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We know healthcare. Our breadth and depth of expertise and experience in this sector is truly unmatched. If you ask anyone who has worked with us, which includes nearly all of the Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, they will tell you that we are deeply substantive, data driven, and creative in bringing unique solutions to the table. Check us out.

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Stacie Abbott

Senior Manager

Stacie
Abbott

Stacie Abbott, Senior Manager, leads strategic planning, development and implementation of Avalere’s Policy 360 research program, a business intelligence product that focuses on healthcare policy developments and their implications for life sciences companies, health plans and providers.  Stacie helps clients anticipate the impact of healthcare policies by providing updates on recent developments, producing in-depth analyses of major issues and identifying long-term trends for healthcare stakeholders.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Stacie was the Policy Information Manager at AbbVie, responsible for researching and analyzing the effects of state and federal policy developments on the pharmaceutical industry. She prepared briefings, newsletters and talking points around these developments. Prior to that, she was the Policy Information Manager for Abbott Labs.

Stacie has a BA from the University of Kansas. 

Abbott

Stacie

Senior Manager

202.355.6079

Stacie Abbott, Senior Manager, leads strategic planning, development and implementation of Avalere’s Policy 360 research program, a business intelligence product that focuses on healthcare policy developments and their implications for life sciences companies, health plans and providers.  Stacie helps clients anticipate the impact of healthcare policies by providing updates on recent developments, producing in-depth analyses of major issues and identifying long-term trends for healthcare stakeholders.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Stacie was the Policy Information Manager at AbbVie, responsible for researching and analyzing the effects of state and federal policy developments on the pharmaceutical industry. She prepared briefings, newsletters and talking points around these developments. Prior to that, she was the Policy Information Manager for Abbott Labs.

Stacie has a BA from the University of Kansas. 

Barnabie Agatep

Senior Manager

Barnabie
Agatep

Barnabie Agatep, Senior Manager, advises clients on health economic and outcomes research initiatives that support product commercialization and demonstrate client product/service value.  Barnabie also has experience conducting retrospective database analyses and evaluating Quality Measures for specific therapeutic areas.

Prior to joining Avalere, Barnabie served as a Senior Manager in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at the Medco Research Institute and as a Research Associate for Pfizer Inc., Global Outcomes Research.  At Medco, Barnabie developed economic models and conducted retrospective research analyses to illustrate the cost-effectiveness and value of pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine. At Pfizer, Barnabie assisted in drafting product dossiers, pharmacoeconomics research analysis, and other outcomes research initiatives in support of launching and pre-existing urology products.

Barnabie has a BS in Public Health from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Public Health.

Agatep

Barnabie

Senior Manager

202.459.6237

Barnabie Agatep, Senior Manager, advises clients on health economic and outcomes research initiatives that support product commercialization and demonstrate client product/service value.  Barnabie also has experience conducting retrospective database analyses and evaluating Quality Measures for specific therapeutic areas.

Prior to joining Avalere, Barnabie served as a Senior Manager in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at the Medco Research Institute and as a Research Associate for Pfizer Inc., Global Outcomes Research.  At Medco, Barnabie developed economic models and conducted retrospective research analyses to illustrate the cost-effectiveness and value of pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine. At Pfizer, Barnabie assisted in drafting product dossiers, pharmacoeconomics research analysis, and other outcomes research initiatives in support of launching and pre-existing urology products.

Barnabie has a BS in Public Health from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Public Health.

Rajiv Ahuja

Manager

Rajiv
Ahuja

Rajiv Ahuja, Manager, advises clients on market access, reimbursement and product commercialization for drugs, medical devices and laboratory tests. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Rajiv was an Associate in the Health Policy and Strategy practice group at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised military healthcare clients.  He also worked in the Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System where he performed process and quality improvement projects. Additionally, Rajiv practiced corporate law at DLA Piper LLP in Washington, DC.

 

Rajiv has an MS in Health Care Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a JD from the American University Washington College of Law, an MS in Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA from the George Washington University.

Ahuja

Rajiv

Manager

202.207.1306
Rajiv Ahuja, Manager, advises clients on market access, reimbursement and product commercialization for drugs, medical devices and laboratory tests. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Rajiv was an Associate in the Health Policy and Strategy practice group at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised military healthcare clients.  He also worked in the Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System where he performed process and quality improvement projects. Additionally, Rajiv practiced corporate law at DLA Piper LLP in Washington, DC.

 

Rajiv has an MS in Health Care Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a JD from the American University Washington College of Law, an MS in Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA from the George Washington University.

Lilla Alchon

Senior Associate

Lilla
Alchon

Lilla Alchon, Senior Associate, advises clients on the Vantage Care Positioning System. Lilla works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective on patient movement while emphasizing the importance of comprehensive data to manage patients effectively across care settings and through alternative payment models.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lilla was a Policy Intern with Law Media Group, Inc., where she conducted healthcare research primarily focusing on telemedicine. Lilla also served as a Legislative Intern in the office of Senator Tom Carper, where she assisted with health policy research.

Lilla has a BA in Sociology, with a concentration in health and illness, and a minor in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

Alchon

Lilla

Senior Associate

202.355.6053

Lilla Alchon, Senior Associate, advises clients on the Vantage Care Positioning System. Lilla works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective on patient movement while emphasizing the importance of comprehensive data to manage patients effectively across care settings and through alternative payment models.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lilla was a Policy Intern with Law Media Group, Inc., where she conducted healthcare research primarily focusing on telemedicine. Lilla also served as a Legislative Intern in the office of Senator Tom Carper, where she assisted with health policy research.

Lilla has a BA in Sociology, with a concentration in health and illness, and a minor in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

Jared Alves

Senior Manager

Jared
Alves

Jared Alves, Senior Manager, advises clients on policy developments related to health information technology and payment and delivery reform models. Jared’s expertise lies in accountable care organizations, transitions of care, and health information technology. He assists our health plan, provider, and vendor clients devise and execute plans for excelling in the current and future healthcare environment.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jared interned at ML Strategies LLC, a government relations consulting firm. 

Jared graduated Summa Cum Laude from American University with a BS and BA Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Alves

Jared

Senior Manager

202.459.6317

Jared Alves, Senior Manager, advises clients on policy developments related to health information technology and payment and delivery reform models. Jared’s expertise lies in accountable care organizations, transitions of care, and health information technology. He assists our health plan, provider, and vendor clients devise and execute plans for excelling in the current and future healthcare environment.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jared interned at ML Strategies LLC, a government relations consulting firm. 

Jared graduated Summa Cum Laude from American University with a BS and BA Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Emely Amaya

Executive Assistant

Emely
Amaya

Emely Amaya, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, research, and project management. She assists the Market Access & Reimbursement practice by providing customer service and client follow-up.

Prior to joining Avalere, Emely served as an Executive Assistant with The Pew Charitable Trusts, as a language editor/translator with the Pan-American Health Organization, and as an Operations Manager with Bank of America. 

Emely has a BA in International Affairs and a BA in History from the University of Mary Washington. 

Amaya

Emely

Executive Assistant

202.207.3466
Emely Amaya, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, research, and project management. She assists the Market Access & Reimbursement practice by providing customer service and client follow-up.

Prior to joining Avalere, Emely served as an Executive Assistant with The Pew Charitable Trusts, as a language editor/translator with the Pan-American Health Organization, and as an Operations Manager with Bank of America. 

Emely has a BA in International Affairs and a BA in History from the University of Mary Washington. 

Rachel Armstrong

Manager

Rachel
Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong, Manager, leads business development and strategic planning for our Life Sciences Business Intelligence Product team.  She applies her special expertise in population health management, e-prescribing, and medication adherence to advise clients on market access, product commercialization, and payer planning. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Rachel was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Timbuk Fitness, the nation’s first targeted preventative health and fitness program for African Americans, certifying instructors nationwide, partnering with national fitness chains, and creating online website content. Prior to that, she was an Associate Channel Manager at DrFirst, where she led strategy, business development, and marketing efforts for 83 EMR companies, in addition to providing training in the use of electronic prescription software and medication adherence platforms. 

Rachel received her BA from Baylor University and is currently pursuing an MHA at Marymount University.

Armstrong

Rachel

Manager

202.355.6098

Rachel Armstrong, Manager, leads business development and strategic planning for our Life Sciences Business Intelligence Product team.  She applies her special expertise in population health management, e-prescribing, and medication adherence to advise clients on market access, product commercialization, and payer planning. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Rachel was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Timbuk Fitness, the nation’s first targeted preventative health and fitness program for African Americans, certifying instructors nationwide, partnering with national fitness chains, and creating online website content. Prior to that, she was an Associate Channel Manager at DrFirst, where she led strategy, business development, and marketing efforts for 83 EMR companies, in addition to providing training in the use of electronic prescription software and medication adherence platforms. 

Rachel received her BA from Baylor University and is currently pursuing an MHA at Marymount University.

Morenike Ayo-Vaughan

Senior Associate

Morenike
Ayo-Vaughan

Morenike Ayo-Vaughan, Senior Associate, provides research support for clients within the field of healthcare quality measurement and improvement.  Morenike has experience in clinical guidelines development, health policy research, and hospital administration.

Prior to joining Avalere, Morenike was a Practice Operations Associate for Privia Health, creating the framework for CMS Meaningful Use program for multispecialty providers and conducting analyses to examine the effectiveness of population health interventions. Prior to that, as a Lean Six Sigma Consultant to the Lombardi Cancer Center, she performed analysis and made recommendations around patient clinical experiences.

Morenike has an MS in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University and a BS in Public Health from Temple University.

Ayo-Vaughan

Morenike

Senior Associate

202.207.3465

Morenike Ayo-Vaughan, Senior Associate, provides research support for clients within the field of healthcare quality measurement and improvement.  Morenike has experience in clinical guidelines development, health policy research, and hospital administration.

Prior to joining Avalere, Morenike was a Practice Operations Associate for Privia Health, creating the framework for CMS Meaningful Use program for multispecialty providers and conducting analyses to examine the effectiveness of population health interventions. Prior to that, as a Lean Six Sigma Consultant to the Lombardi Cancer Center, she performed analysis and made recommendations around patient clinical experiences.

Morenike has an MS in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University and a BS in Public Health from Temple University.

Joanna Band

Manager

Joanna
Band

Joanna Band, Manager, advises clients on market access and product commercialization, with a specific focus on reimbursement and patient access.   She helps customers anticipate and prepare for optimizing access across a variety of settings of care and for a number of disease states throughout the product lifecycle.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joanna helped clients resolve patient access issues through different roles at United BioSource and Covance, Inc.

Joanna holds a BA from the Health Administration and Policy Program of the University of Maryland. 

Band

Joanna

Manager

202.207.3821

Joanna Band, Manager, advises clients on market access and product commercialization, with a specific focus on reimbursement and patient access.   She helps customers anticipate and prepare for optimizing access across a variety of settings of care and for a number of disease states throughout the product lifecycle.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joanna helped clients resolve patient access issues through different roles at United BioSource and Covance, Inc.

Joanna holds a BA from the Health Administration and Policy Program of the University of Maryland. 

Kate Barker

Associate

Kate
Barker

Kate Barker, Associate for Institutional Investors, provides support to public and private equity markets by highlighting and evaluating the impact of developments within the healthcare industry.  Kate previously worked on Avalere’s specialty pharmaceuticals research product and applies her background in life-science, research and development to analyze industry trends. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was an intern with the San Diego County Community Health Improvement Partners and supported national health education initiatives at UC Irvine by coordinating research, communication and outreach efforts.

Kate holds a B.A. in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine.   

Barker

Kate

Associate

202.355.6040

Kate Barker, Associate for Institutional Investors, provides support to public and private equity markets by highlighting and evaluating the impact of developments within the healthcare industry.  Kate previously worked on Avalere’s specialty pharmaceuticals research product and applies her background in life-science, research and development to analyze industry trends. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was an intern with the San Diego County Community Health Improvement Partners and supported national health education initiatives at UC Irvine by coordinating research, communication and outreach efforts.

Kate holds a B.A. in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine.   

Cobbie Behrend

Vice President

Cobbie
Behrend

Cobbie Behrend, Vice President, partners with teams across the firm on the development of existing and new software products and services. He applies his background in healthcare, consulting, and software development to ensure the best value for Avalere and its clients. Cobbie uses his special expertise in agile software development methodologies to align product development with the firm’s corporate strategies and goals. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Cobbie was a Solutions Architect at Connecture where he implemented applications for health plan selection and enrollment for health insurers and exchanges, including the Minnesota and DC exchanges.  Prior to that, he led development of software applications and test automation at Wells Fargo and was a partner at the consulting firm Corporate Technology Solutions.

Cobbie has a BS in Mathematics from Marquette University, an Associates of Arts and Sciences from University of Wisconsin and an Associates of Applied Science from Community College of the Air Force.

Behrend

Cobbie

Vice President

202.446.2278
Cobbie Behrend, Vice President, partners with teams across the firm on the development of existing and new software products and services. He applies his background in healthcare, consulting, and software development to ensure the best value for Avalere and its clients. Cobbie uses his special expertise in agile software development methodologies to align product development with the firm’s corporate strategies and goals. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Cobbie was a Solutions Architect at Connecture where he implemented applications for health plan selection and enrollment for health insurers and exchanges, including the Minnesota and DC exchanges.  Prior to that, he led development of software applications and test automation at Wells Fargo and was a partner at the consulting firm Corporate Technology Solutions.

Cobbie has a BS in Mathematics from Marquette University, an Associates of Arts and Sciences from University of Wisconsin and an Associates of Applied Science from Community College of the Air Force.

Biruk Bekele

Associate

Biruk
Bekele

Biruk Bekele, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of healthcare sectors and stakeholders. He has a special interest in approaches to improve patient-centric healthcare models as well as using big data to uncover patterns of behavior. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Biruk was a Data Analyst at the Wharton Health Care Management Department, where he investigated medical supply transactions to simulate hospital negotiations and determine the impact of price transparency on cost savings. Additionally, he has business development experience including expansion of an educational platform for pre-medical students; analysis of video telemedicine for case management; and research of markets for smartphone diagnostics.

Biruk has a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and minored in Biology.

Bekele

Biruk

Associate

202.446.2206
Biruk Bekele, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of healthcare sectors and stakeholders. He has a special interest in approaches to improve patient-centric healthcare models as well as using big data to uncover patterns of behavior. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Biruk was a Data Analyst at the Wharton Health Care Management Department, where he investigated medical supply transactions to simulate hospital negotiations and determine the impact of price transparency on cost savings. Additionally, he has business development experience including expansion of an educational platform for pre-medical students; analysis of video telemedicine for case management; and research of markets for smartphone diagnostics.

Biruk has a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and minored in Biology.

Fred Bentley

Vice President

Fred
Bentley

Fred Bentley, Vice President, advises clients on health delivery and payment innovation, providing analytic and strategic insight on issues related to the delivery of care. As an expert in fields ranging from payer strategy to hospital-physician alignment and post-acute care, he has worked with providers – including integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers, post-acute providers, and long-term care organizations – as well as national and regional health plans. Over the past five years, his work has focused on supporting health systems engaged in Medicare and Medicaid payment and delivery system transformation initiatives. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Fred was a Principal in the Accountable Care Solutions practice at The Chartis Group. In this role, he worked with leading hospitals and health systems in developing strategic roadmaps to guide their clinical innovation, population health, and cross-continuum integration initiatives. He also served as a Managing Director with The Advisory Board Company, managing a team of consultants and analysts who supported provider organizations ranging from physician groups and health systems to post-acute care providers.

Fred holds Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Political Science from Haverford College.

Bentley

Fred

Vice President

202.335.6078
Fred Bentley, Vice President, advises clients on health delivery and payment innovation, providing analytic and strategic insight on issues related to the delivery of care. As an expert in fields ranging from payer strategy to hospital-physician alignment and post-acute care, he has worked with providers – including integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers, post-acute providers, and long-term care organizations – as well as national and regional health plans. Over the past five years, his work has focused on supporting health systems engaged in Medicare and Medicaid payment and delivery system transformation initiatives. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Fred was a Principal in the Accountable Care Solutions practice at The Chartis Group. In this role, he worked with leading hospitals and health systems in developing strategic roadmaps to guide their clinical innovation, population health, and cross-continuum integration initiatives. He also served as a Managing Director with The Advisory Board Company, managing a team of consultants and analysts who supported provider organizations ranging from physician groups and health systems to post-acute care providers.

Fred holds Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Political Science from Haverford College.

Rebecca Bergena

Senior Associate

Rebecca
Bergena

Rebecca Bergena, Senior Associate, provides development support and lead generation of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in research and policy analysis to analyze policy changes and trends affecting life sciences companies. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Rebecca was a Resource Coordinator and Patient Advocate for Health Leads, researching resources for low-income patients and assisting clients in accessing services. Rebecca also served as a Research Intern in Howard University’s Laboratory of Brain Aging and Neurodegeneration, supporting Alzheimer’s research.

Rebecca holds an AB in Government from Harvard University. 

Bergena

Rebecca

Senior Associate

202.355.6035

Rebecca Bergena, Senior Associate, provides development support and lead generation of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in research and policy analysis to analyze policy changes and trends affecting life sciences companies. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Rebecca was a Resource Coordinator and Patient Advocate for Health Leads, researching resources for low-income patients and assisting clients in accessing services. Rebecca also served as a Research Intern in Howard University’s Laboratory of Brain Aging and Neurodegeneration, supporting Alzheimer’s research.

Rebecca holds an AB in Government from Harvard University. 

Ashley Bergstrom

Manager

Ashley
Bergstrom

Ashley Bergstrom, Manager, supports clients within the Life Sciences practice. She applies her background in health policy and government affairs to advise life sciences clients on market access, product commercialization, reimbursement policy and the policy implications of health care reform.  Ashley has expertise in account management within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley served as Key Account Manager at Bloomberg Government advising clients within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, payer, provider and device sectors.

Ashley holds a BA in Government from Skidmore. She serves as President of the Bergstrom Foundation. 

Bergstrom

Ashley

Manager

202.355.6094

Ashley Bergstrom, Manager, supports clients within the Life Sciences practice. She applies her background in health policy and government affairs to advise life sciences clients on market access, product commercialization, reimbursement policy and the policy implications of health care reform.  Ashley has expertise in account management within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley served as Key Account Manager at Bloomberg Government advising clients within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, payer, provider and device sectors.

Ashley holds a BA in Government from Skidmore. She serves as President of the Bergstrom Foundation. 

Oona Bernhardt

Associate

Oona
Bernhardt

Oona Bernhardt, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Oona has special expertise in  long-term care and palliative care. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Oona worked in the Chicago Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, developing analytic tools to assist in reviewing state home and community-based services waivers. She also worked with the Altarum Institute's Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, where she authored material on long-term care financing and delivery.

Oona earned her Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and her BA in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Bernhardt

Oona

Associate

202.446.2240

Oona Bernhardt, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Oona has special expertise in  long-term care and palliative care. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Oona worked in the Chicago Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, developing analytic tools to assist in reviewing state home and community-based services waivers. She also worked with the Altarum Institute's Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, where she authored material on long-term care financing and delivery.

Oona earned her Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and her BA in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Brian Bienert

Director

Brian
Bienert

Brian Bienert, Controller, manages Avalere’s Accounting and Finance functions to ensure accuracy, compliance and timely reporting.

Prior to joining Avalere, Brian was an Audit Senior Manager at Grant Thornton, LLP serving public and private companies with domestic and international operations in industries such as technology, government contracting and financial services, interacting with internal subject matter experts across a variety of specialized areas and preparing technical memorandums. 

Brian has an MBA from Loyola University and a BS in Accounting from Towson University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Bienert

Brian

Director

202.355.6043

Brian Bienert, Controller, manages Avalere’s Accounting and Finance functions to ensure accuracy, compliance and timely reporting.

Prior to joining Avalere, Brian was an Audit Senior Manager at Grant Thornton, LLP serving public and private companies with domestic and international operations in industries such as technology, government contracting and financial services, interacting with internal subject matter experts across a variety of specialized areas and preparing technical memorandums. 

Brian has an MBA from Loyola University and a BS in Accounting from Towson University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Adam Borden

Vice President

Adam
Borden

Adam Borden, Vice President, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization for drugs, medical devices, and laboratory tests. Adam also has special expertise in CPT® and HCPCS coding, physician payment, and molecular diagnostics.

  

Prior to joining Avalere, Adam served as a Senior Manager of Technology and Reimbursement at the American Gastroenterological Association and worked in financial and education administration at both Georgetown University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Adam has a BA in History from Rutgers University and a MHA from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.

Borden

Adam

Vice President

202.207.1319
Adam Borden, Vice President, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization for drugs, medical devices, and laboratory tests. Adam also has special expertise in CPT® and HCPCS coding, physician payment, and molecular diagnostics.

  

Prior to joining Avalere, Adam served as a Senior Manager of Technology and Reimbursement at the American Gastroenterological Association and worked in financial and education administration at both Georgetown University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Adam has a BA in History from Rutgers University and a MHA from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.

Joseph Boswell

Vice President

Joseph
Boswell

Joseph Boswell, Vice President of Business Development, works with healthcare companies to understand the challenges they are facing, and advises them on the solutions Avalere can deliver.  Joseph has special expertise in the pharmaceutical and medical device and diagnostic industries, specifically in sales, marketing, and training.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joseph served as a Director of Strategic Alliances and as a Field Sales Director for Johnson & Johnson.  He has worked across a wide array of therapeutic areas, including diabetes, cardiovascular, psychiatry, women’s health, obesity, and arthritis.

Joseph has a BA in History from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Certificate in Strategic Alliances from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Instructional Designer.

Boswell

Joseph

Vice President

202.207.3818

Joseph Boswell, Vice President of Business Development, works with healthcare companies to understand the challenges they are facing, and advises them on the solutions Avalere can deliver.  Joseph has special expertise in the pharmaceutical and medical device and diagnostic industries, specifically in sales, marketing, and training.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joseph served as a Director of Strategic Alliances and as a Field Sales Director for Johnson & Johnson.  He has worked across a wide array of therapeutic areas, including diabetes, cardiovascular, psychiatry, women’s health, obesity, and arthritis.

Joseph has a BA in History from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Certificate in Strategic Alliances from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Instructional Designer.

Joel Bowen

Senior Associate

Joel
Bowen

Joel Bowen, Senior Associate, Technology Support, assists in overseeing the internal operations of Avalere’s IT systems and help desk requests in his role on the desktop support team. Joel also has special expertise in wireless communications, computer hardware and Windows server.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joel served as an IT Operations Sr. Help Desk Technician and Server Admin for CQ Roll Call Inc., supporting the Roll Call and Economist Group staff.  Joel is an IT tech with 10 years of experience.

Joel has a B.S. in International Business from American University.

Bowen

Joel

Senior Associate

202.207.6319

Joel Bowen, Senior Associate, Technology Support, assists in overseeing the internal operations of Avalere’s IT systems and help desk requests in his role on the desktop support team. Joel also has special expertise in wireless communications, computer hardware and Windows server.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joel served as an IT Operations Sr. Help Desk Technician and Server Admin for CQ Roll Call Inc., supporting the Roll Call and Economist Group staff.  Joel is an IT tech with 10 years of experience.

Joel has a B.S. in International Business from American University.

Nicole Braccio

Senior Associate

Nicole
Braccio

Nicole Braccio, Senior Associate, supports clients on market access, product commercialization and reimbursement policy. She applies her background in pharmacy, patient care, and medical communications to help pharmaceutical manufacturers optimize access to their products.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nicole was a Pharmacist with Target Pharmacy, leading a team of pharmacists and technicians to ensure prescriptions were processed accurately while providing effective clinical care. She currently maintains certifications in immunizations and CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers. She supported the launch of several pilot programs which notably included implementation of medication therapy management and Target’s Specialty Pharmacy to increase patient access to specialty drugs by incorporating community outreach.

Nicole has a Doctor of Pharmacy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is a Registered Pharmacist in New York and New Jersey.

Braccio

Nicole

Senior Associate

202.207.3471

Nicole Braccio, Senior Associate, supports clients on market access, product commercialization and reimbursement policy. She applies her background in pharmacy, patient care, and medical communications to help pharmaceutical manufacturers optimize access to their products.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nicole was a Pharmacist with Target Pharmacy, leading a team of pharmacists and technicians to ensure prescriptions were processed accurately while providing effective clinical care. She currently maintains certifications in immunizations and CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers. She supported the launch of several pilot programs which notably included implementation of medication therapy management and Target’s Specialty Pharmacy to increase patient access to specialty drugs by incorporating community outreach.

Nicole has a Doctor of Pharmacy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is a Registered Pharmacist in New York and New Jersey.

Kelly Brantley

Director

Kelly
Brantley

Kelly Brantley, Director, provides strategic analysis to help clients assess and respond to health insurance marketplace reforms, including the Affordable Care Act. She has expertise in health insurance exchanges, essential health benefits, actuarial value, Medicare, and insurance market regulation.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelly worked at the Health Assistance Partnership and as a consultant for the ECRI Institute.

Kelly has a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and both a MPH in Health Promotion and Graduate Certificate in Health Policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Brantley

Kelly

Director

202.207.3803

Kelly Brantley, Director, provides strategic analysis to help clients assess and respond to health insurance marketplace reforms, including the Affordable Care Act. She has expertise in health insurance exchanges, essential health benefits, actuarial value, Medicare, and insurance market regulation.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelly worked at the Health Assistance Partnership and as a consultant for the ECRI Institute.

Kelly has a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and both a MPH in Health Promotion and Graduate Certificate in Health Policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Erica Breese

Manager

Erica
Breese

Erica Breese, Manager, advises clients on developments and trends in the acute and post-acute healthcare sectors and helps them navigate reforms in payment and delivery models, such as bundled payments and accountable care organizations.  She assists clients in understanding their strategic opportunities in response to changing market dynamics as well as legislative and regulatory reforms.    

Prior to joining Avalere, Erica was Special Assistant to the Director, CMS Office of Information Products and Data Analytics where she managed policy development and drafting of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act regulations. She also has experience in CMS’ Office of Policy, identifying performance trends in Medicare spending and utilization statistics. Prior to this, as a Program Coordinator at George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy, she was responsible for operational oversight of projects for the DC Medicaid agency and the STOP Obesity Alliance.

Erica has an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University.

Breese

Erica

Manager

202.355.6044

Erica Breese, Manager, advises clients on developments and trends in the acute and post-acute healthcare sectors and helps them navigate reforms in payment and delivery models, such as bundled payments and accountable care organizations.  She assists clients in understanding their strategic opportunities in response to changing market dynamics as well as legislative and regulatory reforms.    

Prior to joining Avalere, Erica was Special Assistant to the Director, CMS Office of Information Products and Data Analytics where she managed policy development and drafting of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act regulations. She also has experience in CMS’ Office of Policy, identifying performance trends in Medicare spending and utilization statistics. Prior to this, as a Program Coordinator at George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy, she was responsible for operational oversight of projects for the DC Medicaid agency and the STOP Obesity Alliance.

Erica has an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University.

Nichole Britten

Executive Assistant

Nichole
Britten

Nichole Britten, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling and calendar management, expense processing, and travel logistics. She supports the Evidence Translation and Implementation and FDA and Regulatory Policy Teams. She has over ten years’ experience supporting executives. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Nichole served as an Executive Assistant at the International Society for Technology in Education, where she provided a high level of support to seven executives and handled membership customer service. Prior to that, she worked at APCO Worldwide as a Human Resources Administrative Assistant.

Nichole earned a Bachelors in Psychology from Bowie State University.

Britten

Nichole

Executive Assistant

202.459.6240

Nichole Britten, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling and calendar management, expense processing, and travel logistics. She supports the Evidence Translation and Implementation and FDA and Regulatory Policy Teams. She has over ten years’ experience supporting executives. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Nichole served as an Executive Assistant at the International Society for Technology in Education, where she provided a high level of support to seven executives and handled membership customer service. Prior to that, she worked at APCO Worldwide as a Human Resources Administrative Assistant.

Nichole earned a Bachelors in Psychology from Bowie State University.

Chad Brooker

Senior Manager

Chad
Brooker

Chad Brooker, Senior Manager, advises clients on the short- and long-term impacts of healthcare reform on their business strategy and advocacy priorities. He has special expertise in health insurance regulatory compliance and product innovation, as well as in both public and private health insurance marketplaces. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chad was Regulatory Counsel and Manager of Policy and Strategy for Connecticut’s Health Insurance Exchange, Access Health CT. In this role, he provided counsel to senior leaders and insurance plan executives around strategic development and compliance with respect to marketplace reforms, regulations and healthcare related tax laws. Prior to that, as a Health Insurance Specialist in the Exchange Policy & Operations Group at the Centers for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), he wrote federal regulations on health insurance reform and ACA exchanges and advised exchanges and health plans on ACA and marketplace implementation, market standards, and QHP certification.

Chad has a JD with certifications in health law and business law from the University of Maryland School of Law and degrees in Economics (BS), Mathematics (BS), Political Science (BA) and Policy Studies (BA) from Syracuse University.

Brooker

Chad

Senior Manager

202.207.3839
Chad Brooker, Senior Manager, advises clients on the short- and long-term impacts of healthcare reform on their business strategy and advocacy priorities. He has special expertise in health insurance regulatory compliance and product innovation, as well as in both public and private health insurance marketplaces. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chad was Regulatory Counsel and Manager of Policy and Strategy for Connecticut’s Health Insurance Exchange, Access Health CT. In this role, he provided counsel to senior leaders and insurance plan executives around strategic development and compliance with respect to marketplace reforms, regulations and healthcare related tax laws. Prior to that, as a Health Insurance Specialist in the Exchange Policy & Operations Group at the Centers for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), he wrote federal regulations on health insurance reform and ACA exchanges and advised exchanges and health plans on ACA and marketplace implementation, market standards, and QHP certification.

Chad has a JD with certifications in health law and business law from the University of Maryland School of Law and degrees in Economics (BS), Mathematics (BS), Political Science (BA) and Policy Studies (BA) from Syracuse University.

Leigh Ann Bruhn

Vice President

Leigh Ann
Bruhn

Leigh Ann Bruhn, Vice President, advises clients on market access, product commercialization and value strategy.  Leigh Ann has great experience leading initiatives across healthcare stakeholders including commercial payers, providers, retail pharmacy, specialty pharmacy and patient advocacy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Leigh Ann was a Director of Managed Care Marketing at Abbott Pharmaceuticals. Her work spans public and primary payers as well as both primary care and specialty products. Leigh Ann is a frequent speaker on accountable care organizations, payment and delivery reform and specialty pharmaceuticals/specialty pharmacy. She serves on the Duke University/Fuqua Health Care Alumni Advisory Board and is a committee member for the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).

Leigh Ann has a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MBA in Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

Bruhn

Leigh Ann

Vice President

202.207.3825

Leigh Ann Bruhn, Vice President, advises clients on market access, product commercialization and value strategy.  Leigh Ann has great experience leading initiatives across healthcare stakeholders including commercial payers, providers, retail pharmacy, specialty pharmacy and patient advocacy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Leigh Ann was a Director of Managed Care Marketing at Abbott Pharmaceuticals. Her work spans public and primary payers as well as both primary care and specialty products. Leigh Ann is a frequent speaker on accountable care organizations, payment and delivery reform and specialty pharmaceuticals/specialty pharmacy. She serves on the Duke University/Fuqua Health Care Alumni Advisory Board and is a committee member for the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).

Leigh Ann has a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MBA in Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

Michelle Bruno

Senior Manager

Michelle
Bruno

Michelle Bruno, Senior Manager, advises clients on developments and trends in evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality improvement, and performance measurement related to different therapeutic areas and clinical practices.  Michelle also has expertise in qualitative research design and tool development for quality improvement implementation.

Prior to Avalere, Michelle was a Senior Health Care Quality Analyst at the American College of Cardiology and a Senior Program Associate at The National Academies, Institute of Medicine.

Michelle has a BA in Government and French from the University of Notre Dame and a MPP with concentrations in Health Policy and Public and Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University.

Bruno

Michelle

Senior Manager

202.459.6332

Michelle Bruno, Senior Manager, advises clients on developments and trends in evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality improvement, and performance measurement related to different therapeutic areas and clinical practices.  Michelle also has expertise in qualitative research design and tool development for quality improvement implementation.

Prior to Avalere, Michelle was a Senior Health Care Quality Analyst at the American College of Cardiology and a Senior Program Associate at The National Academies, Institute of Medicine.

Michelle has a BA in Government and French from the University of Notre Dame and a MPP with concentrations in Health Policy and Public and Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University.

Carrie Williams Bullock

Vice President

Carrie Williams
Bullock

Carrie Williams Bullock, Vice President in Avalere’s Reimbursement and Market Access practice, advises clients on strategic and tactical issues throughout the lifecycle of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, with particular insight into the impact of regulatory and legislative changes related to Medicare payment policy.

Prior to rejoining Avalere, Carrie served at CMS for six years, where she was the deputy director of the Division of Outpatient Care. She first worked as an analyst at CMS specializing in the development of payment policies for implantable medical devices, imaging services, blood and blood products, and evaluation and management services (including observation care). Before her tenure at CMS and the first time she joined Avalere in 2003, Carrie was a Research Associate at Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc. 

Carrie has a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and a MSPH in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Bullock

Carrie Williams

Vice President

202.207.1304

Carrie Williams Bullock, Vice President in Avalere’s Reimbursement and Market Access practice, advises clients on strategic and tactical issues throughout the lifecycle of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, with particular insight into the impact of regulatory and legislative changes related to Medicare payment policy.

Prior to rejoining Avalere, Carrie served at CMS for six years, where she was the deputy director of the Division of Outpatient Care. She first worked as an analyst at CMS specializing in the development of payment policies for implantable medical devices, imaging services, blood and blood products, and evaluation and management services (including observation care). Before her tenure at CMS and the first time she joined Avalere in 2003, Carrie was a Research Associate at Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc. 

Carrie has a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and a MSPH in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Trinh Cao

Senior Manager

Trinh
Cao

Trinh Cao, Senior Manager, advises internal clients on project management processes and IT application development. Trinh also has experience in locating and managing business partners for project work.

Prior to joining Avalere, Trinh served as a Technical Project Manager for Aristotle International, Inc. and as a Project Manager for Excelacom, Inc. Trinh has also worked as an independent IT consultant for various application development firms.

Trinh has a BS in Information Technology/Finance from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Cao

Trinh

Senior Manager

202.207.3681

Trinh Cao, Senior Manager, advises internal clients on project management processes and IT application development. Trinh also has experience in locating and managing business partners for project work.

Prior to joining Avalere, Trinh served as a Technical Project Manager for Aristotle International, Inc. and as a Project Manager for Excelacom, Inc. Trinh has also worked as an independent IT consultant for various application development firms.

Trinh has a BS in Information Technology/Finance from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Elizabeth Carpenter

Senior Vice President

Elizabeth
Carpenter

Elizabeth Carpenter, Senior Vice President, helps clients anticipate the impact of regulations and legislation on business strategy. Specifically, Elizabeth focuses on issues related to the coverage expansions included as part of the Affordable Care Act, including health insurance exchanges, insurance market reforms and the Medicaid expansion. In particular, she has experience helping insurance carriers, private exchanges, technology vendors and states navigate the short- and long-term market shifts created by the law.

Prior to joining Avalere, Elizabeth was a Senior Advisor in the Health Policy practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and the Associate Policy Director for the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation. Previously, she served on both the legislative and campaign staffs of Senator Lincoln Chafee (RI).

Elizabeth has a BA in Political Science from Brown University.

Carpenter

Elizabeth

Senior Vice President

202.207.1326

Elizabeth Carpenter, Senior Vice President, helps clients anticipate the impact of regulations and legislation on business strategy. Specifically, Elizabeth focuses on issues related to the coverage expansions included as part of the Affordable Care Act, including health insurance exchanges, insurance market reforms and the Medicaid expansion. In particular, she has experience helping insurance carriers, private exchanges, technology vendors and states navigate the short- and long-term market shifts created by the law.

Prior to joining Avalere, Elizabeth was a Senior Advisor in the Health Policy practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and the Associate Policy Director for the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation. Previously, she served on both the legislative and campaign staffs of Senator Lincoln Chafee (RI).

Elizabeth has a BA in Political Science from Brown University.

Rob Carter

Senior Vice President

Rob
Carter

Robert Carter, Senior Vice President, leads Avalere’s Financial Services advisory practice group, which supports public and private equity healthcare investors by identifying and evaluating business opportunities and risk. The practice’s due diligence services leverage Avalere’s deep insights into reimbursement, the regulatory environment and healthcare policy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Robert sourced and diligenced investments for the private equity firm Welsh Carson Anderson and Stowe, and also served as Senior Vice President at Private Health Management, marketing specialized health services to hedge funds and private equity firms.  Robert has also led the development of several technology-enabled service businesses.

Robert has an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.

Carter

Rob

Senior Vice President

202.355.6039

Robert Carter, Senior Vice President, leads Avalere’s Financial Services advisory practice group, which supports public and private equity healthcare investors by identifying and evaluating business opportunities and risk. The practice’s due diligence services leverage Avalere’s deep insights into reimbursement, the regulatory environment and healthcare policy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Robert sourced and diligenced investments for the private equity firm Welsh Carson Anderson and Stowe, and also served as Senior Vice President at Private Health Management, marketing specialized health services to hedge funds and private equity firms.  Robert has also led the development of several technology-enabled service businesses.

Robert has an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.

Ed Charlesworth

Senior Manager

Ed
Charlesworth

Ed Charlesworth, Senior Manager, uses his quantitative modeling skills to provide customers with data driven solutions. He uses his experience with physician, ancillary, and hospital commercial claims to support the creation of affordability initiatives, pricing and benchmarking tools, business-case benefit modeling, and cost trend modeling. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Ed spent seven years with United Healthcare, most recently as Manager of Healthcare Economics. His work involved forecasting and valuing affordability initiatives, forecasting and interpreting cost trends, and conducting competitive market analysis within national and regional provider networks. Ed has experience with both commercial and Tricare related claims and enrollment. Prior to UHC, Ed supported the Jefferson Health System as a Financial Analyst.

Ed has a B.A. in History from Gettysburg College and an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University.

Charlesworth

Ed

Senior Manager

202.207.3834

Ed Charlesworth, Senior Manager, uses his quantitative modeling skills to provide customers with data driven solutions. He uses his experience with physician, ancillary, and hospital commercial claims to support the creation of affordability initiatives, pricing and benchmarking tools, business-case benefit modeling, and cost trend modeling. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Ed spent seven years with United Healthcare, most recently as Manager of Healthcare Economics. His work involved forecasting and valuing affordability initiatives, forecasting and interpreting cost trends, and conducting competitive market analysis within national and regional provider networks. Ed has experience with both commercial and Tricare related claims and enrollment. Prior to UHC, Ed supported the Jefferson Health System as a Financial Analyst.

Ed has a B.A. in History from Gettysburg College and an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University.

Mathew Chase

Vice President

Mathew
Chase

Mathew Chase, Vice President, leads Avalere’s information technology efforts providing strategic direction to its businesses in the delivery of technology solutions, working to coordinate and manage Avalere’s cross-company technology initiatives, and overseeing support of the firm.

Prior to joining Avalere, Mathew served as Chief Information Officer at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). He led all information and technology operations and strategy efforts since the inception of this startup legislative agency reporting to the U.S. Congress. Preceding that, Mathew served as global Information Technology Operations Manager for Cirque du Soleil, managing the technology operations of this multinational entertainment company. He has a wealth of experience in architecting, deploying and managing technology solutions for government, multinational, and startup companies.

Mathew holds a BS in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems from George Mason University.

Chase

Mathew

Vice President

202.207.3822

Mathew Chase, Vice President, leads Avalere’s information technology efforts providing strategic direction to its businesses in the delivery of technology solutions, working to coordinate and manage Avalere’s cross-company technology initiatives, and overseeing support of the firm.

Prior to joining Avalere, Mathew served as Chief Information Officer at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). He led all information and technology operations and strategy efforts since the inception of this startup legislative agency reporting to the U.S. Congress. Preceding that, Mathew served as global Information Technology Operations Manager for Cirque du Soleil, managing the technology operations of this multinational entertainment company. He has a wealth of experience in architecting, deploying and managing technology solutions for government, multinational, and startup companies.

Mathew holds a BS in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems from George Mason University.

Yangmin (Mimi) Chen

Fellow

Yangmin (Mimi)
Chen

Mimi Chen, Fellow, advises clients on FDA regulatory and policy strategy. She applies her background in pharmacy and medical research to advise clients on regulatory policy and strategy, as well as track updates in healthcare reform to determine their impact on the regulatory landscape. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Mimi was a Medical Writer with Ross Clinical Research Organization, conducting and summarizing comprehensive literature reviews for case reports, clinical trial protocols, and grant proposals, and has worked with many peer-reviewed research publications.  She has pharmacy experience with direct patient care in clinical, community, and ambulatory care settings. At Rutgers University, she founded an inter-professional program that brought together pharmacists, physicians, and students of all health professions to collaborate and provide interdisciplinary care to the under-served community. 

Mimi has a Pharm.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Chen

Yangmin (Mimi)

Fellow

202.459.6333

Mimi Chen, Fellow, advises clients on FDA regulatory and policy strategy. She applies her background in pharmacy and medical research to advise clients on regulatory policy and strategy, as well as track updates in healthcare reform to determine their impact on the regulatory landscape. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Mimi was a Medical Writer with Ross Clinical Research Organization, conducting and summarizing comprehensive literature reviews for case reports, clinical trial protocols, and grant proposals, and has worked with many peer-reviewed research publications.  She has pharmacy experience with direct patient care in clinical, community, and ambulatory care settings. At Rutgers University, she founded an inter-professional program that brought together pharmacists, physicians, and students of all health professions to collaborate and provide interdisciplinary care to the under-served community. 

Mimi has a Pharm.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Danny Chiriaco

Manager

Danny
Chiriaco

Danny Chiriaco, Account Manager, Product Sales, advises clients in the hospital, payer and provider sectors on the strategic use of Avalere’s business intelligence products. He applies his background in healthcare and business solutions to educate clients on the use of Vantage Care Positioning System™ to achieve strategic objectives. Danny has worked in many different areas of the healthcare industry and applies his expertise and unique understanding of the industry to the specific needs of Avalere’s clients. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Danny was an Account Executive with Clements Worldwide, advising clients on international risk exposure and deepening the company’s relationships in key customer sectors. 

Danny has a BA from the University of Maryland.

Chiriaco

Danny

Manager

202.207.1314

Danny Chiriaco, Account Manager, Product Sales, advises clients in the hospital, payer and provider sectors on the strategic use of Avalere’s business intelligence products. He applies his background in healthcare and business solutions to educate clients on the use of Vantage Care Positioning System™ to achieve strategic objectives. Danny has worked in many different areas of the healthcare industry and applies his expertise and unique understanding of the industry to the specific needs of Avalere’s clients. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Danny was an Account Executive with Clements Worldwide, advising clients on international risk exposure and deepening the company’s relationships in key customer sectors. 

Danny has a BA from the University of Maryland.

Sung Hee Choe

Vice President

Sung Hee
Choe

Sung Hee Choe, Vice President, oversees Avalere’s 360 research series, which provides clients with analysis, insights, and educational resources related to developments and emerging trends in healthcare. In this role, she builds on her extensive experience advising clients on healthcare policy, public and private payer trends, comparative effectiveness research, and patient engagement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sung Hee spent 10 years in the financial services industry. Most recently, she served as Vice President at Bank of New York Asset Management and at First Republic Investment Management, where she analyzed healthcare sector equities to identify investment opportunities.

Sung Hee has a BA in English and Economics from Mount Holyoke College. She is a CFA® charterholder.

Choe

Sung Hee

Vice President

202.459.6246

Sung Hee Choe, Vice President, oversees Avalere’s 360 research series, which provides clients with analysis, insights, and educational resources related to developments and emerging trends in healthcare. In this role, she builds on her extensive experience advising clients on healthcare policy, public and private payer trends, comparative effectiveness research, and patient engagement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sung Hee spent 10 years in the financial services industry. Most recently, she served as Vice President at Bank of New York Asset Management and at First Republic Investment Management, where she analyzed healthcare sector equities to identify investment opportunities.

Sung Hee has a BA in English and Economics from Mount Holyoke College. She is a CFA® charterholder.

Tonya Clark

Coordinator

Tonya
Clark

Tonya Clark, Accounting Assistant, advises internal clients on scheduling, time management, and research.  Tonya has special expertise in communication and customer service.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tonya served as a Senior HR Coordinator for Washington Sports & Entertainment and as an Accounting Clerk for Creative Financial Staffing.

Clark

Tonya

Coordinator

202.207.1313

Tonya Clark, Accounting Assistant, advises internal clients on scheduling, time management, and research.  Tonya has special expertise in communication and customer service.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tonya served as a Senior HR Coordinator for Washington Sports & Entertainment and as an Accounting Clerk for Creative Financial Staffing.

David Colon-Margolies

Associate

David
Colon-Margolies

David Colon-Margolies, Associate, advises life sciences companies on syndicated research programs and products, specifically focusing on helping his clients to optimally utilize such research offerings. He applies his background in business development and non-profit fundraising to Avalere’s growing syndication efforts. 

Prior to joining Avalere, David served as a liaison in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Speakers Bureau and as the Social Media and Business Development Manager at Tour Smart Inc.

David has a BA from the George Washington University.

Colon-Margolies

David

Associate

202.355.6074

David Colon-Margolies, Associate, advises life sciences companies on syndicated research programs and products, specifically focusing on helping his clients to optimally utilize such research offerings. He applies his background in business development and non-profit fundraising to Avalere’s growing syndication efforts. 

Prior to joining Avalere, David served as a liaison in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Speakers Bureau and as the Social Media and Business Development Manager at Tour Smart Inc.

David has a BA from the George Washington University.

Brian Cooper

Senior Manager

Brian
Cooper

Brian Cooper, Senior Manager, advises life sciences clients on commercialization strategies, market access, and the implications of policy developments. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Brian held multiple positions at Sanofi and most recently served as the Corporate Sales Lead for Bloomberg Government. At Sanofi, Brian managed the diabetes portfolio with several customer segments in the Washington, DC area and developed messaging strategies to communicate the organization’s position on the Affordable Care Act.  At Bloomberg Government, Brian launched and led business development of an innovative government information solution to executives and policy professionals in the health-care community.

Brian holds a BS in Business Communications – Journalism from the University of Kansas.

Cooper

Brian

Senior Manager

202.207.3819
Brian Cooper, Senior Manager, advises life sciences clients on commercialization strategies, market access, and the implications of policy developments. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Brian held multiple positions at Sanofi and most recently served as the Corporate Sales Lead for Bloomberg Government. At Sanofi, Brian managed the diabetes portfolio with several customer segments in the Washington, DC area and developed messaging strategies to communicate the organization’s position on the Affordable Care Act.  At Bloomberg Government, Brian launched and led business development of an innovative government information solution to executives and policy professionals in the health-care community.

Brian holds a BS in Business Communications – Journalism from the University of Kansas.

Stacy Critzer

Senior Vice President

Stacy
Critzer

Stacy Critzer, Senior Vice President, Human Resources (HR), partners with our leaders in ensuring organizational effectiveness and excellence.  She manages and leads the firm’s efforts in attracting and developing talent through our robust recruitment programs and continued professional development offerings.

Prior to joining Avalere, Stacy was the Director of Human Resources at AOL, Inc. Stacy's background in HR leadership includes for-profit, nonprofit, academic, online digital media, traditional print media, and technology industries specializing in providing strategic vision and counsel as well as driving best practices in talent management and acquisition and organizational development in high-performance organizations.

Stacy has a BS in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University, as well as the SHRM-CP and PHR certification in Human Resources.

Critzer

Stacy

Senior Vice President

202.459.6252

Stacy Critzer, Senior Vice President, Human Resources (HR), partners with our leaders in ensuring organizational effectiveness and excellence.  She manages and leads the firm’s efforts in attracting and developing talent through our robust recruitment programs and continued professional development offerings.

Prior to joining Avalere, Stacy was the Director of Human Resources at AOL, Inc. Stacy's background in HR leadership includes for-profit, nonprofit, academic, online digital media, traditional print media, and technology industries specializing in providing strategic vision and counsel as well as driving best practices in talent management and acquisition and organizational development in high-performance organizations.

Stacy has a BS in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University, as well as the SHRM-CP and PHR certification in Human Resources.

Margery Cunningham

Vice President

Margery
Cunningham

Margery Cunningham, Vice President, runs Avalere’s Private Equity due diligence advisory business.  Her team’s work focuses on evaluating reimbursement and regulatory risks associated with potential investments and also on identifying opportunities arising from the changing healthcare landscape.

Margery has extensive experience with private company investments, having been a high yield healthcare analyst – and, prior to that, an equity analyst – for 20-plus years on Wall Street. Her Institutional Investor all-star research career included stints at Lehman Brothers, Kidder, Peabody, and PaineWebber, where she brought dozens of transactions to firm commitment committees and also served as a member of Lehman Brother's Global High Yield and Leveraged Loan Commitment committees.

Margery has an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and a MS in Management with a concentration in Finance and Economics from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also sits on the board of a publicly traded post-acute care company.

Cunningham

Margery

Vice President

202.207.3462

Margery Cunningham, Vice President, runs Avalere’s Private Equity due diligence advisory business.  Her team’s work focuses on evaluating reimbursement and regulatory risks associated with potential investments and also on identifying opportunities arising from the changing healthcare landscape.

Margery has extensive experience with private company investments, having been a high yield healthcare analyst – and, prior to that, an equity analyst – for 20-plus years on Wall Street. Her Institutional Investor all-star research career included stints at Lehman Brothers, Kidder, Peabody, and PaineWebber, where she brought dozens of transactions to firm commitment committees and also served as a member of Lehman Brother's Global High Yield and Leveraged Loan Commitment committees.

Margery has an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and a MS in Management with a concentration in Finance and Economics from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also sits on the board of a publicly traded post-acute care company.

Haile Dagne

Senior Associate

Haile
Dagne

Haile Dagne, Senior Associate, supports clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement strategy. He applies his background in health policy to help pharmaceutical manufacturers optimize access to their products.

Prior to joining Avalere, Haile was a Billing Supervisor at Hogan Lovells US LLP working on financial analysis and billing issues. He also worked on FCC regulatory law issues at Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs LLP.

Haile received a MPP from American University and his BA in Economics from Washington and Lee University. At American University, Haile published a paper in The Public Purpose on the effect of the ACA on Medicaid financing.   

Dagne

Haile

Senior Associate

202.355.6020
Haile Dagne, Senior Associate, supports clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement strategy. He applies his background in health policy to help pharmaceutical manufacturers optimize access to their products.

Prior to joining Avalere, Haile was a Billing Supervisor at Hogan Lovells US LLP working on financial analysis and billing issues. He also worked on FCC regulatory law issues at Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs LLP.

Haile received a MPP from American University and his BA in Economics from Washington and Lee University. At American University, Haile published a paper in The Public Purpose on the effect of the ACA on Medicaid financing.   

Vonzy Davis

Executive Assistant

Vonzy
Davis

Vonzy Davis, Executive Assistant, advises internal clients on a variety of administrative operations activities.  She provides administrative support to Diane Atwell, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer; Reggie Williams, Vice President; and the Evidence-Based Medicine policy team.  Vonzy focuses on calendar management, expenses, and travel arrangements as well as managing all front desk operations.

Prior to joining Avalere, Vonzy served as an Administrative Assistant for Cima Companies Inc.

Davis

Vonzy

Executive Assistant

202.207.3460

Vonzy Davis, Executive Assistant, advises internal clients on a variety of administrative operations activities.  She provides administrative support to Diane Atwell, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer; Reggie Williams, Vice President; and the Evidence-Based Medicine policy team.  Vonzy focuses on calendar management, expenses, and travel arrangements as well as managing all front desk operations.

Prior to joining Avalere, Vonzy served as an Administrative Assistant for Cima Companies Inc.

Daniel R. Day

Manager

Daniel R.
Day

Daniel R. Day, Manager, advises Avalere clients on changes to FDA frameworks, scientific due diligence reviews, and regulatory strategy. Daniel also has special expertise in bringing analysis and insight into impending federal health legislation.

Prior to joining Avalere, he served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and Program Coordinator with Terosin Group, Inc. and as a Visiting Scientist at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Daniel has a BS in Biological Sciences, an MA in Molecular Cellular Biology, and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

Day

Daniel R.

Manager

202.446.2265

Daniel R. Day, Manager, advises Avalere clients on changes to FDA frameworks, scientific due diligence reviews, and regulatory strategy. Daniel also has special expertise in bringing analysis and insight into impending federal health legislation.

Prior to joining Avalere, he served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and Program Coordinator with Terosin Group, Inc. and as a Visiting Scientist at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Daniel has a BS in Biological Sciences, an MA in Molecular Cellular Biology, and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

Carole Dembek

Vice President

Carole
Dembek

Carole Dembek, Vice President, advises clients on health economic and evidence generation strategies for pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices.  Carole works with clients to establish evidence-based value propositions and market access strategies for new and existing products.

Prior to joining Avalere, Carole was Associate Director in health economics and global market access at Biogen Idec and Genzyme.  Carole has also held positions in  Reimbursement and Outcomes Research at Boston Scientific and has worked at Partners Healthcare System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Carole has a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan and a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Dembek

Carole

Vice President

202.207.3467

Carole Dembek, Vice President, advises clients on health economic and evidence generation strategies for pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices.  Carole works with clients to establish evidence-based value propositions and market access strategies for new and existing products.

Prior to joining Avalere, Carole was Associate Director in health economics and global market access at Biogen Idec and Genzyme.  Carole has also held positions in  Reimbursement and Outcomes Research at Boston Scientific and has worked at Partners Healthcare System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Carole has a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan and a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Rujul Desai

Vice President

Rujul
Desai

Rujul Desai, Vice President, advises clients on market access, reimbursement, strategic contracting and regulatory solutions.  He applies his unique combination of experience in specialty pharmacy, biopharma, PBM, legal and regulatory services.  Rujul has special expertise working with clients to design and implement technology-enabled solutions along the patient journey and across the care coordination continuum.

Prior to joining Avalere, Rujul has held a number of leadership roles in the specialty industry, including at CVS Caremark, UCB, and Theracom.  He was also the founder of a specialty hub services company supporting biopharma products.  Rujul has significant health law experience, including practicing at the law firm of K&L Gates.

Rujul holds a JD from University of Houston and a BA from Rutgers University.  He is a combat veteran of the Global War on Terror, U.S. Army, Medical Service Corps, Captain (Ret.).

Desai

Rujul

Vice President

Rujul Desai, Vice President, advises clients on market access, reimbursement, strategic contracting and regulatory solutions.  He applies his unique combination of experience in specialty pharmacy, biopharma, PBM, legal and regulatory services.  Rujul has special expertise working with clients to design and implement technology-enabled solutions along the patient journey and across the care coordination continuum.

Prior to joining Avalere, Rujul has held a number of leadership roles in the specialty industry, including at CVS Caremark, UCB, and Theracom.  He was also the founder of a specialty hub services company supporting biopharma products.  Rujul has significant health law experience, including practicing at the law firm of K&L Gates.

Rujul holds a JD from University of Houston and a BA from Rutgers University.  He is a combat veteran of the Global War on Terror, U.S. Army, Medical Service Corps, Captain (Ret.).

Kevin Dietz

Vice President

Kevin
Dietz

Kevin Dietz, Vice President, provides SAS programming support within our Data Analytics practice focusing on Medicare post-acute care payment and long-term care financing policy. He analyzes Medicare policy changes and health reform proposals in a variety of settings, including inpatient, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, and home health. He also models the financial impact of Medicare payment policies and health reform proposals, such as proposed out-of-pocket caps for prescription drugs in a new insurance benefit and proposed integrated care model for low-income seniors. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kevin worked on the healthcare team at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to GAO, Kevin served as a programmer and consultant for statistical consulting, marketing, and economic research organizations.

Kevin has a BA in Economics and a BS in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dietz

Kevin

Vice President

202.459.6259

Kevin Dietz, Vice President, provides SAS programming support within our Data Analytics practice focusing on Medicare post-acute care payment and long-term care financing policy. He analyzes Medicare policy changes and health reform proposals in a variety of settings, including inpatient, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, and home health. He also models the financial impact of Medicare payment policies and health reform proposals, such as proposed out-of-pocket caps for prescription drugs in a new insurance benefit and proposed integrated care model for low-income seniors. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kevin worked on the healthcare team at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to GAO, Kevin served as a programmer and consultant for statistical consulting, marketing, and economic research organizations.

Kevin has a BA in Economics and a BS in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Sarah Donovan

Vice President

Sarah
Donovan

Sarah Donovan, Vice President, advises clients on evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality, and strategy development.  Sarah helps customers anticipate and engage in developments related to Medicare coverage, comparative effectiveness research, real-world evidence, value-based purchasing, and quality and performance measurement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sarah served as a Health Care Policy Studies Research intern at the Cato Institute, Program Assistant at the Brookings Institution, and as a Paralegal for McGuireWoods LLP and Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP.

Sarah has a BA in History from the University of Richmond and a MHS in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Sarah is a member of Health Technology Assessment International and a frequent presenter at Johns Hopkins University Alumni events.

Donovan

Sarah

Vice President

202.459.6271

Sarah Donovan, Vice President, advises clients on evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality, and strategy development.  Sarah helps customers anticipate and engage in developments related to Medicare coverage, comparative effectiveness research, real-world evidence, value-based purchasing, and quality and performance measurement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sarah served as a Health Care Policy Studies Research intern at the Cato Institute, Program Assistant at the Brookings Institution, and as a Paralegal for McGuireWoods LLP and Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP.

Sarah has a BA in History from the University of Richmond and a MHS in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Sarah is a member of Health Technology Assessment International and a frequent presenter at Johns Hopkins University Alumni events.

Andrea Douglas

Director

Andrea
Douglas

Andrea Douglas, Director, addresses the needs of life science clients by advising them on issues related to how medical innovation is assessed and valued in the health care system, evidence communication, advocacy strategies and stakeholder engagement.  Partnering with subject matter experts throughout Avalere, she provides counsel that enables life science clients to effectively engage while perusing a unified strategic direction. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Andrea worked in both the federal and state government affairs departments at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) where she focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, communicating the value of life science innovation,  comparative effectiveness research, Medicaid and Medicare coverage policy and stakeholder engagement.  

Andrea has an MA in Public Health and a BA from the George Washington University.

Douglas

Andrea

Director

202.355.6075

Andrea Douglas, Director, addresses the needs of life science clients by advising them on issues related to how medical innovation is assessed and valued in the health care system, evidence communication, advocacy strategies and stakeholder engagement.  Partnering with subject matter experts throughout Avalere, she provides counsel that enables life science clients to effectively engage while perusing a unified strategic direction. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Andrea worked in both the federal and state government affairs departments at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) where she focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, communicating the value of life science innovation,  comparative effectiveness research, Medicaid and Medicare coverage policy and stakeholder engagement.  

Andrea has an MA in Public Health and a BA from the George Washington University.

Todd Drexler

Director

Todd
Drexler

Todd Drexler, Director, CRM, partners with senior leadership, Sales and Marketing to design and deliver tools that enable Avalere to effectively execute on marketing and sales campaigns. He applies his background in the healthcare industry with web and cloud technologies, database design and customer focused user experience to lead customer relationship management efforts and guide Avalere to the best fit sales and marketing solutions. Todd has special expertise in cloud based technology and a wealth of experience in healthcare and pharmaceutical distribution systems.

Prior to joining Avalere, Todd was a Senior Consultant at Buan Consulting, developing Salesforce.com integrations with client websites and other data systems and managing large data migration projects. Prior to joining Buan Consulting, Todd worked at Oncology Supply Company/International Oncology Network, where he analyzed business and end user needs to develop requirements design documentation and increase efficiencies using Salesforce.com and web based applications.

Todd has a BS from Troy State University. 

Drexler

Todd

Director

202.355.6003

Todd Drexler, Director, CRM, partners with senior leadership, Sales and Marketing to design and deliver tools that enable Avalere to effectively execute on marketing and sales campaigns. He applies his background in the healthcare industry with web and cloud technologies, database design and customer focused user experience to lead customer relationship management efforts and guide Avalere to the best fit sales and marketing solutions. Todd has special expertise in cloud based technology and a wealth of experience in healthcare and pharmaceutical distribution systems.

Prior to joining Avalere, Todd was a Senior Consultant at Buan Consulting, developing Salesforce.com integrations with client websites and other data systems and managing large data migration projects. Prior to joining Buan Consulting, Todd worked at Oncology Supply Company/International Oncology Network, where he analyzed business and end user needs to develop requirements design documentation and increase efficiencies using Salesforce.com and web based applications.

Todd has a BS from Troy State University. 

Zach Drouin

Senior Manager

Zach
Drouin

Zach Drouin, Senior Manager, advises internal clients on end-user computer programs, technologies, and applications. Zach also has special expertise in identifying and recommending new technologies and applications that will improve productivity and reduce costs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Zach served as an Assistant Event Planner at National Events Incorporated and Assistant to the Director at Jewish Family Services of Sacramento.

Zach has a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health from George Washington University.

Drouin

Zach

Senior Manager

202.207.3838

Zach Drouin, Senior Manager, advises internal clients on end-user computer programs, technologies, and applications. Zach also has special expertise in identifying and recommending new technologies and applications that will improve productivity and reduce costs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Zach served as an Assistant Event Planner at National Events Incorporated and Assistant to the Director at Jewish Family Services of Sacramento.

Zach has a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health from George Washington University.

Ed Drozd

Vice President

Ed
Drozd

Ed Drozd, Vice President, is an expert in statistical methods, program evaluation, and quality measurement and benchmarking in our Data Analytics practice. He measures the effect of interventions and policy changes on healthcare utilization, quality, and financial performance tailored to fit any need, including public reporting, demonstrating value, and peer-reviewed publication. He also designs interventions in ways that can be measured in a straightforward manner.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ed was a Senior Health Economist with RTI International (and a predecessor firm, Health Economics Research, Inc.).

Ed has a BS in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Drozd

Ed

Vice President

202.207.3670

Ed Drozd, Vice President, is an expert in statistical methods, program evaluation, and quality measurement and benchmarking in our Data Analytics practice. He measures the effect of interventions and policy changes on healthcare utilization, quality, and financial performance tailored to fit any need, including public reporting, demonstrating value, and peer-reviewed publication. He also designs interventions in ways that can be measured in a straightforward manner.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ed was a Senior Health Economist with RTI International (and a predecessor firm, Health Economics Research, Inc.).

Ed has a BS in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Robin Duddy-Tenbrunsel

Senior Associate

Robin
Duddy-Tenbrunsel

Robin Duddy-Tenbrunsel, Senior Associate, analyzes the implications of health reform and applies her background with the health insurance exchanges, evidenced-based policy, and the federal budget process to providing strategic advice to clients on their policy and advocacy priorities.

Prior to joining Avalere, Robin worked in the Pay for Success field, where she researched cost-saving, evidenced-based health interventions. She also interned at the Office of Management and Budget’s Health Division, analyzing Health and Human Services data as part of the budget approval process and assisting with the preparation of OMB recommendations. Additionally, she has internship experience with the Kaiser Family Foundation where, as a member of the Healthcare Marketplace Team, she co-authored a paper on 2015 premium changes on the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace. 

Robin has a BA from Tufts University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. 

Duddy-Tenbrunsel

Robin

Senior Associate

202.446.2000
Robin Duddy-Tenbrunsel, Senior Associate, analyzes the implications of health reform and applies her background with the health insurance exchanges, evidenced-based policy, and the federal budget process to providing strategic advice to clients on their policy and advocacy priorities.

Prior to joining Avalere, Robin worked in the Pay for Success field, where she researched cost-saving, evidenced-based health interventions. She also interned at the Office of Management and Budget’s Health Division, analyzing Health and Human Services data as part of the budget approval process and assisting with the preparation of OMB recommendations. Additionally, she has internship experience with the Kaiser Family Foundation where, as a member of the Healthcare Marketplace Team, she co-authored a paper on 2015 premium changes on the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace. 

Robin has a BA from Tufts University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. 

Rachel Dukes

Manager

Rachel
Dukes

Rachel Dukes, Manager, supports clients on market access, product commercialization and reimbursement policy. She applies her background in vaccine policy, health policy communications and global health trends to help pharmaceutical manufacturers optimize access to their products.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Rachel was a Health Policy Intern at APCO Worldwide, researching key policy issues to support client policy positioning, drafting healthcare trend analyses and researching and analyzing vaccination data to determine best practices. Prior to that, as a Federal Government Affairs and Immunization Policy Intern at Sanofi, she studied healthcare trends related to regulation policy and implementation directives.

Rachel received a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University in Global Health Policy and a BA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Dukes

Rachel

Manager

202.355.6073

Rachel Dukes, Manager, supports clients on market access, product commercialization and reimbursement policy. She applies her background in vaccine policy, health policy communications and global health trends to help pharmaceutical manufacturers optimize access to their products.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Rachel was a Health Policy Intern at APCO Worldwide, researching key policy issues to support client policy positioning, drafting healthcare trend analyses and researching and analyzing vaccination data to determine best practices. Prior to that, as a Federal Government Affairs and Immunization Policy Intern at Sanofi, she studied healthcare trends related to regulation policy and implementation directives.

Rachel received a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University in Global Health Policy and a BA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Sophia Duong

Senior Associate

Sophia
Duong

Sophia Duong, Senior Associate, provides analysis and support to clients navigating health reform issues. She applies her background in Medicaid and state implementation of the Affordable Care Act to strategically advise clients on the evolving health care policy landscape. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Sophia was a State Health Policy Analyst at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families where she provided policy analysis and strategic planning and communications on the Affordable Care Act to children’s health policy advocacy groups. In this role, she was the project manager for a Medicaid quality initiative focused on improving children’s quality measures. Prior to this, she was a Research Assistant at the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit where she contributed to Michigan’s Healthy Kids Dental program evaluation.

Sophia has a BS from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan. 

Duong

Sophia

Senior Associate

202.446.2212
Sophia Duong, Senior Associate, provides analysis and support to clients navigating health reform issues. She applies her background in Medicaid and state implementation of the Affordable Care Act to strategically advise clients on the evolving health care policy landscape. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Sophia was a State Health Policy Analyst at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families where she provided policy analysis and strategic planning and communications on the Affordable Care Act to children’s health policy advocacy groups. In this role, she was the project manager for a Medicaid quality initiative focused on improving children’s quality measures. Prior to this, she was a Research Assistant at the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit where she contributed to Michigan’s Healthy Kids Dental program evaluation.

Sophia has a BS from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan. 

Eric Egler

Senior Associate

Eric
Egler

Eric Egler, Senior Associate, uses data driven analyses to quantify the impact of policy and market changes on client business. In addition he supports clients through the evaluation of the evidence basis for a range of medical technologies and services. He applies his background in statistical modeling, simulation, forecasting, and data integration across a variety of payers to assist clients in extracting meaning and discovering substance in their data.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eric was a Senior Research Associate with Social and Scientific Systems where he tested and ran simulations for the algorithm for the Medicare Physician Ratesetting Schedule. In addition, he spearheaded the migration of parallel processes from local servers to an integrated cloud platform, conducted data integration projects using probabilistic data matching, and performed analysis of complex survey methodology for the National Diabetes Education Program.

Eric has an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, an MA in Economics from Roosevelt University and a BA from Indiana University-Purdue University.

Egler

Eric

Senior Associate

202.446.2251
Eric Egler, Senior Associate, uses data driven analyses to quantify the impact of policy and market changes on client business. In addition he supports clients through the evaluation of the evidence basis for a range of medical technologies and services. He applies his background in statistical modeling, simulation, forecasting, and data integration across a variety of payers to assist clients in extracting meaning and discovering substance in their data.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eric was a Senior Research Associate with Social and Scientific Systems where he tested and ran simulations for the algorithm for the Medicare Physician Ratesetting Schedule. In addition, he spearheaded the migration of parallel processes from local servers to an integrated cloud platform, conducted data integration projects using probabilistic data matching, and performed analysis of complex survey methodology for the National Diabetes Education Program.

Eric has an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, an MA in Economics from Roosevelt University and a BA from Indiana University-Purdue University.

Ken Ehresmann

Vice President

Ken
Ehresmann

Ken Ehresmann, Vice President, uses his extensive actuarial background to provide data-driven analysis to support client business decisions and strategies. He focuses on actuarial impacts and considerations in order to quantify and deliver a deeper understanding of underlying risk. Ken has special expertise in commercial insurance across the individual, group and self-insured markets.

Before joining Avalere, Ken was an actuary with Wakely Consulting Group, performing health insurance market analysis and modeling, health insurance rate review and health exchange policy analysis. Prior to that, he was a Regional Vice President at Anthem, responsible for underwriting policy across individual and group business. Ken began his career as an actuary focused on pricing, reserving and forecasting for Florida Blue.

Ken has a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Eastern New Mexico University, an MBA from Jacksonville University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Ehresmann

Ken

Vice President

202.355.6012

Ken Ehresmann, Vice President, uses his extensive actuarial background to provide data-driven analysis to support client business decisions and strategies. He focuses on actuarial impacts and considerations in order to quantify and deliver a deeper understanding of underlying risk. Ken has special expertise in commercial insurance across the individual, group and self-insured markets.

Before joining Avalere, Ken was an actuary with Wakely Consulting Group, performing health insurance market analysis and modeling, health insurance rate review and health exchange policy analysis. Prior to that, he was a Regional Vice President at Anthem, responsible for underwriting policy across individual and group business. Ken began his career as an actuary focused on pricing, reserving and forecasting for Florida Blue.

Ken has a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Eastern New Mexico University, an MBA from Jacksonville University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Erica Eisenhart

Director

Erica
Eisenhart

Erica Eisenhart, Director, advises clients on market access strategies, value-based purchasing, and payment and delivery reform.  Erica helps life sciences companies understand how payers’ demand for data influences coverage and reimbursement and how to address emerging trends in product launch planning and lifecycle management.

Prior to joining Avalere, Erica worked at the American Institutes for Research on patient-centered care delivery, health information technology adoption, and quality reporting for consumers.

Erica has a BA in Public Health and a MA in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Eisenhart

Erica

Director

202.207.3815

Erica Eisenhart, Director, advises clients on market access strategies, value-based purchasing, and payment and delivery reform.  Erica helps life sciences companies understand how payers’ demand for data influences coverage and reimbursement and how to address emerging trends in product launch planning and lifecycle management.

Prior to joining Avalere, Erica worked at the American Institutes for Research on patient-centered care delivery, health information technology adoption, and quality reporting for consumers.

Erica has a BA in Public Health and a MA in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Tim Epple

Manager

Tim
Epple

Timothy Epple, Manager, advises clients on the reimbursement and product commercialization of medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Tim was a Senior Associate at the Advisory Board where he supported hospital and health system clients through analysis and modeling of healthcare and regulatory trends. Prior to that, as a Senior Associate at ADVI/Precipio Health, he provided data analytics to life sciences, pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare services companies around political, regulatory and market trends.

Tim has a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed coursework towards an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. 

Epple

Tim

Manager

202.355.6052

Timothy Epple, Manager, advises clients on the reimbursement and product commercialization of medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Tim was a Senior Associate at the Advisory Board where he supported hospital and health system clients through analysis and modeling of healthcare and regulatory trends. Prior to that, as a Senior Associate at ADVI/Precipio Health, he provided data analytics to life sciences, pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare services companies around political, regulatory and market trends.

Tim has a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed coursework towards an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. 

Niajee Ervin

Executive Assistant

Niajee
Ervin

Niajee Ervin, Executive Assistant in the Reimbursement Practice, supports directors and VPs on a daily basis within the areas of travel arrangements, scheduling and client support. 

Prior to joining Avalere Health, Niajee worked as an Assistant Publicist at Tractenberg & Co. 

Niajee has a BA in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia. 

Ervin

Niajee

Executive Assistant

202.459.6284

Niajee Ervin, Executive Assistant in the Reimbursement Practice, supports directors and VPs on a daily basis within the areas of travel arrangements, scheduling and client support. 

Prior to joining Avalere Health, Niajee worked as an Assistant Publicist at Tractenberg & Co. 

Niajee has a BA in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia. 

Eleanor Fitall

Manager

Eleanor
Fitall

Eleanor Fitall, Manager, provides research and analytical support to Avalere's Evidence Translation and Implementation practice, primarily focusing on data-driven quality improvement efforts in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eleanor interned for Galileo Analytics where she assisted in the analysis of pharmaceutical pipeline development by tracking and conducting studies on upcoming pharmaceutical research. Additionally, while serving as a Research and Marketing Assistant for the Chief Operating Officer, she conducted domestic and international market research and assisted in the development of product launch plans.

Eleanor has a dual BA in International Studies and Sociology from Emory University.

Fitall

Eleanor

Manager

202.207.3824

Eleanor Fitall, Manager, provides research and analytical support to Avalere's Evidence Translation and Implementation practice, primarily focusing on data-driven quality improvement efforts in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eleanor interned for Galileo Analytics where she assisted in the analysis of pharmaceutical pipeline development by tracking and conducting studies on upcoming pharmaceutical research. Additionally, while serving as a Research and Marketing Assistant for the Chief Operating Officer, she conducted domestic and international market research and assisted in the development of product launch plans.

Eleanor has a dual BA in International Studies and Sociology from Emory University.

Stephaney Foster

Executive Assistant/HR Assistant

Stephaney
Foster

Stephaney Foster, Executive Assistant/HR Assistant, supports the Human Resources team across a variety of functions including recruiting, onboarding, compliance, scheduling, travel and administration.  She has a considerable background in Office Administration and Human Resources, and demonstrated customer service skills.

Prior to joining Avalere, Stephaney served as an Executive Assistant at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she provided administrative support to several executives and partnered with the HR team on onboarding of new staff and resolving a broad range of employee benefit-related questions.  Previously, she was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Emergency Services at Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. 

Stephaney has a Bachelors in Business Administration from James Madison University. 

Foster

Stephaney

Executive Assistant/HR Assistant

202.355.6090
Stephaney Foster, Executive Assistant/HR Assistant, supports the Human Resources team across a variety of functions including recruiting, onboarding, compliance, scheduling, travel and administration.  She has a considerable background in Office Administration and Human Resources, and demonstrated customer service skills.

Prior to joining Avalere, Stephaney served as an Executive Assistant at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she provided administrative support to several executives and partnered with the HR team on onboarding of new staff and resolving a broad range of employee benefit-related questions.  Previously, she was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Emergency Services at Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. 

Stephaney has a Bachelors in Business Administration from James Madison University. 

Travounda (Trae) Foster

Executive Assistant

Travounda (Trae)
Foster

Travounda Foster, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, travel coordination, research and administration. She assists senior staff on the Client Solutions and Health Reform - Business Intelligence teams to ensure excellent client customer service and follow-up.

Travounda has over seventeen years of administrative support experience, most recently as an Administrative Assistant in the National Association of Realtors where she maintained calendars, prepared reports and assisted with the administration of the membership database.

Travounda is currently pursuing a BS in Software Development & Information Technology from the University of Maryland’s University College. She's also a Notary in DC.

Foster

Travounda (Trae)

Executive Assistant

202.355.6081

Travounda Foster, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, travel coordination, research and administration. She assists senior staff on the Client Solutions and Health Reform - Business Intelligence teams to ensure excellent client customer service and follow-up.

Travounda has over seventeen years of administrative support experience, most recently as an Administrative Assistant in the National Association of Realtors where she maintained calendars, prepared reports and assisted with the administration of the membership database.

Travounda is currently pursuing a BS in Software Development & Information Technology from the University of Maryland’s University College. She's also a Notary in DC.

Miryam Frieder

Vice President

Miryam
Frieder

Miryam Frieder, Vice President, leads strategic client engagements focused on health reform, medication adherence, pharmacy benefit management, and Medicare Part D. Miryam advises clients on assessing the impact of health reform and other aspects of the policy environment to inform business decisions and policy-related activities. Her clients include health plans, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), pharmaceutical manufacturers, foundations, and associations. Recent areas of focus include designing demonstration proposals for the Center on Medicare and Medicaid Innovation as well as payment and delivery reform approaches for dual eligibles.

Prior to joining Avalere, Miryam worked at The Lewin Group where she provided strategic consulting to health plans, hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and PBMs.

Miryam has a MBA from Columbia Business School and a MPH in Health Policy from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Miryam graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wesleyan University.

Frieder

Miryam

Vice President

202.207.3806

Miryam Frieder, Vice President, leads strategic client engagements focused on health reform, medication adherence, pharmacy benefit management, and Medicare Part D. Miryam advises clients on assessing the impact of health reform and other aspects of the policy environment to inform business decisions and policy-related activities. Her clients include health plans, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), pharmaceutical manufacturers, foundations, and associations. Recent areas of focus include designing demonstration proposals for the Center on Medicare and Medicaid Innovation as well as payment and delivery reform approaches for dual eligibles.

Prior to joining Avalere, Miryam worked at The Lewin Group where she provided strategic consulting to health plans, hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and PBMs.

Miryam has a MBA from Columbia Business School and a MPH in Health Policy from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Miryam graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wesleyan University.

Nelly Ganesan

Director

Nelly
Ganesan

Nelly Ganesan, Director, advises clients on the implications of public reporting programs, use of quality measures, and the impact of quality improvement. Nelly also has special expertise in care models focused on CMS’ Triple Aim: Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Nelly served as a Triple Aim Program Manager at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Nelly’s past work also highlights her interest in global and public health.

Nelly has a BS in Economics from the University of Oregon and a MPH in Epidemiology and International Health from Boston University.

Ganesan

Nelly

Director

202.207.3469

Nelly Ganesan, Director, advises clients on the implications of public reporting programs, use of quality measures, and the impact of quality improvement. Nelly also has special expertise in care models focused on CMS’ Triple Aim: Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Nelly served as a Triple Aim Program Manager at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Nelly’s past work also highlights her interest in global and public health.

Nelly has a BS in Economics from the University of Oregon and a MPH in Epidemiology and International Health from Boston University.

Stefanie Garcia

Executive Assistant

Stefanie
Garcia

Stefanie Garcia, Executive Assistant, provides administrative support to internal clients, including calendar management, travel coordination, research and administration. 

Previously, Stefanie worked as an Executive Assistant at McKinsey & Company, assisting Partners and Directors with calendar management , domestic and international travel arrangements, and a variety of other administrative items. Stefanie also has previous experience as a Meetings Administrator at the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. including preparation of RFPs, negotiation of contracts, on-site coordination and more.

Stefanie holds a BFA from New York University.

Garcia

Stefanie

Executive Assistant

202.459.6248
Stefanie Garcia, Executive Assistant, provides administrative support to internal clients, including calendar management, travel coordination, research and administration. 

Previously, Stefanie worked as an Executive Assistant at McKinsey & Company, assisting Partners and Directors with calendar management , domestic and international travel arrangements, and a variety of other administrative items. Stefanie also has previous experience as a Meetings Administrator at the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. including preparation of RFPs, negotiation of contracts, on-site coordination and more.

Stefanie holds a BFA from New York University.

Priya Gaur

Manager

Priya
Gaur

Priya Gaur, Manager, advises clients on commercial and policy issues in response to complex developments in the evolving healthcare market. She has particular expertise in public health interventions specific to reproductive health and prenatal care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Priya served as a Financial & Legal Analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP, providing research and analysis to the firm's Financial Products & Services Litigation practice. Prior to that, she was a Fellow at Motley Rice, LLC.

Priya has an AB in Community Health from Brown University.

Gaur

Priya

Manager

202.207.3807

Priya Gaur, Manager, advises clients on commercial and policy issues in response to complex developments in the evolving healthcare market. She has particular expertise in public health interventions specific to reproductive health and prenatal care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Priya served as a Financial & Legal Analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP, providing research and analysis to the firm's Financial Products & Services Litigation practice. Prior to that, she was a Fellow at Motley Rice, LLC.

Priya has an AB in Community Health from Brown University.

Laurie Gavitt-Smith

Vice President

Laurie
Gavitt-Smith

Laurie Gavitt-Smith, Vice President, Marketing, partners with Avalere’s Life Sciences practices to create impactful marketing plans and campaigns that engage healthcare professionals. She combines her discipline in strategic planning and creative development as well as her experience managing award-winning campaigns to support Avalere’s suite of products and services.

Prior to joining Avalere, Laurie was Vice President of Global Marketing for The NASDAQ Stock Market, leading a multi-disciplinary team spanning continents. Working for NASDAQ most of her 20-year career, Laurie understands how to transform and position a highly regulated U.S. company into a global brand with multiple business lines offering diverse technical products and services.

Laurie has a MA from George Mason University and a BA from Pennsylvania State University. An active volunteer with Junior Achievement, she teaches financial literacy to middle school students.  

Gavitt-Smith

Laurie

Vice President

202.355.6095

Laurie Gavitt-Smith, Vice President, Marketing, partners with Avalere’s Life Sciences practices to create impactful marketing plans and campaigns that engage healthcare professionals. She combines her discipline in strategic planning and creative development as well as her experience managing award-winning campaigns to support Avalere’s suite of products and services.

Prior to joining Avalere, Laurie was Vice President of Global Marketing for The NASDAQ Stock Market, leading a multi-disciplinary team spanning continents. Working for NASDAQ most of her 20-year career, Laurie understands how to transform and position a highly regulated U.S. company into a global brand with multiple business lines offering diverse technical products and services.

Laurie has a MA from George Mason University and a BA from Pennsylvania State University. An active volunteer with Junior Achievement, she teaches financial literacy to middle school students.  

Helina Gebremariam

Senior Associate

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Helina Gebremariam, Senior Associate provides support in the development and generation of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in specialty pharmaceuticals, payer policies, and payment and delivery reform. Helina has special expertise in the impact of healthcare reform on life sciences organizations.

Prior to joining Avalere, Helina was an Account Management Associate at the Advisory Board Company, supporting membership and carrying out outreach strategy to a broad range of healthcare stakeholders including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and health plans and post-acute care organizations.

Helina has a BA from Columbia University in Biochemistry.

Gebremariam

Helina

Senior Associate

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Helina Gebremariam, Senior Associate provides support in the development and generation of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in specialty pharmaceuticals, payer policies, and payment and delivery reform. Helina has special expertise in the impact of healthcare reform on life sciences organizations.

Prior to joining Avalere, Helina was an Account Management Associate at the Advisory Board Company, supporting membership and carrying out outreach strategy to a broad range of healthcare stakeholders including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and health plans and post-acute care organizations.

Helina has a BA from Columbia University in Biochemistry.

Jessica Gerber

Vice President

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Jessica L. Gerber, Vice President, advises clients on market access, product commercialization, and strategic payer planning and analysis. Jessica works with life sciences clients on engaging with both private and public payers to manage products across a wide range of care settings and disease areas.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jessica worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, as a consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and as a banking officer with a predecessor of JP Morgan Chase.

Jessica has an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Jessica

Vice President

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Jessica L. Gerber, Vice President, advises clients on market access, product commercialization, and strategic payer planning and analysis. Jessica works with life sciences clients on engaging with both private and public payers to manage products across a wide range of care settings and disease areas.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jessica worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, as a consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and as a banking officer with a predecessor of JP Morgan Chase.

Jessica has an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Anita Gibson

Senior Manager

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Anita Gibson, Senior Manager, works with Life Sciences clients to identify strategies to best address and respond to changing market conditions.

Prior to joining Avalere, Anita was an Advisory Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Federal Practice, supporting clients in a variety of roles including strategic planning and program and project management.  Prior to that, as a Senior Strategy Consultant at Computer Sciences Corporation, she provided strategic support to biotechnology, pharmaceutical and government customers.

Anita holds a MBA from the University of Virginia and a BA from Yale University. She also serves on the board of directors of Literacy Volunteers and Advocates, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing illiteracy at both an individual and community level.

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Anita

Senior Manager

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Anita Gibson, Senior Manager, works with Life Sciences clients to identify strategies to best address and respond to changing market conditions.

Prior to joining Avalere, Anita was an Advisory Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Federal Practice, supporting clients in a variety of roles including strategic planning and program and project management.  Prior to that, as a Senior Strategy Consultant at Computer Sciences Corporation, she provided strategic support to biotechnology, pharmaceutical and government customers.

Anita holds a MBA from the University of Virginia and a BA from Yale University. She also serves on the board of directors of Literacy Volunteers and Advocates, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing illiteracy at both an individual and community level.

Samantha Gilman

Senior Associate

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Samantha Gilman, Senior Associate, advises clients on the implications of health reform. Samantha has particular experience in Medicaid managed care and health insurance exchanges, policies impacting the dual-eligible population, and healthcare compliance. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Samantha was a Research Consultant for The Lewin Group, providing regulatory and policy research support for clients by developing tools to assist dual-eligible populations, conducting readiness reviews for CMS’ Financial Alignment Demonstration, and working with state health exchanges to provide operations and strategy support. Prior to that, Samantha was a Compliance Associate at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she supported the development of internal risk assessment strategies and reviewed hospital policies and procedures for compliance with HIPAA and other state and federal guidance.

Samantha has an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, a JD from the Elon University School of Law, and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Elon University. 

Gilman

Samantha

Senior Associate

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Samantha Gilman, Senior Associate, advises clients on the implications of health reform. Samantha has particular experience in Medicaid managed care and health insurance exchanges, policies impacting the dual-eligible population, and healthcare compliance. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Samantha was a Research Consultant for The Lewin Group, providing regulatory and policy research support for clients by developing tools to assist dual-eligible populations, conducting readiness reviews for CMS’ Financial Alignment Demonstration, and working with state health exchanges to provide operations and strategy support. Prior to that, Samantha was a Compliance Associate at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she supported the development of internal risk assessment strategies and reviewed hospital policies and procedures for compliance with HIPAA and other state and federal guidance.

Samantha has an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, a JD from the Elon University School of Law, and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Elon University. 

Joy Godette

Manager

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Joy Godette, Payroll Accountant, advises internal clients on items related to payroll, such as their bi-weekly pay, payroll taxes, and benefit setup and deductions.  Joy also has experience in human resources benefits as well as testing and filing of state agencies and third-party administrators.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joy served as a Payroll Manager at Hanley Wood and as a Payroll/HRIS Coordinator for JE Robert Companies.

Joy has a BS in Administrative Systems with a minor in Marketing from Northern State University in South Dakota.  She is a member of the American Payroll Association.

Godette

Joy

Manager

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Joy Godette, Payroll Accountant, advises internal clients on items related to payroll, such as their bi-weekly pay, payroll taxes, and benefit setup and deductions.  Joy also has experience in human resources benefits as well as testing and filing of state agencies and third-party administrators.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joy served as a Payroll Manager at Hanley Wood and as a Payroll/HRIS Coordinator for JE Robert Companies.

Joy has a BS in Administrative Systems with a minor in Marketing from Northern State University in South Dakota.  She is a member of the American Payroll Association.

Daniel Goldberg

Senior Associate

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Daniel Goldberg, Senior Associate, provides research and strategic support to health plan and pharmaceutical clients on health reform implementation and state health policy activities. In particular, he applies his expertise on policy issues related to commercial market benefit design, insurance exchanges, Medicaid managed care, and dual-eligible beneficiaries. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Daniel interned on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions providing research and legislative initiative support to Senator Harkin’s health policy team. In this role, he authored memos on congressional briefings and hearings related to health policy. He also conducted research services for the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Memorial Hermann Hospital and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. 

Daniel has a B.S. in Healthcare Management and Policy and a minor in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Georgetown University.  

Goldberg

Daniel

Senior Associate

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Daniel Goldberg, Senior Associate, provides research and strategic support to health plan and pharmaceutical clients on health reform implementation and state health policy activities. In particular, he applies his expertise on policy issues related to commercial market benefit design, insurance exchanges, Medicaid managed care, and dual-eligible beneficiaries. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Daniel interned on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions providing research and legislative initiative support to Senator Harkin’s health policy team. In this role, he authored memos on congressional briefings and hearings related to health policy. He also conducted research services for the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Memorial Hermann Hospital and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. 

Daniel has a B.S. in Healthcare Management and Policy and a minor in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Georgetown University.  

Alex Goolsby

Director

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Alex Goolsby, Director, optimizes clients’ payment and care delivery systems through The Avalere Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation™.  He leverages his extensive experience with payers, providers and delivery systems to address market challenges with novel solutions. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Alex held leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente, the Institute of Medicine, Stockamp & Associates (now Huron Healthcare) and Inovalon.  In those roles, he assessed strategic, operational, and financial opportunities for his clients and for the healthcare industry at large. 

Alex has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, an MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, and a BA from Colgate University.  He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Fuqua School of Business. 

Goolsby

Alex

Director

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Alex Goolsby, Director, optimizes clients’ payment and care delivery systems through The Avalere Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation™.  He leverages his extensive experience with payers, providers and delivery systems to address market challenges with novel solutions. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Alex held leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente, the Institute of Medicine, Stockamp & Associates (now Huron Healthcare) and Inovalon.  In those roles, he assessed strategic, operational, and financial opportunities for his clients and for the healthcare industry at large. 

Alex has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, an MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, and a BA from Colgate University.  He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Fuqua School of Business. 

Ashley Graham

Senior Manager

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Ashley Graham, Senior Manager, focuses on project management and budgetary analysis for large scale data analytics projects. With her background in project management and clinical research, she brings her skills to bear to assist both internal and external clients meet their project timelines and goals.  

Prior to joining Avalere, she served as Senior Manager on the Statistics and Analytics team at Inovalon, where she was responsible for providing management support of internal and external research projects, including assessment of scope, resource requirements, and schedule for completion of research project deliverables. Prior to joining Inovalon, Ashley worked at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), where she managed a multifaceted congressionally mandated research study examining outcomes from traumatic brain injuries in service members.  

Ashley earned an MS and a BA in Psychology from Eastern Washington University. 

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Ashley

Senior Manager

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Ashley Graham, Senior Manager, focuses on project management and budgetary analysis for large scale data analytics projects. With her background in project management and clinical research, she brings her skills to bear to assist both internal and external clients meet their project timelines and goals.  

Prior to joining Avalere, she served as Senior Manager on the Statistics and Analytics team at Inovalon, where she was responsible for providing management support of internal and external research projects, including assessment of scope, resource requirements, and schedule for completion of research project deliverables. Prior to joining Inovalon, Ashley worked at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), where she managed a multifaceted congressionally mandated research study examining outcomes from traumatic brain injuries in service members.  

Ashley earned an MS and a BA in Psychology from Eastern Washington University. 

John Grandstaff

Manager

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John Grandstaff, Manager, provides subject matter expertise to internal clients on project planning, resource utilization, contract setup, data integrity, and revenue forecasting.   John possesses a broad range of accounting experience including revenue recognition, accounts payable, invoicing, collections, contracts, and reporting. 

Prior to joining Avalere, John was a Project Accountant at MPR Associates, responsible for project billing, management financial reporting, and the administration of the company’s credit card program.  

John has an MA in Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas and a BS in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri.

Grandstaff

John

Manager

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John Grandstaff, Manager, provides subject matter expertise to internal clients on project planning, resource utilization, contract setup, data integrity, and revenue forecasting.   John possesses a broad range of accounting experience including revenue recognition, accounts payable, invoicing, collections, contracts, and reporting. 

Prior to joining Avalere, John was a Project Accountant at MPR Associates, responsible for project billing, management financial reporting, and the administration of the company’s credit card program.  

John has an MA in Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas and a BS in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri.

Teresa Green

Manager

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Teresa Green, Manager, supports clients through the application of quantitative and qualitative analysis to policy and market changes to determine the impact to business and federal budgets.  She applies her background in econometric modeling and healthcare policy to help clients leverage diverse data sets. Teresa has special expertise in analyzing large administrative claims data sets to answer a variety of questions related to healthcare quality, utilization patterns, costs, and outcomes.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Teresa was an Analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducting analysis of administrative claims data to determine the impact of state autism laws on service use and health outcomes.  She also worked in the Office of Quality at Emory Healthcare.   

Teresa has a Master of Science in Public Health in Health Services Research from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She also graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a BA in International Relations. 

Green

Teresa

Manager

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Teresa Green, Manager, supports clients through the application of quantitative and qualitative analysis to policy and market changes to determine the impact to business and federal budgets.  She applies her background in econometric modeling and healthcare policy to help clients leverage diverse data sets. Teresa has special expertise in analyzing large administrative claims data sets to answer a variety of questions related to healthcare quality, utilization patterns, costs, and outcomes.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Teresa was an Analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducting analysis of administrative claims data to determine the impact of state autism laws on service use and health outcomes.  She also worked in the Office of Quality at Emory Healthcare.   

Teresa has a Master of Science in Public Health in Health Services Research from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She also graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a BA in International Relations. 

Helen Hale

Senior Manager

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Helen Hale, Senior Manager, supports clients in the analysis of policy changes and health reform proposals by evaluating the budgetary and market impacts of those proposals. She applies her background working directly with CMS on payment and delivery reform initiatives to provide customized, data-driven analysis on proposed changes to federal policies across life science companies, health plans and providers.

Prior to joining Avalere, Helen was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, serving on the CMS account team where she led projects and tasks related to the Federally Facilitated Marketplace, quality measures and payment and delivery reform.

Helen has an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA from Wheaton College. 

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Helen

Senior Manager

202.355.6091

Helen Hale, Senior Manager, supports clients in the analysis of policy changes and health reform proposals by evaluating the budgetary and market impacts of those proposals. She applies her background working directly with CMS on payment and delivery reform initiatives to provide customized, data-driven analysis on proposed changes to federal policies across life science companies, health plans and providers.

Prior to joining Avalere, Helen was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, serving on the CMS account team where she led projects and tasks related to the Federally Facilitated Marketplace, quality measures and payment and delivery reform.

Helen has an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA from Wheaton College. 

Ashley Han

Associate

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Ashley Han, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. She applies her background in public health and biochemistry to a broad range of client projects 

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley was an External Affairs Intern at Care Alliance, Inc. where she developed and implemented community assessments in connection to clinic openings, participated in community outreach services with HIV coordinators and social workers and supported the Ryan White patient satisfaction quality improvement initiative. In addition, she has experience as a Research Assistant in the Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Experimental Psychology, supporting Alzheimer’s disease research in a laboratory setting.

Ashley has an MPH Health Care Policy and Administration & Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and a BA from Case Western Reserve University. 

Han

Ashley

Associate

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Ashley Han, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. She applies her background in public health and biochemistry to a broad range of client projects 

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley was an External Affairs Intern at Care Alliance, Inc. where she developed and implemented community assessments in connection to clinic openings, participated in community outreach services with HIV coordinators and social workers and supported the Ryan White patient satisfaction quality improvement initiative. In addition, she has experience as a Research Assistant in the Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Experimental Psychology, supporting Alzheimer’s disease research in a laboratory setting.

Ashley has an MPH Health Care Policy and Administration & Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and a BA from Case Western Reserve University. 

Holly Hand

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

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Holly Hand, Office Manager and Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of meeting planning, calendar management, facilities planning and support and research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Holly managed wholesale accounts for 3greenmoms, where she was responsible for international production, order fulfillment, communications and customer service. She has run her own business and also has prior experience at Miller & Chevalier managing law student and lateral hiring and training.

Holly has a BA in English from Franklin and Marshall College. She has served as president and secretary of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association.

Hand

Holly

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

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Holly Hand, Office Manager and Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of meeting planning, calendar management, facilities planning and support and research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Holly managed wholesale accounts for 3greenmoms, where she was responsible for international production, order fulfillment, communications and customer service. She has run her own business and also has prior experience at Miller & Chevalier managing law student and lateral hiring and training.

Holly has a BA in English from Franklin and Marshall College. She has served as president and secretary of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association.

Malaika Hill

Senior Manager

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Malaika Hill, Senior Writer, supports Avalere’s practices by creating compelling content for Avalere’s website, press releases, infographics, fact sheets, brochures, and email and social marketing efforts, as well as an array of other sales collateral. Malaika works closely with the firm’s subject matter experts, product development teams, sales staff, and account managers to communicate the value proposition of Avalere’s products and services.

Malaika has the special expertise of writing and editing in the healthcare industry, which has garnered a deep understanding of healthcare and the ability to cull through complex subject matter in order to communicate to diverse audiences. Her experience includes writing press releases, feature articles, and website content for pharmaceutical and medical device companies as a medical writer for Pascale Communications; writing and editing feature stories for several healthcare B2B publications as a senior associate editor for Bryn Mawr Communications; writing patient education materials for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease for the National Institutes of Health; and generating content representing pediatric research conducted at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute.

Malaika has an MA in English and Publishing from Rosemont College and a BA in Journalism from Virginia Union University. 

Hill

Malaika

Senior Manager

202.355.6018

Malaika Hill, Senior Writer, supports Avalere’s practices by creating compelling content for Avalere’s website, press releases, infographics, fact sheets, brochures, and email and social marketing efforts, as well as an array of other sales collateral. Malaika works closely with the firm’s subject matter experts, product development teams, sales staff, and account managers to communicate the value proposition of Avalere’s products and services.

Malaika has the special expertise of writing and editing in the healthcare industry, which has garnered a deep understanding of healthcare and the ability to cull through complex subject matter in order to communicate to diverse audiences. Her experience includes writing press releases, feature articles, and website content for pharmaceutical and medical device companies as a medical writer for Pascale Communications; writing and editing feature stories for several healthcare B2B publications as a senior associate editor for Bryn Mawr Communications; writing patient education materials for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease for the National Institutes of Health; and generating content representing pediatric research conducted at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute.

Malaika has an MA in English and Publishing from Rosemont College and a BA in Journalism from Virginia Union University. 

Lindy Hinman

Senior Vice President

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Lindy Hinman, Senior Vice President, leads the Health Plans and Managed Care Practice.  In this role, she focuses on bringing the expertise of Avalere to commercial health plan operations, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid managed care and health insurance exchange markets.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Lindy played a key leadership role as Chief Operating Officer for Connect for Health Colorado, establishing the non-profit organization as one of the most successful state-based health insurance marketplaces in the country. Prior to that, she was the Director, Office of Healthcare Reform at Horizon BlueCross of New Jersey leading the Health Care Reform Transformation team. Lindy has also served as Vice President of America’s Health Insurance Plans helping develop key policy positions for the industry leading up to the passage of health reform legislation and early in her career served in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Lindy holds a BA in history/biology from Washington University in St. Louis and a MA of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.

Hinman

Lindy

Senior Vice President

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Lindy Hinman, Senior Vice President, leads the Health Plans and Managed Care Practice.  In this role, she focuses on bringing the expertise of Avalere to commercial health plan operations, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid managed care and health insurance exchange markets.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Lindy played a key leadership role as Chief Operating Officer for Connect for Health Colorado, establishing the non-profit organization as one of the most successful state-based health insurance marketplaces in the country. Prior to that, she was the Director, Office of Healthcare Reform at Horizon BlueCross of New Jersey leading the Health Care Reform Transformation team. Lindy has also served as Vice President of America’s Health Insurance Plans helping develop key policy positions for the industry leading up to the passage of health reform legislation and early in her career served in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Lindy holds a BA in history/biology from Washington University in St. Louis and a MA of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.

Kate Holemans

Senior Manager

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Kate Holemans, Senior Manager, advises internal clients on administration and compliance issues relating to employee health and welfare Plans.  Additionally, she advises in the areas of leave management and employee communications.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate served as Benefits Manager and HR Administrator for Ideal Innovations, Inc.

Kate has a BS in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College with a minor in French, a Professional of Human Resources Certificate from the Society for Human Resource Management and a Group Benefits Associate designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. She has served as a board member at-large of the Capital Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists.

Holemans

Kate

Senior Manager

202.355.6008

Kate Holemans, Senior Manager, advises internal clients on administration and compliance issues relating to employee health and welfare Plans.  Additionally, she advises in the areas of leave management and employee communications.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate served as Benefits Manager and HR Administrator for Ideal Innovations, Inc.

Kate has a BS in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College with a minor in French, a Professional of Human Resources Certificate from the Society for Human Resource Management and a Group Benefits Associate designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. She has served as a board member at-large of the Capital Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists.

Colleen Hopkins

Senior Associate

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Colleen Hopkins, Senior Associate, advises life sciences clients on the policy impacts of health reform on their commercial and advocacy priorities. She focuses on state implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, part D policy and payment, and assisting pharmaceutical companies with changing policy landscapes. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Colleen was a Senior Associate at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), where she identified and interpreted novel research for use in evidence-based strategies related to tobacco prevention policies, cancer screenings and geographic health disparities. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Assistant for Information Innovators, Inc. where she conducted qualitative and quantitative research on telehealth systems in rural communities. 

Colleen has a BS in Biology from the University of Mary Washington and a Masters of Public Health from George Mason University.  

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Colleen

Senior Associate

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Colleen Hopkins, Senior Associate, advises life sciences clients on the policy impacts of health reform on their commercial and advocacy priorities. She focuses on state implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, part D policy and payment, and assisting pharmaceutical companies with changing policy landscapes. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Colleen was a Senior Associate at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), where she identified and interpreted novel research for use in evidence-based strategies related to tobacco prevention policies, cancer screenings and geographic health disparities. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Assistant for Information Innovators, Inc. where she conducted qualitative and quantitative research on telehealth systems in rural communities. 

Colleen has a BS in Biology from the University of Mary Washington and a Masters of Public Health from George Mason University.  

James Horner

Manager

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James Horner, Manager, leads business development and strategy for Avalere’s business intelligence portfolio. He focuses on creating new business in Life Sciences markets for multiple product offerings. He applies his understanding of federal healthcare, data analytics, health policy and healthcare fraud, waste and abuse to create value for new and existing clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, James was a Capture Manager with HMS Federal tasked with developing strategy and client deliverables such as RFP and RFI responses and whitepapers to expand HMS Federal’s footprint in several Federal agencies including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Health Agency. 

James has a BA in Economics focusing on Economics of Health and Medicine from Wake Forest University.

Horner

James

Manager

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James Horner, Manager, leads business development and strategy for Avalere’s business intelligence portfolio. He focuses on creating new business in Life Sciences markets for multiple product offerings. He applies his understanding of federal healthcare, data analytics, health policy and healthcare fraud, waste and abuse to create value for new and existing clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, James was a Capture Manager with HMS Federal tasked with developing strategy and client deliverables such as RFP and RFI responses and whitepapers to expand HMS Federal’s footprint in several Federal agencies including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Health Agency. 

James has a BA in Economics focusing on Economics of Health and Medicine from Wake Forest University.

Kathy Hughes

Vice President

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Kathy Hughes, Vice President, advises Avalere clients on value strategies, market access, and evidence planning.  Kathy partners with life sciences companies to scrutinize complex issues in market access, craft strategies and tactics to address them, and plan for and perform the analytics necessary for their success.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kathy was co-leader of the Market Access practice at Covance, and the Chief Operating Officer at Holy Cross Health Corp.  She has also served as Vice President for Corporate and Strategic Planning for Blue Shield of California, and Senior Manager with Ernst & Young’s Healthcare Management consulting practice.

Kathy has a BA from Brandeis University and a MBA from the University of Chicago.  She also has a Certificate of Completion from the Mid-Atlantic Health Leadership Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a Senior Fellow at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health.

Hughes

Kathy

Vice President

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Kathy Hughes, Vice President, advises Avalere clients on value strategies, market access, and evidence planning.  Kathy partners with life sciences companies to scrutinize complex issues in market access, craft strategies and tactics to address them, and plan for and perform the analytics necessary for their success.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kathy was co-leader of the Market Access practice at Covance, and the Chief Operating Officer at Holy Cross Health Corp.  She has also served as Vice President for Corporate and Strategic Planning for Blue Shield of California, and Senior Manager with Ernst & Young’s Healthcare Management consulting practice.

Kathy has a BA from Brandeis University and a MBA from the University of Chicago.  She also has a Certificate of Completion from the Mid-Atlantic Health Leadership Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a Senior Fellow at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health.

Brenda Huneycutt

Vice President

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Brenda Huneycutt, PhD, JD, MPH, Vice President in Avalere’s FDA Strategy and Regulatory Policy practice, advises clients on regulatory strategy and policy spanning drugs, biologics and diagnostics, and conducts due diligence assessments for clients looking to acquire or in-license products. Using her molecular biology research background, combined with her legal and public health policy training, Brenda helps clients translate technical information into clear descriptions for various audiences, and offers special expertise in regulatory strategy for FDA approval strategies involving accelerated and new pathways, including breakthrough therapy and orphan designations, and biosimilars and interchangeable biologics. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Brenda conducted research at the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University and was an Patent Attorney for Finnegan, LLP.

Brenda has a BA in Biology from the University of Delaware; a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder; a JD from the George Washington University School of Law; and a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Huneycutt

Brenda

Vice President

202.459.6331

Brenda Huneycutt, PhD, JD, MPH, Vice President in Avalere’s FDA Strategy and Regulatory Policy practice, advises clients on regulatory strategy and policy spanning drugs, biologics and diagnostics, and conducts due diligence assessments for clients looking to acquire or in-license products. Using her molecular biology research background, combined with her legal and public health policy training, Brenda helps clients translate technical information into clear descriptions for various audiences, and offers special expertise in regulatory strategy for FDA approval strategies involving accelerated and new pathways, including breakthrough therapy and orphan designations, and biosimilars and interchangeable biologics. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Brenda conducted research at the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University and was an Patent Attorney for Finnegan, LLP.

Brenda has a BA in Biology from the University of Delaware; a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder; a JD from the George Washington University School of Law; and a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jeanette Hunsberger

Associate

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Jeanette Hunsberger, Associate, supports clients through the application of quantitative analysis. She leads data exploration, visualization, and reporting on the ACA population and readily identifies data insights for research efforts and client specific reporting. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jeanette was a Statistician on the Statistics and Analytics team at Inovalon. In this capacity, she supported the team with efforts to design, execute, and collaborate on quantitative studies on various healthcare topics, including epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, and pharmacology. Prior to joining Inovalon, she served as a Medical Technologist at Quest Diagnostics and spent several years as a Coral Propagation Specialist and Lead Chemistry Analyst at Blue Ribbon Koi and Marine. 

Jeanette earned a BS in Biology, and specialized in Ecology with a minor in Consciousness and Transformation at George Mason University. 

Hunsberger

Jeanette

Associate

301.809.4000 x1462
Jeanette Hunsberger, Associate, supports clients through the application of quantitative analysis. She leads data exploration, visualization, and reporting on the ACA population and readily identifies data insights for research efforts and client specific reporting. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jeanette was a Statistician on the Statistics and Analytics team at Inovalon. In this capacity, she supported the team with efforts to design, execute, and collaborate on quantitative studies on various healthcare topics, including epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, and pharmacology. Prior to joining Inovalon, she served as a Medical Technologist at Quest Diagnostics and spent several years as a Coral Propagation Specialist and Lead Chemistry Analyst at Blue Ribbon Koi and Marine. 

Jeanette earned a BS in Biology, and specialized in Ecology with a minor in Consciousness and Transformation at George Mason University. 

Lisa Hunter

Senior Manager

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Hunter

Lisa Hunter, Senior Manager, advises clients on the regulatory impact of health reform, focusing on coverage expansion through health insurance exchanges and market reforms.  She applies her federal policy experience to help clients assess the impact of the Affordable Care Act on their business strategies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lisa served as the Special Assistant to the Counselors in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Prior to this role, she served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at HHS.  Before her political appointment, Lisa provided legislative and administrative support to Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA).

Lisa earned her MPP from Georgetown University and BA in Anthropology from Vassar College.  She also served in the Peace Corps (Guyana, 2007-2008).

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Lisa

Senior Manager

202.459.6279

Lisa Hunter, Senior Manager, advises clients on the regulatory impact of health reform, focusing on coverage expansion through health insurance exchanges and market reforms.  She applies her federal policy experience to help clients assess the impact of the Affordable Care Act on their business strategies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lisa served as the Special Assistant to the Counselors in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Prior to this role, she served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at HHS.  Before her political appointment, Lisa provided legislative and administrative support to Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA).

Lisa earned her MPP from Georgetown University and BA in Anthropology from Vassar College.  She also served in the Peace Corps (Guyana, 2007-2008).

Fauzea Hussain

Senior Vice President

Fauzea
Hussain

Fauzea Hussain, Senior Vice President, advises clients on integrated market access strategies, product commercialization tactical plans, and public and private payer engagement activities.  Fauzea collaborates with life sciences companies on integrated market access strategies aimed at optimizing product positioning by ensuring that evidence generation activities align with the evolving demands of payers, providers, and patients as well as coding bodies such as the AMA CPT Editorial Panel.  Fauzea has more than 15 years of experience in physician payment and leads our work with physician specialty societies on payment and other strategic issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Fauzea was Assistant Director of Reimbursement Policy for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and has also worked as a medical assistant.

Fauzea has a BA in Psychology, a BS in Biology, and a MPH from George Washington University. 

Hussain

Fauzea

Senior Vice President

202.207.3802

Fauzea Hussain, Senior Vice President, advises clients on integrated market access strategies, product commercialization tactical plans, and public and private payer engagement activities.  Fauzea collaborates with life sciences companies on integrated market access strategies aimed at optimizing product positioning by ensuring that evidence generation activities align with the evolving demands of payers, providers, and patients as well as coding bodies such as the AMA CPT Editorial Panel.  Fauzea has more than 15 years of experience in physician payment and leads our work with physician specialty societies on payment and other strategic issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Fauzea was Assistant Director of Reimbursement Policy for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and has also worked as a medical assistant.

Fauzea has a BA in Psychology, a BS in Biology, and a MPH from George Washington University. 

Judit Illes

Manager

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Illes

Judit Illes, Manager, advises clients on the implications of trends in evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality improvement, and performance measurement. Judit has expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and experience working on quality of care issues faced by individuals with psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Prior to joining Avalere, Judit served as a Research Consultant at Hearthstone Alzheimer Care for an NIH-funded study testing a non-pharmacological intervention for people with dementia. As a graduate student at Columbia University, Judit conducted research on the pivotal role of environmental design features in long-term care settings for delivering person-centered care. 

Judit earned her Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University and her Masters of Science in Bioethics from Columbia University.

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Judit

Manager

202.355.6015

Judit Illes, Manager, advises clients on the implications of trends in evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality improvement, and performance measurement. Judit has expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and experience working on quality of care issues faced by individuals with psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Prior to joining Avalere, Judit served as a Research Consultant at Hearthstone Alzheimer Care for an NIH-funded study testing a non-pharmacological intervention for people with dementia. As a graduate student at Columbia University, Judit conducted research on the pivotal role of environmental design features in long-term care settings for delivering person-centered care. 

Judit earned her Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University and her Masters of Science in Bioethics from Columbia University.

Jay Jackson

Manager

Jay
Jackson

Jay Jackson, Manager, supports clients on methods to optimize regulatory strategy. He applies his background in molecular biology and legislative affairs to track policy updates, strategize stakeholder engagement and analyze the regulatory environment. Jay also has experience in database analytics.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jay was a Legislative Policy Analyst in the office of Colorado Sen. Jeanne Nicholson performing research and analysis on a wide range of social and public health issues. Prior to that, he was a Professional Research Assistant at the University of Colorado, managing animal model behavioral testing and human genetic copy number assays.

Jay holds a BS in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida and an MPH in Health Systems Management and Policy from the University of Colorado School of Public Health.

Jackson

Jay

Manager

202.207.3674

Jay Jackson, Manager, supports clients on methods to optimize regulatory strategy. He applies his background in molecular biology and legislative affairs to track policy updates, strategize stakeholder engagement and analyze the regulatory environment. Jay also has experience in database analytics.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jay was a Legislative Policy Analyst in the office of Colorado Sen. Jeanne Nicholson performing research and analysis on a wide range of social and public health issues. Prior to that, he was a Professional Research Assistant at the University of Colorado, managing animal model behavioral testing and human genetic copy number assays.

Jay holds a BS in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida and an MPH in Health Systems Management and Policy from the University of Colorado School of Public Health.

Nisha Jain

Director

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Jain

Nisha Jain, Director, supports our clients with strategic insight, research, and analysis on issues affecting hospitals and health systems. She advises clients about how payment and delivery initiatives impact hospitals and health system reimbursement processes and works on accountable care, health information technology, and provider reimbursement developments.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nisha served as an Administrative Resident at Suburban Hospital, a member of the Johns Hopkins health system. Before that, Nisha advised hospitals and health systems as part of both Pricewaterhouse Coopers' Provider practice and Stockamp & Associates.

Nisha has a BS in Business Management and minors in Operations Management and Law, Science, and Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a MHA from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jain

Nisha

Director

202.459.6295

Nisha Jain, Director, supports our clients with strategic insight, research, and analysis on issues affecting hospitals and health systems. She advises clients about how payment and delivery initiatives impact hospitals and health system reimbursement processes and works on accountable care, health information technology, and provider reimbursement developments.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nisha served as an Administrative Resident at Suburban Hospital, a member of the Johns Hopkins health system. Before that, Nisha advised hospitals and health systems as part of both Pricewaterhouse Coopers' Provider practice and Stockamp & Associates.

Nisha has a BS in Business Management and minors in Operations Management and Law, Science, and Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a MHA from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Nikita Jeswani

Manager

Nikita
Jeswani

Nikita Jeswani, Manager, advises clients on the policy environment for defining value and recognizing medical advancements, and on the role of real-world evidence in supporting patient access to clinically appropriate healthcare interventions. Nikita works with life sciences companies, trade associations, and patient advocacy groups to develop strategies around evidence generation and communication, as well as quality improvement and comparative effectiveness research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nikita interned at the Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia and at Privia Health, LLC in Washington, DC.

Nikita has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Economics, Chemistry, and Healthcare Management.

Jeswani

Nikita

Manager

202.207.1317

Nikita Jeswani, Manager, advises clients on the policy environment for defining value and recognizing medical advancements, and on the role of real-world evidence in supporting patient access to clinically appropriate healthcare interventions. Nikita works with life sciences companies, trade associations, and patient advocacy groups to develop strategies around evidence generation and communication, as well as quality improvement and comparative effectiveness research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nikita interned at the Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia and at Privia Health, LLC in Washington, DC.

Nikita has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Economics, Chemistry, and Healthcare Management.

Kelcie Jimenez

Senior Associate

Kelcie
Jimenez

Kelcie Jimenez, Senior Associate, supports clients in responding to health insurance marketplace reforms, including those pertinent to the Affordable Care Act. She has special knowledge in health insurance marketplace operations, management and improvement, and Medicaid. In addition, she works on projects related to dual eligible beneficiaries and Medicare Advantage.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelcie consulted on health insurance exchanges at the Lewin Group, responsible for streamlining client operations relevant to enrollment through documentation, process re-engineering and data analytics. Prior to that, she was a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan where she developed health service protocols, quality assurance policies, and project evaluation measures for population-tailored health interventions that addressed prevalent chronic illnesses in Detroit, Michigan.

Kelcie studied health policy and has a BA from the University of Michigan.

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Kelcie

Senior Associate

202.446.2217
Kelcie Jimenez, Senior Associate, supports clients in responding to health insurance marketplace reforms, including those pertinent to the Affordable Care Act. She has special knowledge in health insurance marketplace operations, management and improvement, and Medicaid. In addition, she works on projects related to dual eligible beneficiaries and Medicare Advantage.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelcie consulted on health insurance exchanges at the Lewin Group, responsible for streamlining client operations relevant to enrollment through documentation, process re-engineering and data analytics. Prior to that, she was a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan where she developed health service protocols, quality assurance policies, and project evaluation measures for population-tailored health interventions that addressed prevalent chronic illnesses in Detroit, Michigan.

Kelcie studied health policy and has a BA from the University of Michigan.

Michael Johnsrud

Senior Vice President

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Johnsrud

Michael Johnsrud, Senior Vice President, leads our health economics and outcomes research group. He provides guidance to clients by helping them create strategies to generate the needed clinical and economic evidence to inform stakeholders in the marketplace. In addition, he designs and conducts studies to analyze how prescription drugs, medical devices, and various interventions impact resource utilization and patient quality of life. Michael has particular expertise in prescription reimbursement policy in Medicaid, Medicare, and private-sector plans, and the economics of the marketplace for community pharmacy and prescription drug benefit programs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Mike was Associate Director of The Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Mike received an Award of Excellence from the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy for research that used prescription drug claims to determine differences in medication payment and utilization between pharmacy delivery channels.

Mike has a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa and a MS and PhD in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a registered pharmacist.

Johnsrud

Michael

Senior Vice President

202.207.1338

Michael Johnsrud, Senior Vice President, leads our health economics and outcomes research group. He provides guidance to clients by helping them create strategies to generate the needed clinical and economic evidence to inform stakeholders in the marketplace. In addition, he designs and conducts studies to analyze how prescription drugs, medical devices, and various interventions impact resource utilization and patient quality of life. Michael has particular expertise in prescription reimbursement policy in Medicaid, Medicare, and private-sector plans, and the economics of the marketplace for community pharmacy and prescription drug benefit programs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Mike was Associate Director of The Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Mike received an Award of Excellence from the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy for research that used prescription drug claims to determine differences in medication payment and utilization between pharmacy delivery channels.

Mike has a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa and a MS and PhD in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a registered pharmacist.

Wes Joines

Senior Manager

Wes
Joines

Wes Joines, Senior Manager, advises clients on the impact of health industry change and facilitates appropriate response strategies with the use of proprietary Avalere datasets and insight. He applies his background in exchange plan policy and operations, governmental health programs, and the federal budget process to support clients in the health and life sciences industries.

Prior to joining Avalere, Wes worked at LMI, where he managed the analysis and evaluation of Marketplace premium rates and provider network adequacy for CMS. Previously, he also served as a Summer Fellow in the Medicare Branch of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He began his health industry consulting career at The Lewin Group.

Wes has an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, with a concentration in health policy, and a BA in Public Policy with a second major in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joines

Wes

Senior Manager

202.355.6070

Wes Joines, Senior Manager, advises clients on the impact of health industry change and facilitates appropriate response strategies with the use of proprietary Avalere datasets and insight. He applies his background in exchange plan policy and operations, governmental health programs, and the federal budget process to support clients in the health and life sciences industries.

Prior to joining Avalere, Wes worked at LMI, where he managed the analysis and evaluation of Marketplace premium rates and provider network adequacy for CMS. Previously, he also served as a Summer Fellow in the Medicare Branch of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He began his health industry consulting career at The Lewin Group.

Wes has an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, with a concentration in health policy, and a BA in Public Policy with a second major in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Barton Jones

Manager

Barton
Jones

Barton T. Jones, Manager, advises clients on studies related to population health. He applies his background in statistics and epidemiology along with expertise using large health-related databases, to perform data warehousing and advanced analytics in support of various projects and products.

Prior to joining to Avalere, Bart was a Health Data Scientist at Inovalon, where he was responsible for quality measure development work with NCQA, analyzing the disparities in the Star-Five Quality Rating system, and disease management program evaluation related to cost, clinical, utilization, and satisfaction outcomes. Prior to that, Bart was a  Research Intern at the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, responsible for developing protocols for documenting data checks, assisting with quality control of case report forms, and establishing parameters for code books and data dictionaries.

Bart earned a MS in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan with a cognate in Epidemiology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Wilkes University with minors in Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. He is a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He has received his Graduate Statistician (GStat) accreditation from the ASA.

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Barton

Manager

301.809.4000 x1990

Barton T. Jones, Manager, advises clients on studies related to population health. He applies his background in statistics and epidemiology along with expertise using large health-related databases, to perform data warehousing and advanced analytics in support of various projects and products.

Prior to joining to Avalere, Bart was a Health Data Scientist at Inovalon, where he was responsible for quality measure development work with NCQA, analyzing the disparities in the Star-Five Quality Rating system, and disease management program evaluation related to cost, clinical, utilization, and satisfaction outcomes. Prior to that, Bart was a  Research Intern at the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, responsible for developing protocols for documenting data checks, assisting with quality control of case report forms, and establishing parameters for code books and data dictionaries.

Bart earned a MS in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan with a cognate in Epidemiology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Wilkes University with minors in Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. He is a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He has received his Graduate Statistician (GStat) accreditation from the ASA.

Kelsey Jones

Director

Kelsey
Jones

Kelsey Jones, Director, advises clients on evidence generation and communication activities (with a particular focus on comparative effectiveness research), quality measure use, and performance improvement activities.  Kelsey has special expertise in translating evidence into quality and value messages and integrating the patient voice into product development and outcomes research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelsey interned at the Greater New York Hospital Association and served as a Roosevelt Scholars Teaching Assistant at the Roosevelt Institute.

Kelsey holds a BA in International Affairs and a MPA in Policy Analysis from the University of Georgia.

Jones

Kelsey

Director

202.459.6306

Kelsey Jones, Director, advises clients on evidence generation and communication activities (with a particular focus on comparative effectiveness research), quality measure use, and performance improvement activities.  Kelsey has special expertise in translating evidence into quality and value messages and integrating the patient voice into product development and outcomes research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelsey interned at the Greater New York Hospital Association and served as a Roosevelt Scholars Teaching Assistant at the Roosevelt Institute.

Kelsey holds a BA in International Affairs and a MPA in Policy Analysis from the University of Georgia.

Kunal Joshi

Senior Associate

Kunal
Joshi

Kunal Joshi, Senior Associate, supports clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement policy. He utilizes his background in pediatric oncology regulatory programs, incentive programs, and medical sciences to maximize product access and improve healthcare delivery.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kunal was Director of Operations and Research at Kids v Cancer, performing necessary research on newly developed drugs, FDA policies, and the drug development process. In addition, he managed operations and developed program content. He also has experience as a Research Assistant at the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute.

Kunal earned a BA from Northwestern University, and an MS in Biophysics and Physiology form Georgetown University.

Joshi

Kunal

Senior Associate

202.459.6288
Kunal Joshi, Senior Associate, supports clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement policy. He utilizes his background in pediatric oncology regulatory programs, incentive programs, and medical sciences to maximize product access and improve healthcare delivery.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kunal was Director of Operations and Research at Kids v Cancer, performing necessary research on newly developed drugs, FDA policies, and the drug development process. In addition, he managed operations and developed program content. He also has experience as a Research Assistant at the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute.

Kunal earned a BA from Northwestern University, and an MS in Biophysics and Physiology form Georgetown University.

Caryn Just

Senior Associate

Caryn
Just

Caryn Just, Senior Associate, advises clients on quality strategy, health reform, and HIT policy. Caryn has a background in the creation and modification of healthcare interoperability standards and the development of implementation guidance surrounding their use in a variety of care settings. Caryn has special expertise in working with Standards Development Organizations and Federal Advisory Committees, particularly Health Level 7, through which she obtained her CDA certification. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Caryn served as an analyst with Accenture at both the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and at Steward Health System. Caryn also held internships in Pancreatic Cancer research at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and in novel biomaterials development for orthopedic implants with a small startup company in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Caryn has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Just

Caryn

Senior Associate

202.355.6004

Caryn Just, Senior Associate, advises clients on quality strategy, health reform, and HIT policy. Caryn has a background in the creation and modification of healthcare interoperability standards and the development of implementation guidance surrounding their use in a variety of care settings. Caryn has special expertise in working with Standards Development Organizations and Federal Advisory Committees, particularly Health Level 7, through which she obtained her CDA certification. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Caryn served as an analyst with Accenture at both the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and at Steward Health System. Caryn also held internships in Pancreatic Cancer research at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and in novel biomaterials development for orthopedic implants with a small startup company in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Caryn has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Richard Kane

Director

Richard
Kane

Richard Kane, Director, provides data driven analyses and economic insights for clients across multiple sectors. He applies his background in payment and delivery system reform, microsimulation modeling, and economic forecasting to help clients understand new policies and respond to emerging trends. Richard brings to Avalere in-depth experience advising high-level policymakers on risk-based payment models in Medicare (including Accountable Care Organizations and bundled payments) and in building models that illuminate key concerns for policymakers on a wide range of health policy issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Richard was a Senior Health Economist for the White House Office of Management and Budget, leading economic analyses and modeling across all areas of health policy. Prior to that, as a Senior Economist for the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, he led research, developed methods and oversaw implementation of projects to improve macroeconomic measures.

Richard has an MIPP from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Economics from The George Washington University and a BA from Washington College. He is a London School of Economics Hansard Scholar. 

Kane

Richard

Director

202.207.1318

Richard Kane, Director, provides data driven analyses and economic insights for clients across multiple sectors. He applies his background in payment and delivery system reform, microsimulation modeling, and economic forecasting to help clients understand new policies and respond to emerging trends. Richard brings to Avalere in-depth experience advising high-level policymakers on risk-based payment models in Medicare (including Accountable Care Organizations and bundled payments) and in building models that illuminate key concerns for policymakers on a wide range of health policy issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Richard was a Senior Health Economist for the White House Office of Management and Budget, leading economic analyses and modeling across all areas of health policy. Prior to that, as a Senior Economist for the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, he led research, developed methods and oversaw implementation of projects to improve macroeconomic measures.

Richard has an MIPP from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Economics from The George Washington University and a BA from Washington College. He is a London School of Economics Hansard Scholar. 

Cara Kelly

Vice President

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Kelly

Cara Kelly, Vice President, advises clients on the impact of health reform initiatives, with an emphasis on health insurance exchanges and insurance market reforms. She specializes in helping health plans, pharmacy benefit managers and other healthcare stakeholders position strategically in the post-Affordable Care Act market. Cara also has expertise in Medicare Parts C and D.

Prior to rejoining Avalere, where she worked until 2010, Cara was at HHS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). At CCIIO, she focused on Health Insurance Exchanges; specifically, she developed policy and operational requirements for qualified health plans and served as a technical expert for issuers, states and other stakeholders. She has particular knowledge about issues affecting health plans in State Partnership and Federally-facilitated Exchanges, including certification standards and processes, the essential health benefits package, and operational requirements. 

Cara has an MHS in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Yale University. 

Kelly

Cara

Vice President

202.355.6068

Cara Kelly, Vice President, advises clients on the impact of health reform initiatives, with an emphasis on health insurance exchanges and insurance market reforms. She specializes in helping health plans, pharmacy benefit managers and other healthcare stakeholders position strategically in the post-Affordable Care Act market. Cara also has expertise in Medicare Parts C and D.

Prior to rejoining Avalere, where she worked until 2010, Cara was at HHS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). At CCIIO, she focused on Health Insurance Exchanges; specifically, she developed policy and operational requirements for qualified health plans and served as a technical expert for issuers, states and other stakeholders. She has particular knowledge about issues affecting health plans in State Partnership and Federally-facilitated Exchanges, including certification standards and processes, the essential health benefits package, and operational requirements. 

Cara has an MHS in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Yale University. 

Michael Kennedy

Coordinator

Michael
Kennedy

Michael Kennedy, Office Services Coordinator, advises internal clients on a variety of key office functions, including the maintenance of equipment, beautification and maintenance of the office space, and purchasing and inventory.  Michael’s day-to-day work focuses on ensuring smooth and efficient operations of Avalere’s Washington, DC, office.

Prior to joining Avalere, Michael served as an Overnight Operations Manager for Giant Foods and as an Account Operation Manager for Xerox.

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Michael

Coordinator

202.207.3689

Michael Kennedy, Office Services Coordinator, advises internal clients on a variety of key office functions, including the maintenance of equipment, beautification and maintenance of the office space, and purchasing and inventory.  Michael’s day-to-day work focuses on ensuring smooth and efficient operations of Avalere’s Washington, DC, office.

Prior to joining Avalere, Michael served as an Overnight Operations Manager for Giant Foods and as an Account Operation Manager for Xerox.

Kelly Kerns

Senior Manager

Kelly
Kerns

Kelly Kerns, Senior Manager, supports the client solutions team with the development and execution of proposals that offer solutions to Avalere customers. She applies her documentation and process management experience to help the team develop business cases that allow Avalere to partner with clients to help them to achieve their business goals. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelly was the Director of Service Operations and Project Management at Webtrends, where she implemented processes and tools to optimize client services and sales support. She developed the firm’s project management organization, which partnered with the consulting team to provide solutions for strategic clients. Prior to that, as an Account Strategy Manager at Via Training, she led account and project management teams to ensure optimal client/agency partnerships.

Kelly has a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a Certificate in Project Management from Portland State University.

Kerns

Kelly

Senior Manager

202.335.6045
Kelly Kerns, Senior Manager, supports the client solutions team with the development and execution of proposals that offer solutions to Avalere customers. She applies her documentation and process management experience to help the team develop business cases that allow Avalere to partner with clients to help them to achieve their business goals. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelly was the Director of Service Operations and Project Management at Webtrends, where she implemented processes and tools to optimize client services and sales support. She developed the firm’s project management organization, which partnered with the consulting team to provide solutions for strategic clients. Prior to that, as an Account Strategy Manager at Via Training, she led account and project management teams to ensure optimal client/agency partnerships.

Kelly has a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a Certificate in Project Management from Portland State University.

Karl Kilgore

Director

Karl
Kilgore

Karl M. Kilgore, Ph.D., Director, designs and develops health economics and outcomes studies, descriptive and analytic epidemiology studies, outcomes-based marketing programs, and disease registries. With a focus on outcomes, he provides clients with actionable insights and analysis. 

Prior to joining Avalere, he was Project Lead, Health Economics and Outcomes Researcher at Inovalon. In this capacity, he focused his work on the dual eligible population, the impact of the ACA on healthcare delivery and outcomes, and how social, behavioral and genetic factors interact to impact population health generally. Prior to joining Inovalon, he was Vice President of Research and Outcomes for Cetus Group, a contract research organization serving the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In addition to his research experience, he brings to bear his extensive data analysis, programming and data warehouse design expertise.

He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago with concentration in Epidemiology, Statistical Analysis and Research Methods.

Kilgore

Karl

Director

301.809.4000 x1937
Karl M. Kilgore, Ph.D., Director, designs and develops health economics and outcomes studies, descriptive and analytic epidemiology studies, outcomes-based marketing programs, and disease registries. With a focus on outcomes, he provides clients with actionable insights and analysis. 

Prior to joining Avalere, he was Project Lead, Health Economics and Outcomes Researcher at Inovalon. In this capacity, he focused his work on the dual eligible population, the impact of the ACA on healthcare delivery and outcomes, and how social, behavioral and genetic factors interact to impact population health generally. Prior to joining Inovalon, he was Vice President of Research and Outcomes for Cetus Group, a contract research organization serving the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In addition to his research experience, he brings to bear his extensive data analysis, programming and data warehouse design expertise.

He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago with concentration in Epidemiology, Statistical Analysis and Research Methods.

Seung Kim

Manager

Seung
Kim

Seung O. Kim, Ph.D., Manager, provides advanced statistics and analytics research and development to improve Avalere’s existing and new product processes and internal operations.

Prior to joining Avalere, Seung was a Health Economics and Outcomes Researcher for Inovalon in the areas of health economics, claims data analytics, program evaluation, health policy analysis, case-mix risk adjustment, and health care utilization and cost modeling. Prior to joining Inovalon, he was a research scientist at National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, where he pioneered and co-led Medicare fee-for-service claims analytics for CMS’ Health Care Innovation Award projects. At the Hilltop Institute, Seung served as a policy analyst, where he analyzed Medicaid fee-for-service claims and assessed the impact of changes in Medicaid programs and policies. 

Seung obtained his Ph.D. in Health Systems and Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kim

Seung

Manager

301.809.4000 x1057
Seung O. Kim, Ph.D., Manager, provides advanced statistics and analytics research and development to improve Avalere’s existing and new product processes and internal operations.

Prior to joining Avalere, Seung was a Health Economics and Outcomes Researcher for Inovalon in the areas of health economics, claims data analytics, program evaluation, health policy analysis, case-mix risk adjustment, and health care utilization and cost modeling. Prior to joining Inovalon, he was a research scientist at National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, where he pioneered and co-led Medicare fee-for-service claims analytics for CMS’ Health Care Innovation Award projects. At the Hilltop Institute, Seung served as a policy analyst, where he analyzed Medicaid fee-for-service claims and assessed the impact of changes in Medicaid programs and policies. 

Seung obtained his Ph.D. in Health Systems and Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Will Kim

Director

Will
Kim

Will Kim, Director, provides data-driven analysis and quantitative modeling primarily for FORTUNE 500 pharmaceutical and medical device companies and hospitals, with a specific focus on healthcare financing and delivery issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Will was a Manager of Strategic Planning at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he oversaw a team that leveraged data analytics to conduct studies to address business and policy issues facing the hospital system.

Will has a MS in Public Policy and Management with a Distinction Award from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and a BA in Public Management and a MPA from Yonsei University in South Korea.

Kim

Will

Director

202.207.3671

Will Kim, Director, provides data-driven analysis and quantitative modeling primarily for FORTUNE 500 pharmaceutical and medical device companies and hospitals, with a specific focus on healthcare financing and delivery issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Will was a Manager of Strategic Planning at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he oversaw a team that leveraged data analytics to conduct studies to address business and policy issues facing the hospital system.

Will has a MS in Public Policy and Management with a Distinction Award from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and a BA in Public Management and a MPA from Yonsei University in South Korea.

Hillary Kleiner

Director

Hillary
Kleiner

Hillary Kleiner, Director, advises Avalere clients on the use of comparative effectiveness research (CER) to inform decisions in health policy, including the proper utilization of healthcare resources to improve patient outcomes.  Hillary has special expertise in developing and implementing innovative ideas for conducting systematic evidence reviews to support the development of clinical practice guidelines, healthcare quality measures and performance metrics. Hillary applies her background in program management, strategic planning and qualitative analysis to lead engagements for a variety of life sciences clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Hillary served as Managing Consultant at the Lewin Group, leading their Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guidelines efforts. Prior to that, as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, she led large program evaluation engagements for the Veterans Health Administration. 

Hillary has a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from San Diego State University, and a BS in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University. 

Kleiner

Hillary

Director

202.355.6089

Hillary Kleiner, Director, advises Avalere clients on the use of comparative effectiveness research (CER) to inform decisions in health policy, including the proper utilization of healthcare resources to improve patient outcomes.  Hillary has special expertise in developing and implementing innovative ideas for conducting systematic evidence reviews to support the development of clinical practice guidelines, healthcare quality measures and performance metrics. Hillary applies her background in program management, strategic planning and qualitative analysis to lead engagements for a variety of life sciences clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Hillary served as Managing Consultant at the Lewin Group, leading their Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guidelines efforts. Prior to that, as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, she led large program evaluation engagements for the Veterans Health Administration. 

Hillary has a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from San Diego State University, and a BS in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University. 

Tom Kornfield

Vice President

Tom
Kornfield

Tom Kornfield, Vice President, provides strategic advice to clients on the impacts of health reform, Medicare Advantage and Part D policy.  He is an expert on Medicare risk adjustment and payment policy, having worked extensively with the risk adjustment model while at CMS and conducted training sessions for industry on both risk adjustment and Medicare Advantage payment.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tom was a Senior Advisor in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS where he assisted in developing alternative payment models in Medicare Advantage.  Previously, as the Director of the Division of Payment Systems in the Medicare Plan Payment Group at CMS, he led the 2014 and 2015 Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan payment rate announcements.   He also has experience working for Coventry Health Care on Medicare compliance and serving as a detail to the majority staff of the Senate Finance Committee.

Tom has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a BA from Hamilton College.

Kornfield

Tom

Vice President

202.207.3830
Tom Kornfield, Vice President, provides strategic advice to clients on the impacts of health reform, Medicare Advantage and Part D policy.  He is an expert on Medicare risk adjustment and payment policy, having worked extensively with the risk adjustment model while at CMS and conducted training sessions for industry on both risk adjustment and Medicare Advantage payment.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tom was a Senior Advisor in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS where he assisted in developing alternative payment models in Medicare Advantage.  Previously, as the Director of the Division of Payment Systems in the Medicare Plan Payment Group at CMS, he led the 2014 and 2015 Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan payment rate announcements.   He also has experience working for Coventry Health Care on Medicare compliance and serving as a detail to the majority staff of the Senate Finance Committee.

Tom has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a BA from Hamilton College.

Hellen Kozel

Associate

Hellen
Kozel

Hellen E. Kozel, Associate, supports Avalere’s Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Navigator platform within its growing Business Intelligence practice. She leads data tracking and monitoring for the EBM Navigator, manages quality assurance processes for data storage and updates, and assists in supporting the tool’s market research and analytic needs.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Hellen performed a variety of business development and data quality assurance roles at Sidewalk, Inc., including market research and sales. In addition, she has previous experience at Avalere, contributing to health plan and payer policy projects for Avalere’s EBM Navigator and Planscape.

Hellen has a BS in Mathematics, a BS in Physics, and a BA in Spanish from the University of Maryland.

Kozel

Hellen

Associate

202.446.2247
Hellen E. Kozel, Associate, supports Avalere’s Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Navigator platform within its growing Business Intelligence practice. She leads data tracking and monitoring for the EBM Navigator, manages quality assurance processes for data storage and updates, and assists in supporting the tool’s market research and analytic needs.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Hellen performed a variety of business development and data quality assurance roles at Sidewalk, Inc., including market research and sales. In addition, she has previous experience at Avalere, contributing to health plan and payer policy projects for Avalere’s EBM Navigator and Planscape.

Hellen has a BS in Mathematics, a BS in Physics, and a BA in Spanish from the University of Maryland.

Amie Krupnick

Associate

Amie
Krupnick

Amie Krupnick, Associate, advises clients on the Vantage Care Positioning System.  Amie works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective on patient referrals while emphasizing the importance of comprehensive data to manage patients effectively across care settings. She applies her background in sales and research to optimize business success. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Amie was a Financial Sales Intern with Oppenheimer & Co., where she established relationships with potential clients and marketed broker services. Amie also served as a Research Assistant in American University’s Behavioral Neuroscience lab, where she worked with animal models to generate and collect hippocampal data. 

Amie has a BA in Psychology from American University.

Krupnick

Amie

Associate

202.446.2272

Amie Krupnick, Associate, advises clients on the Vantage Care Positioning System.  Amie works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective on patient referrals while emphasizing the importance of comprehensive data to manage patients effectively across care settings. She applies her background in sales and research to optimize business success. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Amie was a Financial Sales Intern with Oppenheimer & Co., where she established relationships with potential clients and marketed broker services. Amie also served as a Research Assistant in American University’s Behavioral Neuroscience lab, where she worked with animal models to generate and collect hippocampal data. 

Amie has a BA in Psychology from American University.

Phenola Lawrence

Manager

Phenola
Lawrence

Phenola Lawrence, Manager, supports clients in the development and delivery of marketing and communications plans for healthcare stakeholders. She applies her background in integrated public relations campaigns and advocacy efforts to help clients effectively reach their audiences and raise their public profiles.

Prior to joining Avalere, Phenola was a Senior Account Executive in FleishmanHillard’s healthcare practice, managing and leading issues-management and media-relations efforts for association, pharmaceutical, health IT, and government clients. Her work included strategic planning and execution, crisis planning and response, message development, and reputation building.

Phenola has an MA in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and a BA in Journalism from Penn State University

Lawrence

Phenola

Manager

202.446.2262

Phenola Lawrence, Manager, supports clients in the development and delivery of marketing and communications plans for healthcare stakeholders. She applies her background in integrated public relations campaigns and advocacy efforts to help clients effectively reach their audiences and raise their public profiles.

Prior to joining Avalere, Phenola was a Senior Account Executive in FleishmanHillard’s healthcare practice, managing and leading issues-management and media-relations efforts for association, pharmaceutical, health IT, and government clients. Her work included strategic planning and execution, crisis planning and response, message development, and reputation building.

Phenola has an MA in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and a BA in Journalism from Penn State University

Chris Leibundguth

Senior Manager

Chris
Leibundguth

Chris Leibundguth, Senior Manager, leads strategic planning, development and implementation of Avalere’s business intelligence research products related to payment and delivery system reforms for life sciences clients. Chris provides clients with engagement strategies that help interpret how new payment and delivery models will affect their products and services by mapping out both challenges and areas of opportunity. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris was a Managing Advisor at FaegreBD Consulting, leading client engagements around policy development and coalition management for a variety of healthcare  stakeholders including pharmaceutical and device companies, patient groups and academic institutions. Prior to that, as a Manager in Federal Government Affairs for Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, Inc., he was responsible for advocacy, management and logistics for the company on a variety of issues including diagnostic payment reform, corporate tax reform and biosimilars.

Chris has a BA in Political Science from Ohio University.

Leibundguth

Chris

Senior Manager

202.355.6077
Chris Leibundguth, Senior Manager, leads strategic planning, development and implementation of Avalere’s business intelligence research products related to payment and delivery system reforms for life sciences clients. Chris provides clients with engagement strategies that help interpret how new payment and delivery models will affect their products and services by mapping out both challenges and areas of opportunity. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris was a Managing Advisor at FaegreBD Consulting, leading client engagements around policy development and coalition management for a variety of healthcare  stakeholders including pharmaceutical and device companies, patient groups and academic institutions. Prior to that, as a Manager in Federal Government Affairs for Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, Inc., he was responsible for advocacy, management and logistics for the company on a variety of issues including diagnostic payment reform, corporate tax reform and biosimilars.

Chris has a BA in Political Science from Ohio University.

Brian Leinwand

Senior Manager

Brian
Leinwand

Brian Leinwand, Scientist I, provides strategic health economics support throughout a product’s lifecycle, and helps clients build evidence packages that demonstrate and support the value of their products.  Brian’s area of specialization is economic modeling, and has developed models to determine the budget impact of continuous glucose monitoring for type 1 diabetes and global fibroid ablation for treatment of uterine fibroids, among others.

Prior to joining Avalere, Brian served as a Research Assistant at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as a health services researcher at Community Care of North Carolina.

Brian has a BA in Management and Society, a MPH in Health Policy and Management, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Brian is also a member of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and AcademyHealth.

Leinwand

Brian

Senior Manager

202.207.1331

Brian Leinwand, Scientist I, provides strategic health economics support throughout a product’s lifecycle, and helps clients build evidence packages that demonstrate and support the value of their products.  Brian’s area of specialization is economic modeling, and has developed models to determine the budget impact of continuous glucose monitoring for type 1 diabetes and global fibroid ablation for treatment of uterine fibroids, among others.

Prior to joining Avalere, Brian served as a Research Assistant at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as a health services researcher at Community Care of North Carolina.

Brian has a BA in Management and Society, a MPH in Health Policy and Management, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Brian is also a member of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and AcademyHealth.

Eric Levine

Associate

Eric
Levine

Eric Levine, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Eric has expertise in comparing state healthcare policies particularly in the areas of vaccination policy and out-of-pocket costs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eric was a U.S. Policy Intern at Pfizer, Inc., where he analyzed state legislative and regulatory proposals to evaluate policy options, opportunities and barriers to key issues including quality initiatives, medication therapy management, prior authorization, and vaccine requirements and financing. In addition, he led research on the Quality and Consumer Satisfaction tools in the Health Insurance Exchanges and analyzed State and Federal initiatives to develop a position on and strategy for the roll-out of the Quality Rating System (QRS) and Enrollee Satisfaction Survey (ESS) for the Exchange Health Plans.

Eric has an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University and a BS in Human Physiology from Boston University.

Levine

Eric

Associate

202.446.2266
Eric Levine, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Eric has expertise in comparing state healthcare policies particularly in the areas of vaccination policy and out-of-pocket costs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eric was a U.S. Policy Intern at Pfizer, Inc., where he analyzed state legislative and regulatory proposals to evaluate policy options, opportunities and barriers to key issues including quality initiatives, medication therapy management, prior authorization, and vaccine requirements and financing. In addition, he led research on the Quality and Consumer Satisfaction tools in the Health Insurance Exchanges and analyzed State and Federal initiatives to develop a position on and strategy for the roll-out of the Quality Rating System (QRS) and Enrollee Satisfaction Survey (ESS) for the Exchange Health Plans.

Eric has an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University and a BS in Human Physiology from Boston University.

Melissa Lewis

Senior Associate

Melissa
Lewis

Melissa Lewis, Human Resources Administrator, advises candidates and internal clients on schedule coordination and document compliance. Mel applies her background in Human Resources and Office Management to help provide a welcoming and positive recruitment experience to potential candidates.  Mel also has special expertise in document management. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Mel served as the Office Manager at Servpro of Bethesda, providing management and support to the production and office staff. 

Melissa has a BA in Sociology from University of Maryland, College Park. 

Lewis

Melissa

Senior Associate

202.355.6007

Melissa Lewis, Human Resources Administrator, advises candidates and internal clients on schedule coordination and document compliance. Mel applies her background in Human Resources and Office Management to help provide a welcoming and positive recruitment experience to potential candidates.  Mel also has special expertise in document management. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Mel served as the Office Manager at Servpro of Bethesda, providing management and support to the production and office staff. 

Melissa has a BA in Sociology from University of Maryland, College Park. 

John E. Linnehan

Director

John E.
Linnehan

John E. Linnehan, Director, advises life sciences clients on strategies to generate high-quality evidence, demonstrate product value, and secure patient access in the face of a complex and evolving market. He has particular expertise in health economics and outcomes research.

Prior to joining Avalere, John served as a Health Economist at Oxford Outcomes and a Research Associate within the Health Economics practice at United BioSource Corporation.

John holds a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Linnehan

John E.

Director

202.355.6017

John E. Linnehan, Director, advises life sciences clients on strategies to generate high-quality evidence, demonstrate product value, and secure patient access in the face of a complex and evolving market. He has particular expertise in health economics and outcomes research.

Prior to joining Avalere, John served as a Health Economist at Oxford Outcomes and a Research Associate within the Health Economics practice at United BioSource Corporation.

John holds a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Christine Liow

Manager

Christine
Liow

Christine Liow, Manager, advises clients on key developments in comparative effectiveness research, the impacts of health technology assessments and other evidentiary requirements on patient, provider, and payer needs, and strategies for external public and private engagement. She also has expertise in patient-centered outcomes research and patient-centered care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Christine served as a Research and Policy intern in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and as a Healthcare Analytic Consultant intern at Thomson Reuters.

Christine has a BS in Biology from The College of William and Mary and a MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University.

Liow

Christine

Manager

202.207.1305

Christine Liow, Manager, advises clients on key developments in comparative effectiveness research, the impacts of health technology assessments and other evidentiary requirements on patient, provider, and payer needs, and strategies for external public and private engagement. She also has expertise in patient-centered outcomes research and patient-centered care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Christine served as a Research and Policy intern in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and as a Healthcare Analytic Consultant intern at Thomson Reuters.

Christine has a BS in Biology from The College of William and Mary and a MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University.

Patrick Lockhart

Manager

Patrick
Lockhart

Patrick Lockhart, Senior Systems Engineer, supports Avalere’s technology and user base. He applies his background in systems management and network technologies to assist the Technology Team in meeting Avalere's business requirements. Patrick has special expertise in Linux computing and Microsoft Windows systems, including strong knowledge of VoIP, web development, and database administration. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Patrick was a Systems Administrator and Engineer with Dean & Company, responsible for the management and monitoring of the company’s systems and networks. In addition, he developed and implemented policies and guidelines around security and operations.

Patrick is a RedHat Certified Systems Administrator and attended the Business Training Center College where he attained Certifications in CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+.

Lockhart

Patrick

Manager

202.446.2235

Patrick Lockhart, Senior Systems Engineer, supports Avalere’s technology and user base. He applies his background in systems management and network technologies to assist the Technology Team in meeting Avalere's business requirements. Patrick has special expertise in Linux computing and Microsoft Windows systems, including strong knowledge of VoIP, web development, and database administration. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Patrick was a Systems Administrator and Engineer with Dean & Company, responsible for the management and monitoring of the company’s systems and networks. In addition, he developed and implemented policies and guidelines around security and operations.

Patrick is a RedHat Certified Systems Administrator and attended the Business Training Center College where he attained Certifications in CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+.

Andrew Loewer

Manager

Andrew
Loewer

Andrew Loewer, Manager, provides data-driven analysis and quantitative modeling of the impact of various legislative actions and policy changes on the healthcare industry, with a specific focus on the financing and delivery of healthcare. Andrew applies his expertise as a credentialed actuary to help evaluate the financial implications of future events and quantify risk factors.

Prior to joining Avalere, Andrew was a Senior Analyst at Towers Watson, using data and financial probability models to help Fortune 500 clients with their retirement and healthcare programs.  By the end of his time there, he was a subject matter expert for valuation modeling challenges across the company’s over 50 North American offices.

Andrew has a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Loewer

Andrew

Manager

202.207.3463

Andrew Loewer, Manager, provides data-driven analysis and quantitative modeling of the impact of various legislative actions and policy changes on the healthcare industry, with a specific focus on the financing and delivery of healthcare. Andrew applies his expertise as a credentialed actuary to help evaluate the financial implications of future events and quantify risk factors.

Prior to joining Avalere, Andrew was a Senior Analyst at Towers Watson, using data and financial probability models to help Fortune 500 clients with their retirement and healthcare programs.  By the end of his time there, he was a subject matter expert for valuation modeling challenges across the company’s over 50 North American offices.

Andrew has a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Debbie Lucas

Vice President

Debbie
Lucas

Debbie Lucas, Vice President, advises clients on value strategies, market access, and evidence generation.  Debbie leads efforts with life sciences companies, professional societies, quality improvement organizations, and healthcare providers related to the strategic collection and use of clinical data to improve patient care with a particular emphasis on electronic health data.  Most recently she worked on an initiative that brought together the healthcare provider and EHR communities to design a module focused on childhood obesity to support improvements in healthcare via shared decision-making, care coordination, and self-management.

Prior to joining Avalere, Debbie was the Director of Clinical Quality and Consulting at DocSite (later acquired by Covisint) and spent much of her career at GlaxoSmithKline.

Debbie has a BS in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace College and a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan.  She was a member of the Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Leaders Opinion Survey Panel.

Lucas

Debbie

Vice President

202.207.1301

Debbie Lucas, Vice President, advises clients on value strategies, market access, and evidence generation.  Debbie leads efforts with life sciences companies, professional societies, quality improvement organizations, and healthcare providers related to the strategic collection and use of clinical data to improve patient care with a particular emphasis on electronic health data.  Most recently she worked on an initiative that brought together the healthcare provider and EHR communities to design a module focused on childhood obesity to support improvements in healthcare via shared decision-making, care coordination, and self-management.

Prior to joining Avalere, Debbie was the Director of Clinical Quality and Consulting at DocSite (later acquired by Covisint) and spent much of her career at GlaxoSmithKline.

Debbie has a BS in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace College and a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan.  She was a member of the Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Leaders Opinion Survey Panel.

Michael Lutz

Vice President

Michael
Lutz

Michael Lutz, Vice President, supports clients serving members in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health programs. He applies his background in plan operations and strategy to help customers anticipate and implement changes in federal and state regulations to ensure program compliance and operational efficiency. Michael has special expertise in Medicare Advantage, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Part D and behavioral health programs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Michael was an Associate Director at Navigant Consulting, providing strategic guidance to health insurers, state Medicaid agencies, CMS and state and local governments. Previously, as Director of Care Management Strategy and Development at Bravo Health, Michael was responsible for multiple operations and strategy projects in support of health plan launches and health services initiatives.

Michael has an MBA from Temple University and a BA from Dickinson College. 

Lutz

Michael

Vice President

202.355.6093

Michael Lutz, Vice President, supports clients serving members in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health programs. He applies his background in plan operations and strategy to help customers anticipate and implement changes in federal and state regulations to ensure program compliance and operational efficiency. Michael has special expertise in Medicare Advantage, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Part D and behavioral health programs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Michael was an Associate Director at Navigant Consulting, providing strategic guidance to health insurers, state Medicaid agencies, CMS and state and local governments. Previously, as Director of Care Management Strategy and Development at Bravo Health, Michael was responsible for multiple operations and strategy projects in support of health plan launches and health services initiatives.

Michael has an MBA from Temple University and a BA from Dickinson College. 

Joseph Lynch

Director

Joseph
Lynch

Joseph Lynch, Director, supports clients through the use of clinical data for strategic decision-making. With a background in the use of clinically-enriched administrative data and data derived from clinicians and patients, he assists clients with using clinical data for strategic decision making, implementation of local quality improvement efforts, and development of business strategies to support data collection and integration across health care settings. Joseph has special expertise in designing and implementing patient registries and developing and validating performance measures.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joseph was a Director at Remedy Informatics where he managed the design and implementation of CV clinical registries as well as developed and validated registry-based performance measures for quality reporting and research.  Prior to that, Joseph held Senior Director positions at Inovalon where his contributions ranged from managing strategic application of EHR initiative capabilities to support expansion of ACO and HIE capabilities within the organization to consulting with professional societies in designing, implementing and maintaining clinical registries.  

Joseph has an Associate of Arts, Nursing, from Montgomery College and is a Registered Nurse.

Lynch

Joseph

Director

202.207.3470

Joseph Lynch, Director, supports clients through the use of clinical data for strategic decision-making. With a background in the use of clinically-enriched administrative data and data derived from clinicians and patients, he assists clients with using clinical data for strategic decision making, implementation of local quality improvement efforts, and development of business strategies to support data collection and integration across health care settings. Joseph has special expertise in designing and implementing patient registries and developing and validating performance measures.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joseph was a Director at Remedy Informatics where he managed the design and implementation of CV clinical registries as well as developed and validated registry-based performance measures for quality reporting and research.  Prior to that, Joseph held Senior Director positions at Inovalon where his contributions ranged from managing strategic application of EHR initiative capabilities to support expansion of ACO and HIE capabilities within the organization to consulting with professional societies in designing, implementing and maintaining clinical registries.  

Joseph has an Associate of Arts, Nursing, from Montgomery College and is a Registered Nurse.

Liz Magsig

Manager

Liz
Magsig

Liz Magsig, Manager, advises internal Life Sciences clients on marketing strategy with a specific focus on content curation and development.  She also has experience providing media relations and public affairs counsel on issues pertaining to health policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Liz was a Communications Director at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), tracking issues and legislation related to Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act , medication adherence and cost. In this role, she crafted and placed communications in national media and coordinated media interviews. Prior to that, she was a Public Information Officer for the American Medical Association, monitoring issues pertaining to Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare regulations, fraud, vaccinations, ICD-10, health care spending and physician income.

Liz holds a BA in English from Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH.

Magsig

Liz

Manager

202.355.6026

Liz Magsig, Manager, advises internal Life Sciences clients on marketing strategy with a specific focus on content curation and development.  She also has experience providing media relations and public affairs counsel on issues pertaining to health policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Liz was a Communications Director at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), tracking issues and legislation related to Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act , medication adherence and cost. In this role, she crafted and placed communications in national media and coordinated media interviews. Prior to that, she was a Public Information Officer for the American Medical Association, monitoring issues pertaining to Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare regulations, fraud, vaccinations, ICD-10, health care spending and physician income.

Liz holds a BA in English from Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH.

Kristine Mangor

Senior Manager

Kristine
Mangor

Kristine Mangor, Senior Manager, is part of the Corporate Services team. In this role she supports reporting initiatives across the firm, works with systems administrators for Salesforce, Accounting systems, HR systems and IT to ensure all systems are integrated effectively, and serves as the Deltek Vision Systems Administrator.

Kris has extensive ERP experience in a variety of products and expert knowledge of Deltek Vision. Prior to joining Avalere, Kris worked as a Financial Systems Analyst for McCrone Inc.  and as Assistant Controller for AMIDEAST. She also acted as Administrative Director for the startup biotech company Advagen Inc. Early in her career, she was a Molecular Genetics research assistant at NIMH and Rockefeller University.

Kris has a BS in Environmental Science/Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts and a MS in Accounting and Information Technology from the University of Maryland.

Mangor

Kristine

Senior Manager

202.459.6293

Kristine Mangor, Senior Manager, is part of the Corporate Services team. In this role she supports reporting initiatives across the firm, works with systems administrators for Salesforce, Accounting systems, HR systems and IT to ensure all systems are integrated effectively, and serves as the Deltek Vision Systems Administrator.

Kris has extensive ERP experience in a variety of products and expert knowledge of Deltek Vision. Prior to joining Avalere, Kris worked as a Financial Systems Analyst for McCrone Inc.  and as Assistant Controller for AMIDEAST. She also acted as Administrative Director for the startup biotech company Advagen Inc. Early in her career, she was a Molecular Genetics research assistant at NIMH and Rockefeller University.

Kris has a BS in Environmental Science/Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts and a MS in Accounting and Information Technology from the University of Maryland.

Borislava Marcheva

Senior Manager

Borislava
Marcheva

​Borislava Marcheva, Senior Manager, advises clients on the requirements and impacts of payment and delivery reform. She applies her background in strategy to assist clients in selecting appropriate delivery reform practices, tailoring their offerings, and targeting high-value opportunities in response to federal mandates and emerging payment programs.  Borislava also has special expertise in wellness and disease management programs, care integration and readmission reduction. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Borislava worked on the strategy team of LexisNexis, as well as at the Advisory Board Company, where she advised hospitals and hospital systems on a range of issues.  Borislava also has consulted for the World Bank on global health issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Borislava has a MA in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in Economics from Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Marcheva

Borislava

Senior Manager

202.207.3679

​Borislava Marcheva, Senior Manager, advises clients on the requirements and impacts of payment and delivery reform. She applies her background in strategy to assist clients in selecting appropriate delivery reform practices, tailoring their offerings, and targeting high-value opportunities in response to federal mandates and emerging payment programs.  Borislava also has special expertise in wellness and disease management programs, care integration and readmission reduction. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Borislava worked on the strategy team of LexisNexis, as well as at the Advisory Board Company, where she advised hospitals and hospital systems on a range of issues.  Borislava also has consulted for the World Bank on global health issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Borislava has a MA in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in Economics from Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Harleen Marwah

Associate

Harleen
Marwah

Harleen Marwah, Associate, supports project work across a variety of clients and healthcare sectors. Harleen has expertise in the analysis of social determinants of health and health behaviors, which she applies to the influence of policy changes on populations and patients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Harleen participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 20 dealing with the public health implications of climate change. She also worked as a Development Intern for the United Nations Women Greater Los Angeles Chapter, leading programs to improve and develop corporate and individual membership and served Chief of Staff of the USC Office for Wellness and Health Promotion. 

Harleen has an MS in Global Medicine with an emphasis in Management and a BS in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. 

Marwah

Harleen

Associate

202.446.2239
Harleen Marwah, Associate, supports project work across a variety of clients and healthcare sectors. Harleen has expertise in the analysis of social determinants of health and health behaviors, which she applies to the influence of policy changes on populations and patients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Harleen participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 20 dealing with the public health implications of climate change. She also worked as a Development Intern for the United Nations Women Greater Los Angeles Chapter, leading programs to improve and develop corporate and individual membership and served Chief of Staff of the USC Office for Wellness and Health Promotion. 

Harleen has an MS in Global Medicine with an emphasis in Management and a BS in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. 

Domitilla Masi

Senior Associate

Domitilla
Masi

Domitilla Masi, Senior Associate, supports the research and analysis efforts of Avalere’s Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation. In this role, she assists health care stakeholders in adapting their business models and practices to achieve better health outcomes at lower costs. She has special expertise in health care delivery system reforms and new and emerging alternative payment models. 

                                          

Prior to joining Avalere, Domitilla was a Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Health Policy, leading qualitative and quantitative research on alternative payment and delivery models; health IT; and the Affordable Care Act implementation. Prior to that, as a Fellow at Capital Caring, she contributed to research on long-term and end-of-life care services, workforce and policy.

Domitilla has an MS in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and a BS in Anthropology from University College London.

Masi

Domitilla

Senior Associate

202.446.2215
Domitilla Masi, Senior Associate, supports the research and analysis efforts of Avalere’s Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation. In this role, she assists health care stakeholders in adapting their business models and practices to achieve better health outcomes at lower costs. She has special expertise in health care delivery system reforms and new and emerging alternative payment models. 

                                          

Prior to joining Avalere, Domitilla was a Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Health Policy, leading qualitative and quantitative research on alternative payment and delivery models; health IT; and the Affordable Care Act implementation. Prior to that, as a Fellow at Capital Caring, she contributed to research on long-term and end-of-life care services, workforce and policy.

Domitilla has an MS in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and a BS in Anthropology from University College London.

Susan Massaro

Vice President

Susan
Massaro

Susan Massaro, Vice President, advises Life Sciences clients across a variety of areas, delivering research, analytics and strategic insights to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and device companies.  Susan’s expertise in in medical affairs and health economics and outcomes research enables her to engage clients across a wide array of topics.  Susan also has a great deal of experience in product launches across a number of therapeutic areas and expertise in developing and executing clinical and outcomes research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Susan was a Head and Business Partner at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, developing and implementing outcomes research strategy for the Integrated Hospital Care and Primary Care & Established Medicines Medical Units.  Susan was originally a practicing pharmacist with a specialty focus in pediatric critical care but has spent the last 18 years in various roles in the pharmaceutical industry.  

Susan holds a BA in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh and a PharmD from The Ohio State University.  She completed an ASHP accredited specialty residency in pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and recently graduated from the Executive MPH program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Massaro

Susan

Vice President

202.355.6076

Susan Massaro, Vice President, advises Life Sciences clients across a variety of areas, delivering research, analytics and strategic insights to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and device companies.  Susan’s expertise in in medical affairs and health economics and outcomes research enables her to engage clients across a wide array of topics.  Susan also has a great deal of experience in product launches across a number of therapeutic areas and expertise in developing and executing clinical and outcomes research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Susan was a Head and Business Partner at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, developing and implementing outcomes research strategy for the Integrated Hospital Care and Primary Care & Established Medicines Medical Units.  Susan was originally a practicing pharmacist with a specialty focus in pediatric critical care but has spent the last 18 years in various roles in the pharmaceutical industry.  

Susan holds a BA in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh and a PharmD from The Ohio State University.  She completed an ASHP accredited specialty residency in pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and recently graduated from the Executive MPH program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Kristin McCarthy

Manager

Kristin
McCarthy

Kristin McCarthy, Manager, supports clients on Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, focusing on coverage expansion and insurance market reforms.  Kristin applies her experience working at an insurance exchange at the state level to help clients anticipate the impact of health reform on business strategy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristin was the Health and Wellness Coordinator at the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (Massachusetts’ health insurance exchange) where she led the Connector’s small group wellness program. In addition, Kristin managed the Commonwealth’s student health insurance program, overseeing regulatory and compliance efforts for commercial student plans. Prior to this role, Kristin served as the Connector’s External Affairs Coordinator. Previously, Kristin served as a legal and regulatory intern for both the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Kristin has a JD from Suffolk University Law School and a BA in Political Science from Trinity College, Hartford, CT. ​

McCarthy

Kristin

Manager

202.459.6314

Kristin McCarthy, Manager, supports clients on Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, focusing on coverage expansion and insurance market reforms.  Kristin applies her experience working at an insurance exchange at the state level to help clients anticipate the impact of health reform on business strategy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristin was the Health and Wellness Coordinator at the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (Massachusetts’ health insurance exchange) where she led the Connector’s small group wellness program. In addition, Kristin managed the Commonwealth’s student health insurance program, overseeing regulatory and compliance efforts for commercial student plans. Prior to this role, Kristin served as the Connector’s External Affairs Coordinator. Previously, Kristin served as a legal and regulatory intern for both the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Kristin has a JD from Suffolk University Law School and a BA in Political Science from Trinity College, Hartford, CT. ​

Matthew McClellan

Senior Manager

Matthew
McClellan

Matthew McClellan, Senior Manager, provides advanced statistics and analytics research and development to improve Avalere’s existing product processes and algorithms and internal operations. He also supports new product development, including designing complex, large-scale datasets and application of data mining techniques for research purposes. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Matthew was a Senior Data Engineer in Inovalon’s software development organization where he conducted business analysis, architecture, design, development, and operations for multiple ETL, data warehousing, and data processing projects.  Prior to joining Inovalon, he was a Senior Data Engineer in the quantitative, direct marketing industry in developer, architect, and technical lead roles. 

Matthew earned a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Maryland at College Park.  

McClellan

Matthew

Senior Manager

301.809.4000 x1554
Matthew McClellan, Senior Manager, provides advanced statistics and analytics research and development to improve Avalere’s existing product processes and algorithms and internal operations. He also supports new product development, including designing complex, large-scale datasets and application of data mining techniques for research purposes. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Matthew was a Senior Data Engineer in Inovalon’s software development organization where he conducted business analysis, architecture, design, development, and operations for multiple ETL, data warehousing, and data processing projects.  Prior to joining Inovalon, he was a Senior Data Engineer in the quantitative, direct marketing industry in developer, architect, and technical lead roles. 

Matthew earned a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Maryland at College Park.  

Nancy McGee

Executive Vice President

Nancy
McGee

Nancy McGee, Executive Vice President, is a senior healthcare consulting and operations executive with specialized expertise in health policy, health plans, and health care delivery systems with particular interest in developing innovative new offerings designed to address payer, provider, and patient access issues.

For 20 years, Nancy has been working with life sciences companies to identify opportunities to develop comprehensive access strategies and tactical programs by analyzing healthcare policy, industry, and distribution trends. She also has experience working with national health plans and pharmacy benefit management companies to help self-insured employers understand their healthcare spend while educating their employees to become effective consumers of healthcare. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Nancy held positions at Castlight Health; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; and she was the Chief Operating Officer for Lash Group. She began her consulting career at The Lewin Group.

Nancy holds a DrPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; an MPH from Columbia University; and has been a member of the California State Bar Association since 1995. She is a board member of the Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation.

McGee

Nancy

Executive Vice President

202.207.3474

Nancy McGee, Executive Vice President, is a senior healthcare consulting and operations executive with specialized expertise in health policy, health plans, and health care delivery systems with particular interest in developing innovative new offerings designed to address payer, provider, and patient access issues.

For 20 years, Nancy has been working with life sciences companies to identify opportunities to develop comprehensive access strategies and tactical programs by analyzing healthcare policy, industry, and distribution trends. She also has experience working with national health plans and pharmacy benefit management companies to help self-insured employers understand their healthcare spend while educating their employees to become effective consumers of healthcare. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Nancy held positions at Castlight Health; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; and she was the Chief Operating Officer for Lash Group. She began her consulting career at The Lewin Group.

Nancy holds a DrPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; an MPH from Columbia University; and has been a member of the California State Bar Association since 1995. She is a board member of the Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation.

Kristyne McGuinn

Manager

Kristyne
McGuinn

Kristyne McGuinn, Manager, advises clients on evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality improvement, and quality measurement and reporting. Kristyne also has special expertise in patient registry development and reporting.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristyne served as a Senior Specialist, Registry Development at the American College of Cardiology and as a Program Director at the National Quality Forum.

Kristyne has a BA in English from Loyola University Chicago and a MHS in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

McGuinn

Kristyne

Manager

202.355.6006

Kristyne McGuinn, Manager, advises clients on evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality improvement, and quality measurement and reporting. Kristyne also has special expertise in patient registry development and reporting.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristyne served as a Senior Specialist, Registry Development at the American College of Cardiology and as a Program Director at the National Quality Forum.

Kristyne has a BA in English from Loyola University Chicago and a MHS in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Isaac Meals

Associate

Isaac
Meals

Isaac Meals, Associate, partners with teams across the firm on the development of existing and new software products and services. With a focus on the end-user experience and business needs, he performs continuous product enhancements and quality assurance.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Isaac partnered with and consulted for several local businesses on web development projects. While completing his undergraduate work, he developed a web application to connect students at Indian University of Pennsylvania, which was widely used by over a quarter of the student body. 

Isaac earned a BS in Management Information Systems from Indian University of Pennsylvania. 

Meals

Isaac

Associate

202.446.2248
Isaac Meals, Associate, partners with teams across the firm on the development of existing and new software products and services. With a focus on the end-user experience and business needs, he performs continuous product enhancements and quality assurance.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Isaac partnered with and consulted for several local businesses on web development projects. While completing his undergraduate work, he developed a web application to connect students at Indian University of Pennsylvania, which was widely used by over a quarter of the student body. 

Isaac earned a BS in Management Information Systems from Indian University of Pennsylvania. 

Dan Mendelson

President

Dan
Mendelson

Dan Mendelson is President of Avalere Health.  He leads the firm’s operations, and engages in data-driven strategic work for major clients in life sciences, managed care, and the provider sectors.  Prior to founding Avalere in 2000, Dan served as Associate Director for Health at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Mr. Mendelson presently serves on the Board of Champions Oncology (CSBR) and is on the faculty of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the boards of Coventry Healthcare (sold to Aetna in 2013), PharMerica Corporation (PMC) and HMS holdings (HMSY).

Dan speaks frequently and is often quoted in the media on business strategy and policy matters – often highlighting the outstanding analytic work of the Avalere staff.  He has a BA in Economics and Viola Performance from Oberlin College, and a MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mendelson

Dan

President

202.207.1310

Dan Mendelson is President of Avalere Health.  He leads the firm’s operations, and engages in data-driven strategic work for major clients in life sciences, managed care, and the provider sectors.  Prior to founding Avalere in 2000, Dan served as Associate Director for Health at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Mr. Mendelson presently serves on the Board of Champions Oncology (CSBR) and is on the faculty of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the boards of Coventry Healthcare (sold to Aetna in 2013), PharMerica Corporation (PMC) and HMS holdings (HMSY).

Dan speaks frequently and is often quoted in the media on business strategy and policy matters – often highlighting the outstanding analytic work of the Avalere staff.  He has a BA in Economics and Viola Performance from Oberlin College, and a MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Nina Mermelstein

Associate

Nina
Mermelstein

Nina Mermelstein, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of healthcare sectors and stakeholders. Nina has special expertise in international public health and strategic business communications.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nina led Community Development efforts at Johns Hopkins University’s Students Consulting for Non-profit Organizations, assisting Baltimore non-profits in developing business plans, establishing fund raising goals, marketing efforts and strategic planning. Prior to that, as a Healthcare Public Relations Intern at Ruder Finn, she provided communications support to pharmaceutical companies around various diseases including diabetes and influenza.

Nina has a BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University with minors in both Entrepreneurship & Management and Marketing & Communications.

Mermelstein

Nina

Associate

202.446.2259

Nina Mermelstein, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of healthcare sectors and stakeholders. Nina has special expertise in international public health and strategic business communications.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nina led Community Development efforts at Johns Hopkins University’s Students Consulting for Non-profit Organizations, assisting Baltimore non-profits in developing business plans, establishing fund raising goals, marketing efforts and strategic planning. Prior to that, as a Healthcare Public Relations Intern at Ruder Finn, she provided communications support to pharmaceutical companies around various diseases including diabetes and influenza.

Nina has a BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University with minors in both Entrepreneurship & Management and Marketing & Communications.

Tiernan Meyer

Manager

Tiernan
Meyer

Tiernan Meyer, Manager, supports Avalere clients in analytic and strategic engagements focused on Medicaid, state health policy trends, and the impact of federal health reform. Tiernan leads Avalere’s Medicaid policy tracking—including states’ decisions around expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act—and our analysis of trends and enrollment in Medicaid managed care.  She follows Medicaid trends with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and state cost containment, and has expertise in private exchanges and benefit design trends.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tiernan worked as a health educator at the Delta Area Health Education Center in Helena, AR. Additionally, she analyzed the Chilean public healthcare system while studying in Concepción, Chile.

Tiernan has a BA in neuroscience from Middlebury College.

Meyer

Tiernan

Manager

202.207.1311

Tiernan Meyer, Manager, supports Avalere clients in analytic and strategic engagements focused on Medicaid, state health policy trends, and the impact of federal health reform. Tiernan leads Avalere’s Medicaid policy tracking—including states’ decisions around expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act—and our analysis of trends and enrollment in Medicaid managed care.  She follows Medicaid trends with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and state cost containment, and has expertise in private exchanges and benefit design trends.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tiernan worked as a health educator at the Delta Area Health Education Center in Helena, AR. Additionally, she analyzed the Chilean public healthcare system while studying in Concepción, Chile.

Tiernan has a BA in neuroscience from Middlebury College.

Kristi Mitchell

Senior Vice President

Kristi
Mitchell

Kristi Mitchell, Senior Vice President, leads client engagements involving the use of clinical data for strategic decision-making across multiple industries, including life sciences, health plans, and professional societies. In this capacity, she provides strategic guidance for innovative collection and utilization of data, as well as, oversees the diffusion of best practice in quality measurement development, implementation, and evaluation across multiples industries.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristi worked at the American College of Cardiology (ACC), leading the development of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, most recently as the Chief Science Officer. Prior to the ACC, she assessed the impact of public health policies, programs, and practices on health outcomes at Battelle Centers for Public Health Policy and Evaluation and at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

Kristi has an AB in Human Biology and Public Policy from Brown University and a MPH in Public Health Policy Administration and Epidemiology from University of Michigan. She sits on the FDA MDEpiNet Interim Advisory Committee and the Pew Trust Future of Medical Device Registry Stakeholder Group.

Mitchell

Kristi

Senior Vice President

202.207.1308

Kristi Mitchell, Senior Vice President, leads client engagements involving the use of clinical data for strategic decision-making across multiple industries, including life sciences, health plans, and professional societies. In this capacity, she provides strategic guidance for innovative collection and utilization of data, as well as, oversees the diffusion of best practice in quality measurement development, implementation, and evaluation across multiples industries.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristi worked at the American College of Cardiology (ACC), leading the development of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, most recently as the Chief Science Officer. Prior to the ACC, she assessed the impact of public health policies, programs, and practices on health outcomes at Battelle Centers for Public Health Policy and Evaluation and at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

Kristi has an AB in Human Biology and Public Policy from Brown University and a MPH in Public Health Policy Administration and Epidemiology from University of Michigan. She sits on the FDA MDEpiNet Interim Advisory Committee and the Pew Trust Future of Medical Device Registry Stakeholder Group.

Ashley Moore

Executive Assistant

Ashley
Moore

Ashley Moore, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research. She supports Avalere’s leadership staff in the Health Plans & Managed Care, Financial Services, and Client Solutions teams. Ashley has demonstrated expertise in customer service and communication.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley served as an Executive Associate for Aligning Forces for Quality and as an Operations Supervisor for The George Washington University. 

Ashley is currently completing a MA/BA dual degree program in American Studies at The George Washington University.

Moore

Ashley

Executive Assistant

202.207.3801

Ashley Moore, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research. She supports Avalere’s leadership staff in the Health Plans & Managed Care, Financial Services, and Client Solutions teams. Ashley has demonstrated expertise in customer service and communication.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley served as an Executive Associate for Aligning Forces for Quality and as an Operations Supervisor for The George Washington University. 

Ashley is currently completing a MA/BA dual degree program in American Studies at The George Washington University.

Abby Moorman

Senior Manager

Abby
Moorman

Abby Moorman, Senior Manager, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization in many settings of care including physician office, outpatient department, ASC, and inpatient hospital.  Abby, a Certified Professional Coder, also has special expertise in CPT®, HCPCS, ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding and payment.

Prior to joining Avalere, Abby served as a Production Coordinator of the Union Copy Center at the University of Maryland at College Park and prior to that she was a Case Manager at Community Residence.

Abby has a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she interned at the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships.

Moorman

Abby

Senior Manager

202.207.3808

Abby Moorman, Senior Manager, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization in many settings of care including physician office, outpatient department, ASC, and inpatient hospital.  Abby, a Certified Professional Coder, also has special expertise in CPT®, HCPCS, ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding and payment.

Prior to joining Avalere, Abby served as a Production Coordinator of the Union Copy Center at the University of Maryland at College Park and prior to that she was a Case Manager at Community Residence.

Abby has a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she interned at the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships.

Andrew Mosso

Director

Andrew
Mosso

Andrew Mosso, Director, supports a range of Avalere clients by analyzing healthcare encounters, services and insurance claims. He applies his background in data analytics and healthcare research to develop solutions using large and complex databases. Andrew has nearly three decades of experience with SAS programming with emphasis on Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance claims as well as hospital encounter, military health system and health care survey data.

Prior to joining Avalere, Andrew was a senior consultant at IMS Government Solutions, transitioning, implementing and supporting Department of Defense data products. Prior to that, as a senior analyst with Social and Scientific Systems, he produced complex clinical, economic and financial analyses in partnership with the Federal researchers, economists and physicians.

Andrew has a BFA from New York University and a Masters in Health Services Management from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY. He also is a SAS Certified Professional.

Mosso

Andrew

Director

202.459.6256

Andrew Mosso, Director, supports a range of Avalere clients by analyzing healthcare encounters, services and insurance claims. He applies his background in data analytics and healthcare research to develop solutions using large and complex databases. Andrew has nearly three decades of experience with SAS programming with emphasis on Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance claims as well as hospital encounter, military health system and health care survey data.

Prior to joining Avalere, Andrew was a senior consultant at IMS Government Solutions, transitioning, implementing and supporting Department of Defense data products. Prior to that, as a senior analyst with Social and Scientific Systems, he produced complex clinical, economic and financial analyses in partnership with the Federal researchers, economists and physicians.

Andrew has a BFA from New York University and a Masters in Health Services Management from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY. He also is a SAS Certified Professional.

Dianne Munevar

Director

Dianne
Munevar

Dianne Munevar, Director, provides quantitative and qualitative analyses related to Medicare reimbursement for acute hospital, post-acute care settings, and ambulatory care providers. Currently, Dianne provides technical advisory services to provider and health plan clients transitioning to population health-based delivery and payment reform. Examples include literature reviews, predictive analytics, and benchmark studies for small and large, national integrated healthcare delivery systems. Dianne also conducts data analyses of legislative and policy changes specific to life science companies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Dianne was a Health Services Research Analyst with RTI International.

Dianne has a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Colgate University and a MPP with a concentration in Human Resources, Labor, and Education from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Munevar

Dianne

Director

202.207.1330

Dianne Munevar, Director, provides quantitative and qualitative analyses related to Medicare reimbursement for acute hospital, post-acute care settings, and ambulatory care providers. Currently, Dianne provides technical advisory services to provider and health plan clients transitioning to population health-based delivery and payment reform. Examples include literature reviews, predictive analytics, and benchmark studies for small and large, national integrated healthcare delivery systems. Dianne also conducts data analyses of legislative and policy changes specific to life science companies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Dianne was a Health Services Research Analyst with RTI International.

Dianne has a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Colgate University and a MPP with a concentration in Human Resources, Labor, and Education from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Lisa Murphy

Director

Lisa
Murphy

Lisa Murphy, Director, leads strategic client engagements focused on legislative and regulatory changes to the healthcare system. She supports pharmaceutical manufacturers in preparing for, interpreting, and responding to policy changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act, including the implementation of health insurance exchanges, essential health benefits requirements, and Medicaid expansions. Lisa’s other areas of expertise include the Medicare prescription drug benefit and state policies on prescription drug access.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lisa worked with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, and served as a Jacob K. Javits Policy Fellow in the Office of U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan.

Lisa has a MPP from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Political Science from the University of Richmond.

Murphy

Lisa

Director

202.207.3672

Lisa Murphy, Director, leads strategic client engagements focused on legislative and regulatory changes to the healthcare system. She supports pharmaceutical manufacturers in preparing for, interpreting, and responding to policy changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act, including the implementation of health insurance exchanges, essential health benefits requirements, and Medicaid expansions. Lisa’s other areas of expertise include the Medicare prescription drug benefit and state policies on prescription drug access.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lisa worked with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, and served as a Jacob K. Javits Policy Fellow in the Office of U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan.

Lisa has a MPP from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Political Science from the University of Richmond.

Kyla Nave

Senior Manager

Kyla
Nave

Kyla Nave, Senior Manager Human Resources, integrates her 15 years of combined consulting and human resources experience, to provide an innovative voice to the Avalere HR team. Her role encompasses a wide variety of HR leadership responsibilities, including oversight of the talent acquisition team and function, firm wide talent management, Affirmative Action compliance, compensation and incentive design, and the management of the firm’s Associate Immersion program. It is through these areas of focus, along with continued process development that Kyla works to promote organizational excellence.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Kyla was a Senior Consultant with Epicor Software where she managed HR Software implementation projects which included scope writing, business needs analysis, full cycle project management, and product delivery. Prior to that, Kyla was a Senior Generalist for Care Centric, Inc., a business solutions company in the post-acute healthcare market, where she had oversight of employee relations, performance management, recruiting, training, and benefits. 

Kyla has a BA in Psychology from Georgia State University.

Nave

Kyla

Senior Manager

202.355.6097

Kyla Nave, Senior Manager Human Resources, integrates her 15 years of combined consulting and human resources experience, to provide an innovative voice to the Avalere HR team. Her role encompasses a wide variety of HR leadership responsibilities, including oversight of the talent acquisition team and function, firm wide talent management, Affirmative Action compliance, compensation and incentive design, and the management of the firm’s Associate Immersion program. It is through these areas of focus, along with continued process development that Kyla works to promote organizational excellence.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Kyla was a Senior Consultant with Epicor Software where she managed HR Software implementation projects which included scope writing, business needs analysis, full cycle project management, and product delivery. Prior to that, Kyla was a Senior Generalist for Care Centric, Inc., a business solutions company in the post-acute healthcare market, where she had oversight of employee relations, performance management, recruiting, training, and benefits. 

Kyla has a BA in Psychology from Georgia State University.

Xiaoli (Charlene) Niu

Manager

Xiaoli (Charlene)
Niu

Xiaoli (Charlene) Niu, Manager, provides support on study design, economic modelling and database analysis for various research projects. Charlene also performs advanced analytics to provide insights to product development with her background in pharmaceutical economics and policy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Charlene was a research assistant at University of Southern California, with a focus on cost-effectiveness, comparative effectiveness and health outcomes research. She also served as a research fellow at Global Market Access team at Biogen, responsible for conducting research projects on patient-reported outcomes, health care utilization and burden of illness to support the launch preparation and brand strategy of the new products. 

Xiaoli is a Ph.D. candidate in Health Economics from University of Southern California and earned a BA in Economics from China Pharmaceutical University.

Niu

Xiaoli (Charlene)

Manager

Xiaoli (Charlene) Niu, Manager, provides support on study design, economic modelling and database analysis for various research projects. Charlene also performs advanced analytics to provide insights to product development with her background in pharmaceutical economics and policy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Charlene was a research assistant at University of Southern California, with a focus on cost-effectiveness, comparative effectiveness and health outcomes research. She also served as a research fellow at Global Market Access team at Biogen, responsible for conducting research projects on patient-reported outcomes, health care utilization and burden of illness to support the launch preparation and brand strategy of the new products. 

Xiaoli is a Ph.D. candidate in Health Economics from University of Southern California and earned a BA in Economics from China Pharmaceutical University.

Melyssa Nocar

Senior Manager

Melyssa
Nocar

Melyssa Nocar, Senior Manager, Avalere Communications leads managed markets marketing initiatives to help provide solutions for clients to communicate their value to customers.

Prior to joining Avalere, Melyssa was Account Supervisor Managed Markets, for MediMedia, an ICON plc Company, where she partnered with clients across multiple business units and therapeutic categories to develop communications plans and content to educate and inform target audiences. Prior to that, as Account Supervisor for Cline Davis & Mann, she served as the key contact for pharmaceutical client’s brand team, managing the development of promotional HCP and DTC initiatives. Prior to that, as Senior Account Executive and Account Executive for GSW Worldwide, supporting pharmaceutical client’s brand team efforts.

Melyssa has a BS in Communications Studies, Public Relations from Liberty University.

Nocar

Melyssa

Senior Manager

202.355.6055
Melyssa Nocar, Senior Manager, Avalere Communications leads managed markets marketing initiatives to help provide solutions for clients to communicate their value to customers.

Prior to joining Avalere, Melyssa was Account Supervisor Managed Markets, for MediMedia, an ICON plc Company, where she partnered with clients across multiple business units and therapeutic categories to develop communications plans and content to educate and inform target audiences. Prior to that, as Account Supervisor for Cline Davis & Mann, she served as the key contact for pharmaceutical client’s brand team, managing the development of promotional HCP and DTC initiatives. Prior to that, as Senior Account Executive and Account Executive for GSW Worldwide, supporting pharmaceutical client’s brand team efforts.

Melyssa has a BS in Communications Studies, Public Relations from Liberty University.

Diane Norris

Director

Diane
Norris

Diane Norris, Director, provides SAS programming support for a wide range of data analytic projects. In addition, she employs a variety of other programming languages such as Visual Basic.NET and VBA to design software products with an emphasis on robust architecture, user friendliness, and thorough documentation. Diane has extensive experience with cross-application automation of Microsoft Office software and developing clear and meticulous user instructions for a variety of audiences.

Prior to joining Avalere, Diane worked as a Senior Principal Engineer in the Flight Dynamics group at Orbital Sciences Corp. and was a Lead Navigation Engineer for Earth science and geosynchronous satellite missions.

Diane has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Norris

Diane

Director

202.459.6266

Diane Norris, Director, provides SAS programming support for a wide range of data analytic projects. In addition, she employs a variety of other programming languages such as Visual Basic.NET and VBA to design software products with an emphasis on robust architecture, user friendliness, and thorough documentation. Diane has extensive experience with cross-application automation of Microsoft Office software and developing clear and meticulous user instructions for a variety of audiences.

Prior to joining Avalere, Diane worked as a Senior Principal Engineer in the Flight Dynamics group at Orbital Sciences Corp. and was a Lead Navigation Engineer for Earth science and geosynchronous satellite missions.

Diane has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Kris Norris

Vice President

Kris
Norris

Kris Norris, Vice President, provides SAS programming support for a growing data analytic portfolio, including DataFrame™, our proprietary database of Medicare Part D plan features. He performs analyses on Medicare policy changes and health reform proposals in a variety of settings, including inpatient, skilled nursing facility, hospice, and home health. He also models the financial impact of Medicare payment policies and health reform proposals, and analyzes prescription data in support of drug adherence studies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kris was a SAS programming team manager at Lockheed Martin Federal Healthcare. Kris previously worked as an independent consultant for healthcare and research organizations, as well as companies in the mortgage and commercial banking industries, and for the federal government.

Kris has 20 years of experience with SAS and other software packages. Kris was trained as a programmer while serving in the Marine Corps, and has had further professional training throughout his career, including more than a dozen courses with the SAS Institute. He is SAS-certified.

Norris

Kris

Vice President

202.207.3835

Kris Norris, Vice President, provides SAS programming support for a growing data analytic portfolio, including DataFrame™, our proprietary database of Medicare Part D plan features. He performs analyses on Medicare policy changes and health reform proposals in a variety of settings, including inpatient, skilled nursing facility, hospice, and home health. He also models the financial impact of Medicare payment policies and health reform proposals, and analyzes prescription data in support of drug adherence studies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kris was a SAS programming team manager at Lockheed Martin Federal Healthcare. Kris previously worked as an independent consultant for healthcare and research organizations, as well as companies in the mortgage and commercial banking industries, and for the federal government.

Kris has 20 years of experience with SAS and other software packages. Kris was trained as a programmer while serving in the Marine Corps, and has had further professional training throughout his career, including more than a dozen courses with the SAS Institute. He is SAS-certified.

Kim Norton

Vice President

Kim
Norton

Kimberly Norton, Vice President, advises clients on integrated market access strategies, product commercialization tactical plans, and public and private payer engagement activities. With a focus on medical devices and diagnostics, she applies her background in integrated strategy development and implementation for successful commercialization.

During Kim’s extensive career in healthcare, she served as Vice President of Healthcare Policy and Reimbursement at both LDR Spine and DePuy Synthes, where she was responsible for reimbursement strategy, implementation, and federal and state government affairs for the firms' technologies. Kimberly also has extensive reimbursement consulting experience, both individually and with Argenta Advisors, LLC, where she managed company operations and business development, as well as advised many clients across the medical device spectrum. Kim brings to Avalere significant experience in US and international medical technology reimbursement, healthcare economics and outcomes research, healthcare policy, and state and federal government affairs.

Kimberly has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Political Science from Wellesley College.

Norton

Kim

Vice President

202.207.3468

Kimberly Norton, Vice President, advises clients on integrated market access strategies, product commercialization tactical plans, and public and private payer engagement activities. With a focus on medical devices and diagnostics, she applies her background in integrated strategy development and implementation for successful commercialization.

During Kim’s extensive career in healthcare, she served as Vice President of Healthcare Policy and Reimbursement at both LDR Spine and DePuy Synthes, where she was responsible for reimbursement strategy, implementation, and federal and state government affairs for the firms' technologies. Kimberly also has extensive reimbursement consulting experience, both individually and with Argenta Advisors, LLC, where she managed company operations and business development, as well as advised many clients across the medical device spectrum. Kim brings to Avalere significant experience in US and international medical technology reimbursement, healthcare economics and outcomes research, healthcare policy, and state and federal government affairs.

Kimberly has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Political Science from Wellesley College.

Leila Nowroozi

Senior Vice President

Leila
Nowroozi

Leila Nowroozi, Senior Vice President of Marketing, leads our efforts to ensure that the right mix of the firm's vast expertise is brought to bear on every client's unique challenges. Combining policy expertise and an extensive background in the life sciences space, Leila readily identifies the commercial challenges companies face and works with each client to bring forth an appropriate solution.

Prior to joining Avalere, Leila spent several years in marketing at Pfizer where she was part of the team launching Pfizer's first ophthalmic product for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Leila was also a part of J&J's Pharmaceutical Strategic Marketing Group, where she focused on the commercialization process in global markets. Prior to J&J, Leila was a Cardiovascular Market Analyst at the Advisory Board Company.

Leila has a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of South Carolina and MBA in Health Sector Management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Nowroozi

Leila

Senior Vice President

202.207.3829

Leila Nowroozi, Senior Vice President of Marketing, leads our efforts to ensure that the right mix of the firm's vast expertise is brought to bear on every client's unique challenges. Combining policy expertise and an extensive background in the life sciences space, Leila readily identifies the commercial challenges companies face and works with each client to bring forth an appropriate solution.

Prior to joining Avalere, Leila spent several years in marketing at Pfizer where she was part of the team launching Pfizer's first ophthalmic product for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Leila was also a part of J&J's Pharmaceutical Strategic Marketing Group, where she focused on the commercialization process in global markets. Prior to J&J, Leila was a Cardiovascular Market Analyst at the Advisory Board Company.

Leila has a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of South Carolina and MBA in Health Sector Management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Megan Olsen

Senior Associate

Megan
Olsen

Megan Olsen, Senior Associate, supports clients in anticipating and navigating federal and state health policies, including the Affordable Care Act. She applies her background in the pharmaceutical industry to advise clients on shaping their business and advocacy strategies in response to legislative and regulatory developments. Megan has specific expertise in Medicaid and health insurance exchanges, and she assists in the firm’s analysis of Medicaid managed care trends. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Megan was a Public Policy Fellow with Novo Nordisk, where she assessed the impact of public policy to shape and support the company’s advocacy priorities. Megan previously interned at Avalere Health in the Health Reform practice, as well as with the New York State Department of Labor in the Research and Statistics Division.

Megan has an MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and BA in Economics and Psychology from Saint Michael’s College. 

Olsen

Megan

Senior Associate

202.446.2225

Megan Olsen, Senior Associate, supports clients in anticipating and navigating federal and state health policies, including the Affordable Care Act. She applies her background in the pharmaceutical industry to advise clients on shaping their business and advocacy strategies in response to legislative and regulatory developments. Megan has specific expertise in Medicaid and health insurance exchanges, and she assists in the firm’s analysis of Medicaid managed care trends. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Megan was a Public Policy Fellow with Novo Nordisk, where she assessed the impact of public policy to shape and support the company’s advocacy priorities. Megan previously interned at Avalere Health in the Health Reform practice, as well as with the New York State Department of Labor in the Research and Statistics Division.

Megan has an MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and BA in Economics and Psychology from Saint Michael’s College. 

Amy Palatiello

Senior Manager

Amy
Palatiello

Amy Thornton Palatiello, Senior Manager, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization for medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals with a focus on the impact of regulatory and legislative changes related to Medicare payment policy.  In particular, Amy has extensive experience in Medicare coverage policy, end-stage renal disease payment issues, and durable medical equipment (DME) competitive bidding policy.

Prior to Avalere, Amy was a Healthcare Policy Analyst for the Washington Research Group where she informed institutional investors from the nation's largest mutual, hedge, and retirement funds about how Washington legislation and regulations would impact publicly traded healthcare companies.  Amy also worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a health policy specialist focusing on Part D implementation and waste, fraud and abuse policy.

Amy has an MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota and a BA from the University of Wisconsin.

Palatiello

Amy

Senior Manager

202.446.2281
Amy Thornton Palatiello, Senior Manager, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization for medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals with a focus on the impact of regulatory and legislative changes related to Medicare payment policy.  In particular, Amy has extensive experience in Medicare coverage policy, end-stage renal disease payment issues, and durable medical equipment (DME) competitive bidding policy.

Prior to Avalere, Amy was a Healthcare Policy Analyst for the Washington Research Group where she informed institutional investors from the nation's largest mutual, hedge, and retirement funds about how Washington legislation and regulations would impact publicly traded healthcare companies.  Amy also worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a health policy specialist focusing on Part D implementation and waste, fraud and abuse policy.

Amy has an MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota and a BA from the University of Wisconsin.

Kai Pantin

Senior Manager

Kai
Pantin

Kai Pantin, Senior Manager, advises internal clients on office management-related activities, off-site meeting planning, employee welfare, and community service. Kai also supervises the Administrative team.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kai served as a Senior Administrative Assistant for Veterinary Holistic Care and as a Research Assistant for Clara Hill, PhD at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Kai has a dual BA in Communication and Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a MS in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Kai volunteers as a mental health counselor and is seeking licensure in Maryland.

Pantin

Kai

Senior Manager

202.207.3461

Kai Pantin, Senior Manager, advises internal clients on office management-related activities, off-site meeting planning, employee welfare, and community service. Kai also supervises the Administrative team.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kai served as a Senior Administrative Assistant for Veterinary Holistic Care and as a Research Assistant for Clara Hill, PhD at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Kai has a dual BA in Communication and Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a MS in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Kai volunteers as a mental health counselor and is seeking licensure in Maryland.

Jeff Paramore

Director

Jeff
Paramore

Jeff Paramore, Director, advises Life Sciences clients across a variety of areas including product commercialization, sales force effectiveness and marketing.  He applies his background in working with start-up organizations as well as large manufacturers to help clients understand how to navigate today’s dynamic environment when bringing products to market. Jeff has experience in a broad range of therapeutic areas and settings of care, with particular expertise in respiratory and neurology. 

Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the sales, marketing and commercialization of pharmaceuticals, laboratory services and medical products, in hospitals as well as and private physician networks. Prior to joining Avalere, Jeff served as Sales Director for MAP Pharmaceuticals as well as key leadership positions with Sunovion and Abbott Laboratories.  

Jeff has a BS from Auburn University.

Paramore

Jeff

Director

202.446.2279

Jeff Paramore, Director, advises Life Sciences clients across a variety of areas including product commercialization, sales force effectiveness and marketing.  He applies his background in working with start-up organizations as well as large manufacturers to help clients understand how to navigate today’s dynamic environment when bringing products to market. Jeff has experience in a broad range of therapeutic areas and settings of care, with particular expertise in respiratory and neurology. 

Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the sales, marketing and commercialization of pharmaceuticals, laboratory services and medical products, in hospitals as well as and private physician networks. Prior to joining Avalere, Jeff served as Sales Director for MAP Pharmaceuticals as well as key leadership positions with Sunovion and Abbott Laboratories.  

Jeff has a BS from Auburn University.

Alexis Parente

Manager

Alexis
Parente

Alexis Parente, Ph.D., Manager, advises clients on the methodology and implementation of epidemiological and health outcomes research using large databases. She has expertise in the areas of pharmacovigilance, comparative outcomes analyses, risk modeling, predictive analytics, performance measurement, survey analyses, and disease management evaluation. With her background in epidemiology, statistics, and psychology, Alexis performs advanced analytics to support research projects and improve existing or new product development. 

Prior to transferring to Avalere, Alexis was a Health Economics Outcomes Researcher at Inovalon, performing analytics in support of a variety healthcare projects. Prior to joining Inovalon, she was a Biostatistician at Surgical Monitoring Services and at RESI where she served as a Principal Investigator on several economic and health outcome studies relating to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. 

Alexis has a Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Walden University. She also has a MA and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University with minors in Applied Statistics and Dance. 

Parente

Alexis

Manager

301.809.4000 x1405

Alexis Parente, Ph.D., Manager, advises clients on the methodology and implementation of epidemiological and health outcomes research using large databases. She has expertise in the areas of pharmacovigilance, comparative outcomes analyses, risk modeling, predictive analytics, performance measurement, survey analyses, and disease management evaluation. With her background in epidemiology, statistics, and psychology, Alexis performs advanced analytics to support research projects and improve existing or new product development. 

Prior to transferring to Avalere, Alexis was a Health Economics Outcomes Researcher at Inovalon, performing analytics in support of a variety healthcare projects. Prior to joining Inovalon, she was a Biostatistician at Surgical Monitoring Services and at RESI where she served as a Principal Investigator on several economic and health outcome studies relating to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. 

Alexis has a Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Walden University. She also has a MA and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University with minors in Applied Statistics and Dance. 

Deirdre Parsons

Senior Manager

Deirdre
Parsons

Deirdre Parsons, Senior Manager, supports clients on health reform initiatives, focusing on payment and delivery reforms, patient access and nondiscrimination issues. She applies her background in health economics and policy, and her experience in the biotech industry, to help clients understand the implications of the Affordable Care Act on their business. Deirdre has special expertise in drug pricing, personalized medicine, reimbursement, and access.

Prior to joining Avalere, Deirdre was a Strategy Manager at Genentech, leading the development and rollout of the company’s multi-year strategic planning around managed care trends. In addition, she led the assessment of patient access implications from new payment and care delivery models. In previous roles at the company, she led policy assessments on issues impacting Medicare patient care quality and access, 340B program integrity, as well as, personalized medicine and companion diagnostics.

Deirdre has a BA from Dartmouth College, a Master of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University, and a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley.

Parsons

Deirdre

Senior Manager

202.355.6014
Deirdre Parsons, Senior Manager, supports clients on health reform initiatives, focusing on payment and delivery reforms, patient access and nondiscrimination issues. She applies her background in health economics and policy, and her experience in the biotech industry, to help clients understand the implications of the Affordable Care Act on their business. Deirdre has special expertise in drug pricing, personalized medicine, reimbursement, and access.

Prior to joining Avalere, Deirdre was a Strategy Manager at Genentech, leading the development and rollout of the company’s multi-year strategic planning around managed care trends. In addition, she led the assessment of patient access implications from new payment and care delivery models. In previous roles at the company, she led policy assessments on issues impacting Medicare patient care quality and access, 340B program integrity, as well as, personalized medicine and companion diagnostics.

Deirdre has a BA from Dartmouth College, a Master of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University, and a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley.

Roshal Patel

Senior Associate

Roshal
Patel

Roshal Patel, Senior Associate, provides strategic support and guidance to clients in the providers sectors. His expertise includes insurance market reforms, Affordable Care Act implementation and health insurance exchanges. 

Prior to joining Avalere Roshal interned in the regional office of Senator Charles Schumer and in the Office of Policy and Representation at the BlueCross BlueShield Association. At the BCBSA, he supported the VP of Regulatory and Legislative Policy on private sector innovations in payment reform and quality incentives projects.

Roshal has a BA in Health Policy and Biology from the University of Rochester.

Patel

Roshal

Senior Associate

202.355.6049

Roshal Patel, Senior Associate, provides strategic support and guidance to clients in the providers sectors. His expertise includes insurance market reforms, Affordable Care Act implementation and health insurance exchanges. 

Prior to joining Avalere Roshal interned in the regional office of Senator Charles Schumer and in the Office of Policy and Representation at the BlueCross BlueShield Association. At the BCBSA, he supported the VP of Regulatory and Legislative Policy on private sector innovations in payment reform and quality incentives projects.

Roshal has a BA in Health Policy and Biology from the University of Rochester.

Caroline F. Pearson

Senior Vice President

Caroline F.
Pearson

Caroline Pearson, Senior Vice President, leads Avalere’s Health Reform Practice. In this role, she supports clients in understanding how state and federal policy changes will impact their commercial interests and generating the analytics needed to anticipate and influence policy changes. Caroline has focused on implementation of the ACA, Medicaid managed care, prescription drug coverage, and employer-sponsored insurance trends. She also monitors efforts to contain costs and improve care coordination within the Medicaid program, including initiatives focused on dual eligibles, behavioral health management, and HIV/AIDS coverage. Caroline frequently presents to audiences seeking to understand how health reform changes will impact the market, the stability of employer-sponsored insurance, access challenges for newly insured individuals, and market opportunities in public and private exchanges.

Prior to joining Avalere, Caroline was a research assistant for members of Harvard University's Health Policy Ph.D. program studying Medicare coverage decisions. Caroline also worked at the Monroe County, NY, Department of Public Health.

Caroline has a BA in government from Harvard University.

Pearson

Caroline F.

Senior Vice President

202.207.1315

Caroline Pearson, Senior Vice President, leads Avalere’s Health Reform Practice. In this role, she supports clients in understanding how state and federal policy changes will impact their commercial interests and generating the analytics needed to anticipate and influence policy changes. Caroline has focused on implementation of the ACA, Medicaid managed care, prescription drug coverage, and employer-sponsored insurance trends. She also monitors efforts to contain costs and improve care coordination within the Medicaid program, including initiatives focused on dual eligibles, behavioral health management, and HIV/AIDS coverage. Caroline frequently presents to audiences seeking to understand how health reform changes will impact the market, the stability of employer-sponsored insurance, access challenges for newly insured individuals, and market opportunities in public and private exchanges.

Prior to joining Avalere, Caroline was a research assistant for members of Harvard University's Health Policy Ph.D. program studying Medicare coverage decisions. Caroline also worked at the Monroe County, NY, Department of Public Health.

Caroline has a BA in government from Harvard University.

Allison Petrilla

Vice President

Allison
Petrilla

Allison Petrilla, Vice President, works closely with life sciences clients to design observational research studies, health economic evaluations, and market landscape assessments. Allison has particular expertise in retrospective database analysis in both U.S. and ex-U.S. markets and her work has been published across a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Prior to joining Avalere, Allison was a director of HEOR at IMS Health focusing on retrospective study design and economic modeling for life sciences clients, and she was previously a health services researcher for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and an HEOR consultant with ValueMedics Research.

She received an MPH, with a concentration in health information systems, from the George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services, in Washington, DC.

Petrilla

Allison

Vice President

202.355.6011

Allison Petrilla, Vice President, works closely with life sciences clients to design observational research studies, health economic evaluations, and market landscape assessments. Allison has particular expertise in retrospective database analysis in both U.S. and ex-U.S. markets and her work has been published across a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Prior to joining Avalere, Allison was a director of HEOR at IMS Health focusing on retrospective study design and economic modeling for life sciences clients, and she was previously a health services researcher for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and an HEOR consultant with ValueMedics Research.

She received an MPH, with a concentration in health information systems, from the George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services, in Washington, DC.

Zulkarnain Pulungan

Director

Zulkarnain
Pulungan

Zulkarnain Pulungan, Ph.D., Director, designs and implements epidemiological and health outcomes research, including pharmacoeconomic studies, comparative outcomes analyses, risk modeling, predictive analytics, performance measurement, survey analysis, and disease management evaluation. 

Prior to joining Avalere, he led a team of analysts at Inovalon in projects including, studies on disparities in outcomes in dual eligible and disadvantaged Medicare beneficiaries, star rating regional variation in Medicare Advantage issuers, socioeconomic risk adjustment on medication adherence measures, and health care utilization in the ACA population.  Prior to joining Inovalon, he specialized in quality measurement and improvement research at Leading Age New York and the Foundation for Long Term Care where he developed, validated, and implemented quality measures and predictive models as part of innovative technology solutions to advance the use of data-driven decision making.  

Zulkarnain received his Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany, where he currently teaches an econometrics analysis course. 

Pulungan

Zulkarnain

Director

Zulkarnain Pulungan, Ph.D., Director, designs and implements epidemiological and health outcomes research, including pharmacoeconomic studies, comparative outcomes analyses, risk modeling, predictive analytics, performance measurement, survey analysis, and disease management evaluation. 

Prior to joining Avalere, he led a team of analysts at Inovalon in projects including, studies on disparities in outcomes in dual eligible and disadvantaged Medicare beneficiaries, star rating regional variation in Medicare Advantage issuers, socioeconomic risk adjustment on medication adherence measures, and health care utilization in the ACA population.  Prior to joining Inovalon, he specialized in quality measurement and improvement research at Leading Age New York and the Foundation for Long Term Care where he developed, validated, and implemented quality measures and predictive models as part of innovative technology solutions to advance the use of data-driven decision making.  

Zulkarnain received his Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany, where he currently teaches an econometrics analysis course. 

Eric Ray

Senior Associate

Eric
Ray

Eric Ray, Senior Associate, Technology Support, assists internal clients by providing help desk support, handling IT purchasing, and tracking depreciation of capital purchase items. He also assists with the creation of user accounts and permissions, troubleshooting hardware, software, and configuration issues, repairing equipment, and training. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Eric worked at Congressional Quarterly as IT Operations Administrator/Manager and Purchasing Manager.

Eric has a B.S and Masters in Communications from American and George Washington Universities.

Ray

Eric

Senior Associate

202.459.6316

Eric Ray, Senior Associate, Technology Support, assists internal clients by providing help desk support, handling IT purchasing, and tracking depreciation of capital purchase items. He also assists with the creation of user accounts and permissions, troubleshooting hardware, software, and configuration issues, repairing equipment, and training. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Eric worked at Congressional Quarterly as IT Operations Administrator/Manager and Purchasing Manager.

Eric has a B.S and Masters in Communications from American and George Washington Universities.

Jackie Risco

Manager

Jackie
Risco

Jackie Risco, Manager, leads strategic planning, development, and implementation of Avalere’s EBM Navigator®, a business intelligence product designed to anticipate market and regulatory changes in evidence-based medicine (EBM) and comparative effectiveness research (CER). Jackie provides our clients with analytic and strategic support, and helps them anticipate the impact of changes in the continuously evolving EBM/CER landscape through producing updates on recent developments, in-depth analyses of major issues, and insights on long-term trends for healthcare stakeholders.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Jackie served as a Research Assistant at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and interned with the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Public Health in Public Health Management and Policy from the University of Florida.

Risco

Jackie

Manager

202.459.6303

Jackie Risco, Manager, leads strategic planning, development, and implementation of Avalere’s EBM Navigator®, a business intelligence product designed to anticipate market and regulatory changes in evidence-based medicine (EBM) and comparative effectiveness research (CER). Jackie provides our clients with analytic and strategic support, and helps them anticipate the impact of changes in the continuously evolving EBM/CER landscape through producing updates on recent developments, in-depth analyses of major issues, and insights on long-term trends for healthcare stakeholders.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Jackie served as a Research Assistant at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and interned with the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Public Health in Public Health Management and Policy from the University of Florida.

David Robison

Senior Associate

David
Robison

David Robison, Senior Associate, provides support on the production of key deliverables to the Evidence Translational & Implementation practice, primarily specializing in systematic literature review, patient outcome measurement, and clinical best practice guidelines. David also has special expertise in the development of clinical databases and patient data repositories. 

Prior to joining Avalere, David served as a Research & Laboratory Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Brain Tumor Center & Neuro-Oncology Unit. There, he performed survival analysis on patients with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and investigated the degradation of tumor biomarkers in human cerebrospinal fluid samples. 

David has a BS in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 

Robison

David

Senior Associate

202.459.6315

David Robison, Senior Associate, provides support on the production of key deliverables to the Evidence Translational & Implementation practice, primarily specializing in systematic literature review, patient outcome measurement, and clinical best practice guidelines. David also has special expertise in the development of clinical databases and patient data repositories. 

Prior to joining Avalere, David served as a Research & Laboratory Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Brain Tumor Center & Neuro-Oncology Unit. There, he performed survival analysis on patients with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and investigated the degradation of tumor biomarkers in human cerebrospinal fluid samples. 

David has a BS in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 

Sally Rodriguez

Director

Sally
Rodriguez

Sally Rodriguez, Director, provides analytic and strategic support to our clients in the post-acute and long-term care sectors by using data analysis and policy expertise to help them navigate the healthcare market. Sally uses a variety of Medicare and Medicaid data sources to conduct original analyses that shed light on key issues in post-acute and long-term care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sally worked as an Analyst for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to GAO, she fielded and analyzed HEDIS CAHPS surveys for the Center for the Study of Services, and worked for a Washington, DC-based policy consultant.

Sally has a BS in Health Promotion Disease Prevention Studies from the University of Southern California and a MPH with a concentration in Policy from George Washington University.

Rodriguez

Sally

Director

202.459.6275

Sally Rodriguez, Director, provides analytic and strategic support to our clients in the post-acute and long-term care sectors by using data analysis and policy expertise to help them navigate the healthcare market. Sally uses a variety of Medicare and Medicaid data sources to conduct original analyses that shed light on key issues in post-acute and long-term care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sally worked as an Analyst for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to GAO, she fielded and analyzed HEDIS CAHPS surveys for the Center for the Study of Services, and worked for a Washington, DC-based policy consultant.

Sally has a BS in Health Promotion Disease Prevention Studies from the University of Southern California and a MPH with a concentration in Policy from George Washington University.

Daymelis Santiesteban

Associate

Daymelis
Santiesteban

Daymelis Santiesteban, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders.  Daymelis has special expertise in Program Evaluation of CMMI Accountable Care Organizations.

In her previous role at Avalere, Daymelis supported client work as a Project Accountant, managing  project creation in the financial management system and collaborating with project managers to ensure accurate financial reporting. Prior to that, she was a Sales Auditor and Accounting Assistant at Stellar Partners. 

Daymelis has an MA in Public Policy from George Mason University and a BA in International Studies from the University of South Florida.

Santiesteban

Daymelis

Associate

202.459.6323

Daymelis Santiesteban, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders.  Daymelis has special expertise in Program Evaluation of CMMI Accountable Care Organizations.

In her previous role at Avalere, Daymelis supported client work as a Project Accountant, managing  project creation in the financial management system and collaborating with project managers to ensure accurate financial reporting. Prior to that, she was a Sales Auditor and Accounting Assistant at Stellar Partners. 

Daymelis has an MA in Public Policy from George Mason University and a BA in International Studies from the University of South Florida.

Smita Sarkar

Fellow

Smita
Sarkar

Smita Sarkar, Fellow, draws from her interdisciplinary biomedical engineering, medical research, and legal background, to work closely with the FDA practice at Avalere in executing their regulatory policy and strategy offering for clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Smita was a Senior Law Clerk at Lowis & Gellen LLP in Chicago, assisting in the representation of payers and providers and researching standard of care related issues associated with medical malpractice and negligence suits. She also has experience drafting patent applications for medical devices and corporate health incentive programs. Additionally, Smita worked as a researcher with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, studying the effects of rhythm to movement in children with cerebral palsy.

Smita has a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Sarkar

Smita

Fellow

202.355.6087
Smita Sarkar, Fellow, draws from her interdisciplinary biomedical engineering, medical research, and legal background, to work closely with the FDA practice at Avalere in executing their regulatory policy and strategy offering for clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Smita was a Senior Law Clerk at Lowis & Gellen LLP in Chicago, assisting in the representation of payers and providers and researching standard of care related issues associated with medical malpractice and negligence suits. She also has experience drafting patent applications for medical devices and corporate health incentive programs. Additionally, Smita worked as a researcher with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, studying the effects of rhythm to movement in children with cerebral palsy.

Smita has a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Frank Scalzo

Director

Frank
Scalzo

Frank Scalzo, Director, supports Avalere’s networks, systems and user base. Frank develops and implements scalable and robust network infrastructures while leveraging cloud architecture at an enterprise level. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Frank served as the Director of Managed Services and Principle Solutions Architect for REAN Solutions, in charge of daily operations, maintenance and monitoring of client systems and architecting solutions for client migrating.  Prior to REAN, Frank worked for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) as the System Engineer in charge of creating and deploying their entire network infrastructure.  

Frank is currently pursuing a dual degree in Elementary Education and Information Technology.

Scalzo

Frank

Director

202.355.6010

Frank Scalzo, Director, supports Avalere’s networks, systems and user base. Frank develops and implements scalable and robust network infrastructures while leveraging cloud architecture at an enterprise level. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Frank served as the Director of Managed Services and Principle Solutions Architect for REAN Solutions, in charge of daily operations, maintenance and monitoring of client systems and architecting solutions for client migrating.  Prior to REAN, Frank worked for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) as the System Engineer in charge of creating and deploying their entire network infrastructure.  

Frank is currently pursuing a dual degree in Elementary Education and Information Technology.

Theresa Schmidt

Senior Manager

Theresa
Schmidt

Theresa Schmidt, Senior Manager, Product Technology leads strategic planning, development and implementation of Avalere’s Quality Measures Navigator. She applies her background in health information technology, quality measures, and client relationship management to ensure a high quality product that meets client and industry needs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Theresa was Manager of Education at eHealth Data Solutions, where she coordinated and monitored software implementation, training and support of customers and collaborated in the software development process.  Prior to that, as a Senior Management Associate, she maintained and developed customer relationships while providing training and support. 

Theresa has an MA in Sociology from The Ohio State University and a BA in Sociology and English from Oberlin College. She has served on the board and is an active member of Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes.

Schmidt

Theresa

Senior Manager

202.355.6080

Theresa Schmidt, Senior Manager, Product Technology leads strategic planning, development and implementation of Avalere’s Quality Measures Navigator. She applies her background in health information technology, quality measures, and client relationship management to ensure a high quality product that meets client and industry needs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Theresa was Manager of Education at eHealth Data Solutions, where she coordinated and monitored software implementation, training and support of customers and collaborated in the software development process.  Prior to that, as a Senior Management Associate, she maintained and developed customer relationships while providing training and support. 

Theresa has an MA in Sociology from The Ohio State University and a BA in Sociology and English from Oberlin College. She has served on the board and is an active member of Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes.

Stephen Scott

Manager

Stephen
Scott

Stephen Scott, Manager, provides analytic and strategic guidance positioning clients to transform value propositions and optimize delivery systems under new payment models. He has particular expertise in bundled payments and post-acute care strategy. He advises provider clients participating in CMS’ BPCI and CJR bundled payment programs and has experience designing analytics tools for providers bearing risk under alternative payment models. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Stephen served as a Research Assistant at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health and as an Administrative Intern for Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. 

Stephen holds a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Scott

Stephen

Manager

202.207.3475

Stephen Scott, Manager, provides analytic and strategic guidance positioning clients to transform value propositions and optimize delivery systems under new payment models. He has particular expertise in bundled payments and post-acute care strategy. He advises provider clients participating in CMS’ BPCI and CJR bundled payment programs and has experience designing analytics tools for providers bearing risk under alternative payment models. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Stephen served as a Research Assistant at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health and as an Administrative Intern for Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. 

Stephen holds a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Josh Seidman

Senior Vice President

Josh
Seidman

Josh Seidman, Senior Vice President, advises clients on health delivery and payment innovation with a focus on using information technology to guide value-based care models. He applies his background in quality, health IT and patient engagement to accountable care, delivery system transformation and new payment models.

Prior to joining Avalere, Josh was a Managing Director at Evolent Health, where he supported large delivery system clients in quality measurement and performance improvement around clinical transformation, patient engagement and population health management programs. Prior to that, Josh was a Director of Meaningful Use at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and before that, the founding President of the Center for Information Therapy and Director of Measure Development at NCQA.

Josh holds a PhD and an MHS, Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA from Brown University. Josh currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and was a William B. Ziff Fellow for patient engagement with the Center for Advancing Health.

Seidman

Josh

Senior Vice President

202.355.6028

Josh Seidman, Senior Vice President, advises clients on health delivery and payment innovation with a focus on using information technology to guide value-based care models. He applies his background in quality, health IT and patient engagement to accountable care, delivery system transformation and new payment models.

Prior to joining Avalere, Josh was a Managing Director at Evolent Health, where he supported large delivery system clients in quality measurement and performance improvement around clinical transformation, patient engagement and population health management programs. Prior to that, Josh was a Director of Meaningful Use at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and before that, the founding President of the Center for Information Therapy and Director of Measure Development at NCQA.

Josh holds a PhD and an MHS, Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA from Brown University. Josh currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and was a William B. Ziff Fellow for patient engagement with the Center for Advancing Health.

Debleena Sengupta

Director

Debleena
Sengupta

Debleena Sengupta, PhD, RAC, Director, advises clients on FDA regulatory strategy and policy. She applies her research background in molecular biology and biochemistry, along with over ten years of regulatory experience helping clients with the development, approval and life cycle management of drug and biological products. Debleena has special expertise in both regulatory therapeutic area strategy and CMC, and has worked at brand and generic companies. She also has experience performing FDA regulatory due diligence.

Prior to joining Avalere, Debleena was an Associate Director at Forest Research Institute, providing regulatory affairs strategy and serving as the primary liaison between FDA and the company for a portfolio of CNS drugs. Prior to that, as Manager and Liaison, Global Regulatory Affairs, at Merck & Co. (formerly Schering Plough), she was responsible for the CMC content for a number of products registered in the European Union, as well as international drug filings and approvals.

Debleena has a PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University and a BS in Chemistry from Stanford. She also holds a Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC).

Sengupta

Debleena

Director

202.355.6092

Debleena Sengupta, PhD, RAC, Director, advises clients on FDA regulatory strategy and policy. She applies her research background in molecular biology and biochemistry, along with over ten years of regulatory experience helping clients with the development, approval and life cycle management of drug and biological products. Debleena has special expertise in both regulatory therapeutic area strategy and CMC, and has worked at brand and generic companies. She also has experience performing FDA regulatory due diligence.

Prior to joining Avalere, Debleena was an Associate Director at Forest Research Institute, providing regulatory affairs strategy and serving as the primary liaison between FDA and the company for a portfolio of CNS drugs. Prior to that, as Manager and Liaison, Global Regulatory Affairs, at Merck & Co. (formerly Schering Plough), she was responsible for the CMC content for a number of products registered in the European Union, as well as international drug filings and approvals.

Debleena has a PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University and a BS in Chemistry from Stanford. She also holds a Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC).

Timothy Shadyac

Senior Associate

Timothy
Shadyac

Timothy Shadyac, Senior Associate, advises clients on the impact of healthcare reform. He applies his background in the pharmaceutical industry to assess the impact of legislative and regulatory activity in a changing marketplace to help clients shape their advocacy and business strategies. In addition to the ACA, Timothy has special expertise in Medicare Part D and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Timothy was a Manager of Federal Affairs & Policy at Sanofi U.S., where he monitored and analyzed federal health policy for business impacts and developed action plans in response. Prior to that, as an Analyst in Sanofi’s Partners in Patient Health program, he developed strategies to reflect the patient voice in the regulatory guidance and identified opportunities for partnership with patient advocates and provider groups.

Timothy has a BA in Political Science from Kenyon College.

Shadyac

Timothy

Senior Associate

202.446.2201

Timothy Shadyac, Senior Associate, advises clients on the impact of healthcare reform. He applies his background in the pharmaceutical industry to assess the impact of legislative and regulatory activity in a changing marketplace to help clients shape their advocacy and business strategies. In addition to the ACA, Timothy has special expertise in Medicare Part D and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Timothy was a Manager of Federal Affairs & Policy at Sanofi U.S., where he monitored and analyzed federal health policy for business impacts and developed action plans in response. Prior to that, as an Analyst in Sanofi’s Partners in Patient Health program, he developed strategies to reflect the patient voice in the regulatory guidance and identified opportunities for partnership with patient advocates and provider groups.

Timothy has a BA in Political Science from Kenyon College.

Colin Shannon

Senior Manager

Colin
Shannon

Colin Shannon, Senior Manager, provides research and analytical support and strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Colin has reimbursement and product commercialization expertise pertaining to commercial payers, Medicare Parts B and D, specialty pharmaceuticals, and federal budget policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colin interned for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY).

Colin has a BA in Government from Harvard University.  He was a Center for American Political Studies Student Fellow as part of his senior thesis research, which analyzed the evolution of the budget reconciliation process in the determination of legislative outcomes.

Shannon

Colin

Senior Manager

202.207.3820

Colin Shannon, Senior Manager, provides research and analytical support and strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Colin has reimbursement and product commercialization expertise pertaining to commercial payers, Medicare Parts B and D, specialty pharmaceuticals, and federal budget policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colin interned for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY).

Colin has a BA in Government from Harvard University.  He was a Center for American Political Studies Student Fellow as part of his senior thesis research, which analyzed the evolution of the budget reconciliation process in the determination of legislative outcomes.

Claire Sheahan

Senior Vice President

Claire
Sheahan

Claire Sheahan, Senior Vice President, helps clients integrate top-flight communications strategies with their business and policy plans. Claire leads the Avalere Communications practice, serving clients across the healthcare spectrum. With more than 18 years of experience in public relations, public affairs, and corporate communications, she capitalizes on the latest marketplace insights to provide communications services that provide show, not just tell clients stories. 

Claire comes to Avalere with both in-house and communications agency experience. She grew and then led the Fleishman Hillard healthcare practice in Washington DC, serving clients in the pharmaceutical, payer, device, non-profit, and government sectors. She also has spent years working on managed care and generics issues, having served as public affairs manager at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and leading communications at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. She also contributed to national public health and public safety campaigns at GMMB, an integrated communications firm. 

Claire holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MSc with Distinction in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics.

Sheahan

Claire

Senior Vice President

202.459.6313

Claire Sheahan, Senior Vice President, helps clients integrate top-flight communications strategies with their business and policy plans. Claire leads the Avalere Communications practice, serving clients across the healthcare spectrum. With more than 18 years of experience in public relations, public affairs, and corporate communications, she capitalizes on the latest marketplace insights to provide communications services that provide show, not just tell clients stories. 

Claire comes to Avalere with both in-house and communications agency experience. She grew and then led the Fleishman Hillard healthcare practice in Washington DC, serving clients in the pharmaceutical, payer, device, non-profit, and government sectors. She also has spent years working on managed care and generics issues, having served as public affairs manager at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and leading communications at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. She also contributed to national public health and public safety campaigns at GMMB, an integrated communications firm. 

Claire holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MSc with Distinction in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics.

John Shepard

Director

John
Shepard

John Shepard, Director, advises public and private equity market clients on the impact of federal and state legislative, regulatory and political developments and processes on the healthcare industry. His analysis and insight supports clients’ current and future investments across various healthcare sectors.  He applies his background in policy development and research to explain complex healthcare payment, coverage, and policy issues. 

Prior to joining Avalere, John was Health Policy Manager at Applied Policy, providing tailored Medicare policy analysis and guidance to primarily healthcare services companies. Prior to that, as Healthcare Policy Analyst for the Washington Research Group for nearly a decade, he informed institutional investors from the nation's largest mutual, hedge, and retirement funds about how Washington legislation and regulations would impact publicly traded healthcare companies. Before joining the Charles Schwab Washington Research Group, he spent four years as a healthcare policy aide to former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.)

John has a BA from Macalester College. 

Shepard

John

Director

202.355.6086

John Shepard, Director, advises public and private equity market clients on the impact of federal and state legislative, regulatory and political developments and processes on the healthcare industry. His analysis and insight supports clients’ current and future investments across various healthcare sectors.  He applies his background in policy development and research to explain complex healthcare payment, coverage, and policy issues. 

Prior to joining Avalere, John was Health Policy Manager at Applied Policy, providing tailored Medicare policy analysis and guidance to primarily healthcare services companies. Prior to that, as Healthcare Policy Analyst for the Washington Research Group for nearly a decade, he informed institutional investors from the nation's largest mutual, hedge, and retirement funds about how Washington legislation and regulations would impact publicly traded healthcare companies. Before joining the Charles Schwab Washington Research Group, he spent four years as a healthcare policy aide to former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.)

John has a BA from Macalester College. 

Chelsea Sherwin

Senior Associate

Chelsea
Sherwin

Chelsea Sherwin, Recruiter, provides guidance and direction to internal clients on talent acquisition and interviewing strategies. Chelsea has special expertise in university outreach and internship program execution. She applies her background in recruiting and on-boarding to achieve outstanding candidate experiences and new hire engagement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Chelsea was a Senior Human Resources Assistant with The Brattle Group, responsible for the full life-cycle recruiting of analysts and interns, as well as their on-boarding and training. Chelsea has also worked as a Recruiter at Beacon Hill Staffing Group, supporting senior level managers in the staffing of IT professionals.

Chelsea has a BA in History from Denison University.

Sherwin

Chelsea

Senior Associate

202.355.6031

Chelsea Sherwin, Recruiter, provides guidance and direction to internal clients on talent acquisition and interviewing strategies. Chelsea has special expertise in university outreach and internship program execution. She applies her background in recruiting and on-boarding to achieve outstanding candidate experiences and new hire engagement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Chelsea was a Senior Human Resources Assistant with The Brattle Group, responsible for the full life-cycle recruiting of analysts and interns, as well as their on-boarding and training. Chelsea has also worked as a Recruiter at Beacon Hill Staffing Group, supporting senior level managers in the staffing of IT professionals.

Chelsea has a BA in History from Denison University.

Ilnaz Shirkhorshidian

Senior Manager

Ilnaz
Shirkhorshidian

Ilnaz Shirkhorshidian, Senior Manager, integrates her clinical knowledge as a pharmacist with research and policy experience to advise clients on the development of evidence generation strategies and value messages. She collaborates with life sciences companies to prepare and support clients for product launch, and performs literature critiques, reviews, and syntheses to provide clients with a better understanding of a condition or issue to inform business strategies or advocacy efforts.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ilnaz served as the Executive Resident at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and as a Geriatric Pharmacy Resident at the University of New Mexico.

Ilnaz has a PharmD in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico, College of Pharmacy. She continues to practice clinical pharmacy as a community and geriatric consultant pharmacist.

Shirkhorshidian

Ilnaz

Senior Manager

202.459.6270

Ilnaz Shirkhorshidian, Senior Manager, integrates her clinical knowledge as a pharmacist with research and policy experience to advise clients on the development of evidence generation strategies and value messages. She collaborates with life sciences companies to prepare and support clients for product launch, and performs literature critiques, reviews, and syntheses to provide clients with a better understanding of a condition or issue to inform business strategies or advocacy efforts.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ilnaz served as the Executive Resident at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and as a Geriatric Pharmacy Resident at the University of New Mexico.

Ilnaz has a PharmD in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico, College of Pharmacy. She continues to practice clinical pharmacy as a community and geriatric consultant pharmacist.

Danielle Showalter

Director

Danielle
Showalter

Danielle Showalter, Director, advises clients on reimbursement, policy and market access strategies for diagnostic, medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Danielle provides a rich background in consulting and research services, particularly in the areas of physician payment, CPT® coding, device reimbursement strategies and diagnostic payment policy.

Prior to Avalere, Danielle was the Director of Health Policy and Reimbursement at ADVI, assisting diagnostic and device clients in developing and implementing coding, coverage and reimbursement strategies, as well as understanding the impact of regulatory and legislative changes. Danielle also worked for Altarum Institute, providing research support, expertise and primary IRB review for TRICARE. 

Danielle has a MA in Public Health from the George Washington University and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Showalter

Danielle

Director

202.355.6019

Danielle Showalter, Director, advises clients on reimbursement, policy and market access strategies for diagnostic, medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Danielle provides a rich background in consulting and research services, particularly in the areas of physician payment, CPT® coding, device reimbursement strategies and diagnostic payment policy.

Prior to Avalere, Danielle was the Director of Health Policy and Reimbursement at ADVI, assisting diagnostic and device clients in developing and implementing coding, coverage and reimbursement strategies, as well as understanding the impact of regulatory and legislative changes. Danielle also worked for Altarum Institute, providing research support, expertise and primary IRB review for TRICARE. 

Danielle has a MA in Public Health from the George Washington University and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Chris Simei

Associate

Chris
Simei

Chris Simei, Associate, partners with teams across the firm on the development of existing and new software products and services. He applies his background in engineering and systems implementation to ensure the best value for Avalere and its clients.

Chris previously worked in Avalere’s Finance department, focusing on implementing project accounting systems tools. Prior to joining Avalere, Chris interned at Systems Research and Applications International where he was part of an initiative to digitize the security clearance profiling process.

Chris earned a BS in General Engineering from Thomas Edison State University. 

Simei

Chris

Associate

202.446.2269
Chris Simei, Associate, partners with teams across the firm on the development of existing and new software products and services. He applies his background in engineering and systems implementation to ensure the best value for Avalere and its clients.

Chris previously worked in Avalere’s Finance department, focusing on implementing project accounting systems tools. Prior to joining Avalere, Chris interned at Systems Research and Applications International where he was part of an initiative to digitize the security clearance profiling process.

Chris earned a BS in General Engineering from Thomas Edison State University. 

Karla Simei

Vice President

Karla
Simei

Karla Simei, Vice President, oversees Avalere’s Accounting and Finance functions. She applies her background in accounting, management reporting and financial systems to ensure the accuracy, compliance and relevance of the firm’s financial systems and reporting functions.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Karla was a Consultant and controller, assisting professional services firms in process improvement, report automation and data conversion for enhanced accounting efficiency and functionality.  Earlier in her career she held positions at Verizon, MCI, and Bank of America.

Karla has a BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.   

Simei

Karla

Vice President

202.207.3827

Karla Simei, Vice President, oversees Avalere’s Accounting and Finance functions. She applies her background in accounting, management reporting and financial systems to ensure the accuracy, compliance and relevance of the firm’s financial systems and reporting functions.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Karla was a Consultant and controller, assisting professional services firms in process improvement, report automation and data conversion for enhanced accounting efficiency and functionality.  Earlier in her career she held positions at Verizon, MCI, and Bank of America.

Karla has a BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.   

Chris Sloan

Senior Manager

Chris
Sloan

Chris Sloan, Senior Manager, provides strategic and analytic support to pharmaceutical, health plan, and provider clients on federal and state policy issues. He has particular expertise in the policy areas around insurance exchanges, drug pricing, and benefit design. Additionally, he specializes in specific therapeutic areas including multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris worked as a media intern at Mary Washington Healthcare, a healthcare provider network.

Chris has a BBA in Economics and Marketing from The College of William and Mary.

Sloan

Chris

Senior Manager

202.207.3476

Chris Sloan, Senior Manager, provides strategic and analytic support to pharmaceutical, health plan, and provider clients on federal and state policy issues. He has particular expertise in the policy areas around insurance exchanges, drug pricing, and benefit design. Additionally, he specializes in specific therapeutic areas including multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris worked as a media intern at Mary Washington Healthcare, a healthcare provider network.

Chris has a BBA in Economics and Marketing from The College of William and Mary.

Clara Soh

Director

Clara
Soh

Clara Soh, Director, provides analysis for clients on the impact of legislation and regulation on business impacts. She applies her background in economics, evidence-based medicine, and policy analysis to help quantify the costs and value of healthcare services to patients and society. Clara has expertise in advising payers, providers, and manufacturers understand and navigate the constantly shifting reimbursement environment. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Clara was a Senior Director, Policy and Research, for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, conducting research and analysis around the value of prescription medicines and patient access. Prior to that, as a Research Associate at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, she advised the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on preventive health topics.

Clara has an MPA in Health Policy and Management from New York University and a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University.

Soh

Clara

Director

202.207.1321

Clara Soh, Director, provides analysis for clients on the impact of legislation and regulation on business impacts. She applies her background in economics, evidence-based medicine, and policy analysis to help quantify the costs and value of healthcare services to patients and society. Clara has expertise in advising payers, providers, and manufacturers understand and navigate the constantly shifting reimbursement environment. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Clara was a Senior Director, Policy and Research, for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, conducting research and analysis around the value of prescription medicines and patient access. Prior to that, as a Research Associate at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, she advised the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on preventive health topics.

Clara has an MPA in Health Policy and Management from New York University and a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University.

Minnie Song

Senior Manager

Minnie
Song

Minnie Song, Senior Manager, advises clients on generation and implementation of evidence-based strategies for evaluating quality of care and linking it to payment and value creation.  She applies her background in life science, public health and business to lead various projects.  Minnie also brings expertise in clinical medicine, outcomes research and global health with a focus on infectious diseases and vaccine development.

Prior to joining Avalere, Minnie worked as a Project Manager in Global Health Outcomes at Merck & Co. managing observational studies and utilizing cost-effectiveness models to support product launches.  Additionally, she has provided research support to International Vaccine Access Center in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Minnie also has served as a Medical Officer in Korea’s Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, revising and implementing new national immunization standards and developing vaccination action plans related to disease outbreaks.

Minnie has a MPH and a MBA from the Johns Hopkins University and a MD from the Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Song

Minnie

Senior Manager

202.207.3833

Minnie Song, Senior Manager, advises clients on generation and implementation of evidence-based strategies for evaluating quality of care and linking it to payment and value creation.  She applies her background in life science, public health and business to lead various projects.  Minnie also brings expertise in clinical medicine, outcomes research and global health with a focus on infectious diseases and vaccine development.

Prior to joining Avalere, Minnie worked as a Project Manager in Global Health Outcomes at Merck & Co. managing observational studies and utilizing cost-effectiveness models to support product launches.  Additionally, she has provided research support to International Vaccine Access Center in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Minnie also has served as a Medical Officer in Korea’s Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, revising and implementing new national immunization standards and developing vaccination action plans related to disease outbreaks.

Minnie has a MPH and a MBA from the Johns Hopkins University and a MD from the Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Geoffrey Storchan

Manager

Geoffrey
Storchan

Geoffrey Storchan, Manager, advises clients on reimbursement, policy and market access strategies for diagnostics, medical devices and pharmaceuticals companies. Geoffrey also has special expertise in the areas of oncology and endocrinology.

Prior to joining Avalere, Geoffrey was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, contributing to studies on finding new targets and drugs for endocrine therapies. As a graduate student at Georgetown University, Geoffrey conducted research investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying breast cancer progression.

Geoffrey holds a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan and a MS and PhD from Georgetown University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Storchan

Geoffrey

Manager

202.459.6281

Geoffrey Storchan, Manager, advises clients on reimbursement, policy and market access strategies for diagnostics, medical devices and pharmaceuticals companies. Geoffrey also has special expertise in the areas of oncology and endocrinology.

Prior to joining Avalere, Geoffrey was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, contributing to studies on finding new targets and drugs for endocrine therapies. As a graduate student at Georgetown University, Geoffrey conducted research investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying breast cancer progression.

Geoffrey holds a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan and a MS and PhD from Georgetown University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Eli Strong

Senior Manager

Eli
Strong

Eli Strong, Senior Manager Customer Relationship Management (CRM), manages Avalere’s internal CRM system and advises internal clients on data management business rules and best practices. Eli also has special expertise in relational database support and training.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eli worked as the Affiliate Database Support Manager for NARAL Pro-Choice America and Field Intern for Human Rights Campaign.

Eli has a BSW and MSW in Social Work from the University of Alabama with a concentration in Program and Agency Administration.

Strong

Eli

Senior Manager

202.207.1323

Eli Strong, Senior Manager Customer Relationship Management (CRM), manages Avalere’s internal CRM system and advises internal clients on data management business rules and best practices. Eli also has special expertise in relational database support and training.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eli worked as the Affiliate Database Support Manager for NARAL Pro-Choice America and Field Intern for Human Rights Campaign.

Eli has a BSW and MSW in Social Work from the University of Alabama with a concentration in Program and Agency Administration.

Erin Sullivan

Vice President

Erin
Sullivan

Erin Sullivan, Vice President, advises clients on product value strategies, market access, and evidence planning and generation. Erin works closely with life sciences clients to analyze market conditions and design evidence generation and market access strategies, create product value propositions and optimal messaging, and conduct modeling and database analyses to support product commercialization efforts. She also assists clients in the design of pre- and post-market clinical development programs to meet the needs of key stakeholders. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Erin worked as Senior Director of Health Economics and Reimbursement at Abt BioPharma Solutions, and as Director of Health Economics and Reimbursement at Boston Scientific. Erin also held research positions at The Lewin Group/Quintiles, Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services, and the Beth Israel Hospital.

Erin has a BS in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, a MPH from the George Washington University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a PhD in Health Services Research from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Sullivan

Erin

Vice President

202.459.6327

Erin Sullivan, Vice President, advises clients on product value strategies, market access, and evidence planning and generation. Erin works closely with life sciences clients to analyze market conditions and design evidence generation and market access strategies, create product value propositions and optimal messaging, and conduct modeling and database analyses to support product commercialization efforts. She also assists clients in the design of pre- and post-market clinical development programs to meet the needs of key stakeholders. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Erin worked as Senior Director of Health Economics and Reimbursement at Abt BioPharma Solutions, and as Director of Health Economics and Reimbursement at Boston Scientific. Erin also held research positions at The Lewin Group/Quintiles, Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services, and the Beth Israel Hospital.

Erin has a BS in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, a MPH from the George Washington University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a PhD in Health Services Research from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Gabriel Sullivan

Associate

Gabriel
Sullivan

Gabe Sullivan, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Gabe provides strategic support and guidance to clients as part of the Associate Immersion Program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gabe interned with the Alliance of Community Health Plans performing health insurance and ACA initiative research and conducting market analysis. Prior to that, as an intern at Costs of Care, he was responsible for building social media presence and outreach to health care professionals. In addition, he was a contributor to the organization’s website and wrote for the Costs of Care and HealthWorks Collective.

 

Gabe has a BA from Brandeis University.

Sullivan

Gabriel

Associate

202.446.2205
Gabe Sullivan, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Gabe provides strategic support and guidance to clients as part of the Associate Immersion Program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gabe interned with the Alliance of Community Health Plans performing health insurance and ACA initiative research and conducting market analysis. Prior to that, as an intern at Costs of Care, he was responsible for building social media presence and outreach to health care professionals. In addition, he was a contributor to the organization’s website and wrote for the Costs of Care and HealthWorks Collective.

 

Gabe has a BA from Brandeis University.

Giovani Sundari

Senior Manager

Giovani
Sundari

Giovani “Gio” Sundari, G/L Accounting Manager, oversees Avalere’s Accounts Payable and Expense Reporting processes.  She has special expertise in budgeting and financial statement analysis and preparation.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gio worked at AccountTemp as a Staff Accountant and at Unilever as a Senior Accountant.

Gio has a BS in Accounting and Finance from Gajahyana University in Indonesia.

Sundari

Giovani

Senior Manager

202.207.3473

Giovani “Gio” Sundari, G/L Accounting Manager, oversees Avalere’s Accounts Payable and Expense Reporting processes.  She has special expertise in budgeting and financial statement analysis and preparation.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gio worked at AccountTemp as a Staff Accountant and at Unilever as a Senior Accountant.

Gio has a BS in Accounting and Finance from Gajahyana University in Indonesia.

Jacquetta Taylor

Executive Assistant

Jacquetta
Taylor

Jacquetta Taylor, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time and expense management, and travel logistics. She supports Avalere’s Data Analytics Team. Jacquetta has demonstrated expertise in project management and customer service.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jacquetta was an Office Manager/Site HR Generalist at Anthem, supporting the Executive team. She has over ten years’ experience in office management and administrative support.  

Jacquetta has a BS from University of Maryland University College. 

Taylor

Jacquetta

Executive Assistant

202.355.6029
Jacquetta Taylor, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time and expense management, and travel logistics. She supports Avalere’s Data Analytics Team. Jacquetta has demonstrated expertise in project management and customer service.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jacquetta was an Office Manager/Site HR Generalist at Anthem, supporting the Executive team. She has over ten years’ experience in office management and administrative support.  

Jacquetta has a BS from University of Maryland University College. 

Christie Teigland

Vice President

Christie
Teigland

Christie Teigland, Ph.D., Vice President, leads the design and implementation of studies focused on comparative effectiveness, predictive analytics, and performance measure development and testing. With a focus on improving quality in healthcare through data analytics, she provides clients with actionable insight and analysis. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Christie was the Senior Director, Statistical Research, at Inovalon, where she led a team focused on healthcare data analytics. She led several performance measure development projects awarded by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), including All-Cause Readmissions and Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations.  Prior to joining Inovalon, she specialized in quality measurement and quality improvement research at Leading Age New York where she directed the development of innovative technology solutions to advance the use of data-driven decision making to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.  

Christie earned a BA in Management Science and Economics from Minnesota State University and a Ph.D. in Economics and Econometric Forecasting from the University at Albany, SUNY. 

Teigland

Christie

Vice President

301.809.4000 x1478

Christie Teigland, Ph.D., Vice President, leads the design and implementation of studies focused on comparative effectiveness, predictive analytics, and performance measure development and testing. With a focus on improving quality in healthcare through data analytics, she provides clients with actionable insight and analysis. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Christie was the Senior Director, Statistical Research, at Inovalon, where she led a team focused on healthcare data analytics. She led several performance measure development projects awarded by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), including All-Cause Readmissions and Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations.  Prior to joining Inovalon, she specialized in quality measurement and quality improvement research at Leading Age New York where she directed the development of innovative technology solutions to advance the use of data-driven decision making to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.  

Christie earned a BA in Management Science and Economics from Minnesota State University and a Ph.D. in Economics and Econometric Forecasting from the University at Albany, SUNY. 

Rani Thomas

Manager

Rani
Thomas

Rani Thomas, Manager, supports the full life cycle software development of Avalere’s Business Intelligence portfolio. She collaborates with internal teams to ensure end-user satisfaction and functionality. With  business analysis experience in a cross functional human services and information technology environment she applies her background in product management and stakeholder communications to deliver the best value for internal and external clients across the enterprise.

Prior to joining Avalere, Rani was a Senior Business Analyst/Data Integrity Specialist with PSI International and the NYS Office of Information Technology Services for over 10 years where she analyzed management strategies and business processes to improve the primary statewide automated child welfare information system for New York State. She led data integrity initiatives that greatly reduced associated safety risks for children throughout NYC. Prior to that, as a Case Manager/Child Welfare Specialist for New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, she managed foster care cases, monitored contracted agencies, and made recommendations on behalf of child clients. 

Rani has a Master of Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a BS from Plattsburgh State University of New York.

Thomas

Rani

Manager

202.355.6016

Rani Thomas, Manager, supports the full life cycle software development of Avalere’s Business Intelligence portfolio. She collaborates with internal teams to ensure end-user satisfaction and functionality. With  business analysis experience in a cross functional human services and information technology environment she applies her background in product management and stakeholder communications to deliver the best value for internal and external clients across the enterprise.

Prior to joining Avalere, Rani was a Senior Business Analyst/Data Integrity Specialist with PSI International and the NYS Office of Information Technology Services for over 10 years where she analyzed management strategies and business processes to improve the primary statewide automated child welfare information system for New York State. She led data integrity initiatives that greatly reduced associated safety risks for children throughout NYC. Prior to that, as a Case Manager/Child Welfare Specialist for New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, she managed foster care cases, monitored contracted agencies, and made recommendations on behalf of child clients. 

Rani has a Master of Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a BS from Plattsburgh State University of New York.

Emily Thorsen

Senior Associate

Emily
Thorsen

Emily Thorsen, Senior Associate, helps clients navigate the effects of health reform implementation. She has a particular expertise in health insurance exchanges.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Emily served as a Research Assistant at Columbia University and completed internships with the Greater NYC affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program, and Amphion Innovations. 

Emily has a BA in Economics and Psychology from Macalester College and a MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Thorsen

Emily

Senior Associate

202.207.3816

Emily Thorsen, Senior Associate, helps clients navigate the effects of health reform implementation. She has a particular expertise in health insurance exchanges.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Emily served as a Research Assistant at Columbia University and completed internships with the Greater NYC affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program, and Amphion Innovations. 

Emily has a BA in Economics and Psychology from Macalester College and a MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

April Todd

Senior Vice President

April
Todd

April Todd, Senior Vice President, leads our Data Analytics Practice, which provides creative data driven insights to inform strategic solutions for complex business challenges and policy issues. 

Prior to joining Avalere, April established MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, and served as its Executive Director.  Prior to that, as Minnesota’s State Health Economist, she led a team of researchers and analysts tasked with monitoring, analyzing and advising on health policy issues related to cost, quality and access. April also served as the Vice President of Strategic Analysis and Communications for Government Affairs at UnitedHealth Group and as the Director of Competitive Intelligence for United Healthcare.

April holds a MA in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Beloit College.

Todd

April

Senior Vice President

202.459.6273

April Todd, Senior Vice President, leads our Data Analytics Practice, which provides creative data driven insights to inform strategic solutions for complex business challenges and policy issues. 

Prior to joining Avalere, April established MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, and served as its Executive Director.  Prior to that, as Minnesota’s State Health Economist, she led a team of researchers and analysts tasked with monitoring, analyzing and advising on health policy issues related to cost, quality and access. April also served as the Vice President of Strategic Analysis and Communications for Government Affairs at UnitedHealth Group and as the Director of Competitive Intelligence for United Healthcare.

April holds a MA in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Beloit College.

Jessica Tyson

Senior Associate

Jessica
Tyson

Jessica Tyson, Senior Associate, advises clients on FDA regulatory policy and strategy. She applies her background in life sciences and public health to track policy updates and determine the implications on the regulatory landscape.  Jessica has special expertise in microbiology. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jessica completed her graduate research at Northwestern University on the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease. At the Illinois Department of Public Health, she also learned monitoring, testing, and reporting procedures from time spent in the diagnostic laboratories. Before graduate school, she performed microbiology research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Jessica has a PhD in Microbiology and an MPH from Northwestern University. She has a BS in Biology from The George Washington University.

Tyson

Jessica

Senior Associate

202.355.6056

Jessica Tyson, Senior Associate, advises clients on FDA regulatory policy and strategy. She applies her background in life sciences and public health to track policy updates and determine the implications on the regulatory landscape.  Jessica has special expertise in microbiology. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jessica completed her graduate research at Northwestern University on the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease. At the Illinois Department of Public Health, she also learned monitoring, testing, and reporting procedures from time spent in the diagnostic laboratories. Before graduate school, she performed microbiology research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Jessica has a PhD in Microbiology and an MPH from Northwestern University. She has a BS in Biology from The George Washington University.

Angel Valladares

Manager

Angel
Valladares

Angel Valladares, Manager, provides research and analytic support for clients within the field of evidence-based medicine and healthcare quality measurement and improvement. Angel has experience in quality measure feasibility and development specifically as it relates to electronic clinical quality measures, as well as experience in patient-centered outcomes research, qualitative and quantitative research, program evaluation, and the design and implementation of clinical research studies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Angel was a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan’s School of Nursing; designing, implementing and managing an NIH-funded research grant which lead to several peer-reviewed publications. The objective of the project was to develop an innovative virtual platform for delivering evidence-based training to clinicians in a variety of disciplines and professions. Through his training he has harnessed skills and knowledge around population health and epidemiology, statistical and survey methodology, health communications delivery and healthcare policy analysis.

Angel received an MPH from the University of Michigan and a BS in Biological Science and Anthropology from Florida State University.

Valladares

Angel

Manager

202.305.6067

Angel Valladares, Manager, provides research and analytic support for clients within the field of evidence-based medicine and healthcare quality measurement and improvement. Angel has experience in quality measure feasibility and development specifically as it relates to electronic clinical quality measures, as well as experience in patient-centered outcomes research, qualitative and quantitative research, program evaluation, and the design and implementation of clinical research studies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Angel was a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan’s School of Nursing; designing, implementing and managing an NIH-funded research grant which lead to several peer-reviewed publications. The objective of the project was to develop an innovative virtual platform for delivering evidence-based training to clinicians in a variety of disciplines and professions. Through his training he has harnessed skills and knowledge around population health and epidemiology, statistical and survey methodology, health communications delivery and healthcare policy analysis.

Angel received an MPH from the University of Michigan and a BS in Biological Science and Anthropology from Florida State University.

Carlyn Van Dyke

Associate

Carlyn
Van Dyke

Carlyn Van Dyke, Associate, contributes to the development and support of Avalere Quality Measures Navigator® (QMN) through research, documentation, and analytics. She applies her background in health and quality to aid in project management and innovation for the QMN team. Carlyn has special expertise in population health and performance improvement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Carlyn worked independently providing consultation services to nonprofit clients, including strategy and development initiatives. Before that, she was a Program Coordinator at the American Society of Clinical Oncology where she worked on the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative and the QOPI® Certification Program, quality measurement and accreditation programs for outpatient oncology practices.

Carlyn has a BS in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

Van Dyke

Carlyn

Associate

202.446.2252
Carlyn Van Dyke, Associate, contributes to the development and support of Avalere Quality Measures Navigator® (QMN) through research, documentation, and analytics. She applies her background in health and quality to aid in project management and innovation for the QMN team. Carlyn has special expertise in population health and performance improvement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Carlyn worked independently providing consultation services to nonprofit clients, including strategy and development initiatives. Before that, she was a Program Coordinator at the American Society of Clinical Oncology where she worked on the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative and the QOPI® Certification Program, quality measurement and accreditation programs for outpatient oncology practices.

Carlyn has a BS in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

Erin Velez

Manager

Erin
Velez

Erin Velez, Manager, advises clients on market access and reimbursement issues related to product launch and commercialization. Specifically, Erin works with pharmaceutical and device companies on topics such as value-based contracting and payment, insurance coverage, inpatient reimbursement, and evidence-based medicine policy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Erin served as a Research Assistant at Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine, supporting clinical research on substance abuse treatment and intervention, and interned at the Renal Research Institute in New York, NY, where she supported research on a variety of topics related to renal diseases.

Erin has a BA in History of Science, History of Medicine from Yale University, and a MSPH in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Velez

Erin

Manager

202.207.3680

Erin Velez, Manager, advises clients on market access and reimbursement issues related to product launch and commercialization. Specifically, Erin works with pharmaceutical and device companies on topics such as value-based contracting and payment, insurance coverage, inpatient reimbursement, and evidence-based medicine policy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Erin served as a Research Assistant at Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine, supporting clinical research on substance abuse treatment and intervention, and interned at the Renal Research Institute in New York, NY, where she supported research on a variety of topics related to renal diseases.

Erin has a BA in History of Science, History of Medicine from Yale University, and a MSPH in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Maria Vogelei

Director

Maria
Vogelei

Maria Vogelei, Director, leads our marketing and branding efforts. In this role, she leads efforts to develop and implement campaigns to increase brand awareness and generate leads. She also oversees production of branded promotional materials and identifies channels to enhance content delivery and promote client engagement. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Maria served as a Strategic Marketing Director for The Advisory Board Company, an MBA Intern for American Express, and an Account Executive with New York advertising agency Arnold Worldwide.

Maria has a BA in Psychology and Art History from George Washington University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Vogelei

Maria

Director

202.459.6249

Maria Vogelei, Director, leads our marketing and branding efforts. In this role, she leads efforts to develop and implement campaigns to increase brand awareness and generate leads. She also oversees production of branded promotional materials and identifies channels to enhance content delivery and promote client engagement. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Maria served as a Strategic Marketing Director for The Advisory Board Company, an MBA Intern for American Express, and an Account Executive with New York advertising agency Arnold Worldwide.

Maria has a BA in Psychology and Art History from George Washington University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Rusty Walker

Director

Rusty
Walker

Rusty Walker, Director, provides due diligence and policy impact services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector.  His work focuses on evaluating and quantifying the effect of regulatory, reimbursement, and legislative risks associated with potential healthcare investments.  Rusty has a wide range of experience in Medicare payment policy, including reimbursement for physicians, durable medical equipment, clinical laboratory services, and skilled nursing facilities.     

Prior to joining Avalere, Rusty was a Program Examiner for the Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible for the construction and analysis of policy initiatives, including President’s Budget proposals, and led the Health Division’s review of certain Part B regulations, including the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  His responsibilities also included review of demonstration proposals testing the patient-centered medical home concept. Prior to that as a Policy Analyst in the U.S. Government Accountability Office, he provided research and analysis on projects pertaining to Medicare Advantage (Part C) risk adjustment and payment, and physician credentialing and privileging in VA medical centers.

Rusty has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia and a BA in Government from the College of William and Mary.  

Walker

Rusty

Director

202.355.6041

Rusty Walker, Director, provides due diligence and policy impact services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector.  His work focuses on evaluating and quantifying the effect of regulatory, reimbursement, and legislative risks associated with potential healthcare investments.  Rusty has a wide range of experience in Medicare payment policy, including reimbursement for physicians, durable medical equipment, clinical laboratory services, and skilled nursing facilities.     

Prior to joining Avalere, Rusty was a Program Examiner for the Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible for the construction and analysis of policy initiatives, including President’s Budget proposals, and led the Health Division’s review of certain Part B regulations, including the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  His responsibilities also included review of demonstration proposals testing the patient-centered medical home concept. Prior to that as a Policy Analyst in the U.S. Government Accountability Office, he provided research and analysis on projects pertaining to Medicare Advantage (Part C) risk adjustment and payment, and physician credentialing and privileging in VA medical centers.

Rusty has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia and a BA in Government from the College of William and Mary.  

Guan Wang

Manager

Guan
Wang

Guan Wang, Senior Accountant, oversees Avalere’s Accounts Payable, Employee Expense Reimbursement and Fixed Asset processes.  Guan also assists with Avalere’s budgeting and forecasting.

Prior to joining Avalere, Guan was a Staff Accountant at the American Institute of Physics where her responsibilities included assisting the month-end close and preparing and distributing monthly financial statements.

Guan has a dual BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland.  She is a CPA from the State of Maryland.

Wang

Guan

Manager

202.355.6032

Guan Wang, Senior Accountant, oversees Avalere’s Accounts Payable, Employee Expense Reimbursement and Fixed Asset processes.  Guan also assists with Avalere’s budgeting and forecasting.

Prior to joining Avalere, Guan was a Staff Accountant at the American Institute of Physics where her responsibilities included assisting the month-end close and preparing and distributing monthly financial statements.

Guan has a dual BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland.  She is a CPA from the State of Maryland.

Melissa Washington

Executive Assistant

Melissa
Washington

Melissa Washington, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research. She assists Avalere’s Senior Vice President and Vice Presidents within the Reimbursement practice by providing customer service and client follow-up.

Prior to joining Avalere, Melissa served as an Executive Assistant with Dixon Group, Inc. and interned with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.

Melissa has a BA in Criminology from West Virginia University. She is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Washington

Melissa

Executive Assistant

202.459.6239

Melissa Washington, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research. She assists Avalere’s Senior Vice President and Vice Presidents within the Reimbursement practice by providing customer service and client follow-up.

Prior to joining Avalere, Melissa served as an Executive Assistant with Dixon Group, Inc. and interned with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.

Melissa has a BA in Criminology from West Virginia University. She is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Audrey Wessel

Associate

Audrey
Wessel

Audrey Wessel, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Audrey’s in depth knowledge of comparative healthcare policy and biological systems provide a unique perspective on client projects.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Audrey was a Consulting Intern at Cline Davis & Mann, developing presentations and performing market analysis around global healthcare issues including the future market landscape assessment of breast cancer drugs in the U.S.; biosimilar portfolios in the U.S. and Europe; and, the structure of the Brazilian health care system. Additionally, she has experience as a Federal Policy Intern in the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo where she created informational materials on the Affordable Care Act and the NY Health Benefit Exchange for distribution at Congressional meetings.

Audrey has a BA in Biology and Society from Cornell University.

Wessel

Audrey

Associate

202.446.2221

Audrey Wessel, Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Audrey’s in depth knowledge of comparative healthcare policy and biological systems provide a unique perspective on client projects.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Audrey was a Consulting Intern at Cline Davis & Mann, developing presentations and performing market analysis around global healthcare issues including the future market landscape assessment of breast cancer drugs in the U.S.; biosimilar portfolios in the U.S. and Europe; and, the structure of the Brazilian health care system. Additionally, she has experience as a Federal Policy Intern in the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo where she created informational materials on the Affordable Care Act and the NY Health Benefit Exchange for distribution at Congressional meetings.

Audrey has a BA in Biology and Society from Cornell University.

Ken Williams

Vice President

Ken
Williams

Ken Williams, Vice President, is an award-winning designer, communications professional, and strategist with a focus on improving the experience of service and product through the application of human-centered design principles. In this capacity, he works with clients to help them solve their most complex problems and improve how they engage with their key customers in the context of an evolving business and policy environment.

Prior to Avalere, Ken was founding Principal of Kwake Design, a full-service design, communications, and strategy agency. Previously, he served as Executive Board Member and National Premedical Chair at the American Medical Student Association and worked in Communications at the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Currently, Ken is a graduate candidate in Communication, Culture, & Technology at Georgetown University. He holds a BA in Philosophy with university and department honors from the New College of Florida/University of South Florida. In addition, he held post-baccalaureate positions at Georgetown and the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed additional graduate work at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Williams

Ken

Vice President

202.207.3811

Ken Williams, Vice President, is an award-winning designer, communications professional, and strategist with a focus on improving the experience of service and product through the application of human-centered design principles. In this capacity, he works with clients to help them solve their most complex problems and improve how they engage with their key customers in the context of an evolving business and policy environment.

Prior to Avalere, Ken was founding Principal of Kwake Design, a full-service design, communications, and strategy agency. Previously, he served as Executive Board Member and National Premedical Chair at the American Medical Student Association and worked in Communications at the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Currently, Ken is a graduate candidate in Communication, Culture, & Technology at Georgetown University. He holds a BA in Philosophy with university and department honors from the New College of Florida/University of South Florida. In addition, he held post-baccalaureate positions at Georgetown and the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed additional graduate work at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Reginald Williams

Senior Vice President

Reginald
Williams

Reginald Williams, Senior Vice President, leads teams that deliver research, analytic, and strategic support to clients, with a focus on the needs of life sciences manufacturers and patient groups. He advises clients on medical technology policy, regulatory and market access strategies for new products, and the evolution of public and private payers' use of evidence for formulating coverage and reimbursement decisions, with a focus on the Medicare program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Reggie was a member of the health policy team at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).He also served as the Howard R. Swearer Public Service intern in the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of Minority Health.

Reggie has an AB in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University. He also serves on the board of directors of Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. He is a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant reviewer and a member of NASI and Health Technology Assessment International.

Williams

Reginald

Senior Vice President

202.207.3685

Reginald Williams, Senior Vice President, leads teams that deliver research, analytic, and strategic support to clients, with a focus on the needs of life sciences manufacturers and patient groups. He advises clients on medical technology policy, regulatory and market access strategies for new products, and the evolution of public and private payers' use of evidence for formulating coverage and reimbursement decisions, with a focus on the Medicare program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Reggie was a member of the health policy team at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).He also served as the Howard R. Swearer Public Service intern in the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of Minority Health.

Reggie has an AB in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University. He also serves on the board of directors of Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. He is a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant reviewer and a member of NASI and Health Technology Assessment International.

Nicholas Wimbush

Director

Nicholas
Wimbush

Nicholas Wimbush, Director, provides strategic counsel to clients facing complex challenges related to developing, manufacturing, and marketing FDA-regulated products. Nicholas advises clients on a full range of matters involving FDA regulatory, compliance, and enforcement issues. He also has experience performing FDA regulatory due diligence.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nicholas worked as a regulatory attorney at Sidley Austin LLP where he focused on FDA regulation of drugs, devices, and food. Nicholas counseled clients on FDA regulatory compliance and enforcement actions. Earlier, Nicholas served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Carter at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nicholas has a JD from Cornell Law School and an AB in History from Princeton University.

Wimbush

Nicholas

Director

202.207.3831

Nicholas Wimbush, Director, provides strategic counsel to clients facing complex challenges related to developing, manufacturing, and marketing FDA-regulated products. Nicholas advises clients on a full range of matters involving FDA regulatory, compliance, and enforcement issues. He also has experience performing FDA regulatory due diligence.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nicholas worked as a regulatory attorney at Sidley Austin LLP where he focused on FDA regulation of drugs, devices, and food. Nicholas counseled clients on FDA regulatory compliance and enforcement actions. Earlier, Nicholas served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Carter at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nicholas has a JD from Cornell Law School and an AB in History from Princeton University.

Holly Wittenberg

Vice President

Holly
Wittenberg

Holly Wittenberg, Vice President, and her team, provide member support to Avalere’s Business Intelligence (BI) Technology and Research products.  Avalere’s suite of BI products are cutting-edge products which help users drive better business decisions. Holly ensures that members optimize the value of each product and platform by responding to member queries, running analytics on product performance, and engaging members directly on product utilization.

Prior to her current role, Holly helped Avalere’s provider clients identify market-level opportunities and risks associated with changes to reimbursement and other strategic issues.  Holly was also a Management Consultant to hospitals and health systems as part of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ provider practice and at the Advisory Board Company. 

Holly has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and a MA in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. She is fluent in Spanish and functional in French.

Wittenberg

Holly

Vice President

202.459.6276

Holly Wittenberg, Vice President, and her team, provide member support to Avalere’s Business Intelligence (BI) Technology and Research products.  Avalere’s suite of BI products are cutting-edge products which help users drive better business decisions. Holly ensures that members optimize the value of each product and platform by responding to member queries, running analytics on product performance, and engaging members directly on product utilization.

Prior to her current role, Holly helped Avalere’s provider clients identify market-level opportunities and risks associated with changes to reimbursement and other strategic issues.  Holly was also a Management Consultant to hospitals and health systems as part of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ provider practice and at the Advisory Board Company. 

Holly has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and a MA in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. She is fluent in Spanish and functional in French.

Ming Wong

Manager

Ming
Wong

Ming Wong, Information and Resource Manager, provides internal support in the areas of information and resource management.  Ming has more than 13 years of library experience, specializing in online research, web content development, integrated library systems and data quality. 

Prior to Avalere, Ming was the Technical Information Specialist with MedImmune responsible for managing a product literature database of publications in core therapeutic areas and providing reference and research services to staff. Prior to that, as the Resource Center Manager at Grantmakers In Health, she managed a searchable web-based database containing grant-making activities of more than 400 foundations.

Ming has a Master of Information and Library Studies from McGill University and a BA in Political Science from Concordia University. 

Wong

Ming

Manager

202.446.2249

Ming Wong, Information and Resource Manager, provides internal support in the areas of information and resource management.  Ming has more than 13 years of library experience, specializing in online research, web content development, integrated library systems and data quality. 

Prior to Avalere, Ming was the Technical Information Specialist with MedImmune responsible for managing a product literature database of publications in core therapeutic areas and providing reference and research services to staff. Prior to that, as the Resource Center Manager at Grantmakers In Health, she managed a searchable web-based database containing grant-making activities of more than 400 foundations.

Ming has a Master of Information and Library Studies from McGill University and a BA in Political Science from Concordia University. 

Gillian Woollett

Senior Vice President

Gillian
Woollett

Gillian Woollett, Senior Vice President, leads our FDA Practice. She provides the "prequel" of scientific and regulatory strategic policy expertise that supports medicinal products gaining approval at the FDA in a manner that allows them to be successful in the public and private reimbursement world. She is building a bridge for Avalere clients from the FDA space into the traditionally separate Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and healthcare policy/business world.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gillian was Chief Scientist at Engel & Novitt, LLP, and was Vice President, Science and Regulatory Affairs at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). She joined BIO after being Associate Vice President at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. She has been an appointee on federal advisory committees to the CDC and the Department of Commerce. Trained as a molecular biologist/immunologist, Gillian publishes in peer-reviewed literature on biotechnology topics, and is a frequent speaker on emerging biosciences and their ability to support better and more focused therapies.

Gillian has a BA, MA in the Natural Sciences Tripos (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge, and a DPhil in Immunology from the University of Oxford.

Woollett

Gillian

Senior Vice President

202.207.1320

Gillian Woollett, Senior Vice President, leads our FDA Practice. She provides the "prequel" of scientific and regulatory strategic policy expertise that supports medicinal products gaining approval at the FDA in a manner that allows them to be successful in the public and private reimbursement world. She is building a bridge for Avalere clients from the FDA space into the traditionally separate Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and healthcare policy/business world.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gillian was Chief Scientist at Engel & Novitt, LLP, and was Vice President, Science and Regulatory Affairs at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). She joined BIO after being Associate Vice President at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. She has been an appointee on federal advisory committees to the CDC and the Department of Commerce. Trained as a molecular biologist/immunologist, Gillian publishes in peer-reviewed literature on biotechnology topics, and is a frequent speaker on emerging biosciences and their ability to support better and more focused therapies.

Gillian has a BA, MA in the Natural Sciences Tripos (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge, and a DPhil in Immunology from the University of Oxford.

Danielle Wright

Associate

Danielle
Wright

Danielle Wright, Associate, advises clients on commercial policy issues in response to evolving healthcare issues. She applies her background in policy and project management to support clients with research and analysis that span healthcare sectors and stakeholders. 

Prior to joining Avalere full time, Danielle was an intern, provided guidance to Avalere’s Life Sciences Clients and supported a team investigating uses of a consumer health product. Additionally, Danielle interned in the Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman, where she responded to constituent requests and assisted legislative staff. 

Danielle has a BA in Political Science from the University of Dayton.

Wright

Danielle

Associate

202.446.2244
Danielle Wright, Associate, advises clients on commercial policy issues in response to evolving healthcare issues. She applies her background in policy and project management to support clients with research and analysis that span healthcare sectors and stakeholders. 

Prior to joining Avalere full time, Danielle was an intern, provided guidance to Avalere’s Life Sciences Clients and supported a team investigating uses of a consumer health product. Additionally, Danielle interned in the Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman, where she responded to constituent requests and assisted legislative staff. 

Danielle has a BA in Political Science from the University of Dayton.

Casie Yan

Senior Manager

Casie
Yan

Casie Yan, Senior Manager, advises clients in the optimal use of Avalere’s suite of Business Intelligence (BI) tools, specifically the Vantage Care Positioning System. Casie works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective into market trends, patient pathways, and provider performance. Her area of expertise is working with hospitals, hospital systems, providers and senior executives across the healthcare continuum to design, implement and evaluate healthcare performance improvement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Casie served as a Senior Consultant for Navigant Consulting when she advised clients in the areas of hospital operations, workforce efficiency, supply chain management and revenue cycle operations. In her earlier positions with the Advisory Board Company, she worked on a range of issues around hospital and system process improvement.

Casie has a BA in both Economics and International Studies - Global Economics Trade & Development with a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Yan

Casie

Senior Manager

202.459.6238
Casie Yan, Senior Manager, advises clients in the optimal use of Avalere’s suite of Business Intelligence (BI) tools, specifically the Vantage Care Positioning System. Casie works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective into market trends, patient pathways, and provider performance. Her area of expertise is working with hospitals, hospital systems, providers and senior executives across the healthcare continuum to design, implement and evaluate healthcare performance improvement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Casie served as a Senior Consultant for Navigant Consulting when she advised clients in the areas of hospital operations, workforce efficiency, supply chain management and revenue cycle operations. In her earlier positions with the Advisory Board Company, she worked on a range of issues around hospital and system process improvement.

Casie has a BA in both Economics and International Studies - Global Economics Trade & Development with a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Colin Yee

Senior Associate

Colin
Yee

Colin Yee, Senior Associate, supports clients with their post-acute and long-term care policy and strategic goals. He applies his background in public health and policy analysis to assist clients with implementing innovative payment and delivery programs, evaluating the impact of new policies on business operations and understanding current trends in post-acute and long-term care. Colin provides in-depth Medicare claims data analytics expertise, programmatic assistance, and strategic support to post-acute care provider clients participating in CMMI’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative (BPCI). His experience working with Medicare claims data and BPCI episodic data files enables clients to fully understand and leverage these data to be successful in the program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colin served as Communications Intern at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and as a Scholar in Residence at the National Business Group on Health.

Colin has a MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a BS in Anthropology and Cellular/Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.

Yee

Colin

Senior Associate

202.355.6059

Colin Yee, Senior Associate, supports clients with their post-acute and long-term care policy and strategic goals. He applies his background in public health and policy analysis to assist clients with implementing innovative payment and delivery programs, evaluating the impact of new policies on business operations and understanding current trends in post-acute and long-term care. Colin provides in-depth Medicare claims data analytics expertise, programmatic assistance, and strategic support to post-acute care provider clients participating in CMMI’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative (BPCI). His experience working with Medicare claims data and BPCI episodic data files enables clients to fully understand and leverage these data to be successful in the program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colin served as Communications Intern at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and as a Scholar in Residence at the National Business Group on Health.

Colin has a MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a BS in Anthropology and Cellular/Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.

Gwenyth Young

Executive Assistant

Gwenyth
Young

Gwenyth Young, Executive Assistant, advises internal clients on scheduling, time management, and research. Gwenyth has special expertise in communication and customer service.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gwenyth served as an Executive Assistant for the Director of the National Cancer Institute at NW Systems for The National Institute of Health and as an Executive Assistant for the President/CEO of Franklin Acquisition, Inc.

Young

Gwenyth

Executive Assistant

202.459.6267

Gwenyth Young, Executive Assistant, advises internal clients on scheduling, time management, and research. Gwenyth has special expertise in communication and customer service.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gwenyth served as an Executive Assistant for the Director of the National Cancer Institute at NW Systems for The National Institute of Health and as an Executive Assistant for the President/CEO of Franklin Acquisition, Inc.

Joanna Young

Director

Joanna
Young

Joanna Young, Director, provides clients with data-driven analysis using her quantitative skills, modeling expertise, and knowledge of different datasets (e.g. Medicare claims data and cost reports). Joanna creates analytical models that support analyses of policy impact on different business lines and the overall healthcare market, profit margin analyses, and federal budgetary impact estimates of proposed legislative changes. She also focuses on data and policy analyses for pharmaceutical products, including the 340B Drug Pricing Program and market access/reimbursement issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joanna served as a Manager at Integrity Management Services, where she designed and conducted claims analyses in support of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' program integrity efforts to combat fraud and assure compliance in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Joanna has a BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Warsaw's Institute of Applied Social Sciences in Poland and a MPP with a concentration in Healthcare Policy and Statistics from The College of William and Mary.

Young

Joanna

Director

202.207.3814

Joanna Young, Director, provides clients with data-driven analysis using her quantitative skills, modeling expertise, and knowledge of different datasets (e.g. Medicare claims data and cost reports). Joanna creates analytical models that support analyses of policy impact on different business lines and the overall healthcare market, profit margin analyses, and federal budgetary impact estimates of proposed legislative changes. She also focuses on data and policy analyses for pharmaceutical products, including the 340B Drug Pricing Program and market access/reimbursement issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joanna served as a Manager at Integrity Management Services, where she designed and conducted claims analyses in support of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' program integrity efforts to combat fraud and assure compliance in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Joanna has a BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Warsaw's Institute of Applied Social Sciences in Poland and a MPP with a concentration in Healthcare Policy and Statistics from The College of William and Mary.

William Zellweger

Manager

William
Zellweger

William Zellweger, Manager, advises Avalere's pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on market access and reimbursement strategy. William specializes in the assessment of specialty drug market access, with a focus on oncology.

Prior to joining Avalere, William served as a Desk Analyst at Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and as an Equity Research Associate at Susquehanna. As a Desk Analyst on Susquehanna’s equity trading desk, William developed actionable trading strategies for equities and derivatives across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare services industries. As an Equity Research Associate, William supported the fundamental coverage of equities across the U.S. hospital operator, post-acute care and managed care sectors.

William holds a BA in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College.

Zellweger

William

Manager

202.207.1324

William Zellweger, Manager, advises Avalere's pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on market access and reimbursement strategy. William specializes in the assessment of specialty drug market access, with a focus on oncology.

Prior to joining Avalere, William served as a Desk Analyst at Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and as an Equity Research Associate at Susquehanna. As a Desk Analyst on Susquehanna’s equity trading desk, William developed actionable trading strategies for equities and derivatives across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare services industries. As an Equity Research Associate, William supported the fundamental coverage of equities across the U.S. hospital operator, post-acute care and managed care sectors.

William holds a BA in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College.

Sonia Zhang

Senior Associate

Sonia
Zhang

Sonia Zhang, Senior Associate, provides analytic and strategic support to clients in the provider sector. She prepares market analyses for acute and post-acute care providers to identify and pursue opportunities in the evolving healthcare industry. Sonia’s expertise encompasses payment and delivery reform models, quality and safety improvement, and transitions of care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sonia was an Administrative Fellow at the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association, where she co-authored a guidebook on healthcare quality improvement. She also authored case studies and co-authored issue briefs on various healthcare topics. At the University of Michigan, Sonia conducted qualitative research and analyzed perceptions of public health risks. 

 

Sonia has an MPH in Health Management and Policy and a BS in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan.

Zhang

Sonia

Senior Associate

202.446.2205
Sonia Zhang, Senior Associate, provides analytic and strategic support to clients in the provider sector. She prepares market analyses for acute and post-acute care providers to identify and pursue opportunities in the evolving healthcare industry. Sonia’s expertise encompasses payment and delivery reform models, quality and safety improvement, and transitions of care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sonia was an Administrative Fellow at the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association, where she co-authored a guidebook on healthcare quality improvement. She also authored case studies and co-authored issue briefs on various healthcare topics. At the University of Michigan, Sonia conducted qualitative research and analyzed perceptions of public health risks. 

 

Sonia has an MPH in Health Management and Policy and a BS in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan.

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