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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 of Social Impact Strategy
Eleanor leads 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 manages a $9M social impact investment portfolio, develops strategy tools and resources, and scopes investment opportunities. She represents 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 has 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.
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.
Hawai'i State Director, UnitedHealthcare myConnections™, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Katherine Keir is the Hawai'i State Director of myConnections at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. myConnections is a program that helps low-income individuals and families with complex social, medical, and behavioral health needs access essential services that are the gateway to better health. UnitedHealthcare’s community plans proudly serve six million Medicaid members in 30 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, Katherine leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives related to social determinants of health, with a focus on health care operations and integration, community service partnerships, and service alignment. Prior to her work with Community & State, Katherine held positions dedicated to program management and evaluation, community partnerships, and strategy development at health care and human service nonprofit agencies and research organizations. She holds a Master of Public Health in health promotion and behavioral sciences from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Erin Henderson Moore
Director of Policy & Strategy
Erin Henderson Moore is 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.
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.
Vice President, Policy, Health and Human Services
Kevin Moore is the Vice President of Policy for Health and Human Services 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 (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. As Vice President of Health and Human Services, Kevin focuses on the development of sustainable interventions that improve the health of those we serve by identifying and addressing social, economic, workforce, transportation and nutritional barriers. Prior to this role, Kevin served as Senior Vice President of Medicaid Strategy for Aurora Health Care. Before joining Aurora Health Care, Kevin was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to serve as Wisconsin’s Medicaid Director and Administrator of the Division of Health Care Access and Accountability in the Department of Health Services (DHS). Kevin has served on a several boards and committees including the Waste, Fraud and Abuse Elimination Task Force, the State Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SCAODA), and the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Board. Kevin holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He, his wife Heidi, and daughter Scout reside in Madison, WI.
Director of Thought Leadership
Nicole Truhe is the Director of Thought Leadership 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. As the Director of Thought Leadership, Nicole leads the development and management of thought leadership strategies for the organization, specifically focusing on emerging health and human services policy and practice trends and business growth opportunities. 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/evidencebased 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.
Dr. Stephen Cha
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Stephen Cha is Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, where he oversees clinical strategies and programs while acting as the liaison for critical clinical initiatives. He also plays a key role in clinical thought leadership and serves 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.
Tonya D. Copeland, MBA
Vice President, I/DD Services UnitedHealthCare Community Plan
General Counsel, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Jennifer Dukart works as General Counsel for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Before that, she spent nearly 10 years in the nursing field, including working as a nurse’s aide, in home health settings and as part of a hospital post-anesthesia care unit. Today, she uses those experiences on the front lines of care to inform decisions as she works with business leaders and clinicians to improve the lives of members and the health care system.
Director, Complex Care Populations
Sara Goscha has dedicated her twenty year career to children, families, and adults needing human services, with an emphasis in serving children foster care. She is the Director of Complex Care Populations at UnitedHealthcare, and in her role is working to build a foster care model of care that will transform how we manage these children’s care, as well as working to enhance the model of care for individuals with developmental disabilities, people with long term service needs, and people who are dually enrolled in Medicaid-Medicare. Prior to her role with UnitedHealthcare, Ms. Goscha spent twelve years in state government in Nebraska, before joining PCG as a Senior Consultant working with states to enhance their programs and operations to help the most vulnerable people served through government agencies.
President & CEO at UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee
Keith Payet is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. Prior to this role, Keith served as Executive Director of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee managing both CHOICES and Employment and Community First CHOICES. CHOICES is a home and community based long-term care program that delivers services and supports for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to meet their personal care, behavioral health, and daily routine needs.
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.
Doctor Srinivas Merugu, MD
Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Ohio
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.
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.
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
Dr. Arethusa Kirk
Chief Medical Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Maryland
Dr. Arethusa Kirk is Chief Medical Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Maryland. Formerly a full-time, primary care pediatrician serving in a Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Kirk is a featured writer and shares her perspective on how FQHCs serve the critical health care needs of the youngest members of the Medicaid population.
National Consultant for Community Employment and Integration for UnitedHealthcare Community and State
Jeff Lund was formerly the Manager of Social Work, Employment and Habilitation at Iowa Health Plan. He is currently the National Consultant for Community Employment and Integration for UnitedHealthcare Community and State. In his past role, Jeff trained community-based care managers and managed internal and external stakeholder relations. He has also served on the National Foster Care Advisory Board and the Special Needs Advisory Board.
Corey B. Coleman
VP Community & Strategic Partnerships, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania
Corey B. Coleman is vice president, community and strategic partnerships for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania. He is a senior leader for the local plan, a health plan serving the needs of over 260,000 Medicaid and CHIP members across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Coleman leads thought leadership initiatives across the state, as well as support key community relationships. Additionally, he leads Pennsylvania's Community Investment and Social Determinants of Health Strategy. He previously served as Executive Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health, he managed the operations of the major programmatic functions of the department. Corey directly supervised the deputy secretaries for Health Planning and Assessment, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Quality Assurance, and Administration, as well as the director of the Chronic Care Office. In addition, he served as principal advisor to the Secretary of Health on all matters relating to departmental program services, he formulated and publicly advocated for policies related to all areas of the department. He brings to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania a wide background that includes experience in government affairs, public policy, strategic communications, issues management, and team leadership spanning positions in private industry and state government. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Mr. Coleman worked for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, where he served as director of government and external affairs. He was honored by the Philadelphia Tribune as one of the Philadelphia region’s “Leaders” award recipients. Corey has also been recognized as a 40-under-40 honoree by the Philadelphia Business Journal, as well as a Leadership Philadelphia Fellow. He is a passionate advocate for youth, and serves on the Governing Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region and is an alumnus of Philadelphia Futures’ Sponsor-A-Scholar Program. Corey earned a Bachelor of Arts from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and has recently earned his Master of Business Administration degree from St. Joseph’s University. He currently lives in the Philadelphia region with his wife, Erin, and their three children.
Kersten Burns-Lausch, MPP
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.
Director, Policy & Strategy UnitedHealthcare
Sarah Rubin is 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. Sarah focuses on the development of sustainable policy approaches to improve health outcomes and support integration for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid across the spectrum of program designs and population needs, including long term services and supports (LTSS). Prior to this role, Sarah served as a Research Associate at L&M Policy Research, focusing on improving the usability and content of consumer health plan decision tools like Medicare.gov and Healthcare.gov and conducting qualitative and quantitative evaluations of federal health care delivery and financing demonstrations. Sarah holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Urban Studies and Medical Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in health management and policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
National Women’s Health Clinical Operations and Clinical Capabilities Manager
Britt comes from a nursing background, 10 years as an obstetric and NICU nurse to be exact. She made the leap of faith to leave the hospital setting and start in the world of insurance in 2015. She worked as a Maternal Child Health Case Manager for two years, moving into a position as the Maternal Child Health Program Coordinator at a local health plan for two years, and currently is a National Women’s Health Clinical Operations and Clinical Capabilities Manager on our United HealthCare Community & State’s Healthy First Steps. She works to oversee programs and clinical operations that aid high risk pregnant mothers and high risk neonates. Britt earned her Bachelor’s of Science Nursing from the Mercy College of Health Sciences.
Women’s Health Clinical Operations and Clinical Capabilities Manager
Amy Aldridge is an experienced Maternal Child Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s of Science Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Grand Canyon University. Amy has worked at United Health group since 2013 and currently is the Women’s Health Clinical Operations and Clinical Capabilities Manager on our United HealthCare Community & State’s Healthy First Steps. She works to oversee programs and develop strategy that aid high risk pregnant mothers and high risk neonates.
KellyAnn Light-McGroary, MD, MHCDS, FACC
Senior National Medical Director
Dr. KellyAnn Light-McGroary is currently a Senior National Medical Director for the United Healthcare Community and State Line of Business. She joined United Healthcare in 2016 as the Chief Medical Officer for the Community Plan of Iowa serving there until June of 2019. A native New Yorker, she began her career in 1992 as a nurse in New York City working in cardiovascular medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, both clinically and in research. She went on to manage cardiac catheterization/electrophysiology laboratories in Brooklyn Hospital Center before pursuing medical school. Dr. Light-McGroary graduated from Georgetown School of Medicine in 2004, received her Internal Medicine residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and completed her Cardiology Fellowship in 2010 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), serving as the Cardiology Chief Fellow while there. She remained in clinical practice at UIHC as an Associate Clinical Professor and is boarded in Cardiolovascular Diseases, Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant/Mechanical Circulatory Support as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Light-McGroary received a Masters’ in Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) from the Dartmouth-Tuck School of Business in 2016 and joined United Healthcare in the summer of 2016. Her focus clinically and academically has been in building collaborations between palliative medicine and cardiology to improve the quality of end of life care in cardiac disease as well as developing shared decision making and preparedness planning in advanced cardiac disease. She has served nationally and locally in the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Failure Society of America, the Iowa Medical Society and the Iowa Board of Medicine. She remained active clinically until late 2018, serving veterans at the Iowa City VA Medical Center. She currently resides in Solon, Iowa with her husband Timothy, a general surgeon in Iowa City, and their two children.
Washington State Housing Specialist for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
Benjamin Miksch is the Washington State Housing Specialist for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, where he works to build bridges between the health care and housing/homelessness worlds and improve health outcomes for the economically disadvantaged, the medically underserved, and those with disabilities and complex health care needs. Benjamin has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and has spent the last decade working in the public sector, including working on housing, tax, and financial regulation policies for U.S. Senator Cantwell and on state and federal affordable housing and homelessness policies as part of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. He serves on the boards of the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and the Third Door Coalition.
CEO Community Plan of Kansas
Kevin is the Chief Executive Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas where he leads the strategic development, growth and operations of the health plan. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Kevin served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Quartet, a health care tech startup, and President and CEO of Cobalt Ventures. Prior to that, he held executive positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield and HealthNet. Kevin also serves on the advisory boards of tech startups, the University of Kansas, and local non-profits.
Dr. Debra Andree
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.