Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Director of Health, Fairfax County Health Department
Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, MPH, is the director of health for Fairfax County. In this capacity, she provides overall leadership, management, and direction for public health programs in the county and serves as the official health advisor to Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors, Health Care Advisory Board and the Human Services Council. She has led local and regional public health initiatives in the areas of emergency preparedness, health promotion, and community engagement.
Throughout her public health career, Addo-Ayensu has advanced health equity and community resiliency through partnerships and has successfully leveraged community assets to create innovative, practical, and sustainable community-based approaches to complex public health challenges. She earned her Doctor of Medicine and Master's in Public Health from Tulane University and completed her residency training in preventive medicine from the Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Alison Ansher, District Health Director, Prince William Health District
Alison Ansher, MD, MPH, is the district health director for the Prince William Health District in Northern Virginia. In that role, which she has held since 2006, Ansher oversees the public health services for the jurisdictions of Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park. She serves a diverse community of over 500,000 residents, managing over 90 employees who provide services through the following programs: environmental health, women's wellness, teen wellness, WIC, dental health, immunizations, communicable disease, maternity care, and emergency preparedness and response. Previously, Ansher served as a clinician and the director of women’s health for the Prince William health district.
Ansher began her career as an OB/GYN generalist clinician with the Group Health Association after completing her residency. Ansher earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine and completed her Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkin University.
Anton Arbatov, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management and Compliance, SOC Telemed
Anton Arbatov, MHA, is the vice president of revenue cycle management and compliance at SOC Telemed, the nation’s largest acute care telemedicine company, publicly traded, based in Reston, VA. He is an expert on telehealth reimbursement and policy and leads SOC’s government relations. In this capacity, Arbatov works with hundreds of hospitals and health systems across the country to establish a national-scale billing operation for hospital-based telemedicine. He routinely advises clinical partners across the country and lobbies CMS and congress to enact lasting change to telemedicine policy. A former Army Combat Medic, Arbatov is passionate about improving access and quality of care for patients across the care continuum. He joined SOC Telemed following an impressive career in the U.S. Army, where he served in a number of clinical and administrative roles, including Senior Manager (NCOIC) of Emergency Medical Operations at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), and Senior Emergency Medical Operations Advisor to the regional government of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Due to his passion and background, Arbatov continues to work closely with the U.S. military to help them establish and grow their telehealth programs.
Arbatov is board-certified in healthcare administration as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and holds a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree in Health Systems Management from George Mason University. He lectures regularly at Washington D.C. regional universities, and presents regularly for chapters of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), among other organizations. Arbatov has contributed to publications by the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and by George Mason’s Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE).
Robert B. Blancato, President, Matz, Blancato and Associates
Bob Blancato, MPA, is president of Matz, Blancato and Associates located in Washington D.C. He is the national coordinator of the bipartisan, 3000 member Elder Justice Coalition. He serves as executive director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Blancato has more than 20 years of federal government service in the congress and executive branches including an appointment by President Clinton to be executive director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging.
Currently, Blancato is in volunteer leadership roles with top national aging groups, including serving on the national Board of AARP and the AARP Foundation. He is also on the Board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. He serves on the National Advisory Council on Rural Health and Human Services appointed by former HHS Secretary Azar. He holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MPA from American University. Blancato has won numerous awards for advocacy most recently, the Hall of Fame Award from the American Society on Aging awarded in April 2021.
Eleanor Dehoney, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Research!America
Eleanor (Ellie) Dehoney, MSPH, has been vice president of policy and advocacy at Research!America since March of 2011. Prior to joining Research!America, Dehoney served as legislative director in the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Dehoney also served as the legislative director for Brown in the House of Representatives, where she maintained lead responsibility for work related to his role as ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee. Before joining Brown’s staff, Dehoney served as a legislative assistant for former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). Previous positions included serving as a special assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within the Department of Health and Human Services and in other executive branch and private sector roles focused on health care financing and delivery.
Dehoney received a BA in economics and English from the College of William & Mary and an MSPH in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Maureen Dempsey, Regional Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Maureen Dempsey, MD, MSc, BCC, ACC, FAAP joined Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield as the Regional Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia commercial health plan in 2015 and assumed responsibility for the Georgia health plan in 2019. She has 28 years of executive leadership experience in health and public health organizations, having served as the State Health Commissioner in several states and as the Chief Medical Officer of commercial, Medicaid and Medicare health plans.
As the Chief Deputy and then acting Commissioner in Virginia, in Delaware and as a member of the executive branch while Commissioner in Missouri, Dr. Dempsey advised Governors on a wide array of prevention, quality and health status improvement policies and initiatives. In addition to leading cancer, infant and maternal mortality reduction efforts, she developed an innovative bioterrorism and emergency preparedness program and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan for public health that was incorporated into the independent local public health agencies and a school of public health.
In addition to state public health and health plan service, Dr. Dempsey practiced as a general pediatrician for more than 12 years in hospital and ambulatory care settings, providing newborn, well-child and adolescent care, with a special focus on child abuse and neglect.
Dr. Dempsey received her undergraduate education at St. Louis University and her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She completed her residency in general pediatrics, a neonatal fellowship, and an externship with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Dempsey is board-certified in pediatrics, completed a public health leadership program at the St. Louis University School of Public Health and executive leadership training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She received her Master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas/Dallas. She is a board-certified Executive Coach.
Michael Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, ASTHO
Michael Fraser, PhD, MS, CAE, FCPP, is the chief executive officer of The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories and freely associated states, and Washington, D.C.
Fraser has been advancing ASTHO’s mission as an advocate, voice, and resource for state and territorial public health since August 2016. Prior to joining ASTHO, he served many leadership positions including executive vice president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, CEO of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and deputy executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He also served in several capacities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Fraser received his doctorate and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s in management with a concentration on management, strategy, and leadership from the Eli Broad School of Management at Michigan State University.
He is a co-editor of the Public Health Guide to Ending the Opioid Crisis, published by the Oxford University Press, and a co-editor and author of the Handbook of Strategic Skills for Public Health Practice, to be published in 2021.
Mary Ann Friesen, CHHS Advisory Board Vice Chair, Nursing Research Coordinator, INOVA Health System
Mary Ann Friesen, PhD, is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) with more than 30 years of experience in nursing education, patient education, performance improvement, and consulting. Her clinical experience includes critical care, cardiac, home health, and geriatric nursing. Friesen is the Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) coordinator for Inova and is chair of the Nursing Research and Evidence Based Council. The majority of her professional career has been focused on the improvement of patient care and developing processes and systems to promote high-quality patient-centered care.
She has a record of leading successful and productive research projects in areas of high relevance to principles of patient-centered care. During her career in patient advocacy and education, Friesen has developed a culturally sensitive patient education program, obtained funding for patient education programs, and worked extensively with patient support groups. In her various roles in performance improvement and quality assurance, Friesen has evaluated system-wide processes, coordinated medical staff monitoring and evaluation activities, chaired performance improvement committees, collaboratively conducted root cause analysis, and assured compliance with regulatory agency standards.
Friesen has written articles and presented at numerous professional conferences. Her publications include articles in Nursing Management, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, JONA, Holistic Nursing Practice, and Birth. She completed a doctoral nursing internship at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and co-authored the chapter on handoffs in Advances in Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses.
Her education includes an associate degree in nursing from Pace University, NY; a bachelor's degree in sociology from Cameron University, OK; a master's in nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a doctorate in nursing from George Mason University, VA.
Patricia Haresign, Health and Wellness Coach, Founder, Coaching Wellness for Life
Prior to setting up her business, Patricia Haresign, MS, enjoyed a successful career as an educator, developing programs that strategically led to the achievement of individual and organizational outcomes. In her role as an education nurse specialist at Sibley Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine, and also as a nursing clinical adjunct faculty member at Marymount University, her instruction took students beyond academics and clinical education to include communication skills for crucial conversations and connecting with patients and families, as well as promoting wellness and resilience strategies for her students. Haresign became well known for her expertise in the patient experience. Using Design Thinking strategies, she acted as an internal consultant at Sibley/Johns Hopkins Medicine, leading teams to create solutions to improve the patient experience. She participated in interviews for publication, panel discussions, and accepted recognition awards and invitations to present success strategies at national conferences.
Haresign received her BSN from George Mason University's School of Nursing and an MS from Marymount University in organization effectiveness. Her board certifications include Gerontologic Nursing, Nursing Continuing Professional Development, Myers Briggs (MBTI), EQi 360 2.0 (Emotional Intelligence), and Health and Wellness Coaching (NBCHWC).
Haresign served on the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation as an appraiser for continuing nursing education provider applicants. She was appointed to the Patient and Family Advisory Council, Sibley Hospital /Johns Hopkins Medicine, in her role as the patient experience specialist and coach.
Janet E. Hinchcliff, CHHS Advisory Board Chair, Principal Health Systems and Strategy, Health Transformation Tech Center, The MITRE Corporation
Janet Hinchcliff, MBA, devotes her career to improving health and healthcare delivery. She serves as a long-term member of the College of Health and Human Service Advisory Board and, during a portion of that time, the board liaison to the School of Nursing.
As a principal with the MITRE Corporation, a non-profit, that operates federally funded research and development centers including the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare, she leads a group in MITRE’s health tech center, which supports the development of new, innovative, and improved health and healthcare programs for federal government sponsors. Prior to MITRE, she spent several years in the healthcare regulatory and consulting practices at PwC and KPMG, leading projects across the healthcare domain, including academic medical centers, integrated healthcare systems, physician groups, insurers, research organizations, and others. She also was a director with a regional healthcare system, where she collaborated on designing and implementing new, innovative programs.
Hinchcliff earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Virginia and her Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University. She was co-chair of the Employer/Consumer Healthcare Subcommittee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, helped found the Healthcare Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and was a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association. She’s spoken on various healthcare topics and provided information for healthcare articles and journals.
Praduman Jain, CEO and Founder, Vibrent Health
Praduman “PJ” Jain, MS, is CEO and founder of Vibrent Health and the principal investigator of the Participant Technology Systems Center (PTSC) of the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program, for which Vibrent built a national platform for precision health research and health management insights for one million diverse people across the U.S. Jain is also the chair of the Security Board of the Committee on Access, Privacy & Security for the NIH All of Us Research Program; a member of the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; an invited external expert for eMERGE & Beyond, The Future of Electronic Medical Records, and the genomics program of the Division of Genomic Medicine, National Human Genome Research Institute; and an external advisory board member for iTHRIVE – a Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Award.
Prior to founding Vibrent, Jain held various senior leadership roles at Sprint, Nextel, AOL, Time Warner, and VTech and launched emerging products and services with revenues of more than $2 billion. He earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering, and he holds several patents and has authored several research publications.
Sharon Lamberton, Deputy Vice President, PHRMA
Lamberton, MS, serves as deputy vice president of state policy at PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America, a trade association of 33 biopharmaceutical companies based in Washington, DC. In her role, she analyzes policy, provides strategy, and serves as a lobbyist for the industry in the state's issues, such as Medicaid, cost and value of medicines, adherence, insulin, vaccines, clinical trials and more.
Lamberton works closely with the National Governors’ Association and serves on boards for the National Foundation of Women Legislators, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Food Allergy Research and Education organization, and most recently, appointed to the Advisory Board for her alma matter, the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University.
Prior to working at PhRMA, she worked for a senior’s organization on Medicare and long-term care issues. She has also worked at the GAO; Capitol Hill for a former Virginia senator; the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics at GMU; and as a clinical research nurse at the National Institutes of Health on neurological patient protocols, such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, brain and spinal cord disorders, cancer, and more.
Lamberton graduated from nursing school at Texas Woman’s University in Houston and served as president of both the Texas Student Nurses Association and the National Student Nurses Association. She currently enjoys being a guest lecture for graduate-level health policy courses and motivating other healthcare providers to join the ranks of healthcare lobbyists that improve access and care for patients.
Susie Lee, Executive Director, Potomac Health Foundation
Susie Lee, MPH, has a career in public health that spans over two decades at the local, national, and international levels for various organizations and agencies. She has been the executive director of Potomac Health Foundation in Woodbridge, Virginia since 2014. She is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation, including for areas of strategic planning, financial management, and grant programs. Her time there has been focused on positioning the Foundation to be a catalyst for ideas to improve access to health care for the medically underserved, through strategic grantmaking and convening community partners.
She previously held management positions at Public Health Solutions in New York City and Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance where she managed public health programs and monitored grants to ensure effective implementation and improved health outcomes. Earlier in her career, she worked in health policy at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Program and the Children’s Defense Fund, where she discovered her passion for public health as an intern in the health division. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology with honors distinction from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Robin Mockenhaupt, Managing Member, Robin Mockenhaupt Consulting, LLC
Prior to starting her own consultancy in 2020, Robin Mockenhaupt, PhD, MPH, MBA, worked at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for 21 years. The last 3 years she led the policy office for RWJF. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff, providing leadership to the chief executive, senior management team, staff, and Board of Trustees. She was responsible for foundation-level, cross-functional teams and operations, strategic planning, and operations and support. Mockenhaupt also worked as deputy group director and interim director for the Health Group. As a senior program officer, she managed a portfolio in health behavior, obesity, and chronic disease management.
Before joining the Foundation, Mockenhaupt spent 16 years with AARP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in health and aging. She managed Health Advocacy Services, and the National Resource Center on Health Promotion and Aging. She co-authored the book Healthy Aging with Kathy Nelson. She also held positions at Focus Technologies in Washington, D.C.; the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University; and the National Health Screening Council in Bethesda, Md.
Mockenhaupt received a PhD in health education from the University of Maryland, a graduate certificate in gerontology from the Center on Aging at the University of Maryland, an MPH in health administration from Columbia University, and an MBA and BS in biology from the Pennsylvania State University. A native of Pittsburgh, Mockenhaupt now lives in New Jersey. She and her husband, Ralph, have two adult children and a granddaughter.
Carolyn A. Taylor, Corporate Operations Officer, Taylor-Oden Enterprises
Carolyn Taylor, PhD, is the corporate operations officer at Taylor-Oden Enterprises, Inc. (TOE), an information technology and health care consulting firm, and has held this role for nine years. She has more than thirty years of experience in the health care industry as a clinician, manager, and corporate executive. She has served as a mentor, educator, consultant, and facilitator. Taylor is a dynamic speaker who has presented numerous topics related to health care, human resources, information technology, and financial management.
Currently, she is an adjunct professor at George Mason University (GMU) College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). She teaches graduate students majoring in nursing administration. She actively participates on boards and professional associations. She formerly served as board member & treasurer on the GMU Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) from 2001-2005. She has also served on the Deans Advisory Board of the CHHS at GMU since 2001. She served as membership chair on the GMU College of Health & Human Services Alumni Association for 2001-2005. Taylor received the GMU Alumni Service Award in 2001. Taylor and her husband, Les Taylor, are founding sponsors of the Quality Improvement of the Year Awards. In January 2009, Taylor was nominated and elected to the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Health Education Council (NVAHEC) for a three-year term.
Taylor is a graduate of GMU with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the College of Health and Human Services. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the School of Management at GMU. She has completed a residency at Oxford University in international business and finance. Currently, Taylor is in her third year of doctoral studies at GMU in the CHHS and has completed core course work and moved to doctoral candidacy in January 2009.
Tonga Y. Turner, Executive Director for Community Health, Kaiser Permanente
Tonga Turner, MBA, MS, serves as the executive director in Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health division where she oversees the Northern Virginia Community Health portfolio. In her role, Turner develops and executes the overall Northern Virginia Health Strategy, focusing on changing policy, systems, and environments in communities that experience inequities with the goal of promoting health, equity, and justice. Turner joined Kaiser Permanente from the United States Department of Health & Humans Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid where she worked on federal policy and legislative matters on behalf of the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office. Under her leadership, she worked on several major federal policies, rules, and regulations impacting the dual-eligible (Medicare-Medicaid) population, including the development and implementation of the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Health Plan Enrollment Disenrollment Guidance, which is currently utilized by several states and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) across the nation. Prior to her work at the federal level, Turner has had a stellar career in the private sector, working for prestigious consulting firms, such as Booz Allen Hamilton and the American Institute for Research as a senior leader in developing and implementing policies and initiatives focused on addressing health disparities and leveraging the social determinants of health to improve health outcomes in vulnerable communities. Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Howard University, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Master in Health Care Administration degree from the University of Maryland. Turner's passion for community transcends into her private life; she volunteers and serves as a mentor to young women at several Maryland and Northern Virginia education and workforce development community non-profits.