Creating a Culture of Health

On March 23, 2015, Karen Smith, MD, MPH, was sworn in as director of the California Department of Public Health and state public health officer. Dr. Smith is a physician specializing in infectious disease and public health. Prior to her appointment, Smith served as public health officer and deputy director at the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency beginning in 2004.

Dr. Smith completed her medical training and infectious diseases fellowship at Stanford University after having obtained a Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public health. She served as clinical faculty at the Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases from 1997 to 2004 and was a faculty consultant for the Francis J. Curry International Tuberculosis Center at the University of California, San Francisco from 1997. Smith also served as TB Controller and Deputy Health Officer for Santa Clara County from 1997 to 2004.

Colleen Sonosky
Colleen Sonosky, Associate Director, Division of Children’s Health Services, Health Care Delivery Management Administration, District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)

Sessions:
Chipping Away at Children’s Coverage?

Colleen Sonosky, JD is the Associate Director of the Division of Children’s Health Services in the Health Care Delivery Management Administration in the District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). DHCF is the agency responsible for the administration of the Medicaid program and the Division of Children’s Health Services oversees policies and procedures for Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services benefit—the pediatric component of the Medicaid program for children under 21. Ms. Sonosky serves as the District’s EPSDT Coordinator as well as the CHIP Director for the Medicaid-expansion program. In addition, Ms. Sonosky represents DHCF on the District-wide Child Fatality Review Committee, Interagency Coordinating Committee for Early Intervention, and  the State Early Child Development Coordinating Committee (SECDCC) where she co-chairs the Health/Wellbeing Subcommittee.  She  has also served on many national work groups concerning maternal and child health.

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Mike Sprinkle, Assemblyman, Nevada Assembly

Sessions:
Medicaid Buy-In: Is it the Next Frontier?

Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle began his legislative career in 2013 in the Nevada Assembly.  Since then he has risen to become Chairman of the assembly committee on Health and Human Services.  Assemblyman Sprinkle also is chairman of the Ways and Means’ subcommittee on Human Services and is the assembly majority whip.  Mike has sponsored many pieces of legislation dealing with guardianship issues, as well as child protective services, human trafficking and motorcycle safety.  Specific to health care, in 2017 Assemblyman Sprinkle authored legislation allowing all in the state to buy into Nevada’s Medicaid system.  He also has worked diligently on the opioid crisis affecting Nevada as well as the nation and on determination of death guidelines.  Away from the legislature, Assemblyman Sprinkle has worked as a firefighter/paramedic for over 23 years.  Personal hobbies include: outdoor sports, reading, listening to a broad range of music and spending time with his family.

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Jeff Steinborn, Senator, New Mexico State Senate

Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices

Jeff Steinborn was elected to the New Mexico State Senate in November of 2016 after serving eight years in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Jeff represented House District 37 from 2006–2010, and House District 35 from 2012–2016.

During his time in office, Jeff has passed a diverse range of legislation including establishing webcasting for House of Representative committee meetings, campaign contribution limits, greater support of New Mexico’s veterans, protection of our water resources and legislation to establish the historic “Rio Grande Trail.”

Beginning in 2016 Senator Steinborn has been working on comprehensive legislation to reduce and contain the the rising costs of prescription drugs procured by the State of New Mexico.

Nora Stern
Nora Stern, Program Manager, Persistent Pain Project, Providence Health and Services
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Nora Stern is program manager for the Persistent Pain Project at Providence Health and Services and runs the Persistent Pain Program within Providence Rehabilitation Services state-wide.  The primary focus of her work involves training health care professional in contemporary concepts regarding the neurophysiology of pain, facilitating the development of new treatment models to support a biopsychosocial approach to treatment, and development of pain education material for patients.  The Persistent Pain Project  has developed written material, pain education classes, and videos  on pain for Providence patients which are used extensively throughout Providence, as well as learning modules for providers.  In 2014, the pain project has trained all of the primary care physicians in Oregon in Providence Medical Group.   As a physical therapist, she approaches persistent pain treatment by evaluating the aspects of the nervous system that have become too sensitized and addresses the sensitization through pain education, physiological quieting, sensory cortical retraining including kinesthetic awareness and graded motor imagery, and graded exposure and pacing.

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Dena Stoner, Senior Policy Advisor, Texas Health and Human Services
Sessions:
Body and Soul: Leading Change in Behavioral Health Integration

Dena Stoner is a Senior Policy Advisor for Texas Health and Human Services. She has over 35 years of design and implementation experience including long term services, acute care, managed care and behavioral health. She has developed community-based long term services programs for people with various disabilities and has been involved in developing the state’s managed care system since its inception over twenty years ago. She currently concentrates on behavioral health. Examples of recent efforts include the Money Follows the Person Behavioral Health Pilot,  1115 transformation waiver, Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment, Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Disease Study, HCBS state plan amendment for adults with serious mental illness and HCBS waiver for children with emotional disturbance.  Her work has been featured in national and peer-reviewed publications. She is also involved in policy and research at the national level. She chairs the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ Medicaid /Finance Division, serves on the National Research Institute’s board and on the executive council of NASHP.

MaryLou Sudders
Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health & Human Services, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, State of Massachusetts
Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in Massachusetts, overseeing a $22 billion state budget, twelve agencies and 22,000 public servants.  EOHHS services directly touch the lives of slightly more than 1 in 4 residents of the Commonwealth.  Sudders’ responsibilities include the state’s MassHealth (Medicaid) program that provides health coverage to 1.9 million low income or disabled residents, chairing the board of the state’s health care marketplace (The Connector), the Autism Commission and, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) Oversight Council; and, co-chairs the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.  Sudders is leading the Commonwealth’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic, strengthen the Department of Children and Families, and to ensure a sustainable MassHealth program.

Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has been a public official, private non-profit executive, advocate and college professor. She served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health and has also served as a behavioral health expert with the Department of Justice.

Erin Taylor
Erin Taylor, Senior Consultant, Bailit Health Purchasing
Sessions:
Value-Based Purchasing for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Erin Taylor offers experience in health care policy analysis, public health, and payment and delivery system reform. Erin’s work has included researching and evaluating value-based payment strategies for individuals with complex care needs, including seniors and individuals with disabilities enrolled in managed care.  Erin has co-authored briefs on integrating public health functions with health care delivery and value-based payment for Medicaid populations with complex care needs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Erin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University.

Norm ThurstonDr. Norman Thurston, Representative, Utah State Legislature
Director, Office of Health Care Statistics, Utah Department of Health
Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices
Timberrrrrrrr! Chopping the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Dr. Thurston has a Masters and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. His areas of specialty include insurance markets, health care provider markets, labor markets, and public finance/economics.

Dr. Thurston has been a policy analyst and health economist for the Utah Department of Health since 2003. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of Health Care Statistics which is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data related to health care cost and quality for the State of Utah.

Previously, he served as the policy advisor and executive staff for health system reform efforts in the State of Utah.

Before joining the state, Dr. Thurston worked for eight years as an assistant professor of economics at Brigham Young University.

Legislative
Rep. Thurston was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2014. He is a currently member of the following interim committees Economic Development and Workforce Services, Government Operations, and the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Michael Tillman
Michael Tillman, Consumer Advocate, Oklahoma Family Network

Sessions:
No Phone, No Food, No Pets: Tackling Social Determinants

Michael Tillman has his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from The University of Phoenix and he received his associates as a Paralegal from Metropolitan College. He currently works as an area supervisor for a local private security firm in Oklahoma. He is also a Statewide Process Server and Private Investigator for the State of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Brandy, have three children who have had SoonerCare for insurance for the past seven (7) years.   Their expertise in accessing services for their children and their ability to communicate and advocate well for their children and others has made them perfect family leaders for the Member Advisory Task Force (MATF family advisory council) for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (Medicaid agency).  Mr. Tillman has personally experienced health concerns that have sometimes gone untreated, due to lack of access to health care coverage and therefore, access to healthcare.  He advocates on a regular basis at the MATF and with legislators and policymakers to promote systems excellence.

Daniel Tsai
Daniel Tsai, Assistant Secretary, MassHealth
Medicaid Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Sessions:
Rapidly Transforming Delivery Systems

Daniel Tsai is the Assistant Secretary for MassHealth and Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth. Tsai was appointed in January 2015 by Governor Charlie Baker to oversee the state’s $15 billion Medicaid program, which covers one in four residents in the Commonwealth. In his role, Tsai is responsible for ensuring a robust and sustainable MassHealth program. That includes developing new policies, payment models, and operational processes that improve the way health care is delivered to 1.8 million low-and moderate-income individuals and individuals with disabilities.

Before joining HHS, Tsai was a Partner and leader in McKinsey & Company’s Healthcare Systems and Services practice. He has significant experience on design and implementation of innovative, state-wide health care payment systems for Medicaid, Medicare and Commercial populations, and has worked closely with multiple state Medicaid programs, private payers, and health services companies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University.

Assistant Secretary Tsai and his wife live in Cambridge. He volunteers at a local community health center in Boston’s South End.

Gretchen Ulbee
Gretchen Ulbee, Manager, Special Needs Purchasing, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Sessions:
Come Together Right Now, Medicare and Medicaid 

As Manager of Special Needs Purchasing for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Gretchen leads a team responsible for negotiating Medicaid managed care contracts for over 100,000 seniors and people with disabilities, including integration of Medicare and long term services and supports.   Prior to her current position, Gretchen spent seven years with Minnesota’s federal relations team, where she negotiated Medicaid waivers and Medicaid State Plan amendments.  Gretchen also worked for a private health insurer as a Medicaid compliance manager.  Gretchen is committed to improving care for low income seniors and people with disabilities.

Robin Wagner
Robin Wagner, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Aging and Adult Services, Louisiana Department of Health

Sessions:
Where the Trails Meet: Blending and Braiding Funds for Improved Population Health

State Levers for Protecting Health in Disasters

Robin Wagner is Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Aging and Adult Services.  She has been involved in Louisiana’s Permanent Supportive Housing program since planning began in late 2005 and has been responsible for LDH’s management of the program for most of its existence.  In addition to PSH, she oversees several Medicaid home and community-based programs serving older adults and people with disabilities including HCBS waivers, PACE, and Money Follows the Person. Louisiana’s PSH program is recognized for its cross-disability focus, success in addressing homelessness and institutionalization, and innovation in covering tenancy supports under Medicaid.

Anya Wallack
Anya Wallack, Program Manager, Center for Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health, Brown University

Sessions:
Lunch Plenary: NASHP 30th – Looking Back: Looking Forward

Anya Rader Wallack is a Program Manager at the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health within Brown University’s School of Public Health.  She took a temporary leave from Brown earlier this year to serve as Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services for the State of Rhode Island.  Anya was Rhode Island’s Medicaid prior to working at Brown and, prior to that, was Director of HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange.   

Anya served as Chair of Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board from 2011-2013.  The Board oversees cost control and provider payment innovation in Vermont.She also served from 2013-2014 as Chair of the Vermont State Innovation Model (SIM) governing board.

Anya served previously as interim President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute.  She served from 1991-1994 as Policy Director and then Deputy Chief of Staff for Vermont Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

Whitley
Richard Whitley, Director, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices

Richard Whitley was appointed to the position of director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 15, 2015.  In this position, Whitley manages a staff of more than 6,100 employees and a budget totaling more than $9.8 billion in combined state and federal funds.

As DHHS director, Whitley oversees the Public Defender’s Office and five divisions that provide both direct services and public assistance programs for Nevadans in need.  The divisions include: Aging and Disability Services, Child and Family Services, Health Care Financing and Policy (Medicaid), Public and Behavioral Health, and Welfare and Supportive Services.  The efforts of DHHS comprise nearly one-third the entire state budget.

Whitley began state service as the senior psychologist for the Nevada Women’s Correctional Facility in 1986.  He joined DHHS in 1997 within the Health Division’s Bureau of Disease Control and Intervention Services.  Whitley held several positions within the Health Division before being asked to serve as its administrator in 2008.  His responsibilities expanded in 2012 when he was asked to also serve as administrator for the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. The two divisions officially merged in 2013, and Whitley became the first administrator of the newly created Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Whitley holds a Bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, in Oregon, and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Oregon University.

Tammy Whitlock
Tammy Whitlock, Director, Division of Integrated Care and Behavioral Health Services, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Sessions:
Breaking New Ground: Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions

Tammy received her Bachelor’s from Longwood University and her Master’s in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Prior to coming to the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Tammy worked in the areas of physical rehabilitation, mental health, and juvenile justice. Tammy started working with DMAS in 1994 as a Rehabilitation Analyst and has held various positions in Long Term Care and Maternal & Child Health. Tammy currently serves as the Division Director for Integrated Care & Behavioral Services overseeing behavioral health services, Commonwealth Coordinated Care and in 2017, MLTSS.

Lore Wing-Heier
Lori Wing-Heier, Director, Alaska Division of Insurance, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development

Sessions:
End of the Trail, or New Path? Health Insurance in the 21st Century 

Lori Wing-Heier was appointed Director of the Division of Insurance in February 2014.

Director Wing-Heier has approximately 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, including as a broker and agent. She most recently served as Director of Risk Management at a large Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) corporation where she designed and implemented a comprehensive enterprise-wide risk management program. She also served as senior vice-president at a national brokerage, working with Alaskan entities throughout the state, and as president of the Alaska Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers, Inc. Director Wing-Heier attended North Central Michigan College and holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations. As Division Director, Wing-Heier oversees and enforces the division’s mission to regulate the insurance industry to protect Alaskan consumers. Director Wing-Heier is a thirty-year resident of Alaska. She makes her home with her family in Anchorage, where the Director of Insurance position is located.

Joy Johnson Wilson
Joy Johnson Wilson, Principal, JJWilson State-Federal Solutions

Sessions:
Lunch Plenary: NASHP 30th – Looking Back: Looking Forward

Ms. Wilson is currently consulting on state and federal health issues. Prior to becoming a consultant, she was the Director of Health and Human Services Policy and Senior Federal Affairs Counsel with the National Conference of State Legislatures. NCSL represents the legislatures of the 50 states, its commonwealths, territories and the District of Columbia.  As Senior Federal Affairs Counsel, she assisted with overall government relations and public affairs activities in the NCSL Washington Office.  As Director of Health and Human Services Policy, she designed and implemented the lobbying strategy for the conference, as directed by the NCSL Committee on Health and Human Services, on health and human services matters. During her 38 years with NCSL, she took a leave of absence to join the staff of the Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care (Pepper Commission) and served as a non-voting Commissioner on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Medicaid Commission established by Secretary Michael Leavitt.

Ms. Wilson received a Bachelor of Science from Keene State College in New Hampshire and a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 Laura Zaichkin
Laura Zaichkin, Acting Chief Policy Officer, Washington State Health Care Authority
Sessions:
No Phone, No Food, No Pets: Tackling Social Determinants

Laura Kate Zaichkin is the Acting Chief Policy Officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority, where she advises executive leaders and the state’s authorizing environment on purchasing policy and health reform efforts. She leads the Office of Health Innovation and Reform, HCA’s  health policy and innovation engine primarily focused on the development and implementation of the state’s plan for health systems transformation, called Healthier Washington. Prior to joining HCA in 2013, Laura was with the National Quality Forum in Washington DC where she convened a public-private partnership of national health care entities to help shape and catalyze action around the National Quality Strategy. Laura has a masters degree in public health policy from The George Washington University.

 Marie Zimmerman
Marie Zimmerman, Medicaid Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Sessions:
Come Together Right Now, Medicare and Medicaid 
Value-Based Purchasing for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Marie Zimmerman has devoted over a decade to public-sector health care in Minnesota, spearheading critical reforms and innovations that have been watched and emulated nationally. Appointed Minnesota’s Medicaid director in 2014, Marie oversees the strategic policy direction and the core business functions of Medicaid and the Basic Health Program (BHP), called MinnesotaCare. The combined budgets of Medicaid and MinnesotaCare topped $11.5 billion in 2016 and provide health coverage to 1 in 5 Minnesotans, delivering health care, behavioral health services and long-term services and supports to more than one million people.