NASHP Academy Members

Executive Committee

Jane Beyer (Chair)
Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of Insurance
State of Washington
PO Box 45010
Olympia, WA 98504-5010

Jessica Altman
Commissioner
Pennsylvania Insurance Department
1311 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Richard Figueroa
Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Health
State of California
1315 10th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Joseph Flores
Deputy Secretary of Finance
Office of the Governor of Virginia
1111 E Broad St. 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Greg Moody
Executive in Residence
Interim Executive Director
State of Ohio Leadership Institute, TOSU
1810 College Road N
Columbus, OH 43215

Ana Novais
Assistant Secretary 
Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

Cheryl Roberts, JD
Deputy Director for Programs
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
600 East Broad St. Suite 1300
Richmond, VA  23219

David Seltz
Executive Director
Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Statehouse
Boston, MA 02133

Dena Stoner
Director, Innovation Strategy
IDD/Behavioral Health Services
Texas Health and Human Services
8317 Cross Park Drive
Austin, Texas 78754

Norm Thurston
State Representative
Utah House of Representatives
965 East Center St.
Provo, UT 84606

Ex Officio

Hemi Tewarson
Executive Director
National Academy for State Health Policy
1233 20th St. NW, Suite 303
Washington, DC 20036-2304

Steering Committees

Health Care Access and Financing Steering Committee

This committee is responsible for issues related to providing health insurance coverage as well as financing, organization, and regulation for the health care system. Areas of expertise: financing, Medicaid, CHIP, coverage expansions, insurance regulation, cost containment, and purchasing strategies.


K. Joseph Flores (Chair)
Deputy Secretary of Finance
Office of the Governor of Virginia

Jessica Altman (Vice Chair)
Commissioner
Pennsylvania Insurance Department

Nate Checketts
Deputy Director
Utah Department of Human Services


Michael Conway
Insurance Commissioner
State of Colorado


Richard Gottfried
Chair, Committee on Health
New York State Assembly


Louis Gutierrez
Executive Director
Massachusetts Health Connector
Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Cory King
Director of Policy
Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner
State of Rhode Island


Jay Ludlam
Assistant Secretary for Medicaid Administration and Operations
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


Greg McCortnery
Senator, Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee
Oklahoma Legislature


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


Heather Sanborn
Senate Chair, Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee
Maine Legislature


Andrew Stolfi
Director and Insurance Commissioner
Department of Consumer and Business Services
State of Oregon


Jeremy Vandehey
Director of Health Policy and Analytics
Oregon Health Authority, State of Oregon


NASHP Staff Liaison:
Maureen Hensley-Quinn
Project Director



Health System Performance and Public Health Steering Committee

This committee is responsible for issues related to how health care services are delivered and how community health is promoted. Areas of expertise include public health, preventive health, health disparities, care and disease management, health care workforce, quality, and medical errors.


Cheryl Roberts, JD (Chair)
Deputy Director for Programs
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Ana Novais (Vice Chair)
Assistant Secretary
Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Michelle Alletto
Health and Human Services Chief Program and Services Officer
State of Texas

Grace Arnold
Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Commerce

Chris DeMars
Deputy Director, Delivery Systems Innovation Office
Transformation Center
Oregon Health Authority

Oliver Droppers
Deputy Director of Legislative Policy Research
State of Oregon Legislature

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

Mary McIntyre
Chief Medical Officer
Alabama Department of Public Health

Mich’l Needham
Chief Policy Officer
Washington State Health Care Authority

Norm Oliver
State Health Commissioner
Virginia Department of Health

Lynette Rhodes
Executive Director, Medical Assistance Plans Division
Department of Community Health
State of Georgia

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

Jami Snyder
Arizona Medicaid Director
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
State of Arizona

Colleen Sonosky
Associate Director, Children’s Health Services
Health Care Delivery Management Administration
Government of the District of Columbia

NASHP Staff Liaison:
Carrie Hanlon
Project Director

Long-Term and Chronic Care Steering Committee

This committee is responsible for issues related to promoting the health and well-being of people with chronic illnesses and providing an array of long-term care and support options for people of all ages who have disabilities. Special attention is given to innovative reform activities in the areas of financing, community care initiatives, consumer direction, quality, housing with services and nursing home care.


Dena Stoner (Chair)
Director, Innovation Strategy
IDD and Behavioral Health Services, Health and Human Services
State of Texas

Cindy Beane
Commissioner
West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services

Kim Boswell
Commissioner
Alabama Department of Mental Health

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

Cathy Caldwell
Assistant Commissioner
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Manka Dhingra
Senator
Washington Legislature

Jennifer Jacobs
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
New Jersey Department of Human Services

Dawn Lambert
Project Director
BIP, Community Options Unit
Connecticut Department of Social Services

Jason McGill
Assistant Director for Medicaid Programs Division
Washington Health Care Authority

Moira Tashjian
Acting Office of MH Executive Deputy Commissioner
Office of Mental Health
State of New York

NASHP Staff Liaison:
Kitty Purington
Senior Program Director



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