Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Incorporated in 1987, the Center for Health Policy Development (CHPD) Board of Directors is responsible for the legal and fiduciary management and oversight of the organization, which includes the non-profit National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). NASHP is an independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice. NASHP is led by and for state health policy officials including leaders from both the executive and legislative branches of state government.

Center for Health Policy Development – 2020 Board of Directors


Nicolette (Nikki) Highsmith Vernick, MPA
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Horizon Foundation
10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 900
Columbia, MD  21044
Member of CHPD’s Executive, Audit, and Nominating Committees

Trish Riley
President Emerita

Immediate Past Chair

Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN
Senior Vice President
601 E Street, NW, #B6-450
Washington, DC  20049
Member of CHPD’s Executive Committee

Vice Chair

Anne Barry, JD, MPH
Senior Faculty, School of Public Health
University of Minnesota
5533 Woodlawn Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Member of CHPD’s Executive and Nominating Committees


Janette Schwartz, CPA
Principal, Cordia Partners
8330 Boone Blvd., Suite 350
Vienna, VA  22182
Member of CHPD’s Executive and Finance Committees


Marcia (Marci) Nielsen, PhD, MPH
PolicyPRN Consulting

1815 Foxfire Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Member of CHPD’s Executive, Audit, and Nominating Committees


John Morrison, Esq.
Senior Partner
Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson and Deola PLLP
401 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601

Carolyn Magill
Chief Executive Officer
Aetion, Inc.
575 7th Avenue, 20th Fl. Suite 2001
New York, NY 10018
Member of CHPD’s Audit and Finance Committees

Shannon M. McMahon, MPA
Executive Director, Medicaid Policy | Government Relations

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
900 7th Street, NW, Suite 590
Washington, DC 20001
Member of CHPD’s Finance Committee

David Rousseau
Vice President and Executive Director of Health Policy Media and Technology and Publisher of Kaiser

Health News
Kaiser Family Foundation
185 Berry St. Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94107

Michelle Spencer, MS
Associate Chair, Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity

Department of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street Suite E2035
Baltimore, MD 21205

Ex Officio

MaryAnne Lindeblad, BSN, MPH
Medicaid Director
Washington State Health Care Authority
PO Box 42682, HCA
Olympia, WA 98504


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

Staff Liaison

Ellen Jane Schneiter
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Center for Health Policy Development
National Academy for State Health Policy

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