Christopher F. Koller
Christopher F. Koller 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.
Kathleen S. Andersen
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Kathleen S. Andersen 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 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 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 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.
Trina A. Gonzalez
Trina A. Gonzalez is a program officer at the Fund. Before joining the Fund, Ms. Gonzalez served in California state government where she was the interim chief for the Center for Innovation at the California Public Employees Retirement System, deputy director for pollution prevention at the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and assistant secretary for public health and emergency medical services at the Health and Human Services Agency. She earned a BA degree in international relations from Scripps College, an MA degree in political science from the University of Hawaii, and an MPP from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Editor-in-Chief, The Milbank Quarterly
Howard Markel is the editor-in-chief of The Milbank Quarterly. He is also the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. An acclaimed social and cultural historian of medicine, Dr. Markel has published widely on epidemic disease, quarantine and public health policy, addiction and substance abuse, and children’s health policy. From 2006 to the present, he has served as the principal historical consultant on pandemic preparedness for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From late April 2009 to February 2011, he served as a member of the CDC director’s “Novel A/H1N1 Influenza Team B,” a real-time think tank of experts charged with evaluating the federal government’s influenza policies on a daily basis during the outbreak. The author or co-author of ten books and over 350 publications, he is editor-in-chief of The 1918–1919 American Influenza Pandemic: A Digital Encyclopedia and Archive. He received his AB (summa cum laude) and MD (cum laude) from the University of Michigan and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in general pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2008, he was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Katelynn Sedan 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.
Assistant Managing Editor
Tara Strome is assistant 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.
Lisa Dulsky Watkins
Director, Multi-State Collaborative
Lisa Dulsky Watkins 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 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 email@example.com or 212-355-8400.