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We publish The Milbank Quarterly, as well as reports and issues briefs on topics important to population health.
Christopher F. Koller (firstname.lastname@example.org) is president of the Fund. Before joining the Fund, he served the state of Rhode Island as the country’s first health insurance commissioner, an appointment he held from March of 2005 through June of 2013. Under Mr. Koller’s leadership, the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner was nationally recognized for its rate review process and its efforts to use insurance regulation to promote payment reform, primary care revitalization, and delivery system transformation. The Office was also one of the lead agencies in implementing the Affordable Care Act in Rhode Island. Prior to serving as health insurance commissioner, Mr. Koller was the CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island for nine years. In this role he was the founding chair of the Association of Community Affiliated Plans. Mr. Koller has a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College and master’s degrees in management and religion from Yale University. He was a member of the IOM Committee on Essential Health Benefits and serves in numerous national and state health policy advisory capacities. Mr. Koller is also adjunct professor of community health in the School of Public Health at Brown University.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Kathleen S. Andersen (email@example.com) is vice president and chief operating officer of the Fund. Before joining the Fund in 1990 as a program officer, Ms. Andersen was associate director of the Center for Assessing Health Services at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a member of the staff of the vice president for health sciences. Prior to that she served in state government in Louisiana and worked in planning, research, and evaluation for the Board of Regents and as a caseworker for the Division of Family Services. She earned a BA degree in philosophy from Louisiana State University and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Jennifer Adams-Dunwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Fund’s accounting officer. Previously Ms. Adams-Dunwell worked as a bookkeeper for Best Deal Trucking Company and prior to that for Brylane Inc. She earned a BA degree in accounting from Lehman College and completed a certificate program in nonprofit accounting.
Rachel Block (email@example.com) is a program officer at the Fund. An independent consultant who worked for the Fund and other organizations focusing on federal and state health policy issues, she has served in numerous executive roles in the public and private sectors, including spearheading development of New York state’s health information technology strategy as deputy commissioner for Health Information Technology Transformation in the New York State Department of Health and as the founding executive director of the New York eHealth Collaborative. Ms. Block has also worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she held several senior management positions directing policy development and operations for Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance, and federal survey and certification programs.
Administrative Services Manager
Gail Cambridge (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Fund’s administrative services manager. Prior to joining the Fund, she was employed at the Guyana National Cooperative Bank. During her eleven years at the bank, she held several senior positions and was instrumental in implementing new procedures and training. She graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree from the City University of New York and an MS degree from Central Michigan University.
Interim Editor, The Milbank Quarterly
Paul D. Cleary is an interim editor of The Milbank Quarterly. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Milbank Memorial Fund, former editorial director of the Fund, and past editor of the Quarterly (1992-2000). He is the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health and former dean of the Yale School of Public Health, a member of the Institute of Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of AcademyHealth. In 2002 he received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy (now AcademyHealth). Dr. Cleary is principal investigator (PI) of one of two Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems studies funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop survey protocols for collecting and reporting information from consumers regarding their health care; he is also PI and director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He earned MS and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin.
Peter Donnelly is an interim editor of The Milbank Quarterly. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Milbank Memorial Fund. Dr. Donnelly is president and chief executive officer of Public Health Ontario. Prior to joining Public Health Ontario in November 2014, he was professor of public health medicine at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he established and led public health medicine research and teaching. From 2004 to 2008, he was the deputy chief medical officer to the Scottish Government, providing senior leadership and coordination at a national level. Dr. Donnelly received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh Medical School and has earned multiple degrees and credentials, including masters in both business administration and public health. He is an active researcher and lecturer in many areas of public health, with a focus on health systems governance and violence reduction. He is involved with numerous national and international associations, including the international editorial board of Public Health and the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance.
Daniel M. Fox is an interim editor of The Milbank Quarterly. He is also an author, policy adviser, mentor, visiting faculty member, and president emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund. He has, since 1961, been publishing articles and books in the literatures of health services research, health and social policy, law, medicine, economic, cultural and intellectual history, and the history of medicine and health. His most recent book is The Convergence of Science and Governance: Research, Health Policy and American States (University of California Press, 2010). Fox has served in three federal agencies, in government in two states, and as a faculty member and administrator at Harvard and Stony Brook University. He is a member of the National Academies of Medicine and Social Insurance and of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds AB, AM, and PhD degrees from Harvard University.
Katelynn Sedan (email@example.com) is an administrative assistant at the Fund. She joined the Fund in the summer of 2010 after graduating from Loyola University Chicago. She earned two BA degrees from Loyola: one in philosophy with an emphasis in social justice and another in political science with an emphasis in military intervention. She also minored in international studies.
Managing Editor, The Milbank Quarterly
Tara Strome (firstname.lastname@example.org) is managing editor of The Milbank Quarterly. She was previously publications associate and administrative assistant at the Fund. Prior to that she worked as a committee assistant for the Oregon Senate and as a data specialist for the Multnomah County Department of Human Services. She holds a BA in sociology from Colby College and an MPA in health policy and management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
Director, Multi-State Collaborative
Lisa Dulsky Watkins (email@example.com) is the director of the Milbank Memorial Fund Multi-State Collaborative, a consortium of 18 state and regional multi-payer programs designed to transform primary care. She is actively engaged in advocacy for new and continued support for these efforts and other innovations at the state and federal levels. She is the former chief of operations for the Vermont Blueprint for Health, one of the founding members of the Collaborative. She received her MD degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and her BS from the City College of New York. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and was in primary care practice as a board-certified pediatrician in Middlebury and Essex Junction, Vermont.
Judith Zimmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Fund’s communications director. She comes to the Fund with more than 20 years of experience in health care communications. Previously, she worked for a New York City-based cancer research foundation and at several medical centers, including Mount Sinai. A journalist by training, Ms. Zimmer has written about health for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times. She is the co-author or author of several books, including The Cardiovascular Cure (Broadway) and Labor of Love, Women Share the Joy of Childbirth (John Wiley). Ms. Zimmer has a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. Members of the press can contact Judith at the email address above or 212-355-8400.