Participants

2022-2023

  • Markay Adams

    Markay Adams

    Assistant Director, Division of Fee-for-Service Management, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

    Ms. Adams, who has more than 16 years of experience in Arizona’s Medicaid system, oversees a variety of programs including providing health care coverage for a variety of populations, including the American Indian Health Program, Federal Emergency Services, and Medicaid in School-Based Claiming program. More
  • Elizabeth Adkins

    Elizabeth Adkins

    Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Aging and Adult Services, Louisiana Department of Health

    A Louisiana native Ms. Adkins manages the Louisiana Department of Health’s Medicaid Long Term Home and Community Based Services programs. In her 10-year tenure with the department, she has consistently demonstrated a dedication to older adults and persons living with adult-onset disabilities. More
  • Jennifer Avegno

    Jennifer Avegno

    Director, New Orleans Health Department

    Jennifer manages a dedicated team of public health professionals addressing critical health needs for the community. As an academic faculty member at Louisiana State University, she established the Division of Social Emergency Medicine to facilitate innovative programming, interdisciplinary partnerships, and improved population health outcomes. More
  • Grant Beebe

    Grant Beebe

    Project Manager II, Human Resources, Mississippi Division of Medicaid

    Mr. Beebe leverages big data to understand personnel challenges and identify patterns in claims data and utilization metrics. His primary areas of academic and research interest include wellness promotion, non-communicable disease prevention, and the social determinants of health. He is licensed as a nursing home administrator in the State of Mississippi. More
  • Jamie Carmichael

    Jamie Carmichael

    Chief Health Opportunity Advisor, Ohio Department of Health

    Ms. Carmicheal’s role focuses on the elimination of population level health disparities by aligning and channeling strategic resources on communities with the highest levels of need. Her experience includes nearly a decade of service at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, where she worked on poverty reduction and workforce development policy and programs, […] More
  • Machaela Cavanaugh

    Machaela Cavanaugh

    State Senator, Nebraska

    Senator Cavanaugh, an Omaha native with nearly 20 years’ experience in community engagement and public affairs represents Legislative District 6 in the Nebraska Legislature including Omaha. She serves on the Health and Human Services Committee and Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. She made history in 2019 as the first lawmaker to breastfeed her baby on the […] More
  • Kimberly Chen

    Kimberly Chen

    Assistant Secretary, Office of Programs and Fiscal Affairs, California Health and Human Services Agency

    Ms. Chen is responsible for formulating, analyzing, revising, and evaluating the program and fiscal impacts of major health and human services policies. This includes assessment of all policy, legislative, fiscal, and other issues affecting the Department of Health Care Services (California’s State Medicaid Agency), Department of Community Services and Development, and other related state departments […] More
  • Ava Crawford

    Ava Crawford

    Director, Office of Health Equity, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

    Ms. Crawford addresses priorities for community outreach, engagement, policy and equity within the department of health. She previously served as the co-chair for the North Carolina Chronic Disease and Injury Section’s Health Equity Community of Practice Committee, where she created a health equity framework, standard language for agreement addendums, and more. She also served as […] More
  • Meghan Elledge-LeVota

    Meghan Elledge-LeVota

    Policy Team Manager and Equity, Inclusion and Justice Senior Advisor, County of San Diego, California

    Ms. Elledge-LeVota is committed to improving the lives of others by leading organizations and governmental agencies on their journey toward structural changes centered on equity, inclusion, and justice. Her background is a unique blend of law, policy, health equity, and social justice. In 2021, received the Legal Innovator Award for targeting health disparities with the […] More
  • Eva Forrest

    Eva Forrest

    Nurse Consultant, Connecticut Department of Social Services

    One of Ms. Forrest’s primary roles as a nurse consultant is advocacy, which is vital in promoting health equity and enhancing population health. Her goal is to improve her leadership skills so that she can continuously and effectively advocate for the health and social needs of Connecticut’s Medicaid members and those of other residents. Ms. […] More
  • DaShawn Groves

    DaShawn Groves

    Special Projects Officer, Office of State Medicaid Director, DC Department of Health Care Finance

    Mr. Groves works to implement four strategic priorities: 1) Building a health system that provides whole-person care; 2) Ensuring value and accountability; 3) Strengthening internal operational infrastructure, and 4) Responsibly unwinding the flexibilities of the Public Health Emergency. He as previously the Community Partnerships Director at Cityblock Health in the DC market. More
  • Emily Gruber

    Emily Gruber

    Health Equity Manager, Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP)

    Ms. Gruber role at the MDPCP includes leading the team strategy around health equity; managing technical assistance for Maryland primary care practices on social needs screening and referrals; leading a CDC-grant-funded project to identify disparities in clinical quality data; and other special projects. Prior to joining the MDPCP, she worked in health care technology and […] More
  • Diamond D. Hanson

    Diamond D. Hanson

    Outreach Program Manager, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Team, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

    Dr. Hanson oversees the connection of stakeholders and manages vaccine equity grants totaling $30M. She recently awarded 146 organizations $13.8M to advance vaccination health equity. She has a particular interest in community engagement. More
  • Erin Healy

    Erin Healy

    Representative, South Dakota

    Representative Healy is currently serving her second term in the South Dakota State House. She serves as a Minority Whip, sits on the House Health and Human Services, Education, and Legislative Rules Committees, has been a member of two mental health taskforce committees, and is a commissioner for the Midwest Higher Education Compact. She focuses […] More
  • Martin Hickey

    Martin Hickey

    State Senator, New Mexico

    Senator Hickey has been a physician executive, as well as clinician, for most of his career. He started in the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation practicing population health and continues in this role today. He is fortunate to be at the innovative forefront of care management in almost all health venues: multispecialty medical […] More
  • Mark Martin

    Mark Martin

    Acting Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health

    Senator Martin brings over 25 years of combined professional experience in public health, hospital operations, financial services, and community and faith-based organizations. His combined academic and professional experience continues to fuel his efforts to research and develop innovations to improve patient-centered care and the patient experience. More
  • Tade Mengesha

    Tade Mengesha

    Manager, Integrated Fiscal Strategy, MassHealth

    Ms. Mengesha supported and now leads the value-based payment strategy and implementation for Massachusetts Medicaid accountable care organizations and Medicaid managed care organizations. Previously, Tade worked at Guidehouse Consulting Services (formerly known as Navigant Consulting) as a senior consultant in their revenue cycle management sector. She has a strong interest in using innovative financial mechanisms […] More
  • Genevieve Mina

    Genevieve Mina

    Ms. Mina (she/her) is a lifelong Alaskan, community advocate, and second-generation Filipino-American with a background in Alaska campaigns, government, and health policy. She has worked as a nonprofit communications professional supporting community health centers, and as a political aide for elected officials in the Anchorage Assembly and the Alaska Legislature. Most recently, Ms. Mina carried […] More
  • Ruth Richardson

    Ruth Richardson

    Chair, Education Policy Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives

    Representative Richardson made history in 2018 as the first Black woman elected to represent her district in the Minnesota House of Representatives. She represents House District 52B, which includes Inver Grove Heights, Sunfish Lake, and parts of Eagan and Mendota Heights. More
  • Shawn Smith

    Shawn Smith

    Managed Care Oversight Director, TennCare

    Mr. Smith is responsible for the contract oversight of the Division of TennCare’s three contracted managed care organizations. He also serves as a board member for the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education; teaches social welfare policy as an adjunct faculty; and serves as a member of Middle Tennessee State University’s Social Work Advisory Board. More
  • Michelle Strinden

    Michelle Strinden

    State Representative, North Dakota

    Michelle Strinden is an educator, small business owner, and life-long North Dakotan. She has lived in south Fargo’s District 41 for 26 years with her husband, Tom, and their four children, Jacob, Joe, Ben, and Sarah. First elected in 2018, she serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Human Resources Division, where she works every day […] More
  • Ann Vermilion

    Ann Vermilion

    Representative, Indiana House of Representatives

    Representative Vermilion is the vice chair of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee in the Indiana House of Representatives, serves District 31, which includes Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant, Wells counties. She is also the founder and CEO of Vermilion Group, a health care and public health consulting firm working with clients, […] More
  • David Ward

    David Ward

    Long Term Services and Supports Director, Oklahoma Health Care Authority

    In 2011, Mr. Ward began his public service career with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority as a research analyst and now directs the Long-Term Services and Supports unit that administers six 1915(c) Home and Community Based Waiver Programs, State Plan Personal Care, and the Money Follows the Person program (Oklahoma’s Living Choice). More
  • Janeana White

    Janeana White

    Chief Physician, Deputy Health Authority, Houston Health Department

    Dr. White oversees community-based programs and monitors trends in infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. She is honored to serve as a physician not only because it helps make the community better as a whole, but also makes her better as an individual. More

2021-2022

  • Jen Dailey-Provost

    Jen Dailey-Provost lives in the Avenues neighborhood in Salt Lake City with her husband Scott and three daughters. She received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, and her MBA from Westminster College’s Gore School of Business. She began her career as the Director of Human Resources […] More
  • Anthony Daniels Jr.

    House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels Jr. is in his second term in the Alabama House of Representatives. He represents Alabama’s 53rd District, which is located in the Huntsville area. Representative Daniels has served as minority leader since 2017, the youngest and first African American to hold the position. Under his leadership, House Democrats successfully fought […] More
  • Amanda Dumas

    A native of the Alabama Gulf Coast, Dr. Amanda Dumas attended Loyola University New Orleans and received a medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her medical training she spent a year in Zambia with the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia helping to scale-up pediatric clinical services. She then completed […] More
  • Daniel P. Edney

    Daniel P. Edney MD FACP is a board certified general Internist with subspecialty board certification in Addiction Medicine. He is a summa cum laude graduate of William Carey University and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine Class of 1988. He then completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia. […] More
  • Kate Harris

    Kate Harris has spent her career working at the intersection of public health and public policy, primarily on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State and Colorado. In 2019 she joined the Colorado Division of Insurance as the Chief Deputy Commissioner for Life & Health Policy, where she oversees much of the […] More
  • Kendra Johnson

    Kendra Johnson has dedicated her entire career to serving individuals living with disadvantages and life challenges. Having been born and raised in the city of Chester in an extended family environment, it was through that experience where she learned the value of service to others. Those experiences were a catalyst that continue to drive her […] More
  • Anna Kelles

    Assemblymember Dr. Anna Kelles represents the 125th District of New York State, including Tompkins County and the southwest of Cortland County. This district includes the metropolitan areas of Ithaca and Cortland as well as 17 smaller municipal towns and villages in both counties. Before becoming a state Assembly member, Anna served in the Tompkins County […] More
  • Molly Lester

    Molly Lester currently serves as Policy Director for the Chief Program and Services Office of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. In this role, she leads policy development, daily operations and legislative coordination for the office overseeing HHSC client services programs—including Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, behavioral health, maternal and child health, and long-term services and […] More
  • Catrina Lucero

    Catrina Lucero is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority where she provides oversight of the agency’s financial operations, including external relations, quality assurance, and staff development. Prior to joining the Health Care Authority, Catrina worked as a non-partisan senior fiscal analyst for the Washington State House of Representatives providing […] More
  • Josh Moore

    Josh Moore is the Director of Pharmacy for MO HealthNet Division. Josh graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Most recently he served as the Director of Operations for the Clinical Management Services & System for Pharmacy and Prior Authorization at Conduent. As the Director of Pharmacy for MO HealthNet, Josh leads the operations of […] More
  • Eileen Ng

    Eileen Ng is the Policy Director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, which includes the Departments of Behavioral Health, Environmental Health, Public Health, and the Office of the Agency Director. The Agency has an annual budget of $1 billion and more than 1,500 employees. Eileen joined the Health Care Services Agency in June […] More
  • Robin (Diggs) Perdue

    Robin (Diggs) Perdue, MPH has over 18 years of experience as a public health professional in the Nation’s Capital. Currently, as the Deputy Director of Strategy, Programs and Policy for the District of Columbia Department of Health’s Community Health Administration. She oversees population health strategies for improving health outcomes across five broad areas: chronic disease prevention […] More
  • Jessica Perez-Rossello

    Jessica Perez-Rossello is a Deputy Chief Operations Officer at the MassHealth Department of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. She has over 25 years of experience in project management, large scale systems integration, and business process improvement, working under tight budgets and timelines while building trusting relationships with staff, colleagues, and vendors. […] More
  • Vincent Pinkney

    Vincent Pinkney, MBA, MPH, currently serves as the Deputy Director of Managed Care Operations for Tennessee’s state Medicaid agency known as TennCare. Managed Care Operations involves Tennessee’s state Medicaid agency contracting with three health insurance plans to maintain a network of providers of medical services, mental health services, and long-term services and supports the delivery […] More
  • Kristin Roers

    Senator Kristin Roers was elected in 2018 to represent District 27, located in Fargo, ND. She has been a Registered Nurse since 2004 and works in Nursing Administration when not in the legislature. Ms. Roers serves as the Vice Chair of the Human Services committee and as a member on the Government and Veterans Affairs […] More
  • Dylan Rose Schneider

    Ms. Schneider has over 12 years of professional experience in external affairs, policy and planning and communications in the public and private sector. Ms. Schneider has served as the Manager of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) since 2018 where she oversees government relations, public policy […] More
  • Lisa Subeck

    Representative Lisa Subeck has represented the 78th District in the Wisconsin State Assembly since January, 2015. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, and is the ranking member on the Assembly Committee on Health and the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules. She also serves on the Assembly Committees on […] More
  • Fatmata Williams

    Fatmata Williams is an immigrant from Sierra Leone, West Africa, who has lived in the United States for thirty years and has been a registered nurse for twenty-three years. She is a Supervising Registered Nurse Consultant and currently works at the Connecticut Department of Social Services Division of Health Services, Connecticut’s single state Medicaid agency. […] More
  • Carla Willis

    Dr. Carla Willis serves as the Director of the Performance, Quality, and Outcomes within the Performance and Care Management Office of the Georgia Medicaid program. She oversees multi-disciplinary teams that focus on predictive analytics, quality measurement, and performance improvement. She works to define the populations of interest to the Georgia Medicaid program and captures key […] More
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