2016 Conference

Kate Harris is the Director of Policy and Research for Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado’s state-based health insurance marketplace. In this role, she oversees the organization’s public policy development, legislative affairs, and a variety of strategy and research initiatives. Prior to joining Connect for Health Colorado, Kate was a Policy Analyst at the Washington Health […]

Read More
  • Stuart Hudson

    Stuart Hudson currently serves as the Managing Director of Healthcare and Fiscal Operations for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, ODRC. In 1994, Stuart began his long and successful career with the ODRC that continues to his current position. Initially, he served within the Department of Parole & Community Services as a Parole Officer. […]

    Read More
    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Mary Beth Dyer

    Mary Beth has a wealth of experience in health policy, management, and strategic planning for state and federal governments, managed care plans, and academic health systems.  She possesses specialty expertise in Medicaid managed care, performance incentive systems and value-based purchasing. During her 9 years at Bailit Health, Mary Beth has assisted numerous state agencies.  Since […]

    Read More
    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Don Blanchon

    Don Blanchon began his tenure as executive director of Whitman-Walker in 2006. Before joining Whitman-Walker, he spent nine years with Schaller Anderson, a national health care management and consulting firm specializing in public-sector programs. During that time, he held positions of increasing authority, including CFO and CEO of Maryland Physicians Care, a $325 million multi-product […]

    Read More
    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Leesa Allen

    Leesa Allen currently serves as the Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Service’s Office of Medical Assistance Programs. In this role, Ms. Allen provides executive leadership for Pennsylvania’s $30 Billion Medical Assistance Program. Ms. Allen previously held the position of the Executive Medicaid Director and provided leadership and consultation to the DHS Secretary regarding strategic […]

    Read More
    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Lisa Hettinger

    Lisa Hettinger is the Deputy Director over the Divisions of Behavioral Health, Public Health, Medicaid, and Healthcare Policy Initiatives, and the State Medicaid Director for Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Lisa is a dynamic leader in both Medicaid managed care and healthcare policy. She has successfully championed numerous statewide healthcare initiatives, including, the expansion […]

    Read More
    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Mark Leeds

    Mark Leeds has worked in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program on long term care services for 32 years. He has been the Director of the Long Term Services and Supports Administration since 2000. His areas of responsibility include Medicaid reimbursement policy and compliance for nursing facility services, personal assistance, home health, hospice, medical supplies and […]

    Read More
    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Michelle Morse Jernigan

    Michelle Morse Jernigan is the Deputy Chief of Long-Term Services and Supports Quality and Compliance with the Bureau of TennCare.  Michelle and her team of senior level directors and program and compliance experts provide programmatic leadership and administrative oversight and conduct quality monitoring activities of entities contracted to operate the State’s Medicaid-reimbursed LTSS programs and […]

    Read More
    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Chris Priest

    Chris Priest, Medicaid Director for the Department of Health and Human Services oversees several health care programs, including MIChild and the Health Michigan Plan. Priest comes to MDHHS after working as Governor Rick Snyder’s deputy director of Strategy, where he advised the Governor on various issues, including health care and insurance.  Previously, he served as […]

    Read More
    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Tywanda Cox

    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, […]

    Read More
    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio