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Board of Directors

The Medicare Rights Center’s Board of Directors is comprised of distinguished individuals with diverse professional backgrounds and a shared commitment to ensuring that older adults and people with disabilities can access the affordable health care they need.

Officers

Bruce C. Vladeck, PhD
Chairperson
Bruce C. Vladeck currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Greater New York Hospital Association and LiveOnNewYork, and as a consultant to a number of other health care organizations. He also chairs the Board of Medicare Rights Center, and serves on the boards of Penn Medicine and the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. During his professional career, Vladeck held a number of senior positions, including:

  • • Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey State Department of Health (1979-1982);
  • • President, United Hospital Fund (1983-1993);
  • • Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration (1993-1997);
  • • Senior Vice President, Mount Sinai Medical Center (1998-2003);
  • • Interim President, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2006-2007).
At the Health Care Financing Administration, Vladeck was the principal federal official responsible for Medicare and Medicaid; of his many accomplishments in that position, he is proudest of refocusing the organization on services to beneficiaries.

He has also been a member of the full-time faculty at Columbia University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and has held adjunct appointments at Rutgers, Princeton, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Previously, Vladeck also served as a trustee or director of many organizations, including New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Ascension Health, the Hadassah Hospital, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Care for the Homeless, the Primary Care Development Corporation; and the March of Dimes.

Vladeck received his BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He is the author of Unloving Care: The Nursing Home Tragedy (Basic Books, 1980), still considered the standard reference on nursing home policy in the United States, and of more than one hundred articles in the professional literature.
Kathy Hirata Chin
Vice Chairperson
Kathy Hirata Chin is a Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, where she moved in October 2018 with the rest of the healthcare practice group after 38 years at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. She is a member of the healthcare and litigation groups at Crowell. She has successfully represented health care providers and associations of such providers in challenges to actions taken by state and federal agencies, including multiple suits regarding Medicaid reimbursement issues, and in a variety of matters in state and federal court involving issues ranging from RICO claims based on allegedly fraudulent billing to Fair Labor Standards Act disputes.

Ms. Chin graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and Columbia Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transnational Law. She served as Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission from 1995 to 2001 and is currently a Commissioner on the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption. She has served on the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York, Governor Mario Cuomo’s Judicial Screening Committee for the First Department, the Gender Bias Committee of the Second Circuit Task Force, former Chief Judge Judith Kaye’s Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections, the Second Circuit Judicial Conference Planning and Program Committee, the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers Association, and the Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a non-profit that advocates for marginalized New Yorkers.

She currently serves on the Attorney Emeritus Advisory Council and the Commercial Division Advisory Council, appointed to both by former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York State Court of Appeals. Since January 2016, she has been a member of the Second Circuit Judicial Council Committee on Civic Education & Public Engagement. In April 2016, she was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the First Department Judicial Screening Committee.

In October 2017, she received the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health’s Leadership Award in recognition of her distinguished service and commitment to diversity and inclusion. On February 28, 2018, the Asian American Bar Association of New York honored Ms. Chin with its Women’s Leadership Award. On May 28, 2019, Ms. Chin was honored at the Columbia Law School Alumni Association’s Hong Yen Chang Inaugural Reception for her dedication to the Asian Community.
Alan B. Lubin
Treasurer
Alan B. Lubin, New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) former executive vice president serving from 1993 to 2010, helped guide the union’s massive political mobilization and legislative efforts. He came to Albany after 26 years as an educator and elected leader of the United Federation of Teachers, NYSUT’s affiliate in New York City. He served from 1995 to 2010 as a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and a member of the NYS AFL-CIO’s executive council.

Lubin helped shape the union’s legislative and political action programs as executive vice president. Realizing the strength of a grassroots political network, Lubin organized NYSUT’s nationally acclaimed political action committee with activists in every New York State electoral district.

That strong presence helped bring forward landmark legislation, including the permanent cost-of-living adjustment law for retired public employees (COLA), the Schools Against Violence in Education law (SAVE) and the bill mandating that every state public school have a defibrillator available. Under Lubin’s advocacy, state school aid increased 133% since the early 1990s.

Lubin founded the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY), a unique broad based consensus building organization seeking common ground between business and labor. He currently serves on the Medicare Rights Center Board as treasurer and the Rural Migrant Ministry. He also serves on the state of New York’s Comptroller’s Audit Committee.

CBTU’s Capital Region Chapter named its MLK Labor Celebration Poster & Essay Contest after Lubin and in 2017, he received NYSUT’s highest honor: the Albert Shanker Award for Distinguished Service for his many years of fighting for public education, civil rights and working people.

Lubin heads his own consulting firm, Alan Lubin Consulting. His priorities as a consultant continues to include expanded involvement of newer members in their unions, greater minority member participation in state and local unions and organizing new members into labor’s family. In addition, he continues to work at building coalitions between different groups to benefit all of society.

He was elected to the United States Electoral College for the 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elections.

Lubin lives in Clifton Park with his wife, Sharon. They have two grown children, both SUNY graduates, and a beautiful granddaughter, Helena.
Marilyn Moon, PhD
Secretary
Marilyn Moon, PhD, is an expert on health care financing and delivery and specializes in policy analysis and translation of complex findings into materials useful to policymakers and consumers.

From 2003 to 2013, she directed the Health Program at the American Institutes for Research and from 2013 to 2018 she directed the Center on Aging at AIR. A nationally-known economist and expert on Medicare, aging, consumer health issues, and health care financing, Dr. Moon also served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

From 2008 through 2012 she chaired the Maryland Health Care Commission, and she was a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds from 1995 to 2000. She has written extensively on health policy and other social insurance issues; she wrote a column on health reform for the Washington Post in the 1990s. She has served on a number of boards for non-profit organizations, including the Medicare Rights Center, the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Holy Cross Health System.

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Moon earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2014, she received the Robert M. Ball award for outstanding achievements in social insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Directors

Orla Beggs
Ms. 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.
Jonathan Blum
Jonathan (Jon) Blum is the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at CareFirst Blue Cross, which provides health care coverage in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Jon has responsibility for overseeing CareFirst’s nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home program. He also oversees CareFirst’s medical and care coordination policies, pharmacy policies, and provider networks.

From 2009-2014, Jon served in senior leadership positions at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), serving most recently as the agency’s Principal Deputy Administrator. He spent the majority of his time at CMS as its policy and operations director of the federal Medicare program, overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans (Medicare Advantage), and the Medicare prescription drug program (Medicare Part D). While at CMS, Jon led many of the agency’s payment and delivery system reforms, including the Medicare Shared Savings Program (ACOs), the Medicare Advantage Quality Bonus Program, competitive bidding for durable medical supplies, new bundled payment initiatives, and the Medicare prescription drug discount program. The Medicare program experienced its longest sustained period of cost-control during Jon’s tenure.

Prior to CMS, Jon worked as a program analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, focusing on the Medicare program. He served on the professional staff of the Senate Finance Committee, advising its prior chairman, Senator Max Baucus, on prescription drug and Medicare Advantage policies during the development of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. He was also a Vice President at the health care advisory services firm, Avalere Health, overseeing its Medicaid and Long-Term Care Practice.

Jon holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife and daughter.
Curtis Cole
Dr. Cole is the Chief Information Officer for Weill Cornell Medicine. He practices Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell and NYP. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Policy & Research. As CIO, he is responsible for the Wood Library, core IT infrastructure, software and web development groups, the user support organization, telephony, and enterprise applications including ERP and EMR.

After medical school at Cornell he was a resident then a Clinical Investigator in Medical Informatics at NYH. He joined Cornell as the Director of Information Services and later became the Chief Medical Information Officer. Dr. Cole was the co-Director of the CTSC Bioinformatics Core for the five years and now serves as an Associate Director. He is also worked with Dr. Rainu Kaushal to develop a certificate training program in Medical Informatics

His research has focused on payor-provider transactional efficiency, terminology services, using the semantic web for research networking, patient safety, and patient portals. He is working now with Dr. Kaushal to create a Clinical Data Research Network that is unifying data from the leading academic medical centers in NYC.

Outside of Cornell, Dr. Cole is part of a working group for the creation of an All Payer Database for New York State. He also on the board of the Citizens Union, a nonpartisan good government group committed to making democracy work for all New Yorkers.
Edith Everett
Mrs. 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.
Elizabeth J. Fowler, Ph.D., J.D.
Elizabeth Fowler currently serves as Executive Vice President of programs at the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit private foundation supporting independent health policy research to promote a high performing health system that provides affordable quality health care to all. She joined the Commonwealth Fund from Johnson & Johnson where she was Vice President for Global Health Policy. Liz was special assistant to President Obama on healthcare and economic policy at the National Economic Council. In 2009-2010, she was Chief Health Counsel to Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where she played a critical role developing the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act. She also played a key role drafting the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA). Liz has nearly 25 years of experience in health policy and health services research. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where her research focused on risk adjustment, and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Minnesota. She is admitted to the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Liz is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She serves on the board of directors for the National Quality Forum, the National Health Counsel, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Winston Fellowship.
Tina Georgeou
Tina Georgeou is a marketing communications leader with top management success growing profitable businesses. Over the course of her career, she has developed branding and marketing strategies across a number of markets and cultures for a broad array of industries, most recently concentrated in the healthcare sector.

As Head of Marketing for Weill Cornell Medicine from 2014 through July 2018, Tina built a marketing team from scratch and led the successful rebranding of Cornell University’s medical college to better reflect its role in patient care. While there, she also introduced digital marketing to acquire new patients profitably. Now retired, Tina is taking on consulting projects as partner in Geocom, her own marketing management firm.

Prior to Weill Cornell Medicine, Tina was Chief Marketing Officer for Lighthouse International, a leading non-profit dedicated to helping people with visual impairments. In the non-profit sector, she also served for over 10 years on the board of Save the Children, where she initiated and chaired the Communications Committee.

Tina began her career in advertising with Ogilvy & Mather, for whom she worked in New York, Mexico City, Paris and Montreal. While in Montreal, she co-founded her own agency, RTA Advertising, and attracted national clients such as BMW and Air France. Later, as President of DeWitt Media, she helped a New York-based media-strategy agency build an impressive new business track record and eventually sell out to a multinational agency network. By the time she left the advertising business, Tina had attained the position of Vice Chair of Optimedia International, the U.S. unit of the world’s fifth largest advertising agency, Publicis S.A. At that point, she was recruited by Meredith Corporation to work as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and New Business on the revitalization and extension of the Better Homes & Gardens and Ladies’ Home Journal brands.

Tina holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Italian from Wellesley College, and graduate degrees from The Sorbonne and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Gerry E. Goodrich
Gerry Goodrich is an executive in the Weill Cornell Physician Organization of Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). He currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and also leads the Weill Cornell Physician Network. The Physician Organization is made up of 1,300 physicians practicing in locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Prior to joining WCMC, Mr. Goodrich had 25 years of health care management experience in a variety of positions in hospital and health care administration in both the public and private sectors in New York, New Jersey, and internationally. Mr. Goodrich has had broad exposure to various levels of government including in the City of New York, the State of New Jersey, and within the Federal Government.

In New Jersey, Mr. Goodrich served as Deputy Commissioner of Health, the CEO of an urban hospital, and as an Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health. In New York he has held positions in management consulting, group practice management, and at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Mr. Goodrich is a member of the faculty of WCMC, with an appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Research. Previously, he taught at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, in the physician executive education program at the Harvard School of Public Health, and at the China Center for Economic Research at Beijing University.

Mr. Goodrich has a BA from Middlebury College, a JD from the Boston University School of Law, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Janella T. Hinds
Janella T. Hinds is the Vice President for Academic High Schools at the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). Ms. Hinds earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in African American Studies from Princeton University and her master’s in Social Studies Education from New York University.

Ms. Hinds is also responsible for the financial and fiduciary oversight of the New York City Central Labor Council, a non-profit labor membership umbrella organization where she represents 1.3 million workers in 400 public and private sector local unions in her role as the Secretary-Treasurer.

She has championed equity for students and more meaningful voice for educators across the broad spectrum of need. She’s convened task forces to address the divergent issues head on at both the highly coveted specialized high schools, as well as, the schools serving the students most at risk.

A certified Social Studies teacher, Ms. Hinds additionally worked eight years as a dean, student council advisor and conflict resolution specialist at G. W. Wingate and South Shore High Schools and The School for International Studies. During the seven years she served as a UFT Special Representative, she concentrated her advocacy on support for closing and struggling schools, and ensuring the UFT’s voice in new school staffing and teacher evaluations, among other issues.

Prior to her work at the UFT, Ms. Hinds was Public Policy Director for the New York State AFL-CIO.

She is a delegate to the annual conventions of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and its state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). She is a member of the American Federation of Teachers’ Black and Latino Caucuses, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), among other organizations. Janella also serves on the executive board of the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell University Union Leadership Institute.

Ms. Hinds is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Peter Hutchings
Peter Hutchings has served as a Board member on a number of not-for-profit agencies including the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the New York Organ Donor Network and the Rubin Museum of Art. Before his retirement, he was Chief Financial Officer for Guardian Life; earlier, he was in the same role for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Greater New York. A Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, he lives in Manhattan with his wife Martha Wolfgang.
Jeffrey R. Krinsk
Jeffrey Robert Krinsk is an attorney, investor, and business advisor who is the co-founder of the national plaintiffs’ class action litigation law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, LLP. Krinsk’s legal career began as a litigator for a New York firm following his graduation from Boston University Law School and New York Bar admission (1st Dept.) in 1975. He then worked in N.Y.C. as a specialist assigned to litigating construction lawsuits invariably arising from construction contractors seeking relief from the United States Corp. of Engineers. Successful outcomes led to broader travel within the US and abroad, including introducing the native Bostonian to the California lifestyle.

The attraction never diminished and, in 1978, Jeff moved to San Diego, California to be staff attorney for Hang Ten International, Inc., a trademark licensing organization owning the “two feet” design and “Hang Ten” trademark that epitomized the California surfing lifestyle. These trademarks were internationally licensed in over 52 countries. Krinsk soon became General Counsel, then Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, and by 1981, he was the company’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing a worldwide legal network that included 46 law firms addressing foreign trademark, licensing and operational issues.

In 1983, Jeffrey moved to Los Angeles, California to join Guess? Inc. an apparel manufacturer as its President (licensing) he addressed a broad alignment of business issues for the emerging company. Krinsk returned to San Diego in 1985 and became Chairman and CEO of a publicly traded corporation (Fabulous Inns of America) marshaling its assets and enhancing its business platform to achieve exponential growth and provide an attractive ROI for all the public shareholders.

Following the negotiated acquisition of the public corporation, Krinsk maintained an active law practice before co-founding Finkelstein & Krinsk, LLP. Working exclusively on plaintiffs’ behalf in class action lawsuits, his cases running a broad gambit that included In re Great American Securities Litigation, (a class action against a bank for violations of the securities laws) Hurst v. Monarch Equities Corporation, (a class action for violations of the Commodities and Exchange Act) and In re State Farm Repair Practices (a class action against State Farm ending the practice in California of using non-OEM car parts for repairs). At his law firm, Krinsk ended the common pharmacy practice of using confidential prescription information to send customers marketing communications intended to change a prescribed drug to an alternative using disguised “re-fill reminders” or similar. He currently pursues class lawsuits relating to privacy issues, inadequate or deceptive disclosures concerning publicly traded corporations, including a recently filed case against Exxon Mobile alleging the companies assurances regarding the impact of climate change was deceptive.

Krinsk has served as Senior General Partner of Rosemont Realty LLC, a subsidiary of Rosemont Capital, LLC which maintains a controlling interest in BGK Group, a fully integrated commercial property and asset management firm.

Jeffrey is active in Democratic politics and, with his wife Marcy, has made their San Diego home a popular venue for political functions and civic events. He served as a National Finance Chair for the John Kerry for President campaign and was co-chair of the Patriot Project in 2005. Krinsk is also a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Speaker’s Cabinet of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). He was a founding member of the 2009 Inaugural Committee. Mr. Krinsk also served on certain California government committees at the request of Governor Jerry Brown’s administration.

Krinsk continues his philanthropic involvement in a number of causes ranging from the African Wildlife Foundation to educational grants to the University of San Diego School of Law. The Jeffrey and Marcy Krinsk Research Advancement Initiative (KRAI) serves Scripps Institution of Oceanography and supports the research of young scientists http:/ / supportscripps. ucsd. edu/ where/ research, having been awarded the 2012 Scientists’ Recognition Award for their work with Scripps and co-sponsored Scripp’s 2011 Extreme Climate Conference http:/ / sio. ucsd. edu/ extreme_climate/ . Mr. Krinsk has also served on the U.C. San Diego Foundation Board of Trustess http:/ / ucsdfoundation. ucsd. edu/ board_of_trustees. asp . He is a Distinguished Alumni of Boston University Law School and a member of several non-profit boards including the Medicare Rights Center and the American Security Project Advisory Board. Mr. Krinsk served on the Board of Trustees of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics. Most importantly, Jeffrey recently accepted the Governors invitation to be appointed a Trustee of CSU, a responsibility concerning policy and the functional excellence of its twenty-three campuses comprising the CSU system.

Krinsk earned a B.A with honors (political science) from Hobart and William Smith College. He then earned a J.D. from Boston University Law School in 1974. Krinsk resides in San Diego, California with his wife Marcy.
Rev. Terrence L. Melvin
Rev. Terrence L. Melvin holds the second highest office in the New York State labor movement – Secretary-Treasurer of the 2.5 million members, New York State AFL-CIO. In July 2007, Mr. Melvin was elected to this position. In August 2008 and 2012 and just recently 2016, he was re-elected to four-year terms. In 1980, Mr. Melvin started his career as a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 427 at the Western New York Developmental Center. CSEA is a Statewide Union representing over 250,000 state, county, municipal and private sector workers throughout New York. Over the years, he held numerous elected and appointed positions in his statewide and International union, AFSCME.

In May 2012, at the 41st International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Mr. Melvin was elected unanimously as the organization’s new president, succeeding William (Bill) Lucy, who had held the position since he co-founded CBTU in 1972. CBTU, which is dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of black workers and their communities, has 50 chapters in major U.S. cities and one in Ontario, Canada.

In the community, Mr. Melvin is a long-time activist who has touched many lives. Outside of his Labor life, Mr. Melvin is actively engaged in Labor allied and community organizations.

In the political realm, Mr. Melvin knows the power of the vote. He is continuously working to increase voter registration, promoting Get-Out-The-Vote drives, and is active in national, state, local, city and school board elections.

Since being elected Secretary-Treasurer, Rev. Melvin in addition to performing his constitutional mandated duties, has focused on developing lasting ties between labor, religious organizations and community partners. With this, in December 2008, he spearheaded the development of the NYS AFL-CIO Community Outreach Department which he oversees the day to day operations. This program was designed to make a lasting connection between AFL-CIO constituency groups, local communities and religious leaders.

Amongst his various Labor and community roles, Mr. Melvin is a man of devout faith and spiritual belief. He is an ordained Baptist Minister. He serves as Associate Minister and Assistant to the Pastor at Second Baptist Church, Lackawanna, New York.

Rev. Melvin is a graduate of the Rochester Center for Theological and Biblical Studies with a Bachelors Degree in Ministry. He is married to Sonja Marie Melvin, and has three children: Candice, Terrence II and Crystal; and one beautiful granddaughter, Cadence.
Carol Raphael
Carol Raphael is a Senior Advisor at Manatt Health. She served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest non-profit home health agency in the United States from 1989 to 2011. She also served as Board Chair of AARP. Prior to joining VNSNY, Ms. Raphael held an executive position at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and was an Executive Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Human Resources Administration in charge of the Medicaid and Public Assistance programs. Ms. Raphael was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University in 2012. She is the Chair of the Long Term Quality Alliance, an alliance of payers, providers, consumers and policymakers working to strengthen and better integrate the Long Term Services & Supports system. She serves as a Director on numerous Boards including the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, The Scan Foundation, Primary Care Development Corporation, Medicare Rights Center, New York eHealth Collaborative, Commonwealth Care Alliance and Henry Schein, Inc. She has been appointed to many commissions including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Federal Bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care, the Age Friendly Commission and several Institute of Medicine Committees. Additionally, she was a member of New York State Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team. Ms. Raphael is a member of the RAND Health Advisory Board and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Policy and Management Executive Council. She has been a member of the National Quality Forum Measures Application Partnership (MAP) where she chaired its Post-Acute, Long Term Care and Hospice Workgroup and was co-chair of its Attribution Committee. Currently, she is a member of its Admissions and Readmissions Committee. She chairs the CMS Technical Expert Panel for Quality Measure Development for Dual Eligibles and Medicaid Beneficiaries using HCBS And Managed Long Term Care. She co-edited the book “Home Based Care for a New Century” and was a Visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund in the United Kingdom. She has an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and completed its Senior Executive Program.
Donna Regenstreif, PhD
Dr. Regenstreif 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, MD
Herman Rosen, MD, FACP, FASN is a product of NYC schools having attended Stuyvesant High School, New York University, and SUNY Downstate, graduating magna cum laude and admitted to Alpha Omega Alpha, the honor medical society. He served as intern and resident in medicine in Boston and completed a 3-yr fellowship in Nephrology at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Nephrology and is a certified specialist in Hypertension. He was Director of Nephrology at a NYC Health and Hospitals facility and consultant at various hospitals and Clinical Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. He was program director in nephrology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Einstein and served as the medical director of major dialysis centers.

Dr. Rosen spent two years on active duty with the USPHS, participated in training in bioterrorism and volunteered for various tours of duty including Louisiana at the time of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, serving at the naval rank of captain. He is currently on the staff of NY Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center and Rogosin Kidney Institute and is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is consultant and lecturer for Fresenius, the Renal Research Institute and the New York Police Department.

He regularly volunteers as finish line physician for the NYC Marathon and is a member of the Board of Directors of Medicare Rights Center, an advocacy organization for elderly and disabled.
Renu Thomas
Renu Thomas is a 2019 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow. ALI is an interfaculty fellowship dedicated to preparing experienced leaders to transition from successful careers to their next phase of community and public service. Renu was joined at Harvard by her husband John Roth and their focus is on eldercare.

Prior to ALI, Renu Thomas was Executive Vice President, Media Operations, Engineering and IT for Disney ABC Television Group (DATG). In this role, Ms. Thomas worked closely with members of DATG’s senior leadership team to ensure strategic alignment of the Group’s investments, initiatives, and business growth objectives, including global expansion, organic growth into new markets and new product/service development/deployment. Thomas was formerly Senior Vice President, Technology and Operations, Disney ABC Networks Group where she was responsible for the technical and operational strategic direction and ongoing management of all television functions across US Domestic Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, ABC Family, Disney ABC Domestic Television (Syndication) and Radio Disney. Thomas joined The Walt Disney Company in 2007 as Vice President of Operations for ABC News where she was responsible for setting the overall strategy and leading the operations for studios, control rooms, editing and graphics for all ABC News programs, including “Good Morning America,” “World News,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” “This Week,” as well as special events. She was involved in a variety of projects to help prepare ABC News for the future, including deploying new technology and improving production and business processes.

Before joining ABC News, Renu was the Director of Production for MacNeil Lehrer Productions where she oversaw the technical and production management for “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and related documentaries. She served as the Director of Studio Operations at NBC Universal where she led the management team for the network\’s news and entertainment studios and control rooms at Rockefeller Center. Prior to NBC, Renu was with General Electric for over eight years with Corporate Audit Staff working at several businesses and locations world-wide.

Renu graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering. She is involved in alumni activities including the Operations Research & Information Engineering Advisory Board and the President’s Council of Cornell Women.

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