Board of Directors
Bruce C. Vladeck, Ph.D.,
Board Chairman, Medicare Rights Center
Kathy Hirata Chin
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Susan D. DeVore
President and CEO
Premier Healthcare Alliance
Alicia Glekas Everett
William Morris Agency
Jeffrey R. Krinsk
Finkelstein & Krinsk
Alan B. Lubin
Former Executive Vice President
NYSUT, A Union of Professionals
Retired Geriatric Health Care Administrator
Theodore R. Marmor, Ph.D.
Marilyn Moon, Ph.D.
Vice President and Director, Health Program
American Institutes for Research
Journalist and Health Advocate
Former President and Cheif Executive Officer of
Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)
Donna Regenstreif, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Herman Rosen, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Executive Vice President
President and Chief Executive Efficer of
Amalgamated Family of Companies
Bruce C. Vladeck, Ph.D. (Chairman) is Senior Advisor to Nexera Inc., a wholly owned consulting subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association. From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Vladeck was administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), and his work there was recognized in 1995 by a National Public Service Award. Subsequent to his service at HCFA, Dr. Vladeck was appointed by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.
After leaving HCFA, Dr. Vladeck was professor of health policy and geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he also served as senior vice president for policy of the Medical Center. In 2004, Dr. Vladeck joined Ernst & Young’s Health Sciences Advisory Services, but left that position for sixteen months in 2006–2007 to serve, at the request of Governor Jon Corzine, as interim president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan, Dr. Vladeck has held full-time faculty positions at Columbia University and Mount Sinai, and has served as adjunct faculty at Rutgers, Princeton, NYU, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine, and serves on the board of the March of Dimes, and on the New York City Board of Health.
Orla Beggs is a partner in the Human Resource consulting group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Orla is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in the United Kingdom and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries here in the States. Orla spent the early years of her career as a pensions consultant and subsequently specialized in coordinating the human resource aspects of mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and dispositions. Orla completed her master’s degree in Mathematics from Oxford University, England, in 1997, and more recently earned a Master in Business Administration degree from Manchester University, England. Orla was born in Ireland and has lived in New York since 2002.
Kathy Hirata Chin is a litigation partner in the health care/not-for-profit practice group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Ms. Chin has successfully represented individual health care providers and associations of such providers in a wide variety of suits in federal and state court, from challenges to actions taken by governmental agencies, including multiple suits regarding Medicaid reimbursement issues, to defense of RICO claims based on allegedly fraudulent billing activity. Ms. Chin has been at Cadwalader since her graduation from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University. Beyond her law practice, Ms. Chin has served as a member of the New York City Planning Commission, for which she was nominated by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, and as a member of the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption, a position she has held since appointment by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in August 2003. Ms. Chin also served as a member of Governor Mario M. Cuomo’s Judicial Screening Committee for the First Judicial Department from l992-1994 and of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York from 1992-1999. She has served as a member of the Gender Bias Committee of the Second Circuit Task Force on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, and on the New York County Lawyers Association’s Task Force to Increase Diversity in the Legal Profession. She was a member of then Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye’s Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections from 2003-2006, and currently serves on Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s Attorney Emeritus Advisory Council.
Susan DeVore is president and CEO of the Premier healthcare alliance, the nation’s leading alliance of hospitals, health systems and other providers dedicated to improving health care performance. An alliance of more than 2,500 hospitals and health systems and more than 75,000 non-acute care sites, Premier uses the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective health care. Premier membership includes more than 40 percent of all U.S. health systems. With the ultimate goal of helping its members improve the health of their local communities, Premier builds, tests and scales models that improve quality, safety and cost of care. Through successful initiatives such as the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration with CMS, and QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, the alliance has driven improvements in evidence-based care and safety, as well as significant reductions in mortality, harm and cost. Premier is a leader in the accountable care movement and recently announced a joint venture with IBM to develop industry-leading population analytics tools. Under DeVore’s leadership, Premier has built an industry leading code of ethics, has been named four times as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere and has won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. DeVore is an industry-leading thinker who was named to Modern Healthcare’s inaugural list of top 25 women in healthcare.
Alicia Glekas Everett is a corporate attorney presently practicing at the William Morris Agency in New York. Previously she was an attorney at NBC, where she represented the television network and NBC News, and prior to that she was an associate attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the American Criminal Law Review, and of the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. Ms. Everett grew up in Washington, D.C., and now lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is passionate about the media and entertainment businesses, film in particular.
Edith Everett is the president of the Everett Foundation. Mrs. Everett and her late husband, Henry, created this family foundation in 1955. For over thirty years Mrs. Everett was a senior vice president of Investments at Gruntal & Co., a New York Stock Exchange member firm. She entered the male-dominated world of Wall Street in 1961, becoming one of the few women of her generation to work in this field. Prior to her career in the financial world, Mrs. Everett was an elementary school teacher in New York City.
Jeffrey R. Krinsk is an attorney, investor and co-founder of the law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk. One of his recent cases ended a pharmacy chain's practice of using prescription information to send customers marketing communications disguised as "refill reminders." He is currently pursuing a lawsuit to end the practice of collecting customer prescription information to influence doctors' prescribing practices. Mr. Krinsk is active in Democratic politics and served as finance chair for Senator John Kerry's 2004 presidential bid.
Alan B. Lubin served as executive vice president of NYSUT, a Union of Professionals, from 1993 to 2010, and helped guide the union's political mobilization and legislative efforts. Prior to this, he spent 26 years as an educator and served as elected leader of the United Federation of Teachers, NYSUT's affiliate in New York City. As executive vice president, Mr. Lubin organized NYSUT's nationally acclaimed political action committee, which has activists in every Senate district in New York State. The committee helped bring forward landmark legislation, including the permanent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) law for retired public employees, the Schools Against Violence in Education law (SAVE) and the bill mandating that every public school in the state have a defibrillator available. Under Mr. Lubin's advocacy, state school aid increased 133 percent. Mr. Lubin currently serves on the state comptroller's audit committee, as co-chair of the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY), and on the boards of directors at both the Council for Unity and the New York State Labor-Religion Coalition. He heads his own consulting firm, and his priorities as a consultant continue to include expanded involvement of newer members and greater minority member participation in state and local unions. He was elected to the United States Electoral College for the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections.
Lawrence Madison, retired, is a private investor, a volunteer at the Medicare Rights Center and an amateur choral singer. His life's work combines a career in health care administration with commitments to film and the dramatic arts. Mr. Madison has served as an associate director of a geriatric community health center, and was a director of a diagnostic and treatment center. He has also produced and directed award-winning documentary, educational and industrial films, as well as television commercials. Mr. Madison received a B.A. from Stanford University, a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Master of Public Health degree, with a specialization in geriatrics, from the Columbia University School of Public Health.
Theodore R. Marmor, Ph.D., is professor emeritus at Yale University in three units: the Schools of Management and Law and the department of political science. Since 2008 he has been an adjunct professor in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The former director—from 1992 to 2003—of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s post-doctoral program in health policy, Professor Marmor was educated at both Harvard University and Wadham College, Oxford. Professor Marmor is primarily a scholar of the modern welfare state, with special emphasis on health and pension issues. The author (or coauthor) of eleven books, he has published over 150 articles in a wide range of scholarly journals. His opinion essays have appeared in major U.S. newspapers—including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. The second edition of The Politics of Medicare appeared in 2000; the first edition of this book became something of a political science classic and launched his career in health politics, policy and law. His best known other works include Understanding Health Care Reform (Yale Press, 1994), Why Are Some People Healthy and Others Not? (Aldine de Gruyter, 1994), and America’s Misunderstood Welfare State (Basic Books, 1992), coauthored with Yale colleagues Jerry Mashaw and Philip Harvey. A collection of his recent articles appeared in 2007: Fads, Fallacies and Foolishness in Medical Management and Policy (World Scientific Publishing). The Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis chose his jointly authored article “Comparative Perspectives and Policy Learning in the World of Health Care,” with Richard Freeman and Kieke Okma, as its best article in 2005. Yale University Press will in 2011 publish both a coedited book on comparative analysis and the world of health care and a collection of essays—by Rudolf Klein and Professor Marmor—on politics, health and health care.
Marilyn Moon, Ph.D., is vice president and director of the Health Program at the American Institutes for Research. A nationally known expert on Medicare, she has also served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and as a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Dr. Moon has written extensively on health policy, both for the elderly and the population in general, and on social insurance issues. Her most recent book, Medicare: A Policy Primer, was published in 2006. From 1993 to 2000, Dr. Moon also wrote a column for the Washington Post on health reform and health coverage issues. She is currently the chair of the Maryland Health Care Commission, and is on the board of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Dr. Moon earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was an associate professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, and the founding director of the Public Policy Institute of the American Association of Retired Persons.
Perri Peltz is a distinguished television news journalist and public health advocate. She currently hosts Doctor Radio Reports, a one-hour weekly program about public health issues for the Sirius-XM Network. Prior to that she was an anchor and reporter for WNBC-TV and NBC News, where she focused on issues related to poverty and health. Ms. Peltz first joined WNBC in 1987, serving as a reporter, then as a coanchor, of the weekend editions of Today in New York and the evening newscasts. She went on to become a contributor for NBC’s Dateline and one of the first anchors at MSNBC. A news correspondent for ABC’s 20/20 from 1998 to 2000, Ms. Peltz won numerous awards, including several for her reporting on the misdiagnosis of melanoma. She also worked at CNN as a reporter and anchored the award-winning show CNN.com. While at CNN, she reported a story about a chess team from a public school in the South Bronx that became national chess champions. Inspired by their story, Ms. Peltz produced the feature film The Knights of the South Bronx, starring Ted Danson, based on their improbable accomplishment. Both in and outside journalism, Ms. Peltz has pursued her passion for public health and medicine. Working at the Robin Hood Foundation, she developed volunteer programs to assist organizations in their fight against poverty. Her contributions to public health advocacy were honored by the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and she continues to serve on the board of the Irvington Institute for Medical Research. Ms. Peltz holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and recently completed a year of medical school at Mount Sinai.
Carol Raphael served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest nonprofit home health care organization in the United States from 1989 to 2011. Ms. Raphael expanded the organization’s services and launched innovative models of care for complex populations with chronic illness. Prior to joining VNSNY, Ms. Raphael held executive positions at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and in New York City government. Currently, Ms. Raphael is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. She chairs the New York eHealth Collaborative, a public-private partnership working to advance the adoption of health information technology. She is the Chair of the Long-Term Quality Alliance, Chair of the National Quality Forum MAP Workgroup on Post Acute and Long Term Care, a strategic adviser to NCQA and was a member of New York State Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team.
Donna Regenstreif, Ph.D., retired from full-time employment at the John A. Hartford Foundation in 2005, and is currently consulting in geriatrics and gerontology. Before her tenure at the Hartford Foundation, Dr. Regenstreif held a variety of positions in health care and higher education, including teaching anthropology at the undergraduate level; academic administration; development and management of hospital-based primary care medical practices and other ambulatory services; and management of implementation and R&D for a community-wide hospital-financing demonstration. Dr. Regenstreif earned her master's and doctoral degrees in Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University.
Herman Rosen, M.D., is a product of New York City schools, including Stuyvesant High School, where he was a member of Arista. He attended New York University and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he received his M.D. degree magna cum laude. He served as an intern and resident in medicine and trained as a fellow in nephrology in Boston. He returned to New York, and was appointed clinical professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Currently he is program director in nephrology and hypertension at Beth Israel Medical Center and professor of clinical medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and in nephrology, and a designated scholar in hypertension. Dr. Rosen is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Sigma Xi and other scientific societies. He serves as consultant to the New York Police Department and to the regional medical director of the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Rosen has the naval rank of captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, and has served in recent active duty stints, training in response to bioterrorism and emergencies, and served in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
Simon Stevens is president of Global Health and Executive Vice President at UnitedHealth Group, and Chair of the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform. He previously served as CEO of Ovations, America’s largest Medicare health plan serving one in five people with Medicare nationwide. Before that, Simon was British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s health policy director, responsible for reform of the British National Health Service. He has over twenty years’ experience in health care management and policy, in the United States and internationally, in both the public and private sectors. He was educated at Oxford University, Strathclyde University and Columbia University, where he was Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in public health policy. He was Visiting Professor of health policy at the London School of Economics, and serves on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations in New York, Minnesota and London.
David Walsh became president and chief executive officer of Amalgamated Family of Companies and CEO of Alico Services Corporation in January, 2008. Prior to joining Amalgamated Life, Mr. Walsh served as executive vice president and member of the Office of the President for SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Co., Inc. and its family of companies. His professional background also includes senior vice president and general counsel for Swiss Re America and senior vice president and corporate counsel for Swiss Re Life and Health. Mr. Walsh has also served as general counsel of the Domestic Brokerage Group of AIG and director of insurance for the State of Alaska. He has held several other positions in the insurance industry, including serving as a member of the US delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and served for ten years on the Anchorage, Alaska Assembly (City Council).