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Jerome Adams, State Health Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health
Dr. Adams was appointed by Governor Mike Pence as the Indiana State Health Commissioner on October 22, 2014.
Dr. Adams currently serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and as a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he is Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
He has served in the leadership of several professional organizations, including the Indiana State Medical Association, Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Medical Association, and currently serves as Chair of the Professional Diversity Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
He earned a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Biopsychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has been a researcher at medical schools in both the Netherlands and Zimbabwe, and has worked under Nobel Prize winner Dr. Tom Cech. He earned his Medical Doctorate at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and his Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Adams is married and has three children, and resides in Fishers, Indiana.
Denise completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She has a Masters degree from Idaho State University, Pocatello, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Previously, Mr. del Vecchio was the CMHS Associate Director for Consumer Affairs where he directed SAMHSA’s precedent-setting programs and activities that advanced consumer participation and education, a recovery orientation for the mental health system, peer support and the adoption of certified peer specialists, wellness and primary care integration, understanding of trauma histories and the social determinants of health and mental health, and led programs to reduce discrimination and prejudice associated with mental illnesses.
Prior to joining SAMHSA, Paolo worked for the Philadelphia Office of Mental Health in the areas of policy formulation and the planning of a comprehensive system of community-based mental health services addressing homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and many other issues.
A self-identified mental health consumer, trauma survivor, and person in recovery from addictions, Paolo has been involved for over 40 years in behavioral health as a consumer, family member, provider, advocate, and policy maker. He graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University, has published widely, and is a highly sought after national leader and speaker. Paolo has been a leader in many Federal efforts including the Federal Advisory Planning Board for the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health, the HHS Multiple Chronic Conditions Initiative, the HHS Living Community Initiative and numerous others.
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.
Mr. Gobeille is a graduate of Norwich University and has served as an officer in the United States Army. He lives in Shelburne.
Jim has served as the Network Director for the past 10 years. Before coming to this position he has over 30 years of management experience in health care with most of that experience in hospital and physician practice management with most of that experience as the Chief Executive Officer. Other experience includes serving on various community agencies Board of Directors and many times as an officer. He has an honorable discharge from the US Army at the rank of Captain and served 7 years in the Medical Service Corp with Ranger and Airborne Schools to his credit. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from Georgia State University, Atlanta Georgia, and is an undergraduate of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Mr. Jessee’s areas of expertise include program development, service delivery design and implementation, contract accountability and oversight, policy development, quantitative and qualitative research, and stakeholder coordination. Mr. Jessee has a bachelor’s degree in applied sociology with a special emphasis in gerontology and has completed graduate coursework in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in sociology, psychology, and occupational education at Texas State University.
cabinet-level state Medicaid agency. Through its network of more than 83,000 active providers, Ohio
Medicaid makes coordinated, person-centered care available to residents across Ohio.
The department has become a cornerstone of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation (OHT),
which Governor John R. Kasich created in 2011. In conjunction with the Office of Health
Transformation Director Greg Moody, Director McCarthy and his team have implemented a series of
innovative policy initiatives that have modernized the Medicaid program by improving the quality of
health services at a substantial value to Ohio’s taxpayers.
Schrandt also previously served as the Coordinator of Public Health and Public Policy for the Arthritis Foundation in Kansas City and as a Research Associate for a Human Genome Research Institute Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues project. She is a member of the Kansas Bar and the American Health Lawyers Association.
care in Arkansas.Dr. Thompson has led vanguard efforts in planning and implementing health care financing reform, tobacco and
obesity-related health promotion and disease prevention programs. He has worked with Arkansas’s
executive and legislative leadership and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a
creative alternative to Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In addition,
Dr. Thompson is guiding Arkansas’s innovative initiatives to improve health system access, quality and cost
including a systematic, multi-payer overhaul of Arkansas’s health care payment system.
From 2005–2015 Dr. Thompson served as Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas in the administrations
of Republican Governor, Mike Huckabee and Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat. As Surgeon General,
Dr. Thompson worked closely with and often served as a bridge between the Governor’s office, the Arkansas
legislature and public and private organizations across the state to develop relevant health policy initiatives.
Previous accomplishments include serving as the lead architect of the Tobacco Settlement Act of 2000 and
instituting the Arkansas Health Insurance Roundtable. Under his leadership, ACHI helped pass the Clean
Indoor Air Act of 2006, documented the state’s success in halting progression of the childhood obesity
epidemic, and passed a tobacco excise tax increase to provide funding for more than two dozen health
Dr. Thompson has been at the forefront of both Arkansas’s leading-edge efforts against childhood obesity
and in national efforts to reverse childhood obesity as the former Director of the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation (RWJF) Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity.
Nationally, Dr. Thompson serves on the board of the Campaign to End Obesity and of AcademyHealth.
Previously he served for ten years on the Arkansas Board of Health and is past President of the Arkansas
Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is author of numerous articles and publications that
reflect his research interests in the areas of health and health care.
Dr. Thompson earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Master of
Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as the RWJF Clinical Scholar at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Luther Terry Fellow in Preventive Medicine advising the
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health in Washington, DC, and the Assistant Vice President and Director of
Research at the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Washington, DC. In 1997, he served as the First
Child and Adolescent Health Scholar of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (then the U.S.
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research) before returning to Arkansas.