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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.

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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

Manager

Lilla
Alchon

Lilla Alchon, Manager, advises provider and life sciences clients on the strategic use of Avalere’s Business Intelligence products. In this role, Lilla helps clients identify market trends and opportunities, assess risk, and remain competitive in a changing landscape. Lilla manages the client services function for two of Avalere’s products, ensuring clients receive maximum value and support from their memberships. 

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

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

Manager

202.355.6053

Lilla Alchon, Manager, advises provider and life sciences clients on the strategic use of Avalere’s Business Intelligence products. In this role, Lilla helps clients identify market trends and opportunities, assess risk, and remain competitive in a changing landscape. Lilla manages the client services function for two of Avalere’s products, ensuring clients receive maximum value and support from their memberships. 

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

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

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. 

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.

Kate Barker

Senior Associate

Kate
Barker

Kate Barker, Senior Associate for Institutional Investors, provides support to public and private equity markets by highlighting and evaluating the impact of developments within the healthcare industry. In addition, she partners internally with cross-functional teams to manage projects and deliver insights. Kate previously worked on Avalere’s specialty pharmaceuticals research product and applies her background in life sciences, 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

Senior Associate

202.355.6040

Kate Barker, Senior Associate for Institutional Investors, provides support to public and private equity markets by highlighting and evaluating the impact of developments within the healthcare industry. In addition, she partners internally with cross-functional teams to manage projects and deliver insights. Kate previously worked on Avalere’s specialty pharmaceuticals research product and applies her background in life sciences, 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.   

Nancy Beck

Director

Nancy
Beck

Nancy Beck, Director, advises Life Sciences clients around FDA strategy and regulatory policy in support of their drug, biologic and device products. She brings expertise in development of strategic partnerships and stakeholder engagement, as well as a background in biomedical and regulatory science, to meet clients’ scientific, technical and policy needs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Nancy was the Director, Program Development at the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA where she cultivated multi-sector, multi-disciplinary public-private partnerships to address complex regulatory science and policy challenges on behalf of the FDA. In this role, she managed a broad range of projects including compassionate use; patient education, engagement and patient-centeredness; drug safety and post-market surveillance; and, data sharing, use and access. Prior to that, she was an Advisor, Science & Policy, for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine where she worked to promote the development and regulatory acceptance of new tools and approaches to improve safety assessment of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and industrial chemicals.

Nancy has a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of Michigan and a BS in Microbiology from the University of Maryland.

Beck

Nancy

Director

202.446.2230
Nancy Beck, Director, advises Life Sciences clients around FDA strategy and regulatory policy in support of their drug, biologic and device products. She brings expertise in development of strategic partnerships and stakeholder engagement, as well as a background in biomedical and regulatory science, to meet clients’ scientific, technical and policy needs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Nancy was the Director, Program Development at the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA where she cultivated multi-sector, multi-disciplinary public-private partnerships to address complex regulatory science and policy challenges on behalf of the FDA. In this role, she managed a broad range of projects including compassionate use; patient education, engagement and patient-centeredness; drug safety and post-market surveillance; and, data sharing, use and access. Prior to that, she was an Advisor, Science & Policy, for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine where she worked to promote the development and regulatory acceptance of new tools and approaches to improve safety assessment of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and industrial chemicals.

Nancy has a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of Michigan and a BS in Microbiology from the University of Maryland.

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

Senior Associate

Biruk
Bekele

Biruk Bekele, Senior Associate, supports clients in market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement strategy. With a particular interest in data analytics, value-based payment models, and physician-administered therapies, he applies his experience to help clients maximize product access and improve healthcare delivery. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Biruk was a Data Analyst at the Wharton Public Policy Initiative, where he investigated medical supply transactions to simulate hospital negotiations and determine the impact of price transparency on cost savings. Additionally, he has worked with various start-ups focusing on expanding an educational platform for pre-medical students, evaluating the value of video telemedicine for nurse case managers, and investigating high priority markets for smartphone diagnostics platform Biomeme. 

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

Bekele

Biruk

Senior Associate

202.446.2206

Biruk Bekele, Senior Associate, supports clients in market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement strategy. With a particular interest in data analytics, value-based payment models, and physician-administered therapies, he applies his experience to help clients maximize product access and improve healthcare delivery. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Biruk was a Data Analyst at the Wharton Public Policy Initiative, where he investigated medical supply transactions to simulate hospital negotiations and determine the impact of price transparency on cost savings. Additionally, he has worked with various start-ups focusing on expanding an educational platform for pre-medical students, evaluating the value of video telemedicine for nurse case managers, and investigating high priority markets for smartphone diagnostics platform Biomeme. 

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. 

Katie Bittner

Fellow

Katie
Bittner

Katie Bittner, Fellow, draws on her extensive research background and neuroscience expertise to support clients navigating the regulatory strategy and FDA policy environment. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Katie was postdoctoral associate at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus, studying the cellular basis of learning and memory. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, Katie performed structure function analyses of ion channel proteins. 

Katie earned a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago and a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland.

Bittner

Katie

Fellow

202.446.2348
Katie Bittner, Fellow, draws on her extensive research background and neuroscience expertise to support clients navigating the regulatory strategy and FDA policy environment. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Katie was postdoctoral associate at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus, studying the cellular basis of learning and memory. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, Katie performed structure function analyses of ion channel proteins. 

Katie earned a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago and a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland.

Chris Boone

Vice President

Chris
Boone

Chris Boone, Vice President, leads client engagements involving real world informatics strategies. He advises clients on the development of quality improvement and data integration, and commercialization approaches utilizing his expertise in health informatics and analytics, policy informatics research, and organizational development. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris served as the CEO of the Health Data Consortium (HDC), a public-private partnership working in concert with the public sector agencies on building a national movement on the use of open health data to transform the U.S. health care system. He is a professor in the Masters of Health Informatics program at the University of Cincinnati and serves as a guest lecturer at other universities. He holds, or has held, appointments to various national committees, including the Health IT Policy Committee, the advisory group for the American Society of Clinical Oncologists CancerLinQ initiative, the Executive Board of Directors for the Patient Advocate Foundation, and the Executive Board of Directors for the National Patient Advocate Foundation.

Chris holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Tulsa, a M.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Boone

Chris

Vice President

202.446.2232

Chris Boone, Vice President, leads client engagements involving real world informatics strategies. He advises clients on the development of quality improvement and data integration, and commercialization approaches utilizing his expertise in health informatics and analytics, policy informatics research, and organizational development. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris served as the CEO of the Health Data Consortium (HDC), a public-private partnership working in concert with the public sector agencies on building a national movement on the use of open health data to transform the U.S. health care system. He is a professor in the Masters of Health Informatics program at the University of Cincinnati and serves as a guest lecturer at other universities. He holds, or has held, appointments to various national committees, including the Health IT Policy Committee, the advisory group for the American Society of Clinical Oncologists CancerLinQ initiative, the Executive Board of Directors for the Patient Advocate Foundation, and the Executive Board of Directors for the National Patient Advocate Foundation.

Chris holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Tulsa, a M.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

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.

Zach Bowden

Associate

Zach
Bowden

Zach Bowden, Associate, engages with clients to educate around the optimal use of Avalere’s Business Intelligence tool, the Vantage Care Positioning System. With a focus on providers, Zach guides users on the optimal use of the tool in order to access comprehensive patient movement and provider data.

Prior to joining Avalere, Zach was a Human Capital Analyst at Evolent Health, where he led recruiting and workforce strategy for the Information Technology department. Also with Evolent, Zach led projects dedicated to process and report improvement for health plan performance communications. 

Zach has a B.S. from Ithaca College and is an MBA candidate at George Mason University.

Bowden

Zach

Associate

202.446.2321
Zach Bowden, Associate, engages with clients to educate around the optimal use of Avalere’s Business Intelligence tool, the Vantage Care Positioning System. With a focus on providers, Zach guides users on the optimal use of the tool in order to access comprehensive patient movement and provider data.

Prior to joining Avalere, Zach was a Human Capital Analyst at Evolent Health, where he led recruiting and workforce strategy for the Information Technology department. Also with Evolent, Zach led projects dedicated to process and report improvement for health plan performance communications. 

Zach has a B.S. from Ithaca College and is an MBA candidate at George Mason University.

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.

Kelly Brantley

Vice President

Kelly
Brantley

Kelly Brantley, Vice President, provides strategic analysis and advice to help clients predict and navigate the changing healthcare landscape, particularly as it relates to health insurance exchanges and the Medicare program. Her areas of focus include benefit design, prescription drug formularies, essential health benefits, risk adjustment, actuarial value, and overall insurance market regulation.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelly worked at the Health Assistance Partnership/Families USA where she analyzed Medicare Part D policy 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

Vice President

202.207.3803

Kelly Brantley, Vice President, provides strategic analysis and advice to help clients predict and navigate the changing healthcare landscape, particularly as it relates to health insurance exchanges and the Medicare program. Her areas of focus include benefit design, prescription drug formularies, essential health benefits, risk adjustment, actuarial value, and overall insurance market regulation.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelly worked at the Health Assistance Partnership/Families USA where she analyzed Medicare Part D policy 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

Senior Manager

Erica
Breese

Erica Breese, Senior 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

Senior Manager

202.355.6044

Erica Breese, Senior 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.

Jennifer Brock

Senior Manager

Jennifer
Brock

Jennifer Brock, Senior Manager, is a health care implementation expert who advises clients on program and policy implementation and rapid-cycle evaluation best-practices, healthcare quality, and continuous quality improvement.  She has broad based business process experience including change management, strategic planning, risk management, clinical research, meta-analysis, communication management, partner relations and program effectiveness.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jennifer served as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in the civil health market, a Program Manager at the American Hospital Association, a Senior Researcher at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and a Research Program Manager for the Chicago Colorectal Cancer Consortium (CCCC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Jennifer has a BS in Biology from Central Michigan University, an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a MA in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.  Jennifer is also a certified six sigma black belt professional (SSBBP). 

Brock

Jennifer

Senior Manager

202.446.2343
Jennifer Brock, Senior Manager, is a health care implementation expert who advises clients on program and policy implementation and rapid-cycle evaluation best-practices, healthcare quality, and continuous quality improvement.  She has broad based business process experience including change management, strategic planning, risk management, clinical research, meta-analysis, communication management, partner relations and program effectiveness.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jennifer served as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in the civil health market, a Program Manager at the American Hospital Association, a Senior Researcher at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and a Research Program Manager for the Chicago Colorectal Cancer Consortium (CCCC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Jennifer has a BS in Biology from Central Michigan University, an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a MA in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.  Jennifer is also a certified six sigma black belt professional (SSBBP). 

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.

Sarah Brown

Director

Sarah
Brown

Sarah Brown, Director, advises Life Sciences clients on evidence-based medicine, payment and delivery reform, and strategy development. With expertise in value-based payment and product strategy, she assists clients in understanding how policy and commercial changes impact their business. 

Before rejoining Avalere, Sarah was a Consultant with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she supported biopharma and medical device companies in organizational change, field force optimization, and sales strategy development. Prior to that, she was a Manager at Avalere, advising biopharma companies on the commercial implications of evidence-based medicine and value-based purchasing. 

Sarah has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Princeton University.

Brown

Sarah

Director

202.446.2339

Sarah Brown, Director, advises Life Sciences clients on evidence-based medicine, payment and delivery reform, and strategy development. With expertise in value-based payment and product strategy, she assists clients in understanding how policy and commercial changes impact their business. 

Before rejoining Avalere, Sarah was a Consultant with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she supported biopharma and medical device companies in organizational change, field force optimization, and sales strategy development. Prior to that, she was a Manager at Avalere, advising biopharma companies on the commercial implications of evidence-based medicine and value-based purchasing. 

Sarah has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Princeton 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

Director

Michelle
Bruno

Michelle Bruno, Director, 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

Director

202.459.6332

Michelle Bruno, Director, 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.

David Buchanan

Vice President

David
Buchanan

David Buchanan, Vice President, assists health plan clients in obtaining optimal operational results with healthcare reform, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid Managed Care, value-based payments, quality improvement, and provider engagement. With expertise in payer perspectives and regulatory requirements, he leads business development efforts to advance Avalere’s brand in the health plan sector and ensure a strong sales pipeline for a variety of client projects to solve client issues, while serving as a content expert in health plan operations.

David has over 25 years of experience in public health, managed care, exchanges, Medicare, Medicaid, and most recently as a Senior Consultant with Dell Services as the Global Practice Lead/SME for health plan solutions for exchanges, payment integrity, provider management, and utilization management. As Senior Consultant with CSG, he served as an SME and policy leader focused on healthcare exchange clients. He also served on the payer side as Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs for Centene Corporation, while also having served for the Mississippi State Department of Health as lobbyist, licensure director, and policy director.

David has a JD from Mississippi College School of Law and a BS in Finance from Louisiana State University.

Buchanan

David

Vice President

202.446.2224

David Buchanan, Vice President, assists health plan clients in obtaining optimal operational results with healthcare reform, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid Managed Care, value-based payments, quality improvement, and provider engagement. With expertise in payer perspectives and regulatory requirements, he leads business development efforts to advance Avalere’s brand in the health plan sector and ensure a strong sales pipeline for a variety of client projects to solve client issues, while serving as a content expert in health plan operations.

David has over 25 years of experience in public health, managed care, exchanges, Medicare, Medicaid, and most recently as a Senior Consultant with Dell Services as the Global Practice Lead/SME for health plan solutions for exchanges, payment integrity, provider management, and utilization management. As Senior Consultant with CSG, he served as an SME and policy leader focused on healthcare exchange clients. He also served on the payer side as Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs for Centene Corporation, while also having served for the Mississippi State Department of Health as lobbyist, licensure director, and policy director.

David has a JD from Mississippi College School of Law and a BS in Finance from Louisiana State University.

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, leads the Policy Practice at Avalere. Specifically, Elizabeth focuses on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, trends in commercial insurance, drug pricing policy, and the impact of politics on the policy landscape. 

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, leads the Policy Practice at Avalere. Specifically, Elizabeth focuses on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, trends in commercial insurance, drug pricing policy, and the impact of politics on the policy landscape. 

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.

Danny Chiriaco

Senior Manager

Danny
Chiriaco

Danny Chiriaco, Senior 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

Senior Manager

202.207.1314

Danny Chiriaco, Senior 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.

Mary Ann Clark

Vice President

Mary Ann
Clark

Mary Ann Clark, Vice President, advises Life Sciences clients on the design of strategic responses to health system economic and policy challenges using data and evidence. With a focus on medical devices and innovative health care delivery and payment models, she draws on her 25+ years of experience in health economics, reimbursement strategy, and analytics to meet client needs.

Before joining Avalere, Mary Ann was the Senior Vice President of Value-Based Payment at Intralign where she designed analytics tools and services to support hospitals transitioning to bundled payments. She was a partner at the Neocure Group, a health economics research and reimbursement consulting firm, and held similar roles at Boston Scientific and Covance. She worked with health plan clients and data at a number of companies. During her extensive career, she has authored over 40 publications and has worked with CMS and commercial payers to improve and establish reimbursement for numerous medical technologies. 

Mary Ann has a Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Indiana University. Mary Ann is currently completing a 3-year term as a member of the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee on Cost and Resource Use Measures.

Clark

Mary Ann

Vice President

202.446.2301

Mary Ann Clark, Vice President, advises Life Sciences clients on the design of strategic responses to health system economic and policy challenges using data and evidence. With a focus on medical devices and innovative health care delivery and payment models, she draws on her 25+ years of experience in health economics, reimbursement strategy, and analytics to meet client needs.

Before joining Avalere, Mary Ann was the Senior Vice President of Value-Based Payment at Intralign where she designed analytics tools and services to support hospitals transitioning to bundled payments. She was a partner at the Neocure Group, a health economics research and reimbursement consulting firm, and held similar roles at Boston Scientific and Covance. She worked with health plan clients and data at a number of companies. During her extensive career, she has authored over 40 publications and has worked with CMS and commercial payers to improve and establish reimbursement for numerous medical technologies. 

Mary Ann has a Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Indiana University. Mary Ann is currently completing a 3-year term as a member of the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee on Cost and Resource Use Measures.

Ryan Clements

Senior Director

Ryan
Clements

Ryan Clements, Senior Director, advises Life Sciences clients around strategy development, leveraging insights to impact business decisions and market planning. With experience serving both pharmaceutical and medical device clients, Ryan advises on FDA approval process, supply chain practices, trends in drug pricing and PBM operations.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ryan was a Director at Red Oak Sourcing, a joint venture between CVS Health and Cardinal Health.

He was a Founding Member responsible for establishing the largest generic pharmaceutical portfolio manager in the U.S. In this role, he interpreted market dynamics to ensure effective portfolio management and to bring awareness to parent companies on the regulatory and legislative landscape changes impacting their business. Prior to that, he was a Client Strategy Manager at PwC, leading client engagement and account management for Life Sciences clients.

Ryan has a BA from Boston College.

Clements

Ryan

Senior Director

202.459.6336

Ryan Clements, Senior Director, advises Life Sciences clients around strategy development, leveraging insights to impact business decisions and market planning. With experience serving both pharmaceutical and medical device clients, Ryan advises on FDA approval process, supply chain practices, trends in drug pricing and PBM operations.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ryan was a Director at Red Oak Sourcing, a joint venture between CVS Health and Cardinal Health.

He was a Founding Member responsible for establishing the largest generic pharmaceutical portfolio manager in the U.S. In this role, he interpreted market dynamics to ensure effective portfolio management and to bring awareness to parent companies on the regulatory and legislative landscape changes impacting their business. Prior to that, he was a Client Strategy Manager at PwC, leading client engagement and account management for Life Sciences clients.

Ryan has a BA from Boston College.

David Colon-Margolies

Senior Associate

David
Colon-Margolies

David Colon-Margolies, Senior 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

Senior Associate

202.355.6074

David Colon-Margolies, Senior 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.

Terrence Cox

Senior Manager

Terrence
Cox

Terrence Cox, Senior Manager, provides strategic analysis to clients to help them assess and respond to a wide array of reforms related to the Affordable Care Act.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Terrence was a Consultant with Washington Strategic Consulting, where he managed Federal government affairs strategy and execution for provider clients, monitoring legislation and regulatory developments and providing in-depth analysis. Prior to that, he worked in brand management for Pfizer, payer marketing at Eli Lilly, and government affairs at Deutsche Bank.  

Terrence has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Economics from Loyola University in Maryland.

Cox

Terrence

Senior Manager

202.355.6023

Terrence Cox, Senior Manager, provides strategic analysis to clients to help them assess and respond to a wide array of reforms related to the Affordable Care Act.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Terrence was a Consultant with Washington Strategic Consulting, where he managed Federal government affairs strategy and execution for provider clients, monitoring legislation and regulatory developments and providing in-depth analysis. Prior to that, he worked in brand management for Pfizer, payer marketing at Eli Lilly, and government affairs at Deutsche Bank.  

Terrence has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Economics from Loyola University in Maryland.

Lauren Cricchi

Senior Associate

Lauren
Cricchi

Lauren Cricchi, Senior Associate, provides research support to clients in the healthcare quality measurement and quality improvement space. With expertise in quality measure development, evidence gap analysis, and qualitative data management, she supports clients in conducting literature reviews and supports the Quality Measures Navigator® which includes drafting quality measure content, focused white papers, and analyses.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lauren was a Research Consultant with the Lewin Group, maintaining and developing clinical quality measures for CMS, performing environmental scans and gap analyses for electronic quality measures, and supporting the drafting and submission of deliverables to support measure endorsement from National Quality Forum (NQF). In addition, she conducted performance variation analyses and supported learning collaborative activities on behalf of CMMI for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model.

Lauren has a BA in Public Policy and Leadership and a Minor in Business Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Cricchi

Lauren

Senior Associate

202.446.2238

Lauren Cricchi, Senior Associate, provides research support to clients in the healthcare quality measurement and quality improvement space. With expertise in quality measure development, evidence gap analysis, and qualitative data management, she supports clients in conducting literature reviews and supports the Quality Measures Navigator® which includes drafting quality measure content, focused white papers, and analyses.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lauren was a Research Consultant with the Lewin Group, maintaining and developing clinical quality measures for CMS, performing environmental scans and gap analyses for electronic quality measures, and supporting the drafting and submission of deliverables to support measure endorsement from National Quality Forum (NQF). In addition, she conducted performance variation analyses and supported learning collaborative activities on behalf of CMMI for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model.

Lauren has a BA in Public Policy and Leadership and a Minor in Business Spanish from the University of Virginia.

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.

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 Reggie Williams, Senior Vice President and the Client Solutions 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 Reggie Williams, Senior Vice President and the Client Solutions 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

Senior Manager

Daniel R.
Day

Daniel R. Day, Senior 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.

Senior Manager

202.446.2265

Daniel R. Day, Senior 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. 

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.).

Nick Diamond

Senior Manager

Nick
Diamond

Nick Diamond, Senior Manager, advises clients on a complex and evolving health policy and regulatory environment. He has particular expertise in legislative and regulatory developments impacting health insurance, and quality and payment reform.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nick led global market strategy in the health care and life sciences sectors at MarkLogic, a technology company based in Silicon Valley. Prior to MarkLogic, he held consulting roles at MITRE and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during implementation of the ACA.

Nick is also a member of the adjunct faculty at The George Washington University and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Master of Laws in global health law from Georgetown Law, a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Charleston Law, and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown.

Diamond

Nick

Senior Manager

202.446.2210
Nick Diamond, Senior Manager, advises clients on a complex and evolving health policy and regulatory environment. He has particular expertise in legislative and regulatory developments impacting health insurance, and quality and payment reform.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nick led global market strategy in the health care and life sciences sectors at MarkLogic, a technology company based in Silicon Valley. Prior to MarkLogic, he held consulting roles at MITRE and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during implementation of the ACA.

Nick is also a member of the adjunct faculty at The George Washington University and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Master of Laws in global health law from Georgetown Law, a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Charleston Law, and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown.

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.

Therésa Dixon

Vice President

Therésa
Dixon

Therésa K. Dixon, Vice President, advises our life sciences clients on market access and commercialization strategies from product research and development to Phase IV post market support. Therésa has over 20 years of experience developing and executing market access and commercialization strategies within medical device, biologic, and pharmaceutical products in both the U.S. and international healthcare marketplaces. Her experience also includes coding/coverage/payment strategies, health technology and budget impact assessments, and coordinating stakeholder relationships.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Therésa served as a senior executive in regenerative medicine companies Shire, Osiris Therapeutics, and Smith & Nephew to develop and execute commercialization success across wound/burn care, orthopedics, endoscopy, and sports medicine. She also worked at Covance and Express Scripts supporting U.S. and international product placement, health economics outcomes research and pharmacy benefit contracting. 

Therésa holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, an MS in Healthcare Management from Marymount University, and a BS from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Dixon

Therésa

Vice President

202.446.2342

Therésa K. Dixon, Vice President, advises our life sciences clients on market access and commercialization strategies from product research and development to Phase IV post market support. Therésa has over 20 years of experience developing and executing market access and commercialization strategies within medical device, biologic, and pharmaceutical products in both the U.S. and international healthcare marketplaces. Her experience also includes coding/coverage/payment strategies, health technology and budget impact assessments, and coordinating stakeholder relationships.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Therésa served as a senior executive in regenerative medicine companies Shire, Osiris Therapeutics, and Smith & Nephew to develop and execute commercialization success across wound/burn care, orthopedics, endoscopy, and sports medicine. She also worked at Covance and Express Scripts supporting U.S. and international product placement, health economics outcomes research and pharmacy benefit contracting. 

Therésa holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, an MS in Healthcare Management from Marymount University, and a BS from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Jeannine Donnelly

Recruiter

Jeannine
Donnelly

Jeannine Donnelly, Recruiter, provides guidance and direction to internal clients on talent acquisition and interviewing strategies. She applies her background in recruiting and professional development programs to achieve outstanding candidate experiences and employee engagement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jeannine was a Human Resources Coordinator at the Council on Foreign Relations, managing full life-cycle recruitment for research associates and interns, as well as their on-boarding and training. Jeannine has also worked at Reed & Associates, supporting executive level searches for healthcare and life sciences companies. 

Jeannine has a BA in Communications and Public Health from Rutgers University.

Donnelly

Jeannine

Recruiter

202.355.6030

Jeannine Donnelly, Recruiter, provides guidance and direction to internal clients on talent acquisition and interviewing strategies. She applies her background in recruiting and professional development programs to achieve outstanding candidate experiences and employee engagement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jeannine was a Human Resources Coordinator at the Council on Foreign Relations, managing full life-cycle recruitment for research associates and interns, as well as their on-boarding and training. Jeannine has also worked at Reed & Associates, supporting executive level searches for healthcare and life sciences companies. 

Jeannine has a BA in Communications and Public Health from Rutgers University.

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.

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. 

Morgan Duff

Executive Assistant

Morgan
Duff

Morgan Duff, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, research and project management, supporting senior leaders to ensure excellent customer service and client follow-up. He supports Avalere’s leadership staff on the Health Reform and Data Analytics Teams.

Prior to joining Avalere, Morgan worked as an Operations Administrator at Lehman Smith McLeish, PLLC, assisting Partners and Directors with a variety of administrative, accounting and marketing initiatives. Morgan also has previous experience as a Manager of Strategic Partnerships with Consero Group, LLC, where he was responsible for managing the full business development cycle, building and maintaining long-term client relationships and negotiating business to business contracts.

Morgan has a BA in Law and Society from American University.

Duff

Morgan

Executive Assistant

202.459.6322
Morgan Duff, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, research and project management, supporting senior leaders to ensure excellent customer service and client follow-up. He supports Avalere’s leadership staff on the Health Reform and Data Analytics Teams.

Prior to joining Avalere, Morgan worked as an Operations Administrator at Lehman Smith McLeish, PLLC, assisting Partners and Directors with a variety of administrative, accounting and marketing initiatives. Morgan also has previous experience as a Manager of Strategic Partnerships with Consero Group, LLC, where he was responsible for managing the full business development cycle, building and maintaining long-term client relationships and negotiating business to business contracts.

Morgan has a BA in Law and Society from American 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

Senior Director

Erica
Eisenhart

Erica Eisenhart, Senior 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

Senior Director

202.207.3815

Erica Eisenhart, Senior 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

Senior Manager

Tim
Epple

Tim Epple, Senior Manager, provides due diligence and advisory services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tim was a Consultant at the Advisory Board Company, where he supported hospital and health system clients through the analysis and modeling of healthcare and regulatory data. Prior to that, in his role at ADVI Health, he provided advisory due diligence and strategic consulting to healthcare companies as well as private equity firms. He has experience working with healthcare providers, life sciences, and technology focused companies. 

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 from Northwestern University.

Epple

Tim

Senior Manager

202.355.6052

Tim Epple, Senior Manager, provides due diligence and advisory services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tim was a Consultant at the Advisory Board Company, where he supported hospital and health system clients through the analysis and modeling of healthcare and regulatory data. Prior to that, in his role at ADVI Health, he provided advisory due diligence and strategic consulting to healthcare companies as well as private equity firms. He has experience working with healthcare providers, life sciences, and technology focused companies. 

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 from Northwestern University.

Niajee Ervin

Senior Associate

Niajee
Ervin

Niajee Ervin, Senior Associate, oversees the development and execution of marketing campaigns targeting healthcare stakeholders through various distribution channels including webinars, events, and email marketing. She combines her background in public relations and brand management to partner with internal and external collaborators on successful campaigns. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Niajee was an Assistant Account Executive at Tractenberg & Co. where she supported consumer brand clients in media placement, media messaging and product launch initiatives. 

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

Ervin

Niajee

Senior Associate

202.459.6284

Niajee Ervin, Senior Associate, oversees the development and execution of marketing campaigns targeting healthcare stakeholders through various distribution channels including webinars, events, and email marketing. She combines her background in public relations and brand management to partner with internal and external collaborators on successful campaigns. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Niajee was an Assistant Account Executive at Tractenberg & Co. where she supported consumer brand clients in media placement, media messaging and product launch initiatives. 

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

John Feore

Director

John
Feore

John Feore, Director, advises health care providers, plans, and life sciences companies on the evolving health care system.  He applies his background as a health care attorney and expert on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and federal health policy to optimize clients’ understanding of delivery system reforms and alternative payment models.  Since enactment of the ACA, John has helped clients to navigate the changing health care landscape and implement the law’s payment and delivery reforms, including accountable care organizations (ACOs) and demonstrations operated by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

Prior to joining Avalere, John was a Senior Managing Associate at Dentons US LLP, providing strategic counsel to clients regarding the impacts of federal health care law, regulations, and legal challenges.

John has a JD from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and a BA from Boston College.  He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.  

Feore

John

Director

202.459.6241

John Feore, Director, advises health care providers, plans, and life sciences companies on the evolving health care system.  He applies his background as a health care attorney and expert on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and federal health policy to optimize clients’ understanding of delivery system reforms and alternative payment models.  Since enactment of the ACA, John has helped clients to navigate the changing health care landscape and implement the law’s payment and delivery reforms, including accountable care organizations (ACOs) and demonstrations operated by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

Prior to joining Avalere, John was a Senior Managing Associate at Dentons US LLP, providing strategic counsel to clients regarding the impacts of federal health care law, regulations, and legal challenges.

John has a JD from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and a BA from Boston College.  He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.  

Laura Fincher

Senior Manager

Laura
Fincher

Laura Fincher, Senior Manager, advises clients on evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality improvement, and quality measurement and reporting. With a focus on clinical informatics, data integration, and data analytics, she applies her expertise to the optimal utilization of health information technology, the use of data for clinical surveillance to improve outcomes, and to support continued reform and advancements in healthcare

Prior to joining Avalere, Laura was a Senior Advisor at the Chartis Group in the Clinical Excellence and IT Practice. Most recently, she was the clinical informatician on a project for the Mayo Clinic’s Knowledge Delivery Center and Applied Clinical Informatics division, ensuring optimal and meaningful utilization of health data and electronic health systems. She has led projects focused on Meaningful Use (MU) initiatives in hospital settings, serving as the clinical and business advisor and analyst. Laura also has extensive hospital operational leadership in short and long term settings, and comprehensive clinical nursing experience across many care delivery settings. 

Laura has a BSN from the University of West Georgia and an RN from Floyd College.

Fincher

Laura

Senior Manager

202.446.2302

Laura Fincher, Senior Manager, advises clients on evidence-based medicine, healthcare quality improvement, and quality measurement and reporting. With a focus on clinical informatics, data integration, and data analytics, she applies her expertise to the optimal utilization of health information technology, the use of data for clinical surveillance to improve outcomes, and to support continued reform and advancements in healthcare

Prior to joining Avalere, Laura was a Senior Advisor at the Chartis Group in the Clinical Excellence and IT Practice. Most recently, she was the clinical informatician on a project for the Mayo Clinic’s Knowledge Delivery Center and Applied Clinical Informatics division, ensuring optimal and meaningful utilization of health data and electronic health systems. She has led projects focused on Meaningful Use (MU) initiatives in hospital settings, serving as the clinical and business advisor and analyst. Laura also has extensive hospital operational leadership in short and long term settings, and comprehensive clinical nursing experience across many care delivery settings. 

Laura has a BSN from the University of West Georgia and an RN from Floyd College.

Yalin Firinci

Manager

Yalin
Firinci

Yalin Firinci, Manager, acts as a project manager for the Data Analytics practice and its clients, leading a cross functional team to ensure that projects are within scope, meet metrics and deliver on-time. In addition, he manages client communications around projects and supports internal teams through reporting and analysis.

Prior to joining Avalere, Yalin was a Project Manager and a Scientist at BioReliance where he was responsible for managing testing for biologic products of Biopharmaceutical and Federal clients. In addition, he performed safety testing of clinical and commercial products. He also has experience as a Strategy Analyst at Pfizer, Inc., where he helped the transfer the manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) from closing manufacturing plants to operational plants by analyzing the supply chain networks and plant capacity utilizations.

Yalin has an MBA and a BS in Biological Sciences from The George Washington University.

Firinci

Yalin

Manager

202.446.2245
Yalin Firinci, Manager, acts as a project manager for the Data Analytics practice and its clients, leading a cross functional team to ensure that projects are within scope, meet metrics and deliver on-time. In addition, he manages client communications around projects and supports internal teams through reporting and analysis.

Prior to joining Avalere, Yalin was a Project Manager and a Scientist at BioReliance where he was responsible for managing testing for biologic products of Biopharmaceutical and Federal clients. In addition, he performed safety testing of clinical and commercial products. He also has experience as a Strategy Analyst at Pfizer, Inc., where he helped the transfer the manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) from closing manufacturing plants to operational plants by analyzing the supply chain networks and plant capacity utilizations.

Yalin has an MBA and a BS in Biological Sciences from The George Washington University.

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.

Heather Flynn

Associate

Heather
Flynn

Heather Flynn, Associate, advises clients on Avalere’s Business Intelligence tool the Vantage Care Positioning System. Heather works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective into provider performance, market trends, and optimizing utilization through comprehensive data analysis and management. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Heather worked as a Patient Services Coordinator handling insurance pre-certification and daily operations of a local optometrist office. Additionally, she has experience working as an executive assistant to the president of Schoenbach Corporation. Outside of work, Heather served as a hospital floor intern at Lewis Gale Memorial Hospital and had a longstanding relationship planning several successful fundraising efforts benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Heather has a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Business Leadership from Virginia Tech. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Healthcare Management and her Masters of Business Administration at Marymount University.  

Flynn

Heather

Associate

202.446.2319
Heather Flynn, Associate, advises clients on Avalere’s Business Intelligence tool the Vantage Care Positioning System. Heather works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective into provider performance, market trends, and optimizing utilization through comprehensive data analysis and management. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Heather worked as a Patient Services Coordinator handling insurance pre-certification and daily operations of a local optometrist office. Additionally, she has experience working as an executive assistant to the president of Schoenbach Corporation. Outside of work, Heather served as a hospital floor intern at Lewis Gale Memorial Hospital and had a longstanding relationship planning several successful fundraising efforts benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Heather has a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Business Leadership from Virginia Tech. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Healthcare Management and her Masters of Business Administration at Marymount 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.

Maureen Gaige-Edwards

Director

Maureen
Gaige-Edwards

Maureen Gaige-Edwards, Director of Marketing, is a strategic business partner on the marketing team, focusing on the creation and execution of marketing and communication initiatives designed to engage and educate healthcare stakeholders to support the Avalere brand, Advisory Services and IT products. 

She brings over 20 years of healthcare experience, working for both large and start-up companies across the entire healthcare spectrum and has launched, marketed and sold over 20 drug and consumer products within numerous disease states and industries.  As the Vice President of Marketing, Business Development & Commercial Strategy at Forward Business Strategists, she assisted companies with identifying opportunities, brand creation and commercial launch plans. 

Maureen earned a BA in Business and American Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and she’s currently pursuing a certificate in Digital Marketing Strategy from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active volunteer with SCORE, a national organization that mentors and advises entrepreneurs.

Gaige-Edwards

Maureen

Director

202.446.2228

Maureen Gaige-Edwards, Director of Marketing, is a strategic business partner on the marketing team, focusing on the creation and execution of marketing and communication initiatives designed to engage and educate healthcare stakeholders to support the Avalere brand, Advisory Services and IT products. 

She brings over 20 years of healthcare experience, working for both large and start-up companies across the entire healthcare spectrum and has launched, marketed and sold over 20 drug and consumer products within numerous disease states and industries.  As the Vice President of Marketing, Business Development & Commercial Strategy at Forward Business Strategists, she assisted companies with identifying opportunities, brand creation and commercial launch plans. 

Maureen earned a BA in Business and American Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and she’s currently pursuing a certificate in Digital Marketing Strategy from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active volunteer with SCORE, a national organization that mentors and advises entrepreneurs.

Nelly Ganesan

Senior Director

Nelly
Ganesan

Nelly Ganesan, Senior Director, advises clients on the implications of quality-related healthcare policies, including but not limited to: public and private quality reporting programs, value-based care and payment and delivery models. Nelly also has special expertise in care models focused on CMS’ Triple Aim: Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs and the use of patient-reported outcomes. 

Nelly has been with the firm since 2011, prior to joining Avalere, Nelly spent six years at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement focused on population health and hospital-based quality improvement. 

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

Ganesan

Nelly

Senior Director

202.207.3469

Nelly Ganesan, Senior Director, advises clients on the implications of quality-related healthcare policies, including but not limited to: public and private quality reporting programs, value-based care and payment and delivery models. Nelly also has special expertise in care models focused on CMS’ Triple Aim: Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs and the use of patient-reported outcomes. 

Nelly has been with the firm since 2011, prior to joining Avalere, Nelly spent six years at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement focused on population health and hospital-based quality improvement. 

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, project management assistance, and meeting/event organization. 

Previously, Stefanie served 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 has also worked at the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. as their Meetings Administrator. During that time, she organized and executed more than 100 conferences and events around the country. Prior to CFP Board, Stefanie worked with Daylight Forensic, a financial consulting and investigative firm in New York. 

Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts 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, project management assistance, and meeting/event organization. 

Previously, Stefanie served 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 has also worked at the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. as their Meetings Administrator. During that time, she organized and executed more than 100 conferences and events around the country. Prior to CFP Board, Stefanie worked with Daylight Forensic, a financial consulting and investigative firm in New York. 

Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts 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.  

Jessica Gerber

Vice President

Jessica
Gerber

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.

Gerber

Jessica

Vice President

202.207.3812

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

Anita
Gibson

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.

Gibson

Anita

Senior Manager

202.459.6311

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.

Joy Godette

Manager

Joy
Godette

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

202.207.3673

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

Manager

Daniel
Goldberg

Daniel Goldberg, Manager, 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

Manager

202.355.6048

Daniel Goldberg, Manager, 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.  

Mark Gooding

Manager

Mark
Gooding

Mark Gooding, Manager, supports clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement policy. With a focus on oncology and other physician-administered therapies, he applies his experience to provide customers with guidance on coding, coverage, and reimbursement issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Mark was a Senior Associate at Covance Market Access Services, where he supported pharmaceutical manufacturers by conducting market research with payers and providers on issues including coverage decision-making, reimbursement and financial support program development, and alternative payment models. He also provided support through benchmarking, policy analysis, and coding application strategy. Prior to that, as a project manager and research assistant at George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy, he provided support on an array of subject areas including healthcare reform, state Medicaid policy, and early childhood development. 

Mark earned an MPS in Political Management from the George Washington University and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Wake Forest University.

Gooding

Mark

Manager

202.355.6096
Mark Gooding, Manager, supports clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement policy. With a focus on oncology and other physician-administered therapies, he applies his experience to provide customers with guidance on coding, coverage, and reimbursement issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Mark was a Senior Associate at Covance Market Access Services, where he supported pharmaceutical manufacturers by conducting market research with payers and providers on issues including coverage decision-making, reimbursement and financial support program development, and alternative payment models. He also provided support through benchmarking, policy analysis, and coding application strategy. Prior to that, as a project manager and research assistant at George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy, he provided support on an array of subject areas including healthcare reform, state Medicaid policy, and early childhood development. 

Mark earned an MPS in Political Management from the George Washington University and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Wake Forest University.

Alex Goolsby

Vice President

Alex
Goolsby

Alex Goolsby, Vice President, develops payment and care delivery strategies for clients across the healthcare system through Avalere’s Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation™. He supports clients in assessing the impact of healthcare policy and market forces on business strategy and operations. He also helps clients engage patients and providers through medication adherence strategies and service design.

Prior to joining Avalere, Alex held management and strategy leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente and other consulting firms. In those roles, he assessed strategic, operational, and financial opportunities and developed and implemented novel solutions for payers and providers.  

Alex has an MBA from Duke University, an MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA from Colgate University. 

Goolsby

Alex

Vice President

202.355.6085

Alex Goolsby, Vice President, develops payment and care delivery strategies for clients across the healthcare system through Avalere’s Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation™. He supports clients in assessing the impact of healthcare policy and market forces on business strategy and operations. He also helps clients engage patients and providers through medication adherence strategies and service design.

Prior to joining Avalere, Alex held management and strategy leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente and other consulting firms. In those roles, he assessed strategic, operational, and financial opportunities and developed and implemented novel solutions for payers and providers.  

Alex has an MBA from Duke University, an MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA from Colgate University. 

Ashley Graham

Senior Manager

Ashley
Graham

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. 

Graham

Ashley

Senior Manager

301.809.4000 x1918

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

John
Grandstaff

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

202.2071327

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

Teresa
Green

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

202.446.2207

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. 

Claire Grosel

Senior Associate

Claire
Grosel

Claire Grosel, Senior Associate, supports the research and analysis efforts of Avalere’s Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation, engaging with healthcare stakeholders to identify the impact of policy and market developments on business strategy. She uses her expertise on health care data analysis, care delivery, and alternative payment models, including the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program, to help clients assess and respond to strategic opportunities.

Prior to joining Avalere, Claire was a Research Analyst at IMPAQ International, where she led the development and execution of data quality reports for CMS and supported ACA implementation of non-discrimination policies. Prior to that, she worked as an Analyst at Boston Children’s Hospital specializing in the innovative use of data to improve patient care coordination within the hospital.

Claire has a BA in Economics from Vassar College.

Grosel

Claire

Senior Associate

202.446.2218
Claire Grosel, Senior Associate, supports the research and analysis efforts of Avalere’s Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation, engaging with healthcare stakeholders to identify the impact of policy and market developments on business strategy. She uses her expertise on health care data analysis, care delivery, and alternative payment models, including the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program, to help clients assess and respond to strategic opportunities.

Prior to joining Avalere, Claire was a Research Analyst at IMPAQ International, where she led the development and execution of data quality reports for CMS and supported ACA implementation of non-discrimination policies. Prior to that, she worked as an Analyst at Boston Children’s Hospital specializing in the innovative use of data to improve patient care coordination within the hospital.

Claire has a BA in Economics from Vassar College.

Helen Hale

Director

Helen
Hale

Helen Hale, Director, 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. 

Hale

Helen

Director

202.355.6091

Helen Hale, Director, 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

Senior Associate

Ashley
Han

Ashley Han, Senior 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

Senior Associate

202.446.2243

Ashley Han, Senior 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

Holly
Hand

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

202.355.6024

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.

Kerry Hazelton

Manager

Kerry
Hazelton

Kerry Hazelton, Security Engineer, manages Avalere’s information technology security and core functioning through proactive monitoring, prevention, and detection. In addition, he is responsible for process development and the implementation of security policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kerry was a Computer Security Specialist with DB Consulting Group, Inc., where he supported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) CLASS project through continuous monitoring of computer and network systems to identify threats.  In addition, he assisted in the development and implementation of IT management, security policies, and procedures, and conducted forensic investigations.  Preceding that, Kerry worked in the private sector and as a federal IT contractor for over seventeen years, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team.

Kerry is an EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) and is very active within the Information Security community.

Hazelton

Kerry

Manager

202.446.2287
Kerry Hazelton, Security Engineer, manages Avalere’s information technology security and core functioning through proactive monitoring, prevention, and detection. In addition, he is responsible for process development and the implementation of security policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kerry was a Computer Security Specialist with DB Consulting Group, Inc., where he supported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) CLASS project through continuous monitoring of computer and network systems to identify threats.  In addition, he assisted in the development and implementation of IT management, security policies, and procedures, and conducted forensic investigations.  Preceding that, Kerry worked in the private sector and as a federal IT contractor for over seventeen years, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team.

Kerry is an EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) and is very active within the Information Security community.

Lindy Hinman

Senior Vice President

Lindy
Hinman

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

202.355.6037

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

Kate
Holemans

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.

Dawn Holl

Vice President

Dawn
Holl

Dawn Holl, Vice President, advises private equity healthcare investors by identifying and evaluating business opportunities and risk. Clients rely on her legal and healthcare expertise to help them navigate and understand an ever-changing, complex healthcare landscape. Dawn has experience working across the healthcare sector, with a focus on payment systems and reimbursement, Medicaid and Medicare, strategic partnerships, ventures and acquisitions, integrated delivery networks, as well as global and value-based payment models.

Dawn began her career in mergers and acquisitions law and became a healthcare attorney advising national health plans, health systems and provider organizations. Prior to joining Avalere, Dawn held senior advisory positions at Health Management Associates, Applied Policy, and Health Network International. She has led healthcare studies and conducted national research projects for the University of Maryland, School of Public Health.

Dawn has an MS in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD; a JD from the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA; and a BA from Columbia University, New York, NY. 

Holl

Dawn

Vice President

202.446.2338
Dawn Holl, Vice President, advises private equity healthcare investors by identifying and evaluating business opportunities and risk. Clients rely on her legal and healthcare expertise to help them navigate and understand an ever-changing, complex healthcare landscape. Dawn has experience working across the healthcare sector, with a focus on payment systems and reimbursement, Medicaid and Medicare, strategic partnerships, ventures and acquisitions, integrated delivery networks, as well as global and value-based payment models.

Dawn began her career in mergers and acquisitions law and became a healthcare attorney advising national health plans, health systems and provider organizations. Prior to joining Avalere, Dawn held senior advisory positions at Health Management Associates, Applied Policy, and Health Network International. She has led healthcare studies and conducted national research projects for the University of Maryland, School of Public Health.

Dawn has an MS in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD; a JD from the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA; and a BA from Columbia University, New York, NY. 

Colleen Hopkins

Senior Associate

Colleen
Hopkins

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.  

Hopkins

Colleen

Senior Associate

202.446.2213

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

James
Horner

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

202.355.6046
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.

Stacey Hoyt

Senior Associate

Stacey
Hoyt

Stacey Hoyt, Senior Associate, engages with clients to develop compelling marketing and communications plans that speak to their key audiences. With a focus on life sciences, Stacey applies her background in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and regulatory processes to develop thorough plans that help clients reach their unique and targeted goals.

Prior to joining Avalere, Stacey was an Account Executive in Burson-Marsteller’s Healthcare Practice, where she supported the development of strategic communications campaigns from ideation to implementation. In addition, she helped prepare clients for media interviews and developed key content for customer engagements across the healthcare spectrum.

Stacey has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Brigham Young University.

Hoyt

Stacey

Senior Associate

202.446.2322
Stacey Hoyt, Senior Associate, engages with clients to develop compelling marketing and communications plans that speak to their key audiences. With a focus on life sciences, Stacey applies her background in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and regulatory processes to develop thorough plans that help clients reach their unique and targeted goals.

Prior to joining Avalere, Stacey was an Account Executive in Burson-Marsteller’s Healthcare Practice, where she supported the development of strategic communications campaigns from ideation to implementation. In addition, she helped prepare clients for media interviews and developed key content for customer engagements across the healthcare spectrum.

Stacey has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Brigham Young University.

Kathy Hughes

Vice President

Kathy
Hughes

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

202.207.1309

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.

Richard Hughes IV

Director

Richard
Hughes IV

Richard Hughes IV, Director, provides strategic counsel to clients navigating a complex health regulatory and policy environment.  He advises clients regarding the Affordable Care Act and other major health legislation.  Additionally, he has extensive subject matter expertise in the areas of vaccines, market access, quality, insurance regulation, and state health policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Richard practiced law with Epstein Becker Green, counseling Fortune 100 biopharmaceutical manufacturers and health plans on matters arising under the ACA, ERISA, Medicare, Medicaid, MACRA and state law.  His previous roles include Associate Director of Policy with Merck & Co, Inc., Director of State Health Policy with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and gubernatorial appointee to the Arkansas State Board of Health.

Richard earned his JD from The George Washington University Law School and MPH from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  He is a Professorial Lecturer in Health Law and Policy at The George Washington University and a member of the Maryland State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

Hughes IV

Richard

Director

202.446.2313

Richard Hughes IV, Director, provides strategic counsel to clients navigating a complex health regulatory and policy environment.  He advises clients regarding the Affordable Care Act and other major health legislation.  Additionally, he has extensive subject matter expertise in the areas of vaccines, market access, quality, insurance regulation, and state health policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Richard practiced law with Epstein Becker Green, counseling Fortune 100 biopharmaceutical manufacturers and health plans on matters arising under the ACA, ERISA, Medicare, Medicaid, MACRA and state law.  His previous roles include Associate Director of Policy with Merck & Co, Inc., Director of State Health Policy with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and gubernatorial appointee to the Arkansas State Board of Health.

Richard earned his JD from The George Washington University Law School and MPH from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  He is a Professorial Lecturer in Health Law and Policy at The George Washington University and a member of the Maryland State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

Brenda Huneycutt

Vice President

Brenda
Huneycutt

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

Jeanette
Hunsberger

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

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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. 

Lisa Hunter

Senior Manager

Lisa
Hunter

Lisa Hunter, Senior Manager, supports health plan and delivery system clients by developing practical strategies to market challenges and leveraging Avalere’s deep substantive expertise driven by rigorous quantitative and qualitative research. Lisa draws on her government programs expertise, federal policy experience, and project management and leadership skills to help clients assess and improve business strategies and operations. In addition to providing direct client support, Lisa also helps drive growth and business development for the health plan and provider practices at Avalere.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lisa served in the Immediate Office of the Secretary and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). There, Lisa supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation and other federal priorities.  Before her political appointment, Lisa spent time on Capitol Hill serving in the offices of Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congressman Howard Berman.

Lisa earned her MPP from Georgetown University and BA in Anthropology from Vassar College.  

Hunter

Lisa

Senior Manager

202.459.6279

Lisa Hunter, Senior Manager, supports health plan and delivery system clients by developing practical strategies to market challenges and leveraging Avalere’s deep substantive expertise driven by rigorous quantitative and qualitative research. Lisa draws on her government programs expertise, federal policy experience, and project management and leadership skills to help clients assess and improve business strategies and operations. In addition to providing direct client support, Lisa also helps drive growth and business development for the health plan and provider practices at Avalere.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lisa served in the Immediate Office of the Secretary and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). There, Lisa supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation and other federal priorities.  Before her political appointment, Lisa spent time on Capitol Hill serving in the offices of Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congressman Howard Berman.

Lisa earned her MPP from Georgetown University and BA in Anthropology from Vassar College.  

Kate Ikeler

Manager

Kate
Ikeler

Kate Ikeler, Manager, Presentation Design, works with internal clients to design and create impactful marketing tools to support Avalere’s brand and external client deliverables. With expertise in brand design and creative direction, she assists in the strategy and development of campaigns and is responsible for the design of presentation materials to support Avalere’s service line.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was the Graphic Design Manager at Cresa, where she oversaw the creation and management of marketing materials and brand strategy. She worked with advisors to provide leadership and expertise in the development of client deliverables while delivering and maintaining clear brand consistency.

Kate has a BA in English and Art from the College of William & Mary, and studied Fine Arts at Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy.

Ikeler

Kate

Manager

202.446.2332

Kate Ikeler, Manager, Presentation Design, works with internal clients to design and create impactful marketing tools to support Avalere’s brand and external client deliverables. With expertise in brand design and creative direction, she assists in the strategy and development of campaigns and is responsible for the design of presentation materials to support Avalere’s service line.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was the Graphic Design Manager at Cresa, where she oversaw the creation and management of marketing materials and brand strategy. She worked with advisors to provide leadership and expertise in the development of client deliverables while delivering and maintaining clear brand consistency.

Kate has a BA in English and Art from the College of William & Mary, and studied Fine Arts at Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy.

Judit Illes

Manager

Judit
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.

Illes

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

Senior Manager

Jay
Jackson

Jay Jackson, Senior Manager, conducts evidence-based assessments of the regulatory and policy environments for approval of and market access for medical products. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jay performed research and analysis on legislative and public health issues in the Colorado Senate. Prior to that, he conducted human genomic research at the University of Colorado. Jay currently focuses on conducting healthcare clinical and economic research, analysis of legislation and federal policy and regulations, and engagement with healthcare payers and providers. Jay’s areas of expertise include market access, reimbursement, and FDA regulation, with special expertise in devices, diagnostics, and value-based evidence communication.

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

Jackson

Jay

Senior Manager

202.207.3674

Jay Jackson, Senior Manager, conducts evidence-based assessments of the regulatory and policy environments for approval of and market access for medical products. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jay performed research and analysis on legislative and public health issues in the Colorado Senate. Prior to that, he conducted human genomic research at the University of Colorado. Jay currently focuses on conducting healthcare clinical and economic research, analysis of legislation and federal policy and regulations, and engagement with healthcare payers and providers. Jay’s areas of expertise include market access, reimbursement, and FDA regulation, with special expertise in devices, diagnostics, and value-based evidence communication.

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

Nikita Jeswani

Senior Manager

Nikita
Jeswani

Nikita Jeswani, Senior Manager, advises clients on the policy environment for defining value and recognizing medical advancements, the role of evidence in supporting patient access to clinically appropriate healthcare interventions, and on frameworks and tools used to support value-based care. 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, comparative effectiveness research, and real-world evidence.

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. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Jeswani

Nikita

Senior Manager

202.207.1317

Nikita Jeswani, Senior Manager, advises clients on the policy environment for defining value and recognizing medical advancements, the role of evidence in supporting patient access to clinically appropriate healthcare interventions, and on frameworks and tools used to support value-based care. 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, comparative effectiveness research, and real-world evidence.

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. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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.

Jimenez

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

Michael
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.

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.

Jones

Barton

Manager

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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 from 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 from Georgetown University.

Caryn Just

Manager

Caryn
Just

Caryn Just, Manager, provides strategic advisory services around healthcare quality, health information technology, clinical data registries, and applications of real world data. She has special expertise in development and management of registries, especially for medical specialty societies, the use of real world data to support organizational quality goals and improve population management, and health reform as it relates to quality and value. 

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. At the Johns Hopkins Hospital, she focused on oncology research, and at the University of Virginia, she worked on the development of orthopedic implants with novel biomaterials. She has a background in the creation and modification of healthcare interoperability standards and development of the associated implementation guidance for 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. 

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

Just

Caryn

Manager

202.355.6004

Caryn Just, Manager, provides strategic advisory services around healthcare quality, health information technology, clinical data registries, and applications of real world data. She has special expertise in development and management of registries, especially for medical specialty societies, the use of real world data to support organizational quality goals and improve population management, and health reform as it relates to quality and value. 

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. At the Johns Hopkins Hospital, she focused on oncology research, and at the University of Virginia, she worked on the development of orthopedic implants with novel biomaterials. She has a background in the creation and modification of healthcare interoperability standards and development of the associated implementation guidance for 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. 

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

Cara
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. 

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

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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

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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.

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.

Tom Kraus

Senior Vice President

Tom
Kraus

Tom Kraus, Senior Vice President, leads Avalere’s Commercialization and Regulatory Strategy practice. In this role, he leads teams bringing Avalere’s expertise in market access and FDA regulation to life sciences clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tom served as Chief of Staff at the FDA, acting as the principal advisor to the Commissioner for management of the Agency, including oversight of the Agency’s budget, strategy, and operations. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Kraus was the FDA’s Associate Commissioner for Legislation. In that role, he led the Agency’s engagement with Congress across all areas of policy development, including negotiation of the 21st Century Cures Act,  drug and device user fee programs, lab-developed tests, combination products, biosimilars, and promotion of medical products. Before joining the FDA, Tom worked at McKinsey & Company. He also served as Deputy Staff Director for Health on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and as a health policy advisor to Senators Ted Kennedy and Tom Harkin. 

Tom holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Health Science from Johns Hopkins University and a BS from the University of Michigan.

Kraus

Tom

Senior Vice President

202.207.1313

Tom Kraus, Senior Vice President, leads Avalere’s Commercialization and Regulatory Strategy practice. In this role, he leads teams bringing Avalere’s expertise in market access and FDA regulation to life sciences clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tom served as Chief of Staff at the FDA, acting as the principal advisor to the Commissioner for management of the Agency, including oversight of the Agency’s budget, strategy, and operations. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Kraus was the FDA’s Associate Commissioner for Legislation. In that role, he led the Agency’s engagement with Congress across all areas of policy development, including negotiation of the 21st Century Cures Act,  drug and device user fee programs, lab-developed tests, combination products, biosimilars, and promotion of medical products. Before joining the FDA, Tom worked at McKinsey & Company. He also served as Deputy Staff Director for Health on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and as a health policy advisor to Senators Ted Kennedy and Tom Harkin. 

Tom holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Health Science from Johns Hopkins University and a BS from the University of Michigan.

Victoria Lamb

Senior Associate

Victoria
Lamb

Victoria Lamb, Senior Associate, analyzes the implications of health reform and applies her background in public health programs to provide strategic advice to clients on their policy and advocacy priorities. She uses her expertise in the consumer healthcare experience to help clients optimize their value-added outputs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Victoria was State Affairs Coordinator at an energy association, where she handled high-level correspondence for senior staff and played a key role in managing her team’s budget and strategic goals. Victoria also worked at Consumer’s Union’s Healthcare Value Hub where she co-authored a report on measuring healthcare value at the state level. Prior to that, she was a freelance copywriter and editor for Trellis Marketing & Corporate Communications, where she wrote and edited health benefits enrollment guides and researched and composed articles on key wellness issues. 

Victoria earned an MPH with a focus in Health Policy and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University. 

Lamb

Victoria

Senior Associate

202.446.2212
Victoria Lamb, Senior Associate, analyzes the implications of health reform and applies her background in public health programs to provide strategic advice to clients on their policy and advocacy priorities. She uses her expertise in the consumer healthcare experience to help clients optimize their value-added outputs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Victoria was State Affairs Coordinator at an energy association, where she handled high-level correspondence for senior staff and played a key role in managing her team’s budget and strategic goals. Victoria also worked at Consumer’s Union’s Healthcare Value Hub where she co-authored a report on measuring healthcare value at the state level. Prior to that, she was a freelance copywriter and editor for Trellis Marketing & Corporate Communications, where she wrote and edited health benefits enrollment guides and researched and composed articles on key wellness issues. 

Victoria earned an MPH with a focus in Health Policy and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University. 

Ryan Lang

Manager

Ryan
Lang

Ryan Lang, Manager, provides Tier 3 support for Avalere’s Information Technology Service Desk. Drawing upon his extensive customer service and project management experience in government and private sectors, he plans and executes a variety of information technology projects, while providing top-tier customer service and issue resolution. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Ryan was a Senior IT Consultant at Acuity Business Solutions, where he provided services to more than 500 consultants on best practices for Enterprise Resources Planning systems including installations, testing, upgrades, and performance optimization and led several large scale virtualization projects. Prior to that, he served as a Junior Systems Analyst at the South Jersey Transit Authority, where he handled Tier 1 and 2 requests and enterprise-wide project implementations. 

Ryan earned a Microsoft certification in Server Administration and a VMWare certification in Data Center Virtualization.

Lang

Ryan

Manager

202.446.2353
Ryan Lang, Manager, provides Tier 3 support for Avalere’s Information Technology Service Desk. Drawing upon his extensive customer service and project management experience in government and private sectors, he plans and executes a variety of information technology projects, while providing top-tier customer service and issue resolution. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Ryan was a Senior IT Consultant at Acuity Business Solutions, where he provided services to more than 500 consultants on best practices for Enterprise Resources Planning systems including installations, testing, upgrades, and performance optimization and led several large scale virtualization projects. Prior to that, he served as a Junior Systems Analyst at the South Jersey Transit Authority, where he handled Tier 1 and 2 requests and enterprise-wide project implementations. 

Ryan earned a Microsoft certification in Server Administration and a VMWare certification in Data Center Virtualization.

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

Colleen Learch

Vice President

Colleen
Learch

Colleen Learch, Vice President, guides strategic decision-making for communications campaigns, business and policy initiatives. With expertise in research and strategy, she assists clients in making decisions that are grounded in audience perspective for heightened effectiveness.   

Colleen has particular expertise designing custom research programs in the nonprofit, public affairs, and corporate healthcare sectors.  Her research spans over 20 countries and countless audiences in the B2B and consumer space.  She is a professionally trained qualitative research moderator and a trained meeting facilitator, respected for her ability to moderate under sensitive circumstances.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colleen was the Director of Research for InterMedia Survey Institute, overseeing a global research staff and leading the program design, fieldwork, analytics and client relations for the company. She also served as Senior Vice President of KRC Research, helping client’s identify key themes and opportunities to inform business objectives, with an SME focus on healthcare initiatives. 

Colleen has an MA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a BA from Marist College.  

Learch

Colleen

Vice President

202.446.2331

Colleen Learch, Vice President, guides strategic decision-making for communications campaigns, business and policy initiatives. With expertise in research and strategy, she assists clients in making decisions that are grounded in audience perspective for heightened effectiveness.   

Colleen has particular expertise designing custom research programs in the nonprofit, public affairs, and corporate healthcare sectors.  Her research spans over 20 countries and countless audiences in the B2B and consumer space.  She is a professionally trained qualitative research moderator and a trained meeting facilitator, respected for her ability to moderate under sensitive circumstances.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colleen was the Director of Research for InterMedia Survey Institute, overseeing a global research staff and leading the program design, fieldwork, analytics and client relations for the company. She also served as Senior Vice President of KRC Research, helping client’s identify key themes and opportunities to inform business objectives, with an SME focus on healthcare initiatives. 

Colleen has an MA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a BA from Marist College.  

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

Director

Brian
Leinwand

Brian Leinwand, Director, 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

Director

202.207.1331

Brian Leinwand, Director, 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

Senior Associate

Eric
Levine

Eric Levine, Senior Associate, supports clients serving members in Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial health programs. Eric has expertise in strategic development and planning, value-based initiatives, and engagement strategies.

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,  prior authorization, and out-of-pocket spending. 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

Senior Associate

202.446.2266

Eric Levine, Senior Associate, supports clients serving members in Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial health programs. Eric has expertise in strategic development and planning, value-based initiatives, and engagement strategies.

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,  prior authorization, and out-of-pocket spending. 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

Vice President

John E.
Linnehan

John E. Linnehan, Vice President, 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.

Vice President

202.355.6017

John E. Linnehan, Vice President, 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

Senior Manager

Christine
Liow

Christine Liow, Senior 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

Senior Manager

202.207.1305

Christine Liow, Senior 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+.

Kevin Love

Senior Associate

Kevin
Love

Kevin Love, Senior Associate, draws on his background in gene therapy and policy to support clients navigating the regulatory strategy and FDA policy environment. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kevin worked at the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine where he supported member companies in identifying upcoming policy opportunities and risks, primarily examining pricing and reimbursement issues for gene therapy within the orphan disease space. Additionally, he has experience as a Market Development Representative with Brightree, LLC, where he analyzed the workflow of provider organizations to identify software gaps and opportunities. 

Kevin holds an MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University and a BS in Chemistry with a focus in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Love

Kevin

Senior Associate

202.355.6087

Kevin Love, Senior Associate, draws on his background in gene therapy and policy to support clients navigating the regulatory strategy and FDA policy environment. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kevin worked at the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine where he supported member companies in identifying upcoming policy opportunities and risks, primarily examining pricing and reimbursement issues for gene therapy within the orphan disease space. Additionally, he has experience as a Market Development Representative with Brightree, LLC, where he analyzed the workflow of provider organizations to identify software gaps and opportunities. 

Kevin holds an MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University and a BS in Chemistry with a focus in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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.

Dana Macher

Vice President

Dana
Macher

Dana Macher, Vice President, advises clients on integrated market access strategies, product commercialization plans and public and private payer engagement strategies. Dana has more than 20 years in the life science industry, having successfully launched several products in the oncology space. Dana has extensive knowledge of the hospital inpatient and outpatient settings as well as physician office reimbursement systems, having effectively positioned novel drugs with payers in each setting. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Dana was a Senior Consultant at DK Pierce & Associates, where she supported clients in all aspects of coverage, coding and payment strategies. She lead all marketing research efforts including advisory boards, qualitative interviews and quick turnaround surveys with payers, KOLs and practice administrators. Prior to DKP, Dana worked for Chiron Therapeutics, a Bay area biotechnology company. While there, she launched a novel chemotherapeutic agent and provided strategic direction to oncology business units, highlighted by the orchestration of a significant inpatient DRG payment increase with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Dana earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business. 

Macher

Dana

Vice President

202.446.2335
Dana Macher, Vice President, advises clients on integrated market access strategies, product commercialization plans and public and private payer engagement strategies. Dana has more than 20 years in the life science industry, having successfully launched several products in the oncology space. Dana has extensive knowledge of the hospital inpatient and outpatient settings as well as physician office reimbursement systems, having effectively positioned novel drugs with payers in each setting. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Dana was a Senior Consultant at DK Pierce & Associates, where she supported clients in all aspects of coverage, coding and payment strategies. She lead all marketing research efforts including advisory boards, qualitative interviews and quick turnaround surveys with payers, KOLs and practice administrators. Prior to DKP, Dana worked for Chiron Therapeutics, a Bay area biotechnology company. While there, she launched a novel chemotherapeutic agent and provided strategic direction to oncology business units, highlighted by the orchestration of a significant inpatient DRG payment increase with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Dana earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business. 

Celeste Mallama

Fellow

Celeste
Mallama

Celeste Mallama, Fellow, supports the FDA Practice in advising clients around regulatory and health policy strategies. She applies her background in biomedical research, public health and epidemiology to provide key expertise to support client decision-making.

 Prior to joining Avalere, Celeste was a Fellow with Healthy Chicago ALIGN, leading a collaboration with the epidemiology and public health departments of the Chicago Public Health Department around datasets for identifying underserved areas for opioid abuse treatment. Additionally, she was the co-founding editor of “Northwestern Public Health Review”, responsible for soliciting and editing articles from the academic, public health, research and medical communities.

 Celeste is a PhD and MPH candidate in Biomedical Science at Northwestern University. She has a BA from Wellesley College.

Mallama

Celeste

Fellow

202.446.2357

Celeste Mallama, Fellow, supports the FDA Practice in advising clients around regulatory and health policy strategies. She applies her background in biomedical research, public health and epidemiology to provide key expertise to support client decision-making.

 Prior to joining Avalere, Celeste was a Fellow with Healthy Chicago ALIGN, leading a collaboration with the epidemiology and public health departments of the Chicago Public Health Department around datasets for identifying underserved areas for opioid abuse treatment. Additionally, she was the co-founding editor of “Northwestern Public Health Review”, responsible for soliciting and editing articles from the academic, public health, research and medical communities.

 Celeste is a PhD and MPH candidate in Biomedical Science at Northwestern University. She has a BA from Wellesley College.

Kristine Mangor

Director

Kristine
Mangor

Kristine Mangor, Director, 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

Director

202.459.6293

Kristine Mangor, Director, 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.

Domitilla Masi

Manager

Domitilla
Masi

Domitilla Masi, Manager, 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

Manager

202.446.2215

Domitilla Masi, Manager, 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.  

Amani McClary

Executive Assistant

Amani
McClary

Amani McClary, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling and time management, research and project management. She assists Avalere’s President and Senior Vice President within the Communications practice by providing customer service and client follow-up.

Prior to joining Avalere, Amani was an Executive Coordinator at Epsilon where she coordinated travel, managed expenses, and organized office events and client meetings. 

Amani has a BA from Howard University.

McClary

Amani

Executive Assistant

202.459.6240
Amani McClary, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling and time management, research and project management. She assists Avalere’s President and Senior Vice President within the Communications practice by providing customer service and client follow-up.

Prior to joining Avalere, Amani was an Executive Coordinator at Epsilon where she coordinated travel, managed expenses, and organized office events and client meetings. 

Amani has a BA from Howard University.

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.  

Ruth McDonald

Manager

Ruth
McDonald

Ruth McDonald, Manager, advises clients on the impact of legislative and regulatory changes on business position, strategy and tactics.

Ruth has experience in both the legislative and executive branches developing and implementing healthcare policy. Most recently Ruth worked in the Office of Health Policy for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). She also provided technical assistance to state Medicaid programs working at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. In Congress, Ruth served nearly 7 years as a health care staffer during the enactment and early implementation of the Affordable Care Act for House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Congressman Jim Cooper (TN). Ruth began her career working on public health and public affairs campaigns for healthcare clients at GMMB, an integrated communications firm.

 Ruth has a MPH as well as a MPP from the University of Michigan. She earned her BA in the history of science and medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

McDonald

Ruth

Manager

202.446.2204

Ruth McDonald, Manager, advises clients on the impact of legislative and regulatory changes on business position, strategy and tactics.

Ruth has experience in both the legislative and executive branches developing and implementing healthcare policy. Most recently Ruth worked in the Office of Health Policy for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). She also provided technical assistance to state Medicaid programs working at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. In Congress, Ruth served nearly 7 years as a health care staffer during the enactment and early implementation of the Affordable Care Act for House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Congressman Jim Cooper (TN). Ruth began her career working on public health and public affairs campaigns for healthcare clients at GMMB, an integrated communications firm.

 Ruth has a MPH as well as a MPP from the University of Michigan. She earned her BA in the history of science and medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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 serves on the Public Health Foundation Board for the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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 serves on the Public Health Foundation Board for the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Kate McLain

Manager

Kate
McLain

Kate McLain, Manager, specializes in strategic communications planning and delivery for healthcare stakeholders. With expertise in message development, executive positioning, media strategy, crisis communication and account management, she helps clients to reach audiences and drive action through the use of key insights and timely, relevant communication channels. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was a Senior Account Supervisor at Edelman, where she implemented communications programs for a variety of clients across the healthcare landscape, including hospital systems, pharmaceutical and food manufacturers, health IT organizations, trade associations and government agencies. During her six year tenure at Edelman, she spent two years working at the firm’s Abu Dhabi office, where she supported multinational organizations in building their presence and managing their reputation in the Middle East. 

Kate has a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University.

McLain

Kate

Manager

202.446.2356
Kate McLain, Manager, specializes in strategic communications planning and delivery for healthcare stakeholders. With expertise in message development, executive positioning, media strategy, crisis communication and account management, she helps clients to reach audiences and drive action through the use of key insights and timely, relevant communication channels. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was a Senior Account Supervisor at Edelman, where she implemented communications programs for a variety of clients across the healthcare landscape, including hospital systems, pharmaceutical and food manufacturers, health IT organizations, trade associations and government agencies. During her six year tenure at Edelman, she spent two years working at the firm’s Abu Dhabi office, where she supported multinational organizations in building their presence and managing their reputation in the Middle East. 

Kate has a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University.

Isaac Meals

Senior Associate

Isaac
Meals

Isaac Meals, Senior 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

Senior Associate

202.446.2248

Isaac Meals, Senior 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 Executive in Residence at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 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 Executive in Residence at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 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.

Tiernan Meyer

Senior Manager

Tiernan
Meyer

Tiernan Meyer, Senior 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

Senior Manager

202.207.1311

Tiernan Meyer, Senior 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.

Alex Mirhadi

Director

Alex
Mirhadi

Alex Mirhadi, Director of Sales Analytics for Marketing, delivers advanced analytics and insights to enhance and refine Avalere’s sales and marketing efforts. With over 15 years in digital analytics, he focuses on consumer insights and behavioral analysis across Avalere’s life sciences, provider, and plan audiences.

Prior to joining Avalere, Alex was Director of Digital Analytics at Navigation Arts | EPAM, where he conducted extensive analytics audits, designed and implemented tracking schemas, and worked with clients to develop predictive models and forecasting. Prior to that, Alex was the Director of Digital Analytics at Vetstreet|VCA Antech, where he was responsible for providing full life-cycle analytics for various online B2B and B2C properties. 

Alex earned an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University and a BS in Decision Science and Management Information Systems from George Mason University.

Mirhadi

Alex

Director

202.446.2351
Alex Mirhadi, Director of Sales Analytics for Marketing, delivers advanced analytics and insights to enhance and refine Avalere’s sales and marketing efforts. With over 15 years in digital analytics, he focuses on consumer insights and behavioral analysis across Avalere’s life sciences, provider, and plan audiences.

Prior to joining Avalere, Alex was Director of Digital Analytics at Navigation Arts | EPAM, where he conducted extensive analytics audits, designed and implemented tracking schemas, and worked with clients to develop predictive models and forecasting. Prior to that, Alex was the Director of Digital Analytics at Vetstreet|VCA Antech, where he was responsible for providing full life-cycle analytics for various online B2B and B2C properties. 

Alex earned an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University and a BS in Decision Science and Management Information Systems from George Mason University.

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.

Liz Moore

Manager

Liz
Moore

Liz Moore, Manager, provides content strategy and public relations support for Avalere’s corporate brand. She is also responsible for leading Avalere’s social media presence and serves as the company’s point of contact for press inquiries. 

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 and regional outlets and coordinated media interviews. Prior to PhRMA, Liz was a Public Information Officer at the American Medical Association (AMA). During her time at the AMA, she monitored issues pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare regulations, ICD-10, and health care spending. Liz has also held communications roles at Booz Allen Hamilton and the American Diabetes Association.

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

Moore

Liz

Manager

202.355.6026

Liz Moore, Manager, provides content strategy and public relations support for Avalere’s corporate brand. She is also responsible for leading Avalere’s social media presence and serves as the company’s point of contact for press inquiries. 

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 and regional outlets and coordinated media interviews. Prior to PhRMA, Liz was a Public Information Officer at the American Medical Association (AMA). During her time at the AMA, she monitored issues pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare regulations, ICD-10, and health care spending. Liz has also held communications roles at Booz Allen Hamilton and the American Diabetes Association.

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

Abby Moorman

Director

Abby
Moorman

Abby Moorman, Director, 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

Director

202.207.3808

Abby Moorman, Director, 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.

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

Director

Melyssa
Nocar

Melyssa Nocar, Director, 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

Director

202.355.6055

Melyssa Nocar, Director, 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.

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.

Andrew O'Connor

Senior Associate

Andrew
O'Connor

Andrew O’Connor, Senior Associate, is a software developer, partnering with teams across the firm on the development of existing and new software products and services with a focus on creating scalable web applications that integrate with large datasets. He applies his background in software engineering to rapidly design and develop well tested and reusable software solutions.

Prior to joining Avalere, Andrew was a Junior Engineer with Ruro, Inc., where he worked on a broad spectrum of Rails-based projects for clients that included Roche and the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, he has full stack web development and Android development experience.

Andrew has BS in Computer Science from Towson University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Software Engineering.

O'Connor

Andrew

Senior Associate

202.446.2305
Andrew O’Connor, Senior Associate, is a software developer, partnering with teams across the firm on the development of existing and new software products and services with a focus on creating scalable web applications that integrate with large datasets. He applies his background in software engineering to rapidly design and develop well tested and reusable software solutions.

Prior to joining Avalere, Andrew was a Junior Engineer with Ruro, Inc., where he worked on a broad spectrum of Rails-based projects for clients that included Roche and the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, he has full stack web development and Android development experience.

Andrew has BS in Computer Science from Towson University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Software Engineering.

Megan Olsen

Manager

Megan
Olsen

Megan Olsen, Manager, supports clients in anticipating and navigating the evolving federal and state health policy environment. In particular, she advises clients on their business and advocacy strategies related to legislative and regulatory developments. Megan has specific expertise in drug pricing policy, Medicaid, and health insurance markets, and she contributes to 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 developments 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

Manager

202.446.2225

Megan Olsen, Manager, supports clients in anticipating and navigating the evolving federal and state health policy environment. In particular, she advises clients on their business and advocacy strategies related to legislative and regulatory developments. Megan has specific expertise in drug pricing policy, Medicaid, and health insurance markets, and she contributes to 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 developments 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. 

Erich Olson

Director

Erich
Olson

Erich Olson, Director, manages the development and delivery of healthcare data-enabled operational and technology product solutions for life sciences, providers and health plans. With special expertise in leading technology enablement and transformation programs across healthcare organizations, he addresses complex client data analytics and operational needs to generate insight and actionable information.

Prior to joining Avalere, Erich was the Assistant Director of Enterprise Analytics Services at Sutter Physician Services where he led the strategic development and product management process for emerging commercial ACO business lines. Prior to that, he was a Product Manager for Blue Shield of California where he led multiple business transformation initiatives and collaborated with executive leadership to develop the Facets Product Management organization.

 

Erich has an MBA from University of California, Davis and a BS from California State University, Sacramento.

Olson

Erich

Director

202.446.2315
Erich Olson, Director, manages the development and delivery of healthcare data-enabled operational and technology product solutions for life sciences, providers and health plans. With special expertise in leading technology enablement and transformation programs across healthcare organizations, he addresses complex client data analytics and operational needs to generate insight and actionable information.

Prior to joining Avalere, Erich was the Assistant Director of Enterprise Analytics Services at Sutter Physician Services where he led the strategic development and product management process for emerging commercial ACO business lines. Prior to that, he was a Product Manager for Blue Shield of California where he led multiple business transformation initiatives and collaborated with executive leadership to develop the Facets Product Management organization.

 

Erich has an MBA from University of California, Davis and a BS from California State University, Sacramento.

Amy Palatiello

Director

Amy
Palatiello

Amy Thornton Palatiello, Director, 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

Director

202.446.2281

Amy Thornton Palatiello, Director, 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. 

Caroline F. Pearson

Senior Vice President

Caroline F.
Pearson

Caroline Pearson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, oversees the firm’s content generation across consulting services, research products, and public visibility. 

She previously led Avalere’s Health Reform & Policy Practice. In Caroline’s twelve years at the firm, she has focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), prescription drug pricing, and public and private insurance benefit design. She is regularly quoted in national and trade press and is a frequent presenter to audiences seeking to understand the health policy landscape. In 2009, Caroline contributed to a report, led by Senators Tom Daschle and Bob Dole at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which advanced a comprehensive, bipartisan health reform proposal.  

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government.

Pearson

Caroline F.

Senior Vice President

202.207.1315

Caroline Pearson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, oversees the firm’s content generation across consulting services, research products, and public visibility. 

She previously led Avalere’s Health Reform & Policy Practice. In Caroline’s twelve years at the firm, she has focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), prescription drug pricing, and public and private insurance benefit design. She is regularly quoted in national and trade press and is a frequent presenter to audiences seeking to understand the health policy landscape. In 2009, Caroline contributed to a report, led by Senators Tom Daschle and Bob Dole at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which advanced a comprehensive, bipartisan health reform proposal.  

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government.

Sneha Peck

Senior Manager

Sneha
Peck

Sneha Peck, Senior Manager, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization for drugs, medical devices and laboratory tests. With a focus on health technology assessment and hospital and health system reimbursement processes, she helps clients understand how health and regulatory policies affect coverage, pricing and adoption of emerging products. 

Before joining Avalere, Sneha was a Principal Research Associate with America’s Essential Hospitals, where she managed projects on population health, payment and delivery system reforms and hospital reimbursement practices. Prior to that, as a Consultant with the Lewin Group Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research, she planned and convened expert panels for pharmaceutical and medical device companies and provided in-depth research on the impact of the ACA and other regulatory reimbursement policies to healthcare stakeholders. She has expertise in developing evidence reports, technology assessments, and clinical best guidelines.  

Sneha received an MPH in Health Policy from the George Washington University and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Peck

Sneha

Senior Manager

202.446.2320

Sneha Peck, Senior Manager, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization for drugs, medical devices and laboratory tests. With a focus on health technology assessment and hospital and health system reimbursement processes, she helps clients understand how health and regulatory policies affect coverage, pricing and adoption of emerging products. 

Before joining Avalere, Sneha was a Principal Research Associate with America’s Essential Hospitals, where she managed projects on population health, payment and delivery system reforms and hospital reimbursement practices. Prior to that, as a Consultant with the Lewin Group Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research, she planned and convened expert panels for pharmaceutical and medical device companies and provided in-depth research on the impact of the ACA and other regulatory reimbursement policies to healthcare stakeholders. She has expertise in developing evidence reports, technology assessments, and clinical best guidelines.  

Sneha received an MPH in Health Policy from the George Washington University and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Monica Perkins

Director

Monica
Perkins

Monica Perkins, Director, provides analytic expertise to healthcare providers, life science companies and health plan clients. Her current focus is helping clients navigate accountable care payment models including episodic and bundling arrangements through customized technical and analytic solutioning. 

Prior to joining Avalere, she was the Director of Research and Methods for Oncology, Women’s Health and Genetics at UnitedHealthcare for seven years. During her tenure, she focused on the design, development and evaluation of innovative and successful Oncology episodic and bundling initiatives. She also has extensive expertise with evidence based medicine initiatives, provider performance measurement and benchmarking. Monica brings a broad range of experiences and skillsets to bear including: expertise in oncology, .NET programming and software development, database development, and Electronic Health Record design, development and implementations.

Monica earned her BS in Health Information Management from Saint Louis University and her PhD in Medical Informatics from University of Utah School of Medicine. 

Perkins

Monica

Director

202.446.2290

Monica Perkins, Director, provides analytic expertise to healthcare providers, life science companies and health plan clients. Her current focus is helping clients navigate accountable care payment models including episodic and bundling arrangements through customized technical and analytic solutioning. 

Prior to joining Avalere, she was the Director of Research and Methods for Oncology, Women’s Health and Genetics at UnitedHealthcare for seven years. During her tenure, she focused on the design, development and evaluation of innovative and successful Oncology episodic and bundling initiatives. She also has extensive expertise with evidence based medicine initiatives, provider performance measurement and benchmarking. Monica brings a broad range of experiences and skillsets to bear including: expertise in oncology, .NET programming and software development, database development, and Electronic Health Record design, development and implementations.

Monica earned her BS in Health Information Management from Saint Louis University and her PhD in Medical Informatics from University of Utah School of Medicine. 

Scott Peterson

Vice President

Scott
Peterson

Scott Peterson, Vice President, Data Architecture, leads efforts focused on bringing the power of big data, real time analytics, and technology solutions to a diverse healthcare client base. He brings a broad range of experience in technology, process, and health care operations to bear on client projects, including post-acute care optimization and outcomes-based contracting for pharmaceutical manufacturers and health plans.

Prior to joining Avalere, Scott served as the Chief Information Officer at the Minnesota Department of Human Services and MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, where he was responsible for managing over 700 staff and hundreds of contractors and providing leadership across all facets of information technology. Over his 17 years of experience, he provided architecture, implementation and operational support for the state’s first HIPAA compliant portal for submitting health care claims as well as the department’s identity and access management system. Scott also served as the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) director, led the development and implementation of over 50 IT applications, and directed the design and operation of emerging Big Data solutions.

Peterson

Scott

Vice President

202.446.2355

Scott Peterson, Vice President, Data Architecture, leads efforts focused on bringing the power of big data, real time analytics, and technology solutions to a diverse healthcare client base. He brings a broad range of experience in technology, process, and health care operations to bear on client projects, including post-acute care optimization and outcomes-based contracting for pharmaceutical manufacturers and health plans.

Prior to joining Avalere, Scott served as the Chief Information Officer at the Minnesota Department of Human Services and MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, where he was responsible for managing over 700 staff and hundreds of contractors and providing leadership across all facets of information technology. Over his 17 years of experience, he provided architecture, implementation and operational support for the state’s first HIPAA compliant portal for submitting health care claims as well as the department’s identity and access management system. Scott also served as the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) director, led the development and implementation of over 50 IT applications, and directed the design and operation of emerging Big Data solutions.

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.

Lindsey Peugh

Senior Manager

Lindsey
Peugh

Lindsey Peugh, Senior Manager, assists clients in the pharmaceutical/biotech and health insurance industries to assess and manage healthcare regulatory and policy impacts to business. With particular expertise in health insurance exchanges, insurance market reforms, and health plan innovation, she supports clients in navigating the changing healthcare landscape. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Lindsey was the Senior Advisor to the Health Insurance Marketplace Chief Executive Officer of CMS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), where she led initiatives to monitor health plan participation, performance, and innovation in the Marketplace and conducted stakeholder outreach. Prior to that, she was a Health Insurance Specialist in CCIIO’s Exchange Policy and Operations Group, developing policy and operational guidance for health plans.

Lindsey has an MPH in Global Health Policy from The George Washington University and a BS in Neurobiology from the University of Washington.

Peugh

Lindsey

Senior Manager

202.446.2226
Lindsey Peugh, Senior Manager, assists clients in the pharmaceutical/biotech and health insurance industries to assess and manage healthcare regulatory and policy impacts to business. With particular expertise in health insurance exchanges, insurance market reforms, and health plan innovation, she supports clients in navigating the changing healthcare landscape. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Lindsey was the Senior Advisor to the Health Insurance Marketplace Chief Executive Officer of CMS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), where she led initiatives to monitor health plan participation, performance, and innovation in the Marketplace and conducted stakeholder outreach. Prior to that, she was a Health Insurance Specialist in CCIIO’s Exchange Policy and Operations Group, developing policy and operational guidance for health plans.

Lindsey has an MPH in Global Health Policy from The George Washington University and a BS in Neurobiology from the University of Washington.

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

301.809.4000 x1688

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. 

Courtney Ramus

Senior Associate

Courtney
Ramus

Courtney Ramus, Senior Associate, provides research support to clients within the healthcare quality measurement and quality improvement space.   With expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, intervention design, and program evaluation, she assists in the production of key deliverables.

Prior to joining Avalere, Courtney was a Research Assistant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she analyzed documents related to the U.S. government’s role in early HIV/AIDS policy and prevention programs to examine historical shifts in the Federal response to HIV/AIDS. She also has experience as a Healthcare Research and Writing Specialist at North Highland, where she conducted research in support of client healthcare initiatives.  

Courtney has an MPH with a concentration in Behavioral Science from Emory University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. 

Ramus

Courtney

Senior Associate

202.446.2276

Courtney Ramus, Senior Associate, provides research support to clients within the healthcare quality measurement and quality improvement space.   With expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, intervention design, and program evaluation, she assists in the production of key deliverables.

Prior to joining Avalere, Courtney was a Research Assistant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she analyzed documents related to the U.S. government’s role in early HIV/AIDS policy and prevention programs to examine historical shifts in the Federal response to HIV/AIDS. She also has experience as a Healthcare Research and Writing Specialist at North Highland, where she conducted research in support of client healthcare initiatives.  

Courtney has an MPH with a concentration in Behavioral Science from Emory University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. 

Kamilah Rashid

Senior Associate

Kamilah
Rashid

Kamilah Rashid, Senior Associate, supports the FDA Practice in advising clients around regulatory and health policy strategies. She applies her background in chemistry, biomedical research, and pharmacy to provide key expertise to help clients make informed decisions.

Kamilah has pharmacy experience in retail, clinical, and pharmaceutical industry settings, counseling patients and providing drug information to medical providers to guide therapeutic choices. Additionally, she has research experience that includes the monitoring of patient dosing in ICU settings and assessing the barriers and benefits of developing regulatory affairs mobile applications for patients, healthcare providers and industry leaders.

Kamilah received a PharmD from Mercer University College of Pharmacy, a BS in Chemistry from Spelman College and an AA from Bard College.

Rashid

Kamilah

Senior Associate

202.459.6333
Kamilah Rashid, Senior Associate, supports the FDA Practice in advising clients around regulatory and health policy strategies. She applies her background in chemistry, biomedical research, and pharmacy to provide key expertise to help clients make informed decisions.

Kamilah has pharmacy experience in retail, clinical, and pharmaceutical industry settings, counseling patients and providing drug information to medical providers to guide therapeutic choices. Additionally, she has research experience that includes the monitoring of patient dosing in ICU settings and assessing the barriers and benefits of developing regulatory affairs mobile applications for patients, healthcare providers and industry leaders.

Kamilah received a PharmD from Mercer University College of Pharmacy, a BS in Chemistry from Spelman College and an AA from Bard College.

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.

Jamie Robertson

Director

Jamie
Robertson

Jamie Brooks Robertson, Director, provides strategic analysis to help clients assess and respond to health insurance marketplace reforms, including the Affordable Care Act. She has expertise in payment and delivery system reform, the Medicaid expansion, and quality improvement. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jamie was Associate Director of Health Policy at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where she covered health care reform, quality improvement, long-term care and Medicaid. Prior to that, as a Program Officer for the California Healthcare Foundation her portfolio covered ACA implementation and Medicaid Managed Care.  Jamie also served as a National Leader for Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management for Kaiser Permanente. 

Jamie earned a JD from Washington College of Law at the American University and a BA in Policy Studies and English from Rice University.

Robertson

Jamie

Director

202.207.3688

Jamie Brooks Robertson, Director, provides strategic analysis to help clients assess and respond to health insurance marketplace reforms, including the Affordable Care Act. She has expertise in payment and delivery system reform, the Medicaid expansion, and quality improvement. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jamie was Associate Director of Health Policy at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where she covered health care reform, quality improvement, long-term care and Medicaid. Prior to that, as a Program Officer for the California Healthcare Foundation her portfolio covered ACA implementation and Medicaid Managed Care.  Jamie also served as a National Leader for Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management for Kaiser Permanente. 

Jamie earned a JD from Washington College of Law at the American University and a BA in Policy Studies and English from Rice University.

Taylor Roddy

Senior Manager

Taylor
Roddy

Taylor Roddy, Senior Manager, supports clients with strategic healthcare communication solutions that engage and drive action with both B2B and B2C audiences. She brings both client-side and agency experience in healthcare spanning 13 years, and is well versed in health policy, brand development, digital design, operational management, and results-driven content and marketing strategy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, she was the Director of Marketing and Outreach at Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange. There she managed all strategic messaging, marketing, grassroots outreach, educational consumer shopping tools, and paid media for the organization. Prior to that, Taylor led the Affordable Care Act marketing efforts for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Her early career includes 6 years of agency work supporting small to mid-size pharmaceutical companies across a range of categories including rare diseases, oncology, women’s health, dermatology, and cardiology. 

Taylors holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Strategic Communications from the University of Kansas.

Roddy

Taylor

Senior Manager

202.446.2354
Taylor Roddy, Senior Manager, supports clients with strategic healthcare communication solutions that engage and drive action with both B2B and B2C audiences. She brings both client-side and agency experience in healthcare spanning 13 years, and is well versed in health policy, brand development, digital design, operational management, and results-driven content and marketing strategy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, she was the Director of Marketing and Outreach at Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange. There she managed all strategic messaging, marketing, grassroots outreach, educational consumer shopping tools, and paid media for the organization. Prior to that, Taylor led the Affordable Care Act marketing efforts for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Her early career includes 6 years of agency work supporting small to mid-size pharmaceutical companies across a range of categories including rare diseases, oncology, women’s health, dermatology, and cardiology. 

Taylors holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Strategic Communications from the University of Kansas.

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.

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.

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.

Shannon Selzer

Office Services Coordinator

Shannon
Selzer

Shannon Selzer, Office Services Coordinator, draws on her organization and planning skills to support internal clients with office related projects and tasks, including management and ordering of inventory and office maintenance. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Shannon was an Administrative Assistant at the American Cancer Society, where she provided high-level support on a variety of key functions, including large-scale event planning, onsite logistics support, invoice and expense processing, accounting, and volunteer coordination. Prior to that, she was an Administrative Assistant at the Commercial Carolina Corporation, where she handled procurement, coordinated events and meetings, and prepared marketing materials. 

Shannon holds a BA in Information Systems Security from American Public University. 

Selzer

Shannon

Office Services Coordinator

202.446.2350
Shannon Selzer, Office Services Coordinator, draws on her organization and planning skills to support internal clients with office related projects and tasks, including management and ordering of inventory and office maintenance. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Shannon was an Administrative Assistant at the American Cancer Society, where she provided high-level support on a variety of key functions, including large-scale event planning, onsite logistics support, invoice and expense processing, accounting, and volunteer coordination. Prior to that, she was an Administrative Assistant at the Commercial Carolina Corporation, where she handled procurement, coordinated events and meetings, and prepared marketing materials. 

Shannon holds a BA in Information Systems Security from American Public University. 

Ben Shand

Manager

Ben
Shand

Ben Shand, Manager, advises life sciences clients on regulatory, policy, commercialization, and patient access strategies in response to developments in a complex and evolving healthcare market. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Ben was a Practice Manager at NSF Health Sciences supporting life sciences companies in FDA regulatory strategy, quality management system development and improvement, and project management.  Prior to that, as a Scientific Program Management Analyst at SAIC, he provided project management to drug and healthcare product development initiatives with government customers. 

Ben holds a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina Honors College.

Shand

Ben

Manager

202.446.2263

Ben Shand, Manager, advises life sciences clients on regulatory, policy, commercialization, and patient access strategies in response to developments in a complex and evolving healthcare market. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Ben was a Practice Manager at NSF Health Sciences supporting life sciences companies in FDA regulatory strategy, quality management system development and improvement, and project management.  Prior to that, as a Scientific Program Management Analyst at SAIC, he provided project management to drug and healthcare product development initiatives with government customers. 

Ben holds a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina Honors College.

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.

Xian Shen

Manager

Xian
Shen

Xian Shen, Manager, advises life sciences clients on health economics and outcomes research initiatives that support product commercialization and demonstrate product value. She has strong quantitative research skills and is an experienced user of Medicare data, especially the prescription drug event data and associated Part D benefit design and plan characteristics files. 

By combining her pharmacy background and analytic expertise, Xian provides clients with data insights on utilization and economic outcomes of pharmaceutical treatments using large healthcare databases. She also works with clients on policy issues regarding the Medicare Part D program, medication access, and pharmacy-related quality and value initiatives.   

Xian is completing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland and has previously earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from China Pharmaceutical University. 

Shen

Xian

Manager

202.207.3686

Xian Shen, Manager, advises life sciences clients on health economics and outcomes research initiatives that support product commercialization and demonstrate product value. She has strong quantitative research skills and is an experienced user of Medicare data, especially the prescription drug event data and associated Part D benefit design and plan characteristics files. 

By combining her pharmacy background and analytic expertise, Xian provides clients with data insights on utilization and economic outcomes of pharmaceutical treatments using large healthcare databases. She also works with clients on policy issues regarding the Medicare Part D program, medication access, and pharmacy-related quality and value initiatives.   

Xian is completing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland and has previously earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from China Pharmaceutical University. 

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

Recruiter

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

Recruiter

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.

Danielle Showalter

Senior Director

Danielle
Showalter

Danielle Showalter, Senior 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

Senior Director

202.355.6019

Danielle Showalter, Senior 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.

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.

Emily Sobel

Senior Associate

Emily
Sobel

Emily Sobel, Senior Associate, provides research and strategic support to health plans and pharmaceutical clients on federal and state health policy activities. With experience spanning the pharmaceutical industry, provider associations, and advocacy groups, she assists clients in analyzing and reacting to diverse health policy issues. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Emily was an Associate Consultant on the healthcare team at APCO Worldwide, providing strategic policy and issues management counsel to private sector clients across the healthcare industry, including policy and regulatory landscape analysis to inform advocacy and product decisions. Prior to that, as a Federal Government Affairs Analyst at Sanofi US, she conducted research on national and global healthcare policy issues with a focus on the Affordable Care Act and vaccines.

Emily has a BA from Duke University in Public Policy Studies.

Sobel

Emily

Senior Associate

202.446.2203
Emily Sobel, Senior Associate, provides research and strategic support to health plans and pharmaceutical clients on federal and state health policy activities. With experience spanning the pharmaceutical industry, provider associations, and advocacy groups, she assists clients in analyzing and reacting to diverse health policy issues. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Emily was an Associate Consultant on the healthcare team at APCO Worldwide, providing strategic policy and issues management counsel to private sector clients across the healthcare industry, including policy and regulatory landscape analysis to inform advocacy and product decisions. Prior to that, as a Federal Government Affairs Analyst at Sanofi US, she conducted research on national and global healthcare policy issues with a focus on the Affordable Care Act and vaccines.

Emily has a BA from Duke University in Public Policy Studies.

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.

Ashley Spivey

Senior Manager

Ashley
Spivey

Ashley Spivey, Senior Manager, advises on market access, reimbursement policy, and product commercialization. With a focus on pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices, she applies her background in reimbursement policy and strategy development to provide customers with guidance on various coding, coverage, and reimbursement issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley served as the National Manager of Health Policy for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), where she developed and implemented strategies to facilitate access to therapies for Type 1 Diabetes. Prior to that, Ashley held positions at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and McDermott Will & Emery where she analyzed data to support the formulation and implementation of legislative, regulatory and reimbursement strategies for health services providers and medical product manufacturers. Before that, Ashley was a consultant at both Huron Healthcare and Accenture.

Ashley has a Masters in Health Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Spivey

Ashley

Senior Manager

202.446.2329
Ashley Spivey, Senior Manager, advises on market access, reimbursement policy, and product commercialization. With a focus on pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices, she applies her background in reimbursement policy and strategy development to provide customers with guidance on various coding, coverage, and reimbursement issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley served as the National Manager of Health Policy for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), where she developed and implemented strategies to facilitate access to therapies for Type 1 Diabetes. Prior to that, Ashley held positions at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and McDermott Will & Emery where she analyzed data to support the formulation and implementation of legislative, regulatory and reimbursement strategies for health services providers and medical product manufacturers. Before that, Ashley was a consultant at both Huron Healthcare and Accenture.

Ashley has a Masters in Health Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Judy H. Stein

Director

Judy H.
Stein

Judy Stein, Director, designs, develops and delivers Health Economics and Advanced Analytics projects and products to pharmaceutical and bioscience clients, healthcare plans and providers. With a focus on improving measureable outcomes in healthcare through data analytics, she provides clients with actionable insights.  

Prior to joining Avalere and Inovalon, Judy was Director, Client Services for Qforma, a healthcare analytics company, informing pharmaceutical and bioscience product launches, market expansions and assessing other strategic growth opportunities. She also managed GE Healthcare Performance Solutions Growth and Leadership Practice, developing and delivering healthcare provider system strategy and operational improvement realization through partnering with provider systems.   

Judy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Stein

Judy H.

Director

301.809.4000 x1624
Judy Stein, Director, designs, develops and delivers Health Economics and Advanced Analytics projects and products to pharmaceutical and bioscience clients, healthcare plans and providers. With a focus on improving measureable outcomes in healthcare through data analytics, she provides clients with actionable insights.  

Prior to joining Avalere and Inovalon, Judy was Director, Client Services for Qforma, a healthcare analytics company, informing pharmaceutical and bioscience product launches, market expansions and assessing other strategic growth opportunities. She also managed GE Healthcare Performance Solutions Growth and Leadership Practice, developing and delivering healthcare provider system strategy and operational improvement realization through partnering with provider systems.   

Judy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Katherine Steinberg

Vice President

Katherine
Steinberg

Katherine Steinberg, Vice President, engages with clients’ seeking optimization of payment and delivery systems as they adapt to healthcare changes and reform. With a focus on designing and executing on new models of care she helps stakeholders plan for strategic opportunities as she applies her background in patient and provider engagement, healthcare market evaluation, user-centered innovation design, process improvement, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining Avalere, Katherine was the Director of UCLA Health’s Institute for Innovation in Health where she led a team identifying, implementing and evaluating new care models, companies and technologies to advance the strategic objectives of the health system.  In a previous position as part of UCLA Health’s Performance Excellence Team, she developed and led training for the Departments of Neurosurgery and Quality. Before UCLA, she worked at the VA Health System in several roles that were focused on improvements in quality of care, resource allocation, strategic planning and facility design.

Katherine received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, an MPP from UCLA’s School of Public Affairs and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Steinberg

Katherine

Vice President

202.446.2316

Katherine Steinberg, Vice President, engages with clients’ seeking optimization of payment and delivery systems as they adapt to healthcare changes and reform. With a focus on designing and executing on new models of care she helps stakeholders plan for strategic opportunities as she applies her background in patient and provider engagement, healthcare market evaluation, user-centered innovation design, process improvement, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining Avalere, Katherine was the Director of UCLA Health’s Institute for Innovation in Health where she led a team identifying, implementing and evaluating new care models, companies and technologies to advance the strategic objectives of the health system.  In a previous position as part of UCLA Health’s Performance Excellence Team, she developed and led training for the Departments of Neurosurgery and Quality. Before UCLA, she worked at the VA Health System in several roles that were focused on improvements in quality of care, resource allocation, strategic planning and facility design.

Katherine received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, an MPP from UCLA’s School of Public Affairs and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Geoffrey Storchan

Senior Manager

Geoffrey
Storchan

Geoffrey Storchan, Senior 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

Senior Manager

202.459.6281

Geoffrey Storchan, Senior 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

Senior Associate

Gabriel
Sullivan

Gabe Sullivan, Senior Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Gabe supports clients with their acute, post-acute, and long term care policy and strategic goals. Gabe’s expertise encompasses alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations and the bundled payments for care improvement program as well as MACRA. 

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

Senior Associate

202.446.2205

Gabe Sullivan, Senior Associate, supports clients with research and analysis that span a variety of health care sectors and stakeholders. Gabe supports clients with their acute, post-acute, and long term care policy and strategic goals. Gabe’s expertise encompasses alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations and the bundled payments for care improvement program as well as MACRA. 

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 Senior 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 Senior 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. 

Emma Thomas

Associate

Emma
Thomas

Emma Thomas, Associate, applies her background in public affairs, content development, and communications to support clients with the execution and implementation of strategic engagement initiatives. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Emma was the Communications and Marketing Lead at Quorum Analytics, where she developed customer engagement strategy, managed creative digital advertising campaigns, and authored weekly quantitative insights for a policymaker audience. Prior to that, she interned at the Center for Health and Gender Equity, where she organized online grassroots advocacy for reproductive health policies and supported media relations efforts.

Emma earned a B.A. in Journalism, with a double minor in Political Science and Critical Race and Gender Studies from American University. She holds an undergraduate certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership from the Women and Politics Institute.

Thomas

Emma

Associate

202.446.2264
Emma Thomas, Associate, applies her background in public affairs, content development, and communications to support clients with the execution and implementation of strategic engagement initiatives. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Emma was the Communications and Marketing Lead at Quorum Analytics, where she developed customer engagement strategy, managed creative digital advertising campaigns, and authored weekly quantitative insights for a policymaker audience. Prior to that, she interned at the Center for Health and Gender Equity, where she organized online grassroots advocacy for reproductive health policies and supported media relations efforts.

Emma earned a B.A. in Journalism, with a double minor in Political Science and Critical Race and Gender Studies from American University. She holds an undergraduate certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership from the Women and Politics Institute.

Farooq Tirmizi

Manager

Farooq
Tirmizi

Farooq Tirmizi, Manager, provides due diligence and advisory services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector. He applies his background in banking and hedge funds to help Avalere’s financial sponsor clients understand the investing landscape in healthcare.

Prior to joining Avalere, Farooq was an investment consultant with Ruane, Cunniff and Goldfarb where he provided investment analysis and due diligence for the firm’s emerging markets hedge fund. Prior to that, he was chief financial correspondent with The Express Tribune, the affiliate of The New York Times in Pakistan, producing data driven analysis for coverage of the country’s energy, chemical and financial sectors.

Farooq has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BS from Georgetown University.

Tirmizi

Farooq

Manager

202.459.6272

Farooq Tirmizi, Manager, provides due diligence and advisory services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector. He applies his background in banking and hedge funds to help Avalere’s financial sponsor clients understand the investing landscape in healthcare.

Prior to joining Avalere, Farooq was an investment consultant with Ruane, Cunniff and Goldfarb where he provided investment analysis and due diligence for the firm’s emerging markets hedge fund. Prior to that, he was chief financial correspondent with The Express Tribune, the affiliate of The New York Times in Pakistan, producing data driven analysis for coverage of the country’s energy, chemical and financial sectors.

Farooq has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BS from Georgetown University.

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.

Ryan Turkaleski

Manager

Ryan
Turkaleski

Ryan Turkaleski, Manager, consults with clients around strategic and operational challenges in order to optimize their use of Avalere’s suite of Business Intelligence products. With a focus on hospital, payer, and provider sectors, he applies his background in data analytics and strategic planning to educate clients on data driven opportunities with the use of Avalere’s Vantage Care Positioning System and Bundled Payment Performance Navigator.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ryan was a Business Development Manager for Clements Worldwide, facilitating customized international insurance solutions that included partnering with associations and businesses to serve their unique markets. Additionally, he has extensive retail Sales and Employee Development Management experience.

Ryan is currently studying at Western Michigan University and holds Life & Health Insurance and Property & Casualty Insurance licenses in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Turkaleski

Ryan

Manager

202.446.2323
Ryan Turkaleski, Manager, consults with clients around strategic and operational challenges in order to optimize their use of Avalere’s suite of Business Intelligence products. With a focus on hospital, payer, and provider sectors, he applies his background in data analytics and strategic planning to educate clients on data driven opportunities with the use of Avalere’s Vantage Care Positioning System and Bundled Payment Performance Navigator.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ryan was a Business Development Manager for Clements Worldwide, facilitating customized international insurance solutions that included partnering with associations and businesses to serve their unique markets. Additionally, he has extensive retail Sales and Employee Development Management experience.

Ryan is currently studying at Western Michigan University and holds Life & Health Insurance and Property & Casualty Insurance licenses in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

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

Senior Associate

Carlyn
Van Dyke

Carlyn Van Dyke, Senior Associate, contributes to strategy and development for Avalere’s technology products. She applies her background in healthcare, business analysis, and performance improvement to aid in project management and innovation for the product team.

Prior to joining Avalere, Carlyn worked independently providing consultation services to nonprofit clients, including strategy and marketing 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. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Van Dyke

Carlyn

Senior Associate

202.446.2252

Carlyn Van Dyke, Senior Associate, contributes to strategy and development for Avalere’s technology products. She applies her background in healthcare, business analysis, and performance improvement to aid in project management and innovation for the product team.

Prior to joining Avalere, Carlyn worked independently providing consultation services to nonprofit clients, including strategy and marketing 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. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Joey Ventre

Associate

Joey
Ventre

Joey Ventre, Associate, provides support to public and private equity markets by highlighting and evaluating the impact of developments within the healthcare industry. He uses his experience in research and policy to assist clients with understanding healthcare payment and various policy issues. 

Prior his current role, Joey served as an Intern on Avalere’s Financial Services team assisting with due diligence projects and the production of Avalere’s Daily Newsletter. Prior to that he was a fellow at Enroll America, focused on enrollment in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 

Joey has a BA in both Political Science and Public Health from American University. 

Ventre

Joey

Associate

202.459.6294

Joey Ventre, Associate, provides support to public and private equity markets by highlighting and evaluating the impact of developments within the healthcare industry. He uses his experience in research and policy to assist clients with understanding healthcare payment and various policy issues. 

Prior his current role, Joey served as an Intern on Avalere’s Financial Services team assisting with due diligence projects and the production of Avalere’s Daily Newsletter. Prior to that he was a fellow at Enroll America, focused on enrollment in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 

Joey has a BA in both Political Science and Public Health from American University. 

Ernest Voyard

Director

Ernest
Voyard

Ernest Voyard, JD, Director, advises clients on regulatory strategy and policy, bringing expertise in promotional issues, FDA policy, and patient engagement in drug development.

From his years at the FDA, Ernest brings particular expertise in issues related to off-label promotion of products. Prior to joining Avalere, Ernest was the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Public Policy for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society where he was responsible for a broad range of initiatives including improving the voice of patients at the FDA; developing methods for understanding patient preferences in drug development; and issues surrounding expanded access and compassionate use. He has spent many years at the FDA, first as Regulatory Counsel in the Office of Regulations and Policy within CFSAN and more recently as Senior Regulatory Counsel in the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion within CDER. Ernest has also worked in Akin Gump’s Health Industry Practice Group.

Ernest has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in History from Duke University.

Voyard

Ernest

Director

202.355.6094

Ernest Voyard, JD, Director, advises clients on regulatory strategy and policy, bringing expertise in promotional issues, FDA policy, and patient engagement in drug development.

From his years at the FDA, Ernest brings particular expertise in issues related to off-label promotion of products. Prior to joining Avalere, Ernest was the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Public Policy for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society where he was responsible for a broad range of initiatives including improving the voice of patients at the FDA; developing methods for understanding patient preferences in drug development; and issues surrounding expanded access and compassionate use. He has spent many years at the FDA, first as Regulatory Counsel in the Office of Regulations and Policy within CFSAN and more recently as Senior Regulatory Counsel in the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion within CDER. Ernest has also worked in Akin Gump’s Health Industry Practice Group.

Ernest has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in History from Duke University.

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.

Yidu Wang

Manager

Yidu
Wang

Yidu Wang, Manager, advises clients through the analysis of healthcare data to quantify the impacts of policy and market changes on business outcomes and the Federal budget. He applies his background in healthcare policy, data analytics, and business acumen to solve the challenges clients are facing.

Prior to joining Avalere, Yidu was a Senior Healthcare Analyst at IMPAQ International where he was the data analytics lead on a variety of projects identifying the trends of key healthcare indicators in Medicare claims data. He also developed analytic tools to determine the accuracy of commercial health plans on and off the ACA Marketplace. In addition, he utilized Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data analytic tools to conduct drill-down analyses, in order to evaluate the policy implications on population health and business outcomes.

Yidu has an MBA from the University of Maryland and an MPP from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Wang

Yidu

Manager

202.207.3676
Yidu Wang, Manager, advises clients through the analysis of healthcare data to quantify the impacts of policy and market changes on business outcomes and the Federal budget. He applies his background in healthcare policy, data analytics, and business acumen to solve the challenges clients are facing.

Prior to joining Avalere, Yidu was a Senior Healthcare Analyst at IMPAQ International where he was the data analytics lead on a variety of projects identifying the trends of key healthcare indicators in Medicare claims data. He also developed analytic tools to determine the accuracy of commercial health plans on and off the ACA Marketplace. In addition, he utilized Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data analytic tools to conduct drill-down analyses, in order to evaluate the policy implications on population health and business outcomes.

Yidu has an MBA from the University of Maryland and an MPP from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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.

Shelby Wilde

Associate

Shelby
Wilde

Shelby Wilde, Associate, advises life sciences companies on commercial and policy issues in response to the evolving healthcare environment. Specifically, she applies her background in the provider setting to analyze research topics related to policy, reimbursement, evidence, and patient engagement. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Shelby was the director of the Ambassador program at Kaleida Health’s Millard Fillmore Suburban hospital in Buffalo, NY, a 265-bed acute care teaching hospital, this program facilitated volunteering placements for pre-health students in the area, with a focus on patient centeredness. In addition, she was a patient services representative at the Elmwood Health Center, an inner city clinic also in Buffalo.

Shelby has a BS in Business Administration with a minor in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo Honors College. 

Wilde

Shelby

Associate

202.446.2277
Shelby Wilde, Associate, advises life sciences companies on commercial and policy issues in response to the evolving healthcare environment. Specifically, she applies her background in the provider setting to analyze research topics related to policy, reimbursement, evidence, and patient engagement. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Shelby was the director of the Ambassador program at Kaleida Health’s Millard Fillmore Suburban hospital in Buffalo, NY, a 265-bed acute care teaching hospital, this program facilitated volunteering placements for pre-health students in the area, with a focus on patient centeredness. In addition, she was a patient services representative at the Elmwood Health Center, an inner city clinic also in Buffalo.

Shelby has a BS in Business Administration with a minor in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo Honors College. 

Ken Williams

Vice President

Ken
Williams

Ken Williams, Vice President, is a senior strategist and award-winning designer with a focus on the intersection of business and innovation. In this role, he helps clients solve their most complex problems, improving how they engage with their key customers in the context of a rapidly evolving healthcare marketplace. 

Previously, Ken was founding Principal of Kwake Design, a full-service strategy, communications, and design agency. He served on the Executive Board and was National Premedical Chair at the American Medical Student Association and worked in Communications at the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is Editor, emeritus of gnovis, a peer-reviewed journal in communication and technology theory.

Currently, Ken is an Executive MBA student at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (UK). He holds an MA (hons) in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University and a BA (hons) in Philosophy from New College of Florida/University of South Florida. He has completed additional graduate course work at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was a post-bacc at both the University of Maryland, College Park and Georgetown.

Williams

Ken

Vice President

202.207.3811

Ken Williams, Vice President, is a senior strategist and award-winning designer with a focus on the intersection of business and innovation. In this role, he helps clients solve their most complex problems, improving how they engage with their key customers in the context of a rapidly evolving healthcare marketplace. 

Previously, Ken was founding Principal of Kwake Design, a full-service strategy, communications, and design agency. He served on the Executive Board and was National Premedical Chair at the American Medical Student Association and worked in Communications at the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is Editor, emeritus of gnovis, a peer-reviewed journal in communication and technology theory.

Currently, Ken is an Executive MBA student at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (UK). He holds an MA (hons) in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University and a BA (hons) in Philosophy from New College of Florida/University of South Florida. He has completed additional graduate course work at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was a post-bacc at both the University of Maryland, College Park and Georgetown.

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.

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 library experience in knowledge management, collection development and acquisitions, classification, web content development, and online research of numerous databases in pharmaceutical and legal research.

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 grantmaking activities of more than 400 health foundations.

Ming has a Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill University and a BA in Political Science from Concordia University, as well as AIIM certification in Electronic Records Management. 

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 library experience in knowledge management, collection development and acquisitions, classification, web content development, and online research of numerous databases in pharmaceutical and legal research.

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 grantmaking activities of more than 400 health foundations.

Ming has a Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill University and a BA in Political Science from Concordia University, as well as AIIM certification in Electronic Records Management. 

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

Director

Casie
Yan

Casie Yan, Director, 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

Director

202.459.6238

Casie Yan, Director, 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.

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

Senior Director

Joanna
Young

Joanna Young, Senior Director, provides clients with data-driven policy analyses using her quantitative skills, modeling expertise, and knowledge of Medicare and other public health insurance programs. Joanna creates analytical models that support analyses of the policy impact on different business lines and the overall healthcare market. Her work includes assessments of impact on covered lives, and federal budgetary costs and savings associated with proposed legislative changes. She also focuses on data and policy analyses for pharmaceutical products, including the 340B Drug Pricing Program as well as market access, reimbursement, and commercialization issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joanna worked at Integrity Management Services, where she designed and conducted analytics 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

Senior Director

202.207.3814

Joanna Young, Senior Director, provides clients with data-driven policy analyses using her quantitative skills, modeling expertise, and knowledge of Medicare and other public health insurance programs. Joanna creates analytical models that support analyses of the policy impact on different business lines and the overall healthcare market. Her work includes assessments of impact on covered lives, and federal budgetary costs and savings associated with proposed legislative changes. She also focuses on data and policy analyses for pharmaceutical products, including the 340B Drug Pricing Program as well as market access, reimbursement, and commercialization issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joanna worked at Integrity Management Services, where she designed and conducted analytics 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.

Jody Zschiedrich

Vice President

Jody
Zschiedrich

Jody Zschiedrich, Vice President, is a subject matter expert in strategic brand planning and analytics; having worked on both the client and agency sides of the industry for nearly two decades. He works closely with clients to understand their brands’ commercialization goals and market entry ecosystems; and in turn, partners with them to design integrated launch strategies, compelling brand narratives, and coordinated outreach to maximize brand access and uptake.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Jody was the VP, Group Director of Strategic Planning at Discovery Worldwide, where he was the lead strategist for building regional and global brand development plans for pharma and biotech clients. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant to GSK’s US New Product Planning and Global Product Strategy teams and the Director of Client Solutions at Symphony Health Solutions, where he led marketing and sales force optimization programs, and pipeline in-licensing and acquisition feasibility assessments.

Jody has an MBA in Marketing from Strayer University and a BS in Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

Zschiedrich

Jody

Vice President

202.446.2337

Jody Zschiedrich, Vice President, is a subject matter expert in strategic brand planning and analytics; having worked on both the client and agency sides of the industry for nearly two decades. He works closely with clients to understand their brands’ commercialization goals and market entry ecosystems; and in turn, partners with them to design integrated launch strategies, compelling brand narratives, and coordinated outreach to maximize brand access and uptake.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Jody was the VP, Group Director of Strategic Planning at Discovery Worldwide, where he was the lead strategist for building regional and global brand development plans for pharma and biotech clients. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant to GSK’s US New Product Planning and Global Product Strategy teams and the Director of Client Solutions at Symphony Health Solutions, where he led marketing and sales force optimization programs, and pipeline in-licensing and acquisition feasibility assessments.

Jody has an MBA in Marketing from Strayer University and a BS in Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

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