Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategy
Catherine Anderson is the Senior Vice President, Policy & Strategy at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Catherine serves as a key member of the executive team and spearheads business development initiatives that are consistent with the company’s overall strategy. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves 6.4 million Medicaid members in 32 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. Catherine brings nearly twenty-five years of experience in policy development and legislative affairs. Prior to her current role, Catherine was Vice President of Health Policy for UnitedHealthcare Community & State and had the national responsibility for shaping the policy agenda and positioning UnitedHealthcare as the preeminent thought leader in state and federal health programs. Catherine has led strategic and business development programs for new products supporting complex Medicaid populations, Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees (MME), and Dual Special Needs Plans (DSNP). In 2017, Catherine was named a Heroine of Washington in the category of Healthcare . This award is presented by the March of Dimes and recognizes recipients for their commitment to community service.
Director, Policy & Strategy UnitedHealthcare
Kersten Burns-Lausch is Director for Policy & Strategy at UnitedHealthcare. In her role, Kersten is responsible for developing strategic positions to improve access to care and inform the direction of programs that serve Medicaid populations. Prior to joining UHC, Kersten was with the National Association of Community Health Centers where she directed the organizations engagement with federal agencies and efforts to equip health centers with resources to inform state policies to improve access and quality for their 30 million patients. She also previously worked for the Center for Health Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan and the American Academy of Dermatology, and served as a case manager and patient navigator at a health center in rural Michigan.
Senior Director, Policy and Strategic Initiatives
Sarah Glasheen is the Senior Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. UnitedHealthcare’s community plans proudly serve 6.4 million Medicaid members in 32 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. In her role, Sarah focuses on developing and operationalizing initiatives related to social determinants of health, with a focus on housing, social service and health screenings and referrals, and related research and analysis. During her 14 year tenure with Community & State, she has developed extensive experience in growth and strategy operations, reporting and analytics, program tracking and evaluation, and research. Prior to her work with Community & State, Sarah held various positions with government, non-profit and research organizations, all with a focus on program management and operations. She holds a Certification in Marketing from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania., M.A. in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University, and B.S. in Natural Resources Policy and Management from Cornell University.
Executive Director, Dual Special Needs Plan of Washington D.C.
Erin Henderson Moore is the Executive Director, Dual Special Needs Plan - of Washington DC. Previously, she was the Director of Policy & Strategy at UnitedHealthcare Community and State. UnitedHealthcare Community and State proudly serves more than six million Medicaid members in 31 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In her role, Erin serves as a policy expert to Enterprise leaders, developing strategic positions to shape the direction of programs that serve complex populations and advocating for modernized Medicaid programs. Erin focuses on improving health care delivery and health care financing under value-based purchasing (VBP), supporting large-scale payment reforms, and helping to identify innovative strategies for transforming care delivery. Erin has a decade of health policy experience. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Erin has held positions in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors, all with a focus on health policy and strategy. Erin has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Columbia University, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.
Regional Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Arethusa Stevens Kirk is a Regional Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community & State where she serves as the East Region Chief Medical Officer supporting eleven Health Plans to achieve key clinical and business objectives. Areas of focus in her portfolio include behavioral health integration, population health strategy, clinical innovation as well as diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives. Currently Dr. Kirk also serves as the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Maryland where for the past 5 years she has directed clinical initiatives for member-centric care coordination, population health, and quality programs. With over 15 years of healthcare and community leadership experience, Dr Kirk has served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Baltimore City and as a National Health Service Corps Scholar. She continues to practice as a primary care physician and as an Associate Physician of the Neurology and Development Inpatient Unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr Kirk is board certified in Pediatrics and completed her residency at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. She holds an honors degree in Visual Arts and Semiotics from Brown University and her Medical Doctorate from George Washington School of Medicine. Prior to her career in medicine she served with the Missionaries of Charity in India, taught at an open school in the Republic of South Africa, and lived with a regional village midwife as a U.S. Peace Corps Health Education Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa. Finally, her parallel chief commitment is to shepherd the development and potential of her two young boys.
Senior Policy Director, LTSS, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Michelle Martin is the Senior Policy Director of LTSS at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from both the payer and provider sides of LTSS, having worked in complex care policy at America’s Health Insurance Plans as well as another insurer. She was also the policy director at the National Council on Medicaid Home Care where she represented home care providers on a variety of issues on and off Capitol Hill. Prior to the Medicaid Council, Ms. Martin worked as a lobbyist during the development of the Affordable Care Act representing direct care workers and funding for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs. Michelle lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband, Joe and their four rescue dogs. She is a former caregiver, native Michigander, and lawyer.
Director of Policy, Dually Eligible Populations & DSNP
Richard joined UnitedHealthcare in 2019, after working for 33 years in the Medicaid program at both the state and federal level. Most recently he was the CMS Associate Regional Administrator for Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations in the Boston Regional Office. Responsibilities included both financial and program oversight for the six New England states. During his time at CMS, Richard was involved in many of the innovative programs which were undertaken by Region 1 states; including the Massachusetts and Vermont 1115 Waivers. Prior to CMS he worked Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance where he served in a number of positions including Senior Staff Auditor and Director of External Affairs. Richard received both a B.A. and MST from Suffolk University in Boston.
Vice President, Health and Human Services Policy
Andy McMahon is the Vice President of Health and Human Services Policy at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves nearly 6.4 million Medicaid members in 32 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group, a health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. In his current role, Andy focuses on integrating and leveraging affordable housing and human services to provide better care at lower costs for populations with complex health needs. Andy works with UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid plans and the myConnections™ team, and his portfolio includes policy and program work in affordable and supportive housing, criminal justice, child welfare, and social impact investment. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Andy worked at the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) for 15 years, most recently as the Vice President for Policy and External Affairs. At CSH, Andy led an array of national, state, and local efforts to align systems and integrate resources to create supportive housing opportunities for vulnerable populations. Andy also led CSH's work to develop Pay for Success and impact investing models for supportive housing. Prior to CSH, Andy held positions in both state and local government, as a lobbyist for state housing and community development agencies in Washington, D.C., and helped found and was the first executive director of a non-profit housing organization in Minnesota.
Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Ohio
Vice President, Policy and Influence
Kate Paris is the Vice President of Advocacy, Marketing & Policy at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Kate is responsible for shaping and advocating for policy agendas as well as positioning Community & State as a trusted thought leader and partner with federal, state, and local health and social programs. Kate has extensive experience in health and public policy and is passionate about improving systems and programs to ensure fair and equitable access to care for the individuals, families and communities these systems serve. She currently serves as the Chair of the Medicaid Health Plans of America policy committee and sits on the board of SNP Alliance. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare in 2012, Kate had a variety of professional roles that focused on policy, economic development and rural communities. Her work within the agricultural sector to support local food, food processing and renewable energy built a strong foundation and understanding of the connection between food, health and the policies that shape both. Kate has spent time in the non-profit sector and within the administrative and executive branches of state government. Kate received her Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Dakota and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Morris.
Senior Director of Medicaid Policy
As the Senior Director of Medicaid Policy, Nicole leads the development of policy positioning and associated advocacy and thought leadership strategies related to both traditional and complex Medicaid covered populations. This includes TANF and CHIP populations (with focus on maternal and child health), Medicaid Expansion, Child Welfare, Criminal Justice Involved, and I/DD populations. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Nicole served as the Government Affairs Director for America Forward where she led policy strategy and advocacy efforts related to Pay for Success/evidence-based policy, workforce development, career and technical education, higher education, and social innovation. Nicole also worked for over a decade at a national child welfare and children’s mental health non-profit where she advocated for policy and funding changes in the child welfare, juvenile justice, Medicaid/children’s mental health, and innovative financing policy areas. Nicole has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and a Master’s in Public Administration/Public Policy from the University of Memphis.
Director of Policy, Community Integration, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Stephanie Wilkinson is a Director of Policy at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. In her current role, Stephanie focuses on policy development, advocacy, and positioning for social determinants of health, health equity and disparities, and public health broadly. She is passionate about the need within healthcare to shift the focus from individual health to population health in order to effectively impact and improve the health outcomes of communities. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Stephanie served as a Public Health Education Coordinator at Schenectady County Public Health Services. In this role, she helped supervise and coordinate grant funded (private, state, and federal) programs, including several directly targeted at improving social determinants of health within underserved communities, and helped lead emergency preparedness activities. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Siena College and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in environmental health from the University at Albany School of Public Health. During graduate school, Stephanie interned at the New York State Department of Health. She is a member the Alpha Gamma chapter of the Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health
Director of Marketing and Outreach DC Dual Choice Health Plan
A native of Chicago, Illinois Daniel is a May 1999 graduate of Hampton University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science from the University of the District of Columbia. Daniel has more than 17 years of professional experience working in federal advocacy. Currently, Daniel is the Director of Engagement and Advocacy for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role, he advises health plan leaders on how to engage community partners to help solve for social determinants of health and healthcare issues affecting the Medicaid population. Prior to his position at UnitedHealthcare, Daniel served as a lobbyist for AARP where he handled issues pertaining to the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Program) and caregiving. Daniel has served as the Director of Federal Affairs for PHI formerly known as the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute where he represented the organization before members of Congress, the Administration and executed the organization’s federal agenda. Daniel has also served as the National and Federal Programs Director for Compassion and Choices and end of life advocacy organization. Prior to this for more than 10 years, Daniel served as the Director of Policy and Program Development for the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc., Wilson’s political experience includes serving as Staff Assistant to Senator Charles Schumer (NY), Public Affairs Officer in the Office of Management and Budget under then President William Jefferson Clinton and Regional Finance Coordinator for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee under the leadership of Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Daniel served as the 2016 Co-Chair for the Aging in America Conference that was held in Washington, DC. In 2017, Daniel was recognized by Next Avenue as one of the “Top 50 Influencers in Aging”. Daniel serves on the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee’s for UnitedHealthcare and for the American Society on Aging. Daniel’s memberships include serving as a board member of TERRIFIC, Inc., a DC based non-profit organization that serves the needs of the elderly through housing, congregate meals, transportation and case management; Volunteers of America, Chesapeake Region and the College Park Sandy Spring Maryland Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
President/Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Centers, Inc.
Dr. Andree serves as the President and CEO for Community Health Centers, Inc., (CHC) a Federally Qualified Health Care Center, with 15 healthcare locations offering primary healthcare services in Central Florida. Dr. Andree’s commitment to CHC began in 2002 as a pediatrician and over the years her past roles have included serving as Chief Medical Officer & Vice-President, Associate Medical Director and Chief of Pediatrics. She also serves as the Pediatric Education Director/Clinical Associate Professor in Clinical Sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine and has been on faculty there since 2004. Dr. Andree serves on various committees at the state and local level which include the Florida Surgeon General Physician Workforce Advisory Council. Prior to her medical education degree from the University of Miami in 1999, Dr. Andree obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and worked as a Pediatric nurse. Additionally, Dr. Andree has experience working with the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation process, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the Health and Resource Services Administration for Federally Qualified Health Care Clinics, and the Federal Tort Claims Act certification process. She has received numerous service and teaching awards including the Gold Humanism Award and the 2018 Centers for Disease Control Childhood Immunization Champion. Dr. Andree believes in CHC’s mission to provide quality and compassionate healthcare services to Central Florida’s diverse communities which aligns nicely with the goals of UnitedHealthcare’s Community & State FQHC National Advisory Board.
Former Director of Social Impact Strategy
Eleanor formerly lead Community & State’s social impact investment strategy to address critical public health issues, improve community health, advance housing first solutions, and build health, social service, and community capacity. She managed a $9M social impact investment portfolio, develops strategy tools and resources, and scoped investment opportunities. She represented UnitedHealthcare on key committees and working groups such as the Just in Reach Pay for Success Executive Steering Committee and the Appalachian Funders Network Health Working Group. Eleanor worked at UnitedHealthcare for five years. Before coming to UnitedHealthcare, Eleanor managed a research-based public health program at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. She has a Master of Science in Exercise Science/Public Health from Northeastern University and a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University.
Former Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Stephen Cha is the former Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, where he oversaw clinical strategies and programs while acting as the liaison for critical clinical initiatives. He also played a key role in clinical thought leadership and served as a subject matter expert in care decisions throughout Community & State. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Cha served as the Group Director in the State Innovation Group at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He has also served as the Chief Medical Officer at the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS), and is a practicing physician. Dr. Cha has a strong background in dynamic health policy thought leadership, health care transformation, and quality reporting.
OptumHealth, Health Services
Heather Cianfrocco leads OptumHealth Health Services. Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). Prior to this role, Heather served as Senior Vice President of Health Advancement and Clinical Transformation for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. Before joining Medicare & Retirement, Heather served in a number of leadership roles with UnitedHealthcare Community & State including Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Operations, Northeast Region CEO, Southeast Region CEO, and Community Plan of Pennsylvania CEO. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Heather worked in private legal practices in Pittsburgh where she concentrated on corporate and securities law, representing health care entities in mergers and acquisitions
CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Donna Meltzer is CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), where she leads 56 Councils across the nation to raise awareness at the government level for those living with developmental disabilities. She also serves on the National Advisory Board for UnitedHealthcare Community & State, where she shares knowledge and information about the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.
CEO Community Plan of Wisconsin
Kevin Moore is the Chief Executive Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin. Kevin has an extensive background in Medicaid, social determinants of health, public policy, and strategic solutions and has a long history with proven leadership and experience in state-based and government sector programs. Most recently, Kevin served as Vice President of Strategic Solutions for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Prior to that role, Kevin joined Community & State more than three years ago as Vice President of National Policy & Strategy. Kevin previously served as Medicaid Director for the State of Wisconsin.
CMO UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana
Dr. Julie Morial is a native New Orleanian who received her undergraduate degree at Yale University, her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, served as a resident in primary care internal medicine at Northwestern University and studied public health, health policy and administration at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr Morial was a National Health Services scholar who has been engaged with serving disenfranchised and vulnerable populations most of her 30 year career in medicine. She has worked with Health Care for the Homeless, staffed one of the initial HIV clinics in the US, delivered primary care at Kaiser Permanente for 15 years and held numerous leadership roles including Chief of Utilization Management at Kaiser, Director of Disease Management for the Medical Center of Louisiana and Medical Director for commercial and Medicare Advantage programs. Dr. Morial currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan on Louisiana. During her three year tenure at UnitedHealthcare Community & State, she has served as a thought leader in the clinical enterprise with a focus on perinatal continuum initiatives, behavioral health medical integration, health disparities, health equity, population health and fostering community engagement throughout Louisiana.
Vice President, Product Implementation, Maintenance, and Regulatory Alignment
Samantha O’Leary is VP, Product Implementation, Maintenance, and Regulatory Alignment. Previously, Vice President of Public Market Strategy at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves 6.4 million Medicaid members in 32 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. In her role, Samantha serves as a policy expert on the emerging policy trends blending Medicaid and commercial insurance markets, including personal responsibility models and Medicaid buyin concepts. With nearly a decade health policy experience focused on the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid program, she has developed expertise in a series of policy-focused roles across business development and consulting. Samantha is dedicated to her community and volunteers with several non-profits in the Washington, D.C. region, including the Junior League of Washington and Edu-Futuro. Samantha holds a Master of Public Policy degree from American University’s School of Public Affairs, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy from Gettysburg College.
Principal, ATI Advisory
Allison Rizer is currently a Principal at ATI Advisory where she works with clients focused on serving older adults. Allison has over 20 years of health-related experience, including more than a decade focused on insurance and government programs.
Senior Director of Policy at Cityblock Health
Sarah Rubin is Senior Director of Policy at Cityblock Health. Prior to joining Citybloc, Sarah served as a Director of Policy & Strategy at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves nearly 6 million Medicaid members in 31 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone.
President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving and Member of the UnitedHealthcare National Advisory Board
At thirty-two, Grace followed in the footsteps of NAC Founder Gail Gibson Hunt to helm one of the nation’s leading public policy and advocacy organizations for friend and family caregivers. With previous experience as COO and the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Grace has doubled the budget of the organization in her tenure to date and created the Hunt Research Program. Grace led the nation’s first national policy study of 1,400+ rare disease caregivers with Global Genes. She has led other original NAC research including Sandwich Generation in the U.S. with Caring Across Generations; A National Study of Caregivers of Individuals with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and ImproveCareNow; Cancer Caregiving in the U.S. with the National Cancer Institute and Cancer Support Community; and Dementia Caregiving in the U.S. with the Alzheimer’s Association, among others. Grace has spoken on caregiving at national and international conferences, including the 7th International Carers Conference in Adelaide, Australia and at multiple national summits at the National Institutes of Health. Grace has also served as a resource to major media on the topic of caregiving and aging, including C-SPAN, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, and Kiplinger’s Retirement Report. Grace represents NAC and the United States on the Governing Board of the International Alliance for Carer Organizations and offers ex officio support for NAC’s role as Secretariat. A licensed attorney with the D.C. Bar, Grace was named an “Outstanding Law Student” by the National Association of Women Lawyers after earning her law degree from the University of Memphis. She is a proud graduate of the Louisiana State University Honors College in communication studies and philosophy. Grace lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, writer Geoffrey Whiting, and their distinguished pug, Chief Justice.